All posts tagged: shoreditch

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, Shoreditch

You remember that online dating video that went viral, where a woman declared her love for cats? And then the mashup video, turning it into a song, which also proceeded to go viral? If you don’t, where have you been? Here it is in all its glory: I’m pretty sure it’s all staged, but it still makes me giggle all the same. “I just want to hug all of them, but I can’t hug every cat” resonates with me. I love them! You may have read on here that after nearly 7 years of living together, Tim and I finally got our first kitten this summer, as we bought a house that we felt would be suitable for a cat to live in (our previous tiny East London flat wouldn’t really have been fair) and we just adore him. I was there therefore very excited to be invited to a Halloween Afternoon Tea at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in Shoreditch. For those who don’t know about it, it’s London’s first ‘cat cafe’ and opened up …

August 2015: A house, a kitten, and lots of blogging!

Hello all! As I’m posting quite a lot on the blog now, I thought it might be nice to do a little round-up of the things I’ve written about at the end of each month, collated in one post. So here’s my first one for August! And it has been a busy month! We exchanged, completed and moved into our very first house in Tooting, and at the weekend, we got our first kitten, Dexter (yes, named after the TV show serial killer!) A month of firsts, big expenditure and lots and lots of packing boxes (which Dexter seems to be having a lot of fun with!) I’ve still somehow managed to keep up with blogging, alongside my day job, so here’s what I wrote about on the blog this month! Restaurants/Pop-ups I visited… I visited a very cool Berlin Brunch pop-up in London. Read more here. I tucked into gourmet sandwiches, salads and puds at Aline in Mayfair (possibly the most I’ve ever eaten in one sitting!). Read more here. For Afternoon Tea Week, I tried …

Lunch at Sutton and Sons, Shoreditch

My latest foodie discovery at Boxpark in Shoreditch is Sutton and Sons, which I visited for lunch last week. In case you haven’t been to Boxpark, it’s a big pop up next to Shoreditch High Street station in East London, made up of a series of containers, housing all sorts of businesses from clothing brands to restaurants. So far I’ve visited and reviewed Falafelicious, Sushilicious, Chicken Box and Porkys.  You can’t beat good fish and chips and I’ve noticed it’s something I don’t eat as much of in London, compared to other places I’ve lived (The Magpie in Whitby takes some beating!) So it’s definitely time for a bit of a Fish & Chips revolution in the capital! Sutton and Sons are based in Stoke Newington, with a restaurant and takeaway, so the Boxpark site is like a ‘mini version.’ All of their fish is fresh and responsibly sourced, from their very own fishmonger business. I visited the Boxpark site with my colleague, Yasmin, during our lunch hour, and it was fairly quiet when we …

Throwback Thursday – Tramshed, Shoreditch

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes! You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature.  But this art display really gets to the heart of what Tramshed does so well – chicken and steak! There are now quite a few places that specialise in certain meats like this, but back then, it was one of the first to go about it so boldly. And the name also comes from the fact that the venue did indeed used to be an electricity generating station for trams. For New Year’s Eve, we started with a smoked salmon dish and a pate …

Lunch at Porky’s, Shoreditch

I’m gradually working my way around Boxpark in Shoreditch, as it’s really close to where I work and perfect for meeting up with friends during my lunch break. You might have read my posts about Chicken Box, Sushilicious and Falafelicious so far. Last week I visited Porky’s with my friend Kelly. It’s right smack in the middle of Boxpark (under cover, which is a good job, as the heavens opened for the first time in weeks while we were there!) Porky’s is your typical American BBQ restaurant. It was first established in Camden by Joy and Simon Brigg who wanted to bring their love and experience of American Barbecue to North London. The now also have a branch on Bankside, as well as Camden and Shoreditch. The food is what you’d expect – chicken wings, burgers, pulled pork, ribs and so forth. It all looked incredibly yummy! In my mind, there’s nothing more indulgent and comforting in this kind of food. Kelly went for The Standard pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and I had The …

Chicken & Whisky at Bull In A China Shop

Chicken and Whisky are two of Tim’s favourite things, so when I heard about a new restaurant which specialised in those two very things, I couldn’t wait to take him there and see what he thought.  Bull In A China Shop opened recently in Shoreditch (just opposite Box Park) and describes itself as a Japanese Whisky House, which also serves food (breakfast, lunch and dinner).      Our visit was quite impromptu – we were going to a gig in Hackney after work and wanted to grab a bite to eat somewhere nearby, but we hadn’t booked anywhere. We thought we’d try Bull In A China Shop, which was open at that time although we were (unsurprisingly) the only people there at 6pm mid-week. It has a very rustic feel (so rustic, in fact, that one of the staff decided to dust around us. Perhaps wait until the customers have left to do the cleaning?!) and some great Japanese decor, while still fitting in with the Shoreditch style.      We both went for their …

Healthy Lunches With Huna Blends

I really would like to eat more healthily, especially at lunch time. I love my food and there’s nothing I like better than tucking into a good sandwich in my lunch hour. But I usually feel a bit bloated and sleepy afterwards, and I know I’m not doing myself any favours. But it’s hard to kick the habit! So when I learned about a new healthy food pop-up called Huna Blends opening just around the corner from my office in Shoreditch, I was keen to see what it had to offer. Huna Blends sells ‘Manna Bowl Meals’ and Power Shakes. Now I’m sure you can work out what the latter is, but perhaps not the former, as they’re the first company to bring them to the UK. The Manna Bowl meal is a cold-blend bowl served as a thick sorbet (a granita of non-dairy milk – hemp, coconut or almond) with a choice of two different crunchy toppings. ‘Crunch A’ consists of toasted buckwheat, crisped rice, mixed seeds, dried fruit and coconut. ‘Crunch B’ is …

Swapping Morning Coffee For Bubble Tea

Earlier this week, I was invited to visit a brand new bubble tea shop in Shoreditch, quite literally a stone’s throw from my office. I’ve been known to go well out of my way for bubble tea and up until now, had been walking 15 minutes to Boxpark to get my fix. But luckily Chatime have come to my rescue! Tim joined me for this tea tasting session but as much as we both enjoy bubble tea, our experience of it had been mostly limited to fruit teas with tapioca – I was keen to learn more about what this new place had to offer. We were very lucky to have Allen Du from Chatime spent over half an hour with the two of us, talking us through the various types of teas available and putting some together for us to try.     There are five different types of tea to choose from (in three sizes) – Milk Tea, Fruit Tea, Fresh Tea, Mousse and Tea Latte. Each of these can be customised with …

Sushi Lunch from Sushilicious, BOXPARK Shoreditch

I love sushi, although I’ll admit, I was quite a late adopter! I’ve always been into seafood, but growing up in Cyprus, there wasn’t really anywhere that sold sushi. I thought I’d give it a go for lunch one time when I started working in London, and bought some from M&S – big mistake! It was pretty rough, and it put me off sushi for ages, as I was completely disillusioned about what good sushi should be. It tasted fake and rubbery. Tim eventually got me into it and now I can’t get enough of it! We’ve been to some fabulous sushi restaurants in London, such as ROKA and Flesh & Buns, but I’ve never found a good ‘fast food’ alternative… until now! Sushilicious recently opened up in Shoreditch’s ‘BOXPARK’, next to Shoreditch High Street station. It’s located next to Falafelicious, which I visited recently and wrote about here. When I walked in to Sushilicious (around 1pm on Friday) the fridge shelves were pretty bare. I was worried I’d fallen victim to the Friday lunchtime …

Street Food At Caboose

Earlier this week, on the hottest day of the year so far, we decided to take our team meeting outside into the sun for lunch. The second there’s even a hint of sun in London, everyone flees from their desk at midday to make the most of their lunch hour outside. And there are only so many restaurants and pubs with outside spaces in the city, so competition is fierce 😉 We headed over to Brick Lane and surprisingly found plenty of space at Ely’s Yard near the Truman Brewery, where lots of different street foods were available, a few of which I’d heard rave reviews about. One of these was Caboose, where we all decided to get our grub from.     Caboose is run by three school friends and serves up BBQ themed burgers from an old train carriage. Most of us went for ‘The Fat Controller’: pulled pork, salad, pickles, BBQ mayo and smoked cheddar in a toasted brioche bun, served with rosemary fries. It was really tasty – lots of great …