All posts tagged: st john’s wood

Dinner at Megan’s, St John’s Wood

Whenever we’d driven along King’s Road, past ‘Megan’s Restaurant’, my family would always joke that it was my secret business. I’d wanted to pay it a visit for a long time and I’d heard great things about their breakfast/brunch, but it felt like a long way for us to go on a weekend morning. So it was lovely to receive an invitation to visit their St John’s Wood restaurant for dinner – I didn’t actually know they had a location there so I was intrigued to see what it would be like after all this time of wondering. As soon as I walked in, I just loved the décor and ambience – unique wooden tables and chairs, twinkling fairy lights, candles and quirky animal cushions –  a great date venue! If indeed I ever was to open a restaurant, this is the kind of vibe I’d like it to have! My camera did struggle a bit with the dim lighting, so I’d say that these photos won’t quite do the food justice (you’ll just have …

All Things Chocolate At ‘Bake With Maria’

Now I’ve always loved chocolate (who doesn’t?) and I’ve cooked with it many times, but I have to admit that I didn’t have a great understanding of the whole chocolate making process. So when I was invited to attending a chocolate class at ‘Bake With Maria’, I was really excited to expand my knowledge of this area. The class was held at a baking lab based in St John’s Wood, owned by Maria Mayerhofer. The lovely Maria explained how she started out teaching people how to bake bread at her home (shutting her partner away in the bedroom while the classes took place!) and the popularity of these classes led to her opening the Baking Lab in 2011. They have just introduced chocolate-making classes, hosted by Annamarie Jones, a pastry chef and chocolatier, originally from San Diego. Here she is, introducing us to her very own (albeit slightly tired!) cacao tree, Corky. To begin with, Annamarie explained where our chocolate comes from. The Forastero tree yields around 70% of the world’s chocolate, found in the …