The Ivy Cafe – St John’s Wood, London

The Ivy has seen quite an expansion in recent years.  From one restaurant in Covent Garden they now have 8 other Grills and Brasseries dotted around London and the UK.  They are also opening a new one in Soho next month along with many others planned for the future.  This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the opening…

Chorizo & Butternut Squash Frittata

Tonight I was in the mood for eggs and we settled on a kind of ‘breakfast for dinner’ type dish.  I love frittatas, they’re so easy to make and very quick to cook and you can add almost anything to them depending on what you have in the fridge that needs using up.  We settled…

Love Brunch at Bovino – Quinta do Lago – Portugal

When I wrote my Top Places to Eat in the Algarve Round-Up I wasn’t able to give Bovino Restaurant much of a review having only eaten there once.  However, Love Brunch is a new concept from Bovino Restaurant this year and having seen it advertised all over Quinta do Lago we thought we’d give it a go…

Granger & Co – Girlie Brunch

Knowing how much of a fan Matilda is of the avocado Aussie Brunch (we travelled together in Australia earlier this year – and ate many brunches!) I picked Granger & Co for a Saturday Brunch Treat.  I’d heard great things about the restaurant but never been there myself and they’ve just opened a new location…

Smoothie Bowls

These have become a sort of obsession of mine recently.  Every other photo on Instagram (follow me at emmaeatsandexplores) seems to be of some beautifully presented concoction topped with chia or cacao nibs or sliced fruit and they really are, works of art.  Deciding to give it a go I’ve been testing out a few…

Eggs Benedict

This morning was Sunday (I know these posts come a few days late) and Sunday calls for brunch and one of my favourites is Eggs Benedict.  There’s something about the Hollandaise that makes it feel really decadent and it’s even better when you make your own from scratch (avoiding all the thickeners and additives that…

Scrambled Eggs with Chorizo & Avocado

This morning’s breakfast came about because I wanted to use a piece of my Grain Free Bread!  I looked through the fridge and decided to make a chorizo scramble to top the bread with.  A bit more exciting and tasty than traditional scrambled eggs, but just as easy to make. I started by peeling the…

Lawn Bowls and Lunch

It was the morning after my birthday party at Cork & Bottle and Archer St, so what to do on a hungover Saturday Morning that’s outdoorsy but definitely not too energetic….Lawn Bowls! We decided to take our Swedish guests to Wandsworth Common today for two reasons: Lawn Bowls sounded like a nice way to ease…

Madrid (Day 3)

Catch up on Madrid Day 1, Madrid Day 2 This morning was our last in Madrid, and we decided to do what most Madrilenos do on a Sunday morning which is head to the El Rastro, flea market to wander around the stalls in the sunshine.  I didn’t realise it would be so huge; there must’ve been…