Friday Favourites #2

A week has flown by and I’m on my holiday now!  The one that I was desperately looking forward to this time last week.  By the time you read this I’ll have visited Bordeaux and be on the way to the next leg of our trip!  So here’s a few things I’ve been loving since…

Brunch at Andi’s Restaurant – Stoke Newington, London

A few months ago I was lucky enough to visit Andi Oliver & Kelly Miles’ restaurant the Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star in Homerton.  It seems that everyone loved the food as much as I did as Andi and Kelly have now got their own premises in Stoke Newington High Street. Andi’s Restaurant…

Pan Chai – Harrods – Knightsbridge, London

Pan Chai is an Asian Fusion restaurant located in Harrods, on the Ground Floor in the Food Hall.  It is a counter style restaurant where you can watch the sushi chefs creating amazing rolls and platters while you eat! Chabile, the hostess, welcomed me warmly and showed me to my seat.  I decided to start with…

Catalonian Wine Tasting

Last summer I spent time in Cadaques and Cap de Creus in Catalonia, Spain.  We had such an amazing time in this beautiful part of the world, hiking, swimming, eating and of course, drinking the local wine.  Hidden beaches you can only reach by swimming or kayaking, plenty of National Parks to Hike in and…

Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited along to an Oyster Masterclass at Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill, Piccadilly, London.  The Oyster Masterclass gives you the opportunity to learn all about oysters, shuck them, pair them with wines, and of course eat plenty of them in a relaxed and informal environment. The Oyster Masterclass is…

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…

A Romantic Dinner for Two – Valentine’s Day Menu

How about a special Valentine’s Day Menu that’s completely Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free but still incredibly tasty?  Think such a thing doesn’t exist?  Read on to find out how you can create a meal that’s delicious and healthy and super impressive… We’re spending Valentine’s Evening at home this year as we didn’t want to…

Pomegranate Bellini

I love a Champagne Cocktail and a Kir Royale or a Bellini are a couple of my favourites.  This Pomegranate Bellini is an inventive take on the usual Peach Bellini using Pomegranate Molasses instead of Peach Puree.  Perfect for winter or summer alike it’s sure to impress your guests or perfect for a romantic night…

The Bleeding Heart Tavern, Bloomsbury, London

What a fabulous morning!  Full of colour, culture, celebration and fun, spent at the Sikh wedding of our friends Divya and Pradip.  Here’s Pradip with his best men – the outfit he wore was incredible and I think he loved the fact that he was allowed to carry a sword, a bit too much! Everyone had to cover…

A Wedding Weekend in Windermere, Lake District, Cumbria, England

This weekend we were heading to the Lake District for the wedding of our friends Jonathan and Kate.  Usually when we’re heading up to The Lakes we drive, but on our last trip we got stuck in horrendous traffic and it took us 8-9 hours to get there (it should be about 5 on a…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

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…