A Tour of Newcastle for Foodies

This weekend I was off on a trip to Newcastle to sample the city’s culinary delights.  Newcastle is probably not the first place you’d think of as a Foodie Paradise so I was intrigued to see what the city had to offer.  This weekend was in collaboration with Newcastle Gateshead.com who had planned a Newcastle…

Dead Dolls House – Islington, London

Tonight we’d been invited to the The Dead Dolls House in Islington, London!  The name conjures up all sorts of imagery so we were intrigued to find out what was in store for us. I’m not sure what I was expecting, maybe a house of horrors but it was a lot less intimidating than I…

Brunch at Fred & Doug’s – Epping, Essex

Last weekend, back in Essex, my mum and I decided to have brunch at Fred & Doug’s on Epping High Street.  It’s just celebrated its first anniversary and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t been in to try it out yet!  Owned by cousins James and Max and named after their grandfathers (Fred and Doug…

The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria

A few months ago, when I was last in the Lake District for a wedding, I entered a competition on Instagram to win a free night’s stay at The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge.  It’s a beautiful Spa Hotel just on the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, and well, I WON!!  Dan and I started planning…

Ottolenghi’s Restaurant – Islington, London

Another date night and after taking Dan to Casa Paco in Madrid last month, it was my turn to be treated.  Having eaten in Bala Baya a couple of weeks ago, we found out that the chef there used to work for Ottolenghi’s Restaurant.  It’s a restaurant I’ve always wanted to go to and Yotam…

Casa Paco, La Latina, Madrid

A traditional Spanish Restaurant where the House Speciality is Steak cooked on a hot plate at your table! I took Dan to Casa Paco for Date Night on our last trip to Madrid as it’s his Dad’s favourite restaurant and he’s been raving about its steak for a long time.  It’s a traditional looking restaurant in…

Andi Oliver at Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star – Homerton, London

Update: It seems that everyone loved the food here as much as I did.  Andi Oliver and Kelly Miles have now got their own premises in Stoke Newington High Street. Check out Brunch at Andi’s Restaurant for info on the new place! Last night Dan and I decided to try the restaurant run by the…

Barrafina – Dean St, Soho, London

Another date night tonight and this time it was my turn to be treated.  A fabulous musical ‘Aladdin’ (which I highly recommend, *the genie was amazing* and even musical hater Dan agreed it was great) followed by dinner at Barrafina, a Spanish Tapas Bar, in Soho. We’d been to the old Soho Barrafina before but…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Talamone, Tuscany, Italy

To read more see A Wedding In Siena, A Weekend in Siena, Bunello Tasting in Montalcino and A Trip to Viareggio A weekend in Siena in Italy was on the cards for Dan and I, as we’d been invited to the wedding of my friend Mylene to her fiancé Tommaso.  Deciding to extend the trip for…

A Quinta – Almancil – Portugal

Getting time with my family is one of my favourite things about Portugal, and tonight was a chance to catch up with my cousin Charlotte and her partner Ross who live out here year-round.  We were spending the evening at one of their (and my) favourite restaurants, A Quinta in Almancil.  I actually wrote about…

Enoteca MF – Cadaques – Spain

To read more check out my posts on Cadaques and hiking in Cap de Creus National Park. Tonight in Cadaques, Dan & I decided to go out on our own as all the others were eating in, so true to form, we picked the local wine bar Enoteca MF.  We had a short wait for our table…