Friday, 4 September 2015

Weekly Love: Week 156

Hello September! I know this seems funny to hear this from a sun-chaser such as myself, but I've actually been quite looking forward to Autumn this year, for all the cozy cooking, Winter boots and cashmere jumpers. So, what have I been up to? Flying the flag for my little corner of the world, over at Buzzfeed I've written another local food guide: 31 Things You Must Eat In East Kent. As you'll probably see from the post my new favourite places for food are Deal and Walmer, as they're within walking distance from my office, so you should probably expect some blog posts from there popping up over the next few months. Also, I'm off to Edinburgh this weekend, so be sure to follow me on Instagram for foodie updates!
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1. Walking home along Southbank after a performance of the Oresteia at the Globe Theatre. It was a pretty great performance, and they still have some tickets left if you have a free afternoon or evening you're looking to fill. | 2. Sunday night bubble baths with rose petals, my newest scented candle (Freesia from Diptyque) and my favourite new (super great value) lavender and lily cream baths from M&S. | 3. French patisserie on display at Borough Market. | 4. Walking past one of my favourite houses I discovered during the election in Walmer, which is always beautifully in bloom. | 5. English rhubarb, Victoria plums, courgettes, tomatoes, green beans and spring onions from the vegetable plot. | 6. Plump Kent strawberries for sale on Deal High Street.

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7. A lunch of the creamiest buffalo milk mozzarella, home grown tomatoes, pea shoots and lots of extra virgin olive oil, fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper. | 8. Kent Victoria plums, again for sale outside the greengrocers on Deal High Street. | 9. Setting up to shoot my recipe for Korean Barbecue-style Steak Tacos. | 10. Griddling home grown tomatoes and spring onions to use in a barbecue steak sauce - it adds such a wonderful smokey flavour. | 11. French pate and bread from No Name Shop in Sandwich, paired with French olives, home grown tomatoes and French wine for weekend lunch on the patio. | 12. Lemon, Poppyseed and Olive Oil muffins from James Morton's How Baking Works - recipe and book review coming soon!

What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm heading North of the border with a whole group of other blogger girls, so as well as following me on Instagram, be sure to follow Kristabel, Lucy, Kim, Lucie, Lisette, Sarah-Louise and Kate to stay updated with our trip. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Places To Eat In Canterbury: Côte Brasserie

Opening up in that bit Jack Wills sold next to Cafe Rouge, Côte has just opened up a branch on Canterbury High Street. Now, when they invited me along to review their new branch I almost said no, on the basis that I don't really review chains. If it were London, I think I would have declined, but in Canterbury where we have less choice and a smaller area (and therefore are more lightly to repeat restaurants too) I think we actually quite like a good chain, which is why I chose to review the new Byron that opened up this Summer.
Lunch at Cote in Canterbury

Monday, 31 August 2015

A Tour Of Drygate Brewery & Lunch At Vintage, Glasgow

For the third and final instalment from my trip to Glasgow last month (but don't worry, I'm off to Edinburgh this weekend!) I was wondering if you'd join me on a little tour of a great spot we visited on our final morning, Drygate Brewery, and for lunch at their fantastically hearty and laid back restaurant The Vintage? While we'd been lucky with the weather for pretty much the whole of the weekend, the clouds were starting to roll in; Drygate is the perfect place to visit to escape from the elements for a while for more than just food.
Drygate Brewery, Glasgow

Friday, 28 August 2015

Student Suppers: Korean Barbecue-Style Steak Tacos

It is no surprise with the amount of time I've spent in Los Angeles over the past few years that some big Southern Californian influences have found their way into my cooking, including an overwhelming love for Korean and Mexican flavours. When I was putting together the final instalment of my 'SoCal Sunshine Suppers' series this Summer for Borough Market inspired by the month I spent in L.A. in the Spring, I knew that the only thing I could chose to make by way of a finale was Korean Barbecue Tacos.
Korean Barbecue Steak Tacos

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Places To Eat In Glasgow: The Finnieston

As part of my recent trip up to Glasgow with the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau we went on a restaurant crawl of the Finnieston area, which has earned itself a reputation for being the best area in the city to hit up for a good restaurant. While everywhere we hit up was pretty wonderful, I want to give a special shout out to The Finnieston, a great restaurant that I will definitely be going back to the next time I'm in Glasgow that specialises in two things I adore: gin and seafood. It will also forever have a special place in my heart as the place I (re)tried (as an adult) and discovered that I loved oysters, but more on that in a moment. 
Squid & Crispy Noodles at The Finnieston, Glasgow