Friday, 1 July 2016

Weekly Love: Week 145

I've been a massive Pinterest fan since the site was invite only way back when it was founded in 2010. So, I was really excited to find out that my Pinterest account, along with my blog post about how to make any delicious green smoothie is being featured along with the Hemsley sisters in one of Pinterest's new TV ads. You can check out the ad here, and as it is officially summer again I thought it would be a good opportunity to point you towards some of my sunshine boards to help you find seasonal inspiration: my Party! Party! board is full of ideas for summer gatherings, Life's A Beach will help you get prepped for your holidays, and Here Comes The Sun is just packed with summer bucket list inspiration. Get pinning!
Weekly Love 01.07.16[1]
1. Sipping Gin Mare gin and tonics on the terrace at Rocksalt in Folkestone. | 2. A strawberry and basil sabayon tart with micro basil and a sticky balsamic reduction for dessert when I took my Daddy for a Fathers Day lunch at The Good's Shed in Canterbury. | 3. Blue skies and poppies in the fields of East Kent. | 4. Seafood starters and more Gin Mare cocktails at Rocksalt. I took loads of photos at lunch, so look out for a full restaurant review and some gin inspiration on the blog next week! | 5. A fortifying Monday morning bowl of homemade granola, yogurt, berries and spinach with a big glass of orange juice. | 6. Sophie Mitchell's delicious Chicken Paillard with a honey, chilli and fennel marinade on the barbecue from her wonderful new book that I'm rather obsessed with, Chef on a Diet. I'm also really into griddling whole baby peppers and halved baby gem lettuces this summer, too!

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Towns and Villages of the Dordogne Valley

To finish up my posts about my time in the Dordogne Valley I wanted to share with you some photos from just three of the beautiful towns and villages we visited all over the region. If I had to describe the area, I'd call it somewhere that has the best of the two regions of France I'm most familiar with; the style of the buildings and their design to deal with the heat reminded me of the Pyrenees where I used to summer with my grandparents, but the rolling green fields and some of the stone structures reminded me of my beloved Brittany. If you're in the area I've already given you a whole host of recommendations for places to eat, stay, and do. Here are three villages that are worth stopping exploring if you're passing by. 
Village Square in Collognes-la-Rouge | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Monday, 27 June 2016

Places To Eat In London: DF/Mexico, Shoreditch

Last time I had the train to catch from Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport (en-route to the Dordogne Valley, if you fancy checking out some of my foodie travel snaps) I decided that it would be nice to check out a newer edition to my old Shoreditch stomping ground with an old friend who has also moved out of the EC postcode for a casual supper before heading to the pub to catch up for a pint or two. DF/Mexico is the little sister of Mexican giant Wahaca, and has taken up residence on the corner of Old Truman Brewery. 
Dinner at DF/Mexico, Shoreditch | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Friday, 24 June 2016

Food Producers of the Dordogne Valley

The main focus of last months trip to the Dordogne Valley was food, so for one of my final posts from the region I thought I'd put the spotlight on five of the hyper local food producers we visited who make the most of the ingredients so celebrated in the Dordogne Valley and Perigord regions: a truffle farm who make their own truffle oil and other truffle products, the famous Denoix Distillery in Brive, renowned for their walnut liquor, other spirits and violette Brive mustard, a goat farm where they make just some of the AOC protected Rocomadour cheese, a walnut oil factory, and a Bergerac vineyard and winery producing just some of the wines that served as the accompaniment to practically every single meal in the region.
Learning about truffle hunting in the Dordogne Valley | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Places To Eat In London: Le Bab, Carnaby Street

When I've been working out of the London office for the day, Kingley Court off Carneby Street is usually where I head: not only do they have some pretty awesome bars and restaurants, but it is two tube stops away from Westminster, and then only another two to St. Pancras. I can have an early dinner, and still be at home at Kent, showered and in my pajamas in time for the news at 10. I love Dirty Bones when it is cold and dark out, and SeƱor Ceviche is fantastic if you're after some fruity cocktails and lots of zingily dressed raw fish. However, I've now found the place you need to head to if you're after some summer evening killer street food, great non-alcoholic options and unique, street food inspired starters: Le Bab.
Dinner at Le Bab, Soho | www.rachelphipps.com @rachelphipps