For those of you who work in Fitzrovia around Goodge Street Station, I've found the perfect place for you to pick up your lunchtime sandwiches: New York style deli Delancey & Co. Open every weekday from 8am (so their smoked salmon bagels also have you sorted for breakfast if you were running late leaving the house in the morning), I've found my new go to for grabbing lunch to go in that part of town. Also, as I excitedly messaged my friend Jon, it is right next to our favourite cocktail bar Reverend JW Simpson, our favourite basement brothel turned cocktail bar (really!) so Delancey's is the perfect spot for pre-cocktails salt beef.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Friday, 26 June 2015
For ages I have been looking for the perfect brioche hot dog buns so that I could share this idea I had for an English twist on the classic American Lobster Roll (as it is not as cheap or easy to get hold of lobster here!), an everyday version if you will of the super healthy wheat-free Crayfish and Avocado Brioche Rolls that Tess Ward shared on her blog back in February. I've made these miniature because I think they'd make the perfect starter with a few bubbles for barbecue, but for an easy Summer lunch you can easily make full sized versions using bigger rolls (you'll need two rolls for this amount of filling), served alongside traditional plain crisps.
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Walmer Food Festival: Deeson's Bunker, Paramour Pie Club, Mighty Fine Things & Lots Of Local Produce
I've said it many times that food here in Kent has started to become just as exciting as in London, and this was perfectly showcased at the two day Walmer Food Festival that took up residence on Walmer Green on the seafront the weekend before last (it took me a while to go through all of these mouthwatering food photos I snapped!) As well as providing us all a chance to snap up some great local meats, breads, fruit and veg, the festival was a wonderful way to discover a few local vendors like Mighty Fine Things and Paramour Pie Club I had not encountered before, as well as catching up with some old favourites.
Friday, 19 June 2015
I know a lot of people feel uncomfortable eating alone. I for one quite enjoy the experience if I have a good book or the newspaper to hand, the restaurant has a great atmosphere and if the food is truly excellent. A quiet, solo lunchtime reading Damian McBride's Power Trip (yes I'm the sort of person who reads heavy political biographies on holiday) at Son of a Gun on West 3rd Street in West Hollywood turned out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of my Los Angeles trip not just because of the simply sublime food, but because of the overall fantastic experience of dining in the acclaimed restaurant.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
If, like me, you still have not managed to pick up a Fathers Day present yet (I have the card though, I did that ages ago!) I've put together a few picks of things that I have tried out recently, given as gifts to my Dad for Christmas and his birthday that he has enjoyed, and that I have found online from brands that I absolutely adore and trust implicitly. I hope some of this is helpful - I'm hopefully off to Canterbury to pick something out this afternoon, fingers crossed I'll be able to find something fun for someone who already has everything!
Chinatown Kitchen: £10 | Mrs. Middleton's Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil 250ml: £7 | Oakley Sunglasses: £110 | Chase English Potato Gin & Vodka Trio: £19.99 | Emma Bridgewater 'Dad is the Best' Mug: £19.95 | Charbonnel et Walker Dark Chocolate Enrobed Ginger Sticks: £12.50 | Dualit Barista Coffee Kit: £22.50
Friday, 12 June 2015
My recipes from my Summer Al-fresco Entertaining feature for Borough Market's Market Life newspaper are now online, click through for my recipes for Sticky Pomegranate Molasses Chicken Wings, Vinaigrette Potatoes with Capers and Shallots, Pea and Mint Bruschetta with Lemon, Avocado, Radish, Orange and Pea Shoot Salad with Honey Vinaigrette and my Peach and Pistachio Mess Jars. Also if you're looking for something less sunny and better suited to a rainy day, over at Great British Chefs I've created a recipe for a quick cheats version of a traditional Norwegian Fiskesuppe (fish soup), inspired by my trip to Ålesund last Summer.
1. Brunching on bottomless Bloody Mary's at The Commissary at The Line Hotel in Koreatown - full review of both the hotel and the restaurant to follow! | 2. Another breakfast at The Comissaary, this time their delectable smoked salmon platter, toasted bagel not included. | 3. And my final Instagram from The Line, watermelon juice and gin lounging around by their terrace pool. | 4. In the final instalment of my Box Clever series for Borough Market, click through for my recipe for a Cheats Cold Salmon Teriyaki Bento Box. | 5. Brunching on ceviche, tortilla chips, spicy salsa and watermelon mimosas at Oscar's Cerveteca in Venice. | 6. Stunning sunset walks through the spray on Venice Beach.
- Los Angeles? Here are 31 fantastic ways to kick off the Summer in the city.
- Also, Emily from Cupcakes & Cashmere has updated her fantastic Los Angeles Guide.
- And, Food 52 has put together an equally as great to eat and do guide to L.A. this Summer.
- Kristabel has written a great post on how to stop comparing yourself to other people. Also, she's put together a great guide to where you can eat escaping the crowds of Oxford Street.
- 10 Things You Did Not Know Your iPhone could do.
- PUNCH has put together a great roundup of 6 great sparkling wines under $25. (Back in December, I did a similar British version of the post under £20!)
- Refinery 29 has found us London's best alfresco drinks and dining spots. Also, they've found 13 of the best places in London to dine or go for drinks on a first date in Los Angeles.
- I feel that s'mores parties need to become an essential part of British Summertime.
- 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Making Pasta Salad.
- Jacintha took a road trip around Iceland's Golden Circle.
- I'm more than slightly jealous of the food and drink at Tania's date night at No 11 Pimlico.
- Amy makes Pork & Chilli Gyoza at home, and makes it look so easy! Also, she's put together a great (mostly foodie) guide to Copenhagen from her honeymoon trip. Oh, and she's put together a great round up of her favourite places to visit in her home city of Leeds.
- In all things blue and white, I love Carrie's photos from Portugal.
- Sarah writes about the struggles of trying to set up a co-op grocery store in rural Virginia.
- i am a food blog gives us the lowdown of where and what to eat in Tokyo.
7. Happy hour $4 tacos and Thai chicken skewers, with spicy strawberry cocktails at FEED Body & Soul on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. | 8. Local tomatoes at Santa Monica Farmers Market. | 9. Yet another beautiful Venice Beach sunset. | 10. Visiting Glossier's pop up shop in Santa Monica and meeting the lovely Emily Weiss to chat all about the line - personally, their Priming Moisturiser is my new favourite skincare product. | 11. Introducing my school friend Sophie to the world of Korean Barbecue at Soot Bull Jeep. | 12. My favourite bar snack at Zinque in Venice, their avocado and tomato tartine on imported Parisian bread, with a glass of French rose of course!
- It is all about pizza on the What To Cook Tonight blog, with more of Sophie's stunning photos.
- 5 things you can do with leftover watermelon rinds.
- America? The Everygirl properly explains the Patriot Act.
- I honestly can't wait to make this Spicy Sausage Rigatoni.
- Get excited. Kate Spade (the person, not the brand) is launching an accessories line.
- Joy visits Kim West's beautiful art studio in Downtown Los Angeles.
- Londoners? Have you ever visited Strawberry Hill?
- Molly has written a great narrative for all us recipe developers for when ideas fail. Epically.
- Martina gives us the inside track on everything there is to do, see and eat in Palm Springs.
- One of my foodie heroes, Anthony Bourdain on why In-N-Out burger is amazing.
- Lark & Linen has a wonderfully summery free desktop and smartphone wallpaper download.
- These sunset photos overlooking New York are simply breathtaking.
- What all of those Japanese food emojis really mean.
- I now want to throw a cocktail party just to make these carnation stir sticks.
- Gareth spends an evening working with the Yum Bun team at Street Feast Dalston Yard.
- Here are some great SPF products, and yes they are to use in your hair.
- Olivia has written a great post on how to stay-cation in your own city.
- Use, Regrow, Repeat: 4 Vegetables that Regrow in One Week.
- David Lebovitz takes us with him to the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food & Wine in Cork, Ireland. I think I need to go one year!
What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I arrived back from Los Angeles yesterday morning, so this weekend is going to be all about catching up on everything I missed while I was away on my trip, hopefully hitting off any remnants of jet lag and getting ready for the week! Though, I will be heading over to Walmer Food & Drinks Festival to check out what some of our local producers have on offer - if you're in East Kent, it is due to be a beautiful weekend so well worth a visit!
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Probably the main consideration as to the exact dates of my Los Angeles trip this Spring were to make sure that I'd be in the city for the first Friday of the month so I could participate in one of the biggest street food events in the cities calendar (which I'd somehow never actually been to): First Friday's, the massive gathering of some of the cities best food trucks parked up all the way down and in the parking lot of The Brig bar on Venice's Abbot Kinney Boulevard on - you guessed it - the first Friday of every month.
Friday, 5 June 2015
Way back on a sunny day in April super talented photographer John Holdship drove down to join me on the farm to shoot a feature for Borough Market's Market Life newspaper, which is free to pick up in the market. The theme was that of an Early Summer outdoor dinner party; I put together 5 dishes that would either work together as a weekend spread, or that you could pick and choose recipes from to add to your own menus. My full menu and all the recipes for everything you see here is now available in Issue 20 if you pop down to the market to grab a copy, but I thought that I'd share a few of John's photos from the day here, too.
Tuesday, 2 June 2015
One of the best things about staying in the Farmers Daughter Hotel in West Hollywood was the food from the hotel restaurant, TART. American Southern meets classic SoCal, I filled up on so many treats during my stay from room service, to tasting plates and a breakfast which literally filled me up for the whole day (perfect to kick off the day if you're planning on going off to explore the city) and it is already firmly on my list of favourite eats in the city. I also had the chance to sit down with TART's executive chef Keith Shutta for a tasting and a chat about the menu, but shall we kick off with my usual restaurant review first?