Category Archives: Eats

Curator’s Coffee

I love trips to London. And my most recent trip was made even more special by being able to spend it with a close friend! tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo1_1280On her recommendation, we spent our first morning in the city at a delicious joint called Curators Coffee!tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo10_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo9_1280With huge windows, lots of light, and beautiful geometric, monochromatic details – how could I not love the place?tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo4_1280tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo6_1280We spent (far too much) time umm-ing and ah-ing over what to chose from the mouthwatering selection of freshly made bakes for our breakfast.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo5_1280After making the most difficult decision of the day, we perched on comfy stools at the wooden window bar.tumblr_o39uakq58v1qcam0lo1_1280As always, my first priority was coffee (and I’ll tell you now, that their coffee is really good!) but Kasimiira decided to go for a morning cuppa.

The rest of us were practically mesmerised by the many different instruments that she had been presented with, in order to successfully brew and enjoy her cup of tea!

The most notable was, of course, the rather aesthetically pleasing hourglass timer.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo7_1280But regardless of different tastes in beverage – we all have (if I do say so myself) exquisite taste in pastries! And none of us were shy in digging into our first meal of the day.tumblr_o39tc8x9pw1qcam0lo8_1280From the exclusive weekend Brunch menu’s Crosstown Doughnuts to a moist Orange and Lemon Cake, we barely left a crumb on the plate. We acknowledge that we have hardly made a dent in the delicious desserts on sale.

So I guess we’ll just have to revisit on our next trip to London!

We drained our drinks, collected our things, and headed off to collect our all important press passes from the Soho area.

Stay tuned for the next blogpost to coverage dedicated to exploring London Fashion Week!


Pizza East, Brunch in London

tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo4_1280From Deli to dining – welcome to the next spot you have to eat at for brunch!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo3_1280Pizza East is situated in a former tea warehouse, in Shoreditch in the always bustling city of London. As well as the delightful sit-in eatery, Pizza East also sells fresh Italian meats and cheeses to purchase from their in-house Deli!tumblr_nzs3jfva5n1qcam0lo1_1280The wonderful joint – famed for its wood oven pizzas – is large and spacious (as you’d expect from an ex-warehouse) with an industrial interior vibe.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo1_1280 So, even on a Saturday, you’re more than likely to snag seat!

And snagged a comfy seat we did! We nestled in leather booth seats and wasted no time in scanning the mouth-watering menu for brunch options!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo2_1280But drinks first! We scored ourselves a morning bellini each…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI couldn’t resist trying a signature ‘East Side’ cocktail.  And this is the delicious ‘New Fashioned’ that I highly recommend if you’re a fan of whisky!tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo3_1280It would be wrong to visit an eatery that boasted the name ‘Pizza’ in the name and not order one of their rounds to try!

We covered our pizza of choice in olives and basil, and hefty helping of cheese.

tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo5_1280tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo6_1280I was in a more serious breakfast kind of mood and ordered from their Saturday brunch menu.tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo9_1280And ended up tucking almost before the plate was on the table! My dish was stacked with poached eggs, sweet-potato cakes and streaky bacon – yum!

Who needs the green stuff with a serving up like this?tumblr_nzs2vjeiss1qcam0lo7_1280The prices for cocktails are pretty a standard amount for London. While the food is practically a steal, in terms of London rates! tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo4_1280Tummies full, and feeling very happy, we headed out to explore the rest of the area.tumblr_nzs3q1yt0z1qcam0lo2_1280 Pizza East is sat on the street corner just across the road from BoxPark. If you haven’t checked out the rather unique retail unit – built entirely out of storage containers – you better make it a priority.

These eclectically filled spaces sport some big brands you know, but also feature independent occupants that change weekly! There is always someone new to find and discover!tumblr_o28lahwpis1qcam0lo1_1280With good prices, good food, and good location; you’ve got no excuse to not have this delectable place on your list of eateries next time you’re in London!

The Best Pancakes in York

tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo7_1280I was informed recently that the 17th of December is national Maple Syrup Day in America and Canada. So, I thought I’d show you a cosy joint – in the very British town of York – that really takes the (pan)cake!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo8_540tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo1_540Brew & Brownie can be found nestled on York’s Museum Street, and is a delicious spot to stop by for any number of handmade tasty treats, teas and coffees.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo4_540Jars lights, and mismatched chairs come together to create the cosy rustic interior.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo6_540Stepping inside is welcomingly warm – exactly the kind of break those cold fingers and noses will need from the nippy Winter weather, and Christmas shopping.tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo5_540Now, I’m certainly don’t want to be left behind celebrating any national Maple Syrup Day, and pancakes are a good idea any time of year.

So we ordered the classic ‘American Pancake Stack’…tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo2_540A hot, fluffy stack of American pancakes with maple syrup, crispy bacon and a scattering of blueberries. Trust me – even the photographs don’t do them justice!

Brew & Brownie offer a variety of other delicious pancake options – but you’ll have to grab yourself a taste of the action to find out what they are!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo3_540This is the perfect place for a catchup over coffee. And considering the time of year – it’s even an opportunity to exchange Christmas presents (over a shared stack of pancakes, of course)!tumblr_nzgiiqemys1qcam0lo9_1280So happy Maple Syrup Day to American and Canadian friends! But that certainly shouldn’t stop anyone else from having a festive helping of pancake cheer too!

Photography credits to Thom Corbishley

The Boozy Cow (The Modern Medieval Diet of Kings)

After visiting this eatery, it might be the first time that being called a ‘Boozy Cow’ could be construed as a compliment! Just off of Prince’s Street in Edinburgh, set below street level sits the tempting food joint known as the Boozy Cow – and that is not a misnomer! This place is famous for its burgers and its boozy milkshakes, so I had to check it out!Take note that I love an eatery, like, 50x more when they openly sport puns about food on their wall!? (So, we will definitely be meating again…)

Walking in, I was greeted by a grungy, graffiti industrial interior that you could tell would be amazing to frequent in the evening when this place turns into a flatout bar!Obviously busy on a Saturday, we nested in an available table in a tight corner next to the windows with a street view.A moment was silence was taken to both appreciate the glorious choices of food, and also to make the crucial decision of what we would each order.Two of us ordered their chocolate oreo milkshakes – that are definitely worth a try!

Served in jars with indentations for your fingers, a striped straw, extra long spoon and a personal oreo cookie – we were very happy!Restraining ourselves from drinking the whole frosty glass of goodness didn’t last too long (phew!) and soon our tables were graced with trays of food. (That’s right – trays – not plates. The Boozy Cow’s policy is that your food is served on a tray to share with the person sitting opposite you. You also won’t get any cutlery unless you specifically ask for it! So, the more messy, the better – and I took this as a challenge.)Our trays were filled with cheeseburgers, fries to share and a hot dog that boasted baconnaise!?I thought I’d take a snap of the details that were listed on their handy coasters!Happy, and full – as I always seem to leave the different eateries I frequent – we stepped out into the surprisingly sunny Scottish weather to wander around the city. This joint is the ultimate medieval diet of meat and alcohol – and who doesn’t love a cheeky boozy lunch at somewhere with delicious, messy food?

Send Me A Sygn

When I stay in Edinburgh for a month with family, I consider it an extended vacation. An extended vacation simply means more time to try and dine in every available eatery in the city!Hidden off the end of the famous Prince’s Street is situated a laidback bar and kitchen style food spot called Sygn (as in “this is a ‘sign’ of a good time and making all my messy food cravings come true”).The interior has the very chilled mid-century meets modern L.A. vibe that’s welcoming and cool at the same time. An eclectic mix of chairs tables fill the space for ample seating, and the ceiling is coated in hand drawn chalk doodles from various staff members. The entire space looks like something you find pinned on a pinterest board.We sat in the far corner next to a window wall with a view of the sunny cobble back streets.Sygn is now a top contender for top joint to hang out in on future evening get togethers. And this is totally because of their various special combo deals – especially Wings Wednesday! (I will report back when I find a companion to accompany me to a Late Night Pizza Smash or Wings Wednesdays – which are now a new necessity in my life!) But as we attended on a day that did not offer amazing deals on wings and beer, we settled ourselves to chose another amazing set of dishes from the kickass menu. This was an important matter and involved some serious dedication of concentration (as all food decisions should, right?).Then our food arrived, and everything was delicious! From hot chilli and vegetable wraps with onion rings on the side…To haggis and cheese curly fries…To fried macaroni cheese balls and fries…And finally, a loaded spicy jalapeno, chilli and cheese fries for myself. None of our plates had a healthy aspect to boast – and we were more than happy to keep it that way!With cold milkshakes and drinks in hand – we chowed down, slowly descending into a quiet silence that comes with a group of people enjoying their food so much, they forget to think about anything else except for the meal in front of them.The milkshake cups (along with a lot of Sygn’s other merchandise) display tongue in cheek slogans and phrase to amuse and entertain. Particularly, their claim that their “milkshakes bring all the girls to the bar!”, which in this ladies lunch out seemed to prove true!A very thrown together outfit for a day of messy dining and lazily walking around in the sunshine. A loose fitting top and sweater, paired with a leather jacket with interesting waterfall lines makes for the perfect combat to that inevitable food baby!

Sweater top – New Look

Distressed skirt – Boohoo

Boots – H&M

Leather jacket – All Saints

Bag – Asos

Sygn is definitely a joint to keep in your repertoire for future visits to the Scottish capital! Happy and (very, very) full – we stepped back onto the sun spangled streets of Edinburgh and wandered along to rejoin the tourist filled streets of the city centre.

Wellington Coffee

My new home for the next month is the beautiful city of Edinburgh, and my plan is to spend most of my time exploring the 2015 Fringe Festival; but first, coffee. A delicious little independent I stumbled across was Wellington Coffee!To find interesting and diverse eateries in Edinburgh, you must first acknowledge that you will have to stray from the safe tourist pathways of Prince’s Street and the like.

But don’t fret, Wellington Coffee is situated on George Street – only a few parallel streets over and an easy side-step for those seeking something other than a Starbucks or a Costa. We almost missed the little joint when walking past it the first time, as the coffee shop is set below street level!

Walking down the steps, it’s easy to see that a pleasant day of weather will ensure nearly every one of their outdoor seating spaces are occupied. We were lucky enough to snag two stools at a newly vacated window table!Very eager for our morning caffeine injection and a nibble of something not-so-healthy, we chowed down while people watching through the open window!We both ordered cappuccinos. Lizzy picked up one of the huge scones that came with butter and ginger jam. I committed to (a self healthy and) an even bigger slice of the house carrot cake. (Yum!)The view from the street corner location is pretty wonderful (especially in the sunshine).And the food wasn’t bad either!Although the food was scrumptious, this place has it’s effort invested in its coffee! This is a place to keep note of if you’re a coffee addict like me and you’re on this side of the city (i.e. not over near the royal mile – which holds host to a collective of other independent coffee shops).The inside seating is sparse, but luckily the staff are friendly, and the coffee can be made to take with you on your journeys around Edinburgh!Happy, and full, we trotted back up the worn stone steps and headed out to wander through another day of the Fringe Festival!

Let’s Take This to the Streets!

When there is a Street Food Festival in town – how could I say no?Set in the centre of the city of York – taking up most of Parliament Square – The New Ebor Independence Feast (and I know that the whole name is definitely a mouth full!) brought together the best  independent street food traders, craft brewers, artisan distillers.

The goal was simple; the events of a weekend would celebrate good, food, drink and music!The aromas and sounds of fresh food cooking filled the air as we rocked up around midday. We wandered through all the stalls to see what the different venders had to offer, before deciding what to tuck into first!

From Cajun smoked skewers…To street dawgs (hot dogs).From freshly baked pizzas…To slo gin, prosecco, and beer tents!Picking our poison of choice was easy. We grabbed a cold ale each and headed back into the sunshine to sit, to sip and relax.The outfit of the day followed my usual preference of all black everything! But was still light and airy enough to be perfect for the warmth of the summer. 

Hat – H&M

Dress – Topshop

Shoes – River Island

Bag – Asos

Sunglasses – Thrifted

Jewellery – Assorted

The first bite we decided to try out of the many venders, was the Cajun smoked skewers from York’s own Shambles Kitchen.This was a wrap filled with freshly smoked Cajun halloumiyum! You could have salad in the wrap with your filling of choice – but green stuff is for the weak when it comes to street food! (Right?) And – never to be one to miss out on tasty treats – I decided to grab a second helping of food from the street vender opposite. The one and only Street Dawg Co had sizzling hot dogs ready to be thrown in buns!I loaded my hot dog up with spicy chilli, mozzarella chunks and  french mustard. And trust me – I did not share!

This was a perfect (accidental) 4th of July celebration for me.If you’re eager to experience a food festival in York, for yourself, The New Ebor Street Feast is hosting their next event in early August! Check out the events page, here, for more details.