On being invited to my old friend Mikala’s for afternoon tea a couple of weeks ago, I got all excited and offered to bring an element – I’m fairly useless at baking (don’t really like measuring things), not a huge fan of dainty sandwiches, already had Prosecco ready to go, so what else to contribute? Sausage rolls!
It’s finally that time of the week! I’m getting old and as such quite enjoy a Friday night in the house, with some good food, red wine and some decent (or rubbish TV). Having had copious amounts of wine and Prosecco lately, I’m moving onto home-made cocktails, something I haven’t really been into in the last couple of years. Too many things to buy, too much faff, let’s just get Prosecco etc etc. I’m not by any means a mixologist (AT ALL) but having recently done a fab mojito masterclass, the floodgates are open for being a bit more creative than opening a bottle (which is probably a screwtop) and pouring. Enter the whiskey sour!
On The Bab opened just after I stopped working in Covent Garden, which was unfortunate timing as I love a bit of Korean and always looking for a nice casual lunch spot that’s not too expensive. I wondered past yesterday and thought why not – a quick couple of snacks with my sis to keep us locked up til dinner.
An easy seasonal frittata that’s chunky, meaty and will keep you full til lunch. (Or whatever the next meal is..)
Eggs are such a staple, I really don’t think I could have an egg-free week. Not that there’d be any reason to, I just don’t think I could say that about many other foods. It is unlikely to have escaped your notice that it is no longer summer, and has in fact been raining for the last 3 months or so. So it’s time to stop with the salads and BBQs (unless there’s a shortrib involved, and some kimchee…mmmmmm, Foxlow memories) and get a move on with some lovely autumnal munches.
In the past I’ve found the London Restaurant Festival a little overwhelming.. ridiculous I know but there’s so much going on, offers, events and tours and being someone who struggles with the smallest decisions, it all seemed too much. Until this year that is!
I was invited by the lovely Sheepa at Zomato (also of Food That Makes You Smile) to experience one of the restaurant tours that are arranged by the LRF, with the aim of #RestaurantHopping – experiencing a variety of venues with a small dish and a drink in each, around the same area. It’s a great way to go to places you may never have been, and tick 6 restaurants off the list in one night.
Set up as a result of a background in the catering business and a love of the Basque country, Donostia Social Club is the baby of Paul Belcher, and is a fab little street food van and events catering business, with a a more permanent site at Pop Brixton.
The interestingly named Smack Lobster Roll is the little sister of Burger & Lobster, opened in 2011 by the Goodman Group and one of the front runners of the (almost) single-concept restaurant. Smack, nestled on the Chinatown end of Dean Street, is sans burger and has a nice little menu of five rolls and four salads, with a chowder side option, all lobster based.