Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival, in association with Lee Kum Kee Sauces

 

We went to the Hong Kong Intangible Cultural Heritage Festival sponsored by Lee Kum Kee Sauces, celebrating all the good things about Hong Kong including its food heritage, a combination of British influence and being a port city, so one with great access to seafood.

 

We got to watch celebrity chefs Ching-He Huang and Ken Hom demonstrate how to make Zongzi, little rice steamed dumplings stuffed with various goodies, including tiny dried shrimp, salted egg yolk and dried sausage. You have to construct a pocket out of leaves, fill it with steamed rice and your chosen filling and then hang it off a bamboo pole to steam. Its actually trickier than it looks to construct the pocket, as our friend Jess from Jess Eating East found out when she bravely volunteered to give it a go! Ching did it so fast it looked easy, guess like everything else it gets better with practice. We sampled afterwards and unless you happened to get the bit filled with goodies I found the glutinous rice itself a bit dull. Until I added some of the Lee Kum Kee chilli oil and XO sauce to it, you could put those things on a flip flop and it would taste good!

 

Luckily for us food is pretty tangible (!) so we then tasted a variety of dim sum made by the Chinese Cricket Club, the restaurant onsite at the Crown Plaza. I love that dim sum means “to touch the heart lightly”, so poetic, although the amount of dim sum I ate practically meant that it was touching my heart in reality!  My favourite was the chicken siu mai, chicken, shitake mushrooms and spring onions, enveloped in a thin sheet of dough and steamed. J’s was the dessert of Sago in Mango Milk, which he said was a Far Eastern version of falooda (think bubble tea pearls in an alphonso mango milk). I’m not sure if I would be able to replicate the delicate dim sum we got served but the bag of Lee Kum Kee sauces we got to take home would definitely encourage me to try and branch out from my usual stir fry to something a little more adventurous.

 

And who knows now that BA are doing direct flights to Hong Kong maybe we might get to check out their food scene on the ground. I think that might inspire me even more!

 

Twitter: #food #travel #HongKong #ICH @LeeKumKeeEurope @CrownePlaza @ChefKenHom @Chinghehuang @British_Airways

#HotOffTheWok @Mingaiinstitute @HKinLondon #hketo #HeadChef #ChefKenWang #Chinese #Blackfriars #AnIHGHotel @ihg #London #sauces #chillioil #FoodieHeaven #Festival

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Thank you to Tom and Carrie at LKK Europe for the invite, and it was great meeting fellow food bloggers Tom, Jess, James, Mark, Seetal, Neil, Sandra, and another James and Jess!

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Pure Indian Cooking in Fulham

We headed across London to explore the Indian cooking of one of just a handful of Indian Female Head Chefs at Pure Indian Cooking in Fulham.

 

Pure Indian Cooking is run by co-owners Michelin-level trained Indian Head Chef Shilpa Dandekar and her husband Faheem Vanoo. Both started their careers with the world reknowned Taj Hotels Group in India, and have also developed their skills at top London Indian institutions: The Bombay Brasserie and Michelin-starred Quillon. Also, Shilpa trained under Michelin-starred Chef Raymond Blanc OBE and became their first female head chef.

Pure Indian Cooking’s USP is that they use quality ingredients, sourced from their contacts developed working all these years in the industry, to create dishes with clean, fresh flavours with subtle spicing, and presented with finesse.

After receiving a warm welcome from Chef Shilpa’s husband Faheem, we settled down to cocktails with exotic ingredients that reflected both Shilpa and Faheem’s careers starting with Taj; we loved the restaurant with its bright decor, beautiful artwork and metalwork of the light fixtures.

 

C loved her light and fresh Lychee and Lemongrass cocktail, and I enjoyed the sweeter floral notes of the hibiscus syrup in the Hibane cocktail off-set with the sharpness from the champagne. I particularly loved the addition of the hibiscus flower, which opened up in the glass and was picture perfect! Thanks Faheem for the cocktail recommendation.

We were tempted by the Taste of Mumbai, a selection of streetfood that transports you to the authentic flavours of India and creates memories of the hustle and bustle of busy streets in Mumbai, but decided on kicking off with delicacies traditionally cooked in the Tandoor (a clay oven): malai (double cooked cream) lamb chops and tandoor king prawns.

 

The lamb chops were still pink and succulent, and the plump prawns had a wonderful, unique smokey note that you only get from the tandoor. Also the raw mango and ginger’s sharpness and gentle heat complemented the sweetness of the prawns.

As we were talking about our shared love of India with Faheem, he recommended one of his favourite cocktails – a mango and chilli margarita. It took us straight back to memories of drinking cocktails on the beach, whilst visiting relatives in Goa at the end of January!

 

As Faheem advised us that they use local butchers, that they personally use for home entertaining also, in Putney Bridge to supply all their meats especially game. We decided on the spiced Barbury duck roast and a spiced vension roast from their game selection. These were matched with side dishes of dal makhani, laccha paratha and peshwari naan.

 

Dal Makhani is a rich, creamy and delicious dal from the Punjab. Shilpa made this perfectly. We loved the cardamom and clove notes in both the game dishes; though in our opinion, the spice levels could be reduced slightly to enable the flavours of the game to shine through in those dishes. Lachha paratha is a North Indian speciality, especially from the Punjab, and is essentially means layers and layers in Punjabi (think of a mille feuille but in paratha/ bread form), and is cooked in the tandoor; we have enjoyed it when travelling in India, and take it from me, this crispy, flaky delight is perfect with a cup of hot Indian chai for breakfast! (Though I will probably be shot for saying that, as it is meant to be eaten with some sort of curry.) The highlight of the breads was the peshwari naan, which had a lovely balance of coconut, toasted almonds and plump sultanas.

Save space for dessert – I am sure you all know that you have a separate dessert stomach!

 

Shilpa has done a wonderfully unique and creative twist on the traditional halwa turning it into a lovely crumble (especially perfect for that comforting hug from a dessert on those cooler nights). Really liked the way it was served on a slate board and in a cast iron skillet. C said that she enjoyed the spiced chocolate mousse, though she found it a bit heavy after a rich meal.

Overall, their USP rang true especially with beautifully presented dishes showcasing Shilpa’s Michelin-level training , and a great experience with pleasant service and excellent mixology skills from Faheem – shame we did not get a chance to meet Chef Shilpa herself, as the restaurant was becoming increasingly busy during our visit; with dine in customers and also with take away orders. We take our hats off to Shilpa and Faheem, as they have to look after their small daughter (who was entertaining herself with an ipad) whilst looking after a busy restaurant. Also, we already have our sights on the Dover sole recheado, roasted aubergine, lamb sukke, and the saffron pulao for our next visit.

Be taken on a journey through India via your food. One of the restaurants we recommend you to check out for London Food Month!

 

Twitter: #Indian #cuisine @PureCooking @ShilpaDandekar #fulham #fulhamhighstreet #putneybridge @humayunhussain @TajHotels

@raymond_blanc @SupperClubGuide @MridulaBaljekar #travel #transportedtoIndia #foodbloggers @LondonFoodMonth

 

Thank you to Food and Hospitality Consultant Humayun Hussain for inviting us to review Pure Indian Cooking.

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Coach and Horses, Clapham North

The Coach and Horses is tucked away on a quiet sidestreet in between Brixton and Clapham. They have a nice outside area so if spring ever decides to return it would be a lovely place for a drink in the sunshine (live in hope eh!)

Looking forward to lunch with Amy @feedingfranklin @coachhorsessw4 ! @tastytoursldn @TastyComms #tastytours #tastycomms

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They’ve also revamped the inside with some comfy sofas and a short, everchanging list of cocktails. Short is good in my book as it means they do a few things but they do them well. At the time we were there these included a raspberry margarita (what’s not to like?!) and a very good espresso martini. J can vouch for the negroni and old fashioned too!

 

See Alex (General Manager, and professional mixologist) in action making an espresso martini:

 

They also do good, not your usual run of the mill pizza. Mine had spicy n’duja, balanced out by sweet roasted tomatoes, fennel and peppery rocket. J went for a gluten free option with artichoke, which was perfectly cooked and its delicate flavour was complemented by the sweeter notes from the ricotta cheese, a wonderful nutty warmth from the roasted garlic and the lemony/ citrusy notes from the sorrel.

 

 

We then got the Nutella doughnuts and I’m not sure why I thought these would be dainty mini ones. They were enormous beasts that were impossible to eat in a ladylike way but delicious.

 

If you want to have a carb fest this is your place! They also show sport on a big screen (I will leave it to you to decide if this is a plus or not!). Also, craft beers are their specialty such as ones from well known local breweries like Camden Town, Brixton, and Beavertown, or further afield including Sweden, Belgium and Czech Republic.

 

 

Thank you to Amy (Feeding Franklin) at Tasty Comms & Tasty Tours London for inviting us, and it was great to also meet fellow food blogger Lucy.

 

Twitter:

@CoachHorsesSW4 @FeedingFranklin @TastyToursLDN @TastyComms #Clapham #Brixton #London #foodbloggers @DeterminedDiner

@The_Foodie_Feed #food #restaurants #LondonIsOpen @ketelone @patron #patronxocafe #FrontierPubs

 

Website:

http://www.frontierpubs.co.uk/coachandhorses/

Address: 173-175 Clapham Park Rd, London SW4 7EX
Phone: 020 7498 6308
Coach and Horses special offers during the week:

o Kick the Monday blues with 2 for 1 on all our delicious pizzas, all evening

o Try something new with a paddle of any 3 of our delicious craft beers for a mere £4

o Brighten up that Sunday with our lively quiz night

o The Dough Club! Ask staff for a Dough Club card and your 10th pizza will be on us

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all our lovely blog readers and social media followers! Hope you are all having a wonderful Easter weekend.
 
Thank you for helping us reach our year’s target of 1, 000 followers on Instagram, and 2, 000 followers on the blog.
Hope that you continue to enjoy reading our posts, and please encourage others to view our blog and connect with us on social media and via the blog.
 
Feliz Páscoa , and enjoy eating loads of chocolate!!!
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A Food Tour with Chef Liam Barker and AirBnB

AirBnB has launched their city experiences to allow visitors and residents of cities around the world, including ones staying in accommodation booked via them, to go on adventures together to get to know their host city better.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

Liam is a chef by background, and has many years experience in the kitchens of some of London and the UK’s best restaurants and hotels. This in-depth understanding of food and his passion to share his knowledge comes across during the tour through his warm persona and ‘get involved and I will show you’ method of teaching.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

We were invited on a soft launch of his new North London cooking experience – a foodie tour around his favourite shops to get provisions of some of North London’s best ingredients before cooking up a storm and settling down to enjoying dinner together. We met up in Camden Passage, just down the street from Angel station, outside Moxtons fishmongers. Liam explained about the different types of fish on display and how to tell that fish are fresh.

 

We then walked a short distance to master chocolatier Paul A Young so we could get a small giftbox selection of chocolates each for our sweet treats at the end of the meal.

 

Next we went to Mrs’ Lovells green grocers where we picked up our fruit and veg we needed, including an unusual ingredient – smoked garlic. This has quite an intense aroma (could smell it in the taxi!) and was fun to try and locate in the green grocers.

 

Finally, we made a pit-stop at Highbury Vinters wine shop to pick up essential wine supplies that would complement the meal we were cooking.

 

Liam had an Uber people carrier on standby to ferry us from one location to another, when it was too far to walk – you need to save some energy for cooking right?

We were finally whisked to a terraced house that has a café by day and which has a small kitchen and eclectic dining room where Liam hosts the cookery masterclass aspects of his food tour. Before starting cooking, we cracked open a bottle of wine and had a competition to see who could pick out the notes of the wine – a hint: no wrong answers!

 

We put our sea bass to bed encased in a cave of a mixture of 1kg of Maldon sea salt and whipped egg white.

 

Before the oven treatment:

 

And here he is in all his baked glory the sea bass ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

– with a golden brown coloured salt crust:

Images courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker and Connie Consumes

When Liam produced the blowtorch to blowtorch the butterflied prawns, it brought back memories of my childhood having fun cooking by fire, including making chapattis puff up directly on the hob and toasting marshmallows.

We made some Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts for starters.

 

So you know that delights you are in for, the menu we enjoyed on the night included:

 

Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts

 

Blowtorched blackened tiger prawns

 

Salt crust baked sea bass

 

New Potatoes with dill

 

Citrus leaf salad

 

Braised cos lettuce

 

Accompanying selection of wines specially chosen by Chef Liam

 

Here is the finished dish – what a colourful plate of food:

 

 

What are you waiting for – head over to AirB&B’s site and book Chef Liam’s awesome North London food tour for an unforgettable experience lasting about 4-5hours, and learn to make some beautiful British dishes in an evening of cookery in Islington!

 

Twitter: @ChefLiamUK @e1Lifemag @Airbnb @Airbnb_uk #EatLikeAChef #Moxtons @paul_a_young #MrsLovells #greengrocer @HighburyVintner

#Islington #airBnB #experiences #travelinspirations #foodadventures #LiveThere

@AirBnB2017 #foodies #london #foodbloggers #foodtours #supperclub @connieconsumes #paulayoung #brownies #delicious

#Moxtons #Angel #Fishmongers #fresh #fish #Islington

#checkout #foodexperiences @Dalton_Banks @MeganRex @FeedingFranklin

@JessEatingeast @Londonist @FreshnFearless @garyjberry

@elecrossland

@SauceComms @saucetravel @AngelIslington0 @NudgePR @GuittardChoco

@CaliforniaPrune @CountryandTown @ChocsForChance

@Uber @AirBNBLocations @AirBnbExp #BelongAnywhere

@hubbleitVR #VR #hubbleit @LondonIsOpen #londonisopen @maldonsalt

 

Websites:

 

http://chefliam.co.uk/

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences

 

 

Great also meeting fellow foodie friend and blogger Connie and her partner.

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Get ready for Levantine delights at Ceru, newly opened in South Kensington!

We ventured to Ceru’s Test Kitchen in Bermondsey for a food and cocktails pairing in preparation for Ceru opening in South Kensington. After needing to use Google Maps to find their slightly hidden location, in the rain, we received a warm welcome from Patricia and husband Barry (CEO), and settled down at a communal table to a cocktail masterclass by Ceru’s mixologist Michael on how to make the perfect Tanqueray cucumber martini (£7.50); and that this would kick off the Tanqueray gin theme through the evening, as its botanical notes complement Levantine cuisine!

 

The fresh botanical notes and background note of mint complemented the traditional Levantine nibbles of fluffy, warm flat bread and fadi (£5.50) – a roasted courgette and tahini based dip.

Fadi – courgette, tahini, chilli , lemon juice and Greek yoghurt @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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Next followed beautifully light courgette fritters with a crisp exterior served with a za’atar dressing, garnished with spring onions, and on a mint and dill yoghurt dip (£6.25). The saltiness of the feta helped cut through the richer elements of this starter.

Courgette fritters @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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Perfectly spiced Persian Kaftas (£8.50) were next, with a second round of cucumber martinis!

Beef kofta @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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They were more delicately spiced than Indian kofta kebabs, and went well with the sauteed edamame beans and onions, and the tartness of the yoghurt helped cut through and balanced the sweeter notes of the dish.

Michael then decided that a lighter, citrusy Ginlette would match perfectly with the crisp Ceru Village Salad (£5.50). Loved the contrast of pita croutons with the summery sumac and za’atar (a mix of Levantine herbs) dressing.

 

We were then transported to the coast when the selection of citrusy coriander labneh, a spiced roasted beetroot and fennel salad (£4.95), and our favourite: Karides (£9)-sweet grilled garlic prawns arrived; bringing back wonderful holiday memories of seafood lunches by the waterfront. This was a great combination of flavours and textures that complemented each other.

 

We moved onto a palate cleansing Vine Cherry Tomato & Red Onion Salad (£5.25) with a wonderful Chateau Ksara red, with its super spiced notes and black cherry notes, that worked perfectly with the pretty plate of Rose Scented Kebab Skewers (£9.50) – soft, juicy marinated cubes of lamb served with a mint tzatziki and colourfully decorated with rose petals.

Lamb with rose petals. @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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And what better way to round of our meal than with beautifully presented desserts of Dark Chocolate Mousse (£4.50) served in a traditional Levantine tea cup and Flavours of Baklava (£5.25), and more cocktails.

Pistachio topped chocolate pot. @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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Cardamon icecream with nut brittle and nut crumble. @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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We adored the surprise of the sour cherries at the bottom of the chocolate pot which was complemented by the smoothness of the dark chocolate mousse and crunch from the pistachio top. Also, they had done a deconstructed baklava which had a fantastic hazelnut nut brittle and rounded off with a burnt honey caramel. We love desserts and are already planning on trying their Spice Roasted Pears when we visit, as we are always looking for ideas of what to do with out pears from the garden.

Wonderful Leventine food and hospitality, and fantastic cocktails to match by mixologist Michael. We love their healthier take on traditional Levantine dishes. What are you waiting for, go check them out!

 

Ceru’s new location and opening hours in South Kensington:

7–9 Bute Street
South Kensington
London,

SW7 3EY

Contact

020 3195 3001
info@cerurestaurants.com

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
8am — 11pm

Saturday
9am — 11pm

Sunday
9am — 10pm

http://www.cerurestaurants.com/

 

Twitter: @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @tanqueraygin

#Levantine #dessert #middleeastern #hotspot #southkensington #chocolate #treat #foodporn #cucumber #cocktail #cocktailhour @ChateauKsara

@vi_woo @GleeofLife @katiebhughes @vftg_uk

Thank you to Patricia for inviting us to Ceru’s Test Kitchen for a fun evening meeting, eating and drinking with fellow foodies including Vi Vian , Margita , Katie , and Shona .

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Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

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We went to the relaunch of Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch (formerly known as Brindisa Tramontana). They’ve changed the restaurant to make it an all-day environment, building in extra power points for lap tops during the day and creating an open kitchen so you can enjoy watching the drama of chefs at work (if you want to see what it looked like before, check out our previous post here: https://goantolondon.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/brindisa-tramontana/ ).

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So you can pop in for a chorizo roll around 11 am, power through your work, and then you can reward yourself with one of their enormous orange and rosemary G&T’s (hey sometimes you have to take your motivation where you can get it!).

 

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They’ve also added a heated terrace at the back and I will say that even for someone like me, who is always cold, it was great. I hate wussy patio heaters where you have to swaddle your bottom half in blankets to remain outside. Here you can almost fool yourself that you’re in proper Spanish warmth! Whilst we were there they were cooking the paella in massive pans on the terrace, a lovely touch.

 

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One thing you can always rely on with Brindisa is impeccable sourcing. We talked to Juan, jamon carver extraordinaire, who told us that they source their acorn fed jamon from Extremadura and that a single leg of jamon can retail for £600 as they pack it in salt until it reduces to half its weight and then they hang it for 3 years or longer. It may be an expensive and time consuming process, but you can taste the depth of flavour in the finished product, this was some of the best jamon I’ve ever had.

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We also sampled some paella, jam packed with cuttlefish, huge prawns and mussels but I actually preferred the fideua, a Valencian dish that is similar to paella, which uses very thin pasta instead of rice so that some of the bottom strands go crispy and some remain soft after absorbing the stock. This was topped with a black garlic aioli (black garlic is whole bulbs that have been slowly heated over many months to create a caramelized flavour). I am firmly of the opinion that there is no such thing as too much garlic, but if you’re normally not a fan of aioli I would recommend this version, it’s much mellower and gentler.

 

 

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We finished with slices of almond and orange cake, a deliciously moist crumbly cake that had been drenched with orange syrup, which needed no accompaniment.

 

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I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that this place is around the corner from me, I can see myself developing a very expensive jamon habit!

 

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Twitter: #renovated @Brindisa #Shoreditch @BrindisaSpanishFoods #Spanish #Tapas #London

 

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An evening of gelato tasting at Marine Ices, Camden!

On a bright summer’s evening, we headed off to Camden for a gelato tasting session at Marine Ices. Love the wisteria, especially when it is in full bloom!

After a warm welcome from Eddie and Kitty, we settled down with fellow food bloggers in their bright private events room with coffees and teas and perused their standard and daily specials menus to see what treats we were in store for – sadly though, it was too cool that evening on the terrace to be enjoying their gelato comfortably; for another day to explore!

Choices, choices …

… now a bit of history and background to this unique gelateria:

Marine Ices was opened in Camden, London in 1931 by founder and gelato pioneer Gaetano Mansi bringing real Italian gelato to discerning Londoners; but then relocated down the Camden Road to larger premises with a terrace on 23rd August, 2014. Also, they migrate social media from @marineparlour to @MarineGelato in September, 2015. All change – and for the better!

They have a reputation for producing perfect gelato with authentic Italian flavours, plus also having inventive and interesting new flavour combinations on their ever changing specials menus. Also, they supply many restaurants, ice cream parlours, quality food shops and delicatessens around the country, so if you can’t make it to their own parlour in Camden your can still get their tasty gelato somewhere near you.

The gelato is now made in a state of the art creamery on the Myatt family’s own Suffolk farm, but they still stay true to the original Italian recipes of their founder.

We kicked off with Coppa Aldo : chocolate and tiramisu gelato with banana and hot fudge sauce.

We enjoyed the gelato, but were not keen on the addition of the banana. We hoped the next gelato surprise with please our palates more.

We were not disappointed – next was a Knickerbocker Glory. We loved the freshness of the peach and strawberry sorbet. The feeling of summer in a dessert!

Brownies we can never resist, so Chocolate Brownie Sundae was next on the list – wish we had smell o vision, it smelt So Good:

Lovely contrast of warm brownies against cold chocolate gelato – and a flat white, as coffee and icecream are a great combo.

They also serve a range of good quality Black Sheep coffees, as was the consensus around the table.

Everyone loves chocolate, so no surprise that a Coppa Stefania followed:

Particularly loved the addition of the liqueur soaked amarena cherries, which were complemented by the great texture created by the hazelnut nibs.

What better way to break up the marathon of gelato than with warm Belgian Waffles slathered in warm, velvety chocolate sauce! Perfect to provide that comforting feeling inside now that we are heading into Autumn.

Next: Peach melba – loved the juicy peaches complemented by the melba sauce. Though this time we thought that you could loose the cream on top. Saying that, this is personal preference; especially as we had already gone through quite a lot of gelato by this point!

 

If you are not sure what to get, then go for an open sundae: a combination of flavours ; like this one chosen by Maria of chocolate, caramel and brownies (a large version of the coppa stefania):

… and a close-up of this divine combination!

We rounded off the evening with our favourite flavours: Speculoos and Toffee Crunch – in waffle cones!

… “I am now ready for my close-up” !

 

We will be heading back to try their new Ferrero Rocher creation – one of our favourite chocolates, and now in gelato form!

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

Highly recommended, as they serve the best gelato we have found outside Italy!

Twitter: @MarineGelato @EdMyatt #marineices #gelato #foodbloggers #london @leavetheherd

@trapezeltd @FerreroRocherIT

#camden # #marineices

@AKBoogie @vi_woo @The_CheeksterX @TTzinhaw @baagloo @edgwareviabank @theCocoaChelsea @Indjagar

Website:

marineices.co.uk

Thank you to Lilly and Laura for looking after us during the evening, and to Eddie (manager) and Kitty (Trapeze Media) for organising and inviting us to this fun gelato session.

Great also meeting both familiar and new fellow bloggers Alex, Vi Vian, Felicia, Maria (social manager for baagloo , a global social media app with a social conscience), Iris, Jessica, and Ioan.

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

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Vital Ingredient- salad strikes back!

Looking forward to #healthyfood #treats from @vitalingredient @VitalEatYourWay ! #cullumstreet #london

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#healthylivinglondon #healthyfood @vitalingredient #GoldenSquare #cullumstreet @VitalEatYourWay

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I am not a subscriber to the clean eating movement. For those of you who know me, I’m probably the last person you would find spiralising courgette. However, I have to say Vital Ingredient has converted me! Normally, I think of salad as rabbit food and not filling enough for a long day at work, but I tried the Bang Bang chicken salad (£6.25) recently and it was delicious, full of crunch and flavour. It comprises chicken, roquito peppers, vegetables and sweet chilli & lime dressing so it also just happens to be both gluten and dairy free. I especially loved the dinky roquito peppers shaped like tiny teardrops, so cute! J got some of the hot food, sag paneer with brown rice (£5.95). This was warming and satisfying, and good to know that there are options other than salad for when the weather suddenly turns on you.

Get in the #rio2016 spirit with great #healthyfood #treats from @vitalingredient @VitalEatYourWay ! @AmoFranklin

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We each got one of their Raw and Naked drinks (£3.99), which comes as the raw ingredients chopped up which they blend at the counter with your choice of either apple juice or coconut water . I opted for Totally Tropical, a combo of apple, mango, pineapple goji berries and spinach, J got the Virgin Mojito.

#smoothies at @VitalEatYourWay @vitalingredient ! @AmoFranklin

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We finished up with one of their dessert pots, I got honey and granola (£1.99), which had just the right amount of sweetness, J got the coconut, mango and chia (£1.49).

 

Sometimes it’s nice to have your expectations confounded, Vital Ingredient we will be back!

Twitter: @vitaleatyourway @vitalingredient @amofranklin #PR #healthyfood #healthyeating #london #foodbloggers #Rio2016

 

Thank you to Amy at Feeding Franklin for organising our selection of healthy eating treats with Alex.

Summer memories of #foodbloggers sampling a selection of the lovely #healthy #salads , #breakfast pots , and #smoothies at @VitalEatYourWay @vitalingredient #GoldenSquare organised by @AmoFranklin with the welcoming Alex Heynes. Also, we had enjoyable chats with Alex & Amy , as well as fellow bloggers including Vi Vian @vivwoo , Jess @jesseatingeast & Rob @veggielad , and found out more about #vitalingredient . We recommend visiting your nearest branch of @vitalingredient , as they have superior quality and selection of products, in our opinion, to kick start your healthier lifestyle and meet your #healthfood daily requirements. Go check them out! #eatingoutlondon #londonisopen #londonfoodie #salad #summer #breakfastpot #healthysnacks #cleaneating #healthyliving #healthfood #healthyfood #food #breakfast #brunch #foodporn #fruitsalad #fruit #yoghurt #smoothies #smoothie #coconut #greensmoothie #foodphotography

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Barraka- Mediterranean and Moroccan flavours in Spitalfields!

We went along to check out Barraka, bringing the vibrant flavours of their Mediterranean – Moroccan homeland to Spitalfields.

I chose to get the salad bowl topped with the 28 day aged, grass fed rib eye (£9.25). This was full of flavour, you could really taste the quality of the meat (£5.25). J chose the chorizo baguette with white cabbage marinated in chilli and lime (£8.75).

 

And the finished Ribeye salad bowl! @barraka_ldn @tikichris #barrakaspitalfields @WhichitPro

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When we were talking to the owner Uri he said he had been inspired by Hawksmoor, to do something with the same quality but at a much more affordable level. When you’re building your salad bowl you should do as I did and opt to start with a generous smear of their fresh houmous, made with Ethiopian tahini. J also advises to get more chilli, as the chilli they use has a wonderful fruity flavour beside the chilli kick and heat.

 

 

Barraka were kind enough to give us a jar of this to take home, so now over to you dear readers, what would you like us to do with it?

Vote in the poll below!

What would you like us to make with the tahini – Savoury or Sweet?

 

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Thank you to Chris Osborn for inviting us to the press preview of Barraka, Uri from Barraka for looking after us during the evening, and Uri from WhichitPro for opening our minds to a new interesting and interactive web-based app that is perfect for bloggers.

 

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