Cheeky Chicos – now in Clapham Junction, go check them out!

Cheeky Chicos was launched by Dan and Gordon in Blackfriars on 11th March, 2015, and now 4 years later have launched their second branch in the trendy Clapham Junction. Cheeky Chicos has the cool, vibrant atmosphere of the foodie joints you find in San Diego, California where Dan is from; he even brought through beautiful tiles used on the bar all the way from SD!

Credit has to be given to these guys for changing an old coffee shop space into this wonderful restaurant, the transformation completed in only 6 weeks!!!

Loved the dining space at the back too, which can be used for private events also if required.

Fabulously colourful Cinquo de Mayo masks and amazing art works too …

Great food and drinks, especially the classic and passion fruit margaritas, and the vegan, salmon ceviche, and pulled chicken, pork and beef tacos; plus not forgetting their take on the classic old fashioned …

Head over there now to Cheeky Chicos to get that San Diego Mexican vibe!!!

… Food bloggers in action!

 

Thanks Amy at Tasty Comms for inviting us to this fun food blogger launch party.

Twitter: @CheekyChicos @TastyComms @TastyToursLDN

Instagram: @cheeky_chicos @tastytoursldn @tastycomms #restaurantmarketing

Website:

https://www.cheekychicos.co.uk/

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Ibiza – our travel tips = start planning your Spring/ Summer break now!!!

Here is our guide to where to stay and what to see/ do in Ibiza:

We stayed at Hotel Nautico Ebeso in Figuretas, the bay next to D’Alta Vila and Eivissa (Ibiza Town). It is a 3 star hotel on the waterfront in Figuretas Bay.

Hotel was just a 20mins journey by bus from the airport (Use bus no. 10, which runs from airport at 20mins and 50mins past hour, and from Eivissa on the hour and 30mins past from main bus station), and only 15mins walk from the centre of Ibiza Town.

Staff at the hotel are pleasant. Excellent breakfasts. Food at dinner time was too salty for our tastes, but a good selection of dishes. However, the desserts were made with synthetic cream, and can be improved on. The pool, sunlounger, table tennis, bar and terrace areas were all kept very clean. We went at the end of June and got temperatures ranging 27-34 C (80-95 F).

A seaview room is a must for only another € 100, as the views first thing in the morning across Figueretas and the bay are great to wake-up to. It is also advisable as street in front of hotel gets noisy with traffic early in morning. Safe is available in the room for ease of leaving passports, etc. We were a bit suprised only got two small courtesy soaps on the day of arrival, and no more the rest of the stay – so I would advise bringing/buying your own soap/shampoo/shower gel! This was a first for us, as we have travelled a lot, and stayed in many budget hotels particularly in India/Far East and elsewhere in Europe.

Ibiza town/Figuretas is a good base for people looking for sights, culture, good restaurants; but Santa Eularia / Es Cana is more suitable for young families-based on our personal travel experiences and my 2.5yrs experience within the travel industry. Santa Eularia is only a 25mins bus journey to Eivissa (Ibiza Town).

Overall, an enjoyable holiday, good clean hotel, decent and reasonable local bars on promenade and great location; quieter location for relaxing on balcony, but close to D’Alta Vila and just a 20mins walk to the main bus station-which enables travel around the whole island.

Top Tips:

Tourist info in Ibiza Town is on right on Passeig Vara de Rei, just after entrance/side street into Placa des Parc square.

In Placa des Parc square, Madagascar cafe does the best cafe latte we have sampled outside of Italy. Also, for a cheap but good lunch, go to Bon Profit which is directly opposite on this square.

Gelateria Moretti on the Marina in Ibiza Town (walk down Av. d’Espanya, into Passeig Vara de Rei,curve left, and cross at traffic lights and you will find it in the middle on right of second precinct of shops) has the best icecream in town (better than Carte D’Or). There is also a branch on the beach front in Santa Eularia; walk straight down from the bus station and it is on the left – it has a nice terrace for a mid-afternoon treat with super views.

Bar Flotante on Platja Talamanca is the best restaurant for calamari (fried squid) and grilled prawns in garlic butter – fresh seafood and pleasant, attentive staff. Only a gentle 45mins walk from Ibiza Town marina.

Ses Salines National Park is south of the island and has the best beach – clear, warm waters and clean sands, comparable to the Caribbean.

Cala Mastella is a beautiful, secluded beach which is just 1km /15mins walk from Cala Llena bus stop (North-East of the island). Es Bigote is a good seafood restaurant (but expensive) in the cliffs above – book at least day before.

The main bus station is on Av. d’Isidor Macabich. Use from here: bus no 10 to get to the Airport; 13 to Santa Eularia; 16 from Santa Eularia to Cala Llena; 11 to Platja de Ses Salines.

Lidl supermarket,Mc Donalds and Fruita Viva supermarket are on Av. de Sant Jordi, just off main roundabout at end of Av.d’Espana.

Cheap internet at Cybertel, just off Av.d’Isidor Macabich is only €1 per hour!!!

travel company we booked Nautico Ebeso with:
http://www.travelrepublic.co.uk

hotel’s own site:
http://www.bghotels.com/hotel-nautico-ebeso.php?lang=en

Social Media:

Twitter: @bghoteles  @TravelRepublic  @riseboarders  @Ibiza_Travel  de @spain

 

Instagram: @travelrepublic  @spain  @ibizatravel #IbizaAlwaysOn

 

 

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Fat Macy’s- eat good food and do good

Fat Macy’s is a supper club with a social conscience. Everyone who works there, from the chefs to the servers, are young people living in temporary accommodation. Working at Fat Macy’s helps them save for a deposit to get their own place. We love the ethos and the food was great even if you don’t know the backstory. We hadn’t been to a supper club for a long time and had forgotten how nice it is to meet people who you normally wouldn’t in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Our pop up was at Good and Proper Tea and walking in to be met by fresh flowers, tea lights and a rosemary and clementine G&T felt like the perfect welcome on a cold, rainy night.
We started with a cheddar cheese and leek tart with spiced cranberry relish. J is dairy free and they coped admirably with this, rustling up a leek and onion version for him instead.

Fat Macy’s Supper Clubs Press Launch – cheddar cheese and leek tart

The main was chicken braised with sherry, accompanied by brussel sprouts with roasted red grapes and chestnut butter and roasted potatoes with garlic and tarragon . The sides came family style in big sharing platters, the best way as it ensure everyone chats whilst passing things back and forth and you can have sneaky seconds of your favourites!

Fat Macy’s Supper Clubs Press Launch – Chicken braised with sherry

We finished up with a clementine posset and cinnamon biscuit, a light, refreshing end. I had a little taste of J’s dairy free version of this and was surprised by how creamy they managed to make it.
Their supper clubs include dates around Valentines day and Mother’s Day , so if you fancy doing something a bit different to the usual “table for 2 and a red rose for the laydee” on Valentine’s Day or opting for the default of your local restaurant for Mother’s Day, go and experience one of their supper clubs!

Fat Macy’s Supper Clubs Press Launch – Clementine Posset with cinnamon biscuit

Fat Macy’s Website: https://www.fatmacys.org/
(Spaces still available on 28th March, 2019.)
Fat Macy’s Social Media:
Twitter: @fatmacys
Facebook: @fatmacys
Instagram: @fat_macys
Thank you to Meg and Iona for inviting us and Fat Macy’s Team for looking after us, and look forward to see you again soon.
Also, great having the company of fellow foodies with a social conscience including Nicola , Jamie , Mary , Lizzie and John, and the teams behind Good and Proper Tea and Aphrodite’s Food .
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Get your tickets for Wine and Cheese Tasting: Discover Italy with Lento of London – join them on Saturday 2nd March, 2019 with exclusive discounts on tickets via goantolondon!!!

Join Lento of London at Hawker House – Street Feast on Saturday, 2nd March from 1pm to 3pm for a memorable afternoon learning the basics of wine tasting and the art of pairing wine with food.
Luca will talk you through his range of artisan Italian wine providing tips on how to taste wine and what to look for when pairing wine with food whilst you drink the samples and get creative to find your favourite wine/cheese pairing.
There will be six wines on tasting from across Italy as well as six kinds of cheese to enjoy.
And a message from the friendly Luca and Michael:
We’re not wine snobs at Lento of London so expect a relaxed, fun and approachable session.
Head straight over via the links below for exclusive discounts on tickets, you will definitely enjoy their events as much as we do!
Ticket links:
Lento of London Social Media links:
Instagram: @lento_of_london
Facebook: lentooflondon
You Tube: Lento of London

 

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A relaxing beach holiday in Calabria, Italy!

We needed a relaxing beach holiday away from the regular tourist spots, and so decided on a lesser known location of Zambrone in Calabria – a beach vacation hotspot for the Italians!

After a lot of research and discussions, we decided on the all-inclusive 4* BV Borgo del Principe. It is a beautifully landscaped, and tranquil hotel with a superb location looking out over Zambrone marina and bay. It is not far from Tropea (just a short journey by train), and Santa Maria dell’Isola (11km). And for those looking for funparks, you have Aquapark di Zambrone only 1.3km away. When we arrived, they had kept a bottle of local rose wine in each of our rooms. What a lovely welcome!

 

During our stay we enjoyed delightful local Borgo di Valdo – Terre di Cosenza (De Caro) red, white and rose wines; as well as local culinary delights, like Nduja, and local liqueurs, such as limoncello and amaro, to enjoy watching the beautiful sunsets.

Amaro is locally produced from a blend of Calabrian herbs, flowers, fruits and roots. It is an acquired taste; though sadly not one of ours!

Nduja is a locally produce spicy pork sausage (pork, roasted peppers and a mixture of spices). It is perfect spread on bread and eaten with olives; or as we have found since returning home, great on roasts!

These went perfectly with the gorgeous array of foods, cold and hot daily changing dishes, fantastic fresh seafood, such as swordfish, themed nights, and fabulous Italian coffees (available anytime of day), whilst dining on the restaurant terrace looking out across the crystal clear sea (amazing to swim in also).

 

We played table tennis and football (they have a friendly activities team), plus went for lovely beach walks early morning and in the evenings.

Tropea is just a short train ride from Zambrone railway station. Just hop on the train (€1.30 each way per person), and you can take in the breathtaking coastal scenery before exploring the UNESCO heritage site that is Tropea.

Plus do not forget to pick up your supplies of Nduja before you leave – otherwise your stomach will not forgive you when you return home and it is craving this wonderful, spicy treat. 🙂

What a find of a hotel, with fantastic service, food and location, and highly recommended for an escape from busy city life!

 

Hotel contact details:

BV Borgo del Principe

Address: Via del Mare, 40, 89868 Marina di Zambrone VV, Italy
Phone:+39 0963 392196

 

Twitter:

#beach #holiday #location @BvBorgoPrincipe #traveltuesday #recommendations @ItalianTouristB

@saucetravel @SauceComms @TravelLeisure @CNTraveler #travel #Zambrone #Calabria #Italy

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Check out:

http://www.bvborgodelprincipe.com/

https://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.bvborgodelprincipe.com/&prev=search

http://www.agriturismovaldo.it/agriturismo-marina-di-grosseto/

https://www.vivino.com/wineries/cantina-de-caro/wines/borgo-di-valdo-9999

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Happy New Year for 2018 to you all!

Seasons Greetings and an early Happy New Year for 2018 to you all!!!

Hope you have enjoyed our blog posts and social media coverage of different travel locations, restaurants and various events over the last year.

Great also seeing familiar faces on the food, travel and lifestyle scene whom we have got to know over these last eight years, plus constantly connecting and meeting new people.

Have fun bringing in the New Year, look forward to making further new connections over the coming year, and continue to follow our food and travel adventures around the world both on the blog and also via our social media!

* Also, as we mentioned previously at Christmas time, from beginning of January, 2018 we will be running more competitions to celebrate our international blog turning 5 years old (2012- 2017) – so don’t forget to say in touch. 😎 *

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The awesome Elmore Jam’s Italian supperclub at Spianata Bakery, London Bridge! … Have you got your tickets for this weekend?

We arrived at The Grub Club and The Elmore Jam’s Italian Supper Club at Spianata Bakery in More London.

After a welcome Negroni, we settled down to sample an array of delightfully created dishes by a top Italian Chef  served on beautiful tiles against the musical backdrop of the fantastic lively jazz trio:

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba4uZ9zn3Uh/?taken-by=goantolondon

Loved watching the theatre in the kitchen of Chef Alessandro Miroballo in action!

https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba4ve54HJk8/?taken-by=goantolondon

If you want to experience this level of fun, entertainment and excellent food all combined into one evening, head over to The Grub Club to buy your tickets for The Elmore Jam’s next pop-up Italian supper club event this weekend with cooking by MasterChef Professional Finalist and Head Chef at the Italian Embassy – Danilo Cortellini . There are still a few seats left for today: Friday 8th December, 2017 and tomorrow: Saturday 9th December, 2017.

What are you waiting for? Hop over to the link below to grab your tickets …

https://grubclub.com/pop-up-restaurants?utm_source=blog-gc&utm_medium=pop-up-dining&utm_campaign=pop-up-dining

Twitter: @SpianataLondon @TheElmoreJam #Spianatabakery @grub_club @Danilo_chefUK

#Italian #chef #supperclub #bakery #MoreLondon #LondonBridge #London #feelingfestive

Instagram: @alessandromiroballo @theelmorejam @grub_club @danilocortellini

Thank you to Nick from The Elmore Jam and Kerri from Lantern Public Relations for the invite, and great chatting with Chef Miro, Stephano (owner of the excellent Spianata Bakery) and brother Marco, and an enjoyable dining experience with Stephano’s parents and Kerri and Donna – Nick’s core team.

Hope you enjoy your evening watching another master, Danilo Cortellini, in action if you decide to go. Have a great weekend all!

http://www.danilocortellini.com/libro-ricette-chef-ambasciata/

Spianata Bakery contact details:

Website:

http://www.spianata.com/

Address:

More London Place, London SE1 2RT

Phone: 020 8616 4662
Email: morelondon@spianata.com

Opening Hours:

Thursday 7:30am–8pm
Friday 7:30am–8pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30am–8pm
Tuesday 7:30am–8pm
Wednesday 7:30am–8pm
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The surprising thing you should be pairing with your Comte cheese this Christmas (hint: its not chutney!)

Twitter: @comte_cheese , @BedalesWines , @MeganRex  

@CityGirlSabrina , @MBATheAgency ,  @Huddle_PR , #TravelTuesday , @riseboarders 

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Thank you to Megan, Sabrina and Patrick for the invite and an interesting evening.
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The best gelato outside Italy!

We went to Prime Gelato in Soho to try out Mirko’s range of proper Italian gelato.
Mirko is from Italy originally and you can tell because so is everything else in his shop, from the Ferrari of ice cream machines to the pistachios that he imports from Sicily (they’re the best dontcha know!). J was very impressed by the gleaming chrome machines but I was instantly drawn to the counter as that’s where the gelato was. Unlike other shops Mirko doesn’t leave his gelato open to the elements, the lids on top maintain the constant perfect temperature, but thats only indicative of his devotion to the religion of gelato! We sampled pretty much most of his range of gelatos and sorbets. I loved the nut flavours, espcially the hazelnut (imported from Turin) and the peanut which Mirko carefully balanced with his own recipe for salted caramel to make the poshest Snickers gelato ever (I’m not sure that’s the frame of reference he would use!)
Normally I’m not a fan of sorbet, finding them too gritty or crunchy. But those amazing machines come into their own allowing Mirko to create almost creamy tasting sorbets with the purest fruit flavours, I especially liked the mango, a blast of sunshine on these wintery days.
Mirko also does vegan gelatos, much to the delight of our friend and fellow blogger Naomi who can’t eat dairy. We sampled some and I have to say for vegan gelato they were pretty darn good. And at only     for a small cup I don’t think you can get better gelato in London. We watched Mirko very sweetly offer a free cone to someone who had already purchased a strawberry cone from a competitor. Frankly it’s good marketing because once you taste Mirko’s gelato you won’t be going anywhere else!
Twitter: #mbtmeetup #gelato #mirkomazzone @naomi__loo @FeedingFranklin  @MrTimChow 
Instagram: @prime_gelato_london @mirko.mazzone.84 @naomi_loo
Facebook:
Thank you to Naomi for inviting us, and Mirko for a fun evening. Great also seeing fellow bloggers Amy and Tim.
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