Chick ‘n’ Sours, near London Liverpool Street

We were here on a freezing November night, luckily the cold was abated by the cozy downstairs dining area and the warmth of welcome from our lovely waitress Hattie. We kicked things off with cocktails, The Tart for me (amaretto, bourbon, cherry and cacao, all the good things!) and The Mexinese for J (tequila, lime, ginger, pandan leaf) a bit too on the sour side for me but J loved it.

Starters were Szechuan aubergine, aubergine in a feather light batter covered with a chilli and sesame dressing that was so good I was half tempted to drink the remainder out of the bowl! We also had the Xian Xian chicken tenders dusted with a mix of raw spices. This wasn’t quite so successful as the uncooked spice mix was a bit overpowering. Luckily Hattie spotted that this dish wasn’t going down quite so well and offered to replace it with plain chicken tenders, which were delicious; juicy, succulent chicken encased in super crispy batter.

Then the piece de resistance, Kung Pao whole fry, an entire deep fried chicken smothered in Kung Pao sauce, dried chillies and spring onions. Maybe we were a bit ambitious to attempt this but je ne regrette rien!!

Fortunately J was willing to attempt the carving and did an excellent job. It was the perfect balance of sweet, salty and hot. We accompanied it with beef dripping fries and ginger miso slaw (hey there had to be something on the table that wasn’t fried!). There is no dessert menu, but frankly this was a mercy as we waddled home. Come hungry, order the whole fry and be prepared to get down and dirty with your food!

Thank you to Hannah Norris at Nourish PR for organising our meal.


Twitter: @chicknsours @HannahMNorris #nextlevel #friedchicken #sourcocktails

Instagram: @chicknsours @hannahmnorris @hattierossi

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Homage2Fromage – say yes please to all you can eat cheese!!!

If thought of eating as much cheese as you can physically hold whilst chatting to fellow cheese lovers in a relaxed, unpretentious setting sound right up your street then book onto the next Homage2Fromage event. Nick and Vicky (fellow turophiles, the posh word for people who love cheese which is everyone right?) run monthly nights in different cities, themed around a region or variety of cheese. Eight cheeses are presented whole and tasted blind, when the Master of Cheese calls “cheese” run don’t walk to the cheese. They suggest that you cut thumb sized pieces of cheese (at least initially!). You can always go back for more, this is a marathon not a sprint people, and it stops you from ending up with a whole wedge of something that you find you later don’t like. Although the cheeses are presented with all the trimmings, including chutneys, grapes, tomatoes and crackers they recommend that you try the cheese “naked” at first. I would concur with this approach, once you have a good idea of the flavour of the cheese you can decide what you want to pair it with. The cheese slates have numbers on them and the paper plate you are given has corresponding numbers in a wheel. Try not to get so carried away with excitement that you lose track of which cheese you’re putting next to which number (as ahem I might have done). At the end you get to find out what the cheeses were and the story behind each one. At our night it was a Best of British theme, my favourite was perhaps the Char Coal cheddar, a dense fudgy cheddar blended with activated charcoal to create a dramatically dark cheese, which was a new one on me.

But this is the best part, you get to discover new cheese loves and talk to other people who are obsessed by cheese. Win win!!!

See their website for a list of upcoming events Home Page – Homage 2 Fromage

… Thank you to Vicky at North PR for the invite to this fun cheesy evening!

Facebook: Homage2Fromage   The Bull pub. Westfield

Twitter: @NorthPRUK @Homage2Fromage @BullWestfield

Instagram: @northpruk @ncopland @homage2fromageuk@bullwestfield


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Win a @bakerdays Father’s Day cake for Sunday 16th June, 2019

Win a @bakersdays Father’s Day Cake for Sunday 16th June, 2019 (similar to this anniversary cake we got) by …

Bakerdays – Anniversary Celebration Cake

… heading to our Rafflecopter link below now to enter:

*Competition has now closed*


Jade Hewlett @jrh2 @JadeHewlett1



The prize is for a letterbox cake with a standard option design only for a Happy Father’s Day letterbox cake provided by the lovely Adam and Anna at @bakerdays . Closing date for entries is 23:59 on Monday 10th June, 2019 BST (British Summer Time). The winner will be selected on Tuesday 11th June, 2019 AM (BST) and must respond by Wednesday 12th June, 2019 at 09:00 ; otherwise another winner will be drawn. Also, the winner must order their letterbox cake by 14:00 BST on Friday 14th June, 2019 to ensure delivery of the letterbox cake in time for Father’s Day 2019. Only UK residents eligible to enter, as only UK mainland delivery provided by @bakerdays as per prior agreement. One entry per social media channel per person permitted. You must be following, and continue to follow, all our main social media channels and @bakerdays too to qualify – we do check! Any other expenses are the responsibility of the winner.

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Comté cookery class with Chef Laura Pope at Central Street Cookery School

We were invited to attend a cheese cooking class by the lovely people at Comté. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the deliciousness of Comté it’s a hard cheese made from raw milk by cows who graze Alpine meadows full of flowers in France. The flavour and texture of the cheese depends on which flowers and plants were on pasture, how aged the wheel of cheese is (can be up to 24 months) and the expertise of the affineurs who look after the cheese during the ageing process. If you have the self restraint to do more with your Comté than eat it as it comes here are a couple of ideas!

Our first dish was one of my favourites, asparagus (perfect at this time of year) covered with a velvety blanket of cheese sauce. It came out so bubbly and golden I had to struggle not to dig into the demo version as it emerged from the oven.

Lightly blanch the aspargus in boiling water, drain and put in an ovenproof dish.
Make a white sauce, add 100g of Comté and stir over heat for 2-3 minutes til it thickens. Then take it off the heat and add an egg yolk, mustard, Worcester sauce and seasoning to make the best cheese sauce ever. Pop it in the oven for 8 minutes on 180 oC and finish it under the grill for 1-2 minutes or until you can bear the wait no longer and have to dive in!

The next was a salad which I’m a bit scarred by having eaten too many limp, sorry supermarket pre prepared salad. I have to say that I was unprepared for the beauty and tastiness of this. Enjoy!

Comté, broad bean, pancetta and hazelnut salad.

Put oven onto 190 oC put 50g hazelnuts in for 10-12 minutes. Set aside to cool and roughly chop. Boil 200g broad beans for 3-5 minutes,drain and skin. Fry 100g pancetta and put on kitchen towel to drain fat. Make a dressing in a clean jam jar by shaking 2 tbsp virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1/4 tsp Djion mustard and 1/4 tsp maple syrup together. Chop 10g basil and 10g mint, add it to 50g mixed salad leaves and toss through the dressing. Add the broad beans, hazelnuts and half the pancetta. Dish up and top with the remaining pancetta and Comté cut into thin batons.

Twitter: @MBATheAgency @MeganRex @katriekemann @comte_cheese #CookingWithComte @central_st

Instagram: @gottobegourmet @katriekemann @mba_the_agency @comtecheeseuk @patrickmcguigan1 @thedorsetkitchen @centralstreetcookeryschool #CookingWithComte @savlafaire @londonkirsty @bethlwebb

Comté UK website:


Thanks to Kat and Megan at MBA The Agency for the invite to this fun Comté food blogger event.

… Kat serving us Comte and pancetta filo parcels on arrival with processo:

Also, great having the company of fellow bloggers including Seetal & Kirsty (fellow cookery team mates) and Beth .

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Celebration cakes by bakerdays – order your delicious surprise cakes !

bakerdays– Anniversary Celebration Cake

Our parents got a surprise anniversary letter box cake from bakerdays . They loved the beautiful design and chocolate sponge of their cute little letterbox cake.

bakerdays– Decorated Chocolate Celebration Cake

bakerdays do cute little letterbox cakes, and they can personalise them with individual photographs. Perfect for surprising friends and family with.

They deliver anywhere in the UK; plus you can send worldwide too. Also, they do customised balloons and unique gifts too – check out their website and social media feeds for further information.

So what are you waiting for, get ordering your cakes via these links below:

Cake delivery in the UK:

Occasion Cakes:


Thank you to the lovely Adam and Anna at bakerdays for organising this surprise for our parents.


Social Media:

Twitter: @bakerdays #bakerdays #bakerdaysmoment #MD2019

Instagram: @bakerdays 

Facebook: bakerdays

Pinterest: bakerdays

All other social media links are on their website home page.

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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


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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:

hotel’s own site:

Social Media:

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


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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:
(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!
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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



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