Win a pair of tickets to BBC Good Food Show – Feast in the Moat, Tower of London : 22nd to 24th September, 2017 – and the winner is ….

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Enter once a day via our Rafflecopter giveaway to win a pair of tickets to the BBC Good Food Show this weekend at Tower of London.

Competition closes: 18th September, 2017 at midnight (12am) London GMT

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… And the winner is : Claire @teal50

Congratulations Claire and have fun at BBC Good Food Show!!!

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Four To Eight, tucked away in Covent Garden

We went to Four to Eight, a modern Italian, in Covent Garden to try out their new brunch menu.

We kicked things off with cocktails, I went for the Blood Orange Margarita, which was actually a lot sweeter than I was expecting, I would have preferred it to be a bit sharper. J chose Connection, which was along the lines of the super strength cocktails he prefers such as an Old Fashioned.

 

For starters we chose from the small plates. J picked the crab scotch egg which was enormous! It came looking very dramatic on a red pepper sauce against a black plate. We really enjoyed the spiciness of the sauce against the sweetness of the crab. My starter was Tuscan sausage with cannellini beans and an egg; unfortunately, I found the sausage to be a bit too salty for my taste.

 

For mains we both chose big cuts of meat, I picked the rib eye which was very flavoursome and J chose the veal entrecote which was a veal chop. You need to order sides with these, we opted for heritage tomato salad and fries (you have to with steak it’s the law!). We were very full after these, it would be nice to have some lighter options on the big plates for brunch, such as chicken or fish.

 

But not enough to stop us having dessert and dessert cocktails, I had the tiramisu martini, which was a dreamy combination of all my favourite things in a glass, and J had a classic espresso martini.

 

For actual desserts, I chose the dulche de leche cheesecake which was very light, and looked as pretty as a picture with its topping of amaretti biscuits and edible flowers. J had the cannulo (singular of cannoli!) with black figs, chocolate and pistachios.

 

Brunch here took us straight back to holidaying in Sicily! Head over and check out their new brunch menu.

Twitter: @FourToEightLDN @FeedingFranklin @TastyToursLDN #tastycomms

#Italian #coventgarden #London #bloggers

#glutenfree #menu

Instagram: @tastycomms @feedingfranklin @fourtoeight

Thank you to Amy from Tasty Comms for organising our brunch, and to Gino and Monica for looking after us. Gino made all our cocktails too …

 

Also, for all those fellow sufferers out there like J (though today he took tablets to enable us to try the new brunch menu), they have a gluten-free menu, which has a great selection of dishes.

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Pivaz – Turkish dining in Hackney, London

We arrived on a bright summer’s day at Pivaz to a warm welcome by Matt (GM), and settled at a table near the open French patio doors.

 

We kicked off with Castell Blanc, a Spanish rose cava recommended by Matt.

 

Loved the light, summery notes that brought back memories of holidays abroad.

A cold mezze platter was the perfect way to get us in a Turkish holiday mood.

 

We particularly enjoyed the pomegranate molasses and fresh pomegranates that made the tabbouleh glisten in the sun, and the wonderful flavours that danced on your palate. Also, the lamb koftas were moist but still pink, and the pistachio crust was a nice surprise combination.

This was followed by traditional Turkish hot mezze combination of Borek (flaky pastry parcels) and grilled halloumi.

 

A lovely slow cooked lamb shank and goats cheese salad reminded us of our trip to Fethiye and dining on the roof terrace of the boutique hotel with a meal cooked by the 5* Istanbul hotel chef who owned the property.

 

We thought though that it was a slight shame that the lamb was more European style, rather than what we would have expected on the menu with spices like sumac. Maybe they can consider spicing things up!

 

We rounded off our meal with baklava and raspberry cheesecake.

 

The baklava was warm, flaky and syrupy, and the cheesecake was the perfect summery dessert. We recommend checking out this place for their own unique take on traditional Turkish cuisine.

 

Twitter: @PivazRestaurant  @AlexRosePR  @CavaRecaredo #castellblanc #brut #rose #cava #Turkish #dining #Hackney #London

@DO_Cava #Turkish #cuisine

Instagram: @pivazrestaurant @alexandrarosecreative @cava.recaredo

Thank you to Alexandra for organising our visit to Pivaz and for the attentive service from Matt (GM) and team.

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Bistro Mirey, London

We discovered Mirey’s bistro tucked away down a quiet Islington side street, currently popping up in the Charles Lamb pub. As an added bonus we managed to score an outside table in the sun it was the perfect place for a long relaxed Sunday lunch.

 

We started off with burrata paired with figs, honey and thyme. Bursting with freshness the sweetness of the figs were the perfect foil for the creaminess of the burrata. The chefs behind Mirey’s are French (Gerald) and Japanese (Ko) so naturally enough the food is French with a Japanese influence. You notice this popping up in things like the flavourings in the steak tartare, that came with accents of wasabi, yuzu and sesame seeds, which was delicious.

 

Then, it was Sunday, so we had a roast, it’s the law you have to! I was seriously torn between the duck, lamb and pork as I love all those meats equally but Gerald persuaded me to go for the Kentish lamb and I did not regret my choice. The lamb was full of flavour, if a bit fatty, and it came with homemade mint sauce that bore no resemblence to the overly sweet jarred monstrosities that the supermarket sells. J opted for the 6 hour slow roasted Dingley Dell pork and I confess I did swipe a bit of his crackling so I feel I got the best of all worlds!

 

The roast comes with all the trimmings including a giant Yorkshire pud, my only slight niggle was that the roast potatoes weren’t quite as crispy as I would have liked them. But we still cleared our plates in between chatting with Chip, the friendly American behind the bar.

We finished off with a chocolate brownie with matcha ice cream (there’s that Japanese influence again!) and J got a cheeseboard. I would have liked my brownie to be a bit sweeter to balance out the bitterness of the matcha. J said the cheeses were well kept and there were some interesting ones on there.

 

Finally, the sun disappeared behind a tree and we dragged ourselves away from our 4 hour lunch reluctantly. Gerald told us that they would like to have their own place in the Islington area in the style of a Japanese izakaya (an informal Japanese gastropub). We really enjoyed our lunch and are keeping our fingers crossed that they find somewhere suitable.

In the meantime, they’re at the Charles Lamb till the 15th September, 2017. Go check them out!

Twitter: @mireyrestaurant @thecharleslamb @geraldmirey #Delightful #French #Japanese #Food #Islington #London

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Italian pavement dining and people watching – at Venerdi, London.

We wandered along a bustling Hackney street on this sunny summer’s evening and quickly reached our easygoing Italy in London destination – Venerdi !

 

As it was such nice weather, Martin (the new GM of only three weeks) recommended us to start our evening dining outside on one of the pavement tables. The perfect spot for watching the world go by whilst sipping on a summery drink of Carpenè Malvolti – a rose cuvee brut (£33) with refreshing wild cherries and raspberries flavour notes.

 

We kicked off our evening with perfectly cooked scallops (£9.50) served with  and on a bed of crushed peas, and fritto misto (£9.90) (or misto fritto as they call it) – you can’t beat a plate of perfectly cooked fried seafood! Loved the use of chickpeas batter made with soda water rather than the traditional batter; created a wonderful textural and flavour element. Though we were sad that they had just changed the menu and the nduja (Italian spicy sausage unique to Calabria) was no longer part of this dish. Anyway, it took us straight back to holidaying by the sea in Calabria, Italy.

 

Next we moved onto mains of Ribeye Paddella (£16.50) – ribeye in a peppercorn sauce  and spinach – and Salmone alla griglia (£16) – grilled salmon in a lemon butter sauce, though this also had a slight change from seabass ravioli to salmon ravioli.

 

Unfortunately, the ribeye was slightly overcooked (had gone slightly grey – was medium-well done, rather than what I requested of medium – rare). Though Martin, credit to him, did quickly offer to change this, but it would have meant the rest of the dishes would have gone cold, so we politely declined. Anyway, we were having an enjoyable summer evening dinner outside, so did not mind this as Martin was also being the perfect host and spent time chatting to us, even when the restaurant was busy.

Loved the crab salad (£7.50), especially the vibrant flavours of orange and finely sliced fennel; wild mushrooms (£4.50) and roasted potatoes with rosemary (£4.50) – the rosemary had got all nice and crispy.

These summery dishes went perfectly with the next wine recommendations that would also complement our mains – a Montipulciano and Merlot. We learnt that they take a lot of care and attention with choosing the wines on  their menu to complement the dishes.

As it was starting to get cooler now late evening, Martin suggested we move inside. As we walked into a light and neatly designed restaurant, we got to watch Chef Marco – the ‘pizza master’- in action:

 

It was a twenty minute wait for the fondant (Tortino al cioccolato – £6) but it was worth it, you could smell the chocolatey aroma as our fondant was cooking. As we cut into the middle of the fondant, molten chocolate oozed out like a lava flow. It was gorgeous and the perfect end to the evening, accompanied by one of Chiara’s favourite desserts – Tiramisu (£5.50).

 

Keep Venerdi on your radar as they are going to start doing bottomless brunch soon!

http://venerdi.co.uk/

http://www.carpene-malvolti.com/welcome.php

 

Twitter: @VenerdiVenerdi @AlexRosePR #Hackney #London #TravelTuesday #Italy 

#Italian #cuisine @CarpeneMalvolti #rose #cuvee #brut

Instagram: @alexandrarosecreative @venerdi_italian @carpenemalvolti

 

Thank you to Alexandra for the invite and organising our review meal, and to Martin and Felix for warm and attentive service. We will be back soon to check out the bottomless brunch!

 

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A hidden gem in North London- Bayleaf

 

So we may have found our new favourite Indian restaurant tucked away in Whetsone. We kicked things off with cocktails, we got a raspberry mojito and a pina colada. I have a sweet tooth and so preferred the pina colada.

 

We were wowed by our starters dramatic presentation, a platter of the most enormous prawns and scallops (£17.45) we have ever seen, which are brought to the table and then dry ice is poured into the hole in the middle so that the clouds billow out (see the video). But as we know size isn’t everything, the prawns tasted delicious too, so much so that we actually asked them who their supplier is! The delicate scallops were cooked perfectly, and I was worried that strong spices would overpower them but the balance was just right. Our second starter of lamb chops (£17.95) was beautifully presented too, tender and moist they vanished in a flash.

 

For mains we couldn’t resist some more of those stunning prawns this time in a butter sauce (£17.95), and some Kerala style red snapper (£17.95). The snapper was a bit overcooked but we loved the accompanying sauce, rich with coconut and curry leaves. We also had to try their version of Goan fish curry (£17.95), which was different to how we do ours, but still very tasty. On the meat side of things we tried a spicy lamb laal maas curry (£16.95) accompanied by lachha paratha and peshwari naan.

 

For dessert my sweet tooth mourned the lack of Indian desserts but it was probably best to end on a lighter note of passionfruit and mango mousse for me, and J had a white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake.

 

We loved the sleek, modern look of Bayleaf and the food and the presentation certainly matched up to the elegant surroundings, one to keep in mind!

 

Twitter:

@Bayleaf_rest #innovative #Indian #cuisine #NorthLondon #London @humayunhussain #finedining

#elegant #Whetstone @KeralaTourism @TourismGoa

Thank you to Humayun for organising this review meal, and for the team at Bayleaf for great food and service.

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Want to work in the live events industry? – Help out at Comida Fest!

Do you want to get some experience of the live events industry? Then why not help out the lovely Gizane, Alicia and team behind Comida Fest …

 

To see how much fun Comida Fest is check out our blog post:

https://goantolondon.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/how-to-feel-like-youre-in-latin-america-without-leaving-london-comidafest/

 

Twitter: @comidafest @gisanec @AliciaLix @avianca #LatinAmerica @PottersFieldsPa

@AliciaLix @avianca #LatinAmericaStreetFood

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How to feel like you’re in Latin America without leaving London- Comidafest!

 

We got to visit Comidafest on a sultry afternoon which really made it feel as though we were in Latin America. But I think even if the weather doesn’t play ball the food brings enough summery vibes that you can still feel totally tropical. And if you drink enough cocktails from a coconut it won’t matter what the weather is doing!

 

We sampled so much our bellies were bursting but some of highlights included a refreshing ceviche, crammed with delicious seafood, and get this a tapioca pancake! You may think you don’t like tapioca and have bad memories of eating “frogspawn” at school but believe me when it’s fried into delicious crispy pancakes and stuffed with lots of good things you will.

 

It was also so hot we were forced (forced I tell you!) to hydrate with some more cocktails by Café Pacifico which came with an extra shot of tequila in a test tube.

 

Some more co-ordinated people (or let’s be honest people who had eaten less!) participated in the salsa class but we were happy to soak up the music and the sunshine on the sidelines.

And if you really want to actually be in Latin America, Avianca, the national airline is running a competition to win a trip to Columbia that you can enter when you visit Comidafest.

 

Next on 12th & 13th August at Potters Fields (Tower Bridge) – so start planning your weekend now!!!

http://www.comidafest.com/

 

Twitter: @comidafest @gisanec @AliciaLix @avianca #LatinAmerica #traveltuesday 

#cuttysark #greenwich  @aliciabastosin @Braziliarty  #unnuevodestino #travel #AviancaGlobal @chimuaadventures #friends #fellow #foodbloggers #photography #igfoodies #igfoodbloggers #igphotography #London #travelbloggers @vivwoo @vi_woo @tikichris @chrisosburn @cariocakitchen  #comidafest #latinamerican #latinamericanstreetfood #foodporn 

@PottersFieldsPa @pottersfieldspark

@shockascoconuthub @beijummy @cafe_pacifico

Thank you to Gizane and Alicia for inviting us, and all the food producers who served us. Great also seeing fellow food and travel bloggers including Vi Vian, Chris and Fernanda.

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Cookery Classes at Taste of London 2017, and fun times with Lee Kum Kee Europe!

We kicked off our day at Taste of London with an enjoyable cookery class with Chef Jeremy Pang, from School of Wok, making Pork baos:

 

The pork baos were delicious, but very messy to eat – though some of the most delicious food are not always the most elegant to eat in company! These were washed down with Hong Kong Iced Milk Tea.

Next we ventured across to Turkey and an icecream throwing and snatching entertainer drew the crowds around their stand. Loved the spinach and cottage cheese borak, plus the pomegranate molasses over feta cheese. Though our stomachs were wondering what we were doing eating savoury after sweet!

Then we went to Grana Padano to learn more about good-quality Parmesan cheese and how to cook with it, plus pairing it with different wines. One of our favourite experiences at Taste of London, and made us crave to learn more about Grand Padano and ways to cook with it.

After exploring a lot of Taste of London, we finally ventured over to the Lee Kum Kee Europe stand for a cookery demonstration and food tasting of kung pao chicken – not forgetting to include some fun and games. You have to work off all that food you have been eating after all!!!

 

Make sure you don’t miss all the fun and excitement of the Winter Taste of London in Tobacco Dock – so start planning for the 16th to 19th November, 2017, and book your tickets here…

https://london.tastefestivals.com/tickets/

 

Twitter: @tasteoflondon  @chefjeremypang @leekumkeeeurope

@schoolofwok  @turkeytourism @GranaPadano_UK   

#Pork #baos @lkkeurope #siracha #mayo #Hong Kong #IcedMilkTea @aeg_presents #taketastefurther #regentspark #TasteTheWorld #TasteofLondon
@foodndrinksnoob #TasteofLondon #2017 #food #photography #igfoodies #igfoodbloggers #GranaPadanoPDO

#foodbloggers @marjan.focus @1dish4theroad

Thank you to Tom and Lee Kum Kee Europe for inviting us to Taste of London and for all to fun and games at the Lee Kum Kee stand. See you guys again soon.

It was great meeting fellow foodies at Taste of London, and glad to hear that our fellow foodbloggers Marjan and Aaron had as much of a good time as we did. Tobacco Dock here we come!!!

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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

#foodbloggers @foodndrinksnoob @JessEatingEast @JamesEatingEast @smokebark @savlafaire @cakeandwhisky @foodandbaker

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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