Category Archives: Eats & Drinks

Nordic Afternoon Tea
at Aster, Victoria

Nordic Afternoon Tea Aster Victoria

Some of my dearest people come from Norway, with one special girl in particular, who knows me even better than perhaps I know myself. She’s one of those. Any time I hear Norwegian, or Swedish being spoken on the tube or in a cafe, I think of her and wish I could just pop round for a cup of tea.

But it’s a bit tricky, what with the whole ‘other country’ thing and lack of private jet.

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Reuben Sandwiches and other stories
at Rail House Cafe, Victoria

Rail House Cafe Victoria

I don’t know if wanting to eat everything in sight is a normal symptom of jet lag, but it was mine. And I embraced it with gusto, by heading to Rail House Café in Victoria, which you may have seen appear on instagram rather a lot in recent weeks… it’s because it’s very photogenic. And extremely delicious.

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Book & Brunch Sundays
at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen

Book and Brunch Sundays

Books, brunches and Sundays are three of my favourite things. In fact, they might even be my top three things. Add in beautiful Belgravia, supporting an independent book shop and delicious food and I’m literally in heaven.

Book & Brunch Sundays at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen are adding a little literary bliss in Belgravia, by teaming up their gorgeous brunch with local indie book shop Belgravia Books, who include a brand new paperback specially selected by themselves, as part of the brunch, for you to keep.

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A Luxury Gastro Tour of Covent Garden

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There are only so many smelly candles you can buy your mum on Mother’s Day, and this year I was determined to not wander down that well trodden road again.

Instead, I got my lovely mummy (and she really is, very very lovely) a foodie experience in one of her favourite parts of town – Covent Garden. I found Celia Brook’s Covent Garden Gastro Tour over on www.notonthehighstreet.com, and because the gift is for two people…. well, I thought I’d go along for the fun too.

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My Seattle Foodie Bucket List

Seattle Food

As well as exploring Seattle‘s neighbourhoods, shops & boutiques, I merrily ate my way around the city. Seattle is a foodie’s dream, with everything from the freshest of fresh seafood and oysters, to the *best* coffee and doughnuts.

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Bonnie Gull – an actual seafood shack
(in Soho)

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I’m allergic to oysters. And Chloé is allergic to crab and lobster. So we thought we’d make the perfect pair to pop into Bonnie Gull‘s seafood shack in Soho and between us, try as many of the dishes as we could possibly manage.

And we loved it.

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Les 110 de Taillevent

Les 110 Taillevent

I must apologise to you for the delay with this write up. You saw it on my insta stories, you fell in love, I promised you a piece on my blog that weekend… and then life happened and everything in my world came to a bit of a grinding halt.

So for the past few weeks I have been playing catch up like I’ve never played before – I’m juggling balls like a (semi) pro circus act and I have most certainly dropped a fair few along the way… (I said semi).

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Undercoffee Coffee with Greggs
for Fairtrade Fortnight

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A couple of weeks ago I attended a very special event at the Ham Yard Hotel, one of my favourite hotels, in the heart of Piccadilly.

We had gathered for Fairtrade Fortnight, and to bring to the forefront of our minds, our everyday coffee choices and whether or not they are ethical. Which sounds all very heavy and serious and not at all light and cappuccino frothy… But that’s the point. Buying a coffee is a little treat, which I usually buy for myself without thinking about its provenance.  How can my morning latte decision possibly be of any importance to the rest of the world?

But it is. Enormously.

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Lip smacking deliciousness at
Tandoor Chop House, Covent Garden

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A couple of minutes walk from The Strand, lies the new scrumptious venture from Ennismore – the very very gorgeous Tandoor Chop House – a collision of a classic British chop house and a North Indian communal eatery…

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Gluten free crumpets have arrived
(and it’s a whole new world)

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One of my very first blog posts was all about crumpets. Crumpets and tea, crumpets with jam, crumpets on the sofa, crumpets oozing with butter…

Crumpets sum up cosy for me and I’ve been banging on about them ever since. They are a part of me. Literally. I’m probably around 40% crumpets on any given day. (Apart from Christmas, when I became 70% cheese. There was less room for crumpets).

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Warm smoothies for winter

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I do love a smoothie, but have always associated them with summer.

Until NOW. Have you ever had a warm smoothie? They are my new favourite thing.

It’s still so cold outside and I’m constantly wrapped up in scarves, hats, gloves and thermals… but rather than grab a coffee or a hot chocolate to warm me up, I’m instead whipping up a storm in my kitchen and creating delicious warm smoothies from fresh fruit and veg, and feeding my body at the same time as feeding my soul.

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An Art-Inspired Afternoon Tea
at Rosewood London

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There’s a saying in the world of theatre – ‘form over content’ – which essentially means that lots of effort has been put into making the lighting, the music and the costumes amazing… but the play itself is underwhelming. I’ve often thought of this phrase when faced with beautiful looking cakes in cafes and hotels, which sparkle and glow and look very fancy pants…. but when it comes to it, just don’t taste that great.

But THIS art-inspired afternoon tea, at Rosewood London, was absolutely, one hundred percent, not one of those occasions. On the contrary, it’s one of the best afternoon teas I’ve ever had.

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Zing Zing – delicious MSG-Free
Chinese Delivery

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I love Chinese food. And I mean, I LOVE Chinese food. It started in my teens and a pivotal moment was when I chose Peking Duck & Pancakes at home with a pal, over a New Year’s Eve party in a swanky bar. Where a boy was going to be who I liked. And he played the guitar.

Even then. I ditched both him and the bar for duck.

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Change a little, enjoy a lot…

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There’s no denying it, Winter is well and truly here. And it has brought with it bitter winds, snow, rain, a frozen pond in the garden (you’ll know all about this and my fish rescue mission if you follow me on insta stories) and a cold that creeps into my bones and just won’t budge.

I actually don’t mind the cold weather at all, as long as I can watch it from inside. I like to be on a sofa, wrapped in blankets, warm and toasty and appreciating the freezing snow from the other side of the window.

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London’s Best Hot Chocolate

Best Hot Chocolate London Poppy Loves

Scooter Caffe. Pic: @cheekywkd

Here is London’s best hot chocolate, in my (not so humble) opinion. Before you read any further, I should assure you that I am 100% qualified to write this post. In fact, I couldn’t be more qualified. I’d challenge you to find someone MORE qualified, who has drunk more hot chocolates than me, and seen more sugar stars than me, in London.

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