Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday aka Pancake Day!

Pancake Day, which is otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday,it is always the day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the 40 days leading up to Easter. This year it falls on Tuesday, February 25th . The tradition of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday began as a way to use up ingredients including butter, milk and eggs that were not supposed to be eaten and would go bad during the period of Lent. Pancakes, particularly thin and buttery crepes, were a great way to clear the cupboards in one easy and indulgent dish. Besides from just eating pancakes on Pancake day there are lots of fun events happening so check out below. Please see our previous pancake blog on some of the best places to get crepes and pancakes in London. Flippin Good Pancake Races  Location: 5B Greenwich Market, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9HZ Website:www.greenwichmarket.london/events Take part in the annual Flippin’ Pancake Race at Greenwich Market on Saturday 22nd February from 11am and Shrove Tuesday 25th February from 12 noon and win a medal! All funds will go to the Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice. If you want to enter as a team, please get your ticket from Eventbrite. If you just going to support, entry is free. Pans will be provided and everyone who dresses up (optional) and enters – gets a free pancake to eat! Better Bankside Pancake Day Races Location:Borough Market,43 Borough High Street SE1 9AH Website:/boroughmarket.org.uk/events Every year on Shrove Tuesday, Bankside businesses get a team together and compete with their neighbours in a fast and furious pancake-flipping relay. All proceeds...
Hot, hot, Hot Chocolate!

Hot, hot, Hot Chocolate!

Ahhh the cocoa bean  , the bean that has given glorious chocolate. During this time of year  while its cold and dark outside I prefer drinking chocolate than just eating it, Preferably hot with whipped cream and marshmallows. National Cocoa Day has fallen on the last Friday the 13th this year which sounds like the perfect day to get some hot yummy chocolate , check out the list below on some of the best places to go!  Said Dal 1923 Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road Website: https://said.it/en/london-fitzrovia/  From Rome to London with love, Said Dal originated in Italy roughly around 1923 becoming one of the longest established chocolate shop. At their little chocolate shop in London you can taste the love and the years of experience when you try the hot chocolate. Made from melted chocolate bars and cocoa solids, its like drinking a mug from Willy Wonkas chocolate lake. The thick Italian hot chocolate is extremely rich and comes in milk, dark or gianduja which is a hazelnut praline. Each cup comes slathered with melted white, dark and milk chocolate from the cauldrons that you can see behind the counter. So prepared to get messy, you may need a chocolate nap after. Chin Chin Labs Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road Website: https://chinchinicecream.com/chin-chin-ice-cream/soho/ Now I have spoken about Chin Chin before regarding their revolutionary and delicious ice creams but that’s not the only noteworthy item on their menu. Their hot chocolate which has 5-star review from trip adviser and insider and has been mentioned by loads of food blogs. Their rich hot chocolate is topped with a huge blob of...
Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes!

Cupcakes, who doesn’t love them? The perfect sized little treat, and this week, on the 10th November, it just so happens to be National Vanilla Cupcake day! What a great excuse to have a cheeky little cupcake or two!  I have put together a list of where to find some of the yummiest and  beautifully decorate cupcakes. They all do vanilla flavour of course, but be sure to try out their ‘ambassador’ cupcake. Each bakery has one and it’s normally , the most popular cupcake for each respective bakery. Flavourtown Location:771 Fulham Rd, Fulham, London SW6 5HA Nearest Tube: Parsons Green Website: https://www.flavourtownbakery.co.uk/ If you’re looking for award winning cupcakes, then Flavourtown has got you covered. They started back in 2013 with one objective, to make the finest cupcakes London had ever tasted. Two locations and a handful of awards later they may have achieved their goal! They have now added amazing vegan and gluten-free options to their in-store and online menus. Cupcakes that taste so good you’d never be able to tell they were missing butter, dairy , eggs and wheat. Be sure to try the ‘Posh Peanut Butter Cupcake’ which won the Great Taste Gold award 2016. Made with a peanut butter and choc chip sponge cupcake base, frosted with a peanut butter mousse then dipped in dark chocolate and sprayed gold- Yum! If cupcakes are too small for you they also have a range of cakes, brownies, pies, cookies…you name it! Crumbs and Dollies Location: 1 Kingly Court ,Carnaby ,London ,W1B 5PW Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus Website: www.crumbsanddoilies.co.uk If you’re looking for cupcakes then this is your place, they are open...
Eat your Dessert first

Eat your Dessert first

The nights are getting dark early, the leaves are being to turn brown and fall, and the signs of fall season is here. The colder days brings the craving of comfort food, hot chocolate with marshmallow, baked treats and yummy desserts. Its all brings us another great National Day, on the 14th October its National Dessert day! In London you have been spoilt for choice with sweet treats on every corner but here are a few recommendations of a few dessert musts! Chin Chin Labs Location: Camden, 49-50 Camden Lock Place, London, NW1 8AF Website: https://chinchinicecream.com/ Nearest Tube: Camden Town Chin Chin Labs have three locations around London and each store has a personalised menu, giving you even more reason to visit them all. At Chin Chin they have taken Ice cream to the future, the only place in London to hand churn ice cream with liquid nitrogen. At their stores they have created something completely unique and delicious, playing with flavour combinations that result in show topping creations. Most of their desserts are ice cream based but they also are very well known for their hot chocolate that comes which blow torched marshmallow top. Their main goal was to have fun, and for the customer to experience that joy with every bite, I can safely say they have achieved that goal. Bubblewrap Location: Bubblewrap, 24 Wardour Street, Chinatown, London, W1D 6QJ Website: https://www.bubblewraplondon.com/ Nearest Tube: Leicester Square You’ve probably seen these bubble waffles on your social media feed before, they are very Instagram-worthy with their bubble exterior and delicious looking toppings. At Bubblewrap they specialise in bring this...
Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven- The best coffee shops to visit

Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven- The best coffee shops to visit

Ahhh coffee, where would we be without it? Probably still grumpy and asleep! Coffee has become such an essential part of people’s lives, it’s weird to image a day going without. I’m not the only one to feel this way as the 1st October is National Coffee day, all coffee lovers rejoice! I have put together the top 5 highest rated coffee shops around England. They are all small independent coffee shops who have a passion for coffee. Most of these cafes have won awards for their talent and it’s easy to see why when you try the coffee. Small Batch Coffee Roasters- Brighton Location:17 Jubilee Street , Brighton,BN1 1GE Nearest Station: Brighton Station Website: www.smallbatchcoffee.co.uk One of nine locations around beautiful Brighton, each store has the same  farm to cup ethos. Small batch coffee roasters started out as small family business and they have kept the same personal touch to all their stores. They take the coffee process seriously and they are passionate about sourcing the best coffee and letting you choose the best grind before making a great cup of coffee. Layne’s Espresso Location:16 New Station Street,Leeds, LS1 5DL Nearest Station: Leeds Station Website: www.laynesespresso.co.uk Layne’s has been serving the people of Leeds fantastic coffee since 2011. They are originally started as an espresso bar, mastering the art of great coffee. indeed their website states, ‘We wanted to give the coffee drinking population of Leeds a venue that paid absolute attention to the quality of just two ingredients, coffee and (possibly) milk, and an informative and welcoming environment to enjoy it in’.  They have since expanded and open a...
Pancakes, Crepes, Flapjacks ….

Pancakes, Crepes, Flapjacks ….

Who doesn’t’ love a good brunch? And brunch would not be complete without pancakes!  So, this week, on the 26th, its National Pancake day! So, I have put together my own personal pancake guide to the best brunch spots to grab some delicious and Instagram worthy pancakes! Fuwa Fuwa Location: Unit 8 Brunswick Centre, London WC1N 1AE Nearest Tube:Russell Square Station Website: www.fuwafuwa.co.uk  Fuwa Fuwa is the only place in London (and the UK)  you can get Japanese Souffle Pancake. The pancakes take about 20- 30 minutes to cook but they are well worth the wait as they are super fluffy and delicious as well as jiggly. They offer a huge list of toppings, so there is something for everyone. They are totally Instagram worthy and these pancakes have quickly become an internet sensation, and now it’s in London its time to indulge! Chez Lindsay Location:11 Hill Rise, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UQ Nearest Tube:Richmond Website: www.chez-lindsay.co.uk Chez Lindsay is a French restaurant making sweet and savoury traditional crepes. They specialise in Galettes which is crepes made with buckwheat flour , which are gluten free and has a nuttier taste. Their choice toppings range from the simple favourite of strawberries and cream to really creative seafood dishes. Highly recommend trying out this traditional Italian place next time you’re out brunching. Milk Location: 18-20, Bedford Hill , London , SW129RG Nearest Tube: Balham Website: www.milk.london One of the most Instagram worthy pancakes, with amazing and unique flavour combination Milk takes brunch to a whole new level. Milk has two locations , and both offer truly beautiful food. They go the extra mile with their topping...