Monday, 24 June 2013

Two more London restaurants checked off the list...

Yep! On a recent trip to London (for a TV commercial audition no less... but that's another story!!) we managed to squeeze in not one, but two more 'must-visit' restaurants off our list. 

Let me explain.... it's not a physical list as such, more of a mental note of where or who's restaurant we'd like to visit. Each visit is planned to make the most of our time (we don't get out much!!) to ensure we eat our fill of deliciously desired food!

So, arriving in London at around 11 we pretty much made a beeline for Soho and the wonderful Brindisa, stopping for another browse around the packed shelves of Lina Stores on the way.   

My first food love is Spanish and Tapas, given half the chance I'd eat it every day. Brindisa lived up to the rave reviews I'd heard... the food was amazingly fresh and plentiful. We chose a selection of dishes to try, sitting in the sunny window sipping iced water we could almost be in Spain... almost!!

Gorgeously plump Gordal olives stuffed with orange with oregano and sea salt.
(the best I've EVER tasted!)

Bomba - potato and meat croqueta with alioli and bravas sauce

Ham selection - Iberico bellota, Iberico recebo and Teruel hams with bread and olive oil

Bacalao (salt cod) with alioli gratin... deliciously garlicky!
After a little walk down Carnaby Street we came across a poor chap carrying a sandwich board and a big arrow pointing to luxury Gelato shop Scoop!  We couldn't resist...  Wow!! So many amazing flavours to choose from. I went for a double scoop of a lovely nutty Nocciola (hazelnut) and Torroncino (nougat). Highly recommended! And voted the best ice cream in London by Time Out!

So finishing at the audition a little earlier than we thought and feeling hungry again, we headed to Wahaca in Covent Garden. Now Mexican is my second food love, so I'm pretty much in foodie heaven by this time of the day :-)

We chose a selection of dishes from their 'street food' menu, so that we could all dig in and try lots of different things...
From pork pibil tacos to shrimp and scallop tostadas, chicken taquitos to chorizo and potato quesadillas and chicken tinga tacos with a side of frijoles...
Amazingly fresh, tasty and spicy flavours... Our tongues were tingling just a little (under-statement) but left wanting more. Will definitely be paying another visit on a future trip!

Hmmm..... where to next I wonder???

(until next time) Happy baking xx

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Vintage inspired decorating class

Last Friday saw my first Vintage themed class. Dianne booked this course so that she could make her very own cupcakes for a friend's upcoming birthday. I think she did a wonderful job, I hope her friend will think so too!!

Beautiful ruffle flowers and vintage brooches


Box of 12 cupcakes decorated in class to take home

Next available class is this Saturday, 8th June and will be held at the Vintage Retreat, Northampton. You'll get your very own box of 12 chocolate and vanilla cupcakes to take home, expertly decorated by your very own hands!

This course costs £55 and includes cupcakes, all materials and even an apron! You'll also get tea, coffee and freshly baked cake to nibble while you work!

And if you don't fancy coming alone, I'm offering a friend discount of 50%.... split the cost between you and pay just £41.25 each.

If you'd like to book a place on this or any other upcoming course, details can be found on my website or call me on 07944 009779.

Happy baking

Julie xx