Monday, 30 June 2014

Let the Weddings Begin...

So, as summer is now fully upon us that can only mean one thing... Wedding season is in full swing!! 
Saturday saw my first of 4 weddings this Summer (love is definitely in the air) and what better way to start the season off with the wedding of a long-term family friend! The wedding was in my home town of London, in Southwark - one of my favorite areas- and was a small but wonderful family affair! The bride, Georgia, wore the most beautiful of dresses and looked absolutely stunning!!!

The happy couple!
One of my favourite things about weddings is dancing!! (And of course the cake!) Everyone was in high spirits, dancing away to new and old songs and thoroughly enjoying celebrating Ian and Georgia's special day!

I can well and truly say that Saturday has made me excited about all the nuptials that
lay ahead over the next two months!

True ❤️ really does bring happiness!

D x

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Pork, Chicken and Cheese!

The last week has seen me dine at three relatively new London restaurants, and although my waistline is beginning to feel the effects my palate has been delighted by them all!

Pork, pork pork

Up first was Blackfoot in Exmouth Market- a restaurant with a menu centred all around pork! Going here was actually quite nostalgic for me as, for many years this was better known as Clarks- a typical 'East End' pie & mash shop which (when I was younger) I would visit with my mum & brother on a weekly basis and have sorely missed since it's closure. So, I was pretty intrigued to see what the restaurant that had replaced it would have to offer. In the company of my mum & bro (who else better to sample it with me) I was pleasantly surprised to see that all the old booths had been kept as a feature. Having been used to going up to the counter and asking for "1 small pie & mash and loadsa liquor" I was looking forward to trying something new! With an extensive menu of all things pork- from ribs to belly, I settled on a pork and bacon burger on a brioche bun and although you may think it's just a burger, it was by far one of the best I've ever had (and I've eaten a lot!). Another highlight was my mum's dish - a pork, chorizo, white bean and spinach stew- absolutely delicious!! Although yes, I do miss the comfort and familiar feeling of Clarks, Blackfoot is by far a worthy replacement! So if you like your pig, then get trotting down (sorry) to Exmouth market!

Later on in the week I paid a visit to Le Coq on St Paul's Road, a local restaurant that I've been meaning to try for a while! Sticking to my accidental theme of 'one main ingredient' it was now the turn of the chicken! Offering a simple 2 choices for starter, one choice for main and two for dessert- decision making was easy! My friend and I ordered a different starter each- one pâté and one tomato and aubergine bruschetta- both of which were devoured in minutes! Then onto the main course- chicken! Half a ho fan style chicken served with whole garlic cloves, white beans and gorgeous gravy- yes it was simple, but it was also simply yummy!!

Finally I topped off my gastronomic week with an impromptu visit to Champagne & Fromage in
Covent Garden. What was intended as a girly night of cocktails, soon turned into a night of champagne and cheese, and lots of it! With so many cheese boards to choose from (cow, strong,
pasteurised and goat) we decided upon the ewe board and were not disappointed!!
And, to top off a great week - we spotted the incredible Steven Tyler of Aerosmith going crazy ;-) for all things cheese!!

Until next time
D! x

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Tea for three

 Afternoon tea has to be my favourite English tradition- sandwiches, cakes, scones and tea, what's not to like?! Having arranged to take my mum and sister-in-law for a celebratory afternoon tea (I'm soon to be an auntie) the decision as to where to go was an easy one! The Wolseley in Mayfair (to which this is my 4th visit) is by far my favourite place in London to indulge in afternoon tea! Great service, buzzing atmosphere and most importantly free replenishments- a delightful place for a truly delightful afternoon! 
D! x

Saturday, 7 June 2014

About Time

For sometime now I've been talking A LOT about starting a blog, and with the help of a few friends and Mr Walt Disney, I realised it was time to stop talking and begin doing!!

So, here I am today, totally new to the blogger's world but excited to begin my blogging adventure!!

Let's see what happens...

D! x