I love weekends where I get to catch up with old friends. Life moves so quickly in London and everyone lives such busy lives, that even though you live down the street from a friend, you could go months without seeing them. I truly cherish the times I do get to spend some quality time with good friends and it was so lovely to see my dear friend and fellow blogger, Lauren, a few weeks ago ahead of our trip to Bali.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending Jay Rayner’s writing masterclass at Brasserie Zedel in Piccadilly. A highly entertaining afternoon, Jay talked us through all of the methods and structural tips he uses to write his notoriously witty restaurant reviews. Amongst the invaluable advice he offered for column writing, the biggest take away from the writing class was the importance of telling a story through the article itself and keeping your reader at the engaged and at the forefront. I walked away inspired and ready to take on the challenge of improving my writing through all the techniques and tricks I had learned in his class.
Last week, Ciaran and I decided we were long over due for a fun little date night. With so many restaurants, cocktail bars and hidden gems in London, it can be hard to narrow down where to go. We both had a look on Late Night London for some inspiration, a brand new website dedicated to helping you choose where to go on a night out based on what location you want to be in, what type of place you want, what the occasion is, what you’d like to do when you get to said destination, what type of music you want to hear and most importantly, who you’re going to be with. It’s a handy little website that works wonders when you’re in a rut. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed!
A few weeks before Christmas, Ciaran and I visited a new local to us spot in Brixton called Canova Hall. In a nutshell, Canova Hall is an interesting concept in that it’s a jack of all trades – a cafe/workplace by day and an Italian restaurant/cocktail bar and club by night, located in what was once Le Bon Marche, Britain’s first department store.
The Good Egg is a fantastic all-day restaurant serving up Middle-Eastern breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. There original outpost is in Stoke Newington and I am so happy that they have hatched a cracking new restaurant in Kingly Court. Their Soho location takes inspiration from the Jewish cafe culture of Montreal and Tel Aviv’s vibrant street food scene, and I for sure was not disappointed! I visited with my dear friend and fellow foodie Ayushi from the Foodie Diaries for brunch a few weeks ago and greatly enjoyed the dishes we tried.
Our trip to NYC for Thanksgiving a few weeks ago was a whirlwind! Every time we visit, it goes by in the blink of an eye. There is always so much to do and see and a plethora of amazing restaurants and bars to enjoy. Our trip was filled with a lot of friends and family time, eating, drinking and being merry in the spirit of Thanksgiving and all of us being together! Needless to say, New York City is a culinary mecca and we visited some awesome restaurants that I wanted to share with you to add to your foodie bucket lists.
This past weekend was great. It was pretty non-stop but I got to catch up with so many friends and it felt good to reconnect after not seeing some of them for so long! My weekends, admittedly, usually aren’t this eventful and I am oftentimes so tired by the time Saturday rolls around that I love nothing more than a relaxing day at home but this weekend was different and although I am pretty flat out writing this, I am so glad that I took advantage of my time off and spent time with friends.
One of my favourite foodie areas of London is Soho. It is home to some of the most eclectic restaurants in the city with every type of cuisine you can imagine – Chinese, Japanese, Peruvian, German, the list goes on and on. It’s also home to some fantastic pop-up restaurants, one of which Ciaran and I had the pleasure of visiting a few weeks ago called The Test Kitchen by talented chef, Adam Simmonds.
I am a huge fan of supperclubs and we’re lucky to live in a city where there is an abundance of them! Supperclubs are awesome for a multitude of reasons. For one, it’s a great opportunity to meet talented up and coming chefs and try what is usually pretty stellar food for a fraction of the price before they start working in a restaurant. Supperclubs are also pretty great because they force you to step outside your comfort zone and try something new that you wouldn’t normally go for.