23.03

1Cider-with-Rosie-London-photographer

The very best thing about Miss Tania having just moved over to Shoreditch (aside from the fact that she’s now in the UK and not the other side of the world like this time last year…) is that it gives me a great excuse to explore a part of London I’m not familiar with at all! Up until a couple of weeks ago the only time I’d ever really explored the Shoreditch/Brick Lane area of London was during a trip to the vintage shops a year or so ago, and so last week Tania and I set aside a bit of time dedicated solely to exploring her new home turf.

Turns out, by ‘explore’ we meant ‘get lost on so-simple-they-should-be-idiot-proof 5 minute journies, and then continue to walk the wrong way even after resorting to using our phones as sat navs’! I’m not sure which of us has a worse sense of direction, to be honest with you- thank goodness Shoreditch has such awesome street art it wasn’t a hardship walking down so many roads necessarily! ;)
  Tania-Joy-Shoreditch-Cider-with-Rosie Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photographer

What I wore :: Chambray shirt || Jeans || Loafers (originally via Boden) || Watch || Handbag

Shoreditch-Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photography Mast-Brothers-chocolate

First place on our hitlist was The Albion, for coffees and chit chat. I’d never even heard of the place before last week, and am so very glad we’ve been introduced, Albion and I, since it’s totally divine. A photographer’s dream, too! I actually let out a little gasp of happiness when we rounded the corner and I saw how beautifully arranged all the fruit and veg was outside the front of the deli, because the past almost three years of camera-wielding have turned me into an all out dork when it comes to things like this. Is vegetable-arranger/cafe organiser a job? If so, I’d like to apply for the position. Maybe I’d call myself a Curator of Produce. A Professional Flora Stylist. ANYWAY. I’ve been sidetracked…

The-Albion-Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photography The-Albion-cafe-Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photography

^^ A flat white for me (as always, I’m so predictable) and an elderflower/mint concoction for Tan. Don’t you love the school dining hall table set up? ^^

The-Albion-scones-Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photography

We very nearly were tempted by the array of cakes and sweet treats on offer, but decided to save our appetites for the next spot on our agenda…Mother Clucker!

I can’t remember how I found out about Mother Clucker, but I’ve known about their magical, wondrous existence for easily 18 months now and have been trying to make plans to visit this whole time. And you know what? It was totally worth the wait. Mother Clucker are based in the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, and serve up fried chicken that knocks KFC’s offering clean out of the park! The chicken gets brined then dipped in a buttermilk batter (twice, so says the MC site!), and fried to crispy perfection. The Cajun fries are equally delicious (I’d go so far as to say they’re maybe the tastiest I’ve ever eaten)- loaded with salt and with a hint of spice. Nothing short of glorious.

Mother-Clucker-chicken Food-trucks-Shoreditch-Cider-with-Rosie-lifestyle-photography Mother-Clucker-food-truck-Shoreditch-Cider-with-Rosie

 Would’ya look at that? Tania and I shared a portion of the Cajun fries and strips, and both agreed you’d have to be *really* hungry to eat a whole portion to yourself. Also on the menu is the ‘Cluckwitch’- strips of fried chicken in a brioche bun with homemade hot sauce, lime mayo, and picked peppers- that I’m pretty keen to try next time I’m nearby one of their trucks. And not as if we needed a reason to go back, but their famous Mac n Cheese wasn’t available from the Truman Brewery truck (it’s Camden only apparently, boo!) so another visit might just be on the cards. With Jason next time too, since he was green with envy when I showed him these photos!

Since we couldn’t get the mac n cheese we’d been counting on, Tania suggested we sample one of the South American ‘arepas’ being served from the next truck along instead. I’ve clean forgotten the name of that food truck, but I’ve honestly not stopped thinking about the slow cooked beef arepas they were serving ever since. The beef was melt in the mouth delicious, smashed together with black beans, cheese, red onion, avocado, and fresh tomato, all served inside a warm flatbread made from ground maize. The bread sort of reminded me of gnocchi…maybe gnocchi crossed with pita bread? I’m not sure, but it was carby and delicious and *very* filling.

Arepa-food-truck-London-Cider-with-Rosie-food-photography-1 Best-food-trucks-London

All in all, it wasn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon! And just to reassure you we did do something else other than just…eat, Tania and I did also stop into a couple of vintage shops, but left pretty sharpish after realising that the vintage dresses we were trying on made us look like sister wives. So, that was that! ;)

** Both food trucks are located in Elys Yard at the Truman Brewery, and Mother Clucker deliver (via Deliveroo) within London. Now, just *when* is Surrey going to get a delivery service to match London’s, hey?

29 Comments
Posted in DAY TRIPS, FRIENDS, LONDON, RESTAURANT, REVIEW

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

19.03

CiderwithrRosie-Crosstown-doughnuts-review London-doughnuts-Cider-with-Rosie Crosstown-Doughnuts-London Tania-Cider-with-Rosie-London Peanut-butter-and-jam-dougnut Crosstown-dougnuts-Cider-with-Rosie

From yoga to…doughnuts? #balance.

If there’s one culinary trend I wish would filter over across the Atlantic at a quicker rate, it’s the artisan doughnut movement. From what the internet/TV/those lame episodes of Man vs. Food I just can’t help but watch on slow Sunday afternoons tell me, the streets of the good ol’ U S of A are positively littered with bakeries selling hot from the fryer, freshly glazed/sugar-rolled do(ugh)nuts! American readers- is this true? Is it really as easy to find great doughnuts in the States as I’m imagining? If so…I think I need to move.

Whilst it’s true that we have got Krispy Kreme here in the UK and you really can’t ever go wrong with a KK original glazed, I’ve sort of fallen out with them ever since they got rid of my all-time favourite doughnut (the vanilla cruller, FYI). I’d heard of Crosstown Doughnuts on the grapevine a couple of weeks ago, so made plans to visit when I was in London with Tania a couple of days ago. It’s a funny location- a mini cafe tucked down one of the passageways out of Piccadilly Station- with seating for maybe four or five people at a push. We ordered a little selection box of four- a cinnamon swirl, vanilla bean glazed, banana cream, and peanut butter and jam- and settled in for a taste test.

The doughnuts at Crosstown are all made fresh daily, which meant that by the time we visited at around 3pm they’d been out a little while and maybe weren’t as fresh as they could’ve been. The flavours of the premium doughnuts more than made up for a little dryness in the dough though, and the originals (vanilla glaze, + cinnamon swirl) were saved by giving them a bath in a little shot cup of the hot chocolate supplied on-site by SAID (our favourite chocolate cafe!). A totally decadent and delicious experience. And yep, those are two words I never thought I’d associate with a London tube station cafe…

If you’re in the area or just passing through, stop in for the banana cream doughnut. Or, to give it its full and deservedly fancy title- the ‘Sea Salt Caramel & Banana Cream Doughnut’! It’s beyond delicious.

Crosstown Doughnuts- Piccadilly Tube Station, W1J 9HS.
Doughnuts:  approx. £3 each.

41 Comments
Posted in FOOD, LONDON, RESTAURANT, REVIEW

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

10.03

Cider-with-Rosie-London-

What better way to punctuate an errand-filled day, and to wrap up a rather beautiful, sunshine-filled week, than by having a burger date with friends?

I’m telling you, it felt like spring had well and truly arrived in London on Friday. We woke up to blue skies, and bright light streaming through the bedroom curtains. The sun had the merest hint of warmth to it, for the first time in so many months! I had a little wait for my train on my way into town so spent 10 minutes sat at on the station platform basking in a patch of sunlight, and found myself hoping that my train might be a couple of minutes delayed, just so I could enjoy the warmth on my face a little longer. It was total heaven.

Tania, Freya and I made plans to meet at Byron on The Cut (off the back of Waterloo station) at midday, to catch Freya on her lunch break. That branch of Byron has become something of a staple hangout for us, and I’m not too sure how. I think it’s been a case of ‘right place, right time’ as it’s just happened to be on our path back to the station during one or two evenings out in town over the past couple of years- I’m think especially of the time we drank cocktails in Topolski’s so potent we found ourselves on a mad hunt for carbs at gone 10.30, and everywhere else we tried was shut. It was a carb-crisis, okay? ;)

The burgers at Byron aren’t by any means the best you can find in London (tasty, but missing the je ne sais quoi that the likes of Patty & Bun burgers have by the bucketload)…but the Oreo milkshakes? Now those really are something else. As far as I can see, they’re made basically by just blending Oreos with vanilla ice-cream and milk. As dreamy as you’d imagine. We ordered one for Tania before she’d even arrived, because true friends know each other’s milkshakes orders ;)

Byron-burger-date-Cider-with-Rosie Oreo-milkshake-Byron-Cider-with-Rosie Cider-with-Rosie-burger-review

^^ Uhh…I over-ordered. My eyes were bigger than my stomach. Though does that saying still count if you eat it all? I did leave *some* of the bun though, so whatever…^^

I went for the B-Rex- a towering monstrosity of a burger made up of a beef patty (so steak-y and tasty!), melted cheese, BBQ sauce and mayo, bacon, an onion ring, pickles, and jalapeño chilis. For the sake of dignity-when-consuming I had to take out the onion ring before eating, but yep. Ate the lot. For LUNCH. And since it’s now a few days later, I can tell you I didn’t feel hungry again for about 48 hours afterwards…a job well done, I’d say! ;)

Cider-with-Rosie-London-lifestyle-photography

^^ A token portion of fries for the table, plus blue cheese dip of course! ^^

Byron-burger-Cider-with-Rosie Cider-with-Rosie

What I wore :: Trench coat {on sale right now!} || Shirt || Jeans || Trainers || Handbag || Watch || Bracelet. { and a big shout out to that oversized shirt for hiding my burger baby belly.}

Once we’d finished our meal, and chit chatted about everything from the best beauty salons in London to where we should head for Tan’s birthday this week, we kissed Miss Freya goodbye (she was heading back to the office), and Tania and I moseyed over to the South Bank for a coffee and a wander. I’m going to omit the part where we stopped by Konditor & Cook to buy a brownie each, alright? It’s struck from the record. Never happened…

The South Bank had this amazing feel to it on Friday afternoon, full of people out making the most of the sunshine and taking photographs of the Houses of Parliament and the light on the river and all those other things that make for great Instagram snaps in London. The below photo, of two red balloons tied to a child’s pushchair, was my favourite from the day. And actually, maybe my favourite photo from this year so far!

Balloon-shadows Tania-Cider-with-Rosie

^^ Having shutterbug friends is the greatest, especially ones who not only don’t mind, but actively encourage you to not feel embarrassed about talking to your camera whilst recording video snippets for vlogs! Those kind of friends are the best of the best :) ^^

Beany-Green-SouthBank-Cider-with-Rosie Beany-Green-coffee

Our last pitstop was to Beany Green, a freestanding coffee shop that sits just beneath the Golden Jubilee bridges (outside the SouthBank centre). It serves the most dreamy Australian coffee, so we ordered a couple of flat whites and drank them sitting right underneath the steps of the bridge at a little makeshift bar made out of crates. The coffee was exactly what we needed after such a heavy lunch- strong and not too milky- and helped fix the mid-afternoon slump that hits me every day without fail.

We walked back to Waterloo once we’d finished our coffees, and then spent ten minutes buying bath bombs from Lush in the corner of the station before jumping on to our respective trains home.

It was a totally heavenly way to end the week, and if spring continues on the way it’s begun? Well, I’d be pretty happy with that.

25 Comments
Posted in BURGERS, FRIENDS, LONDON, RESTAURANT, REVIEW

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

03.03

Cider-with-Rosie-Tania-Freya-Sophie

If you’ve already watched this little video I made and put live on my YouTube channel last week, you’ll know that way we spent the Saturday before last made me so very happy, I basically had a silly grin etched permanently onto my face. The day was spent in London with a few of my favourite people- Tania, Freya, Sophie, and Jason. Soph was over from Sydney so Freya and I FINALLY got to meet her in person, after well over a year of following each other’s blogs and Instas and all those other ways we’ve legitimised stalking in the 21st Century ;) And of course, Tania and Freya have been part of my daily life for what feels like forever now, but Jason had only met Freya once before and had only met Tania once via FaceTime when she was in Australia, so it was a day of unions and reunions and so much happiness I was pretty giddy by the end of it all!

Let’s start at the top…

Besthotchocolatein-London-Cider-with-Rosie Sophie-The-Littlest-Things-Cider-with-Rosie

Before Saturday even rolled around, we made ourselves a little agenda of cafes and bars to hit that day- first SAID, then a wine bar, then finally to Monocle cafe. Sophie was on a little photo-shooting project for ‘What To Cook Tonight‘, and the rest of us were busy wielding cameras and snapping away for our respective blogs and Instagram feeds. In fact, though Jason is a seasoned ‘blog boyfriend’ and pretty handy with a camera these days, even he didn’t really know what had hit him when the waitress brought over our hot chocolates, and out came four sets of DSLRs and iPhones and we all began shuffling about arranging cups ‘just so’ for the perfect shot! He said it was like being with me times four- which is pretty accurate, I’d say!

SAID dal 1923 (Broadwick St, W1F 9QL) is the chocolate cafe of your dreams. It’s famed as being the best place in London to get a hot chocolate, a claim passionately confirmed by all five of us on Saturday! I mean, I’ve not even tried *that* many hot chocolates in London, but I don’t think it even matters. There’s nothing in the world that could live up to those tiny cups of warm, rich, molten chocolate! Everything from the cafe we sampled was so delicious- from the hot chocolate itself to a caprese salad, the coffee, and a slice of carrot cake the size of your average house brick- I’m now desperate to go back and pick up a few of the caramel truffles, plus a jar of their very own homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread!

Cider-with-Rosie-London Chocolate-Said-dal-1923-Cider-with-Rosie

^^ Wouldn’t those dark chocolate spoons be the best thing ever to stir into a mug of hot milk, or maybe even a latte? ^^

SAID-chocolate-Nutella

^^ SAID’s own Nutella was the absolute bomb. And you know how loyal I am to Nutella, so that really is saying something…^^

Caprese-salad-Cider-with-Rosie

Once we’d had our fill of chocolate (I could’ve stayed there all day long quite happily, but we had so many more places to sample and needed to pace ourselves!) we moved on to ‘lunch’. Because what else is there to do when you’ve spent a couple of hours sitting round a table eating great food and talking, than to go somewhere new and sit round a table eating great food and talking?!

Antidote-wine-bar-Cider-with-Rosie

Our next spot was a wine bar called Antidote, on a little side alley just off Carnaby Street. It’s tiny and charming, and the wine is fantastic. I ordered a white that the waitress recommended, after I mentioned that a sauvignon blanc is usually my favourite (all the wines at Antidote were French, so no sauvignon blanc to hand!) and Jason went for a red whose name I’ve forgotten entirely but was completely amazing. Our wine was accompanied by cheese (a gruyere, goats, and a soft cow’s cheese from Normandie), little disks of saucisson, and fresh bread served with lashings of salted butter.

What commenced next was a conversation between us all that wouldn’t have been out of place in an episode of Sex and the City, so I’ll spare you the details…just know that Jason held his own like a total pro, and we all left with stomachs that ached from laughing so hard! ;)

Wine-Antidote-London Antidote-wine-bar-Cider-with-Rosie-London

Last of all, we moseyed over to Monacle cafe on Chiltern Street, after a quick pitstop in at John Lewis to pick me up a replacement lens. Mine took a tumble at the train station that morning and smashed to smithereens, and since I’ve not gone a day without using it for easily 18 months now, I had to replace it stat! (The majority of these photos were taken using Freya’s spare 50mm 1.4 lens, which, considering on paper it’s not that dissimilar to my 50mm 1.8, felt SO very different using it was kind of like trying to eat whilst holding my knife and fork in the wrong hands! Cameras and lenses are so very fascinating, aren’t they?)

The coffee at Monacle was delicious but eye-wateringly dear (not on paper, but the cups were miniature!), and the place had a serene and mellow vibe. We spent an hour or so there talking about the year Tania spent in Australia, about relationships, and love, and so many other things besides. It felt so incredible to spend the day with soul-sisters, and to see Jason chatting away with them all as though they’d known each other for years. It made me feel grateful 1000 times over to have such beautiful people in my life.
  Monacle-wine-bar Monacle-cafe-Cider-with-Rosie-coffee-London Monacle-cafe-Cider-with-Rosie Cider-with-Rosie-Tania-Freya-Sophie

* Thanks to Tan for this last photo!

Once night fell, we begrudgingly parted ways- Freya went off to a hen do, Sophie and Tania to dinner with some of Soph’s UK friends, and Jason and I to Meat Liquor for burgers and deep fried pickles. We weren’t super impressed with Meat Liquor (we’re just not cool enough to eat in such a nightclub-y sort of place!) but the pickles and cheese fries more than lived up to expectation.

All in all, the day was a glorious one! If I could book in maybe one Saturday a month like this one, it’d be pretty ideal. We just need Soph and her husband George to move back to London, and we’ll be on the right track…

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
34 Comments
Posted in DAY TRIPS, FRIENDS, JASON, LONDON, RESTAURANT, REVIEW, WEEKEND

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Read from the beginning >