Friday, 22 May 2015

Eating London: A Healthy Lunch at Daylesford Organic


While it's nice to indulge and treat yourself every now and then, it's always good to fuel your body with healthy, nutritious foods. London's wellness scene is booming at the moment. Health food shops and cafes are popping up all over the place - there's clean and lean brunches at The Good Life Eatery, The Detox Kitchen, a million cold-pressed juice places, raw food at Tanya's Cafe and paleo at Pure Taste. But the one on my must visit list was Daylesford Organic.


Everything at Daylesford is made with the freshest, most sustainable ingredients available - most of which come from their very own Cotswolds farm! They've won loads of awards for their sustainability and you can even visit the farm yourself to see whats going on. Or, head to one of their 7 farmshops where they sell a range of homeware alongside their own seasonal soups, salads, meats etc in the deli style shop. We visited the Pimlico Road store, just a short stroll from Sloane Square and enjoyed lunch in the organic cafe upstairs...


The cafe is pretty much my ideal dining room set up. Bright and airy with long wooden benches, perfect for a relaxing, "everybody tuck in" style family meal! There was a slight mix up and a delay in me getting my meal, but the staff couldn't of been nicer or more apologetic about it so I really didn't mind. Plus I had a sparkling glass of prossecco to keep me refreshed while I waited... Calories don't count when they're organic, right?

 Daylesford beef burger with award winning cheddar, heritage tomato, gherkin and red onion.

 Potato wedges with garlic butter.

 Quinoa salad with butternut squash, chorizo, new potatoes, lemon & coriander.

Grilled chicken.

My grilled chicken and quinoa salad was absolutely delicious and worth the wait, but not the price. For £10 you can choose a selection of 3 different salads, which is fairly reasonable but I only fancied the quinoa one and I don't think the "protein booster" chicken should cost a whole £9 extra. Organic or not, a chicken salad for lunch should not cost £19 in total!

 Sticky ginger pudding & vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb eclair.

Our desserts were mouth watering too. I'm pretty sure Gordon only picked his because it sounded the closest to sticky toffee, but he's now a ginger convert! The eclair was a special recommended by one of the waitresses. It was lovely and light but I forgot about my lactose situation! Next time I'll try the raw chocolate and orange pot with cashew cream. We've convinced ourselves that the desserts are definitely as guilt free as the rest of the food...


For a healthy, guilt-free meal you can find Daylesford Organic at 3 locations in London - Chelsea's Pimlico Road, my favourite Notting Hill street Westbourne Grove or at their newest venue just off Marylebone High Street. Breakfast sounds promising!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Things to do in London

London is one of my favourite cities in the world. There's always something to do, galleries and shows to see, food to eat... I might pretend I was visiting the city for the McQueen exhibition, but we all know I just go for the food! We did manage to squeeze in a few other things during our weekend though, when we had to kill time between meals...

Museums and Tours


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The V&A


Working Process at The Tate Britain

Somerset House, the Natural History Museum and the palaces are also worth a look. We did a Jack the Ripper tour this time which was gory but fun!

Theatre


The Woman in Black at the Fortune Theatre

This show gets a big thumbs up from us! I can also recommend The Lion King, Wicked, Once and Thriller.

Landmarks


Cocktails in the Shard

Why pay £30 for a walk around the "View from the Shard" when you can pay £15 for a cocktail in one of the restaurant bars? Makes sense. I've also had afternoon tea at Paramount (now closed) and breakfast at Duck & Waffle (the UK's highest restaurant) and both were great experiences with great views.

Shopping


NikeTown, Oxford Circus


Harrods

I'd be here all week if I tried to list all the shops worth a visit in London. I like the big department stores and designer boutiques.

Markets


Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill

You can find markets selling absolutely everything you could ever think of. Camden market is an obvious one, Brick Lane is good and I hear Borough market is foodie heaven. Make a day of it at Portobello Road - wonder around the colourful Notting Hill streets, visit the local boutiques and stop for a munch at Granger & Co.

Parks & Gardens


Peter Pan at Kensingtan Palace Gardens

Hyde Park, Richmond Park, Primrose Hill, St James' Park... I really want to visit the Kensington roof gardens when we're back next month! Fingers crossed for good weather.

xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Eating London: Dinner at Bob Bob Ricard

Primark dress / H&M coat / Mulberry mini Lily bag / Valentino Rockstuds not in the picture :(

On Friday night, Gordon and I put our gladrags on and headed out to what is (probably) London's most instagrammed restaurant... the gorgeous Russian/British fusion restaurant Bob Bob Ricard. I like to imagine this is exactly how Gatsby would of dined in the roaring 20's. The place is styled perfectly; leather booths separated by plush curtains, fine crystal glasswear and pink crockery matching the waiters outfits. Their BBR monogram is on everything, even the food!


Of course we had to start with a glass of champagne... There's a button, it would be rude not to!


We decided against starters (I knew what was on offer for dessert) and dipped straight into main courses. Chicken, mushroom and champagne pie for me, filet mignon rossini for him. My pie wasn't as big as it looked and was probably just the right size for a greedy peach like me. Gordon's beef was cooked perfectly rare as he likes it, but he wasn't a fan of the fois gras. It took us a minute to remember what it was actually! We shared a side of french fries and one of carrots and parsnips roasted in beef dripping, honey and thyme. Just like Christmas!


We mulled over dessert choices, cocktails in hand. I can't remember what cocktails we had, but they were good and I guess that's all you need to know... I was distracted by food as always and totally judging Gordon on his choices. Chocolate fondant?! Pfft. We shared the BBR Signature Chocolate Glory and the Dulce de Leche creme brulee instead. I'm only ever this bossy when I know best...


Which is ALL of the time. An epic orange infused creme brulee and this little beauty were presented to our table...


A golden sphere of chocolate, which melts in the middle and falls apart as the waiter pours a hot chocolate sauce over the top. Inside is a jumble of chocolate mousse, brownie, raspberries, passionfruit and orange jelly - everything that is good in a dessert. So much excitement for this! Like Christmas, again. 


You know you want it.

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