Review – The Riverfront

Last week Fi and I joined the parental units for an evening of theatre at the National. We are all a bit obsessed with the National Theatre, due, in equal parts, to the stunning river location and the ever changing selection of superb and entertaining plays. I highly recommend seeing a play there if you can. Anyway before we headed into the Olivier Theatre to watch A Small Family Business we headed for food. Obviously. I mean it’s what we do!

We decided to meet (and eat) at a new favourite of ours, The Riverfront. The Riverfront is part of the BFI and is situated right under Waterloo Bridge, which also happens to be next to The National Theatre – handy that! The building has glass walls so you can spend hours just watching the world pass by, and there are deckchairs outside if that’s what you fancy. It was raining (of course) so we headed inside and got situated with ginger beer and Victorian lemonade – we are British after all! 

Now to the food. Well we decided to share a tomato bruschetta and a baked provolone cheese with honey. Both of which we’ve had before and loved. The tomato brushetta is made form heritage tomatoes, so you get the lovely orange and yellow tomatoes involved too. Nom nom. Add the provolone cheese is seriously to die for with the most amazing crusty, chewy rind on it. For mains I can definitely recommend the pulled pork and bacon burger. It comes in a delicious brioche bun with a mini bucket of chips on the side. The rest of the party sampled the beef burger and the fish and chips. From previous visits we can also suggest sampling the Caesar salad and the sausage and mash. Basically this place is all about good British food, done very very well.

Another quirky thing to mention is that as this restaurant is situated in the BFI you get announcements to let you know when films are about to start – such a clever and fun idea.

Lau xx

April Foodie Update

So from the rather awesome list below it’s pretty clear we’ve been super spoilt on the food front this month, I suppose a birthday and a holiday will do that to you! So here’s what we’ve been eating (basically all the good things ever invented!).

Five Guys – I know loads of people aren’t a fan, but I most certainly am!
Sandbanks, Portugal
Alambique, Portugal
BBQ x3 – 2 in Portugal, 1 in Surrey – hooray for Spring/Summer as this is my favourite food!
Pulled Pork
Yo Sushi
Nandos
Muriel’s Kitchen – one of our new favoruites, everything there is delicious and the decor is amazing!
Franco Manca pizza – best pizza EVER
Ready Steady Cook #6 – Sweet Potato Meatball Bake – a new favourite
Peanut butter brownies – these NEVER get old
Coffee and walnut cake – so easy and so yummy!
Easter Eggs – ALL of the Easter Eggs!

egg fried rice / Franco Manga pizza / Birthday pimms / open egg mayo sandwich / Five Guys /  sweet potato meatball bake

cinnamon roll / birthday Biscuiteers biscuits / Easter creme eggs / coffee and walnut cake / birthday crepe / Starbucks name fail 

So, tell us, what was your favourite foodie item in April – something you made or somewhere new you tried. We’d love to hear new recipe and restaurant suggestions!

A little February round-up

So another month has flown by and we’re now about to embark on March – what the actual what is going on with that?! How on earth is this year going so fast – crazy times indeed! As is the CBE way we need to round-up all our cooking, baking and eating loveliness in one post, so here goes!

We started this month with an awesome long weekend in the Peak District, which basically revolved around food… We started with a Wagamama’s, where we all tried something new, all of which were scrumptious. My dish was the Chicken Teriyaki, scrumptious! This was swiftly followed by (in no particular order) homemade lasagna, American sweets, coffee in our wellies, pulled pork, cooked breakfasts and pancakes, homemade veggie soup, doorstop sandwiches, a chinese takeaway, crisps, biscuits, bourbon brownies and a rediscovery of scrumptious Shreddies. It really was an amazing weekend of food stuffs!

Apart from a weekend of food in the Peak District our foodie month has been made up of:

  • Cooking a ham, chicken, leek, mushroom and mushroom soup pie
  • Blending tonnes of smoothies
  • Treating ourselves to a cooked breakfast (for lunch) after epic runs
  • Sampling our very first Chicken Balti Pukka pie at the football
  • Baking chewy chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies (recipe here)
  • Eating out at Bill’s, Wahaca, Nando’s, Del’Aziz and Camellia’s Tea House
  • Tucking into the biggest roast chicken with all the trimmings courtesy of the parentals
  • Being good and taking salads for lunch
  • Remembering how perfect an iced coffee can be with our first ones of 2014

Phew, what a month for food – no wonder I’m so exhausted after all of that lot! What about you what have been your top food moments from the last month?

– Fi xx

November Eats

Eating out Last month’s eating out was definitely less than normal, but we still managed to fit in some absolutely amazing places. Between us we made it to Wagamamas, Nandos, 1 Launceston Place and Homeslice. I wanted to mention two of these now:

Firstly, 1 Launceston Place was absolutely perfect. This was a treat for my Mum birthday and it was everything you’d expect from a Michelin starred restaurant. Tim Allen’s food was heavenly and I still can’t decide which was my favourite part!

Secondly, Homeslice. This is an awesome pizza restaurant in Covent Garden. Think shared wooden tables, huge pizzas on wooden boards and no other food option. Yes, it only sells pizza but it’s so delicious that you don’t want anything else. We went as part of a group of 5 and got 2 pizzas between us. Each pizza had half and half toppings. My favourite was the butternut squash, roasted onions and pancetta topping – simply divine. The squash is like a puree and used instead of tomatoes. Whoever thought that up was a genius.

Other foody discoveriesThis month has been all about the Peanut Hottie, Christmas Sandwiches and bread mix.

Peanut Hottie – Please tell me you have tried this. What is it? Well, it’s a peanut butter flavoured hot drink, which I may have talked about this a bit too much on twitter and instagram but it’s absolutely amazing! It not only tastes delicious but the smell is heavenly too.

So in love with this stuff.

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Christmas Sandwiches – my current favourite is the M&S turkey with butternut squash stuffing. So good. Try it. Now! Also how cute is the Christmas packaging from Eat? It certainly cheers up eating at your desk!

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Artisan bread mix – I made this when I was at home visiting my parents, it was so unbelievably easy to do. Just follow the recipe exactly and you’ll end up with a delicious seeded bread.

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Home Baking – We have also baked an awful lot this month. Here goes with the long list; fruit crumblesChicken live pate, sticky gingerbread cake, raspberry brownies, toad in the hole, Aubergine Parmigiana, white bread loaf, turkey & tarragon sweet potatoes, a four tiered birthday cake for Mum’s birthday, chickpea and vegetable stew, peanut butter brownies (yes, again), Reindeer cupcakes and banana and walnut loaf. As is the normal routine recipes for new things will be typed up and posted over the next month or so, between Christmas baking of course!

What about you lovely lot? Any delicious bakes, makes or eatings out to share with us?

Lau xxx

One simply amazing afternoon tea

Hooray it’s Friday, well done to us all for making it to the last day of the working week. What a RESULT and a massive pat on the back to us all. I can honestly say this week has dragged, it’s felt like ten weeks in one, what is with that?! Hopefully you’ve all had much easier weeks than me – tell me all about them we’d love to hear more!

20131025-112924.jpg20131025-112938.jpgAnyway enough Friday celebrating from me, let’s get down to the point of this here post; today we’re all about the cake and tea as we’re recapping on a (not so) recent afternoon tea of loveliness. It’s been two months since we both experienced our first proper afternoon tea, so please do forgive my tardiness. I’m not sure what got into me, perhaps all the cake I consumed made me forget about the adventure, whatever the reason I profusely apologise and let me now fill your mind with the wonders of sugar heaven!

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So our very first proper afternoon tea took place on a gloriously sunny summer’s day in London town at the beautiful Palm Court at the Langham Hotel. This is one of those places that is most definitely known for its afternoon teas (no less than three people recommended it!) and now I can see why – it was scrumptious, sensational, opulent and such a treat. Perfect for our celebration of a friends engagement and trip over from the UK. I will definitely be recommending it a lot in the future!

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wpid-20130905_133057.jpg 20131025-113042.jpg 20131025-113101.jpgNext up on the food front were the homemade scones with clotted cream and jam. What was great (for those who are picky eaters anyway) is that the scones were a mix of plain and fruit ones. Plus the scones were warm AND once again we were offered extras – amazing! After scones there was the mini cake selection, which was displayed so beautifully as you can tell from the pictures. The cake selection consisted of strawberry meringue lollipops, mini Victoria sponge cakes, dark chocolate mousse/shortbread concoctions and my absolute favourite, the miniature banana cakes.

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July’s cooking, baking and eating round up

July is over already, how has that happened? We all know by now that today’s post is all about the things we’ve been cooking, baking and eating this month.

To start with what have we cooked? Well honestly this month has mainly been about the salads and fresh bread and cheese. There’s something about the British summer time that invites long lazy delicious suppers into my brain (and stomach). So we haven’t actually cooked a huge amount of anything, there’s been baked potatoes and salad, cheese and biscuits, chunky sandwiches and quiches. Plus pasta too.

Again not much baking has happened. Can you believe no bread has been made? What a travesty. That must be rectified in August. We’ve baked chocolate and marshmallow fluff pie (post coming soon), a peanut butter chocolate cake and lots of peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes.

Just like last month the two of us have eaten out loads! It must be a summer sunshine thing. There’s been…

  • The Falcon – burgers = delicious
  • Eddie Rockets, Dublin – great diner fare
  • Tante Zoe’s, Dublin – crazy waitress and bad service but the food was good
  • Wallace’s Taverna, Dublin – perfect pizza
  • Dublin Airport – good coffee and fresh cakes – while watching the Wimbledon final
  • Copious amounts of iced vanilla lattes for me
  • Picnics in Green Park and on Clapham Common
  • Barbecues at the parentals x3
  • Drinking Guinness at the Guinness Storehouse – and pouring our own pints!
  • Lunches at the Shake Shack – newly opened in Covent Garden and so good. Try the peanut butter milkshake
  • The Diner (again)
  • Mussels at Belgo
  • Pizza at Zizzi’s

Lau xxx

Lau’s favourites – eating out

So it looks like it’s my turn to discuss my favourite eateries, here we go…

  • The Diner – This is the go to place whenever the youngest sisterling is in town because sometimes you just can’t beat a burger and fries, and one things for sure sometimes that’s just what you fancy!
  • The Cinnamon Club – I’ve been here a few times for special occasions and I love it. The tastes and flavours in the Indian cuisine are gorgeous and the setting of the restaurant inside the old Westminster Library is pure genius as the walls of books adds something to the decor. Plus there’s a lovely bar downstairs which serves delicious cocktails – always a winner with me!
  • Eat – There just so happens to be an eat right across from my office and it’s become somewhat of a Monday morning ritual to check out the weekly soup and hot pots menus to work out what days I will be buying my lunch from there. My favourites are the Mac and Cheese hotpot, the lentil and smoky bacon soup. Plus they do a delicious turkey, spinach and cranberry sandwich.
  • Yo Sushi! – So i’m a big big fan of this sushi bar. It’s got a great menu with a wide selection of foods, they make it easy to work out the prices of all the dishes by the different coloured plates on the belt and they do great deals. Not only is there the weekly Blue Plate Monday deal but they sent you a voucher when it’s your birthday to enjoy a 1/3 off your bill. Why thank you very much!
  • Pret – Another eatery close to work this is also perfect for lunchtime offerings. It’s always a toss up between the chicken caesar and bacon artisan baguette or one of the salads from here. Plus Godfrey the gingerbread man always manages to find his way into my hands!
  • Nandos – Who doesn’t love chicken and chips? I was first introduced to Nandos way back at uni and ever since then I have been a Nandos convert. There’s just something about this simple menu and the ordering. Basically choose the spice of your chicken, what you want the chicken in (burger, salad, wrap, pitta, nothing) and then choose your sides. That’s it sorted. Plus i’m a tad obsessed with the perinaise.

So it turns out that there aren’t too many similarities between our two lists. I’m actually quite surprised by that as I was expecting to see more of the same places if i’m honest.

Lau xxx