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Eating Out|| The Market Porter, Borough Market

Borough is one of my fave places. I think I take most people who visit down to this part of London to explore the market, get in on the hustle and bustle, and to try some of the variety of street food, or buy a few bits to take home (if they make it that far!). But I always know Borough is busy. Ranging from just a little pushy, weaving in and out of people to truly chaotic. So finding a spot to just stop and enjoy your food is a tough one. Even the pubs/restaurants in the area tend to get packed quite quickly, especially if they’ve gotten big reputations like Padella. This spot however was seriously different. It was so peaceful on the Saturday afternoon we visited. Chilled, quiet and cosy, yet it overlooks one of the busiest markets in the capital…

The Market Porter, part of the Market Taverns, is actually one bustling pub. But hidden upstairs is a quaint old-fashioned pub style dining room.

The Market Porter, Borough

The staff were friendly from the off, offering help and ensuring we hadn’t forgotten to check out the specials board. The sign of a good spot, and things not to be missed. I love a specials board, as in my mind it shows they’re always trying to add something new/different, so even if/when you go back, there should be something new to try. Even alongside a seasonal menu.

The seasonal menu features roughly six starters…

…plus there were a couple on the specials board when we visited – don’t forget to check that board! They weren’t the usuals you’d find on a gastro pub menu, including a thai beef salad and arancini.

The Market Porter, Borough

The Hot Smoked Salmon Scotch Egg was fantastic. The smoked salmon was full of flavour, tender and flaky, and had a beautiful light bread coating, and soft boiled egg inside. The horseradish and curried fennel mayo which accompanied the scotch egg, was creamy and rich in flavour, complimenting it well. This one was quite a big starter but a must-try.

The Market Porter, Borough

The Toasted Sourdough topped with Creamed Mushrooms and Onion Crust did not disappoint either. The mushrooms were rich in that signature umami flavour, weren’t overly creamy, and there were plenty of them. Another fab starter.

The Market Porter, Borough

The eight mains on the menu when we visited, gave off more of that gastro pub feel…

…with Beer Battered Haddock, a Rib Eye Steak, Market Porter Pie and a Chicken Kiev making an appearance. The special board on our visit featured another beef number and The Market Fish Special – Seabass with Sweet Carrot Puree, which we could not resist.

The Market Porter, Borough

The Seabass was delicate, with a fab crispy skin. It had a superb flavour. The Sweet Carrot Puree was indeed sweet, very smooth and went beautiful with the Seabass and greens. It’s quite a light meal, so sides are a must if you’re hungry.

The Market Porter, Borough

The Chips, neither thin and crispy nor thick and chunky, were crisp yet fluffy, and perfect for picking/sharing. The Daily Veg was a portion of Tenderstem broccoli when we visited, and it was served delightfully a la dente.

The Kale & Pumpkin Risotto with Chestnut Sage and Parmesan was a delicious creamy, soft, autumnal dish. The chestnut pieces were plentiful, and the long strips of parmesan delicately placed on top added a rich, melty, cheesiness. It might be the only veggie option on the menu right now, but it’s one fantastic one!

The Market Porter, Borough

There are a small handful of desserts.

Pretty much those you’d expect from a gastro pub, including crumble and custard, cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. The Sticky Toffee Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce and Vanilla Ice Cream, obviously caught our attention being lovers of a good one. Unfortunately it didn’t quite live up to others, a little dry and not overly sticky. But the butterscotch sauce was fantastic and the vanilla ice cream beautifully potent in flavour and super creamy. It was still a nice end to the meal.

The Market Porter, Borough

Being a pub too, The Market Porter offers twelve traditional, award-winning ales as well as a selection of wines, soft drinks and a handful of cocktails. The classic Aperol Spritz was perfectly prepared, as we clutched onto the end of the warm autumn weather. The Twinkle however stole the show – a mix of Champagne, vodka and elderflower, it was lightly sparkling and beautifully refreshing. If you’re not an ale lover, and are a little impartial to a fizz, I’d definitely recommend a Twinkle.

The Market Porter, Borough

Summary:

  • Price: pretty reasonable at between £6.50 and £9 for starters, £12.50 and £21.50 (steak) for mains and £6 for dessert.
  • Food: delicious, fresh. Mainly gastro pub options, but there are some beauties in there too. Try the smoked salmon scotch egg and the risotto!
  • Drinks: a large selection of ales and wine, and a handful of cocktails. The Twinkle is the one.
  • Atmosphere: a fab hidden quiet and cosy spot overlooking Borough Market. Think traditional pub vibes. It’s one to escape the hustle and bustle of the area.
  • Wait: it was pretty quiet when we visited one Saturday early evening. I get the feeling this is a hidden gem. Do book if you can, as once this spot is uncovered, I have a feelings no it could get busier.

Have you found any hidden spots recently?

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to review for East London Girl, but it was SO good I wanted to share with you too!

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Out & About|| Studio 88, West End

I hadn’t been for a proper night out in a long time. It’s mainly been pubs/bars, in by 12, with a chicken shish or waiting for the toaster to pop up with my steaming crumpets, ready to be coated in butter and marmite. No 1am, 2am or 3am home times. Still hangovers, but no 2day ones – yes I am getting that old! But this was all until recently..when I went on an absolutely fantastic night out with an awesome group of foodies…

Nicola from East London Girl, had organised a big meet-up for about 15 or so of us. Yep. Fifteen! All foodies. All ready for a fun night. The venue…Studio 88. Somewhere Nicola, and a few others, had raved about so much. I was excited to go!

Studio 88

Studio 88 is the only non-stop live music venue in The West End, completely based on requests. There are two piano vocalists and a band, who play all night. It’s in a lower ground floor space and gives off an 80s neon disco vibe, but is so much cooler, with plush leather seats and low tables, a huge dance floor and bars.

Studio 88

The drinks menu features a large number of cocktails, along with all the usuals from wine to beer, spirits and fizz. However, every day from 5-8pm they have a happy hour, with signature cocktails from £5.50, £12.50 on selected bottles of wine, Budweiser for £4, prosecco for £19 and £5.80 for a glass of champagne. I’d highly recommend making it for this!

Studio 88

The zombie cocktail was a huge hit with our group. A sweet, tropical, juicy mix of Appleton estate vex rum, captain Morgan original spiced rum, Cointreau, briottet apricot brandy, wary and nephew rum, angostura bitters and absinthe grenadine, fresh pressed pineapple juice and fresh orange juice. It was super delicious! Proseccco (I know, a pretty standard choice but still), was fab too.

As for the music, well, it was amazing.

The vocals, the live versions, the band were all incredible. The sound transported well and filled the space. We all sang our hearts out to some huge hits from Sexual by Neiked to September Song by JP Cooper, among many more upbeat numbers…I can’t remember them all, but I know I enjoyed so many!

Studio 88

We also got up from our table to get the steps in, and danced the night away. The music was too good to be sat down listening. The dance floor was pretty busy, but there was still plenty of space to slide in and throw some moves out there.

Starting straight after work on a Friday, I decided by 12am I was actually ready for bed (big day the next day I needed to be fresh for!) however I’d had SO much fun! It really did remind me what I was missing by just sticking to bars and pubs. Although they’re great for a catchup, I do love a venue where I can get on the dance floor, sing my heart out and let my hair loose! What’s more, you don’t have to book, however it is recommended to add yourself to the friends list via the website.

Summary:

  • Price: really affordable during happy hour (details above), and pretty good for London West End at other times too, with cocktails between £9 and £13, and a regular white wine for £5.90. £5 entry Monday to Thursday after 10pm, £10 friday after 10pm and Saturday after 8pm.
  • Drinks: so many cocktails. Go for a zombie!
  • Atmosphere: chilled turned into fun, lively live music venue. Great music!
  • Service: a couple of the team were super friendly, although not all which is a shame, but we still had a great night! Luckily, service doesn’t matter all too much when it comes to a night out!

I definitely want another night out soon – hit me with your recommendations.

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to a group blogger outing. All views my own.

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Travel|| New York – The Food Edit

New York seems so long ago now. A distant memory. Yet, it was only a month ago Katy and I spent five days pretty much wandering to find food..and the pretty houses, and beaut sights too. But mainly for food right 😉 We had some incredible brunches, dinners, snacks and treats and drank at some of the cutest coffee shops and bars! Literally a week dreams are made of.

My post on THE places to see, wander and explore (including where to stay) went up two weeks ago, so to continue sharing my New York journey, here are my fave picks covering brunch, lunch, dinner and treats; coffee and bars coming soon – there’s just so much for me to tell you about. Sit back, relax and be prepared to get hungry. If you get too much food envy, flights can be booked for as little as £300 with Norwegian 😉

Brunch/breakfast

The Butchers Daughter

This is the first brunch stop we made on our trip. In fact, it was the first stop full stop. Setting president from the start. It’s a super cute plant-based restaurant with a handful of locations – it’s contemporary, minimalist, bright with plenty of foliage (New York sure had lots of this!).

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Food was fresh, vibrant and full of flavour. Just what we needed after a long haul flight. The menu had plenty of options I was dying to try. Both dishes we ordered (after much deliberation…the long haul flight definitely caused more indecision than normal) fantastic and delicious. ‘The Best Kale Salad’ ($18) (yes, that is what they named it), was crisp and crunchy with a fab mix of fruit and veg. The Plantain Party Bowl ($16), a beautiful mix of soft rice, black beans, red cabbage, slightly sweet plantain and creamy avocado. Service was friendly and fast.

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It’s a juice bar too. The juices looked fantastic, although a little pricey at about $10 each.

The Egg Shop

Day two, we kept the brunch momentum going. Walking over an hour to reach our destination of choice, it needed to live up. And it did.

The Egg Shop is another cute location. Much like The Butchers Daughter, it’s pretty minimalist, bright and airy, with plants filling the spaces. I started realising that New York restaurants and houses had cottoned on to the Instagram trends! Service wasn’t quite as friendly as The Butchers Daughter, but was still fast.

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The menu is predominantly based around, you guessed it, eggs. The whole brunch menu featuring eggs in some way or another – not always the main element of the dish but always there in some form, sunny up, scrambled or soft boiled.

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The Avo & Egg ($14) was served with a soft-boiled one. It came with tahini, a beautiful thin watermelon radish, harissa, almonds and citrus salt all on multi-grain toast. I’d never had watermelon radish before, and it sure added a beautiful fresh element, to the creaminess and rich flavours of the other ingredients. A fab Avo toast!

The Scrambler ($12) was a superbly rich and creamy mix of, you guessed it, scrambled egg. When we visited it was scrambled with sweet corn, mushrooms, spring onion and pecorino. Katy added some avocado to top it off, because who doesn’t want extra Avo?

The hash browns ($4), a side order, were handmade patties of fluffy middles, and super crispy outsides. They were fab! Definitely a nice change to the standardised versions you get.

Russ & Daughters

The ONE thing I promised myself I’d get. A bagel. We went all out with one from a location recommended on many a New York bagel list as one of the best the city has to offer.

Russ & Daughters has two locations in the city, one a cafe the other a deli. The deli is the spot we ventured to. Perhaps not a location to take a veggie (sorry Katy), as there was a whole counter with fresh smoked fish ready for serving. Whoops. Although I quite enjoyed eyeing up the cakes, sweet treats and all the other bagel options – there were so many, and so many actual bagel types to pick from too!

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The only thing with the deli is that there isn’t anywhere to sit, so you either have to eat on the go, or find a spot outside to enjoy it (something we did find tricky to start).

The bagels themselves are massive. Huge. The cream cheese is so thick and full of flavour (Katy had the spring onion one!) and they sure do fill the bagel as much as possible. My Daughters Delight ($19) with Gaspe Nova, Wild Alaskan Salmon Roe and cream cheese was divine. The salmon absolutely fantastic, the Gaspe nova added bursts of juiciness, and the cream cheese bringing it all together. Might be expensive, but worth every penny. It sure keeps you full for ages too!

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You can also make your own, which is what Katy did, with scallion (spring onion) cream cheese and tomato, which works out a lot cheaper at only about $5.

Lunch/dinner

Nickel & Diner

This spot isn’t quite the diner you see in the movies. You know the ones I’m talking about. The standard spots with red booths, tiled floors, where people go late at night for a milkshake, or to find the person they’re looking for…as they always end up in their fave diner. No, Nickel & Diner is a fancy, contemporary take on the classics, with dark woods, blues and copper throughout. It’s fancy inside. Gorgeous. The bar running the length, decked out with low hanging lights and metallic bar stools. Stunning. The service was top notch too, friendly, attentive and speedy.

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The daytime menu isn’t just about greasy burgers or grilled cheese and shakes either, it features a mix of dishes, including all day breakfast plates, soups & salads, pasta & grains, burgers and sliders, and wings. The Fried Chicken Wings ($14) served buffalo style, were tender and flavoursome. They came with carrot and celery, perfect for adding a little freshness, and a creamy light blue cheese sauce for dipping. So good! I was literally in wing heaven…I’m sure many of you might have seen the embarrassing video Katy recorded of me eating them over on Instagram!

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The shaved vegetable salad ($15) with broccoli, cauliflower, sunflower pesto and sesame, was another crunchy mix of delicious fresh flavours. I might have had a little food envy, as I do LOVE a good salad, but my wings were more than hitting the spot! We shared some Crispy Fries ($6) too, because why not…they were great fries!

Pastai

This was a spot we stumbled upon during one of our long walks to start the day. A restaurant we kept in memory, both being big Italian fans! Pastai was set to be our one fancy stop during the trip – being a little more pricey than some of the other places we ate. And was worth it!

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The restaurant itself is pretty cute. It feels cosy, like a family run establishment. Almost homely. We nabbed a fab spot in the window amongst the leaves and pumpkins. The menu had plenty of different pasta options as well as antipasti, salads and seafood dishes. There’s also a specials menu, featuring seasonal numbers. There’s only one thing to do when they all sound so good – share.

We started with homemade bread and oil which was tasty. The Eggplant Parmesan special (~$14-18), in a rich tomato sauce was incredibly delicious, the aubergine (eggplant), not too soft, beautifully roasted. The Olive Fritte ($10), fried olives stuffed with pecorino, which had a light breadcrumb coating and were seriously delicious…creamy in the middle.

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Both pasta dishes were beautifully present. The pasta was the perfect texture, and each dish was packed with flavour. The bucatini con broccoli ($23), was a mix of thick hollow spaghetti with cauliflower-saffron ragu, pine nuts, pecorino and raisin, topped with breadcrumbs. It was rich, creamy – pecorino makes everything a winner. The garganelli pasta with burrata ($20), broccoli rabe, and garlic cherry tomatoes in a broccoli rabe pesto was nutty, and deep in favour. The mix of juicy tomatoes, creamy burrata and nutty pesto made for one incredible dish.

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Definitely one if you’re a pasta fan, and don’t mind spending a little extra. After all, it is a dream trip!

The Meatball Shop

You got it, this spot is the one for meatballs. It’s insane. The menu features pretty much that, although you basically build you own, choosing from 7 meatball options (classic, chicken, spicy heritage pork, veggie, salmon, maine lobster or special), one of the sauces (classic tomato, parmesan cream, pesto, spicy meat, yoghurt dill, lemon butter or special) and then whether to have it naked ($10.50) with parmesan and focaccia or in a bowl ($17.50), over a choice of side, served with two sides (or three if ou’re really hungry). Sides include risotto, mash, kale and brussel sprouts among others, and there are salads and sandwiches on the menu too.

New York food dinner

The chicken meatballs were divine. So tasty. Fantastic in the rich, nutty pesto sauce! The veggie went down a treat too. And the Parmesan cream was another level. Creamy, potent, awesome. Perhaps a little sickly. But I’d still eat it all. The focaccia was just oily, and tasted fresh. A great accompaniment to the meatballs. I definitely recommend going down this route.

We couldn’t resist some broccoli ($7) roasted with chilli and garlic, it was beautifully a la dente – satisfied that veg craving. The mozz balls ($8) also called out to us  – these were warm, oozy yet stringy, and super delicious with the tangy tomato sauce. Definitely something to add to the order.

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Service was pretty standard, although very fast – food was with us within about 10-15 minutes after ordering. We did feel a little rushed out after but assumed it was because it’s almost like a fresh fast food spot.

Wanderlust

Katy found this spot on Instagram. And looking at the inside, you can tell why it’d make a instagrammers pick. Wanderlust is super cute. Light, bright, white and metallic metals. High tables, flowers, furry seat cushions/covers, signs. You know the type. Wanderlust nailed it. But it doesn’t just look pretty, the service is the best we had in New York, super friendly, and the food was amazing.

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The menu is a mix of different cuisines, with everything from pizza and mac and cheese to vegan summer rolls, pad thai or poutine. There are meaty numbers, veggie choices and something for vegans too!

Feeling snacky, the Oh My Guac ($12), nachos with guac, are a must. They arrive red and yellow which looks pretty cool (no taste difference between them), salty, with plenty of creamy guac for dipping.

Both eyeing up the U’re the ma to my cheese ($16), basically, Mac and cheese made with emmental, cheddar, fontina and parmesan, we knew we couldn’t share this time. We just knew we’d be scrutinising how much each other was taking. So a Mac and cheese each had to be ordered. We did not regret this decision. It was incredible. Creamy, seriously cheesy, oozy, gooey, deep in flavour with a fantastic crisp top. Stuff dreams are made of.

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Allowing space to rest – it was a super chilled spot during the day, and we weren’t rushed at all – we managed to squeeze in some dessert. We were just dying to have a Baked Alaska ($16, for sharing). With a strawberry sorbet centre, and mascarpone ice cream, it was smoky and seriously indulgent.

New York food dinner

Service was not only relaxed and chilled, it was super friendly and helpful! The team were chatty and ready with recommendations. Katy and I even followed one of them on Instagram after!

Snacks/Treats

Milk Bar

I’m a huge cereal fan, so Milk Bar was a must.

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We went for a Cereal Milk Soft Serve ($5.50) which is basically soft serve made to taste like the milk at the bottom of a bowl of cornflakes, and served topped with crunchy cereal. It was different, that’s for sure. I couldn’t decide at first if I wanted something sweet with it, it being soft serve, but it grew on me. The cereal was pretty tasty (think sugary, crunchy clusters), and the ice cream itself was super creamy, and delicious. Might not be better than a truly decent vanilla bean, but fab in its own way. Definitely one to try on the go!

Salvation Taco @ Pod39

Pod39 will actually appear properly when I finally get round to sharing my drinks edit – all the spots for drinks and coffee – as it was pretty awesome. But I had to give Salvation Taco a mention here, because we tried a Mushroom Taco with pico de gallo and crema ($5 each), to keep us going on the last day and it was seriously dreamy! So tasty!

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A great spot for drinks and nibbles – but be warned, they’re MESSY! Salvation Taco is one of Kelly Prince Writes favourites too!

Summary:

Go hungry. Walk to work up an appetite and eat as much as possible when out there. If you could only try three? I would say Russ & Daughters, Wanderlust and Meatball Shop. But that’s a tough call. They’re all SERIOUSLY good!

Drinks edit coming soon…but I’m also off to Edinburgh this weekend! Where else should be on my list?

Chloe xx

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Eating Out || Brunch at Brother Marcus, Angel

Brother Marcus wasn’t actually one on my list. Although it should have been. It was a recommendation by Katy, for our rare girls day at the weekend. Which of course involved exploring too. Oh and Kim managed to find some gorgeous dining room chairs for a steal at one of the second hand shops on Essex Road. Shes up-cycling them so keep an eye out for more. Can’t wait to see the finished piece!

Anyway back to the brunch spot. Brother Marcus is a cute little spot which can be found down Camden Passage in Angel. There’s one in Balham too! Its got a simplistic, natural feel inside, with light woods for the tables and floor, and white walls. There are a couple frames hung, but it’s all very minimalist. Very earthy. It’s pretty relaxed, bright and spacious. It definitely doesn’t feel like you’re coming off of bustling Camden Passage.

Brother Marcus, Camden

There were more tables than first expected from the exterior. A number of larger tables for sharing, and smaller for couples and fours filled the space. We managed to be seated right away the Saturday we visited (about 11.30am). I quite liked that we weren’t squeezed in against someone else too, even though we were sharing a table.

Ok onto the important bit…the food.

The menu has plenty of brunch options, including a fab vegan choice, and a couple of veggie options too. Stalking Instagram to help us decide, we knew they all looked good, so the pressure came down to how they tasted.

Brother Marcus, Angel

I was definitely impressed by my pick, The Brother Special. The dish consisted of deep pinky-red beetroot cured salmon, the creamiest scrambled eggs, grilled English asparagus and gremolata. Served on lightly toasted bread, it was finished topped with watercress and tasted fresh and vibrant, with the mix of mild beetroot flavour on the cured salmon and asparagus. It was presented beautifully, but most importantly cooked and prepared beautifully too.

Brother Marcus, Angel

The Yummy Mummy would have been my next choice. The vegan option, the dish  consists of cajun cauliflower, beetroot hummus, mangetout with black quinoa and charred corn on toast. Another fantastic mix of fresh, vibrant flavours, it didn’t just look amazing. Totally plant based too.

Brother Marcus, Angel

The step sister, appeared to also hit the spot. The sweet potato, courgette and feta fritters, were a hit with Katy, who often goes for the fritters on the menu – morning or night. These were served with avocado & spinach, kale, turmeric yoghurt and a runny poached egg, which provided the fresh and creamy mix of flavours and textures.

Brother Marcus, Angel

3 different brunch dishes. All went down a treat.

The drinks menu features a range of options too, from cocktails to wine and beer, for those who fancy a boozier brunch. The fresh juice was zesty and refreshing. A fab choice for a soft option. In fact we all went for different juices!

Overall:

  • Price: Brunch dishes from £5.20 to £10.80, it’s really reasonable for brunch in London.
  • Food: Looked beautiful and tasted delicious. Great for the insta and the taste buds 😉
  • Drinks: Whether you fancy a boozy start to the day or not, there are plenty of options. The juices are so fresh.
  • Atmosphere: Natural, chilled, not packed in. Great spot for a weekend brunch!
  • Wait: No wait. Seated straight way on a Saturday morning at about 11.30am – but worth the wait if there was one!

All-round, I highly recommend this spot! Great date-day spot, or somewhere to catch up with the girls. What would you have picked?

Chloe xx

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Chloe Tries|| Foodie Monthly – October

October has been another good food month. I mean, NEW YORK! But to be honest, when is it not a good food month? Especially when you’re trying to make the effort to try new things at every opportunity.

Even skipping the New York finds (those are coming next week!), narrowing it down to my favourite five food and drink finds/cravings has been a tough job. Like seriously tough. Here’s what made the cut…

Bread Ahead doughnuts

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Yes, I’m seriously late with trying these beauties. But it was worth the wait … both actually getting my butt to one of the Bread Ahead locations, and the two min queue which looked like it’d take A LOT longer. (Yes, I took a pic to prove I queued!). 

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The Praline ones were incredible. Plenty of oozy filling, sweet, delicious. No I couldn’t eat it without licking my lips. I was savouring every bite. The jam ones impressed too! If you’re visiting I’d definitely recommend getting a couple – I had one the next day and it was more than fine. Trust me, you won’t just want one if you’re a doughnut lover!

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Doisy & Dam Snaps

So October did welcome Chocolate week. Which means, it’s a must. Right?!

At the end of the month, I ventured on a road trip down to Hastings, taking a bag of the Doisy & Dam Snaps Snacking Chocolate, the coconut & lucuma dark chocolate ones, with me. Just in case I got peckish. Well more like for when I couldn’t resist any longer.

The sharing bag was filled with thin single-origin Columbian chocolate pieces, differing in size. All with just enough bits & pieces inside to add a delicate flavour. The chocolate itself sure did have a good snap (sign of good chocolate), and was rich and smooth. Beautiful in flavour. What’s more, it’s actually vegan and gluten free too!

They were a bit fiddly to get out if you’re sticking your hands in, so perhaps more one for movie snacks or if hosting friends over drinks and dinner. I’d definitely persevere again though!

Vapiano

I’ve been to Vapiano once before. It always amazed. I loved watching my fresh pasta tossed and cooked right in front of me as I waited. Made to order. As fresh as you get. It’s pretty darn tasty too.

This month, Vapiano launched a brand new branch at the sparkling new One Tower bridge development. It literally looks out over Tower Bridge! It’s a little more fancy inside, with comfy seating and the same menu – dishes (pasta, pizza, risotto and salad) start from £6.99. It has a bar too, so perfect for a quick after work dinner catch-up! I’m secretly hoping they hold more evening events, as at the launch they had an awesome 90s RnB DJ! So fun.

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Definitely go for the pasta though – there’s 10 pasta shapes to choose from and plenty of saucy options. Having it made fresh in front of you means it can be made for individual tastes or dietary requirements too!

Bepps

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I’m not usually one for crisps (ok, I do love a pom bear!), but puffs and rice cakes are totally my thing. This month I tried BEPPS, black eyed pea puffs. They’re light in flavour, airy (a lot like a chickpea puff or cheese puff texture) and have a good crunch. I loved them!

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It’s nice to have a snack with a more delicate flavour, one which dosn’ last throughout the whole afternoon. What’s more, they’re only about 90 calories! So really do make a great snack, or accompaniment for lunch. My faves were the salt and vinegar ones!

Lantana – Too Good To Go

I tried ordering through the ‘Too Good To Go‘ app for the first time this month. It’s a free app which allows you to order dishes which would have gone to waste, for a reduced cost. You order early in the day, and collect during the stated time slot. There are quite a few spots in Central London on the service, one of which being Lantana, a spot i’d been keen to try.

You can’t state what you get, meaning it could be any of the dishes. But if you’re not a fussy eater, it’s a fab concept. I picked up the Salmon with salad from Lantana at the end of the day for only about £3, and it was delicious. The salmon still really good, flavoursome and flaky. The salad, fresh and so tasty!

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I’m definitely using this again!

And there you have it. My fave picks for October! There were SO many other good picks – make sure you’re following me on Instagram to keep up with everything I try!

I can’t wait for November – bring on the start of the festive treats! What should I be trying?

Chloe xx

*This post does include food/drink from events I’ve been invited to, or samples I’ve received. All views my own. 

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