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Eating Out|| The Coal Shed, London

Girls night on a Tuesday with Kim and Nicola. Cocktails. A glass of wine. Sharing steak. Why not? It’s great to have plans at the beginning of the week. Even better when it’s somewhere like The Coal Shed.

The Coal Shed can be found right next to Tower Bridge, on the south of the river. It’s nestled in the One Tower Bridge development, which is a bit of a maze when you’re in a rush, but it’s pretty much in the centre by the fountains. Opposite prosecco lounge – just in case you were planning to make a night of it.

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The inside radiates a forest feel. Yet its got a sophisticated classy edge with dark woods, leafy deep green marbles, bronzes and coppers throughout.

This premium feel runs through it’s menus too. The drinks menu has an array of creative seasonal cocktail choices, including several fizz numbers, alongside wine, beer and soft drinks.

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The cocktails…

The Rolling Royale, Gin, seasonal shrub, citrus and prosecco, arrived in a beautiful sugar crusted glass. I might have made a comment about it looking like a princess cocktail. The fizz was gentle, the taste actually a little sweet, not too tart. Refreshing.

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The Daisy Ash arrived in a similar fashion. The sugar crust this time a deep colour, contrasting the other cocktails. A mix of Mezcal, peach essence, citrus, seasonal shrub and peach bitters, Kim said this was a good choice too!

The a la carte food menu is succinct. Not too many options, yet still a tough choice – quite a variety for a menu of it’s size. There are a couple of vegetarian options, although these are outweighed quite heavily by meat and fish. Generally because that’s what The Coal Shed specialises in.

It’s a good idea to take note of the specials boards too which feature a couple of fish options and the weights available for the premium steaks that day.

With such an intriguing menu, 3 courses was a must.

The South Coast Cured Grey Mullet arrived ceviche style. Presentation on point. The mullet was thickly sliced and succulent. With a light avocado mousse, lime juice, juicy tomatoes, and fresh chopped chilli, it was a fab mix of delicate flavours and textures.

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The BBQ Beef Shortrib was fantastic. It had a deep and rich flavour and was super tender – it could easily be torn apart. Topped with peanut, spring onion and chilli, it added crunch and a little freshness to the flavour. A delicious contrast.

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All three of us enjoying steak medium rare, it was a no brainer to try one of the specials. And so followed our steak feast with a sharing number and sides. As many sides as we thought we could fit in.

The Coal Shed, London

The Porterhouse, a T-bone steak with one side fillet and the other sirloin, arrived beautifully cooked. Both sides super tasty, the sirloin actually just topping the fillet for me. The fat in a steak adds to the flavour.

No steak is complete with sauce right?! The green peppercorn was delicious. Creamy yet runny. Always my fave with steak because it’s delicious on chips too 😉 The Bernaise was thick and buttery. Great with the steak.

All the sides…

The triple cooked chips were thick and chunky, fluffy on the inside and crispy on the out. The best kind of chips. A little salty already and super tasty, these didn’t even need sauce. The Jersey Royals were tiny (almost chat sized) served a la dente. It’s always nice to have an alternative to chips too if you can squeeze it in.

Going completely American, the mac and cheese had to be tried. It was creamy, with a fab crusty top. Not overly cheesy or stringy. It did work really well with the steak! Not that I’m surprised. Mac and cheese goes with everything right?!

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Needing some green, or any of the rainbow, the peas, bacon and onion made it into our order. I always need some fresh veggie options. Super tasty, it was as though the peas had been tossed in the mini shallot style onions and bacon fat. It was flavoursome, yet didn’t lose its fresh edge. I was happy we picked these over a salad.

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Because we were sharing a steak only a tad bit bigger than I’d usually get with Alex (I realised later that he must eat A LOT of it), we added some short rib croquettes too. Meant to be a nibble whilst waiting, these little balls tasted fantastic. They were rich, the meat inside oh so tender, and the guachang mayo which comes alongside had a fab kick to it. A great combo.

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A small glass of red alongside a steak here is a must. If you’re drinking of course. The house was medium bodied, rich but not overpowering. Delicious. Really enhancing the flavours.

After two courses, dessert is a squeeze.

I don’t think there would have been space had it not been for the sharing option – which sounded too enticing to resist. The rest of the menu did sound good, but nothing I NEEDED. This however was totally different.

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A platter of doughnuts, macarons, marshmallow, soft serve, chocolate coal and fudge, it’s pretty much all the sweet bites i love in one. The flavours change weekly which is pretty cool. When we visited it was predominantly a zesty lemon, with blackcurrant for the soft serve. The marshmallows were sticky, squidgy and flavoursome. They’re my fave. The chocolate coal was much like a truffle, rich and smooth. The macaron was deliciously light and airy, and the doughnut warm so the lemon filling oozed. Seriously was one fantastic sharer.

The Coal Shed, London

After that, we were seriously full and ready to be rolled home.

Delicious food, fab cocktails and fantastic service sure makes for a great experience. The company just making it even better 😉

SUMMARY:

  • Price: Starters range from £7 to £11; mains from £15 to £26; sides at £4 and sharing steaks dependent on weight. It’s probably on the higher end for a mid-week meal – but definitely worth forking out for. Perhaps one for a special occasion? I know Alex would love it if I booked for his Birthday! 
  • Food: Mainly steak or fish dishes (the speciality) – quite a variety for a menu of it’s size
  • Drinks: The fizz cocktails are  must – they don’t just look beautiful. But there are plenty of other options too!
  • Atmosphere: sophisticated and classy. Chilled.
  • Wait: On a Tuesday evening, there was no wait. I can see it being busier later in the week and at weekends, so do book!

Can you resist a sharing steak? Do you go for one main or like to share around the table?

Chloe xx

*I was invited along to review with Nicola from East London Girl and Kim from Sweet Monday Blog. All views my own.

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Travel|| A Cabin Escape – Forest Holidays, Forest of Dean

I do enjoy a family holiday. It’s an escape from everyday life. You get to spend quality time with the ones you get homesick over. And they lived with you once, so know what you’re like in the mornings.

I hadn’t been on one for such a long time. Simply because, mum and dad have been abroad alone (me, my sister and brother are all in our twenties now), and the only family holidays here in the UK are camping. Yes, camping. There’s just something about camping for several days which doesn’t go well with me I don’t think. A day or two of sleeping on a jelly air bed, cold even in summer, wrapped in as many layers as I can fit inside a rustling sleeping bag will do me just fine. A week? No thank you. But this year, they did things differently. This year, we booked a cabin in the Forest of Dean. And I was so excited!

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We stayed at Forest Holidays, in one of the 120 cabins. There are five different sizes, ranging from The Golden Oak Hideaway which sleeps two to The Golden Oak Treehouse which sleeps ten. They’re all styled pretty similarly, with a homely, comfortable feel.

With 6 of us and a little one, we had the second largest sized cabin and it was pretty awesome. There’s a huge living room and kitchen-diner, a spacious master bedroom with en-suite, 2 twin rooms (cot on request), a bathroom, a decked seating area outside and a hot tub. Yes, we had a hot tub too!

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We were pretty lucky as our seating area and hot tub were at the back of the cabin, with only really the trees in sight. But as we walked past several cabins during our stay, we realised this is pot luck.

The hot tub easily seated four. You could probably squeeze in six. It was a fab addition to the cabin stay which we all enjoyed. Lovely to relax in after a day of adventures. The outdoor space was also home to a rattan furniture set, which made a great spot to sit and chill – I think it might have been my fave place!

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The living room was more than comfortable for seven of us when it got cold. It might have been June, but it was still chilly at times. With a huge corner sofa, a two seater and a large TV, it was perfect for our evening love island session too.

The TV has freeview, but you can also opt in for different packages when you stay. One of which being a movie one. But with only 3 days, we tended to pack them full leaving not enough time for flicks. Through the TV you can also access other information about forest holidays too. This included booking activities, and general FAQs, which is handy.

On the note of packages, I’d definitely recommend getting the premium WiFi. Whilst the basic works, the premium is by the way to go. Faster and less frustrating. We all need Wi-Fi during those down times right?

The kitchen was big enough. It had pretty much everything you needed, pots and pans wise, to cook whilst staying. The fridge perhaps a little on the small side for 6, but we managed fine. We just tried not to buy too much fresh, cold food.

The table sat six, so with Isabelle (my niece, the little one) wanting to sit up too, we just pulled a chair in from outside. Plenty of space. No faff.

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The two twin bedrooms were small but not tiny. They were spacious enough to sleep in. I didn’t worry about my brothers legs managing to make it over to my bed either – yeah this did happen when on holiday before, even with a space between the beds which I thought big enough! The rooms were warm, but each had a window for breeze. There was space to hang or food away clothes too and a mirror – pretty handy. The beds themselves were harder than I usually go for, but still pretty comfortable. The master room however was pretty huge. Very spacious. With all the same commodities as the twin rooms, it was just bigger.

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Location

As for the location, Forest Holidays is right on the edge of the Forest of Dean. It’s pretty much in the middle of nowhere to town and city minded individuals, but that’s what makes it more exciting.

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There are a few supermarkets within easy reach via car, or a corner shop in walking distance. This is in addition to the retreat which is the onsite shop for any emergency extras – although it is a little pricey.

As you’re right on the end of the forest it’s great for adventures. Whether you’re hiring bikes or setting out on foot you can easily make a day of it. Jack and I went on a 22km trek to Monmouth and back which was FAB!

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There are activities too onsite, like archery, forest survival, high ropes and pottery painting if you’re up for more than relaxing and generally exploring the Forest and trails. Prices range widely dependent on activity.

It’s not far from Cheltenham and Gloucester either. With Bristol just an hour away too, there’s plenty of additional days out to be had if you fancy going a bit further afield. But to be honest, I could have happily spent 3 days walking, relaxing and picnicking! Although Bristol Zoo was so much fun – review to come.

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Overall:

  • Location: Right on the edge of the Forest of Dean. Not far from Monmouth. The fact it’s quiet & not too close to a city or built up area gives it that additional tranquil/adventure feel. Even a small walk feels like you’re exploring.
  • Accommodation: Everything you need for a week away self catering. Even had an iron and a hairdryer. Built in large flat screen meant we could keep up with Love Island too.
  • Size/comfort: Our cabin was very spacious. Very comfortable for six. We weren’t on each other’s toes too much, even when all in. The beds were pretty comfortable too.
  • Price: Only £708 for a Mon-Fri stay for six which is REALLY good. We did get a good deal, as my sister and brother-in-law had been on their honeymoon, so they do do good offers. Keep you eyes peeled.
  • Would I return?: Most definitely. Hoping the yearly camping trip turns into a yearly cabin trip 😉

Have you ever been to the Forest of Dean or stayed in a cabin before?

Chloe xx

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Recipe|| Mini Cheddar, Feta & Marmite Scones

It’s well and truly picnic season. As soon as it’s a bit sunny and mildly warmer, Britain flocks outdoors to make the most of it. And quite rightly so. It’s not like we usually get a full summer of this glorious weather is it?!

Picnic-ing is the perfect way to enjoy it. An afternoon in the sun. Delicious food. Drinks. Laughs. It’s one of my fave things to do in the summer months. Probably even more so as I don’t have a garden in London. Booooo. 

Finding a good picnic spot is pretty simple with so much green space in London. It’s the food which takes more thinking about. I always like to shake it up, so not every picnic is the same. And if I can, I’ll try make something too.

Mini Cheddar, feta and Marmite scone recipe

These mini cheddar, feta & marmite scones are the perfect picnic food. They’re small, so they won’t fill you up too much (leaving space to enjoy the other bits too!). Not messy. They’re super tasty but they don’t have an overwhelming marmite flavour, so should go down well with many.

Mini Cheddar, feta and Marmite scone recipe

They’re delicious alone, or you could spread a little butter or soft cheese on too! If you have space to pack it. 

Alex was a big fan of these so I’ll definitely be making these again for future picnics. Recipe is below.

What do you usually take on your picnic?

Chloe xx

Mini Cheddar, Feta & Marmite Scones

Perfect size for picnics or an afternoon snack

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 28 mini scones

Ingredients

  • 50 g margarine
  • 3 tsp Marmite
  • 220 g self- raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 75 g cheddar
  • 80 ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 65 g feta

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Leave to the side. 

  2. In a bowl, mix the margarine and Marmite until well combined. Place the bowl in the freezer to re-chill the margarine. 

  3. Sieve the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Remove the Marmite margarine from the freezer and rub into the flour to form breadcrumbs.

  4. Mix in the cheddar cheese ensuring it's pretty consistent throughout. Make a hole in the middle of the mixture in the bowl, pour in the milk and fold in with a spatula. Get your hands involved, kneading to form a thick dough - it shouldn't be sticky. You should have to work to get all the dry ingredients pushed in. 

  5. Roll out on a lightly floured work surface. Sprinkle over the feta, fold over (so the feta is inside) and roll again until roughly 1.5cm thick.

  6. Cut out small circles - I used a shot glass as I didn't have cutters small enough. Place each on the baking tray with enough space for any slight expanding. Keep going until all of the dough is used - you might need to push together and re-roll.

  7. Brush lightly with milk and bake in the centre of the oven for roughly 10 minutes. They should starting to go golden. Remove and leave to cool.

  8. Once cooled, sprinkle with flour and serve or pack for your picnic. Enjoy. 

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Eating Out|| Time Out More Card

Being a Londoner now for five years, I know the value of trying to find good offers. London can be expensive. Especially when plans with friends naturally seem to revolve around food or drinks. Or both. It’s just so easy to meet in central London, or close to where you both work rather than at someones house. Mainly because we all live all over London, and just outside too.

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I regularly look through Time Out Offers for new places to try, or great deals. And then recently Time Out launched its More Card. A new offer scheme which gives members freebies/queue jumps at a number of places around the city. I obviously had it give it a whirl.

Once all signed up, you get a virtual card and you can browse the offers online. Pretty simple. You don’t need an app. Just your log-in details. Or if you’re on Samsung, your fingerprint 😉

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There are quite a few locations already on board, with offers ranging from a free drink for the card holder, to free side/dessert or even queue jump.

There are a few which already caught my eye:

  • Franco Manca – Free Drink (Up to 2 per card holder, if 2 dine) I know there are plenty of Franco Manca enthusiasts out there, so this would make some great savings across the year
  • Nonna’s Gelato – Buy one get one free
  • Popping Licks – Buy one get one free
  • BIRD – 6 free wings with any purchase over £10
  • Shoryu – Free chicken wings or Goma Kyuri Cucumber

It’s still in its early days and they’re getting new places on board all the time! Excited to see what else makes an appearance on the list. I think it’ll help me try even more new places.

I liked searching venues close to home/work, for inspo on where to dine. Being able to search by venue was also handy when I’d heard about a specific offer too. But you can also filter by offer, cuisine of price point. You can also save offers and re-visit later – something which is super handy.

I will be completely honest and say that at first I was a bit dubious about the price – it’s £29.99 for the year. But it works out at less than a latte each month. So you’ll easily make that back and more. It’s all about getting little extras.

You can get 20% too off before 30th June with code TIMEOUTLOCALS. A little insider discount for you there.

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We headed down to Where the Pancakes Are yesterday to test our Time Out More Card. I’d been dying to take Alex since it first opened. He’s the biggest pancake fan.

Even on a sunny Saturday, the queue for a table for two was only five minutes which is fab. You can probably guess how happy I was when we got a spot in the sun.

Where The Pancakes Are is pretty cute inside and out. The interior is contemporary and minimalist. It’s light and airy, with greenery and hanging pendants. The exterior a little more basic, but a cute spot in the sunshine.

The menu changes seasonally. With six savoury options, six sweet options, two dutch babies (baked) and three specials, it’s pretty extensive for a pancake menu! The drinks menu is pretty reasonably sized too with juices, hot drinks, cocktails, wine and beer.

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The Time Out More Card gets you a free Smoky Maple Old Fashioned. Wild Turkey bourbon, angostura, maple
syrup, it’s not something I’d usually go for. Yet I tried something new and I can say it was delicious. Strong & potent, yet the orange and maple complimented this well, adding a sweet slightly citrus edge.

We also had The Calgary, because every breakfast needs coffee right!? So why not just go for the coffee cocktail. Espresso, vodka, xo patron tequila liquor, it was thinner than an espresso martini, and not as creamy. It was still a good choice. The vodka and tequila not too strong.

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As I’d never tried a dutch pancake before, and I’ve seen so many crop up on Instagram, I just had to order one. The Bramley & Cox Apples, fresh berries, almond flakes, could not be ignored. Switching ice cream for house cream (in the worry the ice cream would melt too quickly in the heat), it was one tasty number.

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The pancake itself was crispy on top, less cooked in the middle where most of toppings were. Almost like a sweet, tastier yorkshire pudding. The toppings went beautifully. I do recommend getting the cream – it’s thick & tasty. Almost like a vanilla clotted cream.

I did however have some serious food envy over Alex’s choice. The American with three pancakes, swaledale butcher’s smoked streaky bacon, blueberries, pure maple syrup was topped with added banana and house cream making this beast of a dish.

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The pancakes were thick and fluffy. Alex has had plenty in his time, saying these he definitely approved of. The bacon was super tasty – some of the best crispy bacon I’ve tasted. With plenty of maple syrup, and the fresh fruit, it was one super delicious dish. It’s not a surprise that nothing was left! Alex even finished my cream. These pancakes did win by far when pitted against my baked one. 

We almost stayed for the rest of the world cup match on the screen in Flat Iron Square, but with plans to meet our friends we had to dash. It was nice to have been out for brunch before – some quality time before the madness.

The team at Where The Pancakes Are were well aware of the Time Out More Card too. It was smooth service, and the cocktail was discounted on the bill. Success!

Summary:

  • Price: £29.99 (20% off before 30th June with TIMEOUTLOCALS). It works out at less than a latte each month. So you’ll easily make that back and more. It’s all about getting little extras.
  • Options: There are quite a few (several listed above). Some are better than others, it depends what you’re after. It’s still early days so more deals will be coming on soon!
  • Ease of Use: Sign up and you get a virtual card ready to go. You can browse and save offers for later. I didn’t have any issues using my card at Where The Pancakes Are.
  • Would I recommend?: I think it’d make a great gift – especially with the 20% off right now. Considering it’s priced at less than a latte each month, it’s not bad for getting those little extras. It’s going to make me try new spots too!

Do you try and find offers when going out?

Chloe xx

*This post is in collaboration with the Time Out More Card. All views my own. 

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Travel|| A day trip to Paris

8.5 hours. 27,000 steps. Five key sights. Four food stops. I have to say, our day trip to Paris was a huge success.

And I had the best travel companions/tour guides/jokers to show me the ways – Erica and Fran. My work gals and friends.

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I’d actually never been to capital of France before this trip. Never. I know, I know. Like many others I’m sure you won’t be able to believe it either. Being a huge foodie, and transport being so easy these days, it’s a surprise to most.

With this in mind, the girls had taken my list of restaurants, their list of pink and purple buildings, and the sightseeing musts to create an awesome Google map. It was actually Fran who pulled this together (a geek at heart). It showed our route and all the stops nearby. Colour coded dependent on what the stop was. We had a colour for sweet food, one for drinks and one for photo spots. Now this is the organisation I can get on board with.

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The Eurostar was super easy. Booked in advance you can get some great deals. We got our tickets for roughly £80 return. First train out (6.13), second to last back (19.13), it gave us almost a full day. Check in is pretty speedy at that time of day too. One good thing to note is that gates close 30mins before departure, but you do pretty much start boarding then too.

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The sights:
We visited five key places. Ones I’d highly recommend seeing for yourself. Purely because the beauty simply can’t be portrayed to the full via a photo.

The architecture, size and stunning nature of all the key sights we visited was truly breathtaking. But even the walks between each played host to stunning views, cute streets and alleys, and beautiful buildings.

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Sâcré-cœur

A Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Building started in 1872, and the architecture remains absolutely beautiful today.

A walk up a steep hill, but truly worth it. The views from the top take your breath away as much as the building itself.

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The queue to actually enter and climb to the top was incredibly long when we visited. So we didn’t get that privilege. But should you be lucky enough to visit on a quieter day, or when you have more time, it’s only five euros. Next to nothing for that experience.

Montmarte is where Sâcré-cœur is. Not far from the basilica, there’s a market square surrounded with cute french brasseries and restaurants. Just how you’d imagine Paris. There are streets coming off the square too, with food tops and shops. Such a cute area to explore.

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Moulin Rouge

The birth place of the modern form of cancan dance. Originally a seductive dance, the can-can evolved into a form of entertainment, Cabaret. The original building burnt down in 1915, the new Moulin Rouge still features much of the same decor and offers visitors dance shows.

Rumoured more stunning in the evening, it’s worth a visit at any time of day to say you’ve seen it.

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Notre-Dame

A medieval catholic cathedral with french gothic architecture. A well-known location playing prime spot in the Disney classic, it’s truly magical in real life.

We wandered round the sides looking at the gargoyles, taking in the architecture and view. A true beauty.

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The Louvre

The most amazing museum I ever did see. Previously a palace, it’s one HUGE pyramid made of glass. Truly stunning.

We observed from a distance. It was so busy around The Louvre, and we didn’t fancy fighting the crowd for a substandard view. With only 8 hours to see everything, we didn’t have time for a museum tour either. But I was pleased to have been able to visit and see from where we were.

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Palais Garnier

Finished in 1875, The Palais Garnier is a national opera house in Paris. Once the setting for the Phantom of the Opera, the Palais Garnier is now mainly used for ballet. It’s also home to the Paris Opera Library-Museum, and you can tour the opera house too!

Its archietcture is stunning. From the outside, another truly beautiful building, with golds and detailed architecture.

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And that’s it for the sights. I know what you’re thinking… No eiffel tower? It was the opposite direction to our map and food stops. But that’s just an excuse to go back. There’s way more foodie stops to try anyway. Here’s the ones we tried…

Crepes – Roughly €3.50

A Parisian crepe is a must! I mean France is the home to crepes. There are plenty of crepe stops up in Montmarte. All serving them straight from the hot plate.

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At only €3.50 for the one we got they’re pretty cheap and good for on the go. Toppings-wise, go lemon and sugar so you can actually taste the pancake. They’re not overly buttery, or too sweet.

Eclair at L’Eclair de Genie – €5.90 each

We stopped here on route between two sights. The best food stop I’ve ever stumbled across.

The eclairs at L’Eclair de Genie are amazing. Forget cream. These are filled with fruity and buttery fillings. the choux pastry is fresh and sweet, not too thick. The flavours are amazing – they almost dance on the tongue. The Salted Caramel Butter option was great, but the fruity options won me over. The passionfruit was sweet, zingy and delicious!

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Sandwich at Maison Eric Kayser – €6

Because you have to have a cheese baguette in Paris, we all went for a mozzarella and tomato number at Maison Eric Kayser. The fresh olive bread, warmed so the mozzarella melted, was fab. There was plenty of filling, and after such a long walk I was dying for more carbs to refuel for more exploring.

Service was atrocious. Rude. Short changed. So I might try elsewhere next time. We walked past several boulangeries, so they’re not too hard to find.

Gelato at Sorbet D’Armour – €5

Two scoops. In a waffle cone. Because how can you pick just one when there’s so many flavours you want?

Sorbet D’Armour was actually over the road from the spot we originally wanted to try. But I’m glad we decided to try somewhere different to just the spot which is raved about by so many. This should be THAT spot.

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The Nutella gelato was like eating from the jar with a spoon, mixed with ice cream. It was amazing. And the vanilla, salted caramel and nuts, was a great option to accompany it. Not overly sickly, but creamy and indulgent.

I’ve already asked the to open a spot in London. We need one.

Summary:

  • Getting around – easy to walk everywhere. Single on the metro is only €1.90 if you want to get somewhere faster, or don’t want to explore along the way
  • Food – so many highlights on our trip, but so much left to try. I definitely need a trip back!
  • Drinks – I had a glass of red which was great and only €5.50. Other than that, we stuck to plenty of water to keep hydrated as wandering the city
  • The sights – absolutely stunning. You have to see them for yourself to realise how they make you speechless
  • Time in city – being able to pop over for the day is great. But you definitely need longer to fit in as much food as possible, and all the sights. I’d recommend a couple days, more if you want to do the museums.

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I’m planning more city breaks. We’re so close to European cities, there’s no excuse not to visit more. Where have you been recently? Which foodie destination should I try next?

Chloe xx

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