I hardly ever go for a cake when out for coffee. I almost always exercise my will power (which is apparently very strong according to my mum) to resist the temptations. No cake, no extra gym time needed is what I tell myself…silly I know. But when I was off recently for a long weekend, I had cake with a coffee not once but twice! The second time was so good I had to tell you about the cute spot I discovered. I say discovered, I mean shown. Out for a catch-up with Lorna, one of the girls, she took me to one of the sweetest places. Stepping inside the old Palmers pet shop where Yumchaa teas is located, the interior had such a country…

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We all have those go-to easy pleaser spots on our lists. You know the ones. The pizza express types, where you know food will be decent, and even if service isn’t top notch, you’re not paying too much so it doesn’t make you hate the place. Note: Pizza Express has actually surprised me recently. Busaba Eathai is one of those for me. A spot I can always rely on for a good catch up with the girls. Service isn’t always that great, but they have something tasty for most on the menu, and you know you’ll probably get a space – no queuing for an hour for this place. A number of large sharer tables and the odd small table for two make up the…

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Barbecue food isn’t what it used to be. It’s not banging a burger on the disposable barbecue, or flipping sausages until almost burnt just to make sure they’re cooked, before serving in a roll oozing with ketchup or yellow mustard. Nope. Go out and see barbecue food on a menu, and expect slow cooked meats, tender rich brisket, juicy beef short rib and flavoursome burnt ends. Ok, so it’s another of the American influences which has made its way over here, South-West American to be exact, and this style of cooking is AWESOME. St. Bart’s Brewery, in Smithfield, is one of the restaurants on the London food scene which has jumped on the trend, but added their own little touch – all of the meat…

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Queueing. Something nobody likes. I get super impatient, asking several times a minute “how long do you think it’s going to take”, and I’m sure I annoy everyone else in the queue with my constant fidgeting and stepping out slightly to look how far we’ve got left until we’re at the front. But queuing in London has become inevitable, as so many of the new popular restaurants have vowed not to take bookings. The horror. I know how you’re feeling. Luckily Talli Joe, the cool new Indian food destination near Seven Dials in Covent Garden hasn’t followed suit. So, booked in straight after work, I went along with Kim for a catch-up and to try the new dinner menu. Contemporary with an artistic feel, you…

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In a bid to escape the extremely chilly weather (of course I managed to book our date night Sky Garden trip for one of the coldest evenings), Alex and I headed up Commercial Street to find a welcoming, warm and cosy place to eat, finally piling into Zengi. With our toes, noses and fingers slowly defrosting, we settled into a comfy cushioned corner seat in the little Lebanese restaurant. Not very busy for a Saturday night, I wondered who else had been more tempted by the option of staying in with fluffy blankets, hot water bottles and a takeaway! As you can’t go to a Lebanese restaurant without ordering hummus and bread, this was our first port of call. Enjoyed alongside a small dish of…

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