Thursday, 4 May 2017

Chin Chin Labs - Camden


Once again another foodie post coming to you from Camden London. 
I first heard of Chin Chin In October last year and walked past it without actually visiting and I have been dying to visit ever since. 
This April bank holiday Monday we decided to go there with a couple of friends for a dessert double date. I mean what better way to double date than with desserts lol. 
Chin chin labs originally came into the spotlight for the unreal hot chocolate with a dollop of toasted marshmallow on top. 
As winter turned to spring I started to see a lot more coming out of Chin Chin beautiful desserts to accompany the amazing hot chocolate. 
They are a dessert based parlour but the difference is their ice cream is liquid nitrogen. 
The place itself is very small with only a few tables inside, so if your not lucky enough to grab a table you can always take it away with you. 



Every week sees something different and new on the menu. 
We obviously had to get the hot chocolate to try and then everyone else got the double chocolate cookie sandwich with a salted caramel ice cream in the middle, and one with a topping of white chocolate rocks.


I went for the banana cake with the salted caramel ice cream. 
You can change your ice creams and add any toppings you'd like, so your not restricted and can make it to suit you. 


It was worth the trip for the hot chocolate with the marshmallow alone, although one hot chocolate between two seem to suffice as it was super sickly. 
It made for a perfect afternoon in London catching up with friends and I would definitely recommend it to others if dessert is your thing. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Champagne Afternoon Tea at The Palm Court





Afternoon tea is always a good idea, and an even better idea when its with champagne.
For Christmas my partner and I got this given to us as a gift, and we could book to do it whenever we wanted within the year.
I love the idea of afternoon tea and have always wanted to do it properly, so I was super happy that we got given this at Christmas.


Where?


Its at The Sheraton Grand Hotel on Park Lane in Mayfair, the afternoon tea is served at the restaurant called Palm Court.
Once you walk into the hotel you walk pretty much straight into the restaurant, which has a seating area in front of a bar and accompanied with the beautiful sound of a harpist playing for you at the front. I thought that was such a great touch and very elegant, rarely ever do you go to places and they have a harpist playing.

Birdcage Afternoon Tea



For afternoon tea there are two different types you can chose from, High Tea or The Birdcage Afternoon Tea, both also come with vegetarian options.
We had the Bird Cage afternoon tea, with champagne and chosen teas of our choice.
I'm not really a tea drinker so I went for the same as my partner, full English breakfast tea. But I do remember seeing a nutty chocolate tea on the menu that I wish I had tried.

Unlimited Food?!?!

Before our visit I was doing some research online to see what others had said about it and a few people mentioned unlimited cakes and food which seems just too good to be true.
But in fact it was true and probably one of the best ideas ever.

So not only did we have all the sandwiches and cakes we could imagine, we were also able to order more if we wanted to.
So with that in mind we ordered more of the little sandwiches and scones.
Your waiter will also tell you about a table with more cakes that you can help yourself to that don't already come with the afternoon tea.

I was starving when we arrived and left feeling very very satisfied, if not a little over stuffed.

The Food


You get a selection of sandwiches with a salmon and a seaweed scone to start with which were delicious, next up was four scones, two plain and two with sultanas with clotted cream and also some home made jams and lemon curd which went down a treat.


By the time we got to the cakes we were full after two helpings of the scones and sandwiches, but we had to try the cakes.
I think the cakes change every time and I cant remember exactly what we had but we halved them all as we were already so full and they were all delicious.

The atmosphere of the hotel and restaurant was lovely although the service to start with was a little slow, we had to wait a while to order drinks and let the waiter know which afternoon tea we wanted, and when you are hungry it honestly is too long to wait haha.
However other than that it was amazing and so relaxing, don't worry too much about having to leave on the set time they want the table back if its not a busy period as we stayed a little longer and it was not a problem



Another tip don't worry too much about being overly dressed up and smart, as I had read you have to be smart and not wear jeans, however some people came in and there were not dressed up AT ALL and it didn't seem to be a problem.



Thursday, 26 January 2017

Dinnner in the sky at The Duck and Waffle




The Duck and Waffle was high up on my list of restaurants that I wanted to visit in London and finally in January we got to go for lunch, but not before a lengthy waiting list.

 If you want the low down here's what you need to know.

Where?

The Duck and Waffle is located in The Heron Tower in London, being one of London's tallest buildings it has the most breath taking view over London's skyline.

To get to the restaurant you travel by a glass lift up to the 40th floor which honestly moves so quickly your ears start to pop.
Once you get to the top you go through a small dimly lit bar area where you can go for drinks and nibbles without a reservation, with a view of the Gherkin right outside.
Walk through the bar and you will come to the restaurant reservation desk.

Seeing as this was our first time to the restaurant we got given a great table right by the window in the corner.



Reservations and 24 Hours

I had tried to make a visit to this restaurant early last year at about 3am and found a massive line outside in the cold just to get a table, now bare in mind that was 3am. Granted most nights are generally quiet and you can pop in for your duck and waffle fix at any time of the early hours.
However to get this reservation for January 2017, we booked it back in November 2016 and this was the earliest booking they had.
So that goes to show just how popular this restaurant is, so surely with a wait time of two months to get in the food must be spectacular right...?


What we ordered

How could we go to the Duck and Waffle and not get the famous Duck and Waffle.
To start we went with the freshly baked bread.

Hand - Churned Butter and Puglian Olive Oil £6
The bread came out really warm and was amazing with the butter, although nothing really out of the ordinary. But if you are like me and absolutely love bread then go for it.




I always thought that duck, waffles and maple syrup all put together would taste really strange as its like a dinner and breakfast in one.
So I ordered it not knowing if I would actually like it or not, however I was pleasantly surprised.
I would definitely recommend ordering this dish, the contrast between sweet and savoury is so good and nothing like I have had before.
The duck was cooked to perfection and the waffle was fresh and fluffy.
The Duck and Waffle costs £17



We had a table booked for 3.30pm which in January in the UK is ideal time for catching sunset at around 4pm and I have seen the most breath taking photos of sunrise and sunsets from the windows all around the restaurant.
However unfortunately with the rubbish foggy weather we have been having lately we didn't get to see a sunset, but hey guess that means I have to go back again right? Maybe even to see the sun rising this time.


Christmas at Kew Gardens

Christmas at Kew Gardens



Christmas at Kew Gardens has been happening for the last couples of years over the festive season and it was my first time visiting this year.

You need to book a time slot to make your visit, make sure you check out the times well in advance as this is a popular activity and seems to sell out very quickly. Bare in mind if you don't live near you can drive and pay for a parking space with your ticket, however there is plenty of street parking around the gardens if you don't mind a short walk.

We visited on a Friday night for a cute little festive date night and although it was cold it was lovely to do something a bit different,

There are stalls on the walk selling mulled wine and mulled cider to keep you warm, and a few food huts at the end of the walk.
My favourite little snack hut was the Marshmallow toasting stall.
The marshmallows weren't you average boring ones, they were huge and had really unusual flavours, and for just £3 a marshmallow you could toast it on two open fires and enjoy a cute evening of festive lights and eating smores. I mean how dreamy is that.
We went for the Toasted Coconut Marshmallow and the Raspberry and Champagne Marshmallow.


Along the walk you can find a DJ blaring music and interacting with guests as well as a cute little fun fair in the middle of it all.

The walk takes about an hour but if you stop to take photographs and eat marshmallows it can easily be two hours so give yourself enough time.

I wont give too much away of what you will find on the walk, but I would say if you have a good camera make sure you take it along as taking pictures on the iPhone proved to be very hard as the lights would not come out that well.







Sunday, 8 January 2017

Rooftop Film Club - Tobacco Docks

Rooftop Film Club


I wrote this last summer but then never seemed to post it. So here is last summers review of the Rooftop Film Club.


It seems as though I cant let a summer go by without a visit to The Rooftop Film Club.
Having already been to The Rooftop Film Club last summer in Peckham I was dying to go back again to try out another venue.

If you want to read about the Bussey Building, Peckham location that I went to last year, then here is the link. Rooftop Film Club Peckham

Where?

This year we wanted to try somewhere new, even though I absolutely love the Peckham location,
we decided on the new location for 2016, Tobacco Docks.

A little walk from the station you will find Tobacco Dock with a clear sign for the Rooftop Film Club, if your visiting for the first time there is security on the door to let you know exactly where to go.

What's there?

There are no toilets at the rooftop top, only portaloos on the ground floor. But don't worry they aren't like festival portaloos, they are exceptionally clean.

The rooftop comes equipped with a bar and a Rockadolla Hot Dog stand. 
We each got a hot dog which was so good, they also do a veggie version too so no one will go hungry. 
We arrived at about 7pm and it was pretty quiet unlike the Peckham location which was buzzing way before the box office opened.
We did go on a Wednesday so I think you can afford to get there last min in the week if your not bothered about getting food and drink. 
I order the nicest cocktail from the bar which was basically a pina colada. I would definitely recommend getting that.

The Box Office

Everything you need you'll be able to find at the box office. 
It has freshly popped popcorn and sweets. 
This is also where you will be given a blanket to keep you warm as the sun goes down, and at this particular venue you need headphones to watch the movie, so you can pick those up there too. 

Location

The Tobbacco Dock has a great backdrop of London, everything is a lot closer then the Peckham location and it's absolutely beautiful when the sun goes down. 
We went to see Purple Rain which neither of us has ever seen before. 
Last year it was labryinth. The rooftop film club tend to put on a lot of old school movies but I think that just adds to the experience as I probably would never of seen Purple Rain otherwise. 

It is one of my favourite things to do in the summer on a warm evening. As soon as I snapchat the rooftop film club I get an array of questions from people about where it is and how they want to go. 

The rooftop film club runs right through until September and then starts back up again next summer.
However they always find cool venues to host The Winter Film Club every December.