What a weekend! Saw one of my oldest friends get married at an amazing wedding in London, complete with picnic hampers, a fabulous quiz and a glamorous bride doing ‘the worm’ as part of a soul train!
And now, tomorrow we’re off to Dublin en route to San Francisco! We have a stopover in Ireland as that way we could fly from Bristol instead of London, plus you can clear US customs in Dublin, which is a bonus. .
Today has been about packing, prep and more packing – I think we’re almost there! We’re covering quite a few climates, so it’s been a difficult one to pack for. 🌦💨☀️
And here’s a photo from a breakfast we managed to grab while in London – I’d heard it’s one of her best vegetarian places in the city – and I think I’d have to agree. The sweet potato gado gado was particularly 👌.
Sweet & Spicy or Fiery Chilli?
Some of our chicken dishes do have some heat to them.
But, Chilli is good for the colder weather that's approaching.
Come and grab one at select locations around London.
Farm Girl, Nottinghill •
If you haven’t seen the snaps of Farm Girl’s pretty pastel lattes and violet açai bowl sprinkled with edible flowers, where have you been hiding? 🌸
Farm Girl is a super popular Aussie themed cafe in the heart of Nottinghill and the pioneers of Instagrammable food. I blame it for my brunch obsession ❤️
This cafe, unlike some others, is not just a pretty face, with the food tasting just as good as it looks. On this particular visit, my friend and I struggled to choose from the enticing menu, so shared a sweet and savoury option; the Berry Buckwheat Pancakes (with amber maple and coconut yoghurt), and the Lady Salad (purple potatoes, lettuce, broccolini, asparagus, pickled red onion and sesame). Each dish was absolutely delicious, and we devoured them without uttering a word 🥞 🥗
What I like most about Farm Girl, is that it’s approach to healthy eating is not at all intimidating. Rather than focusing on health foods, it focuses on whole and fun foods. It never takes itself too seriously, as some of these niche cafes have a habit of doing. Whilst promoting veganism, the menu includes eggs, chicken and no judgement - go and see for yourself! 💕
RESTAURANT REVIEW: Frog by Adam Handling
NOTE - my pictures don’t do this place justice whatsoever - I was dining with a large group.
Frog by Adam Handling is Chef Handling’s second venture, and with it he provides a slightly more sophisticated, more formal sequel to his critically-acclaimed Frog E1. Nevertheless, what he does retain is the magic of the first: he provides us with Michelin-level, urban fine dining, without any of the stuffiness or pretentiousness associated with food of this calibre.
Nestled on a back street behind Covent Garden, the restaurant is unassuming in its exterior, and easily missed. The upstairs dining room is bright, airy, and modern - a relaxed, yet stylish arrangement with views to an open-plan kitchen, where diners watch the masterful chefs carefully crafting their dishes. The basement harbours a speakeasy-style bar and a swish private dining room.
The focus, however, is clearly on the food, which is exquisite, and near-perfect. It shines in the relaxed setting: haute cuisine without the gimmicks. Chef Handling masterfully provides us with a modern British fare, using the finest, freshest ingredients - experimental, poignant, and thoughtful, yet wonderfully balanced, with a sprinkle of the theatrical.
We ate too many beautiful dishes to fully describe in this post, but highlights include the warm, crisp sourdough bread served with crispy chicken skin-topped butter; veal tartare on a crunchy seaweed crisp; asparagus, wild garlic and Spenwood cheese; or the exquisitely cooked halibut in crab sauce. Handling’s wonderful attention to detail here is apparent, as his ability to bring out an array of powerful flavours out of two-or-three-ingredient dishes. Dessert is magical and thoughtful, combining unusual ingredients into well-balanced, satisfying dishes- (think: ‘strawberry, miso, buckwheat, sorrel). Absolutely masterful, and I’d comfortably recommend anything and everything on the menu.
And don’t forget the exquisitely crafted cocktails - experimental but not over-the-top - or the varied wine list, to accompany the wonderful food.
Can’t beat coming home to a big cosy Sunday roast after a day out! 🍗🥦🥕 Chicken, stuffing, sweet potatoes (I don’t like normal potatoes) parsnips, cabbage, broccoli & carrots! 😋