It’s all been a bit quiet on the tastecard front recently. Work, life and finding nice places to visit has been a slight challenge – but I had a nice treat a couple of weeks ago when I took my key agency contact out for lunch around the corner from her office.
The Barbican Centre is an institution in itself. Famous for the arts and located in the City of London – it is the largest of its kind in Europe. The design of the building is Grade II listed and a brutalist style building – most people would think hideously ugly but brutalist buildings are very sought after and a big deal these days! I LOVE them.
Would you consider eating there? I wouldn’t have until last week, but largely because I didn’t know you could! However my latest tastecard adventure took me small plate exploring at their exquisitely designed Barbican Lounge. Continue reading
There are times where I think about my first childhood home. It was a great house. Largely because of the space. A massive loft, cellar and kitchen as well as a through lounge, in “proper” East London – Forest Gate to be exact. All this despite it being a terraced house. My parents decided we should move when I was nine years old because they didn’t rate the secondary schools in the area and wanted better schooling for me – many parents have similar challenges in life! To this day I always say “if only you could pick up your house and move it to your ideal area”. The same could be applied to restaurants in some cases.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a post on HotUKDeals earlier this week regarding a deal at Tesco on champagne.
’tis the season for supermarkets to slash their prices on beers, wines and spirits and the likes of Lidl and Aldi have been doing a good job on the wines front this Christmas.
This week, Tesco made their position very clear by slashing the price of their award winning champagne Louis Delaunay from £25.99 to £8. Continue reading
Last night I had a very simple dinner. Vietnamese River Cobbler which I’d bought from Tesco (where else?) and had in my freezer.
I defrosted it in the fridge, slapped on some chimichurri sauce that I’d found in my fridge and olives. I served this with mashed potatoes.
If you’ve never had or made Chimichurri sauce before – it’s very easy and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
Two weeks ago I saw a photo of my long-time friend Charlie on Facebook. She looked amazing – she’s always looked amazing, but it was more her statement on the photo that got me:
My lovely friend Charlie
Plus she looks darn amazing in that swimsuit… Continue reading
Ardleigh and Dragon in Hornchurch, Romford is one of those restaurants you have to either know about, be told about, or stumble across to really appreciate the beauty and fresh flavours inspired by Thailand. Housed in a former pub that wasn’t really the type of venue that attracted savoury types, Orchid Pubs and Dining took over the site over seven years ago and have done a sterling job of making it a fine pub and restaurant to visit.
What’s that you say? It’s a pub and a restaurant? Yes, that’s right. When you arrive, that’s made clear from the start, with “English pub” one one side of the building and “Thai Dining” on the other. Make no mistake that the Ardleigh & Dragon intends to give its customers an authentic Thai dining experience in an English pub, with an Oriental theme throughout.
To think I grew up less than five miles away from Ardleigh and Dragon and never visited is shocking. Why did I not know about this beauty? Continue reading
So yesterday I overdosed on cheese. MASSIVELY.
After months of being nagged by my sister, we finally went to “When Mac Met Cheese“, which is a… oh right – you worked it out for yourself. Nice. Continue reading
When I told my friends I was going to be dining at a weight watchers pop up restaurant, one of them responded “Weight Watchers?! The last thing I want to do when eating out is watch my weight.” How wrong she was – and her comment showed how much this restaurant was needed, to show that it is possible to eat tasty healthy food without having to think too much about it. Continue reading