Waxy Lemon’s Rolling stock BBQ

Sunday afternoon, East London, Sunshine, BBQ’s – Need I say more?

After finally getting around to posting this, I couldn’t help but feel emotional that the UK summer is now coming to a close… but hey, its been a pretty jam packed one with lots of glorious holidays abroad and plenty of memorable events, so one mustn’t complain too much. 

…….So back to that one fine bank holiday weekend afternoon where BBQ’s were in and the grey skies were never to be seen (well for most of it anyway)

I want to firstly say a big thank you to Devante and his astute team for putting on the goods and also inviting me along – I’m talking delicious burgers, cool beverages and well, tequila?!

Lets not get into that part just yet shall we 🙂

I had invited a couple of friends to join me, which was rather lovely that all of them could make the effort and come down as the money raised from the event was going towards a good cause (always what I love to hear) and even though the sun only had a glimpses of rays, the drinks were flowing nicely and the smell of hearty bbq food was lingering in the air.

The venue itself is rather cool if I might add. For those who are familiar with the area, you may have heard of it.. so does Rolling stock bar ring any bells? The venue offers alfresco and indoor space, there is also a kitchen, DJ booth and some very creative artwork on display. It gave off a real lively vibe without seeming too hipster nor trashy. 

As part of the deal we were offered a bottle of vino on arrival – white or red or you could opt to have the bucket of beers and of course, one big juicy burger with all the trimmings.

On the menu, was a few options of mega good looking burgers. I decided to go for the jerk after inhaling all of the spices before eagerly awaiting its arrival to the table. It also included a generous side of chips, beautiful corn on the cob and crunchy slaw. My friends had a mixture of the Waxy lemons burger which was beef with red onion marmalade and the veggie, vegan option which meant the menu was very accommodating to everyones needs! 

After feeling so full up we were offered a round of tequila shots, which honestly sounded like a good idea at the time….(come on, we’ve all been there), however this may have created a little bit of a party atmosphere which was then quickly scuttled inside and just in time for the DJ to break out into some house tunes. (including the obligatory dance moves)

I don’t think i’ll need to carry on from here as we all know how the story goes or ends 😉 lets just say that plenty of fun was had, lots of yummy food indulged and a few too many raspberries were sipped, but this is life and as they say, it is here to be lived.

If your interested in getting in touch with Devante Malone please contact him at the below website, he is the founder of Waxy Lemons, a culinary pop up brand serving innovative and delectable dishes made with everyone’s taste in mind. 

www.waxylemons.co.uk

Phone: +44 7960 821 822 
Email: info@waxylemons.co.uk

 

Mr Fogg’s Tavern – A Very British Brunch.

Not breakfast, not lunch…..

I’ve always been a huge fan of the Mr Fogg’s Mayfair location, an of course there are there other charismatic venues, such as Bart’s, Maggie’s, Bunga Bunga and Cahoots. Surprisingly enough I have never stepped foot into the ever so quaint British pub – Mr Fogg’s Tavern. You know you’ve arrived when you are greeted by a beautiful array of bright blooms (including my fav – sunflowers) and once that door is ajar its fair to say that there is no lack of creativity what so ever going on inside! 

I absolutely adored the traditional Union Jack flag bunting covered on the top of the high ceilings…and that wasn’t the only thing hanging down, it was literally covered in all sorts of fascinating bits and bobs – mostly antiques. Its really hard to stop yourself from glancing up every five minutes. Seriously so much going on. 

Now time to focus on the all important feast of a brunch….

(Bear in mind that this menu is still fairly new and did launch a month or so ago, its just taken me a forever in a day to get my A into G and actually write this review – sincere apologies on that front) 

We were greeted with small starter plates (or boards) to share around the table with my new blogger pals and I must say I was a little taken back by the look of the frogs legs. Maybe its just the thought of it which makes me feel unsettled but have no fair, this is actually really chicken and tastes pretty damn good. I would say a little sparing on the meat side of things but as a starter all can be forgiven. Accompanied with chunky roasted sweet potatoes (you just cant go wrong with this one) and banana sauce – I say what?! As I was super curious, I gave it a few dips and I was very impressed with the combo of flavours going on.  A definite one to try. 

Next was the honey roasted beetroot and goats cheese croquettes. The name itself is basically a done deal. Anything with beetroot and goats cheese together is not even a question – give it to me, all of it!!!! Also indulged from the table and not to be missed from the equation, was the crispy herb tempera prawns with spicy dip. As Roald Dhal would say, Scrumdiddlyumptious! 

For the main course, I was really craving something rather light and as I was going off to a festival not long after. The lobster and avocado salad with zesty dressing caught my eye while a giant (or what seems) plate of succulent, glistening, golden Han hock sitting nicely on a bed of creamy mash whipped past the table. It’s honey and ginger smells flowing around the room. Of course me being me, I just had to try a teeny tiny mouthful. 

Sadly, I had to exit before the desserts were bought out – shock horror I know. But to make up for missing out, I got to taste a few punchier than punchy refreshments. All gin based which I love, extra fruity and very much hit the spot!

Speaking of gin, if you don’t mind the tipple, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Up the stairs is a thing they call the parlour, filled with a botanical lab that smells incredible and is decked out in the cutest furnishings you’ve ever laid your eyes on. I’m hoping next time around I might get lucky enough to be invited along on to the gin safari that I’ve heard so much about! 😉

 

Address58 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4EA

Phone020 7581 3992

 

The Blondoner’s Playlist – August Anthems

 

August = The peak of the European Summer and parties galore! 

With that in mind, I’ve decided that this months playlist is all about commercial party anthems. Im talking about some of the biggest summer tracks over the past 10 years, that have made us lose our marbles on the dance floor and created some of the best memories with our close pals. 

I was once a big fan of David Guetta when I loved his productions from Pop life and Guetta Blaster albums, so I’ve decided to include two of his best tracks (in my opinion) that are guaranteed dance floor fillers. 

Disclosures also features in there, who is another artist with loads of quality tunes, in fact so good, it makes it really difficult to choose the top one!!!

Happy raving 🙂

 

 

The Blondoner’s Health Journal (A new chapter)

***A Little Announcement***

 

So ladies and gents, a bit of an update on me and what I’ve been up to lately. As always, there is so much going on and never really enough time to focus on myself or taking the time to improve on important things, like my health (balancing etc). Living in London can really take its toll and lately I have been feeling exhausted, lethargic, anxious, with constant spotty skin. Not ideal!

 

As you would have gathered by now, I’ve always been into working since I was young and a bit of a health buff, but its taken a back seat of late and now I feel it’s time to take some action!

 

Thats when I was introduced to these bad boys. I like to call it *goodness in a jar*! Not only are the benefits amazing, there is a long list of fruit and veggies contained inside little bean. I’m pretty excited to start this journey, so much so, that I’ve decided to start a health journal to keep all my followers up to date with my progress. Of course, there will still be updates of restaurants and the odd cocktail but for now its time to focus on feeling good as well as enjoying a balanced lifestyle! 

 

 

The Blondoner’s July ‘Summer’ playlist

 

MINIMAL / TECHO. 

YOU EITHER LOATH IT OR YOU LOVE IT. 

For me, its joy to my ears, and religiously been a genre I’m more than happy to listen to (especially if its pounding from the speakers in a very underground club in Berlin). 

This month I have included some of the techno queens of the moment (I believe) Swedish babe Ida Engberg and the legendary Polish DJ Magda (Magdalena Chojnacka). The King of techno, Adam Beyer, Italian/Canadian due Tale of Us and an old school favourite who made it big in the Noughties – German DJ/producer Timo Maas. 

Some serious tunage going on, so blast those speakers wherever you are and enjoy some of the best months of the year! Cheers to summer and decent music 🙂

 

The Bletchley – Cracking codes in SW1

One of the things I adore about London is the variety of activities to choose from and how each experience is so unique and different from the next one. In particular, these so called ‘hidden’ bars and secret pop-ups…

Now you’re talking my language.

It has become an increasingly popular trend in Europe and one I think will never die out. After all, its all about getting amongst the next best thing and London certainly rises to the occasion. 

…..Which leads me to talk about my next ‘underground’ secret experience, tucked away in the beautiful western suburbs and just shy of the Worlds End (pretty close to the market in fact but you didn’t hear any of this information from me) you’ll find a random door which leads you down to dark staircase and straight into the Bletchley Park bunker… well not quite but be prepared to put your agent hat on and ready to crack some codes. 

After their huge success with the Breaking Bad bar ABQ, its not a wonder that their next venture is the talk of the summer, so I wanted to see for myself, what all the fuss was about. 

For those that aren’t up to speed, Bletchley Park was the central site for British code breakers during World War II. It housed the Government Code and Cypher School and also featured on the Imitation game film when computer pioneer, Alan Turing and his team helped to shorten the Second World War by cracking the Enigma code. 

Firstly, I will point out that we were able to use the WW2 Enigma machines (very cool) which took a little bit of getting used to, but you must read the instructions carefully (not like I did) none of this fiddling about and pushing all the keys (I know its rather tempting).

You will be greeted with a pre cocktail, a pencil, paper and a a bucket of test tubes full of all sorts of concoctions. Oh and of course, how can I forget, a rather unfitting military green jacket that you must wear at all times 😉 apart from being slightly too big on me and not very suitable on a sweltering hot day, I thought it was pretty stylish attire. 

Without trying to give too much away, you will be asked a number of questions along the way (be prepared with plenty of imagination) which will be both in person and over the radio. You might be asked what your favourite colour is or favourite cuisine type, but I will leave this one a mystery so you can complete your mission without too many complimentary clues. 

I can say that you will be given a few cryptic beverages throughout the mission (cracking codes is seriously thirsty work) and you might meet some friends along the way (there a friendly bunch down there) and I can definitely guarantee an awesome time no matter what age you are! 

You can purchase your tickets here – www.thebletchley.co.uk

******Special thanks to Agent Orange (Emma) for completing this mission with me – I couldn’t have done it without you!*******

The Blondoner’s ‘June Jams’

 

 

Kicking off June with some well known jammy jams! The theme this month is bands and of course a lot of old school tunes that I have listened to through-out the 90’s and early 00’s which have been thrown in.

A few noted tracks would definitely be Criminal by Fiona Apple – the biggest of her career was apparently written in only 45 minutes! Sunday morning by my absolute idol and queen of the rock chicks, Gwen Stefani and her band, No Doubt, was undoubtably from their best album to date, Tragic Kingdom. I reckon this CD may have been played close to 1000 times. 🙂 

Speaking of other phenomenal rock chicks and goddess’s, Shirley Manson who was the lead singer of the band Garbage, was someone I constantly listened to throughout my high school years. Their track Stupid Girl is one of the most memorable. Well as you can imagine..!!

And last but not least, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bullet with Butterfly Wings. Who could not forget those lyrics about being a rat in a cage. Billy Corgan – big big fan of your music during my teen years! 

 

As always you can listen directly below through the Spotify platform or to the right of the side bar on the front page of my blog. x

 

 

 

Brunching over East @ Dirty Bones

 

Im always so delighted to be invited to a restaurant or bar that is situated in Shoreditch because if I’m honest I’m always far too busy or a little lethargic to venture over that side of town, so when something like this pops up its the perfect excuse to visit an area that I’m particular pretty fond of. 

Most people refer to the East as hipster and full of youngsters, which it is, however some of the coolest establishments are located just north of Liverpool Street and there is something for everyone ranging from food markets, eccentric bars, stylish coffee shops, pop ups, clubs & live music venues.

In saying this, I wanted to finally let you know about a brunch I was asked to review in the heart of it all, which would be the all American restaurant and cocktail bar called Dirty Bones. (wicked name)

To start of the brunch soiree, I ordered the Dirty Mary drink and if you can take one guess as to that what that might be referring to, then yes you would be right to say its a take of the Bloody Mary. An essential morning item with no explanation required. 

The menu has quite a fascinating selection which is what I enjoy about coming to places such as these because they aren’t your stock standard range of food courses and you know how I am when it comes to food and originality – cant get enough of it. 

To order, I had the chicken waffles which probably most of you know by now is a rather ravishing fried egg, golden waffles with a shot of maple and two decent sized legs of fried chicken. I understand this is not healthy by my standards however this is becoming quite the brunch dish of choice lately and to be honest, sometimes we just have to not be so hard on ourselves and appreciate a naughty treat once in a while. Also with this dish I will point out that the chicken is slightly pink inside, so please don’t be alarmed by that or let it put you off the dish completely as its totally fine!!! 

Nick and I shared some melted cheesy fries which were without the truffle, although I would have preferred this but I have to keep the boy happy. He had the steak and eggs which is quite a hearty dish for brunch but I suppose if its the middle of the day then its acceptable on this occasion. The steak itself was juicy and tender and the eggs I believe were cooked ever so nicely.

 

After a noble amount of food I was still feeling on the thirsty side so opted for a post brunch soother called the Lexy. This is a vodka based cocktail with prosecco, lemon and strawberry puree.

 

But this wasn’t all folks..!

 

After the waiter swayed us to try the caramelised banana waffles, we both looked at each other and thought why not, if we share it wont be as bad and hopefully without having to undo the top button of the jeans!! C’mon we’ve all been there. 🙂

Its set in quite an old building with classic architecture but I just couldn’t work out if it used to be an old pub until I did some digging and found out that its a Grade II listed heritage building. Fancy Fancy.  They also have decks set up which are used on the weekends for late night drinking and I hear some table dancing goes on after the supper has ended – oh I say! Its a bit of a climb to reach the loos so don’t leave until the very last minute, but all in all its a generally cool place to come and eat, whether it be morning, midday or evening. The staff are undoubtably welcoming and seem to be having a great time which is just as important that they are having as much fun as the customers are! 

 

Address: 1 Club Row, Shoreditch, London E1 6JX

 

The Blondoner’s May Playlist

A little late on this one this month (apologies!) but I promise the wait will be totally worth it 🙂 

Starting off with a little tech house including one of my favourite Hot Since 82’s tracks to date – the remix of Music is the Answer. Absolutely loving the vocals in this track including the originals!

Included is the latest from Alt J which is a typical track from them – a very catchy tune with Joe Newman’s reverberating voice, plenty of guitars present and a hint of electronica. Can’t seem to stop playing this one!

I also threw in a few tracks that were huge in Australia and personal favourites of mine including the Presets this boys in love, Pictures by the ever cool Sneaky Sounds System and who couldn’t forget D.A.N.C.E by Justice. I will always remember seeing them at Parklife in Brisbane on the hill and remembering just how insane they were live. Some of the best festival moments right there!

And last but not least, one of the tracks close to my heart by Tube & Berger called Surfin’. A very chilled number which is great to listen to while sitting on a beach watching the waves roll against the soft sand. 

Track list below otherwise you can find in the right hand side bar of the main page. xx

 

Italian Dessert decadence in South Kensington

It’s about time that London finally had some dessert bars popping up around the place (something I believe the city lacks so much there of) so when I was asked to come along and try out the cutest little establishment to hit South Kensington, it was very much in my best interest (and for my readers of course) to find out just what is on offer at Trevi Italian Tiramisu.

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I was greeted by the very welcoming shop manager, Fiammetta who was busy displaying all the beautifully decorated Tiramisu desserts in the window front. We took a seat while I admired some of the creative photography decked from wall to wall which I was told symbolises some historic places and events that happened many moons ago in Italy.

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The outside of this quaint cafe features some petite vintage tables and chairs covered by bright blue leopard cushions and an off white shading canopy to keep you covered in case you fancy a treat rain, hail or shine. 

Just for a little bit of history behind it all…the shop owner, interestingly enough is a movie director, actor, producer and screen writer born in Rome and has partnered up with the great master pastry chef Gaetano Giordano who brings his original recipes of Tiramisu from generation to generation and also belongs to a successful family of pastry chefs from Rome.

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Fiammetta being the managing supervisor, has an astounding knowledge of all items on the menu including the ingredients which she tells me are all from Italy giving it that unique authentic touch. While speaking to her she expressed just how important it is to keep the authenticity when it comes to quality and where the ingredients originate from. I have to say that I agree with her when it comes to all cuisine types right across the board! 

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We were given a number of delicious Tiramisu desserts to try and each indulged are in alphabetical order. I adored the way they were presented in clear miniature square shaped cups (and just the right size trust me!)

**They also spice up the dessert selection according to chef creativity, seasonal products and festivities**

Classic – if you’re a big fan, then I’m guessing this one is a no brainer 🙂 swirling with traditional flavours, this variety will never let you down. 

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Amaretto – Im not a huge lover of this distinctive flavours so hard to give my honest opinion however it is the only Tiramisu on the menu that has alcohol if that takes your fancy.

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Strawberry – always love a bit of fresh fruit and colour to a dessert, this one is mixed with mascarpone and cream and is rather easy on the palate.

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Pear, Ricotta & chocolate – this had to be my favourite of the lot. topped with sprinkles of chocolate (dark) and beautifully cooked pear, the main ingredient is the ricotta which makes it a lot less sweeter and in my opinion, means more to put on my spoon! (and the belly)

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Mixed Berries – This one had a lovely fluffy custard taste which I fancied terribly and of course the berry texture and favours were a nice touch.

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Profiteroles – probably the most decadent of the bunch, is possibly also the richest in flavours so would recommend sharing! Absolutely divine!

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Trevi also offers a number of other sensational delights including the traditional Naples dessert, Baba au rhum. Appearing more to the likes of a sponge cake, is made with rum, saturated in syrup and filled with cream. Surprisingly its not overpowering in liquor taste so don’t be frightened to give it a whirl!

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After all of this I must be honest and say that I have never been the biggest Tiramisu fan however after letting my guard down and trying these desserts I must say I am highly impressed with just how good these really do taste and as some would say, now converted. 🙂 Of course all desserts can be accompanied with a freshly grinded cup of coffee or rich Italian-style hot chocolate, or even purchased to make one’s dinner even more lush! Not only that, they are open every day to welcome you with a smiling face and open arms. I guess that’s just an Italian thing 😉 

www.trevitiramisu.co.uk

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