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Wine in the city

What A boutique wine bar, sourcing wine directly from vineyards all over the world, Humble grape aims to bring amazing wine and simple, high quality food to customers in London City. Where Humble Grape http://www.humblegrape.co.uk/ 1 St. Bride’s Passage, London EC4Y 8EJ Experience Humble Grape is on a mission ‘to make wine socially inclusive and approachable by anyone’ and is successfully doing so by creating a relaxed ambience in a beautiful location. Shying away from the typical wine cellar feel of barrels everywhere, they use champagne racks mounted on the walls throughout to subtly allude to the theme of the restaurant. We arrived on a buzzing Wednesday, and were kindly seated, while our enthusiastic and knowledgeable waiter went through the wine and food menu.  He was keen to find out what our normal go-to wine was and why. I said a dry white and he listed a number of wines, all of which sounded amazing, before we narrowed it down to a white from The Islander Estate in south Australia. It was the so delicious, …

Mojitos on London’s Answer to a Beach

Where La Terrazzo at Number 90 Bar & Kitchen What Number 90 Bar & Kitchen’s newly opened Mexican style Terrace space for canal side cocktails in Hackney Wick. Experience Pop up’s in East London over summer are hardly something new, but I think the team at Number 90 Bar and Kitchen have really hit the spot for the perfect watering hole for those long summer afternoons. La Terraza is a Mexican style terrace bar that is now open Wednesday through to Sunday for the rest of summer. I’m not sure about you, but when I hear the word Mexican my brain switches straight to Margaritas and Guacamole, and this is exactly what you will get. Saturday’s see La Terraza offer “Bottomless Frozen Margaritas” for £20 (time limits do apply), giving a nice summer alternative to London’s new favourite pastime – the Bottomless Brunch. The Frozen Margarita’s come in classic, strawberry, and my personal favourite, the deliciously sour and refreshing Passionfruit. If cocktails aren’t your thing, there are also both Mexican and Local craft beers on offer – …

Bodeans – a perfect marriage of meat and beer

Where Bodeans, Covent Garden http://www.bodeansbbq.com/site/coventgarden What Following the success of Bodean’s five other restaurants, they have opened a new haven for all meat lovers in Covent Garden. Experience A night of meat and beer would not normally be my first choice, however when I came home and told Jack that we had been invited to a five course tasting at Bodeans, his enthusiasm seemed to suggest not going wasn’t an option. We arrived and were greeted with a background on Bodeans and their beer selection. Whilst this was being explained, it dawned on me that not drinking tonight was not a viable option. I ran through the possible excuses in my head for not drinking and decided that claiming pregnancy would be a little crazy and I decided to suffer the Thursday hangover instead. Decisions aside, the food arrived and it did not disappoint. We started with a chargrilled chicken and avocado salad paired with a golden ale from Kona brewery in Hawaii. It was a delicious and a surprisingly light start to evening. We …

Noodle Heaven in Zone One

Where http://www.kanada-ya.com/home/ What Due to Kanada-Ya’s success in Covent Garden they have opened another sister restaurant just off Leicester square, it is just as busy, just as good and a must visit for any noodle lover. Experience I, like Sarah, have dreams of visiting Japan, which are mainly fuelled by watching too many episodes of Anthony Bourdain no doubt, however this does mean when I was invited to review Kanada – Ya, I jumped at the opportunity. Kanada- Ya is similar to what I imagine Japan to be like in spring; light, airy and with a range of wooden benches and round tables suitable for solo or group customers. As an acclaimed condiments and extras lover, the first thing I noticed was the mounds of fresh ginger, garlic and fermented mushrooms on every table. At this point I knew we were in for a treat. We both ordered the chicken paitan, accompanied by edamame beans drenched in delicious truffle oil, seared chasu pork belly and karaage. The staff were incredibly friendly and always at hand …

The Three Compasses meets the Devonshire Coast

  Where The Three Compasses, Dalston     What CLAW takes up residency in The Three Compasses for the next few months. Experience I don’t know any person who does not like the award winning Three Compasses in Dalston. With its dimly lit, French boudoir charm, you are always guaranteed a lovely environment to catch up with friends and loved ones while you enjoy a  drink from their wide variety of spirits and craft beers. The Three Compasses operates a residency-only kitchen to give its customers a wide net of rotating menus featuring different street food superstars. The latest delicacies come from CLAW. Since January this year, founder Fabian Clark has tasked himself with putting the passion for crab back onto British plates, as Britain exports something to the tune of 80% of its crab to the rest of Europe.  On Wednesday we attended the press opening and were far from disappointed. The bar ran as normal and we promptly ordered two white wines and squeezed into a seat in the corner. The whole place …

A Beautiful Escape to the Country!

Where The Hawk Inn, Amport Where Geography of this region is not my strong suit, so I would advise googling the below address, however it is a 2 hour drive (even on a Friday night) from Kings Cross and a 20 minute drive from the beautiful Winchester. City mapper has conditioned me into telling directions in minutes from a location, which is why I will probably never be in charge of google maps again. The Experience Last Friday we decided to escape the madness of London in search of a wholesome weekend. We got out of London at 6pm and despite traffic and terrible navigating by myself, found our way to Amport, arriving just after 8pm. It is a small and peaceful village, which looked especially beautiful by night as we drove down the windy country roads and past a number of wonderfully thatched homes. When we arrived at The Hawk Inn, we were kindly shown to our room, which was spacious in size, beautifully decorated and overlooking the magnificent British countryside. The bathroom was …

A Tasty Tipple at Temple Brew House

Where Temple Brew House, London What Artisan beer-loving Londoners are invited down to Essex Street where they will find Temple Brew House, an on-site brewery in the heart of central London. Experience Temple Brew House is now offering private brewery tours by their very own house brewers. Food for Think was lucky enough to be invited on a tour with head brewer Venesa de Blas Montoya. As she took us to where the magic happens, Venesa explained that beer originated back in 7000BC though “It was the Egyptians who actually mastered the beer making process. They had 80 different recipes to make different beers and they took it quite seriously”. We are so grateful! Venesa revealed her brewing routine and provided some trade secrets for those considering experimenting at home. Tours are held routinely every month and also on request. What would a brewery tour be without the tasting? Visitors can select a variety of tipples by ordering a ‘paddle’ of three 1/3 pint glasses. The Temp Ale, smooth and easy drinking, is brewed on …