All posts tagged: brunch

Hip Hop Brunch – Drake Style

I’m too old for clubbing – in the traditional sense anyway. I’m not exactly ancient, but going to bed post 2am after having drank my bodyweight in alcohol has started to take its toll in recent years. I know I sound like a nana, but I have long been saying I’d much rather start early and end early. Daytime fun is massively underrated, especially in a city that never sleeps. So when I was invited to pop down and try a Drake inspired bottomless brunch by the Hip Hop Brunch crew, I had to try it. Not only were we going to be spending a few hours in a dark air conditioned pub on one of the hottest days of the year (I’m probably the only person in London rejoicing at this), we were also going to be feasting on three courses and bottomless booze, all while listening to the best of Drake. If you haven’t heard of Hip Hop Brunch before, it is an award winning brunch event, which takes place in a secret …

Bottomless Brunch at Good Ship Benefit, R.S Hispaniola

What Bottomless brunch and brow wax at Good Ship Benefit Where R.S Hispaniola, Embankment The experience “Quack, quack, quack”, my little webbed footed friend shouted to me as it crossed my path. Delirious, I turned over in bed and went back to snooze town. It wasn’t until I woke up 30 minutes later, croakily asking my boyfriend the time that I realised I needed to hurry. “9.30”, he replied. Shit, I thought. The quacking hadn’t been in my dream at all, it was my new silly alarm attempting to wake me up. I was going to be late to meet my friend Lucy and even worse late for our bottomless brunch and brow wax appointment at Good Ship Benefit, a three storey floating girlie heaven at the R.S Hispaniola, Embankment. I was hungover. I was in the midst of a boozy week with a distinct lack of sleep and hazily attempting to make my way to Embankment from Bethnal Green on a Sunday morning. It wasn’t easy. After a failed central line trip, which saw me alighting …

A Wee Brunch at Mac and Wild

What The Wild Brunch Club at Mac and Wild Where Mac & Wild 65 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 7PS Experience I bloody love brunch. It’s my favourite meal of the day, especially when it’s acceptable for a tipple. My dear friend Lex is totally behind me with this, so I thought it appropriate to invite her to join me on my Mac and Wild Brunch Club experience last week. Mac and Wild, known for the award winning veni-moo burger, launched the brand new Wild Brunch Club a couple of weeks ago where diners can enjoy a range of Scottish brunch dishes and foraged cocktails. It was 1pm when I arrived and having eaten breakfast earlier I really could have plumped for a veni-moo, but as the burger was nowhere in sight, I was happy to settle for a version of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, a dish I gave up a while ago in favour of avocado on toast. Lex opted for the Scottish breakfast, which consisted of haggis, tattie scones and lorne sausage …

Beany Green – Bringing the Lunch Box to Life

Where Beany Green, London What Beany Green has opened a flagship cafe in the new Broadgate Circus development tucked behind Liverpool Street Station. Experience Australian born Prue Freeman and her English partner Tom Onions gave it all up to bring hand crafted coffees to the City in 2012. Now launching their filth venue, Beany Green offers a larger city venue with tables located around the open-aired terrace of Broadway Circus, prefect for people watching. Forget those soggy sandwiches and boring packaged salads. Beany Green is on a mission to revolutionise the diet of the average city worker with their bold, healthy food offerings and perfectly roasted coffee. Order a Beany Green Salad Box packed full of your choice of three freshly prepared, daily-changing salads devised by Ottolenghi-trained Executive Chef Tricia Jadoonanan – yummy! Beany Green screams ‘upbeat Melbourne cool’ without being pretentious. OH – and it has a trick up its sleeve. It’s open in the evening to stir and shake the most incredible cocktails. The Espresso Martini is made with freshly poured coffee house …

Brunch at Beagle London

Where Beagle London What Brunch at Beagle Experience A few Sunday’s ago I headed to Beagle for brunch and bloody mary’s for the first time.  I now can’t wait to go back again for lunch or dinner or just later in the evening on a Sunday when they have a jazz band, as the food and cocktails are just too good to only go once. Beagle is also a very cool looking place set within 3 renovated railway arches and is so easy to get to as it’s right by Hoxton station. The brunch menu is so appealing and it made me wonder not only why I don’t brunch more often, but more importantly why I don’t brunch at Beagle more often – the menu includes oysters and buttermilk pancakes for crying out loud!  So much awesome choice does however make it hard to choose what to eat, especially on a Sunday when you are a little hungover (okay more than a little) and just want to order everything, so Rob and I decided to …

Recipe: Homemade Hummus with Aubergine Salad and Halloumi

There is something so satisfying about making your own hummus. I also adore the Moroccan tomato salad that I learned to make on my trip to Marrakech a couple of years ago and can’t get enough of grilled halloumi. Put it all together and you get a delicious brunch dish. Hummus with Aubergine Salad and Halloumi Ingredients For the hummus 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tin chickpeas 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp ground cumin 180g tahini 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp paprika (plus a bit extra for dusting) Salt (to season) For the aubergine 1 whole aubergine, cubed 1 x good quality tin of plum tomatoes 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric Salt and pepper to season Big glug of rapeseed or olive oil, for frying Method 1. Make the hummus. Place all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Season or add more lemon juice if need be. 2. Heat a big glug of oil in a pan and fry aubergine for 10 minutes, or until soft. 3. Add …

Huevos Rancheros at Barrio East

I have surprised myself recently. Not even a year ago I had never run more than 4 miles but last October I ran a half marathon and have just signed up to the Royal Parks Half Marathon in October and the London Marathon next year. Jack and I are doing it together and training starts now. We woke up early on Saturday morning, slipped on our gear and took the tube to Green Park. From there we ran through Green Park and St James’s Park before crossing Westminster Bridge, running along the river, over Tower Bridge and up to Shoreditch. Six miles in total. We had brunch at Barrio East booked for 12pm and the thought of delicious Huevos Rancheros kept me going strong throughout the run. We arrived, slightly red faced, hungry and ready for a feast. The bright decor reminded me of my trip to Brazil this time last year and I was happy to hear South American music setting the mood. We were shown to our little booth and given menus. First …