Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell – London

Breddos Tacos a menu inspired by travel experiences from Mexico and America using seasonal British Ingredients a short walk from Barbican station in Clerkenwell.

The décor was laid back, cosy and great place for a short catch up with friends. The restaurant doesn’t take reservation and is based on first come basis. My friend and I planned to meet early to avoid waiting in the queue.

We were served tacos crisps with two types of salsa habanero (very hot it was indeed), Chile Morita and sesame oil when we were seated.

For drinks we both ordered Pink Striped Lemon, Hibiscus & Rosehip which was refreshing so I ordered some more.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

To start with I ordered Kung Pao Pork Belly sichuan, bird’s eye chile, spring onion, sesame seeds which was mildly spiced with crunch from the onions and fresh coriander, a good start to the meal.

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While my friend opted for Baja Shrimp spinach, wild garlic, habanero which she quite enjoyed.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

Next we ordered a sharing plater of Carne Asada aged onglet steak, miso & bone marrow butter, burnt grelot onion. This was the pièce de résistance of the whole meal, we enjoyed it thoroughly that the whole plate was licked clean including the two sauces that was served with the dish.

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Followed by the steak it was Mr Octopus turn Pulpo black vinegar, sichuan, bone marrow, potato, sesame seeds ideally I would have preferred more of the sliced octopus the combination was good but I personally felt that there was more of the potato.

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While my friend and I were still debating if we should have the dessert that is when she spotted the milk based pudding Leche Frita cajeta, miso sugar. We ordered one to share and we were not disappointed it was a perfect way to end the meal.

Breddos Tacos | Clerkenwell - London

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Where to stay in Amsterdam

Keukenhof was on my bucket list to visit for a long time and finally it happened this year(April 2017) more about this later. When it came to choosing place to stay we narrowed it down to Hilton Schipol as it is was all about Location Location Location.

The location was ideal to and from airport with handy walkalator to the hotel from the airport. A good travel connection to the city centre, direct buses are available from the airport to Keunkenhof, the ease to take day trips to nearby towns.

We booked via booking.com website. The hotel is modern, equipped with restaurants, bar, spa and a gym.

Hilton Schipol Amsterdam

Hilton Schipol Amsterdam

The rooms were modern, spacious and comfortable. The bed was massive and one of the most comfortable one I have slept in after a day out and about. Waking up to sunrise like in the photo and airplanes taking off was fab. The room has all the amenities with good in room Wi-Fi connection.

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Hilton Schipol Amsterdam Hilton Schipol Amsterdam

The breakfast was included with our stay. The choice was plentiful with a live counter for waffles, pancakes and eggs. Top Tip – arrive early to avoid the crowd as it gets really busy.

A good selection of food is available for in-room service for a small fee. The service was quick and smooth and food  so delicious we ordered some mushroom soup, fries and a pizza which was filling and fresh.

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Hilton Schipol Amsterdam

We opted for a spa evening on our last day for foot reflexology. Esme, the therapist at the spa had a magic touch, it is what we needed a good spa day and restful sleep before the journey back home. Tip – Book an appointment so that you are not disappointed.

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A special thanks to Melissa at the reception though we had an initial hiccup with our bookings she sorted everything out for us which made our stay smooth and memorable experience. It is people who run the place make your stay special otherwise it just rooms with bricks.

“Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. They DO expect you to fix things when they go wrong” Donald Porter

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Cornwall | England – Where to eat with a View

There is nothing like a bright and sunny day in Cornwall where the water turns turquoise green. This post is about taking that view with some tasty food. Here is list that covers from breakfast to dinner with some scenic beauty that Cornwall has to offer. An additional bonus is that you can cover them all in a day while you take in the sights.

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Breakfast

A full English breakfast at Godolphin Arms Restaurant with a view of St Michael’s Mount. By the time you finish your breakfast and cuppa it would be time for low tide you could just walk to the mount. I would recommend booking in advance to reserve the best table in the house.

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Godolphin Arms Restaurant Website – West End | Godolphin Arms, Marazion TR17 0EN, England

Lunch

A small café called Chapel Rock near St Michael’s Mount to take in the elevated view. A perfect spot for light lunch on your way back from the mount, they have a range of locally sourced food.

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Chapel Rock Café Website – Kings Road, Marazion TR17 0EJ, England

Afternoon Tea

What would be a visit to Cornwall without Cornish cream teas; I got that covered here at Minack Theatre with paradise view of Porthcurno beach.

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The Minack Theatre Website –  Porthcurno, Penzance TR19 6JU

Dinner

The dinner is  a fine dining experience at The Alba Restaurant and Bar Old Lifeboat House just to wrap the day with view of St Ives Harbour watching the sun go down and the boats arriving inland. I would recommend booking at the restaurant as it gets really busy.

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The Alba Restaurant and Bar Old Lifeboat House Website – Wharf Road Saint Ives Cornwall TR26 1LF England

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Treglyn Cottage Cornwall – An experience with Air BnB

Location

A quaint cottage ideally located near Minack Theatre and gorgeous Porthcurno Beach located just a few minutes’ drive away.

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About The Cottage

The first thing that struck us, while arriving to the cottage on how calm and quiet it was though it was surrounded by cottages, everything was just still  surrounded by canopy of trees.

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We were welcomed by our host Charles a Fine Art Photographer who lives stones throwaway from the property. The entry leads to the garden which is equipped with barbeque for outdoor cooking.

The whole cottage is divided into two wings on one side, the main door leads to open plan kitchen with dining area. The kitchen is well equipped and stocked with basic necessities. Tesco  is short drive away if you need anything else and an honesty box is located just outside the cottage which was stocked with spuds during our stay.

Above the kitchen an airy and bright en-suite bedroom, a reading nook overlooking the garden was massive bonus and waking up to birds chirping .

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On the other side of the cottage a large but cosy lounge with exposed beams and wood fire burner. A further two bed rooms upstairs with a bathroom. This wing of the cottage is perfect for family with small kids you have separate spaces at the same time you can keep an eye on the kids.

The cottage has Wi-Fi which was very handy as you don’t have mobile connectivity in this area for emergencies you have land phone connection. This cottage contains everything at the same time so cosy and airy made a good choice for me and my husband for a short break over summer.

If you are looking to for a British experience of living in cottage with open fire places, aga cooker, and reading nooks this is place for you for any season in the year.

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Viento | The Coffee Whisperer – Watford | Review

Viento, An Artisan Coffee Roaster and café located a short walk from Watford Junction. It is perfect for commuters just to grab and go; a hangout to meet people, a quaint little spot to do some writing.

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The café is laid back and the space has been carefully decorated with different kind of seating, outdoor seating is also available when the weather is good. You are also surrounded by everything related to coffee. When I walked up to the till to place the order I was not only welcomed by barista but a micro –roaster now you know why this little place is special. It is such a rare sight where a cosy café has a onsite micro-roaster. While you have your coffee you can even buy some coffee beans roasted onsite to take it home with you.

The coffee beans are carefully sourced from around the world. Being a tea drinker I was feeling bit confused with so many varieties of coffee beans and brew techniques. The barista was very helpful in sorting out the brew after a quick chat.

 

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They not only have great coffee but equally amazing avocado toast and toasties.

It is fair to say that I loved the service here that I returned so many times not just to drink coffee but to enjoy the equally delicious avocado toast. I know what you are thinking yes I cheated on my cuppa can you blame me. But fear not it always my beloved tea everywhere else and always coffee at Viento.

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If you don’t live near Watford and would like to try the coffee at home you can order the coffee via Viento Coffee Company’s website . The coffee beans are seasonal which changes through  the year.

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Kricket – Soho| London

Oh the joy when finally Kricket opens its door in Soho. So one fine evening I decided to go for dinner with my partner in crime aka husband.

The location was ideal just a stone’s throw away from Piccadilly tube station. Reservations are available for 4 people and above, so we got there early to avoid waiting in the queue. The restaurant is very inviting with booths for small group and bar stool if you are on your own or there as a couple. What I really liked about Kricket is the open plan; you can watch your food being prepared right in front of you.

The concept is small plates and some of the dishes are seasonal so the menu changes depending on the season and availability.  I quite enjoy small plate dishes as I get to taste as many dishes as possible.

If you are looking for traditional Indian food this is not the place for you. I went with an open mind and thoroughly enjoyed how the Indian flavours and textures were brought together.

Coming on to the food we started with fresh lime soda with mint which was quite refreshing. This was followed by two variety of kulchas one with bone marrow and the other was masala.  The bone marrow kulcha was flavoured beautifully with the melted marrow and surprisingly light on the tummy. Though I am a big fan of marrow, the masala kulcha was the best with the raw onions, herbs and seasoned butter.

Scallops were served next with puffed rice. I would have never thought of marrying puffed rice with scallops but it worked beautifully.

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The lamb haleem normally served with an overloaded of ghee, here at Kricket the dish was rich at the same time not heavy which works great when you want to try other dishes. The Haleem still retained the texture yet smooth, the addition of puffed wheat for the crunch effect was a nice touch.

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Keralan Chicken with sweet pickled mooli (daikon radish), crunchy curry leaf and creamy mayo was the star of the meal. The best way to describe this chicken would be where KFC meets Chicken 65 which had a perfect balance of salt, sweet, crunch and creamy goodness.  I would highly recommend you to order this dish if you plan to visit Kricket.

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Coming on to the Bhel Puri so glad they used raw green mangoes, I would have preferred less yoghurt or none in the bhel and bit spicier. The Indian in me needs chillies that extra kick but the texture was amazing not soggy but a very crunchy one.

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We finished off the meal with Jaggery treacle tart milk ice cream himalayan sea salt. I am not massive fan of desserts so we just ordered one to share. The milk ice cream was really good and tart a bit too sweet to my liking but if you have sweet tooth you would really enjoy this dessert. While we were finishing of the meal at the counter I was eying the mishti doi (yoghurt based dessert) delicately topped with pistachio crumbs and rose petal and made a mental note to try it next time. A special mention about the staff at the kricket who made sure we enjoyed the meal.

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The Mango Girls – A Tale of Alphonso Mango | Product Review

I live in UK and it is middle of winter, summer a distant memory along with the mango season. But one fine day while social media surfing I came across The Mango Girls twitter handle and saw the word alphonso yes alphonso on their page, my heart sang “Hallelujah”.

Now why does alphonso make me sing?

  • It is known as the king of mangoes in India
  • This is one variety of mango which is really sweet, plump with a creamy flesh
  • I can’t stop eating with just one as you can see here and here

So who is The Mango Girls and why did I decide to try their products

Fiona Thorne and Fleur Kentish, aka The Mango Girls, runs the Roderick C. Thorne Produce Ltd based in Kent, UK. They have a range of products like Alphonso Mango, Blood Orange, Rose Petal, Passion Fruit to name a few and source their fruits from around the world.

The alphonso mangoes are sourced from Ratnagiri a Konkan region in Maharashtra, India. The puree is made from fruit and not from concentrate without any added sugar. The 275ml bottle is perfect to use and store. The packaging is clean, crisp and the puree is thick but at the same time pours easily. The Mango Girls sorted the order so quickly and it was a pleasure to shop with them.

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I served the alphonso puree with Skyr as a mid-afternoon snack. The list of dishes that can be made using the puree is endless. While I wait for summer and mango season to arrive, the alphonso puree from The Mango Girls is just the thing I needed to fill that gap. For the tropical feeling in the middle of dreary British weather, a little bit of sunshine to fill my heart.

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