Have you ever wanted to indulge yourself in a multi-cultural foodie delight but the “all you can eat world buffet” restaurants just aren’t authentic or eclectic enough for you?

Have you ever wanted to scrap the typical panini and coffee at Pret for lunch to instead rejoice in nostalgia and childhood memories over a bowl of old-school cereal?

Brick Lane is a treasure trove of cuisine, it may be world renowned for its incredible curries but the street food market that is open on Saturday and Sunday caters to every eater.

I started off my day by grabbing a samosa at a local Indian shop, I needed sample at least some of the local Indian food if I was going to immerse myself in a diverse range of cuisine throughout the day! Then I made my way to The Old Truman Brewery where the Old Boiler House food hall is open for business every Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 10am-5pm.

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It was heaving inside with hungry visitors who were clutching paper plates that were piled high with food. It’s very hard to enter this room full of food stalls offering delectables from around the globe and only sample one dish!

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Sushi will always be one of my favourite foods. At £1 per roll it can make for an expensive lunch, but with these being so big and fresh it was worth it.

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There were plenty of bratwurst stalls – obviously a popular choice.

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… Which of course meant I had to get one at some point in the day, I picked this one up from one of the street food stalls outside of the Truman Brewery – oh yes, there are more stalls outside of the Brewery, make sure you don’t miss them!

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A vibrant curry stall is shown above, even the colours are making my mouth water now and are also making me wonder why I ever bothered with bad takeaways when I should have just been coming here for my curry fix.

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Dim-sum is also a personal favourite of mine. Look at those freshly steamed dumplings!

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Another beautiful curry stall and with a sizeable amount of food for only £5, what’s there to lose? It was refreshing to see people taking their food and sitting outside in the street to eat it – there aren’t enough space or tables for everyone to fit inside but it gets people talking and being social. After all, when one hand is holding a plate and the other is holding the fork, there are no hands to be using the phone with!

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For all of you sweet-toothed people out there, don’t fear, because there are definitely stalls to cater towards you too.

After making my way through the never ending street food stalls, my last port of call was the Cereal Killer Cafe. Unfortunately I was far too stuffed by this point to try any of the cereals but just look at the selection.

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The Cereal Killer Cafe is a little celebrity in the East End after being the first of its kind to open up in London. They charge £3.20 (the same as a coffee) for a bowl of cereal, which I think is very reasonable. I can’t wait to return to Brick Lane and come here again!

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There was so much more food on offer that isn’t mentioned in this blog post, Italian cuisine and Aberdeen Angus burger lovers can rest assured there is plenty for them too, but if you want to go and see for yourself you will have to go and visit!

The nearest tube stations are Liverpool Street Station and Aldgate East.

What would you be eating if you came here?

Brick Lane is world famous for its incredible street art. Artists such as Banksy have adorned Brick Lane and its side streets with their talent, knowing that it will be admired by Londoners and tourists who flock to the area – like I did today!

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What’s your favourite piece of street art in this blog post?! I’d love to know! Happy Sunday everyone!

A Brick Lane food post is coming your way soon 🙂

Blondies are incredibly easy to make, they’re known as the cake-ier and fluffier counterpart to brownies. If you’re not a big chocolate fan but you love sweet things then you can always switch up the white chocolate that is commonly used in blondies with nuts or caramel. However, the recipe I’m about to share with you incorporates white chocolate and salted caramel all in one *drools*.

Ingredients:

  • 225g melted butter/extra for greasing
  • 150g plain flour
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 225g white chocolate (chopped up)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 pot of caramel sauce
  • rock salt

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease a 20cm square cake tin with butter.
  3. Whilst you are slowly melting the butter in a pan, beat the eggs and sugar in a bowl until the mixture goes pale and fluffy.IMG_9479
  4. Slowly add the melted butter into the mixture, mixing as you go.
  5. Once this has all mixed together, sift in the flour bit by bit, folding as you go with a spoon.
  6. Add the chopped white chocolate to the mix.IMG_9482
  7. Pour the mix into the greased cake tin, ensuring that the white chocolate is evenly spread throughout the mixture.thumb_IMG_9483_1024
  8. Cook for 30 mins.

Topping:

  1. When you take the tin out of the oven, the mix will seem overly risen, but leave the blondie for at least 20 minutes to allow it to cool. IMG_9485
  2. Spread the caramel sauce on top of the blondie (heat up the caramel on the hob if it is too hard to spread) and finish it off with your desired amount of rock salt. I bought my own caramel sauce as Bonne Maman never disappoint, but make your own if you’re feeling creative!IMG_9484
  3. Voila! Cut into sections and you’re ready to go.

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I’ve been meaning to try out ‘Dirty Bones’ for quite a while now and if you’re wondering why, think “6 oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac & cheese and BBQ sauce” (The Mac Daddy).  Or if that doesn’t take your fancy, think “6 oz aged steak burger with treacle bacon, poached egg and hollandaise” (The Benedict Burger).

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Their menu goes above and beyond in the indulgence category and even if it’s a slightly smaller menu than burger chains such as GBK or Byron Burgers, it supersedes such chains by having such whacky and wonderful combinations.

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The Benedict Burger (£9.00)

There’s an American twist to the menu, “classic yankee,” “chicken and waffles” and “coffee and doughnuts” all make an appearance and the extravagant dishes such as “deep fried mac and cheese balls” make me feel like I should be on Man vs. Food.

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The Mac Daddy (£10)

Be prepared to get seriously messy. These burgers are overloaded with delicious extras and napkins will be needed!

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If you want to visit: 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP or Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, Soho, W1B 5PW

Take a peak at the website: http://dirty-bones.com/food

 

Sunday is always my favourite day of the week for exploring London. There’s an abundance of things to do and places to see, plus it’s often a little quieter than on a Saturday. My Sunday cost just £30 for three wonderful little meals and some eye-opening sights along the way.

There’s nowhere better to admire the beautiful architecture that London has to offer other than the borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The Boltons and Launceston Place are just a few of my favourite areas for walkabouts in London.

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Lexham Gardens

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Launceston Place

A late breakfast happened at Sweet Things in Notting Hill. I walked from Kensington and it was around a 45 minute walk. The onion marmalade & cheese toastie (£4.85) was perfect for an indulgent Sunday breakfast. You can choose your own fillings and mix & match.

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Next, I got the Piccadilly line down to Leicester Square and walked to Covent Garden. Neal’s Yard is a beautiful little hideaway full of colour and cafes.

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After this I stopped for lunch at Wildwood Cafe, minutes away from Neal’s Yard. Sundays are never very healthy days in my opinion so if a roast isn’t on the cards…something else equally as naughty probably will be!

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The cheesiest Americana for under £10

After this I walked on up to the British Museum. Like many of the museums in London it’s free, so instead of splashing the cash on the Cinema or even vegging out in front of the TV like any other day, why not experience some cultural history at no expense to your wallet.

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The British Museum offer scones (£8.50) and an lovely selection of cakes…in my opinion there is no better day of the week for scones and prosecco (£7.50). After all of this, I caught the tube home and curled up on the sofa with a glass of Malbec…Perfect!

I hope you all had a lovely Sunday! Comment on what you guys got up to 🙂