Hello, fellow foodies!

The last four weeks have been the most intense of my university life. I can finally say that as of Monday I will be done with my degree and done with university. I can’t wait to be a graduate and have time to blog again. Here are my top recommendations of the week, they’re going to include some of the best places I have eaten at over the past month. Enjoy!

The Orange, Chelsea

English classics with a twist

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Rabbit pie with asparagus. This dish was rich and tender with articulate presentation, far more artsy than your standard steak and ale!

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Tender lamb rump with potato puree, new season onion and wild garlic. This was my dish, I’ve never had pink lamb before but it was beautiful.  

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I wish I had picked this! Gnocchi with smoked garlic cream. Rich and heavenly.

Il Borgo, Kensington

A slice of Italy in London, the wall art and fish tanks will keep you looking around the room, rather than your phone!

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After craving gnocchi since visiting The Orange, I had to have the gorgonzola gnocchi at Il Borgo. Definitely worth a visit just for this.

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Calamari will always be a personal favourite, especially when served with aioli.

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Laduree, Covent Garden

Macarons are a food of the gods, the vanilla and salted caramel ones blew me away! Thanks to my bestie for getting me these for my birthday. Macarons used to scare me because I thought they were all marzipan flavoured for some unknown reason, but low and behold they’re not, and they’re awesome.

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Pix, Soho

This is something for a fun Friday night. Instead of going out for a normal meal, go to Pix in Soho and pick and choose exactly what you want to eat, the tapas style portions are so much fun and it’s great for sharing and conversation!

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With the same idea in mind as Yo Sushi, you pick as many tapas portions as you want and pay at the end. Tapas with the long sticks are £3.50 and small sticks are £2.50. It’s easy to rack up a big bill in here if you aren’t watching what you are doing, so be careful!

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The truffle oil, artichoke and parmesan toast were my favourite, closely followed by the prosciutto and quails egg. This is a great spot for people who love picky food or just want a light dinner.

So there we have it, those are my top foodie picks from the last month. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to visit these places, because they were all to die for.

Happy Friday!

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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 🙂

La Piccola Deli in Kensington is an authentic Italian deli, perfect for a quick bite to eat or a coffee. All of the staff are Italian, Italian music can be heard throughout the deli and yep, you guessed it, all of the food is 100% Italian. There are deli’s in Holland Park and Maida Vale too.

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La Piccola stock authentic Italian brands and products that you would probably struggle to find in England without ordering them specially. Many customers were dashing in and out to grab a takeaway coffee or pastry. There’s a long table to sit at by the window with enough seats for six people.

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Delicious pistachio cannoli.

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A lovely decaf Americano.

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Just a selection of some of the pastries and treats on offer.

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La Piccola offer traditional Italian dishes for around £6 to have in heated up or take away. I’m yet to try them but they look and smell divine and they must be if they use all of the Italian ingredients on sale in the shop!

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My favourite part of any deli is always the cold meats and cheeses section. If you live in the area and you’re planning on having an Italian style dinner party then I would recommend heading here to check out the selection.

If you want to visit in Kensington:La Piccola Deli, 20 Stratford Road, Kensington, W8 6QD

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 07:00 – 08:00

Sunday 07:00 – 19:00

Take a peak at the website: http://lapiccoladeli.com/index.html

What to do on a Sunday when all of the pubs are busy or you fancy a bit of a change? Mix up your Sunday lunch and head to a lovely little Italian of course!

Cacciari’s has two locations – 82 Old Brompton Road & 82 Pembroke Road, both in Kensington. We headed over to Pembroke road to try out some of the lovely Italian cuisine.

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It was very quiet and at one point we even had the place to ourselves, but what do you expect at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon in an area rife with pubs offering Britain’s favourite, the classic “Sunday roast.” However, all we fancied was an Italian so this was perfect.

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The menu is Cacciari’s doesn’t just offer your bog standard pasta and pizza, but some lovely meat and seafood dishes too such as; squid, scallops, beef tenderloin, veal and sea bream. You’ll have to check the menu out for yourself here as I could go on and on.

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I opted for the spinach and ricotta ravioli (£12.50) which was packed full of garlic (my favourite) and the balance of the ricotta and spinach was just right.

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George had the spaghetti carbonara (£9.50), he definitely made the winning decision! It was perfectly cooked and seasoned. The sauce was like no other, intensely creamy and rich but with the right balance of salt too. Many carbonara’s can be overly creamy yet bland, however this definitely packed in some flavour.

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They offer some wines by the pot (500ml). We chose the house wine by the pot (£11.25) as we were keen to have a cheaper meal and I have to say it wasn’t too bad. It was no Malbec but definitely worth opting for if you don’t want to break the bank.

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Overall this was a lovely little alternative to your typical Sunday lunch and we loved every moment of it. Good service and a wonderful menu!

If you want to visit: 82 Pembroke Road, W8 6NX or 82 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LQ

Take a peak at the website: https://www.cacciaris.co.uk