Along Came May

May was quite a busy month for us. We seemed to have everyone stay with us, so that gave us a chance to get out and about.

We visited Little Venice for the first time for the Canal Cavalcade, to see lots of lovely decorated canal boats.

We also tried Mother Mash for the first time, which was top notch! I sometimes think there aren’t enough (good) pie eateries in London and being a Northerner, I love a good pie. But Mother Mash was on form – I love the fact that you can choose your mash, pie or sausage and gravy and they even had proper mushy peas : )

Me and my Mum went to Kettner’s for afternoon tea, which was lovely. We had our first try of caviar (which isn’t that amazing), but the scones were definitely the highlight.

Me and Luke managed to complete the Run Hackney Half Marathon, after just 12 weeks of training. It was unexpectedly really hot, which made the running very hard work! I definitely relied on my little bags of Haribo and Lucazade to keep me going.

Finally after months of waiting, Street Feast has finally re-opened at Dalston Yard, and it couldn’t have come soon enough! The fried chicken from Mother Clucker was amazing, specially the fries! Hopefully we’ll be treating ourselves a lot this summer at Street Feast.

We also visited Borough Market, properly for the first time. It was so hard to choose what to eat; it took me many trips up and down the stalls to finally plump for a scotch egg from Scotch Tails. This was my first experience of a ‘posh scotch egg’ and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

The end of May soon came and I was able to take part in the photo-shoot for Miss Patina’s AW15 Campaign. It was cool to get a chance to see the work that goes on to create a campaign and we even had a little cat join us : )

We’re already well into June and I’m so excited to be going on holiday next week, can’t wait!



Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival


Last weekend was the Chilli Chilli Bang Bang Festival at Dalston Yard, celebrating all things hot and spicy. Wow, the food was gooood!

WIth nearly 20 food stalls to choose from, we found it really difficult to decide where to try first.

In the end we plumped for the Malaysian beef rendang with a cucumber salad and chilli relish (with a kick) from Sambol Shiok, washed down with our free magherita.

The we swooped in on the Wahaca stall to get a big plate of one of my favourite dishes – mexican pulled pork pibil with pink pickled onions (lots of alliteration in that one). If you ever get the chance to eat at a Wahaca, I’d definitely recommend trying this dish.

We were rather lucky with the queues for Sambol Shiok and Wahaca, so we decided to get stuck in to the massive queue for SmokeStak. I got the rib tips with chipotle barbeque sauce and Luke tried some more pulled pork in a bun with jalapeno coleslaw. And oh wow, it really was worth the wait. I don’t normally choose barbeque food as I really can’t stand the flavour, but Smokestak has really changed my opinion.

In other news, Gloriana was in town on the weekend as well, with a little chap tootling a merry tune on his flute. How quaint!

This weekend, my Mum is round and I’m hoping to try some more barbeque delights from Reg Dog in Clapham.

: ) xx