shakshuka recipe
Business – and life in general – has been manic over the last few months and I haven’t had as much time to share my favourite restaurant discoveries as I normally do.

Nonetheless, I have still been eating behind the scenes and happening upon foodie favourites of alternative varieties.

Which brings us to this; my current food favourites. Just not before shouting about my super low-cost (but delicious) Shakshuka and soda bread recipe being featured in this free recipe book! I am such a supporter of all the contributors – it simply can’t go without sharing.

I have tried a number of meal delivery companies over the years without great success. While I love to cook, I often find the recipes offered too simple, too bland or too carby (which is just not my thing). Gousto is different. Gousto’s recipes are innovative (everything I’ve “ordered” to cook has been something I haven’t made before), fresh, and restaurant-quality (with novice chef-friendly instructions). You simply choose the pre-portioned recipes you want delivered, the date you’d like to receive them, and cook them at your convenience in the week that follows.

My healthy favourites include the Harissa Chorizo With White Bean Mash and Mediterranean Fish Stew & Sunny Aioli (but the Sticky Pomegranate Persian Halloumi is currently tickling my fancy).

The great news? If you’re interested in trying it out, the code FRESH4 will give you £22 off a 2 people box and £25 off on a 4 people box. Total no-brainer

The new menu at Sushi Shop

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I have been a massive fan of Sushi Shop’s French-Californian sushi menu for quite some time. It is the only place I frequent for sushi in London and meets all my creative and quality-led expectations for the Japanese cuisine.

When they announced they would be partnering with the haute cuisine genius of Kei Kobayashi, I knew I was in for a treat.

The result is a four-piece collection of aesthetic glory. I would be ashamed to reveal I’ve had at least one Gyu Special Roll a week since it launched (Beef, Avocado, Carrot, Red Pepper, Rocket, Coriander, Chives, Fried Onions, Chili, Sesame Oil Mayonnaise, Teriyaki Sauce, and Lime) if it wasn’t so utterly perfect.

Chocolate Cards from Candy Mechanics
This might just beat every other kind of card in existence, babe. This card is not only edible (and rich milk chocolate-ly so) but completely customizable. I received one with my name, a unicorn, and some sparkles – I love it so much I’ve only been able to take one bite from it.

The creators – Candy Mechanics – also make 3D chocolate lollipops of your/your partner’s face, to boot. Ingenious.

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tank and paddle london
There is something bittersweet about promoting restaurants I love. Especially when they’re hidden gems. But Tank & Paddle is a little too brilliant to keep secret.

It lives up to (and yet somehow defies) every expectation of a “pizza and beer” place. Though it is situated in the centre of The City, it is virtually impossible to “stumble upon” (below ground in Minster Court) and is significantly more affordable than its surrounding banker-seducing restaurant alternatives.

Yet the food is just as good.

With an absence of the postcode’s notorious white tablecloths and sommeliers, you get bar service (perfect for large groups), cosy corners, killer cocktails, and outright feasts at the cost of a dessert somewhere else.

After a round of Porn Star Martinis (my #sorrynotsorry pizza companion of choice), my dinner date and I split a Billy Goat’s Stuffed pizza (Rosary Goat’s Cheese, spinach & red onion chutney), pepperoni & chilli filled mac and cheese (a gooey-as-they-come delight called “The Hot One”), a gargantuan Greek salad, and savoury dough sticks with Garlic & Herb Butter and Chilli Butter (they also do a Nutella-filled option for dessert – your skinny jeans are forewarned).

It was a banquet that took us all the way through our Martinis, a bottle of bubbles, and more than a handful of dance breaks.

For its location, food, drinks (everyone around me was cooing over their beers), pricing, vibes, and deals (ie “Any regular pizza for £5 on Mondays”!), Tank & Paddle might just be the City’s greatest hideout.

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youtube mukbang eating show
Before visiting her family back in Italy, my beloved Alice and I got into a conversation about the ‘norms’ of our upbringings (in Italy and America, respectively) and – more specifically – their sweet treats.

Realising neither of us had tried any sweets across the seas that once separated us, we met up back in London and mukbanged them all on camera for your viewing pleasure.

From Warheads Extreme Sour Candy to Pocket Coffee, this fail of ‘Italian vs American Candy‘ is everything you could expect and so much more…watch here!

The 90s Brunch was a birthday dream come true.

A dream that included finally living out my lifelong dream of being Cher from Clueless for the day (I have even filmed a ‘Get Ready With Me’ portion in the accompanying vlog for your viewing pleasure!).

The full youth-defying and decade-celebrating day consisted of showing up at Fu Manchu (each 90s brunch has a secret location), power-houring the unlimited Prosecco, recalling every single word to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, dancing myself silly, performing impromptu lip-syncs of Nirvana & Oasis, watching pro hula hoopers wiggle to 90s boy bands, and ‘brunching’ on a 3-course selection of Asian-inspired nibbles (the bao-bunned Eggs Benedict and doughnuts were the heroes to a mediocre noodle-based zero).

If I had the liver for it, I would 90s Brunch every weekend.

Tickets are £35 and includes entry, a 3 course meal, bottomless cocktails for one hour (12-1pm) and all
activities and entertainment (as seen in the video, above!)

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pan chai harrods london
Conceptually, dining in department stores once felt as naff as naff gets. I’ve spent twenty-plus years as a shopper watching tired families shove “Cafe” fish fingers into tired toddler mouths while people-watching OAPs hoard enough teacups to start department stores of their very own .

I subscribed to a state of non-partisan (or participative) acceptance.

Then, as per hedonistic usual, Harrods changed me.

Their Food Hall’s Pan-Asian counter restaurant – Pan Chai – was everything I needed to be convinced otherwise.

After a hardcore dance class, my dance ‘n’ dinner date and I settled in to the booths for a well-needed refuel and had our proverbial socks knocked off.

Pan Chai serves a menu as creative, decadent, and pure as ‘fusion’ comes. Every dish was a genuine delight; a mouth-watering snow crab salad (with avocado, caviar and seaweed), spicy squid tempura, tofu steaks (two deep-fried ‘steaks’ served with teriyaki sauce and asparagus), an avocado roll (enough for two), and the most exquisite grilled Wagyu Beef Bulgogi you could ever imagine (in Korean barbecue sauce with Japanese mushrooms, asparagus and steamed rice).

All washed down with some Daiginjo (Shirakabegura sake) – the smoothest premium sake I’ve ever tasted – for good measure. It was the best thing I’ve tasted since discovering

A lunch or dinner may come with a Harrods price tag but will also come with a Harrods supremacy.

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