Petitbo – Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in Europe. I love the quirkiness, the independent restaurants and cafes, the artsy vibe, the liveliness, the food, the sun, the drinks, the markets – just everything.

Renata and I went for a weekend away recently and we went for breakfast at Petitbo. It is a very cool-speakeasy-warehouse-type vibe with its mismatched chairs and comfy couches in the corner.

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We started off with some coffee and breakfast. I went for the scrambled eggs with jamon (the intensely flavoured Spanish ham) which came with homemade sourdough bread and Renata went for the porridge. The food was perfect and what a great way to start our first day in Barcelona. We finished the meal with fresh juices that we took away with us.

Good food, good drinks, chilled out vibe. If you are looking for a breakfast spot in Barcelona – I’d definitely recommend this one.

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Bad Egg – Moorgate, London

You know how much I love a brunch. I mean, who doesn’t? It means you have time for a lie in, a gym session AND you are still in time to get the glorious breakfast foods that you wouldn’t have the time to eat during the weekdays.

For Astrid’s birthday this year we went to the famous Bad Egg for a boozy Saturday brunch. I was so excited as I have been meaning to go here for ages. For £35 you get 3 different dishes PLUS bottomless drinks for 2 hours! Please tell me how that doesn’t sound appealing.20160312_151513

20160312_151524Our server was absolutely hilarious. He was loud and funny and we just thought the service was fabulous because of him.

I started off with a Bloody Mary (which was AMAZING!) and continued on the meal with the house prosecco on the bottomless menu which was actually quite nice. I was very happy with the drink situation – absolutely worth the bottomless brunch choice.

On the menu you are able to choose 3 different plates. I chose the buffalo rib tips (served with spicy Buffalo sauce & blue cheese mayo),  pulled pork, beans & kimchi on toast (slow cooked pork, baked beans & kimchi on sourdough toast), and the pancake with bacon and maple syrup.

The kimchi pulled pork with beans on toast was sensational – not just to look at – but also all the different flavours went very well together. I recommend this one definitely.

The buffalo rip tips weren’t but favourite but I didn’t dislike them. They were just a tad bit over cooked so they were a bit hard and I couldn’t really taste the meat but they were also a tad bit too saucy, in a overbearingly salty and sour way that made my eyeballs twitch just a tad. If you enjoy an eyeball twitch – this is the thing to order. Otherwise – don’t.

Then last but not least, they put down the plate of what seemed to be a mini crepe (not the fluffy buttermilk pancake I had imagined) that had unfortunately died a tragic death by drowning in a sea of maple syrup (RIP) with two bacon rashers to cover up the awful murder scene, and my face dropped. And no, unfortunately it didn’t taste any better than it looked. Just don’t order it if you go.

The mac and cheese balls and the hash that my friends had ordered looked great and also were raved about highly – So I’d probably try these next time.20160312_151014Overall it was a really fun meal out and a great atmosphere. A fabulous place for a brunch with a group of friends, as long as you don’t take the food too seriously.

 

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Cinnamon Village – Highbury, London

There are a couple of Cinnamon Village restaurants dotted around North London and they always look quite good for brunch. There is one specifically on Blackstock Road, attached to a creperie, which is painted a pastel turquoise candy colour with picnic benches outside and it just looks so cute and inviting. We decided to check this place out for brunch one Sunday before we headed to the gym for a casual spa session.
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Jack had a Full English breakfast which usually when you order an Full English, the plate feels overwhelmingly full, but this plate felt a bit like something was missing. It could have been the presentation or maybe they could have put the toast on the plate or added an egg, a sausage and a hash brown or something. It was just very average and looked like something that if I was lazy at home and that was all I had left in my fridge, I would have made myself.

On the other hand, I was so excited to find out that it was a Turkish family owned restaurant and that they served Menemen! This was my favourite dish when I went to Istanbul recently. It is a scrambled egg dish but cooked with spices, tomatoes and mixed peppers – sometimes they add some Turkish cheese and spinach as well.

I ordered the Classic Menemen which is cooked with spices, tomatoes and mixed peppers and it was delicious! I was so pleased. It came with a basket of Turkish bread to dip into it but to be honest I was really happy with just the Menemen on it’s own. It was full of flavour but not too strong tasting to be the first thing to eat in the morning.

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It was well priced and they made a great coffee and do fresh juices and smoothies. I wouldn’t go for an English Breakfast, but definitely do go for their amazing Menemen.

Mission E2 – Paradise Row, Bethnal Green, London

IMG-20150809-WA0004I love the vibe at Paradise Row in Bethnal Green. This little street looks like it used to be all warehouses and now holds some great restaurants and craft drinking spots.

Astrid, Renata and I decided to have brunch at Mission E2 one Sunday before we headed off to Colombia Flower Market.

The first thing you will notice is the interior decor. I love it! It is very 1920s and chic, but the weather was warm and sunny (a rarity in London) so obviously we had to sit outside and take it all in. The next thing you will notice is the service. It is fabulous! The waiters and waitresses seem passionate about their food and they give some great advice about what to order.
20150809_140651I think I could have literally eaten anything on the menu – it all sounded so good.

We ended up deciding on the buttermilk pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, the scrambled eggs on toast with chorizo and the avocado and poached eggs.

My favourite was definitely the pancakes and I am not usually one for sweet food, let alone pancakes, but they were phenomenal. They were fluffy but still quite dense and filling and you could really taste the buttermilk which was delicious. The bacon, maple syrup and pancakes married up really well together because it was nice to have some savoury in the mixture.20150809_140700The scrambled egg was so soft and creamy and the chorizo gave it a little kick which worked well. 

The avocado was in its skin, which was great for presentation but I think it could have had more flavour and been easier to eat if maybe the avocado was mushed with some chili, salt and pepper, then put back into the skin. It just felt a little bit like it wasn’t finished, or that it was missing something, but was still tasty all the same.20150809_140920 We ordered some toast, seville orange marmalade and rhubard jam to nibble on and some spring greens with chili and garlic on the side.

The bread for the toast was a seeded sourdough (my absolute favourite) and the jams tasted homemade and were gorgeous. The greens were stir fried with garlic and chili but were not overwhelming with garlicky flavours and still had a fresh crunch to them.20150809_140654

20150809_140934Overall the food, the service and the place were all exceptional. Great brunch menu as well. I definitely recommend a try!
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Steph’s Savoury French Toast – The perfect weekend home-made brunch

20150517_113337You know that feeling when you wake up on a Saturday morning after a couple of drinks on a Friday evening and all you want is a good satisfying breakfast – something different from the everyday weekday breakfast – but nothing too massively unhealthy? Well this is the perfect recipe for those mornings.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 4 slices of whole wheat, multi seeded bread (I chose a linseed and soya loaf)
  • 3 medium sized free-range organic eggs
  • 100g baby leaf spinach
  • 4 slices of unsmoked back bacon
  • 1/4 cup of semi-skimmed organic milk
  • Butter as needed
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper

How to:

  1. Crack all 3 eggs into a mixing bowl, pour in the milk, add a pinch of salt and pepper and beat until it has all blended in together
  2. Dip a slice of bread into the mix until it is covered and the bread has sponged in the liquid – do not let it get too soggy that it falls apart
  3. Heat up a large flying pan and melt enough butter to cover the surface area
  4. Then add the eggy bread
  5. Cook on each side until slightly crisp – and there you have your french toast!
  6. Cook all the slices of eggy bread this way
  7. Meanwhile – cook all slices of bacon in under the grill so that all the fat drips off
  8. While you are cooking the final slice of eggy bread, melt butter in another frying pan and put all the spinach into the pan
  9. Lightly cook the spinach – this should literally only take about 3 minutes
  10. Place two slices of french toast, two slices of bacon and some spinach and serve! (You can also just make one slice of french toast and one slice of bacon with spinach if you aren’t too hungry)
  11. And if you want to add a little sweetness to it – you can always add a drizzle of agave nectar (also called agave syrup) over it

Steph’s Spinach and Tomato Scramble with an avo side

I was up for treating myself and my housemate to a healthy but hearty brunch one Saturday morning recently and this is my own recipe for just that!
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To serve 2-3 people you will need:

  • 1 large white onion
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Skimmed milk (or soya milk)
  • Spinach to taste
  • Baby tomatoes to taste
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Chilli flakes

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How to:

  1. Firstly do the prep: Dice the onion, Slice the baby tomatoes into quarters, Mix the eggs and a dollop of skimmed (or soya) milk into a bowl together with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Then heat the pan and add olive oil.
  3. First put in the onions until they soften slightly, then add the tomatoes until they soften slightly as well.
  4. Once both slightly softened, add the egg mixture and keep stirring to create the scramble.
  5. When the egg is almost done (you never want it to be completely cooked and dry), add the spinach.
  6. Mix until the spinach has gone slightly limp and then serve!
  7. Half the avocado and peel off the skin and remove the stone.
  8. Slice and serve on the side with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and chilli flakes.

Simple, fast, delicious, hearty and healthy!