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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Wolkite Kitfo – Highbury, London, UK

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For Rick’s birthday recently we went to Wolkite Kitfo – a family run Ethiopian restaurant in Highbury, London.

You wouldn’t think that there would be a restaurant on the street as there isn’t much around the area and it you might feel a little unsure when you see it on the outside but when you walk you feel like you are no longer in London and suddenly you are transported to a local restaurant in Ethiopia. It is a simple, chilled-out atmosphere with murals on the walls and a little television in the corner.

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Beverage wise, they serve the usual soft drinks, beers, spirits, but they also serve a homemade honey wine that they make themselves. It is served in a vase-like bottle and we were told that you are supposed to drink it out of the bottle, not pour it into a glass to drink. It is sweet like a cider and it does grow on you (although I’m not sure whether I was just amused by the fact that it is homemade and I felt very suave drinking it through the little bottle).

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We didn’t know what or how to order as none of us had ever tried Ethiopian before but our waiter helped us to pick a good selection of curries.

Large crepe-like platters were placed on our tables and then out came the curries in little pots. The waiter scooped out spoonfuls of curry and placed them in need circles around the platter. We also had some extra rolled up crepes on the side which we were told to use to eat the curry. It was a no-cutlery, sharing-platters-in-the-middle affair and it was really quite fun. A very social way of eating with your friends.

The crepe was slightly sour and fluffy and took me a couple bites to get used to, but the curries were absolutely delicious (although I couldn’t tell you what we ordered)! Even when we were full, we kept nibbling at it all.

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Next came the traditional coffees which was very ceremonial (in fact I actually read up about this afterwards and realised that it is a full on ceremony in Ethiopian culture). They roast the coffee beans and set the on the table for us to small the smokey aroma while the beans cool down. Next they grind the coffee, add boiling water and serve alongside burning incense sticks and a small snack of popcorn to accompany it.

The coffee was rich and intensely flavoured and you could really taste the smokiness of the roasted beans.

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It was a really fun eating experience and I would definitely go with a group of people again.

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d3932437-Reviews-Wolkite_Kitfo-London_England.html

Le Peche Mignon – Highbury, London

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On a quiet residential street named Ronalds Road in Highbury, on a quiet little corner, there is a little cafe called Le Peche Mignon.

Last year (yes I am a little late on this post) Renata and I were feeling a bit peckish after a Sunday morning pedicure so we wondered over to Le Peche Mignon for a wonderfully French brunch.

I ordered the Eggs Royale (£7.50) and Renata ordered the Croque Madame (£6.50).

Mine was divine! The muffin was fluffy and chewy at the same time, they weren’t stingy with the smoked salmon, the spinach was wilted to perfection and wow when those poached eggs were cut through, the yolk poured all over the salmon and muffin and married well with the beautiful yellow hollandaise sauce. What an absolute treat!

Renata said the Croque Madame was the best that she has ever tasted as well. And their coffee is pretty fabulous too!

Definitely worth popping into if you are in the area!

http://lepechemignon.co.uk/

 

Warung Padang -Bermondsey, London

I wrote about the authentic Indonesian restaurant in Soho called East West Oriental a while ago, but unfortunately they closed down last year. Well, the guys that worked there opened up their own Indonesian restaurant in Bermondsey called Warung Padang.

It is a wonderfully authentic experience of Indonesian cuisine. Its a laid back atmosphere where everyone is friendly, the food is freshly made and absolutely delicious, and it is really well priced.20160110_140401

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20160110_142256I recently went with Rebecca and we missed Indonesian food so much that we felt the need to try everything so we ended up ordering the whole menu. Or most of it anyway.

We had some prawn crackers with chili sauce, a Vietnamese Coffee (which is a strong filtered coffee that is mixed with condensed milk), a Nasi Padang Special (white rice with a couple of curries from the Padang region in Indonesia), and a Mie Bakso (a meatball and noodle soup).

We obviously ordered too much and had to take the rest home with us but it was all gorgeous and really reminded me of Indonesia – I almost forgot that I was in London. Glorious!20151014_194114

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https://www.facebook.com/Warung-Padang-London-1601167470143715/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186338-d7596942-Reviews-Warung_Padang-London_England.html

T and Shop – Cannonbury, London

So, this particular Saturday, the brunch crew consisted of Myself, Fiona and Maria. We decided on T and Shop in Cannonbury.

It is a gorgeous little cafe which is also a shop that sells beautiful handmade home ware, jewelry, and great gift ideas.

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The coffee was delicious and so are the smoothies so even if you are in the area and need a coffee break, I would definitely recommend popping in.

Fiona and I both go the mushed avocado on sourdough toast with smoked salmon sprinkled with chili flakes. It wasn’t anything fancy but it was just what I needed and it tasted so light and fresh and it really was the perfect amount.

It was well priced and good food.

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Afterwards we had a look around the shop. Loads of interesting and wonderful things.

http://www.tandshop.com/

Caravan at Kings Cross – Sunday Brunching

Caravan is the talk of the London Town for its brunches – so I decided to arrange a mini high school get-together for brunch one Sunday morning. There was Maria, Sadia, Keith, Jason, Tom and Claire. You cannot book and so we got there at 12noon, put our names down, and then sat outside with a coffee while we waited for our table. About 40minutes later, one coffee down and a decent amount of catching up, our table was ready.

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The atmostphere was great – all the tables were full and it was buzzing inside. The decor is very minimal and it looks like an old warehouse space.

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A few of us ordered Bloody Mary’s. I got mine extra spicy and it was exactly what I needed. Our orders took a little while to come but it was expected with the amount of customers that they had and we were very happy chattering away with each other that I didn’t even notice.

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Everything on the menu made my mouth water but in the end I decided to go for the poached eggs, aubergine puree, yoghurt, sumac, parsley, grain toast and soutsouki sausage £9. Claire had the same. This was a delicious concoction, which I would have never thought of putting together. It had a very Mediteranian flavour to it.

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Maria had the baked eggs, tomato pepper ragout, Greek yoghurt, toast £7.50 and some spinach on the side £3, which was great to dipping the toast into. It tasted very Spanish. Jason and Keith had the same but with chorizo £9.50 instead of spinach, which gave it a bit of a kick.

Sadia had a crab meat omlette, which had some very Japanese flavours to it with its Japanese wasabi mayonnaise, stirfried vegetables, sesame seeds that decorated the top of it. And Tom had smoked salmon with poached eggs – a classic in the brunching world.

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Then we finished off the meal with a coffee. I had one of their daily menu of filtered coffee £2 – which happened to be one from Kenya that day. They came with a very cute milk bottle on the side, which reminds me of when I was younger and the milk man would bring our milk to our doorstep in those glass pints.

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Overall the food was definitely worth all the waiting. If you are looking for something a little different for brunch, this is your place.

http://www.caravankingscross.co.uk/