StickyWings heaven

The wind beneath my StickyWings

I need you all to take this address down: 40 Brick Lane, London E2. Do you have that saved in your address book on your phone? Yes? Good.

Sticky Wings

That’s the address of a restaurant that serves some of the best chicken wings I’ve ever tasted and I lived in the “Deep South” aka Virginia in The States for a year so I know what I’m talking about.

Succulent, full of flavour, ambrosial…all adjectives that can be used to describe the chicken wings at StickyWings. Look I’m not going to bore you with a long review here, I’m in love with the place so it might just get emotional if I write for very much longer.

All you need to know is this:

  • The Chicken Wings are amazing.
  • The owner AKA The Boss Man is super friendly
  • The meals are super value for money (Less than a tenner for my meal and a coca cola)
  • The interior is bright and colourful without being tacky
  • Did I say that the Chicken Wings are amazing?

Get going there today! Even if you have already made plans! Just go…I beseech you. If you don’t like what you eat then well something’s wrong with your taste buds or you really just don’t like chicken and therefore you should not have gone in the first place! That’s a joke. I love you for reading my post for this long!

StickyWings heaven

StickyWings heaven

Seriously though head down there, you really won’t be disappointed. I had American Buffalo and StickyWings BBQ flavoured wings with fries and I’m still thinking about them to this day.

All hail StickyWings and all that is gloriously delicious!

Perfect for:

  • Lunch
  • Fun evening
  • Evening with friends
  • Informal date night

http://www.stickywings.com/

@stickywings

 

Snowflake Gelato

Outside it’s sunny but inside it’s SnowFlakey…

I’m coining the term “SnowFlakey”…even if it’s not in the Oxford Dictionary! It should be.

Snowflake Gelato

Snowflake Gelato

Anyway this is a quick shout out to Snowflake Gelato. Ever since trying their gelatos a while back I keep trying to find reasons to be in Wardour Street. To be honest, just going in to taste the gelatos should be reason enough. They are divine! Trust me. I’ve only ever had ice cream like this in Italy so believe me when I say it’s worth a visit. I’m not the biggest dessert fan but I will make an exception for them. I tried Chocolate, Pistachio and Honeycomb crunch and all were sublime but the pistachio was REALLY something special. It literally felt as though I was eating pistachios without the crunch…just delightful!

So don’t be flakey…just go! Unless of course you’re being snowflakey then you’re part of the fanclub! OK Maybe this term isn’t quite as good as I first thought…

http://www.snowflakegelato.co.uk/

@snowflakegelato

A dash of Monkey Shoulder at Central and Co

I was lucky enough to be invited to a cocktail masterclass hosted at Central and Co recently! I love cocktails so it would have been rude have me NOT to have accepted. My friend and I went along and were introduced to a world of much merriment!  I had never heard of Monkey Shoulder before so was intrigued to learn that it’s a whiskey. You learn something new every day. I like whiskey although I usually just drink it with coke so learning some new cocktail recipes was great (side note: most recipes have now been forgotten, that’s nothing to do with the amount I had to drink…I promise).

Our host, a brand ambassador from Monkey Shoulder, Scotch Whiskey, was super friendly and taught us how to make 3 cocktails, which we were “forced” to drink! ;-) I now know how a proper “Old Fashioned” is supposed to taste…basically very strong! We had a cocktail challenge too which was great except my friend and I did not win despite clearly being the best – see evidence below:

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The Cocktail that should have won!

I’ll definitely try Monkey Shoulder again one day and will do my best to mix a winning cocktail along the way (that was not supposed to rhyme)

Central and Co is a great venue to meet up for drinks too, facing Carnaby Street it’s perfect for an evening catch up with friends to get the night started!

Visit Central and Co – http://centralandco.com/

Visit Monkey Shoulder http://www.monkeyshoulder.com/

 

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Not too Flat at Flatplanet!

Just wanted to mention a new discovery! Flatplanet! I was actually craving pizza when a friend and I walked into Flatplanet, just off Carnaby Street.

It’s a very simple concept – different toppings served on flatbreads, they look like pizzas but as I soon found out they’re not. They are not as heavy as your usually pizza meal and super healthy given that the majority of the ingredients are organic.

flatplaceTo start I had the most delicious quinoa salad – it was so good I think I almost drank it – seriously go for it when you visit! I had a Morrocan flatbread, which was topped with houmous, lebneh, tomatoes, basil, olives and drizzled with rose harissa. It was delicious although there was A LOT of houmous, thankfully I like houmous but it may have been a little excessive. To finish my meal I had a super yummy gluten free chocolate chip cookie. So I basically had 3 courses, all for under £13 and left feeling mighty healthy too!

The service isn’t anything to shout about but it’s not the type of establishment that one would go to for impeccable  service. They were decent which I suppose is enough.

flatplanetI would say give Flatplanet a try if you’re looking for an alternative to pizza! You won’t regret it…especially if you try that Quinoa salad! Jeeeezzzz that was delicious!

 

 

 

Perfect for:

  • Friends
  • lunch
  • Healthy late dinner

http://www.flatplanet.co.uk/

@flatplanethq

A trip to The Blue Nile

The Blue NileUnlike some Londoners I’m not a postcode snob. As long as I can get to a place comfortably and in good time I’m open to all places! This means that I don’t miss out on some great happenings around our lovely city. Well thankfully I didn’t have to travel too far to sample the delights of The Blue Nile Cafe/Restaurant in Woolwich. The building in which the cafe is housed, used to be a sausage making shop and the owners have kept the charm of that little piece of history with some beautiful tiling and original features.

I love Ethopian food so I was intrigued to try the Eritrean cuisine on offer at The Blue Nile. The menu is influenced by Eritrea’s Italian colonial past with hints of Italian food on the menu.

A friend and I went for lunch and enjoyed a delightful £5 offer for 2 stews and an accompanying dish of either rice or injera. We both went for the injera of course!

Blue Nile

Kilwa and Injera

I had a meat stew called Kilwa, which had beef mixed  with onion, tomatoes and garlic sautéed in a seasoned red pepper sauce as well as a spinach stew which went perfectly with my injera bread. The beef was perfectly seasoned and tender, with a sauce that was so delicious when scooped up with injera. I love my food spicy but this was not overly spicy which was actually a good thing given that it was still quite an early lunch.

I absolutely recommend visiting The Blue Nile even if you don’t live locally – the service is friendly and the food completely authentic!

Perfect for:

  • Lunch
  • Family
  • Friends

http://www.bluenilecafe.co.uk/

@bluenile73

Ben and Jerry’s Goes Greek!

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Ben and Jerry’s Launch of their Greek-Style Frozen Yogurt range by fabulous blogging queen, OndoLady this week.

Inside The GreekWe were treated to some delicious Greek Food from The Real Greek, Covent Garden – which I just have to say is definitely worth trying!

The main event of course was trying the 3 FroYo flavours which include Strawberry Shortcake, a rich Greek yoghurt sprinkled with juicy strawberry bits whirled with crumbly shortcake biscuit; Raspberry Chocolate Chunk, a blend of zingy raspberry notes with smooth chocolatey chunks; and Vanilla Honey Caramel, a soft vanilla FroYo with a swirl of gooey honey caramel.

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I have to say that my favourite flavour was the Vanilla Honey Caramel! It was just the right balance of sweetness and flavour that will make it perfect for a summer dessert. It also helps that these FroYos have 40% less fat than the original Ben and Jerry’s Ice Creams.

Anyway grab yourself a tub! You won’t be disappointed – I mean really since when has Ben and Jerry’s EVER been a disappointment?

 

Food Event:The Future Of Meat – Saturday April 5th

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am an unapologetic Carnivore so I was pleased to recently receive this invite to “The Future of Meat” event, hosted at Hawksmoor and organised by the lovely folks at Toast.

Talk + brunch + cocktails  £40

From what you read in the papers, carnivores of the future will dine on horse meat burgers, grasshopper canapés, and mince grown in petri dishes. But sensational headlines aside, what is the future of meat?

Hawksmoor executive chef Richard Turner, The Ginger Pig owner Tim Wilson, and Philip Lymbery, CEO of charity Compassion in World Farming and author of Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat. After bolstering Bloody Marys, the panel, led by Niamh Shields of Eat Like a Girl, will share their perspectives on our current relationship with meat, what a healthy, sustainable supply chain could look like, and what we’ll really be eating 100 years from now.

After the debate, there’ll be a sharing-style brunch cooked by the team at Hawksmoor Guildhall (using exceptional produce from The Ginger Pig). Dishes will include pig cheek scrapple with grits, short-rib bubble and squeak, rib-eye steak, roast tomatoes, homemade baked beans, sausages, fried eggs, black pudding and piles of toast with plenty of butter.

Tickets include a Bloody Mary on arrival, the ‘The Future of Meat’ debate and brunch.

Location: Hawksmoor Guildhall, 10 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5BQ – Book your ticket HERE

Venison Carpaccio

A Tapas Fiesta at Three O Two at H10 London Waterloo

I love tapas! Basically you can have lots of mini dishes without the guilt (not that I ever feel guilty whilst eating but some people do so hey). I found a great deal on TravelZoo* which was just too good to ignore! A selection of tapas, dessert and wine for 2 for less than £30 at Three O Two

Venison Carpaccio

Venison Carpaccio

There were about 4 different types of tapas which included Venison carpaccio, duck and crab fritters and  our desserts were warm brownies with Baileys ice cream. Everything about this experience was delightful! The service was top notch and the atmosphere was a joy, despite it being rather quiet. I was actually surprised that the restaurant wasn’t fully booked. But I am aware that many hotel restaurants struggle, hence the deals. My favourite was the Venison Carpaccio which was mouth-watering! The only downside was that it’s a little bit of a trek from Waterloo station, which means that it’s out of the way however I always try to look on the bright side as it’s a great bit of after dinner exercise (10 minute walk isn’t too bad actually). If you’re up for some delicious and authentic tapas at a AA Rosette-awarded restaurant, then Three O Two is the place to go! Without or without a special offer!

Perfect for:

  • Date night
  • Special occasions

*If you’re not on the TravelZoo mailing list can I just ask that you SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY. Unlike some of the other voucher deal sites, TravelZoo seems to be a lot more selective and it shows in the quality of deals. 

http://www.hotelh10londonwaterloo.com/en/index.html

Mamounia Lounge

unnamedOn the last day of November 2013 I was lucky enough to sample the delights of Mamounia lounge in Knightsbridge. It really is a delightful restaurant, so good in fact we found ourselves prolonging our time there. The ambience, food and service are just fantastic.

We were treated to some delicious olives and fresh pita bread to eat with our hummous. The true taste of the middle east was certainly highlighted here with our food ranging from meat balls to lamb kaftas and chicken shawarma. Even the fries were delicious. I cannot recommend this place enough, the interior design is pretty much perfect and even after all these months I’m still salivating about the lamb kafta I had. Dessert was a warm chocolate fudge cake with ice cream, which tasted just as good as it looks. The food was so good that I actually forgot to take a picture (I only remembered by dessert)! :( Until next time!

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Courtesy of Mamounia Lounge

Perfect for:

  • Romantic Meal
  • Date Night
  • Special Occasions

136 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HY

www.mamounialounge.com/knightsbridge/

Vertigo 42

Image courtesy of Vertigo 42

Image courtesy of Vertigo 42

WFD finally had the chance to visit Vertigo 42 recently and after such anticipation it certainly did not disappoint. We love restaurants and bars with a view of London, in fact it’s becoming a bit of a hobby of ours.

Upon entering Tower 42 you have to register at reception and give full contact details if you have not already made a reservation. Once we had been registered, we were given cards (to be used upon exiting at the end of the evening) and went to the only lift to venue. It felt a little like we were on the set of a James Bond movie. The wait for the lift was rather longer than expected, but we’ll put that down to our typical London level of impatience. The wait is definitely worth it though, upon arriving at the bar you can see why this is still a social hot spot in the city of London. The views are stunning and the service was superb. It does feel a little like an extended catwalk at times but it is certainly worth visiting.  Unfortunately we did not get a chance to eat but our drinks were rather nice, we had a champagne cocktail and a simple juice mixer, though to be honest one does get so distracted by the view and the general ambience that it’s difficult to recall how great the drinks really were (let’s just say they were not terrible!).

Perfect for:

  • Date night
  • Catch up with friends

www.vertigo42.co.uk

Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St, London EC2N 1HQ

@vertigo42bar