Holybelly – Canal Saint Martin, Paris

Bonjour from Paris! Today I am bringing you some brunch lushness, right in yo’ face!

When I booked this little trip away I specifically didn’t want to be lumped in a touristy area, so chose to look up the ‘hipster’ parts of Paris. Yes, I am a twerp. I love this stuff.  The area I picked I mainly chose because it was less than five minutes away from the best boulangerie in the city but on our walk to said boulangerie, we stumbled upon Holybelly. And holy cow…it tickled my belly. A hipster brunch paradise on a cute little Parisienne street. Who’d have thunk it?

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Victoria Park Market – East London

Glory praise, be! A ‘farmers market’ has landed in Victoria Park!

Being a local to the area, I thought this was great – bop along every Sunday and pick up some produce but my, my I was so surprised when I visited! There is SO much more than just produce on offer. There was a band, tons of street food stands to grab lunch or brekkie while you’re there…donuts, cookies, cured meats… this market literally has it all if you’re after something edible.

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Cafe East – Roman Road, Bow

Sunday morning…well, afternoon…I like a lie in, don’t judge me! Not wanting to wander too far from home, I thought it was about time that I explored some local options.  In the last few months, Roman Road in Mile End/Bow has seen some great new additions – one of those is Cafe East. I’ve walked past a few times and today was the day I was to go in, after seeing some of their photos on Instagram.

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Spicer + Cole – Queen Square, Bristol

Ooo arr! We’re in the West Country, Bristol to be specific, and it’s BRUNCHTIME following a 30th birthday party. A little dozy and worse for wear, we are wandering Bristol without aim….luckily, we’ve found a brunch spot not far away from the city centre and our hotel. Hooray! It looks safe and there are spare seats, so we step inside.

The menu looked pretty interesting, offering the standard kind of things you’d expect to see in a brunch spot, but my bruncheon of choice was the Harissa Bap. Specifically, the menu read “Bacon house harissa + aioli bap with a poached egg” – interesting. Bit different to my go-to of eggs benedict or something avocado-looking. Continue reading

Belvita – Breakfast Biscuits

Salutations! Apparently 1 in 3 people skip breakfast, and that may well be true as I am guilty of being one of the skippees.  Getting up in the morning is always tougher especially when the mornings are getting darker and we really REALLY don’t want to leave our warm duvet nests.

So, as a quick alternative to the standard bowl, we’ve been checking out the offering of Belvita Breakfast Biscuits to let you know about two (out of eight possible) flavours from the range.

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Getting Dirty at *NEW* Dirty Bones, Shoreditch 

Dirty Bones. You have been on my radar for a while but always seem to have wait lists or are booked up when I try and step through your door. I guess this is the price I pay when I try to pop in to popular places! I saw your Shoreditch opening and jumped at the chance to go!

I tried to book the first week of their soft opening just after it was announced (I needed to get there, STAT) but it was already jammed! So I settled for the second week and I was really not disappointed.

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Burgermeister, das Berliner Burger – Berlin, Germany

Apparently it is widely believed that the Hamburger originated in Hamburg (hence the name), the invention of Otto Kuase who used to serve butter fried patties topped with a fried egg to sailors. There are plenty of other claims to the first Hamburger, but we like this one, and so we thought we’d take a break from the wurst and give a burger a go in the country where it was (allegedly) invented. So where better when in Berlin than Burgermeister, the go-to place in Berlin for burgers, which frequently features on best eats lists for the city. When I arrived I was amused to see the innately hip Berlin has not missed out on the trend of turning public loos into eating establishments. (Maybe it even started here? Who knows!) Continue reading

Barone Cafe – Mile End / Bow, London

Barone Cafe is a quaint little capsule situated amongst the hubbub (haha, hubbub – enjoyable word) of Roman Road Market.  It’s somewhere I always mean to go and definitely need to pick my heels up a wee bit and trot down there more often.

I went doon at the weekend and was lucky enough with timing that a table became free when I walked in – woot! It’s a popular place. Ordered me some eggs benedict and my dining companion had a full fry up, with a cuppa each.

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Het Karbeel (Cheese) + Omel-Egg (Brunch) – Amsterdam

Amsterdam! What a fine city it is. Although it’s renowned for the sexy and substance side of things, the sexiest thing I found (sorry, working girls and guys) was the grub.

We consumed some great food during our long weekend visit and hopefully this blog will help with some recommendations if you choose to go too!

This post covers Het Karbeel for some gosh darned fine fondue and Omel-Egg which will cover all your breakfast needs in a very individual way!

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