Hello from me to thee on a rainy Sunday in London Town – this morning I am writing about a cute little cafe/restaurant called Indigo’s Hive just up from Bethnal Green towards Cambridge Heath. If you’ve seen anything of this place before it’ll probably be their lattes! If you like a solid but creative brunch, then read on!
Hiland Cafe – Roman Road, Bow
Who dat? Oh it’s you! I’ve needed to put a post up about this place for a while really, but procrastination is a hobby of mine so there we go and here we are. I live in Bow and regularly visit Hiland Cafe, down the road from me. It’s probably the place I go to the most for brunch actually and that’s why I need to recommend it to you all.
Pret A Manger – Chicken Protein Box
Hello! Today I want to tell you about a lunch I’ve become rather fond of which takes the form of a Protein Box from Pret. This isn’t sponsored and hasn’t been requested by a PR company, it’s just me sharing the love for something I quite like.
I eat a lot, and a lot of that is food which (combined with no exercise) means my clothes are slowly feeling tighter… my poor self control means I can’t cut delicious food out totally but I am trying to reduce my carb intake for lunches. So here we are with this box which seemed like a good option to me and, as a classic millennial, I’m a right sucker for an avo. However despite these lures I am also a bit of a stinge, so was initially put off by the £4.99 price tag.
Pasta making with Tutti A Tavola
Ciao! Today, we make-a some-a past-a with Silvana from Tutti-a-Tavola. And I promise I won’t type in that poor Italian/English stereotypical phonetic hybrid any more. Promise.
Based in West London, Silvana runs pasta making classes every week, rotating the type of pasta each month to keep you on your toes. Interesting! She covers both the glutenny and gluten-free pastas from scratch: Tuesday and Saturday evenings for the glutenny amongst us and gluten-free on Sunday lunchtime. We opted for the gluten ‘standard’ pasta, and the flavour of the month was Tricolore Garganelli! Huzzayy! Colourful pasta fun!
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.
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
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.
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!
Caravan – Kings Cross, London
It’s the weekend and it’s brunchtime.
I’ve tried to get into Caravan before but the first time round we didn’t want to wait 40 minutes for a table…however this time it was a 20 min wait and we were offered a seat at the coffee bar. We were given a numbered coffee bean (I think) bag and toddled off to sit at the bar and peruse the menu.
While we were waiting, I ordered a latte and it looked pretty (I’m a sucker for a nice looking latte in a glass). This place has an on-site coffee roastery and so I would expect this stuff to be pretty special. The atmosphere of the place was nice, not rushed around and just very chilled out and warehousey industrial sort of feel…you know, cagey walls and pipes out, lots of wooden stuff.. Is that shabby chic? Dunno but it’s good anyway. Pleases my eyes. the clientele and staff looked pretty Hipster tastic (they were very nice and enthusiastic)but I like a good hipster so I’m down with that, son.