Hot chocolate in Harrow

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The chocolate room

We went to Harrow last weekend and I came across a shop called ‘The chocolate room’. We needed somewhere to have a drink and also where Dee can have his mid morning snacks and this seemed the perfect place!

We were amazed by the variety of hot chocolates available. Unfortunately they ran out of coconut and hazelnuts but the staff told me ‘gianduia’ is the best one to have as I wanted to drink something nutty. Dan ordered a double macchiato and a coconut and raspberry slice. We also bought a chocolate that looks like a cake to take away, it looked really cute and was hard to resist!

My hot chocolate tasted amazing!!! I would definitely recommend going there again!!!
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Our Brighton trip!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

Our clothes was in the rucksack, the rest belongs to Dee!

After the christening, i booked a weekend trip to Brighton! As it was our first time away with Dee, I think i went slightly over the top with the packing as most of the stuff belonged to him rather than us!

In Brighton, we ate mostly take outs on the floor as most of the eating places closed quite early and we didn’t want to go out too late at night! Our room didn’t have a table so we ate on the floor!! We found that there were alot of mexican places to eat so i think it is very popular in Brighton!

Typical fish and chips!

Typical fish and chips!

For our first day, we had a typical fish and chips from Harry Ramsden and for the first time, we managed to finish all our dinner without having to hold Dee as he slept!!! Here are some of the foods that we had during our trip!

 

 

Fishcake and Chips

Fishcake and Chips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pancakes from 'World of Crepes' on the Brighton Pier

Pancakes from ‘World of Crepes’ on the Brighton Pier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our take out from Tortillia

Our take out from ‘Tortillia’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love bubble drinks!

I love bubble drinks from ‘Chatime’!

Tea and Scones from Stanmer House

Tea and Scones from ‘Stanmer House’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korean take out from Namul

Korean take out from ‘Namul’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cupcake Desserts from Celebrate with a Cake

Cupcake Desserts from ‘Celebrate with a Cake’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last night, we ate at Giraffe, I had the noodles

Last night, we ate at ‘Giraffe’, I had the noodles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan's meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

Dan’s meal but we thought the portion was quite small when compared to mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

Needed a cheesecake to fill us up!

 

One for the road home!

One bubble drink from ‘Pearls’ for the road home!

Birthday Day Out!!! :)

Bday Cupcake from my Hubby! :)

Bday Cupcake from my Hubby! πŸ™‚

On my Birthday, my hubby took me to a lovely steak place in Chiswick called Buenos Aires. The food was amazing and the portions were really good, we went for the lunch menu and it was Β£12.50 for 2 courses which is a bargain! πŸ™‚

My steak had to be well done as I am pregnant at the moment! And, I was really impressed because the steak was still nice and juicy and tender! πŸ™‚ Dan ordered a steak salad and it was a massive portion! πŸ™‚

If you are in Chiswick and you like Argentinian steak, then this is the place to go!! πŸ™‚

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Starters!

Starters!

Steak Salad for Dan!

Steak Salad for Dan!

My lovely yummy steak!

My lovely yummy steak!

 

 

 

Dim Sum Date Night!

Shanghai Blues

Shanghai Blues

I saw a ‘Dim sum making class’ on Wowcher and I thought it was a really good deal because it was 50% off (normally cost Β£68) and you get to have a two course meal with a glass of wine for Β£34! Bargain! πŸ™‚ I decided that this was the perfect opportunity for me and my hubby to go on a date night! Although, he was slightly concerned that you had to make the ‘dim sum’ as he is not keen in baking or making desserts etc but was pleased to hear that you get to have dinner and wine!!! πŸ™‚

In case you are not familiar with the term ‘Dim Sum’, it means bite-size food served steamed or on small plates and you share this with your family or friends. We called this ‘Yum-Cha’ as normally, you would have Chinese tea with your food. In some ways, it is like ‘Tapas’ as you many different starters!!! πŸ™‚ The most popular day to go Yum-Cha is on a Sunday, in China Town, it is normally packed with Chinese families enjoying their family day! πŸ™‚

Class room

Class room

The Dim sum lesson took place at Shanghai Blues Restaurant in Holborn in a beautiful Grade II listed building. It was beautifully decorated inside looking traditional but still very modern. We were led into a room and it had different fillings on the table such as: prawns, scallops & mixed vegetables.

Chef demonstrating making the dim sum to the class

Chef demonstrating making the dim sum to the class

I was really unsure how they were going to teach us because there were so many people in the room ( 25 – 30 people)!!! The chef rolled out the skins for us and demonstrated the different types of dim sum and then we all had a go at it ourselves! The chef made it looks so simple, we were all struggling with trying to remember how you fold it with your hands and what it is meant to look like.

Our beautiful dim sum! :)

Our beautiful dim sum! πŸ™‚

Dan was pretty good at the green triangle one!! πŸ™‚ The Har Kau was the hardest one, ours just looked like won tons or fat dumplings!! It was a lot of fun but I was slightly disappointed that we weren’t given a recipe card to take home as this is pretty specialised! After the class which lasted about 90 minutes, we got to eat our two course meal and this also included the dim sum that we made which tasted delicious!!! πŸ™‚ Dinner was lovely, my hubby enjoyed his 2 x glasses of wine!!! πŸ™‚ It was a wonderful evening and had fabulous time, something different!!! πŸ™‚

Dan made this one!! I was very impressed! :)

Dan made this one!! I was very impressed! πŸ™‚

This is meant to look like a scallop shape...

This is meant to look like a scallop shape…

This was meant to be the Har Kau (Shrimp Dumpling), it was difficult to shape!!!

This was meant to be the Har Kau (Shrimp Dumpling), it was difficult to shape!!!

A great day out in Hackney part 2!!!

The Famous Brick Lane!

The Famous Brick Lane!

After my refreshing bubble drink, we continued making our way to the famous ‘Brick Lane’!!! It was not how I expected as I have heard that this road is famous for its ‘Curry Houses’!! We only saw a few Indian restaurants on the main road but I think there are mainly located on the side roads which we didn’t venture to. There were lots of pubs, shops and of course street food stalls!!! πŸ™‚

As we were walking along the main road, we stumbled across a place like a Hawker Centre in Singapore where there are lots of food stalls of different cuisines, all at a cheap price!!! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you exactly where it is because I don’t remember seeing a sign outside for it!!! We decided to find our lunch at this venue, the place was buzzing with people and they had an outdoor area where you can eat and enjoy a beer! πŸ™‚

Heath and Dan brought their lunch from a venezuelan stall. It only cost Β£6 and you get alot of food! :)

Venezuelan stall

Dan and Heath tried the Venezuelien cuisine and their meal cost Β£6 each, a bargain as their plates were huge!!! I had a Thai chicken curry with rice (Β£4) and I also brought some dumplings to share. The food was delicious! πŸ™‚

 

 

Yummy Lunch!!! :)

Yummy Lunch!!! πŸ™‚

 

Lovely cakes and desserts! We brought a fruit tart from here, very yummy!

Lovely cakes and desserts!

We were stuffed but I couldn’t resist buying a summer fruit tart from this lovely cute stall – Morena decorated with lots of sweet cakes and desserts!! πŸ™‚

After our lunch, we continued walking and came across a little market place, it really reminds me of the Camden markets. I ended up buying a 3 x tops and Dan kindly brought me a lovely bag!!! πŸ™‚ Before leaving Brick Lane, we went into Monty’s Bar for a quick drink and to catch up on our day so far. I will be visiting Brick Lane again as there is so much to see and do!!! πŸ™‚

We walked back towards Hoxton Square to find a place for another drink but it was very busy. Then, Heath recommend we go to The Red Lion Pub which is just off the square, inside it was decorated with old fashion arm chairs & wooden benches. They also have a roof garden which is nice to sit on a sunny day!!! πŸ™‚

Summer Rolls with prawns and veg!

Summer Rolls with prawns and veg!

It was approaching evening time now, so we decided we might as well grab dinner on Kingsland Road where it is famous for its Vietnamese restaurants. As you walk along the road, you can see that all the restaurants were packed with people, we finally found our place for dinner in at the Cu Tu restaurant. The place was buzzing with friends catching up and it had a great atmosphere!!! I find that Vietnamese food are always very fresh and they like to have different textures to their dishes and serving with fresh herbs. The food was very yummy, I really enjoyed our dinner, the noodles were so silky and tasty!!! πŸ™‚

Satay Chicken!

Satay Chicken!

Our Vietnamese dinner at Cu Tu, Hoxton. Delicious! :)

Our lovely yummy dinner!!! πŸ™‚

I had such a wonderful day in Hackney with all the food experiences, markets and shopping!!! I just wanted to say thanks to Heath for being such a great tour guide for showing us around!!! πŸ™‚ I will definitely be visiting again! πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

 

Birthday weekend away!

It has been awhile since I last blogged as I have been busy with family birthdays! In a space of a week, there are 4 birthdays, my brother-in-law is first on the 19th, then my hubby on the 21st, my nephew on the 22nd and lastly my niece on the 26th April! So, it is very an expensive month and lots of food & cakes being eaten!!! πŸ™‚

For my hubby’s birthday, we spent the weekend away in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and what a lovely beautiful market town and I would highly recommend this place if you haven’t visited before. I really liked it there as it had the old town of cobbled streets and then it has a new modern area full of shops!! It is also well-known for the Greene King brewery which my hubby conveniently booked us a tour on his actual birthday!!! He will be posting an entry on this separately as I am not much of a drinker and more of speciality for him than me!!

Benson Blakes

Benson Blakes

Our very first meal was at the Benson Blakes Bar & Grill, where we ate some yummy burgers & wedges for lunch at an affordable price!! It was delicious! πŸ™‚

 

 

Basil Aioli Burger

Basil Aioli Burger

Buddha Burger of the Month

Buddha Burger of the Month

We couldn’t resist a Sunday’s pub lunch at The Dog & Partridge …..

Sunday Roast - Pork

Sunday Roast – Pork

Sunday Roast - Beef

Sunday Roast – Beef

We must've been very hungry! lol! :)

We must’ve been very hungry! lol! πŸ™‚

In a small market town, you would always find little cake shops and bakeries, we also paid them a visit aswell and purchase a few sweet things!! πŸ™‚

Victoria Sponge & coffee from The Coffee House

Victoria Sponge & coffee from The Coffee House

We took away a peanut butter brownie & a slice of bakewell tart from Gastrono-me!

We took away a peanut butter brownie & a slice of Bakewell tart from Gastrono-me!

We had a fab time of enjoying the sights, shops and eating good food!!! πŸ™‚

Easter Seafood Fest!!!

For the Easter weekend, we took a little trip to Southend-on-sea and it was quite a seafood fest with a lot of indulging…. πŸ™‚

This is how it all began….

SATURDAY:

Fishermans Wharf

Lunch at Fishermans Wharf

Haddock Chowder soup

Haddock Chowder Soup

Bouillabaisse Seafood Soup

Bouillabaisse Seafood Soup

Mussels & chips, seafood platter!

Mussels & chips, seafood platter!

Dinner at Westcliff Hotel

Dinner at Westcliff Hotel

Pork Belly with mash

Pork Belly with mash and veg

Steak Fajitas

Steak Fajitas

A Prymid of Profileroles! Yum!

Got to have a dessert!!Β  A Pyramid of Profileroles! Yum!

SUNDAY:

Full English Breakfast!

Full English Breakfast at the Pavillion Hotel!

Osbourne Bros

Osbourne Bros – Leigh on sea

Half a pound of cockles for Β£2 - bargain!

Half a pound of cockles for Β£2 – bargain!

Anchovies with olives, cockles, whelk

Anchovies with olives, cockles, whelk

And, I brought a bag of mixed seafood to take home as they were so cheap!!! πŸ™‚

For tonight’s dinner, I had a go at making salmon en croute spinach using the Jus-RolΒ  recipe on the packaging! Feeling absolutely stuffed from this weekend….. πŸ™‚

Got to make a a few trips to the gym next week!! πŸ™‚

Salmon en croute

Salmon en croute for dinner