Between the Sheets at Balcone

I think most people, whether in a relationship or single can agree, that Valentines day sucks. The pressure, stiff awkward dinners. The cheesy roses and chocolate (actually I’ll take the chocolate), the time my ex spent the evening being generally, a bit of a dick, and then offered an almost romantic musical dedication to his…

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop – New York

I was just recently in New York, and there was one thing while there I intended to take particularly seriously; the hunt for the perfect Reuben sandwich. Now, i’m already sold on the American’s ability to make a great sandwich, last time I was there I made the almost religious pilgrimage to Katz’s Deli and…

Angara Grill – Walthamstow

Angara grill is a Turkish grill/ fast food joint in Walthamstow. The interiors are nothing to write about as one would expect. The usual fast food look, with plastic chairs and tables and a curved glass counter showing off the food on offer. The food is pretty delicious. The hummous pretty to look at and…

Bakers & Roasters – Amsterdam

Lovely relaxed and modern New Zealand cafe. Simplistic clean decor with a splash of colour. We were promptly seated and our coffee order arrived quickly as if they had ESP’d our need of it. The coffee is good, I happily drink it down, all the while watching askance as my friend slurps down a vanilla…

La Zoccola del Pacioccone – Amsterdam

La Zoccola del Pacioccone or The red wine district is not too much bigger than a hole in the wall. A traditional Italian style pizzeria with plastic tables and chairs, a hand written menu, nick nacks on the walls. It looks like it hasn’t changed since the 80’s, which I suppose is part of it’s…

Omelegg – Amsterdam

First morning in Amsterdam and I really fancy an omelette from Omelegg. It has great reviews, looks cosy and is a very convenient five minute walk from my hotel. I message my friend and tell him the plan ‘Good recon!’ He replies, ‘I’ll see you there’. Half an hour later I am standing in a…

Tonkotsu

Saturday I wake up craving Ramen; It’s freezing outside, I’m hung over, and hungry, it had been too long since my previous bowl. I’m fairly impulsive where food applies, an hour later I had dragged my housemate out of the house, through the drizzle and bitter wind and was happily seated at a table in…

Maitre Choux – South Kensington

Sunday I decide to pay a visit to Maitre Choux. The branch in South Kensington is a small space with very limited seating and hardly any character save for a few interesting hanging lights and the eclairs themselves lined up to attention like colourful soldiers. That’s fine, for a first visit, the eclairs really are…

e5 Bakehouse – London Fields

The e5 Bakehouse is in a cavernous space under the railway arches of London Fields.  One arch, where the counter and a smattering of communal tables are, leads to another, and then another, through a series of larger arches all the way to the back of the bakery. At the counter I am torn on…

An Ode to Gaby’s Deli

I was in Leicester Square a few nights ago on my way to watch ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’ and walking past the Gaby’s Deli, I learnt to my horror that they had closed down just a few weeks prior. When I first moved to London, knowing barely anyone and practically friendless, going to Gaby’s made…