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Arthur Hooper’s Restaurant & Wine Bar London

May 17, 2017

“Arthur Hooper’s is a stylish restaurant in a vibrant London Bridge neighbourhood, overlooking Borough Market. We infused the spirit of the area’s tradition that allows visitors to easily sample fresh food from local suppliers and wine from all over the world.”

Last month I attended the launch day for Arthur Hooper’s Restaurant to try out some of their dishes. The restaurant offers a selection of seasonally inspired small plates, meats and cheeses, perfectly paired with a diverse wine list. Arthur Hooper was an enigmatic fruit and vegetable salesman who once occupied the building. The recently derelict building’s historical ties to the local community and food have now been restored. Food is sourced from local suppliers such as Neal’s Yard and Cannon & Cannon.

Check out the menu here

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarThe rough jewel box interior and Victorian structures has been exclusively handcrafted and designed by Buster + Punch and some of the lighting is from Delta Light. Designed as a contemporary homage to Victorian steel structures and cobbled pavements.  The interior has been crafted with steel caged light fittings, hexagonal concrete flooring and tailored rare-wood cabinetry.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarI went for the Rioja Rosado Rose wine which was fruity and sweet and went well with the savoury food. Sam had the house red wine which was strong and rich.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarI went for the Lamb and Bulgur Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and Yogurt. The tomato sauce was rich which complimented the creamy yogurt. The sauce went well with the focaccia bread.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine BarSam ordered the Red Wine and Porcini Braised Sausages with Sage Breadcrumbs. This dish was very tasty but not as good as the meatballs.

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine Bar

Arthur Hoopers Restaurant & Wine Bar

Arthur Hoopers overlooks London Borough market and is a 2 minute walk from London Bridge tube station.

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Mr Lee’s Noodles Review – Gluten Free Lunch On The Go

March 24, 2017

Mr Lee’s Noodles Review

Mr Lee’s is a gluten free instant noodle brand that are low in calories, salt and sugar. Most instant noodles are dehydrated but these ones are freeze dried. This makes a huge difference to the taste and nutrition. These noodles are great for taking with you to work for a super quick lunch. I’m trying to eat healthier but don’t always have time to prepare lunch for work so these are great to grab in the morning and take with me.

Mr Lee's noodles

Mr Lee's noodlesHealthy

  • Low in salt & sugar
  • Gluten Free
  • Low in saturated fats
  • All under 250 calories
Mr Lee's noodles

Tip – Give the noodles a good stir as most of the seasoning is at the bottom & if you want a bit of extra flavour add some soy sauce

Mr Lee's noodles

Flavours

Hong Kong Street Beef – Filled with tender beef, ginger and broccoli. This one is very flavoursome and it’s not too spicy. I was surprised at the quality of beef normally with cup noodles the quality’s not great. This is definitely my favourite one! – 236 calories

The Tai Chi Chicken – Chicken, green beans and corn with no added spice. I liked this one and would have it again. – 235 calories

Shalin Monk Vegetables – Brocolli, cauliflower, red peppers and green beans. This flavour is good for vegetarians but I didn’t think it was as tasty as the other varieties. You can add a bit of soy sauce to this one for a bit more flavour. – 226 calories

Warrior Fighting Shrimp – Shrimp, paprika, chilli and seaweed. I’m not a massive seafood fan so I took the shrimp out haha. It was also too spicy for me so I wouldn’t have this one again. – 219 calories

Dragon Fire Mushroom – Blazing hot noodles with mushrooms paprika and chili. I can’t deal with very spicy things so this one was too hot for me. Although I did enjoy the mushrooms. – 215 calories

Penang Chicken Curry Laska – Chicken, coconut cream, chili and ginger. This one is full of flavour and not too spicy. This flavour is my second favourite I’ll be having this one again. – 237 calories

Have you tried any of Mr Lee’s Noodles? Check out their products here.

*Disclaimer – I was kindly sent these noodles to review*

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Baci Chocolates by Perugina “Say I love You The Italian Way”

March 19, 2017

Baci Chocolates

Baci Perugina Chocolates

I am a huge chocolate fan so enjoyed trying these Italian chocolates. Baci is a dark chocolate filled with whole and chopped hazelnuts. In Italian Baci means kisses and a kiss if the heart of every love story. Making Baci the perfect gift for saying “I love you the Italian way”

Story

Baci Perugina was created in 1922 in Perugia, a medieval city in the heart of Italy. It all began when a young chocolate maker created a special bonbon for his loved one. It was as exquisite and sweet as a kiss, a bacio, in Italian. This romantic Italian story is the origin of Baci Perugina, icon of quality and symbol of excellence and passion.

Baci Perugina Chocolates

Packaging

I adore the packaging with the dark blue sky filled with stars. Each chocolate is wrapped in silver foil with dark blue stars. Inside each chocolate there is a cute love note which is such a great addition. Here are some of the notes I got:

“Love me for the sake of loving always and forever.”

“Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be.”

Baci Perugina Chocolates

Taste

Coated in a dark velvety rich chocolate. Each chocolate contains a whole hazelnut at the top. Filled with luxurious milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts.

They remind me a bit of Ferrero Rocher except the inside is thicker and less creamy. They also come in milk and white chocolate. I really want to try the white chocolates next.

Baci Perugina Chocolates

Find out more here

*Disclaimer I was kindly sent these chocolates to review*

Food Italy

Italian Food Adventure & Competition

January 23, 2017

I was super excited to take part in the #ItalianFoodAdventure campaign with Inntravel. Inntravel have just launched a new holiday to Italy which covers walking, cycling and journeys in slow motion. One of the new holidays is called The Italian food adventure which is a self guided tour through the Emilia Romagna region. Visiting the beautiful cities of Parma, Modena and Bologna with an optional finale in Venice. This region is the birth place to some foodie faves such as Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, & balsamic vinegar. For the new launch I received an Italian food hamper so I could have my very own Italian Food adventure at home. You guys also have the opportunity to win a hamper too and embark on your own Italian Food Adventure!

The hamper consists of regionally sourced produce from Emilia Romagna. Including Balsamic vinegar,  Piadina Romagnola, Prosciutto Riserva (Parma ham), Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan Cheese), Tortelloni Ricotta & Spinach, Marrons Glaces, Mutti Tomato Puree and a Cocoa Cake Mix and Lambrusco Rosso.

I absolutely loved being able to have a taste of Italy at home. Italian food is my favourite you can’t go wrong with pasta or pizza.

Everything was super easy to make I just had to cook the tortellini for a few minutes in boiling water. I then sprinkled this with olive oil and black pepper. For the pizzas I added the tomato puree on the tortillas added grated parmesan cheese and parma ham. I also made a side salad with cucumber, peppers and red onion. I added the balsamic vinegar to the salad which really enhanced the flavour!

The cake was really simple to make I added the mixture to 3 eggs, butter and some milk, whisked this together into a batter then placed in a greased baking dish. Once cooked I sprinkled with icing sugar. You could add all sorts of toppings such as cherries or a chocolate sauce. The cake and Marrons glaces where the perfect sweet treat after the main course. The Marrons glaces are chesnuts candied in sugar syrup coated with a thin layer of chocolate. All the dishes were very tasty and I would make them again.

Creating these dishes reminded me how lovely Italy and made me want to book another trip there. The holiday with Inntravel appeals to me as I love the idea of slow travel. In the past I have tended to skip from one place to another trying to go to as many places as possible. I really like the idea of taking my time in an area and exploring. Going on a food adventure and trying loads of local cuisine. I love trying out foods in each country I visit and trying to recreate them when I go home. Make sure you enter the competition below so you have a chance to create your own Italian feast!

Here is a link to the holiday with Inntravel

https://www.inntravel.co.uk/holidays/Journeys/Italy/Emilia-Romagna/Italian-Food-Adventure

Enter the competition to win an Italian food hamper including:

  • Piadina Romagnola
  • Prosciutto Riserva
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Tortelloni Ricotta & Spinach
  • Marrons glaces
  • Mutti Tomato Puree
  • Balsamic Vinegar from Modena
  • Cocoa Cake Mix
  • Lambrusco Rosso

Competition is open to UK residents aged 18+

All you need to do is enter your name and email and complete one of the options. One option is to visit the Inntravel Facebook page then come back to this page and click visited and your done. If you complete more entries you have a higher chance of winning!

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Have you been to the Emilia Romagna region or do you want to go there?

*This post is in collaboration with Inntravel*

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Food UK

Afternoon tea at Barnett Hill Surrey

January 11, 2017

For Christmas I bought my mum afternoon tea for two at the Barnett Hill Hotel. It is set in a beautiful hilltop location located 3 miles from Guildford town centre and 30 minutes from London.

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When we arrived we were taken to the library room filled with cosy sofas and overlooking the beautiful gardens. We had the option of tea and coffee, I went for tea and my Mum had the coffee. We each got a pot each with milk and sugar cubes and were offered refills.

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The afternoon tea consisted of a selection of sandwiches such as egg, cucumber and cheese and smoked salmon. The fruit scones were very tasty and served with clotted cream and jam. The cake selection included mini chocolate cake, eclairs and cheesecake.

barnett-hill-surrey-afternoon-tea-7We were so full from the sandwiches and scones that we took most of the cakes home in a takeaway box. We then decided to go on a short walk around the beautiful gardens.

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I had a lovely day out and would definitely recommend having afternoon tea here.

Traditional afternoon tea starts from £22.50 per person

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Food Norway Travel Weekend Away

Oslo, Norway Travel Guide

December 8, 2016

Oslo is full of colourful old and new architecture and quirky sculptures. The main thing I loved about Oslo is how everything is Koselig (cosy). Local bars and restaurants supply outdoor heaters and wool blankets you put over your lap whilst enjoying a drink. Inside is filled with candles or warm fires and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm up chilly feet. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world Oslo is not cheap so I’ve included some free things to do.

What to do

Royal Palace

It’s free to walk around the gardens and you can purchase a tour around the Palace but it is only open from end of June to Mid August. The changing of the guards take place every day at 1.30. The Palace looked so pretty in the snow I felt like I was in Narnia!

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Go Shopping
Scandinavia is famous for its elegant and minimalist clothing and home ware. Walk along Karl Johans gate for some great shops.

Akershus Fortress

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Museums

If visiting on a Sunday some museums are free so check online before visiting.

Nobel Peace Centre

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National Gallery

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Edward Munch’s most famous piece – The Scream

Free

Go inside the City Hall

From the outside it doesn’t look that impressive but inside is full of beautiful art about Norwegian culture and history.

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Visit the Opera House

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The Vigeland Park (Sculpture Park)

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Trying out the sculpture poses obviously nailed it haha

Walk along the waterfront

Wander along the waterfront admiring the views and then get cosy in one of the bars.

Accommodation

Oslo Central Hostel

  • Free breakfast – this is the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had. They have a wide variety of fruits, yoghurt, egg, bacon and the best herby mushrooms.
  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Good location close to the fortress and shopping streets
  • Atmosphere more of a hotel rather than a hostel

Where to Eat & Drink

Mathallen Market

This food market is outside the centre there are bus’s or trams that you can get here. We walked and its around a 20-30 minute walk. The food here is expensive but then so is everywhere in Norway. It is also closed on a Monday.

Justisen Bar

This place is a lot of fun there’s an outdoor bar with heaters and upstairs lots of different rooms. The rooms look like they have been decorated by someone’s Grandma with loads of floral wallpaper and cosy lights.

Mona Lisa – Italian

Very fancy looking restaurant you can also eat outside on the balcony.

Homan Bistro & Bar

I had the best bangers and mash here!

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Information

  • If visiting in Autumn/Winter it will be freezing pack thermals, scarves and hats
  • Oslo is super expensive so budget accordingly. Dinner or lunch will cost £20-£30 for one course and that is in the cheaper restaurants. If you visit during summer you could go to a supermarket and buy some foods for a picnic. You should also pack some snacks with you. We ended up paying £5 for a packet of crisps and chocolate bars are about £3 so its worth bringing stuff in your suitcase.
  • I would recommend getting an Oslo pass they have 24hr, 48 and 72 hour passes which will provide you with free entry to museums the fortress and public transport. 24 hr is 335NOK 48 hr is 490NOK and 72 is 620NOK you can also get student discount. The museums are quite expensive to get into so it does make the pass worth it.

*Note: Special thanks to Visit Oslo for providing me with a 72hr Oslo Pass

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