Buddy’s with my buddies

I recently had a very relaxing weekend at home. Despite the horrendous weather it was great to be back in the country, breathing some fresh air and hiding away from the hustle and bustle of London. Amongst many other culinary delights I visited Buddy’s for a catch up breakfast with the two most important men in my life!

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Buddy’s Diner is an American style restaurant and bar on Jewry Street in Winchester. It is a fab little place that could probably do with a make over but the food is great and the atmosphere is buzzing. Their milkshakes are thick and creamy and perfect if you’re feeling a little fuzzy from the night before. Dad and Ollie slurped on a banana and a Oreo cookie milkshake while a settled for the largest hot chocolate known to man. Perfect for warming up from the torrential rain outside.

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Buddy’s have an extensive breakfast menu but the pancakes took favour! Dad had his with blueberries infused into the batter whilst Ollie and I settled for bacon and maple syrup! The portions were huge, and this was the smaller option! Their pancakes have stiff competition with the pancakes from The Diner but i’ll have to wait till Pancake Day to test those babies again!

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Full and happy we headed home with the promise to return for more monster pancakes and milkshakes! So grab your buddy and head to buddies! You can find their menu and book a table here.

Ultimate homemade burgers

As much as going out for a good burger fills me with joy it’s just terrible when you our expecting the best and then are horribly let down. I recently had a very good burger at the new American joint in town Jackson & Rye. Very good all American restaurant but sometimes Best of British wins! That is why my home made burgers are worth a try.

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For these burgers you will need (to make two large or 4 small) 500g of good quality beef mince (not lean), finely chopped red onion, italian herbs, paprika, cheese of your choice (I choose goats cheese), lambs lettuce, burger buns, sauces of choice (garlic mayo and ketchup usually works).

To make the burgers (you may get messy)… In a large bowl combine the minced meet, finely chopped onion, herbs, paprika and a little salt and pepper. Mix these well and turn the mixture into 2 large beef patties or 4 small ones. Poke your cheese into the middle of the meat so that it is completely covered. Now place in the fridge for as long as you can wait, 30 minutes should do (ideally you can do this the day before). The colder the meat the better it will stay stuck together when you cook it. You can fry, bbq, grill or oven bake your burgers. Place in the flying pan and leave them to cook on one side for about 3 minutes or until nicely coloured and then flip, cook for a further 5 minutes or until cooked through.

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Building your burger is totally up to you. I like to add a smothering of ketchup, a heap of lettuce, mushrooms, onion, blob of garlic mayo, the glorious meat of course and then just hope the lid fits on. Delicious and the perfect way to say good bye to the Jan detox!

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January detox salad

January is very boring! Everyone is dieting or contributing to dry January and just generally not being much fun. But diets don’t have to be all bad! This delicious salad is a great addition to meat or fish and adds the right carbs and lots of vegetables to your meal.

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You will need..

A large tin of sweetcorn, 300g brown rice, 50g raisins, 1 red pepper, 1 red onion, half a cucumber and a splash of balsamic vinegar. The recipe couldn’t be easier.. Chop up your vegetables, cook the rice, leave to cool, add some balsamic, and mix it all together.

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It’s so colourful!!

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There you have it, a healthy dish that you can keep in the fridge for a few days, ready to eat whenever you want it! Meaning you can spend more time in bed in the morning, knowing your lunch is already sorted! Happy January, don’t worry it’s nearly over!

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Fuerzabruta

One thing I love about London is that each place is totally different. Half an hour on the Northern line and I found myself in Camdem. Known for it’s whacky hair styles, outrageous dress sense and market atmosphere, it’s a fun and interesting place to wonder around on a Sunday afternoon. However my trip to Camdem had a purpose as myself and a friend had tickets for Fuerzabruta at Camden´s legendary Roundhouse.

A quick burger and a cheeky glass of fizz at The Diner which I last blogged about on Pancake Day but this time was purely for burger cravings and they were satisfied!

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On entering the Roundhouse we dropped our coats into the clock room (highly advised) and made our way to the main room. Having no idea what to expect, there was a sense of anticipation and butterflies. We were plunged into darkness and told a few house rules before the show started. I don’t want to give too much away in case you go and see it but there were some surprises and a lot of special effects.

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The highlight was probably when a pool of water with a see through bottom was lowered to just above our heads and you could watch the actors close up.

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The atmosphere was buzzing and everyone got involved in the end. The actors had so much energy, I don’t know how they kept it up for the whole hour.

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A must see if you are looking for something a little different to your average west end show.

Chocolate heaven at William Curely

The master chocolatiers at William Curely have come up with what can only be described as the best idea ever! A 5 course meal completely devoted to desserts. I know the blog has been laking in content recently but i’ve had a busy few months and am now back and thought this chocolatey post was the perfect starter!

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William Curley is an upmarket dessert and chocolate bar located in Richmond, Belgravia and Harrods. We visited the Belgravia store and were very happy to perch up on the dessert bar to hide from the cold.

The menu went something like this..

Chocolate Granita

Jasmine ice-cream with strawberry compote

Blackberry & honeycomb cranachan

Pinapple tarte tatin with vanilla icecream

Chocolate millefeuille with chocolate sorbet and cherries

Petit fours

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The favourite for me was the Chocolate millefeuille with chocolate sorbet and cherries, a great final dish for two very full ladies. We couldn’t manage the petit fours but they put them into bags for us to take home. The chocolate bar has great chocolate classes, perfect for beating those January blues – find out more here!

Shake Shack – Covent Garden

The hype over the American Shake Shack burger chain arriving to London has been massive. It was therefore only right to go and check it out!

Considering we went mid week there was still a pretty big queue. But the staff keep you busy by giving you menus and little tasters of Lemonade.

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The burger menu is quite expensive as well as some hot dogs. However the frozen custard seemed to take over the bulk of the menu, as well as the menu for dogs in the bottom right hand corner… odd! I chose the shack burger with bacon and cheesy fries. No pudding though, i’ll have to save room for that next time.

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The burger itself was good. The bun was light and fluffy probably because it is made with potato flour which is lighter. The bacon was crisp and lettuce was fresh and crunchy. I wasn’t blown away and do think there are better burger places in London but Shake Shack have impressive branding and a good reputation. However I was not impressed with the cheesy chips, the cheese was really odd tasting and fake! Better to order those minus the cheese.

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It is worth a visit if you’re in Covent Garden but only on a sunny day as most of the seating is outside. They also sell the best baby grows…

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“friends who shack together, stay together”

Sun in Salcombe

After a good nights sleep (probably helped by the amount of gin I drank and the cosy beds) I suddenly realised that it was my birthday!

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Birthday breakfast complete and it was time to put on some shorts and head to the sea. We were staying in South Sands which is a mile out of the town. The beach is massive and empty first thing in the morning. However during the day the tide comes in and it gets smaller and smaller until there’s hardly any beach left.

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We headed into town on a tractor which drives into the sea and joins onto a ferry which then heads into the harbour and docks up in the middle of town. A little more complicated then the tube but the perfect form of transport in my eyes.

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We threw on some life jackets and headed into the sea in a little boat of our own. Not before stopping at the amazing upper crust bakery for some pasties and flapjacks which are by far the best I have ever tasted.

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It got a little chilly!

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With full bellies and tans worked on we headed back to the shore line to indulge in a bit of shopping. Then back to South Sands for a quick change before heading to the South Sands Hotel for dinner. The Hotel is stunning and has a beautiful view over the bay. Sitting in the sunshine with a cocktail is the perfect way to finish a birthday.

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The food was excellent, fresh fish and steaks from local butchers and pretty spectacular puddings as well.

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A really great birthday weekend in my favourite place in the country.

I’d rather be in… Salcombe

Family holidays become a bit of a tradition when you’re younger so it’s nice to go back and re live them when you’re all grown up. I was therefore extremely excited to learn I was heading to Salcombe for my birthday weekend. Salcombe is hidden away on the coast of South West England in Devon. It’s a hub of sailors, boys in stripy shirts (ideal), families and friends. It’s a great place to escape to from the big city and was the perfect sunny get away.

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The town is lined with every seaside shop you can think of, as well as delis, sweet shops and of course ice cream! It’s like stepping back in time, no Tesco, no TopShop and certainly no chain restaurants.. PERFECT! You can walk through the town and come across all sorts of wonders. From elegant tea rooms to the famous pink and white striped sweet shop lined with treats and fudge.

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A key part of the town and one of the best places for Devon pasties is the Upper Crust bakery. It’s been there as long as I can remember and probably was established long before then. We used to rent the house behind it so lots of memories come flooding back when you smell the freshly baked breads and pasties.

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The only place for ice cream is the little shop on the corner. They do a great selection of flavours with my favourite being Salcombe Mud – as unappealing as it sounds it is actually cookies and cream. The great thing about being in Devon is that no one judges you when you have a stick of fudge in your ice cream instead of a flake!

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After getting all dolled up we headed into town for some dinner. The place of choice was Dick and Wills a family run restaurant in a great location over looking the beaches on the other side of the harbour. The food is great and the atmosphere is buzzing. Of course being by the sea means lots of fishy dishes so I had a delicious fish and chips with a very chunky tar tar sauce!

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More Salcombe adventures coming soon.

Sakura – Japanese in Winchester

The birthday celebrations started with a bang and a trip to Sakura – a fantastic Japanese restaurant in Winchester. They do a fusion of Japanese and Chinese food with some food theatre thrown in. After some Sushi and Tempura to start we were introduced to our chef for the night who provided some great entertainment as well as some delicious food.

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As there were 7 of us we order the whole menu… this comprised of chicken, duck, steak, white fish, salmon and prawns all cooked in front of you in a delicious mix of flavours.

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Great fun and a great way to start the celebrations with the whole family!

Picks of the week

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1 – Uber Ice Cream

Uber is the app that everyone is raving about and for TODAY only it’s serving ice cream. You can read all about this clever little invention and order you ice cream delivery to your door here.

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2 – Monster’s Inc University

Pixar have done it again with another excellent film. It was funny, scary, I think I cried… and overall a fantastic watch for all ages! You have to wonder how they can top this one. Watch the trailer here.

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3. David Beckham

Need I really say more… Probably not but Becks has been showing his pretty little face all over town in the new Sky sports advert. I’m probably the last person to admit that I’m excited about football season but if it means more Becks then I’m keen.

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4. The London heat wave

It’s expected to hit 35 degrees next week which is just crazy! What have you been doing to cool off? Luckily my office is like an igloo so i’ve been shivering all week! At least this horse got the right idea…

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5 – Burger delivery

New from Chosen Bun is a delivery service that will give you that burger fix you desire without the long queues. You can read all about it here. Can’t wait to test it out!

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