A taste of Scandinavia: Brunch at SMAKA

I have been following SMAKA on instagram for quite a while and I have experienced quite some support from them on my sociaI media as well, which I appreciate very much. I am still quite fresh in the (food)blogger scene – I only started in May ’16 – and I wish I had a better camera and all the money in the world to visit every single restaurant,- cafe,- and bar in London, but I will have to do it with my normal wage and my iphone for now. Maybe in the future I will have the privilege for at least a proper camera! It all takes time, and in the meantime; I will have to work a bit harder for recognition – and what is wrong with that? –.

Anywho …

Smaka promises food that is made from

Lunch at Ottolenghi

Photo credit:Litte Lady Eats

I am always craving for new flavours and new places, and the good thing about London is, is that it is a massive city with a restaurant,-pub or -cafe on every corner. Then it does make me think about how all these food places can survive with so much competition? I have been talking about this topic with people and the most, almost logical, answer to it is the amount of people that live in London.
According to the Office of National Statistics the population in London was a whopping 

The best Sunday Roast? Brunch at Park Kitchen

After some  cry-worthy rainy -and cloudy days in London, the sun finally decided to come back to us for some last summer sunshine.
A. and I got up early to head to North West London for brunch at Park Kitchen and exploring Ikea afterwards. It would be quite a journey  for us- about an hour or so – and the tube lines around us were closed due to maintenance, but even having those minor issues the trip was almost smoothly: Just before Willesden Junction the train

Mussels, mussles, mussles: Belgo’s Holborn

Do you love mussels? We do!

A. told  me about Belgo before when he visited their location in Holborn with friends. And of course wanted to take me here as well.
So that day came to have a dinner date with a pint of Belgian beer and a big bowl of mussels – Romantic eh? -.

Belgo Bar & Restaurant have various locations in London: Centraal, Soho, Noord, Holborn, Bromley and Nottingham,- Holborn is the closest location for us as we can feel a bit lazy sometimes to travel longer than half an hour from home – We already sigh when

My love for Matcha: Soft Serve Society London

Hi there! Long time no speak, I can apologise again but I have been doing that quite often lately. I am just glad that you are still here waiting for me to write another story that makes your tummy grumbling.

I promised to blog consistently every Thursday and Sunday, but I haven’t kept this promise – please, forgive meeee –. I think it may be wise for me to schedule some posts in advance more and the only thing I have to do then is upload it.
The thing with that is, is that I am a person that changes her mind a lot: I can change my clothing three to five times a day; the same goes for my hair, and asking the man for some advise on what to do with my hair or what I should wear

Amazed at Noodle street

It was a Tuesday evening and we planned to go on a ‘quadruple cinema date’ with the group, have dinner near the cinema and watch Suicide Squad after. Some of the group have been to Noodle Street before and recommended it to us, so we gave it a try.

For us it was not a long walk, Noodle Street is located in Westferry (DLR) near Canary Warf as well. As one of the group said when we walked in the street seeing their sign: ,,Makes me think of Sesame Street,” – It was more about their small sign you see in the photo above -, well at least it is recognisable!
A couple of our friends were already sitting down, and as I have not seen them for a while they greeted

Wine and cheese, yes please! Gordon’s Winebar

Do you love wine? Do you love cheese?
Well, Gordon’s Wine bar is my favourite place to go to when I fancy an evening like that!

It has become a ‘tradition’ of my friends and I to go to Gordon’s Wine bar whenever I came to London for a visit, but now I am officially a London citizen now, it is just a favourite spot to visit now and then.
As much as I love to go here, I want to keep my visits a bit low as I associate Gordon’s Wine bar with ‘special occassion’ – and I think my purse agrees as well – not that it is expensive, not at all! – For the quality of wine and nibbles you can get there the prices are pretty fair! But I know myself and I know my friends; whenever we are together for a drink and a nibble; it will not be a cheap night. – You know where I will be when I am rich – 

Gordon’s Wine bar is established in 1890 and one of the oldest – if not the oldest – wine bar in London or maybe even one of the oldest in the world, Luis Gordon discovered the bar and took it over in 1975. The current Gordon Family that own the bar are not related to the original Angus Gordon, a lucky coincidence as they could maintain the Gordon name. The winebar is owned by Wendy Gordon, the wife of the much loved Luis Gordon and now overseen by Luis’ eldest son Simon.

The bar is loved by many; young and old, you will find almost any type of people here – as long as they love wine – Most of the bar staff have been there for years, which is also something that adds up to its atmosphere seeing regular faces, like you are visiting a family home.
You can find and read more about its history here and an awesome timeline here! Very interesting 

I will warn you though: go early and have patience!, the wine bar is very popular and always fully packed. With a bit of patience and eyes of a hawk; you will eventually get a spot.

I have been inside once, but normally get a spot on their terrace which has heaters too when it gets a bit chilly at night, but you should have a look inside if you can! It is like you are going back in time, stepping into a wine cellar, always fully packed and a queue for the bar to get the wine, a good atmosphere and everyone is in a good mood.
When you step in, you see the food section on your right with amazing cheeses, meats and salads. We normally go for the same cheeses: Smoked Conté, Stilton and a soft mild cheese, you get big chunks of baguettes on a wooden board and we always get an extra small plate where we add onion chutney, cranberry chutney and some gherkins. On the photo above you can see that we got some paté, serrano and scotch egg as well. – Ugh I am getting hungry again when looking at it –

For wines, they have an amazing collection – normally we go for red wine, but as I brought my parents here recently and my dad is not that fond of red wine, we got white wine instead. – I highly recommend the red wine ‘Fat Bastard’ yes, a very interesting name, but this wine is our absolute favourite! We really should try some other red wines too as there are so many more amazing wines waiting to be tasted.

I don’t think I need to tell you much more about Gordon’s Wine barjust GO! I know you will love it and maybe we will meet each other there one day …


Location: 
47 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NE
Closest station: Embankment

Opening times: 
Monday till Saturday from 11 am to 11pm
Sunday 12am to 10pm

Book a table? 
No, first come, first serve! They do take reservations for at least 8 people, you can find more information here


See you soon! Toodle pip!