Although I love writing, I’m finding less and less time to do it these days, and I often find that I have neither the time nor the inclination to write up a long post about one place, unless it’s truly special! There have been so many times that I’ve come across a lovely cafe or coffee shop that I simply don’t have enough content to write a whole blog post on, or I might even have just eaten one incredible thing that I felt I had to share.. so I’m going to try and make the effort to write up posts with little snippets of smaller things I wanted to share 🙂 So onto some of July’s highlights..
I love doing nice things for people and surprising people. I don’t do it to get anything in return – it genuinely makes me so happy to put a smile on someone’s face, and much as I joke that I have zero will power when it comes to treats, if I’ve bought a cake, chocolate or any other delicious gift for someone I will never, ever eat it – in fact, if I got (for example) a delicious cake that I know my mum would love, it’d make me happier to save it for her than to eat it myself!
Hayman’s of London date all the way back to 1863, with five generations of their family acting as custodians of the True English Gin style – providing an unbroken lineage dating back to the original gin boom. Over the 150 years to the present day, they have remained true to their roots, still using family techniques and processes handed down through the generations.
Us city workers are absolutely coffee obsessed, and with 30,000 people commuting to the square mile every single day, it’s possibly also the area of London most densely populated with coffee shops too. Yet despite the insane levels of coffee consumption, I’m shocked at the number of people who seem to go for Pret, Eat or worse.. Starbucks 😦 At least those with Pret coffees can argue its convenience (I do like their food and can see the impracticality of queuing twice) but I think I’d sooner drink coffee from our machine at work than Starbucks – it tastes so bad I simply cannot even begin to comprehend its apparent popularity. I suppose we can only hope that one day our coffee culture will even begin to start catching up with the likes of Australia..
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be offered free tickets to Taste of London. Having been away for last Summer’s festival, I’d never actually been but I’d heard wonderful things and I couldn’t wait to go!
It feels like everyone the food-loving world is talking about the newly unveiled ruby cocoa bean (and if you haven’t heard of it, where have you been hiding!?). But if there’s one place to try it, it surely has to be at the chocolate heaven that is Artisan du Chocolat. Famed for their beautiful chocolates, innovative flavours and stunning packaging, rather than going crazy with marketing and advertising, they let the quality of their products do the talking. Last Friday I was lucky enough to go down and try their two newest launches – chocolate ice cream and their ruby chocolate bars. I was welcomed by Camila, the store manager – an absolutely lovely Brazilian woman who was almost as excited as me about the launch!