La Cocotte is a chicken rotisserie restaurant based in the beautiful area that is Notting Hill. With a focus around grilled chicken and sides, you’d be forgiven for expecting a bit of a glorified Nandos, but as soon as you step inside the restaurant you’ll forget that thought even crossed your mind – the focus on chicken is quite literally where the similarity ends. Good quality, warming comfort food, a beautiful interior and a bar serving up incredible cocktails – it couldn’t be further away from the global fast-food chain.
To celebrate London Cocktail Week (2nd– 8th October 2017) Discover Kale offered to send me a cocktail making kit. I love kale (controversial perhaps but I genuinely do love it!) and I love cocktails (they’re one of few alcoholic drinks I ever have!) but I wasn’t sure I could see any connection between the two! Nevertheless I agreed – I’ve never tried to make my own cocktails before and was excited to try! – and was sent a champagne saucer (I had no idea what it was before I read the blogger’s brief!), a metal cocktail shaker and a bottle of Pin Gin – Lincolshire’s premier gin created by Bottomley Distillers.
Social media is incredible isn’t it? It has the power to influence millions of people, spread messages instantly across the globe and to connect communities of likeminded individuals. Yet there are so many negatives. I’ll put my hand up and say I’ve used it many a time to compare my worst parts to everyone else’s highlights. I’m regularly open about the fact that despite feeling like I have a great balance there are times when I’ll feel sick and bloated from overeating and I’ll see someone floating around in a beautiful bikini on a stunning beach with a green juice surrounded by a flock of unicorns having done a 10k run and yes, depending on my mood it may make me feel like crap!
.. and let’s be honest, the only way I’m ever going to be “watching what I eat”!
(Can we take a minute to appreciate how great that tag line is!?)
As a congratulatory gesture for winning a medal at the Olympics, Fortnum & Mason were generous enough to offer Marcus a complimentary dining experience – afternoon tea for four, or dinner for four.* We often go for afternoon tea, and it’s no secret that I love it, but we hardly ever go for dinner at fine dining restaurants and we thought it would be a lovely way to catch up with my parents, who we rarely see. My parents don’t have a sweet tooth either so I thought dinner would suit them far more, and sure enough when we told them they were delighted 🙂
Refined dishes and American-style comfort food are not phrases you’d usually ever see together. The latter usually means mountains of oily, stodgy food with very little thought going into style or presentation. Not at Dirty Bones. Somehow they manage both. Good, warming comfort food presented immaculately with all of the flavour and comfort you’re looking for but without the need to sleep it off in a grease induced food coma for the rest of the day!