Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Becky: Its back to cousin Sherrill’s patio again this week for lunch, and man does she mean business when it comes to home cooking! There was a selection of charcuterie and cheese, dill potato salad, an heirloom tomato salad, and other baked goodies, but one of my favorite things she’s made so far are her mini minced meat pies. It totally hit the spot, and she made extras so I could take some home – but it didn’t last long at all in my house. Seems like weekly lunch at Sherrill’s is becoming a thing! Will keep you posted on what she will make next week!
Jules: I’m not the one to experiment with good stuff. My writing is about pub grub and such. And here I go again boring you with a basic suggestion: when I have a splitting headache or hangover I just want to get my frittata and eat it and the Blackbird Bakery is willing to help. They have six shops/cafés around my area and my favourite is the one in Peckham Queensroad in the train arches under the station. The staff is always so nice and cute, the menu is simple and always hits the spot. I payed £4.50 for my spinach frittata and another £2 for my Australian Gingerbeer. Pam had blueberry pancakes for £6.50. Hangover cured.
Vicky: I’ve been enjoying my summer holiday in Japan and have so many things to talk about! This week I’m craving sweet stuff and thinking of these awesome “ball donuts” down a random alleyway in downtown Naha, the main city in the Sunshine Prefecture, Okinawa (a.k.a Asia’s own Hawaii). They were super delicious (though Japan’s bog standard Mister Donuts are really fluffy so the hipsters really had to work hard). My favourites were the salt/butter and “milky balls” (right and bottom).
Grant: It was our monthly book club and also National Singapore Day, so I brought the book club to Tang for some food as they were having a special menu. Several of us had the chicken and rice which was served with some chicken broth and three different sauces. I dumped the broth completely in, but others were a bit more delicate about it. And I found it delicious. Unfortunately, of the three new people I brought, only one loved it as much as me, one was a bit indifferent and unfortunately fellow Buncher Linzi wasn’t a huge fan. What a way to prove we all have different tastebuds!
Grant: Wednesdays in the summer means one thing: The Westminster Abbey Brass Band Summer Concert Series. My husband’s band plays in one every year, then afterwards comes the beer! By dinner time, we’re ready for some dirty Mexican food so we often end up at El Camion in Soho for something delicious. They pretty much have the best nachos in London, and it’s always a treat to go and grab them!
Sanj: Who hasn’t tried out the freakshake phenomenon yet? Well I hadn’t until this week when a bunch of us were lured into Maxwell’s in Covent Garden to try one of these over-sized desserts with straws. I’ve always walked past this place and assumed it was quite overpriced and touristy (which it basically is) and found the shakes a bit of a let-down. Actually the shake part was tasty, it was just covered in a lot of wasteful whipped cream and topped with a dry doughnut and marshmallows. It wasn’t as disappointing as Linzi’s freakshake experience sounded but I’m still on the hunt for one with tastier toppings!
Becky: Mel and I took a spontaneous day trip and drove down south of the border to explore Bellingham – more specifically, to check out a place that called Tweets that we’ve been hearing rave reviews about. As I was getting out of the car, I was distracted by Mariposa, a taqueria stand right beside Tweets. There’s nothing wrong with a taco appetizer, right? We popped by and snagged one of their specials, a braised pork with grilled pineapple, and I added a slight drizzle of their house-made habanero hot sauce. Man, this taco was pretty loaded, I couldn’t even pick it up. I gotta say that this is one of the best tacos I’ve ever had!
Reviews from the week…
Have you heard London’s got a new specialist udon restaurant? Yep our very own Yee Gan got the low-down on Ichiryu. Linzi recommends trying Ceviche for a more exciting way to eat healthy, and Jules combined art and cake in Peckham. Meanwhile over in Vancouver, Grant enjoyed an izakaya stop at Kitanoya Guu and Becky tells you where to get the best banh mi in town!
Have you got any foodie highlights (or lowlights!) to share from the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…