The Laughing Gravy | Dining in London

One night in London, we decided to scout a spot to grab a bite to eat before seeing an off-broadway show (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead - which you must see!) We turned on our Google Maps app, typed in "restaurants near me" and voilà! The Laughing Gravy was where we found ourselves, quickly serving us with a cocktail and an impressive menu for a restaurant and bar. The food was outstanding - flavours were all there, the variety offered on the menu was plenty and cocktails were on par - talk about a hidden gem in London! Michael Facey, chef of The Laughing Gravy, presents each dish with finesse and full of flavour. The lamb braised dumplings were thin skinned (which is like a HUGE plus because who likes thick skinned dumplings, really?) and very juicy. The entrée duck and lamb were fabulous, cooked to perfection and each jus were a great touch to both dishes. To top it off, talk about a huge surprise with dessert!! Pineapple upside down cake with a coconut parfait on a coconut sponge with pineapple custard and vanilla ice cream - HEAVEN! The flavour of the coconut with the textures of the slices of pineapples, parfait and sponge... it was just a wow dessert. 

To the Laughing Gravy, thank you so much for graciously hosting us. We will definitely be back!

Food: Cocktail of the day was a Champagne special, Braisde lamb with wild garlic infused dumplings, kidney bean purée and lamb broth, Duck breast, Lamb and croquette, Pineapple upside down cake, coconut sponge, coconut parfait and pineapple custard with vanilla ice cream
Made by: The Laughing Gravy
Location: 154 Blackfriars Road, London

Jamie's Italian | Dining in Covent Garden, London

If you're looking for a spot to grab an enjoyable and casual bite to eat, Jamie's Italian never fails in London. Their Carbonara pasta is our go-to as well as their cocktail selection. The cocktails are always on par and the specials are changing with the seasons. The fries never disappoint, the pork crackling is airy and crunchy, and on top of that their calamari is superb. 

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Food: Calamari, Pork Crackling, Cobbler Cocktail Special, Spaghetti Carbonara, Fries, Gin & Elderflower Cordial Cocktail Special, Panna Cotta with berries and crumble.
Made by: Jamie's Italian
Location: Covent Garden, 11 Upper St Martin's Lane, London

Ladurée Harrods | Dining in London, England

If you ever have the chance to dine at Ladurée (anywhere) for breakfast, be sure to do so. But by far, the top spot isn’t in Paris from my experience. In London’s infamous department store, Harrods houses La Durée and has been for quite some time. Established in 1862, this tearoom is beautifully lit and filled with macaroons, pastries and wonderful brunch and lunch menus. As you can see, this one morning for breakfast, I had a very delectable eggs benedicte. The hollandaise sauce was gently poured over my two perfectly poached eggs, and the coffee, c’est parfait!

Be sure to treat yourself to a macaroon. They are each made to perfection (and flown in from Paris daily every morning…)

Food: Eggs Benedicte, Café
Made by: Ladurée Harrods, London
Location: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knighstbridge London

One of a kind at the ECC | London, England

Hidden in London’s Chinatown, there lies a secret cocktail club… the ECC is one of many cool places to be sure to visit when you’re there. I’m sure there are many other cocktail bars that are just as fabulous as this one, but here are a few things you need to know:

The Experimental Cocktail Club is necessary to make reservations for on the busier days of the week; they are open from 6pm – 3am. Bookings are only by email and they have a certain time of day their reservation desk is open. There is a cover charge after 11pm, but I highly suggest going for a pre dinner drink in order to enjoy the atmosphere in this institution in a more comfortable manner. It is a one of a kind spot for that inventive cocktail you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what you’re interested in, ask your server. Or better yet if you get to be at the bar you can have in depth conversations about your favourite bitters and flavours from the bar tenders themselves. Perhaps they'll put a twist on your cocktail. 

Lastly, it’s not a knock on the door some days. When they are really busy and maybe full, the Maître D will be standing outside on the street – which you’ll be told to find through your reso that you’ve made.

But seriously though, for you cocktail lovers out there this is a bar you cannot miss. Every month, their menu changes and it’s always a pleasant surprise. 

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Cocktails made by The ECC in London.

Scotchtails | Borough Market, London

One of my favourite places to visit whenever I’m back in London is Borough Market. Every time I go, there’s always a new food stall established in the market. There’s always exciting, fresh and fun foods to try. Scotchtails was a highlight of mine these past couple of years. They are the first ones I run to when I get to the market! Scotch eggs are such a delicacy. They have this way of making you say “oh my god” everytime (of course if they’re made to perfection like Scotchtails’ are.) The egg is just soft enough inside that you can’t make a mess, and they are served on a bed of arugula and sweet potato fries on the side. Rich in flavour and golden in colour, the eggs are so very tasty and the experience itself is one of a kind.

Just a little tidbit for those of you who aren’t familiar with what a scotch egg is:

A scotch egg is consisted of a breaded batter on the outside of usually meat but in the consistency of sausage and of course an egg inside all of that goodness. Scotch eggs were meant for picnic food and are now available everywhere in bakeries, supermarkets and corner shops, even service stations! It’s just such an easy to eat food. London’s Fortnum & Mason claims to have invented the scotch eggs way back when. But there has been speculation about where they actually came from… read more here.

Scotchtails use free-range meat and use brown eggs. They eggs are made in small batches and are ready to serve at the market. Go for it! 

Food: Scotch Egg
Made  by: Scotchtails
Location: Borough Market, London England

Flashback Friday - The Landmark Hotel London

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Who doesn't love tea time?!

Thanks to my mum, I have appreciated every cup of tea. While we were in London, England in the summer of 2012, as a family we went to the Landmark Hotel London on Marylebone Road and had a delightful afternoon in their indoor terrace where they served tea. The sandwiches were to die for - cucumber, salmon and cream cheese, egg salad - it was all so scrumptious! Although we had been many a time before, it had been a while since we went back, but it was fantastic. 

In the Winter Garden, sweets were served as well as their infamous scones with devonshire cream and strawberry jam. The scones were so light and fluffy, they would crumble the second you'd try to cut them into halves.

The teas were lovely as you could pick from the classics like that of English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, and more. They also had their own blend of tea which was a very aromatic experience. (And for you men out there who I know would prefer an unsweetened iced tea, it's totally doable).

Although the hotel might be prestigious, just don't walk in wearing flip flops and shorts. Otherwise, anyone can enjoy the taste of what the Landmark London has to offer. Be sure to make reservations well in advanced!