Category Archives: Food

Portobello Road Market

Today I want to share one of my preferred places with you: Portobello Road Market. It is one of the largest markets in the world and it has food, fashion and numerous antiques and collectibles.

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It is open every day, however Fridays and Saturdays are the best! Starting with fruits, vegetables and amazing food, further down the road you can find amazing vintage clothes, new fashion, antiques and the most breathtaking accessories.  The best way to end the day is at one of the local cafés and patisseries!

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My favourite bit of the market is the corner with military equipment. Geoffrey Walsh sells World War I and World War II items such as medals, badges and even used gun cartridges. It’s an insightful stroll in time and I never get tired of exploring it!

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One tip though: the earlier, the better! On the busiest days with most of the stalls, the crowd can be pretty tiring and overwhelming.

Market opening times

09:00 – 18:00 Monday To Wednesday

09:00 – 13:00 Thursday

09:00 – 19:00 Friday and Saturday

Hope you’ll check it out!

With love,

Raluca

Afternoon Tea at Leonard Hotel

Enjoying an Afternoon Tea is a long-standing British tradition and a perfect way of replacing a coffee date with a tea one. One thing I have always said since I moved here is that you cannot properly experience London without the ‘Afternoon Tea’. Having some friends over for the weekend, of course it was a must!

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Where?

Our choice this time was Leonard Hotel which is centrally located in Marble Arch. The hotel is as British as it can get, with a classy, elegant and specious restaurant. The ‘Afternoon Tea’ is available from 1:00 to 7:00pm everyday.

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What?

We had the traditional ‘Afternoon Tea’ that is delicious and generous. We started with freshly made finger sandwiches with cucumber and dill, smoked salmon, egg mayonnaise with cress, ham and mustard. The warm scones with clotted cream and gem followed. We finished with a selection of cakes, brownie and carrot cake, without being able to try the cupcake as we were too full. All this yummy things were accompanied by a tea that felt bottomless and was perfect.

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What else?

The traditional ‘Afternoon Tea’ was £19.50 per person. However, another option is available for those who want step things up a bit. The ‘Royal Afternoon Tea’ comes with a glass of bubbly, three-tier cake stand, mini desserts, finger sandwiches, tea and coffee. It costs £32.00 per person and it’s appropriate for a bigger celebration.   

The staff

The staff is courteous, nice and checks quite frequently is everything is all right. Although any allergies or preferences need to be communicated before the day of the reservation, we were able to switch some of the sandwiches on the spot which was were nice and appreciated.

Smoking Area

At the Leonard Hotel, they have the cutest outside smoking area. It is small but a wonderful alternative to smoking in the street.

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I strongly recommend Leonard Hotel for having a perfect ‘Afternoon Tea’ experience. 

With love, 

Raluca 

Hot Chocolate – one spoon away 

Instant hot chocolate and coffee are ruling my life these days, so I decided to step things up and go for home-made hot chocolate. The Hot Chocolate Spoons are easy and fun!

All you need:

Milk Chocolate , White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate

Instant Coffee

Spoons

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So here we go!

Step one:

Melt all three types of chocolate for a few seconds in the microwave. Stop and stir in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth.

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Step two:

Black Hot Chocolate

Fill the spoon with the melted milk chocolate and place it on the plate to set and dry.

White Hot Chocolate

Fill the spoon with the yummy melted white chocolate and let it set on the plate.

Mocha Hot Chocolate

This is the trickiest! Mix half of the melted milk chocolate with instant coffee until almost solid. Fill the spoon with the mix and level off. Let it set in the fridge for a few minutes until set.

Submerge the filled spoon into the remaining melted chocolate and place it on the plate next to the others.

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Step three:

Decorations

Place the melted dark chocolate and the white one into two separate sandwich bags and make a hole in one corner. Now drizzle the spoons in any manner you want! You can play with the chocolates any way you want. I have used dark chocolate on the Mocha Hot Chocolate spoon and white chocolate on the others!

Step four:

Stir in hot milk and enjoy!

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Hope you try them, they are absolutely delicious.

With love,

Raluca