Free Giveaway! Win free Foodies Festival tickets this summer 2017 β˜€οΈ

Hello my fellow foodies πŸ™‹πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

I have some great news to share with you all today! I have been given the amazing oppourtiny to give giveaway 5 FREE pairs of tickets to the London Foodies Festival this summer! The Foodies Festival is held in 2 London locations this summer; Blackheath (7th-9th July 2017) and Alexandra Park (26th-28th August 2017). The tickets will be valid for all 3 days of the festival of your choice.

All you’ll need to do is:

  1. Follow @foodiesfestival on Instagram (let’s give the festival some love)
  2. Follow my Instagram @eatsescapades and this blog (if you haven’t done so yet, let’s share the love)
  3. Comment here (or on my Instagram post) on your favourite restaurant in London (hopefully I’ll have the chance to check it out and write a review!)

The winner will be chosen closer to the dates of the festival.

Go, go, go 😊

**competition closed***

EatsEscapades

Happy Valentines Day! πŸ’“

It’s that time of the year again where love is in the air and anything cheesy and mushy goes. Or you may be anti valentines day; for those of you who use Spotify, you may notice on their homepage that you’re either one of either camps only; in love or broken hearted, lols, for all who aren’t fussed? Apparently it’s too bad, because you can only be one or the other πŸ˜‚ (according to spotify). 

All that aside, since it’s valentines day and I’m a huge sucker for all that commercial lovey dovey stuff πŸ’– today, Dominique Ansel Bakery, London (famous for its cronut originally from the US) is only selling pink coloured desserts! Definitely worth going. 

I unfortunately won’t be able to make it but here’s pictures of when I went last month; for me to reminisce πŸ˜‰ 

-Eats Esacapdes

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New Year; All New Restaurant Review🍴

Can’t believe we’re already in February or 2017!! Time really has flown by…2016 (most would agree) has been a roller coaster year with plenty of surprises. Here’s to a better 2017 🍻

I’ve been busy with my new job (just started in Jan, whoop!) but over the next few days or so I’ll upload everything I’ve eaten, and for most of them I can’t wait to share how tasty they were!

First stop, The Ivy Chelsea Garden. Starting the new year right with some fine dining πŸ‘ΈπŸΈ

Baked halibut fillet with shaved fennel, grapefruit and spinach salad with picked herbs and citrus butter sauce.

The dish was beautifully plated and was delicious. The grapefruit and citrus butter sauce was a delightfully fresh compliment to the halibut.

Koko Coup; A take on the coconut and lychee daiquiri with Havana 3 year rum, Koko Kanu, lychee and agave freshened with grapefruit.

I’d like to draw your attention to the adorable swirl of hearts on the cocktail πŸ˜πŸ’ž

Last but not least, the reason I was attracted to this restaurant is explained thoroughly in the above picture. The beautiful gardenesque seating area makes The Ivy Chelsea a very worth while restaurant to try out. Remember, it’s the Chelsea branch πŸ˜‰

-Eats Esacapdes

Green Tea Goodness

Another post on all things green tea (and a token Japanese dish)! 

Tombo, so far imo, serves the best green tea ice-cream in London. There are various places who have emerged in London serving green tea ice-cream but they just can’t compare to the perfect blend of creamy mild milk flavour with the almost bitter taste of green tea matcha ice-cream they serve.

Easily one of my favourite green tea dessert shop πŸ’“

Matcha soft serve:

Matcha ice-cream sundae in all its glory with matcha ice-cream, matcha brownie, azuki paste, granola, date syrup and cone biscuit:

Matcha latte:

Salmon sashimi don: salmon sashimi, salmon roe, salmon tartar & avocado on Tombo sushi rice

-Eats Esacapdes 

The Attendant would like to serve you…

…a lovely cup of latte…

(Did anyone catch the love pun? hehe :P)

…along with the most beautifully decorated French Toast I have seen to date 😍

Like seriously, here’s a close up:

Like honestly, how aesthetically pleasing is that? Absolutely gorgeous! πŸ’“

It tasted great as well. I’m usually not a fan of flower flavouring in food (most of the time it reminds me too closely of perfume and who would want to eat perfume?) but the taste of the petals blended beautifully with the pear/maple syrup sauce. Not only did the crushed petals look beautiful, it added a nice hint of extraΒ flavouring.

The cafe I went to is calledΒ The Attendant;Β Β a quirky, shabby chic coffee/lunch restaurant that fits perfectly within the hipster style of Shoreditch, London. I had a meeting around this area and so originally only stopped by for a quick bite/coffee fix thinking it was just a coffee shop and that was all did, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much more they offered in terms of menu items and the interior design. You all know how much I love a nice, shabby chic designed cafe πŸ˜‰ They offer breakfast, brunch and lunch menus daily.

Here’s how the interior looked:

Just look at clever design of the overhanging, multi plant pot holding decor on the ceiling:

Here’s a close up, it gives the cafe a refreshing atmosphere:

More leafy vines decoration at the back of the cafe:

If you’re ever around, I recommend popping by even for a quick coffee to go πŸ™‚

Bonus: they also serve still water in a jug mixed with mint leaves and cucumber for free, pure awesomeness.

 

-Eats Esacapdes

Buen Provecho!

I’ve been meaning to try out more Spanish tapas restaurants in London so when my friend suggest Copa de Cava I was completely up for it! Copa de Cava is a Spanish tapas restaurant situated in Blackfriars, an easy 5 minute walk from the tube/train station. We nearly missed it since we didn’t know it was actually located underneath a bar!

Going down the stairs from the bar, we were greeted by large, medieval looking dungeon doors (super dramatic!).

We ordered Sangria spiced with cinnamon (the taste was reminiscent of cold mulled wine), which was delicious and happily proceeded to order our tapas. It was definitely a tough choice but with the help of the friendly waitor we came to a decision πŸ™‚

Riojan Chorizo: With roasted piquillo peppers

Patatas Bravas: Potatoes with brava sauce and alioli

Pulpo: Octopus with chickpea and beetroot puree, praprika, sea salt, olive oil

Iberico Meatballs

Deep Fried Vegetarian Cheese

Manchego: Ewe’s cheese, quince jelly

Huevos Rotos: Potatoes with free range Clarence Court Burford brown egg, smoked paprika

The food was absolutely divine. We ordered 3 tapas each which was the perfect amount. It would have been better if we shared but we had a vegetarian in our group so decided it was much easier to order individually. I also spoke to a Spanish friend of mine afterwards detailing what I had and turns out it was definitely traditional Spanish tapas food, bingo!

Here are a few more pictures of the interior, following the medieval entrance, the inside was reminiscent of a wine cellar.

It was a bit on the pricy side (but most tapas places are due to the small portions served) but it was well worth the visit! A great place for a date or an intimate gathering with close friends.

-Eats Esacapdes