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‘night street food market’ cheer

there are many reasons to concern London as one of the greatest places to live. not so common or promoted event as ‘Night Market’ in Hackney is one of them.

Hawker House where the whole event takes place, is large undeveloped space with wooden and metal constellations. it is filled with plastic chairs and tables, long wooden bar tables, strung lights all around and a large variety of food trucks spread around the whole area.

as soon as you find yourself inside, you smell different spices, cuisines and hot buttered rum which you can buy at the ‘Hot Bar’. I definitely recommend trying the one served with lemon and cinnamon – it’s absolutely amazing and will definitely warm you up on a chilly day.

food. it is hard to tell where to start. even though the number of stands seems to be quite small, the choice is really hard to make. we started with delicious ‘Baba G’ wraps (5 £) with rice and chicken. this was a perfect starter as the meal wasn’t too heavy and a bit spicy. then we tried unbelievably good fresh pasta from ‘Cooking Cooks’ which actually was made by hand at the shack. ‘Napoletana ravioli with parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella’ (7£) was heaven melting in our mouths. obviously we couldn’t also resist the temptation of trying ‘Lobster roll’ (8£) from B.O.B’s Lobster stand (which was actually red volkswagen microbus).  the meat was fresh and delicate, while the buttery warm bun was absolutely delightful. finally we decided to try ‘Yum Bun’ which served hand-made steamed buns with pork and duck (3.50£ per each). both of them were well-seasoned and in deed ‘yummy’. to sum up, each delicacy we tried was a great choice and a chance to experience new flavors.

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crispy broccoli

bored and tired of a classical way of eating broccoli? let’s spice things up a little. here is a simple, fast and tasty idea how to prepare it.

you will need:

– broccoli (0.5kg)

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 2 table spoons of olive oil

– 2 table spoons of balsamic vinegar

– 1 table spoon of brown sugar

– pinch of salt and pepper

 

preparation:

1. cut of the stalk and remove leaves from the broccoli

2. chop it into medium sized florets

3. prepare one zipper plastic bag for food packaging

4. place broccoli inside of it together with squeezed by the crusher garlic, balsamic vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper

5. shake the bag till all ingredients mix together and leave it for about 2min so all the flavors will merge

6. take out broccoli from the bag and spread onto a sheet pan

7. preheat oven to 200C and roast vegetables for about 20min (turning over sides somewhere in the middle)

* you can sprinkle prepared snack with grated parmesan cheese

enjoy!

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pumpkin treat in 30min

due to the fact its autumn time and its getting really cold it is worth to have something at home that will warm you up. here is an idea. pumpkin cream. its delicious, healthy and fulfilling. what is more, it is easy and quick to make. 30min? consider it as done.

you will need:

1 pumpkin

1 small onion (chopped into cubes)

1 table spoon of grated ginger

1 table spoon of chopped chili

2 cloves of garlic

500ml of vegetable broth

250ml of coconut milk

salt and pepper

 

preparation:

1) mix chopped pumpkin (you can put it for about 10min in the oven – 200C)

2) heat the oil in the pot, glaze onion add ginger, chili and garlic. fry it for 1-2min, mixing it time to time

3) add mixed pumpkin and cooked broth. stir and cook the whole  mixture for 10min. add salt and pepper and leave it till its going to boil. add coconut milk and warm it all up

and its done!

decorate it with coriander leafs and pour a bit of green pesto on top. if you feel like you can add fried shrimps (made with garlic and chili). enjoy it with toasted baguette with butter or with french toasts with ham and cheese.

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*** special thanks to my flatmates for help and their engagement in this project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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the last supper

that is it. the golden days of ‘Imbibe’ have come at last. sad but true.

due to this fact i’ve decided to visit the restaurant for one last time. the place looks especially amazing in the evenings, which is why i went there around 7pm. as soon as i got there, i went straight to the courtyard area. it didn’t change a bit. same wooden chairs and tables, grill space under white tent located on the right, lights hanging all around the walls, paper lanterns on the ceiling.

when it comes to food it is still as delicious as it was. burgers made with fresh and juicy beef, and wide range of toppings to choose from such as: tomatoes, lettuce, onion, cheese and sauces like garlic or herbal mayonnaise, peas guacamole, homemade ketchup or mustard. moreover, you have all kinds of spices available at the buffet. fries? melt in your moth. thin, crispy and soft inside covered with fresh rosemary and salt.

there is no much to say. it was just the way it should be. perfect ending of the quite short journey at Southwark. especially because of the fact i could share it with my friends.

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it’s all about ‘BUU-ween’

Halloween is pretty much a big deal for all Londoners when it comes to parties, costumes and decorations. that is why it is important to be prepared for it.

1. first of all buy a pumpkin. you can get really cheap ones at ‘Tesco’. after all, you can use it after the 31st and make with it delicious pumpkin soup which will warm you up on cold autumn evening (the recipe for it will be presented later this month).

2. second, find a costume. be creative. being a vampire or a witch is a bit passe, especially in a city in which everyday you can see someone dressed ‘uncommonly’.

3. buy a loooot of sweets. and i don’t only mean here, buying them for kids that might knock on your door, but also for you! believe me, they taste so much better on that day and bring childhood memories

4. find a party to which you can go. don’t stay in. it is one of these days in London when you should go out. explore the city, see all the costumes in which people put so much effort

5. watch a scary film. especially when as this year Halloween is on thursday so you have whole three days to watch one

and here are few ideas me and my flat mates had for Halloween:

1. hippie:

– jeans bell bottoms ‘Primark’ 10£

– peace necklace ‘Primark’ 1£

– pink sunglasses ‘Brick Lane’ 4£

– dress with patterns (worn as a blouse)

– sneakers

– headband

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2. Terry Richardson:

– dark jeans

– checkered shirt

– sunglasses ‘Old Spitalfields Market’ 5£

– disposable camera

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3. zombie pilot

– white shirt ‘Primark’ 3£

– dark jeans

– sunglasses

– brown leather jacket

– red paint 1£

– pilot cap 5£

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RIP Imbibe – challenge

there are not many places in London where i feel that the time has stopped and all the troubles have disappeared. the vibe in ‘Imbibe’ is, or should i say was, indescribable. the place itself is incredible. especially when you decide to sit outside. wooden floors, furniture, small fireplaces placed around the space, paper lanterns on the ceiling, small lights hanging all around, metal lanterns on the tables, wicker baskets, large pots with flowers inside…it all makes the place look magical and ‘unreal’. but not only the decor is unbelievable. chips served in small metal pails, burgers with fresh, high quality meat and rocket and parmesan salad with basil and pine nut dressing are a taste of heaven. and this two courses for just 10 £. can you beat it?

i have been there for the first time over a year ago…i’m shocked that such an amazing spot is going to be closed. due to the fact i believe that each person deserves a bit of happiness in life, i strongly urge you to visit the place as soon as possible. let’s making it more interesting…we will do the challenge. visit ‘The Imbibe Bar’ in less then 7 days and then leave a comment how was it. i promise you’ll not regret. let’s spread the world with the vibe of ‘the imbibe’, we need to let know the world about it!

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first date with ‘Village East’

and again we have weekend and a new place to visit. today – ‘Village East of Bermondsey’. restaurant is located quite near ‘London Bridge’ station on bermondsey street. to be fair, the whole street when you start walking through it, sends you this vibe of laid-back and chilled atmosphere, free from stress and all the troubles. time stops for a minute and just lets you enjoy the day.

decor of the place itself is quite unique. i would say it’s a combination of pub and wooden cottage decor. stools, bar, metal lamps, booth chairs and mix of long and small wooden tables.

food. cranberry granola? (3.50£) if you pour one table spoon of yoghurt to a small glass and fill it with granola till the very top, don’t expect it’s gonna be enough. and to be fair I’m not a huge fan of sawdust. toast with scramble eggs decent (5£) but eggs Benedict? incredibly good! also you have to try ‘in the pink’ (grapefruit juice with agave syrup) which is amazing and what is more important sooo refreshing! definitely coming back to try the burgers – they looked amazing and you can choose your own extras!
in general place is a good choice for a weekend brunch which is – (here’s important information for long sleepers) served till 4pm. also before leaving definitely check out toilet’s decor. and most important fact it is not expensive!
so yeah, the first date with ‘Village East’ was promising. we will see how it will go on the next one when i’m going to try burgers….
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Speakeasy

Speakeasy is an amazing coffee shop located in the centre of London near Carnaby Street. It’s definitely a great place to visit if you feel like drinking good quality coffee and not the one served in such coffee chains shoos as ‘Nero’ or ‘Costa’. The biggest advantages of the place is a wide number of seats available, but also incredibly nice service, amazing snacks (try Banana bread it’s lush!) and simple but unique decor characterized by wooden chairs and white tables.

what is interesting place also offers coffee making courses for baristas and ‘coffee fans’ in the evenings. check their website for more information;)

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coffee anyone?

if you ever find yourself around Covent Garden craving for some good quality ‘shot of caffeine’ visit ‘new row coffee’. it not only has amazing coffee, but also sells delicious sandwiches and cakes. my favorite is an oat cookie for 1 £.

moreover, on a sunny day you can simply sit outside on a bench and enjoy your drink whilst observing passing by strangers. while during winter time try hot chocolate which will immediately warm and cheer you up.

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