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London food discovery: Maitre Choux, South Kensington

September 24, 2015
Maitre Choux - South Kensington

Maitre Choux – South Kensington

I haven’t written one of these posts for a while but after visiting Maitre Choux I felt COMPELLED to tell my readers that they pay homage to this little patisserie in South Kensington. What I’ve always loved to do when I have visited Paris is to visit all the lovely patisseries. The French have a dedication to pastry making that has made it an art. I’m sure if I lived there I would soon be very, very, fat and probably wouldn’t care.

Maitre Choux is leading the popularity of eclairs in London and is fast gaining recognition. After discovering them on instagram I made a visit to their shop during the week. Now I have to warn you they sell out fast so get there early or order online beforehand.

Maitre Choux Eclairs

At the helm of Maitre Choux is 3 Michelin Star Pastry Chef Joakim Prat, who came to London to take on the role of Joël Robuchon’s Head Pastry Chef at L’Atelier, before moving on to Mayfair’s The Greenhouse.

I opted for a box of four eclairs, and I admit it I ate them all! My favourite eclair was the Persian pistachio cream with an intense yet not overpowering flavour. It has ground pistachios sprinkled on the glazing for texture and undertones of roasted nuts.

Maitre choux pastry eclairs

Eclairs make great gifts for friends and the ones at Maitre Choux are pure food porn.

MAITRE CHOUX

15 HARRINGTON ROAD
LONDON – SW7 3ES
MONDAY TO FRIDAY – 8:00AM TO 8:00PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10AM TO 7PM

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London food discovery – The Biscuiteers Bakery and Icing Cafe, Notting Hill

March 3, 2014
The Biscuiteers - Notting Hill

The Biscuiteers – Notting Hill

I first discovered The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe and shop when I was looking for gourmet biscuits to give a friend for her birthday. The Biscuiteers is a boutique icing cafe and bakery on Kensington Park Road. The Biscuiteers Icing Cafe first opened their doors in 2012 and as well as selling bespoke biscuits they also host drop in icing sessions, children’s icing parties and teach icing courses if you want to recreate your own bespoke biscuits.

After telling a friend from work about my discovery we both decided to make our way down to Notting Hill one  Sunday afternoon to check out the cafe.

The cafe itself is quite small and is filled with delicious biscuits of all shapes and sizes. We sat down towards the back and started by ordering some hot chocolate to warm up from the cold. We were greeted with the sounds of a children’s icing party that was taking place below. For 15 pounds we were allowed to choose 3 already baked biscuit shapes each and were presented with an array of coloured icing and sweets to decorate. You can see our efforts below and I must say that we both had a really good time. My attempt at icing the dog didn’t go very well but I was quite proud of my iced man.

Once we we finished icing our biscuits they were taken away to be baked before we they were presented back to us to take home in a cutest little box (I gave my boyfriend mine as a present). If you are looking for something to do in London on a rainy afternoon I recommend you pay them a visit!

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Our biscuit shapes

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Icing classes at the Biscuiteers Cafe

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Inside the Biscuiteers cafe

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Lobster shaped biscuits

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A biscuit man called Lars

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Iced biscuits by lanky girl

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Iced cup and fish

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Biscuiteers rocket iced biscuits

The Biscuiteers,

194 Kensington Park Road
London
W11 2ES

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London food discovery – Cafe Phillies, Kensington

March 3, 2014

It’s March already! This month is going scarily fast, February was a fantastic month for making some awesome discoveries in London. Early in February I met a friend for brunch in Kensington. The last time I was in Kensington was to reviewFFionas Restaurant so it was nice to come back and see what else the area had to offer.

Cafe Phillies is a small all day cafe/bistro situated off Kensington High Street and with a decidedly neighbourhood feel and a bit of a European twist. We arrived just before lunchtime and found it buzzing with locals catching up with friends and others working on their laptops in a corner.

We both ordered from the breakfast menu. My friend chose the benedict which is two soft poached eggs on top of a toasted muffin & hollandaise sauce and spinach. Whilst I chose scrambled eggs, thickly cut bacon on toast – both dishes were simple but well prepared and very tasty.

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Scrambled egg, bacon on toast

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The Benedict at Cafe Philles

If you do find yourself in Kensington anytime soon do stop there for a bite to eat.

Café Phillies 
2A Phillimore Gardens
London W8 7QB
020 7938 1890

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Discovering the Secret Salon at Lasso, Maltby Street Market

February 10, 2014
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Secret Salon at Lassco

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Maltby Street Market

I am always happy when I discover a hidden gem in London. For this discovery I have to thank a dear friend who happens to be mad about swing dancing. Most people have heard of Borough Market but have you heard about Maltby Street Market? Situated off Tanner Street in SE1 it is a small stretch of road where the choices of food are a tad more artisinal. St John’s restaurant also have a pop up bakery there which is worth a visit. Last Saturday afternoon we braved the wind and rain to pay the market a visit. The Secret Saloon is based in Lassco  an antiques and furniture salvage shop where you can find all sorts of curiosities to decorate your home. From 2pm -4pm on Saturdays one of the spaces in Lassco steps back in time with swing dancing and a live band playing hits from singers such as Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald. Swing dancing is not mandatory and lots of people (myself included) were happy enough to sit back and be entertained. It felt like i had discovered a little part of bohemia in London.

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Swing Dancing at Lassco – The Secret Salon

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Fantastic live band at Maltby Street Market

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During a quick break we took the chance to have a look around the rest of the market and enjoyed tucking into some delicious buttermilk waffles from Waffleon.

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Gorgeous pastries at Maltby Street Market

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The guys from Waffleon

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Waffleon Waffles – Maltby Street Market

If you find yourself brave enough to venture out this February then definitely pay the market a visit!

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London food discoveries – Upsy Daisy Bakery, Stamford Brook, Hammersmith

November 5, 2013
upsydaisy bakery

upsydaisy bakery

One of the best things about living in London is the plethora of places to eat and shop. London food discoveries is a new thing that I am adding to the blog – short and sweet I hope you will enjoy these posts enough to give these places a try.

One of my recent London food discoveries is the Upsy Daisy Bakery and tearoom in Hammersmith. Last saturday a friend  took me to there for spot of tea and cake.

The bakery sells the most scrumptious and unusual cupcakes which are available to takeaway or try in their small but perfectly decorated tea room. We tried the earl grey and lemon and chocolate flavoured cupcakes, washed down with some lovely vanilla tea.

Classic chocolate cupcake and vanilla tea

Classic chocolate cupcake and vanilla tea

Earl Grey and Lemon cupcakes.Upsy Daisy Bakery also offer a fabulous range of afternoon teas staring from 6 pounds for a cream tea. its definitely a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the area and have some time to kill.