Low lie the FIELDS of Rookery Road

So today I made it my mission to finally go up to Clapham Common and try out fields(it wasn’t a mission only a bus ride but hey let’s be dramatic 😝) 

Located on Rookery Road next to the skating park this little beaut was not what I expected especially from being at the sister cafe Milk! It’s totally random and if I have to admit “shoreditch” but wow everyone wanted to be here and the atmosphere was pretty down to earth and relaxed- no snobs allowed, well you’re allowed but you better behave and chill out! #justsaying  

The front of house guy (*insert name here*) was super friendly and in my case accommodating seeing as I was a party of one. The place was hopping and everyone was putting their names on the 45 minute waiting list (always a good sign)

The good thing was that you could order a coffee and sit on the sidelines while you are waiting, always look on the bright side lads!      

 I got myself a coffee, a flat white to be exact (£2.40) which was so good , I definitely haven’t had a good coffee like that in awhile!  

 Quickly chatting to the front of house guy he said this place has been open for just over 18months now and said at this time (springtime) when the weather is getting good is always a tricky time when it comes to staffing and table accommodation! Hence the massive queues and #waitinglistbants – he said as it comes into the summer months the staffing numbers increase and the outside area is doubled in size with tables! So enough about that lets get down to business and showcase the food!

Eggs on Brixton sourdough (£5.50) with on the side, smoked salmon (£4.00) and smashed avo (£3.50)   

   The smashed avocado was literally the best I have ever tasted and I was informed that it was the right blend of lemon and salt which makes its a winning dish! Yummy yummy! Even got me some holy water 😝 – humour is everything!  I would 100% recommend this place the food is out of this world, the staff are really friendly and it’s just something different to try! 

Just remember though it’s only open Friday through to Sunday (9am-5pm) and they don’t take reservations (first come first serve policy)

~EarlieGirl

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Muriel’s Kitchen (Soho)

Received a whatsapp message from a friend saying “you have to put this on your eateries list, you’d love it”

Reference: Muriel’s Kitchen

SOLD! 

This recommendation was based on the South Kensington location which is the closest to me and have passed it while on route to other eating sessions however I planned to meet another friend who lives more central and so we made a date for the Soho location! 

As usual I arrived a little early which I have a habit of doing and so ordered a coffee while I waited and had a few sneaky reads of my book!   

    
 

My friend was like, “I need a Bloody Mary or something” and so our server said “hey why not try the DIY Bloody Mary!” Hell ya that sounds cool, even a couple of ladies sitting next us had to ask what the hell is that when it arrived! Great call Muriel! 

We both ordered the champions breakfast because after all we are champions (hehe) and I got mine with smoked salmon on the sidelines! (Extra) 

A choice of poached or fried! I went for fried, for a change as I always get poached poached poached! 

It was all so scrumptious and I savoured every single bite!

Would 100% recommend! The bill came to £34 for 2 people! 

~EarlieGirl

Bibo 

On this lovely Sunday morning myself and my brother decided to go for a walk to Wandsworth and find somewhere for breakfast, brunch, whatever was available! We ended up walking as far as East Putney and found this little interesting Italian themed place called Bibo! We got there a little before 12pm so decided to wait and have a coffee before brunch was being served! I loved the coffee cups that our coffees were served in and was a lovely cuppa too! 

 

The menu was really interesting and I have to admit it was hard making a decision!   After a lot of humming and hahing we went for a toasted focaccia and a peperonata.  

The toasted focaccia consisted of peperonata, fried eggs, tomatoes and mozarella at £7.50.

 
The peperonata consisted of baked and nduja which is basically an Italian spreadable pork based ingredient. This came in at £8.50.

Whilst we were eating the Wandsworth remeberance parade took place and we had a great view from our table so that was an added bonus! 

The total bill came in £25.75 for two brunch options and two coffees and included the service charge! I think very reasonable for tasty food and coffee – if you are in the area then definitely go try this out!!!

~EarlieGirl

A little Brick of Clapham

so, if you didn’t know already I have an eateries to do list (a want, rather than a need but that’s a minor detail). Recommend by a friend, I jotted down on my list and last weekend decided to go and try Brickwood Cafe in Clapham Common. Just a few doors down from the Alex, it’s a great place to start off your Sunday chilling.   

 Obviously because it seems to be a very popular place, there was a queue out the door but, because it was a nice day most people were looking to be seated out the back in the garden. 

  I was happy enough to go with what came up first and so after about 15 minutes we were seated. The staff were very friendly and seemed very genuine too. The menu was inticing and brought together by their oz/kiwi inspirations.  

 I decided to go for the poached eggs and kamura (sweet potato) on sourdough bread and of course I had to get a side of avocado (obviously like). 

  My friend opted for the smashed avocado and chorizo with a side of sweet potato.

 As you can see it looks delicious and correct it tasted amazing. Literally ate every last bite. The only thing which was a let down was the time wait for the food. Now in fairness they did tell us it was going to be a 30minute wait, but by the time it came to us, it was 45minutes. I did manage to squeeze in two coffees while I waited but it was just the only thing which put a small damper. Imagine if there was a hangover on the cards. 😱 

Skinny Flat White  Skinny Latte

Anyway, I was super impressed with the food and the atmosphere and then staff were lovely and friendly. Also loving the recycling vibe with cardboard menu boards, pegs and the ceiling covered with recycling bags.

 
Total: I paid ~£15.00 which was great value for great food. I will definitely visit again and probably check out the Balham location.

~EarlieGirl

Stuck in the MUD

This morning I decided to head up to MUD in Tooting Broadway. How did I find this place? I Googled places to brunch around south west because I felt I needed to try more and BOOM! For my Earlsfielders, only a 10 minute bus ride (44,270, 77) or a 20 minute walk.

Finding MUD on a little Google search!
I am getting quite into the habit of saying everywhere I go is my new favorite brunch place, so I will try and refrain this time (but, seriously it’s going to be hard when you see the pictures)

It’s a nice cozy atmosphere with seating for around 30-40 people including the garden area. It was a nice morning, but I didn’t want to sit outside the back as I wanted to soak up the atmosphere inside. 

You know when you go somewhere and from the first step into a place you’re like “Yup, this is it” or “Oh I dunno, but i’ll give it a try” or the extreme of “I hate this place, let’s go”! Well, I got the “Yup, this is it” vibe! The front of house staff were extremely friendly and accommodating to my request to sit inside which came available quite soon after and I ordered a skinny cappuccino straight away and then tucked in to look at the menu ( I purposely didn’t preview before I came here as I wanted to surprise myself – random!)

So I decided to go for the Smashed Avocado. They have about 7 or 8 items on the brunch menu (excluding side options) which in my opinion is a great call – especially now I know what I know in terms of the taste and portions. So anyway as I was saying, I went for the Smashed Avocado and a side of potato cakes (sure, I said why not, it’s Saturday!)

While I was waiting for my food, I was trying to read my book but I couldn’t concentrate, not because it was noisy or anything but because I was just getting too distracted by my surroundings, taking in all of the furnishings from the open brick walls to the exposed copper pipes which gave it a real Williamsburg, NYC feel (coooooooooooooool bro).

When my food arrived I nearly fell off my seat by (a) the presentation and (b) the amount of it that was in front of me! OMG – Look at it like!! #eyesbiggerthanbellymoment

Smashed Avocado on sourdough bread with 2 runny poached eggs, feta cheese, CORIANDER and poppy seeds.  (£7.90)

Potato Cakes – I don’t know what I was expecting, but it wasn’t this and they were only bloody delicious weren’t they! (£.200)

I don’t often leave food on my plate, I was that girl that friends mothers loved as I used to eat everything on my plate and I still do, but today I just couldn’t, it was so filling. Now don’t get me wrong, I practically cleared apart from a couple of crusts and 1 potato cake but still like…. it’s me!

When my plate was cleared away, I could barely get the words out of my mouth to say it was amazing because I actually was just so impressed with it. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay for too long as I had my own cooking to be doing as I am going to a BBQ later, but trust me I WILL BE BACK, and I will be bringing troops!

Total Bill for 1 person: £12.30 – HOW GOOD IS THAT LIKE?

FYI – I noticed a lot of people come in and get takeaway coffee and pastries, so if you can only drop-in and go, there’s plenty for you to takeaway with you!

Right, back to the kitchen I go!

Have a good weekend and enjoy the sunshine

~EarlieGirl

 

 

 

 

 

M1king It!

I have this “London Eateries” list on my phone which is always there at the back of my head going “pick me, tick me off”. I had read a review on timeout awhile back about M1LK and therefore it went on my “list”, however I have heard that it’s quite manic on the weekends because it’s so popular sooooo…. In conjunction with taking a “me” day from the real world I decided to pop it onto my agenda for today. I decided to walk from Earlsfield to Balham to work up the appetite which when I arrived, I was definitely ready for some good food. Even for a Monday, there were a few people in there and I just about managed to grab one of the last tables which was free.



It is quite a small place but personality oozes from wall to wall! Menus were dropped down and when I was ready to order, I had to pop up and order from the till (and as an FYI, it’s a cash only system so make sure you pop to the ATM before you arrive)

I decided to go for Sweet Maria (corn fritters) with a side of field mushrooms and black cabbage, along with a skinny cappucino!



Sweet Maria: £7.80 (sweetcorn fritters, hallouimi, avo, kasundi, lime)



field mushroom

black cabbage



I was actually blown away by the flavours which the combinations together brought. Ohhhhhh my goddddddddd! Although the sides were pricey (for me anyway) compared to the portion size at £2.50 each, by God they tasted so good!!!

This was washed down nicely with a skinny cappucino… (proper barista coffee …. It’s a real cappucino)



I was absolutely stuffed so I couldn’t bring myself to indulge in some of the treats laid out in front by the till, but I did manage to fit in a pot of peppermint tea (loose leaves) which was gorgeous!

I was able to sit and relax for a couple of hours and read my book but I can see how you would be even lucky to grab a table at the weekends , and I doubt a lot of novels are read in that space of time!

Total Order:

  • 1 x Skinny cappucino 
  • 1 x peppermint Tea
  • 1 x Sweet Maria
  • 2 x sides

Total Amount Spent: £17.80

Happy Camper = 👍 (I am glad I got to tick it off my list and I have to say it was worth the wait)

If you are around Balham, then go try it out… And it’s only a 42 minute walk from Earlsfield. *public transport also optional 😉

~Earlie-Girl

Totally Scoffed It!

It’s officially springtime and back to the routine of “healthy eating” and “healthy living” ….. Come on…..Who has stuck to their new years resolutions anyway? Unless it’s… Have more fun, eat more food!
Catch up required with some of the girls and so, at the recommendation from a friend of a friend… along with “You must get a table under the tree” we booked in for a Brunch date at Scoffers on Battersea Rise in Clapham Junction (only 15 mins on the no. 77 bus from #Earlsfield).
First Impressions: Cosy!
As I was a few minutes early, I thought perfect timing for me to soak up the atmosphere “under the tree” with a very strong (brownie points) skinny cappucino.

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This gave me plenty of time to read the menu and the offers……and to change my mind from Avocado Heaven, to Veg. Breakfast to Buttermilk Pancakes to Avocado Heaven to…. Well, you get the picture right? Spoilt for choice! When the girls arrived I had made up my mind and said #FatDay we’re going for the PANCAKES! So the order from our table was as follows:
-Buttermilk Pancakes with bacon & maple syrup x 2 (£8.95 each)
-Eggs Florentine (£9.50)
-Avocado Heaven (£8.95)

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It is a fair statement to say that everyone on our table was clearly satisfied with their choices as we all had near to empty plates. I have to admit I couldn’t finish my pancakes but only because… Did you see the size of the portion served up in front of me? #EyesBiggerThanBelly moment!

The bill came to under £60 with optional service charge of 12.5% included which for 4 dishes and 6 beverages, I feel was very reasonable! Definitely happy campers leaving and it is somewhere I will definitely be re-visiting.

Also, something enticing was their “We Love SW11 Neighbours Card” which allows you to redeem some Thursday night offers along with some others including:

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Now if that doesn’t convince you to go……. then….well, I just don’t know actually!

Until next time, Carry on Scoffing!

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~Earlie Girl

Earlsfield Deli-cious Coffee

Having published my previous blog post on coffee mania from the Earlsfield high street I thought that I was finally all coffee’d out but ohhhh no, that didn’t seem to be the case because a few days later I received a message from the owner of Earlsfield Deli inviting me down to try out some of their coffee styles from Nude Expresso so last Thursday I popped in on my way home from work and met John, a self proclaimed coffee geek.

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So here’s me thinking I know about coffee, I totally don’t, well I didn’t, I kind of do now thanks to John sharing his knowledge with me.

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So with the classic expresso shot (East) for example which is used in the deli for the expresso base for all coffees the shots are weighed out to be about 16g (I could have totally made this up) which gets the most out of the flavour and the process goes as follows:

1. Rinse the portafilter and fill up with ground coffee bean from machine
2. Press the coffee down using a tamper and remove any excess from the edges using a brush
3. Under the the range it goes for dispensing.

John explained that coffee is brewed best from machine when water is 90degrees.. And did you know…. When the expresso is poured, technically it starts to break after 30 seconds.

We also looked at making flat whites and cappuccinos and I learned that with heating milk you should never heat over 65degrees and it shouldn’t be foamy foamy, it should be silky, this type of process is called micro-foam.

 

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These coffee art styles are known as the tulip and when making the cappuccino you put the chocolate in before the milk which flavours it much better (gooooood idea) and finally here’s my shoddy attempt at a flat white (I’m still giggling at how bad it is)

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It was a really insightful lesson, not only did I learn about the difference between a good coffee bean and a not so good coffee bean (again everyone has different preferences) but also I was introduced to a new way of drinking coffee (and ideal for summer months..Mmmm refreshing)

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For all those coffee addicts out there, it’s like this… You’re craving a coffee (all those late nights taking advantage of the beer gardens) but it’s just too humid for that flat white…well then let’s have a little chat (overheard on the highstreet) V60 a Japanese manufactured product is coming at you with a bang and while we have been lucky with the weather you might want to take a look. So, similar to the Japanese style of making tea but for coffee, the apparatus (who knew coffee was so scientific) allows the aromas to intensify through the filter paper.

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It comes out nearly looking like tea (and if you haven’t seen it go through the process) then you may not appreciate it but WOW does it taste good. I was actually so surprised at how refreshing it was, it went from yes this is a coffee taste to what’s that? Jasmine…

Firstly we tried V60 specific nude blends of Ethopia Wote and Brazil Chapadao De Ferro which gave flavours of Jasmine, tea rose and lemon for the Wote blend and an almost caramel flavour from the Chapadao De Ferro blend. I have to admit I preferred the Wote but that’s only because I am a fan of Jasmine tea and so combining it with coffee is just unreal. Who knew hey?

We did all the coffee tasting of Nude Expresso with a comparison blend of LaVassa coffee and I’m sorry LaVassa, Nude Expresso won hands down. I can appreciate though that everyone has different taste buds and some people prefer a bitter taste and others a smooth taste so always going to be difference in opinions based of preference.

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I think now I can say I am all coffee’d but great coffee tasting and thanks to John for taking the time out share his knowledge with me. John mentioned that he’s looking to start pushing forward and plans on introducing coffee tasting classes in Earlsfield Deli so if you have an interest in learning more about the blends I would highly recommend…. It’s something different anyway!

Until next time..

~Earlie-Girl

Coffee Mania

About 2months ago I decided that I needed to make some changes and coffee unfortunately was one of the hits (not a hit where I have completely removed it from my life, that would just be wrong)

But it was one of the luxuries that needed a make-over – we are talking here going from a strong soya latte to a black americano make-over (Goodbye Pret) but we must take the positives from it, the reason being that the americano is the best way of tasting the coffee bean.

To make the transition into “Oh a BLACK americano, please”, I thought it would be fun to turn it into a tasting challenge, and even better an Earlsfield tasting challenge.

I defined the criteria as well as the applicable cafés/coffee shops to get the show on the road. I have excluded Caffé Nero and Carluccio’s from the challenge as they are chains.

Challenge Criteria:
1.Taste – The quality of the bean.
2.Price – Did it reflect the quality?
3.Presentation – Did it look nice?
4.The surroundings – How relaxing was the place of where the coffee was consumed?

Challenge Locations:
1.La Pernella
2.Mel’s Café
3.Belle Amie
4.Ben’s Canteen
5.Earlsfield Deli
6.Toast
7.Mood Food Café

La Pernella
Taste: Coming from an Italian run café, it was a good coffee and because the price was nearly 100% less than some of the other coffee places on the high street I would say it was value for money and good quality coffee
Price: £1.20
Presentation:

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The surroundings: La Pernella is a “caf” environment so there are a lot of people coming and going, I tried reading my book there but didn’t feel as comfortable as I had been in other cafés. I was distracted easily, however in saying that the owners are very nice and always welcoming.
Score: 8/12

Mel’s
Taste: As one of the more expensive coffee’s offered on the high-street it was quite disappointing. There was no sign of a “creme” when the coffee was served and there was a highly bitter taste to the coffee, resulting in leaving half of the coffee behind. Sad face as I am a fan of Mel’s on a food/service/fun factor.
Price: £2.30
Presentation:

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The surroundings: I was sitting outside the front watching the Earorld (world) go by. It was a nice day and therefore a nice environment but unfortunately the coffee did not live up to expectations.
Score: 6/12

Belle Amie
Taste: The coffee served in Belle Amie is a really good coffee, very strong and I did drink a lot of water to cleanse the palette with this one but I really enjoyed.
Price: £2.20
Presentation:

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The surroundings: Belle Amie is such a nice quaint café and I have sat outside most of the times I have visited. It is slap, bang middle on the high-street and therefore is lovely to sit outside and take it all in.
Score: 10/12

Bens Canteen
Taste: Cream of the crop, creme on the top, served in a large mug this coffee is by far the one that grabbed my tastes buds by surprise. A nice strong but not over-powering flavour to it.
Price: £2.30
Presentation:

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The surroundings: Ben’s canteen offers a relaxed environment to sit and ponder, socialise, read a book and even some blogging but most of all to eat and drink. I have sat here a few times just chilling and it’s a nice atmosphere.
Score: 11/12

Earlsfield Deli
Taste: The coffee was good, I have a thing about a good creme and there was a lack of from the americano in the deli, but it was a good coffee, however not the best considering it was one of the more expensive of the coffees.
Price: £2.20
Presentation:

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The surroundings: I was down in the deli on a saturday morning and it was a very relaxing environment, I even managed to get a bit of blogging done while sitting at the window seats looking out onto Garratt Lane.
Score: 9/12

Toast
Taste: It was a nice cup of coffee, again no creme to be seen but it was a big cup of coffee so value for money
Price: £1.90
Presentation:

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The surroundings: Toast is a small cafe situated at the top of Garratt Lane (Tooting Broadway direction) with some lovely seating outside, ideal when the sunshine is out but quite small on the inside, I don’t know if I could sit in there and read my book for an hour, not that kind of environment.
Score: 8/12

Mood Food Cafe
Taste: A nice grab and go coffee from mood food, there was a nice creme in top and it had a nice taste to it.
Price: £1.85
Presentation:

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The surroundings: Mood food is a lovely little cafe located on penwith road, it seems like a nice little drop-in, unfortunately I had to grab and go but definitely will be going back to try some food treats. It seems nice and chilled.
Score: 9/12

Taking into consideration all of the criteria (taste, price, presentation and surroundings) I have come up with the final result, and the WINNER is ……..Ben’s Canteen.

Having only arrived to the area less than a month ago they are doing pretty good all round and by serving ALLPRESS coffee they have achieved Earlsfields Best Served Coffee June 2014 (voted by EarlieGirl )

So….anyone for a coffee?

~Earlie-Girl