Ali’s Kitchen in da houseeee

Last weekend I was down in cork, lots going on with words by water literary festival in Kinsale and my dads book signing in Waterstones as part of the “books are my bag” day.

Digressing a bit there, sorry, back to FOOD! So as I said I would go up and help dad out at the book signing, I arranged to meet a friend for brunch beforehand who I hadn’t seen in ages so a good catch up session was required (obvs). I had a quick look online to see if anything new I hadn’t seen before and saw Ali’s Kitchen pop up as one of the “best brunch spots in cork” so that was a decision made.

We made our way over and that’s when I saw the queue waiting outside (ding ding, always a good sign). I went in and enquired about a table which was going to be about 45 mins which was fine because there was a market nearby so we strolled over that way first and headed into a few shops to pass the time. When we got back, our table was ready and I for one, soaked up the atmosphere.

They had a specials board and so we both went for items from the specials including:

Corn and Jalepeno fritters with mozarella, poached eggs, pickled veggies and harissa (€13)

French toast with a caramel pear, spiced maple mascarpone and pecan crumble (€10) As a coffee fan, I also got myself a skinny cappuccino. Lately when I’m out I got for the skinny cappuccino, my usual is the Americano with skimmed hot milk, but sure I’m fancying myself a bit more these days.

Overall, good vibes from this place, even though the place was hopping, the staff were friendly and efficient and the food was great. Definitely recommend for anyone passing through Cork, or for any locals who haven’t tried this out yet.

~EarlieGirl

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Bean and Hop

This had opened before I moved back to Ireland over 2 years ago, however I didn’t have the chance to try it before I left. However my friend had been telling me it was her new favourite place to go in Earlsfield and so when I went over for the weekend Bean and Hop was on the agenda.

So talk about living my best foodie life, we went here on Saturday morning for ‘breakfast’ which ended up being brunch with another brunch booked an hour later 😂

Unfortunately I didn’t capture photos really of these as they went straight onto my Instagram stories! However first impressions were amazing, staff were super friendly, coffee was delish and eggs with roasted tomatoes and feta were nommy!!

OH AND CHEESE ALERT, THEY HAVE HALLOUMI FRIES ON THE MENU 🤤

So obviously day 2 in Earlsfield, we had to go back for breakfast, basically I had to leave early enough to catch my lunchtime flight back to Dublin but wanted to get “some grub” before hitting the road (plus was feeling a little of the tender side from the night before)

  • Something which I LOVED, was the fact that when we sat down, the guy serving us immediately said “welcome back” – he had recognised us from the previous day, and you know what, that makes all the difference.

Anyway, coming back to the food, I opted for the breakfast Quesadilla which had your basic quesadilla ingredients along with egg and bacon, very delicious, and exactly what I was in need for to keep me going for the airport run.

Definitely would recommend this, great spot to catch up, coffee is really good and a variety on the menu, plus the staff are all lovely.

In addition they also do craft beer and pizza so what more could you want for a midweek treat. I’ve heard the pizza is good too, definitely on the to do list for my next visit.

Also just want to point out, how cute is the logo for bean and hop, a DOG! Which by the way means that this place is dog friendly too. Win win!

~EarlieGirl

Brick & Liquor

  • I was back in London for the weekend and decided to check out some of the locals of around I used to live. So on the Friday myself and a couple of friends headed down to brick and liquor in Tooting Broadway (about a 2 min walk from the tube station). There is also another B&L in Clapham!
  • Walking in, I liked the vibes of the decor.. (picture you see is not my own, but just so you can get an idea)
  • See it’s cool isn’t it? So when writing posts/ Instagram photos I don’t like posting negative therefore don’t publish things where I haven’t really enjoyed however for brick and liquor the food and drinks were top notch, but it was kind of dampened (not ruined) by what I can only imagine was a new member of waiting staff because he was god damn awful, very scatty and not the most approachable! So, if that can be rectified then all good..
  • Cocktails were unique and fun with an almost famous glitter cocktail (Wow)
  • Plenty of those consumed along with the salted caramel expresso martini
  • As there was a group of us we just decided we would get some sharing bits so we went for the arancini and a large sharing board which combined of focaccia, pork belly bites, chicken tenders, chicken skewers, ribs and some nicey nice sauces.
  • Chorizo & Mozzarella Arancini (£11) – Hand crumbed risotto croquettes stuffed with mozzarella and chorizo served with white truffle mayo
  • Spinach & Ricotta Arancini (£11) – Hand crumbed risotto croquettes stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and spinach served with white truffle mayo
  • The sharing platter is NOT FOR VEGANS, unless you are ok with focaccia 🤣☺️😉 however they do also have a veggie platter on the menu so fear not!
  • The carnivore platter (large is £38)
  • Teriyaki steak skewers, chicken skewers, pork belly bites, bbq ribs, and roasted focaccia served with brick and liquor dips!
  • So verdict is, great cocktails, and great food which between 5 of us came to £35 per head which included the service tip (although I didn’t think tip was deserved). Cocktails are around £9 each. Will definitely go back again though, and I see there’s a brunch menu on offer so would be cool to see how that goes.
  • ~EarlieGirl
  • Pantri, Dingle

    I spent this weekend in dingle checking out the folk festival and amongst the traditional pubs, there are lots of lovely cafes, restaurants and eateries to try so as recommended by a local we went to the pantri located on Main Street for a spot of brunch

    You’d need to be looking out for it as it’s situated out the back onto which you are greeted with a small cozy cafe! Thank god people were just about to leave, as we were all starvin Marvin so Stodge was a necessity! Their menu consists of breakfast and lunch/ brunch items, a lot of choice too and variety so everyone was able to find something that tickled their fancy. Here’s what we ordered:

    Jack McCarthy Black Pudding (€9)

    Annascaul black pudding👌🏻 served with free range fried eggs and sourdough toast. This was my order and it was perfection! Just what the doctor ordered after a few too many whiskey’s the night before.

    Bacon Benny (€10)

    Smoked Gubbeen rashers, two poached free range eggs on sourdough toast and hollandaise (this order removed the hollandaise sauce and added on the annascaul black pudding 👌🏻 )

     

    Breakfast Special (€10) Spinach, tomatoes, black pudding, potatoes, poached eggs with hollandaise served with sourdough bread

    Pantri Veggie Melt (€10)

    The veggie melt was served with roasted courgette and peppers served on a sourdough bread with spicy brinjal hummus and melted cheddar cheese.

    There were a few teas, coffee’s and juices ordered along with a share of mixed berry crumble and a chocolate and pear gateaux, but as you can imagine the camera was just not quick enough to snap before they were devoured. prices match a tourist town setting but the portion sizes were good and we were all satisfactory full leaving.

    On the Sunday, we went back to the Pantri, we were going to try the Goat Street Social on Goat Street, just off main street, however breakfast stopped serving at 12pm and some of the party wanted eggs so off back down to Pantri we went, sure we knew it would be good. A combination of eggs ordered from most, however this time I went for the Pastrami Sandwich..

    Pastrami Sandwich (€12)

    Gubbeen pastrami served on a sourdough bread, with mustard mayo and pickles. This was delicious and exactly what I needed before setting off for the long trek back to Dublin.

    If you are ever taking a trip down to dingle and want to try something different for lunch and breakfast then this would be a good spot to go to, I would also say that Goat Street Social would be another to try, just unfortunate we didn’t get a chance this time round.

    Verdit: Earlie-Good

    Earlie~Girl

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    Brick and Liquor

    Opening just over a year ago, Brick and Liquor is building up its following with a new venue now in Clapham as well as Tooting, the NYC inspired brick and liquor is expanding its brand and definitely pushing the “sip, chill and relax” vibe!

    Opting for a quiet one on a Monday evening, the cocktail of choice was the salted caramel expresso martini for all you sweet tooth lovers out there (£9). Flavours consisted of vanilla, salted caramel, orange, and of course the expresso, coffee liquor and vodka!

    Of course you need some nibbles to accompany the cocktails, it would be rude not too right? ….and so the humming and hawing ensued on what to get … opting for the small plates at (£6) each, the top pick dishes for the evening were or as they call them at Brick and Liquor.. Social Eats were:

    Chorizo and Mozzarella Arancini

    Pork Belly Bites

    FAVOURITE DISH: MUST HAVE!

    Rum and Coke Ribs

    Teriyaki Steak Skewers

    Overall a lovely experience for a Monday night and definitely recommended to try … the fact that it stays open until 2am at the weekends would make it a great date spot!

    Overall Verdict: Earlie-Impressed

    Details: Brick And Liquor Tooting

    Address: 82 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 9NG

    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

     

     

     

     

     

    Ladies Tea @ Orange Pekoe

    To beat the January blues a couple of the girls and I decided we would glam it up a little and embark on a ladies day adventure….. We wanted something localish and not too expensive as we are all suffering from the empty pocket syndrome after Christmas festivities! Sometimes these afternoon tea experiences are over priced with tinee sandwiches and overrated cakes! Orange Pekoe was a lovely find and for only £19.95 per person we were spoilt rotten with with choice.

    The Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu included:
    -A delicate assortment of freshly cut finger sandwiches.
    -One plain or sultana warm scone, served with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve.
    -A slice of cake of your choice from the cake counter.
    -A pot of tea or cup of coffee of your choice.

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    We had the slot for 2 hours and in that time we were able to enjoy the selection of food put in front of us!

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    I opted for the Carrot Cake on cake selection and it was so yummy and fluffy!

    2015/01/img_9760.jpg I must admit I was pretty full half way through however I was determined to eat every last bite on my carbohydrate overload day! From the sandwich selection I was intrigued by the cucumber and mint selection, something different for me anyway! It was super yummy but then again everything was!
    It is located on the Main Street, with the nearest station being Barnes Bridge, however if you are silly goosing like me, then you’ll be walking about 15 mins from Barnes station which to be fair was nice and refreshing however I had planned on being lazy that day!
    I would recommend to those who live around west and south west (from Earlsfield, usually should take only 25 mins to get there) to try it out if you feel like a little treat or if you have visitors around, rather than trapsing in central for an overpriced version!

    Dare I say…. South West Meets West?

    I have a confession………… I cheated on Earlsfield this weekend… #facepalm! 🙈 I know I know… I was meeting a friend who lives in the EAST SIDE 🙅 and we compromised on West, as we planned an outing to the Museum of Branding, Packaging and Advertising in Notting Hill (W11). We decided to lunch at Nama, a vegan restaurant in a lovely little area within Notting Hill territory! Now, Myself and MVA are not Vegans by any means but we are massive foodies, and the whole concept of tasting the flavours of raw food enticed us… so upon us the #RawFoodLiving we embarked.. 20141026-172312-62592006.jpg

    I am not going to lie, it took us a good half an hour to decide on what we would try and in the end because we wanted everything we decided to get 3 dishes and share. Seaweed Salad (£9) , Sushi Platter (12.50) and Zucchini Pasta (£11) along with an almond milk cappuccino and a green juice for myself.

    Seaweed Salad: Wakame and dulse seaweed salad with miso dressing.

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    Sushi Platter: Kohlrabi ‘rice’ , ‘roasted’ asian mushrooms, peashoots, carrots, spinach, cucumber and avocado, rolled in nori sheet (seaweed), served with a sesame dipping sauce and salad.

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    Zucchini Pasta: spiralised zucchini noodles, served with a Pomodoro sauce, sun dried tomatoes, marinated mushrooms, caramelised onions and olives.

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    It looks yummy doesn’t it? Well I can confirm, it tasted as yummy as it looked. The seaweed salad being my fav. Even a couple of girls sitting alongside side of us butted in to ask what it was, (The seaweed salad) so they could order it…. and order it, they did!

    When we asked for the bill, it arrived and we noticed that it specified if you downloaded the app Zapper you would get £5 off your first bill and so we did exactly that…. If you don’t have the app, download it now, it’s actually pretty cool – you add your card details and electronically send payment without using card machine. You can also split the payment. Really cool – Check it out!

    Nama foods also offers raw food cooking/prep courses so it’s something to look at if you are interested in the whole vegan sector. Even if you aren’t a vegan like myself, it’s a good experience to trick your brain into thinking you are eating CHO like the Zucchini pasta etc.

    Back to #EarlsfieldLiving now, but remember lets keep it green!!

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    ~Earlie Girl

    Annyeonghaseyo Cah-Chi

    I’ve been away for a few weeks and so feeling like I haven’t blogged in forever, made it my mission to get something into the diary. With one of our friends just moving to Earlsfield (powers of persuasion) we decided to grab some dinner (like popping into sainbos for a sambo we can just grab dinner on the high street…… Just like that!) without making a night out of planning intensively!!

    I’ve never tried Korean food before and I didn’t know what to expect but I had heard from a number of locals that it was amazing… And I have to admit from the moment we walked in until our departure it was like we were royalty…(ok I am exaggerating slighttly, but still…)

    So of course we had to get a bottle of wine 😇 and what I hadn’t realised was that it is BYOB so that’s a bonus for the next time!

    The menu has a wide selection of interesting dishes from rice, noodle, soup and stew dishes to the BBQ. The BBQ menu is what the restaurant prides itself on and each table is set up to accommodate this. You choose your meat (On this occasion it was duck and pork belly) and then the next thing your server transforms the table into your a mini kitchen but you aren’t cooking (obviously)

    While we were drooling over the menu (not literally now, come on), trying to decide what to get, our server came over with some complimentary dishes (Nice touch), which included sticky soy beans, boiled egg yolk in soy sauce and spicy courgette and red pepper… Random selection but Yummy flavors!

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    After some “ummming” and “ahhhing” decisions were finalized…From the menu we had:

    Appetisers:
    Kan-poong-gi – sweet and sour pork Korean style
    Moon-o-ball – octopus ball with teriyaki sauce
    Goul twi-gim – deep fried fresh oyster served with thick soy sauce

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    Mains from the BBQ:

    Sam-gyub-sal – grilled pork belly served with sesame oil and salt
    Ju-mul-luk – tenderloin marinated in sesame oil and garlic

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    Sides:
    Mi-yeok salad – wet seaweed salad with spicy lime dressing
    Sang-chu and pa-sengs-che – fresh lettuce and seasonal spring onion served with misp paste
    Bab – steamed rice

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    The girls got the BBQ and I opted for a couple of starters including the wet seaweed salad, octopus balls and deep fried oysters (obviously I was craving the ocean last Saturday night). I have to admit the octopus balls (don’t worry it was just the shape of how they were served) were a bit weird on the taste… I still don’t know whether I liked them or not… But everything else was spot on!

    The Service:
    They have it down to a tee in there. When you arrive you are served with wet towls to freshen up… the magic in it being they come out looking like mints and then they pour water into which they expand ( like a magic trick – “I’ve got the magic in me”)
    I was asking what everything was (so I would have it all for the blog) and they were happy out explaining everything. 👍
    On our departure they walked us to the door and gave us “Call again now” mints (Kate and Wills have nothing on us Earlsfielders😜)

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    The overall bill came to 25 quid each, this was including our alcoholic beverages. For the BYO, there is a one-off charge of 4 quid. Will I go back there? Hell Yes!!!

    Before you ask, the website is maintained but you can find menu’s online… if you are curious like.

    ~Earlie Girl

    Thai will be full..

    Now I’ve only been in Earlsfield for a little under a year, however I do know that Amaranth (which translates to an imaginary flower that never fades) has been around for a number of years with a great reputation for good food and good prices. It under went a renovation about 9months ago to extend the restaurant into an adjoining building and voila more space to fit all of us earlies in! Before the transformation it was a cosy little restaurant (cafe sized) with a BYOB license and there was no such thing as walking in, it was always jammers so booking a table was essential!
    Actually when I say cafe sized, it wasn’t as it had a basement of seating too but it just had that feel to it.
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    Since the make-over there is no longer BYOB having acquired a wine license.. which we don’t mind too much when the food is so good. Having travelled around South East Asia 3 years ago I expanded my taste buds to fancy a little Thai spice, especially in a good auld papaya salad.. So OBVIOUSLY I had to try this out with my friend who i went travelling with and it was Nom Nom Nom, Nommmmy!

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    I have been there a few times now and to date I haven’t experienced a bad meal….and worryingly for me I’m moving very close to here in less than a month so I bet I’ll be down there every week for the Monday special (LOL)

    The last time I ate here was with my Earlie buddy last week and we said we would go all out and get the supreme starter to share, it was so good having a combination of dim sum, chicken satay, prawn tempura, duck spring rolls and prawn skewers..They even do these cute little flower arrangements made from carrot served with some of the dishes. It’s always about that extra little touch.

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    For the main courses we indulged in a chicken drunken noodles (that was mine, the drunken part sounded fun to me) and a chicken massaman curry for my friend

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    Just in case anyone is wondering I didn’t get intoxicated from my drunken noodles, however it was quite spicy nommmmmm! On my previous visit I had opted for the seafood laksa (see below) which I definitely will have to try again because like in it’s name of amaranth, it’s the taste that never fades…

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    If you haven’t been there, then GO! And what makes it better is you can always pop down to the Wandle for a quick drink after (literally about 15 steps away) In terms of price you are talking roughly £20 per head including starter, main course and drink which is great value for money… And I promise Thai (thou) will be full!

    ~Earlie-Girl