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.

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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

Ben’s Canteen, the taste test…

The sun came out yesterday, hooray… I even managed to get a little burnt (awkward). Anyway MVA came down from East London to try out the food and coffee at Ben’s Canteen which I’ve been saying I would try out since it’s opening night on the 15th May. I think I may have (definitely have) been going on about how great Earlsfield is over the last few weeks (blog hype) and somehow I’ve unintentionally achieved non-resident excitement and buzz for the place- go team #EarlsfieldLiving!

So, It’s time for the food test, I’ve been building this up in my head for the last couple of weeks and so here we go!! When we got there we just managed to grab the last “table for two” near the window which was amazing because we got the rays of the sun coming in on top of us and also allowed us to participate in some people-watching! We noticed that after us parties from 2 up to 10 were being turned away because it was just busy busy busy! Seeing as it was Bank Holiday Sunday we said we would indulge in the auld Bloody Mary’s (with alcohol of course) coming in at £8 and we decided to brave it and go with medium spice- they were delicious, and I’ll let you in on a little secret I don’t actually usually like Bloody Mary’s so well done Ben’s Canteen!
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I was feeling cheeky and instead of the usual Eggs Benedict type dish I would lean towards I had a massive craving for pancakes so opted for the banana pancakes (£7) with maple syrup (50p), MVA went for the Veggie Breakfast
(£9)

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As you can see from the photo, I finished everything on my plate- oh my it was oh soooooo scrumptious! Afterwards we just sat chatting for a couple of hours over some coffee (applicable to the coffee-mania challenge) and I got the same vibe from the opening night in the sense that it’s so relaxing, you can just sit and ponder or gossip over G&T’s … It just ticks all the right boxes for me and what made the experience even better was the fact that our waiter was super friendly and lit the place up with his energy!

So my final verdict, APPROVED by Earlie-Girl and will be definitely going back to try out the “Eggs Pig Out” I want, I want, I want

Until next week…

~Earlie-Girl

The Putney way, Roxie

As per previous blogpost “Foxie Roxie”, I mentioned the following
I am not too sure about the next statement I am about to make, but I reckon the new branch of Roxie opened up in Putney about 2months ago (it could be more, but you know how fast this year is going already, it is just too hard to keep track of). I haven’t eaten there YET but I have walked past and peeked in – it appears to offer more space with a long table in the middle of the floor plan.

It was a last minute “hey, we’re going for dinner in Roxie and we booked you a place” – I mean how could I say no even though I had had an early dinner as my lunch so couldn’t go the full hog and get my usual fillet standard.
I opted for the Thai beef salad (starter) @ £5.95. Kissing lips like the Italians, it was good (again rare, how I like it). I also got to try a bit of my Putonian friends ribeye (medium) which tasted delicious, it’s definitely on my to-try list for the next time!

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Definitely had a lovely vibe in the place, a lot more open and spacious but one thing, the Putney branch does not offer creamed spinach (is this the differentiator between the two then?) and plus my heart does lie in #Earlsfield with only a 2 minute walk down the road from me. #EarlsfieldLiving.

~Earlie-Girl

Reeling in the Y-ear(l)sfield

I often think about how names come about…. even our names, so if you ever hear me stretching out a name a bit too much, that’s probably what I am doing!

Earlsfield, where did the name come from? The field of the Earl… No I am just messing,  it’s actually a little less historic but still interesting. Now before you start reading anymore, I am just going to clarify that  I am no historian but I just thought a summary of the earl-story would be good, even if it’s just for me.

So apparently Earlsfield received it’s name based on a sales agreement with the Davis Family. How so? They sold the site to London and Southern Western railway in 1884 for the building out of the railway station and one of the conditions of sale was that the station be named after their residence “Earlsfield” and that’s how Earlsfield station got it’s name and from that the area….. Well helloooooo there Earlsfield!

I found these pictures online and then went out this morning (looking a bit sketchy I would imagine) trying to find the locations of these photos- here’s my portrait of Earlsfield Then and Now…

First stop Swaby Road… A few families packing their car boots, setting off for the bank holiday weekend… and me standing in the middle of the road taking pictures of…. A road!

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 I walked down Swaby Road and made my way over to Earlsfield Road….

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And then up to the high street to capture Earlsfield station and  Garratt Lane. (it’s not exactly the most fascinating of pictures to take, so I felt a lot like those tourists that take photos of absolutely everything – “Oh my god this is the spoon I used to stir the sugar into my coffee” #OMG – let me take a photo!

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Last but not least, I made my way home past the Leather Bottle and managed to get a couple of pictures to resemble the historic photos! The location of the Leather Bottle was once before known as the “old Garratt Lane village”, the heart of the town and in some ways you can say that it still is with its #bestbeergardeninlondon status!

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So there you have it, all in a little nutshell –  “Earlsfield Then and Now…”

……and here’s to enjoying the “Now”

~Earlie-Girl