I love it when time flies, you catch up with a friend and it feels like only yesterday when you were laughing and letting the meandering conversation make its own way into the evening. The other week that’s just what happened with one of my nearest and dearest friends and on the night we were perched comfortably on stools along the bar of Chicama; a Peruvian restaurant along the King’s Road.

Over the years we’ve experienced a few firsts together: going to the Orange store in Notting Hill to pick up our first mobile phones on our lunch break; visiting Puglia for a girly holiday when we were both single before we met the men we now have children with; and countless London discoveries as we made our way through our twenties. So it felt like old times when we met at Chicama and discovered this Chelsea gem together.

She recommended the Pera Verano cocktail which she had started the night off with … and I loved it. Beforehand, I’d also tried the Barberola cocktail with Barsol Pisco, rhubarb and cherry – their signature cocktail.

Small plates were spread out throughout our evening and we both enjoyed every dish we tried.

Padron peppers

Tapioca marshmallow with ocopa sauce

Sea bass ceviche, grilled corn, heritage tomato, pickled onion

Fried aubergine, plantain miso, pecans

King prawns, tosted almonds with yuzu kosho dressing

Black rice

And the evening ended with the sign of another fabulous night; an espresso martini with orange coffee liqueur.

Overall, the atmosphere at Chicama was lively; the staff were friendly and the restaurant itself was a real beauty. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Chicama, 383 King’s Road, SW10 0LP, London

It has been a while since I visited Haché on Fulham Road. Not since its stylish refurb had I set foot in here. But recently I was invited to pop in for a review and I accepted, unbeknownst to me how much had changed since the last time I dropped by.

Along with the more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior, I discovered that the burger menu had changed. Steak burgers are now a feature and my OH chose the Steak Fumé which arrived with caramelised onions, smoked bacon, gruyère cheese and Haché coleslaw. Its theatrical arrival in a smoke-filled dome was enough to capture anyone’s attention and gauging OH’s reaction, the burger was very good too especially …

… with a side of truffle fries.

As for me, I opted for the Steak Le Truffle burger which was topped with truffle shavings, truffle aioli, caramelised onions and Gruyère cheese. It was divine.

My side was a bowl of kale salad to add a healthy balance and I enjoyed it very much too.

Little Man went for the chicken goujons burger with fries and although he didn’t give the bun a chance he was a big fan of everything else he tried.

Overall, it really felt good being back at Haché and as I sipped a glass of gorgeous Kir Royale I wondered why it had taken us so long to return. I guess sometimes we slip in and out of habits; Haché was always one of the places we popped into before catching a film at the cinema across the road. It was almost a weekly event until Little Man came along and now he’s old enough to go to the cinema (today we watched Despicable Me 3), I feel that we will definitely be visiting Haché more often – not least because I’d like to indulge in another one of those steak burgers.

And another reason to return is for their breakfast menu (here). After our usual family Sunday mornings at the gym this menu looks so good.

Haché, 329-331 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9QL

There’s a new pop-up in Chelsea called High Mood Food at Duke of York Square. It’s an artisanal café that focuses on energising and immune boosting food. In a nutshell, it’s mood food that nourishes both the brain and the gut. 

They have a great menu though I still haven’t tried their Bulletproof coffee: Cru coffee, coconut oil with grassfed butter. High Mood Food’s normal coffee is amazing. I tried having a flat white with hazelnut milk for the first time here. It’s a lot creamer than having it with almond milk.

One of High Mood Food’s other drinks is Kombucha created by Wild Fizz.

As you can see from the label below, this ginger flavoured drink also has turmeric, black pepper and green tea. I drank mine in the morning sun and it’s a very refreshing drink that’s filled with friendly bacteria. This raw sparkling tea contains “the finest organic Sencha tea from Japan, organic cane sugar, a home grown S.C.O.B.Y & starter liquid, (basically old Kombucha). Through fermentation, [its] S.C.O.B.Y (or symbiotic colony of yeast & bacteria) chomps on the tea & sugar and produce Kombucha – a drink full of gut friendly bacteria, vitamins, enzymes, acids and antioxidants.” [source]

What interested me initially about Kombucha was that it’s also alkalising as well as all natural and low sugar. But as I said before, it’s also a refreshing drink. And it’s definitely one to try.

*High Mood Food is now closed on Duke of York Square*

One of my favourite places in London is Kensington Roof Gardens. It’s a stunning oasis of colour and beauty that makes you feel like you’ve walked into a garden in Morocco once you’ve stepped out of the High Street Kensington lift on the 6th floor.

So when I discovered their Easter Egg Hunt in support of Starlight Children’s Foundation I booked tickets straight away.

Along with the egg hunt another reason to book was of course the beautiful flamingoes that were kept safely away from the children. I thought it’d be great to show Little Man that flamingoes really do exist after pointing out so many imaginary ones in the name of creating a distraction when getting from a to b.

And of course the bubbles for grown ups were a pull.

Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what the kids were going to enjoy except for a few chocolate eggs. After all, I’d only known Kensington Roof Gardens for events and their nightclub. But there was so much for the children to enjoy: games, face painting, arts and crafts. Little Man had a real blast along with all the other children.

In fact I was so impressed by the entertainment, I have to give Sharky & George a big shout out. These guys really do know how to throw a party for little ones. At one point Little Man wasn’t sure of a game and I loved how the patient team member took the time to involve him. By the end of the afternoon, Little Man was attempting his breakdancing and didn’t want to leave.

Along with the entertainment, there was the usual barbecue at The Roof Gardens serving the usual fare as well as mini burgers that came with chips.

And finally at 3.30pm the rest of the garden was opened up and a hoard of children rushed through to collect their eggs. There was of course plenty of excitement and following his Easter Sunday egg hunt at a friend’s house, Little Man behaved like a seasoned pro. The hunt also gave everyone else a chance to wander around and in some cases reminisce about the awesome parties that have been held here.

Eventually the hunt slowed down and it was time to find a relaxing nook to enjoy the chocolate eggs.

It was such a gorgeous afternoon and the perfect end to the Easter bank holiday weekend in London. I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for more family events at Kensington Roof Gardens. I really love it there.

Over the last few months Pavilion Road (located just off Sloane Square behind Peter Jones) has come to life with a row of artisan food and drink shops that are helping to put Chelsea on the London foodie map: Bread Ahead, Natoora, Provenance Village Butcher, Pavilion Wine and London Cheesemongers.

London Cheesemongers is somewhere cheese aficionados and novices can go to discover traditionally produced cheeses that are selected based on quality and season. You can now even enjoy cheese and drink pairings upstairs in London Cheesemongers’ tasting room every Saturday afternoon if you can’t wait to get home.

The other week I visited upstairs for Crostini Club‘s inaugural event at London Cheesemongers. The idea of the evening was to explore a variety of crostini (the gorgeous bread coming from Bread Ahead), that were to be topped with a selection of British, Italian and French cheeses carefully selected from London Cheesemongers. The crostini were also to be dressed with a creative homemade touch and of course, let’s not forget the wine: bubbles, white and red.

The first crostini to try involved Étrez butter spread over slices of baguette with marinated anchovies.

Next was Perail ewe’s milk cheese with its distinguishable nutty taste served on mixed seeds bread with cavolo nero pesto.

Kirkham’s Lancashire hard cheese was then served on baguette with slow-cooked Tropea onions.

Then came the Taleggio semi-soft cow cheese served on ciabatta bread with British conference pears.

The penultimate crostini involved barrel-aged feta on focaccia bread with peppers spread.

And the final crostini arrived with Innes-Log goat cheese served on sourdough brown bread with aubergine mousse.

The whole evening was filled with the most wonderful flavours and great company. I wasn’t sure what to expect from the evening but from the moment I arrived I savoured every morsel and the table conversation.

Crostini Club‘s next event is on 26th April and if you love cheese or meeting likeminded foodies I truly recommend it. You can book your place here.

London Cheesemongers, 251 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0BP

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