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    Monday, 24 April 2017

    THE DISHES YOU HAVE TO ORDER AT THE DINER

    There are certain restaurants I could go back to, time and time again. Reliable ones where you know you're pretty much guaranteed a good time. Places like The Diner.

    You know where you stand with The Diner. All their restaurants have the same laid-back atmosphere, killer drinks menu and you know the food is going to be good.

    I've shared my love for the Diner with you guys before - in fact it wasn't actually that long ago that I showed you around The Diner in Soho. BUT the Islington branch has just got a face-lift so I couldn't resist heading back down there and letting you in on my go-to dishes for every visit.
    Let's talk starters!
    Freakshow Chicken
    I'm a HUGE fan of the chicken wings at the Diner but for something different, you can't go wrong with the Freakshow Chicken. They're huge boneless buttermilk chicken strips which come with a hot, tangy buffalo sauce and a wedge of lime. The meat is tender and the coating is lovely and crisp.
    Super Queso
    A must order for nacho fans. You're served a skillet filled with hot molten cheese loaded with beef chili, salsa, sour cream, guacamole & jalapeƱos. The clever thing with the Diner's nachos is that the tortilla chips are stuck into the sauce rather than as a base meaning you can scoop up all the delicious toppings and each chip gets an even coating!
    Moving on to main courses....

    Burgers
    You can't really go to the Diner and not order one of their burgers. There's eight on the menu to choose from, including the The DCB chicken burger and the pulled pork topped Juicy Lucy. I'm a big fan of the Diablo though. The patty is made from high quality Speyside Highland beef which is freshly ground and shaped then topped with cheese, bacon, pickles and special Diner Burger sauce. 

    Taco Salad 
    For something a bit different, I'd recommend you go for the Taco Salad. It's not your typical salad - partly for the fact it comes served in a giant taco shell and also the fact it's not exactly healthy either. BUT it's got all your favourite burrito ingredients in, with the tortilla fashioned into an edible bowl. You've got shredded lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, cheese and generous spoonfuls of sour cream, salsa and guacamole. Dreamy.
    AND Finally....Chilli Cheese Fries
    Don't even bother going if you don't order a portion of these. Obviously you could order regular fries but when you've got the option of chips topped with chilli and cheese, that would be a little silly right? Don't think of the calories, just enjoy. 

    The Diner is open 10am-10pm Sunday - Thursday and 9am till Midnight at the weekends. Oh and they take reservations!

    21 Essex Rd, London N1 2SA

    * We were guests of The Diner
    Our food was complimentary but opinions are 100% honest

    Thursday, 13 April 2017

    THE DIRTIEST BRUNCH IN TOWN: DIRTY BONES, SHOREDITCH

    Once upon a time, Dirty Bones invited me to take part in an epic eating challenge for this blog along with one of my favourite bloggers Katy. We embarrassed ourselves with a feeble attempt at their 'Mac Attack challenge' and I'm pretty sure I've spent the last year and a half trying to work off all the food we devoured that night. 

    While our effort was a little poor, the food at Dirty Bones was EPIC so when I heard they were doing brunch, I knew I HAD to go back. 
    They've now got three sites across London (soon to be four) so we headed to the Shoreditch branch, just around the corner from BoxPark and next door to Beach Blanket Babylon. It's an old stone building with high ceilings, neon lights and loud buzzy music - setting the perfect scene for a Saturday afternoon brunch. 

    Now I'll get to the food in a minute (and it's amazing I promise) but you can't talk about brunch without drinks right? Rather than operating your standard 'Bottomless Brunch' with free-flowing prosecco, Dirty Bones offer a 'Boozy flight' which is brilliant value and WAY better for your dignity by the end of the meal! For £19 per person, you can have up to four cocktails from their killer drinks menu (I recommend the Uptown Spritz) and given cocktails are usually £9 a pop, you're basically getting two drinks free right...you do the math!Food-wise, Dirty Bones more than lives up to it's rep with the Dirty Brunch. If there's one thing the guys at Dirty Bones know how to do, it's comfort food. Real roll your sleeves up grub.  You HAVE to start with the short-rib crumpets (£8.50). It's essentially Eggs Benedict except they use crumpets instead of english muffins (which in my opinion is a stroke of pure genius). There's two in a portion meaning it's perfect for sharing as a "starter" and you get the choice of salmon, avocado or (you'd be mad to order anything else) these short-rib beauties. 

    Each toasted crumpet is piled up with 14 hour slow-cooked short rib meat and caramelised shallots then topped with a perfectly cooked poached egg and hollandaise sauce. Food porn at its finest!For the mains, there's plenty of choice from fried chicken and hot dogs through to waffles and pancakes. Tom went for the infamous Mac Daddy burger (£11) which we'd seen ALL over Instagram and sadly I have to admit it didn't quite live up to the hype.

    Don't get me wrong - it looks AMAZING. It's a burger topped with pulled short-rib and a whole LOAD of Mac & Cheese for gods sake! It just lacked that salty, charred taste that I love in a good burger. All the flavours sort of blurred together and felt a little under seasoned for us!
    The baked skillet though (£9) - this was one hell of a dish. Two eggs baked in a rich tomato sauce with avocado, melted taleggio cheese and a dreamy parmesan crumb - ready to be scooped up with toasted sour-dough. Definitely one of my favourites.
    We also shared a round of Breakfast fries (£5) which came in the form of skinny fries topped with two fried egg and smokey tomato ketchup. Despite looking the part for the picture, I actually could have done without the eggs on top BUT the fries themselves were perfect. Super crisp and perfectly seasoned.
    Just look at THAT spread!
    I know by this point you'll be feeling full but save room for pudding! You really don't want to miss the Banana Toblerone-Tella Waffles (£7).  IS there anything better than a baked waffle, topped with a caramelised banana, blueberry jam and salted peanut butter gelato?! Like really?
    Oh and the "coffee and doughnuts" (£6) is also a winner. A warm sugar doughnut served with a shot glass full of coffee gelato - the ideal way to take the edge of a heavy meal!
    Overall the Dirty Brunch gets a BIG thumbs up from me. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday at all four restaurants (Kensington is currently closed for a refurb) and booking is essential! 

    Dirty Bones
    1 Club Row
    Shoreditch, E1 6JX
    * We were guests of  Dirty Bones
    Our food & drinks were complimentary but all brunch love is honest
    Dirty Bones Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Thursday, 6 April 2017

    THE SIXTY SECOND DESSERT: DR OETKER PUD IN A MUG

    When I was at Uni, one of my friend's introduced me to the idea of mug cakes.

    You basically put eggs, flour, sugar, cocoa powder, milk and a little oil into a mug and blast it in the microwave until it magically rises up and you're left with an incredible sponge pudding. 

    It was a bit of a revelation...but also a bit of a mess. 
    To make things quicker and easier, Dr Oetker has launched its own range of puddings which come pre-mixed meaning you can have the same sponge cake without having to faff around with ingredients. They've just launched a brand new flavour (which just so happens to be one of very favourite desserts) Sticky Toffee pudding which I was kindly sent to try out....
    All you need to do is empty the sachet into a mug, add 60ml of milk and stir, stir, stir until it's nice and thick and glossy. Then pop in the microwave for 50 seconds and you're done. 
    You'll be left with a nice soft sponge with a toffee sauce at the bottom - just make sure you follow the timings to a tee otherwise you'll end up with a dry cake (and noone wants that!). Perfect with a scoop of ice cream or heavy cream!We loved the new Sticky Toffee pudding but there's also Chocolate Chip and Rich Chocolate in the existing range. They don't quite beat the real deal of a homemade cake but it is a really speedy, easy option if you're looking for something sweet and don't have all the ingredients in! I know I would have stockpiled these back in my uni days!
    You can pick them up for just 85p from all the major supermarkets! It's definitely worth keeping a couple of packets in your cupboard for your next girl's night in or you know...the next time you fancy a bit of cake! I don't judge!

    * This post was sponsored by Dr Oetker