Eight things I ate this December

I ate a lot of food last month and reminiscing about everything I ate over the period Christmas is making me incredibly peckish…

This first weekend in December I headed to the Peak District with my family and we went straight to The Red Lion in Litton. It’s one of my favourite pubs and serves good, hearty food (and the fact that they’re dog friendly is a huge bonus!)

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A boozy Christmas lunch with my colleagues happened at The Blues Kitchen  where they’re all about big plates of BBQ food. I indulged in their Christmas burger, ‘the baby cheezus’ – a turkey burger served with cranberry sauce and bacon, wedged between two brioche buns, topped with a pig wrapped in a blanket, served with both sport coleslaw and sweet potato fries!

blues-kitchen

Buying groceries for one is a challenge, you either over buy or end up having the same meals again and again, and that’s where Gousto step in. Scott swears by them and has whips me up a meal from them every time I stay at his flat. I loved their spicy haddock linguine, creamy with a hint of chilli, plus there’s hardly any prep!

gousto-haddock-linguine

Scott’s birthday falls in December, so of course, we got burgers and craft beer at The Exmonth Arms in Euston with a dozen of so friends. They’ve got 32 bottled beers displayed on the ‘wall of beer’ – nothing beats a Beavertown gamma ray with a mac n cheese burger served with hashbrown bites.

For Scott’s actual birthday, I took him to Maltby Street Market, and these buttermilk waffles served with fried chicken and maple syrup where the highlight of the market – a perfect combination!

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I also took Scott to Camino for a birthday meal after we visited the Escape Rooms. It’s a great place to head to and you’re always guartenned good food and all the Spanish classics. Although the food itself it quite basic, it’s still incredibly tasty.

camino

I’m guilty of heading into Central London when it comes to going out for dinner, and I’m attempting to try out all of my local restaurants. Last month I headed to Thalassa with my parents. The food here is plentiful and delicious, but the restaurant itself needs a refurbishment.

thalassa

To ring in the new year, Scott and I headed to The Isle of Man, where we dinned at 14 North, a cosy restaurant located in Douglas in the North Quay. I loved the fact they only use seasonal and local ingredients to showcase what the island has to offer. If you’re ever in the Isle of the Man you’ll seriously regret not going here!

isle-of-man-14-north

 

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Malty Street Market

Rarely a month that passes where I haven’t gone to a farmers market or sampled some street food and I refused to let the winter weather get in the way of this. Scott and I decided on an inpromptu adventure to Maltby Street Market in Beromendsey.

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We jumped off the tube at Aldgate where we got caught in the throng of people heading across Tower Bridge Maltby Street Market is a foodie heaven which has swelled under the Victorian railway arches in Bermondesey.

It reminded of what Borough Market could have been like, long before it became a tourist hotspot (and it actually started as a alterntative to Borough Market). Maltby Street Market finds itself in a tight, crowded tunnel with street food vendors lined up and down the road, with cafes and bars poping up under the arches.

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Wine, bread, cheese, pastries, salt beef, Greek specialities – it’s all here. Scott and I grabbed  a coffee from Coffee, mate? and wondered down the Ropewalk trying to decide with stall to purchase lunch from.

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Scott decided only a German sausage would do, whereas I headed to WaffleOn and grabbed a buttermilk waffle topped with fried chicken, seriously delicious. You’ll be hard to find something you don’t like at Maltby Street.

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Oh, and make sure to head to Dhan Waffle, which are an Taiwanese dessert and a combination of cake, doghnut and waffle. They’re cooked right before your eyes and can be topped with choices like vanialla custard, nutella, salted caramel and matcha which are served in an egg carton.

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I know I’m always saying this, but if you’re in London, then you must go here – but I really do mean it! But it’s worth getting out of bed early for, as on a sunny day it will be rampacked.

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Maltby Street Market, Ropewalk, London SE1 3PA