Taste of London

June seemed to fly by, and it’s been a pretty exciting month – with even more rooftop bars and outdoor foodie pop-ups flooding my Insta feed than ever before. But there was only one thing on my mind: Taste of London.

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Taste of London is one of the world’s greatest restaurant festivals and it’s hosted in Regents Park for just 5 days (and by the time I’ve gotten around to writing this blog, Taste of London has passed and you’re going to have to wait until November to visit!). It’s an eclectic collection of the best restaurants in the capital alongside exhibitors showcasing their products and creations.

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After an intense browse of the restaurant list, we locked onto our first target: The Ember Yard. I opted for the courgette and mint arancini served with whipped ricotta, fennel and toasted pumpkin seeds. It’s crunchy, golden brown coating gave way to a creamy filling inside, I just hope the Ember Yard will make these a permanent staple on their menu…

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Our next stop was to the Folkington‘s truck to grab ourselves a G&T. We tried all their juices first before settling on a classic, Lemon & Mint, to add to our Bathtub Gins. A refreshing (and much needed) treat.

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Roka was next, where we sampled the Gindara to nai no gyoza – black cod, crab and crayfish dumplings. If there are dumplings on a menu, I’m ordering them. I adore Roka and I’ll find any excuse to visit.

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Desert? We tried samples from Pots & Co and I loved their passion fruit and orange compete which is set on top of a cheesecake like cream. We were also given a taster each of their little chocolate pot which is made with 70% Belgian chocolate which has the consistency of a mousse. I loved it so much I went to Waitrose and bought a pack of four, it’s so creamy and indulgent.

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I so wished we can return the next day to discover all the rest of the delicious dishes – there were just so much on offer!

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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

Broadway Market

If you haven’t made any plans for the weekend yet, then Broadway Market is where you want to be on a Saturday. A couple of weekends ago, Scott took me for our anniversary. It still amazes me that I can still discover new parts of London that I haven’t explored before – even through I’ve spent my whole life here. It’s located in the heart of Hackney nestled between Regent’s Canal and London Fields. You’ll find independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants dotted along the street, and of course you’ll find stalls offering amazing fresh produce, authentic street food, vintage clothing, and arts and crafts.

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Broadway Market is a real foodie haven, and without trying to sound cliche, there really is something for everyone.

We started with these black pudding scotch eggs which we were cooked to perfection as the egg yolk was runny but still managed to hold its shape. I adore scotch eggs, I love the fact they’re basically a miniaturised fry-up made up of sausage, eggs and bread. They’re just a complete little parcel of goodness.

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There’s something about garlic stuffed olives – they’re fantastic. Forget the garlic breath and grab yourself a pot of these.

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And for one of the main reasons for my visit, The Dumpling Shack. They’re squidgy little dumplings handmade in front of you and fried up to order.

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And dessert? Well, we couldn’t decide so we ended up trying a couple of sweet treats. Scott has been ogling these salted caramel brownies all day. Which are unbelievably moreish and between two fudge brownie there’s a layer of liquid salted caramel which oozes as you bite into it.

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We also paid a visit to Crosstown Doughnuts, where I gobbled up a matcha doughnut. If you’re not already sold on matcha, then these will do the trick.

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By this point, I had eaten my entire calorie intake in an hour. But I brought some meringue kisses to bring home for my family. There’s nothing better than a light, fluffy meringue, and The Meringue Girls nail it. They’re the perfect takeaway treat.

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Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ