Sunday, 3 July 2016

Kintan Japanese BBQ, Holborn

Kintan Japanese BBQ in Holborn review.  Kintan is the first yakiniku-style restaurant in London.  Cook your own bite sized pieces of meat or seafood on the grill set in the table and enjoy with other small dishes, rice and noodles on the extensive menu


We had tickets to see Bill Bailey at the Hammersmith Apollo (he is a very talented and funny man, by the way!) so I met up with Mr Jones for some post-work/pre-show chow.  As it was not far from work and close to the tube station we needed, Mr J suggested going to Kintan Japanese BBQ.  Japanese?  BBQ?  Yes please!  Normally when I visit somewhere new I pour over the menu hours (or days...) before I get there and read up on the place so I know what to expect.  As this was an unplanned stop I had no idea what to expect and didn't even really realise that it was a BBQ until we got to our table..."ooo...what's that?  A grill?  In our table?!  Awesome!"

Kintan is a little deceiving from the outside - quite narrow and simple.  Once you walk through the door it's completely different.  Cozy booths, modern decor and surprisingly spacious with the dining area split across two floors.  The kitchen is open which I always think is a good sign as you can have a bit of a nosy at what's going on in there!

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Photo a Day 2016: May



May is always a pretty good month for me, mostly because it's the month I add another year to my age and usually get to celebrate being "birthday princess" with all sorts of fun things and treats.   This May saw us taking a river boat ride to Kingston, a trip to the aquarium followed by our first ever theatre show ("Woman in Black", highly recommended!) plus a foodies festival just around the corner.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Magic Baking Tin Review

The Magic Baking Tin - imagine being able to bake multiple shapes with only one tin...It comes with 21 pieces which can be linked together with 12 connecting pins enabling you to mould your cakes, cheese cakes, breads and pies into over 100 different shapes


The trend for baking has really taken off since The Great British Bake Off hit our screens in 2010, with over 2 million people tuning in for the initial showstopper challenges and a whopping 12 million people waiting to see Nadiya crowned the latest queen of baking last year.  It's no surprise that baking equipment has also seen a growth in popularity with retailers seeing sales in cake tins, cookie cutters and other tools double, triple, quadruple...

This is all great news for budding bakers and kitchen connoisseurs alike but with all of these nifty things available but you might start to find your cupboards become a bit jam-packed with different shapes and sizes of cake and bread tins.  What if you could find one tin that could magically transform from one shape to another so you didn't have to have one mould for every occasion?  Let me introduce you to the Magic Baking Tin!

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Foodies Festival, Syon Park

Foodies Festival, Syon Park - Masterchef chefs doing cooking demonstrations, street food, drink tents, BBQs...everything you love about food in one beautiful park!


A beautiful sunny May morning and I had a date with ALL the food.  Today was the first of three days of the Foodie Festival at Syon Park so smothered myself with sun screen and headed over to the park to see what foodie delights awaited...

If you've never been to Syon Park, it's a real gem of a place - the big open green space smack bang in the middle of Isleworth somehow feels like you're in the middle of the countryside even though Heathrow airport is only about 7 miles away.  Wafts of BBQ hit me before I even got to the road leading through the park so I quickened my pace to get to the food!

I'll just warn you now; there are quite a few photos, all of my favourite bits, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed seeing everything in real life!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Photo a Day 2016: April



Happy May, everyone!   It's finally beginning to feel a bit more like spring and Instagram is "blossoming" with everyone's pictures of flowers and green things.  There's been a lot of things popping up in social media about wild garlic - I need to find out where I can find some locally because I'm desperate to try some as this is the best time of year to pick the stuff.

April was a pretty quiet month but seemed to feature a lot of food...burgers, steak, baked treats at work and quite a bit of katsu!  How was your month?




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