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Foundation. 

Bar, Burgers, Chicken, Club, Cocktails, London Bars, Pizza

When you get an invitation that mentions cow print sofas, #Selfie cocktails & Happy Meals it’s pretty much a given you’re going to have fun. Tonight I got to sample Foundation bars new menu and experienced some of the quirkiest cocktails I’ve ever come across.

I’ve been to Foundation a couple of times before, a long time ago on drunk nights out in central London. I’ve never really thought of it as somewhere to go for dinner but after this evenings absolute feast I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of fun, yummy food and hilarious cocktails.

We went for the Dirty Burger served in a Happy Meal box (which was surprisingly good and I’d definitely recommend) and the Foundation Platter which consisted of Voodoo Wings (amazing, sticky, sweet), Pepperoni & Chilli Pizza (cheesy, crispy, moorish), Chorizo Sausage Roll (flaky, tasty, better than Greggs), chilli popcorn (average but serves its purpose) and Chips & Dips. The food was good and we demolished pretty much all of it. Considering the place is mostly a bar/nightclub, the food excelled expectations and I’d be over the moon if I was served it on a drunken night out.

Highlights of the evening were the Downton Abbey cocktail served with a Babybel and crackers along with the personalised plastic cup with my name on it. Obviously the Polaroid selfie won me over, clipped to my creamy cocktail like all my dreams had come at once.

The atmosphere is buzzing and the decor is extremely enjoyable. They played some really good, clubby music (which at times made me want to put down my drink and get up to dance) and for around 7pm on a sunny Thursday evening, this dark, underground venue was packed. Overall I was very impressed and look forward to stumbling in there drunk when I’m out with my friends to order Happy Meals and #Selfie cocktails all round.

I think it would be a really fun alternative place for a date too, so if you can put up with the loud music and annoying drunk people then give it a go when you’re next trying to impress someone without being too fancy.

I’d like to have taken some better photographs but the light was somewhat reminiscent of an Amsterdam back alley so I apologise for the harsh flash and dodgy photography.

                

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STREET FEAST. 

Burgers, Cake, Dessert, Festival, Food Festival, Indian, Italian, Pop Up, Street Food

For some strange reason, I’d never been to Street Feast before today. I’ve made plans to go in the past but just never got round to going. Now I’ve been I’m kicking myself in the teeth for missing out on it so many times before.

Granted Lewisham is an absolute mission away but it did only take about 40 minutes to get there and it was well worth it once we’d trekked half way round the town centre and made it to Model Market. I was half expecting/hoping for a market full of sexy models but much to my dismay I was greeted by your average run of the mill middle class Londoners. That being said the music, vibe and venue itself is amazing. It’s gritty, rural and extremely Instagram worthy. Every surface, wall and seating area is a photo opportunity and it felt good to be surround by like minded food fanatics taking photographs of their dinner. The whole thing is a delight for your senses and it’s the most perfect place to spend the early evening, sipping cocktails and munching burgers in the sunshine.

        Obviously the main reason for my visit was to experience Rola Wala for the first time so that seemed like a good place to start. We sampled the trio of mini naan Rola sliders and they did not disappoint. Goan Pork Roast, Kashmiri Chicken and Keralan Dal are the toppings all served on a crispy (but soft), deliciously moorish mini naan. We washed it all down with a Mango, Turmeric & Lime Soda, made in house to accompany the food perfectly. Which it definitely did. The guys serving up the food are delightful and I recommend that anyone visiting Street Feast makes sure they do not give this place a miss. It’s a fresh, innovative and exciting street food concept and I’ve never tried anything like it before. There’s only so many burgers one person can eat in a life time so if you fancy a change and you love Indian food then this is one for you.

          

Talking of burgers, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to try Mother Flipper as it’s another one that’s been on my list for fucking ages. The menu is exciting, I really wanted ‘The Dirty Barbie’ (purely because of the name) but couldn’t quite justify a double patty no matter how good it looked! I went for ‘The Double Candy Bacon Flipper’ that consists of bacon fried in maple syrup and American cheese. It was fucking amazing. I’m gonna say it’s up there with the best but you’re probably bored of me saying that by now. It was really fucking good though.

    

To break up the savoury food we had a dessert interval to cleanse the palette. Thanks to the South East Cakery Brownie Bar we got to stuff our gobs with an array of gooey brownie treats. Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, Mojito & Honeycomb flavour to be precise. They were beyond delicious. Beyond

To end of feast we got the naughtiest thing we could find and devoured a portion of ‘Beef Poutine with Italian Fries’ from Cheeky Italian. This was as good as it looked and absolutely sent me over the edge. The meat is tender and soft and so unbelievably tasty whilst the chips are herby and delicious. The whole thing is topped with cheesy, creamy white sauce and there is just nothing quite like it in the world. Far too naughty to ever eat again but extremely good nonetheless.

      

The Meringue Girls also had a gorgeous little pop up that I couldn’t resist taking photos of. The menu is insane but I just couldn’t fit it in. Next time I’ll defineltley be having the ‘Rainbows, Unicorns & Fairy Floss’ and potentially the ‘Chock Banana & PB Heaven’ if they can do it without the banana.

    

All in all the experience was great. Let’s hope it was worth it because I have a wedding tomorrow and I’m probably not going to fit in my dress. Make sure you get yourselves down there and if you only try one thing then make it the Rola Wala sliders. Of everything I ate today, they made me the happiest.

There’s still time to enter my competition to win free food & drinks vouchers for you and a friend. Just tweet me a picture of your food (any food, any meal, from anywhere) @lucydelane and I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday 20th April.
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PIZZA PILGRIMS.

Italian, Pizza, Street Food

So I finally got myself down to Pizza Pilgrims after managing to resist it for a very long time. I’ve kind of been meaning to go ever since it opened whilst also trying to avoid it at the same time. I always feel guilty after pizza because it never lives up to my expectations (Voodoo Rays & Pizza Union excluded) and just tend to enjoy a burger so much more. That being said, there’s so much hype around this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle themed restaurant that it was inevitable I was eventually going to end up there. 

Like in most places I couldn’t decide what to order so decided to go half an half. Our pizzas were inspired by 2 of my favourite Italian dishes; Aubergine Parmigana and Carbonara. I personally don’t think either lived up to their name sake but in terms of pizza they were pretty good. The carbonara pizza is a special but I think it’s a regular because of its popularity. Anything topped with a runny egg is going to do it for me and the white cheese base was a nice change. The dough is delicious but a little softer than I prefer. In my eyes a pizza base should be extremely crispy but that’s just not what Pizza Pilgrims are about. That being said the restaurant is always heaving and the people dining around me all seemed to be REALLY enjoying themselves so it’s definitely a huge success.

It’s good value for money and there’s a great selection of pizzas on the menu so if you’ve not tried it yet then put it on your list (after Voodoo Rays & Pizza Union) and get down there. 

       

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TEL AVIV.

Healthy, Holiday, Israeli, Seafood

I’ve been back a while now and it’s taken me a fair bit of time to get round to doing this post but the memory of my holiday is still very fresh in my mind. I was lucky enough to visit Tel Aviv (for the first time since I was 16) last month for a family friend’s wedding and turned the trip into a culinary tour of the city. I won’t go into too much detail because the pictures speak for themselves but if you do ever find yourself in that part of the world then I definitely have a few recommendations:

1. Herbert Samuel – doesn’t look like much from the outside but the food is unbelievable and people queue all evening to get a table in this sensational restaurant


2. Old Jaffa – my favourite place we visited, it’s so cute and there are so many things to look at. I also wanted to buy everything I saw in every shop/market we went in to


3. Dr Shakshuka – in the heart of Old Jaffa, well worth a visit for the Israeli delicacy


4. Carmel Market – the most Instagrammable market I’ve ever seen, so many pretty colours!


5. The Social Club – great food, great atmosphere and right round the corner from Max Brenner


6. Max Brenner – don’t bother eating in but for warm melted white chocolate in a syringe you can’t not give it a visit


7. Neve Tzedek – the posher part of town and the area that I discovered Lotus Biscuit and Oreo frozen yoghurt (La Mamma Del Gelato Anita)


8. Mantaray – the best seafood, view of the beach and sweets (raid the bowl at reception) in the city and the place I broke all the Jew rules by eating bacon and shrimp in one dish!

 

There were loads of places we didn’t get to try out that people had recommended so I’d love to go back and sample everything else Tel Aviv has to offer but in the meantime, enjoy the photos….

                                                                                                                                                   

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ROLA WALA @ STREET FEAST: COMPETITION 

Festival, Food Festival, Street Food

This weekend see’s the opening of Street Feast at Lewisham’s Model Market and its set to be an absolute banger. I’m really excited about it because I get to eat, drink and be merry but most of all because I’m going to get to sample Rola Wala for the very first time. 

Rola Wala, Hindi for ‘man that rolls’, is the wonderfully perfect combination of a Western Street Food concept and Eastern flavour and is launching at Street Feast this weekend. Essentially grab-and-go Naan rolls with a selection of vibrant and exotic fillings, Rola Wala is taking the world by storm. Salivating? Yes, me too. 


If you want to join me whilst I stuff my face with these Indian delights then make sure you get yourself down to Streat Feast on Saturday. If you’d rather not witness that horrible sight but you still want to get your hands on some delicious Indian treats then just make sure you visit some time this summer!  

For a chance to win some Street Feast food and drinks vouchers for you and a friend all you’ve got to do is tweet me @lucydelane with a picture of your breakfast, lunch or dinner. The one that makes me the most ravenous wins. Simple! 


Good luck.


P.S. Follow Rola Wala on Instagram and Twitter @RolaWala  

                   

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BOUNCE BALLS.

Healthy, Home Cooking, Recipe, Recipes

If you’re fond of a Bounce Ball then you’ll appreciate this cheap and easy way to create your own. If you don’t know what a Bounce Ball is then this probably isn’t for you. Unless you’re one of those people who hashtags #protein in your Instagram pictures. If you do that then you’ll love these. I’m really not one for following recipes so please excuse my haphazard measurements but I created this concoction after reading a few variations online and I’m really rather impressed.

Ingredients
100g cashew nuts
100g / a handful of dried pitted dates
100g desiccated coconut
1 scoop chocolate whey protein (I only used about 15g but more would be acceptable)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
4 heaped tablespoons / 200g of low fat peanut butter (I recommend Sainsbury’s – you can use almond butter or something similar)
1 tablespoon honey / agave nectar

Method
Whizz the cashew nuts up in a blender until you have a fine powder, add 3/4 of the desiccated coconut and all the whey protein. Mix it all together and put to one side. Melt the peanut butter and coconut oil in a bowl above a pan of boiling water. Stir together until smooth and runny. Whizz the dates until it forms a smooth paste – this could take a while, I added a splash of water to help it along. Mix the liquid buttery concoction with the date paste and add the honey. Stir in the powdered nuts & protein until combined. Roll into little balls – it should make about 14. Roll the balls in the remaining coconut and pop in the freezer for 20 minutes until firm.

They can be kept in the fridge or freezer depending on when you want to eat them. They’re about 150 calories per ball and they’re fucking delicious. I’m going to experiment with different flavour combinations over the next few weeks so let me know if you have any tips, tricks or feedback for my next batch.

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GREEN GODDESS.

Courgetti, Healthy, Home Cooking, Recipe, Recipes, Spaghetti, Spiralizer, Uncategorized

This is for those of you on January health kicks. It’s green, it’s full of nutrients and it’s pretty easy to make. All you’ll need is a spiralizer and a blender / mini chopper / food processor. It’s a good one if you spiralize a lot because I used spiralized courgette scraps to make the sauce. If you’ve never spiralized before you won’t know what I’m talking about but if you do you’ll be thankful for the suggestions of what to do with them. If you don’t have any scraps then just use 1 regular courgette.

The recipe is inspired by Rosie Londoners ‘Avocado Spaghetti’ but I’ve altered it slightly to a. Make it healthier and b. use up the things in my fridge. Check her one out if you fancy something a little bit more substantial!

I’ll talk you through it step by step so you can try it yourself. Here’s what you’ll need:

2 large courgettes per person (for the courgetti)
Courgette scraps or one chopped courgette (for the sauce)
1 ripe avocado per person (mine was slightly bruised but that’s fine because you just don’t use the gross bits)
Low fat feta cheese (you could use fresh Parmesan instead)
Chopped fresh parsley (I used parsley because I had it in the fridge but basil would work better!)
Juice from half a fresh lime
A dollop of low fat Greek yoghurt
A dollop of low fat cream cheese
A handful of pine nuts
A glug of good olive oil
Salt & pepper
Spray oil (I like Lurpack’s Cooks Mist)

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JANUARY.

Courgetti, Healthy, Home Cooking, Kale, Spiralizer

January is a depressing month. We’re only 10 days in and it’s already proving to be pretty shit. I’m not a fan of the whole ‘dry January’ thing and it kills me how broke everyone is. Nobody seems to want to go out and I’m yet to let a carb past my lips this week. I thought I’d be grateful for the excuse not to go out (as I’m turning into something of a hobbit since I moved into the flat) but part of me really still wants to party. Seen as though that’s off the cards and my friends have all gone into hibernation mode I guess my only option is to spend my free time cooking and playing house in the tiny little rented flat I call home. I’ve always liked to refer to myself as a domestic goddess (without the aspect of cleaning and keeping too tidy) but since I moved out, my love for cooking and entertaining has become someone beyond my wildest imagination and it’s all I want to do these days.

As well as all this, I’m jumping on the January bandwagon along with everyone else this year and I’ve gone into health kick mode with a, dare I say it – ‘detox’. Every January I promise myself I’m going to change my ways, become a healthy person and make the lifestyle change I need to be thinner. This usually lasts a few months and then it gets to my birthday in April and goes downhill from there. I’m fully aware this year isn’t any different but I’ll give it a go anyway and hopefully get fit for summer or something along those lines. Either way I’m sick of overindulging and feeling gross so from the moment I stepped off the plane from Amsterdam on January 3rd I’ve been in ‘green goddess’ mode and so far, so good.

Apologies to those of you who really enjoy my gluttonous burger posts because I’m hoping to lay off the patties for the next few months and indulge in some of the finer AKA healthier things in life. With the odd exception (I’m only only human and food is my thing after all) expect mountains of courgetti, avocado on everything and kale. Lots and lots of kale. Maybe I’ll expand my audience and appeal to the fitness freaks among us or maybe everyone will hate it and I’ll no longer feel the need to post about everything I eat. Who knows. All I know is that I’m going to be eating a lot of green things going forward.

Here are some of the wonderful things I’ve enjoyed this year so far…

P.S. Don’t judge me if I fail and free food don’t count.

Love from, thefoodporngreen (LOL joke).

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MISCELLANEOUS DECEMBER.

Breakfast, Courgetti, Home Cooking, Lobster, Lobster Rolls

I ate some nice non festive food in December too. You’re not going to get much to look at on here throughout January so please can you all take a moment to appreciate this.

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Smashed avocado & cream cheese on toast with runny egg, lime & coriander. The secret to my runny eggs is to boil medium sized free range room temperature eggs for 6 minutes and then run under cold water and peel. Perfection.

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My favourite thing to make. Courgetti Bolognese. With a Parmesan & poppy seed crisp.

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Smack Lobster Deli. Still the greatest lobster roll I have ever and will ever have.

You’re welcome.