Once a year, one of the main residential streets of our village is shut off to traffic, lined with trestle tables, and decorated with fabric flags. It is the Southborough Rd Big Lunch – and the whole street spends the weekend cooking and putting together menus. Then, on a Sunday afternoon, people spill down the … Continue reading The Victoria Park Village Big Lunch.
My lovely friend Allie of But First, Cake moved into an awesome converted warehouse space in the Old Peanut Factory in Hackney Wick. The Wick is a converted industrial area that has been relatively recently taken over by creatives who live in studio/warehouse spaces. I have such a lovely house lined up to live here … Continue reading Victorian Sponge Cake in an Old Peanut Factory, Hackney Wick.
I am staying with the loveliest family while I wait to move into my new house in Victoria Park Village – the house is just such a lovely buzzing hive of activity. It’s beautiful in summer, as the house just opens up to the back garden. We were all hanging out, working on our own things … Continue reading A Welsh Cake Tea Party.
It’s been a big weekend. I’ve been running myself ragged trying to finish this book, so just needed a few days of fun to reset my jumbled brain. We started on friday with some beers in the park with Banjo. Well, I started 30 minutes earlier when the village kids had come to hang out … Continue reading A Shoreditch Sunday.
You might remember how ecstatic I get when Taste of Melbourne, the best food festival EVER comes around. Here is my raving hysteria and video from last years event. The Taste Festivals are held all around the world, and are the same the world over: except each is full of each places local chefs and … Continue reading Taste of London, Summer.
Every time I go into Central London, I have the option to leave the village by bus & tube, or bike. If I take the bus & tube, it costs around 3 quid, and takes roughly 50 minutes. If I ride my bike, it takes about 40 and the only cost is calorie cost. So, … Continue reading A Venezuelan Brunch, beer in a coffee roasters + a microbrewery in our park.
The past few months in London have been lovely, because it has been like a revolving door of friends from Melbourne popping in and out. It’s been ridiculous actually – a lot of my spare time has been spent with friends from back home, whether they have moved here or are just passing through. My … Continue reading A Scone Adventure in Marylebone + barista training at Climpson & Sons.
So it has been the week leading up to my first deliverable for my book. I don’t know if I have written it specifically on the blog, but I’ve been contracted to write a book on coffee by the Ivy Press here in the UK. It’s been killer fun – I’ve visited coffee labs in … Continue reading Moments in Hackney.
So, I was meant to be heading back to America tomorrow. But the past three months in London have heralded so many amazing opportunities for my career. A few days before I was scheduled to leave, another opportunity popped up which just seemed to serendipitous to pass up….. more on this in a month or … Continue reading Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Today was just magical. It was one of our first warm, sunny days of my first London Summer. I almost was going to stay in the Village, but Dylan convinced me to stick to my original plans. Boy am I glad we did! We head into Dylan’s friends new teahouse in Shoreditch, Hawkhurst Vault, and … Continue reading A Cockney Flower Market + vintage shopping on Brick Lane.