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Mommi, Clapham – A Gluten-Free Gem

September 15, 2017

As I am an incorrigible drama queen, I have on more than one occasion professed my undying love for a loaf of freshly baked bread. I’m only a bit sorry that a certain someone had to find out this way. The smell, the warmth, the taste… the perfect combination of all these elements would cause that same drama queen to go so far as to proclaim that her life would be over if she couldn’t eat bread again. You may think I am labouring my point but those who have seen me tear into a crusty baguette will know that my feelings are real. I feel utter sadness for those who truly (no, not you gluten-free fadsters) can’t eat real gluten-laden goods again… and not only because of the loss of that bready loveliness from your life. But really because gluten manages to sneak into so, so many foods!

I know that some of you didn’t care much for bread in the first place, and many of you are happily coping with alternatives but even the saints must admit it’s annoying how gluten finds its way into the most unexpected of things. I salute you for staying calm when you look at a menu and consider what you can or cannot eat, as opposed to what you want to eat. I obviously can’t solve this for you but I can tell you about a magical place in Clapham where they’ve banished gluten for good. Gluten-free folks, meet Mommi.This casual spot on Clapham High Street serves Nikkei cuisine, a delectable fusion of Japanese and Peruvian flavours which results in a fresh, vibrant style of food.

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Coach & Horses, Clapham – A Cosy Neighbourhood Pub

June 1, 2017

Despite what some of a certain someone’s friends joke, the only thing that’s really changed about him since we got together are his dining habits. He came to me pre-loaded with those itchy feet for travel, a reasonably good dress sense, and some annoying quirks which I won’t get into now. I suspect he was always into fine dining and know he already loved a splash of wine, but back in the BC (before Connie) days, dining out was mainly about the meat and two veg, raucous Irish pubs, and grotty old-school boozers where everyone’s a regular and the staff know your order.

It’s something I imagined the Coach & Horses, a charming neighbourhood pub in Clapham, would have been before they gave it a facelift, brought in the craft beers by the barrel-load, and flung out made-to-order pizzas from the kitchen. Turns out, I was right. It was exactly that kind of pub; what I hadn’t anticipated was that a certain someone could confirm it from personal experience. It wasn’t just the sort of pub he used to go to a lot, it was actually a pub he did used to go to for a couple of pints and some football! Obviously, I had to drag him back for a compare and contrast exercise…

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Peruvian Brunches in London – Three Top Spots to Try

April 7, 2016

Try as I might, I’ve found it’s ridiculously difficult to avoid that popular made up meal time sandwiched between breakfast and lunch if you want to maintain any semblance of a social life. While I am generally not a fan of brunch, with a few exceptions here and there, it seems I am in the minority… well amongst my friends anyway. The girls like to gossip over brunch and since I do actually want to hang out with my lovely lady friends… off to brunch I must go!

Luckily for me, London has a million and one brunch options and some of them don’t just involve avocado and eggs – that’s right folks, you don’t always have to endure yolk-porn at that time of the day. So how did I brunch instead? Peruvian-style, that’s how. Imagine pancakes, porridge type dishes, and ceviche… ok, perhaps the ceviche is a stretch for some but I could eat that stuff anytime of the day! And if you dilly dally for another hour or so, we slide into lunch time and then anything goes…

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The Dairy, Clapham Old Town

November 3, 2014

How many times have you made a dinner reservation more than a week in advance? Before I moved to London, my answer to that would be ‘almost never’. There would be the odd occasion like High Tea at Hippopotamus for Mother’s Day or a big boozy BYO for me and 20 of my workmates that I definitely had to book in a couple of weeks earlier but generally I’m just not that organised. But I am working on it…

Unsurprisingly, I have a rather long list of places I want to try out but as it happens, thousands of other food-crazed Londoners also seem to have the same list. I’m learning the hard way that booking a Saturday night dinner on the Thursday beforehand rarely works, and don’t even bother trying to get in before the dinner rush because there’s always a rush. On the flipside, I guess I should be grateful for the places that do take bookings, because the one thing I find more ridiculous is a restaurant making me queue outside for 2 hours, I don’t care how good your lobster is.

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