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A Bit Casual Eating Out London

Pulia, London Bridge

August 11, 2015

If you’ve had the pleasure (modest much?) of talking to me in the last month, you would have also had the misfortune of hearing me whinge about being stuck. Stuck in London while everyone else seems to be jet setting off on exciting city breaks or relaxing beach holidays. Stuck without any exciting plans of our own and not even being to make any as we don’t know when we’ll be able to leave the country again. Being stuck kind of sucks. For those of you who don’t know, we’ve handed our passports over to the Home Office, hoping, begging, praying that they’ll give me a new visa, letting me stay past my current ‘get out of Britain’ date of early December.

When we first parted ways with them we were optimistic for a faster turnaround time than the six months they quoted, but now almost four months later, I think it’s safe to say we’re just hoping it’s not more than six months. It hasn’t been all bad though, we’ve embraced being stuck and had some wonderful (food) adventures in Britain, spending a couple of weekends in Cambridge and Brighton, and a longer weekend in Yorkshire. But I just want to go somewhere else… a place where the language is not one I speak, the wine is cheap, and people there live for their food.

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A Bit Casual Eating Out London

Obica, Soho & Luxardo Cocktails, New Season Feast

July 30, 2015

It dawned on me the other day that I am an avid consumer of tomatoes. In our house they’re a salad staple (a certain someone even made a multi-coloured tomato-only salad the other day), I obsessively stockpile the tinned ones because you never know when you’ll need to rustle up the go-to pasta dish, and I’ve been known to squirt T-sauce on a lot of things. This epiphany came to me as I was sitting in the dimly lit downstairs dining room of Obica, listening to someone talk about tomatoes and actually getting excited. Hand on my heart, I don’t even care how lame that made me sound because these tomatoes are worth that cringey look you’re giving me now.

Every month Obica select a slow food product to showcase, this month (and next actually, probably because they’re so good) tomatoes are in the spotlight. Piennolo Cherry Tomatoes, to be exact, which are grown organically in Mount Vesuvius National Park. That makes them sound just that little bit fancy doesn’t it? Obica combined the tomatoes with their Italian partners in crime, mozzarella and salami, then invited Luxardo to the party to mix up some cocktails; the result?! A very happy tomato lover in the room.

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