La Prosciutteria Milan Review

We came across La Prosciutteria on Instagram before our trip to Milan and put it at the top of our list of places to visit during our stay. The photos of their boards looked absolutely incredible!

La Prosciutteria has two locations in Milan. We visited La Prosciutteria Milano Navigli which was located in the canal district. We had actually planned on visiting the other location which is located close to the Arco Della Pace.

We visited La Prosciutteria at lunch time, the venue was buzzing and it was full of customers ordering either a board or a sandwich! We love it when you arrive at a bar and the atmosphere is alive, it sure is a good sign!

We looked at the menu and knew straight away that we would be ordering their Gourmet Board which was priced at only 30 Euros. That may seem expensive for a cheese/meat board but trust us it was massive and only 15 euros per person!

The boards had lots of different special meats, cheeses, crostini, bread and much more! We managed to eat everything on the board and trust us when we say we were stuffed!

We are so glad we visited for lunch as our original plan was to visit and have as our starter before dinner- don’t think we would have fitted dinner in!

We also ordered a glass of red wine to enjoy with our board and we couldn’t believe a glass of wine costed just 2.50 euros! What an absolute bargain, we could have sat drinking it all afternoon it was so delicious.

It was raining during our visit but we still opted to sit outside as it was sheltered. It was November but it was actually very mild out so we were not cold in the slightest.

If we could recommend just one place to visit in Milan we would 100% say La Prosciutteria!

Plate Restaurant Review

Plate restaurant is located in the M by Montcalm hotel which is located just a 5 minute walk from Old Street in London. The hotel opened in 2015 and the restaurant opened last May and is absolutely gorgeous.


Plate is located on 2 floors, the ground floor is a bakery during the day and cocktail bar at night. It has comfy seats located by the windows, perfect for watching the world go by. The smell of coffee and fresh pastries hits you as you walk into the restaurant which is divine. The bakery also supplies Black Coffee (a well known coffee chain in London) with their pastries!


The main restaurant is on the mezzanine above the bakery/bar. The restaurant is spacious with floor to ceiling windows and amazing plants making it an Instagram dream. There are also lots of plants which add to the green house botanical vibe! Look at us cuties posing in front of this cute blossom tree!


The staff here are so lovely and we had the nicest waitress who was very attentive and proud to work at Plate. She always made sure we were happy with the food we had ordered which was really nice of her.

The food and beverage manager Frederick also come over to introduce himself. He gave us a bit of background on the company and their vision for the future. He also told us about their ribs night… more on that later!

The brunch menu is large and there is so much choice. In order to have bottomless prosecco for £15 you have to order 2 courses off the brunch menu, no trouble for us!!!

We decided to start with something sweet and a little lighter, these dishes were much more breakfast like. Rachel went for the ‘Pears & Cream’ which was Grilled poached pear, ricotta cheese, granola, grapes and honey this was absolutely delicious! There were so many delicious flavours we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for the berries and yoghurt which was a mixed berry compote, Greek yogurt, granola and honey! This was so delicious and the berry compote was the perfect blend of sweet and sour! We have to mention the bowls they used as well as we absolutely loved them, they reminded us of shells!

For the next course annie opted for the sourdough with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Quite often when we go for brunch they are not very generous with the salmon but here at Plate they are very generous which is fab! The plate was piled high with both scrambled egg and amazing quality smoked salmon, can I eat it all over again please!?

Rach went for the macaroni cheese which was simple but incredibly tasty and very filling! I loved the basil they had added to the mix it added tons of flavour! Would definitely recommend this dish and the portion size was huge, so big in fact it almost defeated me!

For dessert we decided to share the French toast (we were already SO FULL). This was amazing it was light fluffy and tasted kind of like brioche with a croissant texture it was the perfect way to end a delicious meal! It was served with Banana caramel, maple creme Fraiche and candied pecans.

Unlike most bottomless brunches the waitress left the bottle of prosecco by our side in an ice bucket. We loved this as it meant we could top our glasses up when we wanted to, although she was so attentive we often didn’t need to. We were offered another bottle as well which was nice but we literally couldn’t fit anything else in, we were stuffed!

No issues on the toilet front they were clean tidy! They also had elemis hand wash and hand cream which we love the smell of!

As we mentioned before Plate also offer a bottomless steak and chips on a Friday from 6-7pm for £15 and a bottomless ribs and wings on a Thursday for just £10 which runs from 6-7:30pm so you have an hour and a half to eat as much as you want.

It would be a great place to work from, which Rach took note of as she works from home! The WIFI was good as well which is a bonus and means you wouldn’t have to hotspot!

The hotel looked so beautiful we would love to stay here, maybe one day hey?

Ciao Gusto’s Brand Delicius

Purchasing all of your favourite authentic Italian food and drink has never been easier with Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado. We have just returned from a trip to Milan and the food was absolutely incredible. Rach had already told me how much I was going to love the food in Italy and she certainly wasn’t wrong it was delicious. It’s great to know that we can now easily purchase some of these foods online YAY!

Ocado are stocking over 30 of Italy’s most popular brands, so you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for. It is a great place to discover new and exciting ingredients as well! We had a great time browsing and loved reading about the brands. There is information on all of the brands and we realised that many of them are still owned and run by the same families who established them, some as far back as in the 1800’s!

We recognised many of the products including Riso Gallo, Filippo Berio and Giovanni Rana. There were also many products and brands that we had never heard of before and one that particularly caught our eye was a brand called Valsoia who sell dairy fee ice-cream. We have included a list of all the brands you can purchase at the Ciao Gusto Italian Deli on Ocado:

Pasta – Barilla, Rana
Rice – Riso Gallo
Flours – Polenta Valsugana
Tomato and Vegetable Conserves – Cirio
Cheese and Dairy – Auricchio, Parmareggio
Fish – Delicius, Medusa
Herbs and Spices – Cannamela
Tuna – Rio Mare
Cured Meats – Negroni
Soya and Rice products – Valsoia
Olive Oil – Filippo Berio
Vinegar – Ponti
Bakery – Colussi, Misura,
Dried fruits – Noberasco
Jams – Santa Rosa
Coffee – Lavazza
Herbal Teas – Bonomelli
Water and Fruit Juices – San Benedetto, Santal
Wine – Zonin, Santa Margherita
Spirits – Vecchia Romagna
Cherries and Syrups – Fabbri

The product that we decided to create a recipe with was the Mackerel fillets with chilli. They are amazing quality and make the perfect salad, you can find our recipe below!

This chilli mackerel salad is ridiculously easy and is the perfect work day lunch, it doesn’t take long at all and you can even make it the night before!

Ingredients
1 tin of chilli mackerel
1 packet of merchant gourmet Italian lentils
1 Avocado
5 Cherry tomatoes
Lambs Lettuce
1 lemon
Sea salt and pepper to season

Method
Put the mackerel in to a mixing bowl and break any pieces with a fork
Cut the avocado into chunks and add to the mackerel
Add the lentils to the mix and stir
Add the lettuce to the mixture
Chop the tomatoes in half, add to the bowl and toss
Transfer salad to a serving plate or bowl
Squeeze lemon juice on top of salad and season with salt and pepper

Enjoy!

The W.B Yeats Collaborates with M.I.A

M.I.A and The W.B Yeats collaborated to celebrate chocolate week and rumour has it they will be collaborating for the rest of the year! What a fabulous idea we hear you think and you wouldn’t be wrong. Any excuse to eat chocolate and we are there, so even better when there is an entire week dedicated to chocolate.

Chocolate week was from the 13th- 21st October 2018 so if you missed it this year and you are a chocolate lover make sure you look out for it next year as so many brands get involved with it.

The W.B Yeats is a pub located just a short walk from Finsbury Park Station. They serve freshly prepared food that is of an amazing quality and everything on the menu sounded delicious. We arrived at The W.B Yeats pub at 7:30PM on Friday 19th October ready to try the menu and most importantly the M.I.A Chocolate desserts that are currently on the menu and will be until the end of the year.

We have tried M.I.A chocolate previously and absolutely loved it! You can read our blog post here all about the chocolate.

We ordered both desserts and shared of course…when do we not!

The Warm Chocolate & Caramel Tart with Coconut Cream was one of the desserts and we absolutely loved it, this dessert was Rachels favourite out of the two and she could have eaten it all over again it was so delicious. We loved the rich chocolatey taste, the warm caramel sauce and the perfectly cooked buttery pastry. The coconut cream was served on the top and it was the perfect addition!

The second dessert on the menu was a Cold Chocolate fondant with Candid Hazelnut which was also incredible, we particularly liked the crispy base (we have always loved anything with a crunchy base). The mousse was perfectly set, and we loved the taste of the chocolate powering through with every bite.

We couldn’t just visit The W.B Yeats for the desserts though, of course we went enjoyed a three course meal, how could we not when the menu sounded so divine.

We ordered a bottle Of Le Campuget Syrah Grenache which was a delicious blush wine, the type of wine we have been loving recently. it was fresh, crisp and easy to drink. Le Campuget Syrah Grenache is such a summer wine and reminds us of those light evenings sipping it in the sunshine if you cannot tell already e are trying to hold onto summer for as long as possible.

We also shared some Salamanca olives and nuts which were perfect to snack whilst we had a catch up and chose what we wanted to order.

To start we shared the Isle of Wight tomatoes & parmesan on toast which was divine and so flavoursome. We would 100% recommend this starter to anyone to visits. They were incredibly generous on the portion sizes there were so many tomatoes. We love parmesan it’s one of our favourite cheeses so of course we loved that part of the dish as well.

For mains we both went for the steak, with green sauce and onions. It was unbelievable, we wanted to eat it all over again! It was served with a side of chips and of course gravy that was poured over the top of the steak. The greens sauce had parsley in it which we absolutely loved!

Angus the manager of the pub was incredible, he looked after us all evening, you can really tell he loves his job. He explained each dish to us in detail before we tucked in which we really appreciated as its nice to know a bit of background on the dish.

It was a busy Friday evening in the pub and the atmosphere was alive, we loved the vibe. We got the feeling that most people were locals enjoying a Friday night drink and a bite to eat.

We have heard that W.B Yeats serve an incredible roast on a Sunday, its huge so make sure if you visit you are hungry! We are going to have to make a return visit to try it!

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

**Warning, this post will leave you hungry and craving Italian food!!!*

At this early dinner or late lunch (we ate at 3.30pm so you decide….!!), we both agreed that Italian food is our favourite cuisine to have at a restaurant which was excellent as we were both about to tuck in to the most incredible Italian meal.

Located in St Katerine Dock overlooking the Marina is this small Italian restaurant, we were fortunate enough to visit on the most gorgeous Autumn Day and it was warm enough to sit outside and enjoy the amazing view whilst also people watching.

Emilia’s seats roughly 35 people, they specialise in making handmade pasta that is made fresh each morning, the recipes are created and cooked right in front of you, which we absolutely loved.

We asked if it would be possible to sit outside seeing as it was such a beautiful day. We had a small wait for a table which was fine as we sat on the bar stalls and watched the chefs hard at work.

Shortly after we were shown to our table which overlooked the docks, it was stunning. We both ordered a drink Rach went for a glass of prosecco and Annie had an Aperol Spritz, which we enjoyed in the sunshine whilst admiring the view.

Now lets cut to the food which is what you all came here for. The menu is simple which is what we like because it makes choosing not as difficult, we always think that is a sign of a good restaurant. The menus were printed on brown paper and doubled up as place mats which is a great idea. Everything on the menu had our mouths watering and we really were spoilt for choice.

Burrata is Rach’s all time favourite thing so of course she opted for the Burrata for starter, which was served with toasted ciabatta and was INCREDIBLE. It was creamy and delicious and had such a great flavour, it was utterly delicious.

Annie ordered finely sliced bresaola (cured beef) with rocket and parmesan salad there was also the option to have it with   toasted ciabatta instead of the salad. Bresaola for anyone that doesn’t know is air-dried, salted beef that is usually aged for two or three months until it becomes hard and turns dark red in colour. Parmesan is my favourite cheese so I had to order the salad of course and I was delighted when it was served with a very generous portion.

There are six different types of pasta on the menu; Potato Gnocchi (occasionally available), Bucatini, Ravioli, Rigatoni, Pappardelle and Casarecce. There are seven pasta dishes to choose from each of which is created using of the pasta options above.

We both ordered 4 hour slow cooked béchamel bolognese with grated parmesan which was a Pappardelle dish. pappadelle pasta is a thick pasta and the flavours of it were incredible. The portion size was huge and pasta is so filling! Thankfully they have doggy bags so you can take what you cannot manage home with you.

Toilets are located outside of the restaurant, they are public toilets that most the little restaurants shared. They are clean and we had no issue with this at all- means there is more space to seat guests!

The staff at Emilia’s were really attentive and so friendly! We couldn’t have asked for a better waiter/waitress they were both so happy and polite.

We had the most incredible time and we will definitely be returning again! It was just the most perfect afternoon and we couldn’t have asked for better food!

The Sipping Room In Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf at the weekend is so fantastic because its like a different world. During the week its full of all those business men and women who all probably work in finance and is so busy and non-stop. However at the weekend all these people are probs chilling on their yacht on the Thames in Marlow or enjoying a country break in the Cotswolds…… this means its nice and quiet at the weekend and the perfect place to go for food.

We think Canary Wharf looks a bit futureistic, even the train station is pretty cool and then as you come out the station all those sky rise office buildings with floor to ceiling glass. There are lots of eateries here and also lots of shops too!

The Sipping Room was our brunch spot of choice, it is located in West India Quay which is just a 5 minute walk from Canary Wharf station. The Sipping Room is a Drake and Morgan restaurant and from what we can tell it seems they offer a standard brunch menu across all their restaurants/bars.

It was mid-October on a beautiful autumn day, the sun had definitely decided to put its hat on that day!! We asked to sit outside to make the most of the glorious weather and that was no trouble at all!

There is lots to choose from on the brunch menu (which is available at the weekend from 11am – 4pm) and its very varied so everyone will be happy! There is the all day breakfast menu which includes items such as pancakes, avocado on sourdough, full works, veggie works and eggs Benedict.

There are also plates to start or share which include burrata and a meze board. For brunch you could also choose a burger or a dish from the grill. See what we mean, lots to choose from! There is also a breakfast menu (which includes boiled eggs and soldiers!) and an all day menu which includes pies!

Anyway back to what we actually ate! As it was brunch time and we hadn’t had breakfast as we had been at a gym class we opted for the brunch menu and also just because we love brunch!

Rach went for the buttermilk chicken and waffle as she has never had it before and was intrigued to see how the elements all worked together. This was served with a waffle, topped with avocado and then a buttermilk chicken breast with chilli maple syrup. The combination worked so well together, and the size of the chicken was very very generous! As I love avocado I wish there was more avocado on it!

Annie went for the avocado on sourdough but changed the poached egg for scrambled egg. The staff were more than happy to make this change which was nice! It was really tasty and the portion size was great, sourdough bread would have been better than just a slice of white but you can’t have it all!

We then enjoyed our brunch with a juice each, Rach went for sweet greens (kiwi, pineapple, cucumber, orange) which was really refreshing, we would definitely recommend!

Annie went for for L’Orange (orange, mango, avocado), I had never tried avocado in a smoothie before so I was really intrigued! It made the smoothie really creamy and the orange and mango overpowered the flavour of the avocado. Both were refreshing and delicious and made us feel all summery in the lovely sunshine.

We popped inside as this is where the toilets were located. We loved the decor of the inside there were faux fur blankets over most of the chairs and it looked like a little winter wonderland!

The bar was located at the front of the restaurant, just as you walked in the door. The staff were all incredibly friends at The Sipping Room and answered any questions we had

The toilets were very clean and there were plenty of cubicles, we love the fact Drake & Morgan have sweets in the rest rooms! This time they had a huge pot of quality streets, they really are getting into the festive spirit!

We would definitely recommend visiting! The Christmas menu looked delicious and we already have our eyes on it!

Hawksmoor- The best roast in London

So this may be a very bold status but we think we have found the best roast in London so we had to share it with you!

We are very particular when it comes to roasts as we love home cooked ones from our mummy’s so restaurants have a lot to live up to! There is just something about a home cooked roast that is so much nicer than one from a restaurant, we have come to the conclusion its the gravy and roast potatoes that really have a lot to live up to.  The Hawksmoor chain serve the tastiest roast we have ever tried at a restaurant and we will be returning again soon.

There are 6 Hawksmoor restaurants in London and one in Manchester. The roasts vary a little from restaurant to restaurant, however they all serve beef only with a massive Yorkshire pudding. The beef is cooked exactly how you want, the medium rare in our eyes was perfect. The Yorkshire pudding is huge, its golden and crispy in texture which is exactly what you want from a Yorkshire pudding.

The gravy is delicious and they are generous with their jug. The roast also comes with veg, roasted onion and roasted garlic. You can order extra vegetables and the cauliflower cheese looked delicious, we may have to get it next time.

The roast costs £21, which may seem a little expensive, but we would say its only a little above the average price for a roast. A roast in London would cost you about £17, so its worth paying the extra £4 for the most epic roast from Hawksmoor.

We visited the one in Knightsbridge and it was a lovely setting and the staff were very very friendly. Our friends often visit the Seven Dials restaurant which is in Covent Garden so the perfect refuel after a sport of Sunday shopping or post theatre dinner.

This is a short but sweet blog post, and basically the point we are trying to make is that everyone needs to visit Hawksmoor on a Sunday purely to try their roast dinner.

Snowball Energy Balls

Well it isn’t going to snow know this December (when does it evaaaa)? So we had to take the matter into our own hands and make some snowball energy balls. This recipe is super quick, super simple and most importantly super delicious.

These snowball energy balls contain ingredients that you can find in your kitchen cupboards, apart from the chocolate because who has spare chocolate lying around the place? Not us it gets eaten within minutes of it entering the house, if it gets that far!

The recipe makes roughly 16 energy balls that you can keep in the fridge or freeze them to enjoy in the future. Don’t you just love it when you fancy something sweet and then you remember you have some delicious treats waiting for you in the freezer!

What you’re gonna need:
250g Oats
50g Flax seeds
150g Peanut butter
150g Maple syrup
100g White chocolate
50g Cranberries
100g Desiccated Coconut

Let’s get to it:
Line a baking tray with parchment paper
Add all the ingredients apart from the coconut into a large mixing bowl
Stir until all the ingredients are combined (you may need to use your hands)
Roll the mixture into balls (size of your choice)
Roll each of the balls
Place the desiccated coconut onto a plate
Roll the energy balls over the coconut until covered
Place in the fridge for an hour
Store in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for up to a week- if they last that long of course

Bonfire Donuts 

Sadly we didn’t have much time this year to bake bonfire goodies, unlike last year were we spent hours making bonfire cupcakes. So this year we went for quick and easy and when we say quick we mean really quick they literally took about 10 minutes. 

These are the perfect treat for any bonfire night party, we know they are going to go down a treat at ours! 



Ingredients 
Ring donuts we got them from Tesco for 65p 
150g butter 
50g icing sugar 
2 teaspoons orange food colour 
1 flake 

Method 
Go to the shops and buy some donuts 
Let the butter soften and then cut into small chunks 
Put in a medium sized mixing bowl and mix with an electric mixer 
Slowly add the icing sugar and continue to mix until combined 
Add the orange colouring a teaspoon at a time and mix well 
Pipe the icing into the ring donuts 
Sprinkle the flake on top 
Enjoy 

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

We were recently browsing the isles of  homesense (which is something we do on a regular basis) and came across the Halloween isle, of course we had to stop and take a look. As we were looking we came across a pumpkin cookie cutter and imediatly thought we could make some pumpkin pancakes using it. The cutter was super cheap it only cost us £1.99.

So that is exactly what we did one Saturday morning after the gym, we came home mixed up a batter and got flipping. The cutter was fairly big so we had to make sure we made the pancakes fairly big, we didnt cut them into shape until they were cooked.

We decided to make protien pancakes this time and added some Wheybox toffee protein to add some flavour. You can make them with any flavour protein we have used vanilla & white chocolate in the past and they both taste fab.

For toppings we decided to go for stewed cinnamon apples and some cinnamon cream cheese which tasted bloomin fantastic.

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You can find the ingredients we used for the pancakes below (we made 3 extra large pancakes. its really simple add all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk until combined. Melt some butter or coconut oil in a hot pan, add a ladle of mixture and allow the pancake to cook on one side before flipping (you should see bubbles appear). Enjoy with whatever toppings you choose!

Ingedients
50g Oats Blended
1 Egg
1tsp Baking Powder
1 Scoop Protein Powder
100ml Almond Milk

Toppings
Stewed Apples with Cinnamon
Cream Cheese with Cinnamon