I won't make you wait - damn good is how it tastes! Damn good.
We found ourselves in Franco Manca last night to celebrate their first Michelin Star pizza created by Italy's youngest Michelin Chef, Martina Caruso. A topping of red piennolo tomatoes, thinly sliced roast potatoes and red onions as well as mozzarella (of course), capers, Nocellara del Belice black olives and fresh mint! It's title? Special Edition Number 7.
The combination was in a word - stunning.
We munched our way through a couple of starters and sides too - well I say we, I mean mostly I as my newly vegan counterpart had to forgo anything cheese related which left me to take one for the team and eat a whole mozzarella ball - I'm not actually complaining.
Wonderfully, Franco Manca was more than happy to bring out a vegan version of the Special Edition Number 7 so no problems there if, like her you have decided vegan is the route for you! One thing to note though for both vegans and anyone with an intolerance - they don't have any milk alternative for coffee here, which surprised me but there you go - it will by no means ruin your meal but worth knowing.
I have also found a whole new appreciation for Aperol Spritz topped off with an olive and an orange slice. So good, I think it will be my summer drink of choice!
Ducking out the rain that London can't seem to shake off, we found Spring hiding in Pomona's. A bright and buzzy neighbourhood restaurant and bar in the heart of Notting Hill, Pomona's staff and menu are as colourful and friendly as the decor.
We had a selection of dishes including the amazing octopus and soft shell crab from their small plates selection. I have decided this is the perfect place to pick over multiple dishes whilst whiling away a long afternoon or evening over cocktails. Equally, Pomona's is a great wake-me-up with it's bright colours and brunches for an inspired morning destination.
Menus change all the time with Executive Chef, Wolfe Conyngham, creating dishes bursting with freshness and big flavours reflecting the Golden State fusion cuisine as the restaurant itself is geared up to celebrate a Californian lifestyle. You'll see exactly what I mean when you go there.
It's definitely on our new favourites list.
We all need a little pick me up on a Monday. Me this week more than most as I'm getting ready for a busy one!
I've popped down to The Distillery Coffee to grab a free one (pennies make the pounds and all that!) and you can too every day this week.
The Distillery Bankside have launched their new 'The Distillery Coffee' with their friends over at Climpson & Sons. The freeness is all in the name of celebration.
So from now until the 30th April (Mon, Tue, Wed). All you need to do is pop by The Distillery Bar, get your take away cup from their lovely staff, go in and fill it up with a free, delicious coffee.
Pretty simple, right? That's how the start of the week should be.
TIME / Every day from 8 - 9:30am / Mon, Tue, Wed
PRICE / Free, Free, Free
Mac and Wild are going to be foraging for their lunch this Saturday and you can join them. If you like the idea of searching for your own food you can tag along for their monthly forage in Battersea Park this weekend.
Mac & Wild will take you out with London foraging expert, James Grant, to show you what's growing on your doorstep. It's wild garlic season so there's sure to be plenty of that to find for a start! After a couple of hours in the park you make your way back to Mac & Wild Devonshire Square for brunch.
Saturday 7th April, 10.15am, Forage and Brunch.
Tickets cost £40pp and include a 2 hour guided forage, 1 x brunch dish, 1 x brunch cocktail.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO BOOK CLICK HERE.
Carnaby is such a great area in central London. The community vibe with the shops and restaurants always creates great additional value over and above a simple shopping destination. It always seems to be a little bit brighter, more buzzing and more personable than it's neighbours around Oxford and Regent Street.
In the last year or so it's put on some really great free talks and workshops and it's newest announcement looks set to add to these.
Carnaby has announced a brand new four-day festival for May 2018, the Carnaby Style Weekender, celebrating fashion, lifestyle, food & drink and beauty to kick start the new season.
Over 50 shops and restaurants are offering discounts, freebies and masterclasses over the four days including Cowshed, Office, Skinny Dip, Urban Decay and 1 Carnaby x Sweaty Betty.
Jack Guinness hosts the official launch of the Weekend with a fashion panel on Thursday 10 May in the Carnaby Hub. Other free workshops across the weekend include: Breddos Tacos’ cocktail masterclass, Jack Wills’ t-shirt screen printing session and a collage workshop from We Built This City.
Carnaby Style Weekend takes place from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018