Sunday, 13 July 2014

Brighton Burgers – Coggings & Co, Seven Dials

Coggings & Co burger review Brighton

Source: Tripadvisor

I've been wanting to head to Coggings & Co for a while, so when one of my friends moved to a new flat, right on Seven Dials, it had to happen! I'd been chatting to the guys from there for ages on Twitter, and the opportunity to try delicious local burgers with my friends was something I had to do. So thanks for moving Kate!!

I actually blame Coggings for making me want to try more burgers in Brighton to see if any of them live up to their standards. Yes, I do think it's going to be a tough act to follow. Sorry, other burger places in Brighton! You may remember that I visited The New Club in September and loved their burgers. Now they have lost their crown and Coggings & Co are going to rule for a while, I'm sure.

belvoir elderflower hipster jar glass

When you arrive at Coggings & Co you get table water. Now, this might seem like a small thing to some, but I'm always ordering jugs of tap water for the table, so this saved me a bit of effort! Plus, the water comes in cute bottles... yeah, I'm shallow!

I was eyeing up the menu for a while before I even booked the table, and I went for the brisket burger. Come on, how could I say no to brisket?! The burger I chose comprised of the following: 6oz beef, brisket & chipotle chilli, guacamole, sour cream and salad. The burgers also come with chips, which can be either cooked in beef dripping or vegetable oil – you can guess what I went for! The beef dripping made the chips so tasty and perfectly crispy, fluffy in the middle and all of that goodness.

burger and chips Coggings Brighton

Anyway, my opinion on the burger. Can you imagine the most melt in the mouth goodness? Add BBQ deliciousness and guacamole and of course succulent beef. Oh my. Words actually fail me in finding the words to describe it.

Coggings & Co Brighton review

And what followed was just as heavenly – or dare I say it, even more so! I really didn't think I could manage a desert. I knew before I went there that I would be full. But living up to human nature (and my ridiculously sweet tooth), I needed some diversification. When we arrived at Coggings & Co, we saw on the specials board the following: doughnuts filled with black cherry curd, with dark chocolate dipping sauce. Oh my. And when they arrived – even more oh my. My mouth was so happy.

And at the end of the meal? Our purses were happy too. For less than £25 each we'd just enjoyed one of the best meals we'd had all year. I'm not ashamed to say that either, because I know it's true!

So other burger places in Brighton? Bring it on! This Brighton burger bitch is ready for you! Let's see if you can steal the crown from Coggings & Co – I dare you to try!!

Monday, 7 July 2014

Wine Tasting at Brighton's Curry Leaf Cafe

curry leaf cafe brighton indian food
Image c/o The Argus

I was invited to a wine tasting evening at Curry Leaf Cafe in Brighton last month and really enjoyed myself. The restaurant has been around for a while now and aims to bring delicious South Indian street food to Brighton.

Now, I'm an Indian food snob. I'm sorry, I just can't help it. I grew up in an area of the country with a large population of Indian immigrants, for which I'm truly thankful as I got to appreciate different cultures, and of course try delicious food. But even though I'm an Indian food snob, I was impressed by this place. The chef was formerly of Chilli Pickle (a place that I absolutely adore!) and who paired up with his flatmate to start up their own enterprise.

OK, so let's combine me being an Indian food snob, and not drinking lots of wine cause it makes me crazy! You'd wonder why on earth I'd be there. Well, I had to give it a go, and I wasn't let down. The snacks provided with the wine were plentiful and delicious, and the wine, which is from a vineyard in India, was really good! We also tried a Prosecco, and even a wine from Colchester in Essex!

I now need to go and try the food at Curry Leaf properly for myself – and of course eat some more of the delicious Batate Ambade there too! I think I'd most like to try the following...

From the lunch menu:

Masala Dosa
Vegetarian Thali
Melon Chaat
Karivepaku Kodi
And of course some coconut and lime sorbet!

From the dinner menu:

Bhuna Makai Shorba
Mangalorean Fish Cutlet
Kaikari Sambar
Chilli-glazed pineapple
Three-piece sweet

You can also pop in there on a Sunday for brunch, which is for sure something that I really fancy doing! Full Indian? Yes please¬

Thanks to Euan and Kanthi for inviting me – all the best in your awesome venture, and see you again soon!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Free Silhouette Shape of the Week - here and now

here and now free silhouette shape


This week's free Silhouette shape is a good one, and I am excited to be able to use it in my crafting. I already have lots of ideas for how I can use the shapes in a great number of media, how about you?

The free Silhouette shape is called 'here and now' and features script of the phrase, a cute house silhouette, an arrow, and a strip of tickets. I can imagine that the tickets could be used for children's creative play (old fashioned cinema anyone?), weddings, birthday parties and more!

What I want to know is what has been your favourite freebie from the Silhouette Online Store so far? And have you managed to make anything cool with it? Would you like to see some of the things I've made with the free Silhouette shapes from the online store? Would be great to know!

I'll be back later in the week for some other bits and bobs - I'm aiming to get back into the swing of blogging again - yes, I've said it before, but I really mean it this time!!

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Tea Review - Pickwick Speculaas Tea

tea review - speculoos speculaas gingerbread

I've just returned from a city break with friends in Amsterdam and we managed to try lots of yummy local food. I think sometimes the food excites me as much as the scenery and cultural sights - well, almost!

I picked up three different types of tea in the Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn, and this was one of them. I absolutely adore speculoos biscuits and spread, so this was ideal for me! It's a black tea with added spices - cinnamon, anise, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. It has a scrummy gingerbread flavour and I enjoyed it without milk. I may try it with almond milk, but I don't drink my tea with regular milk in as it usually makes me feel bloated.

I really did enjoy this tea - it didn't taste exactly like speculoos, but it was great anyway.

speculoos tea review speculaas gingerbread tea

Speaking of speculoos, I also tried some brilliant biscuits - not only were they speculoos, but they also had caramel between them, like stroopwaffels do! They were so delicious and I managed to bring a pack back with me. As well as tea and those biscuits, I also brought back what I always do from The Netherlands, and that it Hagelslag! Yum. Have you heard of Hagelslag before? They are sprinkles, mainly chocolate, which you sprinkle onto buttered bread, like fairy bread in Australia! I love them so much and when I first went to the country in 1997, I was taken a bit aback by the concept of both those, and by vla! If you follow me on Instagram, you will also see that I bought some vla when I was there to enjoy for breakfast - it's similar to pudding that you have in the US, yum!

I'd better stop talking about food, as I'm getting hungry, and two bags of Dutch Haribo are staring me in the face... need to ignore them!!

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