Met up for a lunch date with a dear friend of mine near Warren Street and although I’ve eaten around there many times before I have never taken much notice of this gorgeous little cafe.
I visited the Bills in Covent Garden with a close friend. I have been to the branch in Reading and in Brighton before but have never had my camera with me. I really like the style of the restaurant, how their produce lines the walls, the relaxed cafe atmosphere, and delicious food.
Kleiner Olymp is a restaurant situated in the Schnoor part of Bremen, the oldest part of the town, with narrow winding cobbled streets. In amongst the shops are cafes and restaurants, plenty to choose from, but I wanted something traditionally German, and this restaurant sells the Bremen specialities.
Last month I went to Stockholm in Sweden. Their food is well known for having odd combinations and a lot of fish (herring in particular) so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
We visited the Rival Cafe, part of the hotel and bar that is owned by Benny from Abba. This was the main reason we decided to visit. But on arrival we noticed that it wasn’t just tourists or people who were staying at the hotel in there. There was a large amount of Swedish locals eating and drinking their morning coffee.
Café Blom is situated in the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. On one of the islands it houses both the modern art museum and the Architecture Museum- both worth a visit. While taking a break and moving from one museum to another we needed some sustenance to keep us interested and on our feet.
For several months now my friend Hilary and I have been meaning to go for tea at the British Museum. It was originally meant to be for my birthday in June but kept getting postponed. But finally we made it.
It’s such a beautiful setting, placed on top of the reading rooms under Norman Fosters roof which I love.
One spring afternoon on a wander around town with my camera I ended up near St Paul’s and looking for a lunch spot. I walked past POD, and had never seen or heard of this place before so had a quick glance in the window. There were several things about this place that caught my eye and made me want to go inside- the fact that it was healthy food, but also the fact that they were really big on composting their packaging and recycling as this is something that I’m really keen on.
I walked inside and they had a chilled cabinet with sandwiches and other cold lunches, and then also a hot section where they do seasonal stews and varying types of curry. They also have two sizes of their hot meals- great for those who want a light snack, or for those who want it as their main meal. I opted for a small Thai green curry. It was really nice- with a surprise of brown rice at the bottom that worked really well.
They have plenty of seating if you wish to eat in- which I did, and then have separate bins for their composting and recycling. I like this on a number of levels- not only is it saving the environment one tiny step at a time, it is hopefully making the customer a bit more aware of what can and cant be thrown away. Personally I think we should all try on compost more, as although recycling is great- it’s still expensive and you need energy to fund this whole process.
Even their furniture is ethically sourced from recycled materials.
“We build every pod from sustainable or recycled materials. We use recycled glass, sustainably forested oak timber, recycled flooring materials and furniture, organic paint and lots more.”
Their Website has a very detailed section on what actually goes into their food, and the nutritional value of each dish.
Another great cafe in Aarhus. I love that these places are cafe come pub come restaurant. You can go for a coffe, then have some food, then move onto a pint later if you fancy.
It has a lovely atmosphere, quiet background music, odd chairs and armchairs, dining chairs and tables out back, but more of a cafe style towards the front.
I had a burger, was very nice, with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomatoe between a crispy bread roll. Had a spicy mayo dip on the side, and gerkins- which seem quite popular here but I’m really not a fan of them! Accomanyed with roast potatoe balls with nice crispy skins.
The people were all blonde hairded blue eyed beauties and I wished I had my blonde hair again.
Last month I took a holiday to Aarhus in Denmark. It was very cold, with snow on the ground and like a true English girl I had not brought enough clothes with me. So I had to go from cafe to cafe- which was no bad thing!
I came across this cafe while looking for some lunch, walking along the street I spotted books in the window, peered in to see comfy looking armchairs and immediately knew that this was a place I would like.
It is what my perfect cafe would be like- book shelves lining the walls, a mismatch of nice classic wooden furniture and a couple of comfy armchairs in the corners. The lighting is just right- light enough to do you work (lots of students on their laptops while I was there) but not too bright to feel like you are in a library.
It has a really nice relaxed feel to it with friendly staff who spoke very good English. I liked it so much I went back again, even though I only had 4 days in Aarhus.
I sampled their food- a platter of olives, artichokes, pate, bread, olive paste, prochuto and gerhkins. Really nice and actually quite filling.
Noerregade 32, Arhus 8000 , Denmark
I lived in Kingston for 3 years but haven’t been back for a few months and I really miss it. There is such a large choice cafes and places to eat its so hard to decide. So when my friend suggested the Terrace, a place id not been to before, I thought it sounded like a good choice.
It has a large range of filings, and I’m not good a decisions at the best of times. They had the usuals, but then about a hundred other amazing sounding filings, along with Jacket potatoes, breakfast and the specials.
All the sandwiches are made to order, so if you want extras, don’t want certain ingredients this place is great. You have your choice of bread; again not good for me- but in the end I went with a seeded Panini with chicken, bacon, avocado and rocket.
I was not disappointed.
The interior was really nice too- seats downstairs and up, nice clean feeling, and the staff were very friendly too.
It was a bit more expensive than some of the little cafes on other streets, about £5 for the average sandwich, but I think it’s worth the little extra.
7 Apple Market, Kingston-upon-Thames