Foodie Gift Guide: Muzzi Classico Pannetone at Sous Chef*

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When it comes to Christmas gifts, I don’t think you can go far wrong with a glorious Pannetone. Enjoyed with coffee, or for an indulgent breakfast on Christmas morning, a slice of Pannetone always feels like a real treat!

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I absolutely adore this 1kg option from Muzzi, available from Sous Chef – it comes gloriously wrapped (which means one less job for the to do list) and you can even order direct to the recipient, meaning they’ll receive something you know they’ll love, and you’ll get all the brownie points!

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Incredibly soft and fluffy, and delicate scented with vanilla and studded with candied fruits, the Pannetone is a real taste of the season, and I can’t imaging anyone not being thrilled to receive such a gift! It’s absolutely glorious used in a bread and butter pudding too!

Muzzi Traditional Panettone is priced at £22.50 and is available here

Celebrate Christmas with The Ivy at The Square – Edinburgh*

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Over the past few years, Edinburgh feels like it’s become pretty iconic for it’s Christmas decorations. Whether you’re after a traditional Christmas market, of if you’re looking for some thrills – Edinburgh’s got it all, and right in the heart of it is The Ivy on The Square.

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This week we popped in to take a look at their stunning gingerbread decorations, and enjoy a couple of festive cocktails! The whole restaurant is bedecked in the most fabulous gingerbread decorations, and I’m not sure you could find a more Christmas-y spot anywhere if you tried!

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As well as the fabulous decorations, The Ivy will be serving up a menu of festive cocktails. They weren’t quite available when we visited, so instead we chose a few of there signature choices.

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I opted for the Margarita Valencia, since it still felt quite seasonal. Served in a very glamorous coupe, it was a delicious choice thanks to the cinnamon sugar rim, orange bitters and winter spice mixed with orange.

We also had a drive home ahead of us, so wanted to try one of the non-alcoholic options, so opted for the virgin Mint Julep.

Alongside our drinks, we got to nibble on some of The Ivy’s best loved appetisers – our waiter recommended the Truffle Arancini and Zucchini Fries. You can enjoy theses even if you’re heading in for a full-on meal, as they’re also available to have as an appetiser.

Thank you so much to The Ivy on the Square for having us! You can find out more about the restaurant here.

 

Dinner at Hemingway’s, Leith*

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Up until this summer, I, rather shamefully, hadn’t really explored too much of Leith. It’s a little further out from my usual haunts, but it’s undergoing a really exciting period of growth at the moment with a whole slew of independent shops, cafes and restaurants opening up.

A couple of weeks back, we headed down to the shore on a rather soggy Friday evening to try out the newly opened Hemingway’s – a cosy spot which has been transformed into an elegant sharing plates restaurant, with dishes inspired by a slew of European cuisines.

With a slick bar upfront, and cosy booths to the rear of the restaurant, you can pop in for a couple of killer cocktails, or head in for a full-on meal, depending on what you’re after. It’s perfect if you’ve got a bunch of friends as indecisive as mine, or if you’re in the mood for something a little different.

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As you would expect from the name, there are wry literary quips scattered throughout the restaurant, but the bathrooms are a must visit.

I’m not one to usually go on about a restaurant’s facilities, but these are something else! Golden swans, sequins and swings are just the start of what’s tucked away in there, and it’s a fun spot which feels absolutely perfect for some instagramming opportunities!

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After taking the requisite selfies in the bathroom, it was time to order. With a menu encompassing small plates, extras, planks and flatbreads, there was a whole lot to decide between, but on the advice of the staff (all incredibly friendly and equipped with some killer recommendations) we opted to share some plates from the land and sea options, with a side of fries for good measure.

Since the whole ethos of the restaurant is sharing plates, the dishes come out as they’re made, meaning that we started off with seafood dishes.

First up were the Seared Scallops served with carrot puree, chorizo and pickled carrot (£11). I’m a real fan of scallops, so when I saw them on the menu, I couldn’t resist! Served perfectly seared, with the middles still translucent, the trio were beautifully sweet and fresh, and positively melted in the mouth.

The Thai Style Crispy Prawns (£8.50) came highly recommended, and when they arrived, we completely understood the hype. Huge prawns in a light, crisp batter were served alongside peanuts and chilli oil, creating a dish reminiscent of satay, but even better. We could have easily snacked on these all evening, as they were absolutely divine, but then we would have missed out on the absolute treats to come!

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After trying Halloumi fries for the first time this summer, neither of us could resist when we saw them on the menu (£8). Arriving at the table piping hot, with crisp exteriors and hot, gooey insides, these were dreamy, especially paired with the sticky pomegranate molasses and zesty lemon tahini. To say these disappeared pretty much instantly is an understatement, but who could resist?

The second wave of dishes to arrived included the Hemingway’s Bavette served with broccoli (£11) and our portion of fries (£3) which came with the most delicious pot of truffled pecorino sauce. I sometimes feel like Bavette is a bit of a neglected cut of beef here, but at Hemingway’s it was cooked to rare perfection. Drizzled in the most fabulous Black Garlic Butter, it was a hearty portion, and paired perfectly with out portion of fries!

We couldn’t resist enjoying a few cocktails whilst we enjoyed supper, so opted for an old school virgin Pina colada for the driver, whilst I sipped on a pumpkin martini. During our visit, Hemingway’s had a specials menu in collaboration with Boutiquey’s Gin and I’m so glad I enjoyed a seasonal cocktail. Sweet, spiced and very pumpkin-y, the martini was just the drink to get the weekend started!

Even though we were more than satisfied with supper, we couldn’t resist the suggestions to try some puddings. First up was the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake (£7). Equal parts fresh and decadent, the mix of ice cream, cheesecake and picked ginger was incredibly moreish.

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to try the sticky toffee pudding (£7) which came served with clotted cream ice cream and a raspberry compote. The berries’ tartness was perfect with the rich toffee sauce, and the sponge was a fabulous end to a fabulous meal.

Thank you so much to Hemmingway’s for having us!

 

Raise a Cup for Macmillan with M&S*

DSC_0230When it comes to good causes, I don’t think you can get any more deserving than Macmillan Cancer Support – a charity which supports cancer patients and their families from day one. M&S have been champions of Macmillan since 2010, and have helped raise an incredible £13million over the years – a seriously incredible achievement, which you can help raise even higher!

Tomorrow is ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ – an event which will see schools, businesses, clubs and friends gather to raise a cup and help Macmillan do what they do best – support those going through unimaginably hard times.

Whether you want to host your own Coffee Morning, or simply want to attend one elsewhere, M&S are making it incredibly easy to support the cause with their line of delicious goodies – all of which donate a proceed of sales to Macmillan. When you’re in-store, just look out for the green Macmillan packaging, and you’re good to go!

It’s a seriously indulgent range of goodies – from traditional cream cakes, to a special edition Colin the Caterpillar, you can’t fail to find treats you’re going to love!

In addition to a whole host of baked goods, M&S have even included a cute china cup, and travel mug, so you can take part in the party, even if you can’t make it to an official ‘do’!

In addition to raising funds through the purchase of treats, M&S stores have been kitted out with a ‘Raise a Mug Wall’. For just £1, you can donate to Macmillan, and leave an encouraging message for those currently undergoing treatment, which such a lovely idea, and I’m sure it must mean the world to those looking for a little support.

 

 

Spicy Lobster Nuggets from Burger & Lobster launching soon

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Burger & Lobster, is launching Spicy Lobster Nuggets as a menu hack, on 27thAugust in all restaurants after 8pm, to help satisfy late-night posh-nosh nugget cravings. Because McDonalds nuggets are beastly.

The six Spicy Atlantic Lobster Nuggets, coated in a delectable spicy batter are available for £15.95, five times the price of the much-derided spicy chicken nuggets at McDonalds but worth every penny.

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The indulgently lush late-night-only treats are made with tender chunks of fresh Atlantic lobster, sustainably sourced from the coasts of Nova Scotia, coated in a mouth-watering spicy batter. Batter that tastes like a warming cuddle on a winter morning. Thrilling.

Consisting of six spicy nuggets, the dish can be paired with either a fresh lemon dip or a ravishing truffle mayo. Delish. End your night in the most ostentatious way, by adding a glass of bubbles to your order. It’s not the milkshake that brings the boys to the yard anymore.

Upgrade your night at home, work or play and get the Spicy Lobster Nuggets delivered to you, exclusively on Deliveroo. You can order the tasty, spicy, not going to disappoint-y Lobster nuggets straight to your door via Burger & Lobster and little sister restaurant Smack. Stunning. Already expanding since their move to online, Smack are also now heading to the City of London and will be virtually available from 26th August.

Launching on 27th August, the exclusive dish, which doesn’t appear on the menu, can be ordered in all Burger & Lobster restaurants, every evening from 8pm for £15.95. You just have to be in the know on how to order them with the secret code of “Spicy Lobster Nuggets”.

The new dish is set to be the finest late-night spicy nuggets on the market. For reservations visit www.burgerandlobster.com or call 0207 201 8676 

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