What Cara Ate - February 201600:33
So, here's the deal guys. I really really love food, and in particular I really really love eating out and trying new cafes and restaurants. My instagram is pretty much 50% outfit pictures and 50% food porn at all times, which sums up my life pretty well really. So I thought I'd bring a new feature to British Mermaid where every month I'll recap my favourite eats of the past few weeks, because who doesn't love a good healthy dose of food porn? It also may give you some inspo for future meals out, or places to visit should you be in the area. Side note: I take full responsibility for any extreme hunger caused by these pictures. You're welcome/I'm sorry.
First of all, would you believe me if I told you that asides from being totally delicious and aesthetically pleasing that this ice cream cookie sandwich (top left) is not only gluten free, but also vegan? Because YES MAAM it is. This not so little beauty comes from the Cookies and Scream vegan bakery in Camden Lock Market in London which is widely known and loved for it's delicious decadent treats that any can enjoy, special diet or not. I'll definitely be back for more as everything on their menu sounds gorgeous - cookie dough shakes, gooey brownies and huge cookies galore. Now we all know sketch and while I've not eaten in their famous pink room, I have however had a drink in the jungle themed bar and it left me wanting so much more. This green juice was totally delicious and you'd never know it was healthy - plus being in sketch was such an amazing experience that it totally added to how yummy it was. Now Le Pain Quotidien is everywhere, I know, but I only tried it properly recently and have already been back since. Their belgian waffles are absolutely heavenly, dusted with sugar and topped with berries with a jug of chocolate sauce should you want a little extra indulgence. I actually love the St Pancras branch, it's a great place to pop into should you be passing through. Now in my hometown of St Albans we're very lucky to have a great selection of independent eateries but relish is my number one by far. We first discovered it last year and it's burgers-fries-and-shakes menu rivals that of the best London competitors, I love the grilled chicken burger (pictured) and the halloumi burger plus their drinks are also served in cute milk bottles or Mason jars which I love - try the Oreo milkshake. DO IT.
Another restaurant with multiple branches but that still delivers amazing quality is Bill's. Me and mum popped into the St Albans branch for breakfast one day last month and I ordered the granola, yogurt and berries which was GORGEOUS. The portion sizes were generous but not too much and perfect for if you don't want to compromise taste for a healthy option. Lola's Cupcakes is a bit of a London institution now and if you ever come across one of those duck egg blue carts that is instantly recognisable for any Londoner, I plead with you that you try the cookies and cream cupcake as it's truly fantastic. So fluffy, so tasty and the icing made me swoon HARD - and this is coming from a cupcake connoisseur (self proclaimed). I mentioned Wild Food Cafe in one of my last posts but it's truly worth visiting if you're in Covent Garden. I went there last Sunday and was blown away but how tasty everything was, even though it's all genuinely healthy. The Wild Winter Burger made from olive, shitake and quinoa with a fully seeded bun and sweet potato wedges as a side was to die for, and I also highly recommend the Forgotten Ecstacy smoothie which is basically chocolate milk but made of totally amazing healthy ingredients. I'm obsessed. Last but not least, no Covent Garden trip is complete with Laduree so we popped in and treated ourself to a few. Macarons are my favourite pastry of all time and it's true - no one can beat Laduree. *heart eye emoji*
What have been your favourite eats of the month? Would you try any of these dishes?