What Cara Ate - February 2016

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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? 

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59 comments

  1. Wanna try that ice cream sandwich so bad! Sounds and looks heavenly.

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  2. Those cheese covered chips are a thing of beauty!

    Fourcatsplusus.co.uk - Amy x

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    1. They were amazing! Nothing beats the humble cheesy chip x

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  3. those cheese fries though! definitely going to keep cookies and scream in mind for when i'm in london later this year :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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  4. oh this all looks so delicious! I'm hungry now x
    Gemma
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  5. Vegan ice cream? I am all up for that! Your post made me very hungry for sure :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. It's amazing, you really wouldnt know it's vegan! X

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  6. I've heard so much about Lola's Cupcakes and really want to try one for myself :P loved this post and hopefully when I visit London next I can give one of these places a visit! The burger and fries looks delicious! xx


    Jenny | Krystel Couture

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  7. Everything looks so delicious, yum!:)
    xxM
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  8. OMG, I just need thos macarons in my life!! Fab pics!
    Kira
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  9. oh my! all this food looks so tasty! I could go for that ice cream cookie sandwhich right about now!

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  10. Seriously! How nice does all of this look? Especially the vegan ice cream sandwich! x

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    1. The vegan ice cream sandwich was AMAZING xx

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  11. The food does look pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing. <3 /Madison
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  12. This post is MAJOR #foodporn!! I'm getting my period very soon so this is is triggering a lot of hungry right now hahah

    Stacey | www.thebambieyes.com

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    1. Ouch I apologise girly! Haha x

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  13. The food looks so good. I am a big foodie. My Instagram has a lot of food porn too! Great post x

    Lubna

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    1. I'm all about that food Instagram life haha x

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  14. OMGOSH. All the inspo right here! I basically want to try it all. Especially the vegan ice cream sandwich.... NOM.

    T xx

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    1. GIRL get yourself to London and try it. So amazing xx

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  15. Yep, definitely starving now haha! This all looks delish, love that it wasn't all salads either haha. Nothing wrong with them if that's what you like but I'm not really a fan! x

    Josie | Sick Chick Chic

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    1. I feel you, salads aren't my bag either! x

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  16. OMG, you and me need to go out and dine together, I absolutely love everything I see here and there's some serious #FOODPORN going on!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. GURL come to London and we'll eat all the things!

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  17. Oh girl, now I'm very, very hungry! :")
    Everything looks so delicious! ♥

    XX,
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    CHRISTINA KEY
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  18. EMERGED THE FOOD. THE ICE CREAM SANDWICH. They are my guilty pleasure! I LOVE them so much! YES! <3

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin'

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    1. IT WAS SO GOOD! If you ever come to London you need to try it! <3

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  19. That all looks so incredibly delicious! I loved Sketch - I had dinner in their pink room and enjoyed it so much. Also Le Pain Quotidien is amazing, love their brunch so much. Thank you for sharing this post!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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    1. I'm so jealous of you dining there, I bet it was incredible! I need to try Le Pain's brunch still xo

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  20. Everything looks so yummy. Happy new week, girl.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

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  21. I wish we had a Lola's cupcakes in the US. That cookies and cream cupcake looks amazing! Beautiful food porn!
    ~Lili
    www.thefashionsalt.com

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    1. Hopefully they'll open up over there one day!

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  22. OMG this looks so yummy and delicious! I would like to have one of those vegan Ice Cream cookies, please:))
    xx
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  23. nice post the food looks so delicious

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  24. Those fries look AMAZING! They just put my lunch to shame, haha.

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  25. Ahhh my mouth is watering. Cookies and cream cupcake?! NEED!!

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  26. aahh i seriously just got hungry!!! :D

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

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  27. OMG this post is making me hungry again! I only ate lunch an hour or so ago too! And sadly, nothing fab to report on the food front. In fact since returning from my vacay I haven't eaten anything really worth mentioning.

    Sxx
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  28. Hi Cara and thank you for your visit! I like very much this post. I'm a food lover and because your post now I'm hungry!!!! Today I have started following you on Google+. Hope you follow me back. What do you think to follow us also on Bloglovin or other socials? Let me know....Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

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  29. Oh my gosh! The pictures are making my mouth water, it all looks absolutely delicious <3 I'm a sucker for cookies, cakes and macarons <3
    Nicole | ...What Nikki Did...

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  30. All the food looks amazing! Specifically the ice cream sandwich!
    -Olivia
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  31. I just ate half a pizza but those cheese fries though! :o

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