NATIONAL BURGER DAY

Burgers are my thing, anyone who knows me will already be fully aware of this fact.  When the people behind Mr Hyde (a daily email site for men) teamed together with TweatUp (a site which organises eating and drinking events with the people of twitter) the first ever National Burger Day was created and oh what a spectacular day it was. 



 They managed to get 10 of the best burger traders in London all together under one (partial) roof at Dalston Yard.  


My burger friends and I headed down around 6:30pm, got our tickets scanned and were given a drinks card which entited you to a free beer and two free shots... always a great start!  


We parked ourselves at one of the long tables and thoroughly examined the menu to decide which of the 10 speciality burgers on offer we wanted to try.  I tried to push for all 10 but my friends were having none of it!  All the traders cut your burgers in half on your request which made it super easy for sharing and meant you could try more of what was on offer!  


The winner of the day for me was Byron's Le Smokey burger.  A delicious patty with the most incredible smoked chilli bbq sauce, delicious streaky bacon, smoked cheddar and crispy fried onions. 


                                

Another burger I have to mention came from Mother Flipper and was none other than the Cronut burger.  For those of you who don't know what a Cronut is, it's a delicious cross between a doughnut and a croissant.  Imagine a mini beef patty inbetween two mini cronuts topped with chocolate sauce and bacon bits.  Sounds questionable, tastes DIVINE.  These were slider sized and were definitely enough, any larger would be too much Cronut for one person to handle!  


Deserts came in the form of burger macaroons, you heard me correctly and burger ice cream accompanied with gorgonzola ice cream.  Let's just say i'm not sure any of these will be catching on any time soon!  


We had a brilliant evening eating, drinking and making new friends who forced their burger ice cream upon us.  If you're a foodie and you like the sound of this get together follow TweatUp on twitter to be kept in the loop for upcoming events. @Tweat_up

Sliders from Roti Chai & Slider Bar

An amazing burger pie that tastes like a hamburger pasty

Rosemary chips with mayo, you can't have a burger without fries right?


Meat Liquor Burger Boobs







HAWKSMOOR TAKE TWO

I visited Hawksmoor in March for a huge birthday dinner.  Last Friday I took a trip back there, this time to the venue in Covent Garden for some after work drinks and snacks (which turned into a full on meal with far too many puddings) with some colleagues.  We all started off with the same drink, an espresso martini which was easily the tastiest espresso martini I've ever had.  We ordered 'nibbles' which ended up being Tamworth belly ribs, crab on toast, beef dripping fries and mac 'n' cheese.  All this food required more drinks, this time a banana daiquiri for myself, some absinthe concoction for Angie and a rum and fruit number for Sarah.  More drinking led to more hunger and the decision to share two desserts quickly turned into three desserts as it was simply too hard to pick.  We chose the sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream, chocolate and salted caramel tart with popcorn ice cream and peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream.  I would happily leave my boyfriend to spend the rest of my life nestled up with the peanut butter dessert... it was that good.










SEAFOOD GARLIC BUTTER LINGUINE

A long days work that leaves you with zero energy calls for one thing, quick, easy and delicious pasta.  We are big seafood eaters in my household (probably something to do with being Greek) and the beauty of seafood is that it cooks in a matter of minutes.  This recipe is packed with lots of different flavours but I wouldn't recommend making it for a date, as delicious as it is, the garlic will have him running for the hills!  P.s.  Usually I would add chilli flakes at the same point I add the garlic however the mother doesn't like spice so I threw a handful in my bowl right at the end.

Ingredients
200g fresh egg linguine
50g butter
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbsp lemon zest
1 handful torn basil
1 large handful spinach
1 pack raw prawns
1 pack raw scallops

Directions
Heat the olive oile in a large saucepan.
Add the butter, once melted and bubbling, add the two cloves of crushed garlic and lemon zest.
In another large saucepan bring salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook on a low heat.
Add the seafood to the butter along with salt and pepper until the seafood has coloured.
Add the torn basil and spinach and mix well.
Drain the pasta and add this to the saucepan with the seafood.  Stir together and serve immediately.  
Top with grated fresh parmesan and serve with a hunk or buttery garlic bread.















HARE & TORTOISE

I honestly cant believe I've never written about this restaurant before, the girls and I have been going for years.  It does brilliant sushi as well as a great variety of Japanese foods.  It's our go-to for a staple weeknight meal and is perfect if you're not sure what you fancy.  You can get a big bowl of ramen noodles for one or lots of different sushi dishes to share between you.  It's good value for money, the portion sizes are more than generous and the restaurant has a chatty relaxed atmosphere, perfect for dinner with friends.  You can find the Hare and Tortoise website HERE.



Sashimi Selection

Prawn Tempura

California Rolls

Edamame

Salmon Box

Soft Shell Crab

Salmon Maki & Prawn Katsu Rolls