Wednesday, 31 August 2016

These are a few of my favourite things #84

It's back to earth with a bump after a glorious weekend, and I'm feeling grumpy, so I thought I'd do a favourite things post to snap myself out of it, and remind myself of how peachy my life really is.

I can't believe it's been a month since my last one of these posts, the past few weeks has gone by in a blur, and as if it's September in a couple of days, before you know it I'll be saying the C word every other sentence! (I got an actual shiver of excitement just thinking about it).

After being super busy for most of August this is looking like a quieter month which will give me a chance to catch up on my blog. Thanks for the great response to my review of Thai restaurant Cafe Chilli, I've got plenty of new additions to my 'to eat at' list, I even tried one of your recommendations at the weekend, so I will update you on that ASAP.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Review: Cafe Chilli, Thai restaurant and takeaway, Hove

I get a lot people asking me about good Thai restaurants in Brighton, and other than UniThai, I'm always at a bit of a loss for suggestions. So when the owner of Cafe Chilli (formerly Green Mango) contacted me about coming in to review*, I was hoping I would finally have somewhere to confidently recommend.

A quick overview of the options* (in my opinion) - any I have reviewed are linked up.

'I love Thai' - I really liked it but I was gutted to hear they closed a few months ago.
Giggling Squid - good, if a bit charmless. Their lunch sets are fab value.
UniThai - my favourite but not somewhere you can have a long and leisurely meal, and they don't deliver or stay open after 8:30pm either. What they sell is delicious, and authentic, but there's not a huge variety and the service is very definitely 'no frills'.
Sawadee - is fine, I've been twice in the last few years and it's just... fine.
Kemp Thai - I loved the first takeaway I had from there, but haven't been back, despite it being pretty much on my doorstep. I remember it being pricey, but must add to the revisit list...
Bangkok Express- Used to be a big fan but it's very inconsistent (other than it's seemingly permanent 1/5 hygiene rating) and I had a truly mediocre takeaway from Thai pad Thai recently too.

*I'm sure there are lots more, these are just the ones I have tried.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Review: Gluten free tea with with Kate Henry, at The Polygon pop up, Brighton

I consider myself to be a cake enthusiast, I buy a lot of it, I eat a lot of it but I don't make a lot of it, because despite the name of my blog, I find baking highly stressful and I'd rather leave it to the experts.

Kate Henry, is definitely an expert, eversince she took part in GBBO and was runner up I've had a girl crush on her of epic proportions. I'd like to say I played it cool the first time I met her, but I didn't, I squealed in an uncool fashion and got a selfie which I shamelessly plastered all over my various social networks. 

Since then I've met her a few times, and now I actually know her, I love her even more, and was thrilled to be invited* to her afternoon tea event at The Polygon pop up, and intrigued to see how she was going to make it delicious, with line up almost entirely devoid of sugar, gluten and carbs... AKA all of the good shit!
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