Category Archives: Foodie Travels

E17 Cook Book Club – new dates & themes

© www.goodwinphotography.co.uk The themes (there’s been some changes) for the next few dates: Wednesday 28 June – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘Your favourite chef’  Wednesday 26 July – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘ Scandinavian’ NEW DATE: Wednesday 23 Aug – 8.30pm at The Bell, ‘South … Continue reading

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A new food experience – Etles Uyghur Restaurant

We’re always up for trying something new, and Etles Uyghur Restaurant is definitely that. Recently opened in the former Ming Chinese restaurant on Hoe Street, close to Walthamstow Central station, this is one of the first Uyghur (or Uighur) restaurants in London. … Continue reading

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Our Top Takeaways in Walthamstow – updated March 2017

Walthamstow has more eateries and takeaways than ever before – of course we don’t claim to have tried them all. There’s now rumours of a Chicken Town, a new Turkish restaurant and BoxPark! So we’ve updated our Top Takeaways list again: Top Takeaways … Continue reading

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and now for Vilnius, Lithuania…

After a week in Latvia we boarded the Lux Express coach in Riga for a 4 hour trip across miles of farming countryside to Vilnius, the diminutive capital city of Lithuania. It’s a beautiful city, with lots of historical quarters, … Continue reading

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Latvian food experience – Riga restaurants & markets

When people asked “where are you going on holiday?” and we’ve replied “Latvia and Lithuania”, there’s invariably been a pause… then.. “oh… why?” and it wasn’t a simple question to answer. It all started with a TimeOut article about the … Continue reading

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Mora – a local Sardinian love affair

True love was declared on a Saturday afternoon in Leytonstone. The object of affection is the Sardinian restaurant Mora situated just past Leytonstone Overground and the fantastically good Thai restaurant Singburi. I was a little disappointed that this announcement of … Continue reading

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E17 Cook Book Club

  The E17 Cook Book Club is a foodie social evening, everyone brings some food to share and their cook book inspiration (plus a £3 contribution to cover costs). We eat, talk and have fun. The themes, chefs and recipe … Continue reading

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The changing face of Hoe Street E17

  Hoe Street has for a long time been a bleak, bus-choked thoroughfare, famous for a disused cinema and numerous estate agents, Algerian coffee shops, indistinguishable fried chicken shops, working men’s clubs, hairdressers, tattoo shops and Turkish supermarkets. It’s a … Continue reading

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Do we want to be the next Brixton?

    I went to Brixton this week for the first time in over a year and couldn’t believe how fast the place has changed. Brixton is racing through it’s gentrification, as shops, market halls and houses are redeveloped, bringing increasingly affluent folk to this once dilapidated urban area. There’s the cafes and … Continue reading

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Tenerifan tapas – Papas Arrugadas and Mojo sauces

‘Papas Arrugadas’ are small, salty, wrinkled Canarian potatoes in their skins. Along with the red spicy pepper and milder green coriander mojo sauces they are served across the Canary Islands with meat and fish dishes or as tapas. Traditionally the … Continue reading

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Slovak foodie surprises – Bratislava & Piestany

It certainly didn’t start well. The flight was delayed, our hotel room wasn’t ready when we arrived in Bratislava and we found the whole of the old town was swamped by riot police and anti-capatalist protesters, then to top it … Continue reading

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Hipster hangouts – the changing food scene in Palma de Mallorca

Palma, the capital city of the Spanish island of Mallorca has changed over recent years and eating out now has become an amazing culinary experience which really took us by surprise. There’s a tidal wave of Peruvian ceviche, Japanese fusion … Continue reading

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North Gran Canaria restaurants – a different flavour

Eating-out in northern Gran Canaria is different in many ways to the south of the island. The southern resorts with their beautiful beaches, shopping centres, hotels, holiday villages, marinas, bars & restaurants are tourist-focussed. Although we found some authentic Canarian … Continue reading

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Our favourite restaurants in Gran Canaria – the south of the island

With 350 days of sunshine a year, an average temperature of 28 C, budget flights from the UK and plenty of self catering accommodation – Gran Canaria ticked all the boxes for our late October holiday. It is one of … Continue reading

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Lithuanian Zeppelin dumplings

A trip to Lituanica, the Lithuanian supermarket on the High Street this week led to lunch… usually we only stay for a coffee and one of their amazing curd doughnuts. Today I decided to try Cepelinai, the Lithuanian dumplings named … Continue reading

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Eat like a local in Lisboa

To celebrate one of the foodies’ birthday we headed to Lisbon, Portugal last week for a few days. It’s  a culinary heaven where you can discover the traditional and the bang on-trend within a few doors. Below is our list … Continue reading

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Grab the green tea: the Foodies go healthy!

Over the last six months I’ve had a great time eating and drinking more or less just what I’ve fancied. But of course the pounds have crept on, slowly but surely and now I’m getting annoyed. Annoyed at myself for … Continue reading

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Our top 10 places to eat in Tarragona and Reus, Spain

The Catalan city of Reus is actually where you arrive on a cheap Ryanair ‘Barcelona’ flight. It is the gateway to the Costa Dorada resorts of Salou and Cambrils, but Reus and neighbouring coastal city of Tarragona are often over … Continue reading

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Handmade noodles in Leyton, Dim Sum cafe – NOW CLOSED

* April 2014, this restaurant in Leyton has now closed however the same people run Panda in Leytonstone. We decided at the last minute to join some friends for the preview opening of the Leyton Technical pub, it is going … Continue reading

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Handmade Croatian skampi ravioli with buzara sauce

While in Croatia we spent a couple of fun packed days with EatIstria who introduced us to some of the food specialities of the region including visits to various wine producers – it was a delight (more on the wine in a later post). We … Continue reading

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Istrian traditional dishes – eating out in Pula and beyond

With its Italian, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian influences, Istrian food has rich culinary traditions which are passed down through each generation. Istria, in the north of Croatia, is already hailed as the new Tuscany for foodie travellers. With a bit of … Continue reading

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Wild garlic pesto

I was so excited when I spotted wild garlic for sale (£1 each) at the Sunday Farmers Market this weekend – so of course had to buy two bunches. I love supporting local shops and markets but I felt a … Continue reading

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It’s not all about food – Pula Ampitheatre

Occasionally we do have some interests other than food and wine – although this is rare. Usual service will resume soon with a post on Istrian truffles but we couldn’t resist writing about the best preserved ancient monument in Croatia … Continue reading

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Wild asparagus season

It has been such a long, cold, snowy winter in the Stow. We’ve been excitedly waiting for Spring to arrive with it’s purple sprouting brocolli, spring lamb, champagne rhubarb and of course asparagus. The Walthamstowfoodies needed a sunny break so … Continue reading

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Follow the fish – East London’s hidden smokehouse

Foreman & Field is an east London smokehouse hidden out at Fish Island in Hackney Wick. The Open Day last Saturday promised to be a free foodie day out with tours round the smokehouse and an artisan producers market – … Continue reading

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Walthamstowfoodies on the move (or Stow in the Snow)

Well, only we would end up moving house in the middle of a January snow blizzard! It was beautiful, but not fun. Shovelling snow so we could unload our removal van wasn’t how I had envisaged our arrival at our … Continue reading

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Happy holiday memories – Fish (psari) a la Spetsiota

I remember it clearly. It was dark, quiet and no-one spoke. Six tourists had finally arrived at Kosta – a tiny village on the Greek mainland on our way to the sun-kissed island of Spetses, one of the Greek Saronic … Continue reading

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Real bread – Part 1

In the early hours of the morning there are armies of bakers around the world transforming the humblest of ingredients – flour, yeast and water into their national bread: the hot crusty French baguette; dark, sweet Polish rye; fluffy Indian … Continue reading

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Medieval Market in Barcelona

Recently we went on a foodie crawl around Barcelona.  We arrived in the middle of  a torrential downpour, the skinflint in me was annoyed at paying over 7 Euros for a two minute taxi ride round the corner to our … Continue reading

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Our top five place to eat in Bol, Brac

The island of Brac’s resort town of Bol, in Croatia, is a foodie paradise. I want to recommend a few places but must admit we regrettably didn’t have time to try all the restaurants on the island, although the desire … Continue reading

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Istrian Truffles (Tuber aestivum)

There isn’t any way that I can express my excitement at having eaten fresh Istrian Truffles last month in Croatia. I’ve written before that I really wish blogs could send out the foodie smells, in this case it is required … Continue reading

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Bulgarian Tarator Soup

We became fans of this dish when we were on holiday at the beginning of July – it was a real thirst quencher in the Bulgarian summer heat. As city-loving people we had decided to book an overnight stay in … Continue reading

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“Food is our common ground, a universal experience”. James Beard

After many years I have finally started my foodie blog. I must admit when it comes to my personal life I do like to procrastinate. I love food; buying, cooking, eating and sharing it. I’m not a chef or profess … Continue reading

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