LIFESTYLE

FIVE FAVOURITE FINDS #2

25 JULY 2021
You may or may not have gathered but we're pretty obsessed about all things edible - and a few more things too! As we regularly stumble upon some great finds, food or no, and we thought we'd share our favourites with you!

1. Perelló Olives: THE SNACK TO END ALL SNACKS

Ok, so we may be a little late to the party, but I guess we can’t be the only ones: these Perelló Gordal Picante Olives are SO GOOD!
Sam was very dubious about olives from a can but we got to try them as part of a little hamper. Ever since then we have been absolutely obsessed. These Spanish olives are fat, juicy and utterly delicious. What makes them particularly tasty is the addition of hot guindilla green peppers. They add a subtle touch of spiciness that just brings the salty olives to another level. Try them, you won’t be sorry! 

2. EATALY: THE NEW ITALIAN FOOD HALL IN LONDON

One of the reasons we love living in London is the fact that there is always something exciting going on in particular in relation to food.
Obviously, when we heard that an Eataly was opening in London we had to check it out! Without a doubt, we loved the enormous two-storey Italian food centre.

The ground floor hosts two restaurants as well as a coffee and gelato corner, and a dolce, sweet section. On the top floor is where all of the Italian cheese and charcuterie selections are amongst fruits and vegetables. You'll also find fresh and dried pasta, pesto, ragus, tomato sauces, olive oils, biscuits and a huge wine section.

The range of choice was incredible and even had extra information about certain products' origins. We ended up picking a delicious melon and some parma ham to make one of our favourite Summer salads and it was a delight!

3. Taquería RESTAURANT: A NEW MEXICAN ADDITION TO EAST LONDON

It’s no secret that we absolutely love Mexican food and particularly tacos. Unsurprisingly then, we were delighted to hear that a new Mexican restaurant was opening on our side of town in East London.

Taqueria is actually owned by Dodie Miller, the woman behind the Cool Chile Co. The business has been selling Mexican ingredients in the UK since 1993, no less! We can vouch for their dried chillies and corn tortillas, which we're huge fans of.

Her first Taqueria restaurant opened in West London in 2005 and this is now her second in Exmouth Market. Whilst every dish we tried was delicious, we particularly enjoyed the Al Pastor and Pork Pibil tacos. A new discovery for us as well was michelada. This little mixture of lime, hot sauce and salt is something to add to your beer. This turns your classic lager into a flavorful and refreshing beer cocktail. If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, this will be your happy place!

4. MULTI-USE GRAEN SEED PACKS: ADDING GREENS AND ART TO YOUR HOME

I have a soft spot for things that look good and also happen to be multi-functional these seed packs from Graen are just that.
The design-led seed packs are hand-assembled and packed in England. They can be grown into beautiful edible flowers or herbs, whilst the packet can be kept to enjoy as a miniature print. How nice! Now I just need to get planting...

5. CLARKSON’S FARM: THE DOCU-SERIES WE DIDN'T KNOW WE WERE CRAVING

Before you completely switch off, let me tell you that I am also not particularly a fan of Jeremy Clarkson. HOWEVER, this new Clarkson's Farm series is genuinely fantastic! Sam and I have flown through the 8 episode series and were completely captivated by it. The docu-series are beautifully filmed and follow Jeremy Clarkson's journey trying to run his own farm.

Based in the Cotswolds, the farm consists of about 1000 acres, and so far has been taken care of by a farmer. The problem is that he's just announced his retirement. Naturally, Clarkson thought he’d just give it a go and do it all himself. Not only does the show really pull you in on the process of farming, but it is also very amusing. As you can imagine Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t know much at all about farming. As a result, there is a lot of trial and error, almost always rectified by the local farmers and agricultural experts.

One of the emerging stars of the show however is local farmer Kaleb Cooper. The experienced 21-year-old never fails to point out Clarkson’s mistakes in the bluntest of fashions - a joy to behold. The show most definitely brings you along the learning curve that is farming and making a living from it.

All in all, I can’t recommend this series enough, even if you’re not a huge fan of Jeremy Clarkson. Oh and incidentally, a second season is in the works!

How About You?

What have been your discoveries and these last few weeks? Let us know as we always enjoy hearing what you stumbled upon as we get to discover lots of new things!

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