LIFESTYLE

FIVE FAVOURITE FINDS #3

20 AUGUST 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. PAYST: THAI CURRY PASTES that pack a punch

Payst is an amazing high-quality Thai curry paste brand made by, without question our favourite Thai restaurant in London, Farang. We regularly make our own curry pastes as we believe that the flavours are better and fresher but we make an exception with these. Payst pastes taste wonderful and deliver deep fragrant sauces - far better than usual ready-made pastes you can find in the supermarket.

We also love their sizes which feel extremely well portioned, making one good size curry for 2 to 4 people per pot. This means you won’t have loads of curry paste taking up space at the back of your fridge!

The Payst range is not just limited to the classic green and red Thai curry pastes. It encompasses Massaman curry, Jungle curry, Gaeng Gatti (spicy coconut) and Gaeng Gari (yellow curry) too. If you love Thai food and find yourself short on time, stocking up on those will definitely be a great move!

2. PANTECHNICON: 5 delightful FLOORS OF NORDIC & JAPANESE CULTURE

If you are in any way into aesthetical and minimalist homeware, you will want to check out Pantechnicon in London’s Belgravia neighbourhood. Pan-what you ask? The building with its striking pillars was built in 1830 as an arts and crafts centre and the term "Pan" stems for "all", and "techne" for "arts and crafts" in Greek. Set over five storeys the redevelopment now offers 8 spaces of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants all devoted to all things Nordic and Japanese.

On the ground floor as you enter the complex you’ll find French-Japanese Cafe Kitsuné and The Edit shop that showcases a curated selection of 150 Japanese and Nordic brands. I was honestly like a kid in a candy shop there and almost went home with these Artita plates (as you can tell I’m still thinking about them!). The Studio on the first floor, displayed even more homeware, some interior furniture and fashion pieces too.

Now for the food, you’ll find the Sachi restaurant space on the lower ground floor that serves regional Japanese dishes with Nordic touches that are made with local ingredients. At the time of my visit, I was told that a brilliant sushi and sake restaurant is set to open on the first floor.

Eldr on the second floor serves seasonal food based around traditional Nordic cooking techniques such as fermenting, curing and smoking, and made using locally sourced British ingredients. I actually headed all the way up to the roof garden and enjoyed Eldr’s diverse menu of Nordic small plates from head chef Joni Ketonen. Everything was as interesting as it was delicious. The restaurant already features in the 2021 Michelin Restaurant Guide and I can see why!

All in all, this new addition to the capital is one that feels like it will only become more and more interesting and I can’t wait to experience it some more!
 

3. LIMAN: A LOVELY LOCAL MIDDLE EASTERN SPOT

Don’t you love when you discover a new little gem in your neighbourhood? This is how we felt when we spotted Liman, a Middle Eastern and Turkish restaurant in Islington. The restaurant, which had just gone through a revamp a few months before the pandemic hit, decided to quickly shift to food deliveries. And this is how we first tried their food! Through their takeaway, which they have continued to offer. We thought we should experience it in person to get a proper feel for it, and truthfully because we enjoyed it so much the first time round! We trialled a wide variety of mezzes, as well as some of their grilled meats. I must admit their lengthy menu definitely delivered as it was all really delicious.

Our absolute favourites were the lamb beyti, the baked halloumi and humus kavurma. The whole staff is very friendly too which altogether makes for a lovely experience.

4. KLEI BOWLS: BEAUTIFUL CERAMICS to brighten the day

Food is as much about how good it tastes as its presentation, and so I find myself naturally drawn to nice ceramics. We recently added to our collection these lovely bowls from Jessica Joslin, who runs Klei, a shop in East London’s Netil Market with fellow potter Skye Corewijn. The tiny shop displays not only their own ceramic creations but a collection of other local makers on rotation. 

The bowls we picked are a lovely matt in texture and wonderfully thick and weighty, bringing a sense of quality. They truly make our breakfast bowls or soups that much more enjoyable!

5. DUSTY KNUCKLE'S FUNDRAISING POSTER

Dusty Knuckle, based in Dalston is possibly one of our favourite bakeries, especially when it comes to their potato sourdough and sarnies.

During lockdown, the entrepreneurial team came up with the Milk Float, a brilliant little bread-mobile that would go around East and North London’s neighbourhoods to deliver their delicious loaves, pastries and sausage rolls after announcing their postcode destination via social media.

Their next move was to raise a Kickstarter campaign in March 2021 in order to enable them to expand their original spot and open a second bakery. The popular team managed to raise £40,000 in just 24 hours, and altogether over £90,000 making it possible for them to open their second bakery in Haringey this July.

And so finally, as one of the backers, I picked up the Dusty Knuckle limited edition poster I had pledged against!

Not only am I delighted to support this brilliant bakery but DK also supports young offenders or those at risk of crime with training programmes and employment opportunities which feels like such an incredible social mission to back. 

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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