Silo | The Zero Waste restaurant | Brighton

Brighton has to be the place to be if you have sustainability in mind. I’m not sure which of Silo or that trend came first, but I sense there’s a bit of a chicken and egg sort of thing going on there. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonEven from the outside, you can see the “no-waste” concept runs deep. It shows in the uneven wooden facade and the repurposed metal bins turned planters. In the display menu and the rugged, rustic feel of the whole thing. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonOnce you pass the door, it is everywhere: not just on your plate, but also in the material chosen, in the art, in the loyalty system, even in the loos. A concept pushed to its very limits.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe waste-avoiding initiatives at Silo are varied and (almost) exaustive. But the most impressive of them has to be the massive recycler-composter standing in the corridor.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe dining room also had that rugged feeling about it. Mainly places have tried (and failed) to create just that atmosphere. But here, the rustic-hipster style is very much in alignment with the concept. It has been push to the very smallest of details and it just works.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe menu is predictably short and cooked from whatever seasonal ingredients had been delivered that day by Silo’s carefully chosen local suppliers. Not food-milage to see there. The team still manages to keep things interesting by focusing on classics with a bit of a twist, which happen to be my favourite kind of dish. Unsurprisingly, I wanted to try everything.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonFrom the drinks menu, we got pretty much everything that seemed even remotely interesting. My favourite was definitely the Gin & Earl Grey cocktail with cracked black pepper (not only did it look pretty, but I really enjoyed the spiciness of the pepper against the acidity of the cocktail), but the Kombucha iced tea truly is worth a try as well (it’s both subtle and fresh, which makes it a winner in my book). Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWe ordered two of the three starters available that day. The Beetroot & Fennel Soup was absolutely delicious as the earthiness from the beetroot perfectly balanced the anis-seed flavour of the fennel. I don’t usually like beetroot that much, but this was a cracking dish! The accompanying homemade Sourdough Bread was so good I’m not even sure there is words to describe it. I’ll just tell you that: it’s basically what foodie dreams are made of. And I’m French, trust me, when it comes to bread, I know what I’m talking about!Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe other starter, Asparagus with slow poached egg yolk and Silo butter, was a very safe bet as it’s pretty much one of my favourite ingredient combination. The addition of garlic flower and a generous sprinkle of linen seeds was an interesting one as it brought strong flavours as well as crunch to what could have easily been too simple a dish otherwise.
Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Plant” dish was Cauliflower steak with lentil salad and caramelised red onion. I loved the dressing of the lentil salad, which was very mustardy and punchy. Altogether, the flavour profile of this dish was interesting but the textural aspect of it was a bit less successful due to too many crucnhy elements. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonThe “Dairy” dish was this stunning Beetroot risotto with fresh curd. On paper, it was the least likely to appeal to me as the two main components (beetroot and cheese) are things I don’t enjoy eating, but it was truly brilliant. I think it’s once again the garlic flowers that made that dish for me as their pungent flavour balanced the earthy sweetness of the beetroot perfectly.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonWhen we came in, they had run out of beef shortribs and were serving Pork Belly instead. The “Meat” dish was good and well executed, with tender meat and celeriac pieces, smooth puree and melty leaves but didn’t have any kind of unperishable impact on me. Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonMackerel is such a pretty fish, and that was no exception! I especially enjoyed the crunchy raw cauliflower & quinoa salad, which had a very interesting texture, as well as the addition of sea vegetable which re-inforced the saline flavour of the dish.Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonCake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant BrightonBy the end of the meal, we were pretty full, so we settled on sharing just one pudding between all of us. We went for hat might have seemed like the simplest of the three available options, but strawberry & lemon curd are things I simply can’t resist. Unsurprinsingly, they were the two elements on that plate I enjoyed most, the tanginess of the curd enhancing the sweet, yet still subtle flavours of the season’s first English strawberries. The cocoa nibs brought an interesting element of texture, but I’m not sure it was the case for the chantilly or the pine oil. 
Cake + Whisky | Silo Zero Waste Restaurant Brighton

They say the devil is in the details, and it most definitely is true when it comes to sustainability. Silo went very deep into this whole detail business and what they built is very inspiring indeed. It delivers resourceful cooking and I defy anyone not to be impressed with the level of service and dedication each member of staff brings to the cause.

Where: 39 Upper Gardner Street, North Laine, Brighton BN1 4AN

Silo | The Zero Waste restaurant | Brighton

#Letsgetfoodiechallenge Week 2 – Something green | Spinach Tortilla

In the second edition of the #letsgetfoodiechallenge, Amanda challenged us to create a recipe with something green in it.

Now I love my greens, so once again, I was a bit paralized by the choices. But since we were heading to Brighton during the last Bank Holiday weekend, and the idea of a picnic on the beach was simply too difficult to resist, I ended up revisiting one of my favourites recipes: Tortilla. Since I got some beautiful spinach at the farmers’ market that same morning, I thought I would add some in as well and cross my fingers really hard for it to work and result in something delicious. And IT REALLY DID!

Spinach Tortilla – serves 4

You’ll need: 5-6 medium waxy potatoes, 5-6 eggs (I only had 3, but more would have been better!), chopped parsley, chopped garlic (I used dried garlic), 2-3 sliced spring onions, 2 big handfuls of spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper.

Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaStart by preping all your vegetables. Slice your potatoes up as thin as possible (without slicing your fingers though!).Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaSlice your onions too, and wash your spinach and dry it up. Chop your parsley and garlic.Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaIn a bowl, whisk your eggs with some salt and pepper, then add in your garlic and parsley.Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaGet a pan (one that goes into the oven would be perfect here! I got mine from IKEA) nice and hot, then add in some olive oil and your potatoes and fry those until they’re tender. Transfer to a bowl and keep them to the side for now. Fry your onions and do the same.  
Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaNext up, you’ll need to cook your spinach.
Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaCake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaOnce it’s ready, add the onions and potatoes on top and give the whole thing a good stir to combine all the elements. Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaPour your egg mix on top and cook for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a hot oven (180-200 °C) and cook for a further 5-7 minutes. Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaTake your masterpiece out of the oven and eat it while it’s hot. Or get some friends together and bring it to a picnic on the beach!Cake + Whisky | #letsgetfoodiechallenge 2 | Spinach TortillaWhat’s your favourite picnic recipe? 

#Letsgetfoodiechallenge Week 2 – Something green | Spinach Tortilla

Why I love London

I ❤ London. Since the moment I first saw it, I knew it was it. A love-at-first-sight sort of story.
Cake + Whisky | Why I Love London | Tower BridgeCake + Whisky | Why I Love London | V&A Museum
Cake + Whisky | Why I Love London | Museum of LondonBut then, isn’t it difficult NOT to love London. When I first had to leave it, I tried to make the separation less difficult by drawing a list of things I wouldn’t be missing. This list had, if I remember properly, only 3 things on it by the end of the week.
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The reason why London is so lovable is that it truly offers something for everyone. From the shop-aholic (me) to the foodie (me) to the museum-aficionado (me) and the gym-bunny (me? I wish!), everybody can find their London if they know where to look for it. It’s the diversity of London that truly made the difference for me.
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Maybe it’s linked to London being the result of many villages merging together to create one massive metropole. Maybe it’s the result of centuries of immigration from all over the world. Maybe it’s something entirely different that led London to be what it is today; this bright, exciting, strongly multi-cultural city.
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And it’s the freedom we, as Londoners, get from a such unique environment that I truly love about London. I love the variety of the food offering and the endless possibilities it creates.
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I love the effervescence of the Borough Market and the calm of the V&A’s medieval galleries; I love the small streets of the City and how spacious Royal Parks are; I love the crowds of Oxford Street and the quiet contemplation atmosphere of churches; I love the fire of Indian curries, the tang of Peruvian ceviche, the cleaness of Japanese sahimi, the home-iness of Italian pasta; I love it all. And above all, I love that there’s always something new to discover.
“Tired of London, Tired of Life” has never seem more fitting.
Why I love London

Postcard from Brighton

I ❤ Brighton.

I know I keep talking about how much I love living in London, but there’s this little spot in my heart for cities on the seaside.Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonI always want to bring all the pebbles home. I’m such a kid. Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonSomeone KNITTED the Royal Pavilion. How crazy is that? Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonThe said-pavilion is really worth a look, it looks so strange and out of place, but so pretty at the same time.
Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonCake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonBut Brighton’s not all about the beach. What I was most impressed by was the new breed of creative, socially- and environmentally-responsible businesses that have popped-up since the last time I visited. Double thumbs-up to Silo, hisBe and BlueBird Tea Co for all their hard-work and proving it can be done. I left very inspired. 👍👍Cake + Whisky | Postcard from BrightonWhat’s your favourite thing to see/eat/do in Brighton? Already looking for things to do on my next visit!

Postcard from Brighton

Top 10 Summer Essentials

Summer, Summer, Summertiiiiiiiiiiiiiime!

If you ask me, there’s only one true way to now if summer is on its way. One very simple test. Do I want to wear pastel nailpolish or do I stick to my dear Rouge Noir?

We all have a favourite season. Some like Winter and the snow, some prefer Fall and its beautiful colours, or Spring with all its flowers. But Summer, with its barbecue parties and beac holiday plans has always been my personal favourite. I’m never happier than when I wear jean shorts, a white linen Tshirt and sandals, sit in the sun and sip on one too many cups of Pimm’s (oops!), so today, I wanted to share my absolute summer essentials.

Cake + Whisky | 10 summer essentials | shopping guide1. Jean shorts: I basically live in those from June to September and those H&M ones are definitely on my radar!

2. Stay Matte pressed powder, Rimmel: I love hot weather and all, but shiny skin, not so much. Luckily, this does the job perfectly and is cheap as chips! #WinWin

3. Glass bottle, BKR: I said it before, I said it again: those are the BEST! And it seems Selfridges is now stocking them, so you won’t have to deal with the whole “do I really want to pay that much in P&P?” issue!

4. Aloe Vera Gel, Banana Boat: My skin is just the worse: as soon as there is ANY kind of change in the weather, it starts drying out, cracking etc… So convenient when the weather changes about 12 times a day. So I’m trying everything I can possibly put my hands on to see what works best to keep things in control, and sofar, this seems to do the trick. I also love that it dries very quickly and doesn’t stick when you put clothes on afterwards. Not sure I’m a massive fan of the Shrek-like green colour though, so might try to find a “cleaner” alternative next time around.

5. Pore Refining Solution Instant Perfector, Clinique: Shine-free, Photoshoped-like skin anyone? This thing is basically magic in a bottle (and you can use it on top of your make-up too!).

6. Aqua Smoky Lash mascara, Make Up For Ever: When they say “waterproof”, they mean it. Go on, jump in that pool and have fun!

7. Maximillian Strasse nailpolish, Essie: Some people start wearing shorts and flip-flops the second the sun starts shining. Instead, I just switch my usual dark red polish for some sort of pastel mint. This one, by Essie, is one of my absolute faves.

8. Audrey Swimsuit, Princesse Tam Tam: 😍😍😍 (I think it says it all)

9. Mojito Ice Lollie, Ice Kitchen: Just what it says on the bag: Mojito. In a Lollie. Life is good!

10. Ultra Light Daily UV Defense, Kiehl’s: A no-brainer this one, really. When there’s sun, wear sunscreen, your skin will thank you.

What are your summer favourites? Anything I should check out? (Would take any excuse to go shopping, really! Please help!)

Top 10 Summer Essentials

Gü’s Dessert Island

I’ve been so tired these last few weeks that I’ve been dreaming of beach holidays even more often than I usually do. All I wanted was the sound of the waves, the kiss of the salty wind on my face, a good book and maybe a few cheeky cocktails.

Unfortunately, taking the first plane to dreamy destinations such as St Lucia or the Barbados isn’t quite in my budget. Luckily, the team has more than one trick up its sleeves and when they invited me with the promess of pudding in a beach-stastic environment, I almost did a little dance of joy!

I quickly packed sunscreen, sunglasses and the rest of my summer essentials (more on this soon, keep your eyes peeled!) and I was on my way!Cake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upPudding paradise was waiting and I was READY!Cake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upAfter a quick look around the upstairs lounge (they had the most beautiful flowers there!) and a bit of a debate on which Gü dessert was the best (Chocolate & Vanilla cheesecake in my opinion, the combination of the dense chocolate truffle layer and airy vanilla mousse just can’t be beaten!), I was quickly swifted downstairs… or should I say St Lucia!Cake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upAaaah! Blue skies and transparent water. I could already feel myself being a lot more relaxed than I was a few minutes earlier! Cake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upCake + Whisky - Gu #dessertisland pop-upAnd the pudding you ask? Well it simply was as velvety and decadent as ever!

The Gü #DessertIsland experience is on at 15 Bateman Str. today (20/05/2015) and tomorrow (21/05/2015) and a little bird tells me they still have a few availability for tomorrow.. so if you’re in the neighbourhood, drop by for a delicious and relaxing experience!

Gü’s Dessert Island

The Delhi Grill | Not your usual curry house

Until last week, I had never visited an Indian restaurant (Whetherspoon’s “Curry Nights” definitely don’t count!). It was not an option growing up (there are no Indian restaurants where I grew up), and after I moved away from my parents, it wasn’t really either (my boyfriend is Indian and cooks. Enough said). But we passed the Delhi Grill a few times, and it looked kind of fun, and the menu “seemed legit” (his words not mine).

Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonColourful posters on the walls and a lot of happy customers… I loved the way they managed to mix quite traditional items (movie posters, Indian music and TV…) but remain modern at the same time. I don’t know how they did it, but it works and Islington’s youngster population seems to love it!Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonCake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonI was given a menu but must admit I paid very little attention to it (when you have an expert right next to you, it would be foolish not to let him do his thing, wouldn’t it?). There seemed to be a decent balance of well-known “classics” and obscure dishes though. Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonWhile we were waiting for our (quite extensive) selection of dishes, we nibbled on salad. Which apparently is pretty typical, except you’re meant to eat it with your meal (oops).Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonWe soon got something more substanscial to munch on though! The Delhi Grill Platter is basically a meat lover’s dream come true: you get an assortment of chicken tikkas, tandoori paneer and sheekh kebabs to share (or not). My favourite was the chicken, which was perfectly cooked and SO MOIST (my boyfriend says it wasn’t spicy enough, but I doubt anything ever is for him!😜). I also quite enjoyed the paneer, which wasn’t too squeeky and nicely spiced up but would give the lamb kebabs a miss as they were a bit too dry and not all that interesting in terms of flavour either. Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonCake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonThen came one of the most fun things I’ve eaten in a while (or maybe even ever, but I’m still planning on trying jellyfish some time soon, so that might change!): Pani Puri. It’s a snack that people usually buy from food carts and it is made of little balls of crispy batter, filled with chickpeas, coriander and chilli, which you fill with hot coriander-y stock right before stuffing the whole thing in your mouth. The combination of texture is really worth a try!

From the snack menu, we also got Aloo Tiki, which is a dish of smashed potatoes topped with a spicy mix of chickpeas, coriander and tamarind sauce. I’m still not entirely sure how I felt about this one. It wasn’t bad, but something seemed to be missing to take that dish to the next level.
Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonWe also tasted a couple of dishes in the “from the pot” section. Butter chicken with nan bread was the most succesfull of the ones we tried. The balance of flavours was far from perfect (it was way too mild and spices seemed to have been skipped all together) but once again, the chicken was cooked to perfection and the texture of the sauce (a blend of tomatoes and butter) was absolutely perfect.

Rogon Gosht on the other hand wasn’t really successful: once again, it was a bit bland from the lack of spices, but the texture of the sauce made things even worse as it was quite watery and unpleasant.Cake + Whisky | The Delhi Grill Indian Restaurant LondonFor dessert, we had Gulab Jamun (dough balls cooked in sugar syrup), which my boyfriend loved but I found a bit too sweet, and Pistacchio Kulfi, which he said wasn’t made quite in the traditional way and as a result was too ice-y but I enjoyed it anyway (especially since there were so many pistacchio bits in it and I’m a sucker for anything pistacchio!).

What: A modern take on your regular curry house.

Why: For the atmosphere, first and foremost. A few dishes are also worth the trip (basically, go for the ones you’ve never seen anywhere before and you should be fine).

How much: about £50 for 2

Where: The Delhi Grill, 21 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ

The Delhi Grill | Not your usual curry house