Gift Guide | For your (London) visitors

Since I’ve been living in London, I’ve had loads of people coming over to spend a few days in the capital, tour all the sights and eat some world famous breakfast.

And if I enjoy creating little guides of things for my visitors to see and do, there’s absolutely nothing I love more than putting together little London gift bags to make them feel truly special upon arrival and remember the fun times once they’ve left.

The content of my gift bags usually varies depending on what I stumbble upon while shopping, but here are a few of my absolute favourites!

Cake + Whisky | Gift Guide for your London visitors1. This Gin & Tonic Lip Balm is just genius. I mean, it’s basically a cocktail that keeps your lips soft. What more could you possibly ask for?

2. I’m such a kid at heart! I LOVE Legos and this Big Ben Nanoblocks make for the perfect alternative to tacky snowglobes!

3. Tea is obviously a must and I like to get a small tea caddy from Fortnum & Mason for the added wow-effect. I tend to get classic blends such as Earl Grey or the Royal Blend but their Peach Balck Tea and Elderflower Green Tea are also cracking!

4. I have a stock of Cath Kidson purses at home, so if you ever visit me, it’s very likely you’ll be handed one as soon as you pass the door. I’m absolutely obsessed with purses so it’s near impossible to resist buying them and my friends have loved being gifted some as it’s so convenient to keep everything together, keep currencies separate, not lose your Oyster card at the bottom of your bag…  Win-win then?

5. Burt’s Bees lip balm was one of the first things I ever bought when I first lived in London, so this one has quite a sentimental value to me. Plus they’re absolutely ace, entirely natural and now come in so many flavours!

6. Don’t we all need something sweet in our lives? I believe we do, so I always try to include some treats in my little London boxes, be it Jelly beans or a bar of Green & Black Chocolate!

Do you put together gift bags for your visitors? What do/would you include in them?

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Gift Guide | For your (London) visitors

Objective Capsule Wardrobe – #2 The Investment Theory

The previous episode of my “Objective Capsule Wardrobe” series was all about de-cluttering, only keeping the clothes you liked and liked you back and making room in your cupboard and your life!

But of course, everyone knows nature abhors a vacuum, and there’s very little point pretending you’ll never want to buy anything anymore now that you have all of that empty space! So I thought it would only be fitting to focus the second episode on strategies to buy better so you don’t have to go back to square one too often.

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My mum has always tried really hard to explain the whole price VS quality thing to us. I was that kid that never got one pair of expensive branded trainers but was always wearing expensive, well-made leather shoes.

But when I first started buying my own clothes, I obviously forgot it all at once for quite a while and ended up with far too many things, many of which that didn’t fit me and I incidentally never wore.

I’m not even sure why I fell in the fast-fashion trap. I clearly didn’t need that many things, but it was so cheap and I felt like buying things “in case I’d need it” made me ready to face every situation I’d ever encounter. I was basically trying to build an armour out of all those junk-clothes I’d never wear and believed that my life would definitely be ruined if I didn’t have those sparkly silver heels the day I needed them.

Thanksfully, that’s when bloggers started taking a step back and talking about minimal wardrobes. Reading Dead Fleurette and French blogger Une Chic Fille, I had a bit of a lightbulb moment and eventually realised that I didn’t need all these things in my life. That having them around actually made me feel worse rather than good and that my money would be better used differently.

That same evening, I sat on the floor of my room and filled two (TWO!) Ikea bags with all the things I shouldn’t have bought in the first place. I donated most of them, sold a few, and promised myself it wouldn’t never get quite that bad again.

I obviously needed to come up with a plan though! That’s when I created my very own “Investment Theory” as some sort of a test for potential wardrobe suitors, so I thought I’d share my top tips to buy well!

1. It’s not all about the price! Mark my words: no deal is good enough not to be missed. If you’re never going to wear it, no matter how cheap it is, you are still wasting money buying it. This is especially true when it comes to sales; I’ve bought SO MANY things on sales because it was cheap and I would never find such a good deal ever again! Whether or not I would be using it was a thought that never crossed my mind. So now, every time I catch myself thinking “oh, that’s such a good deal”, I ask myself if I’d still get it if I was shopping in Liberty and it had the usual £££ pricetag. Works like a charm!

2. Better material is a worthwhile investment: Well-made clothes will last you longer, so it might be worth putting in the exact £, especially for those major pieces you’ll wear quite a bit (shoes, coats…). (However, that only works if the quality increases proportionanlly with the pricetag. I usually find that there is some sort of price ceiling for this, which is generally related to the impact of branding.)

The reasons behind it being that:

1- Better material will keep you warmer and won’t made you sweat so much (i’m so glamourous!)

2- Well-build items can be fixed.

3- Good-quality material will keep its form and colour much better.

4- You won’t tire of wearing basics quite as quickly as you would of wearing the last fashion fad.

3. Cost-per-wear: If I invest time in money into buying something, I want to make sure I get the best return on it. Which is why I usually only invest in items I know I’ll be using on a daily basis. So before you go out and spend all your money on really beautiful but also expensive pieces, take the time to figure out what you are actually wearing every day. One good way to measure this up is by putting all your clothes in the Closet app which allows you to log in what you’ve worn and does all the hard work for you!

4. Beauty samples: I love how you can get samples for pretty much every beauty product there is. That’s such a great way to try things out and decide whether or not they’re truly made for you without cluttering your cupboards!

Do you have tricks to avoid shopping mistakes? I’d love to hear them! 

Objective Capsule Wardrobe – #2 The Investment Theory

#SpreadTheSmile – Touring London’s best coffee shops with The London Coffee Festival

Blogging makes you do crazy things. Visiting 9 of London’s best coffee shops in one day was definitely one of them.

Now, let’s come clear: I have a weird relationship with coffee. I’ve always loved the taste (I used to drink coffee with milk from my mum’s cup when I was no older than 6 or 7) but my tummy’s not the biggest fan of it, so I can’t actually drink much of it.

But when the lovely folks behind The London Coffee Festival invited me for a day full of coffee beans and fun, I decided to take one for the team and join in!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalFirst stop was the lovely Coffeeworks Project in Islington. Now, that one was not exactly new to me as it’s local to me, so they’re my go-to when I need that extra caffeine-boost on my way to work. Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalThose guys do the best cakes. Seriously. Especially their salted caramel brownies! 😍Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee Festival…but just to make sure it was the best (I never thought of questioning that fact, I mean, it’s salted caramel!!), we got a little selection of the said brownies.Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalLook at that! So fudgy! Which is how brownies should be in my opinion. If they’re too fluffy and aerated, they’re really just sponge, aren’t they?Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd of course, there was some coffee. I initially wanted to get espresso but ended up going for filter coffee as I didn’t want to start with something too strong.

I just had time to drink a few sips and it was already time to jump on our dedicated mode of transport for the day!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalA private double-decker no less! I could get used to that (and was definitely making plans to turn this into an office some day, wouldn’t it be awesome?)!

Next stop was Caravan on Exmouth Market, which had been on my bucket list FOREVER! They always come up in lists of places to go for brunch in London, and now that I’ve tried they coffee, I can tell that they’ve really strong game indeed! I suppose I’ll have to move it up a few spots and make my way there for eggs and things some day!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalI barely had enough time to practice my pouring-shot skills that it was already time to leave. Within a few minutes, we were dropped at Black Sheep Coffee on Charlotte Street with the romise of a very special coffee experience.
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalBlack Sheep opened with the objective of challenging the traditional coffee scene with their “Robusta Revival”. Robusta coffee beans are less acidic but far more bitter than other species and makes for a very new experience indeed!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAren’t those cups the cuttest?Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAs promised, this was a very different tasting experience. One of the things I enjoy most about coffee is the smell and robusta simply… doesn’t smell like coffee, which was really strange and quite disorientating at first. I did enjoy the taste though, and it truly was unlike anything else I had ever try. So if you’re a bit of a coffee connoisseur, Black Sheep’s definitely a must-go!
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalLive-tweeting our robusta taste-test!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee Festivalcoffee-week-tour-22Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalOur next stop, Kaffeine, was just a few steps away and it definitely was one of the highlights of the day for me!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalI obviously fell in love with the neon sign. And more importantly, with the staff possitive energy and the general vibe of the place!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalVery much considering to make some sort of carrot-cake jam now! ✨Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalThese guys also have the BEST food counter! I wanted to try absolutely everything! Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalBut my eyes truly lit up when I saw this beauty! Avocado, mango, prawns, cashew nuts… pretty much my dream salad, really! Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalI thought I had made my choice. But obviously, that was until I looked up and was faced with the most tempting cake shelf I’ve ever seen.
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalMaking a decision wasn’t easy, but I was told that the banana bread is an absolute must-order by at least three people, so I ended up ordering it. I mean, if so many people agree on one item, it must be good right?
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd very good it was! Partly because they toast it so it’s all warm and pillowy. And I’m not gonna lie, partly because they serve it with salted butter!

Because we’d been eating since the morning, I didn’t realise it was already lunchtime but was more than happy to soon find myself in Benugo. Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalI’m not even sure I was hungry to be honest, but a little (relatively healthy) feast was awaiting us (and it would have been rude not to give everything a chance, wouldn’t it?). Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalRows after rows of delicious goodies to choose from. I so wish I had one of those near(er) my office!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalI went for a classic Ceasar salad, which was perfectly balanced and moreish! The sauce was especially good as it wasn’t too thick or cloggy.Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalPlus I might have had a bite of the different sandwiches on offer… my favourite being the one with tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil (obviously).Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd how good do those espresso cupcakes look? They were amongst the best I’ve had in a little while, thanks to a very fluffy batter and lightest of coffee butter creams! I’m usually not the biggest fan of cupcakes (they more often than not look better than they taste no?), but those were a dream!

Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalWe then stopped for a little caffeinated treat at Sacred on Carnaby Treat. Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalThose guys sure know their coffee-art! Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd a little bird told me that they’re starting some coffee cocktails soon too… 🙌🙏 but we didn’t have too much time to investigate those, so I’ll have to go back… You know, just to be sure!

Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalOur next stop sure put a big smile on my face. Let’s put it quite simply, I loved everything about Timberyard: the space, the people, the cakes…Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalFrom the second I set foot in the shop, I just wanted to move in. Everything was just perfect.
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd the team’s pretty ace too!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalAnd the food, oh the food!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalBut for once it didn’t take me ages to decide what I wanted! Dulche de Leche Cronut anyone? Trust me, you should!

We hoped on the bus one last time to reach our very last stop. I couldn’t help myself and clicked a few pictures on the way…
Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalNestled inside the Somerset House, Pennethorne’s is one of London’s true hidden gems, where we met James-Lee Campbell, Pennethorne’s head barista for a bit of a coffee degustation masterclass. After that much coffee, you might think I would tire of it, but each and every one we tried was so different it didn’t seem like that much!

Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalThe master doing what he does best… coffee!Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalCake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee FestivalWe tried out two different blends, including this month’s special, Tanzania Kilimanjaro, which was probably the strongest of all the ones we had that day, but it was also my favourite! Cake + Whisky | Touring London's best coffee shops with The London Coffee Festival

So many cups altogether though! Thanks London Coffee Festival for taking me on this coffee adventure (and the double-decker!), I truly enjoyed discovering the variety of the coffee offering in London and experiencing different blends and species to find my own favourite!

If you want to find out more about London Coffee Festival and all the wonderful things they do, head to their website: http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com.

What’s your favourite kind of coffee? Have you ever been on a coffee tour before?

#SpreadTheSmile – Touring London’s best coffee shops with The London Coffee Festival

#LetsGetFoodieChallenge Week 1 – Decadent Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart

In case you didn’t know already (aren’t you following me on Twitter?), the lovely Amanda recently created the #letsgetfoodiechallenge with the objective of challenging her fellow foodie bloggers to come up with creative ideas around a set theme.

And the first set theme couldn’t have been better picked if I had picked it myself! It was all about chocolate! Saying I was excited would be a bit of an understatement… I men, CHOCOLATE, could there be anything better?!

Cake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate TartWith my parents visiting last week, I thought it was about time I re-visited an old favourite of ours: the chocolate tart, which I made following one of my dad’s cousines’ recipe. And I might have made it even more decadent with the addition of a layer of salted caramel sauce. I don’t really know why I did that… I suppose I felt like there wasn’t enough butter and cream inthere already! 😜

Salted caramel & chocolate tart


Pastry:

125g salted butter (soft but not melted!)
250g plain flour
100g sugar
2 egg yolks
1 pinch salt

Whisk the egg yolks and the sugar together until fluffy and white (-ish). Add in the salt and the flour and mix with your fingers until it turns into really thin crumbs. Add in the butter and work the dough until it all comes together.
Roll in a ball, cover with cling film and keep in the fridge for about 1/2h. When the pastry is cold enough, roll it out and put in a buttered and floured mould. Cover with baking paper and rice and bake at 200°C for 20 minutes. Remove the baking paper and rice and bake for a further 5-10 minutes.
Allow your pastry case to cool down before filling it.

Cake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate TartCake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart

Salted caramel sauce:
200g sugar
50g salted butter
200g single cream

Pour the sugar and a bit of water in a pan over high heat and cook until it turns into caramel (if you undercook it, it will re-cristallised so make sure you do!), then add in the butter and mix thoughroughly with a wooden spoon. Pour in the cream and mix. Let it cool down before pouring on the pastry case.

Cake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart

Chocolate ganache:
200g baking chocolate
200g single cream
2 egg yolks
30g butter

Pour the cream in a pan and bring it to a small boil. Take it off the heat, then mix your chocolate through. Add in the butter and cream and mix thoughroughly.

Once you’ve assembled your tart, pop it in the fridge for 1h or until you’re ready to serve. Even better would be to let it rest for an entire night in the fridge, but i’ve never been that strong myself.

Cake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate TartCake + Whisky | Salted Caramel & Chocolate TartWhat’s your favourite chocolate dessert? And most importantly, have you joined us for the #letsgetfoodiechallenge yet? 

#LetsGetFoodieChallenge Week 1 – Decadent Salted Caramel & Chocolate Tart

Dinner in the sky | Duck & Waffle | London

Duck & Waffle is one of the first restaurants which made it on my London’s bucket list. I had meant to visit for months but never went ahead to book a table. With my parents visit coinciding with my mum’s birthday, I knew it was about time I finally stepped foot in Heron Tower’s lifts for dinner in the sky!

Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonAfter a swift journey from the floor to the clouds (actually a lot less scary than I thought it would be), we were greated by the most amazing of views. D&W definitely doesn’t oversell on this point; it’s simply breath-taking.

The rest of the experience though? It might be because, having read so many good things about the restaurant, I had really high expectations, but in the end, I wasn’t exactly blown away by it. Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonReally loved the atmosphere in the bar though. Oh, and the floor. Now that I think of it, I’m kind of sad I didn’t take a few seconds to click pictures of the floor (but you see, I was busy trying to convince my dad to use similar tiles in my parents new bathroom…).

What I did take pictures of was my lovely family once we were all comfortably seated in our booth!

Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonBlackmail (in the form of cocktail-related promises) might have been used to convince my sister into not doing faces… But I can’t really say I regret this as we were soon presented with some seriously pretty glasses!Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonIf my favourite actually ended up being my sist’s choice (the Distilled Hemingway), the prettiest of them all was definitely my own glass (the Removed Aviation Cocktail).Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonWith the Hay Old Fashioned also deserving its own special little prize for quirkiness!

Overall, we quite enjoyed the cocktails, but for the price tag they come at (£14 each), I was actually expecting a bit much from them. The Distilled Hemingway (Bacardi Rum, Marashino liquor and citrus juice) was the only one that fully delivered on the promise (it was perfectly balanced with hints of each component in each sip) while the others unfortunately underdeliver a bit (the Old fashion was a bit too sweet; I wasn’t a massive fan of the gin used in the Removed Aviation (I’d have liked something with a cleaner after-taste); the Whisky Sours, while perfectly balanced, had a rather unpleasant strong eggy smell).Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonI quite enjoyed the N’Duja and Gruyère bread. I must admit I was rather intrigued by this one, and slightly afraid the strong, spicy flavour of the N’Duja would overpower the whole thing, but I’m glad to report it wasn’t the case at all. The bread had a really nice texture (close to that of a Ciabatta) and definitely comes near the top of my list of the best things to start a meal with.Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonAnother major hit at our table were the Crispy BBQ Pork EarsCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonAs a result, we had a bit of a fight-off to decide who would get to break the seal (which my dad ended up winning, he’s much stronger/sneakier than the rest of us!). But then he shared the crispy, BBQ-dusted chip-like ear strips with us, so it was all okay. Those were so yummy  I had to stop myself from ordering another bag!Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonNext came the Ox Cheek Doughnut. I didn’t originally want to order this one but both the waiter and my boyfriend insisted that we should get it. In the end, this was one of the dishes that divided opinions around our table; my mum (who eats doughnuts any chance she gets) & boyfriend loved it, while the rest of us were a bit less convinced. I personnaly found the dough rather heavy and kind of bland (I’m sure a pinch of salt here and there would have improved the whole thing majorly).  Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonThe Duck & Waffle is an absolute must-order. It would just be rude to head to the 40th floor of Heron Tower and not get the eponymous dish, wouldn’t it? Especially since the meatiness of the confi-ed duck leg, the richness of the egg yolk, the doughey-crispiness of the waffle and the sweetness of the syrup all works rather brilliantly together. Would have loved getting a bit more of the advertised mustard coming through but a strong dish anyway (also, THAT plate 😍).
Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonI love beef tartare (so French of me, I know, I know! 🇫🇷), so I obviously had to order the Angus Steak Tartare. I loved the flavour profile (and the Tabasco mayo!) but was less convinced by the texture; the beef chunck were too big and the toppings too “string-ey” for the different flavours to mash up together as much as I would have liked them to.
Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonThe Scotch Bhadji looked stunning and was the best fusion dishes I’ve had in a while! I didn’t like the accompanying pickled cauliflower all that much but my (Indian) boyfriend said it was actually pretty typical in terms of flavour , so I might have to get used to it before I ever visit India!Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonThe Coal Charred Aubergine were okay; the texture was quite nice and silky, but the dish didn’t bag as much flavour as I expected (mainly because of a lack of salt).Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonCake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonThe last of the savoury dishes we tried was the Foie Gras Crème Brûlée. Being a foie gras lover, it was the dish I was most looking forward to trying and it certainly did not disappoint. There was something almost magical in the combination of creamy foie gras parfait, crispy burnt sugar, firm lobster tail, peppery watercress and toasted brioche. Heaven in a mouthful if you ask me. Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonWe were all starting to feel rather full but couldn’t resist taking a look at the dessert menu. And we simply couldn’t resist ordering (almost) one of each! The Pistachio & Dark Chocolate Macaroon was probably the prettiest of the bunch and very tasty too.Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonThe Brownie Sundae was also quite sexy and the crunchy peanut topping was the sort of things you get addicted to after just one bite.Cake + Whisky | Duck & Waffle | LondonBut my favourite dessert was the Torrejas: what truly made it for me was the brioche slice; it was so big and moist I could have eaten the whole thing all by myself! I also loved the cinnamon icecream but the apple could have been a bit more cooked…

As I said earlier, we had a good time at Duck & Waffle. Good but not great though. I can’t really pinpoint what it was, but there was something missing for me to be truly impressed. I was glad I finally got to visit and try all those iconic dishes, but I’m not sure I’ll get out of my way to visit again. Or maybe for breakfast (just imagine those views at sunrise!).

What: One of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, with the most breath-taking of views, serving up its Modern-European-with-a-twist signature dishes 24/7.

How much: Count £40-50/person with a drink and dessert

Why: The views are the #1 reason to head to Duck & Waffle and you have to be aware of the fact that you’ll definitely be paying for it too. A lot of attention given to details, especially when it comes to presentation. Anything that sounds like a very unlikely dish (Foie gras crème brûlée, BBQ pigs ears, Duck & Waffle…) would actually be on my must-order list.

Where: Duck & Waffle, Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AY

Dinner in the sky | Duck & Waffle | London

Lemon almond cake

I have just made the best lemon cake ever. Yes, EVER! 🍋 Oh, and it also happens to be the easiest cake recipe ever. Yes, even easier than my favourite chocolate brownies. No it didn’t think it was possible either.

Basically, it’s a lemon equivalent of the best chocolate fondant you can think of. It’s so moist and zesty and addictive you’ll never want to put your spoon down.

If you don’t want to get addicted, you should stop reading now. And you most definitely shouldn’t give this recipe a go. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeFor 4 (reasonable) people (or 2 much less reasonable ones…), you’ll need:

100g of sugar

50g of melted butter

100g of almond flour

2 eggs

Zest of 1 lemon + juice of 1/4

Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeCombine the sugar and the almond flour.Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakePour in the melted butter.Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeAdd the eggs.Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeMix it all together until well combined, then add your lemon zest and juice and mix again. Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakePour your batter in muffin tins (I used mini-loaf ones instead) and bake for 20 minutes at 180 °C. And that’s it.Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeEat them by themselves.Cake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeOr you could top them with whipped coconut creamCake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeCake + Whisky | Lemon Almond CakeLook at that! SO MOIST!!

Speaking of chocolate fondant, I start to wonder how those would be with a lemon curd insert in the middle?

I say delicious, what do you think? 

Lemon almond cake

New-ins April 2015

Not that many new things to report this month but the few things I got, I’m absolutely in love with! Maybe because they all have that little “Spring feeling” about them… 🌸🌱🌳🌷
Cake + Whisky | April New-ins1- I’ll never say it enough (and I’ll come back on the topic in details in a future “Objective Capsule Wardrobe” post): there is hardly any point buying good clothes if you don’t buy good underwear. I started buying mine from the French brand Princesse Tamtam 5 years ago and I’ve never looked back. (also, they swimsuit collection is just 👌 Very tempted to buy this one)!

2- I tested Rimmel’s Color Burst this month but I’m still not sure what to think. The colour is kind of nice but I’m not a massive fan of the texture as it feels fairly dry on the lips…

3- I FINALLY got myself some GAP black jeans! Yay! (I absolutely love GAP for jeans! They have many different cuts, inc. one that fits me perfectly! But can someone please explain to me how it makes sense to switch from number-sizes to letter-sizes?Why?)

4- Finally, what’s probably my favourite purchase this month: this lovely nude Silk Cami from J Crew. It’s so pretty and soft and I never want to wear anything but silk ever #Spoiled

What have you bought this month? I’m always looking for shopping inspiration!

New-ins April 2015