London’s best ice cream | Gelupo

Summer’s coming! Which in my book only means one thing: ice cream! And I think I might just have found London’s finest! Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Gelupo is a cute little ice cream parlour down Archer Street and was opened by the team behind always-packed Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo. Saying those guys know their gelato would be quite an understatement. Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo They also quite possibly have the cutest window display I have ever seen. 🌸 🌸 🌸
Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo But soon enough my attention was dragued by all the goodies on display. Not that I had any intention of trying any (I was there for the ice cream!) but it all looked very tempting indeed! Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo After much debating on which flavours to get (we might have had to get 4 since we couldn’t decide on 3… #sorrynotsorry), we ignored the tables at the back of the store and sat in the sun to devour savour our selection! 
Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Out of the flavours we tried, my favourite was the Ricotta & Sour Cherries gelato: each mouthful was so creamy, slightly acidic from the ricotta, and so, so indulgent!
Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo I really loved the Blood Orange sorbet as well. I don’t usually like orange-y things as they tend to be too sweet and carry no similarity with citrus fruits whatsoever but it wasn’t the case at all here. The sorbetto was the perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness and acidity and basically tasted like summer.

I still can’t decide which of the Salted Almond or the Amaretto & Apricot flavour I prefered (those where also the two we couldn’t pick between!). Both where quite different from your traditional gelato flavours, and equally interesting, so you might have to go and try them for yourself! Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo Cake + Whisky | London's best ice cream at Gelupo This is the GOOD stuff! Look at that sour cherry ripple! 👌 It’s been 2 days and the taste is still on my mind! So I suppose it’ll have to be a permanent feature of my London Summertime then… Oh well… As Mary Poppins says, “When you have to, you have to!”

What: The BEST gelato (seriously)!

Why: That Ricotta & Sour Cherry gelato! Looking forward to trying the Dark Chocolate sorbet on my next visit though!

How much: £6 for 4 flavours

Where: 🍦 Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, London W1D 7AU 🍦

London’s best ice cream | Gelupo

Illustrated recipes #1 | The fantastic quiche!

After my hosting of yesterday’s #ltbloggers chat (it’s everyday at 1 and 5 PM on Twitter, join us!) where we discussed all things food (and got so excited we almost broke Storify! oops! #sorrynotsorry) I thought it would only be fitting to share my absolute favourite recipe over here today. Welcome the fantastic quiche (aka. the easiest and most adaptable recipe I know)!

I initially created this illustration for one of my friends who was looking for easy recipes to bake in his newly acquired oven. You can of course substitute bacon for anything you have laying in your fridge (don’t forget to let me know what you go for!).
Cake + Whisky | Illustrated recipe | The fantastic QuicheWhat’s your favourite recipe? Send me your links! 

Illustrated recipes #1 | The fantastic quiche!

New York, New York

So, we’ve just done something a bit crazy. We’ve just purchased tickets to go to the US at the end of the month. We’ll be there for two weeks and will be visiting New York, Philadelphia, DC and New Orleans. Busy schedule, as you can imagine, and very little time to plan for it!

So I’ve done the only reasonable thing to do in those circonstances and I’ve been Pinteresting (totally a word) like crazy since then. So here is a first draft of what my New York bucket-list looks like. (all pictures’ sources available here)

Cake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCentral Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden & Brooklyn BridgeCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationBig Gay Ice Cream came highly recommended! Cake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationThe Chrystler Building, Central Park (again), the Statue of Liberty (obviously), the High Line & pretty buildingsCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationThe MoMA, Chinatown and some cute signsCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationWest Village, The Guggenheim museum, Jack’s Wife FredaSt John the Divine Cathedral and some staircases too…

Anything I’ve missed but really REALLY shouldn’t? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

New York, New York

New York, New York

{Day 9056 – Planning a multi-city trip to the US in just a couple of weeks? Bring. It. On.}

So, we’ve just done something a bit crazy. We’ve just purchased tickets to go to the US at the end of the month. We’ll be there for two weeks and will be visiting New York, Philadelphia, DC and New Orleans. Busy schedule, as you can imagine, and very little time to plan for it!

So I’ve done the only reasonable thing to do in those circonstances and I’ve been Pinteresting (totally a word) like crazy since then. So here is a first draft of what my New York bucket-list looks like. (all pictures’ sources available here)

Cake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCentral Park, Brooklyn Botanical Garden & Brooklyn BridgeCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationBig Gay Ice Cream came highly recommended! Cake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationThe Chrystler Building, Central Park (again), the Statue of Liberty (obviously), the High Line & pretty buildingsCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationThe MoMA, Chinatown and some cute signsCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationCake + Whisky | NYC bucket list & inspirationWest Village, The Guggenheim museum, Jack’s Wife FredaSt John the Divine Cathedral and some staircases too…

Anything I’ve missed but really REALLY shouldn’t? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

New York, New York

VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg’s

“Little nips of whisky, little drops of gin,

Make a lady wonder where on earth she’s been” – Anon.

Gin is, in my mind, intimatelly linked to London. Even though its origins can be traced back to both Holland and Italy where it’s most probably been invented, Londoners very quickly fell head over heels (quite literally, see Gin Craze) for that spirit and it’s been included in many typically British cocktails, and stars in one of my own favourites, Gin & Tonic.

I’ll admit that I’m far from being an expert, but I’m working on it. And what better way for that than being invited over to taste London’s latest gin blend, VII Hills? 

VII Hills was created by three of London’s best bartenders, who are behind award-winning bar Mr Fogg’s: Danilo Tersigni, Filippo Previero and Francesco Medici. True to their Italian roots, they created a blend combining ancient Roman botanicals with the great British art of distillery to create a unique flavour of past and present.

Just like Mr Fogg’s incomparable atmosphere, VII Hills Gins end up being somewhere juggling between tradition and quirkiness.

Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonThe promise of cocktails was the perfect excuse to catch up with some of my absolute favourite London bloggers, Rosie of A Little Lusciousness and Jasiminne of Posh, Broke & BoredCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonWhile discussing each other’s current projects (Rosie is planning a few pop-up dinners in July and they look absolutely ace!), we couldn’t help but click too many pictures of the surroundings… but in my defence, aren’t those bowl hat lamps the cuttest?Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonAfter some plotting to take various pieces of the decor home (we didn’t), it was time for the tasting to begin! We started with VII Hills Gin by itself, which was quite wonderful as it had very pleasant sweet orange notes on top of the usual juniper, with fairly spicy, almost Szechuan-like mid-tones. Very unlike anything else I’ve tried before and definitely on my radar for this summer’s G&Ts!Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonWe also got to try the VII Hills Gin in two of Mr Fogg’s signature cocktail, starting with the ridiculously pretty Cape of Good Hope (VII Hills Gin, pear puree, fresh rosemary, lavender tincuture, egg white & soda)Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonSurprisingly enough, it looks almost as pretty when it’s empty! I mean, look at those swirls!
Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's London
The Kiouni (VII Hills Gin, St Germain liqueur, apple juice, lime juice and peach bitter) might seem a lot simpler but tasted of summer. Since the weather doesn’t seem to want to take the calendar into consideration, I suppose this is the next best thing. Cake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonCake + Whisky | VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg's LondonOne last cup of coffee and we were on our way. Up, up and away?

VII Hills Gin tasting at Mr Fogg’s