Pophams; Islington’s best new bakery and a slice of homebaked heaven…

There’s something unbeatable about the combination of a sheet metal grey day so cold it freezes the tears that tiptoe down your face and a bakery where handthrown ceramic mugs of foamy bitter chocolate and feather light pastries become the very definition of cosy.

If I ever find myself in a world where I have to renounce a food group, all things kneaded, rested, proved & baked can rest easy because I’d sooner give up breathing than I would bread and all its siblings.

Seriously, a life without warm loaves that spill puffy clouds of steam into the air upon tearing into, without tangy sourdough and its soft gaping craters that beg for salted butter to drip through them, without viennoiserie whose almost transparent layers of gossamer fine pastry are the perfect place for plump jammy berries or darkly beguiling chocolate or sharp citrus curd to lay their heads…well, this is not a life worth living.

Dramatic? Moi?

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The recently opened Pophams in Islington is a peachy example of why I truly love this sort of food. It tastes wonderful, it’s satisfying and breathes life back into your body on the sort of February day that hibernation or emigration were made for and it’s pretty.

Oh. So. Pretty.

Puh-lease don’t come at me with your food bore chat of butter calories and back well off with your carbohydrate concerns…there’s a time and a place for leafy green loveliness but this, my friends, is not it. Read More

Burgers sent from heaven…honestly…

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Burgers ruled the roost in London in 2013 or that’s what it felt like. And yet, somehow, inexplicably, I’d managed to avoid succumbing to many of the patty giants who’d invaded the capital, leaving a trail of ketchup strewn debris in their wake and herein lies the thing about eating in London – sometimes there is just too much damn choice.

Well last Saturday was a day full of my favourite things…films and food. Two heavily award nominated movies at the cinema to indulge our inner celluloid geeks followed by dinner at Honest Burger to indulge our inner over-eaters definitely equals treat day in my mind and having gone past Honest Burgers’ newest location in King’s Cross several times, the time had absolutely arrived to try it out.

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