Review: Camden Eye

Camden Eye Pub, London NW1 9NX

I don’t really review pubs unless I eat in them. We didn’t plan to eat here but so much wine was consumed we thought it might be a good idea to order some pizza to soak up some of that grape goodness.

I am so glad we did order food because the pizza here is great! Proper Italian pizza made in a wood-fired oven with quality toppings and not too much cheese. The pizza menu is heavily influenced by goat’s cheese, for what reason I am unaware, but we just ordered ours minus the cheese from the goat. My friend chuckled while ordering the ‘How to Impress Angelina Jolie’ pizza which comes complete with olives, caramelised onions, walnuts and the missing goat’s cheese. The name apparently came from THE Angelina Jolie saying that it was the best pizza she had ever tasted. My pizza was famous haha. I know I was intoxicated but my taste buds were still working and I enjoyed every bite of this pizza. I may have even dreamt about it that night.

How To Impress Angelina Jolie

Mmm Pizza

The day we stumbled into this pub also happened to be karaoke night. Score! We didn’t sing however because the talent here was just so incredible I would be embarrassed to speak to these singers let alone sing in front of them. I was in awe and I had a really enjoyable night. Possibly the best pub in Camden?

Landscapes

I am incredibly lucky enough to have seen hundreds if not thousands of truly spectacular landscapes all over the world. It’s pretty much impossible to narrow down the best ones but here is just a taster of my collection.

Sabang Beach, Philippines

Sabang Beach, Philippines

Misty

Taal Volcano, Philippines

Mountain swim

Hallstatt, Austria

Misty Mountains

Coron Island, Philippines

Foggy

Saltburn, Yorkshire

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Zakynthos, Greece

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Taman Ujung Water Palace, Bali

 

****All photos are my own****

Review: Blue Junction

Blue Junction Bar & Restaurant SM4 8/10

Very friendly staff in this Indian restaurant.
The food was very tasty. The curries have the perfect mix of flavour and heat like a true curry must!
Get a sizzling starter to share. It is a bit of a show and smells absolutely fantastic as it is walked from the kitchen to your table.


Something was a little off with my drink, I think it may have been a cheap not so nice tasting cola but the beers were cold.
The tables are nicely spread out so it’s a nice place to take your time but book on the weekends as it will be very busy.
I would definitely return if in the area again

Short Story 1: A Sting in my Tale

***The blurb: To try to keep my creative juices flowing I have an app on my Ipad that randomly picks 3 words for me. I take those 3 words and create a little short story from them***

Odd couple. Colonial. Hospital.

Queenie came bustling through the room door exclaiming in her loud voice “Oh my poor husband, what have you done now? I told you I don’t need you to make the honey, honey. I have it all under control. My little stinger, now I have to take time out of my busy day to visit you in this ugly green room until you are fixed.”

Gordon winced as his wife belittled him once more, especially as the beautiful butterfly nurse was attending to him when she burst in. However he let her off for now because she was holding in her hand his all time favourite snack.

“Oh he’s fine sweetie,” she said as she forcefully but politely ushered the nurse out the door barely leaving it on its hinges as she slammed it on her heels. Queenie threw the box of coconut cocoa caterpillars on the bed in front of him, forcing a smile and stroking his antennae in a seemingly soothing manner. “Silver lining to all this is my worker bees have really come together as a team since sharing jokes about your accident. Which is great since they were all at each other’s throats over getting the field with the best dandelions this year. It has really been tough for all of us lately with the flower shortage and all.” The queen bee gave a faint questioning smile in Gordon’s direction hoping he would agree with her.

Figures all she cares about is her worker bees he thought to himself. He was getting really tired of always coming second to her ‘oh so important’ job. At least he could comfort himself in the fact that any of the drones that got to spend the night with his wife never got to see her again whereas he was lucky enough to come home to this crazy, strong but stubborn woman every day. Am I lucky? Was Gordon’s following thought. As he was contemplating this he was simultaneously blocking out his wife rattling on about all the trouble and strife of her career. It was probably something he had already heard many times before anyway. If she questioned him on his inattention he would just blame the painkillers that were keeping him delightfully buzzed.

As he drifted back to his surroundings and looked into his wife’s eyes he confirmed to himself that we was very lucky indeed. He married the woman of his dreams despite all the challenges they faced due to their inter-species relationship. He smiled at this beautiful woman and asked her if she remembered the time she beat a cricket with her umbrella when he called them heathens while they were on a date in their favourite restaurant. He didn’t feel emasculated then, he felt so utterly proud to be in the company of this woman, especially when she received a round of applause from the other diners. Gordon never felt as though he and his wife were different, he always felt completely in sync with her despite their different backgrounds. “Of course I remember!” Queenie exclaimed, “It was one of the most fun things I have ever done to a person with such ignorance, and I think my attempt to impress you worked.” She winked at her husband and he felt his heart leap just as it had done the very first time he had met her. Gordon figured he couldn’t complain about his wife wearing the trousers in the relationship when from day one she was the one wooing him and standing up for the couple in many uncomfortable situations.

Queenie began to wonder whatever made her husband think of the incident that encouraged her to continue her courtship with him despite having her doubts about getting involved with a wasp of all creatures. Wasps were notorious for being spiteful little things but her husband broke all the rules on this one. He was the most wonderful man she had ever had the chance to meet and she just wished that he could forget about the parts of her job that forced her to mate with other bees. She never once compared him to any of those dull drones, she never even considered them as anything other than tasks of her job. “I’m sorry for going on about my job so much my love,” she said sincerely. “It just seems like work, work, work is the only thing I do anymore.”

“It’s OK Queenie, I know how much your job means to you but maybe we can fix that. When I am up and flying again let’s go on holiday! It’s been years since we went away together, just the two of us and simply relaxed.”

“That’s a wonderful idea! I’m sure the hive can survive without me for a week or two and I know just the place!”

 

Queenie and Gordon whizzed by each other giggling and cheering as they dropped in and out of Cola cans half buried in the sand at ‘Nectar resort’ in the Caribbean. You couldn’t even tell that just 6 weeks before Gordon was holed up in hospital with a broken wing as he tumbled through the air with delight. ‘This is just what I needed’, thought Queenie as she filled herself with sugary delights. The happy couple flew towards each other, clasped hands and declared their love without a care in the world. If anybody had a problem with it they could speak to Queenie’s umbrella.

 

Review: Pierre Victoire

Pierre Victoire, Soho, London W1D 3RQ                      8/10

Wonderful little French bistro on Dean Street. Although there are Italian dishes on the menu also. The atmosphere is relaxed and it feels light and airy despite the tables being quite close together.

We used a Time Out deal to get lunch here which comprised of a main, dessert and a glass of prosecco. As with most places you don’t quite get the same service as you would if you were a regular paying customer which isn’t the best way to treat customers. If you are going to offer these kind of deals you will get people using them, it shouldn’t really affect the way you do business. The point is to get repeat customers surely? We didn’t get the bread basket or the smiling faces but luckily the food made up for it.

I wasn’t keen on the prosecco but I always find prosecco hit or miss or perhaps it was just cheap. The duck confit was OK but I had a fantastic pork cutlet. It seemed like it was deep fried. I’m not entirely sure what the crumb on the outside was but it was perfectly cooked. It came with fluffy mashed potato, 2 slices of carrot (lol) divine garlic tomatoes and the most delicious cream sauce.

The stars of the show however were the desserts. It was almost impossible to choose from the long list of tantalising delights on offer but I opted for the lime panna cotta with raspberry sorbet. Oh my word is was so unbelievably good! The combination of the sour and sweet worked so well and I probably could have eaten a bucket full. Also ordered on our table was a banoffee pie with actual pieces of banana in it and a coffee ice cream. I didn’t hear any complaints about these either and the presentation of all 3 made you want to tuck in even more.

It is definitely a place I would return to. The place offers some really great set menus which weren’t far off the deal prices we paid anyway. This includes some pre-theatre meals too if you are heading to the area for a show.

Review: Cannick Tapps

Cannick Tapps, Cannon St, London EC4N 5AD                  7/10

Right in the heart of the city this little basement pub serves 5 different craft beers on tap which they regularly update. It has a feel of being newly decorated, not sure if this is the case or not. It has just changed management so it might change a bit from this visit. It used to have a reputation for a rocky type place but now seems as though it attracts the suits after work which makes sense considering the location. It’s a great place to head to on the weekends if you don’t like crowds.

The pub serves one of my favourite ciders, Rekorderlig strawberry & lime, on tap which is something I have never seen before. It offers attractively decorated booths with great lighting.

The staff are very friendly which is always great for a drinking establishment. The food menu is heavily focussed on sausages that they get from ‘the best butcher in London’. Naturally we had to try some of these so we got the ‘sausage board’ along with some nachos because who doesn’t love those?! I have to say the sausages are really tasty and you can tell are great quality. The nachos were well loaded with salsa, guacamole and sour cream but I would prefer a more mixed spread of the toppings rather than separated but I guess that is preference 🙂

As expected in the area the drinks are pricey but it’s not a bad place to head to for a chilled weekend hang out.

Review: Goodman

Goodman, City (near Bank) Old Jewry EC2R 10/10
I think this is quite possibly the first time I have walked away from a London restaurant without one single bad thing to say about the experience.
The service was incredibly polite and helpful. The lady that served us was in chef whites and she brought over the steak cuts and explained everything to us. She offered us help with choosing the wine. She underestimated how much meat we could eat but I won’t hold this against her 🙂 IMG_20170126_200702She found out it was my partner’s birthday and put a candle in our desserts with a nice message and comped them for us too! Really very nice, completely unexpected and not something they had to do at all.
The drinks were superb! All served in fantastic quality glasses.
The steak was perfectly cooked and cut like butter with such a great flavour.
Their truffle chips are out of this world. Just foodie heaven.
The desserts were also very good. I would suggest the creme brulee.
The City branch is all brown leather and mood lighting. It was a little like a boys club as I think they get mostly business clients but it was a nice atmosphere all the same.
It is pricey but you definitely get what you pay for.
If ever you are looking for a treat and have a little cash to spend I would thoroughly recommend this place…unless you don’t like steak of course!