Munchies

I have spent the last 8 weeks in California eating all kinds of fast foods such as McDonalds, In ‘n’ Out, Carls Juniors, Jack in the box, Fat Burger and Wingstop. Some of these are a lot more popular than others however, when comparing them side by side I was questioning the hype of some of these chains. For example, the Wingstop in Culver City is right next to an In ‘n’ Out and in my opinion Wingstop is a thousand times better than In ‘n’ Out yet when ever we drove past the queue for In ‘n’ Out would stretch up the road. So I decided to write a blog post on my top three unpopular fast foods…

Wingstop

IMG_5685

This is my number one choice for fast food! It’s a very homey environment. When you walk in it’s small with only a few seats but you feel comfortable as if you were in your own kitchen (well almost). The food there is my favourite food ever and I am obsessed! We usually order chicken tenders or boneless wings in BBQ and garlic parmesan. When you order they make it fresh so theres a bit of a wait but it’s worth it when the chicken is juicy and hot and covered, I mean covered in the flavours!The fries are something else though. They have their own seasoning and the only way I can describe them is salty but also a little bit sweet. To be honest my description doesn’t do it justice so you’ll have to try it for yourself! And try the ranch!!!

 

Fat Burger

IMG_5686

The atmosphere in Fat Burger isn’t as nice as it is in Wingstop, it’s lit up with cold bright lights. However it gives it this local American burger joint feel when you walk in. I wouldn’t eat inside like I would in Wingstop however this doesn’t put me off going. The food is amazing! Their burgers are fully loaded with everything you could ever want! They are also huge and come in sizes from medium (which is bigger than a McDonalds burger) to XXXL. If you finish the XXXL burger your photo gets put on the wall of fame. My favourite thing about Fat Burger is their shakes, thick and so so creamy! It’s up there with the best milkshakes I’ve ever had! If you are living in the UK you are in luck because there are two locations where you can try this beautiful burger: Camden and Wembley. Oh! And order the fat fries, you wont be sorry!

 

Panda Express

IMG_5689

Okay, so if I’m being honest, I’ve never been the biggest fan of Chinese food until this year which is slightly embarrassing I know. Panda isn’t authentic Chinese food obviously but they do try and as someone who can be picky, Panda never fails to impress! We usually order a plate each which comes with 2 entrees and one side. My favourite side is the chow mein. It’s very moorish and you just can’t stop eating it! For the entrees, broccoli beef is my favourite, the beef is really tender and the sauce on it is amazing. Plus, It’s a healthier option so win win really. The second entree I usually get is their orange chicken which I would say is a pretty signature dish for them although sometimes I can find the sauce a bit much but it’s still really good! A small tip if you’re considering visiting: get a veggie spring roll.

So these are my top three less popular fast food chains that I could probably live off for my whole life. Go check them out if you haven’t already! It will be worth your while! If you guys have any fast food places that you absolutely love comment below so I can check them out!

Peace out guys x

 

Sunday Markets

Hey guys! Yesterday I headed to Brick Lane with my friend, Meg, where we had lunch in the cereal killer cafe and strolled around the markets. It was so hot and very busy but I had a lot of fun just wondering around the streets of London.

Cereal Killer Cafe is this retro cafe that serves so many different types of cereals and cereal cocktails, they also do hot food! Everything on the menu is so unique and very yummy! The place is kitted out with throw-back toys and posters. There are two locations in London: Brick Lane and Camden Market. We went to the one in Brick Lane which had moved locations since the last time i’d been there. I ordered an ice cream cereal cocktail called the luckiest charm which was Lucky Charms, Lucky Charm ice cream and green milk, Meg ordered Frosties ice cream and we shared some pizza sausages and Cornflake Chicken. It was all so good!

IMG_4440

IMG_1163

After we’d eaten we wondered around and found so many different market areas surrounding the area. I’m glad we ate before because I wouldn’t have been able decide what to eat from the market it all looked and smelt amazing!

IMG_2238

IMG_5658

IMG_8807

We stumbled across the most adorable plant store in one of the indoor market areas! There were terrariums hanging all over the place and they had these cute necklaces with roses and other flowers in them.

IMG_2556

IMG_7468

IMG_7755

If you’re ever at loose end on a Sunday I would strongly recommend checking out the markets and cereal killer cafe should deffinately be on your list of places to visit!

Peace Out Guys x

Beach Blanket Babylon

Last weekend it was my brothers birthday and we all went into Notting Hill for dinner. As we headed down the street from the station to the restaurant we walked past lots of small quirky shops. There was a comic book swap store and lots of cute ice cream stores. I would definitely love to go back to look in all the small stores during the day as we didn’t have time before dinner. The outside of the restaurant isn’t much honestly. It looks fairly small and it has a small front garden with outside seating. The building is just plain white and fits in with all the other buildings on the street. However when you walk inside its a completely different story.

IMG_4262

As you walk in the door theres a bar in the centre of the room. It’s like any London bar really but as you begin to walk around the back it just gets more and more fascinating. There is a ginormous fireplace thats carved out to be a guy with a beard. It’s like something out of a movie. Walking further into the restaurant takes you up these stars and across a wooden bridge. The whole vibe of the restaurant changes. We sat in the back part if the restaurant that was set out to be like caves. It was quite dark but they had these tiny lamps on the tables that were cute. In the cave area there these LED lights. The crazy thing was that just off to the side from there was the toilets. The second you walked in it was like you had travelled to Paris. The themes and vibes of the entire place changed within a few feet of walking it was so weird but also very cool!

IMG_4264

I obviously have to talk about the food! I didn’t really eat that exotically honestly. For starter I ordered avocado sushi but i was actually disappointed with it because it was more avocado than sushi. However, they had these meatballs also on the starter menu which my brothers both ordered and I still regret to this day not ordering those. For mains i just had pasta. It was tomato linguini and it was really nice, but it was just pasta. Don’t get me wrong they had other more exciting items but I was just feeling pasta. Ground breaking for student to want to eat pasta! The dessert was my favourite part though! Chocolate Orange mouse! OH MY GOD! It was the best thing iv’e ever eaten quite possibly!

IMG_4279

IMG_4277

I am definitely going to come back here! I absolutely love it and i feel theres even more to the place that i haven’t seen yet. This isĀ  a must if you’re ever in London. It’s just so weird and wonderful so I 100% recommend (just note theres no wifi or service in the restaurant so go with people you want to talk to!) Thanks for reading guys! Let me know your favourite places to eat in London because i’m always up for a quirky meal out!

Peace out guys x

 

Cookie Monster

Time for another food post!

I’ve had this recipe for a few years now on how to make chocolate chip cookies. It’s the perfect recipe for big, warm, gooey cookies and i think everyone should give it a go because they are the best!

To begin with you’re going to need 250 grams of all purpose flower, 2 grams of baking powder, 170 grams of unsalted butter (softened), a whole lot of sugar; 220 grams of packed brown and 100 grams of white, 15ml (around a table spoon) of vanilla extract, 1 egg and 1 egg yolk.

Start by preheating the oven to 165’c and line a baking tray (or 2 if you can) with greece proof paper.

Take a big bowl and sift in the flower and baking powder, set this aside as you’ll need it later.

In a separate bowl mix together the softened butter, brown sugar and white sugar thoroughly. Then beat in the egg and egg yolk until you have a light, creamy mix!

Add the wet mix to the flower and ix it altogether, it should look something like cookie dough. Once it does chuck in as many chocolate chips as you’d like and mix them in using a wooden spoon.

Now you’ve got your dough, it’s ready to go in the oven. I recommend placing 3-4 dollops of dough on a baking tray at a time to ensure they have enough room to flatten out without touching each other or the sides. However, if you’re not bothered by this then there is no need. When i made the cookies for this post it meant doing to rounds of cooking with 11 cookies.

Place the cookies in the oven for between 15-17 minutes, 15 minutes is usually enough for me but it depends on your oven. Once they are ready to come out, let them sit as the tops will still be soft to touch. After around 5-7 minutes you can transfer them to a plate or chopping board (somewhere flat) to fully cool down and then place the second batch in the oven.

And there you have it! Big, warm, gooey cookies! Let me know in the comments how yours turn out and if you decide to put anything other than chocolate chips in them!!