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Every now and again we need some sweetness in our lives and Ice Cream Union based in Bermondsey can provide it with home delivered ice creams. They have a great assortment from worthy vegan sorbets (rhubarb, blackberry, blackcurrant, blood orange, cucumber etc) to the creamy strawberry, vanilla, chocolate. But they also roam into unusual flavours like breton caramel, peanut butter, matcha and cornflake. The list is long but has helpful notation for gluten free, vegan, soy, egg, nuts, alcohol (surprisingly in the cucumber sorbet) and milk options.
They deliver in batches and four is the minimum. We ordered salted caramel, lemon pie, fior de latte and coffee. They come in polystyrene boxes and so far we have tried two of them. The lemon pie (contains egg and milk) tastes like the best lemon curd, sharp but rich. The salted caramel went well with the rich chocolate cake we made to use up some of the cocoa powder we found in the back of the cupboard.
They come quickly and are filling the space in the freezer which used to house the frozen peas. We are really looking forward to trying the rest of them on these warmer days. You can pay by cash or card – there is a card payment handheld with your driver. They are expensive – £10 per large tub but worth it for decadence, especially when there is no Easter egg delivery. The cost for four large tubs is £40 including delivery.
We reviewed Olley’s Fish and Chips in one of our takeaway competitions – see here. Despite being the most expensive – it won hands down. They deal with several delivery organisations. We ordered through Uber Eats and delivery was prompt, with full respect for social distancing rules. Continue reading →
We were just sitting on the sofa bemoaning our lack of travel – one due to be in Florence, the other meeting pensions experts across Europe. All we have now is Skype, Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeetings and Google Hangouts. I am normally a digitally excluded person and I have learnt that shouting at the computer produces little benefit in tech terms, but is a great relief from the stress when you can’t work out where the controls are. You can do the washing if you turn the video off. Now also learning to dress up when I go online – a jacket over pyjamas seems to work as long as you don’t stand up.
We have done the occasional webcams of pandas, remote visits to museums and thought (only thought) about physical exercise. But it isn’t enough. We looked forward to having a good meal out in a nearby restaurant. Our idea of excitement now is watching Jamie Oliver or Masterchef or Stand-up-to-Cancer BakeOff. We decided not to blog about our current in-house meals. We are using up those half packets of dried beans and any weird stuff in a tin we thought would be useful in 2017. Self isolation is something we owe to our friends and neighbours, until we can get back onto a normal regime.
We satisfied our wanderlust by roaming around Europe from our drinks cabinet. There are so many delights. National drinks that we bought when it was sunny and we could eat al fresco or well-meaning foreign friends who thought we might like to try something from afar. They have all been buried for many years. We have got standards and decided not to even retry the one that smells and tastes like petrol (the one even our children refused – they’re over 18 and usually not that fussy). Saturday was Spanish rum, Sunday was Italian Grappa (what did we think we were doing), Monday was Greece with Ouzo and Tuesday was Portugal and white port. We are now having a mandatory three dry days …… unless we break before the weekend.
We are definitely not advocating alcohol, except in moderation – we all need to think about our health after all. We have run out of fresh vegetables so we will be reviewing food and grocery delivery so you don’t have to wait until the end of lockdown to enjoy the great food from Brixton.
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You might well ask what is the point of another burger place in Brixton, other than somewhere to go when you definitely want a burger and Honest Burger is too busy? Black Bear is not new to burgers, however, learning their trade at pop-ups and residences, but this their first sit-down location. For this they’ve chosen Brixton, replacing Wild Caper, one of nu-Brixton’s earliest eating places. The site has had a major refurbishment, with plenty of space inside for those cold winter nights. Continue reading →
After a Veggie January we have headed to some very meaty restaurants and this is one of them. This is open every day and although there is a bar which attracts customers, it is a restaurant that attracts families early and those who need a meat fix before a night on the tiles. We were rather boringly going home to watch Newsnight or Graham Norton. This place is open to the elements, so we sat under a heater in this freezing weather but there were brave souls outside – well wrapped up. Continue reading →
Christmas for us is mainly based around eating and drinking, be it at home or in and around Brixton – booze and food is a must. Therefore it’s great to hear that some local restaurants in the area have signed up to StreetSmart for this festive season, all to raise money for the wonderful local charity Brixton Soup Kitchen.
StreetSmart is an annual restaurant campaign that fundraises for homeless people by adding a voluntary £1 to the diners’ bill at the eateries who have signed up.
With Brixton, and the surrounding boroughs of Wandsworth, Lambeth and Croydon, recently ranking in the top twenty areas across the country with the highest rates of homelessness it is great to see the restaurant community coming together to highlight and raise money to combat this problem and improve the lives of our neighbours. It is estimated that over 300,000 people are currently homeless across the UK, with London boroughs at the forefront of this increase.
On a bleak Saturday we took the family to Pop Brixton to try some of their new offerings. Sakeya Sushi is definitely new, so with most of us being sushi fans, we settled on that. We do like Pop Brixton but most of the restaurants have only limited places to sit and on Saturday afternoon the place was heaving, with no space at either end in the general seating areas. Iz Sakeya has been creative and provided a ledge to balance the sushi on, but we had to stand, with the result that it was inevitably a quick meal.
The menu is short – Iz Sakeya specialises in two sakes (sparkling (£10) and premium (£45)) and mainly salmon and rice sushi. In fact they say they have head-to-tail salmon cuisine but they do say they can also cater for vegetarians. We had sushi (2), sashimi (2) and what was called a Poke Don salad, with more salmon. The salmon and avocado rolls were lovely. The three pieces of sashimi (a Ngiri set, with salmon, sea bass and tuna) were great, with two being delicately seared via a blow torch. The Poke Don salad had avocado, edamame, salmon, rocket and rice. The rice in all the dishes was really good with the right consistency; far from the mush you get from some of the chains.
We did enjoy what turned out to be a snack, although when one of our party saw the size of the plates, he chose instead to visit the burger bar next door for a rather good looking burger plus a portion of chips, which we all were happy to share. Those of us who had the sushi (without the sake) were pleased with the meal, although don’t go there hungry – just think of it as a potential first course. The bill came to £31 for 4 people, without any drinks.
Afterwards we went off to Parissi in Atlantic Road for coffee and cakes.