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Bottomless Brunch at Tootoomoo

I love bottomless brunch.

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But there’s only so much enthusiasm you can muster up for poached eggs and avocado on toast (again) with a couple of watery mimosas. So when I was invited along to try Tootoomoo’s offering, I was pretty excited – Pan-Asian tapas is exactly what I crave on a hangover, so I dragged along a close friend (also similarly hungover) to check it out.

We popped into the Islington branch of Tootoomoo for their Bottomless Brunch offering, which is £35 a head for 1.5 hours, or £45 per person for 2 hours with drinks. You can get unlimited drinks and food between 12-6pm, and pretty much get your pick of the menu – a wide range of Asian tapas.

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We started off with a jug of the Elderflower Tootoomoo, a gin, elderflower and mint cocktail before ordering our first round of dishes – wanton soup, chicken gyoza, salmon sashimi and soft shell crab tempura.

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All the food was delicious, although the soft shell crab was a particular highlight – the only downside being that there was only one waitress who seemed to be rushed off of her feet, so there was a little bit of a wait.

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Despite the slight wait, the brunch was extremely good value, and really delicious. Once we polished off our gin, we moved onto the passionfruit caipirinha which was also really good, along with an order of BBQ Pork Ribs, vegetable potstickers and spring rolls.

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All in all, I thought that the bottomless brunch at Tootoomoo was fantastic value for the quality and the quantity of food. The only thing I would hope is that they hire more staff for the weekend – especially around 1pm when it gets a little busy!

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Tootoomoo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hawaii Food Tour

One of the things I love the most about Hawaii is how multicultural it is. The different cultures and traditions really come alive in the cuisine – so during my last visit, we decided to go on a food tour.

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There were quite a few options to choose from, but we decided on the Hole-in-the-Wall tour from Hawaii Food Tours. It was by far the best reviewed, and just what we were looking for – we wanted to explore Honolulu a little more. $129 a head includes all the food for the day and transportation. The tour bus will pick you up from most of the hotels in Waikiki, but as my mom is kama’aina (a local) now, we headed for the Ala Moana Hotel pickup at 9.30am.

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The tour included a great mix of cuisines, and it was really interesting to learn a bit more about Hawaiian history, too. My particular favourites were the manapuas (Hawaiian cha siu bao) and the malasadas.

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I definitely recommend going on an empty stomach, as you will be stuffed by the end of the tour! The guides, Daniel and Krystal, were extremely friendly, lovely, and knowledgable – and the day we went on the tour was one of the highlights of my last trip.

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I was also really glad to have been able to take my mom on the tour as well, as she now knows a few more places than she used to.

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The Kitty Hawk

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I find Finsbury Square a bit of a funny one when it comes to restaurant recommendations – particularly when it comes to recommending somewhere that isn’t just a Pret, or isn’t too casual. If I want a meal that comes with nice wine, I’d usually head a little further east, away from the usual pizzerias. I found The Kitty Hawk to have a really nice atmosphere – the decor was spot on, and the service was really fantastic.

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We popped in on a Thursday evening, and the bar upstairs was heaving. We were based on the lower ground, which was thankfully a lot quieter, and we were really taken care of extremely well by the staff.

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I opted for one of their West Country steaks, served rare, which came with chips cooked in beef dripping. I also ordered the chimichurri sauce –  if you are a coriander fan, I’d definitely recommend it.

My date opted for the steak tartare – one of my absolute favourites.

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I don’t usually go for desserts, but I really couldn’t resist the warm winter crumble – the almonds in the crumble topped with the creme anglaise was seriously good. My date opted for the tarte tatin, which looked stunning.

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I really enjoyed my meal at The Kitty Hawk, and would highly recommend it as a nice place to take business clients to – our meal, along with a couple of glasses of wine each set us back just over £80, so it’s not somewhere I’d pop in for a quick bite! However, the wine was delicious, the service excellent, and the location perfect, and has a nice atmosphere too.

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The Kona Brewing Company

Moving house is really hard. I’ve recently moved across London and I thought that was incredibly stressful. Three months ago, after years of mentioning it wistfully, my mom finally made the big decision to leave New York.

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This is where she lives now – pretty much as close to paradise as you can get. She needed an extra pair of hands to help her with the move, so of course I selflessly volunteered to help. Even though she hasn’t technically left the country, moving to Hawaii from New York is stressful (especially when there are pets involved). I’m incredibly proud of her, and think its the perfect move for someone as obsessed with scuba diving as she is.

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We spent a lot of time at the Kona Brewing Company, which is our local when we are over there. The service is absolutely incredible, the beers and ales are brewed on the Big Island, and all the food is delicious.

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We usually tend to go for the ahi tuna tartare – rice, topped with salmon and avocado – unless there is something spectacular on the specials.

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The cocktails are also great, and while we seemed to go when it was slightly overcast, on good days there’s a lovely atmosphere. Does anyone else get hungrier when they’re eating next to open water?

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One of the specials that I really enjoyed were the beef kimchi tacos. If they have them, definitelgo for them – crunchy, tangy, spicy, it all works incredibly well.

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We kept going back again and again, and I’m sure we will do for a while – I can’t wait for the next time I’m back!

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Kona Brewing Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Jamie & Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast

A few months ago I got a completely unexpected, but very exciting email into my inbox.

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It was an invitation to be one of a select group of food bloggers taking part in Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast – in an episode all about blood. Black pudding, to be exact – and while to this day I still don’t know how I managed to get on the list, I am supremely grateful that I did. I’m also incredibly grateful to work with such amazing people, who let me take the morning off to hang out on the Southend-on-Sea beachfront, sampling delicious food with some wonderful people.

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We throw away a lot of blood in the UK, while in other parts of Europe, they tend to use more of it in their cooking. I’ll let you tune in to find out more (Jamie and Jimmy do a much better job of explaining it all), but I love black pudding – and definitely think more food should use it. For example, blood can be used as an egg substitute in many dishes – and we got to try an amazing one by Dan Doherty, the Executive Chef at the Duck and Waffle. It was a blood-based cornbread topped with chorizo and yoghurt, and it was absolutely divine.

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Jamie and Jimmy were as lovely in real life as you’d expect – and it was really fun tuning in on the night, and live-tweeting the event! You can still catch it on 4oD here – and I can now claim that I’ve been Lindsay Lohan’s co-star…. right?

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