The Grain Store, King’s Cross

Since the New King’s Cross station has opened, the whole area around it has transformed. There is an abundance of public space to meet friends or just sit and watch the world go by.

Granary Square is located just behind the station with copious of water jet fountains amongst the paving stones. Hoards of children can be found here on a weekend running through the fountains – Poor parents taking their soaking wet children home on the train.

The square often hosts pop up eateries for the KERB food festival. Here I chose one of its permanent restaurants called The Grain Store.

The Grain Store believes that the vegetables are the star of any meal. They are not a vegetarian restaurant but it was a great place to dine with non meat-eating friends as the options are so exciting.

Vegi Scotch Egg

Vegi Scotch Egg

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 1.8
Exposure time 1/50s
ISO 400

Being a non pig eater, I have never eaten a sctoch egg. I was very excited to try this vegi version using a lentil mix to surround the egg. Though I’m sure it’s very different from the original, it was perfectly cooked with a runny yoke and was incredibly tasty.

Omelette with rocket and broad beans and courgettes

Omelette with rocket and broad beans and courgettes

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 1.8
Exposure time 1/50s
ISO 400

This omelette was teaming with fresh vegetables. Not the tastiest I’ve ever had but a really exciting idea.

I would really recommend The Grain Store to anyone who is interested in trying new food combinations. We went for brunch but I’m excited to go again for their lunch or dinner menu.

Belgian waffles in the Atomium, Brussles.

On a recent trip to Brussels we stuffed our faces with some of the local specialities including chips, waffles and chocolate. This was a perfect diet for us for the weekend. The street waffles are cheap, sweet and decedent. The tastiest dessert we ate was this waffle, served with berries, chocolate sauce and ice cream, presented on a slate.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 20mm
f-stop 5
Exposure time 1/250s
ISO 200

The location of the waffles was probably the most interesting thing about it. We dined at the top of a 102m structure named the Atomium. The Atomium is a leftover building from Expo ’58 in the shape of an iron structure. The balls are rooms and the connectors are stairs and escalators. The structure is filled with information and exhibits with a restaurant on top.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 24mm
f-stop 5.6
Exposure time 1/1600s
ISO 200

Brunch at Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower, London

On my second trip to Duck and Waffle, I made the difficult decision of not ordering the signature dish in favour of sampling some other delights on the menu. We started with salmon sashimi, beautifully served on a block of Himalayan rock salt, topped with a square of watermelon, basil and balsamic vinegar. The block perfectly seasons the fish whilst providing a beautiful presentation.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/400s
ISO 400

For main course we shared two dishes. It was brunch so we had to order eggs. Columbian eggs with avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on toasted sour dough.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/100s
ISO 400

The mozzarella salad was made up of several elements which beautifully complemented each other in taste and texture. The torn smoked mozzarella toped the salad leaves, surrounded by a balsamic glaze dressing topped with granola, fried sage and amalfi lemon rind.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/100s
ISO 400

English Fish and Chips

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I spent the weekend in the northern city of York. We made the most of the traditional English food and went for dinner in the chippy. Mr Chippy was authentic and traditional with modern clean decor. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We were served a side of buttered bread, but weren’t quite British enough to indulge in chip butties.

 

Artichokes

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Device Model

Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL

Focal Length

36mm

f-stop

5

Exposure time

1/60s

ISO

200

I found these artichokes at an Italian Market. They were everywhere and most had the tough outer leaves cut off so that the inner leaves were displayed. I recently cooked my first artichoke at home. it involved boiling it whole for 2 hours and then peeling away a leaf at a time and sucking out the meaty parts of the plant. We made a lemon butter sauce to dip the leaves into. Having peeled away the leaves and cut out the inner flower, we then reached the best part – The Heart!

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PIzza East, Kentish Town, London

PIzza East, Kentish Town, London

But that’s not Pizza?

I was fortunate enough to start work in Kentish Town in the same month that a trio of exciting new restaurants opened right by my office complex. These are Dirty Burger, The Chicken Shop & Pizza East. Unfortunately the chicken shop only opens for dinner but I graced the others with my presence during several lunch breaks over the last few months.

It’s not that their pizzas don’t deserve a blog post. They have a traditional wood oven and delicious Italian style simple pizzas. I decided on this occasion to go with the wood oven cooked chicken stew. The broth was full of flavour with vegetables, beans and chicken on the bone. Balanced on the side of the bowl were delicious crispy polenta sticks – a perfect accompaniment! They were some sort of crispy fried dough sticks placed on top, with a herby flavour.

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 5mm
f-stop 5
Exposure time 1/8s
ISO 1600