This year marks the 50th anniversary of the original Summer of Love ’67 where freedom of expression, art and love reigned supreme. #ShopStroudGreen are celebrating the fact with a Summer of Love Local weekend festival this June. Celebrate artistic expression and support local independent traders and makers with a weekend of live art, workshops and music (with a few special discounts, tasters and freebies for good measure).
Having worked in hospitality with a keen artist’s eye, the Arts Building knew Emma was perfect to take over the space. They were after a morning to night eatery for the neighbourhood, one for local residents and workers alike. Knowing the street’s reputation as a bit of a foodie strip, the menu had to be up to scratch for it’s discerning super-taster of a community. Yes, we’re a hungry bunch in Stroud Green.
Healthy chocolate mousse and sexing up your smoothie with Kate Oates. We have found ourselves a yoga guru in Kate Oates, a healthtastic yogi based in Crouch End. When we met her last year she hinted at a few of her own culinary creations and boy were we intrigued. Asking for an exclusive recipe for you health conscious readers, we received a taste sensation of an idea for chocolate breakfast.
In case you’ve never had a piirakka, (also known as Karelian pasties, pies or pirogs) they’re a delicious Finnish treat that you need to try immediately. Whether savoury or sweet, they’re basically a light pastie made with rye flour and a pretty unique variety of filling options. Meet Aapo Nieminen, a native Finnish local who grew up with piirakka. After getting tired of asking friends and family to bring him these naughty little pasties whenever they visited he came up with a plan. “They are an important part of everyday finish life. One day I thought why not just make them yourself?”
Naked Dough have appeared like a pair of beautiful fairy godmothers to lead me to an actual edible cookie dough dance party. Plus they didn’t even tell me what I should wear, they genuinely don’t care. Naked Dough is a new restaurant serving edible cookie dough from tubs, cones and even carry home pots. The ingredients are raw egg free and the flour is heat-treated so you need not worry-like-Edwina-Currie about salmonella and stomach bloat (unless you’re gluten free of course. In which case I’m sorry you’ve stumbled upon this torture page of an article).
Clapton Craft are a craft beer and growler retailer with stores in Clapton, Kentish Town, Walthamstow and now Finsbury Park. They sell a wide range of local, UK and imported beer in bottle, as well as in growlers (see here for more info on what a growler is) and PETs which they fill from eight rotating taps. Watch our video to see their state of the art counter-pressure system for filling their growlers (ahem). A growler is 1.89 litres of hops related fun inside a beautiful jug, which ensures the beer stays fresh for up to 1 week without loss of carbonation or flavour. So here are our top four locally sourced lagers and ales from Clapton Craft and how to drink them.
Stuffed with protein, your body will ‘feel fuller for longer’ after this particular meal, hence why it’s perfect for the cardio bunnies and dumbbell botherers amongst us. Bobby knows his stuff and practises the art of fuelling and refuelling his electrolyte depleted and muscle torn limbs after thrashing it out at Total Boxer. Which you should too, if you are of the gym attending ilk.
We were lucky enough to sample the mighty food collaboration between Yard Sale and Rola Wala who one fine night joined heart and body to create a pulled lamb, vindaloo inspired double-fermented dough sensation: the Naga Warrior. Though once we cried from charred scorpion chilli, now must we weep in mourning of the beautiful pizza that has finished it’s mighty residency.
Picture this. It's Friday. It's the end of the month, you're skint and you've just battled the throngs of Facetiming sociopaths on the overground. You need a drink, but you live on Caledonian Road. Nearby you've got that e-sports bar where there's regular Xbox tournaments. You could buy a £6 bottle of Black Tower, but you remember drinking alone isn't socially acceptable (for now). Until you see it: 'Taproom open!' That fabled blackboard perched in a hidden alleyway by Caledonian Road and Barnsbury station. Situated sneakily off Offord Street between Japanese knotweed and an old paint centre - blink and you miss it. Still thirsty.
Vegans! Don’t go compromising. If you’re the kind of vegan that misses dairy and has daily meat cravings, Essential Vegan have your skinny back. Get stuck in to ‘cheese’ balls, ‘chicken’ strips and some brand new burger options at their current residency in Haunt, Stoke Newington. The Essential Jack burger is gluten free and made with pulled slow cooked jackfruit with their homemade red onion and gherkin mayo. Ingenious vegan cuisine awaits!
Cheeses of Muswell Hill happen to be giving away *free brie* to the first 300 visitors this Saturday 18th March. So for those of us destined to be suffering from salt and fat withdrawal after Friday’s night Paddy Day nonsense, let’s collectively drag ourselves, 28 Days Later style to Muswell Hill: preferably refraining from elbowing our way to the front of the queue / eating someone’s shoulder for some complimentary artisanal cheese.
This Spanish restaurant on the corner of Theberton Street is part of the foodie dream along Upper Street. La Farola's colossal windows provide perfect people watching fodder. Having often wondered what the tapas might be like here, I jumped at the chance to give it a go and dragged my illustrator friend with me for an evening of wine and calamari.
Pancake day means one thing. Pancake bells. If, however, you don’t believe in God Almighty and eternities of remorse but still want to get in on the Fat Tuesday action, here’s our top four flipping tasty pancake venues in North London. Because cooking is for sin repenting fools and we shouldn't have to put up with this crepe.
Having opened a mere 7 months ago, Nickel has already become a firm favourite for Crouch Enders. Indeed as I walked in, at 6.50pm on a Wednesday night, the bar was already full. Nickel is small, seating just 25. But believe me when I say, this gem of an eatery is well worth cosying up for.
If you hadn’t already heard, we’ve got our very own Hovis bicycle boy in Finsbury Park. The North London based micro-bakery produces naturally leavened sourdough breads with top quality ingredients from renowned organic producers. Naan of that floppy white stuff.
Martin Lange of modern European dining extravaganza, Salut! invited us for dinner. We said, yes please Marty! gathered up our tastebuds and ran all the way there. The independent Islington restaurant comes with exquisite recommendations. A quick scan of the menu alone will leave your stomach rumbling.
If you’re not too put off the very mention of alcohol by Sunday evening, you could be making your own gin. You are invited to the home of Kentish Town’s only micro distillery and London’s most bespoke distillery to create your very own unique bottle of mothers ruin.
A flamingo adorned invitation promising alcoholic slushies and American pizza arrived in our inbox, beckoning us to visit Bobby Fitzpatrick’s new seventies party-pad down in West Hampstead and we could hardly resist.
Why wouldn’t you put aside a day to celebrate butter and dough that not only can you eat upon waking, but you’ll also appear continental and suave in the process? So where do you get your fix of the French delicacy? Whether you’re a Tesco 4 for £1 type or a crescent roll connoisseur, you’ll find yourself in buttered heaven with our top six croissant suggestions in North London.
Do you remember that episode of Frasier where the Crane brothers fall out over who deserves to be the wine club’s new corkmaster? They argue over grapes and come to realise, thanks to Marty Crane, that blood is thicker than water (wine). If you feel as passionately about the vin as Niles and Frasier, or just fancy getting your lips round something a bit nicer than your usual £5 Black Tower, get yourself to new wine store and tasting room, Oak N4 in Finsbury Park.
Tapas has somewhat lost its meaning in London dining of late, popping up in a vast range of cuisines to indicate everything from starters to street food. If this liberal use of language has got you longing for the proper stuff, you won't get much better than La Fábrica in Stroud Green.