Saturday, 27 August 2016

brunch at victor café, marseille.


All foodies love brunch, it's just a known fact. So when on my travels I just can't resist looking up a good brunch. In France, or Marseille at least, it seems a lot of breakfast places don't open until 10am in the week and all you can eat brunch is served on Sundays. What was I going to do without poached eggs and smashed avocado every day? When I found Victor Café in the four star New Hotel Of Marseille, I couldn't wait to try the island buffers of cheese board, breakfast items, fish of the day, unlimited drinks and that dessert table. For €33, the all you can eat Champagne brunch runs from 12:30 – 3:00 pm in the arty surroundings of the Victor Café and terrace.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

tuna and king prawn spaghetti with artichoke and black olives.


A medley of tuna steak and king prawns in a garlicky, lemon dressing made with good quality olive oil. Lovers of salty dishes will enjoy the addition of black olives and sautéed artichoke hearts, which are tossed through angel hair spaghetti. Obviously any pasta will do, this is a good store cupboard recipe which you can add any fish or seafood on top. I love buying tuna steaks in bulk and freezing for a later date - the ideal way to indulge on a budget. Finish with a sprinkle of red chilli flakes for an extra kick, which I think goes perfectly with lemon and garlic.


Monday, 22 August 2016

bastide du cours, aix-en-provence.


Amongst the hustle and bustle of the famous stretch of Cours Mirabeau in Aix-en-Provence, you'll find Bastide du Cours. A typical French brasserie in red and white, the Provençal restaurant claims to have been serving up creative but traditional dishes since 1807. The name bastide translates as a country maison or house, specifically in the southern region of Provence. On a sunny Saturday exploring Aix, I stopped by to dine al fresco for lunch. 


Friday, 19 August 2016

friends of ham, leeds.


Friends of Ham is an independently owned establishment, known for their cheese boards, charcuterie and impressive craft beer offerings. Based in the North, their quirky venues currently span Leeds and Ikley, both hosting guests for drinks and grub alike. On a rather excellent recommendation, we went along last weekend for lunch in their Leeds branch.