New York Food – What We Ate on Our Honeymoon

So in true Diane style, my New York Food post has more photos than the actual New York Travel Diary post.  

And words for that matter. This is a bit of an epically long post sooo maybe grab a brew and a biscuit packet and get stuck in.

Having done a load of research before we set off for the big apple (as well as the rest of the holiday), I knew exactly where we were eating everyday. OTT sure but Topher agreed when he found that we didn’t have a bad meal for the whole trip. Boom. Job done and I’ll pat myself on the back. I hate wasting money on crap food and I love trying new things so I was super excited to get stuck in.

A bit of context for those who don’t know Topher and I. My eyes are bigger than my stomach and it has a horrible habit of being starving and as soon as I start eating gets full very quickly. Especially with junk food. Topher on the other hand can eat everything and anything and will always finish my leftovers. So when you see him struggle with something, you know the portion size is too big!

I’m just going to post these in the order we ate them so here we go:

Grimaldi’s Pizza

Topher did wonder why I dragged him 15 blocks for pizza on our first night but as soon as he tasted the pizza, he understood. Grimaldi’s is famous for it’s Brooklyn location but we went to their Manhattan store as I think 15 blocks was more than enough for that night.

I did get a look when I suggested one of the smaller sized pizza’s but as you can see below it’s freaking huge so I’d be afraid to see the big ones. We got half one topping and half another so we could share. The pizza itself was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it! A great introduction to New York and starting our trip in style.

New York Food - Grimaldi's Pizza

Luke’s Lobster

A chain you can find in locations all around the USA (as well as 5 stores in Japan!), Luke’s Lobster definitely had to be on my list. I’m a huge seafood fan and have been searching for a lobster roll that isn’t just tiny pieces of lobster overwhelmed by sauce and salad. We went to the Financial District branch.

New York Food - Luke's Lobster Interior

As you can see, there was plenty of lobster (and what is it with this country and pickles? They’re everywhere!) and it was so incredibly delicious. I could have eaten another one quite easily but obviously being lobster, its not the cheapest.

New York Food - luke's lobster roll

I also had an own brand blueberry lemonade which was really interesting. I could really taste the honey and it was a nice spin on lemonade.

New York Food - Luke's Lobster Drink

I have to thank my friend Claire for spotting this one online for me. Cookie dough that is safe to eat? I’m in! Due to their heat treated flour and their pasteurised egg product used in the mix, it’s totally safe. I was really looking forward to trying this. There were only a few people in front of us so it appears we got lucky.

New York Food - Do exterior

New York Food - Do signage

The original plan was to share a scoop between us but we kinda got excited and got one each. Little bit of a mistake as neither of us could finish ours! There was even a guy sitting near us regretting his two scoop option. Don’t get me wrong, this stuff is so incredibly delicious but it’s really rich so it’s difficult to have a lot in one sitting. And this is with Topher who can really pack it away.

Luckily they had plastic lids to put on top of your cups so you could take them away. We dropped ours off in the fridge at the hotel and they made great midnight snacks later! I had the classic chocolate chip and Topher had the brookie dough. I would really love to try all the flavours though as they sound amazing. It would be cool if they did cookie dough flights where you got a sample of each flavour and they’re all bite size. I’d pay for that!

New York Food - Do scoops

The Meatball Shop

I saw a recommendation for this place on Carrie’s blog and it’s been on my wish list for a while now. We went to the Chelsea location and got seated right away. Sorry for the awful photos, it was super dark in there!

New York Food - The Meatball Shop menu

Unfortunately for me, it turns out the classic meatballs are a mix of beef and pork so I told the waitress I guess I would have the chicken. Luckily for me, she recommended the veggie meatballs and I’m so glad I did. They were absolutely amazing and went great with the mashed potato and tomato sauce. Topher had the spicy pork.

New York Food - The Meatball Shop interior

Portion size was good, I almost finished mine but had to hand the remains over to Topher who polished them off happily.

New York Food - The Meatball Shop meals

Doughnut Plant

After The Meatball Shop, we went to the Chelsea location of the Doughnut Plant to get a single doughnut each. I loved this display on the wall. They’re all cushions!

New York Food - doughnut plant wall

It was difficult to choose but I went with the mini creme brûlée filled doughnut which was the perfect flavour and size for me.

New York Food - Doughnut Plant Creme Brulee doughnut

Topher chose the Coffee Cake doughnut obviously being the coffee fiend he is and he liked it.

New York Food - Doughnut plant coffee doughnut

Katz’s Deli

Some say this has turned into a bit of a tourist trap but I still wanted to get my hands on one of their pastrami sandwiches.

New York Food - Katz Deli exterior

Much to Topher’s dismay, I suggested that we share a sandwich after seeing their size on a Youtube video. Looking from the top, it’s not a particularly big sandwich but the height is what makes you realise it’s a good idea to share. And after we polished it off, Topher agreed. I definitely agree with him that I’m ruined for pastrami now. We’ve just been spoiled by this tastiness.

New York Food - Katz Deli sandwich

Ice and Vice

Ice and Vice is an experimental ice cream shop and I certainly agree with that description. I had the “Yellow” flavour which is Buckwheat Honey, Tumeric, Sunflower and Butterscotch with a blue cone. I didn’t realise that the cones themselves were flavoured too and as they don’t say what they are on the website, I can’t remember what this tasted of. The server recommended the pairing so that’s all I can say.

Topher had the “9AM” which is Vietnamese Coffee and Donut Truffle in a black cone. We both enjoyed our ice creams and I’d definitely recommend this place for something a little bit different.

New York Food - Ice and Vice Ice cream

5 Napkin Burger

In search of a decent burger, we found it at 5 Napkin Burger. A sit down restaurant, we chose their Hell’s Kitchen location as it was a stones throw away from The Majestic Theatre where we saw The Phantom of the Opera. Forgoing fries turned our to be an excellent idea as I couldn’t finish my burger. Thanks again Topher! I had the Original 5Napkin burger which had caramelised onions and rosemary garlic aioli and I think Topher had the Bacon Cheddar. We were both left happily full and definitely recommend.

New York Food - 5 napkin burger

Sarabeth’s

Pretty much every blog I read recommended a visit to Sarabeth’s so we visited the Tribeca location. A bit on the expensive side but we really enjoyed it.

New York Food - Sarabeths menu

For one thing, the portion sizes were absolutely perfect. After getting destroyed by a pancake breakfast in LA, these pancakes were so welcomed! Topher had the Tribeca Breakfast which he really enjoyed.

New York Food - sarabeths breakfast

And I had the lemon and ricotta pancakes which were something that was recommended time and time again. Though they aren’t something I’d normally gravitate to, I’m so glad I trusted strangers on the internet because they were absolutely gorgeous. I finished them all off and would happily go back and have them again.

New York Food - sarabeths pancakes

Shelter

Now this place was a happy accident that wasn’t on my list. Unfortunately somehow I misunderstood when Smorgasburg was on. I though it was Sunday’s in Williamsburg but apparently not. Oops! And this was found out after we’d done our nightmarish walk through Brooklyn. Double oops! Starving and finding a different food event that was on instead we quickly took to the internet to find a replacement. I would have happily gone to this alternative event but it was online ticketed only and if you wanted to get in then you would have to wait until 4pm! This was 12.30pmish so we decided to find somewhere else.

Walking into Shelter which is just up the street from Smorgasburg, we found a hipsters paradise.

New York Food - shelter interior

The menu was pretty limited but what we did end up with we really enjoyed and it was the perfect antidote to our long walk. Topher had a burger and I had pizza.

New York Food - shelter burger

New York Food - shelter pizza

Oddfellows

This was on my original list but I had bumped it for dessert at Smorgasburg. So when that plan failed, it hopped back on. The flavours that were on offer at the time weren’t particularly out of this world apart from the chorizo caramel swirl but I enjoyed what I had. Topher had a sample of the chorizo flavour and was slightly disappointed to find the chorizo element overwhelming over the others. It seems that flavours like this work a bit better when the weird element is just an obvious hint. So thanks to the server for recommending that he try a sample first. He went with the Lemon Meringue pie which he enjoyed and I picked Sprinkles which was tasty.

New York Food - oddfellows ice cream

Panna II 

Last year I read Sophie’s post about this place and I mentally stored it away for our trip. Panna II is an Indian restaurant in the East Village which is mental. The place is tiny and is full of fairy lights. And I mean full!

New York Food - panna II interior

It was crazy, there was loud Indian music played and we loved every minute of it. We picked the chicken tikka masala and their chicken makhani which is one of their best sellers and both were delicious. No photos I’m sorry but with the lighting it looked terrible and it looked like your standard Indian meal to be honest. I always find Indian food tastes better than it looks anyway.

New York Food - panna II lights

Eggloo

I originally picked this because I hadn’t seen anything like this in the UK but over the last few months they’ve been cropping up everywhere. Bad as it’s not unique, good as it’s not unique! I’d really want to get this again so I’m glad I can find it in the UK somewhere.

If I remember correctly, when I found this place on Instagram, there wasn’t a website for it at that point. It does have one now though. So the first time we saw the menu, it was in the store. We were pretty tired so found the whole thing a little bit overwhelming. Luckily they had two photos next to the register with a pre-chosen option on each so we just went with those. If I ever got the chance to go back, I would definitely have a more “me” option and pick and choose. So I’m pretty sure the names for what we had were “Jessica” and “Mike”. There’s no mention of these on their website so I might just have been making them up in my tired state!

Jessica

New York Food - eggloo jessica

Mike

New York Food - eggloo mike

Both were delicious and easier to eat than you would think. The plastic spoons definitely helped!

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co

We couldn’t go to New York and not have a bagel (well, I couldn’t!) so we had breakfast here the first morning we came back from the West Coast.

New York Food - brooklyn bagel & coffee co interior

I had a poppyseed bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Classic and delicious! Topher had a breakfast burrito. Not so classic but equally delicious!

New York Food - brooklyn bagel smoked salmon bagel

Mokbar

When we entered Chelsea Market in search of lunch, I remembered a post by The Cat, You and Us that recommended a little Korean Ramen bar and I’m so glad we went. I was a bit put off with the lack on non pork ramen options but I’m glad we persevered and I got the chicken ramen see below. It was delicious and surprisingly buttery.

New York Food - mokbar chicken ramen

Topher had the classic pork ramen and I will always remember this meal now. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him so happy! He ate all of his and finished mine off for me too and would not shut up about it for the rest of the day. He was in love with that ramen. So we definitely recommend it!

New York Food - mokbar pork ramen

S’mac

Looking for some comfort food and plenty of carbs, we headed to S’mac in the East Village for some mac and cheese.

New York Food - s'mac exterior

You can’t really tell by the below photos but our meals are two different sizes. S’mac actually do four different sizes of skillet which was awesome! Nosh, Major Munch, Mongo and Partay! I had Nosh and Topher had Major Munch and they were the perfect individual sizes for us.

So I had the mediterranean which had goat cheese, sauteed spinach, kalamata olives, and roasted garlic. I can’t remember but I think I may have been unable to finish all of this so I gave it to Topher. It was absolutely amazing though. I may have to try and recreate this at home.

New York Food - s'mac mediterranean

Topher had the Cheeseburger which was unsurprising beef and cheese! He really enjoyed his too and polished off the whole thing.

New York Food - s'mac cheeseburger mac&cheese

Milk Bar

It’s safe to say that I wanted everything on the menu here so choosing was so difficult. We went to the East Village location and it was tiny! Definitely a place to pick up your stuff and go.

New York Food - milkbar exterior

After taking ages to decide, I got the Cereal Milk soft serve and Topher got the Crack Pie Milk Quake. We also got a slice of crack pie and a compost cookie to take back to the hotel with us. I enjoyed my soft serve but Topher didn’t like it at all. It seems to be a bit of a Marmite item as I hear people raving about it but then I also saw a girl throw a lot of hers away. It does taste like cereal milk after you’ve eaten all the cornflakes though. Topher found it a bit sour so don’t expect it to be overly sweet. The flakes around it are super sweet though. He enjoyed his milk quake though so that’s good.

New York Food - cereal milk ice cream

The compost cookie was delicious and my only regret is only getting one slice of the crack pie to share as that stuff without a better word to describe it is like crack. It was sweet buttery goodness and I’m still dreaming about it . Lucky for me, they have the recipe on their website. Score!

And that’s everything we ate in a 5 day period. Yowza.

No regrets.

Have you ever tried any of these places?

Check out what we did in New York apart from just eating!

See Part 2 of our trip where we visited San Francisco 

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Guest Post: A Change of Appetite

Our next guest post while I’m away on honeymoon is from Katya of Katyascakehole.com.

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Katya is a food adventurer through and through; happiest when she’s surrounded by plates of the stuff. You can find her on her blog and you can also hire her for social media training and photography. Don’t read her blog on an empty stomach! She lives in Stockport with her boyfriend Jamie who understands that her priorities in life are food first, himself second. 

A Change of Appetite

Like most women, I’ve always had a complicated relationship with food.  Food first became an issue when I was about 12 and I got a bit chubby.  And from that age dieting and eating weird things to lose weight became the norm. Over the years food normality was mainlining diet coke, buying strange tasting fake chocolate bars from Boots, low fat yoghurts, low fat everything, and my go to lunch was cup a soup (yuck) – any magic trick to lose the pounds.

As an adult in my early twenties it became apparent that I actually had a very narrow diet because I was afraid that non diet foods would make me put on weight.  Ironically, that was when I was the heaviest I’d ever been. And hilariously I was allowing myself to eat Mars bars and drink booze alongside my low fat diet, it was just everything else I refused to eat.  A very patient friend convinced me I needed to start broadening my diet because I was literally missing out on delicious food and not living my life to the full.  Fortunately I embraced this challenge and slowly started enjoying experimenting with food and have never looked back.

Now at 41 years old I can’t say I’ve completely undone all the damage that started when I was 12.  Some habits remain.  For example a classic Katya trick last year was to eat a no carb evening meal (perhaps with courgetti), then be really hungry afterwards and have two portions of ice-cream. I’ve never quite lost the desire to trick my body so I can have more of the naughty stuff!

However a year ago I stumbled across a cookbook by Diana Henry called ‘A Change of Appetite’.  Diana is a food writer, and a very overweight one at that. The premise of Diana’s book is finding really amazing cuisines that are incidentally delicious. Her recipes blew my mind – they were exotic, intriguing and obviously, incredibly tasty.

What really struck me though, was that Diana was not going to comprimise on taste.  This is a woman who loves beautiful Danish pastries and gourmet food, and she expressed very stridently at the beginning of the book that she would not be sacrificing flavour or enjoyment.  Instead she would gather all the facts on what healthy eating really means – which is a very different thing to dieting, and she would find cuisines and recipes that were nailing it in the most inspiring ways.

I think Diana’s self belief that she deserved to eat beautiful food and continue to enjoy her food was a fantastic example to me.  Women in so many areas of their lives are expected to make sacrifices, and suffering for the sake of a slim waist is yet another one.

And what about the food? Well her section on grains really caught my eye.  Ingredients such as barley, buckwheat and farro are cheap as chips, packed with an astonishing amount of nutrition and prepared the right way, despite their rather dull reputation, are versatile and bloody gorgeous. Unfortunately in a Western diet we tend to eat a lot of processed grains (white rice, white bread, pasta) that have had most of their nutrients stripped away.

I was further convinced by Diana’s argument to get more grains in my life by the cracking recipes in her book. One of my favourites (pictured below) was kisir (an autumnal tabbouleh with pomegranite seeds) served with griddled aubergine, date, walnut and yoghurt salad.

appetite - Griddled aubergine, date, walnut and yoghurt salad and kisirGriddled aubergine, date, walnut and yoghurt salad and kisir

And a seed was planted, and I started to question how many processed grains I was eating, whether that was white flour, pasta or white rice. I realised I wanted to get more unrefined ingredients in my life.  So in the past year I’ve started to cook increasingly with wholegrains like quinoa, freekah and bulgar wheat, and I now make cakes using healthier non-refined flours like coconut flour, spelt flour and ground almonds.  And what I’ve discovered is I prefer the food I’m eating now.  It’s more a faff to source the ingredients and find the recipes but omg, the rewards are huge – gorgeous satisfying food that satiates you in a way that processed grains just can’t.

appetite - Spice-scented carrot cake with a crumble toppingSpice-scented carrot cake with a crumble topping by Amber Rose

I’m certainly no food angel now, by any stretch of the imagination (especially when it comes to ice-cream and alcohol!), but I’m delighted to be experimenting with and including more wholegrains in my diet, especially because it’s actually fun!

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Manchester Ideal Home Show and Eat & Drink Festival 2017

It’s that time of year again! Topher and I had a great time at the Ideal Home Show last year so when I was offered a free ticket to go again this year I said yes straight away. Since Topher works during the week at a school now, I brought along Emma.

Eat & Drink Festival - chair

There was an eat and drink section of the show last year but now they’ve gone all out and given it an official festival right alongside the home show. Being a foodie, this was definitely the bit I was looking forward to the most!

Eat & Drink Festival - entrance

There were so many amazing stalls and we had such a good time trying samples and storing away cards for a later date. I may have also purchased some flavoured tequila! It was too much to resist. Otherwise I was very well behaved with my purse. I do have a honeymoon to save for after all.

Eat & Drink Festival - decor

It wasn’t too hard to find the rum…

Eat & Drink Festival - rum ship

Eat & Drink Festival - macaron

How cool is this little drinks van? I wish we could have had something like this for our wedding!

Eat & Drink Festival - prosecco van

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge

How awesome is this fudge? So pretty!

Eat & Drink Festival - fudge closeup

And this Pimm’s teapot was amazing. I wish I had one of these in my garden.

eat & drink festival - pimms teapot

There was loads going on from workshops, to live demonstrations and we walked away with so many ideas.

Eat & Drink Festival - stage

Eat & Drink Festival - stalls

Then it was over to the Ideal Home Show section.

Eat & Drink Festival - ideal home show

My favourite bit definitely had to be the little room set ups they had. I don’t even have kids but I want this room below. The wallpaper is gorgeous.

Eat & Drink Festival - kids room

This room really makes me happy but I now want to go on holiday!

Eat & Drink Festival - dining room

I really like the wallpaper in both the room above and below though I don’t think I’d use it in such a large room. I have an idea to use it in our downstairs bathroom to give it a bit of personality. At the moment it just looks like more of a store cupboard than a guest bath.

Eat & Drink Festival - living room

Eat & Drink Festival - giant table and chairs

We had a great day and will definitely be back next year – especially for the Eat & Drink festival. 

Thanks to the Ideal Home Show for my ticket!

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Foodie Adventures: Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk

Food glorious food! Topher and I have been super lucky recently and have had the opportunity to visit Bakchich, Dough and Black Milk in Manchester. All delicious and all highly recommended. Here’s what we ate.

Bakchich

Bakchich bar

I may be biased being Arab but Middle Eastern food is in my top 5 favourite food regions. So when I heard there was a new Lebanese restaurant in town I knew I had to visit. Especially since they have Diane’s holy grail. Labaneh. I always find explaining labaneh to British people difficult as it’s kinda hard to make strained goats yoghurt sound good but believe me it is. It’s not out of this world but it’s definitely a dip I can’t live without and until now had to get my yearly quota in my 2 week trips to Jordan every year. Not anymore!

So firstly the decor is awesome. I love the bright colours and the Arabic food packaging everywhere. They were even playing Arabic pop music. Love it.

Bakchich interior

Bakchich wall

Bakchich tables

The main feature was definitely the tiles! An Instagrammer’s dream.

Bakchich tiles

So onto the food. We opted for Limon Nana drinks (Lemonade with lime and mint) and a bit of mezze followed by shawarma wraps (chicken for him, lamb for me). The mezze consisted of labaneh (of course!), falafel, halloumi and salad with plenty of arabic bread. First of all the labaneh tasted EXACTLY the same as it does in Jordan. So happy! The falafel was green on the inside as it should be and the halloumi was to die for.

Bakchich mezze

I have to remember though how much I get filled up with mezze so when it came to the shawarma wrap I was so full I had to take it to go. When I did eventually eat it later that day it was delicious. We’ve already been back since and it won’t be the last time.

Bakchich shawarma

Dough

Dough

I’ve only been to Dough once and it was over five years ago so that had to be rectified. I still dream about the lamb and mango pizza I had. Topher and I walk past there all the time and keep saying we should go sometime. So the other weekend we finally went with Claire and Steve before heading to Lucardo.

I love unusual pizza toppings so when I saw they had a falafel pizza, I was intrigued. It definitely lived up to my dreams.  All of the noms.

Dough Falafel Pizza

Topher had the chicken and pesto pizza which I had a taste of and it was very nice. Not as nice as my falafel pizza but still very nice. Topher enjoyed it and it was gone quickly!

Dough pesto pizza

Claire had the red pepper and pesto linguine which she said was tasty but kinda wished there was more of it. Steve had a pepperoni pizza. I’ll leave it up to your imagination what that looked like.

Dough pasta

Dessert was difficult to choose (too many noms!) but Topher and I settled on sharing a cookies and ice cream type dessert, Steve had the same and Claire had a sundae of some kind. I can’t remember the names and the dessert menu is not on the website so sorry about that.

Dough dessert

Dough Sundae

Black Milk

Black Milk interior

After finishing Lucardo and stumbling across Black Milk on Oldham street, we decided to drop in and have what turned out to be a super sweet snack. I’ve seen Black Milk in Affleck’s but didn’t know they had a branch on Oldham Street.

Black Milk bottle

The boys went all out and got freakshakes while Claire and I chose the more sensible option of just a shake for me and a frozen latte for her. I know my limits. For me personally, freakshakes are for photos only – they’re too much for me to finish.

Topher’s was called the Marshmallow Rodeo:

Black Milk rocky road freakshake

And Steve had the Triple Oreo Cheesecake:

Black Milk oreo freakshake

This was my Biscoff & Salted Caramel shake. It was delicious! I couldn’t finish the whole thing but I would definitely be back for another attempt.

Black Milk lotus shake

And now I’m hungry. How about you?

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Super Lunch at Jamie’s Italian, Manchester

Yesterday, Topher and I were invited to review the Super Lunch menu at Jamie’s Italian in Manchester. Having never been before I jumped at the chance. Italian food isn’t always a type of food that we tend to go for when we’re out of the house as we tend to cook a decent amount of it at home but it’s nice to try something authentic!

Jamie’s Italian is based at the top of Kings Street in an old art deco building that used to be a bank back in the day. I love that they’ve kept all the original features. There’s seating on both the ground floor and a mezzanine which I definitely want to come back to sit on as the view looks great.

Jamie's Italian Manchester

Jamie's Italian Inside

Jamie's Italian ceiling

The Super Lunch menu is available between 12pm and 6pm, Monday through Friday and gives you the choice between 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95. We both went for the three courses and it was great value for money.  Topher said it was filling but light and I just found it filling!

Jamie's Italian menu

Jamie's Italian Diane

Jamie's Italian Topher

We started with a couple of Florence Fizz cocktails which contain Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial topped with Jamie’s Prosecco. Delicious! We’re both a fan of elderflower so we ended up ordering the same thing. I definitely wouldn’t mind another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Florence Fizz

I started with the Fritto Misto which was fried fish & squid tossed in fennel-spiced flour with a garlic & lemon dip. Being a big seafood lover, this was perfect for me. It was light and delicious. I especially loved the dip.

Jamie's Italian fritto misto

Topher cautiously picked the truffle tagliatelle for his starter. He felt that a pasta starter might fill him up too much for the main but he said it was surprisingly light so it was perfect. I snuck a little taste too and it was delicious!

Jamie's Italian truffle tagliatelle

For my main, I chose the oxtail tagliatelle. It was amazing. My only problem is that it filled me up a little bit too much (but this is why I normally just go for 2 courses at restaurants). Luckily Topher was on hand to help me finish! I would definitely have this again though as I cannot fault it on the flavours. I also like that they used oxtail instead of just beef – it made a nice change.

Jamie's Italian oxtail tagliatelle

Topher had Gennaro’s Chicken Club with skinny fries as a side. He said it was also surprisingly light and it was refreshing to have a burger that didn’t immediately fall apart when you bit into it. That seems to be a regular problem he has at other establishments. One bite and half the filling is on the plate! So he really enjoyed this chicken club. He especially liked the spicy ‘nduja mayo inside and also commented on how great the fries were. Usually fries can be quite greasy but these were perfect.

Jamie's Italian Gennaro's chicken club

So time for the finale. As soon as I saw the word brownie on the menu, I was sold. Though I was still full from my main, I forced myself to have at least half of this. Topher once again, kindly finished it off for me (the reason I’m marrying him, right there!). The caramelised popcorn was the perfect accompaniment to the brownie and salted caramel ice cream. I was left in a food coma after this but I regret nothing. I definitely need to return and have another one of these!

Jamie's Italian Epic Brownie

And just like me, Topher saw one word on the dessert menu that stood out to him and he was sold. Coffee! He had the affogato, which is an Italian dessert that consists of vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured over it. He apologises, but he has to use the word “light” again to describe this. It was a nice end to his meal.

Jamie's Italian affogato

So bellies full, we left and immediately started planning when we’ll return! Jamie’s Italian also offers an evening menu deal so that’s definitely next on the list for us to try.

Have you ever been to Jamie’s Italian?

*Our meal was complimentary but as always, all opinions are my own. 

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