So this was our 6th visit to San Diego and this was the first time we returned to a hotel that we had previously stayed & to be honest it wasn’t a difficult choice. The hotel is in a fantastic location that is the Mission Bay Area that overlooks Fiesta Island & Seaworld San Diego plus perfect for accessibility to location amenities and main highways. But the main reason we decided to return was the relaxing & friendliness feel this hotel offers . Every member of staff from the cleaner , reception . Waiters/Waitresses and the management are very friendly & professional and nothing is to much trouble so that your stay is a memorable one . On this occasion our room was situated on the 5th floor in the Tower which was perfect as it gave you a amazing view of the hotel skyline and a lovely view of the bay . The room was huge with two large double beds and an abundance of room around them . Another reason for staying here is the large pool and area around the pool including Frescos Pool Bar for delicious Smoothies and great lunches . There are plenty of sun beds and also Cabanas that you can hire it also has a couple of fire pits so that you can sit around the pool in the evening. Now onto the food they have a delightful little coffee shop called Aroma where you can choose from a great selection of coffee & teas plus a lovely selection of snacks and if you like a sweet coffee may I suggest the Almond Joy for me it was heaven . They have a nice bar called the Olive Lounge for inside & outside food & drinks and I have to say the food was excellent . They also have a Fine Dining restaurant the Acqua and although we didn’t actually dine there we did manage to sample a couple of the dishes and they were fantastic . Looking forward to returning to San Diego soon and would have to say that this hotel would be top of the list of where to stay so yes if of staying in San Diego then I would highly recommend this hotel

#MissionBay #SanDiego #California

Dukes La Jolla 

This is the amazing Hula Pie from Dukes in La Jolla an absolute dessert lovers heaven #Dessert #LaJolla #SanDiego

You may or may not know that I do get about a bit on my Foodie travels so today it was wit delight that got on a bus from my town of Hornchurch & headed of for a short distance to Upminster & into Pizza Express we went. The restaurant had a nice feel to it and the staff were very friendly. We started with th the Cod Crochette , Caesar Salad & Garlic Bread with Mozzarella before moving on to the pizzas of Pollo ad Astra & Pizza Diavolo both freshly cooked with no shortage on the toppings and a lovely thin crust . And of course I had to have dessert a delicious Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream. This certainly was a nice lunch with good food & service so all credit to this branch of the Pizza Express chain 

PIZZA DIAVOLO
CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE

Wondering where to go for lunch on Sunday while we were out decided to give the Jobbers Rest a call to see if they could fit us in and they were more than happy to oblige. Although the pub has been here for years five months ago it opened under the White Brassiere Company who have turned it into a very nice restaurant but also still plenty of space if you just want to pop in for a drink. We were warmly greeted on arrival and this set the tone throughout our lunch especially our waitress Sophie who was extremely pleasant and helpful in guiding us through the menu and also her recommendations with the wine to accompany our choices . We were also nicely surprised that they served there main menu aswell as the Sunday Lunch menu. So onto the best part the food and this certainly didn’t disappoint we started with the Potted Cromer Crab and the amazing Burgundian Snails before moving onto our mains of Mussels and the Shoulder & Leg of Roast Suckling Pig just delicious then to the desserts and oh my god a fantastic Pistachio Soufflé and let’s just say it was big and the English Gooseberry Compote & Cinnamon Crumble this rounded of a very nice Lunch. This Pub / Restaurant  is certainly a another notch on great places to eat in Essex and well worth a trip to Upminster and I for one will definitely be returning soon 

BURGUNDIAN SNAILS
SUCKLING PIG
MUSSELS
ENGLISH GOOSEBERRY COMPOTE WITH CRUMBLE
THE AMAZING PISTACHIO SOUFFLÉ

Well this restaurant certainly has a great feel to it set on Frith Street in the heart of Soho serving excellent Peruvian food with fantastic & friendly service made for a amazing early evening feast. We hoped the food would be good especially when you know the creator of the menu is Martin Morales and indeed it was. The staff were excellent and gave you great advice plus recommendations on how many courses to order from each part of the menu which is a Tapas style menu. We started with the Nibbles and fantastic Crunchy Peruvian Corn , Pork Wanton Fritters & Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare just heaven then onto the Ceviche Bar section for a Sea Bass ceviche we had this with the Solteron Salad of Palm Heart, Feta Cheese & Corn truly delightful. Next to the Grill section for my favourite Octopus and it didn’t disappoint absolutely stunning we also had the Beef Heart which was amazing. So onto the Classic Favourite where we had the King Prawns & Beef Fillet just sublime. Then you think it’s time for dessert but not quite yet the food was so good we had to try a couple more so we had the Scallop Tiradito and the Squid Barbacoa just fantastic. Now it’s dessert time & definitely worth the wait as The Choco Banana was heaven. This was all accompanied by the great Cocktails , Beers & Wine . We will definitely be returning and I would highly recommend putting this place on your list

PERUVIAN CORN , WANTONS , SOLTERON SALAD & YELLOW FIN TARTARE
SEA BASS CEVICHE , OCTOPUS , BEEF HEART & BEEF FILLET
KING PRAWNS , SCALLOPS , SQUID & DESSERT

Well this certainly was a great Foodie Month for me as I managed to dine at five restaurants that I’d never been to before and the first one was actually on the opening day of the month and what a start with an incredible Turkish meal at Oklava in Shoreditch with a stunning menu created by the amazing Selin Kiazim. The following week was a long overdue visit to Medlar in the heart of the Kings Road and it was well worth the wait outstanding food with a local friendly feel to the place . So onto the following Saturday and another new restaurant and this one was a little bit different it was a 10 seater chefs table at Crockers in Potten End , Berkhamsted and definitely worth a visit as you see the chef Scott Barnard prepare each dish before your very eyes. Well I couldn’t make it through the month without a visit to my second home Haywards in Epping this time to sample the new dishes created by chef Jahdre Hayward that were going on the menu and of course they were fantastic as usual and then on the Sunday if of to Shoreditch this time for some amazing Smokehouse BBQ at Smokestak the aromas and flavours were heaven. Then on the last weekend of the month we had a delightful overnight stay at the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage enjoying a really nice meal in there restaurant the Rump & Wade good English food with nice friendly service. This rounded of a really great month lets see what August brings

The more pictures and reviews that I’d seen of this place the more I wanted to visit and now I can cross it off the list and I would highly recommend you pay a visit yourself as this restaurant serves amazing Smokehouse BBQ . As soon as you walk through the door the fantastic aroma of BBQ hits you so your already licking your lips even before you’ve seen the menu. The place has a nice friendly atmosphere which is noticed as soon as you arrive. Once seated at the table we looked at the menu and wanted to order everything as each each dish looked so appealing but on the advice of our waitress we made some great choices we started with a couple if nibbles which were Crispy Ox Cheek & Padron Tempura then came the starters of Pastrami , Sour Cabbage & Pickles + the most amazing Wild Mushrooms with Beef Dripping on Toast and the it just got even better when the mains arrrived Thick Cut Pork Ribs with Pickled Cucumber & Beef Brisket with Mustard Barbecue Sauce both courses were so flavoursome we accompanied these with a delightful side dish of Baby Gem , Walnut Gremolata & Crispy Bacon all washed down with Wine & local brewed Pale Ale. So onto the desserts to which there were three on offer so it would have been rude not to order one of each and glad we did the Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best I’ve had especially with Burnt Butter Ice Cream the Salted Caramel ice cream with hazelnut praline & Lemon Curd with Rhubarb Granita were equally delicious and rounded of a fantastic lunch. So yes this place is definitely worth a visit as the food is amazing and the service is very friendly 

PASTRAMI , PADRON TEMPURA , CRISPY OX CHEEK & WIL MUSHROOMS ON TOAST
PORK RIBS , BABY GEM & WALNUT GREMOLATA , BEEF BRISKET & DESSERTS

If your looking for a different kind on dining experience then ”this  could be the place for you . The clue is in the name of the restaurant seating a maximum of 10 around the chefs table so that you can watch the chef prepare the food right in front of you and also engage in conversation with the chef Scott Barnard & owner Luke Garnsworthy and other guests. On this occasion there was just the two of us but believe me that didn’t take away anything from a fantastic Tasting Menu Lunch where the food was amazing and matched with a great choice of wines. We started with a lovely selection of snacks before we tried the fantastic Tring Brewery Bread & Marmite Butter then a nice refreshing Sardine & Tomato course this was followed by an Aerated Pea & Broad Bean Soup before a delightful Plaice course with a fricassee of Lobster & Cauliflower then came the main a fantastic Rump of Lamb a Caesar Dressing & Baby Gem Lettuce. The next course was cheese but not what you think as it was a Lancashire Bomb cheese and homemade Piccalilli served on a cracker and it was amazing followed by a refreshing pre dessert before yes dessert itself a Chocolate & Tonia Bean Cremeaux , kirsch parfait , poached cherries & almonds this brought to end a great lunch which I would highly recommend whether your a couple a small group plus the fact that the menu is changed every month which also makes it ideal if you decide to make a return visit or even  become a regular customer which I myself could quite easily be

SNACKS & PETIT FOURS
BREAD , PEA & BROAD BEAN SOUP , SARDINES & PLAICE
LAMB , CHEESE , PRE DESSERT & CHOCOLATE & TONKA BEAN CREMEAUX

I have to say visiting this restaurant was a truly delightful experience with great food good wine and a very friendly atmosphere. Had heard about this place a couple of years ago decided to keep my eye on it and liked everything I was hearing so yesterday to the Kings Road Chelsea we went . The restaurant is situated about half way between Fulham Broadway & Sloane Square and has a real local feel. A nice friendly greeting on arrival then shown to our table to enjoy a lovely G&T to which they have a good selection while we looked at the menu.. A very appetising Lunch menu  with a good choice of starters , mains and desserts . We decided to have the Mackerel Tartare & the Wood Pigeon Boudin & both were very delicious indeed then on to the mains which were the Suckling Pig Loinwith Glazed Cheek which was amazing & the Boudin of Corn Fed Chicken and also fantastic these courses were superbly matched with great wine chosen by the sommelier. So next we’re the desserts a Strawberry & Prosecco Jelly a delightful light dessert & the Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel which was heaven as was the Sweet Wine to match . To finish was some delightful Petit Fours to go with our nice selection of teas. So glad to have finally visited and will definitely return and would also highly recommend that if your in the area to pop you will not be disappointed 

#KingsRoad #Chelsea 

Wood Pigeon Boudin with White Tabella Beans
Mackerel Tartare with Oyster Beignet
Sucking Pig Loin with Glazed Cheek
Boudin of Corn Fed Chicken
Chocolate Tart with Salted Caramel
Strawberry & Prosecco Jelly with Lemon Sorbet