This place without any doubt serves the most amazing BBQ food you could ever wish for and believe me when I say your taste buds will be sent to heaven. When you arrive if you see a long queue don’t walk away it will be worth it. This was our 3rd time here and yet again it was fantastic despite queuing for over an hour we New what was coming so we hung in there and oh my was it good . On this occasion after previously having a sampler I went for the Beefy Rib Dinner and they were the best Ribs you are ever likely to have as the meat on each Rib was so thick and so tender & juicy accompanied by a large Coleslaw we also had the Half Baby Back Ribs with Sweetcorn a Large Portion of Colossal Onion Rings plus a Caesar Salad . We ploughed our way through savouring every mouthful of this BBQ excellence . So if BBQ food is your thing then you must head to Phils you will not regret it . Looking forward to the day when we can

THE AMAZING BEEFY RIBS & COLESLAW
CAESAR SALAD
COLOSSAL ONION RINGS
BABY BACK RIBS & SWEETCORN

#BBQ #SanDiego #California

Well what can you say about this place well it’s easy really because without doubt it’s the best Sports Bar in San Diego. There are a amazing amount of TV screens for all your sporting needs it has a lively atmosphere which is perfect for pre & post game food and drinks along with the warm and friendly nature of all the staff this place is just great. On our recent visit to San Diego we visited the bar on two occasions firstly for the fantastic selection of local & imported beers and secondly the food is pretty damn good in fact it’s TotsTastic. On our first visit I couldn’t wait to taste them Tots but I had to be patient and have a starter which was amazing Calamari and some Wings as you do then it was time for Tots and even better Sweet Potato Tots to accompany my delicious Southwestern Chicken Sandwich we also  had normal Tots to with a fantastic juicy Burger this I followed with a heavenly Ice Cream Sundae a great way to celebrate my birthday and the Padres got the W aswell. Well that kept us going until our second visit 3 days later before the Dodgers game and yes the atmosphere was even greater and yes more great food & drink this time we had the TotZones and the Maple Seared Salmon Power Bowl both dishes were delicious washed down with a nice glass of Karl Strauss Red Trolley Ale . This place is a must for sports fans but even if you just want a quiet but very tasty lunch it’s also perfect. So yes when you combine great food & drink with friendly service and a good atmosphere you will see why I called it the best Sports Bar in San Diego. So don’t wait go and see for yourself 

#SanDiego #California #Padres

TOTZONES
MAPLE SEARED SALMON POWER BOWL
ICE CREAM SUNDAE
SOUTHWESTERN CHICKEN SANDWICH & SWEET POTATO TOTS
CHICKEN WINGS
CALAMARI

Dukes La Jolla

A fantastic restaurant high up on the cliffs of La Jolla in San Diego with a stunning view of the Cove with easy access from the main street this was just the first delightful thing about this place the second thing was the friendliness of every member of staff especially our waitress Laurie who was very pleasant throughout our lunch and gave us great recommendations on what to eat & drink . We were sat out on the terrace which was perfect as it was a hot day and I started with a delightful Virgin Lavender Colada Mocktail then after perusing the Menu we decided to have the Coconut Shrimp Croquettes & Korean Sticky Ribs to start and both dishes were excellent & flavoursome which made our anticipation for our main courses exciting. For this on the advice of our waitress we had the Sautéed Macnut & Herb Crusted the fish was Opah a firm & fatty texture but really delicious and I said I’d just have the fish sandwich but the waitress said that was an excellent choice and she wasn’t wrong as it was definitely the best I’ve had. So now to the desserts to which I was curious because while we were enjoying our first two courses there was obviously a very popular dessert being brought out and it looked amazing so I asked the waitress and she said it’s the Hula Pie which was huge with a cookie crust , macadamia nut ice cream , whipped cream , hot fudge & nuts therefore I had to try it and wow it was a dessert lovers dream we also had the Malasadas which were a Portuguese Pastry & Guava Jam also delicious this concluded a fantastic lunch. It’s definitely a place I would highly recommend because of the great food and the friendly nature of all the staff which made you feel really welcome . I only wish I didn’t have to wait a few years before I can go back 

#LaJolla #SanDiego #California

VIRGIN LAVENDER COLADA
COCONUT SHRIMP CROQUETTES
KOREAN STICKY RIBS
SAUTÉED MACNUT & HERB CRUSTED
FISH SANDWICH
HULA PIE
MALASADAS

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