I love eating out and trying new restaurants. I get excited over a menu, the interior design, and it’s also one of my favourite things about living in London and travelling. For me, there’s nothing better than enjoying an incredible dish whether it’s alone, with friends, at home, at a restaurant with wine for 4 hours or a bite of something delicious at a street food festival. I thought I’d share five of the best meals out I’ve ever had with you, these are the ones that made me excited, speechless and remember for life…
Everyone has a very focused idea on what we should eat. When I first started to immerse myself in nutrition and healthy eating, I ended up getting more confused about what to eat then ever before. There are so many people experts with incredible research to back their ideas but I’d listen to one lecture about veganism and how it would make me the healthiest happiest most amazing person on the planet and then the next about being paleo and I’d lose fat and my gut would heal and I remember waking up one morning completely stressed and anxious about whether to have a steak or banana smoothie for breakfast.
I’m still very passionate about nutrition and educating myself but I now make decisions on what to eat based on me and I just enjoy my food no matter what it is. I think a healthy mind and heart and attitude is just as important as the food you put in your body. Find a food philosophy that makes you feel happy and remember to trust yourself. Discover what yours is. I think the main point is to remember that the knowledge is inside. Even as a health coach, I still believe you know the most about yourself.
Five Of The Best Meals Of The Best Meals I’ve Had In My Life So Far
Restaurant: Carne Kloof Street
Where: Cape Town
Dish: I can’t remember the cut I choose now but they bring out a tray of cuts and you choose which would you’d like. Also had mash and greens but the steak was heaven!
Unusual one for me, this place is described as a Carnivore’s paradise, it was the last steak I had over a year ago now and perhaps because it was so good, I can’t risk having a steak that doesn’t live up to it. Although I am checking out Flat Iron tonight. I am not a vegetarian but I very rarely eat meat. Probably two or three times a year and when I do I want to make sure I do appreciate and enjoy it. Kloof Street in Cape Town is amazing for food and bars but this place was just around the corner from the guest house I was in. I went on the my last night in Cape Town and truly think I would have gone twice if I’d known. Also had a melting chocolate dessert after and of course the wine was a dream!
Restaurant: Oi Spaghetti
Where: Peckham, London
Dish: Organic Butternut Squash with rosemary + almonds +
This was mainly amazing because of my lovely company, Lydia Collins, who I hit Taste of London with this weekend but we’ve been back to Oi Spaghetti in Peckham a few times now and it’s basically my favourite things in a little hut. Spaghetti and TIRAMISU! I love being introduced to new food combos and the roasted almonds MAKE this dish. I actually don’t think they do butternut squash one but definitely go and try whatever they have on the menu because it will be to die for. You’re belly will be full of goodnesssss!
Restaurant: At Bodega Negra
Where: Soho, London
Dish: Pollo Al Sarten/ Half Roasted Chicken & Freekh
I went here on my 22nd birthday with a group of girlfriends. Most of us ordered this dish and were speechless. Just like steak, I very rarely eat chicken. I’ve probably eaten it a handful of times since this meal which was over 3 years ago now but if I fancy it then I’ll have it. I think if I get a craving for chicken again, I’ll only be able to go back here for this dish. It’s was simple but so perfect and I just remember it melting in my mouth. Is that odd for chicken? I’m not sure as I don’t eat a lot of meat, what are the melting in the mouth ones? Anyway it was a dream! Although, just a heads up, it was SO dark in there I had to ask for a torch to see my food.
Restaurant: Honey and Co
Where: Baker Street, London
Dish: Roasted mauve aubergines with a BBQ tahini crust, jeweled rice salad & lime
Another birthday meal but more recent, I went here for my birthday this year after a recommendation from my foodie New Zealand friend. Perhaps more the style of meal you’d expect in my list and close to the food I eat on a daily basis but the flavour and texture combinations were just heavenly. I remember saying to my mum “this is the best plate of food I’ve ever had.” It had to make it up there in this list. I recreated it at home after, see the recipe here, but nothing beats their version. You have to go and leave room for the cheesecake too!
Restaurant: Not named somewhere in Venice
Where: Venice, Italy
Dish: Simple Spaghetti With Tomato and Garlic (lots and lots of garlic)
Over 4 years ago now and still up there with the best dishes I’ve had. Now I could go as far to say Italian food is my favourite and I was so so excited to feast on spaghetti and pizza in Venice. I often head to Time Out for my restaurant recommendations as well as blogs but also love to just stumble across places I like the look of and take a risk. After wandering Venice for at least an hour, completely uninspired, I stumbled across this tiny open kitchen with literally 2 or 3 tables. An old Italian woman in her kitchen, no menu, no waitresses, just the most incredible smell of fresh garlic, olive oil and tomatoes. She could barely speak English and only had two dishes to offer us so we went for one of each. I honestly can’t describe how happy this plate of simple spaghetti made with love and passion made me. I can’t tell you the name of this place but if you’re in Venice walking somewhere between the Rialto Bridge and St Marks Square quite late at night around 10pm and find this place then sit, order bread, wine, pasta and let me know where it is so I can book flights!
I’d love to know what some of your favourite meals have been?
Love, Lottie x