Camden Lock Street Food

Camden Lock has got to be one of, if not, my favourite place to eat in London. If you can withstand the mass amount of people and tourists pushing each other around, the street dealers and the drunks, you cannot be disappointed. The food is incredible with an array of cuisines and tastes and nothing quite beats the quirky vibes attracting an alternative crowd. I think everyone can agree that there is literally never a dull moment whilst walking through Camden.

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I dragged my hungover self to Camden Lock Street Market in the hopes of bringing myself back down to earth with some of my favourite artery clogging dishes. Please keep in mind that there is so much more variety at the lock, it was my alcohol infused body making the not so daring choices!

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Firstly we hit The Mac Factory, whom specialise in gourmet Mac and Cheese. They have a number of flavours which include:

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NostalgicA classic blend of mature cheddar, parmesan and mozzarella

La Med BabeNo nut basil pesto, confit tomato, bocconcini    

Super Mario – Sautéed Portobello mushrooms, truffle oil, oven roast garlic  

Posh Spice – Spicy chorizo, harissa, lyonaisse onion  

The Big Smoke – Home smoked chicken, fire roasted peppers, apple wood smoked cheddar

Blue Jacob – Bbq glazed, slow cooked short rib of beef, danish blue cheese, spring onion

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we opted to share the The Big Smoke which was oozing with cheese and had the optimal amount of flavour and crunch.

As if we hadn’t already gone way over the weekly dairy consumption recommendation, we made our way over to the TOASTITS for the best toastie (grilled cheese for you Americanos) my taste buds have had the pleasure of experiencing. They offer gluten free bread which is always a plus.

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We went our usual cheddar avocado and parmesan mash with Prosciutto and chilli flakes toastie. The cheese was melted to perfection with each of the flavours not too overbearing for the other.

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To end the day, we ventured over to my personal favourite find, COOKIES AND SCREAM. Every product is dairy, egg, wheat and gluten free. All bakes are low fat, boasts low cholesterol and are made with unrefined sugars. This place is extremely popular and with everything freshly baked that morning, you’ll have to make sure you get there before everything runs out!

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We shared The Affogato shake which comes with a fresh shot of espresso. It completely hit the spot and didn’t leave us with the sugar shakes.

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Other favourites from our previous visits include Churros, Churrasco & Wild Game BBQ and Oliver’s Fish & Chips –

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I’m already looking forward to my next hungover venture!

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Santorini Part 2

We had one more day to spend with our friends from the states before they flew back to the UK the following day so we decided to rent Quad bikes and go all Dora The Explorer on this island. I felt like we just had to show them Santo Winery which Phil and I had visited for 5 minutes a few days before. It’s located on the hill of Fira and just had the best view, so much so, that we saw about 3 weddings going on whilst we were sat there. After getting over the initial awe of the views, we decided to do a little wine tasting before heading over to Perissa Beach. After my time in Greece, I’ve definitely taken more of an interest in wine and ventured out of my Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot comfort zones. A dry white is the way forward for my little taste buds!

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It was a 20 minute ride to Perissa Beach which involved driving through some real local villages which is always great to see. Perissa Beach is distanced away from all the hustle and bustle but was still pretty touristy..and not in a good way. The actual beach is unexpectedly beautiful with volcanic black sand and pebbles and views of mountain churches, however, the bars and restaurants above just brought the Kitsch factor up by 500%. To make matters worse, the service and food were just awful. I’ve never had tougher calamari in my life, it was like chewing through an iron bar! I can’t say I would recommend staying anywhere near Perissa Beach, especially during high season.

We headed back to Fira and hit Theoni’s restaurant for one last portion of the feta cheese fries and seafood.

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The next day we decided to stay around Fira and check out some local hotspots. Our hotel recommended a restaurant called Chefs Garden and as many do with recommendations from locals, you take with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that it can just be a case of mass promotion. We decided to try it out on a Sunday afternoon and were a bit hesitant as there was no one else in the place. We were absolutely blown away! I would definitely recommend trying the sausage with mustard and honey, the grilled sea bass with oven roasted brussels sprouts (so meaty!) and the tomato and crushed feta seafood saganaki. Service was fantastic and as the lovely Greeks do, we were presented with a rich chocolate orange soufflé and ice-cream with our bill.

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We followed dinner with cocktails at a bar which was highly recommended on TripAdvisor called Palia Kameni. The bar was split into 4 levels and had couches all facing the sunset. It was such a lovely location to watch the sunset and what made it even better was the unlimited Prosecco for 20 Euros. As soon as we had put one glass down, a refill would magically appear in front of our eyes in seconds. Perfection.

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On our last full day, we decided to make one last trip to Oia to catch the sunset. We had read that you could hike from Fira to Oia in around 3 hours and that the views were spectacular. I absolutely love hiking and haven’t been able to do any since I left Hong Kong for London so I was extremely excited! We left Fira with massive bottles of water and no expectations of what was ahead of us. Thankfully the hike wasn’t that physically demanding at all which allowed us to take our surroundings in and finish within just over 2 hours. I think overall, this was probably one of my most favourite experiences during my time in Santorini, coming after first settings eyes on Oia. Santorini really does have an energy about it that you just can’t explain, must be something to do with it being Volcanic lands.

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We had a quick snack at Ammoudi’s Fish Tavern  (Baked Feta in a crisp leaf, covered in honey and sesame seeds. YUM) and then relucatantly said our farewells to Oia and caught the 20 minute bus back to Fira wedged between a pervert and an old woman. Like I said in my pervious post, I wouldn’t recommend using the bus service unless you don’t mind not being able to move an inch or breath without inhaling someones sweaty armpit.

Santorini exceeded all my pre consumptions and I am so thankful that I was able to visit this island with my boyfriend and meet all the people I did. I will be seeing you in the not so distant future Santorini!