The January cold calls for hot chocolate and cuddles!
I’m a total chocolate lover and I am totally in love with this recipe! I like how I can enjoy a creamy hot chocolate that’s fulfilling but still healthy! With as secret ingredient.. Maca powder! It gives you an extra health kick as well as lots of energy! Which means, more energy to get back in the snow for a snowball fight!
Padella is one of my favourite places in London that I religiously visit every time I visit this beautiful city. Its a small restaurant in Borough market that’s always buzzing with people creating the most energetic atmosphere.
Inside this rather small but beautiful restaurant you’ll immediately feel cosy and welcome. The passionate chefs are cooking away behind the bar creating the most delicious plates of home-made pasta. These plates of pasta are served just like la nonna would serve them to you – a good portion, full of deep flavours and extremely comforting. After all a plate of pasta is supposed to comfort you, tell you everything is okay and make you feel so good that by the time you put your fork down you’ll be skipping through the rain with a smile.
When visiting Padellamost of the time you’ll find a queue going around the corner. But don’t be afraid to get your spot at the end of the line, as their service is so quick you wont even queue for very long. And nevertheless, once you’re inside digging into your plate of pasta you’ll quickly realise that it’s definitely worth queueing for.
What to have
I definitely recommend to order a few different plates so you can share with your pasta date and this way you can try as many of all the delicious flavours as you can!
As a starter I recommend trying their amazing sourdough bread by dipping it in their Fiorano olive oil. It’s so simple but yet so amazing. I believe in Italian food thats what really makes a dish, simplicity and high quality is what makes flavours stand out.
Other plates to share are the fresh Radicchio, oak leaf and rocket salad as well as the Bruschetta with cannellini beans and salsa rossa. They are both amazing starters preparing you for more deep flavours to come.
Now we get to the main of your feast. I cant help myself but order way too many plates which I somehow manage to lick clean as even the last bite is as magical as the first. My two absolute favourite pasta’s are both the tagliarini with dry chilli, garlic and pangratatto(£5) and of course the classic tagliarini with slow cooked tomato sauce(£6.5) – which is an absolute must try. The flavour of the tomato sauce is so deep and extremely rich. It’s incredible how a tomato sauce can have so much flavour that even though every bite is the same, you will never ever get bored of the flavours.
I am honestly in love with this place and if I could I would come for breakfast, lunch and dinner. What’s also amazing is the fact that every plate is extremely affordable. Just like in Italy a plate of pasta is the most basic but delicious and comforting meal that should be affordable to anyone. And unlike normal restaurants in London at Padellayou will get multiple plates creating an absolute pasta feast for under £20. Plus this really is the most authentic and best pasta you will get in London – so its a win win! I mean..its a pasta dream right?
Where to go
You’ll find this piece of pasta heaven located in Borough Market and their address is 6 Southwark St in London.
They are open from Monday to Saturday at 12–3:45pm and 5–10pm. And on Sunday from 12–3:45pm and 5–9pm. You can’t make any bookings, however I suggest you to try visit just before or after the typical lunch or dinner time as it gets very busy. Nevertheless, if you do have to stand in line it won’t be for too long and it will definitely be worth it! Buon appetito!
I have always been a huge fan of Rebel Kitchen and would always carry one of their small bottles filled with organic coconut chocolate milk around when I lived in London. So when I found out about their large cartons filled with organic plant based milk I of course had to try it! And I am so happy I did – because this milk is really something special.
How does it taste?
As soon as I picked up the carton it already made me smile as you really feel like you are picking up a cows milk carton you’ve just bought at your local supermarket. Now for my fellow vegans, it almost feels weird as I haven’t experienced picking up a proper milk carton in a while! I poured it in a glass and the pure white mylk looked just as delicious as it tasted. Drinking it cold really makes you taste every single ingredient. The creaminess hits your lips first, then a sweet flavour kicks in, which is then being taken over by a little saltiness. It really is delicious and an amazing cows milk alternative if you are new to a vegan diet.
What is it made of?
Just like cows milk you can choose between whole, semi skimmed and skimmed mylk. They are all made out of a combination of spring water, coconut cream, himalayan salt, brown rice, cashew, and nutritional yeast. However, what makes the difference between the whole, semi skimmed and skimmed mylks are the amount of coconut cream added. Thats why the whole mylk is extremely creamy as it has the most coconut cream, making it perfect to cook with and to create kick-ass creamy desserts with! Whilst the skimmed mylk is made with the least coconut cream. Being a total coffee freak I find that the skimmed mylk is the best to make a cappuccino with as it tastes amazing and leaves a great foam layer on top!
I honestly fell in love with this healthy plant based mylk and I am positive you will too! Enjoy a great foamy cappuccino, creamy pudding or hot chocolate made with the perfect mylk! Click here to get your own mylk!
Whats a better way to wake up on Sunday morning to the smell of freshly made banana pancakes! These are the fluffiest and tastiest banana pancakes I have ever made, whilst still being healthy! You can whip them up in only 10 min and decorate them with whatever you like. I love them simple with slices of fresh banana, crushed pecans for a little crunch and a drizzle of maple syrup – yum!
1 large banana
2 tbsp agave syrup
150 grams wheat flour
170 ml almond milk
1 tbsp coconut oil + extra for frying
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla powder
1/2 tbsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
In a large bowl mix together the flour, cinnamon, vanilla powder, baking powder and salt.
In a separate small bowl mash the banana and coconut oil together.
Pour the smooth banana mixture into the large bowl and mix with the dry ingredients.
Then add the agave syrup and almond milk and mix well until a smooth and thick mixture forms.
Heat up a nonstick pan with a little coconut oil and pour in some of your pancake batter to form your first pancake! Fry them on each side until golden brown and make sure they had enough time to cook all the way through.
Once they are ready serve your pancakes with some crushed pecans and sliced bananas and finish off by drizzling over some maple syrup!
When in Italy you’ll start your day with a cappuccino and end the day with an espresso to help digest dinner. Its that exact Italian routine that I find so charming. Taking that moment to either sit down (or most of the time stand at the bar) and order a coffee to then sip on and enjoy – a few moments of happiness that will keep Italians on their feet throughout the day.
However, when you are in Como and you do want to take the time to enjoy a moment of happiness by sipping on a coffee – then you have to go to Posta Bistrot where they serve one of my favourite cappuccino’s in the whole of Como.
Posta Bistrot is located on the most picturesque square right in the centre. They have a lovely interior however my spot is to sit outside on the terrace. Just imagine sitting under the shadow of the tree that grew its way through the wooden floor, feel the warm breeze on your skin, watching people walk by whilst sipping on your delicious and most flavoursome cup of coffee. I mean, a moment of pure happiness right?
What to have
The coffee of course! The espresso you get here is the most perfect espresso you will ever taste. This really is what a true espresso is supposed to taste like. Full of flavour, not watery, not bitter, just pure and short – simply amazing. However, in the morning or even in the afternoon a cappuccino is a must have, and they are absolutely amazing here. I always order a Soya Cappuccino which is truly out of this world. Smooth, full of deep flavours, no sugar needed as its slightly sweet of its own, but the coffee still overpowers the milk which makes the balance of flavours perfect.
For the non-vegans they serve all kinds of delicious daily made cakes, muffins and biscotti which you can dip in your coffee if you like!
Where to go
You can find this cute cafe in Piazza Alessandro Volta in Como and their opening times are 7am-10pm.
I honestly recommend you to stop here for a quick coffee or to enjoy some time on the terrace. Its a lovely spot – which is also great for an afternoon aperitivo!
When walking around in Como you’ll get lost in its fairytale labyrinth. On every corner there is a coffee bar and around lunch time the smell of Pasta Pomodoro fills the streets. However, when following your nose a little longer you’ll be pulled into another authentic side street in which you’ll find a cafe named Mystic Burger. This cafe doesn’t only look cute they also serve the most tasty vegan burger in the whole of Como.
What to have
You come here for a real burger experience and don’t you worry the Vegan Burger will give you the full package! Your first bite into this burger is a true mouthful. Whether you are vegan or not, when craving a burger you are looking for the whole experience. You want to use your hands, take a bite of a burger that should obviously be too big to fit in your mouth while the sauce slowly drips from the back onto your hands. You want to get down and dirty and believe me, this burger will tick all those boxes!
The Vegan Burger (€11,- with sides €14,-) consists of a vegetable patty, layered with a tomato & baked black olive salad, topped with a vegan fruit cheese and served in a homemade wholewheat bun. It’s a burger which is rich with lots of different flavours and textures. As you take a bite the vegan cheese will drip down your hands and the fresh flavour of the salad will kick in. Each bite is the combination of crunchy and fluffy textures. This includes the bread, it’s fluffy with a slight crunchy layer on the outside – super delicious!
The side dishes consist of fries and a freshly made salad. The fries look hand cut and are crispy from the outside while fluffy from the inside. Also to add a little healthy twist they serve it with a sidesalad of spelt, mixed veggies and beans. Its something I have never had as a side to a burger before, but I honestly love it. Its a little health kick that tastes amazing and even when ordering a kick-ass burger you also fuel your body with veggies – win win!
Where to go
Mystic Burgeris open Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00-1:00 and closed on Monday.
Their address is ViaDiaz, 78/80 and it’s located in a cute street in the centre of Como.
You can sit inside but also outside on the terrace which is located opposite the cafe. Its a lovely spot in the middle of beautiful buildings, plus you can do some people watching whilst waiting for your ultimate burger to arrive!