Mondomulia London, food and travel Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:29:10 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 Mondomulia 32 32 83627569 Mr. White’s English Chophouse in Whitechapel Sat, 16 Jun 2018 15:29:10 +0000 After a long break, we are back with London restaurant reviews. This month, we are featuring Marco Pierre White’s restaurant in East London, the English Chophouse. The restaurant plays on the heritage of English ‘chophouses’ from the 1960s and the menu focuses on steaks, grills and chops. The setting is the modern and stylish dining room of New Road boutique hotel. Scroll down for a full review by Adrienne Fung. The other weekend, I had the chance to visit Mr. White’s English Chophouse for a late lunch out in Whitechapel, East London. The restaurant is tucked inside the New Road Hotel, a swanky boutique hotel converted from an old textile factory. A blend of old and new, the hotel’s décor exudes modern industrial vibes: exposed brick, high ceilings, and metal pipes running along the wall, surrounded by funky, contemporary furniture. Mr. White’s English Chophouse fits the scene, putting a new spin on the traditional English chophouse. While the menu still captures the essence of what makes a classic chophouse great, you’ll also find a few unexpected elements. There’s no shortage of hearty cuts of meat that you can order grilled to your liking, but this chophouse might finally be one that […]

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Almond, Pecan and Chia Seed Banana Bread Mon, 04 Jun 2018 10:16:23 +0000 I know, I know, my blog doesn’t need another banana bread recipe, but what can I say? I just love banana bread and it’s such a versatile cake. Every banana bread recipe I have ever made is different. This recipe, in particular, is a healthy take on the classic fruit bread. If you have any dietary requirements, you’ll be pleased to know this banana bread is gluten free and it can easily be made dairy free and paleo. The recipe is adapted from Henrietta Inman‘s The Natural Baker, a new cookbook by the talented British pastry chef (and follow up to her debut book Clean Cakes), which celebrates ancient grains, natural sweeteners and whole, nutritious ingredients. I received a copy of The Natural Baker to review and I immediately loved it as soon as I started looking through its pages. Usually when I read a new cookbook, I’m drawn towards one or two dishes I want to make, but with Henrietta’s book it was more like all of them! From halloumi-stuffed bread to chocolate glazed tart and everything in between, all The Natural Baker’s recipes look fantastic. I love how Henrietta re-invented some of the more traditional British recipes, bringing in heritage flours and […]

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Why You Should Try Icelandic Cuisine Tue, 29 May 2018 17:23:16 +0000 The day before I flew to Reykjavík last September, while chatting to someone at a party, I was asked about my upcoming travels. When I said I was about to fly to Iceland for a 5-day culinary tour, the man asked: “a food trip to Iceland? Are you going to eat shark?”. He was referring to hakarl (fermented shark), which Icelanders indeed eat, but only once a year during the winter festival. Icelandic food culture is much more than that: it’s high-end fine dining, organic and sustainable ingredients, old preserving techniques, rich flavours, free range meats and fresh fish. Iceland is a popular tourism destination with breathtaking volcanic scenery, glaciers, black beaches, geysers and natural hot water pools and no fewer than 10,000 waterfalls. It’s country of just about 350,00 inhabitants which receives a whopping over 2 million tourists each year. While Iceland doesn’t need any introductions, Icelandic cuisine does. The vast majority of foreign visitors travelling to Iceland leave without getting an understanding of this culture and a taste of the best local food. Iceland has a lot to offer: superb organic produce, healthy and sustainable ingredients, high-end fine dining restaurants. Understanding Icelandic Cuisine Icelandic cuisine is relatively unknown to […]

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No-Bake Almond Butter and Cacao Energy Bites Mon, 21 May 2018 17:23:43 +0000 Last week I was back in my kitchen to try a new recipe, but this time there was no baking involved. I made these no-bake almond butter and cacao balls which were absolutely delicious! Almond and Cacao balls are protein-packed bites that you can prepare in bulk and keep in your fridge or freezer for whenever you want an energy boost or a chocolate craving hits. I love snacks that taste good, but are also easy to make. These chocolate balls require no baking and just five whole, healthy ingredients: coconut oil, maple syrup, cocoa powder, almond butter and a pinch of salt. Always choose almond butter that is made 100% from almonds (no added salt, palm oil or artificial additives). I know, the good stuff can be expensive, especially if you buy it in small jars in the supermarket. What I try to do is to buy my favourite nut butter in bulk, either at a health store like Holland & Barrett or online. My favourite is Meridian nut butter which comes in 1kg buckets. Naturally, this recipe works well with any nut butter: cashew, hazelnut, peanut*… pick your favourite! *remember that peanuts are not paleo Almond butter and cacao balls are […]

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