I know 2016 hasn’t been great on a global scale, but for me it couldn’t be have had a happier end to the year thanks to our wedding. I felt like most of our year was spent thinking about that day one way or another, but looking back on it, there was a lot of eating, drinking and general other merriment that we managed to fit in along the way as well.
We cut back the eating out a lot this year due to wedding saving, but some of the highlights were brunching at Eat 17, multiple trips to Hawksmoor (might be developing a bit of an addiction to their anchovy hollandaise), and an incredibly special meal at Ottolenghi Islington the night before our wedding with my parents and brother. There were multiple burgers with my burger babes Mike, Sophie and Flick, and we finished the year with an outstanding meat feast with twenty of our friends at Craft and Cleaver in St Albans.
Blogging got off to a great start earlier this year when my chocolate doughnuts made it onto BuzzFeed, but my most favourite bakes this year have actually been these Viennese Whirls and my chocolate cardamom mousse cake. On the savoury side, my comte cheese scones were great for snacking on over Christmas, and I still love these parma ham wrapped broccoli stems. Plus who could forget the incredible brownie tower Flick and Sophie made for the wedding?
Working five minutes from Soho Grind has been great for improving the standard of my weekday coffees, but less good for my bank balance. I’ve continued drinking the good stuff at the weekend, both locally at newly opened Hand Cafe in Stratford’s East Village, further into Central London at places like Kaffeine, plus discovered favourites from the Parisian coffee scene such as Telescope and Ten Belles on our trip there in September.
Lisbon and Porto were both great (if hot) to explore in July – Porto really does deserve it’s reputation as Portugal’s foodie capital . We snuck off to Paris in September for a few nights of wining and dining, but the highlight of the year was our stay at the Pig in Brockenhurst. Ponies, outstanding food and the most comfortable rooms – what more could you want on a mini moon? We also fitted a visit to Norfolk and a stay at the George in Stamford earlier in the year with my family.
I’m so excited for everything 2017 will bring – we have our full honeymoon to Seattle, Portand and Vancouver coming up in May (all tips welcome!), plus I might actually get some blog posts out now the wedding is over and done with.
All photos my own, except the wedding ones from Jo Crawford.