Pizza Pilgrims

Thursday, 26 June 2014

After discovering these pizza gods at Street Feast, I knew I had to track down their restaurant and have another one pronto. I had dinner plans booked with Jane and she fancied Italian so it was the perfect opportunity to fill our bellies with carbs at Pizza Pilgrims.


Pizza Pilgrims

This small restaurant is on the corner of Dean Street and Carlisle Street, right in the heart of Soho
There’s a small spot upstairs to watch the world go by but most of the diners are sat downstairs. The restaurant has a cool, rustic, Italian vibe with chequered tablecloths, wooden benches, candles and the odd Godfather poster thrown in for good measure. 

 The night we went along was also the night of the 2nd England game so there was a huge TV screen setup for the action and the staff were representing with flags painted on their faces. We were offered some face paint too but politely declined.


Pizza Pilgrims

Luckily we were tucked away in the corner, away from the TV!
Pizza Pilgrims

The menu has a range of tasty pizzas on offer and some dangerously drinkable house wine served by the carafe so we sipped our drinks whilst be chatted pizza. 


Pizza Pilgrims

After much debate, Jane ordered the Aubergine Parmagiana and I had the Portobello Mushroon and Truffle. 


Pizza Pilgrims

The restaurant gets very busy but service is friendly and quick so the table turnaround is relatively speedy. That said, we were never put under any pressure to move on when we had finished. As they are thin based, Neapolitan style pizzas cooked in a traditional brick oven they are served quickly.


Pizza Pilgrims
Mine: Bianca base, portobello mushroom, fior di latte, parmesan, basil and truffle oil.


Pizza Pilgrims
Janes: Fior di latte, roasted aubergine, parmesan, cherry tomatoes and garlic. 

The pizzas are mouth wateringly good and quite a messy affair, especially with the truffle oil on mine so be prepared for a messy face and hands. We took the easy route and attacked ours with knives and forks! 


Pizza Pilgrims
Bikini diet.....what bikini diet!? 

After stealing a slice of Jane’s pizza I can confirm that they were both delicious. I’d even go as far to say that they are the best pizzas London has to offer! Bonus, they are cheap too and cost under £10 each which is a steal for Soho.

We both felt very content, munching our way through, drinking wine and discussing the many festivals that Jane is going to this summer. She’s much braver than me and loves a bit of mud, music and a tent! I’ll be happily watching Glastonbury from the comfort of my sofa this year whilst she’s knee deep. 

Good luck little one!

Pizza Pilgrims is a must for all pizza lovers in London. Drop in and get yourself messy!


Pizza Pilgrims

Pizza Pilgrims -
Cost: £15 p/head for pizza and boozy drinks
Food: Pizza
Address: 11 Dean St, London W1D 3RP
Type: Dinner with friends

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Boat Day

Thursday, 26 June 2014

If you read some of the more extravagant blogs on the tinterweb then the title “Boat Day” might conjure up the image of ladies on yachts in billowing dresses, clutching their hats with a glass of champagne in hand. Unfortunately, dear readers, you won’t find that here, but read on anyway!
Boat day began on Saturday with me grumpily rolling out of bed at 7am and wishing we’d never signed up to such early morning activities. We headed off to Waterloo to meet the gang and jump aboard the 9am train to Datchet. Where!? I’d never heard of it but it turns out it’s a town on the Thames, somewhere near Windsor.
We arrived at the boat rental centre and I admit that even I was secretly hoping for an impressive yacht type vehicle for the day. Unfortunately I was presented with the Sandringham Lady.

Boat day
I was reassured it had everything we needed…..a toilet, radio and fridge. No champagne, boat shoes or burly crew for us. We loaded into our big box and set sail.

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day
Steering a boat is tricky business and we didn’t all take to our sea legs quite as well as Gav, our nominated Captain. You spin the steering wheel but it doesn’t react for a couple of seconds then you find yourself frantically spinning the wheel in the opposite direction before you crash.

Boat day

I bet you think it’s easy, cruising along the
Thames at 5mph (!) but it can actually be quite difficult especially when confronted with the locks. Adam caused extreme panic and shouting when he missed our designated parking spot but then redeemed himself by expertly rocking a 3 point turn, much to the amusement of all the other boats and passers by.

Boat day

The lock keepers are serious boat enthusiasts who direct you in and insist on, I speak no word of a lie, no music “in case the sh*t goes down!” On the way back we actually experienced the “sh*t going down” when a drunken sailor fell in the lock and needed to be dragged put by a pole!
Boat day

Boat day

The locks happily meant the boys got to show off their muscles by pulling ropes and doing other manly things. I thought I’d give it a go but quickly gave up when the lock keeper asked me if I had a stern mate ….”urmmm I don’t know what you are insinuating mister but we’re all happy on this boat!”

Boat day

Boat day
We cruised along for 3 hours, taking in the sights of Windsor Castle, Windsor Racecourse, and some very fancy houses.  Then we stopped for lunch at a pub before turning around and sailing the whole way back again.

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day

The boys mostly spent their time doing this.

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day

Man overboard.
Boat day

And the girls discussing this.
Boat day

Boat day

Boat day

Boat day
This is someone’s boat house, I’d happily settle for that!

Boat day

The boys were so keen for drinking that they even let us ladies take the helm. 
For me, it went a bit like this, “yay I’m sailing! Quick take a picture. Ahoy there me hearteys, grab me a wench and a bottle of rum”. 

Boat day

This quickly changed to “OH NO we’re crashing, quick someone take over!” as the guys leapt up shouting “REVERSE REVERSE!” Women drivers eh!
Boat day
Ediye pretending to listen to her boating lesson!

Boat day

Aye Aye captain!
Boat day
It was a great day out, lapping up the sunshine with friends. Prices are pretty reasonable (£33 p/person for a whole day) if you can fill the boat to its capacity of 12 people. If this all seems like a bit too much effort for you then I suggest you head to Hyde Park and hire a rowing boat, much less crashing involved! 

Boat day
Boat selfie!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our boating antics.

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Hare and Tortoise

Monday, 23 June 2014

I recently took a little trip over to Putney to visit Claire. She was keen to introduce me to one of her new regular haunts, and I was keen to stuff my face with sushi. 
So off to Hare and Tortoise we went.
Hare and Tortoise


Hare and Tortoise

From the outside you certainly won't be wowed. The inside isn't much better, although clean and spacious it doesn’t offer much atmosphere. Our trip had the potential of being ruined by a screaming baby at the table next to us. There was nothing for it but to drown out the noise by drinking sake, lots of sake.....starting with some sake and plum wine spritzers, followed by a bottle of sake.

Hare and Tortoise

 Hare and Tortoise

The staff didn’t seem particularly keen to serve us so after 15 mins we had to hunt them down to order some food. Claire took charge and ordered a feast of sushi and sashimi, I just sat back and watched on in awe. 
This girl is a pro at ordering!

You forget about the décor and staff as soon as the food arrives. It is incredible, unbelievably fresh and there is a lot of it!
 
Hare and Tortoise

 White Tuna sashimi
Hare and Tortoise

Seaweed salad
Hare and Tortoise

California maki
 Hare and Tortoise

Edamame peas
Hare and Tortoise

Who's for more sake...?
Hare and Tortoise

Spicy tuna maki
Hare and Tortoise

Mixed sashimi (tuna and salmon)
Hare and Tortoise

Soft shell crab maki (spider maki)
Hare and Tortoise

Who's the goof ball!?
Hare and Tortoise

We munched our way through, catching up on life and chatting about blogging until we were in a sushi coma. Claire is soon to launch her fabulous new blog so that’ll be one to look out for in the future. 
I’ll give you details asap!

It was a delicious meal which would easily rival Sticks and Sushi on price and quality of food but definitely not atmosphere. I just need to move to Putney so they can be my neighbours too.

Writing this is making me want to go back and eat more. 
I’ll be booking in another visit asap.

Hare and Tortoise -
Cost: £30 p/head for a sushi coma and boozy drinks
Food: Japanese
Address: 296-298 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6TH
Type: Dinner with friends

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