Third burger review in a row on my blog but it’s National Burger Day so it would be rude not too, surely? A few weekends back, Connor and I went to a milkshake and burger festival which was pretty dismal with the exception of Nanny Bill’s.
I’d never heard of Nanny Bill’s previously but they are a street food vendor who travel around and are currently at the pop up – the Last Days of Shoreditch. While I was disappointed that they weren’t serving their mac ‘n’ cheese bites (Instagram research), I ordered anyway. We ordered the bacon cheeseburger sliders and a side of rosemary salted fries. I don’t usually like burger sauce, lettuce or gherkins in my burger but the sliders came with it all and I wasn’t going to deconstruct it in the middle of the festival! The burger was so juicy and succulent and the brioche bun was a perfect match for the patty. If I was being picky then I’d say that it was slightly too juicy as it did leak down my hand but not to extent of my horrible Burger & Lobster experience. I would love to try this slider in it’s full burger size glory. I cannot fault the rosemary salted fries. I love crispy fries and they were all perfectly crisp. I love the infusion of the rosemary!
Sliders – 9/10
Fries – 10/10
What, another burger review?! Last weekend was a weekend of burgers, after going to Hawker House on Friday, on Sunday I went to Shake Shack. I’d seen Shake Shack in Covent Garden but I’ve always chosen to go to other places instead but Connor (the boyf) assured me it was somewhere I needed to try.
After the disappointment of the single patty disaster of the Bleecker Burger, I went for a double ShackMeister with bacon. The ShackMeister is a cheeseburger with crispy ale marinated shallots and ShackSauce. With my burger I had a chocolate peanut butter milkshake (despite Connor being allergic to nuts, I know, I know, I’m an awful girlfriend but needs and musts n all) and Connor and I shared the BBQ bacon cheese fries.
The burgers are definitely more of a fast food burger as opposed to a gourmet burger but the combination of the crispy shallots, bacon, double patty and bright yellow plastic cheese was amazing. If only the cheese was of slightly better quality and the bun wasn’t so thin! I was in my element while eating this burger and I didn’t want it to end. The crinkle fries were also pretty good but I think I prefer more traditional fresh cut fries as they did seem like the variant you’d find from the frozen aisle of the supermarket. I felt they could have been more sparing with the cheese but the bacon and BBQ sauce was delicious. The chocolate peanut butter milkshake was nice but no where near as good as others I have tried. The peanut butter flavour was in fact just syrup which was all at the bottom of the shake. I was disappointed to see that there was no cookies n cream shake on the menu!
Burger – 8/10
Fries – 7/10
Milkshake – 5/10
The Bleecker Street burger is frequently dubbed as the best burger in London and it’s been on my burger list (yes I have a list) for a while now. Last night I went to Hawker House Street Feast and to my luck, Bleecker have just been released as the new vendor there.
I was slightly worried that I’d find the Bleecker burger too greasy after having an awful burger experience at Burger & Lobster where I had tidal waves of grease running down my arms… I decided to go for the Bacon Blue burger as the famous Bleecker Black was not on the menu. I watched my fresh patty meet the grill and within a few minutes of assembling it was on a paper plate in front of me. As soon as I saw my single patty, I wished that I’d gone for the double patty, nevertheless I tucked into my burger. I think I had the burger hyped up a lot in my head, don’t get me wrong, it was delicious but I think the double patty would have made a massive difference. The combination of the blue cheese, the streaky bacon and the succulent beef patty was a party of flavours in my mouth but I think they could have been more liberal with the blue cheese! The burger bun was nice and soft but too big for a single patty. I regret not going for the double patty option as the beef was of excellent quality. I plan to go to Spitalfields or to the Bleecker restaurant in Victoria after my rookie error…
Truth be told, I’ve been feeling quite stressed and generally down recently as I have quite a lot on my plate at the moment, along with preparations for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in South Africa. These are a few things that I find help to cheer me up when I’m feeling down, grumpy and stressed.
- Take a long hot shower or bath
Unfortunately I don’t have a bath in my current flat but a long hot shower is also nice. Take the opportunity to shave, exfoliate and wash your hair with your favourite products.
- Apply a layer of fake tan
I know this sounds silly but applying a bit of colour to my pale, office sheltered skin makes me feel so much better about myself – I just feel like I look healthier!
- Cook your favourite dinner
Cook yourself a yummy dinner that you can enjoy eating and look forward to – none of that Tupperware!
- Take a selfie
Again I know this sounds silly but I find I feel much better and self confident in myself if a take a cheeky selfie!
- Write down three positives aspects of your day
This is something that I learnt from attending the #GirlGains events. ‘There is something good in every day’ and this task helps to clear your mind of negative thoughts.
It’s so easy to have a pity party but that won’t make you feel any better! Smile – whether it’s to a stranger on the train or to your family and friends.
Shakshuka has quickly become one of my breakfast favourites! I love serving this recipe with bread for dunking in the runny yolks – a great way to start the day 😉
Ingredients (serves 2)
- 1 red onion
- 2 peppers
- 1 clove garlic
- 4 eggs
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 tsp chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper (to taste)
- Fresh parsley (to taste)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
- Finely chop the onion, peppers and garlic
- On a medium heat, add the oil to the frying pan
- Once hot, add the onion, peppers and garlic
- When the onions, peppers and garlic have browned off slightly, add the tin of chopped tomatoes along with the spices and seasoning
- Leave the some of the liquid to evaporate
- Make four wells in the mixture
- Crack one egg into each well
- Cover the frying pan with a lid (or foil if you don’t have a lid) for approximately 5 minutes
- Check regularly as a few minutes is the difference between runny eggs and hard yolks!
- Once cooked, sprinkle with fresh coriander