A small little place in Soho -Pikkupaikka Sohossa

I love my coffee. I love brunching, lunching and dining out. I guess I could have been one of those women who never grow up and could always just be out and about partying or having fun socialising with my friends. I haven’t given up of my outings after the baby and I never will (of course they have been a bit limited for the past 10 months). Life is all about enjoying and I will make sure my little daughter learns this attitude as well. When my sister was in London couple of weeks ago we went to this fantastic coffee shop in Soho. We just wandered and bumped into the place. I have seen it several times but never been to inside so it was about the time to give it a try. It is called Foxcroft & Ginger on Berwick Street in London. It is in the heart of Soho that I so love. I guess now after having a baby I have realised how many places I could have gone in the evenings and I still would find new ones. When I feel sad about how many things I miss due to being stuck at home, I try to comfort myself that at least I had my baby young such as when I am mid forties I can return to London and do it all again 🙂 This Foxcroft&Ginger is a coffee shop during the day time and a cool bar at the night time!

ImageStylish industrial design!

ImageMenu just gorgeous!

ImageI had Eggs Benedict with soy flat white and my sister ordered some super tasty veggie brunch. Delicious!

ImageMy favourite thing: reading menus!

ImageGymnastics horse -great piece of design!

I warmly recommend this place!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great Christmas. I am in Finland now. It is so dark that sun hardly rises..no snow and I do wonder how  I was able to live in this country over 20 years all these winters through. Finns must have some additional gene to handle it. Our stay here has been pretty crazy so far..circus in fact as our baby has woken up hourly every night crying. I feel like after 10 months I do not have strength for this anymore so when we go back to London I think I will be looking to hire a night nanny to do the nights, I dream of booking a hotel as I do need some sleep.

Sorry for not being writing in Finnish lately, I have been so terribly busy (and tired) that to type the text in both languages has been just impossible. I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Flat White please -Flat White kiitos

I love Flat Whites. It is a type of coffee people are not very used to in Europe. Flat Whites in fact came to the UK during the time I have been living here. Before it was either americano, espresso or latte when you went to order your coffee. Flat White contains basically a couple of espresso shots (usually 2) with the foamy milk but it has less milk than latte so the flavour is stronger and it is not as heavy as latte. Flats Whites are typically Australian and New Zealander thing and Melbourne is the capital of flat whites. The city has so many coffee shops one after another that you can drink coffee every 10 metres. All of them are super good and it is difficult to find bad coffee in Melbourne! In London if I want to find a good coffee (which I have found surprisingly difficult) I usually go for Australian or New Zealander coffee shops as the quality is guaranteed. It seem, however, that it is mainly New Zealanders who have brought the coffee to London rather than Aussies.

The coffee shop I personally think is the best one in town is ”Grind”. It is located in Stratford shopping centre (another one is in Putney). The Flat Whites in this coffee house are phenomenally good and so are their Afghan biscuits. Afghan biscuits are almost like small cakes that are made of coco dough mixed with corn flakes and the biscuits have devilish chocolate topping -yum! I saw my Finnish friend the other day and we met in Stratford shopping mall and headed straight to Grind to have Flat Whites and Afghan biscuits. As soon as my cooker is fixed I will bake some Afghan biscuits and post you my favourite recipe!


In the Grind -Flat White and Afghan biscuit.
Grindissa Stratfordissa-ensimmäinen normaalileivokseni sitten kreisin maidottoman imetysdieetin!


Afghan biscuit. So good
Niin hyvää -afgaanileivos!

There are a few other amazing New Zealander coffee places in London that I can recommend:

All Press in Shoreditch.

Flat White in Soho.

Sacred in Soho, Highbury, Covent Garden and Westfield. Ganton Street Sacred is awesome and it is right in the middle of action in Soho just around the corner of Carnaby Street!

Enjoy your coffee! My key rule is that as coffee is for enjoyment I only drink good one!

Rakastan Flat White kahvia. Se ei ole tyypillinen eurooppalainen kahvityyppi. Flat White on suosittu nimenomaan Australiassa ja Uudessa Seelannissa. Se sisältää yleensä kaksi espresso shottia ja vaahdotettua maitoa, tosin maitoa on huomattavasti vähemmän kuin lattessa. Melbourne erityisesti on tunnettu kahviloistaan, joiden Flat Whitet ovat toinen toistaan parempia! Jos siis haluan hyvää kahvia Lontoossa suuntaan aussi tai uusiseelantilaiseen kahvipaikkaan sillä laatu on niissä taattua. Näyttää tosin siltä, että uusiseelantilaiset ovat valloittaneet Lontoon kahvimarkkinat aussien sijaan.

Mielestäni paras kahvila on Grind, Flat Whitet ja afgaanileivokset ovat tässä paikassa päätä huimaavan hyviä. Kun näin suomalaista ystävääni toissa päivänä me suuntasimme Grindiin Stratfordin ostoskeskuksessa ja maiskutimme afgaanileivokset Flat Whiten kyydittämänä. Afgaanileivokset ovat valtavia pikkuleipia, jotka on valmistettu kaakaotaikinasta, johon on lisäksi sekoitettu corn flakeseja ja kuorrutus on jumalainen suklaavaahto pähkinakorsitein! Heti kun uunini on korjattu postaan suosikki afgaanileivos reseptini tänne!

Grindin lisäksi Lontoossa on muitakin uskomattoman hyviä uusiseelantilaisia kahviloita. Suosittelen kokeilemaan seuraavia!!!

All Press Shoreditchissa.

Flat White Sohossa.

Sacred Sohossa, Highburyssa, Covent Gardenissa ja Westfieldissa.

Nauttikaa kahvista! Kahvi on nautintoaine huonoa sellaista en suuhuni pistä!