Month: May 2014

Sweet tooth haven in Covent Garden!

Happy Thursdays! Since being in London, I’ve looked forward to Thursday luncheons with two of my favorite girl friends I’ve met through LSE classes, Michela and Haruka. It’s easy to become instant best friends with girls who 1) share my love for sweets 2) Asian food 3) and on top of that, can speak Chinese and Japanese with me! As we normally have Dim Sum or Japanese food, we decided to change it up and go have Thai food this week. Busaba Eatthai is one of our favorite Thai restaurant chains in London and as always it didn’t disappoint. But the highlight today was afterwards, when we went on a coffee and dessert hunt in Covent Garden. Even though I’ve been in London for nearly a year, Covent Garden–crowded with thousands of tourists and street entertainers–still remains exciting every time I go. Be sure to check out Covent Garden’s outdoor market! Catch it on a sunny day, (or even cloudy like today) and you’ll find lots of stalls packed with people buying fresh sandwiches, cupcakes, paella, etc. …

Peter Gordon’s Kopapa: ‘building to store food’

  If you want some amazing smoothies and fresh seasonal items, Peter Gordon’s Kopapa is the perfect breakfast spot. Located right in the up and coming Seven Dials area, Kopapa is best enjoyed on a sunny day–so be sure to snag an outdoors seat if you can! Bright and early, I could not think of a better person to grab breakfast with than my good friend Talia, who is my partner in crime on the weekends when we go on morning runs and then splurge sessions on market foods. Eating with Talia, who is gluten and dairy free, has also opened my eyes to a whole new world of eating–one I will definitely be blogging about later (but essentially, frequent trips to Whole Foods and our favorite vegetarian restaurant, Food for Thought, are inescapable weekly routines!) While we weren’t able to grab an outdoor seating this morning, do try to snag one if you’re lucky to find any open spot! People watching in the Seven Dials should be on Timeout London in my opinion. Anyways, Talia and I decided to start …

My brunch love affairs at The Wolseley

I’ve had multiple love affairs at brunch before, but none as gorgeous as The Wolseley’s (yet!). Brunch at the opulent cafe-restaurant right in Piccadilly takes me back to gorgeous Viennese cafes like Cafe Central. The idea that I could have affogato and a croissant for breakfast is just fantastic. Having visited the Wolseley a couple times, I’ve tried their assortment of viennoiseries and it is absolutely phenomenal. Chocolate lovers cannot miss the pain au chocolat or the double chocolate brioche. Every bite makes me feel hugely guilty, but if you love chocolate, it’s heavenly. Paired with the wide selection of coffee, The Wolseley easily offers a light breakfast. Now if you’re looking for a more comprehensive brunch affair, be prepared to make some tough decisions. The Wolseley’s egg benedict is as perfect as it is classic. I’ve been multiple times and they really know how to poach their eggs to perfection. If you’re looking for a more hearty selection, I’d recommend their pancakes. While the pancakes come with blueberries, opt for the less healthy side of crispy bacon …

TGIF: taco lunch break anyone?

It’s finally friday, which means BREAKTIME! Revision period means all my friends are cooped up in LSE’s library, trying to cram a year’s worth of economics and other subjects into their brains. Obviously, I felt obligated to take a lunch break and who else better to dine with than two of my best friends at LSE? Meet Lilybelle and Jessica, my exceptionally smart, confident, fabulous, and most important of all, food-loving girlfriends! With TGIF as our excuse, we made our way to Covent Garden’s Wahaca, a mexican market-inspired restaurant and bar. While Jessica ordered her favorite pork tacos, Lilybelle and I decided to be a little adventurous and ordered cactus tacos! Can I just say, it feels weird even just writing the word ‘cactus’! Of course, guacamole and chips were a must-have with our mexican street food orders. Although I didn’t manage to steal a bite this time, I have had Wahaca’s pork tacos before (courtesy of Jessica of course) and boy are they good. Like really really good. 3 tender slow-cooked pork tacos with a sprinkle …

‘sawadee ka’ from Thiwanya!

Sunny London makes everything better: the traffic, the people, just everything! After one of my last language classes at LSE, a couple of my Japanese classmates and I decided to try out the Thai restaurant right by LSE campus. Chirpier than usual, and definitely hungrier, we were excited to find Thiwanya had all our favorite selections of authentic Thai cuisine. The spicy duck curry was nice and creamy–if you’re a red-curry lover, you will definitely enjoy this dish. Personally, I find Thai spices and thinly sliced grilled duck to be my favorite order at every Thai restaurant I go to! The beef pad thai was also amazing with the ground peanuts and bean sprouts (although I would’ve liked it a little spicier). Paired with some nice Thai beer (the Singha and the Chang) we were overall really satisfied with our main courses. Of course, we were definitely not going to finish the meal without dessert. After all, one of my good friends is French, and we all know the French know best how to enjoy a full course dinner! The Thai-grilled bananas smothered …

Fresh Jamon on London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’

In between revision and cloudy days, I’ve been feeling a little blue–perhaps from missing my friends too much? So today I finally kidnapped my friend Samantha, the first of many amazing girls I’ve met at LSE, for a lunch and coffee break. Recently, we’ve seen the openings of multiple restaurants in Central London but in particular, I’ve had my eyes on the glossy looking corner cafe by Denmark Street. The recently opened Fernandez and Wells is located right on the corner of London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley,’ home to and visited by many famous British rock and jazz musicians. Did you know Elton John recorded his first hit single, Your Song, here? The minute you enter F&W, you’re greeted with A LOT of sandwiches and cakes. Grilled chorizo roasted red pepper and rocket? Egg mayonnaise and black pudding? Jamon and cheese? In the end, I chose the mozzarella, prosciutto, and tomato sandwich while Samantha ordered the aubergine and spinach one. The prosciutto was absolutely amazing, and paired with a thick slice of mozzarella, I was in love (I later learned F&W imports their …

a little piece of Tokyo in Koya Bar こやバー

Koya Bar has been one of my favorite finds in London’s Soho area. The authentic Japanese bar seatings, with its traditional fare of Japanese breakfast in the morning, it’s perfect if you’re craving some udon noodles or kuro kakuni (honey braised pork belly). As today was one of London’s rare sunny days, I was craving some cold noodles to celebrate the gorgeous day. It was a hard decision, but I ended up getting Koya’s Tenzaru Udon (prawn and vegetable tempura) with a side of Kinoko Nametake (marinated mushrooms). The udon was chewy and refreshing, absolutely perfect with the sesame, ginger, and sweet soy dipping sauce. The vegetable tempura was good too, but the prawn tempura was absolutely amazing! I loved how the crispy batter didn’t overwhelm the sweet prawn. If you love sweet and salty dishes, the marinated mushrooms were also a great pick. Koya Bar is perfect if you’re looking for a bowl of noodles, some small dishes, and an authentic taste of Tokyo. Address // 49 Frith St, London W1D 4SG Phone Number // +44 20 7434 4463 Website …

welcome to eatprayjade!

“I’ve always wanted to start a food blog.” That’s probably a phrase all my close friends have heard me repeat multiple times.  Having recently travelled to Italy over Easter, every bite of pasta and excessive indulgence in gelato has reminded me what ‘La Dolce Vita’ is. Maybe that’s why I decided no more procrastination, I need to start my own blog right now. I mean, as Coco Chanel once said,  “you live but once; you might as well be amusing.” If she’s that classy and fabulous, she must have a point, right? So as my year in London is winding down, it’s time for me to eat, laugh, and post a whirlwind of great places to visit. From sweetcorn fritter burgers to thick ramen noodles, it’s time to savor these last weeks. One delicious food affair at a time. P.S. This morning, I was lucky enough to snag a table at Granger and Co. in Notting Hill, a brunch spot I’ve been wanting to try for a while! When I was in Japan last summer, I did not stop hearing about how amazing Bill …

About Me

  Hi! I’m Jade, an avid foodie and traveler. Having lived in New York, Tokyo and London, I am now based out of Shanghai. I love brunch, beautiful architectures, flat whites, and cafe-hunting–this blog is a collection of these things and more. I’ve just moved to Shanghai from New York City, where I was a full time paralegal and part time foodie. Here in Shanghai, I’m doing what I love–which is FOOD! I work on developing innovative food tech projects, as well as consulting in the F&B industry. Have a delicious food recommendation to share? Question? Let me know at eatprayjade@gmail.com. love, eatprayjade x.