Month: June 2015

Sunday Review: Brunch at Ivy’s Mess Hall

Formerly Dalston Emporium, Ivy’s Mess Hall is situated on Kingsland High Street and serves up an excellent no-nonsense brunch with the likes of Eggs Florentine setting you back a very reasonable £6.95. Already a firm favourite with many of my friends, I first visited almost a year ago and the food is always of the same high quality each time I’ve returned. Dalston has seen many changes over the years but one thing that seems to be going from strength-to-strength is the variety of restaurants and cafés, both old and new. Due to it’s diverse culture, you can find a wide choice of cuisines in the area, competitively priced, with BYOB venues also remaining popular. The allusive exterior of Ivy’s Mess Hall is quite deceptive and you’ll wonder if you’ve come to the right place. However, step inside and you’ll be greeted with a clean, modern yet rustic interior consisting of wood-topped tables and dark furnishings. Little touches such as the handwritten menu presented on a wooden clipboard make you feel instantly comfortable and relaxed in your surroundings. The informal atmosphere was …

To the Coast: Sorrento and Positano

I arrived in Sorrento after a good night’s rest in Pompeii. It was a bit of a shock to the system to arrive in a small ‘model village’ type town, especially after the hustle and bustle of Rome and Naples, but it was a welcome feeling nonetheless. I was casually taking my time to explore the small side streets and after a while it was evident that this place was serious about their lemons. Limoncello shops can be found at regular intervals and the lemon infused liquor is certainly worth raving about. It’s served ice cold and is sweet and sour with a feisty alcoholic punch. Most of the shops offer free tastings so you can ‘try before you buy’ – not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Aside from limoncello you’ll find lemon scented soaps, lemon scented candles, lemon flavoured sweets, lemon biscuits, lemon pasta, lemon infused chocolate – lemon everything! Fabrica Liquori was one of my favourite limoncello shops as you can also watch them prepare and make it at the back.    One thing …