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September 2022 » Hummingbird Excessive


Glad September, people! September has all the time been one among my favourite months of the 12 months. I all the time respect it when the climate turns cooler, and I really like the “back-to-school” vibes all people experiences presently. Sure—though it’s been actually a decade and alter since I used to be at school, I nonetheless respect the return to routine that this month brings.

I’m particularly feeling that manner as a result of I simply obtained again from a ten day trip in London, England! I spent the primary half of the journey catching up with one among my greatest mates from faculty, alongside together with his group of mates that I’ve graciously been inducted to. On the latter half of my journey, I met up with my mother (who was on the town with HER group of mates from highschool). All in all, we had a good time and had been in a position to hit up many eating places, bakeries, and bars.

bread ahead chocolate donuts on metal sheet pan

In every single place I Ate And Drank In London (In No Specific Order)

There’s a listing of in all places I ate and drank beneath (which, I made positive to file this time round, since based on The Reader Survey lots of you missed my journey posts!). Traditionally, London doesn’t have the perfect status for having good food and drinks… however I respectfully disagree. A few of my favourite eating places are within the metropolis—you simply need to know the place to look!

Weirdough (Walthamstow)

This was a cute little bakery in my pal’s neighborhood! I’m undecided it’s value trekking for because it’s fairly small and neighborhoody, however when you occur to be in Walthamstow, I like to recommend their foccacia pizzas!

Lengthy & Quick Espresso (Walthamstow)

This was a cute espresso store in my pal’s neighborhood! Once more, I’m undecided it’s value touring for because it’s fairly far north. However it’s in a cool constructing (known as “The Crate”, lol) fabricated from stacked transport containers with a lot of little retailers and eating places (together with a Crosstown Doughnuts location!), so once more, when you occur to be in Walthamstow, test it out!

Panadera Bakery (Camden City)

I’ve actually been stalking this place on Instagram since they opened a number of years in the past. It’s the sister bakery of a restaurant group that additionally claims to personal the primary Filipino ice cream store within the U.Ok.! The bakery focuses on Filipino pan de sal, and serves Filipino fashion drinks like ube iced espresso and buko pandan frappes. They even have taho on the weekends!

I appreciated this bakery rather a lot, however I’ll admit that it’s extra fusiony Filipino than genuine Filipino. They form the pan de sal to be extra like milk bread (versus extra conventional bread buns), after which served them like Japanese fashion katso sandwiches. I actually appreciated the corned beef one. Filipino corned beef tends to be actually shredded and nearly mushy (nearly like pulled pork or carnitas). However they’d in some way discovered learn how to bread it and fry it in order that it was like a croquette! Very cool.

Omotesando Koffee (Fitzrovia)

I dragged my pal to this Japanese espresso store after, weirdly sufficient, researching espresso retailers to go to in Manila (the place I plan to go this winter!). This store stored popping up in all of the “Greatest Espresso in Manila” lists! After poking round on their web site, I spotted they’d a London location too.

The espresso right here was unbelievable and distinctive. The transfer is to get one among their iced cappucinos. They’ve some particular machine that foams up the cream to create actually huge bubbles. The bubbles sit on the floor of the espresso and provides it a mottled look (just like tiramisu)—you may see what it appears to be like like right here, right here, and right here. I want I’d taken my very own picture, however I’d inhaled it instantly as a result of it was so good!

bowl of beef and egg yolk on wooden table with a wooden spoon

Bao (A number of areas, however I went to the one in Borough Market—I additionally stayed by the one in King’s Cross, which I like to recommend as a result of the house is gorgeous and it’s in a pleasant, walkable space!)

Izy from Prime With Cinnamon really useful this fast-casual, Taiwanese-inspired chain to me years and years in the past! Though they’re most well-known for his or her bao buns, they’ve since expanded their menu and provide hard-to-find-outside-of-Taiwan dishes like this beef rump rice (pictured above).

Bread Forward Bakery (Southwark)

You’ve most likely heard of this bakery earlier than—they’re recognized for his or her plump, custard-filled donuts. I really like this place and make a degree to go to each time I’m in London… particularly since I’ve made their donuts at dwelling, and it’s actually a THREE DAY LONG PROCESS that I’m not 100% positive is value it.

Plus, they’ve new flavors each time I cease by! This time round, I obtained a pistachio crammed donut that I beloved, beloved, LOVED. I additionally want I’d had room for his or her chocolate ganache donut (a photograph of which I share on this publish).

Mangal 2 (Hackney)

Turkish meals is difficult to return by in my metropolis of Portland. So I all the time make a degree to go to a Turkish restaurant in Europe (because the Turkish group there’s a lot larger). You may often discover a lot of choices for informal and upscale Turkish meals.

Like Mangal II! This place was just a little fancier and in a VERY stylish neighborhood. If I needed to describe their menu, I’d label it as “(New) Turkish delicacies” (just like New American delicacies, lol), and even Turkish tapas. Parts had been small and chic, however actually scrumptious. I actually suggest this place if you’d like fancy Turkish meals that’s not coming from a takeaway grill/kebab sort of place!

photo of violet bakery cupcake with pink raspberry frosting on white paper plate

Violet Bakery (Hackney)

The cupcake above is a chocolate and raspberry cupcake from Violet Bakery. Alright, most of you most likely know this place as the bakery that baked Meghan and Harry’s marriage ceremony cake. I’ve been a fan of their cookbook since 2015 (see: these egg yolk chocolate chip cookies, and this buttermilk banana bread recipe from their e book) however actually solely visited the bakery on this previous journey.

If I’m being sincere, the bakery was okay… simply okay. To be honest, it was fairly good! It’s simply that they specialised in “American fashion baked items” that didn’t really feel significantly particular to ME, an American who bakes these sorts of desserts steadily in her dwelling kitchen. I feel I’d’ve appreciated it much more if I had been a British one that doesn’t have the identical entry to American baked items.

I’m completely satisfied to report, nevertheless, that my model of their baked items tasted just about the identical as their model. So the recipes in their cookbook actually are reliable and can help you make their baked items at dwelling!

Ramo Ramen (Soho)

A pal of a pal really useful this place and I used to be intrigued by its idea: Filipino-style ramen. That’s, ramen however with broths and substances flavored and impressed by Filipino dishes like kare kare, sinigang, and extra. It’s additionally run by the Panadera Bakery people, so I used to be optimistic in regards to the idea!

All in all, it was fairly good! I do assume I nonetheless desire the normal variations of every delicacies although (lol).

Honey & Co (Bloomsbury)

Based on my British mates, brunch isn’t actually a factor over there. Honey & Co is the uncommon exception to that rule, serving an epic, Center Japanese fashion mezze breakfast. It’s a bit dear for brunch, however completely value it! For a set value, you get a ton of mezze dishes and the egg dish of your alternative. It’s a LOT of actually scrumptious meals, and I actually suggest it when you’re a giant brunch individual.

Gymkhana (Mayfair)

That is one among London’s most well-known Indian eating places, and for good motive. It’s completely wonderful. Possibly even the perfect conventional Indian meals I’ve ever had? I don’t have something extra to say that hasn’t already been mentioned, however go, go, GO. If I needed to make one “you may’t miss this!” suggestion from all of the locations on this listing, it’d most likely be Gymkhana.

Additionally, make a reservation early—like, three months early. This place is VERY common and exhausting to get into!

photo of three uncles cantonese bbq in white takeaway box

Three Uncles (A number of areas, however I went to the one in Camden City)

I stumbled into this place randomly whereas exploring the comparatively new (and so extremely good!) Hawley Market in Camden Market. Though there have been a lot of scrumptious trying choices out there, I selected Three Uncles on a random whim. Largely as a result of my favourite Cantonese BBQ restaurant in Portland shuttered with out discover whereas I used to be gone, and I fearful this could be the final time I’d have an opportunity to get that sort of delicacies.

I used to be not disillusioned. Of all of the issues I ate on this journey, this was the perfect shock—possibly as a result of I hadn’t researched it, and didn’t notice it was sort of a well-known and well-regarded place? In any case, when you’re the Camden Market space and wish a respite from the loopy crowds, head to the marginally quieter and far cleaner Hawley Market and get some scrumptious roast meats from right here.

The Alley (A number of areas, however I went to the one in Camden Market)

This isn’t a boba store that’s unique to London. In actual fact, I’ve been to The Alley in Vancouver (Canada), Seoul (South Korea), and Manila (The Philippines). I actually like their brown sugar boba! That’s why I make a degree to go each time I see one, like I did once I was strolling round Camden City.

However I’ll admit, I used to be disillusioned by the one I had on this explicit location. They had been just a little too stingy with the brown sugar boba!

Brigadiers (Metropolis of London)

Erlend and I first visited this restaurant throughout our final journey to London (which was all the best way again in 2019), and I made a degree to return again throughout this go to as a result of it was SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Brigadiers is the extra “informal” sister restaurant of Gymkhana; it serves a lot much less conventional Indian meals, and as a substitute focuses on Indian “barbecue”. Suppose: racks of lamb, rooster wings, and extra, all seasoned generously with Indian flavors, sauces, and spices.

Should you can’t get a reservation to Gymkhana, I extremely suggest trying out Brigadiers as a substitute. It’s actually one among my favourite eating places on this planet (I would even desire it to Gymkhana, however nonetheless suggest Gymkhana for a extra traditional London expertise), and I positively plan to return again the subsequent time I’m in London!

% Arabica (Covent Backyard)

Should you’re in search of good espresso within the Covent Backyard space, try % Arabica. I imagine it’s a Japanese coffeehouse (I’ve been to their Kyoto location), and I’m actually obsessive about their iced espresso choice. They’ve Kyoto AND Spanish iced espresso, each of that are spiked with sweetened condensed milk for sweetness.

Buns and Buns (Covent Backyard)

I’m not gonna lie, this restaurant was a bit bizarre. Their menu was everywhere! They serve conventional egg-and-toast breakfasts within the morning, earlier than switching to a pan-Asian fashion menu with Thai soup and satay, in addition to Chinese language bao, for lunch and dinner.

We ended up at this place as a result of my mother was hungry and it was in a great spot in Covent Backyard. It’s proper within the middle of issues, however with partitions that separate you from the crowds. The partitions are fabricated from glass, so you may nonetheless folks watch (which is a enjoyable factor to do in Covent Backyard) and revel in your meal with some seclusion!

Noble Rot (A number of areas, however I went to the one in Soho—however the Bloomsbury one is throughout from Honey & Co and appears even cuter!)

I picked this place out from a “Greatest Eating places in London” listing as a result of it’s a wine bar recognized for its good meals. My mother and her mates are huge wine aficionados, and I hoped to impress them. And whereas the wine AND the meals menu had been each fairly good, I’ve to confess, this wasn’t my favourite place. It felt just a little too stuffy and prefer it was taking itself too critically? I felt like we had been talking in hushed voices all the time and couldn’t actually let free in the best way we might at each Brigadiers and Gymkhana.

That being mentioned, the meals right here is fairly good. It’s a little bit of a bizarre menu, although—it’s largely appetizers, mild on greens, with a well-known roast rooster that everyone ought to order.

Caravan (A number of areas, however I went to the one close to King’s Cross)

Once more, when you’re in search of a extra conventional brunch place in London, your choices are weirdly restricted. It’s probably not a factor there? However Caravan is without doubt one of the locations that does provide a extra American-style brunch.

Admittedly, I didn’t truly strive the brunch—as a substitute, I grabbed a latte to go as a result of they’re additionally recognized for his or her espresso roastery. I additionally actually like the Coal Drops Yard space that the Caravan I went to is in. There are many cute little retailers and eating places, all alongside a large open sq. that makes it really feel much less crowded and hectic than different components of London.

photo of mutton roast from marksman pub

The Marksman Pub (Hackney)

This was one other place that I’d gone to with Erlend again in 2019 that I assumed was value revisiting on this journey. The Marksman is a standard English pub however with a extremely, actually good restaurant. They’re particularly recognized for his or her Sunday roast dinners.

The meals right here is wonderful—it was again in 2019 once I first went, and it was additionally nonetheless wonderful this time round. Nevertheless, service was positively a lot worse. They made a number of errors all through our dinner, bringing us the unsuitable appetizers and wine orders. We didn’t actually complain as a result of what they introduced over was scrumptious, however nonetheless. their critiques on-line, I don’t assume this was a uncommon expertise, both… it looks like the service right here has declined severely in the previous couple of years.

So my verdict? I nonetheless suggest it, however with some caveats. Should you’re in search of a extremely wonderful conventional Sunday roast dinner, go right here. It’ll be the perfect tasting one you get within the metropolis. But it surely’ll be dear, with possible unhealthy service. Womp!

Redemption Roasters (A number of areas, however I went to the one close to King’s Cross in Coal Drops Yard)

I actually beloved the concept of this roastery, which trains incarcerated people learn how to roast and brew espresso to assist them discover a good job and group upon their launch. I’m completely satisfied to report that, barring the Japanese coffees I obtained at % Arabica and Omotesando Koffee, Redemption Roasters made the perfect latte I had whereas I used to be in London. Their lattes had been so good that I truly went again twice throughout my go to—a troublesome promote in a city full of fine third wave espresso retailers!

Dishoom (A number of areas, however I went to the one close to King’s Cross in Coal Drops Yard)

Barring Gymkhana, Dishoom might be probably the most well-known Indian eating places in London. They grew to become common within the mid 2010s by introducing the idea of Indian breakfast and brunch. You may as well get dinner there, however I actually do suggest the breakfast/brunch expertise. It’s actually distinctive and, in fact, scrumptious. I truly instantly Googled the recipe for the dish I ordered (kejriwal, which is mainly two fried eggs on chili cheese toast)—I discovered it revealed on Food52, however you’ll possible discover a model of it on Hummingbird Excessive quickly!

dishoom chili cheese eggs on white plate

In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts

Right here’s a listing of every part I revealed and up to date final month on my completely different Hummingbird Excessive channels:

  • Strawberry Tiramisu {NEW RECIPE}
    I do know it’s probably not strawberry season anymore, however when you dwell in a state the place they’re seasonal 12 months spherical (cough, California, cough), positively try this recipe. It’s one among my new favourite recipes on Hummingbird Excessive. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies {UPDATED RECIPE}
    Okay, this isn’t a brand new recipe, however it’s one I just lately revisited as a result of I LOVE IT SO MUCH. The recipe makes 4 (or 6!) chocolate chip cookies with only one egg yolk! I up to date on the weblog with new and hopefully helpful baking data. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins {UPDATED RECIPE}
    One other previous recipe that I just lately revisited and up to date. I used to be fearful about this one since some people reported that their muffins got here out dry; I’ve since adjusted the Bake Time for higher outcomes. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • Vanilla Candy Cream Chilly Foam (A Copycat Starbucks Recipe) {NEW RECIPE}
    Is it me, or have Starbucks costs gotten so uncontrolled these days? Due to this, I’ve began making my very own espresso at dwelling. It’s truly been tremendous enjoyable—I’ve been Googling tons of Starbucks hacks. I don’t fairly know in the event that they’re pretty much as good as the actual factor, however I’ll take it over spending $5+ on a regular basis. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • S’mores Chocolate Chip Cookies {UPDATED RECIPE}
    I spotted that Smashmallow, my favourite marshmallows to make use of for baking, went out of enterprise just lately. BUMMER. So I wanted to replace this previous recipe to work with a brand new sort of marshmallow! Plus, it was Nationwide S’mores Day, so would possibly as effectively make the most of the event, proper?! Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok.
  • Style Testing Ghirardelli Brownie Field Combine Hacks {NEW POST}
    After I revealed this publish on the perfect brownie field combine, a number of people requested me if I’d made the brownies utilizing brownie hacks like swapping the oil with butter, the water with milk, and so on. I did NOT, so I made a decision to roundup a few of the hottest field combine hacks and style take a look at them to see in the event that they had been value it! Watch the outcomes of my experiments on Instagram and TikTok!
  • Earl Gray Tiramisu {NEW *EXCLUSIVE* RECIPE}
    This recipe is technically just for Patreon supporters (study extra beneath), however I made a blurb for it on Instagram and TikTok. The TikTok video for the recipe went viral, with most of the feedback actually FURIOUS that the recipe was for Patreon supporters solely. I legitimately acquired DEATH THREATS over that truth, in addition to many individuals accusing me of “gatekeeping” the recipe and rescinding their likes and favorites of the video.


    I’ve been a public determine on the web for a few years now, and, in consequence, I’ve a little bit of a thick pores and skin with regards to criticism. So I rolled my eyes at plenty of the feedback, particularly those about me “gatekeeping” the recipe—I feel the folks accusing me of doing so misunderstand what that time period truly means.

    If something, the hate I acquired made me assume extraordinarily critically about TikTok and the viewers that’s totally on TikTok. It looks like nearly all of the hateful feedback are coming from people within the Gen Z cohort. I’m not alone in noticing this—there’s been many latest articles detailing how Gen Z youngsters wish to make enjoyable of millennials (my era) on the app. And whereas a few of it IS admittedly humorous, I additionally maintain fascinated by this TikTok that likens a few of the extra entitled and hateful feedback they make as just like those from one other era. Simply sayin’.

  • Iced Strawberry Matcha Latte {NEW RECIPE}
    This recipe is a part of my collection on making my very own espresso and tea at dwelling to save lots of money moneyyy, lol. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • The Greatest Banana Cinnamon Muffins {UPDATED RECIPE}
    I had an abundance of noticed bananas final month, so I made a decision to make these banana cinnamon muffin recipe within the Hummingbird Excessive archives. GUYS. I forgot how good these freaking muffins are. I’m satisfied they’re the perfect banana cinnamon muffin recipe on the web. SERIOUSLY. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • The Greatest Brownie Field Combine {NEW POST}
    I spent the previous couple of months experimenting with brownie field combine, style testing the completely different manufacturers, hacks, and extra. I lastly determined to roundup all that work on this weblog publish. And when you assume the weblog publish is TL/DR, then positively try my fast sizzling takes on Instagram and TikTok!

Help Me On Patreon

Growing and updating these recipes requires monetary assets from adverts on my web site and paid partnerships with manufacturers. Sadly, due to the pandemic, the recession, and the ever-changing panorama of the web, many manufacturers have restricted their promoting budgets and cancelled sponsorship alternatives. So if you’ll be able to financially help my work, please contemplate changing into a Patreon supporter. You may study extra about why I made a decision to begin a Patreon on this far too emotional and confessional essay (lol).

Nevertheless, the TL/DR is that this: along with enabling me to maintain creating extra personalized recipes suited to your wants, Patreon supporters assist form future recipes on Hummingbird Excessive. Patreon supporters get entry to unique recipes and Instagram Story tutorials like Small Batch Blueberry SconesVery Small Batch Yellow Sheet CakeSmall Batch Cinnamon Rolls, and extra.

Beneath are footage of the 2 hottest recipes from the month—Vanilla Candy Cream Chilly Foam (A Copycat Starbucks Recipe) and Earl Gray Tiramisu—to encourage you:

photo of hand pouring a jar of vanilla sweet cream cold foam over a glass of iced coffee
photo of earl grey tiramisu in a white casserole dish with a scoop taken out

Lastly, On A Lighthearted Word

Whew! As a result of this publish has gone on lengthy sufficient, I’m going to skip the standard hyperlink sharing sections of my month-to-month replace posts. As a substitute, I’ll depart you with this hilarious video contrasting a girl begging recipe builders to not measure onions in cups whereas one other girl explains why you must measure onions in cups.

That’s all for now, people. I hope you all are staying secure and wholesome! Please let me understand how you’re doing within the feedback beneath, and be happy to share the concepts and points which are floating round in your heads, too.



Over the previous a number of years of operating Hummingbird Excessive, I stored an important facet of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extraordinarily demanding job within the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I lastly reveal the secrets and techniques to baking scrumptious desserts on a good schedule.




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