In search of BAErritos [day #2]

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

MEXICO DAY 2

Coyoacán is the West Egg of Mexico City. There’s just no question. This delightful borough is a never ending horcrux for adventures, fabulous street food, and wondrous works of art. Día dos was most definitely one for trying new things. Armed with my new phrases ‘no queso, por favor’ and ‘soy vegetarian’, I threw myself into Coyoacán’s seemingly endless street stalls. Today’s highlights include one vegan sope (dope thick tortilla, topped with beans lettuce & chilli), esquites (a Mexican corn snack), and a glorious ‘tlayuda chica sin carne‘ (thin toasted tortilla, topped with black beans, tomato, lettuce and avocado). I also found some glorious, and rather decadent artisan chocolates, from a very sweet Mexican woman who kept plying me with various treats from her shop. What a bae. Another highlight was finally visiting ‘Café El Jarocho’, a Mexican coffee house, which has never been without a queue snaking out the door. Those Coyoacán locals know what’s up. As I waltzed around with my El Jarocho Americano in hand, sunlight streaming onto the path in front of me, I had to remind myself that this was actually December. Mexico, you’re spoiling me. This break up is going to be real tough when I head back home, but for now, I’m basking in the idyll that is Mexico City.

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

MEXICO DAY 2

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London Calling

¡Hola, my darlings!

PIX TAPAS

Just last week, I had the absolute delight of visiting Pix Pintxo tapas bar in Covent Garden, London. This fabulous haunt is tucked away on the delightful Neal Street, snuggled in the midst of seemingly endless cobbled streets and nostalgic West End charm. Forget Covent’s other eateries, Pix is the place to be. Inspired by the pintxo bars of Barcelona and San Sebastian, Pix offers a dizzying array of decadent tapas treats. Their charming menu is all encompassing, with a fantastic spread of vegetarian and vegan options, which was such a glorious surprise to find in a tapas bar. As a life-long vegetarian, I’d mistakenly blacklisted tapas a long time ago. ¡Oh how young and foolish I was back then! Ultimately, Pix’s timeless appeal comes from the refreshing way in which their tapas magically appears. Their bar is a wondrous feasting ground for eagle-eyed foodies. Keep your mitts poised, because once their joyous spread hits front of house, it doesn’t stay there for long. Fear not though, one minute you’ll be ogling the marinated figs and goats cheese, and next minute, artichoke with shaved manchengo will somehow have arrived onto your plate. The churros were a particular spectacle, transporting me back to breakfast feastin’ in the heart of beautiful Madrid.  The constant rotation of dishes at Pix is what feeds into their good vibe and uncompromising energy. It’s the kind of place where you can throw yourself into the buzz of one of London’s most exciting areas, and at the same time, nest away in a cutesy alcove with a couple of bottles from their animated and diverse wine menu. If London is the city that never sleeps, then Pix is the place that feeds it.

Stay fre$h.

PIX TAPAS
All that fabulous tapas ❤
One glorious Americano & marinated olives.
One glorious Americano & marinated olives.
Tomato Gazpacho with Crudités & Artichoke with Shaved Manchego
Tomato Gazpacho with Crudités & Artichoke with Shaved Manchego
Artichoke on crusty bread with ricotta
Artichoke on crusty bread with ricotta
Marinated Fig & Goats Cheese on toasted croute
Marinated Fig & Goats Cheese on toasted croute
Glorious Churros with chocolate sauce
Glorious Churros with chocolate sauce
Churros!
Churros!

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Diwali Decadence!

“This Diwali, may you be blessed with good fortune as long as Ganeshji’s trunk, wealth and prosperity as big as his stomach, happiness as sweet as his ladoos and may your troubles be as small as his mouse.” – Manish Gupta.

DIWALI DECADENCE

Diwali, aka the ‘festival of lights’, is the most glorious of autumnal festivals. According to Wikipedia (only the best sources for my readers, ya feel me?), the ancient Hindu festival “spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair”. You’d have to be a lil’ maddo to have qualms with that. In true GoodFoodMarsh fashion, this feast was born out a good ol’ rustle around my cupboards for something that could do such a sublime occasion justice. It’s a good thing I have industrial quantities of chickpeas and fabulous Irish spinach at my beckon call. OH, and oodles of kale. Never forget about the kale. And of course, an impromptu supper party wouldn’t be complete without some absolutely terrific company, so I was fortunate enough to be joined by the crème de la crème of Dublin society. In the interests of their privacy (too famous 4 u, Glen Coco), we’ll call them Salome Spice and Octavian.

Kale chips ya knoooooow!
Kale chips ya knoooooow!

For nibblez whilst we were gossipin’, I rustled up some kale chips. These cheatin’ chips are outrageous easy to make and obscenely cheap. My marinade was a simple combination of some indulgent soy sauce, rapeseed oil, and some crushed up sunflower seeds. I bake these fairly high (around 200 degrees-ish) for ten minutes or so, until they’re delightfully crispy. As for the main dishes, I made two separate creations. One chickpea, spinach and mushroom curry & a sassy butter bean and pepper masala. For these dishes you will need the aforementioned ingredients, some garlic, several lovely red (or pink!) onions, coconut milk (the creamier the better), and an array of your favourite spices. I love using cayenne pepper, turmeric, paprika and cumin. With my back turned for a just a second, Salome Spice (living up to her name in more ways than one) also  added some cinnamon and nutmeg and my GOODNE$$ it was great. Serve with brown rice or a grain of your choice, and enjoy with a cheeky bottle of something sassy, if you’re as decadent as us.

Feastin'!
Feastin’!
Post-Diwali food slump...
Post-Diwali food slump…

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Vegan Adventures: The Happy Pear!

Hello, you glorious bunch.

THE HAPPY PEAR

I had the absolute delight of escaping the hustle & bustle of Dublin city centre for the delightful idyll of Greystones, County Wicklow. For those of you planning a visit to the Emerald Isle in the near future, you simply cannot miss a trip to this wonderful coastal pocket. And, more importantly, y’all absolutely have to visit The (utterly glorious) Happy Pear. This charmingly named establishment features scrumptious market and entirely wholesome & outrageously delicious kitchen. Self described as a ‘natural food market with soul’, The Happy Pear is one of those gems that you comes across once in a blue moon* (*other clichés are available). Although I only intended to pause at The Happy Pear for a cheeky coffee, I ended up basking in the magnificent sunlight for several hours, with one too many trips to that illustrious kitchen of theirs. Foodies of the World, take this as your warning – it starts with an innocent almond-milk latte and then, before you know it, you’ve relocated to Greystones to feed your Happy Pear addiction.

A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!
A rather decadent almond milk latte ft. soup & a mountain of chickpeas!

First things first (I’m the realest), I must have looked like the Cheshire cat upon noticing that their café featured not one, but FOUR different types of non-dairy milk alternatives. How jammy is that? I was utterly thrilled at the thought of my morning coffee getting friendly with some sassy almond milk. I also enjoyed a raw walnut bar, but I’m afraid I’d wolfed it down before I could take a snap. You’ll just have to visit for yo’self to see, or rather sample, what I’m talkin’ bout. After catching a glimpse of their salad counter, I just had to indulge – and my plate was the small option! I think measly portions might just be blacklisted at The Happy Pear.

THE HAPPY PEAR

Salad HEAVEN pt. II
Salad HEAVEN

Since The Happy Pear is also a fabulous natural food market, I obviously had to have a little explore. Their fresh produce gleamed in the sun outside, whilst their market inside featured fresh juices, organic veggies, homemade vegan pesto, just about every seed you could ever need & much, much more. I came home with a selection of goodies,  the highlight of which were some fantastic Irish grapes, which had all but one (lucky me!) sold out!

Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!
Fanciest tomatoes in all of Wicklow!
SO many fresh goodies!
SO many fresh goodies!
Glorious grapes galore!
Glorious grapes galore!
My fabulous goodies
My fabulous goodies

And as if that wasn’t enough for y’all, The Happy Pear also features a rather sassy system of providing fantastic Wicklow mountain water for it’s customers. In addition to this, I was also warmed by their policy of ‘suspended coffees’ – of which there was a grand total of 39 on offer. Suspended coffees are an anonymous act of charity, stemming from an Italian tradition of buying a pending coffee for whomever may need one. All in all, The Happy Pear was an absolute delight to visit and without a doubt, I’ll be returning in the very near future. Enjoy!

GLORIOUS AD INFINTUM!
GLORIOUSNESS AD INFINTUM!
Glorious Greystones
Glorious Greystones

TREAT YO’ SELF.

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