Like most women I love chocolate. So when I saw from Oxford City Guide that there would be a full on chocolate festival in Oxford I was pretty excited.
It was pretty small, to say the least. Plus I’d just had loads of coffee & pancakes for breakfast at Atomic Burger so my tummy wasn’t exactly prepared for loads of chocolate goodies. There were independent traders selling their lovely chocolatey wares. It smelt delicious. I decided on purchasing two things. A chocolate fudge cupcake from Miss Poppy Cakes and a small bag of chocolate covered pretzels from The Big Yum – Heaven!
I’ve managed to try both this afternoon. If nothing else, I’m dedicated to my love of chocolate & my blog! To be honest, the cupcake was quite dry. I can understand this if they were made on Friday, which they probably were. The icing however was delicious & more of a ganache. Loved it.
The Big Yum chocolate covered pretzels are delicious. A totally lush mixture of savoury & sweet. My favourite. I will definitely be ordering some more lovelies from their website in the not too distant future as the small bag I purchased will only last me about another 8 minutes. Oops!
I really hope that Oxford continues to host things like the chocolate festival & that word spreads. It was a shame that more local choclatiers weren’t present, as I know from Twitter that there are quite a few local bakers etc who use chocolate regularly who would have held their own in this festival. Either way I’ll be going back next year to sample some more choco goodies.
I am a huge supporter of the local food movement & I love eating out. So when my OH asked if I wanted to go to Oxfork I readily agreed. What is Oxfork I hear you ask? It is a pop-up restaurant using local suppliers organised by two (amazing) chefs and this particular night was a vegetarian meal. I wasn’t disappointed!
Even though there was broccoli on the menu, I wasn’t going to be put off at all. There were stalls with locally made, up-cycled & vintage goods and great entertainment (although I wasn’t thrilled by the dog poem, which told the story of killing a dog – not veggie appropriate!) We were greeted with a lovely glass of fizz & some local bread and dips. The whole meal was lovely & the service was outstanding. I hope they do another veggie night as I would definitely go back. An excellent & eclectic evening.
A lazy start to the day was needed this morning. With the first F1 Grand Prix to watch & a need to take things easy after loosing an hour with the change of clocks, pancakes were on the menu for breakfast today.
The recipe for these American-style pancakes is super easy. I got it from a recipe book my sister has which is all about indulging & enjoying some comfort food.
With a drizzle of real Canadian maple syrup, courtesy of my friend Vida, these were a real treat this morning.
While I may have been too busy to be crafty this week, I have managed to enjoy a lovely dinner at Oxford’s finest burger joint, Atomic Burger. My OH & I were introducing our friends to it as they’d never been. They were not disappointed. It is by far THE best burger place around. The reason? They have an amazing menu. They have great service and a quality atmosphere. The decor is so cool and always gives you plenty to look at. Every time I go I see something new.
The food. Well it’s great – even for vegetarians like me. I always have a Forrest Gump Veggie burger, with jalapenos & BBQ sauce with plain fries. This time I also had a vanilla milkshake. The meals are so filling. We went on a Friday and had to book. It’s always really busy then which shows how great it is. There’s plenty of choice for everyone & alternatives if you don’t fancy a burger too.
If you haven’t experienced the wonder that is Atomic Burger yet then don’t hesitate another moment. Get yourself there. You won’t be disappointed.