Showing posts from November, 2015

Indigo at One Aldwych

If you read the newspaper or use Twitter, you're probably aware that Chef Dominic Teague has been cooking and serving gluten-free and dairy-free food for months now without anyone noticing the difference! With his wife being allergic to gluten and his mother to dairy, he designed the menu, making it suitable for not only his family but anyone with those allergies :) 
I couldn't wait to try it! Everyone must have had the same idea as the earliest table we could book at a 'dinner time' was 7:45pm. Luckily we were still full from Patisserie Valerie's afternoon tea so it was a good time for us. 
When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by two doormen, one who almost stopped us (probably because he thought we were lost) and the other directed us to the mezzanine upstairs. Our coats were taken and we were seated with a view of the downstairs bar. 
We had two waiters, one who was very attentive and funny and the other helpful with suggesting starters. Whilst waiting, we…

Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea

Known for their delicious and beautifully presented cakes, it was only a matter of time till Patisserie Valerie introduced their own afternoon tea. 
As my birthday present, I was kindly treated to afternoon tea for two by my lovely friends Meli and J (also known as Yummy Feed). 
Wanting to be near the Lord Mayor's fireworks display, we chose to go to the branch in Covent Garden (80 Long Acre). It was incredibly busy and had to wait outside for 15-20 minutes, near smokers. They seemed understaffed so our poor waiter was rushed off his feet from the moment he say us down till the end of our tea.
For £29 for two people, you can enjoy the following: - Two raisins scones - Two plain scones - Two mini quiches - A range of finger sandwiches - A selection of cakes - Two refillable pots of tea 

It all arrived at once, making it harder to decide what to eat first. I started with the warm, mini plain scone with some strawberry jam. Yum!
Next I tried the finger sandwiches. We weren't asked or told w…

Liebster Award

So this post is a little different from my usual ones :) I've been nominated by Yummy Feed for the Liebster award!  What is a Liebster Award? It's an award given to new bloggers by other bloggers to give them recognition :)
When nominated, you answer 10 questions and nominate some other bloggers! There are also a few rules: 1. Nominated bloggers must have less than 200 followers 2. They must create a blog post with a link back the blogger who nominated you 3. Create your own set of questions for your nominated blogger or bloggers 
So here are my questions from Meli and Jon:
1. Why did you start your blog? After being encouraged by sister to start my first blog (Naomi Loo Design), I created Make-Bake-Travel so I could share my journey with my readers, focussing on food I've eaten, things I've baked and places I've travelled.

2. What is your favourite and least favourite aspect of blogging?
What makes me happy is seeing that my posts are being read all around the world :) It…

Le Grill - Tabl

I was kindly given tickets by Sarah from Zomato to this supper club hosted in Shoreditch and it was amazing!
I've never been to one before and for those who haven't heard of supper club, it's where a cook hosts a dinner party (usually 10-12 people depending on their space) at their house or a rented space. 
Le Grill was hosted by Carine and Tabl, which was held at a cafe, joined by bloggers, friends and Tabl members of staff. I was so happy to be seated next to Tim, who is also another blogger :) 
For those who aren't familiar with Tabl, they are the new home for pop-up kitchens, "secret" supper clubs and food adventures. They can be a one-off event or a regular treat, taking place somewhere unexpected, often in private residences providing a shared and social dining experience. The location changes each time so make sure you book your ticket online - it's free to join :)  

Here comes The Food We were given freshly deep fried banana fritters, which had a salty…

Dishoom Shoreditch

After hearing only good things about this restaurant, I thought it'd be the perfect place to visit on my relaxation weekend, since we were in vicinity of Shoreditch. 
Being organised I looked up on their website to find that they don't take bookings past 5:30pm if less than 6 people. I thought it wouldn't be too bad but on a Friday night - it seemed like the place to go as we queued for over 2 hours!! Unlike most restaurants, queueing customers were served shots of lemonade / sherry / chai tea to keep us refreshed and warm, which I thought was a nice gesture :)
It took us 1.5 hours just to reach the door before we were given a buzzer and told we could order drinks and nibbles at the bar whilst waiting. 
Being hungry, we ordered lamb samosas. There were only two in the bowl, which was a little disappointing but the taste was delicious! We were also offered a little plate of dips, including chutney, mint and a spicy dip. 
Finally our buzzer went off and we were seated at the mezz…

Cabra Castle in Dublin

In June, I was invited to Ken's cousin's wedding. We flew all the way to Dublin (on the day of the wedding) and arrived at 10am.  After what took hours to pick up the rental cars (do not use Thrifty!), we made our way to Cabra Castle. 
Hidden in the green fields, away from all the hustle and bustle was the beautiful castle. Just as we stopped to pick up our keys, I saw a huge dog! I wanted to go and take a closer look at him but it started to rain and we in such a rush. 
The ceremony was lovely and the bride looked beautiful :)  After the ceremony, we headed back to Cabra Castle, where we had some sandwiches, biscuits and tea and were able to explore before dinner. 
I tried to look for Oscar (the huge wolfhound) but he was no where to been seen :(  Everywhere we walked was picturesque! It was hard not to stop and take photos :)
The dinner hall was beautiful! The tables, chairs, chandeliers :)
For dinner, we could have both starters!  For our main course, we were able to choose between …