Best Burger in Barcelona: Bacoa

When we lived in London one of our favourite things to do was to go for a burger. We went to pretty much all of the places that made it onto any best burger in London list and generally our top 3 include MEATMission, Burger Bear and Dirty Burger. A few weeks ago we were in Barcelona and we found a burger that may just rival our London top three, The Bacoa Burger at Bacoa.

Barcelona Best Burger Bacoa The Bacoa Bacon and Cheese Burger Review by Jayne Kitsch Jayne Robinson

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Highlights from our Barcelona Trip…

This is a long overdue blog post, as we went to Barcelona almost a month ago now! Which has totally flown by with us being so busy. Anyway, wanted to do a little blog post about our trip as it was a first for me. First time in Spain, first time not working towards a strict tourist must see list, first time cycling in another country (and second time since being a kid), first time drinking cocktails on a beach and many more.

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To get things started, that’s me sat on the beach drinking the best cocktail I’ve ever had, a Pina Colada the size of my head. Perfect. Read more

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Pizza Express, Jubilee Place, Brighton Review

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Pizza Express used to be my go to restaurant for an affordable and pleasant meal out, especially when I was an extremely fussy eater who was a bit difficult to cater to. Chain restaurants were my safety net, as once I’d been to one I always knew what to expect and what I would order on the menu. However, since branching out with my food I’ve not been to as many chain restaurants and mixed things up a bit and since Pizza Express was always such a safety blanket, I’ve not really been back since branching out, so when they invited me and Miz down to one of their Brighton restaurants I was excited to see how to performed now.

First up, we tried their Hugo cocktail, a blend of Prosecco, Elderflower, lime and mint, totally lush. I can’t really deal with Prosecco on its own, but this blend is lovely and refreshing and perfect for the Summer, I’d definitely recommend grabbing one whilst they are still on the menu.

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My old choice of meal would be dough balls, followed by a pepperoni pizza and then and ice cream, but with the new, broader menu I thought I’d branch out. Me and Miz can’t resist a good tapas style sharing platter so we went for their Anti Pasti sharing starter and we were super impressed. Seriously, look at how delish this looks!

Sundried tomato’s, peppers, olives, mozzarella, warm garlic oil doused bread sticks and a selection of meat piled onto of a little rocket salad. Nom, nom, nom. Such good value too and mega tasty. Lovely shared between two, but would also work well with a larger group too. Just looking at this photo is making me want to return for this platter alone.

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Main course? Well, Pizza of course! Although, you’re not limited to pizza there’s a good selection of salad, pasta and calzones too as well as three choices of pizza base now as well. I went for Fiorentina with spinach, black olives and a fried egg and Miz went for American Hot with pepperoni and hot green peppers (you can choose what sort of peppers you’d like). My pizza was the classic base, which is my preference it’s a good size and a slightly chunkier base, Miz had the Romana which is a super thin crispy base. Hungry yet?

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Miraculously we managed to save room for dessert! Again, the menu has a good selection including the new Dolcetti desserts which are mini desserts served as a side to your choice of coffee or tea, that’s what Miz opted for alongside a Lemon Tart, which was essentially a mini Lemon Meringue Pie. I was greedy and had the Toffee Fudge Glory, which I’ve had many times before and now it’s even bigger!

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Overall, mega impressed! Although I’d always rather support a local business or small brand, Pizza Express definitely has a lot to offer and if you want somewhere safe and perfect for a large group or family, I’d definitely recommend it. Plus, if you’re doing Orange Wednesday you can now get 2 for 1 at Pizza Express with the same code, so that’s an ideal way to make the most of that offer.

What do you think of Pizza Express? 

Where’s your go to easy food place? 

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Brick Lane Brasserie, London

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I’ve lived in London for almost five years now I think and for some unknown reason I had never had a Brick Lane curry until this weekend! Brick Lane is famous for its curry houses in London, pretty much every other shop on one half of the lane is some kind of curry related restaurant, takeaway or shop.

Staff from the restaurants line the street, haggling with passers by to entice you to choose their establishment over their competition. It’s all a bit overwhelming, especially with the additional confusion of every single one claiming to have won the Master Chef prize, which there appears to be many, so it’s pretty difficult to make a choice without any additional information, so when we found an awesome deal at a lovely place, I thought I ought to share.

The offer was at lunch at £7.95 for a starter, main and either rice or bread and a free drink (we had Cobra beer) as an added bonus, pretty awesome right?

I had the Tiger Wings for starter, which were mildly spicy, chargrilled chicken wings, they were yummy if not a little bit messy to eat.

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As a true Brit, I opted for plain old Chicken Korma for my curry of choice, because, let’s be fair, it’s not broke, don’t fix it. I love Korma, it’s probably one of my favourite dishes and I was interested to see what an authentic Indian restaurant, in one of the UK’s most famous curry districts could add to my favourite dish. The curry is served in a separate metal dish and is mainly sauce, which is great for dunking and mixing. Nom.

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We got two Peshwari Naans because they are my favourite bread thing ever and we totally thought we could eat one each. They were huge! The inside cavity filled with almond, coconut and sugar, not quite the best naan I’ve ever had, but it was pretty darn close. For lunch, it’s a bit ambitious to have one of these each, curry, a starter and rice. Maybe in the evening it would have been more achievable, my advice would be, don’t be greedy, just have one!

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Apparently, this is the wrong way to put your rice and curry on the plate according to Miz, but meh! This is how I put mine together and it tasted just great! The Korma sauce was creamy and smooth, with lots of flavour, perfect! The chicken pieces were a really good size, but could have been better a little more tender, but it wasn’t a deal breaker.

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Brick Lane Brasserie was a really nice restaurant too, as well as the food being epic and a bargain. Staff were friendly and service was good and the interior was clean and tidy. If you’re stuck and overwhelmed with your Brick Lane curry choice next time you’re in my neck of the woods, I can confidently say that this place is a good choice.

What’s your favourite Brick Lane curry place? 

Have you tried Brick Lane Brasserie? 

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Busaba Eathai, Westfield London

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Since I became less fussy with my food last year, it turns out I quite like spicy food and have a higher tolerance to spice than I thought I would. On recent wanderings of Westfield Stratford, we decided to visit Busaba Eathai, this chain was the first time I tried thai food and I loved it, so wanted to go again.

The decor is very plain and simple, they have candles and incense burning too which gives the place a nice atmosphere. I love the menu design too, although you’ve got to admit that the logo is completely impossible to make out as the name of this place.

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They have a lovely drinks menu including Asian beers, spirits, cocktails and some lush coconut water blends. I had the coconut water with raspberry which contains crushed berries and is just super refreshing and the perfect alternative to a regular cocktail. Super warming, delicious and moreish. For under £15 you get a great sized portion of quality food.

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The Red Beef Curry comes without rice, so I went for side of coconut rice. There’s plenty to eat in this dish, it used to contain lychees which made it even more awesome, but now it’s just super tender strips of beef and a few veg and lots of sauce. It’s a spicy curry but a pleasant amount of heat.

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The portion sizes at Busaba would also work well for sharing, if you had a bigger appetite it would work well to choose a range of small dishes to mix and match for your meal. I recommend the Chicken Satay too.

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Where’s your favourite place for Thai food?

Have you been to Busaba Eathai?

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