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September 2022 » Hummingbird Excessive

Good day!

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

I’m particularly feeling that approach as a result of I simply bought again from a ten day trip in London, England! I spent the primary half of the journey catching up with considered one of my finest mates from faculty, alongside along 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 have been capable of hit up many eating places, bakeries, and bars.

bread ahead chocolate donuts on metal sheet pan

In all places I Ate And Drank In London (In No Specific Order)

There’s a listing of in every single place I ate and drank beneath (which, I made positive to file this time round, since in response to The Reader Survey lots of you missed my journey posts!). Traditionally, London doesn’t have the most effective status for having good foods 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 buddy’s neighborhood! I’m undecided it’s price trekking for because it’s fairly small and neighborhoody, however if you happen to occur to be in Walthamstow, I like to recommend their foccacia pizzas!

Lengthy & Brief Espresso (Walthamstow)

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

Panadera Bakery (Camden City)

I’ve actually been stalking this place on Instagram since they opened just a few 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 makes a speciality of Filipino pan de sal, and serves Filipino model drinks like ube iced espresso and buko pandan frappes. They even have taho on the weekends!

I preferred this bakery so much, 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 model katso sandwiches. I actually preferred the corned beef one. Filipino corned beef tends to be actually shredded and virtually mushy (virtually like pulled pork or carnitas). However they’d in some way came upon the best way to bread it and fry it in order that it was like a croquette! Very cool.

Omotesando Koffee (Fitzrovia)

I dragged my buddy 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 “Finest Espresso in Manila” lists! After poking round on their web site, I spotted that they had a London location too.

The espresso right here was unbelievable and distinctive. The transfer is to get considered one of their iced cappucinos. They’ve some particular machine that foams up the cream to create actually large bubbles. The bubbles sit on the floor of the espresso and provides it a mottled look (just like tiramisu)—you possibly can see what it appears like right here, right here, and right here. I want I’d taken my very own photograph, 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 places, 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 area is gorgeous and it’s in a pleasant, walkable space!)

Izy from High 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 in all probability heard of this bakery earlier than—they’re identified for his or her plump, custard-filled donuts. I like this place and make some extent to go to each time I’m in London… particularly since I’ve made their donuts at residence, and it’s actually a THREE DAY LONG PROCESS that I’m not 100% positive is price it.

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

Mangal 2 (Hackney)

Turkish meals is difficult to come back by in my metropolis of Portland. So I all the time make some extent to go to a Turkish restaurant in Europe (for the reason that Turkish group there may be a lot greater). You possibly can normally discover numerous choices for informal and upscale Turkish meals.

Like Mangal II! This place was a bit fancier and in a VERY fashionable 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 have been small and stylish, however actually scrumptious. I actually advocate 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 in all probability 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 ebook) 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 model baked items” that didn’t really feel significantly particular to ME, an American who bakes these sorts of desserts incessantly in her residence kitchen. I feel I might’ve preferred it much more if I have been a British one who doesn’t have the identical entry to American baked items.

I’m blissful 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 residence!

Ramo Ramen (Soho)

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

All in all, it was fairly good! I do suppose I nonetheless want the standard variations of every delicacies although (lol).

Honey & Co (Bloomsbury)

In accordance with my British mates, brunch isn’t actually a factor over there. Honey & Co is the uncommon exception to that rule, serving an epic, Center Jap model mezze breakfast. It’s a bit expensive for brunch, however completely price it! For a set worth, you get a ton of mezze dishes and the egg dish of your selection. It’s a LOT of actually scrumptious meals, and I actually advocate it if you happen to’re an enormous brunch particular person.

Gymkhana (Mayfair)

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

Additionally, make a reservation early—like, three months early. This place is VERY well-liked and onerous to get into!

photo of three uncles cantonese bbq in white takeaway box

Three Uncles (A number of places, 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 numerous 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 nervous 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 most effective shock—possibly as a result of I hadn’t researched it, and didn’t understand it was sort of a well-known and well-regarded place? In any case, if you happen to’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 places, however I went to the one in Camden Market)

This isn’t a boba store that’s unique to London. The truth is, 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 some extent to go each time I see one, like I did after 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 have been a bit 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 some extent to come back 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 an alternative focuses on Indian “barbecue”. Assume: racks of lamb, hen wings, and extra, all seasoned generously with Indian flavors, sauces, and spices.

In case you can’t get a reservation to Gymkhana, I extremely advocate trying out Brigadiers as an alternative. It’s really considered one of my favourite eating places on the earth (I would even want it to Gymkhana, however nonetheless advocate Gymkhana for a extra basic London expertise), and I positively plan to come back again the following time I’m in London!

% Arabica (Covent Backyard)

In case you’re in search of good espresso within the Covent Backyard space, take a look at % Arabica. I consider 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 in all places! They serve conventional egg-and-toast breakfasts within the morning, earlier than switching to a pan-Asian model 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 place 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 possibly can nonetheless folks watch (which is a enjoyable factor to do in Covent Backyard) and luxuriate in your meal with some seclusion!

Noble Rot (A number of places, 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 “Finest Eating places in London” listing as a result of it’s a wine bar identified for its good meals. My mother and her mates are large wine aficionados, and I hoped to impress them. And whereas the wine AND the meals menu have been each fairly good, I’ve to confess, this wasn’t my favourite place. It felt a bit too stuffy and prefer it was taking itself too critically? I felt like we have been talking in hushed voices the complete time and couldn’t actually let free in the best way we might at each Brigadiers and Gymkhana.

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

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

Once more, if you happen to’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 likely one of the locations that does provide a extra American-style brunch.

Admittedly, I didn’t really attempt the brunch—as an alternative, I grabbed a latte to go as a result of they’re additionally identified 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 elements 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 price revisiting on this journey. The Marksman is a standard English pub however with a extremely, actually good restaurant. They’re particularly identified for his or her Sunday roast dinners.

The meals right here is wonderful—it was again in 2019 after I first went, and it was additionally nonetheless wonderful this time round. Nonetheless, service was positively a lot worse. They made a number of errors all through our dinner, bringing us the mistaken 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 suppose this was a uncommon expertise, both… it looks as if the service right here has declined severely in the previous couple of years.

So my verdict? I nonetheless advocate it, however with some caveats. In case you’re in search of a extremely wonderful conventional Sunday roast dinner, go right here. It’ll be the most effective tasting one you get within the metropolis. Nevertheless it’ll be expensive, with seemingly dangerous service. Womp!

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

I actually liked the thought of this roastery, which trains incarcerated of us the best way to roast and brew espresso to assist them discover a good job and group upon their launch. I’m blissful to report that, barring the Japanese coffees I bought at % Arabica and Omotesando Koffee, Redemption Roasters made the most effective latte I had whereas I used to be in London. Their lattes have been so good that I really went again twice throughout my go to—a tricky promote in a city full of excellent third wave espresso retailers!

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

Barring Gymkhana, Dishoom might be some of the well-known Indian eating places in London. They turned well-liked within the mid 2010s by introducing the idea of Indian breakfast and brunch. You may also get dinner there, however I actually do advocate the breakfast/brunch expertise. It’s actually distinctive and, in fact, scrumptious. I really instantly Googled the recipe for the dish I ordered (kejriwal, which is mainly two fried eggs on chili cheese toast)—I discovered it printed on Food52, however you’ll seemingly 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 all the things I printed 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 if you happen to stay in a state the place they’re seasonal 12 months spherical (cough, California, cough), positively take a look at this recipe. It’s considered one of 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 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 info. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • Small Batch Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins {UPDATED RECIPE}
    One other outdated recipe that I lately revisited and up to date. I used to be nervous about this one since some of us 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 recently? Due to this, I’ve began making my very own espresso at residence. It’s really 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 true 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 lately. BUMMER. So I wanted to replace this outdated recipe to work with a brand new sort of marshmallow! Plus, it was Nationwide S’mores Day, so would possibly as properly reap the benefits of the event, proper?! Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok.
  • Style Testing Ghirardelli Brownie Field Combine Hacks {NEW POST}
    Once I printed this put up on the most effective brownie field combine, a number of of us requested me if I’d made the brownies utilizing brownie hacks like swapping the oil with butter, the water with milk, and so forth. I did NOT, so I made a decision to roundup a few of the hottest field combine hacks and style check them to see in the event that they have been price 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 (be taught 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 obtained 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 in relation to criticism. So I rolled my eyes at lots of the feedback, particularly those about me “gatekeeping” the recipe—I feel the folks accusing me of doing so misunderstand what that time period really means.

    If something, the hate I obtained made me suppose extraordinarily critically about TikTok and the viewers that’s totally on TikTok. It looks as if the vast majority of the hateful feedback are coming from of us within the Gen Z cohort. I’m not alone in noticing this—there’s been many current articles detailing how Gen Z youngsters prefer to make enjoyable of millennials (my technology) on the app. And whereas a few of it IS admittedly humorous, I additionally preserve interested by this TikTok that likens a few of the extra entitled and hateful feedback they make as just like those from one other technology. 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 residence to save lots of money moneyyy, lol. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • The Finest 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 most effective banana cinnamon muffin recipe on the web. SERIOUSLY. Watch the blurb for the recipe on Instagram and TikTok, too!
  • The Finest 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 put up. And if you happen to suppose the weblog put up is TL/DR, then positively take a look at my fast sizzling takes on Instagram and TikTok!

Help Me On Patreon

Creating and updating these recipes requires monetary sources 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 assist my work, please take into account changing into a Patreon supporter. You possibly can be taught extra about why I made a decision to begin a Patreon on this far too emotional and confessional essay (lol).

Nonetheless, the TL/DR is that this: along with enabling me to maintain growing 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 photos 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 Notice

Whew! As a result of this put up has gone on lengthy sufficient, I’m going to skip the same old hyperlink sharing sections of my month-to-month replace posts. As a substitute, I’ll go away you with this hilarious video contrasting a lady begging recipe builders to not measure onions in cups whereas one other lady explains why you need to measure onions in cups.

That’s all for now, of us. I hope you all are staying secure and wholesome! Please let me know the way you’re doing within the feedback beneath, and be happy to share the concepts and points which can be 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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