Back in December, I went on my first ever blogger date!
It only made sense for me to take the leap with the lovely Miho of Wander to Wonder, a blog I've adored since last summer, and one that you absolutely must take a look at if you don't know it! Just reading Miho's beautifully written and photographed lifestyle, food and travel posts convinced me that she'd be exactly the kind of lady I'd love to be friends with. So it was that we arranged to meet for some Peruvian feasting at Señor Ceviche.
I've been a bit of a hermit this winter, but to my great relief, hanging out with Miho came as the easiest thing in the world. We chatted, sipped cocktails (reduced for happy hour! You know how much I love a good discount...) and laughed uproariously as if we'd been pals for years. It's pretty strange knowing so much about someone's life before you've even met them properly, but also kind of wonderful! Oh, the joys of blogging.
I ordered a fruity Ayahuasca cocktail (rum, peach liqueur, spiced pineapple syrup, bitters and ginger beer!) and Miho went for a classic pisco sour. Delicious as these were, we girls cannot live on five pound cocktails alone. So we called the waiter over and ordered a whole host of exciting sounding dishes (Miho's listed all the ones we've ordered on her blog!) As I've said time and time again, I seriously love tapas style sharing dishes - and Señor Ceviche did not disappoint.
There's a lot of happiness to be derived from going out to eat with someone who understands the importance of taking photos of all your food, I can tell you!
I had a tiny moment of disappointment with the Pachamanca pork belly ribs - I'd been hoping for sticky, tender meat, but they were a little drier than I'd expected.
But the incredibly tender Flat Iron Anticuchos beef skewers were outstanding and more than made up for the little blip with the ribs! The beef was cooked to perfection (i.e. fairly rare!) and the spicy aji rocoto sauce made it the zingiest flat iron steak I'd ever had.
The signature Señor Ceviche dish of sea bream ceviche with tiger's milk, avocado and tempura baby squid was also a winner. Mmmm.
The dishes were so fresh and light, they felt...dare I say...healthy. Which obviously gave us free reign to go all out with pudding! But we were wanting something a little more substantial than the posset or brownie on the SC menu. Our quandary was that we didn't really know many places (aside from ice cream pit stops like my beloved Gelupo!) where we could walk in and grab dessert without a main meal. But Zomato came to the rescue, and after deliberating over a few recommendations, we knew where we were going.
We headed out into the cold December night to marvel over the central London Christmas lights (I've been missing all the Christmassy decorations so much, can't lie) and strolled over to our destination: L'Eto Caffé on Wardour Street.
L'Eto has a huge range of cakes - I always salivate in front of the window when I walk past - and best of all, it serves right up until 11PM on a Friday! So if you're ever craving something sweet late at night in central London, you know where to go...
We ordered a super cute glass teapot of camomile tea and picked our cakes.
All the cakes were beautiful. Except one. And I, of course, was won over by a taste of it. Sitting in a dish, the soggy Dulce de Leche cake called to me, and I just had to respond. Couldn't help it.
I'd say this was the Tower of Pisa of cakes. Amazingly creamy and custardy, but wonky as a result of how wet it was. And no amount of angling the plate could disguise its monstrous iceberg-like form...Ha! I'm such a bad blogger.
Luckily, Miho saved the day by choosing the most aesthetically pleasing cake on display: the honey cake, topped with a jewel-like raspberry.
With beautifully crisp layers, this was definitely a cake any self-respecting blogger could be proud to be seen with! *Retreats into corner clutching ugly cake*
|Photo courtesy of Miho!|
It was so lovely to meet a fellow blogger and be able to chat about blog things that my friends wouldn't understand - oh, and to be able to photograph my food without shame! Can't wait to meet many more of you wonderful bloggers. Miho and I have already planned our next date and I'm so excited...I know it's going to be a good one!