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Food Porn Tour of Brighton

Food Porn Tour of Brighton

For my birthday this year my best friend Tami (and fab beauty and lifestyle blogger over at theguiltygirl.com) booked us a night away in one of the UK’s most loved seaside towns, Brighton. The plan was to eat, drink and be merry without the boys in tow #sorrynotsorryboys ;) and Brighton didn’t disappoint.

I knew we were going to have some lovely meals out whilst staying in Brighton because when you’ve been friends as long as we have (but only get to see each other about twice a year), there’s always lots to catch up on; but I never anticipated Brighton to be such a fabulous foodie paradise!

Arriving at lunchtime on the first day we had a walk down The Lanes (Brighton’s vintage hub crammed with quaint and wondrous shops, funky restaurants and cafes) on the look out for a place to have lunch. We landed on Little Bird Cafe, a little cafe with no more than six tables in it but with a warm and unique quality that was the most welcoming down the strip.

Little Bird Cafe

Little Bird Cafe

The independent cafe prides themselves on their diverse vegetarian and vegan options as well amazing cake selection which includes, dairy-free and gluten-free options for those with special dietary needs.

For only about £7, I got a drink, a packet of vegetable crisps and a homemade bowl of Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup with fresh crusty bread for dunking. It was a great start to our food tour.

Little Bird Cafe Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato Soup

After lunch we were ready to move onto dessert so made our way from the Little Bird Cafe and that’s when the cake shop opposite, Cloud 9 Cafe caught our eye with it’s candy coloured cake display in the window.

Cloud 9 BrightonBeing inside the cafe was like being inside a Candy Land as all senses were heightened with the bright colours, fresh cake icing and quirky art displays. A sign inside said: “If there’s no cake in heaven, I ain’t going”, so we knew we were in the right place. As we concurred, we sat down and shared the most perfectly crafted rainbow cake we had ever seen. The icing was creamy and sweet without leaving us in a sugar coma.

The owners left their 9-5 jobs in London to set up their own cake shop with the aim to make the best cakes and ice-cream in Brighton, and I have to say from what we tasted, they’re already there! You can tell they only use the best natural ingredients from the taste of the cakes and the fact that everything is made fresh everyday gives it a real personal touch. You know these cakes have been made with love :)

Rainbow Cake Cloud 9 Cafe Brighton

The utterly scrumptious Rainbow Cake

For our evening meal, Tam surprised me with a visit to Brighton’s original vegetarian restaurant, Food for Friends. It is a restaurant that had come highly recommended by food bloggers but if that wasn’t enough to convince us the restaurant was included on the ‘Good Food Guide 2015’ and runner-up as ‘Best Ethical Restaurant in the UK’ in the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

Food for Friends Sign

Food For Friends vegetarian restaurant

Chickpea Curry Food for Friends Restaurant

Curry Platter

Food for Friends is what I would consider a premium vegetarian restaurant. The type of food establishment that take a selection of ingredients and does something unique with them, combining things that you wouldn’t even think would go together. Tam picked the Haloumi Burger with triple cooked chips and I (for the first time ever) picked the Curry Platter. I’m not really a curry eater but after looking at the restaurant’s combination of chickpeas, aubergine, spinach, butternut and Balti-style curry on a bed of pea basmati rice, I knew I had to try it. And I loved it! It was perfectly proportioned and felt really light with the healthy combination of ingredients.

For dessert we shared the (not so healthy or light!) Assiette of Chocolate, which was a platter of different chocolate combinations including, molten chocolate pudding, chocolate brownies, mousse white chocolate ice-cream, chocolate meringue and chilli chocolate crisps. It was delicious but a little sickly. We managed half way through it and gave up, best dessert for a group of four we’d say! You can read Tami’s review of Food for Friends right here.

Assiette of Chocolate Platter Food for Friends

Assiette of Chocolate Platter

After an excellent first day of fabulous food, we continued on our Brighton Food Tour on the second day with a visit to Cafe Coho for breakfast. Another great recommendation by a fellow blogger and Brighton’s ‘best loved cafe’.

Cafe Coho Brighton

Tea Pig Tea at Cafe Coho

Pancake Tower Cafe Coho

Pancake Tower

We both ordered the ‘Pancake Tower’ which was an American-style stack of fluffy pancakes with whipped natural yoghurt and drizzled with maple syrup. They were the best pancakes I had ever tasted. The pancakes combined with whipped yogurt and fresh fruit was a great start to our final day.

After our leisurely breakfast we took a long walk along Brighton Pier and the seafront, skipping lunchtime in favour of walking into Hove to find the infamous ‘coloured huts’. Afterwards we headed back to The Lanes for afternoon tea at art and design focused chocolatier, Choccywoccydoodah.

Choccywockydoodah

A very busy Choccywoccydoodah!

I ordered the white chocolate cake with turkish delight (my favourite!) with a side of vanilla ice-cream and a pot of english breakfast tea. We had a lovely chin wag whilst making our way through the mountain of chocolate and enjoyed relaxing in what was historically attic space or the ‘secret rooms’ of the shop…but more about Choccywoccydoodah in a future post ;)

White chocolate Cake Choccywoccydoodah

White Chocolate and Turkish Delight Cake

We spent the rest of the day full to the brim with chocolate (have you seen that cake??), so for our final meal opted for a modest bagel from Brighton bagel delicatessen, Bagelman.

Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to photograph our lovely bagels, but just imagine being in bagel heaven where there is every type of bread, filling, sauce, side and topping and you’re pretty close to what Bagelman are all about…

Bagelman

Source: www.bagelman.co.uk

Interesting story, Bagelman was started in 1996 when a university student started a one-man bagel delivery service to help fund his way through a degree at Brighton University. In response to popular demand, the first Bagelman store opened in 1999 at 7 Bond Street and since then they have grown to four other stores. All that from a one-man bagel delivery service! Not only that but the staff were super friendly and helped us pick the right combinations to give us the most delicious tasting ‘could almost be in New York’ bagel experience. Top dawg!

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Source: www.bagelman.co.uk

Topped up with bagels we bid farewell to a splendiferous weekend of yummy food in Brighton and headed home. For anyone thinking about going to Brighton, make sure you have an empty stomach because you will want to fill it up at every corner!

Have you been to Brighton? Would you recommend anywhere good to eat? I’d love to hear your recommendations in comments below :)

Mel x

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Hi! I'm Mel a full-time Marketeer and part-time adventurer. I’m a British travel blogger who loves nothing more than immersing myself in different cultures and exploring new places. My goal is to inspire all of you office dwellers to follow your travel dreams whilst still working your 9-5.