Bubble Food

Once upon a time at The Fat Duck I lived out a foodie fantasy of epic proportion. When reliving this experience, I revealed what really makes my taste buds tingle. As much as I adore and crave simple, rustic flavours that wrap me in a blanket of delicious comfort, I lust for dining experiences that provide theatre, mystery and excitement as well as incredible flavour.

When I first discovered Bubble Food, I developed an instant obsession. Bubble Food is one of London’s leading catering companies, but aren’t serving up the boring prawn cocktails and fried croquettes you’re picturing in your mind. They take catering not only to a different level, but to a different world. A world where molecular gastronomy meets bite sized treats.

Imagine my excitement when I was invited along to preview their Spring/Summer menu for 2013. The kind of excitement that leaves butterflies flapping around your empty stomach waiting to be fed a delicious treat. As you can imagine, everything was phenomenal. Each dish was inventive, surprising and incredibly delicious.

Since it was a preview menu and hadn’t yet been released to the public, unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to take any photos. This made it all feel a bit top secret, but I do at least have an image of the menu’s stand out dish.

The menu’s star dish and my absolute favourite was the Golden Goose Eggs with Foie gras mousse. The foie gras was combined with rhubarb crisps and chilli chocolate chips which was then topped with violet caviar and micro watercress bunnies. This has to be the most luxurious, memorable spring themed egg I’ve ever tasted. The smooth texture of the Foie gras was complimented by the tangy rhubarb crisps, sweet spicy chili chocolate chips, and incredible pop of violet caviar. Spring Bubble Food

The rest of the menu went down the same magical Willy Wonka-esque route. My other favourite dish was the Mini chocolate pots with chilli chocolate bars & popping candy; a chocoholic’s dream. Rich, chocolatey mouthfuls of high quality chocolate eventually give way to an explosion of popping candy in your mouth and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since.

I cannot recommend Bubble Food Catering enough. Whether you want to have some fun with a party at home, add some sparkle to your special day or wow guests at a corporate event, Bubble Food will leave guests gushing for years to come.

To find out more about them, click here and to contact them, click here.

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Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day.

You can’t forget it, because it’s everywhere.
Signs in shop windows, gift guides in magazines and little red hearts everywhere.

Now I know there a few of you that are very anti-Vday, but listen up.
If you’re single, it’s the perfect excuse to either treat yourself to a night out with your girlfriends or consume a pint of ice cream guilt free.
If you’re loved up, it’s a day to show someone hey, you make me happy and I like sharing my world with you. 

If you’re stuck for ideas, I have a few varying in price and mushiness for your boo, girlfriend, best friend, and even your mum.

The Gift:

Chanel Red

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour £18
Everyone has a lovely lady in their life that deserves to have killer claws. My favourite is Rouge Noir, Number 18

Macarons

Pierre Hermé Macarons £14-£22
Nothing says I love you like a box of decadent macarons.
Pop into Selfridges and customise your gift by selecting his or her favourite flavours.
A box of 7 macs are £14, or get the Valentine’s Day box Les Macarons de Saint-Valentin for £22.

I Love You Ring

Tiffany & Co. I Love You Ring £100
For the serious couple, say it with Tiffany’s.
No, not an engagement ring! Just an I love you ring, so she always knows you love her…even when you forget your anniversary.

Perfume Floris Bespoke Perfume £195
For this one, you’d have to really know the other person’s favourite scents in order to create their perfect perfume. But, I think that this is such a thoughtful gift.
Spend 90 minutes consulting with a Floris perfumer and choose from a range of scents to personalise a 100ml fragrance.

Massage Oil

Massage Oils £10
To tease and please, why not give a sensual back massage with Polynesian Massage Oil.

Hotel Chocolate

Chocolates £45
When it comes to chocolates, everyone knows that the bigger the box, the more you love them.

LingerieSomething sexy to spice up your night £20-£200
Take a cheeky peek at Agent Provocateur for some luxury lingerie or Gilly Hicks for a great deal on on some down undies.

Flower card

Flower Card £10-£20
Don’t get her flowers, they die.
Ok, she probably likes flowers. But instead of paying an extortionate price for roses on Valentine’s Day, how about a big bunch of her favourites. Or how about this neat flower card. Strange, but creative.

Bacon

The Bacon Club £17-£30
Give the gift of bacon because let’s be honest, who doesn’t love bacon?
Remind your man how much you love him every month with a nice stack of meat.
The Bacon Club sends a 2 pack of British bacon for £17.50 or 4 pack for £29.77 will be delivered right to your door each month.

Batman cufflinks

Batman Cufflinks £16
For the inner nerd that manages spreadsheets by day and crime by night.
Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na BATMAN!
(you’re welcome for now having that stuck in your head for the rest of the day)

Oil set

Vom Fass Customised Oil Sets
For the chef, pop into Selfridges for a Vom Fass customised oil set. You can choose from a selection of different bottles and sample which flavour oils you’d like to buy. Alternatively, order them online to be shipped to your door. If you’re doing this, I’d suggest the miniature oils and vinegars gift set which gives you a variety of 8 little bottles for £25.

Passport Holder

Leather Passport Covers £29 him / her
For the frequent flyer that loves a good travel accessory.

Destination Print

Personalised Destination Print £38
For the traveling couple, this awesome print of destinations you’ve been, or plan on going. It’s a sweet way of encapsulating memories without putting all your vacation photos on display.

The Date:
Now if your girlfriend / friend / boyfriend / mum is anything like me, the way to their heart is through their stomach.

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For an easy, romantic night in, why not grab some pre-made dough and all his or her favourite pizza toppings and spend the evening making your own pizzas. Share them cuddled up watching an action rom-com movie.

Kitchen TableFor the gourmet foodie, surprise them with seats at Bubbledog’s Kitchen Table. Check their twitter feed here for seats available and reservations.
There are limited seats left for Valentine’s Night – email info@bubbledogs.co.uk to reserve your spot.

Bubble Food Valentine

If you don’t want to battle for reservations, you could pull out all the stops and have molecular gastronomy created right in your very own kitchen.
Bubble Food will bring molecular fine dining to you with liquid nitrogen cocktails, deconstructed canapés, floating mains, and a Valentine’s Day dessert of champagne caviar sabayon with bitter chocolate crispy strawberry and liquid cherries.
No true foodie could turn down this love potion.
Contact them to arrange your showstopper evening here.

Complete your gift with a thoughtful, meaningful Valentine. I’ve attached a few for inspiration.Valentine

Valentine Valentine
Valentine

I hope this V-day fills you with lots of love and chocolates whatever you do.
But mostly chocolates.