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Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow: September 2020

The Home Counties is home to some of the finest places to eat in the UK. It is also home to some of the best up-and-coming food bloggers who are pushing food envy to new levels. 2020 has been a unique year and if there is one thing that we as a nation have done right this year, it would be appreciating good food.

We have handpicked four fabulous food bloggers who are worth following. From amazing recipes to insider knowledge of the finest places to dine, these foodies need to be on your feed.

Jess | Food Travel Fitness @girlwhobrunches

Girl Who Brunches – instagram.com/girlwhobrunches/

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

Locally, @Lussmanns – has the most amazing and sustainable fish menu. For all things sweet, it has to be @thepuddingstop.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

Thai or Italian – you can’t beat freshly made pasta or Neapolitan style pizza.

3. Favourite drink?

Chai latte (I’m a minority in the fact that I don’t really like coffee). Alcoholic – amaretto sour.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

Ottolenghi Simple – a lockdown purchase. really easy but tasty Middle Eastern recipes. Everything I’ve made from this book so far has been a winner.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

For cooking inspiration as well as restaurants – @mybossbuysmelunch – Lori has really smashed these two types of content over lockdown and has inspired me.

St Albans Foodie | nibblesanddribblesstalbans

Nibbles and Dribbles St Albans – instagram.com/nibblesanddribblesstalbans

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

We are completely spoilt for choice in St Albans, which is exactly why I do what I do, so I find this a really tough question! I think my absolute favourite is Dylan’s on George Street, especially for a roast dinner but their small plates are all beautifully put together and make for a really special meal.

Their sister pub ‘The Plough’ has a great vibe in the summer, especially with their pop-ups. Another favourite is The Bishop’s Cave. The selection of cheese and charcuterie is just amazing and the wines are also great. Staff there are so knowledgable if you ever have a problem ordering; I’ve always had a great night when I’ve been there.

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

I get asked this question a lot and I find it so difficult to answer. I decide one thing and then feel as though I am cheating on another! I don’t think I could live without Italian food however food with Asian influences are definitely one of my favourites. Vietnamese food has a very special place in my heart and I am so grateful that St Albans has Anne from ‘Taste Of Vietnam’ cooking up authentic Vietnamese treats each week! You also can’t beat a good old Sunday Roast!

3. Favourite drink?

Espresso martini. No question! Although I’m partial to a J2O in a pint glass, topped up with lemonade – so refreshing!

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

The most recent cookery book I have bought was the Hertfordshire cookbook, of course! I absolutely love that lots of my local favourites have been featured in this. It’s really nice to be able to try and cook up some of my favourites at home!. Next on my list if the fish cake from Lussmanns!

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

I love these two accounts: @reenee_eats and @hitchinfoodie both of them have a lovely mix of meals out and their own home-cooked food. They’re both so talented and they capture their dishes beautifully, I could scroll their feeds for hours!

Berks & Bite : Addicted to doughtnuts

Berk & Bite – instagram.com/berkandbite

1. My most favourite place to eat ever is Bar Iberico in Nottingham.

Down south I love Clay’s in Reading – they’re not open now due to Covid but launched a nationwide curry postal service!

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

I absolutely love Mexican food or Spanish tapas. I think I really love that style of eating where you get everything in the middle and share. Plus I’m super indecisive so it means I get to try lots of things from the menu. I’m also absolutely addicted to doughnuts and am making it my mission to try them from doughnut shops all over the UK.

3. Favourite drink?

Coffee. Without a doubt, great coffee is my absolute favourite. I also love an espresso martini when I go out.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

The most recent book is Flavour by Ottolenghi which is an entirely vegetarian cookbook. Ottolenghi is one of my most recent favourite chefs – his recipes are from the Middle East and are so tasty.

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

I recommend following @hellocuppies. She is a food blogger and Baker. She posts amazing recipes and recently opened her own cake cafe!

Bucks Foodie - Eating my way through independents / small chains

Bucks Foodie – instagram.com/bucksfoodie

1. What’s your favourite place to eat?

My favourite place to eat has got to be @bluegrassbbq I love their breakfasts just as much as their main menu. It’s one of those places that I’ve never been disappointed at & the food is ALWAYS delishhh!

2. Favourite meal/type of food?

My favourite meal is probably homemade sweet & sour chicken with egg fried rice. My dad taught me how to make sweet & sour sauce when I was about 14 & it’s been a big favourite ever since. I love Chinese food in general. It is such a comfort food to me, when I’m sad, when I’m celebrating, when I’m hungover 🤣 there’s also SO much choice – what’s not to love!!

3. Favourite drink?

If we’re talking alcoholic I love a Cosmopolitan – Carrie Bradshaw is, and always will be, my idol! Otherwise, a classic cup of tea is my go-to drink – all day every day.

4. Most recent/ favourite recipe book bought?

Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food! It is an amazing book & perfect if you’re on a budget, or fancy something easy. I’ve used the recipes for date nights and dinner parties, they always go down a treat!

5. Which food blogger would you recommend following?

@litestyle_choices & @a_foodie_eats are two of my personal favourites. They both post great recipes that are healthy & look delicious, as well as showcase what Buckinghamshire really has to offer in the foodie scene!


Four Fantastic Food Bloggers to follow

Each and every month, we will be featuring four new food bloggers to follow. If you are a food blogger and would like to be featured. follow us on Instagram and drop us a DM.

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St Albans’ favourite Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for reopening

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Chloe James Lifestyle prepares for lockdown reopening

As one of St Albans’ favourite destinations for all things haute couture, we are excited that Chloe James Lifestyle have announced they will be reopening this coming Monday 12th April.

Regular St Albans shoppers will know Chloe James Lifestyle has been a fixture on High Street St Albans for over 10 years. Despite being extremely busy preparing for the reopening, Owner Donna Nichol has shared her thoughts on reopening Chloe James Lifestyle and what changes fashionistas can expect.

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

Chloe James Lifestyle owner Donna Nichol

What are you looking forward to most at Chloe James Lifestyle?

Personally, I’m really looking forward to the buzz of a busy shop again – lots of chat and laughter and the general feel good vibes of helping people look and feel their best. Nothing beats it! When we reopen, we are going straight back to our normal hours i.e. 10-5.30 Monday to Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday. We can’t wait to open the doors again and welcome our customers back in!

What new changes can we expect at Chloe James Lifestyle?

The shop has had a complete refresh. Every single inch has been cleaned and there are lots of new products for our customers to enjoy, including great gift lines and a new jewellery brand as well as our Spring fashion collections. One of my personal favourites is a new French fashion label called FRNCH which we are currently featuring in our window – the colours are just stunning!

We love what independent businesses bring to St Albans. How do you think shoppers will respond post lockdown?

I believe there’s going to be a real return to shopping small. After all, we are the ones who have carried on throughout the pandemic, finding ways to adapt to our customers’ needs, offering Click & Collect and always being at the end of a phone to help find the perfect birthday gift. We’ve even personally delivered them on a specific date when it was possible!

We’ve also kept our windows vibrant to cheer up the daily walk and many people have said how much they loved this. It’s become apparent to everyone how much small independent businesses add to their community and we really must make sure they don’t disappear!


About Chloe James – Chloe James Lifestyle is an elegant lifestyle boutique based in St Albans specialising in fashion, art, stylish interiors and beautiful gifts.

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Amersham High Street Spanish restaurant Pluma prepares to reopen

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Buckinghamshire Spanish Kitchen Pluma prepares for reopening
Popular Spanish Kitchen Pluma is preparing to reopen its doors on Amersham High Street this week. Despite being extremely busy organising the reopening, co-founder Charlie Baxter has found some time to tell us what to expect when Pluma reopens. Charlie and wife Arantxa co-founded Pluma in 2012 with the goal of bringing the best Spanish traditions and culture to their food.

What are you looking forward to most at Pluma?

We will be opening on the 13th of April to the public. We have changed our opening hours for the dine out stage of lockdown ease to 12.00pm-8pm (last booking). We are most looking forward to greeting our wonderful guest back into the restaurant. We have missed them dearly.

What new changes can we expect at Pluma?

We have been working hard to create some amazing new dishes for the menu. which have been created by our head chef Luis Urrutiabeaskoa from Bilbao. We have also been hard at work in the bar to bring some exciting new cocktails to really help our guests celebrate the re-opening of restaurants with a bang.

Buckinghamshire Spanish Kitchen Pluma prepares for reopening

Fancy sampling Pluma cocktails this summer?

About Pluma

Pluma serve food with a conscience and are big believers in giving back, and doing good where they can. Pluma pride themselves on working closely with local suppliers who have the same ethical values. Pluma also have a great blog and social presence that we recommend following. Pluma can be found on 18 High St, Amersham, HP7 0DJ.

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Foodies For Thought : What are you doing when lockdown eases?

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TrendLife talks with local Three Counties foodies about life after lockdown

With a number of our favourite eateries across Beds, Bucks & Herts getting ready to open their doors (and gardens) next week, TrendLife have spoken with six of our favourite foodies to find out where they plan to visit and what they plan to do as lockdown eases across the Three Counties.

In our first of two features, we speak to local foodies Chris of @meat_with_beer, Rachel of @bucksfood and Nadia of @MyRudeFood.

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How has lockdown been for you?

Honestly I can’t complain. No one has had it easy, but I’ve got a job, I’ve not been furloughed, work’s been pretty busy, and family and friends are all safe and well.

Food and drink are social activities for me though and I love nothing more than going out with friends for drinks or to try somewhere new to eat. It’s my passion and before COVID it is what I would be doing most weekends. Obviously lockdown changed that, so instead I’ve cooked more, used some of the money saved by not commuting to upgrade my BBQ, and tried some of the great meal kits that are around now. Those really helped bring a flavour normality home.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the same but it can be fun. I’ve also tried to check out more local businesses, meaning I have come across some great places across Herts I didn’t know about before. That’s as well as supporting local places I love and want to still be there after lockdown. So generally I’ve tried to make the most of it.

Hertfordshire lockdown highlights for me have included: cheese from the Little Deli (Hitchin), beers from Beer Shop (Hitchin & St Albans), wine from Wee Vinoteca and Hedley Wright (both Hitchin), breakfast baps from The Bull (at Gosmore) and The Groundworks (Hitchin), meat from Chapman’s butchers (Baldock), plant based delights from Chia (Hitchin) and Vutie Beets (Letchworth) and desserts from Pudding Stop (St Albans) and Neighbourhood Bakes (Hitchin).

Hitchin has had some awesome hot food places open during lockdown too, like Cawsburger, Chicken George Jr and Major Crusts.

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

First will be a draft beer at the Kite in April, but I’m also looking forward to sangrias at Los Reyes, wine flights at Wee Vinoteca and some IPAs at Beer Shop in May.

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

Los Reyes and Beer Shop in Hitchin both get my top vote.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Not everywhere is opening in April, but if those that are I am looking forward to having a few beers and some food at the Kite at the Red Hart in Hitchin. I’ve got a table booked at Los Reyes in May too.


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myrudefood

How has lockdown been for you?

It’s a weird one for me, I have been living with chronic illness (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome & Adenomyosis) since 2001. Lessons of acceptance and gratitude that had already become part of my tool kit, have helped so much during lockdown. I have also improved my Skype skills, texted more and generally communicated more regularly with friends old and new.

I also attended a few distance learning courses & a couple of online seminars, which on all likely-hood I wouldn’t have done in ‘normal’ circumstances. Like many others home cooks I also grew and nurtured a “Mother” (sour dough starter) I lovingly called Birtha. Using Birtha I mastered sourdough bread making fairly successfully.

I made more banana bread and cookies than was strictly necessary. I don’t want to make light of the situation, but I am aware I was better prepared than a lot of people. The general sense of appreciating the little things, the joys that can be found in nature and music was already part of my general outlook.

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

It’s been a mixed bag, obviously I have missed my loved ones enormously. I’ve missed going out to restaurants , pubs, shopping, just the feeling of freedom that we used to take for granted. But truly, I just feel incredibly lucky that I wasn’t directly impacted by Covid-19 and was merely inconvenienced by Lockdown.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Really looking forward to a meal at the Alford Arms in Frithsden and my sister has already got us a table booked at Prime in Chandlers Cross

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

Hoping that I’ll have a fruity Pimms in a pub garden on a sunny spring afternoon.


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BucksFoodie : TrendLife talks with local Three Counties foodies about life after lockdown

How has lockdown been for you?

This latest lockdown has been hard, I think with the cold weather and the shorter days it’s been difficult for a lot of people.

I’ve been lucky that I’ve been able to work full-time ( & not just working from home) as it’s meant I’m out and about & can actually finance my #TakeawayTuesday that I started at the beginning of this year! I’ve tried to spend the money that I would’ve done at restaurants on food stalls & takeaways – supporting small, local businesses where I can.

I have enjoyed the odd day working from home – it’s meant I’ve had additional time to create content & experiment. I’ve LOVED the TikTok trends that have hit the foodie community. What better way to get people into cooking! I’ve definitely tried my hand at a few – the baked feta pasta is eaten at least twice a month in our house!

I think I’ve also found a lot more time to talk to fellow bloggers & businesses. I’ve made some truly wonderful friends like the lovely Fliss from @berkshirecollective_ but it’s all been virtual! I can’t wait to meet her & others in person! It’s a funny old thing Instagram, but I’m so grateful for the people it’s brought into my life & the relationships I’ve been able to establish with businesses, even if we’ve not seen each other face to face… yet! I won’t lie though – I’ll be glad to see the end of zoom!

What is going to be the first drink you order at the bar?

Well – definitely a STRONG cosmopolitan! I’ve missed cocktails, I just cannot seem to make good enough one’s at home. Or a G & T, hopefully with a local Gin, Bucks is bursting with amazing Gin distillers!

Where have you missed visiting the most during the lockdown?

I’ve definitely missed bars! Especially places like The Snug & Bar Botanic in High Wycombe. As well as some of my local coffee shops that haven’t been able to open at all for takeaways. That being said, I love a coffee shop in general and it’s been hard to get that ‘experience’ when you’re just picking up a takeaway coffee.

I kept my love for some restaurants alive by ordering takeaways from them – I loved the Lata Lata at Home takeaway, it was a delight to experience the brilliance of their food at home – but I’m very excited to get back to their gorgeous location. I can’t wait to sit in a restaurant, and get that buzz & excitement of reading a menu, placing your order and eagerly waiting for its arrival.

Where is the first place you plan to visit when the restrictions are lifted?

Probably my local pub – The George & Dragon in West Wycombe they’re a fantastic team and they deserve all the support possible. I’m also hoping to go to The Full Moon Pub in Little Kingshill, Lata Lata in High Wycombe and Pluma in Amersham. I’m going to stick to independents as much as I can. Besides actual venues I’d love to go to more food markets, and visit more food stalls.

Foodies For Thought : What are you doing when lockdown eases?

If you are a foodie from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire or Hertfordshire, get in touch as we would like to hear from you. We will be working with eateries in the Three Counties this summer and have a number of opportunities for foodies and food bloggers.

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