Foodie Finds #05

I’m a good little eater (larger than average). I’ve always had an interest in food, I’ve photographed and written about food for all sorts of interesting people and brands, and my blog ( won me the title of UK Food Blogger of the Year back in 2015.

One of the best things about food, I find, is that you can share it (if there’s enough to go round, of course), so, here I am to share my recent foodie finds with you, (although I still think foodie should be spelt ‘foody’, but that’s by-the-by, what counts here is the food, drink and related goodness).

From the small artisan product to the new restaurant launch, cook books, kitchen gadgets and everything in between, we hope you find something to whet your appetite.

Tyler and Hall Chocolate Brownies

I wouldn’t call these brownies, not in the traditional sense, they aren’t gooey in any way, but they are delicious. Rich and chocolatey, they are totally organic, vegan and gluten free. Crispy chia seeds add a great texture, and aside from the cacao, the only other ingredients are coconut related – sugar, flour, oil, all coconut.

Apart from being tasty, they are also quite filling, and excitingly (for all the nut allergy sufferers) they don’t contain nuts. So often gluten free offerings replace wheat flour with almond flour, but not here. Phew!

Pizza at Charlie’s Coffee Company (Cambridge)

I’m not a coffee lover so I often miss out, but Charlie’s do great coffee (I am told) and great pizza (I know) making this a place that I’d recommend for both. Behold the Il Pollo. I might have led a sheltered life, but I’d never had potato on a pizza before. Chicken, mozzarella, potato and rosemary. Mild flavoured, great pizza.

Charlie’s is super family friendly too, if you’ve got small children you’ll feel very at home.

Cobaltum Plate and Gumnut Tea Towel

Good food is better with good crockery, and I don’t think you can go wrong with blue and white. (In fact I am so adamant about that I wrote this whole article!) I have several pieces from Cobaltum’s collection and I love it all. Impeccable quality, very well glazed, and looks beautiful.

Here you can see my favourite Cobaltum small plate with the Gumnut tea towel, deisgned by austrailian artist Lauren Rugless for Nicoya Textiles.

Eggs Benedict at Bullitt Hotel (Belfast)

My breakfast of choice. I struggle to eat savoury breakfasts, but I make full exception for eggs benedict. These were good eggs, in a relaxed location, with good company. Sun streamed through the skylight and I felt ready for the day. If you’re in Belfast I think you’ll find the team at Bullitt really welcoming, helpful and friendly, and while their eggs are good, their service makes them excellent.

Cocoa Pod

Chocolates that you can spell words out with. I found these very sweet, a bit too sweet for me (maybe I should have only eaten one at a time?!), but still, chocolates that you can spell words out with. Endless possibilities.

Sisters Linda and Philippa import chocolate from Belgium and temper it in London, making all sorts of fun chocolatey things from advert calendars and chocolate coins, to golf balls, flowers and cupcakes. You can personalise a message for any occasion.

Soboro Bakery (Cambridge)

The other week I joined a bunch of lovely foodies from the Cambridge Eat Up! group for a picnic on Parkers Piece. New opening Soboro Bakery had invited me to give their offering a try, but instead of scoffing it all myself I opted to grab a couple of boxes of cakes and share them with my picnicking pals. I’m not a big fan of matcha so the green things didn’t really appeal to me, but the sesame seed sable (shortbread) was lovely.

Friends said it was a Japanese bakery, Soboro’s manager told me it was Korean, and their website nods to both. Enjoy!

Do you know an amazing Foodie Find that should be featured here? Get in touch, send biscuits!