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If you think you ate a lot last week, just take a look at junior content editor Sarah's week in food. Sarah versus food included a four-course brunch, three-course afternoon tea, fish and chips bigger than your head, boxes of moreish marshmallows, multiple bars of Lindt chocolate AND a much-needed caffeine fix in Brighton.
The set brunch menu at The Spice Market, in the centre of London's Chinatown, is possibly the best value, and certainly the largest meal I've ever eaten. For £20 you get four courses of traditional hearty dishes with a South East Asian twist. You won't need to eat for a week afterwards.
We were sent a little box of mango & sweet orange and coconut marshmallows from The Marshmallowists, who have transformed cheap campfire treats into gourmet gifts – they were oh-so squidgy, sticky and moreish, and look pretty as a picture. I'm a bit of a mango fiend so I particularly loved the fruity one – it counts as one of your five-a-day, right?
We spent the beginning of the week in sunny Brighton on a research trip. But, after all that brain-flexing, we needed a little fix. Just round the corner from our apartment was Small Batch Coffee. Delicious freshly roasted coffee with that incredible earthy coffee smell.
Most grandmothers want to 'feed you up,' but my granny took it to another level at Graveleys of Harrogate. I ordered jumbo haddock and chips and it could barely fit on my plate. Crispy batter, flaky fish and fluffy chips – there really is nothing like proper English fish and chips. If you're in Harrogate, don't forget to go to Betty's for a fat rascal (a plump, fruity scone.)
You're supposed to eat the sandwiches first at afternoon tea, but I went straight for the miniature lemon meringue pies perching on top of the three-tier afternoon tea cake stand at Harrods. Perfect pastry, delicious bitter-lemon filling and sweet meringue on top – the problem with dainty delicacies is that they're just too small! (You can see their petite meringue peaks poking out of the top...)
Expert chocolatier at Lindt, Stefan Bruderer, and tea taster, Tim Clifton, have come up with nine tea and chocolate pairings. So, in the name of research, I decided to try their suggestion of Earl Grey with Lindt Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate. 'The creaminess and caramel of the chocolate is perfectly complimented by the gentle citrus background of the bergamot,' says Stefan. I have to agree – truly, a match made in chocolate heaven. What chocola-tea (ahem) pairing will you try?