I’ve known Emma since I was sixteen years old (just made myself feel ancient), and she is one of those people that when she gets laughing, the laughing just won’t stop. She is currently training for a marathon, A MARATHON, and I honestly couldn’t be more impressed.
I am so happy Emma has started a foodie Instagram, from sharing delicious looking homemade dinners to exploring what London and her travels have to offer, it’s fabulous.
I honestly couldn’t think of anyone better to have ice cream covered in candy floss with!
Get to know Emz Eats….
Why did you choose Instagram as your main social platform?
Because its visual! It’s my favourite social platform for this reason. It’s to the point, snappy (excuse the pun) and so easy to get immersed into browsing through images. You can get a real insight into people’s interests by seeing the places they go and what they do. Also I’m not much of a writer… As a designer it’s my job to make mundane things visually appealing and love to do the same with the food in my Instagram posts. I love taking photo’s everywhere I go so it’s great to have a platform to share with like-minded people.
Give us three reasons to follow you on Instagram:
It’s homemade (mostly) – I usually cook things from scratch and take inspiration from others on Instagram, so hopefully others do the same of mine.
It’s not fussy – I usually use what’s in my cupboards along with what I can find in my local supermarket which is tiny with not many options. It’s not all about cooking with fancy ingredients or anything too complicated. I like to cook fresh and I like a bargain, so a combination of the two is a bonus!
Some tip offs for decent meals around London – I post about places that I’ve been to that I liked. It’s a bit of a variety from pop ups to fancy restaurants, so hopefully something for everyone.
Name your favourite thing about London:
I love the little villages and boroughs in London, each with their own thing, be it beautiful quaint little lanes, markets and squares like Notting Hill and Hampstead or cool little street markets and bars in railway arches like Brick Lane and Hackney. You can literally find it all and anything goes!
Name your favourite thing about Edinburgh:
The history! I love all of the Georgian architecture of the new town against the backdrop of the old town. Also that its pocket sized compared to London. I used to take for granted getting into town in 10 minutes and having everything on your doorstep!
What is your favourite food to eat? Why?
That’s tough as it’s on an ever changing basis… I’d say my favourite food right now would be some kind of Turkish feast! I love the fresh ingredients, the grilled meat and vegetables, and the way they cook their rice is out of this world. Plus, mezze!
What is your least favourite food to eat? Why?
Jelly! I can’t stand the texture.
Where is your favourite place in London to eat and why?
Sardine in Old Street for a really fresh, seasonal menu in a little, chilled out setting. Its wholesome, really great food and not in the slightest bit snooty about it. I spotted a well-known celebrity food writer on my visit there, so it must be saying something about it! Also, I would use the words hidden gem in their highest sense, as it sits directly behind a McDonalds drive through.
Where is your favourite place to drink in London and why?
The Narrow in Limehouse is great as its right on the banks of the River Thames on the edge of Limehouse Basin. In summer you can sit outside and watch the boats go by, and in winter, they fill their conservatory with cosy cushions and furry blankets so you can stay cosy while enjoying the view. One thing though, although it’s part of the Gordon Ramsay group, it is better to go here for drinks as the food is a little overpriced for small, and slightly underwhelming portions (sorry Gogz!).
Where is your favourite place to have a coffee in London and why?
I recently discovered the café in the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly, and it’s one of the prettiest places I’ve ever stopped for coffee! The coffee packs a punch too! It’s a lovely space with high archways, old paintings and sculptures and best enjoyed when it’s a little quieter.
You can only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cypriot mezze… because there are about 11 courses so it’d take me a while to tire of the options and I hate being tied to one kind of food.
What is your biggest food vice?
Cheese… Hands down, cheese!
What is your favourite city for food other than Edinburgh/London? Any recommendations?
Paris, because see above answer. Also they are major foodies so it’s easy to find a great selection. Also the bakeries are out of this world, as is the wine… and the cheese… the list goes on…
Fill in the gaps : If I had to be food I would be ….. Because…
A big bowl of spaghetti bolognaise with loads of cheese because it’s hearty, filling, comforting, wholesome and what’s not to love about that?!
What are your three favourite social media accounts to follow? (Can be any form of social media)
@thefoodmedic @prettylittlelondon on Instagram and Tasty on Facebook (I can’t get enough of the food videos!!)
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