Brand New: Cafe Gusto
How nice is it to have a local ‘mom & pops’ café sitting on your doorstep? I guess I should know by now that everything in Earls Court is on my doorstep and that Earls Court has practically everything in it.
Lately I have been particularly enjoying the freshly made juices at Cafe Gusto. My favourite is the Carrot, Apple and Beetroot but that’s not listed on the menu so you’ll have to ask for a Caro Special.
The Cafe is right on the main drag but still manages to give you an escape from the traffic once you are safely ensconced in the cafe itself. The menu boasts simple fair made beautifully. And FRESH! Breakfast is served nearly all day people, and this is important because it means you can have pancakes at 3pm if you so choose… Have you ever heard of a Shakahuka? That’s poached eggs on a home-made marinara sauce covered in melted cheese with a crusty baguette on the side. Yes please.
There are specialties to be had here, moussaka and meatballs are made and sold out daily. Their lasagna is outstanding. If you have a sweet tooth you are in for one heck of a sugar kick. The only thing not on display is the Apple Strudel but I defy you to get beyond the glass case filled with freshly baked cheese cake and glorious tiramisu. Yum.
But like I said, I’m only there for the juices…Cafe Gusto 159 Earl’s Court Road, Earl’s Court, SW5 9RQ 020 36893391
Poetry Night – The Troubadour
If anywhere is going to host a regular Live Poetry event it’s going to The Troubadour, Earls Court.
The quirky café plays host to some of the most innovative entertainment in the area and they never fail to deliver the goods they advertise. As proof, poetry night is often a sell out.
Running since early 1997 and set up by published poet and author Anne-Marie Fyfe, this long standing fortnightly performance takes on many shades of regalement by offering up a plethora of artists and poets from all levels of fame within the craft. Not only that, some nights turn into lively debates on the latest publishings or the celebration of past greats with the likes of Keats, Yeats, Rilke being performed, dissected and discussed live.
All of this takes place in the cellar club at the bottom of The Toubadour House and costs as little as £6.00 to attend. So grab yourself a beret and a studied look of deep thought and get thee down to a reading.
Readings are on alternative Mondays from 8 to 10 pm, doors open 7.30pm. For more information, please visit Ann-Marie Fyfe’s website www.coffeehousepoetry.org or contact her on 020 8354 0660.Poetry Night The Troubadour 265 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9JA 020 7341 6333
The Brownie Box – Earls Court Bakery
It’s a muggy and miserable day here in Earls Court and I’m sure the rest of London isn’t fairing any better. On days like these I often develop a determination to stay indoors and ratchet up the heating. That way I can still pretend that I am living in tropical climes and need not envelop myself in the nearest duvet and mope.
But sometimes even number eleven on my electric heater can’t do the trick and I have to turn to other creature comforts. Namely food. Mainly cake.
I’m gazing out of my window at a very neat and tidy opaque sky, light grey and so close I think I might be able to reach out and touch it. I need a hot chocolate, and something sticky and sweet and filling and delicious to go with it.
I’ve walked by The Brownie Box in Earls Court more times than I can count and, upon reflection, it amazes me that I haven’t yet succumbed to at least one or two of those tempting tasters laid out on top of the cake display. I’ve been trying to be good you see, since the birth of my baby girl, and The Brownie Box is relatively new and has suffered the myopic vision that comes with the Dukan Diet.
But I ditched that crazy diet a few weeks back, along with any dreams of fitting into a size 8 again anytime soon, and frankly there is just no excuse now for not giving this delightful little bakery a fair crack.
So here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to close this laptop, wrap up in something warm and get me some cake. I will report back anon…
Brownies and Muffins and Cakes, Oh My!
I thought it only fair that I try more than one of the treats on offer in order to give a fair appraisal of the available goods. There is an argument for trying out one of their hybrid NYC Style Bronuts but I went for one Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brownie (there is only one other combination on this planet as meant to be as PB and Chocolate and that is bread and cheese), one Black Velvet Cake (a moist, fudgy richness combined with a splash of Guinness apparently – Uh-mazing) and finally one Triple Chocolate Blondie (the much underrated sibling of the plain old Brownie).
Diet and weather be damned, The Brownie Box has cured my blues! And their hot chocolate ain’t bad either.Brownie Box 247 Old Brompton Road, West Brompton, SW5 9HP Mon-Fri. 8:00am – 7:00pm Sat. 9:00am – 8:00pm Sun. 10:00am – 7:00pm 020 7373 9111