A Foodie’s Stroll along Covent Garden with a Toddler

Covent Garden, London. I absolutely adore strolling along its elegant piazza, taking in the atmosphere and enjoying the living statues and performers. There’s a true buzz to this place and my toddler loved running around chasing pigeons and observing the street entertainers. However, she did keep a safe distance from the incredible live statues. My other half is also kept entertained (much to my delight) as there’s an Apple shop which kept him occupied for a little while at least whilst I enjoyed a spot of window shopping.

Sssshhhh ,there’s also lots of ‘tummy temptations’. Its not a secret that I love eating and I have a very sweet tooth. First stop, Laduree! French macarons are one of my true weakness, I love them. (They are so expensive though) Their display is always impeccable and is always way too inviting. Aaaah, a little box to share.

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Even if it can get very crowded, I still enjoy looking around some tourist-friendly crafts. This stall in the Apple Market definitely caught my eye as my toddler absolutely loves dancing. The quote was so apt ‘ Born To Dance ‘.

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The Apple Market was gorgeous in all of it festive glory. We had a wonderful time catching a few shows, relaxing and just enjoying each other’s company.

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Time for sweet treat number 2. Intense dark chocolate soft serve with raspberry sauce on a crunchy waffle cone from Godiva. It was heavenly.

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Of course, after all these lovely sweet treats .. the toddler just had to announce that she was hungry. Starving in fact. We managed to squeeze in a few photographs before stumbling upon a friendly family-run restaurant, Pasta Brown. Luckily, they had smaller starter size pasta portions on their menu.

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Mummy daughter duo

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One with her grandpa

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One must dance, everywhere.

Hello, Pasta Brown.

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Gamberoni, butterfly king prawns sautéed in garlic butter with mixed leaves. The sauce was perfection.

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Spaghetti Alio Olio Alice. Chicken, brocolli, pine nuts, chilli, garlic and olive oil.

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Classic Bolognese which little one loved. Dairy and egg free option for her.

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I have a soft spot for family run restaurants and they dealt with all our requests very well. Delicious food is the main thing though. Mmmm! I would definitely go back. Do drop by if you are around Covent Garden, I have made a mental note in my head to explore the London Transport Museum the next time we are there.

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Raspberry Mascarpone Macarons

Was trying to hunt down pictures of Paris and this is the best that I could find. Love love love Laduree especially their macarons. Everything offered on their menu was exquisite. Definitely did not disappoint, well worth the 30 minute wait for a table.

Slightly carried away, not a Laduree review but a post featuring my homemade macarons with no food colouring. They would have looked much better in pink but I tend to avoid using colouring.

For the shells:

90 grams egg whites (left at least overnight in the fridge)

25 grams granulated sugar

200 grams icing sugar

110 grams ground almonds

For the filling:

110 grams mascarpone (at room temperature)

3 tablespoons raspberry jam

If you are interested in how I made them, there will be another blog post coming up, as I made them again with a blackcurrant filling.

Check out my macaron pops! *Heart* everything on a stick, you have to try them out sometime.

Excuse the ‘punctured’ macarons, was careless when I was handling them.


These were delicious! The mascarpone filling was creamy and complemented the raspberry conserve very well. The worst part is having to wait a day for the macarons to ‘mature’.

Are you a macaron fan?