Saturday, 27 June 2015

Knoops - Rye

My mum and I took a short weekend break to the seaside and stayed in a cute village named Rye and discovered an absolute gem of a cafe called Knoops.

Knoops is located on the edge of the village and is renowned for their hot chocolates. Knoops offer a variety of strengths from 28% cocoa (white chocolate) to 99% very bitter dark chocolate. According to the lady who was working this cafe is one of a kind.

The lady who worked there was very helpful and let us taste the different chocolate chips to help us decide. However as I had enjoyed a hot chocolate earlier on in the day and it was a warm day I decided to have a milkshake instead. The milkshakes were only available in 34% and 70%, however they are currently working on other strengths.

In addition to the simple hot chocolate you can also add flavours to the drink such as a shot of baileys, thyme, or sea salt.

My mum had the 34% hot chocolate with added sea salt as the lady recommended it as it would taste like salted caramel. I had the 34% hot chocolate, however the lady let me taste the 70% and it was far too rich for me despite being a lover of dark chocolate. We also shared a shortbread.  

We liked the place so much that we went back the next day and both me and mother had a milkshake each.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Smoke Barbecue

I have finally finished University forever. I have absolutely loved being in Sheffield and calling the amazing city my second home. Before leaving Sheffield there were a number of places I wanted to visit and one was the famous Smoke Barbecue home of the massive meat platter. Myself and a friend finally visited on the bank holiday weekend.

Smoke is renowned for selling meat, and lots of it. Typically the menu is very limited You can choose from ribs, burgers, or chili, standard plates, or the smoke plate.

We shared the smoke plate, which comes with pulled pork, turkey leg, chicken and sausage, twice cooked chips and another choice of side - we went for the mac n cheese.

We were warned the platter was big, but did not anticipate for it to be so huge! We really struggled to eat everything, but tried our best! The twice cooked chips were simply delicious, but the mac n cheese, was something else. When in America we had the best mac n cheese in Vegas, and this one at Smoke, could quite easily match it! My favourite part of the meat was the sausage - it was yummy!

If you are ever visiting Sheffield I would recommend a visit here, the men of the family/party would thoroughly enjoy it and may be interested in the Man vs Food challenge, with the opportunity to win £100 and appear of the Smoke Facebook Page......?!!!!