Lemon Cayenne Pepper Diet

Any dieter out there would know this for a fact. There are plenty of diets out there but only few of them actually work. One of those diets is the lemon cayenne pepper diet. It’s all natural and practically has no side effects, plus, it also works wonders for the body. Now, if you are interested Any dieter out there would know this for a fact. There are plenty of diets out there but only few of them actually work. One of those diets is the lemon cayenne pepper diet. It’s all natural and practically has no side effects, plus, it also works wonders for the body. Now, if you are interested in trying the lemon cayenne pepper diet there are a few little things you have to consider. The most important of them all is to check with your doctor first, before you submit yourself to using the diet, to make sure that your body is in the most suitable condition to be able to handle it. The lemon cayenne pepper diet would surely make you lose weight and as such, it is only recommended for those who are actually overweight. There are strict rules to follow once you start doing it and it is imperative that you not do it for more than two weeks because the body still needs other nutrients in order for it to function properly and effectively. Your organs need these nutrients too in order for them to do their job without hassle. The lemon cayenne pepper diet is preferred by many people not just because of the fact that it works but also because it is one of the most affordable ways to lose weight.

Once you decide to go through with it, you needn’t buy any expensive pill or powder as well as any sort of food supplement to begin with. All you need are all natural ingredients such as real maple syrup, cayenne pepper, lemon or lime juice and distilled or bottled water. This diet would help your body detoxify and get rid of all the harmful toxins that have accumulated in your system that can also become the reason as to why it’s so difficult for you to lose the weight. The lemon cayenne pepper diet would help in getting rid of these toxins as well as promote better digestion, a faster metabolic rate as well as give you a lighter feeling afterwards. In fact, you would not only feel cleansed and lighter after the diet but you would shed the pounds off as well. However, there are a few things to remember when you are on the lemon cayenne pepper diet. The first of which is to refrain from doing anything strenuous, such as exercising, because of the fact that while you’re on the diet, your body does not get enough calories that would help you get through the stress given by cardio exercise or strength building routines.

If you feel the need to exercise, opt for a simple walking activity but don’t go too far because as we have mentioned above you don’t have enough calories in your system to be able to achieve this. Basically, the lemon cayenne pepper diet is a lot like fasting and as such the most stressful part about the whole diet happens mentally. Many people discourage themselves from doing it because they feel like they cannot last a day without solid food. But if you really are keen on losing the weight and at the same time detoxifying your body of the harmful toxins it has accumulated, then you should definitely give this diet a go.

Restaurant Reviews Gumbo a go go Indianapolis in

In the chaotic, rat-race world we live in, people don’t have time to sit down and eat anymore. Everything we do is based around how quickly something can get done. It’s not enough that my car goes 120 mph; I want it to go 150. Next day delivery isn’t fast enough; I might as well e-mail it. Even dial-up connections are becoming obsolete; it’s all about high-speed now. So, it makes sense that we have extended this rapidity to our eating habits as well, which is why fast food is so popular.

In the world of fast food, burgers are king. Followed by imitation Mexican and Chinese food (anyone who’s been to Mexico or China will tell you that it only slightly resembles the original in the broadest of terms.) But there is one place to eat on the north side of Indianapolis (at 86th & Ditch Rd.) that is like Pavarotti amidst a roomful of alley cats. And that place is Gumbo A Go-Go!.

Set in the middle of a small shopping strip facing busy W 86th Street, Gumbo A Go-Go! serves Louisiana- and New Orleans-style cuisine. All of the food uses fresh ingredients in Cajun and Creole style. Proprietor Bill Zierke explains that in the South, food is not cooked on a time limit. Taking your time allows the more subtle flavors to emanate. (That’s why the North uses a lot of spices because they try to rush the cooking process, he says.) Many of these dishes take as long as 10-12 hours to fully cook.

Zierke explains that historically speaking, Louisiana is home to five different cultures: French, African, Mexican, Spanish and American. In these cultures, the vast majority of the people lived in poverty, and food was shared among all people, across all cultures. But it was a quantity for a quantity, preferably of a different food. (You could trade a quantity of rice for the same quantity of tomatoes.) Everyone shared and blended their recipes to create the melange of an epicurean regale that so defines the region.

At the heart of Cajun and Creole cuisine is gumbo, a rich soup thickened with homemade brown roux (a mix of butter and flour). Roux is often the base of many Cajun and Creole dishes, including etoufee. Another popular dish of the region is jambalaya, a rice-based dish cooked down with chicken stock and sausages, onions, bell peppers and celery. Many of these dishes often use peppers and spices, together with vegetables, and mixed with some kind of meat (namely chicken, sausage, pork, beef, shrimp or crayfish) which is served over rice. All of the entrees are also served with a slice of spiced bread that is to die for. Most of these dishes are medium-spicy but a few dishes will kick you in the pants. However, there are also additional hot sauces available if it doesn’t kick you in the pants enough. To put out the fire, a large sweet tea should do the trick. (If you still need more, there are free refills.)

So, if you are tired of burgers, but still want something with flavor, then try Gumbo A Go-Go!. For about the same price as regular fast food, you can challenge your palate to something different. Come in, sit down and enjoy the food from a place that doesn’t run on time limits or schedules.

Stop in and eat at:
Gumbo A Go-Go!
1420 W. 86th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46260

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Restaurant Reviews Garlic Shots London UK

The name says it all…if you don’t like garlic then this isn’t the place for you.

Garlic and Shots is essentially a Swedish goths/bikers’ bar with a restaurant on ground floor level and a sleazy, dark bar downstairs. There is nothing served here that isn’t very liberally doused in garlic, and as you walk in to the joint you’ll immediately understand why every table has as its centerpiece – not a single bloom in a little vase, but a coffin-shaped dish of fresh parsley – it’s reputed that chewing a sprig of fresh parsley goes some way to counteracting the effect eating garlic has one the breath. To combat the garlic contained in the dishes here, though, you’d certainly need more than a sprig!

The food itself is pretty varied – there’s something of everything from traditional steaks to stir-fried noodles and vegetables. The seafood broth is to die for, with huge pieces of squid swimming in a garlicky soup, even the side dishes continue the garlic theme – try the mash, it’s soft, creamy, and melts in the mouth. There are only a few vegetarian dishes though side dishes can be added to increase the selection of meat free choices.

If you can bear to carry on for another course there’s garlic ice cream, but the best way to end a meal here is to go for one of the shooters. Their specialty is the “bloodshot”, a shot of tomato juice, garlic vodka, and celery salt. The garlic vodka is also pretty good drunk neat too. There is a list of almost a hundred shooters which means you either resign yourself to the fact that you’re going to leave very drunk or you’ll be planning your next visit before you’ve even paid the bill.

Fortunately not all the drinks contain garlic so there is some respite and a chance to clean the palate at least a little. There is a full bar with soft and alcoholic drinks and prices are reasonable for a restaurant.

There’s an outside eating area, barely more than a yard, but it’s heated so it’s good for cooler days or those days when London is just too warm for comfort.

Garlic and Shots is not to be missed. The interior alone is worth a visit – movie stills of Bela Lugosi on the walls and plastic bats hanging from the ceiling, this is a vampire fan’s paradise. The staff are generally really friendly, but I know some people have felt a little intimidated by white-faced goths covered in piercings and have felt out of place. My advice is go, have fun and just enjoy the experience.

14 Frith Street Soho
London , W1D 4RD
+44 20 7734 9505

The cost – we paid approximately 70 for four people including drinks.

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Recipes Worlds best Enchiladas

Of course everyone thinks their enchiladas are the world’s best enchiladas. I’ve had many people tell me that mine are superb. What is so wonderful about them is that they are really very easy to make.  They can be made with chicken or ground beef.


Heat oven to 350 degrees

Chicken Variation:

4 chicken breasts

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 10 ounce can of Cream of Chicken soup

Slice chicken into thin strips; add chili powder, garlic powder, and salt. Cook in skillet coated with a small amount of oil until the chicken is cooked thoroughly. Drain grease and add Cream of Chicken soup.

Ground Beef Variation:

1.5 pounds ground beef

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 can green chilies

1 teaspoon salt

1 10 ounce can of Cream of Chicken soup

Brown ground beef with salt. Drain the grease. Add the minced garlic, green chilies and soup to beef.


6 corn tortillas 6”

2 diced onions (optional)

1 pound of cheddar cheese

1 10 ounce can of Stokes Green Chili sauce

3 cups cooking oil

Pour cooking oil into a skillet and heat at medium heat. Cook corn tortillas one at a time in the oil. They only have to be cooked for a few minutes at a time on each side. Put each tortilla on a plate with a paper towel to absorb the grease.

Once the tortillas are cooked, spray a 9 x 9 pan with cooking spray. Fill the cooked tortillas with either the beef or chicken mixture, add cheese and onions. Roll up and place the filled tortilla in the baking pan. Line five of the tortillas one way and then put the sixth at the end.  Mix any remaining meat mixture with Stokes Green chili and pour over the enchiladas. Cover with cheese and bake for 20-30 minutes or until it is hot and bubbly.

Another really good thing to add to this is fresh diced tomatoes that are sprinkled on after its been removed from the oven. Sour cream is good to put on them and also avocados.

Monterey Jack cheese can be used in place of cheddar or a mixture of both can be used. If a person likes a cheesier enchilada he or she can add more cheese than the recipe calls for. I don’t usually follow the recipe exactly. I have a tendency to make everything to taste. My family loves it when I make these enchiladas and they can be made ahead of time and cooked in the oven at a later date. It’s a wonderful meal. 

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Polynesian Mahi Mahi with South Sea Dipping Sauce

Mahi Mahi is a fantastic, flavorful fish that is slightly fatty and firm. The flaky flesh is tender and succulent. Also known as Dorado or Dolphinfish (not the mammal, dolphin, as we know it), this beauty can be found in many parts of the world in warm water.

The fish is tasty when simply baked, grilled or broiled. It can also be fried nicely and made into a thick, hearty sandwich. This recipe is for Polynesian Mahi Mahi, which is broiled, but it can easily be adapted for the grill as well.

1 tablespoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup fresh lime juice

1 green pepper, sliced thin
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1/4 cup dark rum
1 cup minced white onion
1 cup olive oil

4 Mahi Mahi fillets (each about 6 ounces)

Combine the allspice, rosemary, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, green pepper and jalapeno peppers, rum and onion and stir to combine. Fold in the olive oil and gently whisk to blend all of the ingredients.

Slice the Mahi Mahi fillets in thin strips (about one inch wide) and arrange in a baking pan and top with all of the marinade. Cover the fish and allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least two hours.

In an oven preheated at 400 degrees Farenheit, arrange the fish on a baking sheet that has been sprayed or coated with olive oil, and bake until they are golden brown on both sides (carefully turn midway, making sure you do not break the fillets apart) for 12 to 15 minutes.

Serve the Mahi Mahi strips with sliced mango, avocado and a green salad, with the following South Sea Dipping Sauce:

1 cup water

1 cup rice vinegar

1 tablespoon red onion, minced

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons fresh ginger root, minced

1 teaspoon garlic, minced

2 teaspoons hot chile (or jalapeno) pepper, minced

2 teaspoons ketchup

2 teaspoons cornstarch

Pour water and vinegar into a saucepan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Stir in sugar, onion, ginger, garlic, chile pepper, and ketchup; simmer for 8 minutes. Stir in the cornstarch, then remove the saucepan from the stove to cool for a few minutes. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve with the fish strips.

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Review and Tasting Notes of Hop Back Summer Lightning

“Summer Lightning in your eyes, it keeps on dancing”

No, this isn’t about throwing a pint of beer in someone’s face (though I’m sometimes tempted). It’s a line from a song that only an old ‘head’ would recognise or remember (although given the alleged effects of smoking too much weed, they probably wouldn’t remember).


Review? What review?

Oh, right.

Anyway, ’tis zummer me dears, that is plain. And speaking of plains, I had myself a bottle of beer last night which hailed all the way from the plain…Salisbury Plain.

The Hop Back Brewery (named after the vessel used to remove the leafy hop cones from the brew after boiling) started life as a brew-pub in Salisbury in 1986. They now make a range of half-a-dozen or so cask ales and a similar number of bottled ales, including Crop Circle.
The best known, and the one this review is about, is undoubtedly Summer Lightning.

You can’t miss this stuff on your supermarket shelf, the label is a very bright yellow with an image of some Greek-god-type guy in the middle; it’s also got the name written on the label…that’s always a dead give away. Expect to pay £1.50-70 for a 500ml, dark brown bottle.
“Terrific straw coloured beer with a fresh, hoppy aroma and a well-rounded, malty flavour with an intense bitterness that leads to a long, dry finish.”

This beer pours a clear, pale golden-yellow colour which is topped by an impressively frothy, white foamy head that sadly shrinks to a thin wisp within a minute. It doesn’t disappear altogether though, and manages to leave a respectable amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very herbal and leafy, with plenty of spicy hop notes too. There’s lots of fragrant, perfumey tones, and a quite noticeable slice of citrus, most especially lemon. Not a lot from the malt though, perhaps a little sweet caramel.

It’s light-to-medium bodied with a quite sharp and zingy mouth feel – though it’s not particularly gassy. The initial taste is, quite surprisingly, roasted malt which gives it an almost stout-like flavour. This soon sweetens a little, before the sharp and tangy, lemony flavours kick in. there’s some leafiness from the hops, but I think there’s more flavour from the malt with this one.To be fair, the hops make a bit of a late flourish in the finish, which is fairly dry, and there’s a slightly oily, leafiness in the aftertaste.

At 5% ABV, I’d hesitate to call this a session ale, although essentially that’s what it is. It’s a decent, light, easy-drinking ale that would certainly be refreshing on a summer day…or any other day, for that matter. It’s not the most complex of beers, and I actually thought it was a little disappointing flavour-wise considering the aroma promised so much. Still, there’s very little to criticise about it and I’m sure it would be a fantastic pint from the cask.
It’s not exactly overpowering in the flavour department, so I can’t see it clashing with any particular food.

Would I drink it again? – Probably, although they say lightning never strikes twice.

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Restaurant Reviews the Kerala South Indian Restaurant London UK

If you love Indian food, don’t be put off by the signs saying that the Kerala does a bargain lunchtime buffet. In my experience, these can be trays of unidentifiable slop and I steer clear of the place. However, the Kerala also offers a wide menu of southern Indian specialties – choose from Syrian Christian dishes (meat dishes), Malabar Biryanis, coastal seafood dishes, Keralan vegetable curries and dosas from the Coral coast (steamed rice pancakes, plain or filled).

There are mild, medium and hot curries available, but the staff are very helpful if you want to check just how hot your meal will be.

My partner started with the dahai vadai – a curious kind of bean donut, we think deep-fried, sitting in a bowl of freshly spiced yogurt – the contrast between the spices and the coolness of the yogurt was great. I started with a mini dosa (a crisp pancake) filled with a beautifully spiced mixture of potato and onion, dotted with mustard seeds. It was fantastic and set my mouth tingling while we waited for the main courses to arrive.

I had the king-fish and green mango curry – huge pieces of meaty fish (similar to swordfish) in a delicious deep reddy-orange sauce – initially rather mild, more flavor than heat, but this was quickly replaced with a good strong kick! My partner tried the king prawns in a rich masala sauce – the prawns were monsters and so tender while the sauce was perfect, nice and spicy and just hot enough. We shared a portion of lemon rice (several kinds of rice available) and a portion of appam – a kind of steamed rice bread, crispy around the edges and soft and squashy in the middle, ideal for mopping up every last drop of the sauce!

The other mains offered a selection of chicken, lamb, mutton and fish and the veggie curries included more unusual vegetables that don’t make it onto the menu in most Indian eateries – beetroot featuring in several dishes.

Desserts included the traditional kulfi and lassi (a fruit yogurt drink), but I went for the fried plantain with honey and two scoops of subtly fragranced coconut ice cream. Dripping with honey and showered in cinnamon, this was the most fantastic pudding I’d had for ages! My partner was daring and went for the green gram payasam – a kind of milk pudding with green lentils, jaggery, nuts and sultanas. The aroma was gorgeous and he gave it the thumbs up. Sadly, my nut allergy meant I couldn’t sneak a spoonful!

There is a decent wine list and a good selection of bottled beers, including Kingfisher and Cobra. We sat outside where there are three tables, but inside seems pleasant, although fairly dark, even during the day. Service was good, friendly and prompt.

This was the best Indian meal I have eaten in the UK I can’t wait to go back and sample more from the menu. Do yourself a favor and ignore the buffet – the a la carte menu is great value and not to be missed! Total price? Three courses for two people including beers and side dishes – about $60!

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Restaurant Reviews Freyas Restaurant at Aspers Casino Newcastle upon Tyne UK

Freya’s Restaurant is part of the Aspers Casino Complex in the hideous eyesore that is “The Gate” in Newcastle upon Tyne. You must be a member to book a table but membership is free and you can join on the spot so long as you have an item of photo ID with you.

The casino chain Aspers belongs to Damien Aspinall (also owner of the terrific Howletts Animal Park in Kent) and the restaurant is named after the daughter he has with Geordie-made-good ex-Byker Grove actress and model Donna Air.

The restaurant is situated on the upper floor which is also where you’ll find the gaming areas. There is a comfortable bar downstairs where you could enjoy drinks before or after dining. We wanted to a book a table for dinner and then have a drink but the receptionist said we needed to book directly with the restaurant ourselves; given the high standards the casino claims to have I was surprised she could call up and do this for us.

The restaurant is hidden away in a corner and I guess that most visitors to the casino miss it in their rush to part with their money on the gaming tables. As you enter there is a tiny reception hatch where a very smiley and pleasant young lady greeted us. On a quiet Monday night only two tables were taken and so when we arrived for our meal we had our pick of the restaurant.

The decor is modern yet quite soft and comfortable, various shades of browns and creams and some huge mock palm leaves made from cream fabric suspended from the ceiling (actually much nicer than I have made them sound). The lighting is muted and, if anything, just a little too dim. I like to enjoy the visual impact of food as well as the taste but just about all of our dishes looked brown.

“Freya’s” serves up a short but varied menu with 10 starters (including lobster linguine with smoked bacon, chili and garlic 6.50, Persian Feta Salad with golden beets, watermelon and tomato 4.50, and minestrone of green vegetables with cannellini beans and parmesan oil 3.00). For 7.95 we could have had half a dozen oysters or a dozen for 15.00. If you can’t choose you can choose four items from the list of entrees; “Freya’s tasting plate for two” costs 11.95.

On this occasion, however, we proceeded directly to the main courses. In the face of stiff opposition from the roast loin of lamb with braised haricots (12.50), I plumped for the pan fried calf’s liver with sage, onions, crispy bacon and Marsala wine; priced at 8.50 it was the cheapest of the mains.

With it I had the meanest portion of potato gratin with thyme and Tallegio; it was tiny but delicious. The liver was perfect very pink inside and it melted in the mouth. The crispy onion rings were divine and the fried sage leaves were a lovely touch. The Marsala sauce was just right the perfect balance between sweet and tangy.

My companion chose from the eight fish dishes available pan roasted sea bass with avocado and parsley salad and grilled courgette flowers. To go with it he picked the garlic and rosemary roasted potatoes; this was a much better portion than my side order. All sides are priced at 2.25. The fish was wonderfully moist but was a very small portion. Sea bass is always a popular choice with us and this is possibly the smallest portion we’ve had served to us.

Other options on the fish menu include pepper-crusted yellow fin tuna with pak choi and ponzu dressing (10.50) through to whole lobster priced at 30.00. Steaks are always on offer; a rib eye costs 13.50, a t-bone will cost you 15.50. All steaks are served with a red wine sauce and caramelized onion compote.

We chose a bottle of Chilean Cabernet/syrah priced at 12.95 and it proved to be a good choice, quite robust but not too oaky and able to cope with the desserts too. I had the tiniest sliver of dark chocolate tart with olive oil ice cream (4.00); I was intrigued by the idea of olive oil ice cream but when it came I was not convinced that it was not just some ordinary, but quite delicious, vanilla ice cream. The tart was rather ordinary and I would have expected it to be quite bitter. The pastry base was a shade too thick.

The other half picked the “artisan” cheese board; there were three English cheeses, one blue, one medium Cheddar and one goats’ cheese with a selection of oat biscuits, celery, grapes and a lovely tangy green tomato and apple chutney. It would have been nice to know exactly what the cheeses were.

Wines started at 11.25 and finished with Laurent Perrier Rose at 68.00.

The service was always polite and friendly but it was hard to get the attention of the staff at times. On a positive note it did mean that the waiting staff were not continually fussing round trying to keep your glass filled and checking you are enjoying every last morsel.

However, when it did matter they were nowhere to be seen and our plates were not cleared until fifteen minutes after we had finished our main courses the main courses that took thirty-three minutes to arrive from the time of ordering! They did not apologize for the length of time it took for the mains to arrive.

Overall “Freya’s” is a stylish and fairly comfortable place to dine but it needs to work a little harder on customer service. The food is just about there and the choice is excellent. If there is one other thing I would change it would be to have a screen between the restaurant and the rest of the gaming area because every now and again you get a whiff from the hot-dog stand and you hear the chink of coins falling out of one of the slot machines.

I will go back to “Freya’s”; the food is good, it’s reasonably priced and I’m sure they can iron out the problems.

Note – prices correct in 2007; menu will differ according to season and chef’s choice

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Restaraunt Reviews the Olive Garden in Mesa Arizona

Several months back I was visiting Mesa, Arizona with my family, and being we are not very familiar with the Mesa area, we were in search of a good place to eat out and looking for opinions from friends and relatives. After getting lost for about two hours we stumbled upon the Olive Garden and decided that we were to tired and hungry to continue to look for anything else so we decided to give it a try. I was either just extremely hungry or that was the best food I’ve ever eaten! So on my most recent trip to Mesa, Arizona I simply had to go back for more and the second time around proved to me that my assumption of it being the best food I’ve ever eaten was correct. I am planning my third visit there in April for my parents 35th wedding Anniversary and I think it will be a wonderful place to take them for such a special occasion. I think it would be very special to them having a surprise dinner there at such a wonderful place with all the family there. Both my first and second Dinner at the Olive Garden, I was accompanied by 8 of my relatives, all of which commented that it was the best food they have ever eaten while dinning out. After also mentioning it to several of my friends who live in the area I found that the Olive Garden there in Mesa, Arizona has a reputation for being on of the better Olive Gardens in their chain of restaurants. Not only for their excellent food but also the tremendous job the waiters and waitresses do. I was very satisfied with the service and it’s a wonderful atmosphere! I think its an excellent choice of dinning for a business meeting, Anniversary or any other special occasion.

If you like fish, you will love their Salmon! Their salads are so beautiful I’m afraid to eat them and mess them up….what a work of art! But once you get past the beauty and dig in they are astounding! Absolutely delicious to say the least!

If your from Mesa, Arizona or anywhere in the Mesa area or if you will be in Mesa anytime visiting, I recommend finding that Olive Garden and making it a part of your trip to have dinner there. You wont be disappointed!

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Restaurant Reviews Coco Southsea UK

Whilst shopping in Southsea, it’s so convenient to flock into Costa or Heidi’s if you are ready for a rest, a coffee and a sandwich, but venture a little further afield and you will find Coco, where all things are delicious and hand made, usually from local produce too. Turn left at the end of Palmerston Road (just opposite St Jude’s Church) into Marmion Road and you will find Coco on a corner at number 59, opposite Waitrose’s car park. The fact that it is packed with people on a Saturday is testament to its worth and shows that it pays to walk an extra couple of hundred yards from the shopping precinct.

Having queued to place your order and paid your bill, you can then decide whether to find a table downstairs or up and wait for your food and drinks to be brought to you. I have always sat downstairs, and the only disadvantage here is that it can be quite draughty in winter. I’ve heard people say that the upstairs area is actually more pleasant, but if I can avoid stairs and they are quite steep here I usually do. The tables downstairs are easily big enough for three people, four at a squeeze. In warmer weather there are one or two tables out on the pavement if you prefer the fresh air.

I’ve been to Coco’s twice on a Saturday for late lunch. The first time I had savoury tart with salad, quite small but more than enough for me, for 3.95. On the second occasion I decided on roast pear, ham and stilton salad, but it was after 3pm and by that time goat’s cheese had replaced the stilton. My son was with me and ordered the same with a honey, vanilla and banana smoothie. The smoothies are heavenly, but I thought I should try the coffee for a change and decided on a cappucino. My other son joined us too, but having thoughtlessly had breakfast before coming out (at 2.30pm), he just ordered a bottle of water. Nobody seemed to mind. The bill came to 17.70.

After a few minutes the cappucino came along with a chocolate shaker; a few more minutes and the waiter brought the smoothie. It must have been about a twenty-minute wait altogether for the salads, but the place was packed. The salads were served on large, heavy square plates that were each filled with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, two large slices of ham rolled up, two warm pear halves with a scoop of cheese in each, and liberal portions of cheese scattered among the lettuce. I do love stilton, but the goat’s cheese actually seemed perfect with the pears and ham. The pears were slightly crunchy for my liking, but it may be that some people prefer them that way. It was very good food, very fresh and beautifully presented; for most it would probably be just the right amount, but I’m afraid I was unable to finish the salad. Not for want of enjoyment, I have to say.

I usually like coffee without any sugar, but the first sip of my cappucino left something to be desired so I put just one sachet of sugar in and sprinkled plenty of chocolate on top. That did improve the taste, but it wasn’t up to the standard of for example Cafe Rouge, whose coffee has never disappointed me. I probably should have gone for a smoothie, except that it would have been more filling and I might have eaten even less of the salad. Coco’s smoothies for me would make more sense if I wasn’t eating anything.

I noticed that three young women were at a table just with coffee and tea when we arrived, and an hour later they were still there; this is a good sign that even at the busiest times you are not made to feel that you have outstayed your welcome. Neither do the waiting staff pounce on your empty plates as soon as you have finished, making you feel that it’s time to give up your table. Some people come and go quickly, others linger and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the weekend. I have once been just for a drink on a weekday afternoon, around half past four, and the place was much quieter then.

When you queue to place your order you will find an array of handmade cakes and brownies ogling at you from the counter, but so far I have not given in to temptation. You can choose from twenty flavours of ice cream, or have a milk shake made with this ice cream. For those with allergies, Coco’s serves dairy gluten-free ice cream, gluten and dairy-free cakes, and soya shakes. You can have breakfast at Coco’s any day of the week except Sundays, whereas the restaurant is open for dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings only. You would need to take your own wine.

The ladies and gents are both upstairs just one of each so this is not really a place for disabled customers. I did visit the ladies and found no fault with it in terms of cleanliness; the only drawback is that the washbasin and hand-dryer are both inside this one toilet, so this could mean quite a wait. I did catch sight of a high-chair while I was upstairs, so babies are obviously welcome.

Just a few yards down at 98 Marmion Road is Coco Chocolatier, part of the same firm selling handmade chocolates, some of which are dairy free and vegan. I have so far confined myself to window shopping here, but if you want some really high quality chocolate, I’m sure this is the place to go.

I can imagine that Coco will become a regular haunt, not least because we were told off on our last visit to Costa for asking as to the whereabouts of a latte that we had paid for but had not been served. But there are more than enough positive reasons for visiting Coco too it’s a pity that they do not have larger premises, as I can see that many others feel the same way. It’s a special kind of place.


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