May’s Food News With Eat with Ellen

Taste of Barbados

I know I was late with my April column, but it still seems like it disappeared within about five minutes and here we are in May already! One Bank Holiday down, another to go at the end of the month. But fear not, you don’t have to wait until then for some fun. I’ve got a few little treats for you here, from vegetarian one-offs to a full on taste of the Caribbean this weekend. So go on, tuck in to all of May’s food news!


Yoga Pop-up at Coq d’Argent

Yoga at Coq d'ArgentYeah so it’s yoga, but it’s also breakfast. From this month, Fat Buddha Yoga will be running morning yoga sessions every Thursday from the rooftop garden at Coq d’Argent, so you can feast your eyes on the city skyline while working out before feasting on a great breakfast.

After a high-energy yoga class, tuck into breakfast choices from Greek yoghurt with honey, berry compote, fruit salad or muesli to Bayonne ham and tomato Benedict and Smoked salmon and spinach eggs Benedict, or vegan options like crushed avocado and hazelnuts on toast. To book, click here.

Coq d’Argent, No.1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ. Nearest station – Bank

Linda’s Veggie Table

To celebrate National Vegetarian Week, Linda McCartney’s are throwing a three-day extravaganza showcasing the best in vegetarian eating. Guests will be able to pull up a seat at ‘Linda’s Veggie Table’ in one of nine ticketed sessions taking place over the course of May 18, 19 and 20, where a mystery star host will share their wisdom on all things vegetarian while Linda McCartney’s resident chef whips up a selection of meat-free dishes. More here.

Taste of Barbados

Taste of BarbadosForget airports, jet lag and all that jazz. Barbados is coming to London – this weekend! Yes from Friday to Sunday, Taste of Barbados arrives at South Molton Street in my favourite food news of the month. From Barbados’ world-class chefs Jason Howard and Anthony Cumberbatch cooking up a storm to mixology masterclasses from ambassadors from Mount Gay Rum and Global Rum, you’ll get the full taste of Barbados right in the heart of the capital.

And that’s before you get to calypso, spouge, contemporary folk, jazz and reggae, a photographic display and a yoga demonstration. Oh, and competitions to win a trip to Barbados!

Taste of Barbados, South Molton Street. Nearest station – Bond Street

Senor Ceviche Launches Second Site

Peruvian restaurant Senor Ceviche is launching a second site in Fitzrovia this month, offering new dishes, brunch and an underground pisco bar.

The Charlotte Street venue’s menu will include dishes like ceviche, as well as exploring  the Japanese and Chinese influences on Peruvian cuisine, plus favourites from the Carnaby menu like the Pachamanca Pork Ribs, while brunch will include dishes like sweet potato waffle with crispy lamb shoulder and huacatay salsa and bottomless Pisco Punch.

The downstairs cocktail bar will showcase the Peruvian spirit of pisco, from infusions to cocktails.

Senor Ceviche, 18 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LY. Nearest station – Goodge Street


Onken’s Porridge2Go

Onken are launching their first non-yoghurt product for the summer. Porridge2Go is a cool and creamy summer porridge and apparently great for a fuss-free breakfast. You can have it straight from the fridge or pop it in the microwave for a warmer brekkie.

Onken Porridge2Go is available at Tesco, McColl’s, Nisa Local and Costcutter stores nationwide, priced at £1.25 per 150g pot.

Ellen started as a news reporter on her local paper straight out of university, working her way up to become the chief reporter at national news agency the Press Association. There she spent six years gallivanting around the country – and the world – reporting on everything from troops in Afghanistan to the Olympics. After a stint writing telecoms news, she’s now freelance and indulges in general wordsmithery for a variety of publications.

Her real passion is food, whether it’s talking about, thinking about, or eating it. She’s got her own blog Eat with Ellen ( and you’ll most likely find her dragging her husband on a food-filled mission, either at home or further afield. Ellen’s on board as Belle’s resident food expert, giving you a monthly lowdown on upcoming events and openings, trends, issues, and what’s hot and what’s not in the world of food.


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