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Exeter's Best Breakfasts: The Daisy Cafe

We have been going around some of Exeter's most popular breakfast venues, in a battle to find our favourite, to be crowed 'Exeter's Best Breakfast'.

The Daisy Cafe is located in Heavitree, Exeter and promises to serve excellent home cooked food, from local produce, with a warm welcome and lovely garden. We couldn't wait to give it a go and try it out for ourselves.

When we arrived one Sunday morning, we were greeted by the traditional cafe feel. Light pastel colours, delicious looking cakes at the front and a really friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We were shown to the garden to decide if we wanted to sit out there or inside, but as soon as we saw the outdoor area we fell in love.

I commented that it had an almost 'secret garden' feel to it, as it was much bigger than you would imagine and felt completely enclosed and out the way. Lush greenery and funky umbrellas.



The table we sat at was a gorgeous duck egg blue colour, which just so happens to match the theme of my kitchen at home!

The menu was handwritten, which gave a really lovely, homely vibe.


We were told how the sausages are award winning, as well as locally produced, and even the bread is baked locally. We are so lucky to be located somewhere where local produce is of such high quality. It was great to see it being so heavily supported here. I went for a large breakfast and my boyfriend had a 'Big Breakfast Bap'





The meat was truly exceptionally flavoured and cooked to perfection. The hash browns were perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, and the mushrooms were amazing. I have often found mushrooms on a breakfast to be overly oily or flavourless, but these were incredible. The bap was full of the same delicious meats and an egg, with fresh fluffy bread.

We had a really relaxing and pleasant time there, and would definitely like to come back time and time again. When adding up the quality of food with the quality of service and atmosphere, The Daisy Cafe stands out for us as 'Best Breakfast in Exeter'.


Food ***** Atmosphere ***** Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfasts: Côte Brasserie


It was a lovely rainy day in Exeter, after a loooong heat wave in the city. It's so nice to see that wet stuff coming out the sky! It also makes for  perfect moody picture of the wonderful view from our table at Côte. 

Côte has long been one of my favourite places for evening meals, but I had never tried a breakfast or brunch there, even though I had heard great things.


French Breakfast- Two scrambled eggs, boudin noir (Franch black pudding), French streaky bacon and a field mushroom on toasted brioche. The eggs were perfectly scrambled and were a wonderful complement to the smoky streaky bacon and sweet brioche.

It was really nice to have something a little different from a full English breakfast, but with similar flavours. The mushroom was full of flavour.


I loved the Côte jugs of water, and the coffee was the perfect blend.


This is a Croque Madame- Classic toasted ham and Gruyère cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top! This was enjoyed by my boyfriend, but the bread itself was a little soggy from all the cheese, which was a shame. The flavours were wonderful and it was a generous portion. 
  

It would be rude to not try croissants when in a French restaurant! These were super tasty and served with proper butter and delicious jam. My only disappointment was that the croissants were cold, I love a warm one!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food *** Atmosphere *****  Service ***** 

Turtle Bay is launching a new VIP cocktail experience this summer

The popular Caribbean restaurant, and one of this blogs personal favourites, now offers special cocktail tables designed to enhance its visitors’ experiences.

Diners can now book a table exclusively for cocktails and enjoy a VIP drinking experience with full table service from the comfort of Turtle Bay’s cosy dining enclaves any time of the day, seven days a week.

You can also order from Turtle Bay’s new app, meaning that they can be seated at their nearest restaurant and served within minutes.




We had a great selection of cocktails, and even got a special Turtle Bay wrist band to add to the collection!





We even had a few nibbles, halloumi and jerk fries are our favourites! Sweet potato fries topped with jerk sauce and loads of cheese!


Here are some of our favourite cocktails and drinks:

Tobago Tea
Rum, tequila, vodka, gin, triple sec & fresh lemon, mango & lemonade. 

Beachcomber’s Zombie
A tropical take on the classic party drink… Overproof, dark, white and golden rums, absinthe, pomegranate syrup and tropical juices.

Rum Margarita
Turtle Bay’s Caribbean twist on a classic drink this is a divine summer cocktail to enjoy with friends. It’s made from white rum, triple sec, agave syrup, fresh lime served with a slated rim. For the more traditional experience, it can be tried as a classic with tequila.

Rum sharing boards
The best way to explore Turtle Bay’s rum collection – this is a quartet of rums, all served with your choice of mixer – perfect served at your reserved cocktail table.

Review: Le Cygne Dawlish






Le Cygne is the hotly-anticipated new venture from the former manager of the Darts Farm Restaurant, Souhela Berry, and her husband Mark. Located in the heart of Dawlish on The Strand, overlooking the green where the famous Dawlish Black Swan frequents, it is the perfect location to enjoy delicious food and some people watching!

This is Souhela's first independent venture, after running the helm at Darts Farm Restaurant for 16 years. Le Cygne combines Melbournes trendy cafes scenes, French sophistication and local Devon produce. 




I spotted one of my favourite things on the menu, a Charcuterie Board! Packed with local Devon produce, ham, cheese and salad, it not only looked amazing but also tasted amazing. The perfect portion size for 1 person!

My boyfriend had a toasties with salami. It was served with a sublime salad and a few crisps, great for a light bite. The toastie was made perfectly without any soggy bread in sight!

There was a really lovely atmosphere with a traditional cafe feel. There was a selection of delicious looking cakes and treats at the font that we were drooling over. If only we had more room after our Brunch!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfasts: Meat 59





MEAT59 was created by two passionate foodies, and with lots of help from family and friends who all chipped in with truck loads of DIY, quirky ideas and attending many many tasting sessions MEAT59 was born.

They originally opened in Torquay, and have now brought their burgers to Exeter. With delicious locally sourced ingredients and initiative burger flavour combinations, I have heard great things about it. 

We heard that they offer breakfasts in their Exeter branch, so we simply had to check it out for ourselves- it's never too early for a burger for breakfast, after all!


There was plenty to choose from on the menu, from full English breakfasts to something a little different. 


We started with an iced coffee and a Latte while we perused the menu.  The venue itself looks small from the outside, but has a lovely conservatory area upstairs which is a lovely and bright location to sit in. It's cozy, and perfect for the glorious sunshine we were having when we visited. 


I went for the M59 SHAKSHUKA - Chorizo & peppers in a smoked paprika tomato sauce, crumbled feta, coriander, poached egg & Emma's bread toasted for dipping. 

It was a very generous portion that was packed with flavour. The bread was delicious and perfect to go with it. I definitely want to make something like this at home! I really really enjoyed this, and thought it was nice to have something a little different than a traditional breakfast.


My boyfriend had The hanging COW "burger" - 6oz hamburger patty, Monterrey jack, bacon, black pudding, egg, beans on the side. This really was a real treat for breakfast! You have the traditional breakfast flavours of the bacon, beans and black pudding, paired with a deliciously succulent burger and cheese. A perfect start to the day! Really really enjoyed both meals. 


The portions were very generous and enjoyed by both of us. We will definitely be back again soon, and can't wait to give their evening meals a go!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfast: Puerto Lounge


Loungers was founded in 2002 by a trio of long standing friends that spent years in the restaurant and bar trade, and decided they wanted to start their own venture. The motivation was simple and very selfish; they wanted somewhere to drink themselves. The first one opened in Bristol, and there are no branches open all over the country. 




Their website sums up the interior better than I ever could. 'Think sinking into a battered old club chair under a tremendously tassel-y lampshade, overlooked by a huge Soviet era painting and an old family photo of a smiling swimmer being smeared with lard on a crumbly wall with incredibly loud seventies wallpaper.'

We visited on a hot summers day, and it's perfect location on Exeter's historic quayside coupled with the glorious sunshine meant we felt like we were transported to another country. 


We started off with a Latte and an Iced Coffee. The iced coffee was delicious- perfect in the heat. The interior is full of colour, even down the the stripy tables. There were lots of options on the brunch menu, from egg dishes to full English breakfasts, to Avocado on toast. 


There was so many delicious sounding options on the Brunch Menu, that I really struggled to make a decision. In the end, I went for the Diner Brunch: Buttermilk pancakes with smoked streaky bacon, maple syrup, barbecue beans, mini hash browns and two fried eggs. It was super filling, but equally as delicious. The mini has browns were a real treat, and full of flavour.

The beans really were next level, with a strong BBQ flavour and rich sauce. Eggs were both cooked beautifully and weren't too runny or solid. 


My boyfriend had the Breakfast Muffin: Sausage patty, smoked back bacon and a fried egg on a toasted sourdough muffin. The sausage patty was a good size and tasted delightful. It was a good portion size and was perfect for a weekend starter. 

We also had a round of toast and jam to finish off, and the bread was tasty. My only wish there was a little more butter served with it as standard.  

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Exeter's Best Breakfasts: Review Harry's Exeter




One of my favourite weekend pastimes is enjoying a lazy weekend breakfast/brunch, where my boyfriend and I can chill with delicious food and reflect on the week that's passed. 
We used to visit the same place every week, but realised that we were missing out on some really delicious dishes in and around the City. This is when we decided that we would start a mission to find Exeter's Best Breakfast!
There are lot's of places on offer, and I put a shout out on Social Media for recommendations. One of the most popular suggestions was Harry's Exeter. We have visited there a few times for delicious dinners, so couldn't wait to give their breakfast a go!


There are lot's of choices on offer, from the traditional Full English Breakfast to Steak & Eggs! The Orange juice is Luscombe Drinks freshly squeezed and the bread tastes freshly baked. 


We always love to have some toast and jam with our breakfast, and it was awesome to have a variety of white and brown bread, with proper butter and local jam. Often you have to chose between which type of bread you prefer to have, but it was nice to see a generous selection. 


The Full English was a decent portion, with the meat being locally sourced. The sausage was full of flavour, one of the best we've had. It was nice to see black pudding offered. The hash brown looked to be home made and were delicious!


I went for something a little less traditionally English, with a waffle, smoky streaky bacon and maple syrup. It was truly delicious, with just the right amount of syrup. The bacon was crispy, but my only criticism was that it was almost a little too well done and a bit chewy- but tasted yummy!

Sugar Pink Food Breakfast Rating 

Food **** Atmosphere *****  Service *****

Slimming Friendly Philly Cheesesteak Fries!






Scroll down for full ingredients and instructions!

"A cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, cheesesteak sandwich, cheese steak, or steak and cheese, is a sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll."

Not the healthiest of dishes, as you can imagine! With my Slimming World friendly recipe you get all the flavour of this incredible sandwich- but without the all of the syns (if you don't use the cheese as your healthy extra, add only 6 syns!)

Instead of bread I served on top of some tasty chips. You could use actifry chips, or low syn oven chips.

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Notes- 

Syn calculations are all carried out as a paying Slimming World member. I am not a consultant!  It is always recommended to check syn values yourself. 


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You will need:-

Slimming World chips or low syn oven chips
Minute steaks, thinly sliced with all visible fat removed (1 for each person you are cooking for)
Low calorie cooking spray
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
large handful of mushrooms
1 green pepper
1 yellow pepper
1 large red onion
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
pinch of cayenne pepper
1 tsp smoked paprika
40g extra light cheddar

Optional: Few sliced jalapenos to top
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Method:

Preheat the oven to 240°C/220°C Fan/Gas 9.

Prepare Slimming World friendly chips, or oven chips as per instructions (syn accordingly)

Dice the onions and peppers. Add to a heated fryingpan and stir. After a minute, add paprika and continue to stir.

Add the steak, salt & pepper, Worcester sauce, pinch of cayenne pepper.  Fry off and mix everything together for 1 minute for rare steak or 2 mins for well done.

Add chips in an oven proof bowl and top with the steak and veg mixture and then the cheese, remembering that you are allowed 40g per person as a healthy extra. Put in the oven for 3-4 mins until the cheese has melted

I served some Kraft extra light thousand island dressing for dipping, 1/2 a syn per tablespoon!

L x

How to Refresh Your Kitchen Without A Remodelling

This post is in partnership with PermaLeaf® 

A well-crafted kitchen decor when complemented with the modern and rustic style makes it feel homey and warm. Even a bright colourful wall makes it appear practical and heartwarming. Modern fixtures with charming and rustic touches light up the kitchen atmosphere and give it a casual, simple yet elegant makeover. A lovable and interestingly decorated kitchen is a place where we love to spend some intimate time with our family and closest ones. Here are some wonderful ideas for redesigning the kitchen area without having to remodel.


1. Redesigning with artificial plants: Residences that lack proper lighting can be redesigned with artificial plants. We can place planters with refreshed green plants on the kitchen shelves or maybe on top of the refrigerator. Artificial wreaths consisting of amazing flowers can decorate the kitchen without draining our bank account. If we buy some season-friendly floral wreaths all equally consisting of silk plants, rotation of the floral designs can give our kitchen a refreshing look every season. It can even work as a superb kitchen door design. Arrangements with artificial plants can make the kitchen look colourful and luxurious giving it a polished, smart appearance and is also is low-maintenance. With a small budget, we can always mix and match the real plants with their faux counterparts. If we combine artificial flowers with amazing real plants it can create an outstanding floral decoration.



2. New colourful kitchen look: A new, interesting kitchen needs nothing but a bit of creativity, patience and artistic ideas. When the cabinets are a bit dated in style or look, there is no need to replace them. A few coats of colour can give it a quick, refreshed looks. Paint is a generally quick, inexpensive yet calming way of transforming an old cooking space into a new kitchen area. High-quality paint can reassure a super durable finish. Any artwork or a soft and polished furnishing with a high quality finishing touch can give it a warm and an inviting look.

3. A new style of lighting: Most of the kitchens use basic, functional lights that don't do a lot to decorate the space. But lighting is one of the most important factors that affect the kitchen. An old lighting system can make it look boring and tired. We can remove the old light fixtures with the new, modern, updated ones to give it a brand new and attractive look. Any extra lighting can also give the space a brighter appearance. Our old kitchens may have only a single light system. Therefore, if we include some pendant lights in the kitchen, it can add some character and brightness to the area.

4. A white open-shelf makeover: To give the kitchen an old-world charm and merge it with a fresh updated feel we can consider the pattern of open-shelving. When all-white dishes or even some multi-coloured functional accessories fill up the open-shelves of an old kitchen it looks beautiful. An open-shelf containing colourful new dishes can work as a consistent, amazing, bright and amazing colour palette display. A splash of white here and there can give a kitchen an elegant makeover. We can always store the mismatched and random ones inside the closed cabinet. Open-shelving can even make our guests comfortable to help themselves when invited to dinner parties. It makes the kitchen look warm and welcoming to our family and friends.

5. Curtains for the kitchen windows: The curtains have a tremendous impact on our favourite kitchen windows. We can always choose colourful curtains that express our lifestyle, choice of texture or even colour. Application of different style of curtains enhances the shape and size of our windows. We can even consider adding design, print, fashion to liven things up. If the kitchen has a small light, soft colours can make it look really big providing a clean and crisp look. Bold, dark and warm colour can make an oversized kitchen look amazingly balanced and welcoming. Beautiful curtains can also manage our privacy concerns in a fashionable way. It can help us to have a makeover of the large windows dealing with its odd shapes. Fabric valances are like accent marks not only over the windows but also for the kitchen space. Curtains, when chosen properly, can have a tremendous effect on the cooking space increasing the personality of the room.

6. Showing off the art pieces: We can free up the cabinet space to create a witty and clever space for collectables. An above-window shelf is beautiful and is a proper place to arrange the cookbooks alphabetically. It gives the kitchen an extra warmth and beauty. Even gorgeous wallpapers on the opposite side of the cooking space give it a special look.

This article especially emphasises on redesigning the kitchen even without remodelling. When we are too tired to look at the cooking space of our house, a small budget-friendly makeover can revitalise the kitchen decor.
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