“So, I took my brother to Farm Girl” I told a dear friend of mine (we live across the world and always share these funny little details with each other hehe). “You took your brother to what?”- my friend’s response was a text, but I could almost hear her giggle from across the world. My brother Andrew is more of a ‘juicy burger and fries’ kind of person than an ‘Instagramable cafe with pretty coffees’ one (hers too) so we both couldn’t have imagined it would be the kind of place he would like. Andrew’s also super easy going though, so in all honestly I shouldn’t have been so surprised when he agreed to come with me!
I’d lured him in using the pancakes (they’re juicy and fluffy and yummy), but as we stood outside waiting for a table, I was kind of nervous that I’d overstated their errr juiciness (can a ‘healthy’ gluten free pancake really replace the indulgent ones you find at other cafes and pancake spots?). I think I was stressing way more than Andrew 😉 But it makes me so happy to take him to places which he ends up liking and returning to, so I was really hoping that this one would be another winner!
Luckily, it didn’t take long for our orders to arrive! We’re both always really eager to start eating right away (have you ever picked something off the menu just because you thought it might arrive faster? Hehe) so it was really great :)) The only problem was that everything looked a little too good to eat!
It was finally time for Andrew to try the pancakes, and guys- it was like one of those chef shows where suddenly everyone goes silent waiting for the chef to try the food (except this was more awkward because it was just me haha)…
And he liked it!
Ok- so it doesn’t beat the unhealthy ones (you gotta love the classics), but he liked the guilt-free aspect and thought that the mixture of berries with maple syrup and the unique taste of the pancakes was actually nice! Most of all, the friendly atmosphere was something he also said was really nice about the cafe, which is true- everyone’s so friendly there!
My omelette was great too; they add lime to the avocado which gives it this refreshing twist; I really like how Farm Girl allows you to have breakfast for lunch even on weekdays; I had this typical childhood dream that every day should be a weekend hahah (and Christmas;) and Farm girl gets us a little bit closer to feeling like it’s come true.
(My exact cactus shirt is a sadly sold out Tommy Hilfiger 🙁 but you can get alternatives below 🙂
Typically for us, the food was gone in no time. So we asked for the bill and went in search of… you guessed it- more food!
To say ‘I took my brother to Farm Girl’ to my past self would have been met with surprise because I would never have expected Andrew to like this pink-table-and-blogger filled spot, but if I were to tell her instead ‘I took my brother to Hummingbird Bakery’, I don’t think I would have been surprised.
Because Andrew loves red velvet… and they do some of the best in London!
We lived in the States for a couple of years, and even after we left we were always on the search for childhood treats :)) Andrew is a die hard fan of red velvet, but apparently all the ‘fancy’ ones my parents have gotten him, from Harrods to Whole Foods- haven’t come close to the Costco one. That is, until he tried the red velvet whoopie pie from Hummingbird Bakery.
I would for sure recommend it to you guys, whether you like red velvets, or know someone who does. They do really gorgeous cupcakes, and also rainbow cake (no kidding) so be sure to head over there to indulge yourself!
We had such a great time laughing, eating and sharing memories here; Notting Hill has such a nice vibe and I would totally recommend the area and Farm Girl to you all whether you’ve also got a brother you’re trying to spend more time with (that’s the best thing we got out of that day!), or just want to have a really nice ‘feel-good’ time alone or with family/friends/loved ones.
Before we left Notting Hill I asked Andrew if he’d ever be back to Farm Girl. His answer made me smile 🙂