Coffee Dogs – Kings Cross

Reviewed on January 18th, 2015 by Dina

Trying to remember the last time that I had a hot dog made me realise that it had been many years ago. So, heading to Coffee Dogs, all the excitement was for the hot dog.

The menu has hot dogs made from pork, beef and soya. The British Bulldog was really delicious. It was a British Cumberland pork sausage made from quality meat, served in a soft poppy seed roll. Hot dogs have to have the fried onions and the British Bulldog came with onions and mustard. A small amount of ketchup was also added to make it complete.

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For seating, as Coffee Dogs is a kiosk it only has a few stools on the outside. It would be nice if they could have some indoor seating. The staff gave quick service and they seemed to do their best to keep the seating area clean and tidy.

Coffee Dogs does the intriguing frozen custard from Coney Island. It came in vanilla and chocolate varieties. The two flavours were given in one cup. The frozen custard was really creamy and individually they tasted great. However, the chocolate did overpower the vanilla but then chocolate normally does that anyway!

There were also Dum Dum Donutterie products on offer. Coffee Dogs only had the Zebra cronut. This was the first time that I was having a cronut and I am not too sure if I really liked them. The Zebra was layers of plain and chocolate croissant with chocolate buttercream and it had a dark chocolate topping. The difference between the donut and the cronut is that the cronut is baked rather than fried.

The Americano was a smooth coffee. The coffee was from Rainforest Alliance farms.

Coffee Dogs is a good stop off place just to grab a bite to eat. They also have hamburgers, fries and milkshakes.

Coffee Dogs, Kings Cross Station, London, N1C 4BS

Rating: ★★★½☆

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Mamacoffee – Prague

Reviewed on January 1st, 2015 by Dina

When travelling or on holidays, you always seem to come across places that become your regular! That’s exactly what Mamacoffee was. It was a place that would be passed at least once a day if not more, as it was just around the corner from our hotel.

The first time that we visited Mamacoffee, it was for takeaway. On this occasion, I had mistaken the latte for the decaffeinated Americano with milk. This is not easily done seen as one is all milk based and the other is not. The mistake was made due to the design on the cup. On one side of the cup, there was the label of Americano and on the other side, there was the Latte label. Each side had pictures depicting the type of coffee. Only the latte side was seen on that first time.

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Despite having the latte instead of the Americano, it was such a creamy, smooth coffee. There was a real quality and depth to the coffee.

On the last day in Prague, Mamacoffee was visited for a final farewell. This time we stayed in to have the coffee. The decaffeinated Americano was served in a mug with hot milk in a small jug. In addition, a chocolate treat was given together with a glass of water. It all came on a silver tray.

The staff were really friendly on all the times that they served us. There were big windows on the ground floor which let lots of natural light into the cafe. An upper level made for additional seating. There were also cakes and tea on offer.

Mamacoffee, 8 Listopadu 436/48, 16900, Prague 6

Rating: ★★★★☆

Marine Ices – Camden Town/Chalk Farm

Reviewed on August 22nd, 2014 by Dina

For all you gelato enthusiasts, such as ourselves, it is a relief to know that the institution that is Marine Ices is not closing down. Instead it is moving to a new location, just down the road, with the shop front marked by the beautiful wisteria tree!

The new branch of Marine Ices is concentrating on what it does best: gelato, sorbets, sundaes, milkshakes, sauces and toppings! Coming to Marine Ices makes you feel like a kid in a sweet shop! The range of ice cream flavours displayed in the front counter makes you spoilt for choice. So much so that the only solution that worked for myself is by letting the staff choose.

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Creamy gelatos and fruity sorbets make a good combination. It is difficult to choose a favourite but there a few that do stand out. Dark Chocolate with Pieces is not too rich and has the right level of sweetness. The Mint Choc Chip gives that intense hit of fresh mint. The simple Coffee and Strawberry flavours are done perfectly. These are just a snapshot of what Marine Ices has to offer and from past experience, other flavours that have been had have always impressed.

As for sorbets, the ones that stand out are the Mango and the Raspberry. The Raspberry is not too sour or tart and come to think of it, it would go well with the Dark Chocolate gelato. The Mango is delicious and the reason for this is that the king of mangoes, the Alphonso, is used to make it!

Marine Ices is proud to source local ingredients and to support other local businesses. Hence, the coffee that they serve is from Black Sheep from Camden High Street.

Something that has made me look forward to return to Marine Ices (not that I need an excuse) is to try the cakes and cookies. These are supplied from the artisan bakery Galeta. The one that I am looking forward to trying is the fruit Pastel de Nata; the Portuguese egg custard tart.

Friendly staff at Marine Ices greet you and allow you the time to choose your order. They are happy to make flavour suggestions and combinations too. It is refreshing to know that hygiene is top of the list with Marine Ices. All of their products, including the cakes and cookies will be displayed covered in transparent containers.

Marine Ices has some seating area at the back of the cafe or you can have your gelato delights to take away. In our eyes, we are happy that Marine Ices is staying in Camden to serve its customers with its sweet treats. It has been around for 83 years and let’s hope that it continues for many more!

To end the post, in Fabiano’s (the manager) own words:

“All our gelati and sorbets are made to the original recipes that Gaetano Mansi brought with him from Italy as a young man. Those same recipes that have been passed down through the generations, we don’t let any artificial ingredients near them. Everything is completely natural and free from any animal products ensuring that all our produce today have a mouth wateringly authentic flavour”.

Marine Ices, Old Dairy Farm, 61A Chalk Farm Road, Camden, London, NW1 8AN

Rating: ★★★★★

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