E6 NEWS, FURTHER AFIELD, THINGS TO DO

Easterndrifts top 5 photo worthy spots in Newham

OMG, This is our first GUEST POST! (Excitedly hops up and down!).

East Blam would like to welcome the most fabulous Dan Stevens:- Fellow blogger (easterndrifts.com), Far East{London} explorer, photographer and general knower of interesting historical things and he is going to tell you lovely folks a thing or two about the best spots in Newham to grab an instagram classic. If you are a proper photographer, by all means get your aperture and white balance on too and if you snap a timeless classic, tag us in on Facebook or Instagram for a cheeky share or two #eastham #lovenewham #gothashtagsonmyhashtags. Scroll on MacDuff, as we let Dan take it from here. Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK, HOME GROWN TALENT

Cocoa Bocoa: East Ham’s own artisan chocolatier

First there was the good enough to eat instagram feed – all brightly coloured yummy looking choccie’s covered in sparkles and rose petals and pretty things and hashtagged as #eastham. We used the heart eyed emoji to respond (Natch). Then there was the surprise encounter at the last Greatfield Market with a stall selling beautifully crafted chocolates. All these clues point to one thing… ARTISAN CHOCOLATE MADE IN EAST HAM!

That’s right, E6 now has its very own artisan chocolatier selling online and at local markets…. East Blam caught up with Cocoa Bocoa to talk East Ham hang outs (The Grill, on High Street North gets a thumbs up), Sustainable cocoa, the  best chocolate to have with your coffee and flavour combinations that have been quite literally dreamt up. We also got taste a few of their favourite flavours too. Market research, we assure you, dear readers… we only do it for the story #properjournalists.

Scroll down for the full interview (you are going to love it, these guys are totes profesh), and our ‘review’ (ok, we’ll tell you now, we go all out with the full five stars!). Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK

Done with your Detox? Time for a takeaway from Squires African Restaurant

The detox done and we made it to payday… That makes it officially time for a celebratory takeaway! We tried Squires Restaurant, on Barking Road back in December, and now the predictably abstemious January is done, it seems like the perfect time to tell you all about it!

Squires is a West African restaurant in East Ham South. The website says ‘West African home-style food with a Nigerian influence’ so you can find all the usual Nigerian favourites on the menu (the Pepper soup was a winner) and it makes a refreshing change from the sea of South Indian eating options in East Ham and Upton Park. They have restaurants in East Ham, Canning Town, Dagenham and Grays, Essex. Continue Reading

THINGS TO DO

Getting your OM on for January

It’s January. A cold harsh contrast to December’s decadence, and the will power of New year’s day is starting to wane. Diets, detoxes, and distinct lack of fun feels less saintly and more snoooz-worthy by the day. Don’t let 2017 trick you into starting on the back foot, WE MUST STAND FIRM! But how, you might ask? Well, a little bit of OM might help.

Yes, we know we sound a little bit like raging hippies, but a few moments of reflection can help you focus; on what you want; on yourself (for a change) or on simply relaxing. So it stands to reason that Yoga is the exercise De Jour for January – it gives your brain a bit of breathing space, while still giving your body the traditional post Turkey boot camp treatment (NB, it doesn’t HAVE to be boot camp worthy and there are lots of different yoga styles to suit your appropriate level of sadism, errr, sorry we mean fitness level).

So with that in mind, we went a-hunting for somewhere local to get our OM on… Continue Reading

E6 NEWS, THINGS TO DO

You are 16 going on 17…

2017 is upon us, and at EastBlam HQ we are feeling reflective.

2016 was a tough year – it brought us Brexit, Trump, the death of Bowie, excruciating budget cuts (especially for Newhamites) and the Hammers moved to Stratford. It’s easy to slide into the new year with the weight of the last one still on your shoulders so before we clean house, we had a little stop and think about the good bits of E6 we have discovered (or discovered us) this year.

Yep that’s right, it’s time we had a Team America style montage (ok, less montage, more list but the sentiment is the same!) before we set some motivational Pinterest style New Year’s resolutions to take us into 2017. Lets go… Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK

A full English at the Parkside Cafe, East Ham

Ok, so back to breakfasts, after a short hiatus! The full english breakfast, to be precise. With a proper Brew.

In the words of Andy Williams ‘It’s the holiday season so Whoop-de-doo’ and even if Christmas isn’t your bag (whew, it’s over now so you can reee-laaa-xxxx) tis still the season to get merry and new years eve festivities are looming on the horizon. But when all is said and done, resolutions are set and the night before is over, what are you left with in the cold stark light of New Years Day? Most likely, a hangover. So you will need the ultimate hangover cure – a classic Full English breakfast served up with a full fat builders tea.

Aaaaaand, we happen to know a very good spot for this kind of thing. Taa-daaa: Parkside Cafe, on High Street South.

You’re welcome. Continue Reading

FOOD & DRINK

The King of Burgers at Rustix Gourmet, Barking Road, E6

January is on it’s way, so before you descend into diets, and resolution get yourself down to the newest (and most heavily PR’d) Burger joint in East Ham – Rustix Gourmet. Open barely a few months, and a serious contender for the most instagrammed burger in the Far East{London}, Rustix Gourmet is going for the gold gong of Americana. They serve burgers, mac and cheese, chicken and steak on chipboard tables, and in tin plates. They take their theme so seriously that they were even playing some old bluegrass and delta blues tunes when we visited (#winning). This is not your average East Ham eatery… Continue Reading

SHOPS & MARKETS

Whenlock the Butcher, Plaistow

Vegetarians, I am afraid that this article is not for you – we are about to do quite a lot of talking about meat. We’ll make it up to you by directing you to an awesome vegetarian restaurant here.

So, what were we saying, ah yes that’s right. Meat. Locally chopped, free range, good quality meat from a very friendly butcher and just in time for you to get your order in for your festive feastings (if you are quick).

T&J Whenlock: A butchers like your mum used to make!

We are feeling smug today, thanks to a neighbourly hot tip that the best butcher in town, who goes by the name  T&J Whenlock, could be found on the Barking Road (no. 380 to be precise) just 15 minutes from our house!

Open since 1882, it’s been on that spot longer than many of us have lived in East Ham! It has survived two world wars, at least two recessions, women getting the vote and 2016 so far (the year of doom. We might even go so far as to say year-a-geddeon) while seemingly holding on on to great quality and friendliness to boot.  It is run by a husband and wife team (no, silly, they haven’t been there since 1882! ) who also happen to live in East Ham (Hi neighbours!) so is exactly the reason that we all need to #shoplocal more often.  Continue Reading