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!).
Let’s talk about Barking. Barking is a mere hop skip and a jump from East Ham. Yep, literally one stop by tube or 15 minutes on a bike….
In Barking, there lives a Boat House. And in that Boat House lives a Cafe Bar, with a terrace overlooking the canal. And in that Cafe Bar there is craft ale. And cake. AND. IT. IS. AWESOME.
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…
What, another muso in our midst???
Musical bunch, the far easties. Just 5 minutes ago we were here chatting about that there Gaptooth, and now it turns out there is another superb and over talented instrumentalist among us.
Remember Mr LJA Brown? Yes, the one you saw at Red Door the other night with the big beard…played a storming set followed by some serious northern soul, yeah, that one…
On November 14th, the good people of Greatfield turned out for the second instalment of the Greatfield community and craft market. Oh, and what a day it was!
There were records to rummage through (that was us!), winter gardening goodies, the obligatory rustic christmas tree decorations that no winter market would be complete without (we bought some, they were soooooo cute!), knitted jelly baby toys (yep, got some of those too!) and many other festive treats. And Mulled Wine.
AHEM, THERE WAS MULLED WINE!
A new feature on local talent, starting with psych rock and roll four piece Saint Agnes
This is the first of a new feature we have planned called HOME GROWN TALENT. Here we feature an interview on local East Blammers and Newhamites who are doing cool things about town. Artists; Musicians; Entrepreneurs; Local politicians; anyone we think the people of East Ham need to know about. First up, one of our favourite new bands, SAINT AGNES.