Edendum - eating in Brighton

Exciting foodie news, in just a few days time, 5th August, a new Italian restaurant, cafe and shop will be opening on the famous East Street (the street where the fight scene from Quadrophenia took place).  

Already a popular spot for successful restaurants, East Street is home to both the award winning Indian Summer and Terre a Terre.   

Edendum joins these foodie favourites to offer us Brits some unfamiliar, yet truly traditional Italian dishes to discover.

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

Owners Lorenza and Diego Cacciolatti with their roots in Northern Italy, Lorenza from Milan and Diego the Piedmont region, want to introduce us to some new flavours.  

Look out for the less well-known yet authentically Italian bites such as slightly rare beef with tuna sauce (Magatello di manzo al punto rosa con salsa tonnata) and fried home-made bread dough (Gnocco fritto).

Alongside these you can expect to find the more familiar, such as pizza and tiramisu. Head chef Giancarlo Ghibaudo adds his own Neapolitan roots into the mix and blends this with experience he has gained of Italian cuisine from right across Italy.

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

The name itself, Edendum means eating in Latin and this is where you can go for dinner or just coffee and pastries as well as to shop for products to take home. Whatever suits you, all of it, they promise will be 100% Italian. 

Lorenza and Diego are passionate about fresh and seasonal ingredients with no added preservatives, as well as offering an authentic food experience. I've nabbed my first Edendum takeaway with a jar of artichoke and garlic sauce to start spreading my own edendum experience.

Edendum, East Street, Brighton, photo by modernbrickabrack

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Rick Stein's Padstow and a day of sea bass

I knew Rick Stein had a restaurant in Padstow, I also knew when in Cornwall I had to try it out. What I didn't know was that he also has another restaurant, patisserie, gift shop, cookery school as well as accommodation in the pretty town of Padstow. Let's just say, if Padstow had a President I reckon Rick Stein would have a good chance of being elected.

Padstow photo by modernbricabrac

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Stay in a castle in Cornwall - Tregenna Castle, St Ives

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Possibly a little bit more niche is my love of everything eighteenth century, yet on this front it ticked that box too.

Tregenna Castle, St Ives, Cornwall photo by modernbricabrac

Designer outlet hub in Hackney and checking out the FIX taster menu

Hackney is transforming. A new fashion hub has started to emerge where you can buy designer brands at huge discounts.

Anya Hindmarsh handbags, designer outlet, Hackney, London

Actually, this wasn't why I had jumped on the no 38 from Piccadilly to Hackney Central, but as I passed by and saw the name Anya Hindmarsh over the door and rows of beautiful looking bags inside, I had to go in. A sign on the table read 70% discounts. Nice, but I still couldn't buy a bag, so I asked if I could take a picture instead.

Next door were two more high-end stores, Pringle (think autumn cashmere) and Aquascutum (classic macs), you could literally smash a grand right there. Anyway, I didn't, I had come to see Anna and James' new restaurant FIX that had just opened around the corner and I was excited.

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Raise bakery, Hove

Bramber ramblings and a great place to picnic in Sussex

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St Nicholas churchyard, Bramber village, Sussex

Chilli Pickle - the Brighton Indian restaurant that I thought I knew

I kind of thought I knew about The Chilli Pickle. I'd tried their takeaway a few times and knew well it's ta-dah effect. It arrives pizza-box-style with an intriguing selection of little pots of pickles and dips such as Gobi (cauliflower) Thoran, Green Apple Chutney and Mixed Pickles.

The Chilli Pickle is also well-known, round-these-parts for having won lots of local and national awards. Located in the centre of Brighton opposite the Jubilee library, I'd walked passed it hundreds of times.

So far, so much of what I knew, although I'd never actually eaten there. I kind of felt like I knew the place already.

This changed, however, last Saturday when my brother was over from the States and his only wish was for a good curry. Apparently New York doesn't match up to our Brit offerings. After suggesting a load of places, The Chilli Pickle was decided upon and off we went.

The Chilli Pickle, Brighton

Poppadoms,The Chilli Pickle, Brighton