What do you get when you mix up a bunch of food trucks, bloggers, a photography class and an absolute cracker of a Saturday afternoon in London? A magnificent day out would be the answer.
Just this weekend I was lucky enough to participate in Simply Health’s Healthy Smile campaign which involved a food photography class and ways to capture the perfect smile. The team behind Simply Health managed to identify some of the UK’s London’s most camera happy bloggers and invite them to show off their gnashers and learn how to take a picture of someone’s face along with some of the dishes they were eating.
I have been meaning to go to KERB for years. Thankfully the main part of Saturday’s class involved a trip to this fantastic array of food trucks scattered around Granary Square, just behind King’s Cross Station.
The photography class was great even if I did feel major camera envy for my handbag-sized Canon being dwarfed by other bloggers’ amazing DSLRs (oh hai Father Christmas, it isn’t too early to start saving for one~). I learned a lot from award winning photographer Paul Hames about where I’ve been going wrong (exposure, exposure, exposure) and a few things on what I’ve been doing right (not always following the rules). Also – girls blink way more than men. Check out his workshops if you’re keen to learn about your camera and also have a bit of fun while you’re at it. However, the highlight for me had to be a trip to the broke foodie’s mothership, KERB.
KERB is everything I hoped it would be and somewhat more.
There were people out enjoying the sun, their kids splashing in the fountains, most enjoying fantastic portions for around a fiver each from a range of food vendors.
Some of the places on site had crab or lobster burgers, there were beautiful spring rolls plus wraps from all cultures galore. The Bowler meatball truck was around, as were Kooky Bakes but the main feature of the day for Mandy and I (my partner in crime who I got to split £20 with and share goodies from four trucks) were Eton mess You Doughnut, a melt in your mouth katsu curry from Yu Kyu a phenomenal ox cheek Korean burrito from the Kimchinary and a splendid iced-tea from Good and Proper Tea.
Mandy and I took our findings to Granary Square’s grassy knoll (turf) by the canal and sat down in the sun to eat what was a truly great lunch after hurriedly photographing the food (tip, burritos aren’t that photogenic!).
It was gorgeous. I want to go back to KERB every day for the rest of my life.
Afterwards I met one of my oldest friends for an evening of culture at the Royal Academy of Arts. While it was a lot of fun and very pretty, it just didn’t compare to my awesome lunch. This girl’s heart lies with her cheap-eats. The girl in the painting below clearly didn’t get the memo about our outfits the day she posed for her picture did she?
I was a guest of Simply Health, an insurance company that specialise in affordable dental plans. They held the workshop to show bloggers how to capture a perfect smile which was awesome of them. Tip from them – the best way to get someone to smile for a photo isn’t to say “smile” but say something that will make them grin from ear to ear – in Mandy’s case this was “Michael Fassbender!”
KERB can be found at Granary Square once a month but their city markets are on all over the place on various days of the week – it pays to check out their website. The next KERB Saturday will be on Saturday 19 July – you’ll find me there being really indecisive somewhere between the Korean burritos and crab burgers…