Recipe: Almond Cake With Raspberries

Saturday, 16 August 2014

There aren't many cakes I'd turn down. I'm not such a fan of cupcakes these days, and I'm not really one to go in for anything Death By Chocolate, but I do have my firm favourites, and it takes a lot to steer me away from just mixing up a lemon drizzle cake because it's super quick, really easy and (most importantly) delicious. Now and then I commit myself to making a cake that requires more effort than just tossing a couple of ingredients in a bowl.

This recipe takes a little more effort than the easiest cake in the world, but far less effort than tarts and all that fiddly stuff... plus it's full of almonds, and I love almonds! This is the sort of cake that can be shown off, will impress other peoples parents, and will make friends come back for a second (or even third) slice. It also gets better with age, resist eating the cake as soon as you pull it out of the oven (I know I'm asking you to do something difficult, but trust me on this one). Definitely a 'second day cake' if ever I knew one. This is actually the recipe that I mentioned months ago in my Easternoon Tea post, taken from How To Be A Domestic Goddess, written (of course) by the lovely Nigella Lawson ; it's had a little fine tuning and is ready to be presented to you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Now, you don't have to add the raspberries if you don't want to, but they taste delicious with the cake, and I think the contrast is pretty important to the overall flavour. So go on, splash out and buy a punnet, it makes this cake an integral part of your 5 a day. 


250g softened marzipan
250g softened butter
150g caster sugar
150g self raising flour
6 large eggs (I know it's a lot, but it's worth it, promise)
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp almond essence
1 punnet fresh raspberries


Preheat oven to 170 degrees/ GM3. Smash/cube/chop the butter and marzipan until it's in the smallest/softest pieces you can be bothered to battle with. 

Chuck into a food processor with the caster sugar and process until combined and smooth. 

Add the essences and process again. Continue to process, adding the eggs, one at a time, through the top hole of the food processor, ensuring each egg is mixed in before adding the next. 

Pour the flour through the hole, and process until well combined. Pour into a well greased, fairly large (Nigella recommends 25 inches) tin and level the top (preferably with a piece of baking parchment in the bottom).

Cook for around 50 minutes, or until golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean. 

Leave the cake in the tin until cool (resist that temptation!). Turn out and top with raspberries. Serve (or wait) and eat! 

(Finished and delicious)

(Lovely and dense)

(Perfect with a cup of tea, mmm)

Review- Bun & Bowl

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

I love exploring new cities, who doesn’t? Birmingham and I have crossed paths once or twice before, but never really in any depth, and not for any real length of time. This time I managed to get a good few days of exploring in before heading back to the sunny south. Tied in with our Birmingham jaunt, Sara and I took a trip to the recently opened Bun &Bowl, situated in The Cube near Birmingham town centre, and were offered a meal and drinks. How could we refuse?

Bun & Bowl is one of 3 eateries owned by Birmingham restaurant entrepreneur, Mike Nayla, and is a swanky kind of place with a loose speakeasy vibe, exposed brickwork and boys-in-braces serving your food. 

We were met at the door by Jai and his team, and the two delicious looking cocktails they’d conjured up for us (always a good sign). Unbeknownst to us, we’d managed to time our visit with 4th July, which of course is American Independence Day, and the team put together themed Lemon Cheesecake cocktails to suit the occasion. We definitely weren’t complaining.

The cocktails were delicious; I'm not usually a white wine girl, but surprisingly this combination of  wine, gingerbread syrup, Limoncello, cinnamon and cream totally hit the spot after a day of traipsing around the city in the heat. 

We perched ourselves in a booth (never opt for a table when there's a booth to be sat in) and set to work choosing starters. As Bun & Bowl is a burger and shrimp restaurant, I felt it only right to sample both! I decided to go with the Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce (at the waitress' recommendation) for starters, and oh what a choice it was. Sara chose the Grilled Halloumi Cheese, a clear winner; and we sipped cocktail shots of Baileys, Malibu and chocolate liquor that had somehow made their way over to our table, whilst waiting for the food to arrive. 

The Shrimp in Garlic, Lemon and Parsley Sauce (£5.95) blew me away. Big meaty shrimp, swimming in a gorgeous clear broth. I'm quite fussy about shrimp/prawns (what is the difference anyway?!) and am rarely impressed by shrimp dishes in restaurants where meals cost less than diamonds, but the chefs at Bun & Bowl have a great thing going on. Sara, definitely not the world's biggest shrimp fan, was coaxed into a nibble, and was soon dipping her pita bread in the garlic-y broth. The ciabatta was a nice addition to the dish, and provided ample mopping material when the shrimps were no more. 

Sara's Grilled Halloumi Cheese (£4.90) was tasty, as expected, and the portion generous; but it's hard to compare to halloumi elsewhere, as it's always fairly delicious! The dish was served with a side of cucumber slices and warm pita (perfect for broth thieving).

For mains I toyed with the idea of ordering the 3 Burger Sliders (as I'm terrible at deciding), but was won over by the Pulled Beef Ribs Sandwich. Sara chose The Naughty Chicken Burger. As always, it was a hard decision to make, with 5 choices of shrimp dishes, and 16 burger choices, as well as a couple of salads to choose from. 

Choosing sides was another toughie, however I managed to coerce Sara into sharing portions of Potato Frites (£2.95) and Sweet Potato Frites (£3.50) with me. We also ordered a Sour Cream dip (£1.50). Sour cream is definitely my dip of choice,. If it's an option, I'll have it- regardless of what I'm putting it with. Unfortunately the Sour Cream was the low-light of the meal for me. It was single cream consistency rather than the whipped double cream consistency that we all know and love; however, the Sour Cream being just an extra meal component meant that no tears of sadness were shed. 

The Sweet Potato Frites were as delicious as they look. A generous portion served beautifully in a cone, the frites did all you want fried sweet potatoes to do. Crispy outside, soft, perfectly cooked inside.  They definitely ticked all the boxes, and there were so many that we didn't even manage to eat our way to the bottom of the cone. 

The Potato Frites were plentify, tasty and hot; however they were nothing spectacular. In a battle of fried sides, sweet potato would trump these guys every time. 

My Beef Ribs Sandwich (£9.25) was huge. We renamed it the 'man-wich' and I tried my goddamned hardest to plough through it. Beautifully presented on a wooden board in a (giant) ciabatta roll, stuffed with lettuce and slices of beef tomato and piled high with sticky beef, pulled from the bone; this sandwich did everything it said on the tin. I'd chosen to have my beef topped with BBQ sauce, which was tasty but a little overpowering. It seems a shame to cover great meat with such a strong flavoured sauce, and next time I'd like to try the sandwich 'naked'. The meat was a little chewy, a little tender, and quite a lot delicious. It'd have been really nice to have had the BBQ sauce in a little pot on the side, that way the eater can add as much or as little as they like! It would also be interesting to see the team experiment with different BBQ sauce recipes, a sticky bourbon and brown sugar style BBQ would make this dish heavenly! Regardless, I'd describe this guy as a winner.

Sara's Naughty Chicken (£9) did everything a chicken burger should do, and, even though she wasn't able to fit the whole thing in her mouth, this feast was met with all the right 'you're delicious, please get in my belly' noises. No complaints here. 

Our meal was followed with a (much welcomed) trio of cocktails; Espresso Martini, Mango Daiquiri and a cola-replaced-with-cranberry Long Island Iced Tea style little number, that I can't remember the actual name of. All beautifully made, and presented by the excellent bar team. 

Although Bun & Bowl doesn't have an extensive dessert menu (yet) their sister cafe, joined to the restaurant by a small corridor, has an extensive selection of french pastries, puddings and desserts. Unfortunately we were stuffed to the brim, and couldn't manage a crumb more. Next time. 

We had a lovely afternoon at Bun & Bowl, and managed to spend a good few hours there, drinking, slurping, chomping and chatting, before making our way (well, stumbling) home. The staff were friendly, professional and smartly dressed, the atmosphere, relaxed and warm and the menu was concise and well thought out. The food was evidently of a high quality and was extremely well priced, and the portion sizes were plentiful, with lots left over to share . I'm looking forward to heading back to the restaurant sometime soon and exploring the menu further... I'll definitely be getting a mains sized bowl of prawns next time though! Delicious. 

Recipe: Marmalade Cake

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

I'm such a sucker for packaging, you all know that. This shallowness also stretches to presentation and all things fickle. For me it's important to something to look nice as well as tasting nice, and as a result I tend to opt for fancy-pants cakes over plain looking ones. We're not talking garish here, hell, I have taste; but I'd rather have something layered with beautiful icing over a plain loaf cake.

Of course when it comes to matters of practicality I'm willing to be more lenient. I spend the majority of my summer in fields, and cake is often hard to come by. Just before heading off to Glastonbury, Olivia and I whipped up a batch of cakes. The criteria? To be able to endure being bashed up in a bag full of festival crap and last for 7+ days whilst still being delicious. Not as easy as one might think.

We spent too much a bit of time rifling through baking books in search of something wholesome and tasty, and eventually settled on Marmalade Cake from Cakes- Regional & Traditional (we also made Apple Cake and Honey Cakes too, but that's a different story). I'm not sure if I've talked about this book before. It was a present, quite a few years ago...and it sat on the shelf for a long while before I even looked at it. It's not particularly pretty or noteworthy, except for the fact that it's chock-a-block full of hundreds of recipes from all parts of the UK. On closer inspection Cakes is pretty impressive. It leans more to the sort of cakes that grandmothers make (the ones that always make you feel better and somehow can never quite be replicated) but if that's what you're after then it's definitely worth a buy!

We chose Marmalade Cake, as the marmalade keeps the rest of the cake nice and moist. Also, because marmalade is delicious. Oh, and the cake only has 6 ingredients. It's a win all round really. 

115g Butter
115g Soft Brown Sugar
115g Marmalade (cheap is fine, as long as it's got shreds!)
225g Self Raising Flour
2 Large Eggs
115g Sultanas

Preheat the oven to GM3/150. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. 

Add all other ingredients, and stir through with a wooden spoon until well mixed. 

Spoon into a greased average sized loaf tin. I like to put a strip of greaseproof paper across the centre of the tin, to use as leverage when getting the cake out! 

Bake for 90 minutes or so (check after about 70 minutes though, just to be safe) until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean. 

Allow to cool for 30 minutes (or as long as you can be patient for) before turning out onto a wire tray and leaving to cool completely (or not). 

Eat and enjoy! 

Review- Zoukinis Vegetarian Restaurant, Westbourne

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

I used to be a vegetarian. In fact, for about half of my life I lived that vegetarian lifestyle, chowing down on falafel and bean burgers a-plenty. These days I enjoy eating meat, I also enjoy eating fish; but the majority of my diet is still vegetarian, mostly due to the fact that it's cheaper, keeps longer and I know everybody (well most people) can eat it. I recently went for dinner with a whole bunch of friends, a few of who are vegetarians, and they chose the restaurant Zoukinis, in Westbourne.

I generally don't eat in Westbourne, although I'm not sure why. I guess it's the other side of the pond for me, and I get a bit stuck in my ways and eat at my local spots quite often; but I really enjoy it when friends recommend restaurants I've never visited before.

Zoukinis was a new restaurant to me; it's vaguely been floating around on the peripheral of my restaurant collection for some time now, but I'd never quite made it over there. A whole gaggle of us headed down one evening and tried out the majority of the menu.

(Posing in the outside seating area) 

So, although Zoukinis have a pretty small menu, with only 6 main courses on offer; what they lack in mains they make up for in starters, desserts and juices. The menu appears to change with the seasons, they also sell weekend breakfasts, have a variety of lunch deals, and run a Thali menu once a month. 

(Our table) 

Zoukinis has a lovely atmosphere, and the two ladies who served us were jolly, friendly and eager to please. They even endured our bizarre desire to take lots of group photos all over the restaurant, and happily took a couple of snaps of us too. The restaurant itself is kitted out in hanging fabric, comfy sofas and Indian scarf table runners. It's basically like eating at my mum's house, only nobody has to do the washing up afterwards.

(Delicious juices) 

Although my funds didn't quite stretch to allowing me to buy a drink (I spent way too much money on blankets in India), the juice menu at Zoukinis was mouthwateringly impressive. I'm a sucker for a juice, and the carrot zinger sounds delicious. Next time

Meze Platter- £12.95

I kind of cheated on my meal. I'm indecisive when it comes to choosing food. I like to think of it as a good thing, I don't think anybody else agrees. Basically if there's a way to have a bit of every dish, I'll attempt it. I'm forever harassing people into sharing dishes or leaning across people's plates to have a nibble of whatever they've ordered. If there's a meze platter on the menu, chances are I'll find some way to incorporate it into our meal. 

I opted for 'meze platter' (even though it was technically a starter, rather than a main meal), it's a pretty good deal, although a tad overpriced (in my opinion). You get to chose any four mini dishes from their selection; I decided to go for som tam (papaya salad), humus, olives and sweet potatoes. 

The plate came with flatbread (for dipping) and was a fairly impressive colourful feast. The humus had a great consistency, and was definitely a winner. Handmade humus can be a bit hit and miss, it often ends up slushy or grainy or tasteless! Yuk! This stuff was good though, a fair amount, and tasty scooped up with the flatbread. The olives were nice, not breathtakingly delicious, but not bland or squishy. The sweet potato fries were the real winner. Sweet potato seems to be cropping up a lot in my life at the moment, and can taste so awful if cooked wrongly. These guys obviously know what they're doing on the sweet potato front though, and these fries were chunky, slow-cooked and super sweet. The meze was definitely filling enough to be a main course for one, and the only let down of the dish (surprisingly) was the papaya salad, which tasted nowhere near as good as anything I ate in Thailand (unsurprisingly), but instead of being just a lesser version of what I expected, it was an oily mix of nondescript vegetables, topped with (slightly redeeming) triangles of sesame tofu. I'd give that one a miss next time. 

The other folk ordered a variety of dishes, which they all seemed to enjoy, although they enjoyed them a little too much for me to get a nibble! Next time eh?

Bean Burrito- £10.95 'Sweet potato, peppers & beans in a spicy smokey tomato sauce, wrapped in a tortilla with cheese and lightly baked, served with guacamole, jalepenos, sour cream & Zoukinis salad.

Despite looking nothing like a burrito, I heard good things about this one!

Toff 'N' Chips- £9.50 'Battered fillet of organic tofu packed with a samphire & watercress pesto served with chips, homemade minted mushy peas and tartare sauce'.

Baked Aubergine- £9.95 'Filled with goats cheese, sun blush tomatoes topped with a pesto crust served on a fresh green salad with a chive and white balsamic dressing. Layered with sautéed potatoes & served with a herb cream sauce and wilted spinach'.


Berry Berry Sweetheart- £5.95 'A selection of summer fruits, crushed meringues, with a Chantilly cream & raspberry coulis'.

Triple Indulgent Chocolate Brownies- £5.95 ' Rich and intensely chocolatey! With dark & white chocolate chips served with fruits of the forest sorbet'.

I made a massive judgemental error. A I opted out of dessert. What a mistake that was! Often I feel that I can't justify spending £4-6 on dessert, unless it looks and sounds exquisite. These desserts sounded like an Eton Mess-esque sundae and a brownie, but oh my, they tasted delicious. Top quality ingredients and perfect measures of quantities allowed these sweets to be truly decadent. I tried my best to slyly nibble my way through them, but I was definitely sussed. If you're going to Zoukinis, make sure you leave room.

(A fruity margherita)

The drinks menu is extensive, the juices look amazing, and the cocktail menu makes some twists on some old classics. The service can't be faulted, and I felt like we could (and did) stay in the restaurant for hours, without feeling like we were being a nuisance. They even sell Giggi's gelato! 

If you're a vegetarian or enjoy vegetarian food and you enjoy comfy over chic, then I'd give Zoukinis a try. The food is a little more than I'd pay for a general eating out experience, but for a birthday or other special occasion then the price is just fine (Starters for 1 around £5, mains around £10 and desserts around £5). Everything is beautifully homemade, and it's obvious that a lot of effort has been put into the meal choices. It's so nice to get vegetarian dishes that aren't an afterthought. 

Review- Tick Tock Honey Lemon Ginger Rooibos

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

We are borderline tea hoarders in this flat. Maybe borderline is an overstatement, but we have a hella lot of tea. To list all the varieties would probably be a little excessive and quite boring too, but we've got black teas, fruit teas, herb teas, loose leaf teas, speciality teas and imported teas. Our standard at the moment is Yorkshire Tea, we've got about 6 types of green tea and almost the entire line of Clipper fruit teas (I'm a sucker for their packaging...and taste). We've got a lot of Pukka teas too, which I bought and haven't touched since (they've all got liquorice in, regardless of the flavour, and I can't stand that stuff in tea, it goes all sickly and sweet, they look lovely though).
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the tea isle in supermarkets. I try and avoid going down it, as I usually emerge 15 minutes later clutching an armful of brightly coloured boxes that I most definitely do not need. Now and then I'll treat myself and have a sneaky wander down the isle, I did this yesterday and came out clutching a box of never-seen-before Tick Tock Honey Lemon Ginger Rooibos.
I really enjoy Rooibos tea, it's something I've only discovered in the past year or so, and inevitably my passion for it is growing. I've got a couple of the Dragonfly Rooibos teas, Vanilla and Earl Grey, and they're bloody delicious! When I saw Honey Lemon Ginger on the shelf I couldn't help myself.
Firstly, the packaging is beautiful. Tick Tock have a beautiful, bold signature design, and their style and colouring always reminds me of canal boats (weirdly). Secondly, I adore the combination of honey, lemon and ginger in anything...especially tea! I often get a sore throat (probably from talking too much) and I like a cup of something hot and soothing of an evening to unwind with.
Far from synthetic tasting, Honey Lemon Ginger has strong, natural flavours that complement the distinct rooibos taste, and I don't feel the need to add extra honey, lemon or ginger to create more of a flavour (which I tend to do with some of the weaker teas), and the fact that the tea is caffeine-free means that I can drink it before bed, and still sleep like a baby!
Honey Lemon Ginger won a Great Taste award in 2013 (and they're usually pretty good at choosing delicious things) and Tick Tock support the British Beekeepers Association for honey bee health research, I'm totally down with that. They seem to be fairly good folk all round really. The tea is only £1.99 for a box of 40 bags, and you seem to be able to get it at most supermarkets/health food shops. If you enjoy tea and the blissful combination of honey, lemon and ginger, then this one's for you!

Review: Cocio Classic Chocolate Milk

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Today I took a venture into the tiny Sainsbury's next to my bus stop. It's usually a less than productive trip. Last time I visited I ended up perusing the shelves for about 15 minutes, got flustered, bought a pack of peanut m&m's and left ( I don't even really like peanut m&m's); this time wasn't much better, however I managed to leave with something a little more exciting.
Strolling around the chilled section my eyes were drawn to a row of little glass bottles with yellow, vintage style labels. In an attempt to investigate further, I found myself clutching a bottle of Cocio, and for some reason I couldn't seem to put it down.
Cocio is 'classic chocolate milk', nothing new there; however it isn't full of horrible artificial tasting ingredients like a lot of the other premixed milkshakes. Made up of only three ingredients; milk, sugar and cocoa, this Danish drink is currently £1 in Sainsbury's (normal price £1.70), and I was inclined to give it a try.
Yes, I know I'm a sucker for packaging. The little glass bottle is reminiscent of school milk bottles, and the combination of this with the sleek, retro packaging means that this drink was on to a winner for me from the start.
After giving the bottle a quick shake, I popped the lid and gave the milkshake a try. Cold from the fridge, I was pleasantly surprised at the taste. Creamy but not too sweet, you can definitely taste the cocoa over the sugar, and the consistency is spot on, not too thick. Of course it's not quite diner standard, but for a pre-made milkshake from a supermarket chilled counter you could do much worse.
For £1.70 this little treat probably wouldn't make it into my basket, but at £1 I'd definitely buy it again. I'll be keeping the bottle too, it's too cute to throw away and I'm sure I'll create some concoctions over the summer to fill it with.

Review: Sprinkles Gelato, Bournemouth

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

'Breeze Freeze Sundae'

I like ice cream. Who doesn't? I like it more than the average person, and I like it to be of a high quality, preferably swirled with something delicious. Ben and Jerry's doesn't quite cut it for me anymore (I'll eat it if you're offering though, thanks!). Marshfield Farm is where it's at for the good stuff, failing that you can usually find a gem or two in the freezer section of Waitrose/Sainsburys. I'm definitely not adverse to a scoop or two of sorbet, and I'd have a small love affair with gelato, if he asked.

Bournemouth seems to have gone crazy for ice cream. There are ice cream parlours popping up left, right and centre; however Sprinkles currently holds the Bournemouth crown. Since opening a month or so ago, Sprinkles hasn't ceased to appear/be mentioned in some capacity on my newsfeed daily. We decided to take a trip and see what the fuss was about.

Met with a 10-15 minute long queue on a Sunday afternoon in the sunshine, things weren't too bad, but they weren't great either. Half of our crew bagged a table while we waited in line. We flipped through the wipe-clean menu, selected our desserts of choice and waited to order.

Finally we reached the front and ordered 3 sundaes, 2 waffles and a smoothie. We were told they were out of a couple of ice cream flavours and offered replacements; we were then told there'd be a half an hour wait on our order. Fine.

Behind the counter erupted scenes of chaos, waffle mixture bubbled out of the machines and onto the counter. Truly living up to it's name, there were sprinkles a-plenty, although the majority seemed to be strewn across the back of the store, rather than on sundaes.
Impressively our desserts were served  about 15 minutes after we sat down, although one waffle and the smoothie were brought to us 10 minutes later.
There was silence as the team marvelled at the size of the sundae glasses in front of us and dug in.

I had ordered the Breeze Freeze Sundae, opting for fruity sorbet over chocolatey ice cream. The sundae is described as 'vanilla gelato, lemon and mango sorbet bedded on fresh fruit served with a florentine wafer and Vivaldi cigar'. Yes, it was a split second decision and at £6.95 I was expecting something goddamn spectacular.

Foolishly upon ordering I failed to ask what the 'fresh fruit' consisted of; when our order arrived at the table I encountered my first hurdle. Mixed in with the rest of the (dubiously fresh...probably frozen) fruit was a whole ton of pineapple. Now, I love pineapple but it has a tendency to make my face go numb and tingly, I decided to 'man up' and give it a go.

The sundae was good, but I'm sceptical as to whether it was £6.95's worth of good. All of the ingredients were of standard sorbet quality, although I'm pretty sure I didn't taste the vanilla gelato at all. Presentation wise, the sundae was impressive. Served in a tall glass, layered nicely and topped with the wafer-y bits, it looked lovely. However, who really needs that much ice cream? I started to lose interest fairly quickly, and only finished the dessert as I wasn't intending to watch seven pounds melt into the bottom of a glass. Half a sundae at half the price would have made me one happy Sunday-sundae eater.

I think the others felt similar.

Fererro Frenzy- 'Spoil yourself with an amazing blend of ferrero rocher, hazelnut and chocolate ice cream served with chocolate and caramel sauce, ferrero richer pieces, chopped nuts, whipped cream, florentine wafers and a vivaldi cigar wafer.' - £5.95. Was enjoyed, but too big for one person to really enjoy, as it instantly becomes a challenge. 

Sorbet Sense- 'Mouth watering fruit sorbets served with fresh fruit salad and topped with mango and kiwi sauce. - £6.95. I think it's a bit of a mixed bag here, a mystery selection of fruit and sorbets. Apparently the sauces were excessively sickly, but this sundae earned brownie points for the blood orange sorbet. 

White Chocolate Sensation- 'Fresh hot waffle served with sliced strawberry & banana, drizzled with our delicious white chocolate syrup & white chocolate flakes.'- £5.50.  I can't see any white chocolate flakes here, but... this waffle was enjoyed. 

I don't even know what this waffle was... it isn't on the menu. Super sickly, between us we still didn't finish it! 

An overpriced smoothie that, although looking impressive, was described as 'the worst smoothie I've ever had'. 

Our experience definitely wasn't enhanced by the atmosphere and our surroundings. The owners have gone for a loose American diner style theme, with booths and high stool seating in reds, blacks and silvers; I'm down with that. However, the tone of the trip was definitely lowered by the aggressive beats blasting out from a music channel being shown on a big screen on the wall, occasionally broken up by the sweet, sweet sound of...adverts? I'm assuming their main target market is families, and I'm not so sure I'd want to subject my (non existent) children to that much sugar and noise in one go. 

In summary, Sprinkles is probably a good place to go if you're killing time of an evening (it's open until midnight) and really fancy a whole ton of ice cream; but if you're looking for quality, value for money or atmosphere I'd head elsewhere- I'd pick Giggi's over Sprinkles any day!