Outsider Tart, Chiswick review…

Outsider Tart is a dog friendly American bakery that specialises in cakes, pies, tarts, customs orders and most importantly, dog treats.

As I’m a notoriously fussy eater (you can’t even tempt me with liver), Chloe struggles to find many treats that amuse me. But these are definitely my favourite, I spent a whole hour sniffing around and charming the staff into bring me more over.

Anyway, moving quickly onto the human bits. In addition to being a bakery, there is a rather large seating area for a Chiswick High Road shop front and plenty of room for me to curl up between tables, where you get table service with American comfort food.

Chloe ordered an coffee that came in a take away cup instead of the usual dine in crockery one would come to expect, but as the coffee was good and feelings about that quickly washed over her.

For food, Chloe got the first vegetarian thing she spotted on the menu – although the name of the dish escaped her, it was two fried eggs on a bed of vegetable chilli, cheese and quinoa. Taking into account it was comfort food in a cafe, she rates it as a 7/10.

As for the cakes, we took a peanut butter marshmallow concoction home, which I wasn’t allowed to share with Chloe, but she said it was excellent.

Good points:

I was fussed over by everyone, even the chef came out from the kitchen.

The dog treats were amazing and were offered to take some home

Big seating space for cafe

 

Bad points:

Chloe didn’t feel particularly welcome when entering, staff cold initially – but warmed up v quickly

It was very quiet, although perhaps time – it was 3pm on Thursday after lunchtime

 

#OOTD

Today I’m wearing the Mungo & Maud Byzantine Collar in Grey (£95) and Bandana in Blue (£26.95)

My bestie, Yoda.

Although we as Boxer’s have a reputation as notorious cat chasers, my cat friend Yoda and I live together in perfect harmony. We are approximately the same age, however Yoda was with Chloe from 12 weeks and I’ve just been recently adopted.

Yoda wasn’t particularly happy for the first few hours of my being in the house, but it didn’t take me long to turn things around.

Yoda is a very rare breed called the ‘Dwelf’. He is very similar to a Sphynx as he is hairless, and also is comparable to the Munchkin variety as he is drawf-like and has incredibly short legs.

I think the reason we get along so well is because Dwelf cats are extremely sociable and interactive, with many of their owners describing them as being dog-like.

Chloe has to devote a large proportion of her time to him as he can be quite needy and does get jealous when I get more attention. He likes to sit on her shoulder as she works on the laptop similar to a parrot.

Richmond Park

Although we need to take a small car journey, this is one of my hands down favourite walks in London. The park is absolutely enormous and does not feel at all like its a stones throw away from central London. In fact, it actually reminds me of the kennels where I lived before Kensington up north in Yorkshire. During this winter it has often been very foggy and it reminds me of when the haze comes over the Yorkshire Dales.

One of my favourite features of this park is the abundance of wildlife and the deer that populate the park, who have roamed freely in the area since 1637. Although I’m not allowed within 50m of them, because they’re dangerous (more information on deer safety in the park click here) they’re fun to look at.

This is where the infamous dog Fenton caused a stampede of over 100 deer throughout the park.

 

N.B. As fun as this looks, please make sure you keep yourself under control or you human will be left to paid a hefty fine and you won’t be able to return to the park.

The park features a special fenced off garden area called the Isabella Plantation, this is Chloe’s favourite part of the park, however I need to stay on lead in this part of the park because the area is filled with rare and unusual plants and trees that line the ponds and streams within the plantation.

For all you humans, the park has toilets and places where you can pick up refreshments.

Fidel’s favourite restaurant… Coco Momo

My absolute favourite place to visit in all of London is right on our doorstep in West London, Coco Momo on Gloucester Road.

Although I’m a big dog, I’m always welcomed into the bar area by all the staff who love to come over and pet me. Once Chloe has found a table, straight away I am brought over a plate of dog treats and a water bowl that I always kick over but no-one seems to mind. I like to lie here quietly and watch the world go by, sometimes playing with locals whilst my human has a glass of wine, works on her laptop or has breakfast here after we have our walks in Hyde Park.

I highly recommend this warm cosy brasserie to all other dogs.

Here’s the bowl of water I received ahead of Chloe being served her coffee.

There are the yummy snacks for me.

Here’s the human food. Why Chloe wants to eat weird edible clams from the sea is beyond me, but she seemed to enjoy them.

About Fidel and his human…

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Hello, my name is Fidel (yes like Fidel Castro).

I am a 15 month old male German Boxer, imported from the Czech Republic for the purpose of being a guard dog. My current human, Chloe, has adopted me recently so I can lead a more chilled out life as a domestic princess.

I currently reside in West London, and am getting used to the busy streets and all the swan’s my human won’t let me play with in Hyde Park.

Chloe, the human gets to spend all day with me as she is currently studying for her Masters in Psychotherapy and spends most of her time working from home. She often refers to me as her therapy dog, because I like to comfort her when her when she has panic attacks and suffers with anxiety.

As well as keeping my human company, I also live with a Sphynx cat called Yoda and we’re the best of friends.

The world would be a much nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog. — M.K. Clinton