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Thursday, 1 August 2013

This Week #24


I don't get hangovers. I know this sounds ridiculous, but its mostly true. It is extremely rare that I feel the after effects of too much prosecco/vodka/pudding wine. I am very lucky. For me there is more the horror of remembering (or in this case, the not remembering) the things I said whilst drunk. This mostly happens at work drinks so my new rule is not to go them anymore. I'm not sure how long this resolve will last. In order to recover from the latest Friday night horror I went to Balthazar for macaroni cheese and a spicy bloody mary, because if anything can make you feel better, its this. 

Roti Chai with my sister, who was visiting for a couple of days. We love it there, such delicious Indian food, that is incredibly fresh and non-greasy. My only complaint is that the tables for two are too small for when you try to order everything. My current faves are the chicken samosas and the chili paneer. Obvs you need to finish with the pistachio kulfi. 

On moving to London I thought I would go to the theatre constantly. Obviously I have not and so my quarterly (I suppose that's still pretty good) cultural moments seem like a bit of a treat. On the recommendation of everyone, I have finally seen The Book of Mormon

I know, I go here too much. I can't help it. Still my favourite burgers. 

The beautiful bar at Hawksmoor Spitalfields relaunched and whilst I am still not convinced ox cheek is better than short rib, although honestly, I don't think I can tell the difference, I just think I don't like the idea as much, anyway, the french dip lived up to the memory of the original revelation so clearly it is not a problem. The cocktails are as fabulous as ever, as you would expect. 





This Week #25 Italy Part 2

We stayed in Fiesole. A small town in the Florentine hills with views like this of Florence. I don't even like Florence, but from a distance I am almost convinced. 

The view of the Ponte Vecchio from the Vasari Corridor. An enclosed walkway that links the Vecchio and Pitti palaces by going through the Uffizi Gallery. It is mostly closed to visitors, however there are limited tours available if you book in advance. 


Lunch in Florence at Il Santo Bevitore. I'd been a few years before, possibly in the age of no iphones, for what was a highly memorable meal. the menu changes daily, and there is much delicious Italian wine to try, which is best with the salami and cheese platters. 

Florentine Sunset awww...



This Week #25 Italy Part 1


We started our week in Italy with macchiati at Cafe Cova  in Milan.

In Santa Margherita we always stay at Hotel Metropole. It makes you feel like you're staying in an old movie, only with this view from the breakfast table

San Fruttuoso, my actual favourite place. A tiny cove with a rocky beach and 3 small restaurants. Pretty much only reachable by boat. 

Tortellini di noci, the lesser known regional pasta of the Liguiran coast. So completely delicious, don't ever ask how much cream is in it. 

Portofino, complete with a giant yacht. We caught a boat over and walked back, with a few stops for Aperitivi on the way. 

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

This Week #23


I have many friends that live in The West, and whilst mostly massively inconvient, it has its moments. Specificially these moments involve Outsider Tart. Originally an American bake shop, with an amazing assortment of brownies (peanut butter and chocolate for me!), giant cookies and proper cheesecakes. Recently, they've taken over next door, and opened Blue Plate, a Southern inspired cafe.

I think we all know by now how much I love Medlar, and I wouldn't have written about it again, except that this dessert was so pretty. Often I find three courses too much but for this light cardmom custard topped with orange and pomegrantate, served with langue des chats, there should always be room. Now, contrary to what I've just said, I didn't actually have this. I ordered the canele, which is one of my favourite cakes and previously had only had on its own. At Medlar it was served with molten congolese chocolate and camp ice cream. Actually sublime, and sadly no longer on the menu.
Selfridges opened the Denim Studio - the world's biggest denim department stocking 60 brands, served by 50 denim specialists. Wtih the introduction of Primark, the price range spans from £11 to an £11,000 pair of jeans and there's over 11,000 pairs of to choose from. If you love a time lapse video like I do, watch this one (sorry I'm not clever enough to embed it into the blog) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOrSlEYHGD0#action=share

Many years ago I went to my first ever London Cocktail Society event, it was a preview of the Zetter Townhouse. My favourite drink was the Twinkle - a refreshing blend of vodka, elderflower cordial, champagne finished with a lemon twist. Open now in the newly developed Granary Square, from the same people is Grain Store, which is worth visiting for the bar alone. That said, the restaurant, headed up by Bruno Loubet has one of the most interesting menus I've seen for a while. 

This is a terrible photo of what are possibly my favourite offices, Mulberry. I love how every season they are a dressed up in the theme of the collection.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Shake Shack - Now in London!

This Friday July 5th, London gets its own Shake Shack. Yay! And with it comes a special menu, with not only all of the original favourites but with local specials, like the Sillfield Farm Cumberland sausage hot dog and touches like St John Bakery and paul.a.young treats in the concretes.

Aaron, the 'Cross Trainer' with a tray of Shack Stacks

A Shack Stack for me - Cheeseburger and a ’Shroom Burger (Crisp-fried portobello mushroom filled with melted cheese,) topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce

The Shack red and white, is bottled exclusively for Shake Shack by Frog’s Leap, Napa Valley, CA and comes in these cute plastic cups with a groove to fit your thumb

As someone who does eat pork, anytime a new bef hot dog appears in London it thrills me. The Shack-cago dog Authentic German all-beef hot dog dragged through the garden with Rick's Picks Shack relish (made especially for this dog), onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, sport pepper, celery salt and mustard

Original ShackBurgers - Cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and ShackSauce

Hand-spun strawberry, chocolate and vanilla shakes

The Union Shack Concrete Chocolate custard (ice cream), St. JOHN Bakery chocolate hazelnut brownie, fudge sauce, paul.a.young chocolate chunks and sea salt


Shake Shack London
Covent Garden
24 Market Building
The Piazza
London, England WC2E 8RD
http://www.shakeshack.com

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

This Week #22




Lebanese lunching at my favourite Al Arez. I know Edgware Road can seem like a bit of a minefield and you never know which is the good one. Let me tell you, 101 Edgware Road is the place to go. I say skip the mains and just order loads of the hot and cold starters to create your own mezze. Go hungry, or take lots of friends.

The realisation that the plus six five supperclub has been operating for two years and I had not yet been was an unhappy one. To fix this, I went to their genius second birthday party at the super cute Yum Bun. We got to try three buns - classic pork belly from YB, then Ox Cheeky Rendang and I-can't-believe-its-veg popiah. Sooooo delicious. Someone make me go to one of their dinners soon.

   
As always I'm crazy for anything new for nails, and for two week Selfridges had a Chanel nail bar pop up with giant sized Le Vernis bottles.

Brunch at Roka Canary Wharf, which is now has 3 levels, offering variations on wine and main courses, but all still offering the dangerous all you can drink wine. Despite eating more than you would think possible, including their classic teryaki salmon, we still floated out of there.

Monday, 1 July 2013

This Week #21


The Stepney City Farm along with its assortment of animals, now has a farmer's market on Saturdays and a divine new cafe, which from Wednesday 3rd July will be serving breakfast and lunch. The menu involves all sorts of deliciousness including homemade granola with fruit compote, a pastrami toastie with lancashire cheese and a salted caramel millionaire's shortbread.

Celebratory dinner at Bob Bob Ricard. I'm not entirely sure what we were celebrating, and I don't think it matters, its just my go to place for a guaranteed special night out, celebrating or not. If you've never been before, you should start with this perfectly dainty zakuski tasting plate which features a mouthful of the most sublime russian salad which is finished with truffle, obvs.

Despite this absurdly tempremental weather, I believe the temperature is always appropriate for ice cream. Don't believe me? Well, four of the world's top 10 consumers of ice cream in the world are Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland. Not places known for warmth. And so, with this new fact (let's ignore that number 1 is Australia) you should go to Gelupo for divine gelati. This time I had passionfruit and coconut as I was trying to be tropical, but I think my all time favourite is pistachio. Or maybe the mint stracciatella.

My new favouritist place is Honey & Co. It is so favourite that I am having my birthday party there and I can't wait, not for my birthday, but for dinner. The Middle Eastern flavours are fresher and more modern than what we tend to find around London, definitely a reflection on the owner's Israeli heritage mixed with previous time spent in the Ottolenghi team. The cuteness reminds me of Joz ve Loz, so when you can't get to Tel Aviv, go to Warren Stree. Beach not included. For those of you not in London 9or Israel), possibly the best news ever is that there's a couple of cookbooks in the pipeline. Can't wait.

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