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Day 10 – Dine at new American Restaurant Jackson & Rye, Wardour Street Soho

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I’m always excited to hear about new restaurant openings. Jackson & Rye is a New York style restaurant in Soho which opened on Monday

It is open from 8am until midnight, seven days a week and will offer all-day dining and a 10-seat cocktail bar.

The American-themed menus are inspired by US east coast cuisine, as well as the best elements of the West coast and Southern states.

Highlights on the all-day menu include: gruyère cheeseburger; buttermilk chicken two ways; veal, beef and ricotta meatballs; and prime cut steaks with roast shallot and pinot nero sauce. Hmm yummy!

Take a sneak peak of the brunch menu below:

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I visited Jackson and Rye yesterday and it seems that word has already got around, so if you want to try their cuisine I suggest you reserve yourself a table! 

London food discoveries – Upsy Daisy Bakery, Stamford Brook, Hammersmith

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One of the best things about living in London is the plethora of places to eat and shop. London food discoveries is a new thing that I am adding to the blog – short and sweet I hope you will enjoy these posts enough to give these places a try.

One of my recent London food discoveries is the Upsy Daisy Bakery and tearoom in Hammersmith. Last saturday a friend  took me to there for spot of tea and cake.

The bakery sells the most scrumptious and unusual cupcakes which are available to takeaway or try in their small but perfectly decorated tea room. We tried the earl grey and lemon and chocolate flavoured cupcakes, washed down with some lovely vanilla tea.

Classic chocolate cupcake and vanilla tea
Classic chocolate cupcake and vanilla tea

Earl Grey and Lemon cupcakes.Upsy Daisy Bakery also offer a fabulous range of afternoon teas staring from 6 pounds for a cream tea. its definitely a place worth visiting if you find yourself in the area and have some time to kill.

An Exclusive preview of Gaucho’s Chocolate Week Menu

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The Gaucho Picaddilly

It’s Chocolate week! Around the UK tastings and events from the UK’s best chocolatiers are underway. To celebrate Gaucho restaurants have launched an chocolate inspired menu and recently I was lucky enough to attend an exclusive preview at the Gaucho Piccadilly.

Gaucho’s Chocolate Week will see the British love of chocolate combined with Argentina’s renowned beef and Malbec to create a memorable dining experience.

The first part of the evening entailed us being introduced to Malbec family of wines by Gaucho sommelier Ian O’Reilly before going on to taste them with different flavoured chocolates.

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Malbec Wines
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Cavas de Gaucho wine room

The first chocolate we tasted was a 70% dark chocolate chosen to highlight the classic match between Malbec and chocolate. The bitterness of the chocolate was countered by the sweetness of the tannins that Malbec is so famous for. The second chocolate was coffee and vanilla flavoured  and was chosen to extract the oak influence of the Vina Patricia Malbec. The final and most controversial choice of the evening was the violet flavoured chocolate. Malbec is extremely well known for its floral characteristics with violets always present. The violet chocolate was chosen due to its strong character. It highlighted the Malbec’s ability to tone down the strength of the chocolate whilst the chocolate lifted the floral side of the wine.  I have to say out of all the chocolates I enjoyed the Coffee and Vanilla most for its silky feel on the pallet.

After this it was time to eat and boy we were in for a treat! The first course of braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread popcorn in almonds and breadcrumbs, humita and chocolate jus was delicious, for me there was just the hint of the chocolate which worked well with humita.

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Braised beef cheeks with lamb sweetbread popcorn in almonds and breadcrumbs, humita and chocolate jus

The next course was slow cooked pork belly, white chocolate and vanilla mashed potato and chocolate chilli pork. I was worried the chocolate would be overpowering but it complemented the pork beautifully and chilli gave the dish a nice kick.

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Slow cooked pork belly, white chocolate and vanilla mashed potato and chocolate chilli pork matambre

The menu ended on a high with a gorgeous desert of white chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble, fresh and frozen fruits and almond praline served with a glass of Zuccardi Port Malbec. I polished off every bit of the desert and the zucardi provided a perfect blend of sweetness to compliment the white chocolate moose.

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White chocolate mousse with milk chocolate crumble, fresh and frozen fruits and almond praline
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Gaucho Chef

The Gaucho’s Chocolate Week Menu costs £65pp and is available at all 14 Gaucho until Saturday 20th October so hurry!

For bookings for the Chocolate Week Menu, please contact your local Gaucho restaurant  www.gauchorestaurants.com



Luxury guide to Sloane Square

Located on the boundaries of the central London districts of Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, Sloane Square is known it for its distinctive style of living, grand architecture and affluent residents. Range rovers litter the streets, yahs and rahs can be heard everywhere; cosy coffee shops line sleepy side streets and “sloane rangers” saunter down the fashionable Kings Road.

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Sloane Square is the destination of choice for high end shops, unique luxury boutiques and designer flagship stores filled with glittering delights and gorgeous garments. Move away from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus, take the district line to Sloane Square and get pull on those purse strings. Littered with an array of shops to satisfy even the biggest shopaholic, chose from Tiffanys& Co., Links of London and Hugo Boss to name a few. Sloane Square is also home to the iconic Peter Jones department store filled with tantalising treats so you can shop until your hearts content. Whatever you do, don’t forget the credit card.


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After a day of hitting the shops hard, you need a place to rest your weary head. Located just off Sloane Square at 26 Cadogan Gardens, The Draycott Hotel is one of the top hotels in Chelsea offering unprecedented service. The Draycott’s location could not be better for the myriad of luxury boutiques and quality restaurants that Sloane Square has to offer. Take lunch at one of the many eateries or take a wander to the West End, one of London’s most famous quarters and only a stone’s throw away from the Draycott Hotel.

Feeling hungry? Try The Botanist which takes pride of place on the corner of Sloane Square, offering a deliciously decadent menu of treats for any time of the day with an extensive menu of drinks and cocktails including the infamous signature Tahitian cocktail, filled with Pinky vodka, hibiscus syrup and Joseph Perrier Brut Champagne. Start your day well with The Botanist Breakfast, or indulge with the grilled lobster with garlic and tarragon butter and hand cut chips when hunger strikes.

Soak up some culture and stroll down the Kings Road to the famous Saatchi Gallery. Recognised for its modern art and often controversial exhibitions, this gallery is one to be explored, letting the public admire Charles Saatchi’s own personal art collection. Take some time out and saunter around the picture clad walls, musing over the artists meanings and debate the reasons behind the art work. Finish off your cultural session with a coffee at the Gallery Mess in the Saatchi Gallery which has attracted enthusiastic reviews for its beautiful setting, charming atmosphere and excellent food and drink.

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If you’re looking for a chic, individual, and undeniably cool bar to wind down (or wind up!) in the evenings then look no further than Tonteria, Guy Pelly’s Mexican themed high society club. Pelly’s latest addition to the Chelsea nightlife scene is wonderfully unique and offers an array of Tequila based cocktails and Mexican beers and lagers. Order a special Tonteria drink and receive your purchases on a motorised toy train that makes its way around the ceiling train track to your table, being presented to you and the cheering crowds in a Day of the Dead skull with sparklers – we say, all aboard the Tonteria train!

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Cadogan Hall, located just off Sloane Square, is the home to the musical ensemble of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The first London orchestra to have a permanent home, the RPO gave its first concert as a resident ensemble of Cadogan Hall in November 2004. Since then, Cadogan Hall has been home to The Proms’ chamber music concerts and Saturday matinees, being noted for its distinctive stained glass windows and becoming an iconic London building. Book tickets for a matinee session and enjoy a part of musical history.

 

A trip to Florence – Day 3 – Visiting the Boboli Gardens

On our third day in Florence we moved to another apartment on the other side of the river to the area of Santo Spirito. The other side of the river is know as the Oltrarno and the name means beyond the Arno. The Santo Spirito area is home to many of Florence’s artists, musicians and antique sellers. It is also where most of the Florentines live. It reminded me a little bit of Shoreditch (before it got too commercial).  Our lovely apartment was owned by a photographer and furnished by a mixture of reclaimed and  modern furniture.

Our Street in Santo Spirito
Our Street in Santo Spirito
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https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1272618
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https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/1272618

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After we had settled into the apartment we made our way to the Pitti Palace to visit the Boboli Gardens. The Gardens are situated behind the Pitti Palace, the main seat of the Medici grand dukes of Tuscany.  If you get the chance to visit Florence I recommend you visit the Boboli Gardens but make sure you bring your trainers and be sure to visit later in the day when it is cooler. We made the mistake of going at midday and the heat made it hard work to climb the steep ascent to the top. The view of Florence and gardens was definitely worth the sweat though.

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Boboli Gardens
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View of the Florentine hills
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Neptunes Lake – boboli Gardens

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Pitti Palace
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The steep descent
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A mini maze

In the evening we went for dinner at one of Florence’s most popular and cheapest restaurants Trattoria La Casalinga. It is family run and the food was simple but delicious. I opted for the grilled chicken and mixed salad. It is popular with tourists and locals so if you visit be prepared to wait.

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Trattoria Casalinga
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My grilled chicken
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Mixed salad



Free Steak At Flat Iron – Tuesday 13th August from 5.30pm

ImageCalling all carnivores, Flat Iron Steak House are running a pretty cool promo tomorrow to promote their Chuck Steak cuts. After 5.30pm diners will get the chance to sample their steak for free only paying for sides and drinks. 

Want more info? Check out : https://www.facebook.com/FlatIronSteak

When: Tuesday 13th August from 5.30pm
Where: Flat Iron, 17 Beak St
What: Free Chuck Steak, only pay for any drinks / sides you would like
Why: To spread the good news of Chuck Steak to London’s beef lovers

Dim Sum and Cocktails at The Courtesan, Brixton

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The Courtesan – Brixton

I very rarely find myself in Brixton,  but what I am slowly learning is that South London is a becoming a bit of a foodie mecca.

Recently I was invited to sample dim sum and cocktails at The Courtesan restaurant in Brixton. Just on Atlantic Road The Courtesan has a very cool 1920s vibe and decor.

The night started with some cocktails, which were strong! Unfortunately as I had a upset tummy I had to forgo drinking but my friend said they were pretty good.

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Cocktails at The Courtesan Restaurant

Being a bit of a dim-sum-aholic I do feel I can comment on the quality of Courtesan’s dim sum. It was good! And also a bit random! I tasted crocodile for the first time and really liked it! For me my favourite was the steamed seafood dim sum with wasabi. The combination wasn’t something I had tried before I felt it gave it a nice kick.

This is what we ate:

Roast pork Buns
Roast pork Buns
Wasabi King Prawn Dumplings
Wasabi King Prawn Dumplings
Grilled Crocodile and spicy chilli sauce
Grilled Crocodile and spicy chilli sauce

The Courtesan is already proving popular with reviewers so I can only throw my own hat in and say if you find yourself in the area do pay it a visit: The Courtsean Restaurant, 69-73 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PU

 

 

Lanky Girl Attends The Royal Quarter Cafe Launch Party in Victoria

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Victoria is undergoing an exciting period of transformation – and the foodie scene is flourishing, as it continues to emerge as a hub for Londoners, office workers, residents and tourists alike. One of the first newrestaurants to open is the the Royal Quarter Café. The menu is a modern mix of seasonal and healthy comfort food including homemade bread and pastries, all day breakfast, sandwiches and soups, sharing plates, hearty salads, afternoon tea and cakes and tarts. All of the delicious food is available to eat in or takeaway.

To celebrate the launch local residents, bloggers and press were invited to taste some of the dishes on offer and meet the owners Valeria and Doron Zilkha who also own other branches in Chelsea, Battersea and Tottenham Ct Road. The food and pastries where incredible and we had to practically roll ourselves home at the end of the evening. If you find yourself in Victoria it is definitely worth stopping by for a bite to eat. 

Here are some pictures from the event. 

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Lanky Girl Attends Regent Tweet 2013

Recently I got to attend Regent Tweet, a day where bloggers from around the globe descend on Regent Street to enjoy talks, workshops and freebies galore from Regent Street brands. I had a fantastic day out, made some new friends, learned how to ice cakes, watched talks at the apple store, ran amok collecting different goodies from each of the sponsors and came home with a hairstyle courtesy of Toni and Guy. See if you can spot me in this short video.

Regent Tweet 2013
Regent Tweet 2013

After registering at Regent Tweet HQ the day started with breakfast at Titbits (which I missed) before listening to two talks at the Apple store:

Superblogger Susie Bubble talked about how she got into blogging and how sees blogging community developing in the future.Susie-stylebubble

Professor Chris Riley gave a talk about how the microchip is responsible for the development of twitter.

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Professor Chris Riley at Regent Tweet

Then it was time to hit Regent Street with my partner in crime My Daily London. In no particular order we hit the shops hunting for treasure!

My haul of goodies included:

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Some of my goodies
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Nikon Poin and shoot from Bose

We stopped byWholefoods to meet Cat and The Cream who gave us a cupcake icing Class

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Step 1 – Lay out your cupcakes:

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Step two -ice those bad boys!
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You can mix flavours if you wish
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Step three: Smother them in melted chocolate …hmmm yummy!
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Next we paused for a delicious lunch at Mash Steak House Resturant on Brewer Street

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Argentinian Steak At Mash

Got to have those greens…

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After this we learned how to make cocktails at Dirty Martini

Learning to make Cocktails at Dirty Martini
Learning to make Cocktails at Dirty Martini

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Then we raced along Regent Street to get our hair done by Toni and Guy where we  ran into fellow London Blogger JaimeLondonBoy

How do I look?

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Lanky Girl goes for an audrey hepburn inspired updo

The last part of the day involved going back to Mash to enjoy cocktails and canapes and mingle with other bloggers.

Feast In The Fields Food Festival, This weekend 29th & 30th June, The Brewery – London Fields

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Feast In The Fields is a monthly celebration of the best of London’s world famous sumptuous street food offerings showcased across the summer months and immersed in a perfect environment to kick back and revel in food glorious food!

Continuously supporting London’s best new and unique culinary offerings alongside already established well loved London food ventures, this rolling delectable feast brings something for everyone, all wrapped up in two great days of food, drink, music and merriment.

This weekend’s Feast In The Fields is no exception; as a smorgasbord of tasty talent gets prepped for action for two tongue tantalizing days, this Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June featuring food from the likes of:

Tacochu / Jimmy Garcia Supper Club/ Wild Game / Arancini Brothers
You Doughnut / Vinn Goute / Thanks Cluck
 What The Dickens / Rebel Bakery
 

WHO: Feast In The Fields

WHAT: 2 days of artisan food music and beer

WHERE: The Brewhouse,
Railway Arches 369-370 
Helmsley Place E8 3SB

WHEN: Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June

TIMES: 12 noon – 2 am

TICKET PRICES: Feast entry £3 / Early bird Beer & food ticket £7 / On the door £9

TICKETS: http://feastinthefields.co.uk/tickets/

WEBSITE: http://feastinthefields.co.uk