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05 Mar 2020

A TASTE OF ITALY IN KNIGHTSBRIDGE

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I headed to Maia in Knightsbridge to sample their (aherm) cocktails and rather delicious menu. It was a tough gig (not).

With a comprehensive drinks list, I whiled away some time perusing the offerings, and opted for the intriguing Balsamic Martini, which was refreshing to say the least! Other classics were available, but I??thought the tartness of the vinegar would kick start my taste buds, and it certainly did!

Read my thoughts for Bespoke Black Book here

16 Jan 2020

VEGAN BITES IN COVENT GARDEN

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It’s Veganuary, but I am one step ahead of the game, as I went to sample the plant based delights from ‘By Chloe’ in London just before Christmas. Admittedly my halo didn’t last over the holidays, but I would most definitely pop back- if just for the spicy cauli balls!

Read my review for Bespoke Black Book here

16 Aug 2019

EAT YOURSELF WELL

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Everyone knows eating vegetables is good, but not many actually realise how much bad is in most every day diets.

Dr Johanna Ward, author, mother and healthy eating pioneer has penned her first book ‘Superfoods to Superhealth‘ which aims to give readers the low down on how they can easily manage their lifestyle and diet, in today’s toxic world.

Read my review for SoEdited here.

09 Aug 2019

HOW TO EAT PROPERLY

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IF YOU NEED ANY MORE ADVICE ON WHY VEGETABLES ARE GOOD FOR YOU….

I would highly recommend Superfoods to Superhealth– a guide book and lifestyle bible by Dr Johanna Ward.

In easily digestible chunks (!) there are guidelines on what food you need to eat more of to sustain a healthy lifestyle, but in a non-preachy way.

With recipes, motivational quotes, meditation and simple ways on how we can all help to preserve the planet for future generations, this book will become your go to bible.

Read my review for SoEdited here

30 Nov 2018

VEGAN CHRISTMAS TREATS AT CAFE FORTY ONE

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I love vegetables. I love plants. I love animals, so what a treat to find a truly cruelty free and delicious Christmas lunch (afternoon tea and dinner options) available at specialist restaurant Cafe Forty One at La Suite West Hotel in Bayswater. 

Read my review for 55Factory here

24 Oct 2018

Say cheese!

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I’m not sure if anyone could possibly love halloumi as much as me, but I am sharing the love and the news of the latest pop up in London Town. Get to Las Banderas in Soho to taste the tastiest halloumi combo brunch options I have ever had the joy to sample! 

Read more about it for 55Factory here

 

13 Sep 2018

HOT HOT HOT AT LONDON’S MESTIZO MARKET

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09 Sep 2018

SAVAGE GARDEN IN THE CITY

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COCKTAILS AND DJS IN A SECRET ROOF GARDEN OVERLOOKING THE THAMES…

Don’t mind if I do! With a selection of experimental tasters, chances are you will pop in for an after work drink, and stay for the night! 

Read my review for Stylenest here, and book a table here

A taste of the wild side overlooking Tower Bridge

14 Jun 2017

THE ART OF FRANCE

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Who doesn’t love a bit of  ‘oooh la la’?? 

I certainly made the most of my basic French when I visited the beautiful Loire Valley for Flush magazine.

See the full feature here

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Heading to The Loire Valley with my history head on, I wasn’t quite sure what delights I was letting myself in for. At a hop skip and short (90 mins) train ride from Paris, the pretty village of Amboise was worth the trek. Winding country roads, and chateaux a plenty, the village is probably best known for its Chateaux du Clos Luce, where Leonardo da Vinci spent his final years, but there are lots of other things to explore for a long weekend too, particularly if you are an outdoorsy sort, or like wine! Both of which appeal to me.

Everyone has heard of the Mona Lisa, but how much do you really know about the man behind her? With A-level art to back me up, I thought I might be teacher’s pet on the art- history part of the tour, but as Leonardo would say, there is always more to learn. In addition to his painting skills, Leonardo was a restless genius in many fields, excelling in whatever he set his mind to.

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He was invited to move in to the King’s estate in Amboise by King Francis I, as he was a great believer in Leonardo da Vinci’s talent. Giving him the title of “Premier Painter, Engineer and Architect of the King” he had a special, if ambiguous friendship with the Italian; Granting him full access to the Chateau of Cloux, (later known as Clos Luce) which was on the grounds and located only a few meters away from his own castle at Chateau d’Amboise. It is not known whether they were having a love affair, or whether King Francis just accepted his genius mind. Even with all the diaries and log books from the time, da Vinci’s sex life remains private.

Now open to the public, his home has been fully restored and furnished in the 16th-century style. The final years of his life at Chateau du Clos Lucé, were seemingly happy times, and he worked on several projects for King Francis, along with two of his trustworthy students. At the time, da Vinci was christened with the moniker “Renaissance Man” along with his contemporary Michelangelo, who was a sculptor, painter, architect and poet. A term which was befitting of both, working on the principle that man is the centre of the universe and has no limits. Knowledge is there to be consumed, questioned and embraced and every man should develop their own capacities for enrichment as fully as possible- which is completely

 

17 May 2017

FOODIE DELIGHT HITS UNSUSPECTING SOUTH KENSINGTON

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CERU IS THE PLACE TO KNOW FOR FOOD FUSION

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For a taste of the Med mixed with a touch of Arabia, and all the best bits of Turkey, Persia, Egypt and Greece, head to the latest addition to the Foodie Circuit, Ceru, in South Kensington. 

 

Slow cooked, freshly prepared dishes have been rounded into a well flavoured menu of sharing dishes, inspired by the Levant; The owner’s approach to bring the sunshine and spices to experimental customers who love good food and wine, seems to have found the perfect home in Bute Street.

 

An understated exterior, leads to a warm and buzzy interior, complete with candles, booths and mosaics which transport you faraway from Central London.  

Super friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to help with the small but perfectly formed menu, and offer choices and suggestions for any allergies or dietary requirements. They also know a thing or two about the cocktail and wine menu, and I struck lucky with my ‘Too Hot to Handle’ concoction. A mixture of Famous Grouse, Disaronno, Chilli, Lemon, Sugar, Egg white, it could have gone either way with the chilli, but it tickled my pre-dinner taste buds, and got me excited for more!

 

Ordering a selection of food for sharing is the done thing in Ceru, and the waitress brought the mezze dishes as and when, which was meant there was always something on the go, and something to look forward to! I recommend eight dishes for two people, and definitely try and squeeze in the Chef’s special desert…

 

Depending if you prefer meat or vegetables, (there are plenty of options for veggies/vegans) I would recommend the roast pumpkin and cauliflower salad, (melt in the mouth) lamb kebabs, roast beetroot and fennel salad, crisp apple, mint and pomegranate salad, beef kofta, courgette fritters, fadi dip and flatbreads… And if that sounds like a lot, it is ample! But going to Ceru is a treat after all. AND they serve the delicious Lebanese wine Ksara, which complemented everything!

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Spending hours chatting and making ourselves at home, it was great to end the night with the chocolate surprise. A mousse topped with crumbled pistachios (and a cherry hidden inside).

Yum.

Perfect for couples, catch ups, small groups or mums. They even do an express lunch and afternoon tea. Not sure how this works Levant style, but I’m very keen to give it a try!

See the menu here and check it out for yourself 

 
 
Ceru, 7-9 Bute St, Kensington, London SW7 3EY
 

 

 

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