Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The View, Restaurant and Lounge


Address: 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, USA

Located in the Heart of New York’s Times Square, the View Restaurant & Lounge is New York’s only revolving restaurant. With a spectacular award winning menu, the food and drink here are exceptional.


Situated inside the New York Marriott Marquis, you escape the hustle and bustle of Times Square and you're whisked away in open glass elevators to the 47th & 48th Floor, which is quite the ride.

We were greeted upon arrival and asked to wait a few minutes before been shown to our table. The restaurant doesn’t stop revolving, which proved tricky on our minds to just take the step. Once seated the fear settled down, moving ever so slightly the restaurant revolves as you dine, offering you 360 views of New York.


As New York’s real estate has evolved, buildings have gotten a lot taller especially in Times Square, so the view is certainly not what it once would’ve been. Instead, you get to see some views of Times Square, The Hudson River, The W Hotel but mostly the view is of an office building.


We were greeted by our waiter, offered a bottle of water and a chance to look through the drinks offerings. It was a special night as not only was it my first time in New York City, I was also celebrating my birthday and visiting my bestie Maureen - so celebrations were in order.


We ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc which was carefully recommended by our waiter, it was light and enjoyable. 


For our starters, we went for the crab cake and Foie Gras Ganache. The crab cake was lovely, really packed with some delicious crab accompanied with a small side salad.




For our main course or entrees as the (Americans call them.) I went for the Herb Crusted saddle of Lamb which was accompanied with a rich Bordeaux reduction which was served on a bed of rutabaga with Brussel sprouts and a tomato-mushroom ragout. The lamb was cooked perfectly and exactly as requested. I thoroughly enjoyed this dish. 


Maureen went for the Center Cut Beef Tenderloin, which was served with steak fries, heirloom carrots and shallot herb butter. 


As it was a special night we also shared a 2 Ib Grilled Maine lobster and it was deliciously good.




For dessert, I opted for the strawberry cheesecake, it was a deconstructed version of the traditional New York cheesecake, it had a creamy top, biscuit base topped with a white chocolate crisp, and a sweet strawberry jus. It was decorated with strawberries with subtle notes of lime and cucumber. 





Maureen opted for the selection of ice cream, and sorbets which had a nice balance of flavours from Vanilla with Croquant | Chocolate over Oreo Crumble | Dark Cherry over Graham Crumble | Strawberry Sorbet over Heath Bar Crumble.



The waiter also surprised me with a chocolate cake with a candle to celebrate my birthday, which was a super sweet gesture and added the icing to my night.

Overall, I would recommend the View Restaurant and Lounge for a special night in New York City. Definitely, check out the revolving restaurant. It's an experience in itself. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. 

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

WAH SOHO





Last month saw the launch of Future Girl Corp, MBE & Nail salon owner Sharmada Reid opening her futuristic salon in London’s Soho. I attended the salon launch party with my friend and a fellow WAH London Lover - Dominque. She speaks and lives WAH London, so it was a match made in heaven. 



The chic salon has an industrial feel with grey walls and LED lights, boasting over two floors, complete with WAH VHR - where customers are able to digitally design and trial nail designs beforehand. (Those days of trying to decide your nail shade are well and truly over), this helps even the most indecisive person.

The futuristic salon has 6 manicure chairs each come with phone charging stations (my dreams have been answered!!), built in gel lamps, plasma screens, and wireless headsets and 3 high pedi chairs which are covered by the iridescent wall of dreams (perfect for selfies), a cocktail bar (in case you want to order a martini - shaken or stirred) and lastly on the top floor there is an area where small business owners can sell their products in the window - which is such an awesome idea and concept that WAH Nails have come up with to help small businesses share their space and promote business.




The launch party was such a fun evening, which WAH Nails vibed with cocktails by Baileys and free manicures. I got to try my first chrome nail experience and it was lovely. I went for a Champagne nude which was done by technician Anouska Anastasia. She was such a sweet girl with sass! Dominique, on the other hand, got a personalised lilac glitter design as she saw on the WAH Nails Instagram page.






The music at the party was laid back and memorable, it was like a block party but inside a salon.

I spoke with various people and networked with a fellow WAH technician Sharea Samuels, who is also an actress. Lastly, I met fellow bloggers such as Elvira of Carrellestyle and Akua of KuiyasKloset.




Overall if you are in the area of Soho, head down to Wah Nail London and want to take a break from shopping or need a last minute mani, jazz up your nails in this cult location - Be wowed!!







Monday, 19 December 2016

Greek On The Street



 AddressUnit 42-43 Boxpark Croydon
99 George Street. Croydon, London CR0 1LD

Greek on the Street is one of the many food outlets available at Boxpark Croydon. Don’t fancy hopping on a plane to the Greek islands but want to experience Greek street food in the heart of Croydon? Then be my guest, Greek on the Street serves up a great take on authentic Greek food using produce from both Greece and Cyprus as well as quality produce from the UK. Based on the Mediterranean diet - a diet which contains olive oil, vegetables and wholesome pulses, grains and lean protein.

The layout of the restaurant is in a shipping container, a roomy one being that. With loads of seating, the restaurant itself oozes a great Greek vibe with the painted blue decor and photos that adorned the walls - giving a nautical appeal. At Greek on the Street, you can expect dishes such as the classic Souvlaki wraps, feta cheese chips, Halloumi Skewer, Greek salads etc

The first time I attended Greek on the Street is when they were selling their infamous Souvlaki wraps for £1 on the opening day. That went off to a flying start. The shop was packed with queues and queues of people all standing in line to grab a £1 bargain. The wrap I went for was the Pork Belly one. which was served in a flatbread and consisted of chips, tomatoes, red onions and spices. It was divine and very filling, I was heavily satisfied. It originally sells for £4.95 so it was definitely a massive saving.




The second time I visited I went with my friend Ben. We opted for a feast to get a feel of the whole menu and share in a sort of tapas style lunch. So we ordered the following:- Loukaniko beef and pork Greek sausage, Halloumi, Skewer, lamb kofte, souvlaki wrap, chickpea and rocket salad and chips with feta.






Everything was cooked to perfection. My favourites were the Loukaniko (Greek sausage). The best way to describe it, is to compare it to the Spanish Chorizo sausage. It was served with a chilli dip, tomato and red pepper dip and lastly served with Greek flat bread. I've never had Halloumi before surprisingly and was pleasantly surprised by the taste and liked it. Although it is cheese it had a savoury take on it. It really worked on the skewer threaded with other vegetables and accompanying dips to match. The chickpea and rocket salad was very fresh and yummy. As simple of a dish, it was was very nice. Chips topped with crumbled feta cheese and seasoned with oregano really hit the spot. It was nice and devoured quickly.




For drinks, we opted for Epsa Ice Tea - Cranberry and Goji Berry. Very nice and subtle drink and perfect for washing down our food.

Greek on the Street is the perfect spot for lunch and dinner, great for sharing. I would highly recommend you visit if you are in Croydon, make it the first restaurant you try in Boxpark. The staff are super friendly. You can also order Greek on the Street via Deliveroo and curve your Greek cravings by a touch of a button.


* I was a guest at Greek On The Street (On my 2nd Visit) as always all opinions/thoughts are my own

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Smaka



Where77 Alie St, London E1

Drop by Smaka, the latest Scandinavian eaterie to hit Aldgate East. Specialising in hearty and authentic Swedish food. Smaka serves up hearty breakfasts, fresh and healthy lunches and dinners with a Scandi twist.

The layout of the restaurant is open space with plenty of seating and in the far back a feature wall that can’t be missed - Think wood and nature. The restaurant is also well lit with lights and low bulb lights. There is also huge windows that flood the space with nature light, perfect for Instagrammable shots alike.

 A few weeks ago, I attended a Blogger foodie event to trial some of the delicious offerings which they had to offer. The menu offers the Traditional dishes such as Swedish meatballs, Lamb Shank, Salmon, Duck, Rainbow trout etc. I opted for the traditional meatballs and they were a far cry from the Ikea meatballs. 



These ones were special and even more special with the addition of lingonberries. These lingonberries had such a great flavour to them, they are sweet and also a tad bitter. For me, it was meatball love. The mashed potato - there was not a lump in sight. It was creamy and smooth. The cream sauce was perfect too. All the components worked nicely. 

I also tasted some of the Lamb shank and was highly impressed too, the lamb was heavenly and the risotto was creamy, comforting and had a nice balance, perfect for warming you up on a crisp cold day. 



We soon moved to desserts and I had the Wine Poached Pear with chocolate sorbet . I liked this poached pear despite me not being the slightest fan of red wine and it was tasty. However, I felt a vanilla or even coconut sorbet would be better suited as opposed to the chocolate one. I also tried some of the Cheesecake and it was perfection. The creamy top and the buttery base was an absolute win win for me and the lingonberries vinaigrette was everything.



Lastly closing the night, I had a nightcap of the Vargtass which consisted of Vodka and Ligonberry Cordial and it was delicious. Such a great combination of sweet on the soils of vodka. 


I really enjoyed my evening at Smaka, Superb food and service with a smile. Also had good company with the other food bloggers that I met. It was great to put names to faces. I would highly recommend that if you’re in the area of Aldgate to give this place a try for comforting and filling Swedish food. 

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea at Intercontinental Park Lane



Last Sunday, I went to the Intercontinental Park Lane with my friend Sabrina  where we had the most indulgent chocolate afternoon tea courtesy of Paul A Young. The Afternoon tea was the perfect setting at the Wellington Lounge, Intercontinental Park Lane. This luxury 5-star hotel is perfectly situated in between Knightsbridge and Mayfair and boasts amazing views of Buckingham Palace. The hotel is chic and a well-designed establishment, with bespoke interior, gorgeous flower artistry by the lovely Moyses Stevens team, they’ve done a fabulous job penning the arrangements around the hotel. I was very impressed!



The Wellington Lounge gets its name from the Wellington Arch - Which offers stunning views from every seat in the room.




The Chocolate Afternoon tea is a collaboration between world-renowned chocolatier Paul A Young & Intercontinental Park Lane Executive Chef Ashley Wells. This limited edition afternoon tea ends on 20th Nov. So be quick if you want to devour.


The Chocolate Afternoon tea experience combines classic autumnal ingredients, reminiscent flavours and Paul’s mastery whizzes you to a place where you are walking in an indulgent chocolate forest, tasting earthy notes and chocolate surprises. 

We were seated by our Waiter Stefan, who was really knowledgeable and his service was second to none! Every tea he recommended was spot on, don’t shy away from recommendations from the staff. 


Stefan began by serving us Moet Champagne in skinny flute glasses. The first part of the Afternoon tea was the savoury flatbreads, not sandwiches, as you know them, the toasted base worked wonderfully with the mixture of ingredients. There were some incredible combinations such as Smoked salmon and cream cheese, Honey roasted ham and English mustard, roast beef and white chocolate horseradish cream and honey roasted pumpkin with red pepper and goats cheese.



My favourites were the roast beef and white chocolate horseradish cream and honey roasted pumpkin. Sabrina loved the smoked salmon and creme cheese pairing, The tea that Stefan recommended to try for this experience was the deliciously black Darjeeling tea. This tea was a lightly coloured infusion with a sweet floral aroma, it changed from a light orange to a dark orange, this was to signify the change of autumn leaves. This blend really worked well with bringing the flavours from the tea.




The second part of the experience was the scones. They were light, freshly baked and soft. Scones are wonderfully British and delicious, the scones came in 3 variations. I am not the biggest fan of raisins and sultanas (but I ate these scones with no complaint) The scones were served with classics such as Devonshire clotted cream, strawberry jam and a salted caramel clotted cream. 

We were advised by Stefan to apply the strawberry jam first then the cream on top to fully experience the taste. As opposed to the traditional way of adding the cream on first then the jam. I tried both ways but the cream on top with the jam second was a full embodied rich taste. How do you like your scones? Cream First or Strawberry Jam?



Stefan also recommended the Park Lane tea paired with the scones, particularly with the cream and jam. And how right he was! It was dreamy and a melt in your mouth moment. The salted caramel clotted cream was a divine taste, to say the least. It was everything you wanted it to be sweet, buttery and kicking all the senses in your mouth. 


Lastly, the main show was served in a spectacular acrylic clear box, nestled inside was edible soil and twigs which were masked as chocolate decorated with leaves, raspberries and stones. Everything was edible aside from the leaves. The box also had a fragrant aroma which was alluring. 

Inside the Autumn chocolate sphere was a shell of 72% Venezuelan chocolate on the outside, With a whipped, creamy and salted caramelised hazelnuts topped with a blackberry. This was very rich tasting. Surely couldn’t be eaten all in one go (I packed it away for feasting with at home) 



Soon followed by the corn which consisted of chipotle chilli and sugar ganache, sandalwood, cedar wood chocolate twigs cocoa nibs. This was an explosion of flavour in the mouth.

Last but not least the chocolate pod which was simply my personal favourite. It consisted of  65% Grenadian Kalingo dark chocolate. Chocolate water ganache, The chocolate had a certain flakey/crumbliness to it, but it worked, then paired with a creamy white chocolate centre and green cardamom ganache. It was just perfect. The tea which was paired to this was a Red Berries Tea by Northern Tea Merchants.

The Paul A Young Chocolate Afternoon Tea is a dining experience which needs to be explored, it truly plays an experience to all five senses. The service by Stefan was exceptional, he made us feel at ease. His attention to detail was spot on and it was just the kind of experience you would expect in a 5-star establishment. The Chocolate Afternoon tea ends this Sunday! Booking is advised.

* I was a guest at the InterContinental as always all opinions/thoughts are my own. 

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Rum Kitchen Brixton


    Where: 437 Coldharbour Ln, Brixton, London SW9 8LN

The Rum Kitchen is the newest addition to land in Brixton on Coldharbour Lane. It joins a branch in Kingly Court, Soho and the original in Notting Hill. This is the 3rd site and the first in South London.

As you step into the venue, you are transported into a Caribbean beach shack (no signs of sand here) The decor is fun and bold. Perched in the  wooden ceiling are oil tins and there is cabinet storing some of their mighty rum collection with over 200 types of rum.

Rum Kitchen has a modern take on Caribbean food. You can find old favs like Saltfish Fritters, Curry Goat etc and new remixed dishes. This particular location has introduced Jerk Fried Chicken Burger and Grilled Red Snapper to its menu.

For starters, I had the Sweetcorn Fritters which consisted of 6 balls which came with the Bang Bang Jam which I thought was really tasty. Unlike the traditional pattie, these were in the shape of balls, they had a yellow inside and packed a fiery punch. The Bang Bang Jam was a nice accompaniment, the jam was sweet, sour and sticky. 



Following the fritters, my friend and I shared the 18 hour slow cooked pork belly ribs with house special TRK BBQ sauce and crispy coconut flakes. The ribs were finely glazed in the sauce, the meat was very tender and delicious and the sauce had a fiery sensation to it. 

For the main course, I went for the 3 piece bowl which consisted of 3 Jerk boneless chicken thighs with a Jerk Gravy, Rice & Peas & Coleslaw. It came with a watermelon, pineapple and sprigs of hot chilli. My friend went for the same dish but 5 piece bowl.




The boneless chicken thighs were nice but didn't live up to the jerk chicken I am used to tasting, for me it didn’t have that rich in-depth flavour you would expect from jerk chicken being cooked in a jerk smoker. The chicken had a modern twist and it wasn’t authentic enough for me. I thought the jerk gravy was really nice and just wished there was a more of it. 

For Drinks, I went for the Wray Cobbler which consisted of Lime, Sugar Syrup… Wray Nephew rum and the Ting wray - Lime, Ting Grapefruit Soda & Blue Wray and Nephew. You have spotted a pattern here. Wray and Nephew is a spirit I like in my cocktails.




The overall atmosphere in Rum Kitchen Brixton was cool. They played some good music. The staff were friendly and the service was pleasant. 
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