Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Things To Do In Riga

As far as European travel destinations go Riga is easily one of the most underrated.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Arriving in Riga: Gallery Park Hotel (Pt.1)

Intrigued to explore the charming capital of Riga, Latvia - awarded the honour of European Capital of Culture 2014 - to report on this beautiful, historical city, Henry and I chose a hotel that reflects the elegance and sophistication of Riga: Gallery Park Hotel

Friday, 23 January 2015

Destination: Riga, Latvia

Labdien (hello) from Latvia! Perchance you may have seen on my Instagram (@jasiminne) that I'm in Riga, Latvia. Dear friends, I write to you now from the comfort of luxury boutique hotel Gallery Park Hotel ensconced in the warm enriching glow of an eight hour nap followed by a spellbinding evening of ballet - Swan Lake at the Latvian National Opera - and a satisfyingly heavy meal which Henry and I (tried but failed to) walk off with a stroll through the park. Everything is covered in a blanket of snow and the city looks just like a postcard of the ultimate fantasy of what a European city should look like (but without the crowds, the chaos, and the urban grime of say, Paris).

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

Sky Garden London Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill

'The sky is the limit' and this is certainly the case when it comes to dining (that is until Richard Branson opens a restaurant on the Virgin Galactic). The Shard (here and here), Duck & Waffle...what is it about dining at high elevation that is so appealing? London's latest landmark, Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, is the new destination for those who like their eggs with a side of sweeping views of the city...or those who like the 'high life'.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

My baby's a swinger...

...and that's putt-ing it mildly. In all seriousness though, Henry and I acquired two gorgeous vintage golf jumpers from Aquascutum and Burberry so what better prop for a photoshoot than a golf club? Yesterday we shot some of our new stock for Regimental Vintage in our local marsh Haggerston Park. Here are some of my favourite photos from yesterday, as shot by yours truly. 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Chinese Afternoon Tea at Le Chinois, Millennium Hotel, Knightsbridge

On Sunday me and several bloggers were treated to a Chinese afternoon tea by Joe Blogs at Le Chinois in the exclusive setting of Sloane Street. A flurry of bloggers (or 'hashtag' which I insist must be the collective noun for bloggers) descended upon the gilded designer-label clad streets of Knightsbridge to sample the delights of Le Chinois's Afternoon Tea menu - a clever take on British high tea with an authentic and innovative Cantonese twist. In lieu of the usual scones and cucumber sandwiches; we nibbled on dim sum, scallop rolls, and duck pancakes while sipping on champagne in the dark red and warm tones of Le Chinois' elegant restaurant, in our own private room behind light curtains where we were free to mingle, tweet, and be as snap-happy as we pleased. While some dishes were comfortingly familiar - dim sum is a huge part of my upbringing, I was brought up with a traditional but liberal Chinese family and dim sum Sundays were a family ritual - like char siu bao, siu mai, and crispy duck pancake; others were delightfully expected such as the wasabi prawns, the mochi, and the pièce de résistance - the cake stand laden with dim sum. It was a symbol for the combination of the British ritual of high tea with the Chinese tradition of 飲茶 (yum cha). It amused me to observe that this meeting of Oriental-Occidental tea rituals paralleled the assimilation of my Malaysian-Chinese heritage with the London culture that has ingrained itself into my mannerisms and accent. Anyway, enough of my words - allow my food photography to do the talking.
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