Showing posts with label UNITED KINGDOM. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UNITED KINGDOM. Show all posts

Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley

Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley London

LIFE, LATELY: SWIM - A PRELUDE 
Read the first chapter Life, lately: That sinking feeling
February 13, 2017

Afternoon Tea at The Wellesley

LIFE, LATELY: SWIM - A PRELUDE   Read the first chapter Life, lately: That sinking feeling

West London: Chelsea, South Kensington, & Notting Hill



FROM CHELSEA TO NOTTING HILL VIA SOUTH KENSINGTON:
A WEST LONDON DAYTRIP, POWERED BY THE FIAT500

POSH, BROKE, & BORED x FIAT: Part 1 of 2
November 16, 2016

West London: Chelsea, South Kensington, & Notting Hill

FROM CHELSEA TO NOTTING HILL VIA SOUTH KENSINGTON: A WEST LONDON DAYTRIP, POWERED BY THE F...

Min Jiang, South Kensington

Min Jiang: authentic Chinese food in South Kensington, London

"Welcome, esteemed guests from five lands and four seas, to gather as friends for various delicacies"

MIN JIANG
Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, London

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Mandarin is a language so fluid and multi-faceted that if you ask several different speakers with even the slightest variation of fluency among themselves to translate, each one will give you a different interpretation. Above is my understanding of the couplet that greets guests in Chong Qing - the striking, glossy-red private dining room of Min Jiang - but then again, native Mandarin speakers have diplomatically described my comprehension ability as 'adorably foreign'. Oh dear.

However, a concept that is not alien to this Overseas Chinese Malaysian-now British expat is the comfort of authentic Chinese cooking in a foreign land. A surefire indication of such a establishment is, as is the case with Min Jiang on Kensington High Street, is a chorus of various Chinese accents: I heard the baritones of husky Mainland accents, the clear altos of the Taiwanese; the curious, sometimes soprano-like drawls of the Malaysian Chinese, with Cantonese cadenzas peppering the symphony.

That overture raised the brocade curtain on a gorgeous meal for four at 'London's most authentic Chinese restaurant'.

September 20, 2016

Min Jiang, South Kensington

"Welcome, esteemed guests from five lands and four seas, to gather as friends for various delicacies" ...

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick at Somerset House, London
DAYDREAMING WITH...STANLEY KUBRICK AT SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON
August 11, 2016

Daydreaming with...Stanley Kubrick

DAYDREAMING WITH...STANLEY KUBRICK AT SOMERSET HOUSE, LONDON

Pan Chai, Harrods

Pan Chai, Harrods
August 09, 2016

Pan Chai, Harrods

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden
August 05, 2016

Mr Fogg's Gin Parlour, Covent Garden

Shotgun BBQ, Soho

Meat lovers rejoice: Shotgun BBQ in Carnaby Street, Soho is a cozy, reasonably-priced American-style BBQ eatery for carnivores who love their ribs, brisket, and pork belly with a side of corn bread.

"Is this what freedom tastes like?" 'Muhrican meat at Shotgun BBQ, Carnaby Street
July 24, 2016

Shotgun BBQ, Soho

"Is this what freedom tastes like?" 'Muhrican meat at Shotgun BBQ, Carnaby Street

Brazilian Supper Club at Bunga Bunga, Battersea

BUNGA BUNGA AND THE LATINA COOK PRESENT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS SUPPER CLUB


BUNGA BUNGA AND THE LATINA COOK PRESENT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS SUPPER CLUB
July 18, 2016

Brazilian Supper Club at Bunga Bunga, Battersea

BUNGA BUNGA  AND  THE LATINA COOK  PRESENT THE RIO 2016 OLYMPICS SUPPER CLUB

The Sacrifices We Make

The price of immigration and settling in the UK, inspired by this month's Travel Blogger linkup: Home Away From Home.


THE PRICE OF LOVE: I'M GROUNDED IN GREAT BRITAIN FOR HALF A YEAR 😱
A TRAVELLING BLOGGER'S WINGS CLIPPED, FOR HER HOME AWAY FROM HOME
INSPIRED BY THIS MONTH'S TRAVEL BLOGGER LINKUP • OPENING PHOTO BY FRESH AND FEARLESS
July 06, 2016

The Sacrifices We Make

THE PRICE OF LOVE: I'M GROUNDED IN GREAT BRITAIN FOR HALF A YEAR 😱 A TRAVELLING BLOGGER'S WINGS CLIPPED, FOR HER H...

My God, what have EU done?! 5 Thoughts on Brexit



WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THIS PRO-EU LONDONER, 

IMMIGRANT, AND TRAVELLING BLOGGER?

June 26, 2016

My God, what have EU done?! 5 Thoughts on Brexit

WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN FOR THIS PRO-EU  LONDONER,  IMMIGRANT, AND TRAVELLING BLOGGER?

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016


A date in Mayfair, London: The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 Blogger's Evening, dinner and drinks at The Wolseley and Sake No Hana.


A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT 

Call me the Alexander Petrovsky of date night. And before any of you shake your fists at me with cries of Team Aidan! or Team Big! (Team Berger? No? Darn right, he was a real wet towel), hear this Sex And The City-binge-watching-sister out. So maybe I'm neither composing 'Ick!'-inducing love songs on my grand piano* nor waltzing in couture** at the local Maccy D's, but if you want me to show you a good time you gotta get your art on (and get to grips with chopsticks - you'll see why in a bit). And as far as London art exhibitions go, it doesn't get bigger than the annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Every year, this world-class institution of art hosts its legendary open-submission summer show, with an eye-watering exhibit of over a thousand works within the Palladian-mansion walls of Burlington House. Because either you go big or you go home. Jack Berger, I'm talking to you...
#RASUMMER

 *but I did compose a painting for my intended...
**although I was wearing Valentino, does that count?

June 19, 2016

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

A BLOCKBUSTER DATE NIGHT IN MAYFAIR THAT STARTED AT  THE  ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016 Call me the Alexander Pe...

Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

Gastrovino & Bar8: the latest culinary adventure by Italian spirits expert Giuseppe Gallo and the Made in Italy group comes to King's Road, Chelsea, offering affordable seasonal menus of authentic Italian food by chef Andrea Pesenti and a selection of 20 Italian wines and 8 unique cocktails. 
THE BEST OF IL BEL PAESE 'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT
June 06, 2016

Gastrovino & Bar8, Chelsea

  THE BEST OF  IL BEL PAESE  'THE BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY' AT GASTROVINO & BAR8    •    257 KINGS ROAD SW3 5EL

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone


Democratised dining at 35 New Cavendish Street, a Marylebone private members club with a new menu where everything is £20 and under.
A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20
The Cavendish at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia

Despite the average champagne socialist's assertions that the antiquated class system (caste system?) is still very much the oppressor of those who dare to dream, the truth is that we live in a world where social mobility is the wind beneath the wings of the bold and the busty (have you forgotten that display at Grand National? Yes, I'm also trying to). Luxury has become increasingly democratic, as exemplified by head chef Douglas Santi's new 'everything £20 or under' menu, launched yesterday at refined Fitzrovia establishment 35 New Cavendish Street.
June 01, 2016

35 New Cavendish Street, Marylebone

A MARYLEBONE MEMBERS CLUB WITH A MENU UNDER £20 The Cavendish  at 35 New Cavendish Street, Fitzrovia Despite the average ch...

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho


THE LAUNCH OF  MYKI SAND BAR AT ARCHER STREET, SOHO
May 26, 2016

Myki Sand Bar - Archer Street, Soho

The Society Club, Cheshire Street

The Society Club, Cheshire Street.  The established Soho literary members club opens in Shoreditch with a specialist bookshop with cocktails and evening events. Dog friendly, too - the perfect East London spot to while away an afternoon reading, writing, and drinking.

  FROM SOHO TO SHOREDITCH: WHY THIS LONDON LITERARY SALON IS MY FAVOURITE READING ROOM
"If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t f**k them. Don’t sleep with people who don’t read!"    Sage dating advice by John Waters for sapiosexuals seeking similar savants. Smart is sexy, end of. So it comes as no surprise that like an moth to a flame (because so many of history's greatest intellectuals are self-destructive like that...) I've gravitated toward the new Shoreditch branch of Soho literary circle The Society Club on Cheshire Street.
May 12, 2016

The Society Club, Cheshire Street

  FROM SOHO TO SHOREDITCH: WHY THIS LONDON LITERARY SALON IS MY FAVOURITE READING ROOM "If you go home with somebody a...

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods


When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience

WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PAN-ASIAN CUISINE
WHERE: CHAI WUHARRODS FIFTH FLOOR, KNIGHTSBRIDGE

I have a theory about the Overseas Chinese: that when it comes to gastronomical pilgrimage, our motherland either exists in a Bermuda Triangle or possesses the ability to bend light in to a cloak. Why else would otherwise perfectly sane Malaysians (including yours truly & family), Singaporeans, Australians etc. in search of the Chinese food of their dreams and heritage completely bypass China, instead seeking outposts far in the land of the white man?! From the accents that staccato the air outside Four Seasons in Bayswater you'd think that you can't get roast duck anywhere else in the world, honestly. Take it from this Malaysian Chinese who by the age of 12 had dined in no less than 21 Chinatowns across 3 different continents: the children of the Orient can't resist our food calling to us from foreign places. Have Chinese food, will travel - now that's an Asian Persuasion.
April 22, 2016

Chai Wu: Luxury Chinese cuisine at Harrods

When elements combine & form a contemporary yet classic culinary experience WHAT: A FIRST CLASS TICKET TO CHINESE & PA...

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

Cocktails and clean eating: The Lobby Bar and gluten free, dairy free Indigo Restaurant at One Aldwych Hotel, Covent Garden.

TWO LUXURY LOVERS, ONE ALDYWCH

Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where every horror story you've ever heard about London traffic (both the four-wheeled and two-legged variety) crawls past some of the city's most iconic landmarks: whether it's the tired and touristy (London Eye) or the underrated yet quintessentially London (basically every pre-war building with a view of the river). At least the view makes for an interesting distration from the ever-climbing taxi meter, yes? Steadfastly self-employed as I am (read: works from bed, attends Skype meetings wearing crispy linen blouse + sweatpants) you'd have to move heaven and earth to get me to venture out of my pocket of East London and into Covent Garden. F/29/Shore-bitch. Will haul arse for: the opera (or Lion King, depends on how long we've been friends), London Fashion Week, and of course the promise of cracking company (I mean, her surname is Lux. Spirits don't come more kindred than that.) + beautiful beverages + good nosh. Because the best things in life are free. I see your contempt for bloggers and raise you my complimentary cocktail.

April 19, 2016

The Lobby Bar & Indigo at One Aldwych, Covent Garden

TWO LUXURY LOVERS,  ONE ALDYWCH Oh, the Strand - that stretch of London spanning Trafalgar Square to the City limits, where ev...

Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

A guide to dressing for Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure
That's how one sometimes feels when mulling over their sartorial choices for Royal Ascot. The Royal Enclosure dress code can be a sartorial minefield what with the 'fashion police' on high alert for too-bare shoulders, hemlines above the knee, and scant fascinators. Then there's the question of taste - make too little of an effort and one comes across as disrespectful to the noble spirit and history of one of Britain's key social events, but make too much of an effort and risk looking like a painted trollop. There's a fine balance between haute dress and hot mess. I've cantered into both territories - in 2013 I nailed it with a demure Alexander McQueen dress (above), but last year I put in a disgraceful appearance in floral trousers with not-matching top. Of course the latter was thanks to my huge and shocking weight gain - I've blogged about it and my weight loss mission, here - which found me facing a wardrobe full of Ascot-appropriate dresses I suddenly couldn't wear. 
But now that I've taken my health and looks into hand, I'm happy to report that this summer will see a much slimmer me. Instead of hiding my figure behind poor outfit choices, I'm going to proudly dress for the shape I've worked hard to regain. So, in collaboration with Debenhams Best of British Outfit Inspiration I've put together what I'd wear to this year's Royal Ascot as well as my suggestions on how to be a knock out at the style states in the Royal Enclosure.
April 17, 2016

Royal Ascot : What To Wear at The Royal Enclosure

That's how one sometimes feels when mulling over their sartorial choices for Royal Ascot.  The Royal Enclosure dress code can b...

A SHOT At Good Health

How diabetes changed my life and made me take my health into my own hands. Shot, a healthy fast food restaurant in the CIty of London, is a good place to start.


or, How Diabetes Changed My Life

A CAUTIONARY TALE OF MY BRUSH WITH MORTALITY

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April 01, 2016

A SHOT At Good Health

or , How Diabetes Changed My Life A CAUTIONARY TALE OF MY BRUSH WITH MORTALITY _______

Japanese Canteen, Bethnal Green




FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
TO THE CITY WHERE THERE'S BARELY SOME*

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Q: What do you call 3 days of rain?
A: Bank Holiday weekend.

Seriously though, what are our chances of sunshine over London this Easter? The weather forecast for today, Sunday, suggests sporadic sunshine, but I'm not Bank-ing on it. Of things certain in life - or at least life in East London - the only constant we can be sure of is that the fastest way to become public enemy Number 1 is to drive down Brick Lane during the Sunday market.
So it's reassuring for this Asian transplant to know that there's at least one local joint where I can get my fix of all food Japanese. My latest favourite haunt - Japanese Canteen in Bethnal Green - is only a hop & skip away from my shop and a little bit more from home, making 'hangin' out under the railway arches on a Friday night' a world of respectability and warmth away from my raver days of yore. Here's to the comfort food we know & love in a distant & unpredictable new city so far away from the country we once called home. 

JAPANESE CANTEEN
Arch 255 Paradise Row London E2 9LE 

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*except for those two freak days a year in summer, when yours truly makes an air-conditioner out of a bowl of frozen carrots and a table fan.



March 27, 2016

Japanese Canteen, Bethnal Green

FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN TO THE CITY WHERE THERE'S BARELY SOME* _______________________ Q: What ...