Things to do in london

Date for your diary: Cinema Made in Italy 2015

January 29, 2015

DARKER THAN MIDNIGHTAh… Italy, the home of pizza, pasta and great Cinema. Embrace a bit of Italy this March when Cinema Made in Italy returns to Ciné Lumière from the  5 – 9 March 2015. This year is the fifth edition of the event and London cinemagoers can look forward to seeing the best of Italian cinema as well as Q&A sessions with the directors and actors. The five day annual event is organised by Istituto Luce – Cinecittà’s promotional department in Rome (Filmitalia), and the Italian Cultural Institute in London.

This year’s line-up includes nine feature films and the short film anthology 9×10 Novanta:

DARKER THAN MIDNIGHT

PERFIDIA

GOOD FOR NOTHING

GREENERY WILL BLOOM AGAIN PERFIDIA

QUIET BLISS

SO FAR SO GOOD THE ICE FOREST

THE LACK

THE MAFIA KILLS ONLY IN SUMMER

9X10 NOVANTA

Screening dates and times will be announced shortly. In the meantime, for further details on the films please go to: www.filmitalia.org

New years resolution

Happy New Year – and Hello again!

January 15, 2015

New Year 2015

It’s crazy that we are already two weeks into the New Year, I don’t know about you but I haven’t had time to implement any of my New Years resolutions. However, starting from tiday I’m kicking myself into gear! It’s time to eat better, get fit, and see all the lovely things that this wonderful city will provide. When I think about 2014 I think of a year of changes! The best things for me were meeting the love of my life and relaunching this blog. I also turned 30! Scary but I survived in tact and I’m looking forward to discovering the best things to do in 2015 and sharing with all my lovely readers.

 

Hope you will stick round for the ride!

Adanma :)

Food, restaurants

35 New Cavendish restaurant, Marylebone – review

December 24, 2014

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When it comes to great restaurants Marylebone is home to many and 35 New Cavendish is for sure a new star in Sherlock Holmes old neighborhood.

When we entered the restaurant we felt relaxed and welcome, good indications that we were going to have an enjoyable experience. The atmosphere at 35 New Cavendish is very 1940’s. The restaurant takes inspiration from its owners who are financiers; staff were dressed in banker style uniforms.

The head chef at 35 New Cavendish is Alfonso Lillo Fas, a graduate of former world’s best restaurant El Bulli – we felt in good hands and had confidence in the interesting Mediterranean inspired menu.

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bread at 35 New cavendish

For starters we had Scallops with smoked cauliflower purée, and yellowfin tuna tartar. They tasted absolutely delicious – a tribute to the sea, and were presented perfectly.

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tuna tartare

For the main course I had a second helping of tuna, this time it was I chose the chargrilled yellowfin tuna version. My partner opted for the secreto (iberian pork shoulder served with very naughty triple-cooked fries). If you choose to dine at 35 New Cavendish know that this is a restaurant that urges you to forget about the gym and the calories to burn and just be happy with your food.

Both dishes were so fab and well prepared that it would be foolish not to recommend.

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yellow fin tunas

triple cooked chips at 3 new cavendish

The waiters at 35 New Cavendish are doing a good job of creating a relaxed enjoyable atmosphere for their customers. We had perfect service; our waiters had a solid knowledge about the menu, the products used to create it. With all their knowledge and expertise at serving they were an extended arm of the kitchen. They expressed a lot of respect for their head chef and we were in no doubt that they loved their jobs.

The restaurant manager at 35 New Cavendish is Andrea Sgamma, he is a classically trained waiter meaning he is educated in the trade of being a waiter giving you the kind of service that you would not expect to receive unless you were eating in a Michelin starred restaurant.

I believe that whatever we do in life, we should do so being proud. Mr Sgamma definitely lived up to this mantra with his presence and professionalism.

I haven’t had Crêpes Suzettes Flambées in many years, Mr. Sgamma made quite a show for us, and they tasted heavenly.

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35 New Cavendish, is a restaurant, where you bring your good friends and family. It is a restaurant with honest service and food, a place for laughs, for love, for life.

Food, restaurants

Kouzu Japanese Restaurant: Honesty In Belgravia

December 15, 2014

Kouzu Japanese restaurant

Belgravia is an upperclass oasis in London, where there the streets are clean, the houses white and uniformed and is home possibly to the best Japanese restaurant in the world.

When you arrive at Kouzu Japanese restaurant you are greeted by staff with “Irasshaimase”. It means welcome in Japanese and when you enter this modern, open spaced restaurant you truly do feel it, they want you to feel welcome and they are proud of working there.

We started as always with a cocktail in the bar. Having a drink at the bar before you eat is a good way of seeing the kind of service you will receive. Its also another way to get a sneak preview of the craft they apply to the kitchen. We were impressed; the cocktails were smoothly shaken and served. The two delicious cocktails we tasted made a promise for something extraordinary to come.

Kouzu japanese restaurant cocktails

Kouzu japanese restaurant

The menu at Kouzu is a heavenly parade of Japanese food. We were lucky to have help choosing dishes from the superb Kenichi Kakuta, who is the restaurant manager for Kouzu. He explained and helped us choose our starters:

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Yellow tail and white truffle dressing

Beef – Sirloin Amiyaki

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beef sirloin kouzu

Salmon with Youz soy dressing

Salmon with Youz soy dressing

A special collection of sushi 

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A special collection of sushi

All the dishes were extremely well prepared. The dishes were like art pieces, simple but mind-blowingly executed. Kouzu’s secret lies in their use of the best possible products; these are chefs who take pride in making perfection.

Kouzu spicy tuna roll

Kouzu spicy tuna roll

Sharing is the way to dine in a restaurant like Kouzu as the menu is so rich in variety. We had Mr. Kakuta roll out a red carpet of dishes: Sushi, Makimono rolls, and Nigiri. It was overwhelming. By the time we had finished we were like fattened calves.

Sushi chef Nobuyuki Yamaguchi showed us the honor to come to our table, and explain how he creates sushi and how he only uses special rice from a certain area in Japan. He also educated us by explaining that there isn’t just one type of soy sauce. Soy sauce has as many varieties as Balsamico.

Nobuyuki Yamaguchi

Kouzu sushi chef Nobuyuki Yamaguchi

The desserts we tasted where also sublime, delicate and well executed. Each mouthful had fireworks going off in our mouths. They were a nice way to end a fantastic meal.

dessert Kouzu restuarant

Kouzu’s style is clean and sharp and when you first enter you may think it is a little too utilitarian to be pitched as high class. However, when you visit please sit down, order your food, and the penny will drop. Kouzu is all about the food they don’t need a funky or rich décor to please their customers. A visit to Kouzu is all about honesty; a higher experience and they do not cut corners.

Please do yourself the favour, and visit them, it’s a treat, it is an experience and they will not let you down.

Travel, Weekends away in UK

A Perfect Stay in Polzeath, Cornwall

December 5, 2014

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Cornwall is fast becoming a favourite of my partner and I. The last time we visited was in the summer staying at The Scarlet Hotel near Newquay. This time for our second trip we decided to pick somewhere a bit more homely and private. After a bit of googling we discovered Perfect Stays luxury holiday rentals.  I don’t have an exhaustive list of essentials for the perfect holiday let, but it does help to have a cracking fireplace and a modern kitchen. The house we chose ticked all these boxes and more.  The house we eventually decided on was called Seagrass, a large newly built luxury house with all the mod cons you can think of from a fully equipped gym to Sonos surround sound and even a nespresso machine. Everything we would need to make this our home away from home. A nice touch was that when we arrived we were greeted with some essentials like eggs and milk and of course some Cornish scones and cream. Happy days! The house had five bedrooms which would be perfect for a large family looking for somewhere to go away.

Our Perfect stay apartment in Cornwall We instantly fell in love with the house, and at the end of the week it was really hard to say goodbye (especially to the kitchen). As well as the house being catered to our every whim Perfect Stays also provided a book of essentials like numbers for taxis, nearest supermarkets, recommendations for places to visit and a number for their around the clock concierge service. We were very impressed by their concierge service who were able to secure a hard to book last-minute table at Rick Stein’s Seafood restaurant.

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If you love surfing then you will love Polzeath, the waves are wild and the water is cold! Personally I’m more of a land lubber so we spent much of our stay going on coastal walks and exercising those muscles that we forgot we had. We took a two-hour hike upon the gently sloping cliffs, saying hi too a few sheep as we passed by. When we reached the peak of the cliff we were rewarded with the most stunning view of the atlantic. The clean air and exercise really helped me really relax and unwind. We had thought that by choosing to visit in Autumn we wouldn’t have good weather but we were lucky as while we were there we only had a couple of days of rain and most mornings we had wonderful sunshine to wake up to. I would recommend visiting Cornwall at this time of year if you’re not too bothered about sunbathing as it’s a lot quieter. Most of the holiday homes around us were empty and when we went to sleep it was in perfect silence.

polzeath-cornwallSome images from the coastline in Polzeath….

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photo 16cornish flowerIt was lovely to see flowers like the specimen above still blooming in this cold and windy season.

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A beautiful sunset

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After spending a couple of days exploring the beaches of Polzeath we were ready to journey a bit further afield. Ten minutes walk from the house was the St Moritz Hotel. I enjoyed a luxurious massage in the Cowshed Spa whilst my partner enjoyed a glass of spiced rum and ginger ale in the bar upstairs.

For our next trip out of Polzeath we took the ferry across to Padstow, a little fishing village, famous for its fresh fish and famous chefs. Read about that in part two!

Art

Hang-Up Gallery Christmas Exhibition 6 Dec 2014 – 11 Jan 2015

November 25, 2014

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Hang-Up is a London based contemporary art gallery located in the vibrant and bohemian neighbourhood of Stoke Newington. The gallery represents both young artists at the early stages of their careers alongside established names from the art world and seeks to show artists whom in some way break the mould from the traditional, pushing the boundaries either in terms of their work, their message or both.

The Hang-Up  Christmas Exhibition launches in two weeks and all works will be under £500, including exclusive new releases and unseen works from both gallery artists, perfect for those looking for a unique Christmas gift or just looking to treat themselves.

Some of the artists who will be featured are  Joe Webb, Mark Powell, Magnus Gjoen, Dave White, Lauren Baker, Mason Storm Russell Marshall, and the eponymous Shepard Fairey.

Head along to their private view on 5th Dec for a first peak.

Dave White at hangup gallery

Dave White at hangup gallery

Magnus Gjoen hang-up gallery

Magnus Gjoen

Food, Things to do in london

The Tasting Room at Broadgate Ice Rink

November 20, 2014

Smokestak at The Tasting Room

If you like you food big bold and smoking then this December you need to get down to The Tasting Room at Broadgate Ice Rink. Backed by foodie experts from Roka and Sourced Market The Tasting Room will aim to  provide a dreamy destination for Londoners to ‘fill their boots’ with the best craft beer, authentic smoked street food and artisan cuisine.

Head along to enjoy Texas inspired BBQ of smoked meats cooked onsite, including pulled pork buns, ribs, chicken wings and beef brisket as well as smoked canapés, and freshly prepared salads. For the early birds in and around the capital, London’s finest gourmet doughnuts from Crosstown and an exclusive coffee blend by London roasters, Mission Coffee will be served from 7:30am on week days, and 10am at the weekend.

For those of you who just want to enjoy a hot drink after a bit of skating drinks will be served courtesy of Peppermint Bars, offering craft beers from London’s finest breweries, winter cocktails, bourbons and signature wines.

The Tasting Room officially launches on 24th of November and will run right through until 26th February 2015.

For more information please visit: http://www.thetastingroom.london

Food, Things to do in london

Visit Skandilicious – Swedish Christmas Pop Up restaurant Nov/Dec

November 20, 2014

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This November and December a bit of Scandinavia is coming to London with the Swedish Christmas Pop Up restaurant – Skandilicious. This is your chance to enjoy an authentic and truly unique experience this winter. Celebrate the festive season in a (candle-lit) Scandi-chic environment whilst sampling authentic festive cuisine from the all-you-can-eat Swedish“Julbord” (the Christmas version of a Smorgasbord). Examples of what you can expect to eat are dishes like herring, cold cut meats, salads and pates and of course smoked salmon & gravad lax. Different types of breads & spreads as well as beetroot salad, roe-dip and little eggs with prawns. It wouldn’t be a Swedish Christmas without one meatballs!

Check out the sample menu below:

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Join in with traditional snaps-songs before retiring to the Loft Bar post dinner and sample cocktails from the specially designed Christmas Cocktail Menu.

Tickets to Skandilicious are £45 and include a welcome Glögg and the all-you-can-eat Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord.

Things to do in london

Things to do this Halloween in London

October 29, 2014

Pumpkins at King's Cross

So you’ve left it a bit late to plan your Halloween, we’ll never fear – here are a few ideas for things to do this Halloween. MUAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Free pumpkins at Kings Cross!

3,000 carved pumpkins will be creating a beautiful lighting display all the way up the Regents Canal from Thursday 30 October to Saturday 1 November. The pumpkins will form a sea of russet vegetables, twinkling lights and grimacing faces designed to both delight and scare.

The pumpkins are being specially created by Global Generation and some master carvers, and you will have the chance to take one home on Saturday 1 October when there will be a mass give-away of pumpkins. Each pumpkin will come with a recipe card from King’s Cross restaurants like Grain Store and Dishoom.

For more information please check out: http://www.kingscross.co.uk/halloween

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Party with vampires at the Halloween Raveyard

30,000 square feet of abandoned, underground Victorian brick office space that used to be a morgue facility for London’s rotting corpses. Yes, the perfect place for a Halloween party then. On Thursday 30th Oct and Saturday 1st Nov The Halloween Raveyard at The Vaults will house guided dissection labs, cabaret and cocktails, live music, coffin testing and a zombie disco dance hall. Tickets cost £15 on the door. For more information please visit: http://www.the-vaults.org/#!raveyard/c1vvr

Enter the Dreamery! If you dare….

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This Halloween, enter a terrifying horror maze inspired by the Day of the Dead and incorporating installation art, live performance and interactive challenges. In the basement of the old Hackney archives, survive a series of treacherous worlds in order to escape Mictlan, the Aztec Underworld.

For more informationn please visit: https://www.picatic.com/lasmaravillas

Art

Paintings and Photographs by Derren Brown at The Rebecca hossack Gallery

October 27, 2014

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Who knew that illusionist and master of mind control Derren Brown is also a painter (or maybe he has hypnotised me to say that). Well as surprising as it may seem he is actually pretty good. He will be hosting an exhibition of his work titled the Painting and Photographs as The Rebecca Hossack Gallery from the 5th November.

His work has a hyper-real quality and his six foot painting of Dame Maggie Smith is captivating.  Accompanying his new work will be a selection of earlier portraits, and, for the first time, a collection of his street photography. Armed with his Leica, Derren has pursued his fascination with the poetic in the everyday, taking to the streets to capture the moments of wonder hidden in the relationships between people and their environments. As a well-known figure, he has tended in the past to keep his head down in public; now this passion for photography has promoted a new connectedness with people as they become his unwitting subjects.

The exhibition runs until 29 November