Food, Things to do in london

The Meat Porter Supper Club at City Island With Michelin Chef Simon Hulstone

March 25, 2015

At the end of February I attended a very special event – The Meat Porter Supper Club at one of East London’s newest developments. Cooking for a group of press and bloggers was the legendary Michelin starred chef Simon Hulstone from The Elephant Restaurant in Devon. Meat Porter is a fresh new concept for meat delivery, an online artisan butcher offering quality meat without being too hefty on pockets.

City Island by Ballymore is a swanky, upmarket residence in the making, and the pop up restaurant was held in the marketing suite.

Chef Simon Hulstone and his Sous chef Viktorja set about preparing our feast for the night

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On arrival we were each greeted with a glass of Bollinger and were given the chance to mingle with other guests and meet Stefan Porter – owner of Meat Porter.

Stefan Porter and The London Perspective

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Once mingling was done, it was time to settle down to start our feast. The menu was a delight to behold, an interesting assortment of ingredients. Everyone on my table was excited about what Simon would be serving on the night. All the meat cooked would be coming from Meat Porter’s supply of free range and carefully sourced producers.

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To start off with we were served salted toffee and spring pea soup with smoked bacon. The soup was smooth and had a lovely sweetness to it, you could taste the toffee coming through. I could never imagine such a pairing would work, but I am keen to get the recipe!

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Next was the Tamworth Pork Belly and Drummond Chicken served with Caramelized Apples, Cider Gel, Baby Leeks and Pickled Baby Onions.  I usually am not keen on pork belly but the richness of the pork belly spoke for itself, I ate every last morsel.

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After this, we were treated to a supreme helping of Aylesbury Duck Breast with Jerusalem Artichoke Puree, Star Anise and Duck Fat Confit Heritage Carrots. By this point I have to admit my stomach was already becoming full, however the duck was so succulent that I couldn’t help but gobble it up. You could tell it was really high quality duck.

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In between each course Simon himself came and gave us a background on the inspiration for each of his courses. Frankly the man is a culinary genius, I will be making sure to try to visit his restaurant when I’m next down in Torquay, Devon.

meat Porter Supper Club

Our final course was dessert and undoubtly was the pièce de résistance, Warm Vanilla Rice Pudding, Yorkshire Rhubarb with White Chocolate and Sorrel. Just looking at the pictures again are making my mouth water. 

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 A Meat Porter Box – we were lucky to take a box full of meaty goodies at the end of the night in order to recreate our meal.

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Quality meat and a Michelin star chef make for an awesome pairing, the Meat Porter Supper Club was an event I’m glad I did not miss. I look forward to when they do more Supper Clubs in the future.

Meat Porter is an online artisan butcher, sourcing and delivering high quality fresh meat to your door for free. They source directly from free-range British farms that supply fine-dining restaurants, guaranteeing gourmet experience every time you dine.

Art

Organic Sculpture at The Alison Jacques Gallery – 27 March – 23 May 2015

March 23, 2015

Anthony Pearson

Anthony Pearson
Untitled (Tablet), 2015
Bronze relief with silver nitrate patina

Organic Sculpture is a a group exhibition including works by fifteen artists made over the past fifty years. Whilst some sculptures question the differentiation between geometric and organic forms, others address the relationship of the form to the body or the form to the whole. The artists participating span four continents: Janine Antoni (American, b.1964); Maria Bartuszova (Czech, b. 1936; d.1996); Camille Blatrix (b. French, 1984); Pier Paolo Calzolari (Italian, b.1943); Lygia Clark (Brazilian, b. 1920; d. 1988); Fernanda Gomes (Brazilian, b.1960); Zarina Hashmi (Indian, b.1937); Sheila Hicks (American, b.1934); Paolo Icaro (Italian b. 1936); Takuro Kuwata (Japanese b. 1981); William J. O’Brien (American b. 1975); Anthony Pearson (American, b. 1969); Alina Szapocznikow(Polish, b. 1926; d.1973); Erika Verzutti (Brazilian, b.1971) and Hannah Wilke (American, b. 1940; d.1993).

Organic Sculpture opens at the Alison Jacques Gallery on the 27 March – 23 May 2015

Private View: Thursday 26th March 6 -8pm 

 

London, Things to do in london

Date for your Diary: King’s Cross Fete – 28th March 2015

March 23, 2015

KERB Granary Square 3/8/2013

 

On the 28th of March the King’s Cross Fete celebrates the official opening of Lewis Cubitt Square and Park, King’s Cross. It’s sure to be a day for the whole family celebrating community, springtime and launch of public amenities at the newly opened spaces at King’s Cross. Did I mention it’s FREE! 

 Saturday 28th March 2015 – 11am to 4pm, N1C

During the Fete you will be able to enjoy:

  • lewis cubitt parkThe best of the spring vibe with foot-stomping live music and social dancing
  • Traditional game playing, such as croquet and giant lawn games
  • Live performances from  “The Village Fete Committee”
  • Spring-themed pop-up photo parlour, allowing visitors to capture the day and take a keep sake home
  • Children’s art activities and games, including head garland workshops and Snug Play
  • Seasonal food and drink, with a fully dressed picnic area and deck chairs

For more information visit: http://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/kings-cross-fete

 

Charity, Things to do in london

Race for life 10K – day 1 of Training

March 23, 2015

 

Race for life 10k I had my first day of running on Saturday afternoon. My partner and I decided to start my Race for life 10k training off with a run around the park. I was feeling very smug all dressed in my running gear until we actually started to run. Cue flashback to many hated PE lessons spent running in the playground and the realisation that my body was no longer the fit teenager it once was. A few yards into the run and my lungs were on fire, my ankles felt horribly stiff, it was as if I had never run in my life! What happened to the Adanma who would sprint for the bus when running late for school? Oh my god I thought – I am now old.

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I honestly felt like packing it all in. However, my boyfriend refused to let me give up. He went straight into military drill mode and kept me from giving up. It was tough but by the end of it I felt like I got a sort of rhythm. We covered 2.4km in 45 mins. A little more than a fifth of what I have to run on that day.  Two days later and my whole body still aches, I’ve got a long way to go!

Before I forget, I have to mention that as part of my duties as a Race for Life blogger I received a very cool pink box in the post filled with all sorts of race training goodies.

Race for life stickers

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Itunes gift card to purchase some heart racing tunes

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My own Race for life t-shirt

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Food doctor book, and race preparation foods.

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If you’re passionate about beating cancer then join me and sign up for a Race For Life  event. You don’t have to do 10k, there are 5K races and other events happening all over the country. The first 20 of you to use the code RFLLonP will get a discount on your entry.

My target is a modest 500 pounds – if you want to sponsor me then visit my Justgiving page.



Art, London, Things to do in london

Monster by Magnus Gjoen – At The Hang Up Gallery – 20 March – 26 April 2015

March 21, 2015


Monster by Magnus Gjoen - At The Hang Up Gallery

The Hang-Up Gallery presents a new exhibition Monster, a brand new collection of multi-media originals and limited editions by the highly talented artist Magnus Gjoen.

Inspired by an FBI article analysing the mind of a serial killer and their preoccupation with fantasy as children, Gjoen explores the fragility of the psyche with a new abstracted and graphic direction. The unique exhibition will portray a refined evolution of the artists trademark juxtaposition technique. By combining delicate, decorative imagery with bold geometric shapes and primary colours, Monster illustrates the complex, yet confused mind of a serial killer.

Magnus Gjoen has de-constructed and simplified his artworks with a view to challenge perceptions of beauty versus evil. The representation of innocence through the use primitive shape and form overlaid with dreamlike images creatively examines how fantasy can often play an integral role in the creation of a monster.

I find his art bold and daring and the juxtaposition of dreamlike imagery and bold graphics is something I have never seen before.

If you get the chance definitely go and check it out!

Monster by Magnus Gjoen - At The Hang Up Gallery

Travel

Part 2 – A little trip to Padstow, Cornwall With dinner at Rick Stein

March 21, 2015

It’s funny how a little bit of sun makes us all start thinking about holidays. It’s got me thinking… I never finished telling you about my trip to Padstow, Cornwall. During our stay in Polzeath we decided to take the ferry from Rock across to Padstow.

Padstow is a small fishing village, known for being a bit of a magnet for celebrities visiting Cornwall. It is also home to Rick Stein’s Michelin star restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant. We had previously thought we didn’t have much hope to get a table at such short notice, but the lovely concierge at Perfect Stays managed to get us in.

A fishing boat in Padstow, Cornwall

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I have to say that the weather wasn’t exactly perfect, the Padstow “ferry” is really just  little boat with benches and we had the pleasure of huddling under an umbrella while we were lashed with rain.

Upon arriving in Padstow, our first thoughts were food and shelter. It was whilst looking for this, that we stumbled across artist Caroline Walker’s pop up gallery. Famous for her depictions of cows she talked us through her recent work. Each painting really captures the personality of each of the cows. We hope to have some of her pieces for our new house.

After this we stopped at The Shipwrights Inn for a spot of lunch. We enjoyed some fresh and tasty prawns with chips served in a quaint beer mug.

Holly The Cow – Caroline Walker 

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Johnny the Cow – Caroline Walker 

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After a little walk around the harbour we got the ferry back To Rock and went home for a little nap. Eating at the slightly earlier time of 6.30, we returned back to Padstow to dine at Rick Stein’s restaurant:

The Seafood Restaurant 

We had a rather funny waiter from Poland who was able to convince us to try the tasting menu. Each of the courses was a delight to behold, tasty and fresh with interesting flavours. If you ever have the pleasure of going to Cornwall – you must dine here!

Some of the things we ate:

Sautéed Squid Salad with Chilli, Mint, Coriander and Roasted Rice

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Irish Carlingford Oysters or Frenchman’s Creek Oysters

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Sashimi of Scallop, Loch Duart Salmon, Tuna and Sea Bass. With wasabi – Japanese horseradish, pickled ginger and a soy dipping sauce.

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Dark Chocolate Mousse, Roasted Pear with Ginger and Pear Sorbet

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A little peak into The kitchen at The Seafood Restaurant

The seafood restaurant - Rick Stein

Some other pictures of Padstow…

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Ah…. such lovely memories, I really need to book a break soon! Hopefully this has inspired you to visit Cornwall yourself.

Charity, Things to do in london

Join me in the Race for Life 10K – Hyde Park, Sunday 19 July 2015

March 20, 2015

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“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.

My beloved Stepmother passed away from cancer on the 5th Febuary 2015. She was a mother, a friend, an auntie, a good christian and one of the most inspiring and dignified women that you will ever meet. It’s been especially hard because she left life at the age of 50, an age that really she should have started to enjoy some of life’s pleasures that she put on hold to raise her kids. She is sadly not the first family member that I have lost to cancer, it also took my dad’s life – 10 years ago next month. Cancer is the one disease that seems not to respect age, creed, or lifestyle. My stepmother was somebody who exercised, didn’t drink or smoke yet it wasn’t enough to prevent her developing breast cancer. A sentence that I have heard often throughout this difficult period, is “it’s not fair”. For two years I watched her battle the disease with courage and strength and even during her last days she never gave up fighting for her right to live. Now she’s gone and we are only left with memories that I will forever treasure until we meet again.

Cancer may have claimed the lives of those I love but it hasn’t taken away my hope. Seeing first hand what treatments are available made me despair. More needs to be done so that other people don’t suffer the same fate.

The grief is still fresh for me and my family but I’m finding a way to channel it in a positive way, to hopefully help others. In her memory I have signed up to run in Cancer Research UK’s blogger team and run in the Race For life 10k in Hyde Park this July. Just thinking about it right now is scary! I haven’t run in years but I’m determined to do it not only in her memory, but also to hopefully raise a bit of money to go to helping Cancer Research UK fund more treatments which might help someone I know beat the disease or catch it before it develops.

1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer (Cancer Research UK, 2015)

If you’re passionate about beating cancer then join me and sign up for a Race For Life  event. You don’t have to do 10k, there are 5K races and other events happening all over the country. The first 20 of you to use the code RFLLonP will get a discount on your entry.

As I prepare for the race of my life! I’ll be updating you on my progress on this blog. My target is a modest 500 pounds – if you want to sponsor me then visit my Justgiving page.

Let’s beat cancer sooner.

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RIP Blessing Chika Wokoh 
17th April 1964 to 5 Feb 2015

Things to do in london

First day of Spring: A stroll in Hyde Park, London

March 19, 2015

Lovely Spring, you are finally here. When the sun came out it was time to cheer.

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We put on our shoes and stepped out the door, took in the sunshine and went to Hyde Park to have some fresh air. Hyde Park, London is really a park to behold of all London’s Parks and for short while it also happens to be our local park.

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Spring is my favourite season because it’s a time when city seems to come to life. Being avid photographers we spent a lot of time taking pictures of the flowers in bloom. We also enjoyed a long walk up from Hyde Park Corner up until Kensington Palace. It was interrupted by a short break for a spot of tea and crumpets at The Lido Cafe next to The Serpentine.

flowers in hyde park

flowers in hyde park

IMG_5564Opposite The Royal Albert Hall is a statue of Prince Albert, consort to Queen Victoria. Their love story was pretty extraordinary as is this monument that she built to commemorate his life. Apparently she was so sad when he passed away that she used to sleep with a cast of his hand on her pillow next to her in bed. I said to my boyfriend that if he did end up going before me, he shouldn’t count on me doing the same. Haha!

albert memorial in hyde parkOn the way back home we opted for my favourite way to get around the park and hopped on a Barclays Boris bicycle.

With the gentle spring breeze on our backs and the sun kissing our faces we went home with smiles on our faces.

Hotels, London, luxury, Travel

A home away from home in Mayfair: Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah living

March 10, 2015

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I had to take a break from blogging for a while. It’s been a bit of a crazy start to 2015, a lot has happened – some sad, some happy. Life as I know it has changed. One event that I am willing to share with my readers is that I happened to get engaged on Valentines day :) Maybe I will share details of this in another post, I’m feeling a little shy now. The other was a bit of a house move. My dream of living in Central London has been realised! For a short period of time, while we are waiting to move into our new home in South West London – we are staying across the road from Hyde Park and 10 mins from some of London’s famous streets.

As a fan of Gossip Girl I’ve always liked the idea of doing a Chuck Bass and living in a hotel. Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living is a special type of hotel. You get the all amenities of living in your own self contained apartment with the added benefit of having your every whim catered to by the hotel. Staying here is not cheap but the rooms are state of the art and finely furnished. Residents have their own dedicated concierge, fitness room and 24 hour room service.

On our first night here we were welcomed with a plate of sweet treats and a lovely fruit basket which was a nice touch.

The service level that staff give you here is very high. Two things I was impressed by; after asking where the nearest supermarket was we were told personal shopping was a service they offered. Supply and list and have your food bought and delivered to your apartment. Also, my partner is a keen swimmer so it was nice to know that residents staying at GHA by Jumeirah Living have complementary access to the Jumeirah Carlton Tower swimming pool and gym.

image2Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living sitting room with state of art kitchen and designer furnishings.

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Our spacious bedroom and large and comfy bed. There’s no need to make your bed each morning here. Unlike most serviced apartments there is a daily maid service to change the bedding and give the apartment a good clean.

GHA by Jumeirah Living is just a few steps away from Mount Street home to designer boutiques like Marc Jacobs, Balmain, Ralph Lauren, Christian Louboutin…If you love luxury shopping and have the pockets to match then you will be in shopping heaven staying here. We opted to savour the neighbourhood by taking a late evening stroll.

MOunt Street MAyfair

Mount Street Mayfair

Last week, I hosted a bridal shower for friend who will be getting married this May. One special feature of the hotel is the Atrium. It’s a bit of a glass roofed oasis, filled with with flowers, beautiful sofas and a stylish fireplace. It’s a lovely place to dine or relax with a paper. I decided to treat the bridal party to a spot of afternoon tea. The cakes and tea were served in fine china and tasted absolutely scrumptious.

grosvenor house apartments by jumeirah livingThe Atrium is the beating heart of the hotel.

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Grosvenor house apartments

 

I’m going to be very sad when we have to leave  here in a month….

In my next post, I’ll be taking you on a little jaunt to Hyde Park.

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