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July 2011

restaurants, Things to do in london, Uncategorized

Things to do this weekend in London

July 29, 2011

Wow its been a while since I’ve done one these posts. This weekend is looking lovely weather wise so time to get out there and enjoy all the fantastic things London has to offer. So far this is what Miss lanky has discovered.

Foodie Extravaganza

Foodies Festival, Battersea Park, 29, 30, 31st July.

Starting today,  get down to Battersea Park for The Foodies festival. Watch award winning chefs demonstrate their favourite meals and sample dishes from London’s top restaurants.

Visit http://www.foodiesfestival.com/london/ to buy tickets.

Pizza in the Piazza

Work near Canary Wharf? Or looking for something to do during your lunch break? All week  beer brand Birra Moretti have been turning London squares into Italian Piazzas. Head down there to  learn to make authentic gourmet pizzas under the instruction of an Italian food guru and grab a few free beers.

From 11am to 4pm today.

Gino Italian Ice Cream Pop up at Top shop Knightsbridge

If you find yourself shopping in Knightsbridge (I wish!) pop into Gino’s pop ice cream stall to cool down from the sun. Ooh Gelato… yum!

For more info visit www.ginogelato.com/

Calling all you Vintage Vixens!

Vintage By Hemmingway Festival, Southbank Centre, 29th 31st July

Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, electro, cabaret, film, art or design, or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic make-over for a day, Vintage at Southbank Centre is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages. For one glamorous weekend we celebrate the music, fashion, film, art, design, and dance from the 1920s to the 1980s (and maybe even a peek at the early ‘90s) that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hotbed…

To buy tickets visit http://www.vintagebyhemingway.co.uk/about/vintage-at-southbank-centre

Click, Click, Flash

London Street Photography Festival, 29th – 31st July

In it’s first year the festival is a celebration of the world’s best street photography through a series of  exhibitions and events at venues including the National Portrait Gallery, the V&A, the British Library, the German Gymnasium and St Pancras International.

Download the map here and for more information visit http://londonstreetphotographyfestival.org/

Dutch Bikes

Daily distraction – Hollander Bikes by Made.com

July 27, 2011

Readers of my blog will know how much I love dutch style bicycles. It is bordering on an obsession for me lol! I blogged about Hollander bicycles by made.com a few months back  and today I was happy to discover that they are now available in two other rather fetching colours.

Food, restaurants, Uncategorized

Ms Marmite Lover Supperclub at Maille Mustard Pop up Restaurant

July 25, 2011

This post was meant to posted last week …unfortunately things have been a little crazy in lanky land.

Last thursday I was invited to Ms Marmite Lover’s Supperclub at Maille’s Pop Up boutique/restaurant in Spitalfields’ market. Now for those of you who don’t know, Ms Marmite lover aka Kerstin Rodgers is one the pioneers of the supper club revolution that has taken place in London over the last couple of years. Maille Mustard is legendary in France, the company has a history of making the finest condiments for the last 260 years. Take a look here to see their range. We were treated to a four course meal all including the key ingredient MUSTARD! Now, I was slightly nervous of my visit for two reasons: I don’t really eat food with mustard so I wasn’t even sure I liked it much and the thought of sitting around a table with people I didn’t  know terrified me! However my fears were unfounded as Ms Marmite Lover quickly made everyone feel relaxed with funny anecdotes and interesting tales about her food experiences. I got seated next to a lovely girl from More Magazine and food blogger Tuck and Vine.

Now for the menu!

Starters

Mustardy Mary

This funky concoction is a twist on Bloody Mary with mustard I found it slightly tangy tasting, couldn’t decide  if I was eating or drinking it.

Next was:

Gravadlax with honey mustard dill sauce on red endive – didn’t manage to get a picture but they did taste amazing!

After that was artichoke, now I had never had artichoke before so I was a little worried that I would embarrass myself trying to eat it. Luckily Kerstin demonstrated the perfect way to eat an artichoke by taking the leaves off and eating the bottom soft bit with a bit of Dijon mustard. You can see by the pictures below the process of eating an artichoke.

 
 It’s hard to describe the taste of artichoke. Its flavour is nutty and delicate with a texture similar to potato. Apparently they don’t take very long to prepare and but serving these to your diners will definitely impress them!

Main:

Our main course and for me the Pièce de résistance was the Smoked haddock with wholegrain and cheese asian mustard greens. This strongly flavoured dish packed a rich mighty punch.

Dessert:

You would think that with the amount of mustard inspired dishes we had we would have been sick of it by now but no, next came a selection of cheeses from the Mons served with palmiers and the best sourdough bread in london from St Johns bakery.

To finish off we had tutti frutti ice cream with mustardo di frutti ( yes unbelievably with mustard!) but absolutely the most divine ice cream I have ever tasted and the mint sugar hmm hmm Amaaazing.

Throughout the meal we were serenaded on the accordion by Tom Baker, and it was easy to forget that this was just a pop restaurant in the middle of Spitalfields market.

To go home Lucky Miss Lanky was given a goodie bag containing Kerstin Rodgers new book. OUT NOW! In it Kerstin shows you how anyone can set up their own supper club and some lovely recipes to try yourself at home.

Click here to buy Miss Marmite Lovers book!

Bars, London, restaurants, review, Uncategorized

Pierre’s Bar at La Brasserie – Review

July 13, 2011

Last Friday Miss Mint and I went along to South Kensington to review a new addition to the bar scene in South Kensington, Pierre’s Bar. Pierre’s bar is housed inside the already popular restaurant La Brasserie on Brompton road. When we arrived on friday evening we were welcomed by friendly and amiable staff who showed us to our seats around the bar. The bar itself is shaped liked a square perfect for the staff to serve everyone easily and also for us girls to have a look at any man candy ;). For the next few hours we were entertained by our friendly and cheeky barman Alex who constantly kept our champagne flutes topped up and provided wasabi peas to munch on. Being situated in South Kensington the clientele are undoubtedly the well-heeled but with their extensive wine and cocktail list Pierre’s Bar should be on every party girls list to visit before they hit Boujis or Mahiki. If your planning to eat there as well it can get pretty busy so make sure you book in advance.

For more information visit http://www.labrasserielondon.com/pierres-bar/

Bars, restaurants, review

Chiswell Street Dining Rooms – Review

July 7, 2011

Its been a busy couple of weeks socially and I kind of got behind on blogging. Sorry guys! However you are in for a treat as I have discovered a lovely new restaurant that I am sure you will fall in love with. I bring you Chiswell Street Dining Rooms! From the people who own The Cadogan Arms and The Botanist in Sloane Square. Chiswell Street Dining Rooms describes itself as “a modern British restaurant and cocktail bar complete with seven private dining rooms and is now open all day, everyday from 7am serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner”. I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening party last week. This place is a little treat that I recommend everyone should visit (and I am not just saying that because they plied me with free champagne hehe). The interior of the restaurant is contemporary and modern but although it looks sophisticated the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. The restaurant is intimate and there are lovely hidden away areas which would make it perfect for a date or equally a private business lunch. If the food is as good as the canapes we tasted then this place is bound to become a prize winner. They have an extensive wine list and the staff are helpful in making recommendations. The prices of mains range from 12 to 20 pounds so it shouldn’t break the bank! Ah the toilets! Absolutely divine, best toilets I have seen in a long while! They even have diamond encrusted taps! It seems that everything about this restaurant has been well thought out and details have not been overlooked. If you work near Liverpool Street this is the place to experience modern british dining at its best. Lanky Girl is definitely going to be visiting again soon!

 For information please visit http://www.chiswellstreetdining.com/