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December 2011

Guest Post, London

Review – Ghost The Musical – London

December 21, 2011
Today’s guest post is by Ewa Lewucha 
 The West End is an amazing place for an adventurous Friday night. If you’re bored with the cinema, London’s West End has many fabulous theatre shows to watch at the moment.

Piccadilly Theatre formerly known to be home to plays directed by Sir Peter Hall, today delights us with a stage adaptation of Jerry Zucker’s movie Ghost.

Sam and Molly are two young lovers, who have just moved in together. One evening while they are coming back from dinner Sam gets attacked and murdered. Sam finds himself stuck between two worlds and the only person who can hear him is Oda Mae Brown, a spiritual medium. Through her he is able to communicate with Molly as he discovers the truth about his own death.

Ghost The Musical, with music and lyrics written by Bruce Joel Rubin, Dave Steward, Glen Ballard and directed by Matthew Warchus, is a story about love and supernatural powers. Literally.

The UK production features Caissie Levy and Richard Fleeshman, whose performance is supported  by Paul Kieve, the greatest ghost wrangler ever. The stage is filled with special effects, projections and illusions that make the audience gasp. Even though it will be always compared with the film it’s an adaptation done well and the actors performance is superb. Ghost’s mix of magic and love brought tears to my eyes.

Ghost The Musical is a show that does what its supposed to do – entertain. The show definitely deserved the standing ovation it received from the audience when the curtains went down.

Fashion, pretty things

Daily Distraction – Lanky Girl’s Christmas Wish list 2011

December 14, 2011

I have to admit that some of these things I can only dream of receiving for xmas…Are you listening Santa?? LOL.
Recently I discovered a young and emerging designer who produces some very interesting and funky prints. Her silk headscarf’s are to die for.

“A Lancashire lass, Charlotte Taylor moved to London straight from school to pursue her dream of becoming a clothes designer. Five years later she graduated from Central Saint Martin’s and was selected to be a part of its prestigious press show. Along the way Charlotte assisted numerous designers including Marcus Constable and at fashion houses including Frost French. Upon graduation Charlotte was snapped up by Luella, subsequently leaving in June 2009 to set up her new venture under her own name”.

You can check out Charlotte’s blog and pieces at http://charlotte-taylor.blogspot.com/ and http://www.charlottetaylorltd.com/

African Print inspired xmas wishlist

Dorothy Perkins tribal print dress
£22.00 – dorothyperkins.com

Tuxedo blazer
£75 – topshop.com

Charlotte taylor
£40 – youngbritishdesigners.com

Camilla Skovgaard high heels
£395- net-a-porter.com

Drop earrings
£140 – atelier-mayer.com

Events, London, Things to do in london

Mastercard Priceless London with James Morrison

December 13, 2011

Last Thursday Lanky girl and Co was lucky enough to receive an invite to James Morrison’s gig for MasterCard Priceless London at Stamford Bridge’s live music venue in Chelsea. For those of you who don’t know what MasterCard Priceless London is about, MasterCard holders get exclusive free access to events in London. Events range from West End shows to concerts by international stars like James Morrison. Once you have registered you will receive emails when they have events and all you have to do is get in there and sign up!

Now for the concert, I have to admit that even though I had heard of a few of James’s big hits like “You Give Me Something” I wasn’t sure that I would like enough of his music to stand 90 mins of it. Fortunately James was spectacular, his performance was energetic and his voice amazing. We didn’t want him to stop singing! The best thing about the venue was how modern and intimate it was. Because there were only 400 tickets for the event there was enough room to see the stage without the usual pushing and shoving. Also how many gigs do you go to that the food and drink is free? We had the pleasure of tasting an array of canapes, mini fish and chips was my favourite.

Oh and best of all was getting to meeting James backstage with the rest of the competition winners. Will post the picture we took when I get them 🙂

James Morrison at Under The Bridge Picture From http://londoniscool.com/james-morrison-live-at-under-the-bridge

In this economic climate its nice that the big guys are giving something back. Lanky Girl is giving her whole experience of MasterCard Priceless London a big thumbs up!

To find out more about MasterCard Priceless London please visit http://www.mastercard.co.uk/priceless-cities/london/index.html

Food, London, restaurants, review

The Collection – Review

December 2, 2011

Watch our interview with Head Chef Alex Fanzola of The Collection.

Lanky Girl has been eating out a lot lately and one of the few places to really blow me away is a new restaurant in South Kensington, The Collection. It’s interior has been designed under the direction of design genius Tom Dixon. The result is a cutting edge and modern interior with plush velvet chairs and  intimate lighting making it very inviting. Lanky Girl and Co headed down to The Collection on a Wednesday evening to sample the food and interview chef Alex Fanzola.

Upon entering the restaurant (I have to add that the walkway lighting display is magical) we were greeted by friendly staff who took our coats and showed us to our table. The layout of the restaurant is on two levels the top-level being the dining area (great for people watching on a busy night out) and the bottom being a spacious bar and lounge area.

The Collection has an extensive cocktail and wine list and we were given the chance to try two of their signature cocktails. The first being the Prince Charming cocktail which was vodka based, very fruity and zesty. The other being the Luciana Martinez  cocktail named after the model, made from slow gin, maraschino liqueur and aperol. Very strong, but delicious.

One of The Collection’s selling points is their homemade breads served with their cold pressed infused flavoured olive oils. I have to say I was blown away by the foccacio bread so moist and soft we couldn’t stop eating it and I would have finished the basket if our waiter hadn’t warned us about leaving room for the first course! We had three different olive oil dips, truffle, lemon, and basil. I have to say that my favourite was the truffle. With a focus on healthy eating all the dishes at The Collection are cooked with olive oil and no butter is used.  The Collection has a great sharing concept which means you can order 3 or 4 small plates to share with friends and family.

For starters we ordered:

Now I am always afraid of raw seafood but I was impressed by this dish, it tasted very light, fresh and zesty.

Spiced chicken, carrot puree and orange.

Chicken was soft and succulent, carrot puree had a kick to it and the orange was like finding a little sweet surprise in the sauce.

Baked prawn, basil and roast garlic.

Really lovely smoky taste to the prawn, I will order this on my next visit.

Seared veal cutlet, watercress and salsa verde.

One word. Yummy!

For main:

Hay roasted lamb shank, pistachio sauce and artichoke puree.

The lamb was cooked to perfection with lovely combination of flavours. Easily our  favourite dish of the night.

Barbecue grouper, samphire and spiced sweetcorn.

Grouper as a fish was new to me, it is quite meaty in texture. Additional flavour came from the samphire (which is like baby asparagus) and the tomato sauce.

For dessert:

Warm pistachio tartlet, white chocolate moose, and macerated cherries.

The caramelized top was sweet and crunchy, moose was fluffy and the cherries had sharp alcoholic taste. Only wasn’t so sure about the tart case would have preferred it without it.

Greek yoghurt panna cotta, preserved summer berries and lemon verbena.

A naughty treat!

Wines: Malbeck, red wine and Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre. 

Apart from the food, one reason that I would recommend trying The Collection is the staff. All the staff were obviously well-trained in the food and our friendly waiter gave us lots of good recommendations. It was obvious that the staff at this restaurant really care about the food and providing the best experience which made our experience very positive.

The Collection is a great place to try Mediterranean style cooking with a twist and should appeal to everyone from families to friends and those looking for healthy alternative for dinner. If you find yourself in South Kensington do go and check it out.

For more information visit http://www.the-collection.co.uk/

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restaurants

Dim Sum Diner – Review

December 1, 2011

Lanky Girl was recently invited to try a new addition to the Dim Sum dining scene; Dim Sum Diner in Queensway.
Dim Sum Diner delivers traditional dim sum with a twist using an American dining concept. Finding the restaurant is very easy as it is literally across the road from Queensway station. Upon entering the restaurant we were greeted by friendly staff and we were shown to our table. The owners have chosen to keep the decor of restaurant quite utilitarian with a liberal use of the colour red for the walls which is a positive colour for the Chinese. The menu consisted of 25 different varieties of dim sum and other oriental staples. The prices were reasonable with most dishes being around £3.80. For drinks JD opted for a Tiger Beer and I had a glass of coke. Now onto the food, they had many types of dim sum that I have never tried before and I was keen to get stuck in. We each ordered 3-4 dishes each and finished all of them.

What we ate:
Guinness crab meat dumpling

The name for this dish was a bit misleading, it doesn’t actually taste of guinness. It is just used to give the dish its dark colour. One of their signature dishes the crab meat was succulent and tasty. One dish I will ordered again.

Homemade beef burgers

This dish puts the fun into dim sum! The bread bun was slightly sweet and beef not overly well done. Its the kind of thing you would have eaten when you were younger at children’s parties.

Xo scallop dumpling

Lanky girl loves scallop dumplings, and having tried the same dish in other restaurants I would say that Dim Sum Diners holds its own, a nicely cooked dish.

Coconut bun

I fell in love with this dish, and I definitely could have ordered more if JD had let me. Perfect I think for dessert.

Fish & spinach dumpling

This dish was okay but I was expecting more flavour really.

Baked barbecued pork bun

My favourite dish of the night, sweet meat heaven 🙂

Crispy aromatic duck roll 

A typical chinese dish served in an interesting way. JD’s favourite dish of the night.

Overall I enjoyed my visit to Dim Sum Diner, its American style delivery is fun and fresh and good value for money.

Dim Sum Diner is one restaurant that everyone should try at sometime or another. Its casual dining concept mean that it is perfect for popping in for a quick bite to eat for lunch or for when you are feeling. If you have never tried dim sum before this little restaurant is a nice way to be introduced to the concept.

For more information please visit http://www.dimsumdiner.co.uk/food.htm

Lanky Girl’s meal was complimentry.