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Bulgari London and Rivea London

Despite living in London I love a luxurious staycation and staying at the Bulgari hotel only fulled my obsession! Most things in knightsbridge are rather nice however this 5* hotel passed all my expectations, from the amazing customer service, delicious food and private in-house cinema! The hotel sits on the edge of Hyde Park corner featuring contemporary rooms and suites, a outstanding spa and gym and restaurant called Rivea London.

I have to mention the A La carte Menu by Alain Ducasse, beautiful dishes and at a very affordable price! We loved the breadsticks with homemade tasting dips, the Fennel and Grapefruit & Coco Bean and Sage dips were firm favourites! Who would of thought waiting on our starters would be such fun?! (If you go, try and guess the flavours without looking at the taste card!).

The fabulous dining room was designed by noted Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners.

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I choose the TummyTonic which was comprised of almond milk, 18 Chocolate Pea Protein, Paleo Fiber, mint, flax seed, very yummy! I also had a few sips of my friends Tranquility shake which was made from almond milk, 18 Vanilla Pea Protein, magnesium, mint, avocado, lovely and refreshing especially after a good massage!

When choosing a hotel for a stayaction I also look for a room which will provide total comfort! The suite was the perfect treat with a spacious living space, sparkling bathroom with a tub and separate shower along with the option of 24/7 room service or personal butler! Everything a girl would want from a city stay and Bvlgari has it all!

Charlotte’s Bistro

After visiting Charlotte’s W5 for drinks and nibbles I was curious to visit another one of the groups restaurants. Charlotte’s Bistro is located at the heart of Chiswick providing award wining food to locals and foodie visitors from afar.

This intimate restaurant seats a small amount of guests making it the perfect place to retreat to for good food and wine after a busy day.

I’m a sucker for a restaurant that uses seasonal ingredients which always makes for a more interesting and fresh menu.

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First things first when visiting Charlotte’s Bistro do not, (I repeat) do not pass the bar without having at least one of their delicious cocktails! You can always tell what quality of cocktail you will receive by the selection of alcohol behind the bar, garnishes displayed and the bartenders face and attitude… Does he or she look excited, passionate and keen to showcase some skills? Well the bartender in Charlotte’s Bar was displaying all three attributes and I savoured every sip of my cocktail along with a few sips from my friends cocktails!

 
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Despite not having any vegan options on the menu our waiter provided serval options after speaking with the chef. My rissioto was full of flavour and totally moreish!

As a vegan I would probably advise to ring up ahead of time to ask what can be offered but be assured that you will receive a beautiful meal due to the talented chefs and fresh and quality ingredients used for every dish!

Tahini and white bean

Ingredients

  • Garofalo Tagliatelle Verdi Pasta
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2stp of mixed herbs
  • 2 cups cooked white beans 
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • Juice of 1 Natoora Organic Italian Unwaxed Lemon
  • 2 tsp Sunflower oil
  • Salt to taste (I use Maldon sea salt flakes

 

  1. Boil the Tagliatelle for 13min 
  2. Whilst the Pasta boils break down the white beans in a medium-sized until they resemble a smooth paste
  3. Add squees the fresh lemon into the mixture along with the tahini  making sure to blend both ingredients fully
  4. add the salt, mixed herbs, finely minced garlic and sunflower oil together
  5. If you find the mixture too firm add ore sunflower oil 

 

All items can be found online at Ocado  (below)

DININGNicole
BABA Edinburgh

Last weekend I visited Edinburgh for the first time in years and ended up visiting BABA for a quick lunch. I'm such a fan of Mezze dining, being able to pick and choose different dishes without the fear of busting your gut at the end of the meal!

Another big pro to choosing mezze dining is if you are vegetarian or vegan eater Middle Eastern food will always provide serval dishes that meet your dietary requirements. 

We didn't book a table in advance... despite it being an Easter holiday (silly I know) so we were ever so lucky to be seated at the large sharing table. After ordering our delicious cocktails we worked our way through the Levant inspired menu and placed our order. The dishes were served individually from the kitchen when they were ready. It was interesting to see what the other people on the large table had ordered along with seeing their intrigued faces as our dishes were placed in front of us.

Each dish was fresh and full of flavour! Looking back most mezze dishes I have had in the past are served as tiny portions however our quick lunch turned out to be a fully satisfying meal that kept us going whilst we explored the rest of Edinburgh city centre.

What I had

  1. Grilled pitta with tahini and spicy tomatoes dip
  2. Cauliflower fritters with zhug and crème fraîche (without the crème fraîche for vegans)
  3. Beetroot hummus with hazelnut dukkah
  4. Baked sweet potato and zhug
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Nama

What a find! As a vegan (pescatarian for 8 years prior) I have always looked to embark on a raw food diet. There are so many amazing benefits when eating raw however I have always struggles with the creativity side of it. So when I found this little gem I was not only excited but intrigued to see what was on the menu and taste the flavours and ingredient combos. In normally fashion I wanted to try a few things on the menu and I wasn’t disappointed by anything that was placed on the table. The restaurant is rather small a few sits upstairs and downstairs with a busy take away counter providing the neighbourhood with healthy juices and tasty snacks!

Menu highlights included the Cannelloni made with Cultured Cashew roasted vegetables with a spinach and thyme cheese. No meat feast Pizza made on the signature walnut and herb butter base with cultured cashew and chipotle cheese, aubergine bacon and portobello sausages.

If your thinking of exploring a healthier diet without sacrificing taste or raw gastronomic creativity, Nama is the place to visit.

 
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Five north street restaurant

I was very lucky to get a table at five north street restaurant last weekend, as the table enquiry was last minute and they are known to fill their 7 table restaurant very quickly. Leading up to this dining experience, I had mentioned the restaurants name in conversation and had only heard good things about the food and atmosphere I was to experience.

The restaurant is located on north street (funny that), small in size but warm and homely with a cosy and family like atmosphere. This is also partially influenced by the fact that the restaurant is owed by  husband and wife Gus and Kate who keep a tight knit team within the restaurant. 

Trained and highly praised by Michel Roux Snr, Gus reveals his talents through every part of his menu with an undoubtable love and artistic fair for gastronomy. As I am still on the vegan train, I rang prior to the sitting and asked whether they could provide something that was suitable. They were more than happy to provide me with a vegan choice and even ensured I would even have options (this doesn’t always happen so I appreciate it whenever it arises).

Our table opted for the seven course menu and mine was no less tasty or interesting than every other plate that hit the table. My dish highlight would have to be the superb risotto which I had as a main. Unlike any other risotto I have had or probably ever will encounter! In simplistic words my risotto was popping! Such a variety of flavours and cooking techniques in one bowl. My aim was not to choke myself as I devoured every grain along with the delicious tang of fresh and vibrant vegetables. Needless to say I had to share my dish to get across the heightened reaction to the dish that was in front of me!

The next time I’m in the Cotswolds, I for sure will make a point to go and visit again, regardless how far I have to travel.

www.5northstreetrestaurant.co.uk

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