Saturday, 30 June 2012
Embracing the culinary delights of ancient Persia, Pariya Foods bring us this mouthwatering confectionary to enjoy! 'Pashmak' is the Persian word for candy floss (cotton candy in the United States) and comes in four delightful hand made flavours; Rose, Saffron, Pistachio, Orange blossom, Vanilla and Chocolate.
Pashmak originated in the Iranian city of Yazd known for its array of traditional Persian sweets. Pashmak is spun from sesame and sugar, and can be served on its own or alongside fruits, cakes, ice creams, puddings and desserts.
I discovered Pashmak for the first time at the Jumeriah Carlton Towers (London), whilst enjoying their afternoon tea. I was instantly drawn to it's uniqueness, and without doubt it was the item I wanted to try first! If like myself you are looking for something a little different, flavoursome and ever so slightly naughty then Pashmak is for you!
I have subsequently become somewhat addicted, and tried all of the flavours but without doubt my favourite flavour is Pistachio. I heartily recommend you try!
Click here to Buy it online or, if you’re in the UK head over to Selfridges or Harvey Nichols and find Pariya’s pastel-colored packages in the confectionary section. That neon pink stuff you have previously bought at the circus and local fun fairs, alas will not match up!
Friday, 29 June 2012
Thursday, 28 June 2012
The Royal HorseguardsWith the tennis season in full swing you know the Summer has arrived...we think that is something to celebrate.
Wimbledon Afternoon Tea
Wimbledon Afternoon Tea
Conceived by the hotels pastry chef Joanne Todd, and her dedicated team, guests can treat themselves to The Royal Horseguards selection of life-like filled tennis ball truffles and Wimbledon logo cupcakes!
Whilst enjoying this WImbledon, inspired tea, re-hydrate with a beautifully refreshing strawberry and Pimms consommé, created by carefully simmering fresh strawberries for over four hours, finished with a dash of Pimms.
A selection of finger sandwiches and English muffin
Chilled Strawberry-Pimms Consomme
Tennis Racquet cupcake
Vacherin of English Strawberry and Vanilla Cream
Almond and English Rose Macaroon
Warm Scones, Preserves and Clotted Cream
A Choice of leaf teas
£32.00 per person
(plus 12.5% service charge)
Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Restaurant is delighted to present you with a stylishly modern version of
Afternoon tea; inspired by Executive Chef Jonas Karlsson’s favourite treats
Loch Fyne’s smoked salmon, cucumber and pumpernickel bread
Egg mayonnaise and mustard cress bridge roll
Prawns and dill bagel, lemon mayonnaise
Smoked chicken and carrot chutney roulade
Home made plain and fruit scones, clotted cream and strawberry jam
Chantilly and strawberry tart
Strawberry cup cake
Strawberry and lemon mousse
Strawberry and pistachio pavlova
Harvey Nichols exclusive blend of black tea and lavender, English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Assam,
Spicy Black Chai, Jasmine, Chinese Green, Rose Congou, Passion fruit, Decaffeinated Rooibos, Camomile,
Fresh Mint, Peppermint,
£29.50 including a glass of Pimms
Monday, 18 June 2012
Food glorious food! For those viewers like myself that would describe themselves as 'foodie' people- this events for you!
From June 21st-24th 2012 London's Regents Park will be transformed to a fine dinning haven with four glorious days of eating, drinking and entertainment. Taste of London features 40 of the city's best restaurants dishing up their finest in an unmatchable alfresco gourmet delight, alongside 200 producers provide the best food and beverages ensuring that every guest sample and shop for a range of produce in a relaxed atmosphere of a boutique food market.
The following Chiefs will be at Taste of London, 2012:
David Chang: Restaurant Momofuku
Wolfgang Puck: Own chain
Nuno Mendes: Restaurant Corner Room
Atul Kochar: Restaurant Benares
Jamie Oliver: Restaurants Fifteen/Barbecoa/Jamie's Italian
Francesco Mazzei: L'Anima
Theo Randall: Restaurant Theo Randall at The InterContinental
Ben Tish: Restaurant Opera Tavern
Jason Atherton: Restaurant Pollen Street Social
Alexis Gauthier: Restaurant Gauthier Soho
Michel Roux JR- Restaurant Le Gavroche, Roux at The Landau
Bruno Loubet: Restaurant Bistrot Bruno Loubet
Ashley Palmer-Watts: Restaurant Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
Gary Rhodes: Restaurant Rhodes 24
Jacob Kenedy: Restaurant Bocca di Lupo/Gelupo
Taste of London 2012 will take place in 7 sessions across the 4 days. The sessions are follows-
Thursday 21st June 12pm-4pm, 5.30pm- 9.30pm
Friday 22nd June 12pm-4pm, 5.30pm-9.30pm
Saturday 23rd June 12pm-4pm, 5.30pm -9.30pm
Sunday 24th 12pm-5pm
Ticket Prices as follows:
Standard: Includes entry into the festival, access to the features (masterclass, theatres, demonstrations) £24 advance, £28 on door.
Child 6-14 years old: Includes entry into the festival, access to features (masterclass, theatres, demonstrations) £12 advance, £14 on the door.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Friday, 15 June 2012
Thursday, 14 June 2012
The Design Museum, located just ten minutes away from the iconic Tower Bridge presents a limited edition exhibition honouring the works of the magnificent French shoe designer; Christian Louboutin. The exhibition features twenty years of Louboutin's designs and inspirations, revealing the artistry and theatricality of his shoe designs from stilettos to lace-up boots, studded sneakers and bejewelled pumps. Embrace the whirlwind journey into style, glamour, power, femininity and elegance.
Shoes, glorious shoes! Kate and I are huge fans like almost every girl, so you can imagine how excited we were when we saw the huge sign outside the Design museum. As we began to head towards the exhibition we saw shoes hanging from hoola hoops attached to the ceiling this just added to the excitement. Once in side we were in paradise when we entered into the Louboutin wonderland, greeted by hundreds of exquisite shoes all different shapes and sizes spanning a grand total of 20 years since Louboutin's first store in the fashion capital Paris opened.
Using funfair carousels and a giant red sole to display these works of art, this exhibition is not to be missed but it should come with a warning as this will seriously damage your credit card as it will have you running to your nearest Louboutin store desperate to get a pair of these beauties!
To finish there is a fantastic video of Christian Louboutin's muse Dita Von Teese, that truly gives you an insight into the inspiration behind the shoes.
Interestingly Louboutin admitted that he could not single out a favourite shoe saying ‘That’s very hard, every different shoe has a different story behind it. I like high shoes though, the higher the better'. This exhibition is not one to be missed by any shoe fan! I have included a teaser trailer for you all to enjoy!
Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased in advance from Ticketweb (booking fee applies). If the allocation for advanced tickets is sold out on Ticketweb, you can still purchase tickets at the Design Museum on the day.
Last admission is 30 minutes before the end of the session:
Morning Session 10am-1.45pm
Afternoon Session 2pm-5.45pm
Saturday Evening Session 6pm-9.45pm
Revive Wednesday 6pm-9.45. Every Wednesday throughout June.
Inside the exhibition the Hologram and the Fetish room contain images of partial nudity which may be unsuitable for some visitors. The Hologram appears every twenty minutes, and is three minutes forty-four seconds in duration. Visitors can bypass the Fetish room by taking a corridor which leads directly into The Atelier. Photography is not allowed,
There is also some great merchandise on sale I picked up this poster, to see what is on sale click here
By purchasing two or more products from the Brasil Dream range at the Ground Floor Estée Lauder counter, you can indulge in a complimentary trio of macaroons and a delicious Brazilian cocktail up on The Fifth Floor.
The 'Brasil Dream' Batida cocktail is made with Cachaça, ginger liqueur, coconut cream, coconut water, lime juice and fresh ginger for an exotic Brazilian treat whilst the Berry, Mandarin and Rose flavoured macaroons are inspired by the brightness of the Brasil Dreams Collection.
The Estée Lauder Brasil Dream cocktail and macaroons offer launches on Monday 18 June and will be running until Monday 16 July. It is available between 3pm and 5.30pm in the Fifth Floor Bar and Restaurant and is priced at £15.95.
Sunday, 10 June 2012
Kate: The Cold Stone Creamery is an ice cream pallor that is completely different to anything you would have experienced before- I promise! The ice cream is incredibly yummy with a wide range of flavours to chose from, combined with a seemingly unlimited choice of mix ins. To top this all off your creations will be made freshly in front of you via an array of tricks you never thought possible, leaving you desperate for your next visit!
Ice Cream Choices
Cold Stone Creamy first opened in 1988 (America) and since then has been reinventing people's expectations in terms of their ice cream experience. So what is it that makes Cold Stones such a great experience? Firstly only premium ice cream and sorbet is served. The ice cream and sorbet served is made fresh in store, every day making the taste heavenly. The next reason is the mix-ins, which allows unprecedented choice. Guests can choose from Cold Stones popular signature creations developed by an award winning Tastemasters team, to creating their very own ultimate ice cream fantasy. When I visited the store I created my dream combination: A cake batter and cotton candy ice cream combination with rainbow gummy bears. To give you all an insight into how extensive the Cold Stone range is, according to their website you can customize your ice cream in over 11.5 million ways- wow!
Finally every creation is mixed together on a cold clean granite worktop. During creation staff are chatty and friendly performing tricks with your ice cream ensuring that waiting for your creation is anything but boring! Chelsie and I visited the store numerous times and each experience was entertaining and different!
DID YOU KNOW?
Cold Stone Creamery does not only serve delicious ice cream and sorbets the menu also includes: Healthy alternative ice cream flavours, Cakes (Birthday cakes, petite cakes and cupcakes), pies ,ice cream cookie sandwiches, smoothies, milkshakes and finally iced and blended coffees
Selection can vary depending on the store.
Kate and Chelsie's Experience- Dubai, Emirates Mall.
Chelsie: In May 2012, Kate and I visited Cold Stone Creamery for the very first time. The store is welcoming, with staff that simply could not do anymore for you! On my first visit I asked the man behind the counter for advice on what to select as the choice was so extensive. I was allowed to try numerous flavours in my quest to select the best combination, which was a delicious treat and a nice touch. My final selection was chocolate and French Vanilla ice cream with Oreo cookies, during my ice creams creation I actually stood back in owe. My ice cream was literally catapulted across the room and caught in its cup by another staff member- Amazing!
My ice cream creation was flavoursome and fantastic, and as a result of this we returned several times throughout our holiday. Without doubt the most enjoyable part of the experience is discovering new and exciting combinations!
I cannot wait to visit again soon!
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