A Weekend in Whitstable

I really love the English seaside.

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A few weeks ago I spent the dreamiest weekend with some of my favourite people in a cute AirBnB in Whitstable. We didn’t have much planned, other than to lounge in the sun, go swimming, eat oysters and watch films. It was one of the best weekends I’ve had this year.

Its only just over an hour away from London on the train, and it felt so good to get away, taste and feel that fresh sea breeze, and really unwind.

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Of course, I had to check out my copy of The Good Food Guide before I went, and nabbed a table for us at Harbour Street Tapas.

 

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We were tempted by the desserts, but couldn’t resist the fresh doughnut sandwich by the seaside!

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Celebrating Game-Changing Women: Grey Goose x Bvlgari Hotels

Over the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to attend a couple of screenings at the Breakthrough Women Film Series, hosted by the Bvlgari Hotel and Long-Winded Lady Productions. The series celebrates women as filmmakers, as well as female-driven storylines, with the opportunity to see the films pre-release and have the unique opportunity to get to know more through Q&As with directors and lead actors.

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Female empowerment is something I feel incredibly passionately about, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with many organisations through my role in this capacity.

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To celebrate the screening of the final film, The Rider, I was invited to an intimate dinner at the Bvlgari hosted by Grey Goose. The evening celebrated game-changing women not only in film, but in the creative industries. I felt truly excited, energised and inspired by the other guests, who are all game-changing in their fields.

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It was a fantastic evening, and a great way to celebrate a series that celebrates female voices, and commitment to the arts. Films in the series included Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist; Jeune Femme; and The Rider.

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La Belle Assiette – Marriotts Fine Dining

I’ve written about La Belle Assiette before, and I absolutely love the service – a private chef cooking you an incredible meal in your own home – what could be better?

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La Belle Assiette connects people with private chefs, who come to their home and cater for them for dinner parties, at various price ranges. There are so many different cuisines too, meaning you can experiment with different flavours  in the comfort of your own home! I hosted another dinner party at mine, this time with Chef Charlie Marriott.

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The thing I love about La Belle Assiette is how simple the process is – once you decide on a chef, you have a quick chat about any likes/dislikes/allergies, and you’ll get sent several options.

Charlie, our chef for the evening, is a trained professional chef with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Charlie’s passion for cooking started at the age of 13 where he worked washing pots in the local pub so that he could eagerly watch and learn from the other chefs. Going on to culinary college and working at some of the finest AA Rosette and Michelin restaurants throughout the UK and France, Charlie wanted to turn his passion and ambition for the finest and freshest ingredients and exceptional service into something that could be achievable in the comfort and privacy of one’s home or chosen location.

Our evening was absolutely first-class – the meal was stunning, in every possible way.

We started off with a cured sea-bream tartar, which was served with lemon puree, radish, and fennel.

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It was beautifully presented, and tasted amazing – it was really a work of art, and the most beautiful dish to have ever come out of that kitchen I’m sure!

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For the main we opted for the Salt marsh lamb rump, which was served with goats curd, pistachio, baby gem and charred onion. It was a triumph.

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I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but I’m still thinking about this dessert.

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Blood orange curd, served with Italian meringue and homemade coconut ice cream – it tasted just as good as it looked (it was beautiful).

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Again, I can’t recommend La Belle Assiette enough, and be sure to check out Charlie’s profile – you won’t regret it!

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Bingo Academy at the Vaults

A couple of weeks ago I popped down to the Vaults at Waterloo for Bingo Academy, along with three friends. We were a little skeptical, to say the least – our group WhatsApp chat leading up to it consisted mostly of gifs from The Golden Girls.

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The evening exceeded our expectations and more – the callers were hilarious, the atmosphere was buzzing, and I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in a long time. It was excellent. I’d only played once before, and the others were complete beginners, but all the rules were broken down and we were all absolute pros through in no time.

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The drinks were flowing, there were Popdogs hotdogs to be had, but in many ways the charm of Bingo Academy was that it was so much fun that you didn’t really need to drink at all (one to keep in mind, as the number of my friends going teetotal is growing).

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The whole evening was absolutely brilliant, and I couldn’t recommend it enough. It’s on until the 2nd of June, and tickets are £15 (£11 if you’re quick!)

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Japonisme Publication Week!

I’m both excited and absolutely terrified about this week, as Japonisme is out on Thursday!

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It’s been completely surreal, and I still can’t quite believe it is happening. Earlier this week, when I was having a particularly overwhelming moment, I reached out to my mom who is currently in Japan for my grandfather’s nanakaiki. A nanakaiki is a traditional memorial service, where family members hold a service at certain intervals following a relative’s death to express gratitude for and acknowledge their continuing influence in our lives.

I write a lot about my grandfather in my book, and while I’m sad I couldn’t be there with my family, I hope I managed to pay him a fitting tribute in Japonisme. My mom, who is currently suffering from a little jetlag, sent me a recording of uguisu, or the Japanese nightingales from my grandmother’s balcony in Kamakura. It was incredibly comforting.

I’m looking forward to Thursday, and to celebrate the launch with a few close friends and family on Friday. I’ve also got the Japonisme supperclub coming up with Toral from the Urban Kitchen on April the 25th at Benk and Bo, which will be a really lovely evening of good food and inspiring talks. We have some great sponsors in Tengu Sake and Miso Tasty, who are providing sake and miso for the event. If you haven’t got your ticket yet, you can get them here.

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In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you! As always, you can catch me on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram.