Winter Feasting at No.11 Pimlico Road

I was recently invited along to try out the festive winter feasting menu at No 11 Pimlico Road.

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I had always written off the area around Victoria Station as a bit of a culinary wasteland – mostly as high street coffee shops and chains to cater to the travelers. Luckily, the team behind No 11 Pimlico Road, Darwin & Wallace, have brought the same approach to interiors as they do to their Richmond location that I reviewed a couple of months ago.

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We were in the private dining room upstairs – the table beautifully set, and we were really getting into the festive spirit (definitely helped by all the hibiscus fizz).

Now, I love Christmas, but there can be too much of a good thing – particularly when it comes to food. There’s a reason I only have turkey twice a year – and mostly as a vehicle for the sides. In my family, you can’t have all the trimmings without it.

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Every course of the No 11 Pimlico Road Christmas menu came with a little twist – something to keep it exciting. I really liked the cannelini bean soup with chestnut and truffle creme fraiche, and the field mushroom carpaccio with artichoke and truffle oil was also something I’d want to recreate for Christmas day.

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The turkey was lovely, but I was really blown away by the Beer Braised Brisket of Beef (try saying that after a few of their Hibiscus fizzes) and the buckwheat and wild mushroom risotto.

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Not being the biggest fan of Christmassy desserts (I hate mince pies and fruitcake) I was delighted to see all the amazing desserts on offer – lemon posset, eton mess, black forest brownie and sticky toffee date pudding. The Eton mess with treacle meringue was a particular favourite.

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I really enjoyed my experience at No 11 Pimlico Road, which was made even better by the espresso martinis that magically appeared before us at the end. Simple, classy variations of winter classics in a lovely setting – and really conveniently located for getting to the Christmas party after, too. They start serving up their Christmas from the 28th of November – you won’t want to miss that risotto.

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Have you sampled any good Christmas meals this year? Where is your favourite place to go? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

 

 

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Winter Beauty

When did it suddenly get so cold? It seemed like only yesterday I was getting out my summer dresses, and now I’m huddled under my duvet covers with several layers on.

I always find these months trickier when it comes to product – my skin is constantly dry, my hair doesn’t cooperate, and a lot of the products I own are far too shimmery for a colder climate. I’ve been changing things up a bit, though, and getting out of my comfort zone a little.

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I dyed my hair for the very first time recently – a balayage dip dye in a coppery shade several shades lighter than my own. It was quite a departure for me, and I don’t think I’m particularly good at all the upkeep, but I really like it.

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I’ve been using Tangle Teezers* for years, and absolutely love them. My only real complaint before was the fact that my hair, which is really thick, would make them split and crack open after a while. I was really happy to hear that they had come out with a Thick & Curly range, which has been great – I’ve been using it every day since I got mine, and it’s been really great.

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They’ve also released a special brush for blowdrying, which has been amazing. The different length of the bristles, as well as having a handle so I’m not putting too much heat on my hand has really made a difference. Balayage or dip-dyeing your hair can make it pretty dry at the ends, and being able to brush through it smoothly is really important – they are my favourite hairbrush brand, without a doubt.

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BareMinerals BarePro Foundation

I always struggle with foundations in the winter months – my skin is already dry, so suffocating it further under a layer of warpaint seems like a pretty bad move. I’ve loved BareMinerals’ foundation powders for a while – it’s breathable, and provides my ideal level of coverage. I really like the BarePro* – like all of their brushes, it comes with one that is compact and works really well. You really need a decent primer with their products, but I’m alway so surprised at the end of the day when I’m taking my makeup off how much foundation there still is.

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Kylie Lipkit in Candy K

Never thought that I’d include a product from the Kardashian clan empire on a roundup, but my god, this product is *actually* good. I finally caved after I kept on asking various friends what lipstick they were wearing. It’s quite drying, yes, but the lip kit – which comes with matte lipgloss and a lip liner does not budge. I think they made it with some kind of black magic. It is actually incredible – don’t be put off by the brand.

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What are some of your beauty favourites this winter? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

Pizzabuzz

Whenever anyone suggests a catch up dinner at a pizza joint, my heart always sinks a little bit. So many places still haven’t nailed the gluten free crust, and in the past I’ve always been left a little disappointed. That is, until I went to Pizzabuzz.

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Pizzabuzz is really conveniently located, just off of Finsbury Square. We went along to do a review for an evening meal, but you can tell that it would be heaving at lunchtimes – especially as they take very little time to bake!

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Pizzabuzz is self-service, meaning that you have the freedom to choose whatever toppings you want – and see them make it right in front of you. You can get the pies to take away, or you have the option of eating in – I’d recommend the latter, as they have a nice selection of wines and prosecco on tap.

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If you’re a bit indecisive when it comes to toppings, the team are great at giving recommendations. A gluten free base is also available for £2 extra.

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The gluten free base is a fraction smaller than the regular one, but in every other way was a fantastic base, unlike many gluten free pizzas I’ve had before. I opted for the rosso base with artichokes and olives, while my date opted for the bianca (white sauce and mozzarella) with green peppers. I found myself unable to resist the burrata, so I also got a side of that with basil leaves and tomatoes. You can’t have too much cheese, right?

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The pizzas were really fantastic, but I was absolutely blown away by the dessert, which is fairly unusual as I’m definitely prefer savoury to sweet! Pizzabuzz have another counter dedicated to ice creams, which are divine. My date went for an almond milk-based cherry flavoured ice cream, which tasted just like a bakewell tart – and was dairy free.

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My one was a bit more unusual – a rose-flavoured ice cream, which tasted just like Turkish Delight – I would go back to Pizzabuzz for the ice cream alone it was just that good.

Pizzabuzz really exceeded my expectations, and would be really great to take a large group to – especially as they cater so well for food intolerances, without having to compromise on quality or flavour.

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Roma

I’m pretty partial to a themed restaurant.

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Especially when there’s a little bit of history thrown in, so when I got the invite to attend the opening at Roma, I was more than a little intrigued. Situated on the former site of an old Roman fort, Roma aims to bring the flavours of Ancient Rome…. to Fenchurch Street.

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Apprehensive, but intrigued, I went along to sample the canapes and wine.

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The concept behind Roma is to bring the flavours of Ancient Rome to London – more specifically, the method of cooking with hay. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to sample any meat cooked in the signature way this time round, but the canapes were absolutely delicious. The selection of Salumi in particular was really great (the truffle one was to die for), as was the cod loin fishcake, hay smoked mackerel fillet and the lentil salad.

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My favourite dishes from the evening were the truffle-based ones – the gnocchi in particular was exquisite.

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As I attended the opening, it was quite packed, but a lovely space with a great selection of wines – and some lovely cocktails too. I really enjoyed the Herbarium – rosemary-infused gin, lychee juice and fresh cucumber and rosemary. How good does that sound?

I enjoyed everything I sampled at Roma, and would definitely pop in again – this time to try their signature lamb!

Have you been to Roma? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

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Homemade Ramen at Sozai Cooking School

Ramen is definitely a weakness of mine, and definitely something I find myself craving. Salty, flavourful broth, delicate slices of char siu pork, delicious noodles topped with a runny egg – what could be better?

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Yutaka invited a few of us down to the Sozai Cooking School in Aldgate to try our hand at making ramen – from scratch. Yutaka products are stocked in most UK Supermarkets, with products including soy sauce, miso paste, gyoza, and even kimchi, and are definitely responsible for saving a few dinners at mine!

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We were at Sozai for the ramen masterclass, which included making the noodles and the broth for three different types of ramen: miso ramen, hiyashichuka (a cold, summer ramen) and my favourite – a soy-based ramen.

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The whole experience was extremely therapeutic, especially making the noodles. Akemi, our instructor, was really great, packing in a lot of different techniques and flavours in a relatively short amount of time. It also turns out that she used to be TINA TURNER’S PRIVATE CHEF, which is possibly my new goal in life.

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The first ramen dish I finished making was the hiyashichuka, the taste of which reminds me of summer holidays as a little kid – cold noodles topped with cucumber, ham, egg, and sesame. It’s really refreshing, and great for a really hot day.

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Next up was the miso ramen, which packed a lot more heat, especially with the pork mince added on top.

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The best part of the entire evening, though, was of course the shoyu ramen, which had a soy-sauce based broth. This was on another level – Ippudo, eat your heart out. While the entire process might require getting a few more gadgets and implements (a pasta maker and pressure cooker are now firmly on my Christmas wishlist), it could all be pretty much recreated at home.

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Have you ever made ramen from scratch? What are your thoughts? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!