Thursday, 15 November 2012

Winter is Nigh

It's that time of the year again.

Who's coming with me?

Friday, 7 September 2012

Welcome Back, Wobbly Bits

It's nearly the end of summer and as we enjoy our last rays of sunshine, we think ahead at the Fall season that is about to set in. And with the Fall season come the baggy jumpers, the loose trousers and coats. It's a welcomed change from the bikinis and short shorts that ensure we keep our diets in check for three long months. The wobbly bits are finally allowed back in the house. Welcome back, muffin tops and love handles. And welcome back to the more than occasional beer and chips on a Friday evening after work. Finally! Welcome back, beloved Hamburger. Oh, how I've missed your soft bun, crispy beef patty and melty cheese. I've missed your finger-licking goodness.
Meet ... Meat Liquor, my new best friend this Fall season. For less than £10, I'm back in wobbly-bit heaven and I'm not embarrassed to say it. Yes, the queues are often times longer than a queue at DisneyLand, but it's worth it in the end. The onion rings are crispy, fresh and lemony. The chips taste like an American dream. But above everything else. That. Burger. Tastes. Good.

I rest my case.

Meat Liquor
74 Welbeck Street

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Lush Sumery Shades at My Fingertips

Ever wonder why nail polish bottles only come in absurdly large sizes? "What a waste", I thought to myself, every time I disposed of yet another half-full bottle of dried up nail varnish in the trash can. Wonder and waste no more, zesties. Max Effect, the mini nail polish bottle by Max factor, is the hottest most delicious piece of low-end cosmetics you'll lay your hands on these days. What with its miniature size, its great value for money at £3.49 a pop, and its fun and playful pastel summery palette, such as Cappuccino, Pretty in Pink, Chilled Lilac...

...and hold your breath, my all-time favourite colour this season, Mellow Yellow, summer won't feel so far away.

Pick out your hot new summery shade at Boots Pharmacy now. Hurry up! Summer won't wait!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Birdy - The Voice of an Angel

In case you missed her at the Tabernacle last week, here's a glimpse of what this fair-skinned, honey-voiced, 15 year old musical prodigy sounds like. Her name is Birdy and you have no choice but to fall in love with her and her heavenly voice. You will be amazed how such a little body and shy girl can utter such bold sounds. Check out her mini YouTube interview here:

Born and raised in Southampton by musically-gifted parents, Birdy started playing the piano and singing at age 7. She made her music debut on YouTube and the rest is history. Check out the rest of Birdy's videos here. Her rendition of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love" and the xx's "Shelter" will send shiver down your spine.

You can also download her amazing debut album here.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Like Heaven on Earth

Last Friday, I decided to head down to Richmond for some zesty adventures, where I feasted on the most divine food and did so without an ounce of remorse. Heavens, Good Friday never tasted this good. Believe me, there's something so exciting about indulging oneself in pure gluttony on a day many use for penance and abstinence. I did none of those two things as you can probably tell, but instead tasted the forbidden fruit of Petersham Nurseries, and enjoyed every bite of it, as if it were my last supper.  

The concept is simple. Centered around the English gardening tradition, this cosy and welcoming family-owned haven offers simple, fresh and homegrown cooking, shabby chic fashion for the home, and a great variety of plants and flowers, all in a magical and whimsical setting, at the base of Richmond Hill, just a few miles outside of London. 

And what amazing food. There was fresh home made bread and olive oil, unctuous risotto, fresh John Dory and guinea fowl; creme fraiche ice cream and homemade crumby/chewy fig biscuits; and the most interesting and creative juice recipes I'd ever seen or tasted. 

Petersham Nurseries is kind of like a concept store, but instead of clothing, home decor and cafes, it's a restaurant, teahouse and gardening store, with a section for home decor. It truly is a stunning little slice of paradise. Like heaven on earth.

If you're lucky enough to get a table at the restaurant, you won't regret it; the whole experience is worth the trip. I recommend booking a month in advance if you have a particular date in mind. As the weather gets warmer, availability will be harder and harder to come by!

Take the district line to Richmond station, and it's stone throw away:

Church Lane
Off Petersham Road
Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7AG 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Marni for H&M - Coming to an H&M Near You

Pinch me. I can't believe it's finally happening, zesties. Are you as ecstatic as I am for the biggest fashion-for-all event of the year?! The Marni for H&M collection is only one week away from hitting the H&M store near you on March 8th. Prepare yourselves for a battle of the high-street-meets-designer fashion victims.

The collection perfectly embodies the modern woman. It is at once playful and serious; dramatic and calming; breezy and warm. I love it. I love it all. And even Sofia Coppola agrees.

See here the short film she produced capturing the ultimate cool factor of the Marni for H&M collection.

Marni for H&M hits select H&M stores Thursday, 8th March
Stores open @9am
There will be massive queuing so make sure you get there early!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Zesty Birthday Dinner

Today is my birthday and my boyfriend is taking me here.
If you're familiar with Ottolenghi, you'll know that Nopi is the latest yummy addition to Yotam's divine London culinary repertoire. 

Roasted aubergine, spiced yoghurt, dukkah, coriander
Seared scallops, pig’s ears, black bean and ginger sauce
Pork belly, caramelised Nashi pear, grape mustard jus
Caramel and roasted peanut ice cream, chocolate sauce

I can continue.
Jealous much?


Nopi Restaurant
21-22 Warwick Street
London W1B 5NE

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

The Ultimate Healthy Snack Extraordinaire

Don't you find that you crave more sugar in the winter than you would during other seasons? I don't know about you but all I want to do is wolf down pounds and pounds of sweets and chocolates to keep me warm during the work week. And lately I've been fighting the urge to bite into that 4pm birthday cake at the office while all I want to do is stuff my face silly with carbs. Weird? I don't know. I think we all need the sugary fuel to get us through the day in the cold, dreary London winter days.

It's hand picked, all natural, little drops of fruity sunshiny goodness called Urban Fruit that have kept me going these past few weeks. It's a simple concept, really. This London-based simple food company hand picks fresh fruit from lush flowery trees when they're at their ripest, peel them, cut them into strips, bake them gently and voila! With no added sugars and additives and with 200 calories a pack that will last you through two snacks, I have found my 4pm sugar-binge alternative! Mango, Pineapple, Cherry, Strawberry & Apple, take your pick.

Find your healthy snack sugar-binge alternative at Whole Foods Kensington