Lifestyle Travel

Lobster Bar in Hackney

June 13, 2016
IMG_8431

In my younger days, lobsters were only served in special occasions. Even though they are much more affordable nowadays, I feel ordering lobsters are still very special. When I first found out Lobster bar serves ’Lobster Benedict’, we went crazy about it and it was so good that we have to revisit them again. Lobster Bar is hidden in the residential area at the edge of London Fields. If you are not familiar with the area, I can create an itinerary for you in order to make your visit of the area more worthwhile. The restaurant is only 4 minutes walk from London Fields station.
Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Roka, bottomless brunch

June 9, 2016
ROKA-canary-wharf-cold-starter-counter-sushi-chef

We celebrated our first wedding (paper) anniversary last Sunday with the bottomless brunch at Roka. Read on to find out how we spent our luxurious afternoon and why the ‘paper’ made our wedding anniversary extra special! Roka Canary Wharf is a contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant located in an elegant surrounding and overlooking Canada Square in the heart of London city. 
Continue Reading

fashion Lifestyle

Hit the gym in style

June 6, 2016
Hit the gym in style

Tomorrow marks our one year wedding anniversary… which also means our honeymoon period is officially over and it’s time for me to hit the gym again! Although working out in the gym is not glamorous, you can look and feel good in gym outfits I put together below. Let’s kick-start!

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Date night at Jackson + Rye

June 3, 2016
01-JR-JacksonRye

On a relaxing Saturday evening in Soho, we wandered around exploring for new restaurants for dinner on the night and stumbled across this American diner called Jackson + Rye. We had a quick scan through their menu outside and their South American chowder and buttermilk fried chicken immediately caught my attention. Coincidentally I’ve been craving for fried chicken all night.

There is a vintage looking American bar in the restaurant by the entrance and the dining area is behind the bar. The atmospheric dining area was full of romance and liveliness. As the enthusiastic waitress lead us to our table, we were deeply impressed by the environment, especially all the Art Deco lightings and wooden blinds.

01-JR-OreoThickShake

It didn’t take us long to decide what we want on the menu. We went for buffalo wings, chowder, buttermilk fried chicken and eggs on steak. These are my favourite American dishes, but I highly recommend trying these at Jackson + Rye. Continue Reading

Freebie Lifestyle

Finding Grilltopia, Free burgers

May 24, 2016
01-Grilltopia-burger

Having the opportunity to work in central London has given me countless freebies, but this is my first time where I’ve come across a food stall dishing out free burger with fries. The food stall was located outside the main entrance into of King’s Cross station. Initially I thought Hellman’s were simply trying to promote their mayonnaise, but then I realised Grilltopia is a campaign launched by Hellman’s in order to promote their new range of BBQ and hot sauces.

Continue Reading

Lifestyle Travel

Exploring Japan in London

May 20, 2016
Holland Park Kyoto Garden

Given how much we missed our time together in Japan where we spent our honeymoon, I planned a cultural (Japanese) day out in London for Stephen’s birthday. It was like going abroad and the way it went made me realise we should spend more time discovering the beauty of London, as opposed to spending ridiculous amounts of money traveling overseas. I shared my day out route with some friends and they all felt it was very inspiring, so I decided to blog about it.

The London Japanese discovery route
Ladbroke Grove station > UKAI Sushi > Portobello Road > The Mitre > Holland Park (Kyoto Garden) > Tombo Cafe > Eat Tokyo

Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Ametsa with Arzak Instruction

December 16, 2015
01-Ametsa-entrance

If anyone know me well, I am a proper food snob and only like to spend my calories on good quality food. I like KFC too, but I’m only keen on their infamous hot wings. I’m very selective I should say. Anyway, my hubby and I had a date on Saturday, one of highlights of the day was going to see Cat, the musical. We planned to have lunch beforehand, so Stephen asked where I like to have lunch. I performed a Google search using the keywords “London michelin star restaurants 2015” and a restaurant called Ametsa caught my attention, particularly their 2-course tapas set lunch with tea, coffee and petit fours for £27.50… ka-ching!! I struggle badly to convince myself to splash out £60 for a main course, so I always look out for set lunch deals in new michelin starred restaurants.

02-Ametsa-celling

Entering upon Ametsa through their wooden looking entrance, I noticed the environment is quite dull and the contemporary interior design was rather cold, metalic tone and white; it basically felt too much like a hospital. Maybe our waiter Issac had a hangover because the service was a bit slow and he kept touching the edge our glasses while making sure they are fully charged with water. I am not trying to be annoyingly demandingly, but it is not hygienic at all, especially for a starred Michelin restaurant . Despite the services, the quality of the food was definitely worth the star.. For our first course, we were served with three tapas to share amongst us.

03-Ametsa-starter-jamon-ham

The first tapas is Jamón Ibérico sobre Almohadas de Pan con Tomate (Ibérico Ham over Bread Pillow). On the board, they served the crunchy pillow biscuit wrapping with tomato powder and Ibérico ham. This is an enhanced version of the tradition Ibérico ham toast I had in Madrid last time. Instead of using fresh chopped tomato with olive oil to sog the bread, the tomato powder gave it a magical touch. Continue Reading

Lifestyle

Sketch Lecture Room and Library

December 8, 2015
01-interior

Enjoying the Gourmet Rapide Lunch at Sketch is becoming an annual thing for my sister and I. This is simply one of the best and well-established 2 Michelin starred restaurants and I can’t think of any other adjectives to describe how good they are. The whole Sketch experience isn’t purely on the food, the setting plays a big part, as the idea is to make you feel you entered a surreal space where you can temporarily put all your worries behind you, as you’ll be sucked into the enjoyment.

If you can’t afford to pay hundreds of pounds dining out, you can just go for their set lunch because it’s an affordable three course meal, which includes 1/2 bottle of wine, 1/2 bottle of water, tea or coffee and petits four, all for £53. While £53 sounds a lot, the quality and quantity of the food will change your perception!

For the starter and dessert, you get 3 plates for each course, a fantastic idea as you will be able to try everything.

Continue Reading