NORDIC FOOD AND WINE EVENTS AT ASTER

aster restaurant and bar
Seafood lovers and rosé appreciators rejoice,

This summer, Aster will introduce crayfish and Provencal rosé pairings designed to draw upon cultural background. Executive Chef, Helena Puolakka, has created a number of Nordic-inspired crayfish dishes using classic French techniques, to be featured in a series of one-off crayfish and rosé pairing brunches, feasting dinners and masterclasses.

Hailing from the south-west coast of Finland where crayfish is traditionally harvested in August, Helena wanted to bring the summertime Finnish crayfish tradition to London. The mild white shellfish complements the delicate white fruit aromas of the rosé perfectly, which will be perfect for sunny days spent on Aster’s terrace or inside the chic restaurant.

A number of pairing events will be available, including crayfish masterclasses where guests will learn how to prepare, season and cook crayfish, finishing in a tasting paired with rosé, and brunches every Saturday, with specially curated crayfish dishes, a bottomless rosé option and a guest DJ.

On 31st August, Aster will further hone in on Nordic heritage by putting on a kräftpremiär (otherwise known as a crayfish feasting dinner). Traditionally held during August due to crayfish harvesting in Sweden being legally limited to late summer,  a plethora of dill-infused crayfish dishes are enjoyed alfresco under the light of paper lanterns, with paper hats and bibs on hand.

Aster will host their banquet on the terrace – diners will be served a dozen Wiltshire crayfish with dill and sourdough, and copious glasses of Cote de Provence Rosé, followed by either creamed girolles, crispy pancetta and poached hen egg on brioche; hot smoked arctic char, pickled cucumber, with lace potato and prawn velouté or rump of lamb with provençale vegetables and lemon thyme jus. To finish, dessert will be on offer in the form of blueberry crème fraiche tart; Nordic mess or Aster’s signature dessert, The Marshall: rhubarb sorbet, Aquavit.

A truly Nordic culinary experience awaits.

aster restaurant and bar

Address
150 Victoria Street
Westminster
London
SW1E 5LB

Pricing
Traditional Crayfish Banquet – 31st August – £52
Brunch every Saturday – 2 courses £21, 3 courses £26 and unlimited rosé £15

Love, Ms.Raé xo

FIZ – LONDON’S FIRST SPARKLING WINE BAR


This summer, Fiz – London’s first sparkling wine bar will open in the heart of Soho. The aptly-named bar is the brainchild of three friends: Barnaby Lewis, Max Bigland and Jordan Nadian who all share the same love for the vibrant and sociable food and drink scene found in the backstreet cava bars of Barcelona.

Running a ten-week residency on Brewer Street at the oh-so eclectic neon art gallery Lights of Soho, the creative trio are on a mission to change the way we drink bubbles. Stripping everything back, Fiz will stand out as a continental eating and drinking experience based on the idea of pricing that allows guests to sample more than one bottle, and share multiple items of food.

With Londoners’ preferred style of bubble (none other than prosecco of course) in mind, Fiz will champion the sparkling category as a whole. Working in collaboration with wine merchant The Knotted Vine, the team have shortlisted a no-fuss menu of 8-10 bottles. In addition to familiar Spanish cavas and Italian proseccos, Fiz will also showcase award-winning English sparklings, up-and-coming Austrian Sekts, Portuguese semi-sparkling vinho verde, and sparkling reds too.

The Fiz mantra is based on fun and inclusivity. Over the course of the summer residency, high-quality, affordable wines will be promoted. As true ‘enthusiasts of the bubble’, the bar will also offer a range of refreshing summer spritzers, ciders and craft beers.

In keeping with Fiz’s informal eating and drinking philosophy, both food and drink will be served over the bar. Head Chef Max Bigland has crafted a menu that draws on some of the best British ingredients. Whilst former environmental and supply chain consultant Jordan Nadian brings a passion for sustainability that will be instilled in Fiz with a no-waste ethos and commitment to local, seasonal ingredients.

Cheeses from Cheeses of Muswell Hill, meat and charcuterie from Peckham-based Butcher’s Block, organic bread from the Celtic Bakers, and smoked trout from Chalk Stream Foods in Hampshire feature prominently on the menu. The extremely pocket-friendly menu consists of all day plates and brunch dishes from £2.50-£8.50 (£22 for bottomless brunch). Accompanied by glasses of fizz from £4.50 – £10, and bottles at £22-£50.

Every weekend Fiz will host bottomless sparkling brunches with unlimited bubbles on offer for £22 per person featuring an array of breakfast plates to share including poached egg muffins, buttermilk pancakes, and avocado yogurt pots, paired with specially selected house fizz.

Open on 20th June through to Late August.

Summer, sorted.

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

fiz sparkling wine pop-up bar soho london

Address
35 Brewer Street
Soho
London
W1F 0RX

Opening Hours
Monday: 6pm-11:30pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10am-11:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 12pm-4pm

Love, Ms.Raé xo

THE WORLD’S FIRST HOT AIR BALLOON BAR

mr fogg's
This summer, the conceptually-fabulous Mr Fogg will launch the World’s First Hot Air Balloon Bar.

Having successfully conquered dry land with undoubtedly off-the-wall drinking dens in Mayfair and Covent Garden, Phileas Fogg is keen to keep his norm-defying mantra alive with a drinking experience like no other.

Inspired by Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, guests will be able to soar high in the sky and circumnavigate London whilst enjoying world-class cocktails and excellent sky-high service. The first flight will take off on 5th June in a field near Mr.Fogg’s home in London. Mr Fogg’s staff will be on hand to serve Hendrick’s glasses of fun. Mr Fogg and Hendrick’s have also created an exclusive cocktail for the occasion, aptly named ‘Mr Fogg’s Peculiar Flying Machine’ which will be available on board and at Mr Fogg’s Residence.

The flying bar will be steered by a qualified pilot, and a dedicated bartender will be hand to mix drinks for guests at high altitude. Phileas himself will also pay regular visits to the balloon bar to meet and greet guests every so often. The Hot Air Balloon Bar will only be the start for Phileas Fogg. With a number of Fogg’s airbound ventures planned, we can expect to see a range of beverage-inspired delights including a pop-up featuring a unique sky table suspended 25 metres in the air at London in the Sky 2017.

Up, up and away!

Address
Mr Fogg’s Residence
15 Bruton Lane
London
W1J 6JD

Mr Fogg’s Residence Opening Times
Monday – Wednesday: Precisely 5.01pm – 01.01am
Thursday: Precisely 4.01pm – 01.01am
Friday: Precisely 4.01pm – 2.01am
Saturday: Precisely 2.01pm – 2.01am
Sunday: Precisely 3.01pm – 12:01am

Love, Ms.Raé xo

LITTLE BIRD LAUNCHES IN BATTERSEA

Little Bird Battersea

This month, the Battersea neighbourhood welcomes Little Bird – an eclectic cocktail lounge and restaurant introduced by acclaimed restaurateur and interior designer Lorraine Angliss.

With a sister branch in Chiswick, the South West London venue will continue in the spirit of Lorraine Angliss’ take on ‘stylish fun’. Little Bird, Battersea is set to ‘put the spice in summer’ with a variety of colourful and creative cocktails paired with innovative Asian come Mediterranean cuisine.

Little Bird, Battersea provides a laidback atmosphere with the offset of vibrant décor. The bar’s design features a range of striking prints, hanging foliage and large palm trees, with hand-painted wallpaper depicting birds of paradise alongside a number of mirrors and original artwork.

The front terrace creates a charming oasis right in the heart of bustling Battersea, with an array of lush plants. Whilst the open-air courtyard is set to become the perfect urban garden retreat for catching a few rays during the day or for a chilled session on a long summer’s evening. Just dreamy.

The locally sourced Asian-fusion menu prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, serves small plates and bowls of delectable Asian tapas, and several mains featuring far eastern tastes. Each dish promises to burst with great flavours, and set tastebuds alight.

The drinks offering is just as eclectic as the food menu and the venue itself with a cocktail menu that has been expertly created by one of the world’s most renowned mixologists, Benji Purslow. Drinks aficionado, Benji has combined an array of fresh herbs, spices and tropical botanicals to produce a well-balanced menu full of surprises.

For reservations, call 0207 324 7714 or head to the Little Bird website.

Summer, do hurry.

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea

little bird battersea


Address

1 Battersea Rise
London
SW11 1HG

Opening Hours
Monday – Friday: From 5pm
Saturday and Sunday: From 12pm

Love, Ms.Raé xo

IN REVIEW: ALGENIST MULTI-PERFECTING DETOXIFYING EXFOLIATOR

algenist multi-perfecting detoxifying exfoliator
I’m always on the lookout for new skincare heroes, because let’s face it a girl’s bathroom cupboard can never be too full.

Enter, Algenist – a Californian clinical beauty brand that delivers anti-ageing and colour correction by harnessing the regenerative ability of scientifically tested patented ingredients including microalgae – one of the oldest and most nutrient-rich algae in the world. Proven to keep skin hydrated 5x longer than untreated skin over a 24-hour period.

Skin supremo Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator 80ml (£31.50) does exactly what it says on the tin. This clay-based, oil-free wonder is formulated with exfoliating granular mineral from microalgae to visibly diminish pore size, and gently smooth away roughness. On the skin perfection side of the spectrum, multi-perfecting ingredients oligosaccharides and salicylic acid renew the skin surface for brighter, more even skin tone.

Simply apply Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator to clean, moist skin, avoiding the eyes. Gently massage in circular motions for 1-2 minutes, then rinse with warm water or with a wet face cloth. Repeat 2-3 times a week, as desired. After use, the skin is smooth and illuminated. Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator is proven to provide visible results within 10 days.

Available on algenist.com, Space NK (online and instore), and other online beauty retailers.

Biotechnology at its finest.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

THIS WORKS 24HR SKIN SOLUTIONS KIT

this works 24hr skin solutions starter kit
Well-loved skincare hero This Works have announced the launch of the 24hr Skin Solutions Kit – designed to encourage and maintain skin rejuvenation from day to night.

Research shows that the skin bears the brunt of a number of factors from UV light and external environmental pressures, to stress and lack of sleep. To combat these aggressors, the skin schedules different functions depending on the time of day.

This Works have identified four time zones (for skin) over a 24hr period and have cleverly filled them with targeted natural solutions to maximise skin performance. The 24hr Skin Solutions Kit (£25) is made up of five key products designed to work wonders in four key areas – sleep, protect, perform & perfect, and detox, relax & renew:

this works 24hr skin solutions starter kit

SLEEP
Bestselling Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5ml) features an award-winning natural, aromatherapeutic blend of lavender, vertivert and camomile to calm both mind and body, and soothe you into a peaceful sleep.

PROTECT
Award-winning In Transit Skin Defence (20ml) is enriched with SPF30, antioxidants, and broad spectrum UVA/UVB. This daily moisturiser acts as the skin’s first line of defence; simultaneously combatting the effects of pollution, sun damage, and dehydration throughout the day.

PERFORM & PROTECT
Light Time Cleanse & Glow (20ml) and Light Time Skin Plumper (3ml) team up as a dynamic duo that leaves the skin looking and feeling plumped, tightened, brightened and rejuvenated. The effective combination of these daily skin illuminators reduces the signs of fatigue, encourages hydration, and promotes bright and youthful looking skin.

DETOX, RELAX & RENEW
Perfect for bedtime, the No Wrinkles Night Moisture (15ml) provides just the right amount of skin nourishment for the end of the day. The formula races against the clock as you sleep to accelerate your skin’s inbuilt repair mechanisms, combat the signs of fatigue, and onset the process of night time detoxing.

This Works 24hr Skin Solutions Kit understands the body clock and effectively improves the look and feel of the skin at key points in the day. Skin and body clock synergy at its finest.

Available now, on thisworks.com.

Shine on.

 

Love, Ms.Raé xo

TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: PARIS FASHION WEEK AW17

paris fashion week aw17

Bonjour mes amis,

We have officially reached the end of Paris Fashion Week, and the end of fashion month for Autumn/Winter 2017.

Next season promises to be full of wearable looks, spin-off’s from decades of old, and a few quirks that only the brave will conquer (dry cleaning inspired dresses à la Moschino anyone?).

Our friends sashayed across streets of Paris one last time (until September), and put on a display with just as much fashion goodness as there was on the runways.

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite Parisian street style moments, courtesy of none other than fashion photographer extraordinaire Diego Zuko, for Harpers Bazaar:

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Well, Paris is the fashion capital.

Love, Ms.Raé xo