NEW MENU: A Taste of Aster

aster tasting menu
As far as great tasting menus go, Aster’s latest six-course addition is pretty special.

The ‘Taste of Aster’ menu has launched in partnership with Laurent Perrier. Created by Executive Chef Helena Puolakka, the menu is both inspired by the world’s greatest kitchens and the chefs she has learnt from – including Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Koffman and Olivier Mourellon.

Combining bold flavours from Norway with authentic rustic cooking techniques from France, diners are taken on an exciting journey.

The menu starts with a Gordon Ramsay-inspired of scallop carpaccio with a sea buckthorn curd and lemon juniper dressing. Followed by a well-balanced and truly Parisian potato mousseline with smoked vendace, bleak roe and dill oil inspired by Pierre Gagnaire.

The following three courses are inspired by Helena’s time with Pierre Koffman: foie gras poached in port with tender swede, baby spinach and a fennel melba, var confit salmon with green apple, anchovy and crispy kale, and roast Anjou pigeon with turnips, January king cabbage and a vin jaune sauce.

The final course embodies the Aster brand. Inspired by ex-pastry chef at Aster, Olivier Mourellon, and Nordic flavours, a complex and intricate dish of spiced beetroot sponge with a chocolate ganache and smoked beetroot sorbet really ties it all together.

The six-course tasting menu can also be enjoyed with a Laurent-Perrier Champagne pairing. Guests can choose from NV Laurent-Perrier Brut Rose, NV Laurent-Perrier Harmony Demi-Sec, and NV Laurent-Perrier Ultra Brut.


aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

A Taste of Aster
Six Course Tasting Menu £65
With Laurent-Perrier Champagne Pairing £140

150 Victoria Street

Love, Ms. Rae xo


new york fashion week street style

New York set the ball rolling for Fashion Month, with all of the trends we need to know about for Autumn/Winter 2018, both on and off the runway.

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite sartorial snaps from the streets of New York, captured by street style aficionado, Tyler Joe (for Harper’s Bazaar).

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We’re just getting started.

Love, Ms.Raé xo


boostball protein ball

Dear #FitFam,

New kid on the block, Boostball have a range of natural protein balls that you simply must try.

The Virgin Atlantic and Wimbledon approved offering currently consists of the following healthy alternatives to well-loved treats. Better still, two flavours are vegan-friendly:

  • Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  • Coconut Fudge Cake
  • Lemon Drizzle Cake (dairy free, vegan-friendly)
  • Maple & Cinnamon Roll (dairy free, vegan-friendly) – Virgin Atlantic’s Protein Snack of Choice

Available in multipacks, each case contains x12 packs of x3 protein balls (£17.99).

Touted as “pure healthy protein bliss with every bite”, each protein ball is handmade with raw, cold pressed, wholefood ingredients – with no baking or refining in the process. Boost balls are high in protein and contain only natural sugars. They also enriched with a Vitamin A, B, E, B12, Calcium, Iron and Zinc. Designed to encourage muscle growth, and to boost energy.

Perfect for those on the hunt for natural yet satisfying snacks with high protein content without compromising on flavour. The tasty little protein balls are designed to be enjoyed pre or post workout, on the go, or whenever you please.

Available at, independent health stockists, Yumbles and Amazon. Also available in wholesale at Tree of Life, The Health Store, CLF and The Grape Tree.

Healthy snacking, sorted.

boostball protein snacks

Love, Ms. Rae xo


pear tree christmas market
The most wonderful time of the year is drawing near, how exciting?! When the quest for some festive fun begins be sure to add the Pear Tree Christmas Market to your list.

Head to Battersea Park on the 2nd and 3rd of December for a truly wonderful experience. Located on Pear Tree Café’s terrace, set amongst trees adorned with twinkling lists overlooking a frosted boating lake, 30 vendors will sell artisan food and drink as well as handmade and luxury gifts.

Founders Annabel Partridge and Will Burrett have selected a great round-up of vendors, from foodie favourites Alpages Swiss Alpine Cheese, Rococo Chocolate, Cannon & Cannon cured meats, relishes by Rubies in the Rubble, loose leaf tea and ware by Good and Proper Tea and Wiston Estate sparkling wine, and on the less edible side of the spectrum; handmade woven rugs by Francesca Gentilli, unique footwear by Rouge Matilda, and cutesy stationery by South London Letter Press.

A personalised gift hamper service will also run throughout the weekend, allowing shoppers to choose their own baskets as well as treats and trinkets. The Pear Tree Christmas Market will have all bases covered.

Touted as a ‘weekend of winter wonderment’, the Pear Tree Christmas Market will host a BBQ from 12pm featuring exclusive dishes such as The Pig in Blanket Hot Dog with prunes, pancetta and balsamic onion, alongside a variety of meat-free options: brussel sprouts and chestnut skewers with date syrup, molten cheese with charlotte potatoes, and cornichons with pickled pearl onions. To finish, guests will be able to retire around the Marshmallow Fire Pit, and make their way to the covered Lake bar where spiced mulled wines and warming cocktails will be served.

As the evening draws near, glowing candles will signify a transition into the Saturday Night Market where friends and family with gather with carol singers and festivities. To top it all off, Pear Tree Café will host an evening supper, featuring pulled pork sliders, pickled apple and red cabbage, and turkey schnitzel brioche bun with cranberry sauce, melted brie and radicchio. Meanwhile, the Pear Tree Hatch will serve sausage rolls, mince pies, hot chocolate, and mulled cider.

Just delightful.

pear tree christmas market

pear tree christmas market

pear tree christmas market

Love, Ms. Rae xo


Bluebird Chelsea
Famed Chelsea hotspot, Bluebird, will be hosting a special Fireworks night celebration on the 4th of November.

Expect a seasonal array of toffee apples, slow cooked pulled pork from the rotisserie, and a range of exclusively curated firecracker cocktails to mark the occasion.

Bluebird will transform into ‘a tangled wilderness’ with a walnut, amber and burnt red themed courtyard, autumn trees dressed in twinkling lights, hanging apples and haystacks, finished with baskets of seasonal shrubs. Guests will undoubtedly feel all warm and fuzzy inside as they get cosy under thick blankets by the log piles, snack on roasted chestnuts from the open flames and sip on mulled wine and gin cocktails.

Located just a short walk across the bridge from Battersea Park, guests will also be invited to end their evening in style with a mesmerising fireworks display.

An autumnal dream.

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

Bluebird Chelsea

350 King’s Road

Love, Ms. Rae xo


 milan fashion week street style

Ciao bellas,

We are well into Milan Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018, and it has been divine. With prints-on-prints à la Gucci, head-to-toe colour blocking by Versace, and rogue looks from Prada, next season will surely provide truly fabulous trends for all.

As for street fashion, in true Milan Fashion Week style, the superbly stylish have not been holding back either. Here we see that more is more, and they look great.

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite Milanese street style moments, courtesy of noted street style photographer Diego Zuko, for Harpers Bazaar:

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Milan, we love you.

Love, Ms.Raé xo


the ilaka project sugarcoated

This September, The Ilaka Project will present Sugarcoated – a one week art gallery exhibition hosted at the uber trendy Hoxton Basement, London.

Taking the concept of candy, ten artists will present too-good-to-resist visual sweet treats designed to ‘make your teeth hurt’, as well as pieces from their individual collections.

Guests will make their way through a confectionery kingdom filled with exclusive pieces from 2D miniature works to 3D sculptures, as well as interactive art installations. Be sure to expect Instagram-worthy pink sandpits, giant lollipops, parachutes for love notes and floating tea pots from 7th – 14th September 2017.

With an all-Pakistani artist line-up, the aim of the project is to promote Pakistani art in an innovative, quirky format and to also provide exposure into the western market.

All pieces presented at Sugarcoated will be available to purchase online.

The Ilaka Project is split into two platforms: the physical platform of pop-up art galleries and exhibitions which are centred around pop-culture themes popular among generation X; with the second branch being their online platform. The Ilaka Project provide a bespoke advisory service which includes sourcing artwork, in-depth knowledge on which artists to invest in, and the opportunity for special commissions too.

Candy-filled Instagram posts at the ready!

the ilaka project sugarcoated

the ilaka project sugarcoated


Hoxton’s Basement
12-18 Hoxton Street
N1 6NG

7th – 14th September 2017, 12-8PM
General: £12
Students: £8.50
Children under 5 are free

Love, Ms.Raé xo