CHRISTMAS AT THE FROG E1

the frog e1

The Frog E1 will be pushing festive boundaries this upcoming holiday season with a sparkling winter terrace, dedicated hot cocktail list, and delectable feasting menus.

Launching on 29th November 2016, the newly refurbished terrace will be transformed and decked out with Christmas decorations. This will be the perfect East London spot for hot cocktails including a Chocolate Martini, and mulled wine – served the proper way.

Experience The Frog E1’s ‘lightly theatrical touch’ with a range of merriment-inducing food and drink. For £40 per person, guests can choose from a range of starters such as Salmon, Peas, Sweet & Sour Wasabi, or Ham Hock, Pineapple, Parmesan, followed by traditional Turkey & All The Trimmings, a warm Christmas Pudding, and more. If you’d rather sample a variety of festive-inspired small plates, opt for the seasonal tasting menu at £45 per person. The tasting menu can also be paired with drinks for an extra £25-£35.

Exclusive Christmas hampers priced at £75 will also be available for purchase. Composed by Adam himself, the hampers will feature a signed copy of Adam’s first cookbook – ‘Smile Or Get Out Of The Kitchen’, a bottle of his artisanal olive oil ‘Olivia’, and a bottle of his very-own gin ‘The Frog Gin’.

Christmas and New Year bookings can be made online. Each Christmas booking will include a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and group bookings of six or more will receive a bottle of Prosecco to get the celebrations started.

To extend the party season, The Frog E1 will offer a complimentary bottle of wine or Prosecco for every January 2017 booking made throughout December (for parties of two or more).

Let the festivities commence!

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Address
The Frog E1
Ely’s Yard
Old Truman Brewery
2 Hanbury Street
London
E1 6QR

Opening Hours
Dinner
Tuesday-Saturday – 5:30pm-10pm

Lunch
Tuesday-Saturday – 12-3pm

Note: The Frog E1 will be closed from 23rd December 2016  to 5th January 2017.  

Average Price per Head
£40-£80

Love, Ms.Raé xo

RESTAURANT OPENING: NUTBOURNE

Nutbourne restaurant
Fellow foodies, there’s a new restaurant in town – Battersea, London to be precise.

The team behind the acclaimed restaurants, The Shed, and Rabbit have opened a new restaurant called Nutbourne, in the heart of Battersea. The talented culinary trio (who happen to be brothers) Richard, Oliver, and Gregory Gladwin are set to change the food scene, south of the river, with their warm home-from-home concept.

Nutbourne is an all-day brasserie and grill serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Aimed at the local community, the idea is to enjoy all the spoils of the English countryside without actually stepping foot outside of the city.

Situated in the historic restaurant site of Ransome’s Dock, Nutbourne takes its name from the Gladwins’ family farm and vineyard in West Sussex, well-known for its award-winning English wine. Nutbourne is supplied with produce from the farm that the brothers grew up on and that Gregory now runs, supplemented by seasonal, sustainable produce from local suppliers or foraged in the wild. The 65-cover restaurant offers guests a true taste of rural life with fresh all-British ingredients with a ‘what grows together, goes together’ theme used throughout.

The diverse menu features a range of breakfast and brunch favourites, trending salads, farm classics, signature meat-free small plates, and BBQ grills including Sussex beef fillet truffles duxelles, Pan-roasted hake with romesco and leek hearts, and Sharphem brie washed in apple cider brandy. Followed by an unmissable dessert menu, featuring The Shed magnum parfait, with salted caramel and chocolate, and lovage and whey ice cream with golden grapes and basil.

Well-rounded juice, smoothie, wine and cocktail lists are of equal brilliance with Green Detox juice, Mimosas, and Gladwins’ Nutty sparkling wine in tow. The wine offering enlists the best of breed handpicked from the Nutbourne cellar, and from the vineyard itself.

Nutbourne boasts a fantastic dining experience with nice twists including their tartar trolley where guests can personalise the exact quantities and level of onions, capers and seasoning they would like. Guests can also request cooked-to-order Nutbourne sourced and matured meat. Farm classics such as Grouse with Rowan berry Jelly, cheddar crumb and wood sorrel are served on hot salt rocks, brought to the table and cooked there and then.

The restaurant is set in an idyllic waterside location with an open kitchen, seating that overlooks over the water, and a 40-cover outside space complete with tree palms, festoon lighting, water troughs, a vine from the vineyard on the grounds itself, lush foliage and lily pads.

Dreamy, just dreamy.

For reservations, call 020 7350 0555 or email info@nutbourne-restaurant.com. Nutbourne also holds tables back for walk-ins who are in the area.

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

Nutbourne restaurant

Address
29 Ransome’s Dock
35-37 Parkgate Road
Battersea
London
SW11 4NP

Opening Hours
Tuesday-Thursday: 8am-11pm
Friday-Saturday: 8am-12am
Sunday: 11am-8pm

Average Price per Head
£25 and under


Love, Ms.Raé xo

BROTHER MARCUS UNVEILS A NEW EVENING MENU

Brother Marucs

Last week, my foodie friend and I tried out the new evening menu at one of Balham’s best – Brother Marcus. We were not disappointed. If you’re a fan of hearty loaded buns, comforting sides, and full-bodied cocktails this will be be right up your street.

Brother Marcus will be opening their doors after hours to bring their Loaded Buns to Balham. Following the huge success of their brunch, the owners (who happen to be three school friends) Alex Large, Arthur Campbell and Tasos Gaitanos are taking their food and drink offering to the next level.

We had the pleasure of sampling the new menu in cosy low-lit surroundings with sixties rhythm and blues playing in the background (quite reminiscent of a Scandal episode in fact – Scandal fans or ‘Gladiators’ will know what I mean).

The loaded buns are indeed loaded. Not for the faint hearted, they’re made with freshly baked focaccia bread, and packed to the brim with flavoursome fillings.

We went for The Salty Wench – featuring 14-hour braised salt beef, two fried eggs, shredded potato crisps and gherkins with smoky paprika sauce. Followed by The Pollocks, which sandwiches together crispy lager and dill battered Pollock, celeriac and fennel remoulade, samphire, pea and mint puree with saffron aioli. Both turned out to be choices well made to say the least.

If you fancy a low carb option, you can request the loaded buns without the bread. The mains are served with optional but irresistible sides such as my personal favourites: Mac & Cheese Balls (aka divine deep fried mac & cheese balls of goodness), and Sweet Potato fries & Aioli.

In the beverage department, The Glover, and Miss Robinson took our fancy. The Glover is made with ginger infused tequila, grapefruit and lime, and the Miss Robinson boasts Prosecco, and lemon & lavender infused gin (picked from Brother Marcus’ very own garden).

With a seriously pocket-friendly menu featuring hearty dishes (£8-£9 per main), and a range of craft beer, cocktails, and wine there’s every reason to visit this café come cocktail bar.

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Brother Marcus

Address
9 Chestnut Grove
Balham
London
SW12 8JA

Evening Opening Hours
Wednesday-Saturday: 6pm-11pm

Average Price per Head
£20 and under

Love, Ms.Raé xo

THE ISLINGTON TOWNHOUSE

The Islington Townhouse

Hippo Inns have introduced their latest venture, The Islington Townhouse. The venue features an open bar, a unique food and drinks menu, and très chic surroundings that offer customers the chance to experience the idea of a traditional pub come trendy bar.

Set in the heart of Angel, located just around the corner from the iconic Chapel Market, The Islington Townhouse features a large bar, and a separate 42-cover dining area, with a selection of seasonal small plates, craft beers and creative cocktails on offer. Live music is also played seven days a week.

The light and spacious venue comprises three floors, including an intimate snug, a large open bar, and upstairs dining area available for hire for up to 26 covers. The interiors combine contemporary and classic notions, as modern artwork, and light fittings are juxtaposed with traditional British pub features including original wooden beer pumps, and wingback chairs.

The diverse food menu pushes boundaries with a selection of modern and creative small plates alongside loyal favourites. Head Of Food  Zoe Reed, and Head Chef Stan Perry have created a unique offering that features Twice-baked Gruyère soufflé, Octopus carpaccio, Monkfish kebab, 35-day aged steak tartare, Burnt sugarplums with marshmallow crumble, and more.

The drinks menu is diverse, with a long list of craft beers including Beavertown Neck Oil Session IPA, Goose Island IPA, Redchurch Shoreditch Blonde, and Fourpour Beathrooth Brown.

A comprehensive wine list created by Hippo Inns’ very own Master of Wine, John Clevely, showcases wines from both the new and old world, and a cocktail menu with old favourites, and new creations such as The Pirate –  a hearty mix of Sailor Jerry rum, almond syrup, chocolate bitters and fresh mint, The Shoreditch Blonde –  a combination of Beefeater gin, Aperol, mango juice, lemon juice and beer, and an Irish Martini – with coffee, coffee-infused vodka, and Guinness syrup.

The Islington Townhouse is set to become a destination venue, and a local gem.

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The Islington Townhouse

Address
The Islington Townhouse
13 Liverpool Road
London
N1 0RW

Opening Hours
Monday-Wednesday: 11am-11pm
Thursday-Friday 11am-12am
Saturday: 10am-12am
Sunday: 12pm-10.30pm

Food Service Hours
Monday-Friday: 12pm-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 12pm-10.30pm

 

Love, Ms.Raé xo

TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: PARIS SS17

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Paris Fashion week is well underway. Although we’re saying au revoir to the show circuit until next season, the eagerly-awaited final lap in the French capital is set to be unmissable.

Let’s take a look at some of my favourite hot off the press Parisian street style snaps so far, courtesy of award-winning photographer Jonathan Daniel Pryce for Vogue:

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paris fashion week ss17

paris fashion week ss17

C’est chic.

Love, Ms.Raé xo

JML SIMPLY STRAIGHT

jml simply straight brush

Ladies, convenient beauty is the name of the game nowadays. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day for girls on the go, and you’re anything like me, you’ll try any contraption or formula that claims to cut down your getting ready time.

I love wearing my hair bone straight, but sometimes the thought of having to wait for it to dry (after washing it) and then having to spend a considerable amount of time straightening it strand by strand just doesn’t seem appealing.

This is where the JML Simply Straight Brush (£39.99) comes in and saves the day. The almost prodigious idea of an affordable alternative to traditional straighteners that simultaneously brushes and straightens my hair without damaging it is music to my ears – the JML Simply Straight Brush does just that.

Specifically designed to be able to effortlessly style the back of your hair as easily as the front, it features ceramic-coated bristles, an LCD display digital temperature control with a heat range of 150c-185c to combine the power of a straightener with the gentle detangling and styling ability of a brush.

The styling tool also features an auto shut-off safety feature; perfect for those crazy mornings that have you rushing out of your bedroom in a hurry, and accidentally leaving your straighteners on. Guilty.

This handy beauty essential is suitable for all types. The ceramic-coated bristles lift hair at the root to deliver gentle heat around every strand. Smoothing and relaxing the hair whilst maintaining its natural volume. It’s also compact which is perfect for travel, and last-minute styling.

Dry your hair if wet, set the temperature to suit your hair type, and glide through with ease.

Et voilà, sleek hair minus the potential heat damage. It makes perfect sense.

Available at JML Direct, Boots, Superdrug, and Debenhams.

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

JML Simply Straight Brush

Love, Ms.Raé xo

TAKE IT TO THE STREETS: NEW YORK SS17

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Happy Fashion Month, style familia!

Pre-season shows kicked off the festivities in New York on Wednesday, and gave the world a taste of what to expect next Spring/Summer 2017.

Mixed reviews and slight controversy aside, the likes of Yeezy Season 4 showed us that nudes, mesh, and thigh highs are here to stay (90’s fashion lovers unite). There’s no shadow of a doubt that September will be an amazing month for fashion; which in turn can only mean that Spring/Summer 2017 will be even better. You heard it here first.

Our fellow fashion relatives took to the streets of New York and upped the show-goer style stakes (yet again). Here’s a round-up of some of my favourite street style snaps so far, courtesy of three fantastic fashion photographers – Tyler Joe for Elle, Nabile Quenum for NYMag, and Tim Regas for Pop Sugar:

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new york fashion week september 2016

new york fashion week september 2016

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new york fashion week september 2016

new york fashion week september 2016

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We’re just getting started.

Love, Ms.Raé xo