Candy Rae Food and Drink

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.

Enjoy.

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

aster tasting menu

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

Address
150 Victoria Street
Westminster
London
SW1E 5LB

Love, Ms.Raé xo

BOOSTBALL PROTEIN SNACKS

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 Boostball.com, 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

THE PEAR TREE CHRISTMAS MARKET

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 BONFIRE

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

Address
350 King’s Road
London
SW3 5UU

Love, Ms. Rae xo

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