SUSHISAMBA on the 38th & 39th floors of the Heron Tower, Bishopsgate for champers or saké & breathtaking views of London.
Tom’s Terrace at Somerset House for cocktails, nibbles & magnificent views of the Thames.
5 fabulous places to enjoy drinks & a view this coming summer… but which stands head & shoulders above the rest in today’s #GTopSpot?
Today’s #ThursdayFriday #GTopSpot goes to #4 SUSHISAMBA on the 38th & 39th floors of the Heron Tower - an exotic location for a special evening & view. (And venue for my leaving drinks tonight, I’ve just discovered!) G x
5 great areas to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in South/West London. I do a lot of my running along the Thames towpath… It’s such a beautiful part of London & I can’t wait to enjoy it this coming summer.
Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy the rest of the long weekend.
Welcome back to #GTime & today’s #ThursdayFriday blog post! I feel refreshed & ready for today’s #5aday after a couple of weeks of #GTimeOut! Today’s #5aday looks back to the Thursday before I went skiing & March’s #MysteryNight when I embarked on a ‘Gingerline’ adventure with my fab friend Luci…
Gingerline is a clandestine, theatrical dining experience which takes place on the East London Overground line between Highbury, Islington or Crystal Palace. The location remains secret until 1 hour before when you receive a text with instructions of where to go…
This is the 2nd time I’ve jumped aboard the Gingerline Express & as the current mystery dining experience continues until the end of March, my lips are sealed on the details of the theme & location. So today’s #5aday review is based around my 1st Gingerline experience from November last year.
Mystery – there’s something intoxicating about venturing into the unknown. On this occasion the mystery theme was an illicit casino ‘Gingerline Royale’, entered via an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ style door & tunnel.
Theatre & Entertainment – you can expect colourful performances from cabaret singers & actors cum waiting staff dressed provocatively and crazily!
Delicious Food – the menu is always creatively presented, this time on a pack of cards… it did not disappoint over 4 scrummy courses…
Cocktails – cleverly themed and presented in keeping with the Gingerline concept. My choice – always something with Gingerbeer!
Something Different – if you’re looking to do something a bit ‘different’ this is a great place to go with a group of friends, but be prepared for a little bit of audience participation and a lot of crazy!
All in all, it’s a thoroughly eclectic experience – expect the unexpected! It may seem quite pricey at £50 per head when you don’t know what you’re letting yourself into or where you’ll end up… but it’s definitely worth it… All aboard? Next stop: Gingerline!
So, now let’s see what April’s #MysteryNight brings. Over to you Luci! G x
Afternoon! Welcome to #TheFridayInterview and today’s #TheChainofInspiration… Friday is the perfect day to enjoy an inspirational interview, at the earlier time of 4pm, with that last cup of tea before the weekend!
Two weeks ago Noura El-Imam was my second interviewee in #TheChainofInspiration. I’m delighted this afternoon to welcome Noura’s chosen interviewee, Erica Blitz. Over to you Noura!
“Erica, originally from Vancouver & now residing in the US, is passionate about nutrition, teaching yoga, holistic living and sailing. Erica is an international adventuress & is always visualising, planning big & seeking a healthier & happier life. She is soon to launch her own nutritional business ‘nubeleaf’ based on whole foods, nutrient dense & natural ingredients.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?A trapeze artist! I didn’t run away to join the circus but did go to Trapeze School – one of my most exhilarating experiences!
What are your 2013 hopes & dreams? I’m committed to building conscious business (through nubeleaf) that supports the health of people, pets & the planet.
What makes you get up in the morning/inspires you?Sunshine! And when the sun isn’t shining: love, purpose & passion.
How did you get interested in nutrition?I travelled to India when I was 18 & decided I wanted to learn how to heal the body naturally. I just knew it was my path.
What is it you love most about eating healthy & mindfully? I love the energy that food gives us – it goes beyond calories. However, the QUALITY of the food is absolutely everything!
What tips can you give to any passionate individual looking to branch out in the nutrition side of business?Passion inspires purpose: follow it! Become the expert in your field, but never pretend to have all the answers. Don’t be afraid to fail.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to set up a business doing what they love?Just do it! You’ve got to take the initiative to make things happen. Work hard (but don’t struggle) & be persistent. Ask questions & ask for help when you need it and above all have fun!
What other passions take up your time? Aside from making green smoothies, roaring up my juicer, & yoga, I spend a lot of time writing, reading, cycling, sailing, taking long walks along the beach, art gallery hopping & travelling.
Who would be your fantasy 5 dinner party guests?My number one guest invite would be Oprah! Next up would be the Obamas, Ghandi, Steve Jobs &Madonna.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 items would you wish you had? An unlimited supply of water, my man, spirulina, lip balm (with SPF), & a knife – gotta crack the coconuts!
If you fancy learning more about nutrition, inspired living or if you fancy connecting with Erica to collaborate or discuss all things health, nutrition & yoga, connect with her at www.ericablitz.com. Erica will be launching her new business, nubeleaf, very soon so stay tuned on how you can elevate your health & your life to the next level.”
Thanks Noura & Erica! Really looking forward to hearing more about nubeleaf. Best of luck & big respect for following your dream!
Erica now takes over the baton & will interview someone that inspires her for the next #TheChainofInspiration on Friday 8 March.
Evening! This past week has been busy with celebrations galore from Chinese New Year to the BAFTAs, NYFW, Pancake Day & Valentine’s Day.
If I were to sum it up in 5 words they’d be - Chinese, Cinema, Catwalk, Crepes and Cupid… Tonight’s #ThursdayFriday theme is ‘The 5 Cs’. So whether you fancy dim sum in Chinatown or a romantic cocktail, tonight’s #5aday features places to go in London, for things beginning with C!
Evening! Welcome to #ThursdayFriday. Tonight’s #5aday is a little different with more of a #SpotLight on my first #MysteryNight of 2013.
On Monday evening, my friend Luce & I went to Jamie Oliver’s Recipease in Notting Hill, to learn how to cook ‘Unbeatable Filled Pasta’ from scratch! Newly opened last August, Notting Hill is the 3rd & largest venue of the franchise, with the original at Clapham Junction & Brighton, the 2nd. The surroundings are light, airy & modern with cafe style seating for other diners around the edge of the ‘kitchen’ area in the middle.
If at first you feel self-conscious ‘performing’ for the other diners, you soon forget. Maybe this is what it’s like to be on a reality TV show?! We were a class of 15 – made up of groups of girls & one couple. After a glass of vino, we donned our aprons & got stuck in!
Today’s #5aday follows our 5 step progress from basic ingredients through to scrummy dinner of Jamie Oliver’s ‘Unbeatable Filled Pasta’!
We each started with 1 free range egg & 100 gms of tipo ‘oo’ flour which we beat vigorously to form our lump of dough.
Next we kneaded the dough thoroughly (to develop the gluten), back & forth in all directions, until it was smoother in consistency.
After resting the dough (in clingfilm) we rolled it out through the different settings until thin enough to read a paper through it!
Then on to the shapes! We made caramelle, tortellini & ravioli filled with a mix of spinach & ricotta which was pre-prepared for us.
Finally we cooked our beautiful parcels for 1min 30secs in boiling water before adding to melted butter, sage & parmesan & serving.