Taking over Turkey

August was an amazing month because I went to Turkey (Marmaris) whoop whoop!!

I stayed at this beautiful five star spa and resort hotel called Casa De Maris. One week of pure paradise, I literally didn’t miss a day in London ¬†whilst I was away and was so temped to extend the holiday lol. To be fair it had been a long three years since my last getaway so I almost forgot what travelling felt like and I think i’ve caught the bug!

I won’t do much rabbling as I wanted this post to be a photo diary so enjoy the snaps ūüôā

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Design the walls

Paint the town red they say is exactly what East London is about, with¬†it’s constant night life, cobbled street and exciting food experiences it’s an area not to be missed!

I love coming down here as it’s always so busy, carefree and so talented. From musicians,¬†to artists, to street food, to the home of vintage clothing you can find just about anything and everything down here. However, today I thought i’d stray away from the food posts as currently there is a street food fest going on that I will visit this weekend – can’t wait, but will take in the views along my stroll for this post.

Being very creative myself, I really appreciate how people express themselves. It’s not easy to do, not everyone understands it and sometimes you don’t even need to know the meaning or understand it, all you need to do is step back and appreciate it.

I couldn’t stop looking with literally every wall covered in art. I personally don’t think it’s graffiti, some may say otherwise but it’s the area of creativeness. One day you could display your art on the wall and the next day another artist will cover it up with their masterpiece. Thats what I love as every visit i’m pleasantly surprised with new works of art.

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Looking forward to my next little adventure any recommendations please let me know!

 

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Testing 1,2,3

Testing out my camera with my favourite muse, we took a trip down the east end of London. I took ¬†lots of shots for Jerome Six’s new promo mixes that will be out during the summer.

I had fun using my brand new camera, it’s always much more easier for me to get stuck right into things, rather than reading the manual and going on youtube tutorials for help. I had so much fun walking around and finding spots to shoot and just getting familiar with the new gear. This was before I bought a new lens so these pictures are taken with the 18-55mm lens but I already love the quality difference.

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And lastly, I couldn’t not visit one of London’s most oldest Jewish bakery whilst I was in town, could I?

Freshly baked bagels, opened 24 hours with a recipe that hasn’t changed in over 50 years. I can understand why the queue was literally out the door. However, with competition just two doors down I think it’s clear to see that I picked the right choice, classic salt beef bagel. For me personally, it has to be no sauce and no gherkins but if your trying it out for the first time don’t try and fix the combo that’s been working for so many years – go classic,¬†get the salt beef ¬†bagel with firey mustard and a tangy gerkin or the other best seller cream cheese salmon.

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Beigel Bake

159 Brick Lane, London , E1 6SB

Opens 24 hours

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SuperBowl Diner

It’s no surprise that nearly 114.4 million people watched the SuperBowl last Sunday, February 1st with the likes of Katy Perry, Jamie Fox, Rihanna, cheerleaders, hunky football players and many more celebrities and fans making an appearance.

Word on road was that, if you was in American and wasn’t at the stadium watching the game live, or hosting/attending a SuperBowl house party then you wasn’t human.

However, us Brits always had football to turn to (yes football, not soccer) to get that excited about, but slowly but surely we are getting involved with the American hype and soaking up the American spirit.

I had the pleasure of getting right in the hype by wining a Twitter competition, i know right, little ol me winning a Twitter competition you’ll never think you would be THAT person but yayyyyyy i won. So it all started like this…

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Let me tell the rest of the story by pictures and stop be rambling on

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1. Frito Pie (was like nacho crisp, weirdest invented but was maybe my fav, who would of ever thought to do such yummy things to crisps!!) 10/10
2. Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers 7/10
3. Waffle fries 25/10 (drooling soo good)
4. Smokestack lightning burger 15/10 (best, but messiest burger i’ve tried at The Diner)
5. Lobster mac and cheese 7/10
6. Smooth Ambler Bourbon 10/10 (one word, deadly!)
Quick Review:
It was thee funniest night i’ve had at The Diner ever, out of all the times I’ve been, this has been my most enjoyable.
The food was soo good and the service was perfect, even the waitresses was fitting to the occasion by dressing as cheerleaders. The service was quick and food was served inbetween breaks and you was never left hungry or thirsty. The poker discs you can see was kinda like a token which abled you to get up to 6 free beers and soft drinks also the shots were completely free also. I was truely lucky to get hold of these tickets i didn’t pay a penny and i would defo try my luck again to enter a competition. The staff at The Diner Soho are so friendly and fun and i didn’t have one bone to pick on the night. I wish the timing was earlier but as you know, being a Brit means we had a huge time difference. We left before desserts as it was a Sunday and unfortunatly i had work the next day and i had already missed my last train but it was all totally worth it. I came home and caught the last 15 mins of the game!!
Want to give a big thanks to The Diner for giving me this opportunaty and well done me for wining the competition LOL
I feel like a real Diner veteran now
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Details:
Soho Diner Address
18 Ganton Street
London
W1F 7BU
020 7287 8962

#Closure

Here it is guys – as promised an update from ¬†Deep Sound Experience UK¬†last event called ‘Closure’.

I’ve picked some of the best photos from the night, the rest will be on their ¬†Flickr¬†so make sure you have a peek over there.

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It was an enjoyable night, the vibe was perfect filled with the best sounds in House, the weather was also perfect,

so that was great as the venue is an outdoor/indoor club. Jerk Centre did NOT disappoint when it came to

providing us with the best Caribbean food. Overall, I had such a good night with friends and family and dancing my life away. Can’t wait for the next event guys!

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The Big Pig Gig

So the title may of intrigued you right? But in other words it means, all you can eat BBQ. Hold up a second. Are you really taking in what I’m telling you guys, ALL…YOU…CAN…EAT… BBQ!!

I have been eyeing up this restaurant called Big Easy (London) their slogan is ‘Bar.B.Q, Crabshack and live music’.
Serving some of the best American style BBQ seafood, burgers, steaks and chicken.

The restaurant I visited is located on Kings Road, Chelsea. Despite being in London, the decor, atmosphere, live music (giving us deep soulful blues), vintage surrounding and cramped seating made me feel like I was in a typical Deep South American diner which I absolutely love (even though I’ve never been but, I’ve watched a lot of films ha!).
I mean, if you’re serving American food give me the atmosphere too.

So yes I’m now a huge fan of shrimp everyone knows this so it’s only right I ordered a bucket of those for starters and I must say – this is what I enjoyed the most.
Honestly, honest guys I can’t stress this enough but these shrimp….these shrimp!!! Hands down the best I ever tasted and I couldn’t get over how big and juicy every shrimp was. *cries* take me back.

The waiter told us it’s all you can eat BBQ and a beer on Monday nights. So we defiantly picked a good day to come.
The Big Pig Gig is what Monday’s are called, serving from noon to close the meal consists of home smoked baby back ribs, BBQ chicken served with slaw, beans and a cornbread muffin.

And that’s exactly what we got, be prepared to be jealous

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The meal doesn’t come with chips so we ordered that as a side and also not sure why we got margaritas instead of beer – but I wasn’t complaining. Never was a fan of beer anyways and these lime margaritas were so sour and tangy but really refreshing on the palette after all that lashings of BBQ sauce.

The chicken and ribs was literally fall off the bone fantastic!
The sauce was dripping in sweet BBQ flavors and the side of cornbread muffin, really worked well together with it. The beans was no ordinary beans oh no, Big Easy doesn’t do ordinary. These beans were jazzed up with kidney beans which added another depth of flavor and something new for me.

The service was perfect our waiter was always checking up on us asking if we was ready for more food when our plates looked empty and when we did, a fresh sizzling batch was bought out to us in a matter of minutes.
Truly was fantastic service with a smashing price to go with it to Рalmost too good to be true in-fact. All you can eat for under £20 per head? Why are you still reading go book your table NOW!.

Each day varies on what is on offer for all you can eat so, if BBQ meat isn’t your thang be sure to check out their online menu for a day best suited to your taste buds. I have my eye on a few more days which I’d like to attend, so keep your eyes peeled for another review.

Restaurant info:
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Crabshack
332-334 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UR
Telephone: 020 7352 4071
For reservations only please email kingsroad@bigeasy.co.uk

Be sure to visit the site for more info to.

Dinner at The Diner

So although this has been a long over due post, it surely will not lack in flavor!

I love me some grease! Mouth watering food. High in calories, Drooling once arrived. Dripping in cheese. Beef. Bacon. Fries THE WORKS! Gemmie gemmie gemmie. Everything naughty is ok once in a while or in moderation right? Please agree with me to make me feel better, ha!

Well again, I visited the The Diner at Spitalfield Market I really think this is the spot to try out if you’re a newbie. The atmosphere late at night is buzzing, the busy crowd surrounding the area is an really exciting vibe, so if you’re like me and after dinner you want the night to continue, there’s plenty of bars and night-clubs within walking distance. Oh, and more importantly, within running distance to catch your last train from Liverpool Street Station like me haha!

So we started off with Long Island Ice Tea cocktails and you can’t really go wrong with these, I think there perfect when you’re unsure what to order.

For the mains…oh wait before I continue, this day dinner was on the cards from earlier on in the day so we was starving by the time we arrived, we had absolutely no time to wait for appetizers so straight to the main we went (incase you’re wondering why there’s none).
So yes, mains! I know, that’s right wipe that dribble from your mouth, I’m salivating right now from remembering the night. Let’s get straight to it, baby back BBQ based ribs with cheesy chips and homemade slaw. Beef hotdog loaded with bacon bits and melted cheese and for some reason a bit of chilli (which I didn’t order, but hey loaded up the flavor). Deep fried chicken wings with sour cream and wait for it…ultimate cheesy mac and cheese.

So my review, yes the food is delicious and soon as you take your last bite your ready to sleep for weeks. The food is nice and filling but you must eat quick that’s the trick, because as soon as the temperature drops – I must admit the food becomes a challenge. However, I was extremely hungry this day so I didn’t let it defeat me!
Only dish I did find which was a let down for me personally, was the mac and cheese. I just didn’t like the burger cheese placed on top, but that may be a personal preference.
Again, lovely night, brilliant fun staff better value for money than those high-street chains such as TGI’s. Overall 8/10 must go have a taste guys!

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22nd At Green’s

My good friends birthday was celebrated last night as a surprise birthday at Green’s Steakhouse and Grill in Barnet, North London. We celebrated the night with dinner from delicious burgers to steaks, i would defiantly recommend this restaurant and be going back myself the atmosphere and staff help was 10/10. The menu price ranged from 10-25 pounds which is very good as the food through our party had no complaints. IMG_4654 The birthday boy surprise IMG_4655 IMG_4656 IMG_4657 IMG_4660¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†IMG_4661 IMG_4663¬†IMG_4664¬†IMG_4668 IMG_4672 IMG_4678 IMG_4679 IMG_4681 IMG_4684 IMG_4686 IMG_4688 IMG_4690 IMG_4692 IMG_4693 IMG_4698 IMG_4699 IMG_4700 IMG_4701 IMG_4704 IMG_4707 IMG_4708 IMG_4709 IMG_4711 IMG_4712 IMG_4714 IMG_4715 IMG_4718 IMG_4719 IMG_4720 IMG_4721 Starters : Grilled chicken wings and side salad Mains: Original house burger with swiss cheese and skinless fries and salad Mains: Ribeye steak, skin fries and side salad house coleslaw IMG_4723 IMG_4724 IMG_4725 IMG_4730 IMG_4732 IMG_4735 IMG_4736 IMG_4737 IMG_4740 IMG_4742 IMG_4743 IMG_4745 IMG_4747 IMG_4751 IMG_4752 IMG_4754 IMG_4755 Homemade chocolate fudge cake made by @thecakelove (instagram) ozlem28@hotmail.co.uk for enquiries and interests. IMG_4758 IMG_4759 IMG_4762 IMG_4763 IMG_4764 IMG_4765 IMG_4767 IMG_4769 IMG_4770 IMG_4773 IMG_4774 IMG_4776 IMG_4778 IMG_4781 IMG_4784 IMG_4785 IMG_4786 IMG_4790¬†¬†IMG_4792 IMG_4795 IMG_4798 IMG_4799 IMG_4800 IMG_4804 Overall lovely evening with friends and family and couldn’t of pulled a better surprise by Mylee well done! Greens¬†Steakhouse n’ Grill 52 High street, Barnet, N14 6EB Twitter: @greensofficial

London Life through the lens

Wednesday 16th April 

It was a beautiful sunny day in London around 19 degrees which is pretty hot for April in England. I captured what I saw from the start of my journey and captured London life as I know many people haven’t been to London before so this is a insight of what to maybe expect on a sunny day lol.

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Started my journey firstly on the Overhead Train, then I switched to the Undergrouond at Tottenham Hale to change lines to Green Park Jubile Line, to then get off at Westminster.

 

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Then walked to Soutbank we’re there is a whole heap of acts from magicians to dancers. Even if you don’t have the money to go on the London Eye, aquarium or London Dungeon the atmosphere is really nice and there is just so much to see live.

 

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He insisted I didn’t take pictures of him because he was tricking people and taking their money lol watch out for these acts most of these people have perfected the craft of tricking people, don’t be fooled into handing money the chances you will win are soo slim!

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Then walked to Leicester Square where we saw another magician and right in-front of  M&M world they have this annoying clock which strikes every hour with around 6 loud bells not sure if it is a permanent feature in the area now but it is so loud and annoying i hated it lol.

Jerome Six: Shoreditch

I’ll keep this brief, did a bit of location spotting with Jerome Six (Twitter: @Jerome_Six). We took a trip with the camera down to Shoreditch, East London and took some snaps.

Here are some edited photos from the night on the town.

Again with the deep filter like edits done on photoshop, stay tuned for my next post on some clean unedited photos.

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Some promo shots for his up coming #HouseMusic events.

More information about the events Jerome Six holds i suggest you quickly head over to

Twitter: @DeepSoundExpUk

Blog: http://www.deepsoundexp.wordpress.com

Instagram: DeepSoundExpUk

 

To hear some free prerecorded and live mixes from this DJ specialising in Deep/Tech/Soulful house check out ¬†Jerome Six’s SoundCloud

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Manipulating an image

I thought i’d show you a quick way to make use of photos you take. Simple edits can change the meaning of what you’ve captured.

I always think every image is a good image but, it can be better depending on its use.

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Contrast and levels adjusted.

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Removed colour to black and white.

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Straightened and cropped.

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Added new layer with white fill, then adjusted and lowered the opacity.

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Added new layer with white fill, then added noise reduced opacity once again.

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Added new layer on top of all three previous layers, used pencil tool white and added random scratches over image.

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Added new layer, used a large brush with different blues, greens and reds around image to add warmth and tones back. Lowered opacity after.

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Lastly added logo in the corner of image.

 

So, its gone from old stairs in the car park to an image than can be used for motivation or more likely Tumblr.

My advice would be to those interested in photography. don’t just take pictures of people and landscapes. capture what your eyes actually see everyday then play around with tones and contrast and levels and highlights and cropping and resizing and rotating and duplicating and and and and and the list goes on.

Its amazing and by chance that a photo isn’t edited, it doesn’t make your pictures less of a picture is just shows the endless possibilities a image can hold.

Lock your love in London!

As you may or may not know, in France there is a popular spot for you love birds or great friends.

A place where you secure your love for one another. A place where you lock that moment in time forever. A place where one day you promise to go back, just to find that spot to rekindle your love.

Well, I found an exact spot but, you don’t need your passport nor the Euro tunnel, just your Oyster card.

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Right outside Shoreditch train station, as you exit, you’ll find a huge metal fence where people have started the locking locks trend here. It really is something special.

Whether you’re reading the messages on the locks, or you trying to picture the couple who locked the locks or even locking one with your other half then and there – it really is an amazing idea I’m glad I stumbled upon it.

Check it out it’s a perfect ‘Must Do’ for Valentines Day

Tweet me a pic if you visit/visited
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A day in America..

So, I took a quick trip to America this week and I absolutely loved it…ok I lied.

I really just went on a 45min train journey to Shoreditch – Brick Lane and had dinner with my boy.

However, I didn’t lie – we got a real taste of America with this lush food we dived into.

After a good ol bit of cheesy tourism and photoshoot in the local area we needed to fill our tums. Sorry all my fitness fanatics, all my abs no kebabs, all my fruit smoothies for breakfast peeps you may want to look away. Actually, you might want a break from my blog as this visit is just one of the many more to come, as I have a check list in progress *hides face* but… Back to my point, yes ok we needed to fill our tums and no better place to than The Diner.

A blend of grilled, cheesy, deep fried, juicy, crispy, finger licking, pass me another napkin, undoing my jeans button type of restaurant! Boy oh boy The Diner didn’t disappoint. After drooling at the large menu I felt spoilt for choice, the type where you say to yourself ‘ I’m going to order this stuff today, next time I’ll get that though ‘ before my food even came.

So I took a few snaps here’s what I captured on the night.

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So as you can see it was not for gym minded and more for the man vs food !

We ordered
– Chilly cheesy fries and normal fries
– Beef hot dog, with bacon and Swiss cheese
– Juicy Lucy, pulled pork and coleslaw burger
– Deep fried shrimp
And an extra pound or two in weight lol!

The service was amazing, friendly retro staff to go with the American theme, really quick from Liverpool Street Station, big enough for a group of you guys to attend for dinner, really convenient plugs under your chairs to charge up your life line. Not too forget great prices!

I’m giving this my approval and thumbs up!!!

Here’s the address make sure to visit.

128-130 Curtain Road
London
EC2A 3AQ
United Kingdom

Quick trip to Mexico!

So, as a Londoner I’m officially allowed to moan and bitch about the terrible weather we’ve been having as of lately and how everyday is literally a struggle to hop out of bed.

Getting in the mood for work is like pulling teeth. It’s soo cold and gloomy and what’s worse is…dare I actually admit it, it’s *sigh* it’s not even that cold, I know it’s just going to get colder waawaawaahhh.

Well, it’s no shock I’m a bit of a bore when it comes to trying new food, c’mon I’m a Taurus we DON’T like change (that’s my excuse to make me feel better). So when it comes to lunch, Tesco’s meal deals usually get me through those long ass days.

More to the point, had an event in Pall Mall today near Charing Cross and my mate suggested a new place to eat…well let me allow the pictures to explain.

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So this was my exciting lunch, I went back to work with a salsa in my walk. I must admit though I was a bit of chicken and I went with a mild grilled chicken burrito with salsa, guacamole, onions n tomato rice but you see that sauce ooooo it deffo amped it up!

It was so firey I loves it, I love heat, but I like it to my taste. Overly hot food isn’t for me, but when I can add it to food, (like a sauce to dip) mmmm perfecto, plus I needed that spice to warm me up.

The food was soo tasty and I kind of kicked myself for not being more willing to try more different dishes in the past, I always just stick to fajitas and nachos – don’t judge me!

However, I would recommend this lil taste of Mexico. It’s quirky inside and it’s got a view that’s nice to stare out. The decor is something I didn’t expect, seems like a perfect chill out spot. The price was right and you get served as you would in Subway. Choose as you wish for toppings and pay and to top it off, you get served in those cute American style baskets.

Don’t really have one bad thing to say about it so,

Check it out guys!

What’s for lunch?

Hmmm what to have for lunch?? The question which seems to be on everyone’s lips every single day, if like me, working in a office with no windows (yes, we don’t get to see daylight) lunch seems to be my escapism, one hour of my working day to myself, so i better make my tummy happy right?

Today one of my favorites was tickling my taste-buds РTurkish Buffet! IMG_9532Preparing the Aubergines for the Imam BayildiIMG_9559Frying the peppers and onions for stuffing the Aubergine IMG_9565IMG_9572IMG_9599Chicken stuffed with rice with a sticky sauce! mmm

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This is what i had – Chicken Topkapi – Chicken stuffed with rice, lamb liver and pine nuts sooo yummy!

Sooo the question now is… What are YOU having for lunch, because i’m stuffed!

FAD

So great news,  my blog post has been featured in  FAD FASHION BLOG

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Have a look at their blog to see street styles, workshops, latest FAD news or competitions.

To read more on FAD and how they featured in London Fashion Week do make sure you check out their blog

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Many thanks FAD for featuring me!