Shake Shake Shake The Room!

Tic-tic-tic-tic BOOM! Ha you gotta love a bit of Fresh Prince right? Well anyways enough of the singing let’s talk about Shake Shack, no no guys – let’s reallly talk about this. This right here is some serious sh*t. Taking a look through my long list of restaurants to try I staggered across this gem and let me tell you it did not disappoint. I tried the Westfield Stratford location so if you’re ever shopping in that area, go outside by Marks and Spencer and you’ll find a little bit of America right there. It’s a short menu but packed with flavour. You know you’re getting a good burger when they ask you how you’ll like it to be cooked, medium rare for me please – yum. This Burger was so juicy, from the smokey bacon to the tender peppers and then the crispy fries topped with hot cheesy sauce just makes the perfect combination. Oh wait, let’s not forget the star of the show the reason why we’re here the shake!

The SHAKE is Nothing like your regular Mc’Donalds shake this is thick, creamy and full of chocolate (that’s what I ordered). Although it is a bit pricy with everything coming to around £40 – it’s totally worth it. It can however be cheaper I guess if your grabbing it to go and not ordering so much, but this was dinner for me and we wanted to give everything a go as it was just before a movie(Straight Out Of Compton in-fact 10/10 from me) so it was very filling and it was nice to sit down and enjoy the meal and soak up the atmosphere.

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There’s no doubt this is a 10/10 and I would recommend it to give it a try, I’m loving these American restaurants coming over to England giving us a taste of what we’re missing out on – more please!

Shake Shack Details;

Address: Olympic Park, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ

Twitter: @shakeshackUK

Spice up your tastebuds!

Not one to overlook the popular restaurants in town I booked a table for two at Wagamamas, however it was an unusual spot that being Gatwick airport. I was travelling to Turkey and needed something to keep me full until I landed and this spot caught my eye.

One thing I must say straight away is the seating, I’m not really a fan of it.

Sitting on a bench side by side random diners left me feeling I was back at primary school. This for me, made the experience drop from what potentially could of been a perfect dinner date to a quick lunch bite, you kinda wanna have your own personal space when it comes to dinning not having to sit side by side to a complete stranger whilst slurping on some noodles now do you? ha!

Well, that was my little downside to the spot however minus the seating the food is one to remember. Extremely filling, I left wanting to fall asleep straight away being filled to the brim.

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For started Prawns and Ribs but beware that hot chilie sauce packed a punch of power! Glass of water at the ready please.

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Katsu chicken curry and chicken and prawn pad thai for mains! Trust me there is no room for dessert don’t even try and force it LOL

Overall i’ll defo go back again to Wagamamas probably not on a planned date more on a spontaous thing as it’s not something worth planning a night around although the food packs flavour and worth the money as it is filling – it just personally doesn’t scream dinner date to me, I’m not sure if it all boils down to the seating but there is just something about it that makes it seem perfect for casual dinning.

Theres plenty of chains about but you can visit there fantastic website www.wagamama.com and have a look at the menu before you give it a go.

 

Caribbean Dream

Feeling a bit blah lately? The up and down english weather got you wishing you was on a sandy beach with crystal clear sea water as your view huh? A sweet rainbow cocktail in your hand with great succulent flavours for dinner? Well keep dreaming or start booking I say! Lol I can’t give you the perfect beach holiday, however I can give you a real tasty meal idea for dinner.

If it’s caribbean food your after look no further – i got you covered. I recently visited Cottons Rhum Shack in Shoreditch, Box Park and my god was it a treat. Now, I must be brutally honest here, i’m not one for caribbean restaurants because no restaurant or person can cook better than good ol’ Mumma and Pups but I was pleasantly surprised when visiting this cute spot. Everything I ordered was perfect I actually have no faults for this review. The flavours were all there, the presentation was up to scratch and it did reflect real caribbean culture. The value for money was another great factor and also between certain hours you can get two cocktails for the price of one AND an added bonus is that the two cocktails do not have to be the same, don’t you just hate when that is the catch!

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Starters: Salt fish fritters

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Jerk chicken skewers with plantain and rice and peas and mixed salad

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Curried mutton with rice and peas and plantain & coleslaw

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Trinidadian fish curry with rice

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Trinidadian roti with curried mutton and mixed salad

Overall great atmosphere  with great food located in a busy part of London with lot’s to do afterwards, local bars and clubs literally a stone throw away. This could be perfect for lunch, dinner with the girls or a romantic dinner for two – i’ll defo be coming back and i’m give this one a 9/10 recommendation

You can find them below

Address : 48-49, Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6GY
Telephone booking: 020 7729 9723

Twitter: @cottonsrshack

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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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 – almost 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.