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

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 🙂

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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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Biting Byron’s Burger!

That’s one hell of a tongue twister isn’t it? Well, my tongue was experiencing all type of magnificent flavours as soon as I bit into one juicy Byron burger last week.

Days off for me are so rare, so given the opportunity I always try to make the most of it. This day off I travelled down to the mini West End (as I like to call it) Angel Islington to try out Byron – know for their ‘proper’ burgers and freedom of choice when it comes to cheese, toppings and sides, it’s very popular in London with more than 4 locations to choose from.

It can be extremely busy at night where it’s perfect for a dinner date in locations just off Oxford Street, London or pretty much empty during lunch times for a quick bite like Hoxton Square, depending on your schedule.

It’s cute rustic vibe is unique and very quirky, giving that edge to it that it needs to stand out from the rest of these burger joints these days.

The menu is small but I prefer that, to me that means the chefs can spend more time cooking up the best meals.

            

As you can see From that plate I enjoyed the Byron burger the star of the show was the cured bacon, pretty sure it’s a secret method they use to make it so sweet!

The Le Smokey was enjoyable, the chilli BBQ sauce with a hint of spice was amazing with the crunch of crispy onions – if you like it saucy this one is for you!

Overall, loved it. Nice simple day out – but defiantly something to try! 6/10 for me.

This location is the Angel Islington one at 341 Upper Street, London 

Open until 23:30

 

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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

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

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 – Turkish 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!