Finally we get to try Zuma – it was by luck really as after being told that it was difficult to get a table at short notice, we actually got one for lunch within 48 hours! All excited after being told by some that they thought it was far better than Nobu, I hurried along to meet my lunch companions, family, to see what all the buzz about Zuma was about. I thought I’d put a picture up of what you would not normally see, the wall full of bottles which was one of the views I had at my table, as an interior shot of Zuma London.
Cold, snowy & sleety… must be mad to go out to brunch with the girls and make it down to the Modern Pantry which is not in my neighbourhood. However a very quick & efficient over ground train to Farringdon gave me my usual first to arrive at the designated meeting place.
I was a little apprehensive as I was considerably early and knowing that it had been difficult to book a table at the right time I was pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the staff, very welcoming (perhaps helped that I looked frozen despite being totally wrapped up), and I was escorted to a very nice table on the first floor, promptly asked if I wanted anything to drink, and my caffe latte was immediately placed on order before I could disrobe myself of my rather excessive wintry attire.
I was introduced to Andrew Edmunds by a good friend as we were walking around Soho one Saturday afternoon. I think I was spoilt from the beginning as I liked the fact that there was no business card, and that we were given a menu to retrieve contact details from that was also hand written. If you were not specifically looking for the Andrew Edmunds, it can be easily missed as it has a discrete dark frontage. My first memories of the place was the wonderful smell of food when you entered the restaurant.
Definitely worthwhile going if you enjoy your photography! And it will be held at Somerset House.
Experience the very best contemporary photography from around the world with the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Showcasing the winning and shortlisted photographers from the awards, the exhibition spans photojournalism, fine art and commercial photography. The show will be curated by Michael Benson.
Reading some articles on my taiji community page, I decided to relook at my Chinese Zodiac sign to see if I can be enlightened further to what I have experienced since taking up taiji.
I have always been told that I was born not particularly auspiciously for a girl… in the year of the Tiger… and at that in the early hours of the evening which made it worse as that means I am always hungry and out on the hunt! (Hungry… well if you judge by my blog content, yes well… it does seem overly food orientated :))
The Omakase continues… this time at Roka, Charlotte Street.
Being a rather cold and rainy/sleety day, it didn’t take much to persuade ourselves to go somewhere to keep warm and enjoy what we enjoy doing most… eat! So on this ocassion we turned to Roka. Having mostly experienced their Shochu lounge, I was glad for the opportunity to try their restaurant again and this time without a doubt, we didn’t look at the menu in detail, but made the decision of – let’s go omakase!
It is traditional for Chinese families to gather round for a meal on the eve of Chinese New Year. For 2013 it was the first time in a long while since I was able to do this with my sister and her family (minus one) so weeks in advance when my sister found out that she would be in London, I booked a table at Mandarin Kitchen in Queensway for our Chinese New Year Eve dinner.
Taiji or Tai Chi as it is commonly spelt is a form of martial art. However one of the health benefits of taiji is practising Qi Gong. In my taiji class, we were asked to participate in a “Standing Stake” or Zhan Zhuang project. Relatively simple enough, the class thought, however we were soon to find out!
Ah Nobu… the occasion to dine there? Just as a lead up to Chinese New Year 2013 and part belated birthday celebrations of two family members! The Old Park Lane, one of the notoriously difficult areas to find parking, I found myself rushing and cursing to meet the rest of my family there on time. However, much to my relief, I wasn’t the only one delayed, so had time to sit by the bar to recompose myself. So while waiting I decided to try the Olympus OM-D in low light (no flash) and took the candle & menu below.