Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The city that never sleeps

The company I work for flew me out to New York for a week and this was a great opportunity to try good, hearty American food. I had heard great things about this city and can't wait to tuck in!

Times Square, New York

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Pizza Express

I'm not usually a big fan of eating at large chains, especially in the UK but I was with a group of friends and someone had a cheap deal on Vouchercloud so we decided to embrace it. The deal was for Pizza Express where three courses was around £12, but you could only pick from a limited menu. For starters I had the garlic bread with mozzarella, which I thought was below par. It wasn't that garlicky and the cheese just sat in the middle of the bread roll. The pizza on the other hand was actually very good. I chose the Padana Leggara, which was a light, thin and crispy based pizza with salad in the centre. The topping was goat's cheese, caramelised onion, spinach, red onion and garlic oil. I loved the caramelised onion with the cheese and could have eaten that only. Finally for dessert I had the cheesecake with ice cream, which was average. It wouldn't have surprised me if it was mass produced and factory frozen.

Garlic bread with mozzarella
Padana Leggara
Cheesecake with ice cream
Rating: 5.25
Service: 7/10
Presentation: 5/10
Taste: 5/10
Quality: 4/10
Website: http://www.pizzaexpress.com/

Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Dar on Edgware Road

Edgware Road is known for sheesha cafes and authentic Middle Eastern food. If you have ever visited then you would know how difficult it is to pick a place to eat, as there are so many different restaurants. My friend and I decided on Al Dar as it looked like a nice friendly place to sit and eat. Like a lot of eateries down Edgware Road the chefs tend to be standing in the restaurant preparing the food, which I like as they need to seen hygienic. 

To start we shared a platter of five different mezzes, consisting of hummus, moutabal, vine leaves, falafel and fatayer spinach. The presentation of the food was spot on, it looked so appetising and colourful. I loved the hummus and moutabal, it was so smooth and the consistency was what I think hummus should be like. 

For my main I ordered the kibbeh sayniyeh, which was oven baked minced lamb, spices and crushed wheat, stuffed with fried minced meat and pine kernels, served with yoghurt and cucumber salad. I didn't know what to expect from the dish and when it was served I was actually surprised, thought it would be in a little bake tray or something. The minced lamb was quite dry and heavy for me, I suppose the yoghurt was there to take away the dry texture but for me it seemed like it was baked too long.

Overall this Lebanese restaurant was good, I loved the hummus and you could tell the food was home made and cooked by people who have been in the business for a very long time. One thing which would need improvement was the service. 

Kibbeh sayniyeh
Rating: 6.5
Service: 3/10
Presentation: 8/10
Taste: 7/10
Quality: 8/10
Website: http://aldar-marylebone.co.uk/index.html
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Belly's going to get ya"

After week 8 living in London I feel that my jeans are getting slightly tighter, my chin is doubling, my complexion is getting duller and soon I won't be able to see my feet. I think this is mainly down to a combination of sitting in the office for 8 hours and eating out 3 times a week. 

As a result, you may notice a possible decline in blog entries of fried foods, as this is the main culprit of my recent amplified waistband. My metabolism doesn't work as hard as it used to, however I am being proactive and doing high cardio workouts in Hyde Park. The photo below is photographic evidence, which epitomises how tough my exercise regime was today.

Passed out in Hyde Park

Monday, October 8, 2012

Birthday breakfast

So I had my diamond jubilee birthday on Sunday and my boyfriend treated me with breakfast. He made a yummy chorizo and egg concoction with beans and toast. Simple but delicious.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sushi making kit

For my birthday my best friend bought me a sushi making kit, which is amazing! It's a great starter kit for beginners and includes:
- Sushi roll mat
- Sushi rice
- Soy sauce
- Wasabi
- Nori
- Japanese rice
- White wine vinegar