The Joys of Dining at Home

No Elldrew are not writing about the joys of eating at home on a regular basis…actually on that subject, do you all find that you never sit at the dining table unless you have guests around? We do…it’s sofa eating most nights for us, but when it comes to dinner parties (and that is the topic of this blog), when you’re the host, it’s not really just about the meal is it?

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Roll Up, Roll Up

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With the summer season soon ending there is still time to head down to the London Wonderground, at Southbank Centre, to catch some fantastic live performances and cabaret acts inside the amazing 1920s Paradiso Spiegeltent. The Spiegeltent was originally built in Belgium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these circular, mirrored tents are wonderfully atmospheric and authentic.

A programme packed with circus, cabaret and family entertainment, you can soak up the carnival atmosphere or just people watch under a canopy of man-made and mother natures fairy lights. Gorge on hot dogs, burgers and fairy floss, enjoy a drink on the the revolving carousel bar – it’s an experience in itself and we bet you will need a few minutes to get your land legs (but please do drink responsibly) – or take a ride on the 60-metre high ‘Star Flyer‘ for unrivalled views over London’s rooftops (if you can bear to keep your eyes open).

Hurry, it must end soon but it is a perfect end to a great London summer!

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Gucci Equestrian

Sometimes you just got to smile (or laugh) when you receive a random email about something so obscure, even from one of your favourite designer brands!

Gucci Equestrian range, it’s worth a look, even just to see how the other half live…we would be so intrigued to know how successful this collection is. I guess even if you have a spare £5,000 for the saddle, the horse probably comes with a hefty price tag? We do however think the riding whip, at just £165, is a bit of a bargain – if we only had a use for it!

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Book Review: The Dead Beat

It’s not often that Planet Elldrew can claim to have reached such a lofty cultural status that we are invited to a book launch, but that’s exactly what happened during a recent visit to Edinburgh (for the sake of poetic license we won’t highlight that we were actually just the plus-one of a work colleague). As a result, we were privileged to be at the official launch of Doug Johnstone’s new book ‘The Dead Beat’ where we not only got to meet Doug, we also listened to him read an extract from his novel whilst he strummed away on his guitar (that last bit will make more sense shortly).

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Ikura Japanese Restaurant, NW3

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Elldrew adopted this Japanese restaurant as our local after the Hi-Sushi in Hampstead changed it’s menu and went a bit wacky…yes, even we frown at ourselves for sometimes eating the same food every time we go to a local favourite. But, in all fairness, we do tend to try most dishes on a menu then work out which dishes we liked the best, ordering a selection of these each visit, depending on our mood. Elldrew are more into sampling a variety of dishes vs one main meal so Spanish Tapas, Japanese, etc are the restaurants we will frequent most.

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Salted Caramel Crunch Brownies (the cheat’s way)

Summer holidays are over, which means the diet’s also over and Elldrew can get back to Sunday afternoon baking (although our new policy is to share the goods with our colleagues and thereby minimise the impact on our personal waistlines!). This week’s treat was Donna Hay’s decadent Caramel Crunch Brownies but with an added Elldrew twist to make them a more grown-up affair, and we took a sneaky shortcut to speed up the process. Read on for the recipe, and our tips (including a nifty trick for rescuing a split ganache).

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Le Gramme Bracelet, WANT!

Elldrew can’t remember the last time there was this much social media buzz around men’s accessories, let along a bracelet! The latest “must have” is the very minimalistic, and stylish, Le Gramme bracelet by designers Adrien Messié and Erwan Le Louër. Each bracelet is named accordingly to density and engraved with a unique batch number. Available in a range of weights with stackable variations, these stunning bracelets with their clear curves and smooth lines come in gold or sterling silver, polished or brushed. With silver prices starting from under £500 all you have to do is work out which one you want. We’ll take one of each thanks!

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Restaurant Ca’n BoQueta, Soller, Mallorca

When you need a break from all the traditional Tapas on offer at the various bars and restaurants served in Mallorca, and indeed throughout Spain, and if you are in the mood for a mouth watering menu that will not fail to deliver, and of course you are in the quaint town of Soller, then you must stop by and sample all that Ca’n BoQueta has to offer. Ca’n BoQueta is one of those rare finds that have decided not to necessarily cater for the masses, but instead concentrate on cooking food, very well we might add, under the guise of a set ‘tasting menu’ that changes weekly. The menu is designed and developed only around seasonal products.

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Perfect Palma, Mallorca, Spain

So the final leg of our Mallorca holiday was spent mostly poolside at the Melia Victoria Hotel, situated on the Paseo Marítimo seafront palm-lined promenade and marina, a few minutes taxi drive from the town centre. The old town is a wonderful spot to just walk and let yourself get lost. Jostle with fellow tourists as you take in the cobbled backstreets filled with tapas restaurants (there are a great range of bars and restaurants that offer alfresco dining, either in hidden courtyards or on street corners and squares), or pop into one of the many clothing boutiques or bespoke art galleries. Also an ideal place to people watch. We headed 15 mins walk west to the borders of the old town, away from the main tourist area, and found a street (Carrer de Sant Magi) offering a great choice of international restauarants…a spot of Japanese was well needed after a week of tapas and pasta. Not to be missed is a tour around the massive and striking Gothic cathedral, with its adjoining palace and gardens. And just a few minutes drive along the coast why not search out a spot for sunset cocktail in one of the many quaint village harbours and ports. We will be back, hopefully soon.

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Elldrew do #100happydays

HAPPY

Coming back from a holiday is always a bit depressing, but here on Planet Elldrew we’re no Party Poopers so we have decided to embrace the rest of the summer full of the “joie de vivre”! To do this we are voluntarily signing ourselves up to the 100 Happy Days Foundation movement, to make the world a happier place by logging a ‘happy moment’ for every one of the next 100 days.

We’re sure all our followers have already seen plenty of other participants posts, across a mix of social media platforms, but just in case it’s new to you, here are the rules:

  • Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!
  • It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake from a nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day, to a favour you did for a stranger.
  • It is not a happiness competition or a showing-off contest. If you try to make others jealous via your pictures then you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.

Planet Elldrew are tweaking the rules ever so slightly and will be posting their pics one day in arrears, so that we have time to appropriately consider our best daily moment and review and edit our snaps. You’ll be able to follow our daily posts via our Twitter or Facebook pages, and we’ll present periodic updates right here on our blog also.

Anyone else joining us? Can you be happy for 100 days in a row? We hope to not join the 71% of particpants who have already failed to stay happy for 100 days. Smile and wish us luck!

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