Tag Archive | summer

The Grafton & Texas Joe’s, London NW5

For years Elldrew’s ‘local’ pub in Kentish Town NW5 was less than 100 metres away, but we never dared enter in fear that we might not make it out alive. You see, The Grafton was a run down pub that attracted the wrong crowd, and as far as we knew, it was kept afloat via behind-the-scenes criminal activity (if it wasn’t then it sure did a great impression that it did).

A traditional cornerstone pub in an upcoming area of Kentish Town on the borders of eclectic Camden (well Elldrew did live there after all), it was only a matter of time before someone threw some love (and a bucket of paint) at the old girl, taking on board the current gastro pub ‘style’ and ‘etiquette’ that we have all become accustomed to, so that The Grafton could re-open and breath new life through her doors.

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Chotto Matte Restaurant, Soho London

So our first visit to Chotto Matte was a love/hate relationship. Yes, you will mingle with the hip, the trendy and of course the glamorous at this London Soho restaurant, and you will eat superb food – Chotto Matte combines the best of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine – but at a price (and we don’t just mean the bill).

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Boopshi’s Schnitzel & Spritz, London

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Looking for a delicious schnitzel & spritz this weekend in central London? We recommend you head to Boopshi’s for the great taste of Austrian cuisine. A trendy little restaurant with a fantastic vibe serving delicious cocktails, schnitzels, sausages and of course traditional sides. Perfect for a catch-up with friends or just to satisfy your carnivore cravings, lunch or dinner.

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Fiji Friendship Bracelet

After spotting this little beauty on a few wrists recently we had to corner the wearer and ask them for the details! The Fiji Friendship Bracelet by Monica Vinader comes in a range of metals, each with adjustable coloured cords, with prices starting from £99. A British jewellery brand that celebrates individuality and offers beautiful designs across bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings…all you need to decide is whether to purchase a gift for yourself or that someone special? Just another thing to add to our wishlist. Thankfully Christmas is nearly here.

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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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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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