• Out Going Burger & Lobster
    12th June 2013

    Burger & Lobster

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    Another addition to the quirky protein focused foody scene, Burger & Lobster ticks the boxes of two of London's most prominent restaurant trends. With an anti-elitist stance on 'no reservations' and limited menu of few dishes done exceptionally well (others include Ceviche, Meat Liquor, Bubble Dog and Chicken Shop).

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    Though choice is small, the question 'Burger or Lobster?' is a difficult predicament. choosing between a succulent half lobster, a brioche roll stuffed full of meaty lobster or a beef burger is tough.

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    The purist in me would pick the half lobster with a buttery sauce and bib, but for a lazy quick fix that's equally as delicious it's the brioche roll every time. Insider tip: ask nicely and the chef will dress it for you, saving the effort and the need for the not-so-stylish bib!

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    www.burgerandlobster.com
  • Out Going Chilli Night at Outsider Tart
    12th November 2012

    Chilli Night at Outsider Tart

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    Every thursday evening, David and David, the duo behind the American bakeshop in Chiswick, clear the counters of sweet US treats and present giant pots of steaming chilli.

    With 12 place settings, 12 bowls and 12 chairs, the evening is guaranteed to be cosy, friendly and familiar as guests feast family style around their communal table.

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    On the evening I visited I sat with a couple of the local regulars, a few other journalists and bloggers, a couple of PR's and the Davids themselves - sweet bread was broken, beer flowed freely, the chilli gradually diminished and both souls and stomachs were fed on this all American comfort food as new friends were made.

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    A tip to anyone going along... don't forget to leave room for pudding! David and David are the most gracious and welcoming hosts, their table quickly feels like home as they actively encourage guests to relax, enjoy and help themselves to seconds, thirds and even fourths. After so much chilli there was little room for even the smallest slice of a delicious red velvet cheesecake so I took a giant wedge home, along with a huge jar of Reece's peanut butter that had been winking at me all evening.

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    David and David's authentic American soul food can now be sampled more regularly, as their restaurant, Blue Plate, has just opened.

    To celebrate Thanks Giving, the American Davids are also hosting two traditional American Thanks Giving dinners, visit the website for more information


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    www.outsidertart.com
  • Out Going Spa and Massage
    5th October 2012

    Spa and Massage

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    With the belief that massage "is as important to an individuals health regime as diet and exercise" Spa & Massage's unique approach to massage, so typically reserved as an extravagance, makes a refreshing change.

    Conveniently dotted all over London, Spa & Massage centres are accessible and affordable with a focus on health and the necessary maintenance to keep your body healthy, fit and vibrant.

    While this all sounds very clinical, lest us not forget, these treatments are also incredibly relaxing and luxurious, this ethos acts as the perfect guise to justify an indulgence. Spa & Massage work with expert therapists and use specially blended oils with a range of techniques from swiss, deep tissue and thai that can be combined and tailored to suit the individual.

    I woke the other day with a bad back having sat for 8 hours the previous day at a desk on what was little more than a couple of plastic slats, after a 30 minute deep tissue, thai combo massage, I returned to my working day with better posture and more poise; a straighter, brighter eyed version of myself than just half an hour before.

    www.spaandmassage.co.uk
  • Out Going The Modern Pantry
    26th September 2012

    The Modern Pantry

    AUTHOR The Milk Maid
    Afternoon tea is one of my favourite past times. Not only is it the perfectly presented combination of sweet and savory treats layered on a cake stand, it’s the ritual it represents. Taking Afternoon Tea is indicative that one has plenty of time; time to sit and wait for the tea leaves to brew, time to indulge in crustless sandwiches and bite sized cakes and time to appreciate a little luxury in the middle of the day.

    I recently gave myself the luxury of time for tea and went to The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell. With sandwiches filled with tea smoked salmon, avocado and yuzu mayonnaise, or marinated feta and green pepper relish, The Modern Pantry is a far cry from the conventional cucumber sandwiches of The Ritz, but a dynamic taste sensation. Scones vary from savory parmesan, tarragon and spring onion to sweet green tea served with gooseberry compote and clotted cream, while chocolate brownies are blended with rosewater and sour cherry and cakes made with polenta. These unusual flavours and twists on tradition are the signature of owner Anna Hansen, whose cooking combines her Danish ancestry with a childhood in New Zealand and a culinary journey to the UK.

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    Her philosophy is driven by the desire to please and excite the palate - using bold falvours and colourful ingredients sourced from around the world Anna manages to renew everyday cooking with her unique blend of global inspirations, nowhere is this more evident than with her Afternoon Tea.

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    Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner The Modern Pantry is a rare combination of effortless dinning and exciting cuisine; Anna has magically created a place that is both a haven and a hot spot, if I had the time I’d spend a day there sampling every possible course.

    www.themodernpantry.co.uk
  • Out Going Guest Edit: Kristin Taylor, Intuitive Healer
    31st August 2012

    Guest Edit: Kristin Taylor, Intuitive Healer

    AUTHOR Kristin Taylor
    Within the madness of everyday life it's important to take moments to yourself. Here are three methods that can be used to focus, energise and keep calm.

    Make sure your energy is "grounded". This means that you have a strong connection to the earth, and this makes you feel calm and supported. Time in nature is key, but you can also do this energetically. Close your eyes and imagine that you have tree roots coming from the bottom of your feet deep into the core of the earth. You can do this anywhere and anytime.

    Pay attention to your feelings. In the modern world, many of us become numb to how we are actually feeling about things. One way to do this is to sit quietly, place your hand on your heart and become aware of how your heart is feeling. Allow the feelings to come up without judgment. This is great for reconnecting to yourself and re-establishing feelings of love, joy and happiness. With time, it can enhance your intuition and assist with making decisions.

    Keep perspective. Often we get sucked into the dramas of our lives, and we can develop inaccurate perceptions. A great way to gain perspective is through energy expansion. Sit quietly with your eyes closed and imagine that your energy is white light and that it is expanding from your body out in all directions, to the whole of the universe. From this space, consider the issue at hand. You will likely see it from a new, wider perspective. When you have finished this contemplation, imagine bringing your energy back into your body and "ground" as explained in point number one above. You may wish to have a notebook and pen nearby as you may gain new insights with this exercise!

    Kristin Taylor is an intuitive healer who helps her clients realise healthier and happier lives. Previously a corporate lawyer in London, she uses the skills learnt from the legal industry combined with her natural and inherited gift to facilitate healing for her clients.

    Kristin holds sessions from the Beyond Medispa at Harvey Nichols, London.


    www.kristintaylorintuitive.com
    www.harveynichols.com