Hungry for Steak at Hawksmoor

Steak at HawksmoorA few weeks ago my boyfriend and I visited Hawksmoor Steakhouse in the Seven Dials. The steak was delicious and the experience was fantastic!

The vibe in the restaurant was cool and relaxed which made us feel comfortable straight away. We started off with a couple of cocktails each. I had a rum number described as “a secret mix of rums and tropical fruit”, which was pretty strong!

After being seated by our friendly waitress, we listened to her recommendations and ended up skipping the starters and ordered a 900g Porterhouse steak from the chef’s daily cuts with triple cooked chips, asparagus, potatoes and peppercorn sauce on the side.

The steak was so good that what I write probably won’t do it justice. Every bit of it was tasty and tender, down to the seared fat… my mouth is watering as I write this blog!

Hawksmoor

After this point we were stuffed but couldn’t say no to dessert. I ordered a peanut butter shortbread with salted caramel ice cream whilst my boyfriend had a honeycomb cheesecake. We really could have done with just ordering one to share, but we were too greedy and they were good nonetheless.

The whole meal and a bottle of (mid range) wine came to £200, which was quite pricey but worth every penny, I felt that we also ordered more than we needed.

The dress code was quite casual so there was no need to worry about dressing up (just make sure you have a loose number on!).

If you love steak, one word – go!
Have you eaten at Hawksmoor? Let me know what you think!

Treating my Toes to Daisy Gel Polish

I’ve just come back from a fab holiday in Mauritius, it was quite windy but we did end up with some much needed sunshine. The sea was also magnificently crystal clear as well!

So back on topic, before I went on holiday I headed to the nail salon to get my toenails done with Shellac polish as I heard they last around 14 days and are low maintenance as they keep their brightness and do not scratch – which sounds perfect for a holiday.

I noticed they used a ‘Daisy’ gel brand which I assume is a cheaper version of Shellac/Gelish? I chose a hot pink colour as I love bright colours on my toes, especially in the summer.

First they added a base gel on my toes before putting them under the UV lamp. Next they applied a layer of Daisy nail polish and put them under the UV lamp again, after repeating the 2nd step the top coat was applied before placing them under the UV lamp again.

The nail polish definitely made me smile and I couldn’t stop admiring my toes afterwards!

Daisy gel toenails

It has been two weeks since I got them done and they haven’t chipped or lost their shininess at all. I’m just wondering how I get it off now…

I decided not to get my fingernails done at the time as I’m not sure how much they damage your nails and if one chipped while I was away it would have driven me mad!

Let me know if you have tried this and if you have any tips or suggestions.

Do you Katsu?

Chicken katsu curry is usually a dish that winks at me at restaurants, but I always go for noodles instead, so I was determined to make this Japanese curry dish at home. Then I came across this cheeky little kit at a supermarket:

Katsu Curry

The instructions were very easy to follow – beat an egg to cover the chicken, cover with the breadcrumbs and fry. Simples! Here’s how it went:

It costs £3.50 for the kit plus the chicken, so quite reasonable (and cheaper than restaurants!).

Let me know which dishes you cheat at when it comes to cooking!

Tackling Spots

I’ve been taking lots of pictures of everything, with good intentions to blog, but how time flies – it has already been three months since my last post!

It seems that trying to buy a house is very stressful, which I blame for the amount of break outs and spots that I have. Being 25 years old, I hoped that it wouldn’t be something that I would have to deal with anymore! Here’s what I’ve been using to help keep them down:

Bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock breakout-busting rubberizing mask x 6 packets

BlissI was looking for a facemask that specifically targeted spots. According to their website, facemask is the same one used in bliss spas, so I thought it would be a good choice. It says, “The unique rubber texture is designed to envelop skin’s surface to absorb impurities and allow the mask’s key ingredients to be optimally absorbed by the skin. Plus, bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock breakout-busting rubberizing masks are packed with pore-de-clogging, oil-absorbing, super-soothing extracts and nourishing, detoxifying seaweed.”

When I ordered it, I thought it was a mask that you just apply straight from the pack, but it takes a bit of effort as you need to mix the contents with water and mix into a paste before applying it onto your face and neck quickly (it’s messy to clean up!).

It smells like menthol tea tree and feels nice and cooling on my face which peels off after 20 minutes, which afterwards definitely made my spots look less red. Be careful about getting it in your hair though as it’s a pain to get out!

At £35 it is quite pricey (£5.83 per mask), but at desperate times I didn’t care. At the salon it costs £135 for 75 minutes, I’m not sure what it entails though.

Bliss no ‘zit’ sherlock clarifying system spot treatment 15ml

I also got myself a spot treatment to help with the break outs (and I also wanted to get the ‘free’ bliss goodie bag!). It’s made with 2% salicylic acid which I heard is good for tackling spots, although I didn’t end up using this much so I can’t really give an opinion on it! It cost £15 which is definitely pricey, especially for the amount of times I’ve used it! Has anyone else used this?

Salcura Antiac Acne Clearing Spray

SalcuraI came across this product after browsing spot treatments online and according to Feel Unique was voted as “Voted best acne product on Channel 4 TV documentary, ‘Embarrassing Bodies: Live From The Clinic”

The main ingredient is Sea Buckthorn Oil which contains omega 3,6,7 & 9 which is supposed to help rejuvenate the skin, reduce inflammation, be calm and soothing.

It smells like eucalyptus and is also quite clinical. To apply, you spray it onto the skin and massage it with your hands, then soak a cotton pad with the spray and wipe away and then repeat the first step. You’re supposed to do this twice a day! It cost £30 for 250ml but there are smaller bottles you can buy.

When I get spots I tend to eat more healthily, drink lots of water and have my lemon and warm water each morning, so I’m not too sure how much of an extent these products have helped. Let me know if you have come across any miracle spot treatments!

Mission for Cupcakes at the Hummingbird Bakery

Last week a friend and I met up in London for a catch up and to visit the Hummingbird Bakery. We went to the South Kensington bakery but there wasn’t any space for us to sit and chat, so we decided to go to a different cafe and come back later…. Although later, it was even busier, so we missioned it across London to the Soho bakery. After a couple of detours and very sore feet, we finally arrived!! However, there weren’t any seats for us either, which didn’t matter at this point as the cupcakes looked amazing!

I picked up a red velvet cupcake, black bottom cupcake and a pink cupcake with pink glitter on it (can’t remember what it’s called!). The packaging was pretty as well:

Hummingbird Cupcakes

Black bottom and red velvet

Hummingbird Cupcake

Every time I’m in central London, I think I’ll be bringing back a cupcake every time – they are delicious!

Only wish is that they open up bigger bakeries with lots of seating! Please make this happen! Have you tried a cupcake from the Hummingbird Bakery?

The cupcakes came to just under £9.

A Visit to Nobu Restaurant

NobuA couple of weeks ago I went for a meal with a couple of friends to Japanese restaurant, Nobu. It’s located above the Metropolitan Hotel, Park Lane, but had its own entrance to the restaurant. The staff, decor and more importantly the food, were all excellent!

When we arrived the staff were friendly and welcoming. We nibbled on edamame beans while deciding what to order. We didn’t really know where to start, so I asked the waiter if we could share the food – I was half expecting him to turn his nose up at me, but he said everything on the menu could be shared and he then guided us around the it! Put at ease, we ordered the tempura dinner, the black cod the sashimi dinner and sushi dinner to share.

The food was lovely, but the black cod was certainly the highlight of the night! I can’t stop thinking about the miso marinated, sweet, mouth-watering taste of the silky black cod.

It’s hard for me to describe the food, so here are some pictures:

Tempura:

tempura

Black Cod:

Black Cod

Sashimi and Sushi:

White Chocolate:

White chocolate

Two of us finished dinner with a cocktail, one Lychee cocktail and one Watermelon cocktail, which were both delicious. I could have worked my way through the cocktail list! My other friend had a white chocolate with green tea ice cream for dessert (I can’t remember the name of it!), which he also enjoyed.

Along with a bottle of Sancerre and a bottle of water, the whole meal came to around £270. The food was definitely worth it.

I would love to go again and am thinking of visiting the Berkeley Street Nobu, but I don’t have many friends who like sushi (or they just refuse to try it!). Also, if you’re umming and ahhing about what to wear, it says the dress code is smart casual, but most people were dressed smart.