Milkshaken not stirred? @Prezzybox and @zokuHQ goes all Bond! #kitchen #gadget #food

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We might be preparing for yet another heatwave, but you can cool down in style as Prezzybox shows us how! So put away the Martini’s and get out the milk as we prepare for The Zoku Slushy and Milkshake Maker!!!

If Bond made a smoothie he would definitely use Zoku’s Slushy and Milkshake Maker. Sharp, smooth and always on the money, you are only seven minutes away from your perfect iced drink with this sleek, purple device. Freeze the core and then stir in your favourite tipple for the perfect crunch in a heat-wave.

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Features:

·       Durable, easily cleaned purple outer sleeve that insulates the frozen core and keeps the outer layer at a level temperature.

·       Long, trendy spoon designed for optimal manoeuvrability and grip

·       Huge 9 Ounce capacity

·        Recipe ideas and instructions included.

 Screen Shot 2013-07-31 at 08.29.53The Zoku Slushy and Milkshake Maker won’t shake your wallet either, selling for just £19.95 at www.prezzybox.com

Have more fun in your kitchen this Summer… go on, you deserve it!!!

 

Get fruity with some futuristic juice drinks from @juiceburst and @blippar #tech #fruitjuice #app #interactive

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My my, isn’t the world changing, first there was the iPod, then there were Google Glasses, and now, keep your eyes peeled, as this summer, JuiceBurst will re-launch as the world’s first digitally interactive soft drink.  Blippar technology will have fruit literally bursting off a shelf near you!!

With an impressive 14 flavours to choose from, there is a JuiceBurst to suit everyone – from tried and tested Apple & Orange to the exotic Mango and surprisingly tasty Apple and Rhubarb.  Each 500ml bottle offers a delicious shortcut to one of your five a day, and priced at no more than a bottle of fizzy drink, JuiceBurst is actually really good value for money.

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 LETS GET INTERACTIVE!

To have the full JuiceBurst experience, simply ‘blipp’ the bottle and you’ll be taken into an interactive world, where the fruit literally bursts off the label and out of your phone / ipad.  You’ll be invited to play the fruit machine game where you could be in with a chance of winning your own stash of JuiceBurst.

So what are you waiting for go and pick up your futuristic fruit drink now – and let us know how you get on!!

Who likes it hot? Then the Sultans of Sizzle may just be for you! @prezzybox #gift #fathersday #food

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We love how Prezzybox just keeps on coming up with some fun present ideas, now its Fathers Day coming up and if your dad likes to stand tall next to a BBQ then why not give him this perfect accompaniment. The Sultans of Sizzle Hot Sauce!!

How hot do you like it? The Sultans of Sizzle Hot Sauce Gift Set is the perfect condiment to those who like some fire in their hearts. This gift pack has 3 different spicy sauces that are guaranteed to turn up the heat on you food.

Ideal for chilli lovers the Garlic Style Hot Sauce is tasty. The Jamaican Style Hot sauce is guaranteed to ignite your mouth whilst the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce brings the heat from the Deep South, deep into you.

The Sultans of Sizzle Hot Sauce Gift Set costs £19.95 from www.prezzybox.com.

Go get yours now! You’ll be burning up before you know it!!

New York on a shoe string – Affordable dining at the Mandarin Oriental’s Asiate restaurant @MO_HOTELS #food #newyork #finedining

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You literally can live the high life in New York for under $50 if you know the right spots to visit; and thanks to a very kind recommendation, we managed to find a hidden gem in a well known luxury.

New York oozes style, money and culture, and for some the dream of visiting the big apple can often remain just that. However, we’ve found a few little gems which will get your mouths watering and keep your bank manager still smiling.

The Mandarin Oriental is the height of luxury, it stands on the corner of Central Park opposite Donald Trumps hotel and soars high into the sky. However, you may just chose to stay in more affordable accommodation elsewhere, which is perfectly fine, but make sure you book in lunch here!

Soaring well above the skyline on the 35th floor is the Asiate restaurant. A pan Asian experience which for us superscrimpers luckily has a Prix Fixe menu (3 courses) for just $35! If you’ve never experienced fine dining before, this is certainly a great place to start. It has excellent service, delicious food and views over central park to die for!

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The attire is smart casual, and that means that after a morning of walking around this amazing city, you can still look glam in your slinky sandals and smart flip flops. You’ll be surrounded by lots of corporate business people who have used this as a location to secure a deal or two, but really you, the tourist are getting the deal breaker. You’ll feel straight like a character out of Sex and the City, and really experiencing what it means to be a high-flying Manhattan native!

IMG_3073For us, the first course consisted of a Ceviche pallet cleanser with a little hint of wasabi and some cuts of oranges and sea food – it was delicious and really set the scene for the culinary delights to come. Following that, you get a choice of pea soup or tuna nicoise salad, which was elegant and not too filling.

The main course has a selection of three dishes, Scallops, which are so rich in flavor that it almost becomes difficult to finish, Black Seabass, which was totally moreish but delivered in the perfect amount, and for those who didn’t want to stray too far from British shores, a lamb cutlet with mashed potato.

Finally you had the choice of two deserts, either a dark devils delight chocolate fondant (which of course we chose!) or an Almond and Rhubarb fondant. The chocolate choice exuded decadence and luxury and was a melt in your mouth experience!IMG_3072

So in terms of a bargain, surprisingly the Mandarin Oriental provided something above and beyond our expectations. This was an experience perfect for a treat, a birthday or just something different to do whilst you’re touring the city. Our one word of caution is to watch out for the additional prices on drinks – a glass of wine, a bottle of water and a cup of tea or coffee to finish your meal, will start to rack up the price point, so if you are watching your wallet be careful of that!

Finally, to ensure that you get one of the breathtaking window seats, make sure you plan ahead – these tables can go months in advance, and sometimes can be given as priority seating to those who are staying at the hotel. So our recommendation is that you specifically request this when making your booking.

For more information on this unique dining experience, click here

Happy Dining!!

 

Rural Africa populates London’s health and beauty counters @adunaworld #health #superfruit

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At last weeks Spirit of Summer event at Olympia, Snoochie Boochies were intrigued by one particularly colourful stall. Bringing a little bit of Africa to London was the Aduna team. Armed with smiles on their faces and a cheerful want to help and educate, they were here to promote the African ‘super fruit’ Baobab.

This innocent pod like powdery fruit has risen from relative obscurity to become the best selling supplement across top London health food stores. The Baobab is a raw wholefood with supposedly one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world! Pretty impressive huh?

But what does that all mean? 

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.16.10Well, for centuries the women of Africa have turned to the baobab tree as a source of natural wellbeing, benefiting skin, hair and general health. Baobab is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, thiamin and a good source of vitamin B6. These nutrients help support energy, metabolism, the immune system, and promotes the skins good health. Its also almost fifty percent fibre, and contains over twice the antioxidants per gram of goji berries and more than blueberries and pomegranates combined!

 

So what does it look like? 

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 12.15.50Baobab dries naturally on its tree branch, it’s harvested, then the seeds get removed and sieved into a powder which is what we end up purchasing. When we buy the product here in the UK, its available as a loose powder which is ideal for adding to smoothies or juices, or using as an alternative to sugar for sweetening yogurt, muesli or cereal; and if you’re on the go, there are also capsules available to make it as easy as possible to get this natural goodness!

Where can I get some?! 

Aduna’s Baobab Fruit Pulp Power is available in the following stores: Planet Organic, Wholefoods Market, John Bell & Croyden, As Nature Intended, The NutriCentre and Revital Stores. You can also purchase the products online here.

How much does it cost? 

-Aduna Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder 170g (loose) RRP from £17.99

-Aduna Baobab Fruit Pult Powder 30 x 4.5g stick packs RRP from £24.99

-Aduna Fruit Pulp Capsules 90 x 500mg RRP from £22.99

So there you go, it looks like its time to get healthy with a little bit of help from our African friends! If you’ve tried this product, leave us a comment on how you found it we’d love to know!!

Happy Health Shopping!

Catch up with the very first #innocentinspires event with @innocentdrinks

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A few weeks back we reported on the fantastic Innocent Inspires event held by our friends at Innocent Drinks. With influential speakers such as James Cracknell, Charlie Dark from Run Dem Crew and Dr Pixie McKenna speaking, we felt totally uplifted and healthier after the event.

The aim of this very first Innocent Inspires event was to help us all find ways to ‘Live Well and Die Old’ so this included easy ways to exercise, how to eat healthier foods and keep not only your physical but mental self well. We learnt a hell of a lot that night and cant wait to see what the next event has to offer, but if you missed this one, fear not as the lovely people at Innocent Drinks have shared some fantastic videos from the event.

If you want to find out more about the future Innocent Inspires event then make sure you click here! 

To kick start here’s a fantastic overview of the whole event:

And if you want to watch the speaker talks in full, just sit back, relax and press play!

James Cracknell

Charlie Dark, Founder of Run Dem Crew

Embarrassing Bodies Dr Pixie McKenna

 

Jumeirah Restaurant Week Goes Global For 2013 #food #restaurant #hotels @jumeriahCT @jumeriahLH

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Bringing even more sunshine over from the United Arab Emirates, Jumeirah Restaurant Week is going global following its huge success last year.

Now we can enjoy a taste of paradise between the 23rd May and 1st June. Featuring three-course set menus across 56 renowned restaurants worldwide, diners will be able to experience the New York-style Restaurant Week and get a taste for the great quality food and creative cuisine for which Jumeirah restaurants & bars  have become famous. Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.10.47

This year will see participation from some of Europe’s most popular restaurants and hotels including The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at Jumeirah Carlton Tower London, Max on One at Jumeirah Frankfurt, Agatha Restaurant at Pera Palace Hotel Jumeirah in Istanbul and Cap Roig at Jumeirah Port Soller, Mallorca. And if you happen to be on holiday further afield during the restaurant week – diners can also frequent Junsui at Burj Al Arab, Voi at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Pierchic at Madinat Jumeirah, The Ivy at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, La Parrilla at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, The Rib Room in Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Blue Flame at Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and Tori No in Jumeirah at Etihad Towers in the United Arab Emirates. As well as a selection of restaurants in Asia such as Grill Room at Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai, Fenesse at Jumeirah Vittaveli and Johara at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives!

Sounds very fancy non?

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 09.12.49Well, its not a bad price either! If you’re keen to make the most of this tempting offer you can choose from an exciting selection of set menus ranging from £29 at either The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant or Lowndes Kitchen & Bar in London to $70 at Johara Restaurant at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi in the Maldives.

So why not give it a go, you can find out more below:

 

Booking details:

To book call 00971 (0) 4 366 6730 or email restaurants@jumeirah.com

 

Participating Restaurants

Jumeirah Carlton Tower – London, UK

The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant (£29 per person)

Jumeirah Lowndes – London, UK

Lowndes Bar and Kitchen (£29 per person)

 

Booking terms and conditions:

–      Guests wishing to enjoy the Jumeirah Restaurant Week menus are required to book in advance and state which offer they are booking

–      No other discounts/vouchers can be used in conjunction with Jumeirah Restaurant Week

–      Sirius members can redeem / spend points during Restaurant week

 

 

Step into another world with @evansandpeel Detective Agency – #food #dining #restaurant

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A couple of streets away from Earls Court station, you’ll find a door with an old fashioned lamp above it and a queue of twenty-somethings standing outside. No, its not the entrance to a 1 Direction secret gig (although the twenty-somethings would certainly have one up on the tween population if that was the case!) its the entrance to one of London’s very cool themed restaurants.

It’s called Evans and Peel and plays out as a basement speakeasy where discretion is the name of the game on all accounts. Once  you manage to find the place, buzz the bell and finally get through to someone on the other end, you are summoned downstairs in the groups you have come with, to face a man dressed up, as per the era, ready to interrogate you about “your case.” Ours was the search for the KFC Colonels secret recipe (as you do) and we had a long and rather amusing grilling about the hunt for fast food chicken, Big Macs and the odd Burger King establishment. Once satisfied that your case is ‘legit’ you are let in to the secret world of Evans and Peel.

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The great thing about this place is that it really does transport you to another world. The lighting is pretty much non existent, bar the candles at your (very small) tables. There is a no-standing policy, so although a tiny space, you do feel like you’ve got privacy to have your own discussions without some stranger in earshot or without you having to raise your voice too much to compete with an over crowded room – the atmosphere is just right. Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 10.05.32

Food isn’t the main priority at Evans and Peel – they focus much more on their drinks. One word of advice, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the drinks as they don’t come cheap! Cocktails will set you back around £10-11. But what you do need to remember is that 1) they don’t scrimp on the alcohol, you really do get a kick from it! 2) You’re paying for the experience. As well as a few moonshine beers, we also tried their recommended drink of the day – The Whiskey Barrelled Martinez – which felt almost as if you were drinking syrup it was so heavy and takes a lot of guts for even the heaviest of drinkers to do anything beyond slowly sipping it.

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 10.05.19The food that is available, is served in a tapas like way – lots of small plates with sadly not a lot on them. We have to say that this is the biggest let down of the evening. The food is extremely expensive and not only does it lack in size, there really isn’t anything stand out either. Just to give you an example, four mini burgers and three sides known as the ‘whole caboodle’ will set you back £32, and realistically wouldn’t be a full meal for just one person, let alone the party of four we were with. Its a real shame, as there is the opportunity to do something really fun with the food here.

All in all, we’d recommend Evans and Peel as a great date night venue, perfect to impress with as its cool, kooky and definitely a lot of fun. This wouldn’t go on the cheap end of the price scale however, so if you do want to experience the evening properly, you’ll have to be prepared to pay around £50 per person for your night there, if not a bit more. But what you do get is something different, something hidden and an experience that definitely does break away from the norm, even if the role playing aspect kind of stops at the secret doorway. All in all, it’s good, but with a little more TLC, could be a lot better.

3 stars.

  • Phone: 020 7373 3573
  • Website: www.evansandpeel.com/
  • Opening hours: Open 5pm-midnight Tue-Thur; 5pm-00.30 Fri-Sat
  • Transport: Tube: Earl’s Court tube

The Great British Roast – At the Balham Bowls Club @balhambowls #foodreview

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Ahhh the humble roast dinner… the staple Sunday meal for the best of British, whether it be pork, beef, lamb or even a nut roast, our expectations are high come 1pm onwards. But why do we love the Sunday lunch so much and where does it all originate from?

Well, there are apparently two origins:

1) During the industrial revolution, Yorkshire families left a cut of meat in the oven before going to church on a Sunday morning, which was then ready to eat by the time they arrived home at lunchtime.

2) The Sunday Roast dates back to medieval times, when the village serfs served the squire for six days a week. Then on the Sunday, after the morning church service, serfs would assemble in a field and practice their battle techniques and were rewarded with a feast of oxen roasted on a spit.

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Whatever its starting point, the Sunday Roast is still a firm favourite in modern day, and with the sun shining so beautifully yesterday, Snoochie Boochies went on the hunt for the best.

The criteria has to be this:

1) It must be in a traditional setting (if its not in your own home)

2) It must have roasted meat, roast potato or mashed potato, with accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing,vegetables and gravy.

3) It mustn’t cost the world

4) It must fill the plate!

So what did we find this week?

BALHAM BOWLS CLUB

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No longer a home for bowls, the Balham Bowls Club is now a quirky drinking and eating establishment within easy walking distance from Balham train and tube station. It feels like you’re in a slight time warp to an era pre 1970’s. It has original features, a cosy atmosphere, smiley bar staff and waiters and very British bunting hanging across the ceiling – Cath Kidston would be pleased!

Family friendly, Balham Bowls club is popular to customers of all ages, from regular drinkers, to those who fancy a game of Musical Bingo on a Thursday night; and to families looking for somewhere large enough to house a push-chair for a quick pit stop between shopping.

On a Sunday, it is advised to book in advance for a Sunday Roast. It’s a popular venue, so you wont often find a seat or table if you show up on the day itself. One of the downsides to its thriving business is that often food can take quite a long time to come out, but if you manage to book a sitting just before the rush (as we did) then you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you actually can get the food.

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The selection of meat is impressively large with beef, lamb, pork, chicken and a vegetarian option, there’s definitely something for everyone. When the food arrives the plate is piled relatively high with your chosen meat, along with some lovely sides of cheesy cauliflower and red cabbage. One big shame is that the great yorkshire pudding is not included, and you can’t help but think that something definitely is missing. However the rest is more than enough for you to enjoy in one sitting, and a relaxing snooze is definitely on the cards when you get home.

To follow this up, we’d definitely recommend the scrumptious chocolate brownie or sticky toffee pudding, and at £4.50 it wont break the bank to treat yourself to a dessert. The final bill isn’t too alarming either. Look to pay (including tip) between £16-18 for a main and desert and around £22 if you fancy a tipple alongside it.

All in all, if the sun is shining and you really can’t bring yourself to slave away for hours to cook the perfect roast, then Balham Bowls Club is a great alternative, friendly, fun and something different from your average pub, its well worth a punt.

But of course, if you fancy taking the matter into your own hands, here’s a handy video from Gourmet Butcher Donald Russell on how to cook the perfect roast…

Happy Eating!

A celebration of food review at the @realfoodfestival #Food #Freshfood #market

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Deep in the heart of London’s Southbank, you’ll find a gem of a food festival which takes place on a weekly basis and on special occasions (like Easter weekend) extends to the banks of the Thames itself. Its called the Real Food Festival and is one of the best ongoing food festivals in London at the moment.

Bringing together a fusion of food from around the world, the Real Food Festival is starting to establish itself as the affordable, fresh, go-to food market for foodies and those who just fancy something different for lunch.  What we really liked about it is that there is so much variety available. This is probably our third trip and every time we go there is something new. On this occasion we went for the full three course meal, starter, main and desert, and were not disappointed!

Unconventionally our starter was a cup of yummy Jasmine Tea from Bunta which is a Vietnamese inspired street food stall which is as colourful in colour as it is in flavour…From prawn skewers to sweet potato crisps and noodle salads, this was the perfect starting place to get an education in worldwide food.

Vietnamese Street Food stall Bunta

Vietnamese Street Food stall Bunta

Next up was a pit-stop via the Community Kitchen Project which uses fresh food produce to create North African inspired food… this stall was always busy and very helpful to explain where the food comes from, definitely worth checking out… We absolutely loved its philosophy being based on the old idea of having a central kitchen space where everyone from the village comes to cook, chat and share recipes and resources – its a commercial business with a social purpose – so really does have people at the heart of what it does.

Cheese and freshly baked cakes all on show at the Real Food Festival

Cheese and freshly baked cakes all on show at the Real Food Festival

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We also wondered around the stalls and settled on a tasty Paella cooked in a stall aptly named Paella! As the stall holder said, whilst battling the gigantic paella pans “its worth the wait” and it really was, a generous portion of healthy seafood paella cooked to perfection, absolutely divine… its just a shame that they haven’t developed their online marketing strategy just yet otherwise we’d be more than happy to point all you lovely people straight in its direction!

Finally, continuing the Spanish theme, (we just couldn’t resist) it was Churros! Churros! Churros! and if you didn’t have a chance to sample any there, here’s a fantastic video showing you how to make it at home!

Remember its not just these few stalls that are on show at the Real Food Festival. Some of our other recommendations are:

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 Craft Beer Rising which is traditionally a festival at its brewery in Brick Lane but hosted a number of yummy beers at this festival too…well worth a sample or seven!

Battersea Pie  which is great British pies using traditional pastry and free range meat – British street food dining at its finest with food sourced from our fair Isles.

Grays and Feather a delightful taster of some fantastic world wines sold in quirky bottles and fantastic additions to any dinner table… all you winos out there will relish in this treat!

So there you have it an action packed food festival full of tasters from worldwide cuisine ready to get your mouth watering!

The Real Food Festival runs every Friday – Sunday right next to the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank, so make sure you check it out!