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Rosso, shall we brunch?[INVITE]

As a food lover and all, I love an opportunity to try out new and different places to stuff my face (sorry, I meant enjoy some food with some friends😉)

So when @Lovepopupslondon and @Rosso invited me and some bloggers to try out their prosecco flowing brunch event, even if I was busy, I cancelled all plans… Like who ever says no to a brunch with prosecco.

Rosso is located in the very central High Street Kensington, of West London so an ideal location if you’ve just finished a shopping or an cultural visit to the many local and free museums London has to offer.

The decor of the restaurant is tastefully designed with lots of pictures opportunity for those who love to capture every moment. There was lots of amazing wines, prosecco on offer and the staff was more than happy to explain their selection to you.

On arrival the staff has beautifully placed some amazing starters out in the main dinning area, I really love this concept, an unlimited buffet style starters, all freshly prepared and constantly topped up..

The selection of bread on offer was great, I’ve never tried charcoal bread, and it was super yummy!

This was the first of the many plates I had…😉

The mozzarella balls to me was the star of the show, super creamy and totally yummy…I could eat that all day.

Rosso carbonara with figs
Spicy arrabbiata chitarra spaghetti with seafood ‘nduja’
Florentine poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise sauce
Mixed bean, poached eggs, sausage crumble served with crunchy pancetta and lemon zest

The choice of the main was a little limited and we had a vegetarian in our group with some severe allergies, which the restaurant tried to accommodate.

I chose the spicy arrabbiata however I couldn’t taste any seafood nduja? I also felt the dish was a little bland to my liking, a little more salt was required.

The desserts selection was a little on the limited side also however some of the tartlets were definitely worth saving my desserts stomach for!

Similar to a Bakewell tart
Lemon muffins- a little on the dry side
These were definitely my favourite

I had a great time enjoying the food and free flowing bubbles which the server made sure our glasses were never empty, such great tentive attention.

The meal was finished off with a great coffee..

Thank you again to Rosso for the invite, a great venue and super reasonable free bubbles brunch if you are looking for a place around the High Street Kensington area.

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Cluequest- cQ ORIGENES- challenge accepted. [Gifted]

It’s been a while since I last visited Cluequest to find out what is new with Mr Q and Professor Black sheep, following the last game of Revenge of the Sheep, I was intrigued by what the people at Cluequest have planned for us, and I was surely not disappointed.

I and a few agents from @LovePopUpsLondon went down to see if we have what it takes to take on whatever nasty plan Professor Black Sheep has waiting for us for this new game cQ ORIGENES.

As we arrived we was briefed by Mr Q special agents, Professor Black Sheep is back and he has released a new virus in to the computer systems which could wipe out all of our existence, omg I hear you say..

The story goes back to the beginning when Mr Q and Professor Black Sheep were both human, what turned them into the animals they represent today?

Our mission if we choose to accept was to return to the lab where the SD card containing the virus lies and destroy it before it destroys all of our livelihood today!

However before we can start, as humans how do we get into the lab designed to fit a sheep and a mouse? Enter the Shrink-O-Mat.

This game was both challenging and rewarding at the same time, as usual you have 60 minutes to find solve all the puzzles and get out before the time is up!

As per all my escape room reviews, I won’t spoil the fun for you, but I can assure you that you will enjoy yourselves and the props for the game has been carefully planned out and with a group for 6 the games was not linear based but all very logical so everyone could be participating in different puzzles.

Unfortunately for us we weren’t able to make it out before the 60 minutes was up and needed an additional 1:44 seconds to complete our mission. However, I’ve been told current success rate is only 15% so I guess the extra minutes we had wasn’t too bad..

Definitely for me 4* in my rating for escape room, great puzzles, great props and plenty to keep the team entertained.

Thanks again to the team at Cluequest for a great evening out!

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Ready steady bake-The Big London Bake [GIFTED]

As the Great British bake off phenomenon has taken over our lives and kitchen, it’s no wonder someone will be looking to bring this baking experience to the home bakers of you and me.

I was invited down to try our this two hour baking experience from our friends at @LovePopUpsLondon and the amazing team at @TheBigLondonBakeOff. The Big London bake are the only of its kind in London, they have kept the experience as close to the original as possible as the set up is based inside a large tent, with baking station you won’t be unfamiliar with.

The 90 minutes experience see even the beginners successfully produce a Battenberg cake as all the ingredients have been measured out and set aside for you. Your creative quality is needed for the flavours, colours and of course the icing on the top (literally!)

However don’t be alarmed if you have never baked a cake before let alone a Battenberg then fear not the team is fully on hand to lend any support you, as well as offering suggestions if you lack any ideas.

The experience cost from £35-£44.50 per person, you will need a team of two so grab a friend, a date or whomever you want and head down to their tent in Tooting Broadway and bake away!

Our creation 😂
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Venerdi- Italian delights

As an all round (literally) food lover, Italian food rakes highly as some of my favourite food.

I mean who could say no to a thinly based pizza (apologies Chicago) with lots of fresh mozzarella and basil on a rich tomato base? Or a freshly cooked Al dente pasta??

Well I have always loved Italian food and have traveled to Italy to sample many of their delights so when Jo from Love Pop Ups London invited me and Katie from Isthatlondon to join her to sample the menu from Venerdi we couldn’t say no..

As all excited hungry person would do, I reviewed their menu looks to plan all the yummy food I was going to try.

As there was three of us, we all decided to chose three starters, mains and desserts to share.. better for me as I love trying out new dishes..

So here’s what we went for..(disclaimer, pictures may make you hungry!)

Tricolore

Arancini
Misto Fritto

All three dishes all had their special features, the Tricolore was was fresh the mozzarella smooth and the colours a visual pleasure. The Arancini was crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, and the Misto Fritto was a lightly batter seafood platter with a garlic mayo dip … We finished all of our starters with no problems at all, greedy us? no, just delicious food.

Next up with so many dishes to choose from, we decided on picking something from the pizza, pasta and mains so we could sample a mixture of what Venerdi had to offer.

The Chatsworth

Linguine Pescatore
Tagliata Di Filetto Alla Griglia

The pasta was cooked Al dente, the pizza was deeply filled but thinly based and the beef fillet cooked to perfection.

Next up desserts, and I hope y’all ready for this!

Bailey Panna Cotta

Banoffee Pie
Tiramisu

If you weren’t full after the mains you definitely was after desserts. All their desserts were extremely well presented, and very generous size, we admitted defeat as we couldn’t finish all of it..please don’t judge me, I was already going to have to roll out of the restaurant.

The only suggestion I would say is that the Panna cotta flavour was slightly over taken by the super sweet sauce over it while aesthetically pleasing to look at, it kinda overtook the delicate flavours of the Panna Cotta.

Other than that we all enjoyed spending our evening with Venerdi, tucked away from the main Streets of London Fields.

On the evening we visited, London decided to snow for the first time in 2019, and with the weather bitterly cold, Venerdi was welcoming with their delicious food, no wonder it’s a local gem.

Thanks again to Venerdi and Love Pop Ups London for the invite, while this was a gifted experience all comments are my own.

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All aboard skippers- The Hidden Spirit

📷 credit The Hidden Spirit

Are you bored of your usual drinking hole and are looking for something a little more interactive for your next night out?

How about a little treasure hunt inside the Golden Hinde at London Bridge?

From Inventive Productions, the creators who brought us Alcatraz, welcome aboard The Hidden Spirit, The world first pirate cocktail bar.

Legend has it, decades ago, over $2 million in riches were dumped in an unknown location and hidden at sea! Following the discovery of a cipher stating “The Secret Lies With Elizabeth”, the U.S \nGovernment commissioned The Hidden Spirit, which has undergone an epic journey to London to recover the hidden treasure.

The Governor on board commissioned Captain Jack to form a new crew to bring home the treasure.. however with this much at stake are you prepared to break the laws and join the life of piracy?

As you board the boat you are offered a new uniform to blend in with the rest of the new crew..a quick briefing later with the Governor..you meet Captain Jack…who do you trust? What do you believe?

📷 credit The Hidden Spirit

An immersive experience with pirates on board to entertain and to help you gamble away your riches.

Your entry fee of £34.99 includes three cocktails…the first being the Golden Shimmer which is rum based and with specks of gold shimmer within…drink with caution as if the Governor see you with it you might get lose your head!

Golden shimmer

As you sails off the story unfolds, who do you trust and what does your future holds? You are then invited to select your second and third cocktail of the night..

Mile End Mule

Cocktails menu

Be on alert though as the Governor is always prouncing around checking if anyone has found their way into his treasure…

Captain are lucky Captain Jack might be willing to share with you the secrets of where the treasure is kept..but shhhh can you keep a secret? Or will the captain and his crew fall at the hands of the Governor?

A truly enjoyable experience with an amazing location, definitely a place to take someone you want to impress or go with a brunch of friends and get truly involved.

Thank you to Jo at Love Pop Ups London for inviting me along to experience this new London pop up.

NB* a gifted experience however all reviews are my own.

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Pepes Kitchen- Adobo Nation- Filipino food delight!

As a foodie, I love eating and trying out new cuisines, so when the opportunity arise to go and try out some delicious Filipino food with Jo from Love Pop Ups London I jumped at the chance.

The evening was hosted in the A Viet Foundation in Hackney and Mae and her team from Pepe’s Kitchen, a supper club family which they ran monthly to share with the people of London home cooked delights from the Philiphines Island.

This supper club event was also a charitable event where the team was raising money for the villagers suffering from the tropical storm which made the event even more memorable. I love supper clubs as you could be sharing a meal with people from all walks of life and you know that you all have a common interest and that is delicious food!

So, what were we delighted with over the course of the evening? Well the evening was called Adobo Nation and we all learnt that the cooking method of Adobo was brought over to the Philipines by the Spanish and it was commonly used to preserve meat in herbs, salt and vinegar, the colour of the Adobo change with the introduction of the infamous soya sauce.

In total there was 7 courses to delight my palate and the first few courses really caught my attention. As a wings lover when Mae and her team brought out her version of the Deep Fried Adobo, I fell off my chair! It was delicious and clearly my favourite of the night.

Below are some of the other Adobo dishes from Pepe’s Kitchen, if you are interested in experiencing the home cooking of Mae and her team, then please check out her supper club.

Adobo pate on blinis
Deep fried Adobo chicken
Adobong puti (white Adobo)
Gulay Adobo- vegetables
Adobo Pusit (squid)
Adobong Dilaw (yellow Adobo)
Beef Adobo
Adobo Sa Garage (chicken adobo in coconut milk)
Maruya at ube sorbetes (deep fried banana fritter with home made ice cream)

If you are interested I know there is one coming up on the 19th October in Dalston and cost £38.00 per person. I can tell you it would be worth it as Mae loves to overfeed! Which really brings home the comfort of having a home cooked meal!

An amazing experience and thanks again to Mae and her team for the warm hospitality.

p.s Also very thankful for the extra spoon of ube ice-cream as I didnt want the banana fritters (allergy!)

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Inside the creatures of the-Seacreatures Tour

IMG_20180811_101059I was recently invited to experience the Sea Creatures Tour currently touring in London at Lawrence’s Hall in Victoria.

I went along with a couple of other bloggers and reviewers from Love Pop Ups London to find out more about this travelling display.20180811_100940

Sea Creatures is a groundbreaking exhibition which allows you to view the creatures of the sea and other marine mammals in a totally different light. Looking inside each animal specimen including the great sharks, whales, dolphins and many more.IMG_20180811_111152

The tour itself is supported by an interactive app which you can download and play along with the games and also collect all the different cards which are dotted all over the exhibition. Top tip, if you collect all the collectors card then you can head over to the mini store and get 20% off your purchase.. Not bad if you fancy a souvenir t-shirt.

IMG_20180811_105024The venue is designed to be very child friendly, with a large ball pit and VR section for anyone who is looking for a more virtual vision of the tour. The VR section is not part of the entrance ticket but can be brought on the day for £5.00.IMG_20180811_103044

You can currently buy tickets for the London, Scotland and Yorkshire tour, with Northern Ireland coming soon.

Ticket prices range from £11-£20.00 so definitely a good value for money.

IMG_20180811_103453The only thing I would say is that there is a lot of reading involved so little ones might find that a little tedious, but for those who want to find out more, this is definitely one not to be missed. received_490564798077903

Disclaimer *this is a sponsored blog, but all reviews are my own.