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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

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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?

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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.

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

 

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Circus -Pan Asian food and entertainment venue

IMG_20180725_180510I was recently invited to pop along to Circus a venue tucked away amongst the hussle and bustle of Covent Garden. Actually I even walked passed it trying to locate it as it doesn’t have a signage above its entrance.. See how exclusive that makes the experience.. Only those in the know eh?

I was here to sample their new Christmas menu (ops sorry to mention that word in July) but great venues get booked up really quickly so you’ll be glad I’ve told you. We was offered a sample of their amazing canapés.. The food here is a pan Asian fusion which I am all for.IMG_20180730_1

I think my favourite of the night was definitely the yellow tail sashimi and the salt and pepper squid.. Yum. IMG_20180725_184240

As you enter the venue, p. s I found it via the menu on the wall outside.. Useful tip! You are risked to your table and a free cloakroom service is available if you are coming after a long day at the office. The main dining area consists in one very long opaque table with little tables scattered around the room. The comfy sofa looking chairs are calling me.IMG_20180725_180514

The kitchen area is open and viable along the side of the dining area. Our table was very close to the bar, which is great! IMG_20180725_180528We also sample some of their amazing wine and even better cocktails (they made a punch with Gingerbread syrup, with grapefruit and vodka) it was devine!IMG_20180725_190001

However the best part of this venue is the in-house entertainment department they have who design and coordinate the half hourly entertainment on show.

IMG_20180725_183955Entertainment is provided every night from 6:30pm until 8:00pm and until late during Friday and the weekend. They have singers and performers to enlighten your evening drinks or dinner plans. When we visited there was a group of ladies celebrating a 60 birthday party so the venue caters for all ages (18+) of course!

IMG_20180725_183925The night we visited we were entertained by fire eating performers, a drag queen singer belting out classics,  an aerial display and an acrobatics show. We were all in awe for sure.

It was definitely a great evening and if this has enticed you to think about it for your next birthday or big party do? Then do check out their website as they have sharing menu for groups. Just a note that for London prices this is average and with the added entertainment element it’s definitely worth a treat out.

I was offered this experience via the lovely Jo from @lovepopupslondon and while a sponsored post all reviews are my own.

 

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Taken.. Can you save Bob?

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A hostage theme room provided by Escape London at their Shadwell branch. Do you want to feel like Liam Nielson in trying to save you hostage Bob? Well lets see how good you are in solving the many clues and puzzles designed for you within this room.

Again as usual in all escape room, you and your team (max of 6 people) are locked in a room and the brief you have been provided is that your friend Bob has been “Taken” you have 60 minutes to find him and rescue him before the mysterious serial killer returns and takes you also. Now can you get out in time with Bob? Bob has been leaving you clues to his whereabouts, the clues leads you into an office in an engineering facility, is this just a normal office?

This is another great room from Escape London, they recommend that 2-6 players can play this room, we had 6 experienced players, Bianca,  Livi, Gemma, Laura, Jo and I feel that maybe 4-5 as a maximum is more preferred. Why? well you know how they say too many cooks spoils the broth? Well I personally feel when there are more people clues can be lost an example was one of us found a key (the other players tried some of the locks- however it never opened anything- but because there was so many of us, we got confused as to whether or not that key has already been used?) this cost us about 5 minutes at the end of the game. Thats just my thoughts, however we were all quite experienced players and maybe new players might not feel the same.

I really enjoyed all the clues and task involved and I felt the theme of the room really puts the player in the frame of mind. We managed to escape in 35 minutes again just a little shy off the leaders board.. Next time we shall conquer!

Now I really want to play the final game at the Shadwell location, Withcraft and Wizardry, I feel like they are one of the many companies that does an escape room really well!

An excellent team building event or a great experience with some friends, dont hesitate, if you have never experienced an escape room, trust me it can get very addictive!

This is another 4*out of 5 for me, so I totally recommend it!

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the experience, while the experience was provided complimentary, all the reviews are my own.

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Motion sickness aside, let’s Escape the Seven Seas

IMG_20180502_211453A group of us from @lovepopupslondon went to @escapelond to try out their rooms at their Shadwell location.

Escape London has two locations, one in Shepherds Bush and the other in Shadwell, each has different types of rooms so please do try both location. Within the Shadwell location they have three rooms, Witchcraft and Wizardry, Escape the Seven Seas and Taken.

Our first room was Escape the Seven Seas, and if you guess that the room might have something to do being lost at sea, then you are correct!

Now as per usual, I won’t be able to provide too much information on the escape room itself as theres no fun in it if everyone on the internet gives it all away right?

However what I can tell you, is be prepared to be transported on on board when you enter this room, my first advice is stay calm!

There was six of us in the room; Bianca,  Livi, Gemma, Laura, Jo as all experienced players, there was a time when I felt it was a little crowded in the room, however the riddles and clues are very well designed and challenged us. The props they have within the rooms really provide the immersive experience.

The only suggestion I would make is that the lights in the room is a tad dim and makes it really hard to see the numbers on the padlocks when you are trying to put in the combination. I totally understand that its there to create that ambience on board, however maybe a lamp which you can change the brightness might be more useful.

We had aim to get ourselves on the leaderboard, and for this one we was out by just 1 minute and escaped at 46minutes.. next time we will make it!IMG_20180502_211643

We all really enjoyed the clues and the props within, it really does make the experience more real. Our gamester Kris was really good, and she would only give you clues where you ask for it, she also gives a great little prep talk.

If you are looking for a nautical theme room, then this is the one for you!

I rate this room a 4* out of my 5 as I feel there’s plenty to do and the decoration and props really gives off the immersive experience.

Thanks again to Love Pop Up London and Escape London for the experience, while the experience was provided complimentary, all the reviews are my own.

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