Follow Me To // London, M&M World & Peggy Porschen

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On Friday 22nd February 2018 – I went on the most sporadic trip to London to meet up with this chic Tahsina who traveled all the way from Manchester!!! I knew her from the first days of Instagram I guess and she was one of those accounts I’ve just followed and spoken to over the years – so it was super nice to finally meet her!!! We didn’t have a lot planned for the day as it was a last minute get together but we knew we wanted to hit up Peggy Porschen at some point in the day – so we decided to trip it out in London together in the meantime.

I decided the vlog the day, so please do watch the video above. I’ve also decided to share a couple more pictures that didn’t make it onto the gram. We started off in Convent Garden > M&M world > Harrods > Burgeri > Liberty’s > Carnaby Street and then finally to Peggy Porshen – where a detailed review of the pink parlour can be found at the end of this post.

Peggy Porschen Review
116 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London, SW1W 9QQ
Open every day 8am-8pm
Nearest stations: Sloane Square and Victoria Station
Halal? – I forgot to ask but I don’t believe they are. But there’s plenty of other options to delve into.

I’ll try and make this a quick, punchy review. Right off the bat, they’re super instagrammable no doubt about it. Very pretty floral arrangements that change according to season and occasion. The pastel, airy-fairy indoors is extremely quaint but small (I can see why they get queues, it’s because there’s seating for 20 people max by what it looked like). We went approximately 6pmish and there wasn’t a queue and it was fairly quiet too. They have a nice selection of sweet treats from cupcakes to biscuits and macarons and even to layered cakes, also offering a variety of warm pretty drinks. We both opted for a nice warm hot chocolate (£4.75 each) to end the day and I must admit I wasn’t expecting the cup to be huge, which was extremely welcomed. It was a really good ‘homemade’ hot cocoa where I didn’t feel the need to add additional sugars and it wasn’t too watery nor thick which was great.

We both also opted for triple layered cakes (£6.20 per slice)- I got the Banoffee slice whilst Tahsina got Salted Caramel. Oh, my these slices were super sweeeeet – too sweet to have had a hot chocolate with – I’d definitely pair it with a coffee-based drink next time. I must admit though – the banoffee slice wasn’t as moist as I would have expected, Lola’s cupcakes are much more moist, fluffy and airy in terms of consistency. Now I don’t know if I found it dry because we came closer to the end of the day BUT overall it was a nice tasting slice of cake. Is it worth the price??? Ermmmm in my humble opinion – on this occasion not quite. I definitely wouldn’t knock this place down, do go there for the gram and do try them out but just know there is other fun ‘hyped’ places to go over this place.

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Follow Me To || The Meating Room

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*forgive me, I thought I had this posted on the blog but alas I didn’t and it’s been sitting in my drafts for over a year! sigh*

T H E M E A T I N G R O O M || A small barnyard full of rustic carbs! Can be found in the small quaint city of St. Albans.
It’s simple, rustic and full of flavour!
22 Catherine St, St Albans AL3 5BX

I discovered this place sometime well over a year ago and fell in love and have been visiting every so often since. I shot the following vlog two Ramadans ago, so watch it if you if you’d like to get a feel for the interior, vibe and ambience. The owner was lovely, noticed we were fasting and provided us with some dates! Oh the little touches of customer service make me melt and is what brings me back to this place. I’ve never had a bad experience here, if something wasn’t quite right they were quick on hand to resolve this. Seriously A* for excellent customer service.

Below is a compilation of all the foods I’ve tried and tasted. As you can see I tend to opt for the same things all over again, my order will always consist off a portion of falafel bites, some form of chicken wings, salted caramel milkshake and their 100% traceable British beef burgers with their rosemary and sea salt fries! This place is halal and they accept the tastecard on certain days. FYI knowing that they donate their surplus stock to their local community centre just has me screaming and makes me love them even more.

Don’t worry if you don’t eat beef they’re able to swap your patty out for lamb or you can opt for lamb, chicken or veggie burgers. Each burger is named after the local area and my two favourite go to burgers is The Meating Room (their house burger) and the Flaming Fleetville served with rosemary and sea salt fries. These chips are sooo lovely, crispy and crunchy but fluffy on the inside.

A quick mini review of each item I’ve tried to date (FYI, once I like something I will stick to it and won’t venture out in trying the other options, terrible I know):

The Meating Room Burger // Beef patty, gem lettuce, grilled beef tomato, red onion, applewood smoked cheddar, turkey bacon, BBQ chilli sauce – Now this burger is great, It’s the house burger for a reason: packed full with flavour (pictured 5th and 6th)
Flaming Fleetville // Beef patty, english mustard relish, gem lettuce, grilled beef tomato, jalapeno, red onion – I remember my first initial bites of this burger, and I did NOT like it because I wasn’t expecting to taste mustard and I remember it was so strong it hit my nose in a not-so-nice-unexpected way. Once I overcame that realisation I really, really enjoyed the fiery kick that both the sauce and jalapeños bought to the burger, I typically add a slice of cheese to this burger also (pictured last)
Falafel Bites // !! Must Try !! These deep fried golden balls of goodness are amazing. So soft and flavourful, the textures perfect: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Paired perfectly with a chipotle dip (love this sauce). Leading me onto my favourite flavour of chicken wings…
Chipotle Wings // !! Must Try !! Deep fried chicken coated in a thick, creamy chipotle sauce topped with spring onions. I like the crispy, fried texture of the wings with this sauce – it’s just perfectly balanced albeit super fiddly to eat.
BBQ Chilli Wings // If you like BBQ you will love these wings which are topped with sesame seeds. I personally don’t like the taste/smell of BBQ but tried these out and to be fair they’re super lovely as the chilli kick shines through.
Buffalo Wings  // Avoid these wings, I find them to a have a strong pungent smell to them with a sour taste to them. It’s something I’ll defo avoid.
Calamari // Calamari is calamari where you go and if you enjoy it, you’ll enjoy it here equally. You get three large rings, served with a wedge of lemon – the batter is lovely but falls off super easily. The only downside is you get three pieces, so this isn’t an ideal sharing starter, defo a one person starter.
Salted caramel milkshake // !! Must Try !! I’ve loved salted caramel for as long as I can remember and have been ordering this milkshake on every visit I’ve been. It’s the most expensive drink on the menu, which I didn’t notice – clearly capitalising on the salted caramel trend. Regardless, I will and do continue to order this milk because it’s so lovely and thick, with chocolate nibs and a salted caramel sauce drizzled throughout.IMG_5309IMG_5042IMG_5045IMG_5040

Hopefully this post was helpful to you all. I highly recommend this place and can’t praise it enough. Every time I visit the place with a new friend – they’ve fully been converted and I know YOU will love it too! If you ever do pop in, let me know and share your thoughts with me.

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Follow Me To || Shake Shack

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S H A K E S H A C K  ||  80 New Oxford Street, London, England, WC1A 1HB

Before I start, I want to apologise for the poor quality images, I lent my camera and didn’t get it back in time, so snapchat quality it is. This is possibly one of the quickest blogpost turnarounds I’ve presented you with all, haha – So yesterday me and Jaffery caught up over some Chick’n Shack burgers from the one and only Shake Shack! All the branches in the UK serve halal chicken only, everything else from their main food menu is off limits which is disappointing – hope they can sort this out soon as I’d love to try out their other burgers. I definitely had an appetite for this place despite eating at Vapiano’s earlier in the day and that’s because I hadn’t eaten for approx 14 hours prior due to a blood test, so trust me when I say I was hungry nonstop throughout the day, haha.

When we got there we ordered:

  • Chick’n Shack burger // Crispy chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo (added on extra cheese)
  • Cheese Fries // topped with their special blend of cheddar and American cheese sauce
  • Strawberry and mint lemonade

Now this burger is lovely, the crispy coating is seasoned well and is covers the chicken well. I really enjoyed the touch of the pickles and sauce, although in my opinion I feel as though there wasn’t enough of that buttermilk herb mayo for me to truly grasp the flavour (as evident in the pictures). Nonetheless, it was honestly a really nice burger, nothing to fantastic to wow me though, it kind of reminded me a KFC burger.

The cheese fries are a decent portion, at first I wasn’t too sure what I thought of it and didn’t think I liked it, but the more I dipped it in ketchup the more I enjoyed it. It’s got a slight crispy crunch too it with a super soft centred pillowy potato fluff in the middle. Although I did enjoy the crinkle cut chips and I personally wasn’t extremely fussed by them I can imagine how some people may be disappointed due to the lack of cheese sauce offered with chips, as you can see from the images below it looks like a small measly pumps worth.

At the time of visiting, they were offering a new strawberry and mint lemonade and it seemed like the perfect beverage to enjoy on a hot day to swim down those chips and burgers but boy was I wrong. You can hardly taste the mint and it tasted SUPER syrupy and full of sugar – making the overall eating experience quite sickly. I highly recommend staying away from this drink. If this lemonade is anything to go by, I’d probably stay away from all lemonades. Next time I’ll stick with my safe drink, H2O – water.

The hype surrounding this place is too much, the interior is lovely, the food is great but it didn’t live up to my expectations – at the end of the day we need to remember this is just another upmarket KFC fast food chain.

Don’t get me wrong, this place is definitely worth a try and visit. Go on! Get rid of those burger cravings. Come here and give it an honest go, you definitely won’t be disappointed but you won’t be amazed either.  Try not to go with any expectations and just enjoy the place, the company you’re with and the humble burger and chips.

I hope this mini review was somewhat helpful, feedback is always welcomed – as I’m on the hunt for trying out new places and eager to share my experiences with you all.
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Follow Me To || Banana Tree

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B A N A N A T R E E  ||  103 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0UG

Popped into London to go look for wedding outfits with Jaffer (she’s such a cutie!), and a long day spent shopping means a heavy meal is on the cards, haha. We ended up in soho at Banana Tree and ordered the following:

Sticky Thai Wings  ||  fried chicken wings tossed in tamarind, garlic, sweet basil and chilli sauce
The Banana Laksa  ||  rice noodles, coconut broth with aubergine, tofu and break sprouts, with the addition of prawns and tons of chilli and lime (which was very much needed for my palate)
&& a Virgin Pina Colada Mocktail to finish off the meal

The food was good. I really enjoyed the broth in the laksa and really could’ve been content with just the soup without all the noodles and other bits and bobs. If you ever go, I really recommend this dish with the addition of chilli and lime – trust me, it’s needed and tastes lovely with it.

I love it when wings are fried first and then marinated in sauce. The coating on these sticky wings were lovely and very flavoursome, the only downfall is that the actual chicken was too dry. I feel as though they’ve pre-fried it a little too much causing them to dry out.

After the heavy meal and starter we didn’t have time or the space to have dessert, which is such a shame because the “banana frotiteroles” did sound lovely. Next time I’d definitely just opt for the laksa soup, keep it light plus dessert!
IMG_3159IMG_5472IMG_3166IMG_3193IMG_3194Quick OOTD

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Follow Me To || Landmark Hotel – Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon tea is the perfect catch up moment with a close friend. The atmosphere, food, tea and sweet treats make the moment all that extra little bit special.

On this occasion, I decided to catch up close friend, we didn’t feel like going out for a heavy meal or doing anything particular, this was a nice, relaxed moment to catch up without any loud chatter or noise. We finally found out the location of that infamous afternoon tea place with all the palm trees – we headed straight there!!!

If you would like to watch a visual event of the day, feel free to watch the video below, alternatively please continue 🙂

The moment you step into Landmark Hotel, you feel as though you’ve stepped into a spa, I’m not sure what they’re spraying or what exotic flowers they had at their disposal – but it smells like how I imagine paradise to be.

We opted for the “Winter Garden Afternoon Tea” as opposed to the chocolate, this includes:
– A variety of sandwiches
– Scones, clotted cream and a variety of jams (we opted for strawberry and blackberry)
– Raspberry and lime macaroon/ carrot, raisin and cinnamon cake with cream cheese icing/ Dark Chocolate Choux/ Mango and mint mousse
– A pot of tea each – we highly recommend The Winter Garden Blend (honestly… it smells like cake!!!) and the Landmark Hotel Blend – it’s a house special for a reason and it’s nicely curated.

As soon as we were seated we were offered our tea and selection of sandwiches, they were aware of my dietary requirements (Halal, or in this case vegetarian) so offered me sandwiches accordingly, and boyyy did they keep on bringing them. This genuinely was a buffet of afternoon tea and sandwiches. In this instance, I loved the small finger-sized food, made it much easier to eat and control, the scones were by far my favourite treat, soft doughy little scones, they offered plain and currant ones; adored the fresh strawberry jam. It’s a nice change from your good old coffee shop.

IMG_2780IMG_2826IMG_2784IMG_2790IMG_2807IMG_2802IMG_2803IMG_2815Overall, the entire tea experience was quite enjoyable, right down from the lovely hostesses to the interior and ambience. It was a very pleasant and stress free setting where we found ourselves passing by two hours with ease. There’s no hectic rush that you’d usually feel outside, we found ourselves getting immersed into really lovely deep long talks, something that was very much needed.

From all the food that was served, the scones, the raspberry/lime macaroon and the Winter Garden Blend of tea was my favourite. I highly recommend this place and if you do have the chance to go, don’t overfeed yourselves on the sandwiches and tea, save a spot (or two) for the scones and cakes, you won’t be disappointed xoxo

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STAX – A gourmet burger joint found right off of Carnaby Street in Kingly Court, first floor or to be exact at:
1.7 Kingly Court, Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Nearest Station Oxford StreetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetSo how did I come across this place? Not going to lie, I became a sheep and followed the hype on Instagram surrounding this place and it’s been on my bucket list of restaurants to visit since. I mean where I live in England it’s extremely hard to come by decent halal restaurants, especially ones that are gimmicky and fun like this joint.  So me and my friends made the hour and a half venture into London and we were all a little disappointed to be honest… Continue reading FOOD || STAX + OOTD