Clicking with Evelyn

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Evelyn's table

Indulge mode is ON.

If there is something I've realized over the past year of wining and dining in London is that the best seats in town are not at a proper table but where the chefs and cooks are. Forget chatting to your friends or your partner, food is no longer the only thing you care about, but also the vibe of the venue and its entertainment. 

Evelyn's certainly checks all boxes. But let's recapitulate. THE BLUE POSTS. 

That old pub in Soho? Yes, you are right, but only slightly. That 'old pub' is no longer so, but rather three floors of drinking and dining adventures. How is that possible? Well, the amazing peeps from Palomar (love you, guys!) decided to take this bad boy and give it a renewal. And damn, they've done great.

The renovated Blue Post Pub is on the ground floor, with tons of new quirky beers for you to discover; The Mulwray, on the first floor is a cool AF wine and cocktail bar; and then you've got Evelyn's Table on the basement, seating only 11 lucky guests! Serving italian food and fresh fish. All by the counter with the cooks, of course.

Why should you go there? I mean, if the words Palomar, Fresh Fish, Italian and Limited Access do not sell it to you, I do not know what will. But if you need more info let me tell you. Excellent mix of flavours, delicious menu of wine and super attentive staff.

When should you go? Anytime from now, really! They are open everyday except Sunday, from 5.30 til 11pm

Where is it exactly? 28 Rupert St, W1D 6DJ

Enjoy fellas, 

TCB xx

Perilla means Danger

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Perilla

A modern interpretation of classical European flavours

That's a fun fact for ya! Perilla means 'Danger' or 'You Are At Risk' in Catalan, my mother tongue (along with Spanish). But truth is, you'll be in great hands if you dine at Perilla in London, this place is far from something risky, unless we talk about food. Once again, I'm impressed. 

WHY? I love mix and match in food, and I feel London is becoming and addict to it, too. Perilla takes great conventional dishes and adds unique ingredients and sauces to it, that make each one of their dishes very special. 

We tried this place at dinner time, which I think was a plus, as the venue has that romantic je ne sais quois that makes it super lovely.  Each table is tiny but big enough to have a feast.

We don't like to get given a set tasting menu, but I have to say that price-quality and everything that you get, you are better off by doing so, if you are not as fussy as I am. 

Their customer service is sensational. I've become quite picky with my wine lately, and they were very attentive to give me enough suggestions and trials before I decided on which one to go for. To start of, we had a delicious seaweed bread with brown butter which was to die for; and YES, I am OBSESSED with bread. For mains, we had a superb mushroom with walnut sauce, pot roast broccoli with cabbages & hunt yogurt and surprisingly we tried roast cod and grilled lamb. A bit of everything! Of course, many desserts came after but our pick for the week would go for the Walnut Custard Tart with shaved chestnuts. There were raw mushrooms in our dessert, and they matched perfectly. NOW, I know all of this sounds amazing but we aware that these fellas change their menu frequently, so you may get a whole different deal depending on which season you. Worry-less, it will be fantastic. 

WHERE is this place?  1-3 Green Lanes, Mildmay Ward, London N16 9BS; in between Dalston and Canonbury

WHEN? Monday to Friday only for dinner from 6-11pm, Weekends for brunch, lunch and dinner between 12,30-11pm

You are not in danger, but your belly will be if you miss out on this one. 

TCB xx

Dating Richmond for a day

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Morning careless readers! Today I've been up earlier than usual and I feel buzzed! Work out, shower and a coffee by 8.30am? CHECK, CHECK, CHECK. I am sure I will be having my second coffee before lunchtime but hey ho! It felt good. 

Last weekend I went with my beaut pal Ines for a stroll in Richmond, which to us living East, felt like a day out of the city. And I must confess, it was delightful. I forgot how pretty, rich and clean the West feels, everything is picture perfect. Even more so now that Autumn is coming.

Since it took us 1h to 1h30m to get there, we decided to make the most of it. And so should you. What can you do in Richmond? You may we wondering. That's FAR, you may be thinking, too. Ok, you are absolutely right, but it is definitely worth the trip. Specially on days like this, while seasons are changing. 

Start your morning by jetting off to Richmond Station and start strolling down the river, it is beautiful out there! If you are lazy you can take a ferry but it is a very nice walk and if you are lucky and the sun is out, there will be plenty of ambiance. If you walk long enough, you'll enter an enchanted little path that will lead you to the dreamy Petersham Nurseries. That my friend, is a MUST. 

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Name may ring a bell as they have a shop and a deli in Covent Garden, but the true deal is in Richmond. Fine dining at a glasshouse? Yes, please. Feeling like Cinderella while being treated to yummy food and shopping the coolest flowers and home deco? YES, PLEASE.

Food at their Cafe (not to be confused by their self-service Teahouse, next door) was exceptional, and more so was their service. Prepare your wallets (average lunch incl. a bottle of wine ~£60-80) and your palate, cause you are in for a delicious treat. 

Menu changes fairly often, so TCB suggests you to ask the somelier to pair your wine with your food (they are extremely helpful!) and to have 1 starter, 1 main and obviously dessert. It was difficult to choose what was best, but our favorites included the Bucatini Verde and the Grilled polenta. Yep, we went veggie for the day. 

After your well-deserve meal, you can either continue the adventure by sightseeing deers at Richmond Park and sipping coffee at Pembroke Lodge Cafe or Gates on the park, you can get rid of all the calories you've indulged by heading to the Golf Course oooor head back to the city center and walk by the little antique shops around Brewers Ln. 

All in all, the perfect day in the city. Gah, love being a tourist in London.

TCB xx

Not Apt For Vegans

If you are not into meat, I strongly suggest you stop reading this article. This is definitely not for you, fella. However, if you are one of those people who dreams about meaty treats then HALLO WELCOME! You are at the right place. TOP CHOICE steakhouses, BBQ restaurants and gastropubs, all serving the best meat that London has to offer. Trust me, you will want more.

CENTRAL LONDON:

BLACKLOCK

 

Craving Meat while having drinks in Soho? This is your place.

All sorts of chops, based on a daily menu, cooked on old charchoal. DELISH! 

Do not miss on their sides: I've NEVER ever had such good fries as the beef dripping fries (and I am an addict to potatoes). Mind you their cocktails are also a fiver! WINNING.

HAWKSMOOR

 

Known by most meat lovers by now, but a great spot to refuel. Prepare your wallets, though!

Since its first opening in, the restaurant has opened many sister branches all across London, including not only its Covent Garden location but also Knightbridge, Shoreditch and Borough.

 

EAST LONDON


 

Think of the most tasty BBQ meats you've had lately. Now think better than that and the result is this East London heaven. 

My absolute must-try dishes include the crispy ox cheek, the pigtails and the ribs. Finish off with a sticky toffee pudding and your life will be forever complete.

 

BUEN AYRE

 
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This Argentinean steakhouse is probably your best meaty restaurant across London, at least when it comes to quality-price. The most tender, juicy and tasty meat I've tasted any time I've been there. Of course, you need to have chimichurri sauce on it. 

PITT CUE

 

Only for serious meat lovers who are up for stepping up their game. In here you'll find pig's head, ox tongue and many other meats you wouldn't think of trying. All of them, freakylicious.

 

NORTH LONDON


 

Ok, I must admit I am making a bold suggestion here, as I haven't been to this place yet. Reviews, however, speak highly of it. These gastropub in the heart of Islington is meant to be providing mouthwatering meaty dishes, which to me sounds like a match made in heaven. Good drinks selection and yummy food? COUNT-ME-IN.

Pin Stripes & Palm Trees

Photography by  Roz Alcazar

Photography by Roz Alcazar

Three months in being an east londoner and I must admit, I LOVE IT.

There's a paramount of places to discover, both food-wise and culturally, which I am really enjoying. If there is one thing I enjoy having is good coffee and a nice atmosphere. Thankfully Dalston/Hackney is full of places like this.

So, if you are out and about in my hood you should check out the following hot coffee spots:

  • Palm Vaults for an LA-esque cafe in the heart of Hackney Central. This newbie has all the colourful lattes every instagrammer would wish for: matcha (green), beetroot (pink), turmeric (gold)...you choose. Of course you can get a regular tasty coffee, but why not try something colourful while you are at it? They've also got a small but yet delish selection of home-made cakes and toasties, make sure you grab one!

  • Cafe Oto and Subtitles Cafe for coffee, film and records - Total winners.

  • Mouse & De Lotz for a cozy cafe where to read a book and have delicious pancakes.

  • Coffee is my cup of tea for the perfect working spot. Bring your laptop and enjoy a quiet day while sipping great coffee.

I think with these you'll have cafeine for days, so let me tell you about my day at Palm Vaults the last Friday. Before my travels to Seville I had a few meetings around the area, which is why I was pulling this power yet sexy woman outfit you see here, preety kewl? I should say, it was fun. 

TCB xx

WHAT I WORE:
WAH London x ASOS Blazer Dress
Chanel Necklace
Maria Pascual Jewellery
Maria Pascual x Collage Vintage Rings
Elvio Zanon Shoes