Maze // Gordan Ramsey

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Maze has an exciting menu encompassing the traditional French cuisine with an Asian influence in tasting sized dishes, allowing the diners to sample an array of flavours and textures. We recently went for a spot of lunch at Gordan Ramsey’s Maze in Grosvenor Square and went for their exciting lunch bites menu; four courses for £25. Choosing from a range of savoury and sweet dishes I opted for the steamed sea bream to start with brussel sprouts, enoki mushrooms, ginger and dashi which gave a very fragrant light dish followed by the pork dumplings in an aromatic mushroom broth which really flared the Asian fusion influence. I finished my savoury dishes with the braised beef feather blade accompanied with a pomme puree which was divine, melt in the mouth beef with a rich pomme puree with an exciting twist from the togarashi spice gave a traditional dish an exciting contemporary touch. My sweet followed; a gorgeous parfait with a very festive clove ice cream got me very excited for the afternoon of Christmas shopping. This four course menu for £25 is very much worth it, with generous sized tasting dishes and an extensive cocktail and wine list it’s ideal for a lunch out with girls or treating your partner to a little fine dining. 

 

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Twi Hard

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So yesterday saw me and a friend sit in a cinema chair for over twelve hours to watch the Twilight marathon in Leicester Square, and boy was it a Twilight frenzy. I was a bit of a late bloomer getting into the films, only really getting absorbed within it last year so I had never really experienced the hardcore fans – and an experience it was. 

I couldn’t believe the roller coaster of emotions that some of the ‘twi hard’ fans experienced while watching the marathon yesterday. Don’t get me wrong I think it’s a great franchise, but my goodness this people took it to a new extreme. The 12 hour day was inter spliced with short intervals and pre film programmes, including clips from the stars and interviews with fans which broke up the films – cheers and chants would be sung at the countdowns to the next chapter of the saga and don’t get me started when Taylor Lautner who plays the rather dashing Jacob takes off his shirt in New Moon there was a real mix of emotions from people screaming in awe to crying – people even brought boxes of tissues with them, preparation much?

It was a great experience, but my goodness after 12 hours on a cinema chair I could barely stumble home and after two snoozes, one in film one and the other in Breaking Dawn Part One I barely got to midnight to watch the newly released Part Two of the epic finale, and epic it was. My favourite part being the battle scene lasting 20 minutes with heads being ripped off, faces being kicked in and lots of anticipation and woe, I do think that they did a great job on the finale of the intrepid saga. But I will most definitely not be attending the convention that I was so kindly invited to by some hardcore twi hard fan in the bathroom – thanks but no thanks, the marathon was too much for me. 

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Bitches Love Cake

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Still can’t get over the Borgore, Miley Cyrus collaboration. Check out the newly released video here http://www.rollingstone.com/music/videos/borgore-and-miley-cyrus-start-cake-fight-in-decisions-premiere-20121101

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We’ve recently stumbled upon an exciting event ‘Buy My Wardrobe‘. If you like bargains/pre owned designer fashion, then you will definitely want to head down to Buy My Wardrobe’s event tomorrow at Vanilla (131 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 5BB) which will be featuring the wardrobes of the fabulous sisters behind the Five Five Fabulous blog. A VIP bar sponsored by Gold Emotion will be serving champagne at the event – what more do you need, shopping and champagne, sounds perfect.
The event tomorrow will feature dedicated areas for shoes, handbags and dresses alongside a specially selected group of some of the most popular sellers and fashion bloggers. Also at the event The Glam Collective team will be hosting a pop up make up bar on hand to pamper as well as complimentary eyebrow threading by iBrows.

Information

Date: Wednesday 24th October

Where: Vanilla, 131 Great Titchfield Street, London, W1W 5BB

Time: 6pm – 9pm

VIP tickets: £20 

Buy My Wardrobe

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Love Is All I Got

I’ve been listening to this on repeat the last few days, absolutely love it.

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Very impressed by Tim Noble’s and Sue Webster’s sculpture at the Saatchi gallery, it may appear to be a pile of debris, but when lit at the right angle, a shadow is formed creating an astounding self portrait of the artists.

Impressive Self Portrait

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Pulsecode is the production alias of 19 year old Simon Kitt. Hailing from the South West this young producer is set to take the electronic music scene by storm. With a great combination of garage, techno and old school baselines this exciting new EP from the talented Pulsecode no doubt will transport you back to the Ibiza summers of the 90’s with a innovative contemporary edge.

The EP kicks off with On The Pulse, a two step garage tune that will no doubt be gracing your club nights. With huge build ups blasting through, leading to minimalistic bass lines with a twist of dubstep, On The Pulse really sets the standards for this elevating and gutsy EP. 

Heavy On The Hummus follows with a touch of house with swirling synths in quite a minimal style as it moves and flows into a jungle influence creating an interesting dynamic to the piece.

Track three, Here With Me channels some old school bass lines with a strong fusion of garage and techno forming a crowd worthy track with a hooky vocal showcase – extracting the voice and using it as an instrument within this heavily dance rooted track really pushes the boat out for an epic finish and intrepid EP from the talented young Pulsecode.

Pulsecode’s first EP will be available for digital purchase from the 3rd of December, being released through the cutting edge label, Disco’s Dead Records. Head over to www.discosdead.com to keep up to date with their mixes and releases featuring some of the South West’s freshest talent. 

Pulsecode // Review

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I have always been a big fan of food. My father is a chef, so I have always been surrounded by lovely foods. I have never really been a huge fan of dieting, so the Yan Plan seemed perfect and the great results I have seen by friends and family I had to give it a go. After being in contact with Yan I started a ten week plan, although based in London this was not an issue, with weekly Skype calls with him and support via email and by phone while also receiving exciting recipes via email, throughout the whole process Yan was very supportive. During my second week of the ten week plan I had to undergo surgery and was off work for six weeks – so exercise was out of the question. So for the first 8 weeks I was purely following the food direction, eating regularly and often. It was great, by following this eating pattern I was never hungry or craving anything naughty – I was eating the right things at the right time. By doing this my energy levels were through the roof, being a student we love our sleep but there was no need for a sneaky afternoon snooze. I was bit skeptical that if I wasn’t doing any exercise would I actually loose any weight? However I lost 25lbs! Just under two stone with no exercise what so ever! I wouldn’t say that The Yan Plan is a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice and I am definitely a changed person – pasta and breads were a staple in my diet which obviously isn’t great for the waistline and after my ten week plan he has changed my health, wellbeing and outlook on food for ever.

His ‘Yan Plan’ is a dietary and fitness regime which dispels a lot of myths about what you can and can’t do or eat. If you are interested in finding out more about the ‘Yan Plan’ you can find him on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Yan-Plan/187403324649593?fref=ts or visit his website here www.theyanplan.co.uk

Light Your Fire With The Yan Plan

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Three Squared

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Three Squared is series of mine, I wanted to create a new perspective of the possibilities of digital in the photographic arts today. While exploring and exploiting digital it allows me to purely focus on the visual aesthetics with minimal and distinctive compositions. My aim was to explore the possibilities of digital technologies within my photographic practice. The final installation of the prints also reflect my interest in the form and geometric shapes visible in modern art. The title ‘Three Squared‘ reflects the nature of the geometric element that I was keen to portray with the sole focus being on the visual aesthetics; form, shape and line.

Jade Blue

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