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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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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

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Hairy Dieters

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The fabulous Hairy Bikers, Simon King and Dave Myers embark on a new journey and weight loss campaign; Hairy Dieters. In this series they have accepted their overindulgence over the years and are determined to ‘still love their food and lose weight’. Their aim to reinvent the classic dishes they love, making them big on flavour but low in calories. With the power of group motivation, they have joined forces with a group of similarly rotund foodies to help test out the bikers recipes.

So with their great tasting food and smart cooking, I am looking forward to seeing more of this series and perhaps stealing some of the lovely recipes. The series started on Thursday where the Hairy Bikers began to eat themselves slim in a bid to lose two and a half stone in three months.

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O-food

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O-food is a new fish and vegetarian food concept, serving fast food – that is healthy, fast and delicious.

To prove that the world is ready for their idea, they are hosting a pop up restaurant in Shoreditch from the first of August for two weeks at 54 Rivington Street, this is a great little space in the middle of Shoreditch, with a great buzz and atmosphere so I am sure that O-food is going to fit in perfectly.

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Flat Iron Steak // The Owl and Pussycat

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Redchurch Street is a hotspot for galleries, boutique and cafe-bars. Amongst the fabulous array of exciting happenings down in the East End, there is the The Owl and Pussycat, a traditional East End pub which boasts a restaurant on the first floor with an exquisite and exciting menu alongside the main bar downstairs with a choice of ales, fine wines and cocktails accompanied with a traditional pub menu.
This July, Flat Iron will be hosting a pop up steak and cocktail restaurant upstairs at The Owl and Pussycat. Renowned for new craft butchery, and remarkable steak Flat Iron’s pop up project is set to be a great success. We will definitely be booking our table up early. The pop up steak and cocktail project opens Wednesday 18th July 2012.

@FLATIRONSTEAK
http://steakiswhatyouwant.com/

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Addicted To These Tasty Little Numbers

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I am addicted to these, they are a really yummy little crispy crunchy wafer dipped in chocolate. They have a great range not only with their scrummy snacks of crisps and the chocolate wafers (all at 100 calories) but alongside these they have a range of 300 calories ‘Heat and Eat’ meal pots, which look great and are fabulous if you are a busy person or don’t have time for cooking; with King Prawn Noodles, Creamy Chicken Hot Pot to Curries to name a few, there is really something for everyone. 
They are not a diet product, it is just a simple way to manage your portion sizes.
It is real food, perfectly portioned. 

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In Trouble for Eating a Goldfish?

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Louis Cole, YouTube phenomenon from his ‘Food for Louis’ channel is going to be taken to court and possibly face prison for eating his goldfish? Made famous by eating some of the stuff you could not even imagine, gobbling a live scorpion, raw sheep brain and has drank a smoothie made of mice, to name a few. His videos have been gaining nearly over a million views and there is even talk of having his own TV series, but could this all be put on hold now?

The RSPCA have been in contact with Louis Cole with allegations of committing a criminal offence according to the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Both organisations PETA and RSPCA see Cole as objectively cruel. But Cole, himself denies that statement –  “I don’t want to inflict any pain on these animals,” he says, “which is why I try to kill them instantly. On all my videos, every animal dies within five seconds.”
I am honestly amazed at how much energy goes into nonsense like suing and court battles these days. What about suing ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ too?

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WTF

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Hot dog filled crust? Ummm no thanks. 

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Lunchtime Grazer at the Alba

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The Alba restaurant is situated on the Wharf, housed in a completely refurbished lifeboat house on the harbour front of St Ives. The restaurant boasts outstanding panoramic views of St Ives bay coastline and beyond. Alba is a smart seafood restaurant, well established now; going into its tenth year, and renowned for its contemporary menu
specialising in local produce, their dishes are produced from line caught fish and seasonal vegetables.
On their lunch menu for this season they have a beautiful selection of small grazing plates of modern tapas with a vast selection of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Recommended three savoury plates per person, we ordered a mix of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes, ranging from the Morrocan spiced cauliflower beignets with a cucumber and mint yoghurt and micro coriander, Cornish Deli Farm Charcuterie board – which included some beautiful meats; black olive salami, fennel salami, Honey Coppa served with a celeriac remoulade, olives, cornichons and whole grain mustard that worked so well together. Followed also by their succulent pork and fennel meatballs and we couldn’t miss out on the cornish fish, trying their steamed cornish mussels and the cornish crab and cockle cakes served with a spiced tomato chutney that complemented the dish very well.
Recommended by The Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide and Britain’s Finest, the Alba restaurant is undoubtedly a restaurant worth visiting in Cornwall with a truly delectable contemporary menu and exceptional service.

http://www.thealbarestaurant.com/

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Happy Little Accident

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As I was strolling through Covent Garden, running a few errands on this beautiful day, I stumbled across the food market, very much to my delight.

The East Piazza, at the heart of Covent Garden hosts a variety of talent, performance and family events. The food market is held on thursdays and the stalls are packed with treats for foodies; ranging from beautiful artisan breads and scrumptious cakes to homemade sauces, cheeses and cured meats.
A lot of the stalls also offer food to eat on the go, which makes a nice change from the quick ‘Prets’ or ‘Starbucks’ lunches. There a gourmet burgers, delectable steak ciabattas and luscious wholesome salads.
The Covent Garden food market is a highly recommended visit for this summer.
Definitely recommend the gorgeous Eton Mess, I just couldn’t resist this afternoon.

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