Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Delicious London: Sushi at Yashin

A few years ago I couldn`t even imagine eating raw fish but now I`m completely addicted to it. My boyfriend has definitely helped in opening my taste buds towards it as he`s a big fan of sushi & sashimi and often prepares it (quite amazingly) at home as well. I hope he reads this as he always complains I don`t give him enough compliments. Men. So needy.
Last week though we wanted to try something new so we headed over to Yashin Sushi Bar on Argyll Road. 
We started off with the Yaki Yose Tofu and the Soft Shell Salad. Both were really good although my favourite was definitely the salad as I`m not a huge fan of tofu.
yashin london
yashin london
I ordered the Omakase Eight sushi pieces while the boy had The Yashin which is their biggest set I believe with 15 pieces.
yashin london
The pieces were very modern and quite different from the traditional sushi I am used to. Some of the pieces were amazingly good but some felt a bit too much and failed to impress. I was also a bit disappointed that you could barely feel the wasabi in them. My boyfriend who went there before when they initially opened mentioned that his first experience was definitely much better than this one.
yashin london
yashin london
Overall it was a great, new take on sushi although I must say I still prefer the traditional version when you go into this small, no frills sushi bar and you have an older, Japanese chef cutting fish in front of you with extra care and love. 
And if you would like to know more what I`m talking about here is one of my favourite documentaries: Jiro Dreams of Sushi about the life of the greatest sushi chef in the world.

Alina Anghel.xx
Follow on Bloglovin
Yashin Sushi Bar on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Today`s Outfit: Autumn Colours

floral blouse
floral blouse
floral blouse
floral blouse
autumn outfit
autumn outfit
autumn outfit
autumn outfit
autumn outfit
(Vintage red cardigan from Paris, Asos floral blouse, River Island jeans, Zara nude flats, Asos bag)

This is probably my first proper autumn outfit post for this year. As much as I could try to fool myself fall has finally arrived in London, the days are shorter, colder, and it rains...A LOT. 
Last weekend we paid a visit to a farmer`s market and picked up a few veggies and a few cronuts to balance things off. If you haven`t heard of them, cronuts are this devilish delicious mix between a doughnut and a croissant. I didn`t get to take a photo of them as I was too busy licking my fingers but if you want to know how they look like this HERE should give you a pretty good idea. Got your attention now huh?
Apparently they`re already quite big in the US but they`ve only just arrived here in the UK which means they aren`t the easiest thing to find around. But the one thing I don`t lack is determination in finding a good dessert. 
All in all I want 2 more or 3..or 4.

Alina Anghel.xx
Follow on Bloglovin

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Travel: Bangkok and Phuket

bangkok photos
Very excited for my next travel destination: Thailand! The boy and I we`ll be heading out to Bangkok and Phuket for New Year`s Eve and I have already started making a huge list with all the things I want to do, in particular shopping in Bangkok! 
Asia is by far my favourite continent at the moment, the amazing street food, the cheap shopping, the turquoise beaches, what else can a girl ask for?

Have you been to Thailand? Any suggestions of places I should check out?

Alina Anghel.xx
Follow on Bloglovin

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Delicious London: Pollen Street Social

One of the best things of living in London is that you`re always spoiled with huge varieties of fashion, music, shopping, and of course food. 
A while back we visited for lunch Pollen Street Social which has become one of the new, sought after dinning places in London.
I really enjoyed the slow cooked egg, mushroom on toast and chicken skin crumble for starter. It was absolutely delicious and I could definitely have one of those again.
pollen street social slow cooked egg
pollen street social pork belly
For main I had the fish (I think it was bream) and my boyfriend had the pork belly with black pudding. I wasn`t a massive fan of my fish so I kinda ate most  some of my boyfriend`s dish. Hey, a girl has to do what she has to do.
pollen street social fish bream
And my favourite part: the desserts. I had their famous PBJ made from peanut parfait, cherry sorbet and more peanuts. It definitely sucks if you have a nuts allergy. The other dessert I had my boyfriend had was the chocolate ganache with Pedro Ximenez, banana ice cream and, wait for it..., nuts!
pollen street social PBJ
pollen street social pedro ximenez
pollen street social
Overall I think it was a nice lunch experience although we did expect more for a Michelin starred restaurant. The starter still remains my favourite thing from the menu.

Have you guys been here?

Alina Anghel.xx
Pollen Street Social on Urbanspoon
Follow on Bloglovin

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

New on Instagram: September & October

instagram photos
1st row: Christmas decorations are in full swing at John Lewis- can`t believe it`s almost that time of the year again!/ Chocolate cake at Medlar/ 2 new fashion books that I`m excited to read
2nd row: New chunky necklace from Asos/ Favourite new lunch-chicken bento/ One of the best places to shop in London- Liberty
3rd row: Roses at Four Seasons in Marrakech/ Strolling at the Majorelle gardens in Marrakech/ Yves Saint Laurent memorial
4th row: Dinner outfit/ Best swimming pool at Four Seasons/ Another outfit for dinner at one of the riads in Marrakech

Alina Anghel.xx
Follow on Bloglovin

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Travel in Style: Marrakech Photo Diary

I`ve been talking a lot about how amazing Marrakech is so today I`m just gonna let the photos speak for themselves. The first few photos are details and surroundings from our hotel. We stayed at the beautiful Four Seasons Marrakech which was beyond amazing and the perfect place for our relaxing holiday. 
Below you can see the view we had every morning when having breakfast.
Part of our balcony.
Our lovely bathroom.
Loved how exotic the hotel looked at night.
Also there were loads of red roses around the hotel so everywhere it literally smelled like roses!
One of the best experiences we had in Marrakech was the belly dancing show we got to see on one of the nights. My bf especially loved it and I`m trying to convince him to take belly dancing classes.
We couldn`t leave Morocco without visiting the beautiful Majorelle Gardens that have been restored by Yves Saint Laurent and where his ashes where scattered. It`s hard to capture the beauty of this place through photos as everything is so wide and complex, definitely a must-see if you`re there.
I`ve always loved mint tea so Morocco was the perfect place for me.
I`ll definitely be missing the hot, dimly lit, late dinners in various riads in the Medina. And let`s not forget the food...the amazing food.

Alina Anghel.xx
Follow on Bloglovin