Thursday, 28 May 2015

Michelin star lunch in Berlin at Pauly Saal

During our stay in Berlin we decided to have 1 last big bang meal before we left so we headed over to Pauly Saal to try their lunch deal. The venue is very impressive and has a lovely old school charm with a modern twist which can also be seen in the menu as each dish is a modern reinterpretation of something classical.
The starters were definitely the stars of the meal. The salmon tartare was packed with amazing flavours and the radish salad was very refreshing and delicious.
pauly saal starter
pauly saal restaurant review The lamb as a main was beautifully cooked and definitely the winner between the two main dishes.
pauly saal review
The baked chicken is one of their popular dishes and although it was nice it didn`t really feel like a Michelin star chicken :). 
pauly saal food
I don`t remember how the dessert was called on the menu but there was a lot of rhubarb, ginger, and some chocolate. Very light and refreshing.
berlin michelin star restaurant
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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Best sources for blog posts inspiration

1. Pinterest
Pinterest can be a great way of finding inspiration for your next blog post in a visual and fun way especially around topics of food, fashion, crafts & DIY, and travel.

2. Bloglovin
Bloglovin is one of my favourites for finding inspiration as you can easily go through the most popular content of a certain blog niche such as home decor and see what other people have loved reading from other blogs and can give me ideas of new topics.
best sources for blog posts inspiration
3. StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon and similar content discovery platforms can provide some good content ideas although sometimes you might need to dig through a lot of junk to get to the good ones.

As the name suggests, topinspired can be a good inspiration for "top" type of articles especially around the areas of food, home, travel, style.
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5. Other blogs
Reading other blogs on a regular basis can be a great way of finding new content ideas for your next outfit post, recipe, or tips.

6. Magazines
I love looking through magazines for ideas especially through print ones. When I fly I tend to buy a mix from the traditional women`s magazines to the more quirky, artistic ones.

7. Readers survey
What better way of coming up with new blog posts than running a short Q&A to find out what type of posts do your readers enjoy the most or that they feel is missing from your blog.

8. Social media
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Instagram can be great for photography or topics inspiration.

9. Google news, trends, alerts
Setting up alerts around keywords that you`re interested means that you can be reactive with your content before everyone else starts posting.

10. Wikihow
Good "how to" type of articles always tend to do well in terms of visits and engagement and Wikihow can be a great source of inspiration for topics.
where to find inspiration for blog posts
11. Brainstorming
Blogging can be sometimes a lonely job and after a while it can be difficult for anyone to keep coming with new, creative ideas. If you can try to have a brainstorming session with a friend, boyfriend for new ideas.

12. Analytics
Your site analytics can be a gold mine for inspiration of new topics by looking of what previous type of articles have been successful with your readers.

13. Keyword planner
The Google keyword planner is a very useful tool for finding out what people are searching for. Avoid too general topics though as most likely there are already a lot of articles around that and look for more specific searches.
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14. Offline networking, conferences, exhibitions
Networking events, conferences, exhibitions can be a good way of disconnecting from your computer and finding inspiration from events and people around you.

15. Buzzsumo
Buzzsumo and similar sites that show you what content is the most popular online around certain topics/keywords can be great for finding out what other people find interesting.

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

The wrap around skirt

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& Other Stories has become one of my favourite high street shops. I love the minimalist design and the high quality of products. Even the prices are slightly higher than other high street brands I feel like their products are very good value for money. When I was in Copenhagen and Stockholm I fell in love with the clean, minimalist street style that women had and I love seeing more and more brands in UK adopting this as well. 
On another note, I`ve booked a few trips for the next 2 months. I`ll be heading to Algarve in Portugal next weekend for a bit of sunshine, then going to San Sebastian in Spain at the beginning of July for a foodie fest, and then a week after to Romania for another foodie fest and a quick escape to the mountains.

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Where to find the best independent coffee in London

Since it`s Monday morning what better way to start the week than with a round up of the best independent coffee shops in London?! The coffee from independent coffee shops is so much better than the poor quality one provided by the big chains and although on a Friday morning I might give in to a chain coffee, on Monday morning I definitely need a good cup of high quality coffee.

1. Kaffeine
Kaffeine is my personal favourite because 1. they do amazing coffee and 2. they are close to my office, which means I`ve pretty much become a regular in the mornings there.
best coffee in london
2. Fernandez & Wells
Great coffee and great tapas, this is a favourite of mine for lunch.

3. Monmouth coffee
I`ve queued up for about 40 mins for a cup of this coffee and it was worth it but as you pretty much always need to queue up it`s not really the place to go for your daily coffee before work.
best independent coffee in london
Source: monmouth
4. Workshop Coffee Co
With a few locations around London this place is consistently good.

5. Flat White
Australian inspired coffee shop with beautiful coffee.

6. Bar Termini
£1 espressos served Italian style.
best coffee shop in london
7. The Espresso Room
Another great place for espresso lovers.

8. Lantana
Australian inspired cafe, I often go here for lunch as I love their salads, coffee, and freshly squeezed orange juice.
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9. Federation Coffee
Brixton Village is a foodie paradise and Federation Coffee provides you with the perfect boost to keep going.

10. The Attendant
Famous for its toilet inspired interior this place does some pretty good coffee. Although it can definitely become a bit awkward if you`re having a business meeting and it looks like you`re drinking from a toilet :).
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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Dining with the business crowd at Coya London

Situated in Green Park, Coya is very popular with the business crowd. The dishes are more on the pricey side for a la carte but well executed. I would recommend going there for lunch as they do a lunch set menu which is a bargain. 
We started off with yellowtail with green chilli and radish which was delicious and one of my favourite dishes of the night. The fish was of very good quality and the sauce very delicate.
coya london
Chicken tacos were ok however I`m more of a fish tacos fan myself but unfortunately they didn`t have them on the menu.
coya london restaurant review
They also do a range of marinated skewers on the grill which are great, who can refuse a bit of BBQ? We went for the grilled prawns which were finger licking delicious.
coya restaurant review
The chicken wings were also amazing and by this point we pretty much forgot we had forks and knife and we were going for it with our hands.
coya london review
The pork ribs are one of their most popular dishes and pretty much everyone around us had a plate. Although they were nice I thought they were a bit too dry and needed a bit more sauce. That`s what pork ribs are all about after all! :)
coya pork ribs
The grilled octopus was lovely and quite light.
coya food
For dessert I got the caramelised banana with rum which was lovely. I really loved that they had a relatively large list of desserts as I love ending the meal on a sweet note.
coya dessert

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

The stylish Berlin travel guide

stylish berlin travel guide
Where to stay:
  • We stayed at Waldorf Astoria which had a very central location and an amazing spa, however we found that there were limited food options in the area so we were always relying on taxis or public transport. 
where to stay in berlin
Where to eat:
  • For traditional German food we loved restaurant Florian and Ottenthal
  • For breakfast or a delicious brunch head to Cafe Wintergarten or Nest Cafe in Kreuzberg, both of them were fantastic
where to eat in berlin
  • For something more luxurious head to Pauly Saal where we had one of the best meals of the trip
  • Taverna Ousies does some amazing Greek food, very traditional and delicious
  • Something more upscale head to Das Lokal or La Soupe Populaire
  • For currywurst try Curry36 or for kebab (Berlin is famous for them!) head to Mustafa`s 
Things to do:
  • Visit the cool Kreuzberg area, do some shopping and check out the very affordable cafes
  • Check out some markets: Hackescher market, Markthalle Neun, Kollwitzplatz, Mauerpark, there are loads of them
things to do in berlin
  • Head for a cabaret show or if you feel like dancing, Berlin has some of the best nightclubs in Europe
  • Check out a few galleries and museums on Museum Island
  • Go to Hackesche Hofe and see the amazing street art near the Anne Frank museum
  • Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichstein, and Auguststrasse in Mitte were some of my favourite areas to just walk around and check out the cafes and boutiques
  • Visit Charlottenburg palace and its gardens
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Jeans kinda day

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This baggy jeans are probably one of the comfiest things I own and also come with an extra advantage: being able to eat as much as I want without feeling my dress is going to crack. I guess when you start thinking about utility of your clothing choices that`s when you know you`re getting old, and once you`re on that path there`s no way coming back. 
On another note, I`ve just come back from a long weekend in Devon and even though the weather was not great, it was good to get out of London. Towards the end of the month we`ll be heading to Algarve in Portugal so fingers crossed it will be sunny and warm. If you have any tips of things to do in the area let me know :).

Boyfriend jeans: Cheap Monday
Top: Asos
Leather jacket: Warehouse similar here or here
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Monday, 11 May 2015

Best desserts I`ve had while travelling

I LOVE desserts. Whenever I go to a restaurant the first thing I do is go to the dessert menu and see what they have. If it`s just a list of sorbets and cheese then I`m massively disappointed as I have a huge sweet tooth and I love finishing the meal with a bang. Writing this post was definitely a lot of fun for me and these desserts are my top 10 from my travels from the last 2 -3 years.

1. Banana parfait with pecan praline, raisins & rum in Oxfordshire at Sir Charles Napier
Sir Charles Napier holds 1 Michelin star but after that dessert in my eyes it deserves 3. The parfait went great with the pecans, raisins and rum. A flavour combination I could have any day of the week.
best desserts in oxfordshire
2. Tiramisu in Madeira at Belmond Reid
Hands down the best tiramisu I ever had. Once you crack that chocolate cover you`re in dessert heaven.
best dessert in madeira
3. Lemon tart at Hartnett & Holder, Limewood hotel in New Forest
The food at this place is beyond amazing and this lemon tart was one of the best I`ve ever had.
best dessert in new forest
4. Hot chocolate in Paris at Angelina
A hot chocolate so good it deserves to be on this list. I`m planning of going back to Paris this fall and this place will be on my top places to revisit.
best hot chocolate in paris
5. Banana cake, salted caramel ice cream, almonds & coconut flakes in Bangkok at Sra Bua, Siam Kempinski
Banana cake, caramel with coconut and almonds - from the moment I saw this on the menu I knew I`ll love this dessert.
best dessert in bangkok
6. Tiramisu in Florence at La Bottega del Buon Caffe
I love tiramisu and this one in Florence was beautiful although not as mind-blowing as the one I`ve had in Madeira.
best tiramisu in florence
7. Chocolate cake with cookies, raspberries, ice cream in Perth, Australia at Bread in Common
I wish I could remember the name of the dish exactly how it was on the menu but it was so long ago I can only remember the ingredients. This dessert was definitely the star of the meal. As it was a very hot night the raspberries, blueberries, and ice cream added a great freshness to the dish.
best dessert in perth
8. Snickers in Stockholm at Speceriet
Stockholm is a very expensive city and eating out can take a big bite of your travelling budget. However one of the great things about this Nordic city is that most Michelin star restaurants have a sister, more affordable option right next door and the food is amazing. The dinner we head at Speceriet was our favourite of the whole trip and especially loved this snickers inspired dessert.
best dessert in stockholm
9. Pistachio gelato in Venice at Vizio Virtu 
Pistachio is my favourite gelato flavour and the one I order the most. If you`re in Venice you need to try the Vizio Virtu gelato and chocolates - they`re amazing!
best gelato in venice
10. Daan taat in Hong Kong or Singapore
I love having these delicious egg custard tarts for dim sum on Sundays and one of the best I`ve had are the ones from Hong Kong or Singapore.
best daan taat in singapore

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