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    Saturday, 20 May 2017

    THE NEW BRUNCH MENU AT OBICA

    When an email drops in your inbox inviting you to an Italian style brunch, it's rude not to bite their hand off, right?

    Obicà have just launched their new ‘Food to Share’ weekend Brunch Menu so I couldn't wait to get down there to try it and tell you guys.

    You might have heard of Obica before, and if you haven't - you need to get to know as it's the world's first Mozzerella bar and the food is incredible. 

    The new weekend brunch showcases Obicà’s signature Mozzarella di Bufala DOP in dishes designed for sharing, celebrating the owner's passion for authentic Italian cuisine.
    You can order individual dishes from the menu or make the most of their fantastic value set menu. For £22 you'll get a main dish and side salad plus dessert and unlimited filter coffee or tea (which for South Kensington is an absolute steal!)

    We went to town on the menu, starting with the Fried Mozzarella sandwich

    A heavy, comforting dish (which oddly also tastes a little sweet) - it's super rich so order one between you
    Quinoa and lamb’s lettuce salad topped with Mozzarella, avocado, baked tomatoes and blueberries

    As tasty as it is pretty...
    Perfectly poached eggs were a favourite piled high with proscuitto, creamy burrata & roasted artichokes
    Served alongside a curly kale salad topped with ricotta, pomegranate seeds, toasted pine nuts & baked tomatoes

    Light and simple to really showcase the creamy flavour of the ricotta.
    Make sure you save a little room for pud.

    You could order the fruit salad but when there are homemade Italian doughnuts on offer, why would you?

    Go for the taster platter so you get one of each flavour. All topped with Ricotta and decorated with mixed berries, chocolate and honey & orange.
    Simple, delicious and SO affordable. A big thumbs up from me. 

    The new brunch menu is available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am until 3pm at the South Kensington, Charlotte Street, St Paul’s and Poland Street restaurants. Get booking now!

     Obica
    96 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London 
    SW3 3AD

    * We were invited to Obica. Our food was complimentary 
    Opinions are all honest
    Obicà Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Thursday, 18 May 2017

    REVEALED: THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE PERFECT SUMMER READ

    At the start of 2017, I set myself some goals. Some of them I've smashed (taking up a weekly exercise class - tick) but others (like reading a new book each month) - not so much...

    Which is actually really annoying because it's the one I wanted to do the most. A big part of the problem is time. I drive to work so there's no chance for reading on my commute and I just can't seem to dedicate my evenings to reading when I'm trying to juggle emails, blog-post writing and photo editing. All whilst trying to maintain some form of social life (but that's another story...)

    The main problem though is trying to find the right kind of book to read. Sometimes I'll pick something I think I'll like but then I just can't seem to get into it...and it turns out that's actually now been backed up by science!

    To celebrate the launch of The Obsession, the latest release from number one best-selling author Nora Roberts, The Little Brown Book company conducted a study to see if there's a difference between the books people think they enjoy and those that actually produce a positive physiological reactions.

    How did they do it?
    So they invited 50 participants down to London and asked each person to read excerpts from a range of genres (including crime thrillers and romance) all whilst their body language, pulse and arousal responses were measured by a psychologist.

    Each participant also completed a five-point questionnaire about how the books made them feel and the results were measured and scrutinised by the expert researchers.

    And the results?
    Well, it turns out the body and the brain do react differently. Books which people report to be really into actually performed worse when it came to the physical emotions they conveyed when reading them.

    Take Fifty Shades for example - despite selling over 100 million copies, it came out bottom in the tests...even a bloody Jamie Oliver cookbook got pulses racing quicker!

    So what exactly is the winning formula?
    Romantic Suspense. This style of book is meant to keep readers interested and immersed with elements of surprise, whilst softening any last feelings of anxiety with moments of passion and romance...which is exactly what The Obsession delivers.

    I've just started reading it and I'm hooked already. The dialogue is snappy, the characters are complex and the story-line has the right balance of tension and intrigued. I had planned to take it on holiday with me but I think I'll be finished by the end of the week! It's in stores now and well worth the read (and that's a scientific fact!)
    * This post was sponsored by the Little Brown Book Group

    Friday, 12 May 2017

    CAN PRE-MIXED COCKTAILS STAND UP AGAINST THE REAL DEAL?

    I'm just going to get straight down to it - the answer is yes. yes they can. BUT I'm not talking about Pina Colada in a can here, I've discovered something wayyy better and I can't wait to tell you guys about it!

    Let me introduce you to the new Funkin Cocktails 'Funkin Shakers' (try saying that after a few martinis).

    You might have come across the Funkin Cocktail range before. They create high-quality cocktail purees, juices and mixers which are ideal bases for making cocktails at home (you know the ones I mean right?) I'd only have seen them in pouches or cartons but they've gone one step better and launched this new range which is set to revolutionise the way you make cocktails at home!

    Each shaker contains enough ingredients to make four cocktails and they come in three delicious flavours: Skinny Mojito, Passionfruit Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri.

    The base of the drinks are all pre-mixed so you don't need to worry about measuring anything out or investing in strange ingredients you'll never use again (I'm talking to you Angostura Bitters). All you do is top up the right spirit (usually vodka or rum), add some ice...
    Give it a good shake (the best bit of cocktail making)...
    And then you're ready to go! They are SO quick and easy to use, plus you don't have to do any washing up #TheDream.
    So far, Passion Fruit Martini has been my favourite because I ADORE Pornstar Martinis BUT I've been massively impressed with the skinny cocktail range too. The Skinny Mojito only contains 100 calories including the rum but still tastes just as good as a regular one. All that, plus you can pick them up from your local Tesco for just £4 - so what are you waiting for! 

    * This post was sponsored by Funkin Cocktails
    Always Drink Responsibly 

    Tuesday, 2 May 2017

    THE ONLY COCKTAIL YOU'LL BE DRINKING THIS SPRING: STRAWBERRY FROSE

    You can always rely on the good old British Bank Holiday weather to throw a spanner in your blog post schedule, can't you?

    Because I really wanted it to be sunny when I shared this one with you. I really really did. Because somehow this recipe doesn't really work with the rain lashing down outside as I write it. It only really works if you're imagining hot, summer BBQ weather...so unless the sun shows up when this post goes live, I'm going to have to ask you guys to *imagine* it - okay?

    Imagine it's hot and sunny and you want the perfect cocktail to cool yourself down with. Well guys, I have it: Strawberry Frose.

    I stumbled across the idea of 'Frose' (Frozen Rose, duh!) last year and I've been kind of obsessed with it ever since. 

    It's changed my opinion of rose, elevating it from the tacky 'fiver a bottle' stuff that I used to drink when I was 19 into this effortlessly cool, delicious summery drink.

    I've experimented with a few different recipes but THIS one is my absolute fav. It uses a splash of gin to give it a kick, a twist of lemon for sharpness and a hit of sugar syrup to sweeten.

    All that plus a good helping of fresh strawberries to really move it up a gear. We're SO lucky that we have access to great-tasting strawberries for most of the year here in the UK. The ones in supermarkets at the moment likely come from Morocco or Spain and they're packed with flavour and perfect to use ahead of the British berry season!
    What you'll need
    - 1 bottle of Rose wine
    - 8-10 fresh strawberries
    - 50ml Molin sugar syrup
    -  50ml Strawberry Gin (you can use unflavoured too!)
    - Juice of 1/2 Lemon

    What you'll need to do
    1. Pour your rose into an ice cube tray or baking try and pop in the freezer overnight. Don't worry - it won't freeze solid because of the alcohol content!
    2. When you’re ready to make the cocktail, hull and roughly slice your strawberries. 
    3. Add the strawberries, rose, sugar syrup, lemon juice and gin into a blender and blitz for a couple of seconds 
    4. Pour into martini glasses, top with lemon zest and enjoy!
    It's super refreshing and it totally embodies everything I love about Spring!...now we just have to wait for the sun to show up - cheers!
    * This post was sponsored by Seasonal Berries
    Always drink responsibly