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…Happy New Year!

17 Jan

Guys and dolls, I know it’s grossly late but I’d love to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!  I hope and pray that 2013 is full of greatness for you and it exceeds all of your expectations!

Apologies for being MIA but it has been a busy time for me personally as well as the awesome force that is Ladies Wot Brunch.  We have a lot of amazing things lined up for 2013 so watch this space.  More details to follow shortly…

xoxo

Obama fo’ yo’ mama! Well done Mr President!

7 Nov

We just want to say a huge congratulations to Barack Obama for successfully gaining a second term in power in the US of A!

Now let’s celebrate with cheesecake, mimosas and grape soda… Whoop!

7 Nov

Showing some love to those who show us luuuurve!

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This is a public announcement to all the fabulous ladies who enjoy the thought of eating and nattering during the half time between breakfast and lunch. My girl has decided to create a blog called For Ladies Wot Brunch which gives a detailed review of the hot spots around London and whether they live up to their reputation. Alas, you may even see yours truly appearing in some of the blog pictures!

So if you are lacking inspiration as to where to go for brunch, why not give this blog a try?

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With Love From Friends – Way Back When!

4 Nov

WLFF 'WAY BACK WHEN' FUNDRAISING PARTY

Boys and girls!  Stop what you’re doing and pay attention!  With Love From Friends (WLFF) are back with an event!

Way Back When is this year’s charity bonanza, promising an evening of oversized afros and geeky glasses, twister, jenga and of course nostalgic muzaaak!

But what is WLFF I hear you ask?  Well, it is a charity started by a group of amazing women (some of whom are beautiful members of the Brunch Club!) who decided to stand up, take action and give back.  The ladies are dedicated to the advancement of quality education in Nigeria, through assisting charities and community school projects to raise funds and provide basic educational resources.  AMAZING RIGHT?!  Each year they host a big and bashy charity event and this year is no exception.  It promises to be an awesome evening, which hopefully will raise tons for Bethesda Child Support Agency, an inspiring Nigerian non-profit organisation.

We support.  So should you!

For more information visit the website here and the Facebook group here

Happy Birthday to US!!!

3 Sep

Yes!  Today For Ladies Wot Brunch – The Brunch Club is a year old!

Many thanks to all our readers, twitter followers and of course a special thanks goes to the Ladies Wot Brunch themselves, who have brought such joy, happiness, gist and fabulous fashion to my life!  Tee hee hee!

I love you all!  Many more blessed years to come!  Hoorah!

Check out some of our highlights over the last year –

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For Ladies Wot Brunch… In Madrid! Video snippet

15 Jul

The Brunch Club recently ventured to the Spanish capital and we had a fantastic time!

Here’s a video snippet of the post to come…

My Public Love Affair avec L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon!

10 Jul

So a friend and I went to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon on a whim a coupla weeks ago.  We needed somewhere to eat near Holborn and it was the first suggestion.  Thank God we heeded this piece of fabulous advice!

Everything was on point – from the 3 layer fois gras, port reduction and parmesan foam amuse bouche (amaaazing!) to my mini fois gras and beef Robuchon burgers (deeelicious)  I lapped up every single thing that was presented to me like a french piglette!

I must apologise to my dinner date who was not amused by the random noises I made whilst lapping EVERYTHING up; it came from a place beyond normal dinner etiquette…  The food is seriously out of this world!

Apart from the world renowned purée potatoes which had me squealing like a giddy little girl, my favourite dish of the evening was dessert – Chocolat Tendance – Creamy Manjari chocolate, bitter chocolate sorbet and Oreo cookie crumb.  I don’t think there are any non-orgasmic-related adjectives to describe the culinary delight.  So I’ll just say it.  It was orgasmic!

Without sounding like the star-crossed Joël Robuchon-obsessed diner that I quite obviously am(!), I would strongly recommend the restaurant!  From the amazing food we ordered, to the plethora of in-between-surprises such as the pre-dessert raspberry coulis, pancotta and butter crumble cup and post-dessert petit fours, the evening was a foodie’s dream. I can’t comment on the price as I was lucky enough to be treated, but whatever it costs, it would have been well worth it.  2 Michelin Stars baby!  I’ll definitely be returning…

Délicieux!

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PLEASE BEAR WITH ME!  SEVERAL POSTS TO COME SHORTLY!!!

Chin Chin Labs… Unadulterated Fun in the Sun!

12 Jun

A few weeks ago, you would have been right to assume that summer had arrived in the British Capital.  London was awash with sunshine, smiles and stunner shades and we loved it!  But alas, the sun has since disappeared 😦 however, the memories live on!

While the sun shone, and the weather was sweet I discovered Chin Chin Labs, an ice cream parlour which creates weird and wacky frozen flavours using liquid nitrogen!  The parlour located in the eccentric Camden Lock, North London welcomed us after a spot of shopping and did not disappoint on the refreshment front.  The ice cream making process looked like a science experiment and I can’t lie: co-founder Ahrash Akbari-Kalhur resembled a nutty professor!  The lab was alive with the sound of humming machines and the smell of pop flavours!

My fellow Brunch Clubber Bami and I played it safe and went for raw vanilla pod ice cream but we jazzed it up with the toppings – Bami with chocolate sauce and hazlenut sprinkles and myself with raspberry coulis and candy poppers!

My sister was a bit more adventurous and went for the flavour of the month – mango upside down cake, topped with salted caramel sauce and honeycomb.  Divine!!!

We ate our fast-frozen creations in the seating area outside, listening to old skool jams being played by the dj-cum-market stall owner, and mused on the popular Gilgamesh and Shaka Zulu restaurants which are located directly opposite the parlour, all whilst basking in the unadulterated sun.

Sigh!  The sunshine memory lives on, although the ice cream taste probably needs refreshing so you can find me at Chin Chin Labs: it’s going down!

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Jubilee Weekend!

5 Jun

Hi folks!

This weekend we have been celebrating the Diamond Jubilee, which marks 60 years of the Queen’s reign in United Kingdom.  It’s been a joyous bank holiday and today is the last of a 4 day weekend! Wah wah waaaaah! 😦

There have been street parties up and down the country and I got involved in a little outdoor celebration myself.  Check it out!

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Finally, I’d like to send my condolences to the 153 people who lost their lives in the tragic Dana Airlines plane crash on Sunday 3rd June 2012 in Lagos, Nigeria.  This has hit especially close to home as I am of Nigerian descent and know people who have lost their nearest and dearest in the accident.

May the souls of the departed rest in peace and may the cuplrits responsible for this tragedy be brought to justice.

Food Haul!

5 Jun

I’ve become a fan of youtube vlogs: video blogs which talk about any and everything!  My favourite vloggers including Britpop Princess, Fabulasity is Me and Lover4 Fashion (I’m slightly obsessed with her) always do themed hauls, short videos showing you their latest shoes, summer garments or make up purchases.  And I became inspired!  They love all things fabulous and fashion and I love food.  And so the Food Haul was born!

So what have I been obsessing over and scoffing of late?  Well the following have made the list!

1. Innocent Juices and Smoothies

Delicious, thirst quenching and they contribute to my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day!  Fantastic!  The smooth orange juice has become a firm staple in my fridge, both at home and at work.  But on a recent love yourself late day (whenever I miss my train on my morning commute, I’ll treat myself to Starbucks 🙂 ) I decided to try something new and picked up the orange, mangoes and pineapple bottled smoothie.  I’ve been hooked ever since!  Unfortunately, they do not sell this particular variety in bottles in the supermarket and you can only get the kiddie sized cartons(!)  But so long as I have my morning smoothie burst, I’m a happy bunny.

For those of you who don’t like banana based smoothies, you should definitely check out the kiwi, apple and lime variety, which not only tastes yummy, but looks gross-green enough to convince people watching you drink it that you’re on some super healthy liquid diet!  Hahahaha!

2. Border Dark Chocolate Gingers

Someone brought a packet of these into work and I believe I was partially responsible for the box being finished by the end of the day!  They’re so moreish!  The ginger packs a punch on the palette and the chocolate is truly bittersweet.  Yummy!

3. Automat Mixed berry pancakes

Since the first time my lovely friend introduced me to Automat, I’ve not been able to stay away…  One of the hardest decisions of my food life was which pancake should I go for?  Strawberry or Blueberry?  I was torn: it was a war of the berries!  But this decision has since been eradicated from my life by the introduction of the mixed berry pancakes, with the usual generious lashings of maple syrup.  They’re so good!

4. Paul Raspberry Macaroons

I’m not claiming they’re the best BUT they really did the trick the other day when I had an hour to burn in Notting Hill.  Juicy and huge!  For the Holy Grail of macaroons, you’ve gotta try Pierre Hermé but Paul Macaroons come in as a close and accessible second.

5. Indomie Noodles

This is my final guilty pleasure.  Oh my word where have these noodles been all my life??!!  While many of my friends stocked up on these and similar noodles during university, I stayed away from the cheap, fast food.  I’d never been a noodle fan, and not even a limited student budget was going to change that.  However, I recently had a plate of Indomie cooked up for me.  As the fork full of the stuff approached my mouth, I began to imagine how disgusting it was going to taste and closed my eyes to help soften the blow.  But surprisingly, the first, second, fifteenth and finally the last forkful went down an absolute treat!

Indomie noodles can be found in most major supermarkets in the world foods section (although it’s a lot cheaper in Asian/Afro-Caribbean food markets), come in a variety of flavours (well it comes with satchets of flavouring) and can be bought indivually or in bulk (bulk buy in the market only!).  My favourite and the most popular is the chicken flavour.

After my first encounter, I approached with caution and bought four packets to test the product again and see if it was a fluke or if I really had changed my anti-noodle ways.  It wasn’t a fluke.  A week later, my boot was full of noodles.

And I’ve been cooking them ever since!  For something quick and easy, get creative and experiment!  My favourite concoction thus far is mixed vegetables, onions, prawns and eggs.  But my sister makes a mean seafood and vegetable indomie mix.  Mmmmmmmm!

And that’s it!  What’s been tickling your taste buds of late?

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