Friday, 28 June 2013

Review: "Eat Your Way Around the World"

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If there's one thing I miss about India [besides family, food, noise, vibrancy and the general palava all over the place] it's the huge American style malls that seem to be cropping up everywhere and the grand food courts they entail. Yes okay, Westfields and a handful of others have cottoned on to the idea (Thurrock's is particularly impressive), but they boast not even a fraction of the variety you find in say the Oberoi or Inorbit malls of Mumbai. Lets face it, deciding what to eat in large groups [read indecisive families] can always be tricky and ultimately result in a compromise. The solution? The Indian food court - buy what you want from wherever you want yet be able to enjoy your respective meals together.

And as we Indians go, we're well accustomed to the 'queue up for your food' system. If you don't believe me, tell me if YOU've ever been to an Indian wedding with table service...? Nahhhh, table service, what's that? We're pretty used to queuing and waiting our turn pushing and shoving to raid a buffet and pile our plates sky high. So I guess it comes as no surprise that as far as the new Jimmy's World Grill in Watford goes... well it's a smashhit success, with my bunch at least. Remember this post? Let's say Jimmy's is the perfectly cross-bred child of Elaichi and the Red Hot World Buffet - countless variety, value for money and best of all, a chocolate fountain! Give it a try if you haven't already, it is Friday after all. 

Happy weekend guys!

SL xx

Thursday, 27 June 2013


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Fear not, for I am back for bigger and better things - and this time for keeps - it is summer after all and whether it's a BBQ on the beach or a picnic in the park, a holiday from heaven or a garden party to gloat about, whether it's sandcastles or sunglasses, ice-creams or iced coffees, there's something we all love about the sunshine finally being around! 

So here's hoping you've started your summers off with a bang - 'til t'morrow, xoxo

SL xx

Thursday, 6 June 2013

And then there's gourmet @ gabriel's

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So I've been mulling over just how long it feels since I last wrote here with some semblance of regularity and whilst pouring over past posts, it dawned on me that I left you right here, on an incomplete walk along London's Southbank. Now, if Saturday was about the speediest sofa supper one can muster, today is about identifying what is irrefutably Italian in essence - Pizza Margherita at Gourmet Pizza Company. Now, don't get me wrong 'cause I'm all for doughy American crusts, rich Pizza Hut pizza sauce and an overload of melted, oozing cheese (mmmmmm) but it can be nice sometimes to go authentic too. This one, and Franco Manco's have stolen my heart. 

SL. x

Visit Gourmet Pizza Company at 56 Upper Ground, Gabriel's Wharf, London SE1 9PP

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Impromptu Pauses... and Petits Pizzas

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A pinch and punch for the first of the month, happy June guys! And on that note... since when does the year go January, April, June anyway?!? Long time no see is a helluvan-understatement if ever I heard one... so hey, how are y'all doing and what has everyone been up to? I'm guessing nothing as jaw-droppingly thrilling, mind-bogglingly enthralling nor outrightly outrageous as how I've spent my May (which would be, urm, binge eating, job-searching + watching reruns of "Desperate Housewives", before you rush to judgement...). 

BUT summer's finally here and I [hope I] am back with a bang; I've a line up of all posts fun, funny and funky... but let's talk Friday nights first. 

It's been a long week, you've had a bad day and you're hungry enough to eat the moulding cheese knocking around your fridge drawer (you're too tired to throw it out, of course). Delivery times are ludicrous and let's be honest, you don't want to risk ordering from the local Chinese, lest you strangle somebody down the phone. Alas, ever had THAT Friday feeling?! 

Solution:(ignore fancy looking vegetables please, these are from lunch earlier in the day):

1. Split slightly stale breakfast muffins in half. N.B. pittas, tortillas and two-day-old-really-chewy-baguettes also do the trick. Just keep it mini.

2. Cover with tomato puree, a small sprinkle of sugar (balances the sourness) and toppings of your choice (which can just be a slice of cheese - preferably not a moulding one though - if you're feeling that worse for wear) and flash under a hot grill for 5 mins MAXIMUM. 

3. Voila. Slump, switch on tele and watch weeks worth of Desperate Housewives/Big Bang Theory/Everybody Loves Raymond reruns. 
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SL x


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