Lebanese is one of my favourite cuisines (among Italian, Mexican and Indian, obvs!) so I’ve been dying to try Yalla Yalla for quite some time now. I’ve heard many good things about this little restaurant from recommendations from people I know and cyber recommendations, i.e. pictures on Instagram. I may have searched the hashtag on Instagram and spent about half an hour of my time scrolling (and double tapping) people’s #instafood pics. Worst decision ever if you’re a Starvin’ Marvin.
Lebanese is a great cuisine for veggie choice. We picked a few dishes to share, like salad, falafel, hummus etc and then assembled them in a bread to eat it as a wrap.
Warning: this is messy food and maybe one to skip if you’re going with someone you want to impress, as let me warn you, you will drop half of the food down your brand new skirt and you will end up with herbs in between every other tooth. Not that this happened to me or anything!
Location & Atmosphere:
The atmosphere is friendly, chilled out and the perfect little lunch place, and is perfect for a quick bite to eat before heading out to the mad rush that is Oxford Street.
Shu-mazing factor – 7/10
I headed to Chelsea on Sunday with my sister, as I had kindly been invited by the lovely people at The Phene to review the pub for my blog. If you have seen even one episode of Made in Chelsea you will recognise this place. It’s where they cure their hangovers with countless Bloody Marys after a night out and have a natter about the yesterday’s events. I went for the exact same reason, except my “big night” was listening to 3 whole episodes of Serial (obsessed!) whilst eating Nutella, straight out of the jar – really living life on the edge!
Anyway back to The Phene.
My first impressions of The Phene was of a relaxed, friendly pub, with shelves that are loaded with vintage books (which made my geeky heart very happy) and people playing a game of cards whilst catching up with friends.
To start I had the grilled broccoli florets with harrisa hummus and mint yoghurt and I have one word to describe it – yum. I seriously never knew broccoli, whom I have had a love/hate relationship with, could taste so good. My sister had the Ministrone soup to start and for mains we both had good old macaroni and cheese (a Sunday lunch staple) followed by an Oreo cheesecake for pudding.
As a vegetarian, going to pubs can get a bit tedious, as there’s only so much vegetable lasagne one can take. Therefore The Phene got a massive thumbs up from me for having more then 2 veggie options on the menu, including a vegetarian roast on Sundays. Location:
It’s in the heart of Chelsea – need I say more? The only negative thing about the location is that it’s about a 20 minute walk from any tube station. Not so much of a problem for the lucky locals but a slight problem for all of us non-Chelseans, who can’t quickly pop in for a quick drink with friends. One day eh?!
Shu-mazing factor – 7/10
*Although I was invited by The Phene to review the pub, all opinions are my own.
To say that I’m excited for Christmas would be an understatement. I’ve been humming Christmas carols since the fall of the first leaf and have Michael Buble’s Christmas album on repeat on my iPod.
London is a wonderful place to shop all year round. Trust me, I have enough experience! However, add the magic of Christmas and you will be lost in London’s festive shops for hours.Christmas shopping in London is one of my favourite festive activities to get me in the mood. It holds many childhood memories for me as every year my family and I used to head to Oxford Street to see the lights, the magical window displays, eat chestnuts which used to be sold at every corner of Oxford Street (why did this stop?!) and then end the day at every child’s dream, Hamleys.
So now, as soon as the lights are switched on, I head to all of my favourite spots to start the hunt for the perfect presents and check out London’s festive makeover. So, I’ve put together a guide and some tips on Christmas shopping in the capital.
First stop, Selfridges
The Christmas windows at Selfridges never disappoint. It’s worth a visit to Selfridges for their Christmas windows alone. Each window tells a story, one so beautifully done that you can seriously get lost in there for hours, until a group of tourists stand in front of the window for pictures that is. This year it’s extra magical, as the theme is classic fairy tales!
The department store itself is well prepared for the festive season, with even the beauty counters (hello Jo Malone!) stunningly decorated. The Christmas shop is on the top floor and this year the most impressive gift idea is the personalised Nutella jar from only £3.50. A perfect, fool proof present for anyone, unless you are buying for someone with a nut allergy, then it’s probably best to stay away!
Selfridges Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 8/10
As soon as you enter Liberty, you’re immediately greeted with mini Christmas trees, which I had to price myself away from buying! The Liberty Christmas shop should be your stop if you’re in need (or you just want) of some beautiful decorations for your tree and home. However, most ornaments are on the pricey side, it is Liberty after all! My top tip is to buy a few expensive baubles and show them off at the front of your tree and then buy cheaper, plastic ones from supermarkets as fillers for your tree.
Liberty Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 7/10
Harrods at Christmas should be renamed Christmas land. Harrods, in my opinion, has the most magical Christmas shop out of all three department stores, so much so that I think even Buddy the Elf would be impressed. They have the perfect mix of traditional toys and stunning ornaments and a completely separate section for Christmas home-ware. If you happen to be reading this Father Christmas, I’ll take one of everything thank you! I’m sure he reads blog no?
Harrods Christmas Shu-mazing factor – 9/10