Friday, 21 March 2014

Weekly Love: Week 125 + 21% Off Sidebar Advertising

I'm going to start planning which of the fun and quirky cocktail bars I've read about that I'm going to visit the next time I'm in Los Angeles, and also officially add going wine tasting in Napa or Sonoma to my foodie travel to do list. Why? Because today is my 21st birthday! I arrived back in Kent last night so I could celebrate with my parents. As in my close group of best friends everyone but Kathryn's birthday are within a month of each others, we've already done some celebrating together, and I had a pre birthday lunch at Dishoom a few weekends ago with my London friends, I just wanted to keep it low key! We're just going out to one of my favourite local restaurants tonight. I'll try and take some photos for you all, but I do want a bit of a blog break today! However, to celebrate my 21st today if you enter the code BIRTHDAY21 at the checkout when buying blog advertising, you will get 21% off - today only, though! Right, I'm off to make myself a birthday breakfast.
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1. Bloody Mary late lunch meeting at Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House by Borough Market. | 2. A simply divine Morello Cherry Purée Fondant Doughnut from the Dum Dums Donutterie at Boxpark in Shoreditch. | 3. An early breakfast of Cherry Tomato, Red Onion & Rosemary Focaccia from Bread Ahead at Borough Market. | 4. An early birthday lunchtime feast at Dishoom in Shoreditch. | 5. Pre-birthday drinks on a sunny Sunday with Victoria & Jon outside Rough Trade on Brick Lane. | 6. Beautiful blossoms walking along Southbank.



Wagamamas
Last week on a busy Tuesday night a joined a group of other bloggers and their executive chef at Wagamamas on Wigmore Street as part of their #thewayofwagamama campaign. The idea is really to get people to try new things based on the tastes they already enjoy. How many of are are guilty of sitting down in Wagamamas and just ordering the Yaki Soba, Chicken Katzu Curry or the Duck Ramen? We were asked to inform the chef of our favourite dish off the menu before we arrived (I'm a Yaki Soba girl) and they presented us with a couple of dishes they thought we'd like based off of that idea. After a rice dish I was not a fan of, we discovered my favourite; the Raisukaree (above), a green curry chicken dish that I'd already stolen a fair bit off of Ellie's plate who had been given it first and was sitting next to me. This is what I'll be ordering in Wagamamas in future, as well as their plum wine served with sparking water which I also tried for the first time. 

Above we also have my little side dish of Kimchee I ate in about 5 minutes flat, while talking with my chopsticks (apparently I spent enough time living in Los Angeles to consider not only salt and pepper as basic and fundamental condiments, but kimchee and sriracha too!), and the delicious Chicken Chilli Ramen across the table I had serious envy of it was so pretty. Not pictured I was also a big fan of the delicious Chicken Firecracker, but that much chilli I don't think I'd manage if I'd ordered the whole thing, and the miso soup that I slurped down almost as quickly as I put away the kimchee. I know I usually don't write about chain restaurants, but I've already loved Wagamamas for their fresh flavours and ingredients, and I think it is a great place, especially if you don't live in London and have assess to our food scene to try new dishes and flavours. I'm pretty sure that my much loved local branch in Canterbury, for example, is pretty much the only place I could order my favourite fermented cabbage! 
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7. Hanna in action rolling my Korean Pulled Pork at Kimchinary, parked up at KERB King's Cross. | 8. That Monday, 5pm feeling at the end of a sunny day. | 9. My new tripod and I are really not friends. Some hints and tips would be much appreciated! | 10. Probably the best birthday cake I've ever had at The Savoy Grill for my friend Edward's birthday. | 11. 1/2 pint of prawns at Wright Brothers. | 12. Pineapples on the Sunday Brick Lane market.



What have you been enjoying this week, and what do you have planned for the weekend? I'm down in Kent as I took the train back last night for birthday celebrations today, I'll probably spend the weekend baking a few things for the blog and finishing stuff off for my next university deadline on Thursday, which also happens to be my last day of classes ever. Scary stuff, right?!

18 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday!!! Thank goodness you can now add cocktail bars and wine tasting to your next LA adventures, can't wait xo

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  2. Happy Birthday Rachel! Hope you are having a fantastic day being spoilt rotten!

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  3. Happy Birthday Rachel! Have a great day full of cake and bubbles!


    FoodNerd x


    www.foodnerd4life.com

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  4. Happy birthday, have a lovely day!

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  5. Happy Birthday Rachel :) I hope you have a fantastic day!

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  6. Happy birthday! Hope you're having an amazing time :)

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  7. Thank you, I did. Look out for a few birthday snapshots on Monday! x

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  8. Thank you, and my parents really did manage that !

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  9. Yes!! Wine tasting is a must. Think of the articles, blog posts and photos...! So excited!

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  10. Happy Birthday!

    The Wagamamas idea sounds brilliant - I am a total katsu curry girl, but I feel like I need to branch out!

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  11. I live right near M1lk in Balham. It's amazing!! I love the format of this post Rachel :)

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  12. Great post! Perfect for my long train journey later! When are you back in LA? I have my cousin's wedding in napa in August so excited!

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  13. Focaccia bread and Wagamamas sound like the perfect week! Happy birthday, hope you had a lovely day!


    Maria xxx

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  14. I did, thank you!


    And sometimes I can't believe how awesome it is to be able to eat for part of my job! But yes, both are to be highly recommended!

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  15. Do! I was pretty set on Yaki Soba, but since all the food was there to try, I jsut discovered actually how fresh and vibrant Wagamamas is.

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  16. That does sound really exciting! I don't have a set date yet, but I am planning on being back in Los Angeles for about 3 weeks or so sometime at the beginning of 2015.

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