Friday, July 31, 2009

Melt Chocolatier- London, UK

"the city's [London, that is] coolest new Chocolatier"
Time Out

"the cool minimalism of Melt, an elegant lab-like boutique in London's Notting Hill that looks more like a branch of Space NK than a bonbonnerie"
Metro Newspaper

"The coolest new shop in Londons Notting Hill is Melt...the chocolate advisor can have anything custom made."
Departures Magazine

"..the chic Ledbury Road boutique dishing out develish organic truffles and swoon-worthy hot chocolate shots. Here chocolates lovers young and old can watch the chocolatiers in action, going wobbly at the knees as molten chocolate dribbles across stark marble tabletops."
Grove Magazine

Enough quoted, lets get down to what I think.
The shop was very impressive, the presentation gorgeous.
The chocolate is Out of this world! Delirious! Booom! Luscious! Appetizing! YUMMY! Enticing! Divine! KABAAM!

Enough said, lets get down to the pics of the stuff I tried:

Milk/Dark Chocolate Dippers
Four blocks of dark chocolate to stir into hot milk to make a delicious hot chocolate.

Milk/Dark Marzipan and Pistachio Bonbon
Square dark/milk chocolate with pistachio marzipan and milk/white velvety chocolate ganache filling.

Milk Chocolate Bonbon
A classic milk chocolate truffle with smooth and velvety chocolate ganache filling.

Location: 59 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill (main shop)
Location2: Selfridges dept. store on Oxford Street(chocolate section)
Location3: 110 Holland Park Avenue
London, England

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lovin Lanvin

Every girl/woman has her own brand the one she always come backs to every season. That's her brand. She's a VIP in all the main boutiques and her stuff are sent directly to her hotel/home address with no fuss. I am a Lanvin.

Hurraay Alber Elbaz:)

The pre-fall is beautifully vintage, so Lanvinish. (available in AlThuraya Center in Salmiya, Kuwait now)

The Fall/Winter 09 is spectacular!So 1940s! Sadly it is not all available in the boutique and can be bought from various online stores.

Cocoon Restaurant- London, UK

I recently visited Cocoon, a pan-Asian restaurant just above the bustle and noise of Regent Street in London, England. I have been dying to go there ever since reading about it in Wallpaper* City Guide-London, but was devastated to find out it has been closed for renovation. Finally, I got the chance to visit the place this summer. It was nothing like I imagined. Got the reservation weeks before through Toptable, a website dedicated to booking tables in top notch food venues.

Don't expect a menu filled with endless choices, and thats the beauty of it. The staff were very helpful in recommending the best. Service was amazing and quick, prices range from reasonable to pricey, but its worth it. My friends simply loved the place. The food was really good.  Cocoon also has a bar, restaurant, and lounge area. The place dark with loud music. The chairs are all round resembling a the shape of a cocoon, but very much comfortable. The tables were made of clear plastic holding lose pink and red flowers inside its hollowness, this somehow gave us a feeling of the exotic and the beyond, much different to what was awaiting us outside.

Address: 65 Regent Street
Tel. 020 7494 7600
Opening Times
Mon - Fri: Noon - 3pm and 5:30pm - 1am
Sat: 5:30pm - 3am
Late lounge: Thurs-Sat 11pm - 3am

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Eat Blue

Shocked! That's what I was after checking out the news on CNN today. I read more about it on their website. I won't say more, will copy paste the main part of the article:

(CNN) -- The same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries, offering a better chance of recovery, according to new research.
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp.
The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue.

To read the whole article:

P.S. You should know, I'm 100% against animal testing. But if it results in fixing their backs and just turning them blue, I'm for it 90%;p

Wallpaper* City Guides & Brownbook City Guides

These beautiful city guides are part of the Wallpaper* Magazine, the architecture, design, travel, fashion, art, and lifestyle haven.

Those city-guide feature up to date hip places to visit, slumber in, and to dine in.

I first started collecting them in 2008. I still do and i couldn't resist the urge to buy more especially the updated annual editions of places I have been to and places I would love to visit in the near future.
Brownbook, the Middleastern lifestyle, design, and fashion magazine (sounds familiar?;p) has the same concept by creating its own Middle Eastern urban guides. I have the collection and recommend you get them too. The box set contains: Dubai-Kuwait- Beirut- Manama- Muscat- Tehran- Jeddah - Cairo- Istanbul city guides. I got mine from November Boutique in Tilal Complex in Shuwaikh.