Clockjack – Rotisserie Chicken in the heart of Piccadilly

21 Jun clockjack

Last year, the UK was still partaking in the burger revolution. I couldn’t keep up with the number of restaurants springing up dedicated to burgers, some of which I am still yet to work my way around. Meanwhile, for those that wanted something a little more “clucky”, two and a half years ago, Clockjack opened its doors in London as the first specialist rotisserie chicken restaurant featuring high tech rotisserie ovens.

I recently visited Clockjack on behalf of tastecard to sample review, on a day when I was hot-desking in London and wanted a tasty but healthy lunch which would give me energy for my gym session I had planned for the evening. Clockjack fitted the bill as it’s extremely rare that you find chicken that has been cooked in such a healthy manner. Continue reading

Barbican Lounge Lunch – Hidden Gem amongst Brutalist Beast

30 Apr

It’s all been a bit quiet on the tastecard front recently. Work, life and finding nice places to visit has been a slight challenge – but I had a nice treat a couple of weeks ago when I took my key agency contact out for lunch around the corner from her office.

The Barbican Centre is an institution in itself. Famous for the arts and located in the City of London – it is the largest of its kind in Europe. The design of the building is Grade II listed and a brutalist style building – most people would think hideously ugly but brutalist buildings are very sought after and a big deal these days! I LOVE them.

Would you consider eating there? I wouldn’t have until last week, but largely because I didn’t know you could! However my latest tastecard adventure took me small plate exploring at their exquisitely designed Barbican Lounge. Continue reading

Cristina’s Restaurant – The Best Steak in Barking

6 Feb

There are times where I think about my first childhood home. It was a great house. Largely because of the space. A massive loft, cellar and kitchen as well as a through lounge, in “proper” East London – Forest Gate to be exact. All this despite it being a terraced house. My parents decided we should move when I was nine years old because they didn’t rate the secondary schools in the area and wanted better schooling for me – many parents have similar challenges in life! To this day I always say “if only you could pick up your house and move it to your ideal area”. The same could be applied to restaurants in some cases.

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Award Winning Louis Delaunay Champagne £8 (down from £25.99) at Tesco

29 Nov

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a post on HotUKDeals earlier this week regarding a deal at Tesco on champagne.

’tis the season for supermarkets to slash their prices on beers, wines and spirits and the likes of Lidl and Aldi have been doing a good job on the wines front this Christmas.

This week, Tesco made their position very clear by slashing the price of their award winning champagne Louis Delaunay from £25.99 to £8. Continue reading

How to Moisturise your Natural Hair

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Never a truer word spoken. This was a concept completely new to me a couple of months ago – ridiculous – right? The OH drinks a ridiculous amount of water, my best friend drinks a ridiculous amount of water, my mother swears by it, but up until August I used to drink less than 500mls of water. I didn’t like the taste and found it boring.

After making a few life changes I started filling up a 1 litre bottle every morning and putting it on my desk, I have water next to my bedside table. I sit and have dinner with a bottle of water. When I go for things I REALLY go the whole hog (ask my mother, father or Sam – I’m a true annoying Aquarian).

So if you’re one of those that doesn’t yet get at least 2 litres of water a day, this is well worth a read. As Valley Fontaine is right – how can you have good hair if you put bad stuff in your body (not to mention the health benefits).

Now that I’m transitioning into natural hair this has never been more relevant.

Have a good weekend all. x

Valley Fontaine

Knowing how best to use water is essential if you want healthy hair Water: the best form of hydration

Having well moisturised hair is a battle for many, but taking trying to fix the outside with hair lotions, potions and water could be a waste of time if your body is not adequately hydrated.  A healthy body is more likely to equal healthy hair.

Water makes up about two-thirds of the weight of a healthy body,.and nearly every aspect of our body’s function including our hair calls for the fluid.  Drinking enough H2O (water) maintains the body’s fluid balance, which helps transport nutrients in the body.

Hydration is so critical in your body: if you’re properly hydrated, you’ll see many benefits. Water is needed to absorb certain vitamins and it’s essential for healthy hair.

The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid per day.

One way to check…

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Tuesday Night Dinner – River Cobbler Fish with Olives, Chimichurri and Mashed Potatoes

5 Nov

Last night I had a very simple dinner. Vietnamese River Cobbler which I’d bought from Tesco (where else?) and had in my freezer.

I defrosted it in the fridge, slapped on some chimichurri sauce that I’d found in my fridge and olives. I served this with mashed potatoes.

If you’ve never had or made Chimichurri sauce before – it’s very easy and can be stored in the fridge for a couple of weeks.

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Please Don’t Change Sugar Puffs To Honey Monster Puffs…

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Nanny state in full effect – why do people go getting involved in changing names – butt out!

Steve Says...

Favourite kids breakfast cereal Sugar Puffs is changing it’s name after 60 years to Honey Monster Puffs. As much as I love him I don’t want to buy Honey Monster Puffs – it sounds to me like he’s farted in a box, sealed it and is now trying to sell me a packet of his “air biscuits”. No thanks!

I hate it when things change their names…

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My Herbalife Journey Diary

6 Aug

Two weeks ago I saw a photo of my long-time friend Charlie on Facebook. She looked amazing – she’s always looked amazing, but it was more her statement on the photo that got me:

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My lovely friend Charlie

Plus she looks darn amazing in that swimsuit… Continue reading

Ardleigh and Dragon – Thai Cuisine in your Local Pub

31 Jul

Ardleigh and Dragon in Hornchurch, Romford is one of those restaurants you have to either know about, be told about, or stumble across to really appreciate the beauty and fresh flavours inspired by Thailand. Housed in a former pub that wasn’t really the type of venue that attracted savoury types, Orchid Pubs and Dining took over the site over seven years ago and have done a sterling job of making it a fine pub and restaurant to visit.

What’s that you say? It’s a pub and a restaurant? Yes, that’s right. When you arrive, that’s made clear from the start, with “English pub” one one side of the building and “Thai Dining” on the other. Make no mistake that the Ardleigh & Dragon intends to give its customers an authentic Thai dining experience in an English pub, with an Oriental theme throughout.

ardleigh and dragon front

To think I grew up less than five miles away from Ardleigh and Dragon and never visited is shocking. Why did I not know about this beauty? Continue reading

When Mac Met Cheese Met Elisha and Claire

27 Jun When Mac Met Cheese

So yesterday I overdosed on cheese. MASSIVELY.

After months of being nagged by my sister, we finally went to “When Mac Met Cheese“, which is a… oh right – you worked it out for yourself. Nice. Continue reading

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