MEAT LIQUOR

Located in the back streets of Oxford Circus is a dark, noisy, odd smelling restaurant which may not sound appealing but it SO is.  Meat Liquor has become something of a cult burger hang out recently.  It's take on dirty American diners is not for the faint hearted.  The lighting inside is red and so dark that we actually had to use the light from our mobile phones to read the menu.  The music volume is on such a level that you may as well not talk to your dinner date and the smell of stale alcohol, well, that's another matter.  These are things which would usually have me running out of a restaurant, however, all of the above seem to add to the atmosphere of the place and it wouldn't quite be the same experience otherwise.  Plus the food is good, really good and that always makes a difference!  Meat Liquor has the trendy 'no reservation' policy but if you're lucky enough to work on Oxford Street like I do, then you can make a mad dash for the place as soon as work finishes and you get seated within 10 minutes.  Pretty much all of the reviews I had read had commented on the rude waiters and poor service.  I experienced nothing but politeness and friendliness from the hostess and our table waitress which turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  If you like juicy burgers, alcohol, a smidge of grease and don't mind having a roll of kitchen paper on your table rather than napkins, then Meat Liquor is for you!





KV had the hot wings, I had the burger and we shared sides.  Chilli cheese fries with plenty of blue cheese dip

My deliciously juicy, perfectly cooked cheeseburger in a bun to die for
Any place that has a queue like this HAS to be good, right?

These are deep fried pickles, THEY CHANGED MY LIFE
                           


CHILLI SQUID

I love seafood more than anything else in the world.  I think I could easily be a pescatarian for the rest of my life.  Sometimes I like my seafood to be given a little hit of naughtiness, to me this usually means some cheeky deep frying!  This calamari recipe is fairly easy, ridiculously yummy and will satisfy all your seafood cravings at once.  Crunchy golden batter with a chilli kick and a wondeful acidic squeeze of lime, I'm drooling as I type!









  • Ingredients:
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoonlemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 large squid, cleaned and trimmed (reserve some tentacles)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • egg whites, whisked with a fork until slightly frothy
  • 1L grapeseed oil, for deep frying
Directions:

1. Combine the milk and lemon juice and set aside to sour. Open the squid out, scrape the inner membrane, wipe with paper towel and cut into rings. Place in the milk mixture.

3. In a separate bowl combine the flour, chilli flakes, paprika and sea salt flakes.

4. Just prior to deep frying, drain squid from milk mixture.  Coat in egg white followed by corn  mixture.

5. Deep fry at 180°C for 45 seconds or until golden but tender.  Deep fry tentacles at 180°C for 30 seconds or until golden but tender. Season with salt to taste and drizzle with lime juice.



GRANNY'S CLOSET

As children, we've all been round grandma's house and found the most exciting thing was to play dress up in her closet.  Nothing felt more grown up than to wrap her pearls around my neck, slip my feet into her now vintage Vivier's and engulf my then tiny body in her famous furs (sorry peta).  Wildfox have brought all these wonderful memories flooding back with their resort collection Granny's Closet.  With a genius concept and even greater genius styling, this collection has been created with a brilliant sense of humour and makes me want it all.... even the grey hair which I'm totally crushing on at the moment.





Is this seriously not the best picture you've ever seen?

Blush pink knitted matching beanie & jumper... want!

LOUIS VUITTON MINI

I love a giant buttery soft leather handbag as much as the next woman who finds it a necessity to carry their entire life with them, but only when it's appropriate.  One of my biggest pet peeves are women who carry around enormous designer purses to the most inappropriate places like nightclubs or nice restaurants.  Have you not heard of a clutch?  Nothing makes me cringe quite like seeing someone all dolled up for a night on the tiles teetering in vertigo inducing heels, trying to balance the weight of their Prada Saffiano and not break their neck.  Rant over.  Louis Vuitton have decided to embrace the 'less is more' motto and have put together a project titled Small Is Beautiful. Using three of the hottest bloggers, Hanneli Mustaparta, Elin Kling and Miroslava Duma, LV have created a young, fun macaroon filled video shot on the beautiful streets of Paris to celebrate all things mini.
Click the link to see the video and here are two of my favourite LV mini's.

Small Is Beautiful Video





Speedy Bandouliere 25

Mirada



BEAUTY MART

Harvey Nichols have introduced the new BeautyMART into their store describing it as 'a new and exciting way to shop for all your favourite beauty products, from different brands, in one place.' BeautyMART sells everything from candles, to lipgloss to perfume with brands ranging from high end to high street.  If your'e on your'e way to a night out and hair needs refreshing, pop into BeautyMART and grab a Batiste.  If You're looking for a Christmas gift for a friend, pop into BeautyMART and grab an Illamasqua Freak perfume gift set. Honestly, it caters to everything.  Here are a few snaps from the launch night and you can shop the BeautyMART online here.

Neon Loving

Illamasqua Make Up Chair

Illamasqua Freak Perfume

Beauty Essentials

Illamasqua'a Alex Box discussing Freak

Complimentary Make Overs


AUGER PRINTS

These gorgeous prints are created by a wonderfully talented person who combines music, movement and dance to create the most stunning and mesmerising designs.  The designer, Emily, will not reveal the exact technique used to make the designs and I think the mystery that that adds to her creations make them all the more delicious.  Take a look at Emily's blog here to view all her designs and head over to here if you love them enough to buy one of the many products she prints on.

Fall ©Emily Auger 2012

Feast of Flowers ©Emily Auger 2012

Fracture ©Emily Auger 2012

Tour d'Eiffel ©Emily Auger 2012
This print was made especially for me, so naturally it's my favourite!

Crystallized Beauty ©Emily Auger 2012

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS

I was just looking back at last years 'Christmas is a coming' post and I actually did rather well, scoring 3 out of the 5 items that were on my wish list.  Following last years success (I'm wondering whether my boyfriend took a sneaky look at the post before he did his Christmas shopping... or did I flat out ask for these things from him, I cant remember?!) I decided to post another wish list.  Who knows, maybe some of my loved ones will stumble across this page, or I may direct them here, or I may just adopt brat mode and say 'get me this for Christmas!'  Probably not the last one as that's not really keeping within the Christmas spirit.  I'm off to eat a mince pie.

Christian Louboutin Pigalle

Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer in marshmallow pink

Hermes Collier de Chien cuff

Gold Initial Earrings in C & M (yes, I'm doing a Kimye and I don't care)

Diptyque Paris Mimosa Candle (mine has run out and i'd rather spend the forty pounds at Burger & Lobster)

And because you're never too old to have an advent calendar, but quite possibly on a diet at my age, Ciate Mini Manicure Advent Calendar

THE BREAKFAST CLUB

Today's lunch called for an outing to Soho to visit The Breakfast Club.  I know the name of this particular establishment may suggest one obvious thing, breakfast, but The Breakfast Club is so much more than that.  They must be doing something right when there's a queue outside at 1:30pm on a Tuesday afternoon.  It's small, it's bright, it's full of beautiful people and the food is delicious.  It's easy to see why The Breakfast Club is one of THE places to be at the moment. K decided she'd have breakfast, even though it was clearly lunch time.  A plate full of pancakes, eggs, mushrooms and hash browns which she smothered an immense amount of golden syrup all over.  J went for the good old cheeseburger which although sounds average was about as tall as a house thanks to one of the thickest burgers I've ever seen.  I had a pulled pork sandwich.  Delicious smoky pulled pork in a bun with cheese, coleslaw and skin on fries.  Pretty much the perfect meal if you're having a terrible day (which I was).  I left feeling full, happy and like I wanted to go back for dinner in a few hours time.









THE LOOK FASHION SHOW

The Royal Courts of Justice were, for one Saturday only, filled with a different kind of royalty, fashion royalty.  LOOK magazine hosted a fashion show to showcase high street and online retailers' different collections.  Kelly Brook opened the show and stormed the runway in a tiny silver dress from her New Look collection.  Uniqlo, Warehouse and Mango were among some of the other high street names showing off their collections.  A guest performance from Alesha Dixon and Ashley Walters got the crowd excited and maybe just maybe a few people (me) had a little sing along to Misteeqs Scandalous which Alesha decided to perform!  The front rows were littered with the likes of Mark Wright, Caroline Flack, Michelle Keegan and Lydia Bright to name a few.  The champagne was yummy, the clothes were on point and the confetti fireworks at the end scared the life out of me but had me grinning like a cheshire cat.


Kelly Brook having fun on the catwalk
Uniqlo Fall / Winter look
Alesha Dixon & Ashley Walter
                                                              


Kelly Brook on screen before her grand entrance