PHO

In Vietnam, the food made on the side of the streets in small carts is as good a quality as the food you'll find in the top restaurants in London.  Basically, the Vietnamese know what they're doing.  Street food stalls have boomed in London in every cuisine imaginable, but sometimes it's best to go back to where it all started.  I wish I could say that I went to Vietnam to sample the best of the best, unfortunately I didn't, so it's onto the next best thing.  Pho is a family run restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese street food.  They have a few restaurants dotted around London including inside Westfields.  It's a great place to go for a relaxed lunch, especially if you're super hungry as the food comes insanely quick.  The speciality at Pho is in it's name, Vietnamese noodle soup called Pho!  They also serve a variety of wok fried flat noodle dishes, colourful salads and delicious summer rolls.  To look at the menu or find out more about Pho click here. 
Once you've orderd you're sent away with this device which buzzes to alert you when you're food is ready.
I ordered the Pho Ga (chicken breast in chicken stock).
The Pho comes with a side plate of garnishes. My advice? Tear the whole lot up and throw it all in.  It's given to you for a reason!
Summer rolls with king prawns and a peanut dipping sauce.
My Pho Ga with everything thrown in.
Delicious dipping.
No surprises, an empty bowl.

INSTAGRAM CATCH UP

My past few weeks in pictures...
(can you tell I'm a little obsessed with the PicFx app?!)

Pink lips and geek glasses
The girls and I like to work out
Cinderella heels
Chocolate fudge Sunday cupcakes for the boyf's birthday
Delicious jewels designed by my incredible best friend, check out her blog HERE.
Glass bottle ceiling decor at Duck and Waffle
Tea and buttermilk pound loaf from Hummingbird Bakery
Tipsy on Prosecco 

DUCK AND WAFFLE

Last Tuesday the boyf and I hopped on the tube and found ourselves in Liverpool Street, uncharted waters for us non city folk.  We hot footed it to the Heron Tower, an enormously tall building with a glass elevator (very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) which whizzes you up to the fortieth, yes fortieth floor to Duck and Waffle.  The restaurant gives you 360 degree views across London.  We had tremendous fun spotting the Gherkin, which is not that difficult as it's seriously close to the Heron Tower, the Olympic Stadium, Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge which still has the Olympic rings hanging proudly underneath it.  The service was really good with the waiters being efficient AND friendly which is hard to come by these days.  Straight away you are told to get involved with the food, use your fingers and jump right in, you don't need to tell me twice!  We ate deliciously different food, had fantastic views and I drank what was quite possibly the best gin and tonic I've ever had in my life.  Visit Duck and Waffle here to view the menu and make a reservation.

Short cocktail menu, however the bar tenders pretty much make any cocktail you request with a modern twist.

The bar.
The most delicious Gin and Tonic with rose petals and Japanese foam.
Peas with bacon and eucalyptus.
Bbq spicy crispy pigs ears... much tastier then they sound!
Scallop, apple and truffle served on a Himalayan salt block.
Octopus with chorizo, this was my favourite.
Lamb cutlets on aubergine mash with tzatziki.
The signature duck and waffle with a fried egg and mustard maple syrup.
The Gherkin, Tower Bridge and the reflection of the chefs from the open kitchen.

IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME

My blogging hiatus has been due to the fact that I have been sunning myself on the glorious island of Corfu.  I am Greek from Cyprus but have never been to Greece or a Greek island my entire life, it was certainly about time.  Being away with the girls included everyday tannage, eating fresh seafood each night at tavernas on the harbour and drinking an abundance of pina coladas (my favourite) and strawberry daiquiris.  The island is beautifully picturesque with crystal clear waters and an insane amount of greenery for somewhere so hot!  It was the perfect relaxing getaway with some cheeky cocktails thrown in the mix.