NEVER BORED OF BORDEAUX
Last night I taste-tested the red wine for an upcoming 40th Birthday party. My friends and I went for a Bordeaux - Cháteau Moulin de Mallet 2015. It passed!
It's a refreshing bottle with lots of red fruit and low tannins, perfect even for a warm summer's day.
I can't get enough of a good Bordeaux red, it's my go-too on a pub wine list. You get such quality for great prices and it generally compliments both juicy meat dishes as well as spicy food. We had it along with a fish tikka with saag - bit rogue! But, it was so interesting that the spices really brought out the sweet juicy side to the wine.
At £18.99 for a magnum, it's a STEAL. Sometimes, one bottle between you on a Sunday night just ISN'T enough!
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APRéS ENERGY! FROM THE MOUNTAINS TO LONDON
Ever been to Verbier? If yes, then you will be familiar with Aprés venue 'Le Rouge'. For those not been, it's a restaurant and bar with a panoramic view, DJ, gallons of Aperol, beer and Champagne, and people intent on having fun. After being lucky enough to spend a week propping up their bar in March, I was a convert.
When you've spent the day tackling the challenging skiing that VBR is known for, Le Rouge is the ultimate place to loosen up muscles, share a few bottles of rosé and bring out your very best GCSE French!
What makes it though, is the music. I was enamoured to discover that Le Rouge have created their very own Spotify playlist. All that alpine energy bouncing off my office walls puts me in such a good mood. Try it.
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HONEY TO THE BEE THAT'S YOU FOR ME... INTRODUCING MANUKA KITCHEN
Just two minutes walk from Fulham Broadway is this gorgeous little European bistro. I discovered it three years ago, and it's charm and delicious menu remain sublime.
Manuka Kitchen prides itself on ‘A love of food, wine, friends, and a knack for putting the three together in a way that’s unforgettable.’ . How refreshingly simple.
Just 22 covers, MK has a unique charm. With it's antique wooden tables, terracotta tile and white washed walls and fresh flowers on each table, the space is welcoming and relaxing. The scattered daily newspapers and magazines also make you feel right at home.
MK's spring menu is now up featuring dishes such as Seabass, cucumber milk and spring veg, a Roast Chicken Salad with Alfalfa sprouts and Pistachio and a Delica pumpkin with parmesan, pine nut sand smoked tomato sauce. Drool.
MK received only high praise from our table last week. Now, I am on a mission to find something as charming in White City.. hellllp...
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I discovered the Italian brand TWINSET through the magic of Instagram spam. I mean...ads...
Their rustic and casual yet glamorous designs caught my eye and I now want the lot!
'The collections are designed for a sophisticated woman with a strong character, who plays with her femininity by combining romantic applications such as sequins, tulle and embroidery, together with striking prints and bolder materials such as jeans, leather, studs and technical fabrics.
Here are a few of my favourite pieces from their range. If I work hard enough this month, perhaps I will treat myself to a piece for the summer.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed my April musings.
More next month,
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