Can a girl really not love chocolate? – Hotel Chocolat

Hum am sat here working very late  on some menu designs, am hungry and tired and in need of a hit…  and I remembered about the chocolate I bought from Hotel Chocolat  the other day! Happy-Chocolate-Days….2015-01-26 22.53.07

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Hotel Chocolat: The brand

I don’t usually like chocolate but had been having a bit of a craving so popped in and found something to take the edge off and get an emergency pack.

But it’s got me thinking about a conversation I had today about me being the kind of girl who doesn’t even have the sprinkle of chocolate on my cappuccino ….

Most nutritional website suggests that chocolate cravings may be linked to low blood sugar, stress or changing hormonal levels prior to a woman’s menstrual cycle.

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Salted Soft Caramels

So am popping Salted Soft Caramels into my mouth and thinking maybe I have changed my cholcolate mind due to these little chocolate bullets of loveliness or are my stress levels deceiving me thinking I am now in love with chocolate? Or have I simply be sucked into the  Hotel Chocolat brand whilst waiting for the train?  I’ll keep you posted…

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Visit: hotelchocolat.com

Hail the Kale … Kale T-shirts & clothing

Over the last few months my love of kale has grown, I add it to every thing … I nutribullet it in my detox juice daily, I add it to my stir fries and am even partial to kale chips.

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Kale Racer Top

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Navy Kale sweatshirt

So you can imagine (or maybe not) my excitement when I seen these kale tops. I just had to get them.

I can now clearly communitcate my love for the leafy stuff on a contemporary raglan sweatshirt boasting a contrasting “Kale” graphic.

I just love them and cant wait to wear them …  I got the  racer tank for the gym and navy sweatshirt to keep me warm and snuggly.

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It really was a feast!! – Feast, Gorey Pier, Jersey

Feast is what Sundays in Jersey are made for. My hungry buddies drove me out for lunch and a wintery walk on the beach upto part of the Jersey Island I hadnt been too,  the beautiful Gorey Pier before I had to catch my flight home. The girls had heard that feast was a fairly ‘known’ restaurant and with 2 dogs this seemed the best place we could park ourselves outside, it was overlooking the boats and right under Mont Orgueil Castle. Lovely.

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Rated in Jersey’s Top 10 restaurants (TripAdvisor, Jan 2013) Feast is situated on beautiful Gorey Pier. A relaxed but stylish restaurant serving a succeessful menu either inside or on the terrace.

2014-11-30 13.10.47The food offers honest quality food including a pan of  sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread, antipasti sharing box, mussel pots , crispy salt and pepper squid, foie gras beef burger , steaks and seafood.

The staff are very friendly and make Feast a relaxed but buzzy place to be and are extremely passionate about the food they are serving with ample advice and nods of pleasure when you choose there favourite dish.

Food loves:
Oh my goodness what didnt I love might be the easiest place to start ….  I kicked off with the feast’s crispy salt & pepper squid, chipotle chilli sauce, roast garlic aioli and rocket. I did have food envy when Kathryns sizzling garlic prawns with crusty bread came out but with this amount delicious squid. I was happy!

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crispy salt & pepper squid

After filling myself with squid I had choosen the fish pie for main course, much to the delight of the waiter who had confirm this was his favourite dish the  crunchy topped creamy fish pie which was served with a dress side salad. It really didn’t disappoint, it was truely amazing filled with cod, salmon, prawns and smoke salmon and topped with mash…  I can safely say this is the best fish pie I have ever dived my fork into.

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fish pie
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side salad
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fish pie

 

Design loves:
This place has got it so right… The branding is tidy, simple and relaxed a true reflection of inside. It lets the food talking, it’s a  welcoming place with lovely little twists of design that guide you through even to the toilets.

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business card

 

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our Sunday menu

2014-11-30 13.09.19The shoes on the doors indicated males or female toilets … these little design features sent my design head into a spin so much so I nearly ended up in the gents!

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wall art

This is my restaurant of choice along the pier. I Love this place. The food is full of passion and so are the staff … Feast is more than just another resturant with a good sea view. Go visit.

Phone: +44 (0)1534 611118
Address: 10-11 Gorey Pier, St Martin, Jersey, JE3 6EW

 Website: feast.je

Forty Twenty Three – Mediterranean Food hits Birmingham

On a busy Saturday lunch time at a womens networking event in Birmingham centre we ran out for lunch with just under an hour to find something to eat. We discovered Forty Twenty Three, a new Mediterranean cafe whilst trying to avoid a last minute sandwich grab from Tescos…. Phew we did it!

Based in Stephenson Street in Birmingham. The restaurant is small but perfect.  There are a few places to sit and it isn’t designed for big numbers of diners.  But that was good as we where only a table of 3 and got seated straight away by the window.

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Fascia

The menu is also small, but perfectly formed. You can choose from koftas, mezes, pitta wraps & perek pastry wraps, salads and home made specials and these can all  be served to take-away or eat in. The menu might not have a huge selection, but is done right and cooked fresh with amazing  flavor.

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Menu board

 

Chicken Wrap
Chicken Wrap
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Hand cut chips

Food loves:
The menu is an enticing selection of Mediterranean classics.  I went for  a chicken wrap and a side of hand cut chips.  The chicken was beautifully cooked and well seasoned, and accompanied by salad and yoghurt dressing.  Simple food, expertly done, for days after I couldn’t stop thinking about about this delicious wrap. Dreamy.2014-11-22 13.59.14

 

Design loves:
There branding is simple, there menu is simple and there decor is simple with pretty little touches. It’s all about selling good food and that’s what comes first at Forty Twenty Three.

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Gosh, I loved this place and am sure everything is made with love and passion. Best things always come in small packages…  Go visit!

Visit: 34 Stephenson Street Birmingham B2 4BH

Facebook: 4023uk

Website: 4023.co.uk

Call: 07846 497080