This Saffron Circle Restaurant Review could almost be summarized in two words: Vada Pao. If you know, you know. I’ve used a few more than two words for this Swiss Cottage restaurant, but all they’re totally worth it. Disclosure: We were invited guests of Saffron Circle, but I’m definitely planning on going back. In fact, I’ve been back for Vada Pao since I did the lunch review and I’m planning to take Mr Kiwi and his family to try those lamb chops…
When I was in high school, a family adopted me – I was best friends with their daughter Krebashini – and instead of us lurking on the phone line for an insensible amount of hours (remember when there was only one line of communication in the house?) her Mum got smart and often invited me over after school to do homework. If we’re being honest here, as much as I loved Krebashini, the clincher was 100% how good a cook her Mum was.
Sometimes as a Londoner you get to experience really special moments that you actually can’t imagine would happen and dining under the incredible sweeping staircase of the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel was one of those. Disclosure: we were guests of the hotel, but all thoughts are my own.
The beautiful St. Pancras station is one of my favourite places in London – those majestic gothic arches captured my heart many years ago, and the interiors are just as breathtaking.
The words that come to mind when I think of Birmingham are chocolate, industrial architecture, cats, Ozzy Osbourne and alchemy. Potentially the most random combination that I can conjure, but that can the joy of exploring less touristy destinations. Disclosure: this alternative city guide to Birmingham was commissioned by Hotels.com to showcase booking in at the Birmingham airport hotel, but all random adventures are very much my own (you’ll see).
Something people say to me all the time is ‘I bet you’ve been everywhere in England… I’ve never really explored that much of the UK and it’s such a shame’, and honestly, I agree. England is such a diverse patchwork of villages, towns and cities – and the history is second to none.
Honestly, there is nothing worse than British rain in the dead of winter. It feels like all of the joy in the world has been leeched out – and that’s before the chilly wetness gets into your bones (and under your collar. Yeech.) As well as booking flights for a sunshine holiday, when an invite landed in my inbox to try the a la carte menu at Aqua Nueva, you know I hightailed it to Oxford Circus (quicker than those ice-cold droplets can wriggle beneath my favourite scarf). All thoughts and Patatas Bravas obsessions are very much my own as ever.
But, even better, I’m working with Aqua and we are running a competition to give the winner (hopefully you!) & 3 (of your) friends the chance for some Spanish sunshine – all without having to find your passports and pack your suitcase. Read on….
I’m going to let you into a secret. Come close. Come Closer. One of the loveliest things about being my own boss is leisurely lunches. *shifty eyes* Especially last-minute ones that just kinda happen, like this one at the Landmark Hotel.
London seems to be a city that’s either planned 3 months in advance or at the very last minute – and this lunch was most definitely the former.