Monday, 1 September 2014

Off The Wall Bar and Restaurant Review

Off The Wall Restaurant
Living in London City my whole life you probably assume that I know my way around. You however would be very wrong, this woman doesn't really have a sense of direction. 

I am a Foodie I can sniff out a good restaurant but map orientation is not my forte.  If I have been somewhere before then there is every hope that I will find it again. However, if it is somewhere new then the chances of me finding it first time are slim to none. Yes I have heard of Google maps and even with this I can go the wrong way. 
Which way
So when I got an email from the lovely Melanie from Sunny in London, asking me to join her for Saturday lunch, it was a resounding yes. There is nothing better than sharing your love of food with another foodie. But I knew one thing I would have to arrive early to find the restaurant. 

The restaurant itself is a short distance from St.Paul's and Smithfield Market. Close to London Wall in London's financial district, tucked away down a side street between Moorgate and Liverpool street stations is Off The Wall Bar and Restaurant.   
Off The Wall Restaurant
This was the venue for our lunch date. Off the Wall Restaurant is situated in the four star Apex Hotel offering a modern European menu. 

The restaurant is cleverly named after London Wall which was built by the Romans some think to defend the City. It is now the name of a section of road in London that runs part of the course of where the wall once stood. 

Now I should be honest I am always dubious of restaurants in hotels, mainly because you never know what your going to get. It is the place where unsuspecting guests have food that could either be wonderful or bad but either way they are unlikely to ever eat their again. I have only had a few exceptions to this rule. 

The Off The Wall restaurant itself is wonderfully vibrant and colourful. 
Off The Wall Restaurant

Off The Wall Restaurant
After a quick catch up over a lovely glass of chilled wine, it was time for ordering. The A La Carte menu offers a two course lunch for £20 or three for £23.50 you can't go wrong. 

The menu had loads of food that I would have happily have eaten, but I opt for Pan-fried scallops, broccoli purée, crispy bacon (£8.95). Scallops are a favourite of mine. 
Off The Wall Restaurant
Whilst the scallops were a little bit small, the bacon and broccoli purée was a nice combination. 

For my main I opted for pan-fried cod fillet, crushed new potatoes, mangetout and lemon oil (£16.95). 
Off The Wall  Restaurant
Now the cod was wonderfully cooked, crispy skin with the fish lovely and moist. The mangetout with lemon oil was a great combination. 

Melanie opted for Buffalo mozarella with fig salad and aged balsamic vinegar (£7.25). This Melanie assured me was delicious. 
Restaurants near Liverpool Street Station
For her main Melanie opted for the risotto, roasted courgette, sun dried tomatoes, ricotta cheese and watercress (£15.50).
Restaurants near Moorgate station
Melanie commented on the wonderful flavour that the risotto had. The addition of the roasted tomatoes and ricotta cheese sounded delicious. 

We had a wonderful meal catching up sharing our love for blogging and London, all in the wonderful surroundings of a great restaurant. Off The Wall restaurant is a hidden gem and given its central location perfect for a spot of lunch after some shopping or sightseeing. 

Luckily venturing back to Moorgate Station I had the wonderful navigation skills of Melanie, who 
slightly embarrassingly for me navigates like a local despite her Florida roots.  

Fancy trying Off The Wall bar and restaurant for yourself you can check out their menu here

What's your favourite meal in a restaurant? 
Apex Hotel
I was kindly a guest of the Apex Hotel, however, this in no way affected my review of the restaurant which had wonderful food. Thanks Melanie for inviting me and for the wonderful company. 

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Eos hand lotion - Berry Blossom

Eos hand lotion
When it comes to my hands, I can't really say that I look after them. I can often be found in a bucket of cleaning product or with paint all over my hands. I don't wear gloves to do any of these tasks and as a consequence I have rather tired and sorry for themselves looking hands. 

When Eos released their circular lip balm many bloggers got really excited and shared how wonderful they were. On this recommendation I purchased a lemon drop lip balm but I certainly didn't love it. You can see my review here.
Eos lip balm
I since have discovered this has more to do with the flavour I picked, others are lovely especially sweet mint.

So when Shiny from Bright Shiny Day suggested trying their hand lotion, I thought well let's give it a go.

I opted for Berry Blossom

Eos Berry Blossom
A few things to share, the smell on applying the hand cream is lovely, it has the right balance of a refreshing berry scent which is floral. A little goes a long way and unlike other hand creams there is no sticky residue left once applied. 
Eos hand lotion
The lotion though is not creamy, it is more liquid in consistently which makes it absorb quickly. There is no greasy residue, but it does leave your hands feeling fully softened and moisturised. 

It is a perfect size for a handbag, travelling or on the desk at work. It is paraben, animal and cruelty free. 

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Monday, 25 August 2014

Molami luxury Headphones

Stylish headphones
I have a love hate relationship with flying. I love the end destination, but the getting there part I hate. It hasn't always been the case, believe it or not I used to love flying. I loved the peace and quiet, being locked away where there are no phones or Internet connection and the pure relaxation time with no distractions. 
But after two awful flights, well the love has turned to hate. Yes it may well be irrational but there you have it. 

So when a friend suggested packing good quality headphones to drown out the sound of the planes engines. I thought well anything is worth a try. 

I am a fashionable woman however and massive ugly headphones aren't my bag. I normally wear inner ear headphones that are discrete, but these can be uncomfortable after a little bit of usage.  

I love design. Molami headphones are effortlessly stylish without compromising on the audio quality. For a while I had been eyeing up Molami headphones and was lucky enough to get a pair of Pleat headphones for my birthday. 
Molami headphones
Molami Headphones
Pleat are over-ear headphones which are gold and black and encased in napa leather. 
stylish headphones

They have been designed to frame your face, they are really comfortable and the audio quality is superb.
Molami headphones
Molami Headphones

The headphones fold up and rotate allowing for a comfortable wear and when done you can safely store them away. They have a pleated fabric cord which means no more tangled cords. 
Molami headphones

The headphones come with noise isolation which allowed me to focus on my music and tv shows without hearing the planes engines. 

What more could you want, stylish headphones designed by women for women, that have brilliant sound quality. Sound with style. 

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Zakynthos Greece

Zante Greece
Kalispera (Good evening)

Did you miss me? For the last ten days I have been in Zakynthos in Greece. To be honest you probably didn't even notice I was gone, I've been writing my posts out in beautiful Greece.

Life recently has been a little hectic to say the least, so I really needed a break to recharge the old batteries.

The Villa I was staying in was set in beautiful Romiri.
Set high up in the mountains with wonderful views. 
Zante Greece
Peace, relaxation and a menagerie of animals.
This place has animals in abundance. I have had this little gecko jump on my back whilst in the pool. 
I am clearly easily mistaken for a rock.

We have rescued a bat in the pool. Look so cute. 

I am pleased to report he survived despite taking in a phenomenal amount of water. A tough little blighter.

Swallows have regularly taken an afternoon dip in our pool and the butterfly's have flown around the plants that surround the pool so beautiful.

For those of you who haven't visited Greece, it has 15,021 Kms of mythical coast line.

6,000 mythical islands and islets

2,844 hours a year of sunshine. The weather has been glorious. It has consisted of a morning swim, lunch by the pool, an afternoon read or outside adventure and another evening swim. Perfect.

Afternoon adventures have existed of visiting beautiful coastlines with clear turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs. 

Zante is the most important breeding ground for loggerhead turtles which breed here. 
loggerhead turtle
Oh and the food. I have eaten so much fresh salad and fish.
Zante restaurants
 Oh and a few naughties too. 
Ice cream
Zante restaurants
I flew home today. When I left England it was definitely Summer but it feels as though the change in season has happened whilst I was away and we are most definitely in Autumn. It is a little bit nippy.

Well I am pooped from all this travelling. 

Wishing you all a nice weekend. Any nice plans? 

Antio (bye bye)

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