Welcome and intro
- Trisori is a jewellery brand that combines original Italian style with a touch of "London chic". Founded by a cosmopolitan pair of Italians residing in London, Trisori have developed a flawless ability to create strong statement pieces which retain a sense of elegance and playful femininity. Using high quality semi-precious stones set in gold plated designs, Trisori's handmade pieces are bold, contemporary and stylish. Trisori are unique; they make an effort to truly understand the way in which a woman creates her own personal style and design their jewellery line to compliment just that.
Saturday, 29 October 2011
The staff were as you would wish, perfectly pleasant, hospitable and personable without being overbearing. The bar manager Antonio took the time to describe why he came up with the concept of calorie controlled drinks - so apt in a cosmopolitan city where everyone seems increasingly concerned with what they put in their bodies. And as he maintains - it's surprising that nowhere seems to have done this already, when you can go buy food and drink in a shop with the nutritional information on the packaging. But the menu goes one step further and details the benefits of each drink based upon the ingredients.
The drinks were divided up into three different categories - The Saintly, The Sinful and The Wickedly Good. The first being delicious, predominantly juice based mocktails with minimal calories whilst the second group are alcoholic with fewer calories than the latter. First up I tried the detoxifying champagne cocktail Lemon Camellia - a lemongrass infused green tea champagne which was perfectly balanced indeed and at only 95 calories! More saintly than sinful I felt! Meanwhile my friend enjoyed a fruity gin number - the Botanical Hedgerow made from Hendricks, eldeflower, raspberry and apple juce. An easy drinking cocktail at just 129 calories.
Next up we tried the Rose Gin Blush a refreshing drink with a hint of bitterness made from Edgerton rose gin, pomegranate juice, blackberry syrup and slimline. Said to be full of antioxidants and vitamin C, this really was a winner on all accounts, even if it was a few calories more than my first drink. The other was another pomegranate combo that was smooth with a kick, based on Absolut and also mixed with Cointreau and Pimms. It also boasted antioxidants and vitamin C as well as vitamin B.
The great thing about the cocktails for purists is that all bases - purees and juices - are fresh. Nothing comes from concentrate and thus the sugar levels in the drinks are minimal, hence the lower calories content which doesn't take away from the taste. So Antonio's two and half months research for these beverages was most definitely worth the time and effort. No doubt models and skinnies will flock here to sample his delights. Especially with a fantastic DJ (who also plays at Bungalow 8) setting the mood for the evening and no doubt inducing more cocktail drinking! Absolutely without a doubt one to remember and a bar that goes in the memory bank of recommendations to pass on to friends for where to have that post work drink.
Friday, 28 October 2011
Don't you worry, Trisori is here to help! Please find below the best sample sales found for you in all the secret fashion archives and hiding places.
26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair
From 24/11/11 to 27/11/11
Shop 14, 15 Hanbury Street
Friday 11th - Sunday 20th Of November
Open : Friday 11th - 2pm - 7pm
Sat - Sunday - 10am -6pm | Mon - Fri - 8am - 7pm
Sunday 20th - 10am - 4pm
Friday 18th November - Sunday 20th November 2011
Fri 12pm-9pm | Sat 9am-8pm | Sat-Sun 10am-5pmEnjoy!
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Another look that the ladies sport is leather - the perfect illustration to rock week.
Monday, 24 October 2011
After reading that, I couldn't agree with her more. My personal experience is that all of the tips she gave out works perfect for me: proper diet, hot bath, and exercises...well I am not sure I can go for it every day though. Now what I need to try is the glass of the day.
The whole story is below:
Girls, enjoy reading and take the action!
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Unfortunately his meeting had overun, so this gave me ample time to peruse the menu as well as boast to my colleauge that Jay Rayner (Observer Restaurant critic) was sitting a couple of tables down frome me. I took the time to ask the waiter his recommendations - The Chef's Vinh Beef - a five spiced rib eye charcoaled, as well as the table griddled marinated beef (for two). We tried one suggestion of his - the Cha La Lot - spicy pork wrapped in wild betel leaves fried and garnished with crispy shallots and roasted peanuts. Very tasty. It came perched atop a bed of rice noodles and what has become a rather ubiquitous dipping sauce, but this wasn't too synthetic. Great dish in theory, but in reality tough to pick up both at the same time to dip, let along fit into your mouth and not make a mess!
As my phone rang at an inopportune time and the waiter scuttled off to attend to others, I didn't have time for the blow by blow advice on the mains. There were many mouth watering options - lemongrass wok fried squid, indochine vension, wok seared rib eye beef Cognac Luc Lac Shaking Beef. But I really wanted to try the Mahi Mahi coconut fish curry, which was commended and boy was it a good choice! My friend meanwhile had the lamb curry - a predictable choice for him - but it was no way as spicy or as flavoursome as my fish dish. It is one of their classics though - the recipe is from one of the oldest mosques in Vietnam. Each dish came with a neat bundles of rice noodles - so no need for copious amounts of rice or noodles as sides. We did try have a side of spinach with garlic which comes dressed with the green stem of spring onions. Warning, don't consume if you have to meet new people, kiss anyone or go to a function afterwards though as they are generous with the garlic!
The restaurant is nicely done to accommodate different size groups with more benchy styled tables for the larger parties and neater, prettier tables for the couples, threesomes and foursomes in the more formal dining area. The place purports itself to be the style of a French Vietnamese cafe with all it's hustle and bustle (hence the Pho bar which I have to go visit with my Vietnamese colleague) reflecting the light clean flavours. I'm not sure I'd like it to be too hustly and bustly as the staff wouldn't have time to be as delightful and helpful as they were to me. I had them pack the rest of my food as my friend suddenly realised he had to rush off to a meeting and I also had to get back to work and I didn't want to forgo the rest of the fish curry. How can you leave something so good?
I can't wait to go back for Pho but this time I really will restrain myself and stop when repleat, not letting greed get the better of me!
Friday, 21 October 2011
Most of all, the Band performing was impressive: Pink Martini.
I thought I share this wonderful group with you, my fellow Trisorers, and if you have time this week- end, listen at these songs:
Pink Martini combines covers with original songs and their "take" on the French que sera sera is simply divine.
If instead you don't feel like dancing, have a drink to celebrate the start of the week-end and why not a nice pink martini? Here is the essential recipe:
1.25 oz Vodka
0.25 oz lime juice
0.25 oz triple sec
0.25 oz cranberry juice
Serve it extra cold.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
The key thing is the preparation. Always check you have all the ingredients that you need before you start in case you need to pop out for any extras. Then ensure that you spend a few minutes peeling vegtables like potatoes, parsnips and carrots and chopping them all into pieces. If you're doing a stuffing, this should be done first to fill the bird and place it in the oven. You can really pack it into the cavity of the bird, so don't be shy! Once you're done, you can tie it up, but personally I don't really bother. One thing I do always ensure though, is that I season the skin with salt and pepper and a trick l learnt from my mother is to always keep the old butter wrappers and place these on top of the skin (butter side down)to crisp up the skin.
The potatoes also need to be parboiled straight (boiled for 5 mins in salted water and then drained). I add mine to goose fat for a really crisp exterior, but you can use regular oil if you prefer, which is lower in fat. Heat the fat first then add the potatoes to the pan. Then you can sit back, have a chat, read the paper, pour yourself a drink (if you haven't already) and relax for a bit. But remember to baste the potatoes every 15-30 mins with fat or oil from the pan to ensure a crisp skin and evenly roasted potatoes.
The vegetables really will only take 5-10mins so leave these and the gravy right til the end. I tend to like carrots and peas with a roast chicken but it does depend what's available where you shop, and if you take into account the carbon footprint of the veg too. To make a gravy, scrape some oil and juices from the pan you cooked the chicken in while it's resting (check the juices run clear when you poke a knife into it to be sure it's cooked). Add enough flour until you have a thick looking paste that's smooth and after cooking for a couple of minutes, gradually add in stock until you have a thin sauce. Stir gradually until it thickens. Et voila!
Then it's a matter of serving it all up! My mother always insists on having bread sauce with hers. I'm not really bothered, but I'll always have a little all the same.
Friday, 14 October 2011
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
The Royal Ballet opened this season with a sparkling rendition of George Balonchine's ballet Jewels, performed at the glamorous Royal Opera House; Fortunately, as a training ballerina, managed to beat the crowd by obtaining tickets to see the dress rehearsal. Jewels, a ballet I had previously watched last year in Paris, has remained one of my favourites. The show is divided into three sections: Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds, providing the perfect performance for the glamorous arts fan to enjoy.
Emeralds: The opening number, immediately captivates you as you stare in awe at the exceptional green jewelled costumes that the dancers elegantly display. Balonchine's choreography compliments the Emerald as the jewel of eternal hope, harmony and grace.
Rubies: A more dynamic piece, exemplified by the more feisty music played, compliments the chic-seductive nature embodied by this enchanting red stone. The red glowing colour of the Ruby symbolises love, vivacity, passion and power. These traits are encaptured in the choreography and performance given by the dancers, enabling the audience to understand the nature of this precious jewel.
Diamonds: The final sequence of this three act ballet, left me in a overwhelming daze. A stage filled with delicate dancers, dressed in dazzling diamond tutu's is pure bliss to the eye. The choreography, including an incredible Pas de deux, presents this famously fragile jewel as a delicate frosting to any woman.
The performance over, leaving an audience that could desire nothing more than to watch the show one more time, I headed towards the Covent Garden Hotel, with a few friends that accompanied me. As we sat sipping tea and discussing which act we had enjoyed the most, mine being a toss up between Rubies with its choreographic charm and Diamonds with its serene and delicate nature, I became aware that a jewel is not so much about appearance (however mesmerising) but what it signifies to you about yourself.
Monday, 10 October 2011
Grabbing a cup of high quality coffee every morning on the way to work is not an easy job. Once I came to a conclusion with a friend that the best place to drink coffee outside of Italy is…Australia. Luckily, London seems an appealing place to a lot of Australians and their Cafes. The following comments do not only cover Cafes with Australian origin though, the idea is to review independent but high quality coffee shops in London:
Fernandez & Wells
A beautifully decorated Café with great branding quietly sits next to Soho. Together with a wine bar, it provides a perfect space to sip coffee and read paper even when all the tables are full. What's awesome there? Coffee Stumpy - a shorter and stronger version of Flat White; freshly made sandwiches with a good selection of Charcuterie. Apart from the main shop on Beak Street, they also have a coffee-to-go stand off Wardour Street.
All the independent coffee shops in London start to have similar faces now - sleek and simple painting with a black banner. I can name a few to you. I have nothing against it if it offers good coffees. Here comes Kaffeine - nothing too outstanding, but for the coffee on the list, they are reliable.
Taylor St Barista
Another independent coffee shop with anAustralian origin stands in the buzz of the city. A tiny coffee shop which only accommodates an L-shaped pastry counter and a coffee bar probably is the only proper coffee shop around my office. It would take me 10 more minutes on the way if I really want to grab a cup of real coffee in the morning. This hasn't taken into account the queueing time, I am afraid. Piccolo, the shorter version of coffee latte, has a very strong flavour and real taste. The shop also offers different type of salads and sandwiches for lunch for those who want a healthy diet.
As I said, a lot of independent shops tend to have similar faces and interiors recently. Maybe it will get boring one day but it always makes one feel safe when there is a good coffee shop around the corner:
Tapped and Packed
on both Rathbone Place and Tottenham Court Road
I've tried the Rathbone Place branch. I have to say although it is only a thrown stone away, their soya latte can't be compared with Lantana.
126 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3PJ
Store Street Espresso
40 Store Street
London WC1E 7DB
Don't get me wrong, I still like pure Italian coffee. The problem is that there are even fewer places for real Italian coffee in London or maybe I just dont know them? The places I like so far:
The place I still have to explore:
Enjoy your coffee!
Sunday, 9 October 2011
It purports to be a restaurant offering 'an authentic selection of dishes and specialities from the Indochina region'. The menu is enticing with a variety of interesting and alluring options including noodle soups, curries, grilled meats and special regional delights. With the curries there is the choice of upgrading it to have a supplement of a sesame glass noodle salad, sweetcorn fritters, prawn crackers and rice.
The first time I went we tried the spring rolls and a sauteed lamb with cashews upgraded with all the extras and a chicken in a lemongrass and coriander sauce. The spring rolls were okay - nothing to rave about nor complain about either. The chicken and lamb were both quite nice and tasty but the things in the 'supplement special' weren't that impressive - the sweetcorn cakes were a little too greasy, whilst the glass noodle salad had no noodles in it whatsoever. We were assured that it was simply in the name and just made with vegetables, but the next time it definitely did have noodles! It hate it when I'm lied to and somewhere can't just say sorry that they'd made a mistake!
Then the second time I went back, I got a pork belly plus all the indochina trimmings, and my friend a spicy tamarind aubergine dish, being one of the few vegetarian options without tofu or something fake. Neither of us were convinced about the mock duck as an option! The pork belly smelt wonderful but the fat on top wasn't at all crispy, perhaps my mistake, but that's what you'd expect - who wants to eat a great big lump of fat? The sauce was rich and packed full of flavour, but the meat itself could have been more tender, having been cooked for 4 hours it seemed a tad too chewy for my liking.
The other strange things about the place, were that staff kept on trying to clear away dishes whilst I was still in the middle of eating and only give you a fork and spoon to eat every dish with. Fine if you're having soup but not so great for pork belly...
I wouldn't go back in a hurry but I would visit again out of convenience. Just don't have high expectations. There are branches across town including Battersea, Clapham, Angel, Bayswater, West Hampstead & Soho.
Friday, 7 October 2011
SLEEP CYCLE: It creates a 30 min wake-up phase that ends at your desired alarm time. During the night sleep cycle will monitor signals from your body to wake you up softly. It also records the way you sleep through the night. I am now aware that between 3 and 4 am I wake up somehow and that at 6 am I am in deep sleep. No wonder why I can never wake up in time for early meetings!
CARD STUDIO: I have tons of photographic application on my iphone but this application is my favorite one as it allows me to choose from many different backgrounds and layout of the pictures. Moreover, I love the Grunge style border.
MyPANTONE: This is a cool little tool. You have a portable library of PANTONE colors and the possibility to build color palettes and share them with colleagues and clients. The application allows you to take a picture and it immediately recognize the pantone colours and suggest them to you. Awesome.
TED Mobile: With this application you can asses speeches and conferences of the most authoritative and interesting people in the world. Browse the different categories and you will be amazed of what you can find.
SIMPLY BEING: Enjoy the deep relaxation, stress relief and benefits of meditation without prior experience.You can choose the amount of time you spend listening at this application. Even 5 minutes of listening at this application before going to bed, are enough to show results in your sleeping routine. Combine it with Sleep Cycle Application (above) for monitoring your progress.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Following on from last week’s top seasonal beauty tips, this time it’s all about health and how to protect yourself from nasty bugs this winter. Now that it looks like our lovely Indian summer has come to an end, your body will be fighting harder then ever to keep those energy levels up and that immune system strong.
Vitamins and Minerals:
Make sure you stock up on as many vitamins and minerals as possible. Vitamin C is your absolute go to this season as it is the best possible ways to boost your immune system. The best sources of Vitamin C are found in strawberries, kiwis, oranges and guavas, but since guavas aren’t the easiest thing to get hold of and strawberries aren’t always in season, the best way to do it is to take a supplement. For a brand of supplements that not only do what they say on the bottle, but also look good too, you must try atone (www.atoneonline.com). Their Immunity supplement combines Fibrinase, an important enzyme for healthy circulation, with a fat-soluble form of Vitamin C. Get 90 tablets for £24.50.
This is the perfect time of year for going on a food cleanse. The best one I know is Raw Fairies five day Cleanse, in which your food gets delivered straight to your door (or desk as the case may be). Packed with antioxidant filled smoothies, green juices (that don’t taste that great but boy... do those babies make you feel good) and a variety of raw salads, this cleanse is a great way of giving your body all the nutrients it needs and then some. It also helps to get rid of the toxins that build up and gives your body a break from all that sugar we have been ploughing it with. The salads are delicious and I discovered lots of new combinations of raw vegetables and sauces that tasted positively scrumptious. I can’t lie, the pure juice day that falls in the middle of the five day cleanse was tricky for me, especially as I am so active, but my energy levels rose considerably on day four and five and my skin completely cleared up. The Five Day Mini B Cleanse is £295. Visit www.rawfairies.com
Sleep is particularly crucial at this time of year. Again it is all to do with preparing our body for the winter to come and the amount of sleep we get is, of course, directly linked to our energy levels. It is recommended that we get eight hours of sleep a night. The best sleep is that before 12am, so try and get into bed as early as possible, even if it means reading for a bit before you are tired. If you have trouble sleeping there are a few things you can do. Neal’s Yard makes a Sleep Kit, which includes calm-infusing camomile tea, lavender remedies to role and Unwind flower essence (£26.25). Buy it - you won't regret it. Also, another good trick is that if it is the thoughts in your head that are keeping you awake then keep a notepad by your bed and write them all down before you close your eyes. You will sleep much easier knowing that you won’t forget them come morning.
Organic red wine:
Although it’s not good to rely on a glass of red wine every evening, there are some health benefits to having a glass of organic red wine every now and then. You’ll be in luck if you find a Madiran red wine, which is from the tiny wine appellation located in Gers, in the Gascony region of South Western France, as wine from this region is said to be amongst the healthiest on the planet, and one that could actually reduce your cholesterol levels and encourage a healthy heart. It is all to do with the way that the grapes ferment, as wine can in fact contain very high levels of antioxidants and resveratrol (a fantastic anti-ager), which help to protect the heart. The antioxidants also help to protect your body from nasty free radicals, which are known to cause some horrid diseases such as cancer. So bottoms up!
Monday, 3 October 2011
1) Theòdoros Angelòpoulos.
A Greek film maker who directed the Beekeeper movie with Marcello Mastroianni in 1986.I love this quote from the movie:
It's the virgins who want to be queens beating
against the doors of their waxed prisons, trying
to break them down but the guards stand watch and
patch them up again.
Why not let them out?
Only the queen is allowed out, the others they
keep in reserve in case something happens to the
queen. Soon the drones will be going for water.
They're waiting for the queen. She'll come and all
together they'll dance and she'll choose one, only
one, and they'll dance high up in the air, and that's
the queen's dance.»
2) Eleni Karaindrou
Eleni is a Greek composer and she created the soundtrack for the Beekeeper movie. The song the Wedding waltz. Very romantic indeed:
Sunday, 2 October 2011
I've been dying to try the main meals here - having only sampled their platters - the meat one is so laden full of bresaola, parma ham and salami it is a real feast - best for the boys, but there's lots of varieties. The a la carte menu is a nice 'Casual dining menu' as they put it - with a few small plates and starters, classics such as moules done a few different ways, mixed in with dishes 'from the stove' and hung steaks.
We had the duck breast salad and the cantaloupe melon with parma ham to start. The duck was pronounced good but I felt the parma ham wasn't quite up to scratch - perhaps it was just that it was so freshly carved by hand that it was actually a little thicker than I was accustomed to and therefore slightly chewier? Next up was langoustines & chips and seared springbok with chocolate sauce - absolutely by far one of the best meats I've had in a while - up there with the Co-op burgers & chicken - and perfectly cooked too!
I have to say I did get a slight case of food envy here as the langoustines weren't up to scratch. Unfortunately the batch seemed to be a mix of re-heated mushy ones with soft shells and those with ultra sharp bits on the claws and more succulent meat. They were so sharp they actually drew blood from my boyfriend's finger when I made him snap one for me, whilst the other ones would just bend if you tried to get out the meat out of the claws. The other downside was that they hadn't been drained properly from the pan and so made half the chips soggy. As a result, the manager that day gave me compimentary goats cheese platter whch was simply amazing. Spectacular quince jelly accompanied it so I was happy again - especially with a bottle or two of Chapel Down to wash it down!
I'd still go back and try some more dishes despite it. There's a lot to be said for simply saying sorry. Even if it was because they had 'had a busy day'.