Sticks’n’Sushi

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I love sushi but have often found that you don’t always get much choice when it comes to veg sushi….and if you do it’s either fast food style where you can choose what you want at Itsu or Wasabi or you get 6 of the same dishes at high end restaurants!

I read about Sticks’n’Sushi opening in Wimbledon in 2012 so added it to my list of places to try but never made it to Wimbledon. So was super excited to hear that they opened a branch in Covent Garden – Sticks n Sushi is Danish, where there are ten branches and it’s apparently the best sushi restaurant in Denmark!

The whole style is very Scandi chic – minimalistic, wooden, rustic brick walls and friendly staff who are very helpful at explaining how to order and what to order!

There’s something for everyone on the menu – classic cocktails with a Japanese twist, a huge selection of sushi and, for those who don’t like raw fish, yakitori sticks with meat, fish and vegetarian choices, salads and lots more to choose from. There’s a menu filled with different set platters including one for veggies if you are not sure what you want which is what we went for. Then you can just add on any extras you feel like.

We had the following dishes between the four of us:

  • Mini maki de luxi with 4 different types of sushi/ebi rolls
  • Greenkeeper with yasai sticks, hosomaki, edaname, nigiri, yakitori
  • Spare ribs
  • Yaki sticks

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And of course the dessert was divine – little taster pots of:

  • Matcha Tea ice cream
  • Vanilla Creme Brulee
  • Chocolate Fondant with hazelnut and caramel brittle
  • White chocolate with sweet miso and popping corn

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 It’s a fun venue to enjoy platters of food and cocktails!

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The Grain Store

Grain Store

London is full of restaurants that cater for vegetarians and recently opened is Grain Store – a veg-centric restaurant in the newly developed Granary Square, Kings Cross. Grain Store is an informal place, the building is a warehouse/granary and there’s exposed brick walls, ventilation ducts, worn-looking furniture and funky lighting. 

The menu is a pick ’n’ mix of ingredients and cuisines with a consistency of style and creative pairings that work well. The owner Bruno Loubet has a passion for vegetables – pretty colours and simple styles. Each dish on the menu puts vegetables first and there are 7-8 vegetarian dishes, plus two vegan options! The cocktail list is interesting…anyone for green tomato margarita?!? The pumpkin and maple syrup bellini was good though.

We ordered wild mushroom croquettes that came on a lump of bark covered in pine needles, Chilli con veggies with brown rice and buttermilk & caraway braised cauliflower with black trompettes & fresh grapes. All interesting dishes that were tasty!

We finished with Goji berries & carrot cake, chamomile ice cream – unfortunately you couldn’t taste the goji berries but the carrot cake was soft and smooth…

If you want to try something new and different yet healthy, I’d highly recommend a visit to Grain Store.

 

Winter onederland

I never imagined many things about being a mummy, but  this one I really did not see coming: that I would care so much was organising a one year old birthday party! I loved every minute of it and drove my sister, mum and husband mad! I spent hours looking for inspiration on pinterest, deciding on a theme, getting  decorations, and making up party gifts. It was my baby’s first birthday, so I wanted to celebrate in style and I had the best day.

Here’s a post to share all the lovely things we did:

We had a toss up between Winter Onderland and Under the Sea as a theme. It was a tough choice but as Reya was born when it was cold and Wintry, Winter Onderland seemed perfect.  I love Christmas!

We chose silver/baby pink and baby blue as the main colours and asked Preeti at Papersake to design the invites, banner and posters with a cute penguin and snowflakes on them.

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I had decided that Reya was going to wear a tutu so we spent ages searching the perfect pink tutu and matching top (Next and Gap) so she would look adorable!

We had Reya’s party at a nearby hall and didn’t go overboard with decorations, just balloons and snowflakes! The hall was already filled with Christmas decorations so it worked well. We bought lots of balloons with a few super shapes foil helium balloons to  wow the  little ones. We handed them out when the children left the party, they were a hit! We had an entertained – Natalie from Boogie Babies who kept all the babies and kids busy – she use our theme for her session to sing Wintry songs like: Wheels on the sleigh, Reya’s song, two little dickie birds, singing in the snow etc. Natalie really knew how to capture the kids attention!

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Food wise, we kept is simple – snacks of crisps, biscuits and hot chocolate or mulled wine to start with. For the mains we had children’s pizzas and Mombasa mix. Cake wise, it was without doubt going to be a Spoony Cakes creation. The cake maker had free reins and came up with the most creative and pretty cake which tasted delicious! 

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And to finish the afternoon off, the kids took home balloons and a little present! Reya had the most amazing time as did her mummy!