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London looks beautiful any day of the year, but during Christmas I am obsessed about taking pictures of her (because London is a cool girl, right?! :)). It’s hard not to be.
Here are some photos I’ve recently taken that I wanted to share with you. The magic atmosphere of Christmas, I hope you can feel it!
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A few weeks ago I’ve been invited to try an Italian restaurant in Fulham. Usually I tend to avoid Italian restaurants because… well, because I am Italian and quite fussy about Italian food.
The restaurant has a nice outside dehors and a cosy bar where you can order a cocktail with some “stuzzichini”, small dishes which, back home, are usually served with drinks.
We ordered a Locale Bellini, made with Prosecco and strawberry liqueur, think of a meeting between the classic Bellini and a Kir Royal.
We than had a selection of starters: fried calamari served with homemade tartar sauce, some veggie bruschettas, deep fried soft shell crab cakes with saffron and dill mayo and pan fried scallops with mashed peas, rocket and crispy pancetta.
Almost full already, we went on to the mains: Giuliano had seafood linguine with clams, mussels, calamari and octopus sautéed with garlic, chilli and parsley. I chose casarecce with tiger prawns. Both were served with a glass of Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore from Cantina Colognola.
After making sure that they’re “homemade just like in Italy”, we had to try desserts. We chose pannacotta and tiramisu, the latter being the best choice, it indeed is amazing. A glass of brandy on the side, provided a classy way to end a lovely meal.
Personal favourite: the tiramisu! Trust me, I have tried many tiramisu, and this is the only one that I am sure my uncle Roberto (the King of Tiramisu) would be proud of.
Only slightly negative point is the location, to reach Locale you have to walk for about 15 minutes from the nearest tube station. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. After a meal like that, a nice walk was just what we needed.
Address: 222 Munster Road, London, SW6 6AY
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A few weeks ago I have been invited to try the Christmas menu of Tentazioni.
The restaurant is located in 2 Mill Street, on the south bank of the Thames, 10 minutes walk from Bermondsey tube station, in a very nice road that is reminiscent of the times when this part of London was used as the docks.
In a very cosy room at the first floor of the restaurant, where we were welcomed with a glass of Prosecco, we tried some of the dishes from the set menu.
My favourite, actually everyone’s favourite, was the roasted pumpkin ravioli served with butter and sage, a fantastic example of Italian stuffed pasta that reminds me of my childhood, where I spent every Sunday in the kitchen with my grandmother, watching her rolling the dough onto a floured surface and then prepare hundreds of ravioli for the Sunday lunch.
I have asked Tentazioni’s Chef Alberto Modena if he can share his recipe with the blog, let’s see if I can have an early Christmas present.
2014 CHRISTMAS SET MENU (to see the complete menu, click here)
Two Courses £25.00
Three Courses £32.00
Address: 2 Mill St, London SE1 2BD
Phone:020 7237 1100
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I started running this Summer, you knew that already and I don’t want stress you more then usual on this.
My goal is being able to run 10Km by next Spring, 10 km seems to me a reasonable distance, but I have recently read that running a mile (1.6km) has the same life-lengthening benefits as a marathon.
The study (research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology), which lasted 15 years and included 55,137 adults, discovered that those who ran for less than an hour a week gained the same health benefits as those who ran for over three hours a week.
This is good news for a number of reasons, of course it means that we have more time to do other activities, but also that the risk of injuries becomes very low. Running a marathon is hugely satisfying but also painful and dangerous for your body. I don’t think I will ever run a marathon, however the above research is interesting to me and I guess to everybody else who thinks you have to run a lot to see health benefits.
Let’s go for a run!
Because we are talking about running I want to show you what I got a few weeks ago. JoggBox is a subscription box and each month, as a member, you will receive a package filled with the best nutrition products out on the market, new accessories and outfits designed to keep the perfect balance of comfort and style while running.
In the October box I have found:
- 2 Push Energy Gels
- 1 Pulsin Vanilla Choc Chip Bar
- 1 Elivar Endure sachet
- 2 Frank Food Snack Bars
- 1 Miso Soup by Clearspring
- 1 KT TAPE Fastpack
- 1 Body Glide Anti Chafe
- 1 iPhone Armband by JoggBox
I really liked the Miso Soup by Clearspring, brand of which I am a huge fan, the Frank Food snack bars and the iPhone Armband because I didn’t have one and I now know the difference between running with the phone in your hands or having them free… much much better with the armband.
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With tangerine oil, juniper berry and fennel essential oils, the Wizard banishes stress and helps you recover. Be quick to grab him because he will disappear in a POP after Halloween.
2 Black Halloween Sweet Print Socks
I am obsessed with socks and whether you celebrate Halloween or not, these spooky socks are great for one night or everyday wear.
3 Pumpkin icing shower gel
The sweet scent of pumpkin icing of this shower gel is the perfect way to start the day, that should be followed by a slice of pumpkin pie and a latte.
4 Deepest Dahlia & Silver Foil
An intense deep burgundy-plum and a metallic silver nail polish to create the perfect DIY Halloween Nails like these.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post and the products above are chosen according to my preferences. Almost all of the products below have an online shop with worldwide shipping available.