Chelsea Green’s Local Grocers: Andreas

I’ve always been a bit of a meat lover. Steaks, burgers and authentic Italian meaty pasta dishes have always been favourites on the menu. But since my pregnancy there has been an obvious shift towards more fruit and veg. Dark leafy greens such as kale entered my diet.

This week is Meat Free Week and aside from the health benefits there has been plenty to think about regarding why it’s better to increase the amount of fruit and veg in our diets. The environment and the animals themselves are issues to be aware of. (You can find out more about the issues, here.)

In the name of Meat Free Week, I visited Andreas on Chelsea Green (Cale Street), an area I have complete nostalgia for from my primary school days.

Adreas - Fruit and Vegetables in Chelsea

Meeting Andreas himself and learning about the ethos behind this popular local grocers was very eye-opening. I was reminded about the value of having a local store as part of the community; something I experience with my local newsagent.

I also learned about the difference between supermarket fruit and Andreas’ organic attitude which ultimately delivers tastier produce.

Adreas - Fruit and Vegetables in Chelsea

The type of fruit and vegetables you find here stem from the familiar to the unusual, which I also like.Adreas - Fruit and Vegetables in Chelsea

And most of all I learned that we share a common belief, that quality above anything else matters.Adreas - Fruit and Vegetables in ChelseaAnd so for Meat Free Week, Andreas has kindly given King’s Road Rocks a recipe to share on here.

The recipe is, Sophie’s roasted vegetables with a twist!

It feeds a family of 4/5 and here it is:

1400g Sweet Potato
1400g Butternut Squash
1200g Swede
300g Parsnip
300g Swede
300g Carrot
1200g Red Pepper
1200g Yellow Pepper
1250g Courgettes
1 Banana Shallot
1 Small Red Onion

Cheap olive oil or Pommace oil
Fresh Oregano and Thyme
Cayenne pepper
Fresh herbs

Peel and chop to a comfortable size and wash your vegetables
Preheat the oven to 190 degrees
Add vegetables to the oven tray with a good amount of olive oild
Shake some Cayanne pepper to taste
Put in the oven for 45 minutes

Eat and enjoy!

Chelsea Girl

 

Proud Chelsea Exhibition McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis

The eagerly anticipated Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibition opens at the V&A on Saturday and already the outstanding reviews are pouring in. So it’s no wonder, in anticipation of this exhibition, Alexander McQueen’s legacy is trending around London.

On the King’s Road Proud Galleries’ exhibition, McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis, gives an intimate look at the fashion designer, a peek behind the scenes of his early shows and a look at those who were close to him.

Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis

The intimacy of the photographs reflect the close relationship between the photographer and fashion designer: Gary Wallis first met Alexander McQueen when they were both studying at Central Saint Martins.Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary Wallis

And in the space of three short years, McQueen climbed the ranks of the fashion industry. His greatest champion was Isabella Blow who also became his muse. Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisWallis’s collaboration with McQueen spanned these years and Proud Galleries’ exhibition gives you a “personal insight into the lawless and irreverent life of Alexander McQueen, celebrating a rare moment in time, as this young Londoner became the rebel king of British fashion, pushing the boundaries of convention and reinventing the catwalk, unleashing shock and awe onto the fashion elite.”

Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisThe photographs are beautiful to look and at times haunting. The exhibition also coincides with the launch Garry Wallis’s book, something every McQueen fan must look through.Proud Chelsea Exhibition  McQueen: Backstage – The Early Shows By Gary WallisProud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5XP.

Chelsea Girl

Fantastic Seafood at The World’s End Market

There’s a new’ish restaurant in Chelsea that I’m excited about. It’s The World’s End Market which I’d looked into a few times before visiting and have always seen a good buzz in the evening. Curious, I had it on my list of places to check out. But before I could organise myself, Fiona from London Unattached kindly invited me to go along with her for lunch and review it.

Neither of us were disappointed.

The World's End Market

Inside, the interior stays true to the pub features of the original building which is a great thing. I’ve visited this venue over several years and its style has always changed but this is the first time in a long while since it actually feels authentic.

Bright and spacious during the day, this is a great lunchtime spot. Fiona and I were the first people to arrive (always great for photos) and by the time we left, this space was lively and filling up with folks lunching.
The World's End Market

And for foodies, there’s plenty of food porn to ogle at.The World's End Market

The menu itself is impressive and it took Fiona and I a short while before we could actually decide on what to have. The World's End Market

A glass of Prosecco always helps. ;)

The World's End Market

For starter, I chose and very much enjoyed the tuna tartare with a poached egg on top. The fish was wonderfully fresh and meaty, it made me realise how rare it is to find good seafood when dining out. You really have to seek it out.
The World's End Market

Fiona had the salmon carpaccio with horseradish, shallots, lemon and truffle oil, which I had a taste of and it was equally as fresh and flavoursome. Top marks. The World's End Market

For main, I had the skate wing which is the best I’ve had in a long while. Tasty and meaty, the skate arrived dressed in lemon caper butter with a salsa verde on the side; and there really wasn’t much left after I’d finished with it. The World's End Market

Fiona sang the praises of her lovely fillet steak. (Here’s Fiona’s review for the full low-down.)The World's End Market

And for dessert, I thought given that it was Shrove Tuesday and I was preparing to give up a couple of treats for Lent (I’ve already failed on the added sugar attempt), I thought I’d dive in and go for a slice of red velvet cake with my soya flat white. That was my excuse anyway. ;)

The World's End Market

Fiona had the chocolate fondant, which looked like a great way to polish off a meal. Slight food envy there.
The World's End Market

It goes without saying that I’ll be back. The burgers look fantastic (Truffle Burger, anyone?) and I think this would be a good spot for breakfast too; not to mention the cocktails. So much to choose from, I’m just pleased The World’s End Market is so close by.

The World's End MarketThe World’s End Market, 459 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0LR

Thank you Fiona for inviting me and to JPR Media for arranging our review.

Chelsea Girl

Discovering Kurobuta’s New Home On The King’s Road

If you’ve read my original Kurobuta post, you probably know how much of a fan I was of their King’s Road pop-up. Flashforward to less than a year later and Kurobuta has found a permanent home on the King’s Road.

Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

I was always planning to visit the new restaurant but I guess I was also bracing myself for a change in style. After all, the location was once the slick Sushinho and so I think I ended up holding off for a short while. But word of mouth soon caught up with me and I realised that I was a fool not to check it out at least.
Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

Stepping inside, I discovered a place transformed. Kurobuta hasn’t lost its edge, which I was so excited about. Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

A glimpse of the artwork …
Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

As for the food, it is still great. If you haven’t already tried the Jerusalem Artichoke Chopsticks with Truffle Ponzu Dip then I urge you to. Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

The cocktails are also very good. Sadly Kurobuta’s website doesn’t have its drinks menu on it (or perhaps I can’t find it), so I can’t tell you what this is. But the likelihood is you’ll like anything you order. It’s a good-looking menu.Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

This is OH’s beer with the frozen top which he always loves. Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

The other dishes we had this time round included the Tea Smoked Lamb with Smokey Nasu and Spicy Korean Miso,
Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

Kombu Roasted Chilean Seabass with Spicy Shiso Ponzu, Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

BBQ Kurobuta Pork Ribs with Honey-Soy-Ginger-Glaze, Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

And of course the obligatory BBQ Pork Belly in Steamed Buns with Spicy Peanut Soy which I don’t think I could ever get tired of.Kurobuta, King's Road, Chelsea

The mochi ice cream is always a lovely way to end the meal here; refreshing, flavoursome and I just love the texture.

Kurobuta, King's Road, ChelseaI’m starting to feel like this is an exciting time for the King’s Road with regards to restaurants and bars, and Kurobuta is definitely one of the reasons there is a renewed sense of optimism in the air. I love it.

KB Chelsea, 312 King’s Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UH.

Chelsea Girl

 

Blow Dry and Prosecco at Duck & Dry

Recently I’d written about Duck & Dry when Barts cocktail bar had popped up there for Valentine’s Day. Genius, I thought. Cocktails and hairstyling are a match made in heaven.

Unable to drop by to review this delicious concept, I visited Duck & Dry the day after. I wanted to experience this place which I’d been curious about since it first opened on the King’s Road.

Duck & Dry

The interior is stylish …
Duck & Dry

And there’s even a bar. Looking at Duck & Dry’s website, I noticed that they even host parties which I love the sound of. It’s a great space.Duck & Dry

Don’t you love these Kilner jars?Duck & Dry

So what do Duck & Dry offer? Blow dry or updo styles as well as extensions and treatments. There are even little dos for under 12s.Duck & Dry

And you can also sip a glass of prosecco or a cup of coffee or an orange juice whilst enjoying some nibbles.

Michael who looked after me was a really great guy to meet and I was very surprised that he managed to add waves into my thick straight hair which I loved.Duck & DryWhen I first arrived, it was pretty clear that the place had caught on. There were a few women having their hair done as somebody else waited.

And what I loved the most about Duck & Dry was how relaxed the whole place felt. It’s not intimidating at all. In fact, it fits into the area just nicely. It feels like it’s been around for years whilst at the same time it looks brand spanking new.

Duck & Dry is located towards the Beaufort Street end of the King’s Road.

My blow-dry and Prosecco/popcorn were complimentary for the purpose of the review. But once my hair starts to grow out, I’m definitely planning on going back; especially when I have a special event to go to.

Chelsea Girl

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