Last week I had the great pleasure of visiting the Whitehall Penthouse at Corinthia Hotel where I stood upon its terrace to glimpse Buckingham Palace in the distance.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

The special occasion was The Queen’s 90th birthday, which meant the morning started with an obligatory glass of Champagne. 😉

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

The brunch was also an opportunity to preview the menu for the 1920s themed Jazz Sunday Brunch, which will be held on 12th June in celebration of The Queen’s public birthday.

Starters on the full menu include …

CrĂšme Dubarry, Charred Cauliflower and Chervil Cream

Smoked Salmon and Halibut Terrine with Sweet Pickled Cucumber and Dill

Chicken and Foie Gras with Wild Mushrooms and Morels, Cumberland Sauce 

Eggs Benedict Financier, Monmouthshire Beech Smoked Ham 

Beef Steak Tartare, Fresh Bloody Mary Sauce 

Scotch Egg

My favourite was definitely the beef steak tartare with the fresh Bloody Mary sauce because of the burst of flavour that felt adventurous yet familiar at the same time.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

There will also be a seafood display on 12th June which will involve …

Oysters, Served with Lemon Merlot Vinegar and Shallots

Prawn Cocktail Marie Rose and Fresh Horseradish

Dressed Cornish Crab and Avocado, CrÚme Fresh

I tried the oysters which were very good though I didn’t try the prawn cocktail or the Cornish crab but I heard plenty of compliments around me about the crab.

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For mains there is a choice of …

Saddle of Lamb stuffed with Spinach and Kidneys, served with Roast Potato or Dauphinoise Potatoes and Honey Roast Root Vegetables

Smoked Beef Wellington, Port and Red Wine Baby Beetroot, Truffle Jus, Pea and Mashed Potato 

Roast Chicken Chivry, Peas, Mushroom and Broad Beans casserole, Wild Mushroom and Root Vegetable Egg Cocotte

Poached Salmon Bellevue, served with Egg Mayonnaise and Crayfish Tails 

Fillets of Lemon Sole Waleska, Lobster Glazed Sauce

I went for the saddle of lamb with roast potatoes and vegetables, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And yet again, I felt that I could have picked anything from this menu and it would have tasted just as good.

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

And as for pudding, well …

Nougat Parfait, Candied Fruits and Roasted Nuts, Red Fruits Coulis

Ginger and Milk Chocolate Tart, Caramelised Walnuts, Salted Caramel, Malt Ice-cream 

Chocolate and Orange Delice, Blood Orange Sorbet 

Blueberry and Violet Cheesecake, Lemon Jelly, Lemon crumb, Violet ice-cream 

Galatte des Reine, Puff Pastry, Frangipane, Raspberry Compote, Rose, Raspberry Sorbet 

Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

With the Terry O’Neil portrait of The Queen as part of the setting and the gorgeous selection of platters on offer, I had a truly wonderful morning; so much so I even made my first foray into Snapchat to document it. The surroundings were sumptuous as it is throughout Corinthia Hotel and as per my last visit I was yet again impressed by the food.Celebrating The Queen's 90th Birthday at Corinthia Hotel London

So if you are looking for a special way to indulge in The Queen’s public birthday – in a way that will also take you back to the time when HRH was born – then this could be the treat for you. Enjoy! 🙂

Corinthia Hotel London, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A 2BD, UK

Thai food is something I have every week and so I was delighted to be invited to review Mango Tree in Belgravia, which I hadn’t visited before.

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

I brought one of my besties who lives in the area with me as a good excuse to catch up. As it turns out, he’d been here a few times but over time had stop coming here. So I was intrigued to find out what he thought about the food too.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

B started lunch with a non-alcoholic cocktail – unfortunately, the name completely escapes me right now …

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

… while I had the Mango Tree Fizz which is a Champagne cocktail with amaretto and fresh mango juice.

Lunch at Mango Tree, Belgravia

For starter, B and I ordered the Mango Tree Seafood Platter which included fresh king prawns in spicy tom yum sauce, grilled king scallop with garlic butter sauce, soft-shell crab tempura and mixed seafood satay.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

We also had the Tom Yum soup but admittedly I didn’t have too much of mine because I found it too hot. B had a lot more of his though.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

For main I decided on the Gang Phed Ped Yang Pon La Mai red curry with roasted duck, grape, pineapple and cherry tomatoes, served in a pineapple bowl which I really enjoyed. 

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

B had the Pad Thai Goong Yai with the most amazing king prawn, which I had to try.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

And of course there were some vegetables.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

I really didn’t have much room for dessert but I was persuaded to share a taster of Mango Tree’s key puddings and I’m so glad I gave in. I loved the crĂȘme brĂ»lĂ©e though I was a little unsure of the sticky rice which I normally love.

Lunch at Mango Tree Belgravia

Overall it was a wonderfully indulgent lunch, so much so we were the last to leave. And as the lunchtime crowd headed back to their desks and I dashed back to mine, I did wonder why B had left it so long. I’m not sure what other Thai restaurants are around Victoria but this one was perfectly fine – and as I found out, B enjoyed it too. 🙂

Mango Tree, 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7EQ

The King’s Road is a very long road and it stretches beyond World’s End until it becomes New King’s Road and leads us to Eel Brook Common, which I love. In and around this leafy area a new pizzeria has opened. It’s called Santa Maria and some folks may already know about it from its original Ealing restaurant.

Santa Maria prides itself on its traditional Neapolitan pizzas that are cooked in their wood fired oven …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… and it is already proving popular amongst the locals – not least because of its eye-catching interior that seems very intriguing when you’re walking past.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

I popped in for an early supper with the OH and Little Man after a visit to the playground on Eel Brook Common.

And for me, the evening started with a glass of Prosecco while …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… the OH poured himself a beer.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Some of you may already know that I gave up wheat at the start of the year and because Santa Maria doesn’t serve gluten-free pizzas I thought I’d test the pizzas on two huge pizza fans when I was invited in to review.

The OH had the San Giuseppe with smoked mozzarella, rare breed Yorkshire sausage, friarielli (wild broccoli), chilli flakes and parmesan.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

And Little Man ordered his favourite: margarita pizza with mushrooms.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Both pizzas were devoured. The OH was particularly impressed with his and Little Man took home what he couldn’t finish. The toppings looked amazing and the thin base of each pizza looked very tempting.

I ordered a few side dishes to make up my main. They included meatballs with ricotta cheese …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… caponata, which arrives with bread as a starter.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

And I also enjoyed a mixed salad to accompany my very tasty dishes.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

For dessert, the OH ordered a tiramisu …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… Little Man enjoyed (another) ice cream this weekend and …

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

… I had a lemon sorbet floating in lemoncello.

Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea

Overall, this was a very satisfying visit. The staff were all very friendly, the interior made the restaurant somewhere you wanted to be and the food was all very good. Definitely a great spot!

Santa Maria Pizzeria, 92-94 Waterford Road, Chelsea, SW6 2HA

The Easter Bank Holiday started with so much promise as it delivered clear blue skies and springtime weather that excited every living creature … perhaps maybe not the ones with woolly coats. Nonetheless it was gorgeous, so as the family and I made our way round the DIY stores in Wandsworth we decided to stop by The Ship for a bite to eat.

We were there early which made everything pretty simple.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

And as we waited for Little Man’s fish and chips to arrive as well as the burger bar to open, we sat outside and enjoyed the riverside view over a glass of our chosen drinks. The passing boats and overhead helicopters were plenty to keep Little Man entertained, which makes me think we’ve found the perfect spot for everyone.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

When the food arrived we had to go inside. Only food ordered from the burger bar can be eaten outside and for some reason Little Man has a thing against burgers and sandwiches. He doesn’t get the point or so he says. 😉

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

The OH ordered a classic burger …

The Ship pub in Wandsworth… which I also ordered except without the bun – and we were both very impressed. I loved my burger which was served medium rare. It was tender and tasty and it felt like you were really getting your teeth into something meaty. The curly fries were great too and overall, we all had an awesome lunch.

The Ship pub in Wandsworth

By the time we left the place was filling up and of course it would, it was a sunny start to the long weekend.

A great thing for me is that I’ve found another place that ticks all the boxes, for all of us. Now all we need is more sunny weather and a very long summer to make the most of it. 🙂

The Ship, 41 Jews Row, Wandsworth, London, SW18 1TB

Some folks may have already discovered Jacob’s Finest at Duke of York Square’s Fine Food Market. That’s where I found them and since then I’ve personally got to know the wonderful people behind what I consider to be easily the best falafels I’ve tasted in London.

My first encounter with falafels was when I was living in Israel whilst working on a kibbutz during a summer holiday whilst at university. Flash forward to today and while I really love these beauties, I’m a lot more concerned about my diet nowadays. So there isn’t the free for all with my stomach that there used to be. I gave up wheat at the start of this year for instance and I’m also diary intolerant.

But as much as I initially fell for the taste of Jacob’s Finest’s falafels, I’ve only just discovered that they are something I can also enjoy guilt-free. There’s no wheat, dairy, nut or egg. In fact they are allergen free with no additives or preservatives. This of course confuses me slightly because they are so good. Still, I’m not going to complain because a wheat-free diet can be tricky especially when it comes to grabbing lunch.

And this is where Daylesford comes in. The nearest one for me is the store on Pimlico Road …

Daylesford Pimlico Road

… which is gorgeous and has pretty much anything you could want that is tasty and healthy for you.

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

Recently they’ve started stocking Jacob’s Finest, which makes me very happy because the other day when I was in need of lunch and I wanted something to go with a salad, I popped in to pick up a box of apple falafels.

Jacob's Finest - great falafels in London

I was planning on taking pics of my lunch but of course I couldn’t wait to dig in. It’s also very exciting to know that I didn’t need to feel daunted by the idea of giving up wheat initially and that in fact the list of tasty wheat-free foods is just growing. 🙂

So if you end up missing Jacob’s Finest on Saturdays at least you know where to go now. I thoroughly recommend them. They are so fine!

Daylesford Organic Pimlico Road

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