Hare & Tortoise

Hare & Tortoise

£ -- 8.5/10 The first time I was introduced to Hare & Tortoise was a few years ago whilst spontaneously deciding where to go for dinner. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, but then I forgot about it. More recently, I was looking through old photos and found one from my previous visit to Hare & Tortoise. It jogged my memory. I remember! And then I caught a craving. The next opportunity I had to organise dinner, I planned for Hare & Tortoise. Hare & Tortoise is a Japanese restaurant, serving authentic cuisine made in their kitchens. There are a few branches around London however it doesn't have a chain-like feel, on the contrary, it feels like a family-run restaurant. The menu is extensive, serving Halal chicken. The week prior, Mohamed had attempted (and succeeded) to make a delicious chicken katsu curry at home. I had not heard of chicken katsu before but after tasting it, I was hooked! Of course, I had to...
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Makan Cafe

Makan Cafe

£ -- 8/10 I recently decided to venture West for a weekend exploration of Portobello Road/Notting Hill. Notting Hill is one of my favourite areas in London. The charm of Portobello Road lined with vintage stores and street food pleases everyone who passes through. I find that Notting Hill is always extremely busy with tourists and locals alike, overflowing with people desperate for that perfect instagram photo featuring the colourful houses. I, too, am guilty of this crime. I walked down Portobello Road starting from Notting Hill station, past Farm Girl café, also one of my loved brunch spots. I passed the vintage stores and the outdoor summer market. At the end of Portobello Road, I came across Makan Restaurant, a Malaysian joint serving traditional street-food in a 'no-frills' cafe. As much as I do appreciate beautiful decor, I also appreciate really appreciate good food. I had a recommendation for this cafe and so already had very high expectations. I ordered a...
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PF CHang

I had visited P.F.Chang's upon recommendation by a friend. P.F.Chang's offers freshly made Pan-Asian cuisine, launched in the UK mid 2017. I had heard so much about the reputation that P.F.Chang's had in the US and Dubai, so simply HAD to give it a go. It is located near Leicester Square station, very central and ideal after the theatre or an afternoon out in London. The atmosphere in the restaurant was buzzing and lively, especially at 10pm when we arrived. All tables were full of groups breaking their fast at Iftar time, ideal as the meat is all halal and relatively close to Goodge Street mosque for prayer time. For starters, I ordered the infamous 'ORIGINAL DYNAMITE SHRIMP' - always imitated, never duplicated. Crispy tempura battered shrimp, spicy Sriracha aioli, spring onions. I absolutely LOVED this dish and was tempted to get another 5 portions (but held myself back). I loved the coating, the crispy shell and the large prawns. It finished...
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I Go Chop

I Go Chop

After noticing the opening of a new takeaway, I Go Chop, in Hackney, I needed to try it ASAP! For one Iftar (breaking fast) meal, I decided to pick up a few items from the menu from them. The meat is halal and there is quite a wide selection of items on the menu. There are no seats inside the store, however, it does have a great look and if bigger could definitely be quite a nice restaurant. I Go Chop serves Nigerian cuisine and has been rated quite highly by other food critics. I decided to go for the fried fish, plantain, beans and jollof rice. Annoyingly, none of the main toppings were available except cow's foot and a turkey plantain dish. Neither was what we wanted but because there was only 20 minutes left until Iftar, we just went for whatever was available. Customer service was great and we got the meal quite quickly. The jollof rice, plantain and beans...
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Halal Honeymoon In Santorini

Halal Honeymoon In Santorini

Santorini, one of my dream destinations of 2017 - and I was lucky enough to travel to the beautiful Santorini for my honeymoon at the end of last year. Yes, I got married *cue the wedding bells*. When we were deciding where to go for a couple of days, there was simply no contesting. Actually, we were toying between the Amalfi Coast (Positano amongst others) and Santorini. In the end, we chose to travel to Santorini for 4 night, 5 days and it really was the BEST decision I've ever made. Hotel First and foremost, we booked The Dream in Oia (Deluxe Villa with Jetted Outdoor Tub). We decided to stay in Oia as it is the picture perfect postcard destination for carved out houses in the cliffs with the typical cave houses of the villagers. For those who want to wake up to the pure white buildings with colourful roofs that are typical of Greek architecture, Oia is the place to stay! The Dream...
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Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Only 24 Hours in Amsterdam?

Travelling to Amsterdam was spontaneous. I mean spontaneous in the most spontaneous way possible. My good friend had recently quit her job she felt displeased in, with an position in a company she desired (kudos to her)! As a treat to herself, she booked a week in Amsterdam, staying at the Banks Mansion Hotel. As we were chatting a few days before she flew out, she asked if I wanted to come for a few days. Naturally I laughed it off. 72 hours later, I found myself at City Airport, waiting for my flight to Amsterdam. I booked a flight for one night, staying in Amsterdam for less than 24 hours. I figured, hey why not - you only live once *trying to justify my actions*. Before I met my friend, I visited the Aya Sofya mosque in Amsterdam to freshen up and also to check it out as photos online showed it to be incredible beautiful, located on the bank...
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Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

Exclusive Helicopter Tour Above Central London!

To celebrate my graduation (and marriage), my siblings surprised me with a HeliAir Helicopter fight over London (link here). They told me to keep that weekend available, so I knew they were planning something; a helicopter ride over London was the LAST thing on my mind. We were driving for over an hour towards the (for me) unknown destination. I was told to dress comfortable and warm. So I did. The weekend before, I purchased a hat and gloves - yes, I do not otherwise own these cumbersome items. Anyway, as we approached the helicopter base, I started to get clues and as we drove into the carpark it hit me! I was going to fly inside a helicopter. To cut a long story short, I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe the kindness of my siblings. We were first briefed by the pilot, told all the safety information and we were ready to go! We walked towards the field and there it was,...
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My Dream Destinations 2018

My Dream Destinations 2018

Hello and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018! I can not believe how quickly 2017 flew, I feel like it was just yesterday that I started this page, but in fact I starting blogging in 2015. Last year I published a list of my Dream Destinations of 2017. They were Greece, Australia, Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Oman. I was fortunate enough to do a lot of travelling in 2017. 2017 took me to Greece (Santorini), Italy (Milan, Venice, Florence and Bologna), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Malta, France (Paris) and to a few cities in England. Again this year, I am compiling a list of my dream destinations of 2018 and hope that I can travel to them all this year! Ethiopia I shouldn't really be allowed to add Ethiopia on this list as I recently visited in the summer of 2016. Never the less, Ethiopia has repeatedly topped bucket-list holiday guides and has been voted the go-to place for travel last year. I usually go...
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Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Top 7 Brunch Spots In London

Brunching should be a new national sport, or maybe it's just a London thing? Gone are the days of celebrating a birthday or graduation over dinner, instead us millennials are opting for the late morning, early afternoon amalgamation of breakfast and lunch - brunch. Brunch isn't eaten at 8am, nor is it eaten at 4pm; it is more of a 11-1pm meal (although I have seen some restaurants with a brunch menu up to 4pm - shame on you). I must admit, I have entertained a fair number of brunch invites, and although sceptical at first, I now prefer to eat out for brunch over any other meal. London is particularly blessed in the brunch department, boasting a diverse number of resturants serving brunch some with bottomless beverages. Here I present my top 7 brunch spots that I hope tickle your taste buds by the end of this article! Happy brunching :)  1 : Clerkenwell Grind I visited Clerkenwell Grind (Barbican) a few months...
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Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

Secret Places For Quiet Study/Work In London

The university libraries are full to the brim. All the rooms are booked out completely for the next month. The local libraries are full of young kids 'revising'. Your neighbours are always playing loud music. All you want is some peace and quiet to allow you to work and study. I felt like this at one point, and so made sure to find some places in London that would be perfect for some quiet study, somewhere not so isolating, and somewhere that I can enjoy London at the same time. I have compiled a little list of my top 5 secret (not-so-secret-any-more) places that I have been really enjoying whilst writing my PhD thesis. I try to spend a few days at home, and a few days at one of these locations to help mix things up a bit (and to get me out of the house really). Waterstones (Gower Street, Euston) This Waterstones in Euston is a huge bookshop that encourages...
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