Guest Post- Breakfast at Honey & Co.

This is the first guest post that I’m featuring on my blog so it’s pretty exciting for me! It’s written by Jaime Tung, the talented author and creator of angloyankophile.com – an award-winning blog full of her amazing adventures and discoveries as an American in London – and in many other parts of the world! Thank you so much Jaime for your contribution, it’s awesome to have you on dilaland.com! 

Breakfast at Honey & Co., Warren Street

As we inch closer and closer to Christmas, I’m having a hard time keeping up with my work schedule, let alone my social calendar (just ask Dila, since it’s taken me forever to get this post to her!). Now, there aren’t a lot of people I’d wake up at 6:00 a.m. for, but my friend Alice is an exception. Since we both work in the same part of London, one of our favorite traditions is to grab breakfast before work. It’s great, because unlike lunch, we don’t feel as rushed, and it’s such a nice way to start the day. When Alice and I worked in the same office, we used to have a favorite breakfast hangout (until it closed a few months ago), where we ordered the same thing every time, and even sat at the same table! I know, we’re nerds like that.
This time, we met at Honey & Co. on Warren Street, which specialises in delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Slight issue? I totally forgot about our plans! We were supposed to meet at 8:00 a.m. and at 7:21, I was still tucked up in bed, chuckling at cat videos on YouTube. So cool, right? Then I got a text from her that said, “My train is far too busy at this time in the morning! See you soon!” To say that I leapt out of bed would be an understatement. I grabbed the nearest clothes, put my contacts in with one hand, and flew out the door. I was only 5 minutes late, which was an achievement! “I literally woke up like this,” I said to Alice breathlessly as I rushed into the restaurant.
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 But! The breakfast menu at Honey & Co. was the best reward for rushing out the door. In fact, any menu that features a “dinosaur egg” is a winner in my books! It’s smallish, so if you’re thinking of going for dinner, I’d book ahead of time. They serve an extended breakfast menu on the weekends, but on the weekdays, you still get a hearty serving of warm dishes like “Green shakshuka” (Legbar eggs baked on herby spinach with goat’s yogurt and bread) and “Phylas” (filo pastry filled with pumpkin, spices, feta yogurt and a hardboiled egg). I ended up ordering the “Ijje” – a herb, feta, and buttered leek frittata plus a fresh mint tea, which was such a nice change from the limp bacon sandwiches and dry pancakes you might find at every other breakfast establishment.
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 We stayed for an hour or so, catching up on life (we both bought houses around the same time this year!) and work – and never felt rushed. The fun, brightly-colored decor made me feel as though we were on holiday in Tel-Aviv instead of starting the workday in Central London. I could have easily stayed longer for a coffee, but the clock soon struck 9:00 and, like Cinderella, it was time for us to leave the proverbial breakfast ball.
I had my eye on Honey & Co.’s cookbooks, which I thought would make a great Christmas gift for my brother-in-law, who loves to cook.
I’m looking forward to going back for dinner soon! I’ve heard that their desserts are the stuff of legends.
Do you ever go out for a nice, sit-down breakfast before work? I’d love to know!
Huge thanks to Dila for hosting me on her blog!
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 I hope you enjoyed Jaime’s lovely post as much as I did! Be sure to check out her inspiring blog full of amazing photos, reviews, recommendations, discoveries and so much more :)
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Restaurant Recommendation – Ottolenghi

Ottolenghi Open Delicatessen Counter

There are probably only a few things that I love more than discovering different restaurants with delicious food.

Ottolenghi is one of those restaurants, it’s definitely one of my favorites in London for many reasons. It’s a perfect place for the ones looking for healthy but at the same time incredibly tasty and good value food, mainly from Mediterranean & Middle Eastern cuisines.

The restaurant has four branches – in Spitalfields, Notting Hill, Islington and Belgravia. I’ve been to the ones in Islington and Spitalfields, I think they’re both great in terms of service, ambience and decoration. I went there always for lunch, as in my opinion the atmosphere is more suitable for lunch, but you could surely go for dinner as well if you wish.

Their open delicatessen counter is mouth watering, with heavenly desserts on one side, and healthy but delicious salads and side dishes on the other.

For lunch, you can choose different salads from their great selection, either with or without a main course. They also have delicious pastries that could be considered light :)

I have to mention their desserts one more time as the ones that I tried were absolutely amazing. You should definitely try some of them if you haven’t yet – you won’t regret it!

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Perfect lunch for two
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English beef with mustard, with aubergine, sweet potato and lentils

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P.S: There’s usually a long queue at the Islington branch of the restaurant, so going there early would be the best.

Check out their website for more information on the food, prices and more: www.ottolenghi.co.uk

Have you been to Ottolenghi before? Comment to let me know!

 

Louis Vuitton Series 3 Exhibition

Louis Vuitton Series 3

Fashion and art collaborations have become quite common nowadays, for example especially high-end brands like Chanel have done many exhibitions in different parts of the world and continue to do so (Mademoiselle Privé Exhibition started two days ago at Saatchi Gallery).

Louis Vuitton is one of those brands that show a great interest in the art world; as their numerous collaborations with artists in the past also point out (e.g. their collection with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in 2012). As it can be understood from the name, “Series 3” is the third of their “Series” exhibitions – the previous ones have started in Los Angeles and Tokyo, and then continued in other cities.

I visited the exhibition about a week ago. It’s at the 180 Strand building near Somerset House, and it’s about the brand’s artistic director’s inspirations for the creation of the Autumn-Winter 2015 collection. As a whole I found it quite successful, as the designs of the brand are displayed in a minimalist, virtual and dramatic atmosphere; this way the focus is always on them. For instance the all-white mannequin sculptures that are decorated with LV accessories make the products stand out significantly.

The use of dim lighting and different videos giving an insight to the creation process are outstanding, especially the ones that show how LV bags are hand-crafted are very interesting. There are also catwalk videos which are shown in separate vertical screens, which make you feel like you are in an actual fashion show. Finally, one of the greatest parts of the exhibition to me is the part where a craftswoman working at the LV workshop in France gives detailed information about the bags and answers the questions of the visitors.

Catwalk clips

 

Craftswoman from the workshop in France

Here is the link of Louis Vuitton’s official web page that gives detailed information about the exhibition if you’d like to find out more.

I hope you enjoyed my first post, would love to hear your thoughts!