Temper

I’m going to keep this one short & sweet. Or rather, short & smokey.

Because you’ll see, there’s not much to say about Temper, except for the fact that it’s grill-iant.

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Not that it should come as a surprise.

The first restaurant of London BBQ-master Neil Rankin (of the Pitt Cue & Smokehouse fame), this place has some seriously good breeding.

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The settings are quite simple (though they do look fancy): 180 seats, arranged around a central open fire pit, where everything is cooked using only wood and charcoal.

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Ask for a seat at the counter, where you’ll be able to watch the chefs work their magic…

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…and indulge in a bit of plate-spotting while you wait!

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Though a couple of the cocktails (On the Nose & Sage Advice) will also do the trick, if you’re not as nosy as I am!

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Best enjoyed with a side of Scotch bonnet chilli -a shredded meat concoction, hidden under a blanket of melted cheese, red onion & fire-y green chilli that”ll put any con carne experiment of yours to shame.

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Though the menu also features tacos & Cornish seafood bits, we went for a feast of what Temper’s been acclaimed for -Meat,  with the sort of punchy, international flavours Rankin’s famous for.

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There’s beef, lamb and goat.

All butchered in house, grilled whole and served atop juice-drenched home-made flatbread.

All absolutely phenomenal.

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Red curry beef skewer.

Spicy & zingy, and the perfect barbecue translation of the Thai classic.

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Burnt end Thai larb.

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A delightful, clever nose-to-tail approach to my beloved Lao meat salad.

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Burrata, lime & jalapeño – an instant summer favourite!

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Smacked cucumber -the perfect barbecue side, if you ask me.

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All in all the perfect tear n’ share barbecue feast!

After that, puddings are not quite necessary but absolutely compulsory.

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The butterscotch Kouign-Amann with dulce de leche ice cream is caramel inception in the best possible way.

Crispy, butter-and-sugar-enriched, caramelised puff pastry, topped with a silky caramel sauce, and then some caramel ice cream for good measure.

The dream.

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But then, there’s the dessert to end all desserts. The ultimate indulgence.

Temper’s chocolate cookie with fior di latte ice cream.

Just baked, soooooo goeyand absolutely irresistible.

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Take any meat lover with a sweet tooth – it’ll take their breath away!

Temper, 25 Broadwick Street, London W1F 0DF

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Temper

Cruelty free beauty – Edit #1

Making the decision to switch to more ethical consumer products is one thing. Implementing said decision is another.

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Truth be told, it’s not all been quiiiite as easy as I thought this would be.

Part of it is liked to my neighbours insists on filling our food waste caddy with their empty coffee cups ?.

Part of it is because ethical choices are usually less convenient, and information can be difficult to find.

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Especially when it comes to cruelty free beauty, since there is no legal definition.

Which means that no matter how many links you click on & how many pages you read on the back of an innocent ‘brand name + cruelty free’ Google search you make, there are times when you will still not get any conclusive answer.

That can be quite discouraging at first, but if you dig deep enough, there are absolute gems to be found!

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Fair Squared’s Apricot Shampoo*

Now, I know the idea was to replace products for a cruelty-free alternative as and when I run out. But I simply couldn’t wait to try this one. And how right I was not to!

Free from parabens and Laureth Sulfate, and smelling absolutely delicious, Fair Squared’s Apricot Shampoo is simply the dream! Its light texture is easy to rince and leaves your hair smooth, soft and shiny.

Not to mention the fact that Fair Squared is probably one of the most ethical beauty companies around (their products are not only cruelty free, but also vegan, certified Fair Trade and Natrue) and has one of the most impressive range.

I don’t know about you, but I aprican’t wait to try more!

Urtekram’s Nordic Berry range

Another berry good discovery from award-winning, Danish organic beauty pioneer brand Urtekram!

Founded in 1972, Urtekram is renowned for creating plant-based products which are wholesome and natural.

Packed with vitamins and antioxidants derived from traditional Nordic Berries including Seabuckthorn, blueberries, cranberries and rosehip, the Nordic Berry range includes all the products you need for a full ethic body ‘n’ hair routine.

The body lotion* is my favourite sofar because of its light (it gets absorbed in seconds) yet very moisturising texture and its delicate, subtle scent.

I’m also looking forward to trying out the repairing conditioner* -aloe usually works wonder on me- and I’m looking closely into their toothpaste & deodorant ranges…

Hurraw lip balm

These have been a favourite of mine for several years now and if you haven’t tried them yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for!

They are the best lip balms I’ve ever tried. I’ve tried A LOT and nothing comes even close.

All Hurraw products are cruelty free, vegan, non-GMOs and mainly made of organic ingredients. There’s a huuuuuge range of scents to choose from (my favourite is Earl Grey). And they’re really easy to find too (on Amazon, or at Whole Foods, Planet Organic and other natural food and beauty stores).

To which I say: hip-hip-hurraw!

Ren Instant Brightening Beauty Shot eye cream

With the heat and the increased pollution levels resulting from it, the skin around my eyes has been unusually dry and itchy lately, so I decided to give this little thing a try.

I can’t really give you any information on the brand’s anti-aging promises. But what I can vouch for the moisturizing and calming effect of it. The texture is a sort of very light gel that dries to feel a bit like aloe vera gel and really helps soothe itchy eye lids.

An absolute sore eye Summer dream!

Do you have any cruelty free beauty faves? What do I need to get my hands on? Hook a (newly converted) girl up!

*Press sample.

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Sushi Shop Summer Box

I love cooking. In a curious, trial-and-error, obsessive sort of way.

But even I couldn’t bring myself to turn the stovetop and/or oven on in the heatwave we’ve been blessed with those past few days.

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Delicious, colourful sushi, fresh crisp salads, my weight in fruit daily and liters of water. When the temperatures rise, this is how I roll.

Just what Sushi Shop’s gorgeous, limited-edition Summer Box is all about!

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Created in collaboration with paper-wizard Parisian brand PaperMint, the Sushi Shop Summer Box promises a modern, brightly coloured & refreshing take on the traditional sushi platter!

Decorated in a vibrant flamingo pattern, the Summer Box includes 36 pieces of sushi (2 of which are exclusive creations), a side dish and a fresh melon, papaya & berry fruit salad, making it the ultimate Summer bento!

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The sushi themselves are beautifully crafted and the selection is playful & creative.

My favourites were the Chicken Katsu maki and the classic tuna nagiri. And of course, the new, summer-tastic Spicy salmon & papaya spring roll.

Sweet salmon, fruity papaya, balanced perfectly by the light tingle of the spicy sauce… Just soy good!

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Perfect for sharing with a friend for fun in the sun!

Or -more accurately- in the air-conditioned comfort of your local Sushi Shop store, office or home sweet home. Order yours here (available for pick-up or take-away)

O-fish-ally the most delicious way to survive a heatwave!

More things to eat in a heatwave

Best EVER guacamole (Vegan, GF)

Kale & Rice salad with avocado & salmon (GF)

Anything from Ahi Poke

All the tapas on the Thames!

The Sushi Shop Summer box was gifted to me by the brand and/or their PR agency, however all opinions, pictures, sushi love, bad fish pun & tendency to turn into a puddle of sweat are my own.

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The Grill on the Market

As much as I love plant-based food, there are times when only steak will do.

And when the craving strikes, there’s nowhere I’d rather be than at The Grill on the Market.

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Located just opposite the iconic Smithfields market, The Grill on the Market is a modern steakhouse in all its brick-and-red-leather glory.

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The week’s special cuts are on display at the back.

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While behind the bar, there’s a whole different sort of display on…

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The sort of display awaiting the touch of an artist to turn into incredible cocktails.

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Starting with a fresh n’ tangy Rhubarb Sling (Rhubarb syrup, Tanqueray, lemon, rhubarb liqueur, soda) each.

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The perfect pairing for the Mediterranean-inspired salmon tartare.

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Fresh and clean, with the added creaminess of the hidden, perfectly poached quail egg and a touch of crème fraiche on the top…

Offishally delicious!

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Though not quite as good as the Cauliflower Cheese Souffle with Thermidor glaze and pickled red cabbage.

Pure indulgence.

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And then to the main event – Australian Chateaubriand fillet.

A beautiful, house dry-aged piece of meat, grilled to blushing pink perfection and served with all the trimmings.

And extra bearnaise sauce for fries-dunking because OBVIOUSLY!

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The pud’ menu is short but filled with classics: apple pie, chocolate pot, bakewell tart, mess, lemon posset…

All the usual suspects, but with a few twists along the way.

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The sticky toffee pudding might be the most classic of the lot, but it is much lighter than you’d expect.

Perfect if you’ve already over-indulged!

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Or you could skip pudding altogether and go for a rich & oak-y Port in a Storm instead.

Anything but a pour decision (especially if you take advantage of the excellent 2-for-1 cocktail offer), the Grill on the Market is one of those rare place for well done (and well priced!) steak in London.

Perfect for any time the steaks are high!

The Grill on the Market, 2-3 West Smithfield, London EC1A 9JX Book your table here

More special occasion restaurants in London

The Palomar

The Balcon at Sofitel

The Cinnamon Club

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Tapas on the Thames

Summer in London is something truly special.

The sun shines over the Thames, the city slows down a bit and everyone takes any excuse they get to be outside as much as they can.

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Dinner al fresco is obviously a must-do, with extra brownie points if:

  1.  it’s by the River
  2. you don’t have to queue for a table at said dinner spot
  3. there’s bubbly aplenty

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Wondering how to hit the London Summer dinner jackpot?

Hop on, I know just the place!

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Located on the edge of the water just a short (free!) boat trip away from Canary Wharf’s hustle and bustle, the new Anna de Codorníu ‘Terrace on the Thames’ is a little slice of Barcelona in the heart of London.

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A 5-month collaboration between Codorníu, Spain’s oldest family-run business producing sixty million bottles of cava every year and the DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands hotel, Terrace of the Thames is just the spot when you’re city-bound but in need of a good dose of vitamin sea.

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It’s just the spot to put your feet up…

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With a glass of Anna in hand, of course!

The extensive cava menu features the classic Anna Blanc de Blancs Reserva, alongside lesser known Blanc de Noirs, Anna de Codorníu Rosado, Anna de Codorníu Dulce Ice Edition, Codorníu Zero (an alcohol-free option), as well as a selection of sangria-based sharing cocktails, Spanish beers, ciders and spirits.

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The food also takes inspiration from Catalonia with a sharing tapas menu featuring the likes of albóndigas (meatballs), patatas bravas, chorizo al vino…

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Quite the excuse to order up a feast!

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Though you’ll want to leave room for the signature Anna paella…

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A little bit naughty but really, really rice!

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Finish things off with choc n’ Baileys pud’ in a jar..

…and you’re all set for a pitcher perfect Summer dinner!

Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames, DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside, 265 Rotherhithe Street, London SE16 5HW – Book a table here

More London Summer fun:

5 Things To Do In London Before Summer Is Over

Drake & Morgan’s ‘Taste of Summer’

London Gin Odysee Tour

I visited the Anna de Codorníu Terrace on the Thames as a guest of the brand but opinion, pictures, love of tapas and heavily-handed smoked paprika seasoning my own!

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Vegan Buddha Bowl with Green Tahini

Defined as ‘a bowl which is packed so full that it has a rounded “belly” appearance on the top, much like the belly of a buddha’, buddha bowls might sound like just another food fad.

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But not at all. Because if the term is new, the concept (a random bunch of delicious veggies, thrown together in a bowl and topped with all sorts of creamy n’ crunchy treats) really isn’t.

 

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Packed full of nutrients, buddha bowls make for super satisfying, healthy meals.

They’re super easy to adapt to any diet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy-free) without feeling like you have to compromise. And they only take a few minutes to put together.

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As a result, they’re my packed lunch of choice.

I’ve tried quite a few variations of the ol’ grain + greens + veg + sauce combo, and this quinoa & sweet potato vegan buddha bowl is simply the best (yes, even better than this bad boy!).

 

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As it just so happen, this baby is good for you, nutritious, vegan and gluten-free.

But because it’s packed full of colours, flavours and textures and soooooo satisfying, you won’t even notice it!

Just my kind of superbowl!

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More healthy lunch recipes:

Spring Potato Salad (Vegan, GF)

Best Ever Guacamole (Vegan, GF)

Tomato & Coconut Pasta (Vegan)

Vegan Buddha Bowl with Green Tahini

Dip & Flip

As a shameless central London resident, there’s only one way to get me south of the river.

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And the promise of delicious, decadent, food-porn-worthy burgers is that way.

Luckily for me, my (fellow burger lover) friends are all too aware of that fact.

And that’s how I found myself on an over-packed Northern line (aka. hell on earth) last Friday on my way to Dip & Flip.

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The retro-Americana decor teases and hints at what’s to come.

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The Dip & Flip burger.

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A cheeseburger topped with sliced roast beef and slaw, swimming in cheese and gravy.

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With more gravy on the side because life simply tastes better dipped in gravy.

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Clean and lean, it definitely is not.

But messy, dirty in the best possible way and very, very good? Check, check aaaaand check.

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Finish things off with a couple of pickleback shots – they’re kind of a big dill!

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Or a *whispers* secret menu coffee shake.

Strong, rich & sweet, it’s the diner equivalent to the very best affogato and absolutely brew-tiful!

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With bun-tastic food and friendly, buzzing service, a visit to Dip & Flip in itself justifies a trip to the ‘Deep South’.

Yes, even if that means waiting for 6 Tubes before you can actually get into one. That’s how flippin‘ good it was.

We visited their Tooting restaurant, but there are a few dotted around South London.

So find your nearest location, (schedule an extra session at the gym) & make the trip down South… I promise it’ll be gravy!

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