If you are a fan of Asian food then P.F. Chang’s Asian Table is the place for you. We enjoyed a lovely early evening meal last weekend and we’re literally planning our next visit! The restaurant is so lively and vibrant. When you arrive you are greeted with the most delicious smelling food.
For starters we both had the Handmade Pork Dumplings which was drizzled with soy sauce and chilli mash. This dish is an absolute must have! The dumplings literally melts in your mouth and tastes amazing.
You are spoilt for choice with the variety of different dishes. One of the dishes you could choose from the Honey Chicken or Honey Shrimp. We went for the Honey Shrimp which is lightly battered in sweet and tangy honey sauce, with spring onions served on a bed of crispy rice. Alongside Wasabi Mash Potatoes infused with wasabi, lemongrass, spring onions and cream. We also ordered Sichuan Green Beans marinated in sambal chilli paste, ginger, garlic and pickled Chinese radishes.
The dessert menu looked so good! But to be honest we were so full there was just nowhere for it to go! Lol. We did have room for a couple of cocktails though.. and tried the ‘Azure’ filled with Tequila, Shiso, Elderflower, Grape and Lemon which was very tasty but our favourite cocktail we tried that night had to be the ‘Purple Colada’. OMG!! If you love a pina colada then this drink is most definitely the one to go for. Mixed with coconut rum, Amaretto, pineapple juice, lemon juice, blue tea and coconut cream.
P.F. Chang in Covent Garden is about a five minute walk away from Charing Cross station. The restaurant also offers a lunch time menu and if you have a special occasion coming up they offer celebratory cakes with personalised messages made fresh from their pastry lab.
As women who like to travel, Cuba has been one of our dream destinations and recently became a reality for us. Any preconception you may have about this island will most likely be a distant memory once you’ve experienced Cuba.
The country has an infectious vibrancy that is incredibly magnetic no matter which part of the island you visit. We both agree that Cuba is an amazing place that will certainly blow you away. There is so much to see and do in a country seeped in culture.
We both want to give you an insight into some of the best places to visit while staying in Cuba.
One of the first places we visited was Cuba’s capital…Havana. From the crumbling buildings, to the cobbled streets this city is filled with life. Our best advice would be to take a guided walking tour through Havana. You’ll get to hear the amazing history and discover new things while exploring the old town.
Take a ride in a classic car – It would not be a trip without taking a classic car ride around Havana. Cuba is home to American cars from the 1930s to the 1950s. They have a wide range of vintage cars to choose from, so definitely take the opportunity to flag one down and take a joyride through the city. You’ll get to have your own personalised tour and get to know the history of this amazing country. We would recommend you negotiate a price and length of time with your driver before taking the trip.
Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón – Far from being eerie Havana’s main cemetery (which is a national monument) is known for it’s striking religious and marble statues. You’ll get to stroll through 57 hectares of elaborate religious designs showing the graves of politicians, artists, writers and revolutionaries.
Tropicana Club – Prepare to be blown away with the bright colours, sultry salsa moves and the Latin sounds at Tropicana. A fabulous Cabaret show located in a lush tropical garden. The show is literally out of this world which features an array of performers. Their costumes are flamboyant adding a level of sauce to their eye-popping dance routines. It is the same venue where famous faces like Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack would hang out when staying in Cuba. You are provided with a bottle of rum at your table as well as mixers. So you can sit back and enjoy a Cuban cigar, enjoy a strong beverage and watch the delights of the show.
Castillo De Los Tres Reyes Del Morro (El Morro)- A fortress which was constructed between 1589 and 1630 to guard the entrance to Havana Bay is the quintessential Cuban landmark. The two castles feature a variety of experiences including a Maritime museum and another museum dedicated to Che Guevera. We would recommend visiting during the evening to attend the famous cañonazo ceremony. This nightly ceremony reenacts an 18th century ritual of sounding a canon to signal the closing of the city walls. You can sit on the massive walls and watch the sunset, listen to the sea crashing against the fort and get some breathtaking snaps of Old Havana’s skyline.
Look out for our Part II: Why you should visit Cuba.
This is our holiday style for Aruba and we wanted to give you all a few of our favourite beach outfits. We certainly feel that sometimes it can be a struggle to find cover ups that ooze a sense of glam or swimsuits that don’t make you feel self-conscious on the beach. For us, fashion and feeling comfortable go hand in hand. You want to look good but feel good too. Fortunately, we have put together out favourite beach wear that in our humble opinion are the perfect items for any beach destination. We hope you enjoy!
Thank you for reading our short but sweet beachwear style guide! We hope you enjoyed and feel free to share some of your best beach style tips. Until next time…..
London Fashion Week has come to an end and unfortunately we didn’t attend any shows but we did get to celebrate our own way and that was… no other than a cheeky afternoon tea.
To celebrate, The Hilton Hotel on Park Lane put on a fantastic spread for a Chanel-themed afternoon tea. We were presented with an array of delicious cakes. They paid tribute to the late Karl Lagerfield – who was the creative director of Chanel – with a blood orange and white chocolate tart which had his face imprinted onto it with his signature glasses. There was even a mandarine praline ‘Chanel handbag’. The attention to detail was on point!
We also enjoyed freshly warm baked scones that came with a salted caramel spread, Cornish clotted cream and strawberry jam. Coconut macaroons was on the menu alongside more pastries and fondant fancies. The sandwiches were divine and was presented to us so immaculately! The toppings were smoked salmon and horseradish cream, cucumber, chive and cream cheese, prawn cocktail and lettuce, coronation chicken, curry and pineapple, ham, tomato chutney, mustard and cress.
To wash down all this yummy food there was a great selection of teas to choose from. Shelley had the Organic Jasmine Pearls and Michelle had the Classic Organic English Breakfast which was so refreshing!
We totally recommend experiencing The London Fashion Week Afternoon Tea. The experience costs £39 per person or you can upgrade to the deluxe including champagne that costs £49. You need to get your skates on though because it’s available until September 22nd.
For the quirkiness, vibrancy and bohemian chicness, it’s one of our favourite places to visit in London. So we thought it would be nice to spend an evening at Shaka Zulu.
Located in the Stables Market in the heart of Camden, Shaka Zulu (here) is a South African restaurant, bar and club. We had heard a lot about the restaurant but this was our first time visiting. So of course we were excited to see what Shaka Zulu had to offer.
As we stepped off the escalator which takes you to the first floor of the restaurant, we were both in awe of the stunning interior. Our highlight of the evening was Shaka Zulu’s impressive decor especially on the second floor that has 20 feet tall warrior statues which are amazing! There are carved wooden murals which cover the walls and ceilings with dim spot lights to give the restaurant an intimate and relaxed vibe. The space is really big and spacious and has a great atmosphere.
We arrived late afternoon (just in time for happy hour) which includes two for one cocktails!
We certainly recommend having a cocktail. It was probably one of the best cocktails that we’ve had in London. We both are always a bit dubious of cocktails as it is hard to get it right. But the bartenders at Shaka Zulu did not disappoint. The cocktails were absolutely on point!
The cocktails made such a great impression on us that we could not wait to devour some food.
Shelley ordered the steak and Michelle ordered the ribs (not exactly South African cuisine). The food was pretty basic and bland in taste. Also, the portions were small so if you are feeling a bit ravenous one evening, possibly order two plates. No shade!
Don’t get us wrong, it was not the worst meal but certainly not the best meal that we have had. However, the decor, atmosphere and cocktails made up for the less than satisfying meal.
It was a pleasant evening and we would certainly go back for the cocktails. Also, the restaurant turns into a night club from 10pm to 2am so if you want to shake a leg then Shaka Zulu may be for you.
When planning our trip to Jamaica we were so excited! It’s been years since we last visited plus we’re half Jamaican so it was like going back home. We stayed in the beachfront resort, ClubHotel Riu (here) in Mammee Bay that is located in Ocho Rios.
Jamaica is an island filled with the most amazing foods, drinks, beaches and adventure. The island has plenty to offer, with it’s long sandy beaches, stunning rainforests and amazing waterfalls, Jamaica has something for everyone.
Below are our top things to see and do when visiting Jamaica.
Dunn’s River Falls
Dunn’s River Falls is one of the main attractions to visit in Jamaica. The famous waterfall is located near Ocho Rios and is one of the few waterfalls that enters the sea.
When you arrive you are given water shoes which prevent you from slipping as the rocks are quite slippery when you’re climbing. Dunn’s River falls is 1,000 feet (300m) but fear not! There is help at hand by the friendly park tour guides who are with you every step of the way.
The waters are so refreshing and there is a massive vegetation that shades you from the sun when climbing the waterfall. For that extra security you can decide whether to climb with other tourists in a hand-holding chain which is lead by a guide. Or if you’re like us and just want to go and explore you can do it alone (only if you feel comfortable to do so). The cost for adults is $20USD and $12USD for children.
Bob Marley Mausoleum
When visiting Jamaica the home of Reggae you have to visit Nine Mile which is the birthplace and final resting place of Bob Marley. We travelled in the Zion bus which was filled with pictures of the reggae legend and a hilarious tour guide explaining the history of Jamaica, Bob Marley and his family.
Located deep in the St Anne countryside this is the place which influenced a lot of Bob Marley’s songs. The tour is conducted by Rastafarian guides who are so relaxed and friendly. They even sing for you with a steel pan band playing alongside them.
There are two tombs in the Mausoleum where Bob Marley is buried alongside his half-brother Anthony Booker. The second tomb is where Bob Marley’s mother Codella Booker is buried. No one is aloud to film or take pictures inside the tomb area, but what we can say is that it is peaceful, there are candles and it’s the most beautiful resting place. We visited Bob Marley’s bedroom! It’s amazing knowing we were standing so close to the bed Bob Marley slept in! We finished the tour in a room full of portraits and pictures of Bob Marley. The museum included guitars, awards and historical artefacts. The tour costs around $25 for adults and $12 for children aged 4-12.
The Blue Lagoon
A stunning location with deep blue waters and lush greenery, the Blue Lagoon which is located east of Port Antonio is an absolute beauty. The waters are literally turquoise blue!
Before we got into the waters for a swim the guide said that the water is that calm and refreshing it will make you look at least 10 years younger! With that said they had to drag us out! Lol. As you enter the boat and take in the scenery you have a tour guide who talks about the history of the Lagoon, celebrities that have visited and the movies the Lagoon has appeared in.
Rafting on the Rio Grande River
The Rio Grande is one of the largest rivers in Jamaica that runs through the rainforests of the island.
There are Bamboo Rafts which you have to yourselves. The scenery is so beautiful, calm and relaxing. There are friendly raft captains to each raft. Our raft captain was so nice! He even let us have a go rafting down the river (which is much harder than it looks). You’re using so much of your upper body strength! We even jumped in and had a little swim. It’s also very romantic so anyone planning on proposing to their partner in Jamaica. This trip is the way to do it. Prices start from around $78.
As we were feeling rather royal after our Buckingham Palace tour, we decided to stick with our royal theme and complete our day by having a Champagne Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London.
Fortnum & Mason is one of London’s most recognised department stores and is also known for it’s world renowned Afternoon Tea. We both knew that we had to experience this upmarket Tea Salon for ourselves.
Located on the fourth floor, we entered The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Room, that has a very grand black piano near the entrance, with the pianist playing softly that added to the calm ambience of the room. A very nice touch!
Our Tearista talked us through the menu and the various teas that are on offer. We opted for the Queen Anne Blend (this tea was created in 1907) and has a very smooth flavour. We also chose Jubilee Blend, that had a sweet taste and was very golden in colour. Both teas were in a form of tea leaves.
We were both brought a three-tier platter, with a delectable assortment of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones, served with strawberry and raspberry jam. The scones were also accompanied with the most delicious clotted cream that we have ever tasted!
We both ordered a second helping of sandwiches and have to admit we struggled to finish them all…but the best part of the experience was that you could refill on tea, cakes, scones and sandwiches as many times as you wanted too. Definite treat.
We were offered complimentary chocolate cake to take home (which we certainly did not refuse), plus all the cakes that we didn’t finish we were also able to take with us. You most certainly get your money’s worth and we must say Fortnum & Mason were very generous with their servings.
So if you are looking to treat a loved one or just want a nice afternoon out in London, we would certainly recommend the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason. It truly is a lovely experience and is quintessentially British, you will not be disappointed.