LOVE FOOD, LIVE FOODIE:
I have been wanting to go to Lima London in Floral Street ever since i came back from my South American adventure. For one reason or another this has been postponed, once in March and another time in April. I finally went in May and boy oh boy was it good.
Ceviche was a must; with Sea Bream and avocado it was glorious. Tuna tartare and an abundance of Pisco Sours meant that the starters and the beginning of the night went by swimmingly.
Fast forward past the tasty main courses of suckling pig and Lamb and with another Pisco Sours and i was already in one of my most favourite restaurants in London.
If you didn't catch my drift, the summary is that I loved every moment at Lima London on Floral Street. The desert capped off an amazing evening with Chocolate Cacao and Amazonian Tomato treat and the pictures below will I hope be enough for you.
GO- GO NOW!
I hope you all enjoyed the pictures. This is a definite for all the #foodies out there. If you love Ceviche it is a must, if you love lamb, then you got to go. If you are a fan of pork then grab a fork. If i haven't been able to entice you into visiting Liam Floral Street yet, then i don't know what will.
Please invite me when you go!
Chef and superstar Jamie Oliver has created a national chain of restaurants in the UK. They have been around for a while and it has taken me this long to finally visit one of his establishments.
Why? It just seemed like an expensive chain food place. Jamie's Italian however, just by looking at the menu is something different, but the price point still out me off. I did finally go and I am glad I did. Jamie visited all parts of Italy as we saw a decade ago on TV and this trip has influenced many aspiring cooks as noted by his cookbook sitting in my kitchen. Thankfully, the menu reflects his journey in Italy and the way of eating. It is for the most part about sharing. Eating lots of different dishes and taking delights from the nation that gave us Pizza, Pasta and many more Italian favourites.
The menu has it all. Breads and nibbles, sharing planks, anti pasta and starters, pasta, salads and finally main courses.What I like most is the idea of smaller 'Mains' that can be shared or had as a starter.
Laura and I went for this approach and shared a pasta and ordered a main course. To start, or shall I just say before that we ordered a Meat Plank and a Crab and Avicado Bruschetta.
All tasty and easy to eat. The meats had the extra touches to add that good flavour with pistachio on the mortadella and fennel with the salami. He sharing plank between two though did feel a bit stingy. With only one piece of each between the two of us and three olives. How do you share three different olives? We did and they were tasty. But I think a bit more would be fairer for all.
For the main courses, we ordered Lamb Chops Scottaditta and a small portion of pasta of sausage Pappardelle. The lamb chops were nice, but quite fatty and oily. Three chops we shared (three is the magic number) with a chilli mayo dip and crushed pistachio and pickled onions on the side. They were called Lamb lollipops. It was interesting and strange at the same time. The polenta chips were really good and something I would like to try again.
The pasta on the side was tastier and more memorable. The sausage, fennel and garlic worked really well and the added Parmesan took it that bit further and was welcomed by my taste buds.
For desert we shared a Tiramisu and this had a tangy orange-y flavour to it. This was okay but lacked the creaminess we were craving.
Jamie's Italian in Piccadilly took over from a previous pub and they have made the most out of the space. Ham hanging in the windows, a friendly vibe which the tourists seemed to enjoy and a friendly and informative staff all very helpful. A good experience but don't forget the local Italian in your neighbourhood. Jamie will always be there but represent your hood.
Not good enough, just not good enough. It started badly and ended in even worse circumstances. A somewhat decent mid season turned around by a change in formation and the return of Sturridge, came crashing down and highlighted the deficiencies that Liverpool Football Club had in the 2014/15 season.
The season ends with a 6-1 mauling by Stoke FC. Not Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich or Madrid, but Stoke. What the f£@k has happened? Suarez and Sturridge were on fire last season, Coutinho, Sterling and more importantly Gerrard all chipped in. Oddly enough the defence this season has conceded less goals (just about) but the lack of firepower has cost us. 50 goals less to be precise.
So who to blame and what to blame? Unfortunately the majority of blame has to go the manager. Rodgers, rightly so got a lot of the plaudits but this season he has got it wrong on many occasions. I stick by him and would like him to stay on as manager (I said the same about Hodgson). One more season to get us a trophy and hopefully more consistent. Poor signings and lineups have cost the team. Balotelli, Lambert and Lovren have struggled greatly. Markovic, Moreno and Manquillo have been thrown in at the deep end when not ready and established players were discarded too readily; Johnson, Enrique and Lucas.
All managers are stubborn and rightly so, they should stick by there beliefs and remain strong. However, it just hasn't worked this season. The lows have been too frequent and the season finished in three weeks when consecutive defeats in the league to Man United and Arsenal derailed our Champions League bid and the FA Cup loss to Aston Villa was the nail in the coffin and confined LFC to a season of mediocrity. Outclassed and outfought is what has happened for the majority of the games and the players didnt seem like they cared. That is what has hurt the most as a football fan. The attitude really stinks and the recent fiasco and chaos with Sterling and his contract is a consequence of the whole season and the levels that Liverpool have sunk to.
2014/15 season for Liverpool is what you would call a massive underachievement. A season where not one player has delivered enough quality and where too many have gone missing at key times. Hull versus Liverpool is one example, another was the home game versus Man United and 6-1 to Stoke. Well, enough said.
Where do we go from here. A settled line up first of all is what we need. Why spend £15m on Sakho one season and then £20m on Lovren and not pair them together. Enrique a solid premiership defender has been banished and a CM in Can deployed as a right back as Johnson sits on the bench. The experiment to play Sterling up front worked for a while but why not play a proper striker or do what worked in 2013/14 and play two strikers. I would buy Benteke as the first solution and two midfielders to make us stronger. Done, problem solved and a top four place. That is how bad things have become, a great season is now to be like Arsenal and just get the top four. Sorry, I had to get that dig in. At least Man United didn't win anything either.
Where do I start?
Why did I do a beginners acting class? What was I hoping to achieve and did I enjoy it?
Last question first, I enjoyed every minute of the seven week course by City Academy in Islington. I was lucky I had a good group to share it with and more importantly my older brother.
I did this to try something new and obviously I had to start from the beginning. The aim was to have fun and finally see if I could act in front of strangers.
So what did we do and what did I learn?
We played games: ball games, improvisation games, acting games (obviously) and a game called Zip, Zap Boing. It was a lot of fun and i would recommend it to anyone.
What did I learn: Off stage, On stage, Offer and Accept.
You have to differentiate between being on stage and off and prepare properly. Once on stage, when working with fellow actors, you have to be ready for all sorts and when someone OFFERs you something that you may not expect, you need to ACCEPT this and work with it. This is definitely a lesson for life too; unexpected events will also occur and it is how we deal with it that can define us.
I may be bold enough to put my monologue on the site. When I first did it in class, I froze. I forgot my lines half way through (this was a major mistake and sin) and once that happened I blanked out. Five minutes later I remembered all the words. Because I didn't practice enough I wasn't ready to perform in front on an audience. Lesson learnt 100%- practice, practice , PRACTICE.
It was great to try something new and learn more about myself along the way.
What shall I do next?
Open Sesame. It did and I went. I queued and then got tired and went back. I went back and devoured the food. I had my eyes on the pitta wraps and especially the spiced lamb kebab too.
Absolutely fantastic and delightful. It was great that the team here at Sesame have put on a 50% offer for their first week and it provided great value. The wraps at standard price are £6.80; i would say that this is a fair enough London price, but as a wrap alone, quite expensive. However, the quality is there and i can assure you that i will be back again this week. Not just to get the discount but to go through their simple but appealing menu.