In Review: The Gate, London (A Vegan Dream!)

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My steadfast love affair with polenta chips started two years ago at The Gate. Back then, I was an altogether more carnivorous individual than I am today yet left the vegetarian restaurant literally rejoicing.

When my nut-allergic, sober & vegan friend (I know, right?!) and I found ourselves with a string of successes to celebrate, The Gate was the only rational option.

Over fresh juices, we kicked things off with the soup of the day and Vietnamese rolls (filled with smoked tofu, cucumber, mango, mint, alfalfa sprouts and served with soya dip) before allowing ourselves the long-lost pleasure of perfect polenta.

In between bites of our aforementioned garlic aioli-covered vegan chips, we shared the vegan Aubergine Teriyaki and Thai green curry. The former – breadcrumb coated chargrilled aubergine – was layered with coriander pesto, roasted red peppers, shiitake mushrooms & horseradish and served on stir-fried noodles with a pickled ginger & mango salsa. The latter – a vegan and gluten-free curry – combined lotus root, fried tofu, baby corn, mange tout and mushrooms in a Thai-spiced creamy coconut sauce and was served alongside wild & basmati rice with green papaya salsa.

With sauteed kale thrown in for good measure, natch.

Though we were incredibly satisfied at this point, my dietary requirement-ridden amiga could not ignore the promise of a pear and rhubarb crumble with vegan chantilly cream so I threw in a lemongrass, lime leaf and coconut cheesecake (with chilli and pineapple confit) for good measure.

Every single plate served up fresh “HOW IS SOMETHING THIS GOOD VEGAN?!” Realness. The Gate is the vegan restaurant of vegan restaurants.

(And it’s not even a vegan restaurant.)

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the gate london
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Travel Blog: Geneva, Switzerland

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For over ten years my last memory of Geneva held strong as a hazy visual from the rear window of my father’s rental car as we sped down the Alps. It marked the end of my first-ever skiing holiday and my inevitable return has since become long overdue.

A lifetime between memories, Geneva completely stole my heart.

Over my recent short-but-sweet stay at the InterContinental Geneve (full review coming later this week!), I had one day to take in as much of the city as I could and managed to fill all of my memory cards while I was at it.

Click through to watch me turn on the iconic Jet d’Eau, visit Laurent Ferrier’s incredible atelier, eat an unbelievably delicious lunch, and explore the beautiful streets of Geneva (there’s even a travel vlog kicking around!)…

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In Review: Supreme Saturdays at Yauatcha City, London

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Since the dawn of time, Saturdays have brought men and women with real jobs together to feast, Instagram, and drink their brains free of work week commitments.

Real job or not, it’s a tradition I endeavour to hold on to.

Catering to likeminded individuals, Yauatcha City just launched ‘Supreme Saturdays‘ – a luxurious lunch menu (served 12-5pm) of incredible value and quality.

Designed to be tackled by friends, family, and foodies en masse, the menu takes you on a journey through pre-lunch cocktails (mine lovingly replaced with a non-alcoholic version), dim sum of the fried and steamed varieties, mains, sides, desserts, a post-lunch cocktail (again, lovingly swapped for blue tea), and a half bottle of wine per person to get you from ‘A’ to ‘YAUATCHA!’.

It is a divine but obscene offering highlighted by their signature venison puffs, black pepper & wagyu beef dumplings, truffle pork belly rib, and very liberal dessert anthology.

The passion fruit mango dome (with white chocolate & coconut) and ‘chocolate pebble’ (Alto el sol single origin dark chocolate, brownie, and caramelised white chocolate) are worth the excursion alone.

Is it Saturday yet?

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yauatcha city

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Giorgio Armani in Qatar

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In a major world first, Giorgio Armani hosted their first fashion show in an airport and I was, naturally, all over the fashion-meets-travel collaboration. In partnership with Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and Hamad International Airport (HIA), Armani showcased their Autumn/Winter 2015/16 collection utilising their own duty-free boutique as the runway.

Breaking the all-too-annoying barrier between brand and consumer, Giorgio Armani chose to fly their Milanese stylists and make-up artists in to offer passengers a personalised shopping experience, make-overs, styling tips and advice that extended well into the brand’s stunning make-up collection.

After creating my inevitable wishlist of handbags and outerwear, we wrapped the day with a feast at Parisa in Sharq Village and Spa (a final dinner of dreams) before taking a walk through the village’s beach, spa, and incredibly romantic gardens.

If I wasn’t in love with Doha already…

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