In Review: The Remedy, London

the remedy london
It is a rare occurrence to find a Lela in a wine bar.

It’s not that I dislike wine but that I am an incredible lightweight. The idea of drinking without food makes me nauseous (let alone actually doing so). Of course, when you start to hear a wine bar’s food is as good as its tipples, the tables turn.

This is why I ended up at The Remedy: tales of a £1 oyster happy hour and a month-long celebration of Riesling.

The restaurant is small but open, even boasting a little terrace for Cleveland Street people-watching. After my date and I put a proverbial bookmark on two glasses of the aforementioned German wine (selection left up to our lovely waitress), we ordered up a tapas-style feast while continually looking back at the drink menu for an all-too-familiar bottle versus glass debate.

Deciding we would prefer to trial a few glasses, we stuck to our alco-guns and dove into a platter of Dungarvan No. 3 oysters (from the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm), a ridiculously tender carne salata (with lemon zest & celery), spanish Chorizo (with gem salad), and light sea trout goujons (with grape seed mustard mayo).

As far as I’m concerned, Riesling and oysters are soulmates.

When it came time to order dessert, we realised our padron peppers had yet to arrived so opted for the cheese board (a slightly odd but incredible combination) and our first-ever glasses of orange wine. This particular wine – an orange moscato from the De Martino winery – didn’t win me over but I was happy to have explored my limitations. As the orange wine process keeps the grape skins fermenting (therefore their colour pigment, phenols and tannins – as in red wine), I think I’m too much of a purist to handle such shenanigans.

Nonetheless, The Remedy was an evening well spent and somewhere I’d recommend to foodies and appreciative winos alike.

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What I Wore – Details

radley handbag
I despise purchasing handbags. No, I really do. Though my Chanel quilted flap bag holds the key to my sartorial heart, it is an impractical choice for everyday use (especially as a SLR-toting blogger).

Each year, I spend a small chunk of money on a bag that can hold a laptop, small camera, and ‘daily essentials’. At minimum. It is no easy feat; rather than heading to the high street and picking up the first thing I fall in love with, I meticulously search the interwebs for each year’s perfect combination of style, utility, and quality.

Or, I did until this year. This year I used Fashiola. The site is essentially a search engine for over 1,000 designers at around 100 online shops which means searching for super-specific items is a breeze. On top of that, you can select all the key features you are looking for (ie. blue tote bags between £80-£200) and sign up to receive e-mails when new items are uploaded or go on sale that fit your requirements!

The second this blue Victoria Park cross-body from Radley fell into my inbox, the deal was done. (If you’re looking for your own handbag soulmate, check out their bags and blogs for inspiration!)

My second new ‘detail’ takes the ultra-special form of these 24k Gold over-ear headphones from Monster. I have a few pairs of over-ear headphones but nothing holds a flame to these bad boys. As well as being equally gorgeous and comfortable (heavily-cushioned swiveling earcups!), the DJ-quality 24k Golds offer crystal clear sound quality and pure, heavy bass. I’m never going in-ear again.

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Summer 2015: West End Favourites

West End London
You may not identify as ‘West End Person’ just yet but I have the creme de la creme of musicals, plays, and apps that are going to work their hardest to convert you.

Let it happen. It’s gonna be good.

Memphis The Musical
I was so very charmed by Memphis. Though the US and Tony award-winning musical only hit London’s Shaftesbury Theatre last year, I had completely missed out on the ‘hype’ (if there every was one) and booked my tickets out of hopeful curiosity.

The story – hopeless white boy falls in love with talented black singer in the burning heart of Segregation-era America – ran the danger of being insensitive or sensationalist, especially with a relatively young British cast trying to bring 1950s Tennessee to the West End.

Memphis’ success is almost entirely thanks to soul queen Beverley Knight as sheltered-but-strong Felicia. Every time she opened her mouth the audience visibly sat up straighter. Her voice is quite literally perfection; it resonates with all the warmth and power required to tell a story so tightly wound in injustice.

Memphis The Musical was beautiful, entertaining, and has now recently employed super-crooner Matt Cardle as the male lead. I doubt you’d want to miss out.

Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time
Over ten years ago, I remember browsing my favourite Borders (RIP) in Indianapolis and stumbling on an orange-coloured book with an upside-down dog on the cover. I devoured said book in less than a week and pushed in to the back of my mind for the following nine years and 50-ish weeks.

The book was turned into a play. I recently saw said play. And now I must ask you to do the same.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time found its West End home after being adapted for stage by Simon Stephens in 2012 and winning seven Olivier awards shortly thereafter. The story – a remarkably difficult transition from page to stage – follows fifteen-year-old Christopher through a few Holmes-esque pursuits after he discovered a neighbour’s pooch stabbed with a garden fork.

Christopher’s charm in inherent from the start of his first-person narrative. The teen has a profoundly unusual view of the world and an extraordinary brain yet finds himself especially ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. The results – assisted by the beautiful integrity of Marianne Elliott’s staging – create the most stunning, heartfelt, and honest story I’ve been audience to in years.

I find the traditional booking process for West End shows has never really suited last-minute availability and has thus become one of the reasons it takes me so long to get to the shows I want to see.

Naturally, someone saw the hole in the marketplace and launched at app that makes last-minute theatre tickets relatively foolproof. TodayTix (currently available in New York City and London) is a free iOS/Android app that genuinely provides the the best prices on last-minute theatre tickets. You can book the tickets as early as a week ahead or as late as same-day and simply pick your tickets up at the theatre before your chosen show. I have just scored an incredible deal on Miss Saigon (which I have wanted to see for over ten years!) so expect this is only the beginning for ticket binges.

Street Food Afternoon Tea at The Arch, London

street food afternoon tea
Where does one take a long-lost lady friend from Indiana when she arrives in London for the first time? To afternoon tea, of course.

Not your typical scones ‘n’ Earl Grey afternoon tea, either. Last week I introduced the aforementioned lady love to both afternoon tea and London street food by taking her to The Arch for their new Street Food Afternoon Tea.

Instead of tiered plates of polite nibbles, The Arch serves up a slew of multicultural slabs. The savouries include mini cheeseburgers with onion marmalade in brioche, mini scotch eggs with piccalilli, chicken satay, mini fish & chips, and little smoked chicken, chilli, avocado and mango tortillas.

Paired with tea-infused cocktails, they went down a storm.

The second slab – the sweet treats – included warm cinnamon & sugar doughnuts filled with apple jam, homemade macarons, mini coffee eclairs, strawberry & pistachio tarts, a mini raspberry victoria sponge cake, and a lemon & mango rice pudding with toasted coconut.

Tucked inside one of the curtained booths of The Arch’s Salon de Champagne lounge, I felt this afternoon tea experience really stood out in a sea of sub-par and overpriced sandwiches.

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