In Review: One O One, London

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Looking for great seafood in London? I would strap on your water rings – there are some rough seas ahead.

Having experienced each end of the spectrum – both gristly scallops and unblemished caviar concoctions – I can now confirm One O One as one of my favourite fishy spots in the city.

Warming my expectations with the almost-immediate delivery of fresh bread and curled seaweed butter (an unexpected phenomenon), it took me no time at all to fall in love with One O One. Not counting the restaurant’s quality and understandably steep price tags, One O One is not very ‘Knightsbridge’ at all; it battles all hoity misconceptions with a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, and a curtained separation from the Sloaneys.

And with such a lack of pretention, you would almost argue the residence of Michelin-tracked chef Pascal Proyart (see: the Sea Grill in Brussels and Le Divellec in Paris).

That is, until you’re greeted with a dish like Proyart’s wild scottish scallops – these relatively enormous molluscs are pan-fried with duck foie gras, Jus Gras wild mushrooms & spinach, and Vermouth Chives Beurre Blanc. Melancholic molluscs, if you will.

But that (alongside warm and wild sweet chilli-ginger Norwegian red king crab legs) was only the starter.

Further into the meal, The Manfriend and I swapped many forkfuls of his line-caught yellowfin tuna ‘steak tartare’ and my own decoration of Norwegian white halibut. The tartare dream-teamed it with an accomplice of hand-cut goose fat chips, but were a shadow in the victory of the roasted halibut’s own plate friends; prawn dumplings, Paimpol coco beans & black truffle cassoulet, and Nantua sauce.

While I barely remember dessert (sweets and seafood are not my thing), I remember every single flavour and texture of the aforementioned cassoulet.

If any budding chef was looking to create a signature dish, I would use One O One’s halibut as your benchmark.

(And if that doesn’t get you there, I don’t know what will…)

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Getting the DSLR off of ‘Auto’

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While I know I’m not alone in my love for photography, I have known for quite some time that I have forced myself into an undesirable niche photographers; the ones who don’t get their DSLR off the ‘auto’ setting.

Don’t get me wrong – I’ve tried. I have attended a handful of ‘photography classes’ over the past three years but have always left feeling either confused (“Why have I spent four hours studying light leaks when 90% of my photography is reactive?”) or underwhelmed (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been ‘taught’ the rule of thirds when my only photographical strength is a natural knack for composition).

This time, things were different.

On Sunday, I spent the day with a group of fantastic bloggers and photographers at the Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield to receive a full-on masterclass from Pandora Maund of Going Digital. Unlike classes that I have previously attended, I came away from the day like a singleton returning from The Perfect First Date – I wanted to take a picture of absolutely everything in sight (the kind of camera lust that has dwindled since purchasing my first ‘proper’ camera as a teenager).

Instead of fiddling around tirelessly with manual settings, the day equipped me with both textbook and practical tips and knowledge that has – in my opinion – improved my photography tenfold. Not only that, but the Copthorne Hotel’s proximity to the football grounds of Sheffield United made for some super snazzy shots (special access is a beautiful thing, eh?).

My new year’s resolution is to never take a photo on ‘auto’ again.*

(*If I struggle, there’s always Instagram…)

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In Review: Trinity Kitchen, September 2014

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Last month, I forgot to visit Trinity Kitchen. But blaming a heavy workload (read: latte lunches) and respectfully mourning the loss of The Cauldron and Banh Mi Booth only got me so far. With the turn of the trucks, I sped over to Trinity Leeds as soon as the September gang arrived.

Drawn visually to PopaBall, I sampled their reinvented Asian bubble tea – which trades tapioca balls for jelly balls – and delighted at every flavour. Out of lychee, strawberry, mango, vanilla and kiwi balls, the latter was my personal (but tough-to-choose) favourite. The tiny truck is even offering a mini afternoon tea – with drink, finger food and cake – for just £12.

But a drink alone does not a food review make.

Darting between the menus of Street Fodder (worldly weekly menus), The Salty Cow (moreish salt beef sandwiches done three ways), and Rice Shack, I settled on
the global gluttony of the latter. Unlike the majority of street food vendors, Rice Shack doesn’t focus on any one cuisine or food trend. Simply, Rice Shack is a diverse selection of meals served with rice – all made from scratch. With The Manfriend craving a crispy shredded beef (even after the owner himself telling him he made a ‘boring choice’) and my intrigue over the Japanese Drunken Duck fried rice winning over my carb-consciousness, we sat down with our paper tubs and tucked in.

No taste phenomenon in the rice department, but both of the proteins were fantastic.

I’m coming back for you, Brio Gelati

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Vlog: How Can You Be a Feminist?

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Vlog time! This week, we’re talking feminism.

To paraphrase the video; I basically wanted to do a little non-rant for you guys because feminism has been popping up in conversation quite a bit over the oast few weeks and I didn’t expect to be so surprised by the conversations I’ve had.

With almost half of the people I’ve spoken to, they’ve been either surprised that I consider myself a feminist or say something like ‘but not the lesbian kind’ LOL…

Please watch (and enjoy!) ‘How Can You Be a Feminist…?’, below.

(And don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you’d like to see more!)