Having an incurable case of wanderlust, I also have a somewhat disillusioned view of poor travel experiences. Deadly Cambodian tuk tuk racing, the black slopes of Switzerland; throw ’em at me, it’s part of the adventure! I can take almost anything…until it comes to food. Plane food, to be precise. From the genetically modified crackers to the mutant proteins, plane food is one of those things that – unless you’re in first class – we tend to simply grin and bare.
Recently, I was invited to preview the opening of Heathrow’s brand new concept eating and relaxation area in Terminal 5; their answer to the aforementioned food woes. The hub airport have created a pop-up park designed to give passengers a relaxing space to de-stress in and ‘picnic’, in effect. Many of Heathrow’s eateries have launched pre-flight menus developed for al fresco dining in recognition of the positive effect food and drink can have on our relaxation and wellbeing.
The menus, in fact, have been developed to include picnics you can have packaged to stay fresh and take onto the plane with you. Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, pictured here, has created a three-course ‘takeaway’ menu that offers a variety of choices including salmon salads, cheesecakes, and roasted Hereford beef. In fact, with well-being in mind, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food have created a delicious ‘Healthy Heights Picnic’ (£14.95) packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and expertly crafted whole foods to keep you full and fresh during your travels:
Beetroot, carrot and chicory with pomegranate dressing
Mango, avocado and smoked chicken salad
Fromage frais yoghurt and plum ripple with toasted home-made granola
Not forgetting the avocado and crab Maki rolls from Itsu or Caviar House‘s fish tartar canapés made from Norwegian salmon (of which I could eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Heathrow have successfully reminded us that our holiday always starts at the airport. There is a reason why this savvy airport is continuously awarded the ‘World’s Best Airport Food & Beverage’.
Dry my tears, please, mi amors. This post concludes the photo segment of my New York City adventures. It seems difficult to fully explain my love of this city without digging out some cheesy lyrics, so…
Here are a few musical somethings to get you in that Empire State of Mind.
NYC Taxi Peeping
The Colourful Streets of New York
Frank Gehry's Beekman Tower
Penguins at Central Park Zoo
Bird at Central Park Zoo
Red Pandas at Central Park Zoo
Sea Lion at Central Park Zoo
Snow Leopard at Central Park Zoo
Snow Leopard at Central Park Zoo
Top of The Rock
The Handsome Manfriend
Ben Stiller filming Walter Mitty
Steps at The Met
(Yes…I purposefully Gossip Girl-ified this.)
Day Three of The Hotel Tour of New York and the photos say it all, really. The Hotel Elysee wins the trophy for Best Hotel In The World.
Just steps from the fictional offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (remember, I love Mad Men), the Presidential Suite met all of my wildest New York fantasies. With a baby grand piano on one end, the living room alone had been more spacious than any hotel room I have been in for years. To boot, the suite was an interior design love fest which featured a fully equipped kitchen, fireplace, a party-friendly dining table, and a bedroom terrace looking out onto 54th Street.
And that is just the hotel room. The Hotel Elysee is home to the world-renowned Monkey Bar, and just around the corner you will have quick access to 5th Avenue (aka shopper’s paradise; Saks, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co, etc) and Central Park. I plan to live here.
Tel: (212) 753-1066/Toll Free: (800) 535-9733/Fax: (212) 980-9278
HKHotels Signature Style of Hospitality and Value included at no extra charge:
*Bountiful European style breakfast buffet
*Selection of coffee, tea, cookies, and fruits throughout the day
*Wine & cheese receptions evenings from 5-8pm (hello, Prosecco)
*Complimentary wireless high speed Internet access
*Complimentary passes to nearby New York Sports Club
Total Added Value: $110 per person or $220 per couple, per night!
* Wine and cheese is served on all evenings except Sunday at Hotel Giraffe and Saturday and Sunday at the Hotel Elysee
Last Friday I returned to London from an extended (and much needed) vacation in the good old U.S. of A. I kid you not. It literally took one of my best friends’ weddings to remind me to take a break. Said best friend (who has only ever been called “P Sawyer”) lives in Indiana, and – as a former resident of the state – I know that it is not the most desirable vacation spot, thus organised a few days before and after my week in Indiana to be spent in New York.
546 photos and four hot dogs later, I’m in love. While I culled the photos down, there are still enough to split into two parts (and five hotel reviews – woops!).
Enjoy Part One!
First Sights of NYC
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Considering I am currently on a comedown from my incredible vacation in America, I jumped right on the chance to participate in this travel-based competition from luxury holidays company Cox & Kings. (A trip to Warsaw is up for grabs!)
A few bloggers – myself included – have been invited to create a “holiday wardrobe” Pinterest board of 10 items that represent the country of our choice. Because I have been obsessed with this country (slash elephants) since the age of 7, I knew that South Africa would be my immediate choice.
My pinned choices represent both my personal taste and the country itself. You may notice that each colour on the country’s flag (green, white, yellow, black, white, navy blue, red) have been accounted for.
Over the past ten years, South Africa has also developed into a major wine producer with incredible vineyards, so I knew that I wanted to get a beautiful wine-coloured evening piece in there somewhere. At the same time, I feel that South Africa is a country that – at least in the daytime – should be vigorously explored. A “bite the bullet and wear flats” location. Flats done the Lela way, with these eye-catching angel wing sandals that remind me of flight…of travel…while remaining appropriately comfortable.
When I think of South Africa, Ladysmith Black Mambazo – the country’s most famous musical export – always comes to mind. In honour of her creative genius, I have included this lightweight “Ladysmith” blazer from Jack Wills. Tailor made holidays tailored by clothing name? Yes, I’m that compulsive.
Last but not least, there are some definite essentials that cannot afford to be missed. Por ejemplo, Fodor’s illustrated guide to South Africa (because every fashionista loves visual information!), a high-quality SPF, and a deluxe travel kit of beauty booty.
Safe and happy travels!
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