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Kasa and Kin Filipino food at it’s best

There are so many restaurants within London from Italian cuisine to Indian but have you ever had Filipino food? No, then I highly recommend visiting Kasa and Kin which is a new Filipino restaurant which has recently opened up and can be found within Soho.

Filipino food is South East Asia’s best kept secret but what is Filipino cuisine? Filipino cuisine is composed from hundred distinct ethno-linguistic groups found throughout the Philippine archipelago. A majority of their most popular dishes come from Ilocano, Pangasinan, Kapampangan, Tagalog, Bicolano, Visayan, Chavacano and Maranao ethno-linguistic groups. Dishes range from fried salted fish, pork, fish curry and chicken curry.

I was invited down to sample their menu courtesy of the owners and just like their other restaurant Romulo which I visited many years back the food was delicious.

Kasa and Kin

From the owners Rowena and Chris the same owners behind award winning Kensington’s Romulo Cafe & Restaurant, now comes Kasa and Kin brining yet another restaurant to London where you can enjoy Filipino food.

Kasa means home, a place of family history, heritage and memories and Kin means one’s family and relations. They want there place to be a place for all to gather and feel a sense of community and belonging.

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Money Heist The Experience question is have you got what it takes?

Have you ever wanted to know what it would feel like if you got caught up in a heist and then ended up helping rob a vault loaded with money? Well know you can as Money Heist: The Experience within London gives you that opportunity.

Just off Old Brompton Road within inside Christie’s old auction house a heist is going to be taking place. Walking through the doors, checking in and putting on a pair of headphones everything seemed quite normal. Before heading into Pennington’s auction room all get a chance to stroll around and admire the pieces for sale from a golden toilet to paintings. Everything might seemed quite normal but are people scratching their heads and rubbing the back of their necks? what does this all mean, have they got flees or is there a secret intel message that is being piped through the headphones? Upon entering Pennington’s auction room this is where everyone’s physical, mental and morals are put to the test.

I was invited down on a press related basis to take on a heist and to let you all know what a great experience you can have on this immersive theatrical experience within London.

Money Heist: The Experience

Money Heist: The Experience brings to London an immersive theatrical experience where you can get involved in a heist.

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Cheaze – Make your Christmas a Cheaze-mas one

Christmas most of us enjoy the festivities by opening up gifts from loved ones, followed on by tucking into a roast turkey or salmon, pulling open crackers, reading cheesy jokes, and ending with a flaming Christmas pudding. For those though who might not like desserts or even fancy a nibble later on then you might just want to check out Cheaze Cheaze-mas selection of their Christmas cheese boxes.

Cheese though can be enjoyed not just with crackers but can also be used to make some incredible tasting dishes in which I have shown below. Also check out my past blogs on Cheaze for other tasting recipes using cheese by Cheaze. Just search Cheaze.

Cheaze Christmas box selections are perfect for that after dinner delight, snack or even as a gift.

Cheaze also has a new subscription service so you can enjoy five different cheeses on a monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly basis.

Courtesy of Cheaze I was gifted one of their new Christmas boxes to welcome in Christmas in style.

Cheaze

For over 30 years+ Cheaze have been selling cheese giving us all the opportunity to enjoy tasty cheese which has been sourced from Britain as well as Europe.

  • Cheeze sell award winning cheeses from British and International cheese makers. 
  • They sell a selection of cheese made from cow’s, goat’s and sheep’s milk as well as vegan cheese.
  • The packaging they use is thermal insulated and can be recycled and reused. 
  • Their ice-packs are also re-useable.

Cheaze is there to help you save time bringing quality cheese straight to your door so you don’t need to trull through the supermarket.

Buy from a range of boxes, have them delivered direct to your home and enjoy the wide range of different cheese at home.

Enjoy a cheesy Christmas

Having had numerous cheese boxes from them before which has contained such cheeses like Old Amsterdam, and Ossau Iraty and so much more I was excited to discover which tasty cheese I will be enjoying this time around.

Cheaze-mas box is perfect for a Christmas gathering as you can enjoy a range of 6 different cheeses plus tantalising accompaniments.

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Yankee Candle Countdown to Christmas collection

Christmas is coming, so that means it is time to start to purchase some Christmas scented candles to make my rooms smell more Christmassy.

There are many scented candles out on the market but my personal favourite brand is Yankee Candle. They sell a great selection and all the candles are made using high premium grade paraffin wax, premium scents and comes within a glass apothecary jar with a glass dome lid making them extra study and save, when lit and not lit.

The other week I was invited down by Bloggers Required to a press pop up event entitled Countdown to Christmas in which showcased Yankee Candles Christmas candles and much more. There was so many Christmassy candles to choose from. Plus they even had an advent calendar in which contained different candles in which you can burn each day to bring beautiful aroma into your home.

Yankee Candle

Yankee Candle was founded back late in 1969 by Mike Kittredge, Donald Maclver and Susan Obremski high school students.

It all started when Mike Kittredge of Massachusetts, USA made a homemade candle. He made a candle as he was seeking a Christmas gift for his mum and wanted to gift her something unique and personal, so he decided to make a candle for her. He used everyday materials from the kitchen from household wax, a red crayon, string and a milk carton, and made his first candle.

A neighbour saw the candle in which he had made and offered to buy it, leaving him enough money to buy more materials to create more candles and that is how the Yankee Candle journey begun.

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Seasons Bistro enjoy fresh seasonal fish and vegetables

If like me when ever you head on into London to enjoy a meal with friends it can sometimes be quite a challenge to decide where to eat. Did you know that there are in over 18,110 restaurants within London with cuisines from all around the world served up.?

I though prefer seafood and Mediterranean cuisine so when I heard about Seasons in which only cooks using fresh seasonal produce I just had to try them out.

All of their food which is cooked and served uses only seasonal food meaning that each dish is 100% fresh and environmentally friendly as sourced locally. Also as they use only seasonal produce their menu changes regularly to reflect the food available at the time.

I was gifted a complimentary meal from Seasons Bistro in Chelsea in return for an honest review.

Seasons

Seasons restaurants can be found within London and soon will be opening in Miami and New York.

Back in 2020 Seasons opened their first contemporary gastronomy restaurant within Mayfair which is their flagship establishment. Since opening they soon after opened up with five Seasons Bistros within Fitzrovia, Notting Hill, Kensington, Bayswater and Chelsea.

They are all about cooking and serving up high quality, clean, nutritious food which is good for our souls, health and happiness. As mindful eating and being in tune with our own health and nutritional needs is very important.

Seasons serves up the freshest fish, vegetables, and dairy on the market daily.

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Haufson wok & steamer recipes for Halloween

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware products are classy and high in quality giving the best cooking experience. I have a number of their products such as their unique pink cute heart shaped pancake pan which is ideal for Valentines.

To make my Halloween spooky recipes I used my newly acquired Wok I will be explaining but never knew about their wok until now.

I was kindly gifted a Haufson wok and steamer after attending a special Haufson event in which I was inspired by the great Nancy Lam as she cooked up a storm using the wok.

Haufson Cookware

Haufson Cookware was founded back in 2017 and bought to the UK and global markets their range of innovative non-stick cookware.

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware will make your food memorable and exquisite wherever and whoever you are, be it for Asian cuisine, French delicacies, British meals or other cuisines. Their products combine quality and design giving the best cooking experience.

Their quality non-stick pots and pans use a special new coating technique, which continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge technology in cookware production.

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SENSAS take your senses on a journey and help raise money for charity

Most of us all have the five basic senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste but have you ever taken them on a challenge? At SENSAS you can do just that.

Before I tell you more about SENSAS the most unique ultimate experience you can ever enjoy within London I will explain a little about how our senses work.

Touch – this is thought to be the first sense that us humans develop. Touch is communicated to the brain through specialized neurons in the skin. Pressure, light touch, vibration, temperature, pain and other sensations are all part of our touch sense. However did you know that touch can also influence how us humans make decisions. Texture can be associated with abstract concepts and touching something with a texture can influence the decision we make.

Sight – looking through our eyes is a complex process. The cornea bends light which passes through the hole of the pupil. The iris works like a shutter of a camera, retracting to shut out light or opening wider to let in more light in. The lens of the eye then bends the light and focuses it on the retina, which is full of nerve cells. All information is then translated from the light and sent as an electrical impulse to the brain through the optic nerve.

Hearing – sound is funnelled through our external ear and sent to our external auditory canal. The sound waves then reach the tympanic membrane. This is a thin sheet of connective tissue that vibrates when sound waves strike it. The vibrations then travels to the middle ear which events the auditory ossicles which there are three tiny bones. They are called the malleus, incus and stapes and this is where all the sounds waves and vibrations are put together helping us hear sound.

Smell – we have over 1 trillion scents which is found on the roof of our nasal cavity, which is next to the smelling part of our brain, the olfactory bulb and fossa. Nerve endings in the olfactory cleft transmit smells to the brain. Plus we have 400 smelling receptors. Getting older can also lessen the ability to smell properly.

Taste – gustatory sense is usually broken down into the perception of different tastes of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and savory. Spice though is not a taste it is actually a pain signal. Taste is sensed via our taste buds. Adults in fact have between 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds. Most of them are on the tongue, but they also line the back of the throat, the epiglottis, the nasal cavity and the esophagus. They work like funnels in which the tiny taste hairs bind chemicals to the cells for tasting. Did you know that smell of food greatly affects how our brain perceives taste plus texture.

I and a bunch of community members of Love Pop Ups London Club took our senses on an adventure together as we tackled a variety of sensory challenges.

SENSAS

The first SENSAS opened up back in 2015 within Marseille, France. Since then 15 other venues have opened with more still to pop up over several countries.

Embark on a unique multi sensory experience with SENSAS which is a one of a kind entertainment activity providing an innovative and fun concept which takes your senses on a challenge as you touch, watch, listen, smell and taste.

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Mulan Rouge at The Vaults get your drag on

The Vaults are back up and running after being shutdown for a while during the pandemic starting off season their with a great new production show Mulan Rouge.

Mulan Rouge is basically a mash-up of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Disney’s Mulan. The story is about war, love and LGBT but mostly the show is full of cabaret, dancing and singing to hits from the 80’s & 90’s.

Simply Mulan Rouge is a gender-deconstructive show packed full of puns, all whilst you tuck into a feast fit for any Queen (or King).

The Vaults never disappoints. Other immersive dining shows in which I have attended within The Vaults in the past include Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders, An Evening of Meat, Cinders, Dantes Peak Dinner is Coming, Divine Properties and Red Palace all of which were packed with thrills, laughs and a delicious feast.

I was kindly invited down on a press basis to review their latest show Mulan Rouge where I dined and enjoyed a show full of glitz and glamour.

The Vaults

The Vaults are set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo bringing immersive theatre and alternative arts. Their mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.

They strive to continue to support and co-produce innovative immersive theatre, fusing together art and championing unsung voices, especially those of the LGBTQ+ community. They want to make immersive experiences fun for everyone and focuses on big and current ideas told in outlandish, accessible and in the most unique way.

Their latest production show presently is Mulan Rouge which is on till 23 January 2022. This production show by ShayShay is a take on Disney’s Mulan and the movie Moulin Rouge but with a focus on gender, as gender after all is just a social construct. The show is packed full of drag, glitter and naughtiness.

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The Chocolate Cocktail Club will you lick the rim?

If like me you love chocolate and cocktails then you’ll love The Chocolate Cocktail Club which you can enjoy around 20 different Chocolate Cocktails from mint to salted caramel.

Cacao has been consumed since the 11th century. Cacao back in the day though was not used for chocolate but within drinks and even as currency by the Aztecs. In 1666 French started to produce a chocolate liqueur. It was not till later on that cacao beans were used to make chocolate. In New England prior to the 18th century chocolate wine became popular. Its ingredients included sherry, port, chocolate and sugar. It was not till 1847 in which the world saw the first chocolate bar which was produced in the UK by J. S. Fry & Sons of Bristol. Today chocolate is consumed in a number of ways.

Chocolate and cocktails to me is happiness in a glass. Did you know though that chocolate in fact actually can make you happy as endorphins are released when you eat it. Why? as the amino acids which are in chocolate produce serotonin in your brain which is responsible for producing the feeling of happiness.

So if you are craving chocolate and a drink of happiness then head on down to The Chocolate Cocktail Club in where you can taste a range of different chocolate cocktails.

I was invited to experience The Chocolate Cocktail Club new permanent venue within Farringdon. Last time I visited them they were had a pop up situated within the Good & Proper Tea café on select days.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

The Chocolate Cocktail Club is run by two young ladies who just love all things chocolate, after exploring different chocolate cocktails from around the world, they decided to set up their own bar in the UK but with drinks all focusing on chocolate.

After hosting sold out pop ups across Covent Garden, Brighton and Shoreditch now they have a permanent venue within Farringdon where you can chill, grab a light bite, cakes and sip on chocolate cocktails. Plus for those who don’t like chocolate they also sell other drink such as beer, wine, and prosecco.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club has also featured on televisions ITV2 and Channel 5. 

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