Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Ritz - High Tea

Afternoon tea in London at The Ritz is an institution in itself. 


If you are strolling through Queen's Walk (a fashionable path) passing by The Ritz don't even attempt to go in and have high tea without a reservation. You won't be allowed inside let alone if you are not wearing the proper attire.

Befitting the elegant style of The Ritz, they observe a formal dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket and tie in The Palm Court. Jeans and sport shoes are not permitted.
Thursday comes and I am properly dressed and ready to experience the High Tea at The Ritz.  

Served in the Palm Court...

The band is playing...

San Gomes The Ritz Resident Pianist

You can make a music request
(they told me that they can even play Lady I am not sure that this type of music matches the scene but I felt I should share this with you all as well)

Part of the comfort/service of The Ritz is the tray that the table has for the ladies purses. Very well thought. However, depends on the size of the hang bags how may fit.

An extensive selection of 17 different types of loose leaf teas is offered

Finally made a decision and selected the 
Elderflower Tea:
A creamy musk-scented summer flower, comforting and wonderfully relaxing enhanced with sugar and honey.

Me sipping the tea

Traditional Afternoon Tea Menu

Assortment of Afternoon Tea Pastries

Ritz Chocolate Cake 
(it tasted like fruit cake, not my 
fav at all)

Freshly Baked Raisin and Apple Scones

Cornish clotted cream and Strawberry Preserves 

The Tea Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

Mature Cheddar Cheese Sandwiches

A better picture of the bread of the Matured cheese sandwich 
(this was my best one the bread I believe it is made with sun-dried tomatoes) 

Ham Sandwiches

Egg Mayonnaise Bridge Roll

Smoked Salmon Sandwiches

Chicken Sandwiches

Also tried the 
Passion Fruit and Orange tea:
A truly wonderful taste, apple, hibiscus, sweet orange peel blended with passion fruit and orange

And also...
The Ritz Royal English tea:
An exquisite 
Kenyan blend of malry Assam, and the fine flavour of Ceylon

Enjoying a traditional Afternoon Tea at the Palm Court.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Chilango Opening @ Chancery Lane

Never have been a Mexican food lover, much less fast food Mexican....but I can tell you that these Burritos are soooo good....could it be due to their "promise" - "At Chilango, we’re committed to delivering great tasting food, day-in, day-out". 

Huge line-up outside
FREE BURRITOS FROM 12:00 pm until 8:00pm

nice band that created a great ambience...

Getting closer to place my order...

Super nice staff taking the order...had a tough time deciding between pork, chicken or beef. 

Hard working staff serving millions of people

My burrito on its way...went for chicken & beef

I do recommend coming here for a Burrito....
The staff t-shirts are just genius - 
Especially the ones for the girls...
"Mamacitas" (In Spanish way meaning "hot mamas") the back of the T-shirt "Size does Matter" and I cannot agree more! What? What are you thinking...the Burritos are generous in size ;)

Take away bag if the size of the burrito is too big ;) 

Curry Festival - Press Launch - Brick Lane - Banglatown

The Brick Lane Curry Festival is a gastronomic extravaganza in London's Brick Lane, celebrating the best in curry culture. I had the pleasure to be invited to the Press Launch of the 11th Curry Festival to capture it via my iPhone and share it with you all...

For this annual festival, restaurants on Brick Lane and Hanbury Street cook up special festival menus alongside traditional dishes from North India and Bangladesh.  

From May 8 until the 15th Bangladeshi New Year Festival street party, with music and dance, as well as a market, in Weavers Fields and Allen Gardens. Visitors have the chance to sample the most tantalizing dishes from the cuisines of sample some of the most tantalising cuisine from Bangladesh, India and Pakistan.

I had the honor to capture a quick video of Cobra Beer founder Karan Bilimoria

I was as well interviewed by Winkball - 

The Royal Wedding - Bank Holiday - The Event of the Century

Britain is gearing up for its biggest show of pomp and patriotism in decades as the countdown begins to the Royal Wedding on Friday. Five thousand street parties are planned as the government has declared Friday an official holiday.  

I decided to go for a walk around Buckingham Palace. Starting to stroll down towards the Palace I am surprised to see that many fans are starting their campsite on Thursday at 5:00pm. 

 Some are already ready to for the event of the century to begin...

 Some made me laugh....

 The news is ready....

 The CTV girl from Canadian Television

Sending best wishes to Will & Kate

Campsite ready..time to start cheering...

Parks all around London have a giant screen to see the Wedding of the century

Taxi drivers are ready to celebrate as well...

Some are asking for mum to send money...

And me just capturing all I can with my iPhone to show you what I will now be thankful in many years to come as a new Londoner another:  BANK HOLIDAY!!!