Q-Lunch – Sundays at Quaglino’s

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. London is an exciting city. On any given day of the week we are utterly spoilt for choice with things to do, see and eat. We’re also blessed with some of the greatest restaurants on the planet. They’ve arrived and stayed. As such, there will always be a home for good food here. Cue Sunday lunch at Quaglino’s or more accurately the absolutely divine Q-Lunch. It is available from 11.30am-2.30pm every Sunday and a glorious experience as I found out on my visit.

The Food

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I whet my appetite with four rich, succulent Colchester island oysters served with shallot vinegar – the perfect kick-starter. Skip other condiments and stick to this as it balances the flavours incredibly well. Furthermore, four oysters was certainly the right number for a great start to my meal.

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Sea bream and caramelised cauliflower were my choice of mains served on coriander sour yoghurt. I am a fan of sea bream in particular and this was fresh and full of flavour. Caramelised cauliflower and coriander blended together on the tongue far easier than I imagined it would. This was a gloriously elegant dish I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

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Dessert was a sumptuous Valrhona chocolate fondant and tonka bean ice cream. It triumphed as a classic hot and cold dessert. The 12 minute wait (as stated on the menu)  was worth every second as I was able to fill the void with the bottomless Bordeaux (or Prosecco) which is an optional extra on the Q-lunch menu.

This Sunday menu is outstanding and reminiscent of a fearless British culinary adventure. The accompanying live band, the bottomless bubbles or wine and exquisite food are perfect elements best enjoyed with family and friends. Be sure to visit with your nearest and dearest.

 

 

Unlimited bubbles and bottomless Bordeaux are available for £20 per person when accompanied by two or more courses. Quaglino’s is located at 16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ. For more information visit www.quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

 

 

Why Madison’s Soul Sunday Roast is Everything you Need

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You know what I love more than good food? Good food with a great view. That is exactly what you get at Londoners’ favourite rooftop restaurant Madison. Take the glass fronted lift to the rooftop of One New Change and you’re greeted with the most spectacular scenery over London. The roof top sits across St. Paul’s Cathedral with an area perfectly designed for a romantic Sunday stroll.

Soul Sunday

Starter

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Soul Sunday is the restaurant’s new Sunday lunch menu which is indeed a wonderful companion to the scenic panorama. My starter of mackerel and salmon tartare was a combination of textures and flavours which melted on the tongue.  Served on picked lotus root, sesame seeds, yuzu and marin it was a great reminder of what could be achieved by bringing together cold water fish with a delicious Asian ingredient.

Main

 

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I opted for corn-fed chicken with all the trimmings of a typical Sunday roast. As I tucked in to my mains, I felt I couldn’t have made a better choice. The chicken was delicious and succulent, the potatoes crispy and fluffy. The Yorkshire pudding was crisp and light and soaked up the gravy splendidly.

Dessert

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The jewel in the crown of Soul Sunday however, was most certainly the sticky toffee pudding served with brandy custard and roasted pecan nuts. The warm gooey centre of the pudding melted effortlessly into the custard and it was an absolute match made in heaven.

I enjoyed my Sunday lunch here tremendously. It was also a fairly relaxed affair with diners sitting at their tables enjoying the ambience inside. As the restaurant is located at the heart of the city and opposite one of the greatest landmarks it would be reasonable to expect diners to be  mostly tourists. However, that was not the case. The most notable thing about Madison was that the tables were filled with Londoners – the best indication that it has got things right.

The Soul Sunday Menu of three courses with half a bottle of wine included costs £38 per person. Madison is located at: Rooftop Terrace, One New Change, St Paul’s, London EC4M 9AF. For more information visit www.madisonlodon.net

Female Empowerment Through Travel

On this day as we celebrate women, our accomplishments, our struggles and our joys I want to acknowledge the role that other women play in our journeys. That may sound like stating the obvious. Of course other women support us! We are all in this together after all. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many women who do not believe in equality and many more who will not fight or support the struggle for it. Then on the other hand, there are those who dedicate their entire lives to it.

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Tânia Trevisan is such a woman. She had been fulfilling her dreams of seeing the world and returned to her native Brazil in 2014. During her travels and as a professional events planner she had noticed the spectacular outcome produced by bringing women together. This single thought gave birth to a whole new idea.

Integral Woman

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The Concept

On 8th March 2014 Tânia set up Integral Woman . It is a project where women from one country could travel together to a new one and exchange skills, knowledge and ideas with local women. The project was a huge success. By 2016 it crossed the Atlantic and Integral Woman reached entrepreneurial women in Portugal and Spain.

Integral Woman Ambassadors

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The idea expands through Integral Woman Ambassadors who play a key role in spreading the good word of the concept. The ambassadors are locally based and are responsible for aligning Integral Woman’s principles with the local culture whilst identifying the needs of women from their region.

The Integral Woman Tour then brings these women together through bespoke, well planned travel itineraries. Since 2014, Integral Woman Tour has explored different parts of Europe, South America, Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates with further trips planned in 2018:
April – Portugal and Spain – North
May – Portugal and Spain – South
July – Portugal and Spain – North
July – Croatia and Slovenia
September – Portugal
September – Portugal and Spain – South
October – Costa Rica

As her simple idea expands beyond anything she could have dreamt of Tânia Trevisan has this to say: Traveling creates unforgettable memories. It increases our cultural baggage, opens our mind to understand different people and help us to make new friends. It also strengths every woman’s self-esteem.

As a woman who loves travel and has made it her life, I for one, couldn’t agree more. So on this special day I wish to thank all the women who have supported me on my journey. I acknowledge those who fight the good fight so that we may all walk a little more freely each day.

 

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Love Madrid I Fine food art of Michelin-starred Ramón Frexia

The grand finale of my exquisite culinary tour of Madrid with Luxury Travel Advisors was an unforgettable 20 course meal crafted by chef Ramón Freixa.  His restaurant is set within, Hotel Único, a former 19th century mansion in the Salamanca District. As well as two Michelin stars it also boasts three Repsol Suns, and other Spanish and international distinctions.

 

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