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Throwback Thursday – Katz’s Deli, New York

This week’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ post is about Katz’s Deli in New York City’s Lower East Side, which I visited a year or so ago on a business trip. My old boss used to live in New York and raved about their pastrami sandwiches, so we just had to see what all the fuss was about. You may or may not know that this venue is where the infamous scene from ‘When Harry Met Sally’ was filmed. You know, this one… Upon googling that image, I came across a lot of ‘copycat’ photos, so it would appear it’s quite a trend to give this a go when you visit. I missed out there, clearly 😉 But there is so much more to this place than being the set of a famous movie. The deli has a long history. It was originally established in 1888 by the Iceland Brothers, before the name was changed to ‘Iceland & Katz’ after the arrival of Willy Katz in 1903. In 1910, Willy’s cousin, Benny, joined him and they bought out …

Throwback Thursday – Tramshed, Shoreditch

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about Tramshed in Shoreditch. I first went a couple of years ago for New Years Eve with Tim. We wanted a nice dinner with good grub that wasn’t too fancy, and this ticked all the boxes! You may know of Tramshed because of its controversial/awesome art display in the centre of the restaurant by Damien Hirst, featuring a whole cow, with a chicken riding on the top, preserved in formaldehyde solution, known as ‘The Cock and Bull’. Not for the faint hearted, but an impressive feature.  But this art display really gets to the heart of what Tramshed does so well – chicken and steak! There are now quite a few places that specialise in certain meats like this, but back then, it was one of the first to go about it so boldly. And the name also comes from the fact that the venue did indeed used to be an electricity generating station for trams. For New Year’s Eve, we started with a smoked salmon dish and a pate …

Throwback Thursday: Afternoon Tea at Harrods

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is my experience of Afternoon Tea with my mum at Harrods. It feels like yesterday but it was a year and a half ago now – my mum was on holiday in the UK, partly to see ‘the wedding dress’ before I bought it, and to get the Mrs Rex seal of approval 😉  I had arranged for us to go for Afternoon Tea at Harrods as a belated Mother’s Day treat, as part of an action packed day of dress trying on, shopping, cocktails and seeing Phantom of The Opera in the West End. It was a fabulous day, with taxis from place to place. I think my mum thinks this is how I live all the time! We arrived at Harrods and got lost fairly quickly, which happens every time I go there. It really is a labyrinth of luxury, but I can’t help but feel there must be an easier way of navigating it. I must be missing a trick somewhere. Luckily the restaurant was easy to find, …

Throwback Thursday: The Latymer, Pennyhill Park

Towards the end of 2012, Tim treated us to a night away at Pennyhill Park. Pennyhill Park is a beautiful 5 star hotel and spa in Bagshot, Surrey, about an hour from Central London by train. After spending the afternoon being pampered in the spa, we were booked in for dinner at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park’s Two Michelin starred restaurant. The Head Chef is Michael Wignall, who was awarded his first Michelin star 14 years ago. He describes his cooking as ‘complex and carefully crafted’, which I couldn’t agree with more… if only I could remember exactly what we had as part of the Tasting Menu that we tried. Funnily enough, Tim and I both say that this was our favourite Tasting Menu to date (and we’ve tried quite a few!), but we can’t for the life of us tell you exactly what we had. I think this is largely due to the intricacy of each of the courses – they are visually stunning and the complex combination of flavours and textures is a taste to behold! What …

Throwback Thursday – Sand Restaurant, The Maldives

This week’s Throwback Thursday post is about another of the fabulous dinners we had on our honeymoon in the Maldives. You may have seen my previous post about the Teppanyaki restaurant, today’s post is about Sand Restaurant on our island resort of Velassaru. Sand restaurant, as you might have guessed, is situated out on the sand, right by the sea. Some diners were seated under cover on the pavilion, but we were ‘out in the open’ under the stars, which was lovely! The food in all of the restaurants was superb, but Sand especially so. It focuses on two things: Meat and Fish, cooked on the hot stone grill. Can’t get much better than that! To start with, we ordered the Fisherman’s Chilled Platter for Two. The Fish Platter is one of our favourite things to order in a restaurant as we’re both shellfish lovers, but this was by far the biggest platter we’d ever had the pleasure of eating. It included a dozen pacific rock oysters, six medium prawns and a steamed lobster! Served …