New Spot – The Ivy Soho Brasserie

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My friend and I hand the chance to stop by at The Ivy Soho Brasserie,and I must say we were not disappointed!

After hearing the restaurant was designed by one of my favorite interior designers Martin Brudnizki, we had no choice but to book dinner table for two. The restaurant is apparently set to be one of the new hot spots in Central London, the location at Broadwick Street, Soho cannot be any perfect for Central London busy bees such as myself.

The beautiful interior space pays attention to detail throughout, not one corner has been left out! The restaurant, bar, private dining room are all decorated throughout with colorful framed art prints inspired by Soho’s music scene and the famous poet, William Blake.

Food:

I was blown away with the number of egg dishes that were on the menu, I guess since the restaurant specializes in contemporary British cuisine it should not come as a surprise! Also as an egg lover, I was definitively not complaining. I stared off my meal with salt crusted sourdough bread for my appetizer, wild mushrooms on toasted brioche for my starter and steak, egg & chips for my main.

I was stuffed by the time dessert came calling but my friend on the other hand was not leaving until she had tried the chocolate bombe. The presentation for the dessert was stunning, we both had our phones ready to witness the hot salted caramel sauce fall on the melting chocolate bombe!  The chocolate bombe slowly opened up exposing the milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb that was hiding inside. I took a really crappy video but click on here to watch a similar video. Although I had no room for my own desert, I couldn’t go home without having my usual latte.

 

 

 

 

 

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Skógafoss Waterfall

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For travel planning addicts, the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland should defiantly a must see on your list! Getting up close to the powerful high waterfall is an experience that I will never forget. I was overwelmed with the powerful the 60meter drop, I completely got drenched and forgot my camera was not waterproof. Be prepared.

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence Cathedral

The typical Italian Gothic building, the Cathedral of Florence, is dedicated to “Santa Maria del Fiore”. The church was designed by Arnolfo di Cambio (c1245-1302) who considerably enlarged the existing religious structure. Finished around 1367, the Cathedral was completely covered by coloured marbles like the earlier Baptistery, except for the façade that remained unfinished and was terminated only in the 19th century.

Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza

Excellent high class hotel with beautiful interior by by Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán (http://www.lazarorosaviolan.com/).

The hotel incorporated inviting art display and colour throughout the hotel, from the historical paintings on ceramic walls behind restaurant lounge, black and white framed photographs displayed throughout the hallway  (in some area used as a floor to ceiling feature wall) and stunning large scale sculptures that greet you as soon as you step through the entrance door.

I was overall pleased with my experience and the excellent service I have received.

http://www.granhotelmontesolibiza.com

Alex Hotel

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Designer: ww.arentpyke.com

Photographer:  Anson Smart

Alex Hotel responds to the overarching concept of the ‘Hotel as Home’. Together with the client, four key concepts were established for the interior design; ‘the personal’, ‘the escape’, ‘the craft’ and ‘the legacy’, to nurture a sense of intimacy, connectedness and domesticity . The interior design, furnishing and styling imagines the richness, the personality, a sense of frivolity and the layering of a story. – See more at: http://arentpyke.com/project/alex-hotel/#sthash.7DxxrWJV.dpuf

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