Friday, 10 May 2013

High tea at Athenaeum Hotel Park Lane

Has anybody here played Monopoly?  The more I hang out in London the more I recall the names of the properties - but I digress... #parklane
Angela my WONDERFUL Siss (greasing) took me to high tea at a 4.5 star hotel on Park Lane (posh or wot)
The Athenaeum Hotel...

> The Hotel is Covered in foliage - this is out the window from our table.
< Our Table setting - they make it all so NICE

< Our Tea selection

Angela's Mocktail >

Above: Selection of Sandwiches (nom nom) and a glass of Honey Fizz Champagne
* Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese, Egg Mayonnaise with Mustard Cress, Ham with Red Onion Marmalade, Honey Roasted Ham and Caramelized Golden Cross Goats Cheese.

And for desert *dribbles*
Profiterole, white chocolate mousse, Vanilla cheesecake, Lemon tart, Chocolate iced sponge, Honey cake and macaroon, champagne Jelly - the drool goes on.
I had to go meet the BF at the pub after this - I wanted to lie down and go to sleep - but such is the frenetic pace of London - there is NO SLEEP!  We went by the Hard-rock gift shop and I took a few snaps - and bought nothing >:D
 Guitar necks!
 White: Bruce Kulick - Kiss
Red: Steve Jones - Sex Pistols
Black: Richie Sambora - Bon Jovi.
 Soo many drum sticks!!!
And this is Madam Muck herself - aka ME!!!

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Scotland - the Food

So Scotland has a somewhat dubious - and totally undeserved - reputation when it comes to cuisine.  To give credit where it's due Edinburgh has the highest concentration of Michellen starred restaurants!  Angela and I did indeed have an INSANELY GOOD curry - down Cockburn street "Gurka Cafe" - but that's not the purpose of today's post... oh no, not at all.

Feast your eyes upon:

DEEP FRIED PIZZA!!!                                                 And DEEP FRIED MARS BAR!!!
Treat No.01: That's right - what's better than a plain ol' piece of pizza you ask:  Chuck it in the DEEP FRYER!  To be honest this was actually really good - but LOOK AT THE GREASE! 
Treat no.02: And again you ask - how could one make a Mars bar even MORE calorie ridden and heart attack provoking? (No offense Mars bar - but you know you're a devilish treat) Let's DIP IT IN A BATTER AND DROP IT INTO YE OL' FRYER!  Mmm feeling hungry?
We shared these treats between 4 #lightweights
                                          P.s. what a deal > > >
Treat No.03: HAGGIS!
This is the "Full Scottish breakfast" (like a full English but with ADDED HAGGIS)
I could explain the whole idea of haggis - but I'm gonna leave this one to wikipedia

"Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep's pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally encased in the animal's stomach and simmered for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared 
in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach."  Aka: actually quite YUM! It reminded me of felafel!

I had the vegetarian Breakfast (right)
The "Haggis" was mushed up Red kidney beans with haggis spices - was really YUM.
We were mega super hung over so this meal was a definite cure - the guy across from us ordered a giant glass of orange juice and once we saw that we all ordered one too!!

And to stay with our Haggis theme:
The Vegetarian haggis burger (right)
Pretty much just felafel type pattie with "Haggis Spices" @The Stand Comedy Club Edinburgh.
Was really nice - but I preferred the minted lamb burger - only because that was SUPER DELICIOUS!
 The relish came in that super cute jar in the top of the picture - such nice presentation!

Below: the most DELICIOUS treat you could imagine - a GIANT Coffee Profiterole.
Choux pastry filled with coffee flavoured cream and iced with Coffee flavoured fondant.

Look at all the treats!  @Fisher & Donaldson's in St. Andrews (the home of GOLF)

Yes that's a cream filled MACAROON!


Okay - I've tortured you guys with enough foodgasmic pictures now, I'm off down the bakery :-P

♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Shoesday 7.05.13

For Shoesday today I thought I would do a glory piece in reverence to my ever growing sisterhood of shoes!
Feast your eyes!
The photo quality is crappy - but I'm having issues with Blogger and almost decided to throw it in the too hard basket! *I've swapped from mozilla to Chrome :-/
Sorry about the photo quality - the following pics are ones I took before I left NZ ;-)

 I bought these brown sandals to do a Jimmy Choo inspired DIY - I still may #watchthisspace

These shoes are total Louis Vuitton rip offs - but ther were beautiful...
so I HAD to have them.
All my shoes are trapped in this antique china cabinet :-(
back in NZ, Poor babies!  Mummy misses you ;-)
Aren't these girls DIVINE?  I didn't bring them due to their leather-suede properties
- not so good in the rainy UK!
Hope you enjoyed Shoesday
feel free to send me a pic of your collection or a link to your blog :-D
♥ Paula Shoe Fiend
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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Shopping - it's up to you

I found this ever so quaint meme while trolling Facebook today and thought it might tickle you...
OK - it's silly.

Just wanted to update yall on my wearabouts - I've been doing a bit of the south West coast of England so have been away from the blog.  I do LOVE all your comments though and I'm always keen to meet new bloggers so please feel free to leave comments and links to your blogs.
Now I'm off to do the Bristol 10K run *wish me luck*

But not in these shoes - via The Heroin Addict

<3 Paula Shoe Fiend