Hotel Ottila – The perfect hotel for your stay in Copenhagen.

Are you hunting for the perfect hotel for your weekend in Copenhagen?
A hotel that has style, without being achingly hip?
A luxe hotel that won’t break the bank?
A hotel that’s super convenient to most everything you would like to see in the City, without being in a cramped date hotel?
A hotel that has a unique history and new lease on life?

If you answered yes to any of those questions… I have found the perfect hotel in Copenhagen that fits that bill. Say Hello to Hotel Otilla.  Hotel Otilla is part of the Brochner Hotels collection of Luxury hotels in Denmark.  They have several hotels in Copenhagen, I would assume that my experience will be similar at most of their locations.

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Mama Shelter – The perfect hotel for your weekend in East London.

Are you hunting for the perfect hotel for a weekend in London? 
A design-led does not feel like it’s a flat pack hotel? 
A hotel that won’t break the bank? 
A hotel that’s very close to the east end of London?
A hotel that has a brilliant food and beverage offering? 
A hotel that makes you feel like a pop-star in training?

If you answered yes to any of those questions… I have found the perfect hotel in London that fits that bill. Say hello to Mama Shelter London.  Mama Shelter is a collection of lively, unique and quirky places to rest your head, fill your bellies and wet your whistels around the globe (Think Los Angeles, Paris, Rio, Prague and Now London to name a few) 
The group  already boasts 1813 rooms, 13 restaurants and 1170 employees in 12 cities and 7 countries.

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The Savoy Hotel Beaufort Bar

Whenever anyone suggests having drinks and nibbles at @TheSavoyHotel my mind automatically assumes that it’s at the Iconic American Bar. ⁣Little did I know about the Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel. The bar is a black and gold art deco oasis.

The Beaufort Bar is tucked away off of the Thames Foyer at the Savoy. The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel opens its magnificent doors at 5pm. The Beaufort bar itself stands on the hotel’s former cabaret stage.  It goes without saying when you enter there is a real sense of theatre, magic and Drama with a capital ‘D’. ⁣⠀

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Breakfast at Fortnum’s at the Royal Exchange

I love a good breakfast… and breakfast at Fortnum’s at the Royal Exchange is bloody good.  I’ve had a long love affair with F&M… When I first moved to the UK I had a Sunday ritual to buy little bits for my cupboards like jams, biscuits, and chutneys.   The thought process behind that was if it’s fit for the queen, it’s good enough for me.⁣⠀

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Eating to improve your mood – Haddock, Spinach and Mushroom Frittata

I’ve always been a firm believer that the food we eat can help to influence your mood. Feeling sad + Eat Pizza = Feeling happy. Feeling Celebratory + Eat a Burger = Feeling Celebratory. Feeling Stressed + Eating a packet of Doritos = Feeling Stress-free.

I’m kind of joking, but not. I know that throughout my life I reach for those fatty, salty, starchy, carby meals whenever I feel like I need to adjust my mood. They totally help in the short term without a doubt, the pleasure that I derive from eating them is immense. Though as I grow older (yeah that) I’m looking to be able to adjust my moods from foods in other ways.

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Savoury Oat Porridge to start the day.

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. You would think that I’d be up every morning cooking up an epic start of the day… Truth is I usually skip it or have something really simple like a boiled egg. Despite my American roots and love of sugary cereals, doughnuts and maple syrup covered pancakes, they really don’t do it for me for breakfast. I like to start my days eating with something savoury.  Like this Savoury Oat Porridge.

Which comes to think of it… is why I probably don’t get along with traditional porridge. Those hot wet oats are normally made enjoyable with swirls of maple syrup or dollops of jam. If its sweet, it’s not for me…. that was until I discovered savoury oat porridge.

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My Favourite Poke Bowls in London

Oh Gawd, I love a good poke..    Nope, not talking about that thing you used to do to strangers on Facebook to get their attention.   

I’m talking about Poke bowl. Those pretty little-layered bowls of sushi grade fish, rice and toppings. Next to burgers and ramen, I never tire of getting face to face with a bowl of poke.  Not only are they visually stunning to look at they are so darn delicious! 

What I love most about it is being able to feel like I’m eating a tray of sushi without all the fiddly work of eating every single piece.    I love how fresh it tastes and how you can customise it to your exact specifications.  For the record, I cannot have poke without avocado!  

Read the List of my favourite Poké Bowls. 

 

Londons Best Burgers

My 2019 list of The Best Burgers In London.

I remember when a good burger in London was one that did not give you food poisoning.  That was about 2007 years ago when the scene started to cotton on to the fact that a burger could be more than an overcooked frozen patty with some fried onions and melted cheese in a sugary over-processed white bun.  Places like Hamburger Union (RIP), Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Byron started to blaze the way on the high streets.  It was not until 2008 when The Meat Wagon rolled onto the scene that burgers got really interesting in London. It’s safe to say that I have had a fair few burgers since 2008, some have been amazing, some rubbish and a majority forgettable.

So here is my 2019 List of the Best London Burgers.

Read the updated London Burger List here

Holiday Traditions – Spiked Eggnog

One Christmas tradition that I miss here in the UK is eggnog. Proper eggnog. Not an Eggnog Latte (they are not the same) Most certainly not Advocat which someone tried to pass off on me when I first moved here.

You can get eggnog here in the UK, but it’s super expensive and its filled with preventives and UBER sweet. This recipe is kind of easy and uses a blender and a hand whisk.

Eggnog is generally spiked with rum, brandy or bourbon. I’ve gone with a mixture of Jack Daniels Fire for some cinnamon heat, Absolut Vanilla for some sweetness and Makers Mark Bourbon for a kick.

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Smashburger

Have you ever flirted with someone in a bar for most of the evening…  Then you go in for the kill to seal the deal. You are making out when someone entirely more appealing catches your eye.  Not because you are some sort of a Casanova, but your kissing companion is a really repulsive kisser that has you questioning the meaning of life with every smack of their lips?

Nope?  Me either, but I’ve seen it at least once in the movies.

Smashburger has risen to fame in my home state of Colorado.  This has happened since I left the US many moons ago.  I was mega excited to try their burgers when we heard that they were expanding to the UK.  Sadly, they had no initial plans to open in London.  Other towns like Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds and Newcastle

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