Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Pre-Birthday at Holborn Dining Room

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Birthdays come once a year, but that doesn't mean they only have to last once day. 

This year I'd taken quite a hedonistic approach to my birthday and booked a mini break to Barcelona, yet the girl who loves all things London, couldn't not do something in my favourite city. 

Barely 15 minutes from my house, I decided to head to Holborn Dinning Rooms- well if the celebrations got a bit wild, I'd be able to find my way home easily. 

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A few weeks ago, me and Dan went for brunch there. A refined but bustling brasserie, that is beautifully charming, with reclaimed oak furniature, antique mirrors, red leather booths and those grand copper bars you see in the movies. We loved it so much we wanted to see what evening would be like.

At brunch we has discovered that the bread they served for the toast was incredible. Light, doughy and incredibly moreish, which is why we decided to step up our game an order the entire loaf. So much for no carbs before marbs Barcelona.

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Holborn Dinning Room's menu is different to most restaurants, in the sense they don't have clearly defined starters and mains. They have a charcuterie section, a hot and a cold section and a crustacea area which judging by price alone, are the stater alternatives. It would also make for a great tapas style meal.

We however opted to have wild boar salami, which we slavered on the ancient loaf bread.

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Having lapped up the boar we were eagerly eyeing up the woman across the rooms steak, when these appeared in front of us.

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A entire dish of langoustines! Compliments of the chef for my birthday. How thoughtful was that?

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Say hello to my little friend....

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I may have just got a year older, but sometimes I'm still childish as I was 10 years ago.

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Nailed it.

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After all of that, we'd almost forgotten that we had steak to come. We had the chop of the week which was an amazing 28 day matured steak.

Truly melt in the mouth.

By the end we were clutching our stomachs- full but very happy. We refused dessert to enable us to actually walk home. However just before we staggered out, I was presented with this cutey.

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If the food was this good here, I can only imagine what Barcelona is going to be like...

NO 252 High Holborn,
United Kingdom 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Birthday Giveaway Meal

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Today is my birthday! Yay birthdays! I'm about to get onto a plane in a few hours to sun myself and chink glasses to another year older. So I thought if I'm doing it, why can't you?

My blog would be nothing without you, my readers, and so I wanted to thank you. The blog has given me so much, and given me the oppertunity to go to some amazing places, and be invited to try some delicious food. I hope that my blog inspires you to go to them, but in case you haven't managed to go, I decided to give away a meal to a restaurent I went to earlier in the year and just fell in love with.

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Copa de Cava is the UK's first Cava bar in London, and is in a little magical brick vault. Cava is a sparkling wine, which in the past was referred to as "Spanish champagne", although its not allowed under European Union law any more, as Champagne is a protected name under something called Protected Geographical Status.

Yet it is not to be sniffed at. Cava is as prestigious, and as much a labour of love as Champagne is, it just hasn't quite translated over to us Brits yet.
Copa de Cava also do the most wonderful Tapas. Think cured meats, ceviche and some more unusual items like whole octopus tail!

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Now before anyone comments, no this is not in conjunction with Copa de Cava. This is out of my own fair pocket. I just wanted to introduce someone to this little gem. I fully support small businesses and this is a shining example. 

So the prize is a £45 meal at Copa de Cava. I'd say this this is for 2, but of course you are more than welcome to go as a group of friends. There is no date, the winner just has to let me know when they are going and I will put £45 on your table, so of course you are more than welcome to spend more if you like. 

I'm afraid this is a restaurant in London, technically anyone can enter, but realistically it's probably only a London giveaway. But fear not, I am going to do another one for everyone else soon too. 

So to enter, all you have to do is:

@laurajhyatt is having a birthday #giveaway. #win a meal for 2 at @CopadeCava Enter here: http://www.heroineinheels.com/2014/08/birthday-giveaway-meal.html

Do this by using the rafflecopter below:

Good luck! x

33 Blackfriars Lane

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Hello Summer Moments

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Can I say summer is here, without jinxing it? Yes I know we are in mid August but as I sit here typing away wrapped in my thick fur throw, it is absolutely lashing down with rain. Typical. 

However for the most part, it's been pretty sunny outside. So don't think you'll find me confined to my- albeit so super cosy throw- no no, I'll be outside wandering around London seeing whats going on. 

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I'll be completely honest, I'm not really a jeans person. These are in fact my only pair. Resigned to house only/ dash to the corner store, they weren't very stylish. I was struggling to find something summery to wear with my new gorgeous booties (which don't you think are like sex on legs?), so I did something a little bit wild. I took a pair of scissors to them. 

The rips and holes are all down to my own fair hand- which for a pair of jeans from a charity shop, I think I've saved myself a pretty penny. 

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Plus I think they make my booty look rather perky. 

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Jeans- Zara (Plus DIY)
Boots- c/o Daniel Footwear*
Necklace- c/o Azuni*
Clutch- Alphabet Bags c/o Costa*

When we had that ridiculous heatwave about a month ago, I discovered something rather wonderful. Iced fruit drinks. I know I know, what is this, the 90s? But seriously, I'd just never had one before. 

Anyway, I'm working with Costa on their new summer menu, which has some pretty tasty treats as well as your go to coffee, so looking out on my instagram for some seriously yummy food- err hello to the giant fondant fancy! But in the mean time, I am addicted to their Strawberry and Lime cooler. It's like summer in a cup.

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So say hello to those all important summer moments. Strap on your walking boots and drink to the British sunshine.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Strand Dining Rooms

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"Ooh Holborn Dining Rooms has a new sister restaurant, we should go!"

So I may have got that utterly wrong and in fact the two are no way related, which while at the time may have caused a few blushes it actually lead me to find a little treat of a place.

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Literally opposite Trafalgar square, this is a rather up scale looking British Brasserie. Imagine walking into the set of maybe a 40's movie set bar. It's rather old school glam. 

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Yet, the atmosphere is buzzy and friendly; somewhere to grab a drink with friends and share some bar snacks.

Yet we decided to have a post theatre dinner this time. It was Dan's Birthday back in July and I'd bought Book of Mormon tickets, yet as good seats are like gold dust we had to wait till now. I thought it was bloody brilliant, and I'd challenge anyone not to sing the 'Hello' song afterwards for days. Yes, much to the annoyance of colleagues/ flatmates/ shop assistants. 

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Dan started with the soup of the day which was local seasonal root vegetables, which he said was one of the best he'd had in a good while. 

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Now while mine doesn't look exactly picture pretty, don't judge yet. Also when I tell you what it is, just hold judgement a little more. 

Deep breath...

Pigs head.

.... I'll let that sink in....

Now when I visited Taco Wars earlier this year I had a pigs head taco which was bloody good, so I had to have it again. It's like pulled pork in texture, but much richer. Yet it is one of the most flavoursome cuts of pork I've had. Just trust me on this one.

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The service is extremely quick and efficient, an before we'd finished our debate of South Park vs Book of Mormon, our mains had arrived.

I ordered the Rack and slow cooked shoulder of lamb with artichoke, broad bean and cherry tomato salad. The meat was delicious and was incredible tender, however the sauce was a little rich for me, and did over power slightly. Yet overall, it was a great flavoursome dish.

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Yet it was this that stole the show. A rib eye steak with red wine sauce. Just look at the freakin' size of it! In the words of Dan- "I thought I'd gone to an English Brasserie, and yet I feel like I'm in America.

I'm told of good authority that it was again, one of the best steaks he's had, and that the red wine sauce was the business.

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Upstairs they have a open pastry kitchen where, you guess it, anything pastry related gets cooked. Having ordered desert we had a sneak peak at our puddings getting plate worthy.

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And boy were they.

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A oozing chocolate fondant pudding for him

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And look he even got out of his chair to take this aerial shot me for me.

Oh babe!

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And a thick, sticky treacle tart which I thoroughly approved of.

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And Dan approved of it so much, he even made a rare instagram of it. Now that's a seal of approval! 
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