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Monday, 27 July 2015
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Hello everyone! Before anything I want to apologize for being so late with my post today. To be very honest, I almost didn’t have time to prepare it, but I didn’t want to to make you wait until tomorrow for a new post. Today was a busy day to say at the least, plus my baby has a bad cold and I didn’t have any time to write this post before he went to bed. But I’m finally here and I can’t wait to share this beach house with you.
Designed by Richard Bubnowski Design LLC, this beach house is a dream even before you step in. With a sandy beach as backyard, this place is the kind of home that you feel you’re at a vacation year around. The interiors are designed with a coastal vibe in mind and all the rooms are casual yet tailored.
Completed for the summer of 2010, this award winner beach house, located in Silver Beach, New Jersey, has 3800 sqft and it was built to a family from Georgia that uses it primarily as a vacation home.
Photos: Sam Oberter Photography LLC, Interiors: Elizabeth b. Gillin, General Contractor: Brian M. Furey/Falcon Industries.
The aesthetic of this beach house is an eclectic mix of various styles that have been reinterpreted for contemporary living.
What’s not to love? This white kitchen feels warm and inviting.
The island countertop is carrara marble, the sconces are “Yoke pendant with large shade” by Circa Lighting, the stools are from Ficks Reed.
Island dimensions: 9′ long x 48″ wide at the apex of the curve.
Perfectly designed with a perfect view. Also, notice the the sunroom in the back.
The French doors are Marvin Ultimate Clad French Door unit, with a custom grille pattern. SDL, Simulated Divided Light with aluminum spacer. Baldwin hardware in oil rubbed bronze.
The chairs are from Ficks Reed and the paint is by Benjamin Moore, but the color was a custom mix.
To the Sand
A place to hear the waves and relax with your favorite magazine.
From the Foyer to the Living Room
The floors are white oak, hand-scraped and stained.
Isn’t it a fantastic living room? I love the coastal decor and the relaxed feel you get with the comfy furniture.
White & Blue
Beautiful inside and out! Paint color is Benjamin Moore “Simply White” in pearl finish.
The wall on the right has 12″ tongue and groove plank boards. They add some characteristic to the space.
This is the kind of master bedroom I love! The colors are soft and calming and you can go sleep and wake up hearing the weaves. Heavenly!
The bed and armoire are from Point Beach Interiors in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ.
Just in case you have too many margaritas and feel a bit lost!
The utilitarian functions of the plan such as mechanical, laundry, and storage have been stacked along the north wall, leaving the south and eastward facing walls open with glass.
Remember that nice feeling of walking on the beach? I can’t wait for summer!!!
This dreamy beach house is located on a sandy oceanfront site along one of New Jersey’s barrier islands.
Friday, 25 October 2013
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Oaka is a unique combination of Pan Asian cuisine with hand crafted real ales by acclaimed Peterborough-based Brewery Oakham Ales. Beers go amazingly well with Pan Asian cuisine and really emphasis the flavours. We started our dinner by a “little” beer tasting. Feel free to speak to the Bar Manager who will give you some great tips and beer/dish combinations!
We ordered some dishes from the “GAP GLAM” menu. GAP GLAM can be translated as ‘beer food’, like Tapas or Mezze if you want. Ideal to share with friends as it comes in small plates are really open ups appetites !
The plate that came rather rapidly to our table was colourful and so beautiful to watch…a food painting ! We were surprised with the strong flavour of the heavenly Beef £6.90 which is fried slices of air-dried beef marinated in palm sugar and coriander, amazed by the light vegetarian tempura £5.60, amused by the soft-shell crab £6.90 and spiced up with the dragon scallops £6.90.
The atmosphere at Oaka restaurant was fantastic, and the service so friendly and attentive. The main courses did not disappoint us and were equally delicious. We ordered the marinated raw tuna with a blend of shoyu, wasabi and green onion £9.80 which was so fresh ! Congrats to the Chef for coming up with the perfect combination of wasabi and soy sauce.
The “piece the resistance” was the Tenderised pork belly slow-cooked with soy sauce and sake £12.80 accompanied with a steamed Thai jasmine rice £2.90. The pork was so tender, so delicious and the sticky sauce was to die for !
Same can be said for the chicken Kua noodles, Ribbons of rice noodles fried with chicken, egg, spring onions and light soy sauce £7.80. This dish was so comforting with so many great flavour combinations… We were completely addicted to it !
If you still have space for some sweets than go for the rice pudding and fresh mango or the chocolate ice cream…teamed up with a dark beer of course !
I can honestly say we had a wonderful evening and it was all down to the great food and service. The restaurant is only a minute walk from Kennington tube station so easy to get to. I can easily predict Oaka will soon become a destination restaurant in itself !
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The Trafalgar: 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, London SW1A 2TS
Caxton Terrace at the St Ermins, a small terrace on the first floor, the view is not amazing but the service is warm and professional. After your drink, I strongly recommend you to dine at the Caxton Grill – delicious grill !
St. Ermin’s Hotel, 2 Caxton St, London, SW1H 0QW 020 7222 7888
Radio Rooftop Bar at the newly opened ME London is definitely THE place to be this summer. Located on the 10th floor, the view is impressive, overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the River Thames. The atmosphere rather trendy with a Sex & The City feel that you won’t be able to miss so Ladies, get your high heels out !
ME London, 336-337 The Strand,London WC2R 1HA
The SkyLounge at the Double Tre by Hilton Hotel, Tower of London, impressive views across the London City skyline with The Shard, the historic Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral,… The place is busy with City Boys & Girls, trendy but relax atmosphere. They do not take reservations so first come first serve !
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The bar is offering a list of Champagnes and wines but most excitingly a long list of classic and contemporary cocktails. I found the Mandarin Bar perfect for pre-dinner drink or post-dinner drinks, meeting up with friends or why not for a date ! It can get extremely busy though but Marco, the Assistant Bar Manager is always there to assist me when I need a seat !! The Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental London in Knightsbridge is one of those high profile bar where is it good to be seen and see. However, the service is excellent, warm and professional. The interior is chic, contemporary and the catwalk bar design will make you feel like a celebrity.
I tried the classic Mayfair Martini with a touch of sage and a Negroni ! Which one is your favourite cocktails ?
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The Shade of Grey cocktail is an exotic mixture of Chade Vodka, Akashi plum sake infused with chilli, fresh passion fruit and lemon juice served with a Lady Grey macaroon. The Donovan Bar at The Brown’s Hotel introduced a new cocktail to their already extensive list…”A Shade of Grey” cocktail in reference to the bestselling Fifty Shades trilogy by E L James. This glamourous bar is recreating the passion shared by the now world famous fictional couple. This stylish and contemporary furnished bar offers the perfect setting for guests to relax and indulge….
The Donovan Bar is now more than ever the place to bring your other half for a trendy yet romantic drink. Best seating in the Bar you would ask me ? “the naughty corner” of course, a banquet seating area surrounded by some of Terence Donovan’s most risque photographs !
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I won’t lie, I absolutely loved the Aubrey Bar for pre-dinner drinks ! The place is discreet and incredibly glamorious, perfect for a romantic evening or a date… Due to the location the crowd is trendy and young (well…from mid-thirty!).
Ask Alexandro, to prepare some cocktails, he won many competitions and he is passionate about mixology. Alternatively, the Bar has a selection of Champagne to choose from : Veuve Cliquot, Dom Perignon, Ruinart…
The Aubrey Restaurant compromises memorable surrounding for parties and romantic dinners. Leather seating, parquet floors, chandeliers and velvet fabrics bring a very quintessentially British touch to the restaurant.
The Michelin-starred Head Chef Russell Ford created an exciting menu featuring fresh and top ingredients with a modern British twist.
We started dinner with the hot cherry tree smoked salmon, a quenelle of salmon tartare, pickled cucumber to balance the creaminess of the tartare, Avocado Puree & Rye Toast £12.00. The intense smoked flavour coming from the cloche enhanced the taste of the salmon…absolute perfection !
The seared Scottish West Coast hand dived Scallops, apple julienne & toasted hazelnuts £13.50, were incredibly delicate and the caramelised celeriac complemented the dish impeccably.
During the entire dinner, our waiter was attentive to all our needs and made sure to recommend wines with each of our dishes. At that stage, I was already in heaven with all those smells, colours and flavours !
For the main course, we decided to go for the Beef Wellington £34.00 and the Chateau Briand (for 2people) £68.00 as the beef used by the Chef is dry aged for 28 days, from Yorkshire, a rate breed of Longhorn. The meat was astonishing : tender and so flavoursome. The best meat I ever ate in my life ! The puree was creamy and the presentation of the dish in those little casseroles fantastic.
Oh, Oh ! I can already hear the vegetarians…but do not worry, the Chef created a special vegetarian menu to cater for your requirements…. Check out the menu online !
The Pastry Chef made me the most happiest girl in the world when a selection of deserts arrived to our table… Lemon drizzle cake with crème fraiche, Blueberry Cheesecake with Passion Fruit Sorbet and Warm Chocolate Fondant, Vanilla Ice Cream £6.50. The deserts looked appetizing and were yummy ! I can confirm…everything was gone within minutes. I must book an Afternoon Tea shortly to try more of his marvellous cakes !
If you are not too much in a hurry, head back to the Bar for some digestives after your dinner…
Aubrey Restaurant offers top cuisine to its dinners from A la Carte to Pre-Theatre Menu with 2course at £19.50 and 3course at £22.50.