Yauatcha’s most recently opened branch is based in Broadgate Circus. I’ve been a big fan for years and never had a bad meal there. Usually it’s a bit pricy but luckily I found a tasting menu on Bookatable for only £29, so I gladly went to inspect it with my sisters.
Last year I surprised my younger sister to a birthday weekend trip to Amsterdam for King’s Day. King’s Day which is held on the 27th of April (previously known as Queen’s Day on the 30th) is a national holiday in the Netherlands. We heard that tourists still sometimes show up on the 30th only to realise that they’ve missed the party! King’s Day in summary is a massive party all across Amsterdam. There is no need to plan, just show up and trust that you will have a good time.
Why King’s Day should be on your bucket list:
A big part of why I love festivals is the chance to dress up and let your hair down. King’s Day is all about the orange and remember, orange is the new black. You’ll never see anything like it; people, streets and canals are all covered in orange which is the official color of the Dutch Royal Family. The vibe everywhere was just incredibly positive and relatively well behaved. People were simply there to have a good time and nothing else. I must say King’s Day was much more civilised than Notting Hill carnival for example which can turn a bit rough.
If you’ve ever been to Chotto Matte you must have been as excited as me to hear that Kurt Zdesar just opened a sister restaurant called Black Roe. Chotto Matte is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in London so the bar had been set very high. I had signed up to their mailing list so when I saw a 50% off soft launch deal I jumped on it.
By now I think it’s very clear that I absolutely love Japanese food and for those of you who didn’t know, I was born in Sweden. So when I heard about a Scandinavian, Korean and Japanese fusion restaurant I simply had to try it. I had never heard of such a mix before and was curious to see how they would pull it off.
Having been invited to review Flat Three, I took someone along for a treat on a nice Saturday afternoon. I visited on the last open day of the year so the restaurant was very quiet. Given the Holland Park location most locals were probably out traveling, lucky them! The interior is very bright and airy which I loved. They have spaces for larger parties and cosy tucked away tables for two as well.
Every city has got a signature building, in Dubai it’s the one and only Burj Khalifa. I got to stay at a corporate apartment thanks to my friend who works in real estate development, ch-ching! The most memorable thing about Burj Khalifa is the view in the mornings where the peaks of buildings are above the clouds. It’s crazy because when you’re that high up, everything below you looks like miniature structures.
Getting to stay in the tallest building in the world is a bucket list worthy item I hadn’t planned on. I’d be busting my ass for some time to afford a one night stay on the 80th floor so I feel very lucky to have experienced a stay there : )