Sunday 30 September 2012

Galactic Sundays

Dress- Kate Moss for Topshop
Shirt- Topshop
Bag- Monki
Shoes- Asos
Headband- Topshop

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Little Georgia

It’s difficult with new fades in the restaurant scene emerging ever so often not to fall into certain, in my case burger related, eating out patterns. After what seems an endless sequence of burger joint reviews (and yes with some exciting new ones opening soon they won’t end quite yet), I thought it was about time to explore some of the more unusual cuisines London has to offer!
Not many of you probably know that I study history and not just any history but the history of Eastern Europe in particular. It’s not only an incredibly interesting area in terms of history, having gone through everything from fascism to socialism, from dictatorship to revolution but also harbors a diverse cuisine which until I visited LittleGeorgia I had never really tried. After doing a little research I found out that Georgian is generally regarded as the haute cuisine of Eastern Europe, due to its geographic location containing both Middle Eastern and traditionally Russian elements. With growing anticipation my friend Isabella and I headed to one of the two Little Georgia’s that have sprung up in London, a short walk from Angel tube station. Of course it is always difficult not to go into the gimmicky when trying to make a restaurant look distinctively representative of one country but Little Georgia manages to create a cosy atmosphere with subtle nods to its Georgian heritage, particularly the old black and white family pictures and old sewing machines carefully dotted around the room, without going into Disneyland territory. 
Service was friendly and helpful particularly as faced with a big menu of unknown dishes we needed a bit of help choosing. Georgian food is all about the sharing and far away from the meat heavy dishes that I feared would dominate. Fresh, well seasoned and light it was not what I expected at all. The meze platter was served with cheese filled bread, not just any bread though a bread famous throughout Eastern Europe and a real highlight of our meal. Baked fresh for each order, this was probably the most flavourful and moorish cheesy bread I have ever had. The mezze platter itself offered an interesting mix of Middle Eastern, the spinach pate and chargrilled peppers sprinkled with pomegranate seeds and Russian, my favorite of the platter carrots mixed with yogurt and cumin seeds. This fusion was visible in the rest of the dishes we tried. My blini (a thin pancake filled with cream cheese) was served with a light beetroot salad and yogurt and had an almost Scandinavian lightness to it while the pepper stew won with its subtle spices and rich tomato sauce. I didn’t leave stuffed as often the case in my burger feasts (hey at least they are always of the veggie kind) but with the satisfaction of having had the chance to sample a wide array of different flavours and textures, all freshly prepared and presented beautifully. 
Little Georgia has the feel of a real family restaurant yet also seems aware of the steep competition it faces in London by offering a sophisticated yet authentic representation of what Georgian food entails, making this a real gem of a place that has made me want to be more adventurous when it comes to trying cuisines away from the save Italian/Japanese/Mexican one tends to go for.

Monday 24 September 2012

Pastel tailoring

Hat- Topshop
Shirt- Monki
Trousers- Cos
Clutch- Monki
Necklace- Topshop
Earrings- H&M
Shoes- Topshop

Sunday 23 September 2012

Crisp whites

Jumper- Acne
Shirt- Topshop
Skirt- Asos
Shoes- Bertie
Earrings- H&M

Thursday 20 September 2012

Suited and Booted

Dress- CC Kuo
Necklace- Asos
Hat- Topshop
Boots- Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses- Ray Ban 

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Tuesday 18 September 2012

Late summer brights

Shirt- Topshop
Skirt- Rag & Bow Vintage
Hairband- Miss Selfridge
Sunglasses- Topshop

Sunday 16 September 2012

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Monday 10 September 2012

Tribute to Coco

Jacket+Shorts- River Island
Denim Shirt- Topshop
Hat- Monki
Earrings- Topshop

Thursday 6 September 2012

SIider Bar

 Chicken Bucket done the Lucky Chip way: chicken gravy, creamed sweetcorn, coleslaw, cheese croquettes and of course fried chicken!
Another week, another burger joint on my to try list, this time Slider bar, the first Soho venture by the guys behind Lucky Chip. Their residence at the Sebright Arms has been my to go to place for good, cheap and guaranteed to be tasty weekend dinners for the last few weeks  so I was more than excited to hear that they would be bringing their burgers under a slightly different concept into central London. While Lucky Chip impresses with its back to basic, served on paper plates approach, at Slider Bar a lot of attention has been paid to the presentation and overall dining experience whilst still featuring the burgers that have made Lucky chip such a cult burger joint. Here classics like fried chicken and fish and chips get given quirky makeovers, the fried chicken for example served with chicken gravy out of a squeezy bottle, creamed sweetcorn, coleslaw and cheese croquettes, presented in cute (  I am a sucker for anything miniature), cool yet also very refined way. The same is true for the burgers. For £12.50 you can select two of the many sliders on the menu which get served with skinny fries and a rather intriguing and delicious lemonade shot,, attempting to emulate a real diner experience. Again the presentation is spotless but the burgers still of the same standard (and that standard is pretty darn good) as at their Hackney counterpart. I sampled their fillet o fish, the Daryl Hannah, and new veggie variation, a unusual but successful combination of potato cake, kimchi and wasabi mayo- both exceptional in their flavours and for me easier to handle than normal size burgers, and yes I am one of those lame girls that asks for knife and fork to cut my burgers usually! It is definitely more girly and refined in terms of portion size and concept but I personally really enjoyed the experience and none of the original flavours and quality  associated with Lucky chip have been lost. It is a little more expensive especially as I could hardly say no to their amazing DIY sundae, basically my idea of dessert heaven- soft serve ice cream with a side of bubble gum and popcorn flavour sauces, honeycomb, chocolate and popping candy that you can pour on to your hearts content, but its a great place to have a proper meal out and cocktail with less of the fast food vibe that often comes with places serving burgers. Hidden in the basement of the Player bar, its a great place to take someone and let them experience a truly quirky and fun take on the current burger craze.
Mini sliders- Daryl Hannah fillet o' fish and veggie burger, skinny fries and lemonade shot (not mayo!)
The amazing DIY sundae- dessert heaven

Wednesday 5 September 2012

Sneak Peek at Miss Selfridge Shoot

Miss Selfridge asked me to come in and style some of their new 3 collection which was designed by their buying team, something that I was of course more than willing to attempt! These are only instagram snaps (follow me @stellakatterman!) taken during the shoot so I can't wait to see the final result!

Monday 3 September 2012

Click Those Glitter Boots

Dress- Topshop 
Boots- JuJu
Hairpiece- Topshop