Niven’s Fine Food in Kings Cross

Today is my last day at my current job at a Venture Capital firm based in Kings Cross. There seem to be quite a few people that are not big fans of the Kings Cross area because it’s still known to be a bit dodgy and not very city or classy, but I actually have a bit of a soft spot for Kings Cross in London. I’ve worked in this area twice over the last 5 years and it has changed so much! Especially the area around the regents canal is amazing and there are fantastic markets and restaurants popping up all over the place like Honest Burger, Dishoom and Caravan, which is one of my favourite brunch places.

When it comes to food though, there is one place in Kings Cross that I will miss very much, and that is Niven’s Fine Food. I am a bit of a routine person, and basically getting lunch from Niven’s was my (almost) daily routine for the last 6 months. Not only do they serve incredibly delicious, fresh and healthy food; Niven and the staff have become my friends. So let me show you round this little gem in Kings Cross, based on 157 King’s Cross Road.

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Your path is beautiful and crooked

Hello! It’s that time of the week again, hump day! Well, it’s actually also my last Wednesday at my current job. Adventure is ahead and I am super excited. Sometimes I think about my life + my career and think…it didn’t all quite plan out at all as I had expected it would. I mean I never would have thought that I would live in New Zealand for 8 years, that I wouldn’t finish university, that I’d move to London and that I’d have a blog one day. But you know what…I try not to regret any decisions I’ve made in life, because I think they are all part of your path and your experience. So when I doubt myself and think for example; but I never got my degree – I just remember that “Your path is beautiful and crooked and just as it should be” because it’s made me, well ME!

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Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil

When it comes to removing my make up, I can be quite a lazy one. The basic Johnson Face Care Makeup Wipes (link) are usually my go-to product to remove my makeup at the end of the day. Easy and quick but am I really looking after my skin properly? Well, when I was on skiing holiday a few weeks back, one of my friends gave me a little friendly ‘lecture’ that I should be looking after my skin better. She has the most gorgeous healthy skin and raved about this brand called “Superfacialist by Úna Brennan” so we ended up having a bit of girly time-out discussing products, cleaning our skin and doing face-masks.

The product I fell in love with and ended up getting for myself as soon as I got back to London was the Superfacialist Rose Miracle Makeover Facial Oil. It’s a “a superb dual purpose ‘wonder-blend’ of aromatherapy oils ideal to pre-cleanse, hydrate and calm dehydrated, sensitive skins.

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies

I made these (incredible) White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies over Easter and thought I better share the recipe with you all. I stole kindly got the recipe myself from our lovely chalet hosts while skiing in France in March. They were brilliant bakers let me tell you that (you can find another recipe for a GF Carrot Cake by them here)! These White Chocolate and Raspberry Cookies are super easy to make and they are so moreish. Chewy but crunchy at the same time and the mix of the sweet white chocolate and tart raspberries is amazing. I’d never used sweetened condensed milk before in a cookie dough but it works wonders. 

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Easter in the New Forest

Over the recent Easter long weekend I was with my family in the New Forest enjoying the fresh air and countryside. The New Forest is a beautiful National Park in southern England, about 2 hours from London by train or car. It’s a great place for a weekend (or longer) escape. Here are some photos from my Easter in the New Forest. 

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Old ways wont open new doors

Old ways won’t open new doors..

Wow spring, or I could almost say summer has officially arrived in London. It’s been 22-23 degrees here in London this week; and I am absolutely loving it! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of April already actually, this year is flying by. The last few weeks have been busy and lots has been happening. And one of the biggest things that’s happened is probably that I have decided to resign from my corporate day job. Now this is not the first time I have changed jobs but this time I have accepted a new role that’s going to be quite a change from what I have been doing for the last few years. I am leaving the office world behind and going to spread my wings into the Fashion & Retail world focussing on marketing, branding, social media and operations for an up and coming optical / sunglasses brand. I am often a ‘play it safe‘ person but you know what I have learned over the years; old ways won’t open new doors!

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Girls Night Out at Ramusake

One of my favourite restaurants in London is Kurobuta and when I met the chef (and aussie legend of a guy) Scott Hallsworth back in November he told me about his just opened new venture with Piers Adam (the man behind many of London’s nightlife, such as Bodo’s Schloss, Mahiki and Whisky Mist) called Ramusake.  So ever since then, it’s been high on my list to visit. Ramusake is a restaurant / club and is located on the former site of the Old Brompton Club in South Kensington. The bar and dining room is in the basement which means it’s dark and kind of sexy and Shoreditch cool, but very much a relaxing dining which turns into a late night club after dinner service.

They have an extensive Rum & Sake Cocktail list to kick off your night, and the food, oh let’s not forget about the food! Obviously as Scott is the chef behind the restaurant I knew it would be good. The menu is similar to Kurobuta with inventive post-Japanese dishes such as Junk Food Japan, Robata BBQ and sushi. A few weeks ago I went here for a girls night out (Insert; lots of wine, lots of delicious food and plenty of laughs and cocktails!)

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