Brunch at Hally’s Parsons Green

Going out for brunch is probably one of my favourite past-times in the weekend, so I love finding out about new good places to visit. One of these new places I recently was told about is Hally’s Parsons Green. Hally’s opened in June 2013 on New Kings Road and says it’s a “A Californian-inspired hangout– all about innovative, fresh food, expertly-made coffee & a relaxed vibe.” So this long weekend I braved it through the rain and wind on my bike (and got soaked in the process) to meet some friends for brunch at Hally’s. I was told it was “epic” so as you can imagine I had high expectations.

Turns out a lot of people seem to think it is epic because there was a bit of a wait to get a table when we got there, but we were able to shelter from the rain inside and the staff was friendly in looking after us to get us a table as soon as possible. I love the casual, white and beach house style design of the café and don’t even get me started on those pastel paint-dipped vintage style chairs.

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Hally’s Parsons Green is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 6pm and during the week they serve breakfast daily from 8am and lunch from 12 to 4pm. However of course I was there for the main event that is their weekend brunch. Their (8am-4pm) brunch menu changes weekly is full of great dishes like; healthy granola, eggs benedict, american pancakes, smoked salmon with cream cheese and of course a full breakfast. We got coffee, fresh mint tea and fresh juices while we caught up and made our mind up on what to eat.

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In the end we all had the same food craving. Can you guess? Yep…. it was the avocado on sourdough with chilli, lemon and rocket that we all wanted. However we were hungry girls so we added some sides!

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….just to prove there was a-whole-lot of avocado underneath that rocket salad!

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Mine was with the poached eggs and chorizo. Amelia had the same but with bacon instead of chorizo and Krystle got her eggs scrambled and also with chorizo! The rocket salad on top of the avocado was really refreshing and we were all amazed by how orange the egg yolks were - think that means they are very organic/free range eggs which is nice!  We probably didn’t need all those extra sided but oh boy was it tasty :)

We had a fabulous time at Hally’s and think I will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes on the menu! Have you been to this little brunch/lunch gem in Parsons Green yet? Check it out – it’s epic ;)

Hally’s
60 New Kings Road
Parsons Green
London, SW6 4LS
www.hallysparsonsgreen.com


  
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Aveda Challenge Naturally Straight & Be Curly

Remember me talking about the Aveda Challenge I was going to do to make my hair wonderfully smooth and straight and to make my friends hair fizz free and enhancing her natural waves and curls? Well we did it and the results are…..(drum roll)…..below! In this video we will talk about the products and show you how to apply them to get the best results.*

What do you think of our end results? Here some more comments and tips for when using the following Aveda products: Naturally Straight & Be Curly Enhancer.

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Aveda Smooth Infusion – Naturally Straight: Progressively loosens curls and fends off frizz to achieve a naturally straight style // Towel dry your hair // You only need a small amount // Thoroughly apply Naturally Straight styling creme in sections and blow dry. Use blow dryer with a nozzle to minimise fly aways and use a round brush to use the tension and the heat to stretch the hair to Flat iron if you wish (this would be if your hair is a lot curlier or wavier then mine) // After 5 consecutive applications of Naturally Straight, your hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes // My hair felt so smooth and straight and even throughout the day (in the summer heat) it stayed sleek, soft and not a kink in sight!

Aveda Be Curly – Curl Enhancer: Great for intensifying curls, taming frizz and boosting shine. Wheat protein blend expands when hair is wet and then retracts when hair is dry to lock in curls or waves // Apply Be Curly Curl Enhancer to towel-dried hair and begin to blow dry // Best results when using a diffuser // Don’t put blow dryer not the most powerful setting, blasting the hair won’t allow the curl to hold as well. Once the hair is completely dry, use a bit more product to finish the style and add some more definition to your frizz free curls // Tugce’s hair felt a lot more moisturised, looked healthy and had a more enhanced curls.

Are you interested to try these Aveda products? Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight (150ml/£21.50 RRP)  & Be Curly Curl Enhancer lotion (200ml/£17.50 RRP) are now available in your local Aveda Salon, Spa and Stores or online at www.aveda.co.uk

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Aveda Naturally Straight

When it comes to hair, girls always seem to want what they don’t have. You have curly hair, but you wished it was straight, and if  you have straight hair, you probably want it wavier or curlier. Luckily these days, there are so many tools out there like straightening irons and curling tongs so we can easily switch up our look every day. Also for people dreaming of straight hair there are more (semi) permanent straightening treatments available but they are pretty pricey and also can be damaging to your hair. So when Aveda contacted me recently to partake in a challenge to trial their new Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight styling product I was intrigued. Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight is an addition to their Smooth Infusion range which straightens curls with every use.

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How it works? Naturally straight is a new styling product that contains plant fibers that help your hair stay straight day after day. You apply it to wet hair, after shampooing, and then blow-dry it using the heat and tension to give you super sleek and smooth hair! It also includes a humidity barrier which means you can kiss frizzy hair and fly-aways goodbye. And the most revolutionary part I think is that it actually promises that after 5 consecutive applications of Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, that your hair will stay straight for up to 3 washes!

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Now my hair isn’t the curliest of hair (like in the picture above) and you might even call it pretty straight but I still always blow dry my hair or run the straighteners through it to give it a nice straight and kink/fuzz free finish. Even though my hair is quite straight, I have a lot of it and if I just let it dry naturally it tends to have kinks and waves at the back of my neck, unruly flyaaway bits in the front and especially in summer heat it frizzes up and doesn’t stay nice and straight! It drives me nuts. So the challenge Aveda had for me* was to try this new product at home to show me how it will naturally give me a smoother, straighter styling finish to my hair.  So this weekend I visited the beautiful Aveda Lifestyle Salon in Covent Garden to  learn all about Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight, so I could try it at home and put it to the test. So I will be filming a video with a friend where I will try the Naturally Straight styling product and she will use the Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer to embrace her wavy hair style. See we all have different hair dreams! I’m definitely curious to try this. Are you? Watch this space :)

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Be an enthusiast!

Hooray it’s mid-week already! This week is flying by because Monday was a public holiday in the UK so only a four day week for me before it’s the weekend again. This long weekend I was up in Scotland (near Aberdeen) to experience a real Scottish tradition called the Highland Games. Oh what fun we had! You can see some photos of my Scottish adventure on my Instagram account (@dutchessroz). Anyway just a quick mid-week inspirational post from me today – it is Hump Day after all :)

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“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” Roald Dahl.

I love this quote – I think it’s so important to be passionate! I also thought this quote was appropriate for this week as I am off to see Matilda the musical (based on the famous book by Roald Dahl) tomorrow night. Matilda was one of my favourite books growing up! Hope you all have a Happy Hump Day and may the rest of your week fly by :)


  
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Dom Pérignon Rosé Creative Combustion at Magazine Restaurant

Back in March Dom Pérignon invited nine of the world’s most innovative chefs to a three-day ‘Creative Combustion’ workshop in Paris that saw each creative talent inspire the other to create their own Creative Combustion Rosé Paradox Menu around the latest Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003.

One of those chef’s was Oliver ‘Ollysan’ Lange from London, who is head chef at The Magazine. The Magazine is a stunning restaurant in Hyde Park based in the Serpentine Gallery that has been on my list to visit for a while. The setting is bright and modern and the menu is fusion food with heavy Japanese influences.  Following the Dom Pérignon  Paradox experience, Oliver ‘Ollysan’ Lange created his own Rosé Paradox Menu, which will be introduced at his restaurant, The Magazine for the month of September. Oliver ‘Ollysan’ Lang says about his creation: “A fun, explosive menu inspired and  created by combining global flavours.” The other night I was invited to try this beautiful new menu accompanied of course by plenty of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003. Here are some photos of the night!

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Before sitting down at our table we all admired the restaurant while enjoying a glass of Dom Pérignon and some delicious canapés; an aubergine beef tartare spoon and a crab donut style bun. The aubergine beef tartare was so good, I may have had a few of those spoons.

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Once seated at our table, the head chef Oliver ‘Ollysan’ Lange (and creator of the menu) welcomed us and spoke about his inspiration for all the dishes. First up was an Amuse Bouche which was a little pastry style cone filled with something tasty. Terrible I know but I can’t actually remember what it was. Next up was a plate of Sashimi Hamachi Ceviche Style with Scallop Crisp and Mango.

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How beautiful does this plate look? It was almost too pretty to touch. This was maybe one of my favourite dishes of the night, I love ceviche and sashimi and this fresh combination with the mango was delicious and it literally melted in your mouth.

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Then it was sushi time. I love sushi so this selection to share was right up my street. The selection was: Big Volcano Roll // Spicy Tuna and Crispy Ginger // Smoked Trout and Shiso Roll // Surf’n Turf Roll // Salmon Nigiri and Saikyo Miso. All equally as delicious!

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The main dish of the Creative Combustion menu is Pigeon with Brioche and Mushroom Essence. This dish is from Nenad the 2 star chef from Switzerland who also took part in the workshop. Pigeon is not something I eat every day of the week so it’s really nice to have something different when you’re out. If you haven’t had pigeon before, you should definitely try it next time you spot it on a menu. It has quite a rich, gamey flavour to it – a bit like dark chicken or duck. Hard to describe really, but just try it and let me know what you think! This dish was definitely delicious and a favourite for many of the guests that evening.

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For dessert it was back to sharing. Now I very much like my desserts so my sharing partner that night probably wasn’t lucky to have me on his side ;) The three desserts as part of the menu (from top to bottom in photos) are: Fromage Blanc with Pomello and Almond // Poached Apricot, yeasted Miso crème and vanilla // Beetroot, yoghurt and blackberry.

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I am normally more a chocolate dessert kind of girl but have to say these desserts were deliciously refreshing.  My favourite was the poached apricot with the citrusy fromage blanc a close second! Together we certainly emptied those 3 bowls pretty quickly.

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We all had an amazing night – great food, incredible champagne and a gorgeous setting. What more can you want? The menu is perfectly crafted to be enjoyed with the dark jewel that is the Dom Pérignon Rosé as “Dom Pérignon Rose 2003 adds freshness and vibrancy to the protein-rich textures and accompanies the discovery of each flavour.”

The Paradox Dom Pérignon Rosé Creative Combustion Menu will be served at The Magazine exclusively throughout September. Price per person is £250, including a glass of Dom Pérignon Rose Vintage 2003 to accompany each course. So if you are looking for something really special in September this would make a pretty amazing option!

Pre-booking through Magazine Restaurant only on:
Tel: 020 7298 7552
www.serpentinegalleries.org/restaurant


  
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