Yotam Ottolenghi {the israeli british chef i live by and best restaurant of london}

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If you’ve never heard the name, shame on you, as this man is a sheer genius. And still, if you haven’t heard the name you’re about to get the low down. As it’s Thursday, I thought I would do a little throw back and talk about the London institution for healthy, good and delicious eating that I hold very close to my heart. If you must go anywhere when you are in London, you must pay a visit to an Ottolenghi restaurant.

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Who is Yotam? Born and raised in Jerusalem, the man has a very very interesting history and life that came before his fooding success. That being said, his fooding endeavour did not start directly with this vision, but early in his career he began working in the industry as a pastry chef for several very known and reputed resaturants. But it all really began in 2002 when he opened Ottolenghi in Notting Hill.

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His dishes quickly sought praise, with a foundation on vegetables, crazy and inventive flavour combinations, and the essential Middle Eastern spices including za’atar, rose water and pomegranate molasses that must are completely unaccustomed to. The business has grown enormously since, and he now has a variety locations including a finer dining restaurant called Nopi. Each restaurant has a calm and “at home” ambiance. It’s always like I never left when I return to Ottolenghi. The only thing missing is, is that he has not opened in Paris (please come to Paris Mr. Otttolenghi). But at least he has published several cookbooks, so we can make our own attempts at home. Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this incredible chef. The only thing I can really say is that the next time you’re in London, you absolutely MUST visit Ottolenghi. As you can see from the photos, you will leave happy. Check their site for more info.

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Free Persephone {your spa oasis in saint germain des pres}

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Last year thanks to My Little Paris, I discovered a lovely little place called Free Persephone. They were having a Spritz Pedicure Special post the summer holidays, and of course I needed to take part. Little did I know this experience would be so much more than just a pedicure an an Aperol Spritz. I fell immediately in love with this spa oasis in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

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Today I had the luck of returning to Free Persephone for an Essential Manicure and it was sheer bliss. From start to finish I felt like a princess. Upon arrival, I was offered their special infusion tea of the day, a black tea with orange flowers. Oh la la how fabulously delicious. I was then accompanied by my manicurist to my spa chair and was waited on literally by hand and foot. Not to mention the quality of my manicure was superb.

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Free Persephone is far from your typical day spa. It is a utopia of happiness and well-being. I invite you to check out their website to discover the wide range of services they offer (from massages, to mother daughter manicures to intimate birthday parties – not to mention special events as cool if not cooler than my Spritz Pedicure). Please stay tuned on my site, Insta @jjchase, Facebook page and theirs for all upcoming fun and fab events. And please pay them a visit – you won’t regret it, I promise.

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