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Splashing the cash in Kerry!

Last weekend I went back to Ireland for a weekend break. This is an annual thing we do to get away from the hectic world of work and babies (not mine) so this year we decided to go to The Europe Hotel in Killarney, Co.Kerry. Kerry is beautiful and this is where my Dad grew up, but since my granny passed away 5 years ago I haven’t really been as connected to the town so it was special to me to go back and soak up the memories as well as pamper myself of course!  

 We left pretty early on the Saturday to make the most of the day as we had only one night and appointments at the ESPA. As soon as we drove through the gates of the hotel I could feel the sense of relaxation waving over me! 

As soon as we checked in and dropped our bags to the room we went for a processco lunch with an amazing view in the hotel restaurant. I had fresh prawns and crab on Irish soda bread washing it down with some bubbles of course!  

 My friend Bex went for the Caesar salad with tiger prawns. 

 ……. And the view! 

 After lunch, and to burn off our bloated bellies we went for a walk around the grounds which was amazingly breathtaking however I did nearly fall into the water, but that’s just a typical me thing to happen! 😂 

Then it was spa time, we quickly changed into our bikinis and practically ran down to the spa to get our relaxation on!  

 No word of a lie but this is definitely the best spa experience I have had to date and would go back in a flash! The treatments start off at ~€115 for 50minutes and honestly worth every penny! I went for the deep muscle massage.  With the spa area there is a relaxation room, heated loungers, steam room, sauna, ice mountain and the best is the outdoor heated pool. I didn’t take a photo myself but here is one from their photo archive 
 I would go back alone just to sit in this heated pool all day, and what made it more beautiful on that day was that the mountain tops were covered with snow, it was unreal! We spent hours here and talked about what we would do for the evening. Seeing as we were spending the money to stay at the hotel I thought it would be best to stay around the hotel and soak up the atmosphere 😍 

So after showering and semi getting ready we headed down to the brasserie restaurant where there was an hour wait list so of course we had a few Hendricks while we waited.

For dinner we had roast duck and the traditional fish and chips (I forgot to take a picture of the fish and chips because I was obsessed with my own dinner haha!  

 Roasted breast of duck served with polenta cake, cauliflower purée, lentils and broad beans served with a honey sauce gravy!

Now for the dessert. We had to wait a half hour to let the dinner settle but we both knew we were going to indulge and rightly so, we had had a hard day of pampering ourselves 😝

Dessert: chocolate croquette, served with peanut semi fredo and glazed banana.  Dessert: posh style bread and butter pudding served with ice cream and a delightful fresh butter cup flower.    After dinner we went to the residents bar where we had a few more Gins and whiskies chatting by the open fire before “turning in for the night”😂😂

The next morning we had planned to go to the gym, but that clearly went out the window and just about made it down for breakfast which by the way was my idea of heaven with a quality buffet breakfast not the standard crap you would normally get at a standard hotel. Yummy freshly brewed coffee, greapefruit and juice and of course PANCAKES!

 

We headed off around 12pm so we could go for a walk around muckross gardens. So, summing up the bill:

1 night stay at The Europe Hotel for two people.

  • Golf side view bedroom (breakfast included): €260
  • Lunch with Processco : £60
  • Spa Treatments (2): €230
  • Mini Bar Processco (obviously): €9
  • Dinner (Main and Dessert): €80 
  • Evening Drinks: €60

Be prepared to spend at least €350 per person but trust me it’s worth every single bite, sip, step and penny! 5 star hotel gets earlie girl stamp of approval.

~EarlieGirl

    Dozo Great

    I’m an avid sushi fan and having read timeout top picks a few months ago, dozo was featured as a must (locations at South Kensignton and Soho) and it went straight on the eateries list. I am actually one of those people who could eat sushi for breakfast, lunch and dinner however one must have will power. 

    So on Friday myself and my brother decided to have a family night and head for sushi. From the moment I walked in I knew I was going to enjoy it as there were plenty of Japanese people eating there which is always a good sign. When the locals eat there, you know you’ve done a good job.

    So I went for Wakame (seaweed) I can see some of my friends pulling an eugh face however I absolutely adore it.  

     I also picked from the dozo roll menu and went for sea pearl Maki which consisted of Tempura batter, seared scallop, crabmeat, cucumber, saikyomiso yuzu, mayonnaise. 

     my brother went for the bento box where he tried the mixed grill box in which he got to sample some eel which surprisingly tasted like salmon … I had to have a nibble!

    The bill came to £27.50 each including drinks which is a bit on the pricy side but it was definitely worth the visit.

    ~EarlieGirl

    Oak My God!

    Finally, made it down to Sylvan Oak (Instagram: @sylvanoak Twitter: @SylvanOak) for an Earlsfield fine dining experience on Thursday evening with a few of the Earlsfield ladies!

    This restaurant has been opened for probably a year now, and when I was living at the other side of Earlsfield I would walk past everything thinking “I neeeeeeed to try this place” but because it’s on the fine dining side of things I was always putting it off for “an occasion”but as one of the girls shared her “eating to do list” with me recently and Sylvan Oak featuring on this list, I decided to take advantage and book a table, the occasion being… Pay Day!

    From the moment I walked in, the staff were super friendly, offering me a choice of tables to choose from (the window of course) and rattling off the menu with recommendations and descriptions of how the dishes were assembled.

    I’m not going to lie, I had studied the menu inside out so I knew what I was getting even before I had arrived, but there were some additions to the menu which nearly swayed me to the indecisive mode!

    They have a set menu of two dishes at £32 and a selection of three at £38. I decided to go for just the two (with a thought of potentially going for dessert too, depending on how my belly was after dinner)

    Head chef for the evening was Lewis Russell.

    We went for a bottle of Malbec red wine for £24 which went down a treat and here’s my food selection choice.

    For starter I opted for the pulled pork Bon bons served with piccalilli, honey & mustard gel, rocket & coriander. 

    Melt in your mouth experience, these pulled pork Bon bons oozed so much flavour and all of the ingredients just blended so well together.  

    For the main course I went for the (fresh in that day) fillet of John Dory served with cardamom carrot purée, samphire, sautéed potatoes and spring greens.

      

    The fish was cooked to perfection and the cardamom carrot purée was such a good accompaniment.

     

    One of the ladies opted for this babary duck breast served with seared foie gras, celeriac purée, tender stem broccoli, duck fat roasted potatoes and cherry jus. This looked absolutely amazing and the duck looked perfectly cooked with the right amount of pink shining through.

      

    We noticed the table next to us ordered desserts and they did look amazing however we didn’t have enough room to fit it in (sad face) but if I were having a dessert, it definitely would have been the lemon meringue cheesecake served with meringue shards, lemon curd and lemon sorbet. If it’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s .. I’m a sucker for lemon desserts. This dessert was also recommended to us by our server who said it is the best lemon cheesecake he has tasted and he’s worked in a variety of Michelin star restaurants. In saying that, we couldn’t as we were stuffed but i know ill be bringing my parents the next time they visit, so dessert will be consumed in the near future.

    I would probably give a 5* rating on this place as everything was flawless from service to food and ambience. It was definitely a good way to end a Thursday evening! Check  it out if you get a chance.

    Until next time,

    EarlieGirl

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    Annyeonghaseyo Cah-Chi

    I’ve been away for a few weeks and so feeling like I haven’t blogged in forever, made it my mission to get something into the diary. With one of our friends just moving to Earlsfield (powers of persuasion) we decided to grab some dinner (like popping into sainbos for a sambo we can just grab dinner on the high street…… Just like that!) without making a night out of planning intensively!!

    I’ve never tried Korean food before and I didn’t know what to expect but I had heard from a number of locals that it was amazing… And I have to admit from the moment we walked in until our departure it was like we were royalty…(ok I am exaggerating slighttly, but still…)

    So of course we had to get a bottle of wine 😇 and what I hadn’t realised was that it is BYOB so that’s a bonus for the next time!

    The menu has a wide selection of interesting dishes from rice, noodle, soup and stew dishes to the BBQ. The BBQ menu is what the restaurant prides itself on and each table is set up to accommodate this. You choose your meat (On this occasion it was duck and pork belly) and then the next thing your server transforms the table into your a mini kitchen but you aren’t cooking (obviously)

    While we were drooling over the menu (not literally now, come on), trying to decide what to get, our server came over with some complimentary dishes (Nice touch), which included sticky soy beans, boiled egg yolk in soy sauce and spicy courgette and red pepper… Random selection but Yummy flavors!

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    After some “ummming” and “ahhhing” decisions were finalized…From the menu we had:

    Appetisers:
    Kan-poong-gi – sweet and sour pork Korean style
    Moon-o-ball – octopus ball with teriyaki sauce
    Goul twi-gim – deep fried fresh oyster served with thick soy sauce

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    Mains from the BBQ:

    Sam-gyub-sal – grilled pork belly served with sesame oil and salt
    Ju-mul-luk – tenderloin marinated in sesame oil and garlic

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    Sides:
    Mi-yeok salad – wet seaweed salad with spicy lime dressing
    Sang-chu and pa-sengs-che – fresh lettuce and seasonal spring onion served with misp paste
    Bab – steamed rice

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    The girls got the BBQ and I opted for a couple of starters including the wet seaweed salad, octopus balls and deep fried oysters (obviously I was craving the ocean last Saturday night). I have to admit the octopus balls (don’t worry it was just the shape of how they were served) were a bit weird on the taste… I still don’t know whether I liked them or not… But everything else was spot on!

    The Service:
    They have it down to a tee in there. When you arrive you are served with wet towls to freshen up… the magic in it being they come out looking like mints and then they pour water into which they expand ( like a magic trick – “I’ve got the magic in me”)
    I was asking what everything was (so I would have it all for the blog) and they were happy out explaining everything. 👍
    On our departure they walked us to the door and gave us “Call again now” mints (Kate and Wills have nothing on us Earlsfielders😜)

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    The overall bill came to 25 quid each, this was including our alcoholic beverages. For the BYO, there is a one-off charge of 4 quid. Will I go back there? Hell Yes!!!

    Before you ask, the website is maintained but you can find menu’s online… if you are curious like.

    ~Earlie Girl

    Foxie Roxie

    I walk past Roxie every evening as I  make my way home through Garratt Lane. For the first few months of living in Earlsfield I would walk pass and glance in, always thinking “you know that does looks good” but never actually put it on my “to do list” (yes I do have one) until it was recommended by someone as “really good”. So of course… What does one do? Arrange a dinner there of course and WOW did it live up to expectations….and more!

    Roxie sums up their service....

    For me, Roxie is one of those places that you go to over and over again and it just gets better and better each time! This weekend, I managed to twist the arm of one of my friend’s who is currently living the North London lifestyle, by dangling Roxie in her face (well through text) and of course she jumped at the idea! (She’s a foodie too). I just LOVE it when a plan falls into place so easily (punches the air)

    Ok, ok… so it’s now been the 4th time I’ve had the pleasure of dining at Roxie’s and it definitely won’t be the last but I’ll just give you a quick run down of our dining experience this Saturday just gone by! You’ve heard of Hawksmoor and Gaucho right?… Great steak places they say? Expensive steak places I say… now I am not name dropping here but yes, I have been to both of these steak places and when you put price and quality on the table ROXIE wins hands down… there is just no comparison! (sorry H&G)

    I’ve always gone for the fillet standard (Roxie’s favorite apparently) which comes in at £13.95. I went for RARE (oooohh sooo goood) and Roxie gets it right every time. I can be quite fussy when it comes to my steak (not medium rare but rare is the only way for me!) so it’s good when you know they know how to cook your steak jusssstttt the way you like it.photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4 The steaks are served with a side salad and then sides/sauces are optional extras. This time I opted for the Bearnaise sauce (£2.25.) and for a side of green beans (£3.25.) Excluding drinks this is a total of £19.45 for an outstanding steak in Earlsfield (right on your door step….. what more could you ask for?)

    Now, although you may think I am being biased here (and I kind of am because I do love it) I am not the only one who thinks that Roxie is the “place to be seen” because I dare you to walk in there “off the street” especially  on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday and guaranteed that you will be turned away…… this is not because they want to but usually the place is fully booked out. So I  would recommend giving them a shout a few days before (or like me, call in on your way home from work)They offer slots of 1.5 hours, which is plenty of time to accommodate for your food (which is speedy) and drinks (which are also speedy).

    I am not too sure about the next statement I am about to make, but I reckon the new branch of Roxie opened up in Putney about 2months ago (it could be more, but you know how fast this year is going already, it is just too hard to keep track of). I haven’t eaten there YET but I have walked past and peeked in – it appears to offer more space with a long table in the middle of the floor plan.

    How lucky are Put-onians to be exposed to a bit of #EarlsfieldLiving right?

    If you haven’t been to Roxie yet, get on it……. Even if it is to try and prove me wrong, but I guarantee you will be a happy camper leaving.

    Until next week……

    Earlie-Girl