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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Mattarello Restaurant, London | Food

Mattarello Restaurant

Today I thought I would share with you guys a tasty little number because it's been a while since I had a foodie post. One of the main things I miss about Italy sometimes  has to be the food, oh my god I need good Italian food and I just didn't think it was possible in England until I went to Mattarello.  Mattarello is an Italian word for rolling pin, which gives a subtle nod to the notion of handmade which all good Italian food is. 

The restuarant itself is nestled in a little street near Aldgate and I was surprised when I walked in because it looks so chic and so welcoming, plus the waiter was thrilled to explain a little more about this delightful restaurant to us. It's actually a restaurant that has it's roots in Bologna in the Tuscan region and having lived in Italy you know I love Tuscany. He gave us a lot of advise as to his favourite foods and recommended traditional dishes as true proud Italians always do. I had to get the Aperol Spritz which had more of a kick in it than others I've had in the UK which kept me rather happy I must admit.  

It was quite hard to pick a started I must admit, but we opted for a selection of cold meats which included, Salami, Proscuitto, Mortadella and I "think" bresola but then had this rather delightful friend pieces of bread. In the picture they look quite hard but they were delightfully soft and doughy, I was in heaven!  

Mattarello Starter
Mattarello Starter

What to have for the main meal was an easy decision for me, as soon as I saw Tortellini I knew I'd be having that, it was nice that they added a little twist with it by serving it with a Bolognese ragu as opposed to like a butter sauce. It was divine and the portions were so generous, I actually left some pasta because I couldn't eat any more. It was cooked to perfection which is aldente and it was just like being in Italy again. 

Mattarello Tortellini

We had to make sure there was enough room for dessert, I actually nearly went for a Tiramisu but I opted for the Panna Cotta with berries because I wanted something a little lighter. The  panna cotta was a little softer than I expected but it was just the right amount of sweetness to tame the sharp edge of the berries. Perfetto! 

Mattarello Panna Cotta


I will be going back to this restaurant again, without a doubt! When it comes to the price personally I would say it's inline with any London restaurant we paid about £47 each but we had much food it was more than worth it! 

Which Italian restaurants do you recommend? 


Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Burt's Bees Lipstick | Beauty

Burt's Bees Lipstick

I am a fan of Burt's Bees but usually stick to their skincare and lip balm products but I know last year they released some make up items sticking mainly to lip products. I was browsing in my local Boots and they just happened to have an entire stand of Burt's Bees Lipsticks and Lip Crayons, I have to admit it was a bit of an impulse buy because the queue was going down and I was stuck between two choices to I went with Blush Basin - bit of an odd name I must admit but It seemed like a good nude shade. 

If you have read my blog before you will know I am all about the nude lip, I don't think there will ever be a time where I rock a red shade, it's just not me. As you can see this is a lovely nude shade with slightly orange undertones, I must admit when I applied it it does bring out those undertones a little more than what I would like but that said, I can definitely work with this shade. 

Burt's Bees Lipstick is a slightly thinner stick which means you can apply it more precise than other lipsticks and I found that it was actually super moisturising which I wasn't expecting as I have been wearing a lot of matte shades and I'm kind used to them being a little drying. This lipstick is not a matte lippy, it's more of a satin finish which means you do have to reapply this frequently because as we all eat and drink through the day this lipstick does disappear but because I always go for neutrals you can get away with a delayed application. I have to mention the packaging because I really bloody love it, the design is lovely and gives a nod toward the bee hive but it also feels quite premium and sleek which is a massive thumbs up from me. 

This lipstick is made from 100% natural ingredients which include raspberry seed oils and moringa and apparently the packaging is made of 60% recycled materials which I think is really bloody good!  

Have you tried and Burt's Bees products?

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Breakfast at Chiltern Firehouse | Food

Chiltern Firehouse

And I said what about breakfast at Tiffany's  Chiltern Firehouse...I know, things are getting a little fancy on Honeypot Blogs today! I have been lucky to visit the Chiltern Firehouse twice since I started working back in London again! The first time I went I actually was taken for lunch and it was HEAVENLY, some really odd combinations but the flavours were insane, and so is the price! Thank god I wasn't paying. 

However I went there a couple of weeks ago on a business breakfast and I just thought I would share with you what I ate and my overall thoughts on this restaurant for breakfast. To be honest, I'm sad I didn't take more pictures but I am only just getting into the swing of things again with blogging but I do apologise. The thing I love about the Chiltern Firehouse is that ever single member of staff that ever so much as crosses your path if so damn polite,I mean you have said Good Morning and smiled a hundred times before you've even sat down and personally, I like that! 

Chiltern Firehouse Breakfast

 As always I started with an espresso, I am still struggling to find a good one but this wasn't too bad whilst my colleagues settled for English Breakfast tea and Earl Grey, of course it's served in a little silver tea pot and as it's loose leaf tea it as the strainer to come with it, just gorgeous! The also over a curated selection of juices which include kale, beetroot and interestingly enough JalapeƱo, however I just went for the orange juice because I'm not really into those "super smoothies". The menu for is is perfect because it has a little something for everyone but isn't so overwhelming you don't know where to start! I was SO tempted to have the buttermilk pancakes as these are normally something I always go for but that morning in particular I just wanted something that was a little lighted so I actually went for the nuts and seeds granola topped with orchard fruits.My colleague got the pancakes though and I did have a slight dash of FOMO but you know what my granola was frickin' delicious. I would say it was quite a hearty portion and I was not left hungry at all. The granola wasn't overly sweet but the black berries added a nice sharp twang to it that just added a little something extra to the dish. The granola was also topped with pear that tasted like it has been poached in cinnamon, it was divine! My other colleague had poached egg with wasabi spiced avocado on toast which looked really yummy too! 

Lets get around to the money, for 3 breakfasts, 2 tea, one espresso and an orange juice this actually came to £65 which is bloody eye watering, but you pay for the service, you pay for the location, you pay for the presentation of your food. It was expensive but I really enjoyed my experience there and would take colleagues there again because it was a place where you can comfortably discuss business in comfort. 

Where are your favourite places to have breakfast?

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Drops Of Youth | Beauty

Drops of Youth

Drops of Youth Cream

I know, I know ANOTHER Body Shop post, seriously I don't know what's happened but recently all I have to do is walk in for like 3 minutes and I walk out with a whole bunch of stuff. More recently this Drops of Youth, Youth Cream is something I walked out with but you know what I am bloody glad I did! 

I used to be obsessed with the Olay Essentials Day Cream (old post alert!) genuinely it was a really fantastic product and was the only thing that would help my dry skin when I was on roaccutane but since the switch to cruelty free products it's meant I have had to find something else. I recently used the Superdrug B Confident Day Cream, which I did like, it was quite a rich cream but it  definitely wasn't a replacement for my Olay, so when I ran out I thought I would try out something new. I love the layout of the skincare ranges in The Body Shop, I love how they are all grouped together and obviously getting a bit paranoid about my ever aging face I was drawn to the Drops of Youth range. The first thing that drew me to the Youth Cream was the scent, it's very light and fresh so you know it's not going to be overpowering when you apply it. Then I put a tiny bit on the back of my hand and this stuff just melts into the skin so of course I bloody bought it! 

I have been using this Youth Cream for just over a month now and surprisingly I have noticed a difference! Now let's not get crazy here, this product does not make me look 10 years younger (woe is me) but lets focus on then things the product does do such as leave my skin looking smoother and more full of life, even, dare I say it, more plump!  As mentioned before I said this product melts into your skin but this also means that it sits really well under make up! The cream has 3 plant stem cells, Edelwiess from Italian Apls, Sea Holly and Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast and I think these ingredients are what make the product feel so fresh and light, it almost has a cooling sensation on your skin so I would imagine that people with sensitive skin may like this product.  

What skincare products are you loving right now?

Sunday, 4 February 2018

1 Second Everyday FAIL | Lifestyle

Guys, I started this year with such high hopes, I saw people tweeting about the 1 Second Everyday app and I thought that this year would be a great year to do it! I know the app has been around for a while but I have always thought I should get involved, so I downloaded it and started it off well and then on the FOURTH day, I failed! Yes, you read that right, 4 days in and I bloody gave up! 

It wasn't that I just "forgot" to take the video clip it was more that I had a really shit day and In just wasn't sure which part i should film. The reality is that I leave my house at 6:30am every day, it's pitch black right now so even on my commute in, it isn't that exciting. My day at work is flippin' busy, I have a lot going on but also on the 4th of Jan I had a very big and serious meeting with the CMO I just couldn't film anything because I was preoccupied and the meeting finished an hour later than scheduled and guess what? Of course it was pitch black when I left. My commute home is busy/chaotic and since my phone was stolen, I don't really want to get it out on the street much anymore. When I get home, I'm either at my bf's or at my parents and I didn't really want to just film me watching tv or whatever or my food otherwise the 1 Second Everyday will mean nothing to me. 

I'm not saying that I don't have great moments throughout my day, I work with the best people which means I laugh constantly. I adore being with my bf and he does so many little things that make me smile, being at home with my parents can also be fun. But how do I pick the ONE thing that day that is better or highlights a good moment or something funny. I probably struggle with this because I'm not really a video kinda gal, I don't like being on camera so I never think to get my phone out and start filming.

Instead I do want to take more pictures this year, so that might be a bit more realistic way for me to document my year! I still think it's a fantastic app and do still want to do it but I clearly can't make it work for me right now! 

Have you done or are you doing the 1 Second A Day video? 
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