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How Not to Write an Online Dating Profile

@katy_red (creator of All Sweetness and Life) is one of my favourite bloggers! She always covers fantastic topics and I Katy recently posted this blog which I think will resonate with many of you! I often get asked what should I put on my online dating profile? Well with this article that Katy has written she hits the nail on the head and tells you what you SHOULD NOT put on your dating profile… Read it here…

 

Priya Mulji x

Fifty Shades of Grey – Trailer Release

Women, if you haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James you may as well stop reading this post now. Women who have (and have openly or secretly loved it) then you’re going to love this! The movie version of the best selling trilogy is set to release Valentines Day 2015…. ahhhh we have so long to wait! But the trailer has been released today and effing hell it looks HOT!

Starring Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson, and directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson this movie is set to be an absolutely sizzling one and no doubt November 2015 may see a baby boom! I am not afraid to admit I loved the book no matter what people say and am really looking forward to it, I hopwe I have a man to go with then! Also Starring Rita Ora and Luke Grimes with a special version of Crazy in Love by Beyonce this movie is going to get pulses racing!

Warning: not for prudes!

Watch the trailer here.

 

Priya Mulji

Shai Hussain interviews Farhan Akhtar

So, we all know I have a mild obsession with Mr Farhan Akhtar.. Last week he was in town at the London Indian Film Festival taking part in a screentalk which was an amazing experience to hear him talk about his life and his work so far… interestingly my friend Shai Hussain managed to catch up with the man himself so of course I had to share the interview with you!

Farhan Akhtar Priya Mulji loveliff

Farhan Akhtar Priya Mulji loveliff

“Last week, Farhan Akhtar – director, producer, actor, musician, writer, poet, philanthropist – visited London to partake in an evening Q&A at the Southbank Centre. We had an opportunity to speak to him beforehand and used our limited time with him to gauge how his mind manages to focus on so many things at any one time. The conclusion? One thing at a time…Read the rest of the interview here “

 

11 THINGS YOU DIDNT KNOW ABOUT THE FILMS OF FARHAN AKHTAR

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Priya Mulji

Wild Food Cafe – Review

Food – 5

Service – 5

Ambience/location – 4.5

Website: http://wildfoodcafe.com./

 

It was a sunny Wednesday evening in Covent Garden when I was making my way to Neals Yard to visit a restaurant I had been intrigued by for a while. I knew this was going to be an experience unlike any I have had before so the way I have written this review is slightly different from others. I could go on and on about the flavours, smells and textures of the food at the Wild Food Café forever but I’m going to share with you everything which I thought was absolutely unique.

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Laverstock Beer & Organic Wine - Wild Food Cafe

Laverstock Beer & Organic Wine – Wild Food Cafe

Olives - Wild Food Cafe

Olives – Wild Food Cafe

 

Located above bustling Neals Yard The Wild Food Café is the mastermind of Joel Gazdar where wild, organic, vegan food is blended to create an explosion of unique flavours in the food they serve! What struck me from the beginning was the almost village like vibe with tables of laughing, joking, happy people. Gemma Arterton has even been known to frequent the place!

I met with their manager Andrew Holloway who has been at the Wild Food Café for just over a year and the cafe has been open for 3 and while I was visiting Andrew began to tell me about the philosophy behind their food. He believes foods heal and all their food is made with fun, celebration, appreciation and above all Love (which you know I am a big fan of!). They source their food from local places such as Borough Market, get their dairy products from Neals Yard Dairies and their food is mostly Vegan.

Moving onto our meal I started off with a glass of biodynamic, organic red wine (Novas Gran Reserva 2010). This was a luscious, deep Pinot Noir and complemented the food which I was about to taste perfectly. My guest had a Laverstock Beer.

We started with some fresh green and black olives which are marinated in oils and herbs by the chef. It seemed that every olive had a different taste and that is something I have not experienced before.

First of all my most favourite thing on their menu which I had tasted and had never even heard of before or had even imagined was the Coconut Cheeze (yes it is spelt like that!), this was tangy, rich and actually not too coconutty.

Coconut Cheeze & Halloumi - Wild Food Cafe

Coconut Cheeze & Halloumi – Wild Food Cafe

 

Next we tried sundried tomatoe & sunflower seed crackers which weren’t your average cracker! They were soft, flavoursome and left a nice taste in your mouth.

The halloumi cheese was fresh and tasty but not at all salty like some halloumi can be.

The I Love Ewe was unpasteurised Neal’s Yard dairy sheep cheese, caramelized onions, Dijon mustard, gherkins & tomato – it was like an organic sandwich of tastes exploding in your mouth!

All the foodie delights at Wild Food Cafe

All the foodie delights at Wild Food Cafe

 

The Wild Pizza is a raw pizza containing coconut cheeze, wild sea purslane & basil pesto, raw cultured tomato & goji berry marinara, Turkish olives, artichoke hearts and avocado. Totally yummy and this is a dish which will appeal to everyone visiting, especially kids as the colours and textures are absolutely beautiful and you can get stuck in with your hands and fingers.

Wild Pizza - Wild Food Cafe

Wild Pizza – Wild Food Cafe

I Love Ewe - Wild Food Cafe

I Love Ewe – Wild Food Cafe

 

The next thing I would highly recommend is the Ayurvedic salad served on a bed or organic lamb lettuce, wild rocket topped, amaranth, courghetti spaghetti, hijiki seaweed, slices of artichoke hearts, avocado, cucumber, red pepper cubes, finished off with coriander, rocket & parsely pesto, mango salsa, activated savoury seeds flavoured with leafy greens and spices, and marinated shitake mushrooms.

Ayurvedic Salad - Wild Food Cafe

Ayurvedic Salad – Wild Food Cafe

 

For dessert I went for the raw lemon cake which was extremely tangy just the way I like a lemon dessert and rich. My guest went for the raw chocolate and tart. For those who like organic food and chocolate this is a dream!

 

Dessert @ Wild Food Cafe

Dessert @ Wild Food Cafe

We tried other dishes but this blog would go on for pages if I told you about all of those but please do feel free to contact me if you wanted more details.

Overall the Wild Food Café was a delight from start to finish, every dish is unique and I have never tasted raw, vegan ingredients like this (and my mum is a vegetarian!) for those of you who are thinking….’well…. I’m not sure if I’ll miss meat or not’ just give it a go… you will be pleasantly surprised. The Wild Food Café is a must visit place!

 

Priya Mulji

Sometimes I Forget How Lucky I Am..

This time two years ago I was unemployed.

 

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Sometimes I forget how lucky I am. Sometimes I moan about being single, or get jealous because things are happening for other people and I want those things to happen to me; some people may call that selfish but I think it is natural for people to feel like this.

 

At that point I stop to look at what I have in my life. I write an amazing and unique column for an award winning newspaper, I have supportive family, I have been lucky in the sense that I didn’t have to try too hard when I moved from Nottingham to London just under 2 years ago to make friends because the people I already knew welcomed me with open arms and  I now count them as some of my best friends (Asjad, Rita, Ush, Mala I’m talking about you).

 

I recently attended the premiere of Disney’s Million Dollar Arm and it was a wonderful and inspiring film based on true life events about the two first Indian baseball players who get signed by an American team. The film stars Jon Hamm (Madmen), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire). It is released at the end of August so please do check it out!

 

Now if you know me I love celebs! So when I tell you I was sitting in front of Tommy Sandhu (whom my niece absolutely loves) behind Kulvinder Ghir, close to Meera Syal and Shobhu Kapoor.. I mean I was absolutely overwhelmed. Inside I will always be that girl from a suburb in Nottingham whom dared to dream and lives life without regrets.

 

If I do something and it doesn’t work out then fine, if I fall in love and my heart gets broken then it doesn’t mean I won’t love again BUT whatever happens we must never forget to be thankful for what we have and never stop believing in our own strengths. I have some fantastic things to look forward to and a life which if certain things had happened, well, then I wouldn’t be where I am today.

 

Lets take a moment to be thankful. x

Foodie Pics

As you all know I do restaurant reviews. People often ask me to post more pictures of the food on here but it can get a bit too much! I have set up a folder on Facebook which you can all view if you wanted to look at more pictures of my recent reviews. Just click here.

 

Thanks

 

Priya Mulji

A little note…

Hey guys!

It has been a while since I left you a little note, I have some new columns that I have written which some people may like and some people may not but you know what.. I love writing and I really do not care what people think because the best feedback I get is from those of you who say to me in person or via Twitter/Facebook that you can relate to what I write about. I love that and it really touches me, without you guys these columns would never exist..

We all go through a lot in life and I am no different, recently things have been pretty hard for me but I get by with a little help from my friends, family and strangers.

So…

Thank you each and every one of you for reading, loving and even hating my blog! Keep all the comments coming because this is what really keeps me going.

I uploaded some new columns so please do have a read here and let me know what you think.

 

Love,

Priya x

 

Bibimbap – Restaurant Review

Bibimbap Charlotte Street

Website - http://bibimbapcharlottestreet.co.uk/

Food – 5

Service – 5

Ambience/Location – 4.5

As someone who has never tried Korean food, the prospect of visiting a restaurant who specialise in Korea’s national dish was very exciting for me. Bibimbap is located on Charlotte Street (they also have a Soho branch) about 5 minutes from Goodge street station, around other restaurants which belong to big chains however Bibimbap appeared to be constantly attracting people who perhaps had never been there before but liked the look of the place, the look of the food and the delicious smells luring them in. Bibimbap is a small place but was packed but there appeared to be short waiting times.

My guest (who happened to be fantastic singer Rita Morar) arrived at the restaurant on a rainy Thursday evening around 7.30pm, the restaurant was busy but we were seated immediately. As we hadn’t had Korean food before we were really happy that our waiter was able to advise us on the dishes, specialties and drinks

Bibimbap - Exterior

Bibimbap – Exterior

We ordered all of our food together and we had:

Sides

Chives Mandoo – vegetable dumplings served with sesame and garlic soy sauce

Prawn Katsu – coated prawns served with a spicy chilli and garlic sauce

Rita and I shared these and preferred the Chives Mandoo to the prawns. The prawns were crunchy, fresh and coated in breadcrumbs. The Mandoo were fried, delicate dumplings. They were tangy, tasty, melt in your mouth but not too oily at the same time. However both were delicious.

Chives Mandoo & Prawn Katsu - Bibimbap

Chives Mandoo & Prawn Katsu – Bibimbap

Mains

For our mains Rita had the Salmon Salad. This was a conscious nutritious choice and what a choice it was! This was not just a salad. The dish was served in a huge bowl with layers of salmon, salad, noodles, rice, carrots, peppers and wilted spinach which you then mixed up. All the ingredients were fresh, filling, well-seasoned and every mouthful was as delicious as the last.

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I had the Chilli Chicken Bibimbap which was like a hot pot and was served in a hot bowl and on a hot dish. The dish lived up to its name was hot, spicy, more-ish and again very well-seasoned. Traditionally the dish is served with a fried egg, which I opted for and that added to the complexity of the dish and its flavours.

Chilli Chicken Bibimbap

Chilli Chicken Bibimbap

For our drinks I opted for the Korean plum wine (Seul Joung Mae) which was strong yet sweet and served in what looked almost like a shot glass with a little plum at the bottom and Rita went for a Korean Beer (Hite) which was light and tasty!

Plum Wine - Bibimbap

Plum Wine – Bibimbap

Overall we had a really great meal at bibimbap, you could tell it was a popular choice with passers-by and in the winter the Bibimbap hotpots are going to be a sure fire winner!

For a great tasty, value for money, well presented and delicious meal Bibimbap is a must visit!

Randa Restaurant – Review

Randa Restaurant Review

Website – www.randa-restaurant.com

Food – 4.5

Ambience – 5

Location – 5

 

Situated just a stones throw from High Street Kensington underground station and about a ten minute walk from Notting Hill Gate station Randa restaurant, from the moment you step in, takes you away from the hustle and bustle of London life and transports you to a place where taste, culture and fresh ingredients do all the talking. I was intrigued to visit Randa because I love the concept of Lebanese dining. I love how you can share the dishes and just dig in with your fingers. It is a great form of cuisine for families without having to worry about spending lots of money, for groups of friends who want to just chat and catch up but most of all if you’re on a date, and especially a first date, it is a great ice breaker where you can informally share food, chat and get to know one another.

My guest and I arrived around 7.30 on a warm evening and even at that time the restaurant was already fairly busy. Throughout the evening we were given Jean, Marc and the team’s full attention which was refreshing due to the amount of people in the restaurant.

Whole Salad - Randa Restaurant

Whole Salad – Randa Restaurant

Fresh Olives - Randa Restaurant

Fresh Olives – Randa Restaurant

 

We started with a whole salad and olives which were yummy and then had our starters of:

 

Flatbread which was cooked in a rustic way

Hummus which was creamy but with a kick!

Aubergine which tasted lovely and was unique with the pomegranate

Tabbouleh which was tangy and fresh

Batata Hara – this was my absolutely favourite and we ordered another dish of this later. A traditional potato dish which was moreish and melt in your mouth.

Lamb & Spinach/Feta Pastries- Randa Restaurant

Lamb & Spinach/Feta Pastries- Randa Restaurant

Batata Hara - Randa Restaurant

Batata Hara – Randa Restaurant

Mixed Grill - Randa Restaurant

Mixed Grill – Randa Restaurant

 

We carried on our meal with other dishes such as the lamb pastries and even though I’m not the biggest lamb fan these were lovely and we also had the spinach and feta pastries which were more up my street and were perfectly seasoned and the pastry itself being thick and flaky, something similar to a dish I had in Morocco. We also had falafel which was fresh and colourful and again totally moreish. We also had a Lamb and Chicken mixed grill which I found a little tough but it was still perfectly spiced and left a tingle on the taste buds. This was all accompanied by sesame sauce and Tahini and a bottle of Lebanese Wine called KSARA.

KSARA wine- Randa Restaurant

KSARA wine- Randa Restaurant

 

We finished our meal with a huge plate of sweet, flaky, textured, delicious, moreish Baklava and a fresh fruit plate followed by mint tea for myself and coffee for my guest.

Baklava- Randa Restaurant

Baklava- Randa Restaurant

 

 

Overall the service was great and very attentive, everything was freshly prepared, the wine nice and the tastes exquisite. For a taste of Lebanese food I would certainly recommend Randa restaurant for whether you are going out with friends, family or on a date. I certainly will.

 

Randa Restaurant….. absolutely moreish!

 

 

Priya Mulji

Win Tickets to I AM ME – LIVE

EXTENDED TO 3PM TODAY!

If it wasn’t for Asjad Nazir I would not be where I am today in terms of following my passions via writing and dreams but it isn’t just me whom he has helped. Asjad helps up and coming singers and artistes to come to the forefront and next week see’s further proof of this. I AM ME LIVE takes place Tuesday 17th June at The Drum in Birmingham and features the likes of Rita Morar, Tazzz, Raxstar, Doni Brasco and Priti Menon as well as Apache Indian and Dr Zeus.

 

I am proud to be able to give away two tickets for this! All you have to do is leave me a comment on here, Facebook or Twitter telling me why you’d love to go! However you only have until 5pm tomorrow (Friday 13th June) to enter so get going and please do share this post!

I Am Me Live

I Am Me Live

 

Follow I am Me on Twitter or Facebook for more info!

Good luck!

Priya Mulji

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