Dinner at Ristorante DeRos in Milan, Italy

A couple of weeks ago, I travelled with my husband to Milan in Italy. On the first evening of our trip, we fancied some seafood thus decided to visit Ristorante DeRos which was recommended by one of my Italian friends.

Location:

Ristorante DeRos is situated just minutes walk from the bustling Duomo square and is ideally positioned for discovering Milan and its array of galleries and boutiques.

Atmosphere:

The restaurant has a modern, minimalist décor. I really enjoyed its central piece – the green, plants wall which made it uber trendy. Ristorante DeRos provides a relaxing environment and its waiting staff are all prompt, precise and polite.

The menu:

Ristorante DeRos serves specialises in seafood bringing out the best flavors and the freshest ingredients together. All dishes are handmade by a skilful chef who offers its dinners a culinary experience where they can set off on a cruise with Mediterranean dishes.

Starters:

For my starter, I had some kingfish tartare with zucchini’s scapece and anchovies mayonnaise. The dish was delectable.

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First Course:

As some of you know, Italians normally have a pasta / rice dish in between their starter and main. For our Primi (First Course), I ordered some linguini with mixed seafood and candied lemon which was tasty and brought up a mix of interesting flavours.

My husband had some Pasta Naples Gulf with mussels, potatoes. It was flavoursome.

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Mains:

For my main, I decided to have a fish of a day accompanied by tomatoes salad. The dish was cooked to perfection.

My husband had a seabass which was succulent.

Desserts:

After 3 courses, my husband decided to skip a dessert. As I have a very bad sweet tooth, I always have some room left for the last course. I decided to have some tiramisu which was simply delightful and was my favourite dish with its beautiful light consistency and mouth-watering flavours.

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Overall experience:

If you like seafood (I am a big fan) then you should definitely visit Ristorante DeRos. Both food and service were marvellous. The restaurant is a hidden-gem and I will definitely return here next time I am in Milan. Also, if you enjoy tiramisu then you cannot visit Milan without trying DeRos’s version which is simply phenomenal.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://www.derosmilano.com/

Address:

Via Giandomenico Romagnosi 4,

20121 Milano MI, Italy

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Holiday destinations: Milan, Italy

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled with my husband to Milan in Northern Italy. I’ve been in Milan a few times before as I love the cosmopolitan vibe offered by this global city which is perfect for anyone who loves the art, design, entertainment and fashion.

Milan has been recognised as one of the worlds fashion capitals and the famous Milan Fashion Week takes place here on a yearly basis. It is also one of the key European financial capitals and Italian stock exchange is based here.

Over 8 million visitors are attracted by Milan every year as the city has lots of heritage with some great museums and art galleries featuring some of the most famous collections in the world including works by Leonardo da Vinci.

If you like sightseeing then there is a lot to see and the city will appeal to a wide range of different visitors.

Here is a short list of my suggestions of places worth visiting:

  • Duomo di Milano – one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in the world which completion took almost 600 years. Located on a Piazza del Duomo with many lively cafes and the elegant fashion shops.
  • Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – one of the most beautiful and oldest shopping malls in the world featuring many designer boutiques based in a four-storey arcade opposite of Duomo di Milano in central Milan.
  • Sforzesco Castle – a castle built in the 15th century by Francesco Sforza who was a Duke of Milan.

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  • Sempione Park – a large park leading to Sforzesco Castle which was established in 1888.
  • Teatro alla Scala – a well-known opera house which was established in 1778.

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How to get there?

If you live in the UK then you can easily get to Milan from most of major cities. We’ve flown from London Heathrow and it took us slightly over 2 hours.

I hope you enjoyed reading this review.

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Pauline

Sunday Lunch at Marwick’s Brasserie in Bosham in Sussex

A few weeks ago, I travelled to Bosham near Chichester. We celebrated my husband’s birthday in Millstream hotel – a small, boutique hotel and on the last day of our stay we decided to have a Sunday lunch at Marwick’s Brasserie.

Location:

Marwick’s Brasserie is located in the center of Bosham village in The Millstream hotel. It can be easily reached by car from Portsmouth or Chichester – the drive takes around 20 minutes.

Atmosphere:

The brasserie creates a welcoming atmosphere with informal surroundings and lots of natural daylight. Our table was attended by a few waiters thought-out the afternoon. They were all friendly and professional.

The menu:

Marwick’s Brasserie features traditional favourites that change during the seasons. The dishes are prepared using the best ingredients most of them sourced locally.

Starters:

I decided to order one of the most popular dishes – a twice baked blue cheese soufflé with cheddar and spring onion sauce. It was simply amazing. I love cheese and soufflés so I this starter was a perfect choice for me.

0A47160D-1F76-4930-B7D1-619B49FCDCC0My husband decided to have some free range chicken terrine with mayonnaise and pickled chanterelles with crackers. It was delectable.

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Mains:

There was a nice selection of mains on the menu but as it was Sunday – my husband decided to have a traditional Sunday roast of English beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and red wine gravy.

I ordered fillet of bream with a lovely shellfish bisque, crushed new potatoes, spinach, and crab beignet. It was flavoursome.

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Desserts:

My husband decided not to have any dessert as he was full however as I have a very bad sweet tooth, I had some sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream and toffee sauce. It was delish!

Overall experience:

We both really enjoyed our Sunday lunch at Marwick’s brasserie. Both service and food were great so if you ever in the area then you should definitely experience it yourself.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://millstreamhotel.com/marwicks/

Address:

Bosham Ln, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8HL

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Dinner at Millstream Restaurant in Bosham in West Sussex

A couple of weeks ago, I was with my husband in Bosham near Chichester. On the second evening of our adventure, we booked a table at the fabulous 2 AA Rosette Millstream Restaurant.

Location:

Millstream Restaurant is located in the center of Bosham village in The Millstream hotel. It can be easily reached by car from Portsmouth or Chichester – the drive takes around 20 minutes.

Atmosphere:

The restaurant has an elegant décor and an inviting atmosphere with lots of natural daylight supplemented by the views across the gardens. We were welcomed by Zsolt who was attending our table through the night. He was extremely professional.

The menu:

Millstream Restaurant serves dishes that are prepared according to traditional recipes, with a modern twist. Head Chef Neil Hiskey sources the best ingredients and takes pride on bringing the flavours out in each dish. All guests can choose from A La Carte menu providing at least 6 choices for each course with some of the dishes changing daily.

Starters:

I decided to order Seared Scottish Scallops with some black pudding, apple, celery and verbena salad. The dish was delectable.

My husband decided to have some home cured salmon Gravadlax with pickled fennel, dill, crème fraiche and accompanied by lemon rye bread. It was perfect!

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Mains:

There was a few great mains on the menu so it was difficult for me to decide what I should have. After a bit of a consideration, I ordered a fillet of bream with some shellfish bisque, cornish potatoes, spinach, crab beignet. The dish was really tasty.

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Desserts:

I am always looking forward to having a dessert and I ordered some pistachio cake that was accompanied by almond cream and cashew nut ice cream. It was delectable!

My husband decided to have a selection of Sussex and Hampshire cheeses with oatcakes, wafers and quince jelly. He enjoyed them with a glass of port recommended by our waiter.

Overall experience:

We both had a lovely time Millstream Restaurant and will definitely return here when we are in Surrey. The restaurant serves delicious food based on fresh, seasonal ingredients and the service was faultless. If you are looking for a great meal then you should definitely book a table and experience it yourself.

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://millstreamhotel.com/

Address:

Bosham Ln, Bosham, Chichester PO18 8HL

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

 

Our stay at The Millstream hotel in Bosham, Chichester

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As some of you might know it was my husband’s 31st birthday 2 weeks ago. I’ve decided to take my Prince Charming for a weekend away to Chichester. We’ve stayed in a cosy, boutique hotel in Bosham and today I would like to share with you a summary of our stay in the Millstream Hotel.

Location:

Millstream Hotel & restaurant is situated in the heart of Bosham village on the shores of Chichester Harbour. If you enjoy history then you will be keen to learn that it boasts the Holy Trinity Church which is depicted in The Bayeux Tapestry, as it was from Bosham that Earl Harold, later King Harold who set sail on his ill-fated trip to Normandy in 1064.

If you enjoy romantic walks then the hotel’s location should meet your expectations as it offers picturesque views of a beautiful harbour combined with a tranquil charm of other traditional surroundings. Bosham is also only a short distance from Chichester and Goodwood, with easy access to Arundel Castle, West Dean Gardens and Portsmouth Historic Dockyards that are only 25minutes drive away. It is a perfect destination for any travellers all year-round, no matter whether you are going there to relax, shop or explore the surrounding areas.

Service:

The reception desk is open 24 hours. As soon as we entered the hotel, we were welcomed by extremely helpful Giulia. Once we checked in, she offered us some great advice on what we could do whilst in Bosham. We dropped our bags and decided to have a drink at the classy and inviting lounge. Once again, the service was helpful and professional. Same applied to the restaurant staff who made us feel welcomed and made our trip enjoyable.

Rooms:

The Millstream hotel offers its guests 35 rooms to suit their needs and budget – ranging from single bedded rooms to exclusive suites in the Waterside cottage. All rooms are individually styled providing homely comforts. The décor of all rooms is classic with a modern twist. We stay in one of the premium rooms overlooking the front garden. Our room featured a comfortable bed, luxury linen, safe, mini fridge (with some complimentary water, milk and chocolates), a TV and a telephone. In addition, there were tea and coffee making facilities including the Nespresso coffee machine with capsules and a selection of delicious complimentary biscuits, which were freshly made in-house by the hotel’s pastry chef.

Our en-suite bathroom had a modern décor and walk-in shower. A selection of natural bath toiletries was also provided. In addition, some soft towels, slippers and soft bath gowns were provided. They were perfect for lounging in before and after our sightseeing.

Facilities:

In addition to some charming rooms, hotel features the bar, lounge, a recognised as a 2 AA Rosette restaurant and pretty gardens. After driving from Colchester for 4 hours, the bar was a great place to relax and enjoy a drink. There is a nice selection of alcoholic beverages on offer – I really enjoyed my Bellini.

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The restaurant is offers a warm atmosphere as you enjoy your dinner. A Hungarian waiter which assisted us – Zsolt made our stay extremely memorable by always being smiley and professional.

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As it was quite cold, we haven’t spent much time in the gardens but they are available during the warmer weather for drinks, afternoon teas, coffees and snacks.

Breakfast is offered in the main restaurant and provides a selection of made to order dishes.

Overall experience:

The Millstream hotel offers a charming accommodation to anyone seeking to experience some relaxing, unforgettable moments in English countryside. The location was great and service was faultless so I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who plans to travel to Chichester, Portsmouth or surrounding areas.

I would love to stay in this hotel again one day!

Website:

For more information and to book visit:

https://millstreamhotel.com/

Address:

The Millstream Hotel & Restaurant

Bosham Lane, Bosham, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8HL

Hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Les Agitateurs Restaurant in Nice, France

Last month, I traveled with my mum to Nice in the Côte d’Azur region famous for its interesting bars, restaurants and galleries. During the second day of our stay in this beautiful city we decided to have our dinner at Les Agitateurs restaurant.

Location:

Les Agitateurs is located on Rue Bonaparte – close to the port, exhibition centre and the modern art museum.

Atmosphere:

At first glance, Les Agitateurs looks like many other eateries however when you go inside you’ll discover that the restaurant has very cosy and accommodating surroundings. It is run by Juliette, Samuel and Pierre Jean who meet during their studies at the Paul Bocuse Institute and decided to use their experience to open Les Agitateurs.

We booked our table for 7:00 p.m. and we were welcomed by a friendly waiter – Pierre who took us to our table and looked after us throughout the evening.

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Menu:

Guests dining at this cosy French eatery have an opportunity to select their dishes from the A La Carte Menu as well as a tasting menu. If you are looking to experience some great French cuisine then I would recommend you to try Les Agitateurs’s 5-course tasting menu as that’s what we had and we really enjoyed it. All dishes are made using  the fresh, local produce and you’ll get a selection of amuse bouche, starter, main and a dessert. The menu is changed seasonally so if you travel to Nice often then you can try some new, modern French dishes regularly.

We started our meal with a glass of bubbly.

A couple of amuse bouche were followed by a delicious risotto with gorgonzola.

The second dish we had was some black mullet with roasted peppers and black garlic condiment. For third course was ox with some rich red wine sauce.

For my dessert we had some mouth-watering aloe vera based delicacy. I had some herbal tea at the end of the meal.

Overall experience:

Both my mum and I had a great dining experience at Les Agitateurs. All dishes were delicious and rather Instagram-friendly. If you are looking for a meal based on the best quality, locally sourced ingredients then you should look no further. The service was great and the food was delectable so we will definitely be returning there next time we are in Nice.

Address:

24 Rue Bonaparte,

06300 Nice,

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For more information and to book visit:

https://www.lesagitateurs.com/

I hope you enjoyed reading this review!

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Pauline

Christmas 2018 Gift Edit

As Christmas approaches, I am finalising my gift shopping for my friends and family. Chocolates, wine and socks are always good but what else can you get to make the people you care about happy? As a result of my search, I put together a shortlist of products that I could consider for my closest family members-my husband and my parents and my sister. I hope you find my suggestions useful and if you decide to buy any of the items listed below then I hope that the person you get them for will appreciate them.

Firstly, as we’ve just moved into our new home, I wanted to get some luxury, personalised Christmas sacks for me and my husband. Harrow & Green offers a unique range of personalised festive sacks and stockings which were previously snapped up by Kate Middleton for Prince George and Princess Charlotte a few Christmases ago. It is a London-based studio that designs original, modern and stylish gifts. It is the creation of stylist Tanya Taylor and graphic designer Philip Taylor. I got us 2 personalised sacks which were designed and printed in-house. Not only they look really exclusive but they also are made from the high-quality materials.

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Secondly, I decided to get some get something for my parents. I normally get them a joint present in addition to some other small bits such as a bottle of their favourite perfumes. I recently came across some lovely hampers from Hawkshead Relish’s and ordered a Chilli lovers hamper for my parents. This hamper is the perfect gift for any chilli lovers as it includes a range of chutneys, pickles and spicy sauces that will make the foodie in your life happy this festive season. Hawkshead Relish’s hamper is presented in a hamper tray and includes:

  • Hot Garlic Pickle 195g
  • Chillililli Pickle 290g
  • Chilli Jam 220g
  • Mango Chutney 200g
  • Cheeky Chilli Salsa 195g
  • Black Garlic Pickle 200g
  • Kashmiri Tomato Chutney 190g
  • Bonnie Sauce Co Smoky Chipotle Hot Sauce
  • Bonnie Sauce Co Fiery Scotch Bonnet Hot Sauce

For more gift ideas, please check their website:

https://www.hawksheadrelish.com/shop/

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Thirdly, as my sister is only a few years older then me, I decided to get her some skincare. I have recently discovered an award winning skincare range from Angela Langford which I personally really liked so I thought that it would be a great gift for her. All Angela Langford’s products are based on natural ingredients including: almond oil, apricot, safflower and jojoba (to nourish) are blended with chamomile and cocoa (to soothe) and eucalyptus & lemon (to cleanse and brighten). I ordered 2 of the award winning products from the range:

  • the Radiance Restoring Face Oil which was named by the Good Housekeeping Institute as their best facial oil for 2018. The oil is perfect for all skin types (even sensitive) and leaves skin feeling silky smooth and radiant. This beautiful natural face oil contain blends of chia seed & sea buckthorn specially chosen for their therapeutic effect on your skin – they also smell divine. The oil comes in a handy 15ml bottle and costs £20.50.

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  • Clean Sweep Natural Organic Cleanser blends together glugs of almond, apricot, safflower & jojoba are blended with chamomile, cocoa, lemon & eucalyptus to cleanse your skin. It comes in a 5ml jar which lasts around 3 months and if used regularly it makes skin softer & smoother.

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To purchase any of Angela Langford’s products please visit:

https://www.angelalangford.com/

I hope that this review will give you some ideas and help you to come up with a perfect gift for your dad

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Pauline