Welcome to Carnaby – The Estee Edit

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With new shops springing up on Carnaby Street around Christmas, the shopping vibe is taking over! We visited our newest arrival ‘The Estee Edit’ on their launch day to see what everyone is talking about!

The shop itself is a beautiful mix of Estée Lauder’s staple products, including their famous Double Wear foundation & their life saving Advanced Night Repair serum, but the other side of the store has a quirky little twist.

On the left hand side of the store is the new concept by Estée Lauder is the new ‘The Estee Edit’ which features Kendall Jenner as the current face of the brand. With palettes that add glam and glow and an amazing Carnaby Street exclusive makeup set, the store will have every makeup lover satisfied and wanting more from the store.

Our favourite feature of the store was the incredible selfie mirror which captures your glamorous look after a make-over or just for fun whilst shopping.

Winging it with Sriracha

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As the weather is getting colder we are spicing things up here in Soho on our new menu! And today we are talking about Sriracha!

The saucy spice is featured in our new ‘Sriracha & honey glazed wings‘ and it’s proving a very popular dish.

This growing popularity has left us wanting to talk a little bit about its origins, which are quite fascinating.

With the world growing more welcoming to spice and the hot sauce industry booming, Sriracha has become a household name, but that was never the intention of CEO David Tran.

The sauce was created in the 1980s because founder Tran couldn’t find a hot sauce to satisfy his palate. Realising that a large proportion of the Southeast Asian community in his new home of Los Angeles struggled to get that satisfaction too, he decided to do something about it and make a sauce himself.

Digging deeper into the beginnings of the ‘Huy fong’ sauce, we discovered that Tran’s intention for the sauce was not to make money but simply to allow people to enjoy their food more.

img_6363So what makes Sriracha different from other hot sauces on the market and why does the whole world love it so much? Well, the secret behind the sauce is that most hot condiments are made with dried chillies but Tran will only ever use fresh chillies.

The company’s growth has its challenges – finding the perfect place to harvest the chillies to meet the demand has been a significant factor (the environment has to be perfect and vast to grow the perfect chilli!).

”We can only grow as quickly as our ability to harvest chillies” says David Tran.

Now turning up the heat and growing massively more popular in restaurants, investors have tried to get involved with the brand but Tran isn’t interested in profits and only cares about making Huy Fong food taste brilliant.

We love the sauce, we love the story and, of course, we love the rooster – so why not book a table and come try our delicious wings.

New Spring Menu

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The new Spring/Summer menu launched today with the return of some old favourites (Chicken Paillard, the Whyte & Brownie, and Eton Mess) plus a host of new delights (a new Black Pudding Scotch Egg, Chicken Supreme, Halloumi Souvlaki, and Red Quinoa & Black Kaniwa salad).

Here’s the full line up:

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New Fast & Filling Lunch Combos

We understand that for your everyday lunch break you need speed. You may not have the time to linger over our full range of starters, sale mains and puds every time you visit (maybe save that for Thursday/Friday!). So we’ve introduced our new Flying Visit lunch menu.

It’s quite simple. You choose any two dishes from our new selection of soups, site salads and wraps, which we serve together for just a tenner.

All designed so that you can be in and out fast. They are also perfect for takeaway. Call us on 020 3747 9820 to order (or swing by and enjoy a drink at the bar while you wait).

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The Year of the (Cheeky) Monkey

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So today we celebrate the lunar New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Monkey. But what do we know about those born in the Year of the Monkey?

Curious, pills mischievous and clever, the Monkey is forever playful and they are masters of practical jokes.

Although they are inherently intellectual and creative, Monkeys at times have trouble exhibiting these qualities. When that happens, they appear to others to be confused. But nothing could be further from the truth as Monkeys thrive on being challenged.

Monkeys prefer urban life to rural, and their favorite pastime is people-watching.

Lucky signs for the Monkey

Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8

Lucky colours: white, gold, blue

Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums

Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Famous people born under the Monkey sign

Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Michael Douglas, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.

If you want to join in the Chinese New Year celebrations, head to Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and across the West End on 14 February from 10am to 6pm.

Then why not join us for our new all-day Sunday Brunch, launching on the 14th. BOOK NOW.

 

 

Shopping for Christmas in Carnaby

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If Carnaby isn’t your go to for Christmas shopping it really should be. Where else can you find such a fantastic collection of designers, ailment independent boutiques and everything in-between? We’ve put together a little list for you of some of our favourite finds when we went Christmas shopping in Carnaby.

Chamba dress classic denim blue frontFor the cutest little girl you know

Every girl needs a new dress in their life, pills especially if it’s this pretty! Made from 100% cotton this dress has adorable details and is super comfy. Perfect for the little one to crawl, viagra 60mg run or jump in.

Carry Me Home

Second floor, Kingly Court  /  Price: £34  /  Product link

 

10007000-Ash-Aviator-Twill-Mens-Brogue-S-1450x1015-1For the sharp looking fella

In classic TOMS style these brogues are made with their signature refined aviator twill in a lovely ash colour. The thick sole will keep his feet warm in this chilly weather, too!

Buying these fabulously stylish shoes will also help a person in need. TOMS supports a huge number of people in need by providing them with medical treatment, prescription glasses, surgery, shoes, sustainable water and more. Be a part of their fantastic One for One programme and pick up a gorgeous gift. What’s not to like?

TOMS

5 – 7 Foubert’s Place  /  Price: £69.99  /  Product link

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For the Starwars fanatic

This one needs no introduction. They’re boots with Chewbacca on the back. What more could any Starwars fan possibly want for?

Irregular Choice

35 Carnaby Street  /  Price: £165  /  Product link

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For the quirky girly girl

Skinny Dip has got you 110% covered on this one. The Cat-Nut case is for the iPhone 6 and 6s and comes with a free screen protector. You just know this is going to put a smile on her face – cats and doughnuts are a combination you just can’t beat.

Skinny Dip

10 Foubert’s Place  /  Price: £12  /  Product link

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For the smart-casual guy in your life

This smart looking navy polo can be dressed up or down to your (or rather, to his!) heart’s content. Made with 100% cotton and featuring the Lambretta lion logo in white satin stitch this polo will make a great addition to any man’s wardrobe.

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29 Carnaby Street  /  Price: £30  /  Product link

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For your green fingered friend

A turkey drumstick planter. Because it’s Christmas and every home gardener needs one! This hand-made item can also be used as a mug, candleholder or delightful Christmassy centre piece. Who knew turkey could be so versatile?

Lazy Oaf

2 Ganton Street  /  Price: £20  /  Product link

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For the girl who lives to be cosy

Fashion meets warmth with this absolutely gorgeous chunky knit beanie hat. It even has a pom-pom! This fantastic hat is definitely just what every girl needs to keep warm this winter.

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8 Foubert’s Place  /  Price: £22  /  Product link

 

For all the wonderful shops in Carnaby check out Carnaby London’s website and continue your gift hunt!

Love Food Give Food

We believe that no child should have to go without food and so we’re very happy to announce that we are participating in the Love Food Give Food campaign.

For all of September and October we’ll be helping to raise money for Action Against Hunger. Just £1 will feed a malnourished child for an entire day.

Last year the Love Food Give Food programme helped a whopping 13.64 million people in 47 different countries and we’re very proud to have contributed to such an amazing campaign. This year we are hoping to help even more people who are suffering from malnutrition and the associated health problems. Money raised by the LFGF campaign goes towards improving conditions and, try mostly importantly, discount dealing with the problem of world hunger by tackling the cause.

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We’re going to fight for a future without child hunger. Will you join us?

Please give us your support by coming into the restaurant between now and the end of October! You can find out where else is participating here.

Step Outside Kingly Court

Stepping Out

After you’ve visited us for some delicious (even if we do say so ourselves!) food and drinks you’ll be wanting to go and enjoy some of the fantastic things our location has to offer.

There’s lots going in Kingly Court, site plus loads to see and do in the surrounding area. Here’s some of our local recommendations:

Hamleys Toy Store

If you’ve got kids, or if you’re a big kid at heart, Hamleys makes for a fantastic time. With 6 floors of toys and demonstrations there’s lots to see and do for everybody. The staff are welcoming and keen to muck in which makes for an excellent atmosphere. You can’t beat the childish joy of walking amongst bubbles and flying toys and generally everything your inner child could ever wish for.

Zebrano Bar

If you’re making a night of it Zebrano Bar is a short walk from the Court. Zebrano boasts some delicious cocktails and some very extended happy hours! At Zebrano you can make the night your own – chill in the booths or dance on the floor.

Icebar London

Step off the street and into Narnia. Everything is made from Swedish River Ice… and we really do mean everything: the walls, the bar, the tables and even the glasses are all made from exquisite clear ice. The bar provides you with thermals so don’t let the cold put you off going for a cocktail in one of London’s most unique bars.

Carnaby Street

In case you hadn’t already picked up on this – we love Carnaby Street! It’s fantastic for shopping and experiencing a different side to London. You can find Diesel, Dr. Martens, American Apparel, Levi’s, BOSS, TOMs and many other recognisable brands as well as a delightful selection of independent store. There’s absolutely something for everybody to be found on Carnaby Street so do go and have a wander!

There really is more things to do around us here in Kingly Court that we can even begin to touch on. We highly recommend making a day or evening of it, for a full list of local attractions, recommendations and must sees check out Trip Advisor.

Celebrating National Burger Day!

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This might not come as a total surprise to you… but we LOVE burgers and we hear that a lot of you to do – we recommend you read on!

This year’s National Burger Day is 27th August 2015 and to celebrate we’ll be playing some fun games on Twitter & Instagram where the winner’s prize will be a burger on the house. The games will launch on Saturday 22nd August so get ahead of the game (get it?) by connecting with us @whyteandbrown now!

If all you can think about now is burgers then let us appeal to your stomach with our list of four delicious burgers.

Leek, pilule Bacon & Cheddar Burger

Minced thigh, stomach caramelised leeks, streaky bacon and melted cheddar all nestled together in a brioche bun, yum!

Drunken Chicken Burger

The Drunken Chicken burger is in a league of it’s own. With a brioche bun, pale ale infused mince, beer battered onion rings and a mustard dressing what more could you possibly want?

Summer Fillet Burger

Enjoy the brief British summer with our Summer Fillet Burger… chargrilled marinated chicken fillets, peashoots, sour cream & spring onion dressing in a tasty brioche bun.

Pulled Chicken Bap

Move over Pulled Pork for pulled chicken, BBQ sauce, sour cream, apple and blue cheese slaw in an onion bap.

All our burgers can be served naked – you only have to ask!

Weird & Wonderful Wine Facts

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Grab your glass (and maybe the bottle too), cheap sit back, stomach relax and prepare yourself for 10 fantastic facts.

You can open a bottle of wine with your shoe

Really. It’s actually surprisingly easy, here’s a video:

Women get more drunk on wine than men because science

There is an enzyme in the stomach lining that metabolises wine and men simply have more of it than women.

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Luckily this is 2015 – we don’t think we could cope with that. The cup was designed to ensure moderation, if the cup was overfilled the wine would begin to pour straight out of the bottom. Check out this picture to get the gist! This monstrosity is known as the Phythagorean or Pythagoras cup.

In Japan you can bath in red wine

At the Yunessun Spa Resort, specifically. Apparently it’s very rejuvenating! There is a 3.6m wine bottle by the bath too, if you were wondering.

You can clean wine with wine

Spilt a glass of red wine? No problem – just pour a glass of white wine over it to flood out the stain and then use a towel or cloth immediately to soak up all the liquid.

Music could affect your wine choice

In 1997 an experiment discovered that when French music was played in the shop more French wine was bought and that when German music was playing more German wine was purchased.

Some people have wine phobia

It’s called Oenophobia.

The ancient Egyptians Kings were kind of scared of red wine

The resemblance to blood put the ancient Egyptians off! They believed that it was this colour because the vines that produced the wine grew in the blood of those who had battled against the gods. We’re not too sure what that means either. White wine residue was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb so at least the poor souls got to enjoy some wine – even if they missed out on red!

Grapes are the world’s fruit #1

Grape vines are the world’s number 1 fruit crop in terms of planted land.

You can use wine to clean your fruit and vegetables

We’re not sure why you would waste wine on this task when baking soda works just fine, but if you’re out of baking soda and desperately need clean fruit and veg then this informational tidbit is for you!

So, who’s ready for another glass?