Wednesday, 29 October 2014

LG G3s smartphone launch at the Fat Duck

Yesterday we attended the launch of the LG G3s smartphone (a smaller version of this year’s LG G3) and to prove that good things come in small packages, LG took us to the Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s notoriously booked-up restaurant in Bray, Berkshire to sample his famous 14 course molecular gastronomy tasting menu. (Scroll down for news of our G3s giveaway).

LG’s Michelle Rainey tackles the encyclopaedic wine list, nitro-poaching the aperitifs,
an aerated beetroot amuse bouche (top right)

Red Cabbage Gazpacho, Jelly of Quail, Crashfish Cream and Smoky Moss!

Over the course of four-and-a-half hours we were presented with sequence of dishes to tantalise the senses – including his famous snail porridge (surprisingly delicious, the snails tasted like mushrooms) and mock turtle soup complete with dissolving gold watch, straight out of Alice in Wonderland. It’s pure culinary theatre. 

The ‘sound of the sea’ fish course (complete with edible ‘sand’ and salty 'foam’) came with an i-pod hidden in a conch shell. Headphones on and wave noises whooshing, we could have  been on the beach.

The Hot and Iced Tea palate cleanser managed to be both things at once. One sip of the spicy infusion succeeded in being warm in the left side of the mouth and the same time cold in the right.

Snail Porridge and Roast Foie Gras

Mad Hatter’s Tea party

You’s Victoria Woodhall tests the Sound of the Sea

Salmon Poached in Licorice gel with Artichoke and Anjou Pigeon and Hot and Iced Tea

Is it an egg? No it’s a pudding

Grapes (or are they?), Whisk(e)y Wine Gums, and ‘sweet shop’ treats

As an extra treat LG have given us a  brand new gold LG G3s smartphone to give away.

G3S Shine Gold

Our favourite feature is the ‘gesture shot’ which means you can take selfies with the 8mp camera one-handed. When the phone is in camera mode, you raise your open palm to the screen until it’s detected. Then you make a fist which activates a three second countdown giving you time to move your hand out of the shot. 

Gesture shot

Check out our Facebook Competition on 8th November to win a phone

The LGG3s is available at Carphone Warehouse

Fat Duck taster menu – here are all 14 courses:

Vodka and Lime Sour, Gin and Tonic, Tequila and Grapefruit

Pommery Grain Mustard Ice Cream
Chicken Liver Parfait, Oak Moss and Truffle Toast
Iberico Bellota Ham, Shaved Fennel

Barberry, Confit Kombu and Crab Biscuit
Mock Turtle Soup, Pocket Watch and Toast Sandwich

Artichoke, Vanilla Mayonnaise and Golden Trout Roe

Smoked Onion and Malt
EGGS IN VERJUS (c.1726), VERJUS IN EGG (c.2013)

Victoria Woodhall

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Healthy eating made easy (and delicious) – by POD

We love our office neighbourhood, but if there’s one thing that would improve our lunch-hour, it’d be a branch of POD on High Street Kensington – so we were very happy when our favourite purveyors of healthy take-outs whizzed over a delivery from one of their West End branches.  Designed to make it easy to eat well even when you’re on the go  (their USP is sourcing ingredients on the basis of nutrition as well as taste), POD also rings the changes with seasonal menus and regular fresh choices – which means eating healthily never becomes same-y or boring.

The delicious POD salads covered all the food bases to keep us going through the afternoon (you can choose to add an extra energy-boosting protein topping such as chicken or Turkish cheese, too) and we loved the little pots of dressing to bring out the flavours. The most popular? The shredded Pork & POD Slaw was gone within seconds, and we all thought the Gym Box – which included hummus, falafel, broccoli and chia seeds, plus a mango dressing –was the perfect energy-booster for whenever you feel like hibernating  (even if you’d never dream of setting foot inside a gym!) But on a chilly autumn day, we particularly loved the Hot PODs – delicious warm dishes such as Goan Lamb Stew – plus the Superfood Chicken Energy Pod, which includes high-fibre supergrains and lean protein to keep you full and full of beans – so no excuse for a 4pm energy-dip/nodding off at our desks...  A new late autumn menu will be launching on the 10th November with dishes that are perfect for the festive season, including a Bacon Energy Pod that’s a lovely slow burn lunch ahead of a big night out. Plus there’s a hot Christmas Punch for when you fancy a hot Christmas drink rather than a coffee and a Christmas Multiseed Baguette - both of which will see a 10p donation going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Fashion special: It's time to accessorise!

Colour-pop clutches, fabulous flats, two-tone totes, statement jewellery and bootilicious heels. All of autumn's essential updaters in one fabulous 21-page special  
WOOL TOP, £395, and WOOL SKIRT, £345, both Atea Oceanie. NECKLACE, £13, The Button and Bow Factory. FAUX-FUR CLUTCH, £55, Dune. WATCH, £149, Daniel Wellington. RINGS, from £495 each, Astley Clarke
WOOL TOP, £395, and WOOL SKIRT, £345, both Atea Oceanie. NECKLACE, £13, The Button and Bow Factory. FAUX-FUR CLUTCH, £55, Dune. WATCH, £149, Daniel Wellington. RINGS, from £495 each, Astley Clarke

YELLOW WOOL SLEEVELESS COAT, £2,300; BLACK CASHMERE GILET (underneath), £2,450; WOOL DRESS, £1,950; SHOES, £910, and BAG, £3,600, all Dior. STUDDED CLUTCH, £425, Christian Louboutin. EARRINGS, £79, Lele Sadoughi, from RING, £175, Katie Rowland. CUFF, £645, Tod’s
YELLOW WOOL SLEEVELESS COAT, £2,300; BLACK CASHMERE GILET (underneath), £2,450; WOOL DRESS, £1,950; SHOES, £910, and BAG, £3,600, all Dior. STUDDED CLUTCH, £425, Christian Louboutin. EARRINGS, £79, Lele Sadoughi, from RING, £175, Katie Rowland. CUFF, £645, Tod’s
VISCOSE-JERSEY TOP, £410, and VISCOSE-JERSEY SKIRT, £380, both Marni. CLUTCH, £149, Radley. RING, £545, and BAG, £1,400, both Tod’s. BRACELET, £266, Eddie Borgo, from Liberty. BOOTS, £850, Bally
VISCOSE-JERSEY TOP, £410, and VISCOSE-JERSEY SKIRT, £380, both Marni. CLUTCH, £149, Radley. RING, £545, and BAG, £1,400, both Tod’s. BRACELET, £266, Eddie Borgo, from Liberty. BOOTS, £850, Bally
WOOL CREPE DRESS, £265, Antipodium. SUNGLASSES, £229, Dita Von Teese. PHONE CASE, £125, Tumi. BAG, £35, Accessorize
WOOL CREPE DRESS, £265, Antipodium. SUNGLASSES, £229, Dita Von Teese. PHONE CASE, £125, Tumi. BAG, £35, Accessorize
WOOL COAT, £1,195, and WOOL SCARF, £450, both Matthew Williamson. BAG, £49, Miss KG. WATCH, £149, Jacob Jensen, from SOCKS, £5, Asos, BOOTS, price on request, Bionda Castana for Matthew Williamson
WOOL COAT, £1,195, and WOOL SCARF, £450, both Matthew Williamson. BAG, £49, Miss KG. WATCH, £149, Jacob Jensen, from SOCKS, £5, Asos, BOOTS, price on request, Bionda Castana for Matthew Williamson
JUMPER, £79, Reiss. SKIRT, around £565, Iceberg. HAT, £215, Eugenia Kim, from Liberty. BAG, £119, Kin by John Lewis. WATCH, £115, Shore Projects, from
JUMPER, £79, Reiss. SKIRT, around £565, Iceberg. HAT, £215, Eugenia Kim, from Liberty. BAG, £119, Kin by John Lewis. WATCH, £115, Shore Projects, from

COAT, £90, River Island. TOP, £15, Marks & Spencer Collection. TROUSERS, £110, French Connection. NECKLACE, £209, Eddie Borgo, from Liberty. WATCH, £450, Rotary. LARGE BAG, £195, Russell & Bromley. SMALL BAG, £500, Hugo Boss. SHOES, £640, Jil Sander
COAT, £90, River Island. TOP, £15, Marks & Spencer Collection. TROUSERS, £110, French Connection. NECKLACE, £209, Eddie Borgo, from Liberty. WATCH, £450, Rotary. LARGE BAG, £195, Russell & Bromley. SMALL BAG, £500, Hugo Boss. SHOES, £640, Jil Sander
COAT, £89.99, Mango. TOP, £45, Cos. SKIRT, £290, Coach. WATCH, £79.95, Ice Glam. BAG, £310, Michael Kors. TASSEL, £35, Ted Baker. SHOES, £440, Marni
COAT, £89.99, Mango. TOP, £45, Cos. SKIRT, £290, Coach. WATCH, £79.95, Ice Glam. BAG, £310, Michael Kors. TASSEL, £35, Ted Baker. SHOES, £440, Marni

Style Editor: Philippa Bloom
Photographer: Nikolay Biryukov
Fashion assistants Emily Dawes and Sarah-Rose Harrison
Hair Choccy at One Represents using Bumble and Bumble
Make-up Nicky Weir at Sarah Laird & Good Company using Tom Ford Beauty
Nails Pebbles Aikens using Ciaté
Model Xinjie Liu at D1 Models
Producer Lucy Coghlan

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A feel-good A-to-Z from Matalan

Kylie Minogue shows off her Alphabet scarf

We may no longer be children, but we still get super-excited about anything with 'our' letter on - so we love these cute Alphabet scarves from Matalan.

Graham Norton

Best of all, 100 per cent of the profits go to Alder Hey Children's Hospital Charity. (Matalan HQ is also Liverpool-based so the renowned children's hospital is particularly close to its heart.) And a whole host of celebs - from Helen Mirren to Britney Spears - have stepped up to help the fashion chain showcase this cosy A-Z of winter style.

Helen Mirren

There's a scarf with your name (or, rather, your initial) on it, so make sure you snap one up!

Adult Alphabet scarves, £10, various colours, £5 for children's scarves, in pink or blue. Available at and all Matalan stores from today.

Sarah Jessica Parker

Tinie Tempah
John Bishop

Friday, 24 October 2014

Brighton Way

On a cold and rainy Sunday evening we stumbled upon Brighton Way, the newest venture from the people behind Crystal Palace’s hugely successful restaurant, Exhibition Rooms. The leather sofas, wooden paneling and exposed brick looked so homely and welcoming that we quickly decided to settle in for the evening.

British classics board

The well edited menu offers everything from classic burgers to sea bream, rib racks to tuna steak. Nothing too fancy or messed about with, just good British fare. We opted for a classic platter to start – a sharing board crammed with all manner of porky goodness – the home-made Scotch egg with its still soft yoke was a particular delight.

Tuna Steak
Mains were fresh tuna steak, a burger and a portion of twice fried, doubly delicious chips. The burger was tender and the tuna just seared and beautifully fresh. We then retired to the sofas to take a break before attempting pud with glasses of delicious, full bodied Malbec. Sunday papers are scattered across the wooden tables and the lighting is at a perfectly low level to induce calm and relaxation; all in all, perfect for a relaxed Sunday evening.

After letting our mains go down, we attempted to whittle our dessert selection down to two from the eight or so on offer, each of which sounded amazing and each of which we’d happily have ordered. We opted for the chocolate fondant (one of my favourite ways to
test a restaurant is whether or not they can master this tricky dessert) and the Eton Mess. Both were perfectly executed, generous, and unctuous and the perfect end to a perfect evening.
Prices are so reasonable we’ve since been back for brunch too (go for the dreamy eggs benedict). 

Definitely one for the little black book…

5 Streatham High Rd, London SW16 1EF / 020 8696 0695

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Fashion: Mad about the boho

From shimmering maxis to foxy faux fur…for glam with a bohemian bang it has to be Biba. Fifty years since it opened its doors, it’s still rocking the fashion rules

Dress, £169, Bibaat House of Fraser.
Dress, £169, Bibaat House of Fraser.

 Blouse, £69; pleated Skirt, £99, and BAG, £125, all Biba at House of Fraser. Sunglasses, £250, Bottega Veneta
 Blouse, £69; pleated Skirt, £99, and BAG, £125, all Biba at House of Fraser. Sunglasses, £250, Bottega Veneta

Knitted Dress, £75, and Coat, £169, both Biba at House of Fraser. Suede Boots, £225, Dune London, from House of Fraser.
Knitted Dress, £75, and Coat, £169, both Biba at House of Fraser. Suede Boots, £225, Dune London, from House of Fraser.

Blouse, £79; leather Skirt, £189, and Silk scarf, £50, all Biba at House of Fraser. Shoes, £130, Carvela at Kurt Geiger, from House of Fraser
Blouse, £79; leather Skirt, £189, and Silk scarf, £50, all Biba at House of Fraser. Shoes, £130, Carvela at Kurt Geiger, from House of Fraser

Fashion Editor: Hannah Hughes
Photographer: James Grace
Fashion assistant: Alisha Hockenjos
Make-up: Kenneth Soh at Frank Agency using YSL Beauté
Hair: Jamie McCormick at Frank Agency using Kérastase
Model Luisa Bianchin at Viva
Producer Lucy Coghlan
BOTTEGA VENETA, 00800 7234 5600 
House of Fraser,

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Amazon's AW14 coat edit:

Are you struggling to find the perfect coat for autumn/winter 2014? Don't worry, Amazon have it covered!

Curated by Amazon's in-house stylist, Marie Davies, their AW14 Coat Edit features all of autumns most lusted after outerwear labels including: Maison Scotch, French Connection and Tommy Hilfiger.

With 400 men's and women's styles available at the click of a button, you can discover which trend tribe you belong to and shop the looks with with free delivery!

On the YOU magazine fashion desk we're partial to oversized styles, modern duffles and a timeless leopard print coat as well as these classic styles!
For those of you looking to invest in a timeless autumnal staple, look to one of Amazon's many gilets and biker jackets. With a vast selection of pieces there's something for every style and budget!

Shop the edit here!

Sarah-Rose Harrison

Gü menu at Plum+Spilt Milk

This week is chocolate week and to celebrate, Gü’s ever-so-clever Head Chef, Fred Ponnavoy, has joined forces with the incredible Mark Sargeant at Plum+Spilt Milk inside the Great Northern Hotel at King’s Cross station. Their exclusive menu promises pure chocolate indulgence, and not just for dessert as it features four types of chocolate as core ingredients in the savoury dishes as well as the sweet.

When reading a menu, scallops, cauliflower and white chocolate are not typically expected to be components of the same dish. But not only is the starter on the Gü menu absolutely delicious, but the white chocolate really does complement the delicate sweetness of the scallops! A rather surprising discovery.

Pan-fried scallops, white chocolate and cauliflower puree, sherry vinegar caramel

Next came loin of venison with cocoa nib roasted squash (a revelation) and a bitter chocolate and red wine sauce. Wonderfully tender meat with such a gorgeous sauce that our only conversation consisted of nodding and ‘mmm-ing’ until plates were scraped clean.

Loin of venison, cocoa nib roast squash, bitter chocolate and red wine sauce

Last but by no means least, we finally got our hands on Gü Head Chef Fred’s ultimate Chocolate and Tonka Bean Melting Middle. Served with caramelised white chocolate ice cream and a mandarin confit, it was perfectly chocolatey without being overly sweet – the perfect ending to an incredible meal. Who knew chocolate would be so versatile?!

Gu Head Chef Fred Ponnavoy's ultimate Chocolate & Tonka Bean Melting Middle

Unfortunately for us, their specially created menu is a limited edition. So limited, in fact, that it’s only on for a few more days, and runs until 19th October. So if you do fancy sampling the delights that Gü along with Plum+Spilt Milk have to offer, then you had better get your skates on…

3 courses - £48

Alice Robertson

Thursday, 16 October 2014

YOU's Brand Manager on Clarins

Since September YOU magazine has been working in partnership with Clarins to promote the newly formulated Super Restorative range.

Clarins focuses its attention on the beauty concerns of women of a certain age, addressing them with the Super Restorative collection of advanced treatment technology, which uses years of botanical wisdom. 

I have been using both the Super Restorative serum and the night cream, and although at 35 I don’t quite hit the age demographic the products are aimed at, I have seen visible results to my skin.
 It feels firmer,  my complexion is brighter with my fine lines also visibly reduced. 

My mum (65) is also using it, and she is absolutely hooked too. I first started using Clarins as mum was a big lover of the brand and it is safe to say we will both be continuing to use Clarins, especially the new Super restorative products.

With all the benefits the range brings, it’s no surprise that many of our readers love it too!  

Check out this weekend's (19th October) YOU magazine to see some of the comments from our lovely readers.     
As part of the partnership, Clarins and You Beauty Discovery are giving away 80 Beauty Boxes every other week for six weeks, containing a different selection of Clarins products worth around £120!

Enjoy and good luck, we hope you enjoy using Clarins as much as we have!  

Amy - You Brand Manager