Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Turning Japanese at Shackfuyu

We’re big fans of the High St Kensington Bone Daddies here on YOU mag (especially as it’s handily located in Whole Foods, just downstairs from our HQ) so we were super-keen to try the latest member of the Bone Daddies family - Shackfuyu pop-up on Old Compton St in Soho.

Its other West End siblings are Bone Daddies Ramen Bar in Soho and Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden, but although the restaurants are recognisably related, they are far from being chain-eaterie clones. Whereas our local Bone Daddies serves up delicious ramen (which, along with sushi, is the dish most of us associate with Japanese cuisine), Shackfuyu’s USP is giving Western dishes a Japanese twist - for instance, dressing familiar salad ingredients with a spiced miso dressing or with shiso (a Japanese herb similar to mint.)

This is no  ‘now-you-see-me…’ pop-up since it’s set to stick around for at least 12 months - which is brilliant news for London foodies, as the dishes here are seriously good. Plus this stylish shack has still got that innovative ‘pop up’ feel as the chefs experiment with new dishes every week, giving diners a playful take on different Japanese food trends (the menu is set to change completely every six weeks).

There’s just one main dish and one dessert on the menu - both are big enough to share between two. We loved the USDA beef picanha, a tender cut of rump steak from Nebraska served with refreshing kimchee tare butter (kimchee is a fermented cabbage originally from Korea) and the Kinako French toast was a wonderfully indulgent dessert. Our waiter suggested we order three each of the smaller dishes - a tricky decision as we fancied everything on the menu. Our stand-out dishes were the red mullet nanban style (escabeche) - which translates as foreigner/Portugese style - with its deliciously zingy orange juice marinade. And the gorgeously chewy prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki  (Japanese pancake). The fried potatoes with Japanese curry sauce was also a simple but inspired dish.

We came away feeling excited by the innovative flavour & ingredient combinations - not to mention energised by Shackfuyu’s cool rock 'n' roll soundtrack.

Shackfuyu is at 14a Old Compton Street, http://www.bonedaddies.com/

Rosalind Lowe

Monday, 2 March 2015

Fashion: Just for frills

 The prettiest lingerie for lounging and loving in. 

Figleaves is giving YOU readers a 20 per cent discount from today until midnight on 8 March 2015. the discount code is YOU20.
The offer is valid on full-price items only. For full terms and conditions, go to figleaves.com

All underwear available from figleaves, figleaves.com
Accessorize uk.accessorize.com
Holly Fulton, hollyfulton.com
LK Bennett, lkbennett.com
llunaa, llunaa.com
Lucy Folk, lucyfolk.com
Monica Vinader, monicavinader.com
Mulberry, mulberry.com

Fashion Editor, Hannah Hughes
Photographer, Thomas Fredrikson 
Fashion assistant, Alisha Hockenjos 
Hair, Jamie Mccormick at Eighteen Management using Aveda. 
Make-up, Jose Bass at Eighteen Management using Chanel S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Model, JJ at Wilhelmina
Producer, Lucy Coghlan
Shot on location at the Sri Panwa Hotel, Phuket, Thailand, sripanwa.com. The YOU fashion team stayed at the Indigo Pearl resort, Phuket, Thailand, a member of Design Hotels, indigo-pearl.com, rooms from £150. 

Our Extra Top Picks from figleaves.com:

Chantelle Half Cup Bra £47 figleaves.com
Chantelle Brazilian brief £26 figleaves.com
Chantelle Brazilian brief £26 figleaves.com
Heidi Klum Intimates Midi Brief £22, figleaves.com
Calvin Klein Comfort Customised Lift Bra £32, figleaves.com
Calvin Klein Hipster Brief £21, figleaves.com
Passionata Let's Play Half Cup bra £36, figleaves.com
Passionata Hipster £20, figleaves.com
Heidi Klum Intimates Sofia Contour Bra £38, figleaves.com
Heidi Klum Intimates Culotte £25, figleaves.com
Stella Mccartney Sienna Giggling Contour Balconette bra £65, figleaves.com
Stella Mccartney Sienna Giggling thong £34, figleaves.com

Friday, 27 February 2015

A fairytale night out in London (and nails fit for a Disney princess!)

A few of our favourite things here on YOU mag: unwrapping chocolate truffles…cab rides in the rain…nails painted in pretty colours…& Happy Ever Afters. And last night we managed to combine all four with a trip to the Soho Hotel - courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure and Morgan Taylor - for a preview screening of the adorable new Disney Cinderella film (starring Lily James as Cinderella , Richard Madden as her Prince Charming and the cutest mouse family ever!)

We were picked up from YOU HQ by the new LINDOR Bliss Taxi, a black cab that has been given a delicious makeover by the chocolate brand (think fluffy red carpet, comfy cushions and LINDOR truffles on tap of course.) The idea is to give passengers some moments of blissful calm during a busy day, and we were certainly feeling relaxed and in the mood for a fairytale film when we arrived at our destination (not to mention amazed by how many chocolates we could eat between Kensington and Soho!)

Since every princess needs lovely hands (as well as feet fit for a glass slipper), both Red Carpet Manicure and Morgan Taylor have launched special collections to tie in with the 27th March launch of Cinderella - with shades as sweet as Cinderella!

RCM’s limited-edition Cinderella Collection features a Collector’s Edition Gel Polish Pro Kit and six new Gel Polishes (£12.95 per bottle); shades include Life is Short, Wear a Tiara (a light blue glitter) and Well, Aren’t We Lovely (a hot pink crème); meanwhile new varnish shades from Morgan Taylor’s Cinderella 2015 Collection (£10.99 per bottle) include Ella of a Girl (a light pink crème) and Best Ball Gown Ever (iridescent periwinkle).  The collections will be launching on 1st March on sallyexpress.com
@MTMorganTaylor       @RedCarpetMani


For the chance to win one of 100 free rides in the Bliss Taxi, visit lindorblisstaxi.co.uk #MomentofBliss @LindorUk

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIN a Tabitha Webb watch with #YouTWWatch

Tabitha Somerset Webb, designer and entrepreneur behind the luxury fashion label Tabitha Webb, loves accessories. Here she gives us the lowdown on how to take outfits from day to night by adding a few simple touches.

I LOVE accessories. Throw me anything in a bit of metallic and it makes me very over excited. It really, truly doesn't take much to turn your outfit from a boring daytime outfit into a headturner. So, on that note, here are my five top tips on how to use accessories to make sure you are bang on trend: 

  1. Big bracelets are must-have accessories for this season! I have a selection of statement bracelets that I love. Wear them on their own or stack them up to add some arm candy to any outfit. Every time I see someone with a bracelet stack I immediately think cool…..
  2. I’m a bit of a watch addict and I like to have a few on rotation. Greedy I know. I always find a simple leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet is perfect for every day and gold plated one will add a touch of glam. Although I tend to see them more as an accessory than for telling the time, because as everyone will tell you I’m always late. 
  3. Earrings are a really easy way to make something a bit more dressy….I love the long chain earrings, I think they make your look really modern.
  4. We all have those pieces in our wardrobes that we couldn’t live without and often they’re in need of a refresh. Maybe try adding a big colourful necklace or a long pendant to make your outfit more up to date…I have so many long necklaces that I choose between everyday – a statement piece like this will do a lot of the work for you. 
  5. Rings – beautiful, gorgeous rings that sparkle – I love them! And you don't have to be a millionaire to enjoy them. I love wearing vintage rings that I have found in antique markets – just imagine the stories behind them! But they are also a really cool way to turn your work clothes into the ultimate night time look. 
For your chance to win the beautiful Tabs by Tabitha Webb watch worth £139.99, follow and tweet us explaining what your favoruite accessory is using the hashtag #YouTWWatch

Tabitha Webb watches are available online at tabithawebb.co.uk 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Brilliant BBQ at HotBox

Food is fashionable. It may not be fashionable to eat a whole lot (although, times are changing, hurrah!) but like a lot of things, there’s always a new, hot trend. From coconut water and kale, to the slightly less healthy salted caramel, there’s always a new favourite food that is gracing just about everywhere we look. But one, above all, seems to have stuck around longer than others- pulled pork.

Dancing on the edge of Spitalfields Market is brand new Friday night favourite- HotBox. It has all the watermarks of this type of place; tables reminiscent of those you had at school, that sit length ways and offer benches in place of seats. Dark and mysterious lighting only just bright enough for you to see your menu, and a cool, chilled vibe bustling with friends catching up over beers and BBQ.

Barbecue joints, or “Smokehouses” with their laid-back atmosphere and mix of comfort food and hip surroundings, are the place to be seen at the moment. Since before the Victoria’s Secret girls were spotted at much-loved London smokehouse Bodean's, people’s love of succulent smokiness has been fuelled by ever emerging restaurants offering meat, meat and more meat. Succulent, juicy and slow-cooked pulled pork adorns the top of everything on London’s menu’s from brioche buns to duck confit. This food, born from our American cousins, has become so popular, that a barbecue restaurant won’t be around for long unless it’s on the menu. So, in this saturated market that features such giants as MEATLiquor and Pitt Cue, how do you put something as ordinary as this on the menu but actually manage to overshadow it with what else you have to offer? Well, one East London barbecue place is doing just that.

We started by lining our stomachs downstairs at the bar gleefully named 46 & Mercy. Head Barman Ollie introduced us to his world of wonderfully weird cocktails including the “Blessed Thistle”, a meat martini made of pork-fat and thyme, and the mouthwateringly moorish concoction of prosecco and gin named “Fernet Me Not”. The bar is ran by East London resident bar man Terry Cashman, who brings his experience from familiar haunts Callooh Callay and The Hoxton Pony.

We were then shown to our table to begin our meaty journey. Sat next to a young couple
on one side and 3 burly lads on the other, we struck up conversation to see what they had ordered. True to form, the couple were sharing a few plates and having a try of as much as they could, whereas the lads to our left went for the menu’s “Smoked Selection”, a clever way to have a bit of everything if you’re not up for sharing.

We decided to dig into the beef rib and pork rack with a side of Mac and Cheese and, of course, the pulled pork. None of which disappointed. The meat was succulent and juicy with mouthwatering flavours, while the mac and cheese, another ever-increasingly popular dish, hit the spot with a hint of smokiness. The range of palette-pleasers were all distinctively different and each dish was better than the last. As we relaxed into the laid-back vibe we slipped further into our food coma with the pies de resistance. The couple next door had forewarned us of their power, that they weren’t for the faint hearted, and how right they were. Forget pulled pork and Mac and cheese. Forget taste-sensation, one-of-a-kind cocktails, THIS was a food revolution. Now, I’m not usually one for batter or anything fried. The very sight of it turns me off. But this was special. 3 little words- Deep. Fried. Oreos.

Now, I know what you’re thinking “This girl just lost any credibility she may have had”.  Well, then I challenge you to try them. Accompanied by molten chocolate and velvety vanilla ice cream, these balls of calorific-craziness were simply amazing. Making us remember the child inside of us while satisfying the indulgent adults we had become, we couldn’t stop fighting over them. On the advice of the couple next door, we agreed to share a portion. If only they knew what serious repercussions this would have.

HotBox was a great experience and we thoroughly recommend grabbing a bunch of besties and bringing on the BBQ!

HotBox London
46-48 Commercial Street

Call: 0207 247 1817

Post by Kristina Gorur.

Rosewood London launches Slow Food and Living Market

Rosewood London's Slow Food and Living Market
From this Sunday, one of our favourite London hotels, Rosewood London will launch a weekly ‘Slow Food and Living Market’ smack bang in the middle of their stunning inner courtyard, set back off the bustle of High Holborn in central London.

Rosewood London's beautiful courtyard

Gosnell's London Mead

Celebrating clean, thoughtfully harvested and fairly produced food from over thirty local growers and foodie artisans including meat and charcuterie from O’Shea’s Butchers, beer from Gosnell’s London Mead, oils from Arganic and flowers from Field of London, it will be a complete antidote to the sanitised supermarket shopping experience we’ve all become used to.

Rosewood London’s Executive Chef, Amandine Chaignot will be overseeing the weekly market and best of all, the amazing produce available to buy will be incorporated into the Rosewood London’s menus at their Holborn Dining Room and Mirror Room. So make a day of it, pick up your groceries for the week and grab a delicious brunch, knowing you’re supporting local, seasonal producers.

Clare Geraghty 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Happy Birthday to a Clarks design classic!

Maple Suede Shoe to celebrate the desert boot anniversary

Having grown up wearing Clarks shoes, we’re big fans of the brand. We love the way it combines a great heritage with all the latest trends - a talent demonstrated in the company’s home town of Street in Somerset where the modern Clarks outlet shopping village is right next door to the wonderful 1930s Greenbank outdoor pool. Funded by family member Alice Clark (so female factory workers would have somewhere more private to swim while the men dived in to the nearby river), the pool is now a registered charity and still very much in use (boys are allowed in too these days!) A dip in this hidden gem one of our favourite summer treats (especially on rainy days when you can float virtually undisturbed in the lovely heated water, overlooked by just the old factory chimney….)

Trigenic Flex shoes shot in Clarks’ Street HQ

This modern-meets-tradition quality is also epitomised by the iconic Clarks Originals desert boot, which celebrates its 65th anniversary this year. Created in 1950, the original was made from suede from Charles F Stead tannery in Leeds, and you can still buy the classic styles made from suede produced in that same tannery. But the desert boot has also been reinvented to give it a contemporary athletic look - the Trigenic Flex in white nubuck with its flexible 3-part sole is perfect for running around town this spring. And with any luck, we’ll be running around with man in a pair of classic desert boots - always a cute look. Our new-season favourite is the Jink Desert in green canvas, but we also love the limited edition Maple Suede shoe with its commemorative fob and fetching flat cotton laces in sapphire blue (sapphire to reflect the 65th anniversary of the desert boot).

Men’s Jink Desert in green canvas

Women’s Trigenic Flex in white nubuck

Women’s Trigenic Flex, £100;  Men’s Jink Desert in green canvas, £70; Men’s Maple Suede Shoe, £89; all available at selected stockists, in store and online at:

Rosalind Lowe

Fashion: Zing it on Sophie:

Sophie Dahl dazzles in easy, affordable essentials from the label that’s putting a spring in our step: designer Ben de Lisi’s range for high street hero Debenhams.

Shirt dress, £38, and shoes, £35
Shirt dress, £38, and shoes, £35

Jumper, £35, and trousers, £30.
Jumper, £35, and trousers, £30.
Dress, £35, and jacket, £35
Dress, £35, and jacket, £35
Shirt, £30; jeans, £32, and shoes, £45.
Shirt, £30; jeans, £32, and shoes, £45.
Tunic, £32, and shoes, £39
Tunic, £32, and shoes, £39
All clothes and silver shoes, Principles Weekend by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams. All other shoes,
Faith at Debenhams; debenhams.com

Photographer Lorenzo Agius
Styling Zanna Roberts Rassi
Make-up Lucy Halperin using S 2015 and Chanel Body Excellence
Hair Sascha Breuer for Wella Professionals