New Year, New York Style

The first week of 2015 is now behind us but I still feel like I haven’t given enough credit to the last hours of 2014 for making the start of the new year as fabulous as it was.

Dinner and bubbly

Irene and I had a meal in a lovely authentic italian place in Soho called Amalfi. The recipe for la bella vita is simple: some delicious food and a glass of prosecco.

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Mini risotto with butternut squash, pumpkin, pancetta, spinach and pine nuts

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Saltimbocca (chicken fillet, crispy parma ham and sage served on mash with green beans) and torta di mele (apple pieces and creme patissiere pie)

New York, New York Cocktail Party

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And the time was drawing near for us to celebrate the new year…

After dinner we headed to Steam and Rye, one of the City’s hippest cocktail bars set in a huge former banking hall with Gatsby-esque decor reminiscent of the 1920s and their glamorous style.

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On top of all this, the bar prides itself on serving some of the best cocktails (below, left) in London mixed by Diageo World Class finalist Andy Mil. There were some outrageous sharing cocktails (below, right), and a mechanic rodeo bull, too! All in all – top notch Americana look and feel.

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No more champagne, and the fireworks are through…

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Sue Wong beaded feather dressΒ 

Here’s me just before the club was about to close trying to keep a straight face. After a memorable night of dancing, great cocktails, good fun and wacky strangers in the tube speaking my mother tongue, I think it’s safe to say that there’s no place like London!

New Year’s Day BrunchΒ 

Even though I absolutely believe you can normally find everything in this city, it’s a different question when we’re talking about an open restaurant on the 1st Jan. Irene and I found ourselves heading towards our go-to place for breakfast, Belgian style – Le Pain Quotidien.

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I had the pumpkin and chives tartine with organic bread and salad, and a glass of cranberry fizz – try this by all means!

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We took a walk around Carnaby Street with its festive decorations, and we couldn’t resist a stroll through Liberty, because however crowded London might be over the holidays, it’s charm is undeniable – never has a place made me feel more alive and hopeful for what might lie ahead in the new year. Fingers crossed for just as much excitement and optimism not only today, but every day of the 2015!

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