The Real Greek Lunch

Just two weeks after my last day at my office job, I found myself heading for Westfield Shepherd’s Bush at 1 o clock on a Friday afternoon. I was so excited as this was to be my first blogger’s lunch and boy was I in for a treat! I’m sure you have all seen one of The Real Greek restaurants if you are local to London, there are 9 in total and I was about to experience The Real Greek Lunch celebrating the launch of their new book. This inspired cookbook is written by the restaurant’s consultant and expert in all things Greek- Tonia Buxton.  I was so surprised when the menus came round to see the incredible variety of things which I could eat as a coeliac. Over half the menu is gluten free and so I was thrilled to see what was going to be brought to us, ordered all by Tonia who looked after us so well.

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It was lovely to meet the Blink Publishing team along with Tonia herself and a handful of bloggers too. It was great to chat blogging and food while we waited for our starters to arrive.

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We tried pretty much everything from the starter menu, my favourite was the Melitzanosalata, an aubergine dish which I have recreated in my own kitchen and photos are at the end so you can see!

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We tried a range of wonderful mains too, a lot of the fish I didn’t eat just because I’m not a fan of things from the sea, but the others certainly enjoyed the dishes.

I had the most amazing greek salad and chicken skewers with peppers. The stand out dish for me was a vegetarian dish called Gigandes Plaki. Giant beans in a tomato sauce went down a treat.

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Speaking of treats, I tried something new which I had never even considered to be a dessert until this was put in front of me. It looked like yoghurt and mushrooms, but Tonia explained that it was candied walnuts. I tried one and fell in love!

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The sweet nut paired with the greek yoghurt was so moreish, it was lucky we were sharing this as I would have eaten the entire thing.

The tea was also a big hit, it’s a herbal blend called Greek Mountain tea and was so good, I have been back since just for this alone!

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What I discovered at The Real Greek Lunch, aside from the amazing tastes, was a new found repsect for Greek culture and the great importance food has for it. I loved how simple the dishes were and how we shared them out to try a bit of everything- this is definitely something I will be going back to with friends and family to show them the way of the Greeks!

As promised, here is a little something I cooked recently using The Real Greek cookbook. The Melitzanosalata recipe on p29 was so simple and easy to follow, I made the most amazing accompaniment that gave my turkey steaks and quinoa rice the perfect zing!

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Here is a little outfit detail for those of you wondering what I wore to The Real Greek Lunch:

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Boohoo crop and H&M skirt

The Real Greek recipe book is out now, buy it from Amazon here to bring some Greek style to your kitchen!

The Real Greek have posted all about our blogger’s lunch, so check this out here to see more photos and who was there 🙂

Saharasplash x

Bold, Bright and Beautiful with Colette Green

I really couldn’t wait any longer to show you all this post. I’ve collaborated with the fabulous online store Colette Green who sells handbags, shoes, accessories and more for men and women. While browsing through their lovely collection, I saw a multitude of things I wanted in my wardrobe straight away, but this one backpack I absolutely needed. It is like nothing I’ve ever seen before, and I’m sure you will all agree it is absolute perfection. It is bold, bright and beautiful which is everything I want for my style and for my blog. So thank you Colette Green, I hope you and my readers love how I styled this amazing backpack up in 2 different ways!

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The bag I chose to blog about was the Tricolour backback with bamboo handle in red, though the colour is really an exquisite dark salmon as you can see-

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I adore its different colours and the sophisticated front pockets and tassles. I’ve had so many compliments on it while shooting on location in Westfield and around Canary Wharf. I decided to wear nude wide leg trousers and a brown poloneck which really makes the backpack the star of the show for look number one-

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My sister jumped in on this one before we took the bag to Westfield:

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A few days later I spent the afternoon with a new blogger friend Michelle and despite the cold weather, the images turned out so vibrant and lovely in the mid afternoon sun. These shots were taken in Canary Wharf, one of my favourite spots for some great shots! The Tricolour backpack also works with look numer two- my simple black dress. I can’t tell you how many Karen Millen dresses I own like this, they just work so well for work and for evenings out and so I’m thrilled I can wear my new tricolour backpack along with them!

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I want to thank Colette Green for working with me to create this bold, bright and beautiful blog post; I hope you all go and check out their site now to find your own unique designer accessory for SS16!

Saharasplash x

If you liked this post, go check out my latest scarf collaboration with Lylia Rose right here!

I received this product for free for my honest opinion and review