FFG Eats: Kerridge's Bar & Grill, The Corinthia, London

posted on: Saturday, 9 February 2019

FFG was a guest for lunch at Kerridge's.
Tom Kerridge has opened London's latest culinary experience with plates like nothing the world has ever seen before. There is a pig pie that will quite literally leave you on a high that was yet to be discovered by food. With my first bite, I swear I could hear angels singing. Ok, maybe that's a bit extreme. However, one struggles to find a word worthy enough for praising this truly unique mouthful. And that was just the beginning of our dining experience at Kerridge's Bar and Grill in The Corinthia Hotel. 

Shopping Edit: Lobsters in Fashion

posted on: Friday, 8 February 2019

You've seen my shoe design, you know my obsession with lobsters is a real thing! That's why every season I do a bit of a round up for shopping lobsters in fashion and this season is particularly special as my own design gets to be a part of that roundup. The only problem here is that my shoe isn't out for another month! But there are so many lobster styles out right now, I couldn't wait another month to do the roundup. So, let's just earmark the shoe to mention again later. It's on your radar. For now, let's concentrate on what lobsters you can buy here and now! 

FFG Travels: The Lanesborough, London

posted on: Thursday, 7 February 2019

I was pretty lucky in the advice I received when I first moved to London, from friends and family that had come before me. I was given tips on navigating the tube, suggestions on where to go for a great cup of tea, and was told that the hotels in London should become my hangouts. That last piece of advice confused me to no end. Why on earth would a hotel be a hangout? Remember, I'm a girl from the Carolinas. I don't think I stepped foot in a luxury hotel while living in the USA. I didn't grow up in NYC where many girls spent regular weekends at The Plaza enjoying tea and cakes. I didn't spend my formative years in Los Angeles where brunches were weekend happenings in skyscrapers overlooking the ocean. I was a Carolina girl. Country Clubs, high school football fields, Caribou Coffees and Bruegel Bagels were our regular "haunts." Hotels weren't even on the radar. But, arriving in London, the "scene" was completely different. People ate Michelin starred dinners in hotels, had afternoon teas in hotels, drank fancy cocktails in hotel bars and held meetings with fancy coffees in highly decorated corridors. All new to me. But, relevant here today as my very first hotel meeting was at The Lanesborough in December 2002. I was fresh off the plane from America and as green as they come. I walked into The Lanesborough with eyes as big as saucers and a jaw that was practically dislocated, it was so ajar. I realise I run the risk of sounding like a country bumpkin saying that. I was not. Let me be clear. I was simply not used to this much history, decadence and tradition all existing in one space. Remember, I grew up in a relatively young country. London is, and always will be, next level. 

FFG Eats: Cecconi's Shoreditch

posted on: Wednesday, 6 February 2019

FFG was a guest of Cecconi's Shoreditch for this meal. 
I've often found myself watching Sex & The City with envious eyes. Every time "the girls" sat down for a meal, whether it be breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, I was jealous of the familiarity they had with one another. They could sit down for a bite to eat and just chat, about anything, about any topic. Whether talking up new sexual positions or talking down the latest runway styles, these ladies seemingly had it all and could make anything right with a plate of french fries and a large cosmopolitan. Granted, this was years ago, before Instagram, before the Apple iPhone, hell, it was before Facebook. The girls could sit around any table and there wasn't a chance they would be distracted by a message coming in on Twitter, a comment being left on the Gram, or a news alert coming in from the NYT. Aw, those were the days. And yes, they are hard to replicate in 2019, unless you make a deal to leave your mobile phones in the handbags. So what does all of this have to do with Cecconi's Shoreditch? Well, I do believe there are certain places that have the power to make you want to leave your phone alone. These are the places that have an atmosphere so powerful, so infectious, that you don't want to lose even a moment of missing out. You want to be in the moment, in the setting, fully. It's been a while since I've felt this in a London restaurant. It's a rarity indeed, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it in, what is effectively, a chain restaurant.