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Bar Fox: Kyms is cooking up some seriously tasty Cantonese meats in the heart of the City

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)
Where to eat in London this week?
Kyms
Venturing into the Ci..

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)

Where to eat in London this week?

Kyms

Venturing into the City on a Saturday definitely has its drawbacks. Eerily quiet streets, teams of seemingly lost tourists on the look out for St Pauls… As far as food options go, it seems like a culinary wasteland too – closed branches of office worker-friendly sandwich chains.

But then you find the ultra-modern new foodie hub, Bloomsbury Arcade, now home to Andrew Wongs new launch, Kyms.

Kyms is the second site from this highly acclaimed Chinese chef, opened since winning a Michelin star earlier this year for A.Wong in Victoria.

Sip on a yuzu Negroni to start (Picture: Kyms)

Beautifully designed, Kyms is a sumptuous two-floor restaurant complete with a pink cherry blossom tree overlooking the copper bar, velvet sofas, stylish wooden seating and Insta-friendly marble tables.

Advertisement Advertisement

We ordered a giant pebble-like rice cracker and crispy seaweed while perusing the menu, which is divided into small plates, classics and sharing dishes.

We chose the silken tofu, Sichuanese spiced aubergine, tiger prawn skewers, pork skewers and French bean fritters to start.

The prawns arrived coated in a rice crispy-like, bubbled batter which crackled when dipped into the sweet chilli sauce, fun and satisfyingly crunchy with tender prawns beneath.

Tofu was the weakest link, pretty much just a vehicle for the rich umami sauce accompaniment. The aubergine was delicious but near impossible to eat with just chopsticks (no cutlery was supplied) sliver by sliver.

Frittering green beans is a revelation, a definite must order to start, and the pork skewers were a sticky, charred baton of mouth-watering joy.

French Bean Fritters (Picture: Kyms)

Its worth mentioning the drinks at this point, the short but enticing cocktail list of classics with a twist included the ubiquitous lychee martini (no Asian restaurant seems to miss off this crowd pleaser), sichuan sours, plum bellinis and the Kyms spritz – sake, Riesling vermouth, lemongrass, Prosecco and pomegranate (£9). It being Saturday lunchtime, we wanted to have a glass of wine but not a whole bottle and spotted the Assyrtiko Lyarakis from Crete, served in a carafe (£26). The wine, which according to our charming and laid-back waiter was the number one selling wine on the list, was a sensation. In hindsight, we probably should have ordered a bottle!

Bao Bao – asian style Shakshuka and utterly delicious (Picture: BarFox)

Mains arrived in the form of the pork and shrimp Bao Bao in a sizzling skillet (£12), the Three Treasures meat trio (£20) and Gai Lan on the side (£8), a pleasant stack of Chinese broccoli heaped with goji berries and soy. The Bao Bao needed a swirl with a chopstick to break the eggs and was an incredibly satisfying dish, like a Chinese Shakshuka with dumplings…essentially ticking all the boxes for a weekend lunch, having had one too many Margaritas the night before. The much talked about Three Treasures was delicious but could have been more generous with the Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken and Iberico Pork Char Sui slices, each arriving with their individual sauces, which quickly became one after a couple of dips. A side of steamed rice was needed to soak up all the juices from the Bao Bao. We had to bat off the keen waiter several times to ensure every last drop was devoured.

The Three Treasures: Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken & Iberico Pork Char Sui (Picture BarFox)

Pudding was vetoed but looked good – Hong Kong pineapple bun (£6) and Sichuan pepper and star anis-soaked poached blackberries with sorbet (£5).

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On the coffees we learnt of the new Sunday Roast offer, £25 per person for a set feast that can be upped for an extra £15 per person for free flowing beer, wine or bellinis. There are many worse ways to spend a Sunday in the City!

Kyms is great for a mid-week date, family celebration or stylish Sunday roast with minimal plans afterwards if the free-flowing libations are chosen.

Blossoming interiors (Picture: Kyms)

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Eight reusable straws to ensure you never struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)
There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its pla..

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)

There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its plastic straws for cardboard ones in a bid to crack down on plastic-use.

People have been taking to Twitter to complain about how the straws become soggy, and how difficult it is to drink a milkshake using them.

People have become so upset that a petition to bring back the plastic straws has been started, and has over 34,000 signatures already.

Thankfully there are many alternatives to ensure you can enjoy a McDonalds milkshake without contributing to plastic waste.

Weve collated a few of the best reusable straws available below, which are all pretty cheap considering theyre designed to last forever, to help you find something to make sure you never have to struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again.

These straws are made from natural wheat
(Picture: EcoStrawz)

These straws are said to add a rustic and natural touch to your drink, and are completely sustainable.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Theyre made from nothing other than wheat, making them disposable, yet biodegradale and composable. These straws can also be easily cut down if you requre a specific length.

Unlike paper and cardboard alternatives, the straws feature a naturally non-porous finish, meaning they dont disintergrate or become soggy.

These reusable silicone straws are cute
(Picture: Amazon)

These colourful straws are made using BPA free silicone and are 100% safe to use.

They are extra wide in diameter and can be used for both warm and cold drinks, including thick drinks like milkshakes.

The straws fit any size cups and tumblers, and are both flexible and firm.

Theyre also safe for delicate mouths and teeth.

Asda's reusable straws cost £2
(Picture: Asda)

These straws are easy to locate as they are sold in Asda. They were made to be kind to the environment and reduce plastic waste and are made from metal. Theyre both eco-friendly and reusable.

These glass straws come with coloured tips
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are handmade from non-toxic glass which is safe for drinking both hot and cold drinks.

They are unlikely to break due to the thick glass used and they come with two full-length brushes to help you remove any clogging and to keep the straws clean.

Dont panic – weve already created a guide on how to properly clean a reusable straw.

These straws are made from 100% natural bamboo
(Picture: EchoStrawz)

These lightweight natrual bamboo drinking straws are made from bamboo and are sourced from sustainable, panda-fee forests in China.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Their natural composition ensures each straw provides a lovely unique and rustic addition to your drink of choice.

The straws can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, though to prolong their life its recommended you wash them by hand.

Stainless steel straws, £7.99 for a pack of eight
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are made of top grade stainless steel which is solid, durable, crush-proof, scratch-proof and rust free.

The straws come in rose gold and fit most tall travel mugs, tumblers, and glasses.

More: Read More – Source

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Hotel Chocolat launches new vegan ice lollies

(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)
Attention, vegans: Hotel Chocolat is launching two all-natural vegan ice l..

(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)

Attention, vegans: Hotel Chocolat is launching two all-natural vegan ice lollies made with real fruit and dipped in the companys luxury chocolate.

The vegan lollies come in a zesty orange and lemon flavour dipped in 70% dark chocolate, and also a double chocolate flavour.

There are two other new lollies which arent vegan, but are still exciting: A salted caramel brimming with dulce de leche notes and dipped in caramel chocolate as well as strawberry and cream, which is smothered in high-cocoa white chocolate. Yum.

The new ice creams will be available in 10 stores across the country: Birmingham Bullring, Cambridge, Derby, Hitchin, Leeds Trinity, London Kings Cross, London – Regent Street, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and St. Albans.

Each lolly will cost £3.25, and will accompany the brands other vegan products, which includes hot chocolates, truffles and turkish delight.

The new ice lollies are all vegan
(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)

Of course, Hotel Chocolat isnt the first brand to release vegan ice creams.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Just recently, Holland & Barrett did the same with its very own range.

The health food and supplements shop has started selling three own-brand vegan ice creams, in peanut butter, passion fruit and salted caramel flavours.

Each 500ml tub costs £3.99 and is a vegan alternative to brand favourites such as Halo Top.

More: Food

Each tub is dairy-free and organic, and features a sealable top rather than a separate lid to reduce waste.

Holland & Barrett ditches cream and milk for coconut and avocado to achieve the same creamy consistency, and the ice creams are also low calorie.

The salted caramel, made using avocado, has 103 calories Read More – Source

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Food

Eight reusable straws to ensure you never struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)
There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its pla..

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)

There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its plastic straws for cardboard ones in a bid to crack down on plastic-use.

People have been taking to Twitter to complain about how the straws become soggy, and how difficult it is to drink a milkshake using them.

People have become so upset that a petition to bring back the plastic straws has been started, and has over 34,000 signatures already.

Thankfully there are many alternatives to ensure you can enjoy a McDonalds milkshake without contributing to plastic waste.

Weve collated a few of the best reusable straws available below, which are all pretty cheap considering theyre designed to last forever, to help you find something to make sure you never have to struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again.

These straws are made from natural wheat
(Picture: EcoStrawz)

These straws are said to add a rustic and natural touch to your drink, and are completely sustainable.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Theyre made from nothing other than wheat, making them disposable, yet biodegradale and composable. These straws can also be easily cut down if you requre a specific length.

Unlike paper and cardboard alternatives, the straws feature a naturally non-porous finish, meaning they dont disintergrate or become soggy.

These reusable silicone straws are cute
(Picture: Amazon)

These colourful straws are made using BPA free silicone and are 100% safe to use.

They are extra wide in diameter and can be used for both warm and cold drinks, including thick drinks like milkshakes.

The straws fit any size cups and tumblers, and are both flexible and firm.

Theyre also safe for delicate mouths and teeth.

Asda's reusable straws cost £2
(Picture: Asda)

These straws are easy to locate as they are sold in Asda. They were made to be kind to the environment and reduce plastic waste and are made from metal. Theyre both eco-friendly and reusable.

These glass straws come with coloured tips
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are handmade from non-toxic glass which is safe for drinking both hot and cold drinks.

They are unlikely to break due to the thick glass used and they come with two full-length brushes to help you remove any clogging and to keep the straws clean.

Dont panic – weve already created a guide on how to properly clean a reusable straw.

These straws are made from 100% natural bamboo
(Picture: EchoStrawz)

These lightweight natrual bamboo drinking straws are made from bamboo and are sourced from sustainable, panda-fee forests in China.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Their natural composition ensures each straw provides a lovely unique and rustic addition to your drink of choice.

The straws can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, though to prolong their life its recommended you wash them by hand.

Stainless steel straws, £7.99 for a pack of eight
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are made of top grade stainless steel which is solid, durable, crush-proof, scratch-proof and rust free.

The straws come in rose gold and fit most tall travel mugs, tumblers, and glasses.

More: Read More – Source

Continue Reading

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Bar Fox: Kyms is cooking up some seriously tasty Cantonese meats in the heart of the City

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)
Where to eat in London this week?
Kyms
Venturing into the Ci..

Lunch is served at Kyms (Picture: Kyms)

Where to eat in London this week?

Kyms

Venturing into the City on a Saturday definitely has its drawbacks. Eerily quiet streets, teams of seemingly lost tourists on the look out for St Pauls… As far as food options go, it seems like a culinary wasteland too – closed branches of office worker-friendly sandwich chains.

But then you find the ultra-modern new foodie hub, Bloomsbury Arcade, now home to Andrew Wongs new launch, Kyms.

Kyms is the second site from this highly acclaimed Chinese chef, opened since winning a Michelin star earlier this year for A.Wong in Victoria.

Sip on a yuzu Negroni to start (Picture: Kyms)

Beautifully designed, Kyms is a sumptuous two-floor restaurant complete with a pink cherry blossom tree overlooking the copper bar, velvet sofas, stylish wooden seating and Insta-friendly marble tables.

Advertisement Advertisement

We ordered a giant pebble-like rice cracker and crispy seaweed while perusing the menu, which is divided into small plates, classics and sharing dishes.

We chose the silken tofu, Sichuanese spiced aubergine, tiger prawn skewers, pork skewers and French bean fritters to start.

The prawns arrived coated in a rice crispy-like, bubbled batter which crackled when dipped into the sweet chilli sauce, fun and satisfyingly crunchy with tender prawns beneath.

Tofu was the weakest link, pretty much just a vehicle for the rich umami sauce accompaniment. The aubergine was delicious but near impossible to eat with just chopsticks (no cutlery was supplied) sliver by sliver.

Frittering green beans is a revelation, a definite must order to start, and the pork skewers were a sticky, charred baton of mouth-watering joy.

French Bean Fritters (Picture: Kyms)

Its worth mentioning the drinks at this point, the short but enticing cocktail list of classics with a twist included the ubiquitous lychee martini (no Asian restaurant seems to miss off this crowd pleaser), sichuan sours, plum bellinis and the Kyms spritz – sake, Riesling vermouth, lemongrass, Prosecco and pomegranate (£9). It being Saturday lunchtime, we wanted to have a glass of wine but not a whole bottle and spotted the Assyrtiko Lyarakis from Crete, served in a carafe (£26). The wine, which according to our charming and laid-back waiter was the number one selling wine on the list, was a sensation. In hindsight, we probably should have ordered a bottle!

Bao Bao – asian style Shakshuka and utterly delicious (Picture: BarFox)

Mains arrived in the form of the pork and shrimp Bao Bao in a sizzling skillet (£12), the Three Treasures meat trio (£20) and Gai Lan on the side (£8), a pleasant stack of Chinese broccoli heaped with goji berries and soy. The Bao Bao needed a swirl with a chopstick to break the eggs and was an incredibly satisfying dish, like a Chinese Shakshuka with dumplings…essentially ticking all the boxes for a weekend lunch, having had one too many Margaritas the night before. The much talked about Three Treasures was delicious but could have been more generous with the Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken and Iberico Pork Char Sui slices, each arriving with their individual sauces, which quickly became one after a couple of dips. A side of steamed rice was needed to soak up all the juices from the Bao Bao. We had to bat off the keen waiter several times to ensure every last drop was devoured.

The Three Treasures: Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Chicken & Iberico Pork Char Sui (Picture BarFox)

Pudding was vetoed but looked good – Hong Kong pineapple bun (£6) and Sichuan pepper and star anis-soaked poached blackberries with sorbet (£5).

Advertisement Advertisement

On the coffees we learnt of the new Sunday Roast offer, £25 per person for a set feast that can be upped for an extra £15 per person for free flowing beer, wine or bellinis. There are many worse ways to spend a Sunday in the City!

Kyms is great for a mid-week date, family celebration or stylish Sunday roast with minimal plans afterwards if the free-flowing libations are chosen.

Blossoming interiors (Picture: Kyms)

Advertisement Advertisement

Continue Reading

Food

Eight reusable straws to ensure you never struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)
There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its pla..

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)

There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its plastic straws for cardboard ones in a bid to crack down on plastic-use.

People have been taking to Twitter to complain about how the straws become soggy, and how difficult it is to drink a milkshake using them.

People have become so upset that a petition to bring back the plastic straws has been started, and has over 34,000 signatures already.

Thankfully there are many alternatives to ensure you can enjoy a McDonalds milkshake without contributing to plastic waste.

Weve collated a few of the best reusable straws available below, which are all pretty cheap considering theyre designed to last forever, to help you find something to make sure you never have to struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again.

These straws are made from natural wheat
(Picture: EcoStrawz)

These straws are said to add a rustic and natural touch to your drink, and are completely sustainable.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Theyre made from nothing other than wheat, making them disposable, yet biodegradale and composable. These straws can also be easily cut down if you requre a specific length.

Unlike paper and cardboard alternatives, the straws feature a naturally non-porous finish, meaning they dont disintergrate or become soggy.

These reusable silicone straws are cute
(Picture: Amazon)

These colourful straws are made using BPA free silicone and are 100% safe to use.

They are extra wide in diameter and can be used for both warm and cold drinks, including thick drinks like milkshakes.

The straws fit any size cups and tumblers, and are both flexible and firm.

Theyre also safe for delicate mouths and teeth.

Asda's reusable straws cost £2
(Picture: Asda)

These straws are easy to locate as they are sold in Asda. They were made to be kind to the environment and reduce plastic waste and are made from metal. Theyre both eco-friendly and reusable.

These glass straws come with coloured tips
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are handmade from non-toxic glass which is safe for drinking both hot and cold drinks.

They are unlikely to break due to the thick glass used and they come with two full-length brushes to help you remove any clogging and to keep the straws clean.

Dont panic – weve already created a guide on how to properly clean a reusable straw.

These straws are made from 100% natural bamboo
(Picture: EchoStrawz)

These lightweight natrual bamboo drinking straws are made from bamboo and are sourced from sustainable, panda-fee forests in China.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Their natural composition ensures each straw provides a lovely unique and rustic addition to your drink of choice.

The straws can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, though to prolong their life its recommended you wash them by hand.

Stainless steel straws, £7.99 for a pack of eight
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are made of top grade stainless steel which is solid, durable, crush-proof, scratch-proof and rust free.

The straws come in rose gold and fit most tall travel mugs, tumblers, and glasses.

More: Read More – Source

Continue Reading

Food

Hotel Chocolat launches new vegan ice lollies

(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)
Attention, vegans: Hotel Chocolat is launching two all-natural vegan ice l..

(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)

Attention, vegans: Hotel Chocolat is launching two all-natural vegan ice lollies made with real fruit and dipped in the companys luxury chocolate.

The vegan lollies come in a zesty orange and lemon flavour dipped in 70% dark chocolate, and also a double chocolate flavour.

There are two other new lollies which arent vegan, but are still exciting: A salted caramel brimming with dulce de leche notes and dipped in caramel chocolate as well as strawberry and cream, which is smothered in high-cocoa white chocolate. Yum.

The new ice creams will be available in 10 stores across the country: Birmingham Bullring, Cambridge, Derby, Hitchin, Leeds Trinity, London Kings Cross, London – Regent Street, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and St. Albans.

Each lolly will cost £3.25, and will accompany the brands other vegan products, which includes hot chocolates, truffles and turkish delight.

The new ice lollies are all vegan
(Picture: Hotel Chocolat)

Of course, Hotel Chocolat isnt the first brand to release vegan ice creams.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Just recently, Holland & Barrett did the same with its very own range.

The health food and supplements shop has started selling three own-brand vegan ice creams, in peanut butter, passion fruit and salted caramel flavours.

Each 500ml tub costs £3.99 and is a vegan alternative to brand favourites such as Halo Top.

More: Food

Each tub is dairy-free and organic, and features a sealable top rather than a separate lid to reduce waste.

Holland & Barrett ditches cream and milk for coconut and avocado to achieve the same creamy consistency, and the ice creams are also low calorie.

The salted caramel, made using avocado, has 103 calories Read More – Source

Continue Reading

Food

Eight reusable straws to ensure you never struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)
There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its pla..

(Picture: AMAZON, EcoStrawz and Waitrose)

There has been uproar ever since McDonalds ditched its plastic straws for cardboard ones in a bid to crack down on plastic-use.

People have been taking to Twitter to complain about how the straws become soggy, and how difficult it is to drink a milkshake using them.

People have become so upset that a petition to bring back the plastic straws has been started, and has over 34,000 signatures already.

Thankfully there are many alternatives to ensure you can enjoy a McDonalds milkshake without contributing to plastic waste.

Weve collated a few of the best reusable straws available below, which are all pretty cheap considering theyre designed to last forever, to help you find something to make sure you never have to struggle with a McDonalds milkshake again.

These straws are made from natural wheat
(Picture: EcoStrawz)

These straws are said to add a rustic and natural touch to your drink, and are completely sustainable.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Theyre made from nothing other than wheat, making them disposable, yet biodegradale and composable. These straws can also be easily cut down if you requre a specific length.

Unlike paper and cardboard alternatives, the straws feature a naturally non-porous finish, meaning they dont disintergrate or become soggy.

These reusable silicone straws are cute
(Picture: Amazon)

These colourful straws are made using BPA free silicone and are 100% safe to use.

They are extra wide in diameter and can be used for both warm and cold drinks, including thick drinks like milkshakes.

The straws fit any size cups and tumblers, and are both flexible and firm.

Theyre also safe for delicate mouths and teeth.

Asda's reusable straws cost £2
(Picture: Asda)

These straws are easy to locate as they are sold in Asda. They were made to be kind to the environment and reduce plastic waste and are made from metal. Theyre both eco-friendly and reusable.

These glass straws come with coloured tips
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are handmade from non-toxic glass which is safe for drinking both hot and cold drinks.

They are unlikely to break due to the thick glass used and they come with two full-length brushes to help you remove any clogging and to keep the straws clean.

Dont panic – weve already created a guide on how to properly clean a reusable straw.

These straws are made from 100% natural bamboo
(Picture: EchoStrawz)

These lightweight natrual bamboo drinking straws are made from bamboo and are sourced from sustainable, panda-fee forests in China.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Their natural composition ensures each straw provides a lovely unique and rustic addition to your drink of choice.

The straws can be washed by hand or in the dishwasher, though to prolong their life its recommended you wash them by hand.

Stainless steel straws, £7.99 for a pack of eight
(Picture: Amazon)

These straws are made of top grade stainless steel which is solid, durable, crush-proof, scratch-proof and rust free.

The straws come in rose gold and fit most tall travel mugs, tumblers, and glasses.

More: Read More – Source

Continue Reading

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