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Shoreditch’s Asian Oasis: Perfect Cocktails for a Savory Meal

26 Jun



Travelling around London’s streets to find the right restaurant offering the best diverse food could be an off-putting experience if you don’t know your way around the best gourmet spots in the city. If you are like the character of Lucille Bluth of the Arrested Development series whose taste of fine wine and cocktails is only limited to most the classy of establishments, then you may want to travel down the city’s East End and book a reservation at one of the district’s freshest: 100 Hoxton Restaurant. It’s not only a good spot for a heartwarming dinner with the family, it is also the perfect restaurant to cater to a reunion with your high school friends and university buddies. Here’s a quick peek at just a few of their iconic cocktail mixes.

100 Hoxton: The name, the address, the iconic cocktail
Easy to digest and remember, their renowned cocktail bears the same name as their restaurant and address: 100 Hoxton. And of course, you wouldn’t go wrong with their specialty. The bartender’s special mix of ginger, lemongrass and chili syrup, lychee liqueur and champagne is a unique experience for the palate. If you want to add more spice to this already sumptuous gourmet mix, you may want to pair this with the restaurant’s special char grilled shell on prawns or perhaps team it up with their slow roasted pork or twice cooked lamb. If there is one thing the Asian cuisine is known for, it would be their incredible pairs of meals and beverages to match a specific tickle to your taste buds.

Exotic list of drinks


While the restaurant is famed for its Asian fusion cuisine—a refreshing alternative for the Londoners, tourist and residents themselves can find it also as a true oasis in the heart of cityscapes with 100 Hoxton’s roster of Asian drinks and cocktails. For those looking to soothe their thirst, you may want to reserve your tummies for their They Came from the East cocktail which is a masterful jumble of nikka, chartreuse, noily prat, and bitters. If you love coffee, you should avail of their classy Espresso Martini, which is blended by a variety of flavors including vodka, espresso, coffee and cherry heering, and frangelico and vanilla gomme. As a matter of fact, they also have a special set for the fruit lovers with their Spiced Grapefruit Swizzle. With a wide range of available choices, you can go for a gourmand marathon and experiment what combinations suit your taste.


2 Jan

This is made from a herb and is probably as natural a sweetener as you can get.    It is however, very, concentrated and you only need to use a very small amount of it.  For example,  an amount the size of a sesame seed is equivalent to a teaspoon of sugar.

It is puzzling or even frustrating, why Stevia, should have faced so many restrictions over the years in both America and Europe. Stevia has been used in South America for centuries and even in countries such as Japan.   For those of you who want to cut sugar from your diet, using an all-natural, no calories sweetener, Stevia could well be for you. Stevia is a natural sweetener, 30-100 times sweeter than sugar. The part used is the leaf. There is no after-taste and it is both safe and non-toxic according to Japanese research.

Stevia also inhibits the growth of the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay, and in many countries it is used in oral-hygiene products. Less known, is the ability of water-based stevia concentrate to help heal skin problems, including acne, dermatitis and eczema.

Stevia is also high in chromium, (which helps to stabilise blood sugar levels), manganese, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium and vitamin A. It also contains iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, thiamine, vitamin C, and zinc.

I would recommend that you research Stevia and the history of it and why it is not as readily available as sugar and make your own conclusions.

I buy mine from my organic health store since this is certaintly not available in supermarkets….!


2 Jan

Erythritol is a natural sugar subsitute which occurs naturally in fruits and mushrooms.  It is up to 70% sweet as normal sugar but has virtually no calories,  very low on carbs, does not affect your blood sugar, has a low GI index and does not cause tooth decay.  It looks like the normal granulated stuff though.  Interesting, tell me more Diva..

BBC Good Food ME Jan 2012

2 Jan

The Diva appears in print in the BBC Good Food Middle East edition, Jan 2012!

The Diva in print!

Yoghurt and Honey Face Mask

18 Nov honey

Honey is another wonder found in the kitchen that can be used in the bathroom.   It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.  It helps reduce inflamation and redness so it great for acne treatment.   Use organic honey for the best results. Tell me more Diva..

Strawberry Teeth Whitener

30 Oct DSC08453

Another use for the yummy strawberry.  It can be eaten, put into a foot scrub, as part of a face mask and also as an ingredient to help whiten your teeth.   The reason for this is the malic acid that helps to remove surface discolouration.  Combined with my favourite product, baking soda,  strawberries become a natural teeth stain remover!   It is a fast, cheap and natural way to brighten your smile.  Although giving me something sparkly would achive the same bright smile…. Tell me more Diva…

Frozen Egg and Honey Face Mask

9 Oct

Looks like an icepop

This is great on dry skin and can also be used to sooth suburned skin.  For days when you have overdone it at the pool or beach.   Tell me more Diva..

Orange Glass Cleaner

3 Oct

Use Orange Glass Cleaner to polish any glass or mirror to a lovely finish and shine.   This is great on stubborn stains and you can enjoy the pleasant aroma too — which makes it seem like you’re not cleaning at all. (Well almost).  Tell me more Diva…

Dishwasher Detergent

3 Oct

Change your chemical laden and overpriced dishwasher detergent for a more natural homemade detergent.   It is very easy to make and cleans just as well! Tell me more Diva..

Natural Bug Spray

20 Sep mossie

The summer in Dubai will soon be over and although we have many months of outdoor freedom infront of us, it also means the return of those pesky insects.     They do love to dine on me but rather use those strong insect repellent sprays that leave me coughing and reaching for my asthma pump, I prefer a more natural and effective route. Tell me more Diva..


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