House of Peroni Exclusive Sneak Preview

Earlier this week I was invited to preview the latest House of Peroni pop-up in Brick Lane. Even though there’s still a month to go until the opening, we were given an exclusive tour by the set designer, Simon Costin, who is transforming the space into an Italian Piazza. 

Simon has worked with everyone in the fashion industry from Hermes to the Alexander McQueen, who he just calls Lee, you know- as you do.  

As soon as we arrived, we were directed towards the bar to try the first House of Peroni ‘experience’ cocktails. I say experience because these were no standard drinks you’d expect to pay 2-for-1 during happy hour. These cocktails were something only a mixologist with a huge amount of creativity and talent could come up with, and naturally they were all made with Peroni.theairgoinginFor the first cocktail we were given a glass of vapour to quickly inhale with a straw before you sipped your drink. The flowery vapour was to compliment the orange inside the cocktail and remind you of Italy. It was definitely a first for me. capturedair medrinkingair  barThe second cocktail was a celery bloody Mary with volcanic ash salt. I personally found this too dry for a late afternoon, but I can only imagine how quickly it would go down on a hot day. bartasting2ashandcelerybagsmellingThe final and potentially the most strange drink experience of all was the air cocktail. I had to puncture a bag of air and inhale the orange blossom aroma before enjoying my drink. The smells reminded me of an evening in Positano, after a day of swimming and sunning on the beach. meandmydrinkHaving seen Simons’ vision for the warehouse I am positively itching with excitement for May 14th. For those unable to escape to Italy this year, may I suggest going to the House of Peroni and enjoying ‘la dolce far niente’- the sweet art of doing nothing. 

Ass-a Soup

queueuI arrived outside Assa at 6:30 p.m. and was greeted by a queue. I could not believe that at senior citizen dining hour there was a line out the door for a small Korean restaurant in Soho.

Following a 20-minute wait, Emma and I were seated in a kimchi infused restaurant bustling with Koreans. Quick FYI, Emma is half Korean, and discovered that Assa serves the soup from her local town. She fondly calls it ‘Ass Soup’ because it’s made mostly with spam, which was a delicacy after the Korean war when locals found it leftover in American army bases. beerKorean KoreanHotPot This is how the soup is served, in an enormous pot heaving with vegetables, beef, kimchi and spam. I’ve eaten spam once before, and it was purely out of necessity. I was on a school camping trip, it was 40 degrees Celsius and the fresh meat was rotten. The only thing left for us to eat over seven days was spam and powder cordial.

Now, if Emma hadn’t told me that I would gain serious friendship points for trying the soup, I might have chosen anything else on the menu, but as a close friend I knew it was my duty to forgive the spam and give it another go. KoreanHotPot2After 10 minutes the noodles should have gotten soft enough to start serving. KoreanHotPot3 KoreanHotPot4My first bite and…..KoreanHotPot5I’m contemplating whether I love it or not- surprisingly, yes! I love spam. Who knew?! (As a side note: Emma and I are now officially BFFS)boyintoilet This is by far the creepiest art on a toilet door I have ever seen. emmaandicecreamGelupoIceCreamEvery time I am in Soho I insist on stopping at the Italian gelateria Gelupo. Seeing as Emma introduced me to her favourite restaurant, I felt it only fair to introduce her to my favourite ice-creamery.

Based on her empty cup, I’d say this won’t be Emma’s last visit. GelupoIceCream2

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Welcome beautiful readers!

My name is Christiana. I am a London based lifestyle blogger who is always traveling. To say I love food is an understatement, I live for it.  This blog was first created as a place to share my original recipes and quickly developed into a life directory to guide people needing fashion inspiration, travel guides, restaurant reviews and a bit of life advice. 

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