Sticky Fingers

Recently I treated myself to a MASSIVE meal at Sticky Fingers in Kensington.

I had Nachos to start and their nachos aren’t small dainty triangles as you may expect. They are oval shared and fairly large, layered with a handsome helping of all the usual topping.

Then followed Southern Fired Chicken with Caesar Salad side (I could have had fries, mash potatoes, fired potatoes etc. but had to get something relatively healthy in there). The chicken pieces were so nice, not too greasy not too dry and again were fairly large. I had to break three times just to make sure I could fit it all in!

After a brief interval, to let our dinners settle, came the dessert. Because there is always room for something sweet right? I had a slice of Apple Pie, which, thankfully, was pretty standard sized. Which was good because by that time I was almost full to the brim.

Sticky Fingers is such a nice restaurant. Our waiter was so nice and willing to answer any of our questions as best as he could. The atmosphere is pretty chill too, a great place to go with friends, family… on a date. Definitely recommend a visit if you are in that part of Town.

Until next time

Ax

Hermes – Saatchi Gallery

Today I went to the Saatchi Gallery with a friend to see the Hermes exhibition.

http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/current/festival_des_metiers.htm

Hermes Craftspeople worked in situ making a selection of products by hand, working just as they would in a Hermes workshop in France. I was very impressed by the care and patience the craftspeople had. Their work is, in my opinion, quite labour intensive. There are strict guidelines on how each item should be crafted. Some styles of Hermes bag take up to 18hours to complete! This is due to the methods used when cutting, stitching and finishing. Great attention to detail is paid when a bag is being made. Each time a piece of the pattern is stitched the edges have to be neatened, polished and sealed.

Once the bag is completed it is tested. Rigerously. In a similar way to how a car is crazy tested, to ensure the quality of the work. It is not only their bags that get this attention. Their ties and silk scarfs are also carefully crafted to ensure the pattern on the silk print is perfectly matched and that the tie is folded and sewn so that the vertical center is maintained throughout the whole pattern.

Today I learnt that meticulous preparation and great care couples with passion and enthusiasm will make items that will stand the test of time. And become something you can really be proud of.

The exhibition will be on until May 27th, so if you get the chance this bank holiday make sure you go there.

Somerset House – Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

Open until 27th Jan 2013

I went to this exhibition a few weeks ago and it is really worth a visit. If for no other reason than because it is free, you also get to see some incredible captivating photographs.

There was one picture that I loved, because it captured a moment which, hopefully, can never be captured again. It captured the tragedy of the twin towers being hit in the background and the mundane everyday activity of the post man in the foreground. You need to see it to believe it. I was so taken back by it I just stood there and stared, trying to take it all in.

I won’t lie and say that every photo looked as if it was worth being in there, there was one photographer who seemed to really like taking pictures out of their car window but they didn’t interest me that much.

And then there were the black and white pictures of 1940s/1950s Brooklyn New York which captured the general activities of the men in the neighbourhood, courtesy of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

Source (http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/henri-cartier-bresson-a-question-of-colour)

I don’t want to say too much because it is not a massive exhibition so I don’t want to spoil it if you are planning on going. But like I said if for no other reason than because it is free head down to Somerset House and check it out for yourself.

A x