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Friday 13 July 2012

This Week the Mice have mostly been....

It's Friday! Another week of gruelling work and rain done! And Minnie Mouse has a new outlook on life....just accept work will never be done, pack up at a reasonable hour and head for dinner and wine with your favourite people! It might not be a complete coincidence that I've adopted my new positive outlook when my trip to beautiful, sunshiney Portugal is just round the corner but hey ho I am going to try and stick to it even after my tan's faded! 

Mid-year resolutions aside, we've been busy Mice this week, here's a whistle-stop round-up, this week the Mice have mostly been....

Patiently awaiting Stylist Magazine's London Guide Part III....East London! My favourite thing about Wednesday's is not only the fact that it's hump day but also the day that I get a copy of my top weekly reading material, the Stylist Magazine and it's absolutely free! I love flicking to the 'The Style List' giving each box a mental tick or cross, perusing the weekly hotel review (and wishing it was me who had been sent there!) and checking out the sneaky little fashion shoot section to get shopping / outfit building inspiration! Not only that but the magazine's website 'Emerald Street' sends me a daily email with a 'Top 5' theme and a bar recommendation at the bottom. I have a 'Places to Try' folder in my outlook ram packed full of them for future use! 

Anyway, over the last couple of weeks Stylist have out together 'The Londoners' Guide...' and this week East London was up!! I couldn't wait to get my hands on it and find some new little gems to add to my list...if you missed it Emerald Street has a copy on line that you can peruse! Not to be a bragger (I so am !!) but I'd tried and tested the majority of the recommendations however I will be trying Whitecross Street Market, The Spurstowe Arms and definitley Efes Pool Hall...90's R&B and everyone up and dancing - yes please!!!!

The world's best Breakfast Bap at The Albion 
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Gorging on the amazing food at Spuntino! I've wanted to visit since March 2011 when it first opened its doors to the public, however I've never been lucky enough to score a table! Many a time the girls and I have planned to head down and everytime there has been a huge queue snaking out of the door with waiting time sof about an hour plus... I'm not a massive fan of the annoying trend of no reservation restaurants! I have visited two of it's sister reaturants Polpo and Da Polpo, and never been disappointed - the decor's cosy and rustic, the atmosphere's buzzy and fun and the food is SUPER Spuntino had big things to live up to!

My uni girls and I scheduled in our monthly meet-up and decided we were going to get a table this time no matter what it took! As luck would have it, this time the influx of diners seemed to have died down a little (it was very much still busy and bustling though, don't get me wrong) and we got a cute table at the back without having to queue - perfect!

The food was favourites being Truffle Egg Toast and the Aspargus, boiled egg and hazelnut salad...

Egg Truffle Toast...super calorific but truly terrific!

I really can't fault anything - the staff are amazing, the wine's delish (and reasonably priced) and it has a super chic New York feel to it! Perfect post work venue for wine, cocktails and unusal tapas! The mac and cheese is legendary so I think I'll have to revisit to try it out!!

Packing, Preening....and getting over-the-top holiday excited! It's that time again, I can put away my cross work frown, stop tapping impatiently on my calculator and get the hell out of HERE!! The London Mice are off to Portugal for a week's break in the sun, sipping Pimms and eating as many Gambas Pil Pil as humanly possible!!! On that note I'll leave you (probably with 10 years worth of rain forecasted) in the capable hands of HK long my friends i'll see you next week tanned, relaxed and FAT!!!!

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