Peter Toner

May 102017
 

I was in London last Saturday and paid a visit to one of my old haunts from the days when I worked in finance  – Rowleys of London.

Rowleys – at 113 Jermyn Street – is an icon of the street having established itself as a steak house 40 years ago. If you find yourself in this part of town, I can highly recommend it.

Rowleys of London Facade

Rowleys of London Facade

Menu at Rowleys of London

Menu at Rowleys of London

Rowleys steak and unlimited chips

Rowleys steak and unlimited chips!

http://www.rowleys.co.uk

 

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May 072017
 

“It’s been worth the wait”: Andrew Nicholson wins Badminton Horse Trials 2017.

Only 18 months after suffering a life threatening fall, and 33 years after his first attempt at the title, Kiwi Andrew Nicholson fulfilled a career goal to win the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

Going into the showjumping in third position, Andrew kept his cool and pulled off the round of his life riding Deborah Sellar’s 17-year-old gelding Nereo. With just 1.0 time penalty to add, Andrew finished on 41.4.

Read more at: https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/2017-mitsubishi-motors-final-wrap/

Badminton Horse Trials

Badminton Horse Trials

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Mar 022017
 
Beefayre was born in the foothills of Transylvania, Romania when Sharon Jervis, an artist and nature lover, went to meet beekeepers and study their ancient tradition of bee keeping.
Bees and Honey

Bees and Honey

 
Beefayre wellbeing products are handmade in England and use the very highest quality natural ingredients, free of any petroleum by-products. Sharon’s drawings create the original design and packaging for Beefayre products and is inspired by the honey bee and its natural habitat.

Beefayre donate 3% profits to bee conservation and research.

Propolis Bees and Honey

Propolis Bees and Honey

Beeswax Scented Candles

Beeswax Scented Candles

https://www.beefayre.com/

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Feb 202017
 

Gruhme is the brainchild of Rob Hallmark, a former corporate lawyer.

gruhme british scent for men

Gruhme British Scent for Men

Mens Grooming Gift Set Gruhme

Mens Grooming Gift Set Gruhme

He started the business in 2013 as an alternative to the established ‘Big Brands’ in the men’s grooming arena – but focusing on fragrance.

The focus of Gruhme is to offer a British scent and grooming alternatives for men that are creative, innovative and pioneering – much that has been lost from the major designer brands in the male fragrance and personal care industry.

Gruhme British Mens Fragrance

Gruhme British Mens Fragrance

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Sep 182016
 

The most striking set of images we’ve seen this week from London Fashion Week have included Mimi Wade.

mimi wade

mimi wade dresses

mimi wade tee shirt

mimi wade london fashion week

Mimi Wade is a young British/American designer based in London.

Having graduated from the Fashion Print BA Course at Central Saint Martins in 2015 she was selected to showcase her autumn/winter 2016 collection with pioneering scheme for emerging talent, Fashion East.

One to watch…

http://www.mimiwade.com

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Sep 182016
 

The Jardine of London team put on a fabulous display recently at Guards Polo Club near Windsor. The match was in aid of Breast Cancer Haven, a charity that assists women with breast cancer. By all accounts the day was a great success and in the end it was the British Polo Gin team who picked up the winning trophy. Photocredit: @imagesofpolo

Mary Jardine presenting winning prize to the British Gin Polo Team

Mary Jardine presenting winning prize to the British Gin Polo Team

Polo Players in action @ Guards Polo Club

Polo Players in action @Guards Polo Club

Jardine of London Polo Team at Guards Polo Club

Jardine of London Polo Team at Guards Polo Club

Jardine of London Handbag

Jardine of London Handbag

Learn more about Jardine of London by visiting: Jardineoflondon.com

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Aug 172016
 
Summer Salad

Summer Salad

Summer Abundance Salad

I simply had to share this salad I saw on the blog: http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/summer-abundance-salad/

I hope I can get the ingredients together in time before Summer is over!

Summer Abundance Salad Ingredients

Summer Abundance Salad Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained + rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa, wild rice and or black rice
  • 1 cup pitted fresh cherries, halved
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 nectarine, thinly sliced
  • 2 ears grilled corn, kernels removed from the cob
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6-9 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • large handful of microgreens and or arugula
  • 1/2 cup mixed toasted nuts + seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, cashews, almonds, etc)

Spicy Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 rounded tablespoon fig preserves (optional)
  • 1-2 chipotle chili peppers in adobo, chopped
  • kosher salt + pepper
Summer Abundance Salad Bowl

Summer Abundance Salad Bowl

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 11:00 am  Gourmet Food
Aug 162016
 
The Bentley Bentayga will ‘draw’ a Bowlus Road Chief to Turn 10 at the Laguna Seca circuit

The Bentley Bentayga will ‘draw’ a Bowlus Road Chief to Turn 10 at the Laguna Seca circuit

BENTLEY MOTORS RETURNS TO PEBBLE BEACH WITH THREE NORTH-AMERICAN DEBUTS

  • Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Flying Spur V8 S make US show debuts at Monterey Auto Week
  • Luxurious saloons joined by most powerful production Bentley ever – the Continental GT Speed Black Edition
  • Bentayga showcases new luxury lifestyle feature, towing a Bowlus Road Chief – Limited Edition Lithium+

 The most luxurious Bentley model ever, the Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase, makes its US debut at the Monterey Auto Week

The pinnacle luxury limousine is designed for those who prefer to be driven, and provides a first class air-travel experience for the road. The Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase will be appearing at the Quail: A Motorsports Gathering on Friday 19 August, and will also be in position on the Concept Lawn at The Lodge on Sunday 21 August.

The newly launched Flying Spur V8 S also makes its US debut at Pebble Beach. Taking its place between the Flying Spur V8 and flagship W12 in the range, the V8 S is tuned for power and performance, with increased engine output and revised suspension offering a more focused, precise driving experience.

The most powerful production Bentley ever, the Continental GT Speed Black Edition, will also be in attendance throughout the event. The revised Continental GT Speed raises the bar even further in terms of exclusivity and performance, delivering a top speed of 206 mph (331 km/h) and even more power and torque.

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Flying Spur V8 S Make Debut at Monterrey

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Flying Spur V8 S Make Debut at Monterey

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Flying Spur V8 S Make Debut at Monterrey

Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase and Flying Spur V8 S Make Debut at Monterey

Bentley cutaway showing luxury interior

Bentley cutaway showing luxury interior

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 2:40 pm  Motoring, Outdoor Living
Aug 152016
 
Hotel Palais Biarritz

Hotel Palais Biarritz

Hotel Palais, 1, Avenue de l’Impératrice, Biarritz, recently played host to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The stately Hotel is the former Imperial residence of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie and sits atop the coastline. Its Spa spreads over five floors offering an indoor pool as well as Guerlain beauty treatments.

A Michelin starred Chef creates a menu from regional products.

It is a mecca for golfers – so bring your clubs…

The property boasts 153 rooms and depending on availability, rooms can be obtained from only €500 a night for a couple sharing.

Well worth the outlay for exquisite luxury.

Biarritz Room

Biarritz Room

Hippocampe Restaurant

Hippocampe Restaurant

View from the Hotel

View from the Hotel

La Rotonde

La Rotonde

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 12:00 am  Travel
Aug 122016
 
Nikki Beach before the crowds arrive

Nikki Beach before the crowds arrive

If you’re still unsure what to do with your Summer break or simply want to get away for a few days, then a good time to jet off might be for the night of August 20th to Nikki Beach in Marbella.

Starting at Midnight – as most good gigs in Spain do – you can experience the music scene from the hedonistic island of Ibiza.
No doubt champagne will be sipped – even poured over people – and if you’re there for one night only you won’t need a hotel because you won’t be getting any sleep!
Well worth a visit…
Crowd Fun

Crowd Fun

Beach Side Dining

Beach Side Dining

Into the Night

Into the Night

 

Fireworks

Fireworks

 7:32 pm  Travel