Sofitel London St James

 
We enjoyed our stay. Loving the stunning architecture at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

We enjoyed our stay. Loving the stunning architecture at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Isn't it a dream to be staying in London's St James's district? Leon (my Instagram Husband, @hungrysydneysiders) checked into Sofitel London St James for a couple of nights were we could wander about and soak in the elegance and majesty of central London. 

Sofitel London St James is simply gorgeous. The white neoclassical faćade is something I truly love. Set in the heart of London, the location could not be better. The heritage hotel is just a 5 minutes stroll to Piccadilly Circus tube the National Gallery Westminster and Buckingham palace.

We love a good breakfast and there is nothing better than a traditional  English one. Think of generous slices of bacon strips, sausages, black pudding, eggs and pastries.  Simple divine! With a nice cup of tea to start off the day, we were ready to explore in this vibrant one of a kind city.

Beautiful bathroom and breakfast in bed at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Beautiful bathroom and breakfast in bed at Sofitel London St James. Photo Credit : May Leong

Friendly staff and spacious rooms, we had a wonderful stay in this vibrant city. With a beautiful view of the surrounding buildings around Sofitel London St James from my window, my favourite thing to do is watching cute London busses and taxis driving towards Piccadilly Circus.

Thank you Sofitel London St James for a memorable moment. We are looking forward to be back again!

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Sofitel London St James
6 Waterloo Pl, St. James's, London SW1Y 4AN, UK
 

Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise

 
Beautiful design by Antoine Pinto. Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Beautiful design by Antoine Pinto. Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise is a gorgeous hotel designed by Antoine Pinto, a famous Belgian well-known for his stylish, imaginative restaurants. It's called "Le Louise" because of the area around Avenue Louise.

The façade says classic, however, the interior is decidedly modern with textures from the space age mixed with polished timber. There is a running theme of colours at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, deep purples and ruby reds, from the seating area, right down to the lighting in the courtyard. It has a space age feel to it. Although it's the first week of autumn, flowers are still blooming prettily in the courtyard.

The hotel is minutes away from a metro station, and walk a little further, you'll find yourself at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and Magritte Museum. And any direction you go from Sofitel Brussels, there is always a cake or chocolate shop round the corner. Yum!

We were invited to stay in the Sofitel Brussels's classic room for a couple of nights. The spacious room is beautiful and stylish, and did I mentioned, it comes with the comfiest king bed and softest pillows.

Breakfast with my man, Leon Korobacz at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong.

Breakfast with my man, Leon Korobacz at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise. Photo by May Leong.

It is always a good time when it's a Sofitel breakfast. I'm a fan of the Continental fare, which includes a wide range of buffet breakfast - cereals, yoghurt freshly baked patisserie (pan au chocolate is the bomb!), fruit juices, bacon and eggs. We were obsessed with the delicious. crispy bacon strips with waffles and sunny side up eggs. We told Quentin Giraud of Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, how amazing the bacon was, and he said the secret is to have it cooked twice. Yum! 

We had an amazing stay! The concierge at Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Marciano, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We found out many local Belgian places to visit, which I'll be writing all about it soon :)

Have a fab week all. Thank you popping by hehe.

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Hotel Sofitel Brussels Le Louise 
Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium
 

Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan

 
View of our Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan room. Photo by May Leong.

View of our Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan room. Photo by May Leong.

It was a short stopover in Bangkok for a good 6 hours, and we had planned to have a little siesta at Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan.

Grand Hyatt Bangkok is located in the heart of Bangkok, located on Rajdamri Road. It's interconnected to bars, restaurants and Bangkok's top shopping malls.

My little tip to getting into Bangkok city from the Suvarnambhumi International Airport is to always check the traffic on Google Map before hopping on a cab or Uber. We saved up so much time by catching the public transport to Chit Lom Skytrain station. It was a short stroll into Grand Hyatt Bangkok.

Our room was cosy. Loving the Queen size bed with a view of the bustling streets of Bangkok. There was even two elephants (sculpted from hand towels... how very cute!) to welcome us to our Grand Hyatt room. Soft sheets and fluffy pillows, we felt very much at home.

Our favourite has got to be dinner time at Erawan Tea Room for an authentic Thai cuisine. Scroll down to the next blog post to read all about it.

Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan 
494 Rajdamri Road, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
 

Dinner at Erawan Tea Room

 
Delicious Thai cuisine at Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

Delicious Thai cuisine at Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok. Photo by May Leong and Leon Korobacz.

What a feast it was at Erawan Tea Room, a cosy and chic restaurant in Bangkok. Part of Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, this place is a great spot to have delicious Thai dinner in the evening (and that was what we did on our 7 hour stop over in Bangkok!).

Starting off with appetisers, recommended by Linda (of...) are Deep Fried Chicken wrapped in pandan leaves and Assorted Snacks and Salad. Served in the cutest ceramic with a dragon boat head figure, we sampled the entree of pomelo salad and crabmeat dumplings with Thai herbs. For the adventurous, you gotta try the local delicacy, Grilled Pork Neck served herbed chilli dip.

Now, when you're here at Erawan Tea Room, the Chef Achara's signature dishes are not to be missed. Her signature soup, Coconut Milk Soup with Petuna Ocean Trout is just sublime. Now, think of hot and spicy Tom Yum soup served with fragrant coconut milk, and that's what we had. The chicken version is tops too!

Chef Achara's Signature Fried Rice Erawanis well known around the area. If you love spicy food, this fried rice cooked with crab meat and chilli paste is to-die-for!

For mains, we ordered Stir Fry Chicken Basil and Red Curry Tiger Prawns. Who doesn't love basil with chilli? The Minced Chicken Basil dish has a little spice kick to it, topped with crunchy basil leaves. The stir fried tiger prawns are packed full of flavour in a mild red curry sauce, which

Northern Style Stir Fried Vegetable and Kailan with Crispy Pork are my favourite. Two very simple dishes that I could just eat with white rice, all day. The sauce is garlicky, spicy and flavoursome. 

Overall, Erawan Tea Room by Grand Hyatt Bangkok Erawan is a great place to dine in with family or friends. There's a huge variety of local Thai cuisines to choose from, truly. There are so many dishes to try, we only sampled a tenth of them! 

Erawan Tea Room 
494 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
 

Dining at Mode Kitchen & Bar

 
Our wonderful dining experience at Mode Kitchen & Bar. Photo Credit : May Leong and Steven Ugov

Our wonderful dining experience at Mode Kitchen & Bar. Photo Credit : May Leong and Steven Ugov

So, the word is out. The Mode Kitchen & Bar is Sydney's newest restaurant in town. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel, it is just a stroll from Circular Quay. My #instagramhusband, Stevie Ugov, and I were invited to dine in at Mode Kitchen & Bar.

From a designer's point of view, I'm so in love with the interior of Mode Kitchen & Bar. It's a little sci-fi, a little art deco mixed with ultra chic marble and sage suede for furnishing. It's all just perfect!

Now, let's talk about the delicious cuisines at Mode Kitchen & Bar. For bites, we had to try the Salt & Pepper School Prawns and Holy Goat "La Luna" & truffle honey. Oh my, the school prawns bites was so good I was thinking of having seconds!

For mains, we had the Grilled King Prawns and Chef's Coorong Angus T-bone 1kg 21-day Aged (now that's a mouthful to say), with a side of Hand Cut Crispy Rosemary Potatoes.

The King Prawns was grilled with burnt butter and served with an array of delicate winter leaves. The prawns were well cooked, tender and juicy, as the shell comes off neatly. Yum!

The Head Chef of Mode Kitchen & Bar, Francesco Mannelli's Coorong Angus T-bone is not only aged for 21 days, the prime steak also takes 30 minutes to prepare. We must say, it is worth the wait.

Overall, a wonderful fine dining experience at Four Seasons Hotel Sydney to take that special someone. The staff are friendly and helpful, we felt welcomed at Mode Kitchen & Bar. We can't wait to come back for the Salt & Pepper School Prawns (obsessed!).

Image from Mode Kitchen & Bar

Image from Mode Kitchen & Bar

 

Mode Kitchen & Bar , Four Seasons Hotel Sydney
Ground Floor, 199 George Street 
 

Brunch At Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney

 
Delicious brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. Photos by May Leong.

Delicious brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. Photos by May Leong.

This is one brunch with an A-MAY-ZING view. 36 floors up, to the very top floor of Shangri-La Sydney. Having brunch at Altitude was really wonderful. It's something you would do on a special occasion, and it's worth it.

The Bountiful Brunch includes Bottomless Mimosas and a lovely selection of coffee and fine tea leaves to choose from.

To start with, I'm loving the mini buffet on the side, with fresh oysters and chilled prawns with dipping sauces, cured meats, fine cheese, palmiers and croissants to choose from.

Then, there are three small plates served, kicking off with Smoked Salmon and cream cheese dip, topped with dill and capers. Next, the Eggs Benedict - delicious poached egg served on brioche toast, with a choice of smoked salmon or prosciutto on the side. The tasty hollandaise sauce is to-die-for! The third small plate is a homemade Berry Muesli, using organic oats and Greek yoghurt, topped with summer berries and honey.

The A La Carte was made to order. We were craving for dessert at the Altitude. We have got to try the pancakes and waffles with a generous serve of maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. The toasted almonds and berries complimented the sweet dish. 

Overall, a wonderful place to brunch at Altitude, Shangri-La Sydney. And the food, just sublime. I would recommend it to anyone, visiting Sydney (or even Sydneysiders too hehe). The view itself, is breathtaking. It is one of my absolute favourite places in Sydney.

Have a great day all!

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Berry nice muesli with a view. Photo by May Leong.

Berry nice muesli with a view. Photo by May Leong.

 

Flatlay With Hello Miss May : Part 1

 
Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

I thought I'd like to share a very simple tutorial to create a pretty flatlay. I always use flowers to create my monthly calendar which I pair up with my handwritten calligraphy of the month.

Here, I want to share how simple it is to do a flatlay! I'm using my bunch of flowers that I have in my Hello Miss May design studio. You can use anything you want from leaves to citrus to books. Think creative!

LET'S WORK ON THESE FACTORS:

1/ CLEAN SURFACE

For a clean look, I love working with white surfaces, preferably matte. Never use shiny surfaces, as the light reflects from it. We can get creative with surfaces next time, but first we'll start with the basic one :)

2/ NATURAL LIGHTING

I work with what I have, which is my backyard in Surry Hills, Sydney (haha!). I'm a firm believer of make do with what I have, hehe. Shoot in a semi-shade unless it's a dull kind of day. A gloomy and cloudy day actually provides the best natural lighting anyone can ask for!

Besides, always look for indirect sunlight. The perfect day to shoot is early morning or late evening.

3/ AVOID HARSH SHADOWS

Always look for soft shadows. Anything that's mid day with harsh sunlight, casts a lot of dark shadows around your flatlays. I find harsh shadows kind of takes away the main focus of my flatlays.

4/ OBJECTS

Objects are easy to find. Look for something you love and are truly inspired by. For me, I'm obsesses with flowers, fruits and dessert. I just love shooting them. They make me happy. So, think of something that you really like, and want to create with.

In this tutorial here, I'm using flowers from my design studio. And a nice tea cup.

5/ CAMERA

Now, you need a good device to shoot with. In this tutorial, I shot with an iPhone 7 (OMG, I had an iPhone 6s, this camera is a level up!). You can use any device or any cameras, but I highly recommend using a good one. Think of high resolution. It is the size of the pixels that counts.

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Flatlays with Hello Miss May. Think of white table top and natural lighting. Photo Credit : May Leong

Now, that you've got all these factored in, let's work on a flatlay! Scroll down for the next blog, hehe.

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