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90 glorious, chocolatey years

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Thursday, 02 June 2016
ice-cream-blogWhen the sun is shining, or evening just hinting at coming out (actually even when it's not), here in the office it doesn't take a lot for someone to suggest ice cream for lunch.

So when we heard about Godiva's new range of ice cream, a limited-edition Rose and Raspberry Ice Cream, created in celebration of the chocolatier's 90th anniversary, sun or not we were off to give it a try.

Myself and Young Gentleman About Town, James, opted for the dark chocolate ice cream (it's also available with the white chocolate vanilla and the dark & white chocolate swirl) which is finished off with the new rose and raspberry sauce, crunchy raspberry sprinkles, and a 90th branded square of milk chocolate.

The chocolate was well, it was Godiva so let's not beat about the bush it was pretty delicious, and the raspberry and rose added a refreshing touch. Sometimes floral flavours can add an almost soapy taste to things but that certainly wasn't the case here.

Now, I don't like to admit that I'm a guzzleguts, but from first lick to finishing, well let's say it didn't really get a chance to melt; that's what happens when you get incredibly tasty ice cream!

The Rose and Raspberry Ice Cream is available in Godiva's boutiques priced at £4.50: #Godiva90

Chocolate Dreams

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on Thursday, 26 May 2016
jamesMeet our new Young Gentleman About Town, James Crawford-SmithThis week our new Young Gentleman About Town, James Crawford-Smith indulges in some chocolate comfort...

Do you dream in chocolate? Well if you do (or if you want to) then 'the comforter' treatment now available in Lush Spa's across the country is certainly the treat for you.

I arrived at the Lush Spa on the Kings Road, hot and slightly sweaty, coming down from a long day at the office and was immediately approached by a smiling member of staff. She knew exactly what I was feeling and guided me to a chair, sedating me with a glass of ice cold cucumber water.

After a browse of the store I was taken downstairs to a Cotswolds country kitchen to meet my therapist, Maddie. After signing a disclaimer and getting all the medical questions out of the way I was shown a tea cup with steaming brown liquid in it, emitting a heavenly smell of chocolate and soap. I was talked through each element of the treatment and found out the tea cup contained the exfoliating liquid, which would buff my body to a brilliant shine.

The treatment room itself is cool, calm and kitsch. Lit with a soft pink glow, the environment is tranquil and peaceful. I lay on the treatment bed beneath a sheet and Maddie then Lay the thickest, warmest, electric duvet over me as she turned on the specially curated Lush playlist- tailored to my treatment- think children's songs with a hipster twist (while not really my scene I went with it).

The exfoliating begins with Maddie exposing each limb and gently but effectively buffing the skin. After say one arm is done, it is returned under the blanket so that only one body part is exposed at one time. The feeling of being greasy in bed was a little disturbing but I could appreciate the reasoning behind it.

After being exfoliated to within an inch of my life and being rubbed down with hot mits, came the massage. Rose scented bubbled were switched on (and quickly switched off - paired with the music I found it a bit much) and I melted into the deep level of calm I had hoped to achieve. The rolling massage technique was incredible and I didn't want it to end.

This treatment required absolutely no showering afterwards and the massage bars used are created to leave your skin non greasy, so you can dress and leave immediately following your experience.


After dressing and leaving the dulcet tones of an indie girl singing 'what the world needs now', I was taken back to the kitchen by lovely Maddie and presented with a ball of candy floss in a high ball glass. I was instructed to pour a small vile of pink liquid into the glass a la Alice in Wonderland and drink the liquid. It was extremely sweet, decadent and sickly .... I loved every second of it.

Leaving the store and emerging out onto the Kings Road the hot, sweaty, stressed guy I walked in as was no longer. I felt as though the treatment had achieved its objectives and while the frilly, sweet additions may seem a little indulgent- isn't that what you want from a trip to the spa?!

The Comforter is available in Lush Spas across the country, and the 90 minute treatment is priced at £85

Café crush

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Thursday, 03 July 2014
There are more cafés in London than you can shake a teacup at, but few have the power to make people literally stop in their tracks.

L'ETO - with branches in Chelsea, Belgravia and Soho amongst others - does just this. Their array of delectable cakes have people practically licking the window in appreciation.


And it gets even better when you venture inside. As well as the cakes (all homemade), there are a selection of chocolate truffles, and healthy yet hearty salads for a that bit of savoury before you indulge in the sweet.

If you happen to be passing in the morning, it's worth trying their new breakfast menu. From avocado on toast to fluffy pancakes to quinoa porridge, there is something to cater to every fancy. Their freshly squeezed juices are delicious too.


Part patisserie, part chocolatier, part fresh and vibrant café, it has swifty become a firm favourite for us Young Ladies About Town. See you there for breakfast, a light lunch of afternoon tea (most likely all three)! 


Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 14 April 2014
When most people eat chocolate Easter bunnies they eat the ears first.

I can’t recall where or when I read this. But I can tell you I like to observe how children devour an odd shaped item of food, and what parts are leftover because rarely do they seem to consume an entire bunny…my turn to “help out”.

Does starting with the ears imply a cautious individual? Is biting off the tail indicative of a leader? Or poking a hole in the belly suggest an artistic future? The psychology would be an interesting read. However, I say enjoy and savour.

Easter offers a Christian occasion to reflect on life and meaning. Whether it is of importance for this reason or simply time for family, sharing and making memories, enjoy and savour.

You can bake hot cross buns, decorate eggs, organise an egg hunt, play at being bunnies in the park, read together. Indulge in all that is playful and fun about holidays with your children… and they don’t need to know if mum has nibbled on a discarded bunny foot.

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Chocolate inspired afternoon tea at Grosvenor House

Posted by Young Ladies About Town
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on Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Oooo chocolate lovers, look out! Master Chocolatier, Paul A Young has created an exclusive chocolate inspired Afternoon Tea at Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel.

Set to launch on Monday 14 April in the Park Room (and run for at least a month) it’s basically several slices of heaven on a plate.
Chocolate inspired afternoon tea

I was invited to try out this decadent treat, ahead of its launch, and am sat here typing this several hours later still feeling rather stuffed.

There were (still warm! *Swoon*) freshly baked Buttermilk scones served with Devonshire clotted cream and – in place of the usual (yawn) jams – Paul A Young’s award-winning Sea Salted Caramel spread.

Yep, that’s right. A Sea Salted Caramel spread. It. Was. Lush.

Chocolate afternoon tea

I enjoyed mine alongside a glass of Louis Roederer, Carte Blanche (chocolate and Champagne. How jolly, hey?) And a selection of rather super sandwiches elegantly balanced Paul’s chocolate creations (Oh hello Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Tart) with the more traditional.

That said, the cucumber and chocolate sandwich was an unexpectedly lovely touch.

I’ve never had Madagascan coco nib tea before, but as the wind started to whip outside it was the perfect warming tonic. (I must add here, I am not a tea lover. Those of you who like a good strong brew may not be a fan, but for me the chocolately overtones were all it took to have me singing its praises.) 

With Easter drawing ever nearer this is sure to delight any chocolate lover in your life. Just don’t expect them to be able to move very far once they’ve finished…

Paul A Young Chocolate Inspired Afternoon Tea costs £39.50 per person and is available from 1pm – 6pm in The Park Room at Grosvenor House, from April 14. For book go to:

Want more chocolate? The “Paul A Young Adventures with Chocolate Package” includes an overnight stay with breakfast for two, Afternoon tea for two, a signed copy of Paul’s award-winning ‘Adventure’s with Chocolate’ book to take home and a surprise chocolate treat during your stay is also available from Monday 14 April. Rates start from £444 per night inc. VAT. To book go to:

Words by Katy Pearson


Posted by Nanny Knows Best
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on Monday, 28 October 2013
“If a nanny is upset, hug her & tell her how wonderful she is.
If she starts to growl, retreat to a safe distance and throw chocolate at her”

Not so silly. Like your first aid kit, it might come in handy one day. I am not suggesting it is necessary to be your nanny’s bestie, or counsellor. Simply know that she (maybe it’s a he, your manny) sometimes may need breathing space, time out, and a sound-proofed room to roar.

We all get frustrated. Sad and lonely. Distressed. And if your nanny is a true professional she can communicate her feelings without high drama and tell you what she needs. I have spent too many Christmases and Easters, etc, far from my own nearest and dearest, ensuring other families enjoy their merriness and gatherings. It’s my job so I don’t fuss when holidays and celebrations generally require longer hours and a muck-in attitude as that is what I sign up for.

It doesn’t mean I don’t need to feel a little connected to the occasion and those I wish I was with. And gosh, it is such a bonus to be appreciated for my efforts. I do not expect lavishness; however acknowledgement or a simple gesture of gratitude does help.

My dad was diagnosed with a serious illness and although I knew he was in good hands and running to the airport to get on the next plane home would not change a thing, I felt quite fragile from the shock and concern. I told my employer not because I needed nor wanted sympathy, but so she would understand if I wasn’t my usual self.

Context provides an ideal beginning to work through situations that may need a tad more attention. Show a little kindness. Certainly a little understanding. It’s good for the soul, yours and hers.

And keep a well-stocked supply of chocolate. One of those “break glass in case of emergency” should do.

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Posted by Nigel Brown
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on Thursday, 17 May 2012
These little choux buns filled with cream and covered in a chocolate sauce are the ultimate pud.

Serve them at your next dinner party and your guests will be asking for seconds!



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