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Things We Love: Chic Weddings in Italy

We simply love Chic Weddings, as the Italian owner Clara is a great friend of ours from London! She has a knack for making everything picture perfect for that special day. Her company, Chic Weddings will take care of every single detail, from securing a glamorous venue, to booking the best make-up artist, to picking out the most stylish décor. It is guaranteed that your wedding will reflect your own personality and style.

Clara is super cool (we are very excited when Clara’s Christmas gift lands in our lap -last year it was cashmere fingerless gloves and a beautiful Chanel nail polish -so perfect). Clara know trends, travels the world, has a cool husband and is always on top of fashion and style trends. She can make the impossible become possible. If you want to impress your guests her wedding planning includes fun things like carriages, boats, and helicopters and she knows how to keep youngsters occupied with magic shows, dancers and comedy acts, all with the beautiful country of Italy as your backdrop.

Check out her website and  blog to see some pictures that are going to make you sigh….ah we lurrve them. And if you want her to assist you with your wedding in Italy -tell her we sent you!

Clara is also our Italian expert/ advisor for our next foodie trip to Italy so expect some fantastic details to follow.



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Things We Love: Ottolenghi – London, UK

Freshly back from some foodie research in London, England we stumbled upon our favourite little place!

Ottolenghi is, undoubtedly a gastronomic sensation capable of providing an unforgettable dining experience for their customers. Based in London with four outlets consisting of a full restaurant and cafes for quick grab-and-go items, Ottolenghi is being talked about worldwide. Their food is described as bold, vibrant, and surprising – food that is uncomplicated yet creative at the same time. Many dishes are inspired by the Mediterranean, resulting in daring and distinctive flavours. Ingredients are sourced locally, are always fresh, and no colouring or preservatives are ever added to their food (we luv!)

Two of the talented people behind Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, also put together a fabulous cookbook in 2008, sharing 140 recipes that reflect what they do at their restaurant. We have this cookbook so stay tuned for any recipe experimenting we may be doing. Recipes range from light salads and roast vegetable salads, to meat and poultry dishes, to both savory and sweet pastries. This cookbook allows you to understand their food philosophy in an accessible, straightforward way, stepping into the wonderful world of Ottolenghi.

Dining at the Islington branch is always impressive and every experience is memorable! Their food is unexpected, inventive, and elegant. Every dish is beautifully plated and their combination of ingredients are mind-blowing. If you have the chance to visit Ottolenghi, you must taste their desserts, as they will leave you speechless! Every dessert is so decadent and lovely, you will be dreaming about them for days after.

Who knows? We might even hold a foodie event in London one day. That is definitely something to look forward to!

For information about the wonderful and innovative Ottolenghi, please visit their website

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Things We Love: Prêt-à-Portea at the Berkeley Hotel London!

If tea is nothing short of sacred in England, then afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel in London is the ultimate spiritual experience! This fashion forward activity at the Berkeley Hotel offers tourists and Londoners the chance to sample this season’s latest Prêt-à-Portea delicacies with a choice of loose or herbal tea.

Burberry trench coats, adorable Louboutin shoes, Miu Miu frocks and Lanvin duds are tastier than you can imagine! So listen up fashionistas and chic foodies, next time you’re in London book a reservation at the Caramel Room for an afternoon of delicious fashion and tea! Here at Le Dolci we love fashion and all things couture and so do our fantastic designer-cupcake students, but today we’re dreaming of afternoon tea at the Berkeley Hotel in home town of London!

We have a special date there in March (yipee!) and will send you updates via Twitter from our special table.

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Things We Love – Globe Trotting for Cupcakes! London, England, first stop.

Our business started in the most amazing city in Europe – London (!) and we wanted to let you know about some of our favourite cupcakeries in our old home town, in case Santa got you a Christmas pressie to go over the pond for a visit.  We love Lola’s Cupcakes and the Hummingbird Bakery and if you decide to visit London you must find these sweet shops or they may find you! Some of them are located smack dab in the middle of our favourite clothing shops like Selfridges and Top Shop, Oxford Circus.

Our weakness at Hummingbird has to be the Black Bottom cupcakes, they are fudgy chocolate cake bottoms with cream cheese frosting and a rich cheesecake centre; it doesn’t get any more decadent than that, non?  Bookmark these terrific places and make a visit during your next trip to Londontown.