FOOD AND TRAVEL: DISCOVER 6 OF MY FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS

I know we have been cooped up for far too long. Many of you are probably dreaming of far flung places or just going to eat out at your favourite restaurants. So I thought I would share with you 6 of my favourite restaurants around the world ., my perennial favourites that I have visited on numerous occasions and they are consistently outstanding. Ready for you to make the reservation at the earliest opportunity. Or just inspire you for a few more weeks. Carry on dreaming style bunnies.

LONDON: COYA PICCADILLY

Located in the basement, of a grand building close to The Athaneum Hotel, a restaurant in disguise from the outside you could be forgiven for not noticing. But once inside , this is party central , a whole South American Fiesta as London goes about its business in the streets above. Part of the Arjun Waney stable that includes The Arts Club, Zuma, Roka and La Petit Maison. Fresh Peruvian cuisine several small dishes tapas style. Express Lunch Menu £28. Or try the legendary Saturday Brunch with bottomless cocktails, performers and DJs. Try a Pisco Sour in the Pisco bar. Great vibe here still one of the best in London

USA: NOBU MALIBU

I have tears of joy when I eat here as it is simply utopia. Several of my birthdays have been spent languishing over very long lunches by the ocean (always request an outside table) …..well you cannot possibly leave until the sun sets. The standard Nobu menu (although there is NOTHING standard about this food) but this high end Japanese food always tastes better by the sea. The Black Cod and the Popcorn shrimp are unbelievable. There is a great bar here too overlooking the ocean try a pre lunch salty Margherita .

ITALY: ZUMA ROME

Having attended the opening of Zuma Roma I just kept on returning! Identical menu to Zuma London a firm favourite of mine (well I cant put ALL the Zumas on the list although I would if I could). But the setting is one of the nicest of all the Zuma restaurants and I have been to ALL around the world. Located In Fendi square close to the Spanish Steps Have pre dinner drinks on the roof terrace with a fabulous view of Rome. Order the spicy beef tenderloin and the sea bass with burnt tomato and ginger relish oh and the spicy tuna tataki and…. I literally could carry on. If you cant get to Rome try ANY Zuma close to you they are all amazing.

DUBAI: BAR 101 THE PALM

A firm favourite since it opened 10 years ago, I last visited in January , a couple of months ago. It is still amazing. The setting is outstanding, the food unbelievable , go for the crab risotto or the salt baked sea bass, and the live band from 4pm rounded the visit off beautifully. Quite hard to reach as it is on the tip of one of the palms or can be reached by speed boat. As it appears to be floating on a jetty in the middle of the ocean. It is part of the One and Only Hotel on the Palm. Seek it out !

FRANCE: FEU FOLLETT MOUGINS

Mougins is situated just outside Cannes in the Provence region of South of France. I lived here for 10 years so I know the region and the restaurants very well. A cornucopia of gastronomic places to eat Feu Follett remains one of my favourites located in Old Mougins in a square that look like a film set ! There are set menus for lunch and dinner of truly superb food in a memorable setting. Tres romantique!

JERSEY: MARK JORDAN ON THE BEACH

Gorgeous setting overlooking the beach at St Peters. The menu is amazing value at £27.50 for three courses at lunchtime of Michelin star quality food. Even the a la carte Dinner menu is exceptional value and they serve my very favourite of skate wing with capers and prawns (£19.50) but unmissable is the widely talked about Strawberry Souffle . If you are visiting Jersey be sure to stop by and try some of the best food in Jersey possibly the world !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: HEY FELLOW STYLISTAS INSTEAD OF ME DOING ALL THE HARD WORK EATING AT THESE FABULOUS PLACES I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE EATERIES THAT WE COULD SHARE WITH THE GROUP AND ADD TO OUR LIST !

MWAH MWAH XXXXXX
KEEP SMILING

JOJO XXXX

TRAVEL: THE TIEPOLO BALL VENICE

Many people think these sort of events are not open to them . That they are exclusive and you have to be invited by someone ‘on the list’, but these days nearly all events are accessible. I was lucky enough to be invited to this ball but I discovered that these tickets can be bought through many travel and event Companies either as packages or just the ticket alone. Not too expensive either for a truly magical experience. Unfortunately the carnival was halted for the final two days due to the spread of Coronavirus in Italy.

THE VENICE CARNEVALE

An annual carnival held for two weeks in February ending on shrove Tuesday. It initially began in 1162 but really became official and firmly established as a part of Venetian life in the 17th and 18th centuries but was outlawed in 1797 and really did not return in full force until 1979 ! Elaborate masks and full venetian dress are the order of the day not just for the ball but to parade around St Marks Square. But be prepared to have thousands of photographs taken and your lunch continually interrupted. Now I know how Lady Gaga feels.

Sampling the Rossinis

THE TIEPOLO BALL

Held at the world famous Palazzo Pisani Moretta this is considered one of the most anticipated events of the carnival. In one of the most beautiful palaces with ceiling frescos and masterpieces adorning the walls. Chandeliers lit by candlelight, grand staircases and situated right on the Grand Canal. Arriving by water taxi to be greeted by handsome footmen adorned in their finery is a memory to be cherished.

Following prosecco and canapes we sit down to a four course meal prepared by a Michelin chef whilst a renaissance quintet play, magicians and opera singers follow. A full entertainment programme throughout dinner. After dinner a Master of Ceramonies leads us through some traditional dances, a word of warning you are seperated from your partner most of the evening as you are required to dance with several partners.

The evening culminates with a chocolate fountain and very naughty pastries, coffee, hot chocolate and copious amounts of prosecco !

At the Palazzo Pisani Moretta
The Tiepolo Ball

TICKETS

Tickets for the Tiepolo ball vary from £500-£750 depending on if you want to be seated in the main hall or side hall. Venetoinside.com or Veniceoperatickets.com. Or you many operators include special packages to the Venice balls . Take a look at the following Companies to tailor yours weekendalacarte.co.uk or Italien-short-breaks.co.uk. Many of the package Companies pre book water taxis and Ateliers for your costumes.

COSTUMES

I would totally recommend La Venexiana Atelier, Frezzaria, San Marco 1135. (tel 041/5286888) . We sent our measurements ahead for them to tailor our outfits. I have to say I do think our costumes were the best that we saw. Beware though wigs are £100 extra. They are just for hire but at least you don’t have to pay excess baggage to get them home. Although I have just checked on Amazon and they do have stunning Venetian Ballgowns for £30! So this works too. Although this was part of the special experience visiting the Atelier by the Rialto Bridge with lots of Italien seamstresses fussing over you.

Definately buy your ornate masks whilst in Venice. Usually handmade in Venice and beautiful masks from 20 euros are a lovely keepsake. Although I went all out with a Swarovski crystal mask for 180 euros…….I got carried away ! The ‘bodyguard’ went for a large beaked mask which seemed to have a rather exciting effect on all the ladeeeez !

Me And The Bodyguard

FLIGHTS AND HOTELS

Easyjet and BA flights start at a very reasonable £45 round trip for a 2 hour flight. Prices are excellent at this time of year and do not seem to get hiked up like other festivals. But bear in mind if you are not on a package a private water taxi transfer can be about 150 euros. Although the vaporetti is cheaper at 15 euros but instead of 20 mins will take twice as long.

Travelling around venice on the vaporetti is cheap 7.50 euros for a single trip one direction (valid for 75 minutes) .

Arriving By Water Taxi

There are hotels to suit ANY budget in Venice and hundred to choose from. There are the big grand ones like The Cipriani and The Gritti Palace. Medium level The Danieli and The Monaco. But even the smaller ones on the canal can give you more of a traditional Italien flavour with Gondoliers passing by the window singing. This one is over to you and your own personal taste and budget. Stay close to St Marks Square/Rialto Bridge, if it is your first visit . Easy to get lost in the winding back streets of venice.

THINGS TO DO

If you are staying longer some places I love in Venice:

  • Morning coffee and croissants at The Florian in St Marks Square
  • Guggenheim Museum (vaporetti stop ‘Salute”) view the Jackson Pollock collection.
  • La Terrazza Restaurant by the Rialto
  • A gondolier ride (approx 80 euros for 30 mins). More expensive at night.
  • A Bellini at Harrys Bar
  • A Rossini at The Gritti Palace made with fresh strawberries.
  • Lunch at Hotel Monaco
  • People watching at The Londres on the terrace.
  • St Marks Basilica for culture but pre book skip the line tickets.
  • Get away from the crowds for a romantic meal and great pasta cross to the other side of the canal (Salute stop) . Ristorante Cantinone Storico is my secret place sssssshhhhh dont tell anyone ……please.
  • Oh and at Carnevale time PARADE PARADE PARADE ! Such fun to be immersed in the whole experience.

So get planning Stylistas for 2021 for one of the most stylish events of the year. YOU SHALL GO TO THE BALL CINDERS. Have fun !

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP: I HAVE VISITED VENICE SEVERAL TIMES BUT I HAVE TO SAY I ENJOY IT FAR MORE IN THE WINTER MONTHS THAN THE SUMMER WHEN IT IS AT ITS MIST HAUNTING AND ROMANTIC……AND LESS CROWDED. BEAUTIFUL SUNNY CRISP WINTER DAYS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXXX

THE STYLE LIST: FEBRUARY 2020

SO WHAT MADE THE STYLE LIST THIS FEBRUARY WHAT IS HOT IN JOJOS WORLD. ALL TRIED AND TESTED !

MOST STYLISH HOTEL

OK SO THIS IS NOT AN ACTUAL HOTEL THIS MONTH BUT THE PALAZZO PISANI MORETTA IS A SPECTACULAR VENUE. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO ATTEND THE TIEPOLO BALL AT THE VENICE CARNIVALE THIS MONTH AND THIS VENUE WAS LIKE A DREAM. CHANDELIERS WITH REAL LIT CANDLES, GRAND MASTERPIECES, LOCATED ON THE GRAND CANAL. ARRIVING BY WATER TAXI TO SEE THIS STUNNINGLY STYLISH PALAZZO TO BE GREETED BY PHANTOM OF THE OPERA CHARACTERS , A GLOSSY MAGAZINE COME TO LIFE.

See our gallery below of our wonderful night at the Tiepolo Ball at the Palace.

MOST STYLISH RESTAURANT

WELL FOLLOWING ON FROM THE ABOVE OBVIOUSLY THIS MONTH I AM GOING TO SELECT ONE OF THE MANY OPTIONS IN VENICE. BUT YOU MAY EXPECT ME TO MENTION THE GRITTI OR THE CIPRIANI BUT THE BEST LUNCH THIS VISIT HANDS DOWN WAS THE LESSER KNOWN HOTEL MONACO. LOCATED BETWEEN THE GRITTI AND HARRYS BAR RIGHT ON THE GRAND CANAL WITH SUPERB VIEWS. I SELECTED THE SEA BASS ON CELERIAC PUREE (34 EUROS) AND ‘THE BODYGUARD’ CHOSE LANGOUSTINES WITH POLENTA (36 EUROS). THE SETTING, VALUE FOR MONEY COMPARED TO ITS MORE EXPENSIVE NEIGHBOURS, AND CLOSE PROXIMITY TO ST MARKS SQUARE WON MY VOTE THIS MONTH.

Hotel Monaco on The Grand Canal
Lunch at The Monaco in my Full Costume

MOST STYLISH PRODUCT

AFTER READING ABOUT THE MUCH HYPED NU FACE , THE ELECTRO MICRO CURRENT FACIAL TONING AND CONTOURING GADGET I DECIDED TO TRIAL IT. LET ME SPEND MY MONEY SO YOU DONT HAVE TO. IT TAKE ’60 DAYS OF DAILY USE TO SEE RESULTS’ BUT AFTER TWO WEEKS I CAN SEE MY FACE IS MORE LIFTED. IT IS ACTUALLY VERY THERAPEUTIC TO SPEND 15 MINS A DAY MASSAGING THE FACE. SO STAY TUNED FOR THE REAL RESULTS ON THIS ONE. BUT IF NOTHING ELSE THIS GADGET LOOKS SUPER STYLISH IN MY BATHROOM RIGHT NOW !

The Nu Face Trinity

MOST STYLISH FASHION

FEBRUARY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MONTHS OF THE FASHION CALENDAR. NY / LONDON FASHION WEEK IN FULL THROTTLE AND NUMEROUS AWARDS CEREMONIES MADE IT HARD TO PICK AN OUTSTANDING FASHION MOMENT FROM SO MANY. BUT THE WINNER IS …………(DRUM ROLL)………..JANELLE MONAE IN RALPH LAUREN AT THE OSCARS. DARED TO BE DIFFERENT , EYE CATCHING STANDING OUT FROM ALL THE OTHERS ON THE RED CARPET. A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF LOOKING STYLISH BECAUSE YOU ARE DRESSING TO SUIT YOUR COLOURING, PERSONALITY AND BODY. I LOVED THIS DRESS AND IT SIMPLY TOOK MY BREAT AWAY. THIS WILL BE AN ICONIC DRESS REMEMBERED IN FUTURE YEARS. I AM EXCITED JUST TO WRITE ABOUT IT.

Superstar Style


MOST STYLISH PERSON

THE FINAL WORD HAS TO GO TO THE LATE CAROLINE FLACK. BEAUTIFUL, VULNERABLE, GORGEOUS ON THE INSIDE ONLY ENHANCED BY HER VULNERABILITY. HER ONLY MISTAKE CHOOSING THE WRONG MEN AND WHEN THIS BECAME EVIDENT NOT HAVING THE STRENGTH TO WALK AWAY LEADING TO CONSTANT STRESS ON HER MENTAL HEALTH. LET US REMEMBER HER FOR THE WAY SHE LIT UP A ROOM AND OUR TELEVISION SCREENS. I FEEL WE ALL LOST A DEAR FRIEND. ALWAYS EFFORTLESSLY STYLISH. WE LOVE YOU CAROLINE. RIP.

Caroline Flack

So there you have it Stylistas this months Style List. Let me know if you have any tried and tested contenders for the March Style List.

JOJO STYLE LIST TIP : THINK LIKE COCO CHANEL IF YOU ARE BULLIED ON SOCIAL MEDIA ” I DONT CARE WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT ME. I DONT THINK ABOUT YOU AT ALL” THESE HATERS ARE IRRELEVANT IN YOUR LIFE.

MAKE MARCH AS SPECIAL AS FEBRUARY

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

TRAVEL: ROME IN 24 HOURS

HAPPY Birthday to me ! I was lucky enough to be taken to Rome for dinner on my birthday to one of my favourite restaurants. Sometimes as you get older we need to throw caution to the wind and embrace adventure. At this age we are able to be more spontaneous. Now most people would not do a travel guide in less than 48 hours but 24 hours allows you to shoot off without too much planning or even booking time off work ! So lets do it !!

Firstly im assuming by your fifties most of you reading this would have visited the tourist sites of this eternal city. So there will be no queueing for the coliseum (although they now do a moonlight tour..) or visits to the Trevi Fountain or Pantheon. If you haven’t seen these then AUGUST is NOT the time to do it !!! So this is my 24 hours……………..

ARRIVE 2.30pm ( I never do early morning flights !!)

Our Chauffeur (BLACKLANE) takes us to the Hotel de La Ville located at the top of the Spanish Steps. I love to stay around this area personally there are many choices to suit all budgets here and along the VIA VENETO. a beautiful spa and rooftop bar overlooking the city. No need to spend time unpacking the beauty of a one day stay ! so head to the spa for a massage to prepare me for the evening.

SPANISH STEPS

5.30pm

A lovely evening stroll down the Spanish Steps (low heels only girls) and into PIAZZA DE SPAGNA. Great buzz on a warm balmy evening. Continue along the VIA CONDOTTI one of the most fashionable and stylish streets in Rome. Window shopping or otherwise ! Gucci, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Harry Winston you name it they are all here .

7.30pm

ZUMA

Arrive at ZUMA , one of my favourite restaurants located in FENDI SQUARE. Head straight in the elevator to the rooftop terrace for a RHUBABU a rhubarb infused sake and vodka martini cocktail. Views across Rome.

8.30pm

Head down to the restaurant. Booking is absolutely advised. Whether in London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Miami or Rome the menu and format is never strays to far. We order my favourite dishes Tuna Tartare, Shrimp tempura , jumbo shrimp (the size of a lobster in its shell !!) spicy beef tenderloin and a selection of sushi. The food has to be tried to be believed please everyone just go at least once it never disappoints. Phenomenal !!

Inside the amazing Zuma

THE FOLLOWING MORNING

8.30am

Don my trainers and shorts for a brisk morning power walk along the VIA VENETO and down through PIAZZA DE SPAGNA a useful way of avoiding the thousands of steps. End up at CAFE VITTI in PIAZZA di SAN LORENZO a quiet , picturesque square with the best breakfast menu. Italian for 8E or an American breakfast for 20E if you want to go all out.

Cafe Vitti

11am

After changing into our lunch attire and checking out of the hotel we leave our small amount of hand luggage with the concierge and head to an art gallery before lunch.

Now there are obviously many art galleries in Rome but not many people have heard of the VILLA AURORA on VIA LOMBARDIA. A spectacular 16th century villa full of art. Once one of the most spectacular gardens in Rome. This Villa has the only painting that Caravaggio executed on a ceiling ! A private visit can be organised by your concierge but needs to be booked in advance.

When in Rome

12.30pm

If we are going to make our flight we opt for an early lunch. We discover a fabulous restaurant away from the busy crowds close to the art gallery IL PICCOLO MONDO on VIA AURORA I do not hesitate in sharing this little gem with you. Freshly made pasta and market fish of the day. Reasonable prices and great service very relaxing. We dined on lobster pasta and beautifully fresh sea bass grilled.

IL PICCOLO MONDO

2.30PM

After a few more glasses of wine and complimentary limoncellos we enjoy a sleepy one hour journey back to the airport where prior to boarding we find time for a “dry flotation tank” why have I never seen one of these in UK?? Fabulously relaxing and a perfect way to end our whirlwind 24 hours in ROME.

IN THE TERMINAL- ROME AIRPORT

JOJOS STYLE LIST TIP : TRAVEL LIGHT TAKING HAND LUGGAGE IS THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE. DONT OVERTHINK IT JUST DO IT 24 HOURS IS ALL IT NEEDS TO GET YOU OUT OF A RUT !!!!!!!

CIAO!!!

JOJO XXXXXX