Do you want to know a secret?

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 17 Sep, 2017

My Best Meal London - Kensington's best kept secret: Il Portico 

I love exploring London, all the little alleyways , the unknown galleries but most of all, finding  new and fabulous places to eat. That's why my #MyBestMealIslington monthly feature blog started, to showcase the best places to eat in my beloved Islington , followed by #MyBestMealLondon' ( I do get out Islington sometime, believe it or not ;-)).

I was recently in High Street Kensington for an event I attended and I had time to spare and I stumbled what as been once described as “Kensington’s best kept secret" , once covered by AA Gills article on the perfect Italian restaurant piece in the Sunday Times - Il Portico.
This cosy Italian restaurant is one of the oldest family run in London,spanning 6 decades and 3 generations and, most importantly for me, delivers authentic, good-value for money cooking,  super delicious without being fussy, freshly made and gutsy. When you walk in, and throughout the meal, you feel like you are being looked after by your own family - plenty of "very lively italian"interactions between staff and customers ( the restaurant is situated far down Kensington High Street, with less passing by trade and is clearly a favourite amongst locals).

Il Portico Restaurant was opened in 1960s by Pino Chaiavarini delivering regional Italian specialities  ( click here for sample menu )from his  home region of Emilia Romagna and beyond.
I love it with its perfect balance of comfort, authentic cucina and the very best of Italian ingredients & affordable wines, you can't go wrong.
My starter was ' Fior di Zucca'  (fried zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta & anchovy, balsamic reduction), unusual but yummy and delicate at the same time followed by the ' Saltimbocca alla Romana' which were delightful perfection. 
This is a perfect little place for watching the world go by, a simple meal and a nice glass of wine  - perfezione totale .

There is plenty to do and see in Kensington so, if you are out and about - either for business or for pleasure, why don't give it a go?

This a #musttry #MyBestMealLondon
Buon Appetito! x

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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