Elk in the Woods: an Entrepreneur best friend

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 09 May, 2017

My Best Meal Islington - Camden Passage - Feature blog

This month #MyBestMealIslington is the Elk in the Woods , a little gem in the quaint and super charming Camden Passage , the gorgeous little alleyway in Islington with quirky shops and a weekend vintage market (check out my previous blog  About Town: Welcome to Islington: Camden Passage )

The Elk in the Wood offers some very interesting twists on classics dishes including unusual cocktails , with a pared down woody decor , all very in theme with the name.

The menu selection is good for meat eaters ( moi ) perhaps a bit less for vegetarians. I had The Butchers Board - chargrilled sirloin steak with bone marrow butter, rosemary and garlic roast lamb ribs, meaty gravy and pork and apple sausage minus the chips and it was Humongous, I couldn't finish it: I was so stuffed that,  incroyable, I had no room for a cocktail ( I know I should have had the cocktail first, right?!). I would advise booking ahead if you are going for an evening meal as it is not a big place and it gets busy.
The staff are very friendly, attentive enough but not overbearing and don't rush you to finish quickly .

The Elk in the Woods is definitely a place for a good breakfast though, with things on the menu like duck egg with asparagus, sausage and dippers and elk bloody-mary made with blood shot vodka, smoked bacon and gherkin dippers.

I ate here another time before : I really fancied an english breakfast and wanted to try the incredibly popular Breakfast Club, it was Saturday however and there was a massive long queue so I went to The Elk instead. I had a lovely chargrilled avocado filled with goat's curd and poached eggs sitting in one of the outside tables, watching people go by, feeling very "cafe culture"  daarling

The food is not particularly expensive ( it is Islington!) and it has a cosy atmosphere and they cater for gluten free.
The reviews on Trip Advisor do not do it justice at all.

I'd come here again and definitely recommend it as #MyBestMealIslington #CamdenPassageChallenge; what makes it a particular gem for me is that, as a business owner/entrepreneur, I'm always on a look out for suitable places to have breakfast/ brunch/ lunch/ coffee meetings with clients ( Small Bizs/creatives raise your hands here), places that are not too busy and packed ( so people cannot read your laptop screen and/or listen to your conversations), that are not impersonal but friendly and relaxed and that can positively represent your brand and within close proximity of a tube station: the Elk is one of those.
During the week - daytime - is not too busy with opening hours very suitable for reasonably early meetings ( 9.00 am - 11.00 pm) and they have good wifi ( do be reasonable though: don't just have a meeting for hours on one coffee - they are running a business ..).

My lovely followers , occasional readers and fellow entrepreneurs:  which one is your best eat - #MyBestMealIslington #CamdenPassageChallenge? #tagafriend with #MyBestMealIslington and vote/recommend your favourite.

Go and check out this little gem and let me know what you think; go on, you know you want to ... x

The People Alchemist Blog

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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