Do you like French food? La Petite Auberge is the one 

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 23 Nov, 2017

Lifestyle Edit: #MyBestMealIslington 

There is nothing better than relaxing with a spot of lunch or dinner after some shopping and perhaps before the theatre ( I knoooow, so much lady who lunches...). Well if you are in Islington and enjoying the antique market and boutique shopping or are in to see a show,perhaps at the Almeida , then La Petite Auberge is for you.

I must admit I do have a penchant for french food which my previous reviews of La Ferme , Salut , Robuchon and Le Boudin Blanc   confirm. This is more of a rustic French resto but bang in the middle of Upper Street rather than in the French countryside . The place is traditional French exactly as the English would image it to be.

I love dining here - and often do.  The food is always good and very homely with generous portions and follows the French tradition of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients ( sample menu ). My super favourites are Cuisses de Grenouilles   (e.g. frog legs cooked in Calvados & cream) and the  Jarret d’agneau rôti  (roasted lamb shank cooked in Port,honey, balsamic vinegar & button onions, I normally skip the mash potato).
And to finish off a  Cafe Gourmand  after the  Selection de Fromages.  Happy days :-).

If you like, they also have an extensive Crêpe menu  with a selection of sweet, savoury and vegetarian crepes all freshly made.

You always feel so very welcome here and you can take your time, have long conversations - a little piece of France.
The staff is extremely friendly . It is particularly good for pre/post theatre as the Almeida is jut across the road. 

I love it here and it is definitely #MyBestMealIslington - Upper Street for November , a #mustgoto.
You're welcome ;-)

Laura xxx


Mon to Thurs: 11.30 - 23.00
Fri to Sat: 11.30 - 23.30
Sun: 11.30 - 22.30

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By The Alchemist About Town 16 Dec, 2017

Pre-Christmas shopping has now reached epic proportions; presumably most people missed the memo that the shops re-open in a few days  (even on Boxing Day, amazing non?) and there is no need to stockpile like we're just about to enter WW3.  

Giving presents is part of Christmas, but it is only a small part of it;  the pressure to buy things and "create a holiday" can be very stressful and is unrelated to what many consider the original reason for Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Christ. 
Even though Christmas may have now morphed into a secular holiday for many people,  I think it is important to remember , religious/observing or not, to enjoy it and spend the day with family, friends and/or loved ones. 

These times are precious and laughter and memories last a lifetime much more than the latest gadget or "in" thing, don't waste them. Share the love.


By The Alchemist About Town 11 Dec, 2017

In every story, every hero is helped through his/her journey when meeting a mentor and then allies along the way.

"Emerging leaders need a mentor to guide them, but they also need a network of peers , to reassure them that they are not on the path alone” Alyse Nelson , President and CEO of Viva Voices.

The percentage of women on board is increasing both on a voluntary basis and/or with mandatory boards targets but there is still a lack of visible female leadership models, women to inspire and empower women. Women are every good at sharing a lot of things but having a good mentor does not often seem to be one.

I had in my life women I looked up to them as examples, beacons of what is possible to achieve if you are really determined;  not perfect women by any means, but I am who I am today because of them:

Coco Chanel: a Business Woman ahead of her time ,
Anna Wintour: a fashion pioneer ,
Jackie Kennedy: quiet leadership ,
Margaret Thatcher: love or hate her , you cannot forget her
In a world full of Kim Kardshians, Be an Audrey
Josephine Baker: did the Banana skirt start it all?

I'm passionate about inspiring/empowering/helping women in making the most of their circumstances with the tools they have available and grabbing the opportunities that life presents - without using excuses of why they can't and I wanted to find and  provide some virtual mentors/ allies/ role models to show you their “call to adventure’, their crossing of thresholds together with perhaps tests, allies and maybe enemies.

I have interviewed many women in leadership roles, CEOs,MDs and/or Founder/s of their owns very successful company for my book: you might have read some of them already ( Natasha Makhijani , Rachel Dipper , Jackie Smithen , Emmajane Taylor-Moran , Karen Green , Liz Ward , Ela Slutski & Galit Bauer ). Each of them had a different journey but they all had something in common - self belief and pursuing their goal no matter what.

What is your journey? Do you have a mentor?
The Women in Leadership interviews ( contained in my book STOP IT! It is all in your head ) are my gift to you - THE HERO JOURNEY of some real models and perhaps some virtual role model for women out there on their way to the top.

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want, and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results”
Tony Robbins.

" Believe in Yourself, You Can - Define your legacy".

This is blog is an extract from my book
"S TOP IT! It is all in your head"   Part IV: The Hero Journey .
Click here to Read:
Part III:
Think Outside The Box: What Box? 
Part II: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want .
Part I: Blah, Blah, Blah .
To see how the book was developed/written : " What is the best way to write a book in 30 days"
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