Friday, November 17, 2006

Hell's Kitchen

Has anybody noticed the common theme across this week's media? From George Clooney being voted the sexiest man alive again (sorry Brad but we'll still have you) to OJ's revival of shame and Jacko's ever disturbing child serenation there has been a frenzy of interest in 40-plus American men.

So, here in London we were excited by the news that our famously fiery chef, Gordon Ramsey, decided to react with precision timing by launching his first US restaurant last night in New York City, where the food critics were anxiously circling and diners had booked the place solid for two months. But this time, the stakes were much greater than the ones on his popular US reality competition, Hell's Kitchen, on Fox television. Called Gordon Ramsay at The London, the elegant restaurant with a French-influenced menu is located inside the London NYC Hotel in midtown and is Ramsey's most expensive gamble to date.

So with reactionary inspiration from our favourite potty--mouthed cook setting up in the best amalgam named hotel anywhere, it's time for the 15th edition of City Slicker's "Week Action, Weekend Reaction."

1) Revolted by the news that Tony Blair's favourite Villiers Street branch of Starbucks was fined £12,000 after being found to be infested with mice? React by getting a different type of dirty kink with your coffee at the part sex shop and part coffee shop, Covent Garden-based Coffee, Cake and Kink. The only place in the capital that manages to combine all the leisurely pleasures of drinking coffee and eating cake with teasing and tempting kinky treats.

2) Disgusted by the above suggestion and the fact that this weekend London is hosting the Erotica Convention at Olympia? React by indulging your thoughts of pearl necklaces at the Dazzle Jewellery exhibition in the Olivier foyer of the National Theatre, South Bank. A huge variety of young designers on show with prices from £10. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm. Starts Monday - 13 Jan.

3) In the mood for a token celeb spot after all the hype surrounding Tom and Katie's big bash tomorrow? React by heading to the recently revitalised Odette's for a weekend treat of top-rated British food in celeb-infested Primrose Hill.


Blogger ems said...

But what did the critics say? Is Gordon accepted?

7:47 pm  
Blogger ems said...

But what did the critics say? Is Gordon accepted?

7:47 pm  
Anonymous HeartyBowl said...

Hmmm bet he will go down a storm so long as he doesnt insult anyone first. But then again any New Yorker worth their salt should be able to take on Gordon! Whaddya say CS?

8:07 pm  
Anonymous Dave Hill said...

All I can say is that I really must stay in more.

9:43 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today's headline:

Gordon Ramsey opens restaurant in New York

Tomorrow's headline:

Gordon Ramsey bludgeoned to death with spatula by irate diner in New York

11:15 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fiery cook's £3million venture is already booked up until the end of the year.

So no reviews from any real New Yorkers until we can get a table!

11:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that coffee shop sounds fun

6:49 pm  
Anonymous Bella said...

Am sure Gordon will be loved and looked after across the pond
Lets just hope he comes back :-0

7:36 pm  
Blogger Miss Hacksaw said...

Do you think that the fact that Tony Blair has a favourite Starbucks is yet more spin surrounding this notion that he is 'down with the kids'? See also: appearing on T4 on a Sunday morning and talking Hollyoaks with June Sarpong while being entertainingly dissed by 15 year olds.

1:34 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love your blog great stuff included here
Will be back!

7:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gordo will sweep up over there

They love us!

9:22 am  
Anonymous Gail said...

That hotel looks great
Did you have a hand in its theme CS?

11:00 am  

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