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The Food & Drink Issue HIS & HERS MAGAZINE (12TH AUGUST-12TH SEPTEMBER 2011)

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Editor’s welcome

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Food & drink ISSUE Welcome

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Food & Drink Issue, featuring our pick of the best places to eat and drink in the North West. After spending the past month eating and drinking our way

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around the North West in the name of research, it’s fair to

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say that morale levels at His & Hers were already pretty healthy. However, the excitement level was ratcheted up a notch or ten with the news that supermodel Helena Christensen was launching a new lingerie line for John Lewis, Liverpool.

KITCHENALIA

To celebrate the launch, PINKIESHelena speaks out about her life in fashion and the inspiration behind her new underwear collection in this month’s

Living Mono chrome clock £18 MATALAN.CO.UK | 2. 'J by Jasper Conran' Berk exclusive fashion 1. Q&A on p8.

£19 DEBENHAMS.COM | 3. Measuring Cup £14.00 JOHNLEWIS.CO.UK | 4. Br Mill £23 DEBENHAMS.COM | 5. Pink Scales £15.00 MARKSANDSPENCER.COM Food & Drink Festival on p22, and our pick of the best restaurant offers on p26. JOHNLEWIS.CO.UK | 7. MySqueeze Citrus Squeezer £34.00 UTILITYDESIGN.CO. For our fashion shoot, we photographed clothing from a few of our favourite MARKSANDSPENCER.COM | 9. Blip Spoon Rest £13.50 UTILITYDESIGN.CO.UK Other highlights of this issue include a sneak preview of the Liverpool

Liverpool stockists against the city’s iconic skyline (from p11). Then, suitably inspired, Style Editors Hester and Luke took to the streets to find the region’s best-dressed men and women.

Special thanks this month are due to Diane Tremarco, who has been burning the midnight oil to put her Design Passions on the page on p42, as well as introducing our rather sleek new Gadgets page on p39. Look out for more new regular features and some rather exciting new columnists, starting from the next issue... See you next month.

Emma Hill Emma Hill (Editor) With thanks to proof-reader Debra Williams from Words & Deeds, www.wordsanddeeds.co.uk

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His cover shot Armani Exchange, the metquarter


CONTENTS

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EDITOR’S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS

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KITCHENALIA

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MALMAISON FOOD & DRINK COMPETTION

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SOCIAL DIARY PAGES

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THE HIGH-HEELED GUIDE TO THE NORTH WEST

& how to get in touch

HESTER’S LOOKS

Topshop trends special.

HELENA CHRISTENSEN’S Exclusive fashion Q&A

COCKTAIL HOUR IN THE CITY STREET SMART (FOR HER) Real Liverpool women tackle trans-seasonal fashion trends.

STEAL HER STYLE

Make our favourite street stylista’s look your own.

WINNING WOMEN

Christine Chellew and Tracey Bell share the secrets of their success.

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LIVERPOOL FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL PREVIEW

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DINE OUT FOR LESS

RESTAURANT REVIEWS

We put Patisserie Valerie, The Hilton’s Exchange Restaurant and Delifonseca to the test.

This month’s hottest offers at a selection of the North West’s most stylish eateries.

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Don’t let the sweet pastel shades fool you – these kitchen gadgets mean business!

Win a night in foodie heaven at Malmaison, Liverpool.

The glamorous Hotel Indigo launch, plus autumn’s must-see events.

Geniene Reese’s new guide to the North West’s networking scene.

STREET SMART (FOR HIM) Liverpool’s best-dressed men.

STEAL HIS STYLE

Key investment pieces inspired by Liverpool’s best-dressed.

LUKE’S LOOKS

Savvy sale buys from our favourite menswear brands.

CRYSTAL CLEAR COMPETITION MY DESIGN PASSIONS Diane Tremarco shares her eclectic design loves.

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LIVERPOOL FASHION WEEK

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Everyone should own a good shirt and this contrast-collar one is the perfect mix of elegant and edgy – perfect for funking up workwear. Shirt, £36. This chic topshop Bag is a snip at just £25.

Scarves are great for layering during unpredictable weather, and a lighter colour option can give an outfit a lift. Scarf, £18.

Hester’s looks

This month I’ve taken a closer look at high street favourite Topshop’s new autumn/winter collection and picked out my key trans-seasonal wardrobe staples.

A tailored playsuit is a good option for day or night, wear with black opaques and brogues for day and team with chunky heels for evening. Playsuit, £50.

A cute jumper is a must-have for every fashionista and this season Topshop have loads to choose from. This rabbit print one is my favourite. Jumper, £46.

Once again, tailoring is massive this season and a slick jacket is every girl’s must-have. This little slouchy number is a great day-tonight piece. Jacket, £85.

Brogues show no signs of disappearing off the trend radar anytime soon and Topshop has a great selection. Snakeskin brogues, £55.

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HC h er i ls t ee nns e an uncovered

Almost 20 years after making fashion history as one of the original supermodels, Helena Christensen is back with a daring high street collaboration. words: emma hill

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HIS&HERS INTERVIEW

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o you remember the days when Helena Christensen, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Christy Turlington dominated not just our catwalks, but our high streets, where the ‘supers’ towered over mere mortals on 40-foot billboards? Almost two decades on, singers, actors and overnight celebrities have taken the place of models on our magazine covers and advertising hoardings, but our fascination with Helena and her contemporaries endures. No surprise, then, that the instant rumours began to circulate in fashion circles that Helena had designed a new underwear range for Triumph, which she’d soon be launching on our doorstep in John Lewis, Liverpool, we forgot all other fashion emergencies and made it our mission to find out more. Much gratitude is due to the team at John Lewis for handling the barrage of Helena-related emails and phone calls that ensued, and for securing us perhaps our most exciting fashion-related Q&A to date... & : Why Triumph in

did you decide particular on a

to work with lingerie range?

HELENA: I love lingerie and to work with a company [Triumph] that has such amazing history and wonderful technology and expertise... I couldn’t work with anyone better. Being able to give input and work with really creative people feels special and more personal. That they trust me in giving me this responsibility feels wonderful. Triumph was one of the first clients I worked with in my teens and now to have come full circle is perfect, to collaborate intensely on the line has been really inspiring.

sure the technology is right. & : How did your experience in the fashion industry and running your own business help when you were working on the range? HELENA: I’ve been in the business for 20 years and it’s been a diverse education. One side is modelling but another side is that I’ve worked so closely with photographers, hairdressers and make-up artists. I’ve worked with some incredible people, so I feel like I’ve spent 20 years absorbing creativity and inspiration. It’s given me a great foundation and platform for creating something myself. My favourite from the range is the black corset dress – it’s very sexy, and reminds me of something Marilyn Monroe would wear. It can be worn to give shape or all by itself with a big fluffy cardigan on top.

TRIUMPH WAS ONE OF THE FIRST CLIENTS I WORKED WITH IN MY TEENS AND NOW TO HAVE COME FULL CIRCLE IS PERFECT.

& : How involved were you in the design process? What styles or inspiration were you keen to include? HELENA: I’ve designed three pieces so far and am doing more. I love going through books or magazines and I always tear pages out if I see something I like. I have a lot of ideas in my head and I’m always being inspired subconsciously. I bring my inspiration board with all the colours, tones and details that inspire me with me when I see the designers, and we try to include that while making

& : You’ve mentioned that good lingerie is an important foundation for any outfit. What is your best style advice? HELENA: When I look at fashion photos I get more inspiration from the feel and atmosphere of the image. Rather than looking for a ‘look’ I am inspired by the feeling, the way the clothes hang on the model. My style is a non-style – it’s quirky, mixed-up, and I like it better if things don’t ‘go’ together. You’ve got to be true to yourself and wear exactly what you feel like. Wear whatever you want and don’t worry about what anyone else will think. HELENA’s�CoLLECTIoN�For�TrIUMPH�Is�AVAILABLE�IN-sTorE�AT JoHN�LEwIs, LIVErPooL�THIs�MoNTH. www.JoHNLEwIs.CoM

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Style Wardrobe is an amazing online boutique created with the philosophy of bringing the customer the latest trends at an affordable price - to keep your wardrobe stylishly unique! We’re always looking into the seasonal trends to keep us up-to-date. We also love mixing things up in terms of styling, so keep an eye out for our blog, make friends on Facebook (StyleWardrobe Womenswear) and like our ‘fan page’ (Style Wardrobe) to keep up with our ideas and techniques.

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woMen’s fashion

Cocktail Hour in the City For this month’s fashion shoot we’ve paired ultra-luxe clothing and accessories from Liverpool stores with chic cocktails and some of the finest views of the city skyline. A heady mix, we think you’ll agree…

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Erin wears: Dress, £950, Lanvin; belt, £425, Lanvin; bag, £775, Christian Louboutin, all from Cricket in Cavern Walks; shoes, £399, from Daniel in The Metquarter. Jonny Wears: Red shirt, £109.99, Folk at Weavers Door in Cavern Walks; jeans, £565, Balmain & silk scarf, Hugo Boss, both from Cricket in Cavern Walks; jacket, £235, Ted Baker at John Lewis; shoes, £85, Dune at John Lewis


The New Luxe

Autumn’s strong lines and opulent fabrics. Erin wears: Shirt, £940, Roberto Cavalli; jacket, £825, Balenciaga; shorts, £340, Chloé; earrings, £190, Roberto Cavalli; ring, £135, YSL, all from Cricket in Cavern Walks; shoes, £185, from Daniel in The Metquarter. Jonny wears: Shirt, £265, Lanvin; jeans, £695, Dior; jacket, £1,850, Balmain; shoes, £365, YSL, all from Cricket in Cavern Walks

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WOMen’s fashion

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woMen’s fashion

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High Octane Glamour

Evening wear to get temperatures rising on those chilly autumn nights. LEFT: Erin wears: Red dress, £1,080, Roland Mouret at Cricket in Cavern Walks; bracelet, £15, Phase Eight in The Metquarter; earrings, £215, YSL at Cricket in Cavern Walks. Jonny wears: Suit, £1735 and shirt, £260, both by Dior at Cricket in Cavern Walks; bow tie, £16, John Lewis. RIGHT: Jonny wears: Jacket, £235 and trousers, £125, both Ted Baker at John Lewis; shirt, £265, Lanvin at Cricket in Cavern Walks. See over page for details of Erin’s outfit.

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Photographer: Matthew Stansfield www.matthewstansfield.com, Stylist: Hester Brodie, MUA: Louise Devaney at Industry People, Models: Erin at Industry People and Jonny Kearns. Location: with thanks to Matou, Liverpool.

woMen’s fashion Erin wears: Dress, £179, Ted Baker at John Lewis; faux fur shrug, £59, John Lewis and clutch bag, £440, YSL at Cricket in Cavern Walks.

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WOMEN’S FASHION

STREET SMART We return to the fashionable streets of Liverpool to check out what you’re wearing ahead of the onset of autumn. WORDS: HESTER BRODIE, PICTURES: ROBIN CLEWLEY

EMMA, 17,

Student Emma takes inspiration from autumn’s luxe grunge trend and teams a black maxi with dark lipstick, and a knotted shirt as a cover-up. Keeping accessories to a minimum with a simple double finger ring, Emma scores top marks for transseasonal style.

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ELEANOR, 20,

Student At His & Hers we love timeless style and Eleanor’s shirt and jean combo are a perfect example; she makes the look of-the-moment by choosing a safari-style shirt and adding a flash of metallic blue in her Office sandals.

LOIS, 23,

IT Technician We loved Lois’ fresh and summery outfit; this gorgeous orange French Connection skirt looks great teamed with her navy Urban Outfitters blazer. She adds quirky accessories in the form of a fox tail (an eBay purchase) and her cute satchel.

SOPHIE, 19,

Student Student Sophie wears her new H&M jacket with vintage-inspired accessories. She takes the look through to autumn with sheer tights and dainty shoe boots, and we loved her super cute bowler hat!

BETHANY, 16,

Student Bethany works the off-duty-model trend, adding a rock chick edge to her simple checked shirt and white T-shirt by teaming them with killer boots and an oversized black handbag. Simple yet fashion forward - top marks, girl!

BARBARA, 21,

Student Rocking a cute cardi and skinny Topshop jeans, Swiss-born Barbara channels the modern vintage look. The earthy colour palette and scarf give the outfit a nod towards the new season with laidback European cool.


WHEN THE WEATHER IS A LITTLE BIT COOLER THAN YOU EXPECTED IT’S GREAT TO CARRY A SCARF OR SNOOD IN YOUR BAG, SO YOU CAN TAKE A LEAF OUT OF BARBARA’S BOOK AND LAYER UP WHEN NEEDED. SNOOD, £6, PRIMARK

BARBARA’S CARDIGAN IN OF-THE-MOMENT MAROON IS A PERFECT COVER-UP, AND WE’VE FOUND A FAB GRANDDAD-STYLE VERSION FROM LA REDOUTE. CARDIGAN, £21, LA REDOUTE. A CLASSIC SATCHEL IS A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY FASHIONISTA. BARBARA’S BAG IS A VINTAGE FIND; HOWEVER, WE’VE FOUND THIS CUTE ALTERNATIVE FROM MATALAN FOR £10.

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WE’RE STILL LOVING OVERSIZED T-SHIRTS AND A MARL FINISH IS A GREAT OPTION IF YOU WANT A MORE EXPENSIVE LOOK; WE LOVED BARBARA’S TOP AND HAVE FOUND THIS SIMILAR ONE FOR YOU FROM TOPSHOP. T-SHIRT, £15, TOPSHOP.

a We loved this quirky laidback look; layering is a great way to tackle the unpredictable weather, so make like Barbara and get layering!

EVERY GIRL NEEDS THE PERFECT PAIR OF JEANS, AND IN TOPSHOP’S ‘LEIGH’ JEANS WE THINK BARBARA IS ON TO A WINNER! THEY’RE SUPER SKINNY, SUPER SOFT AND SEEM TO FIT EVERYONE. JEANS, £38, TOPSHOP AS MUCH AS EVERYONE LOVES CLASSIC WHITE PUMPS, WE THINK THIS OUTFIT NEEDS SOMETHING A LITTLE MORE QUIRKY, SO WE’VE FOUND THESE CLASSIC BROGUES IN A GREAT NEUTRAL COLOUR. BROGUES, £55, DUNE.

GREAT SUNGLASSES CAN REALLY PULL AN OUTFIT TOGETHER AND WE’VE FOUND A PAIR SIMILAR TO BARBARA’S FOR JUST £10. SUNGLASSES, £10, M&S.

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HIS&HERS LIFESTYLE

WINNINGWOMEN Hannah Ramsay speaks to the women making waves in the North West.

CHRISTINE CHELLEW

Originally, Christine, a trained dancer, dreamt of performing, but after being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis aged 21, was unable to dance professionally. Christine completed an MA in Contemporary Arts and started teaching dance to students including Ray Quinn. Then, with her creativity and keen eye for detail, Christine saw the opportunity to start her own business. Whilst the company today encompasses many facets, Christine’s vision is still simple: “I want to bring all my creative experiences together in one place to create memorable and inspirational events”. So what is her biggest achievement to date? “Professionally, I was part of organising a European initiative. It was a new approach to learning using performing arts, to engage teenagers all over Europe.” But personally, it’s about overcoming her illness, and coping with the challenges. “I’m proud that I’ve been able to use my skills and experience on some exciting projects; I love connecting creative ideas with people.” So after the success of the last one, there’s another ladies’ lunch in the pipeline, and there’s her return to the Formby Hall Wedding Show, too. And with a Christmas extravaganza like no other at a top Liverpool location in the planning, we shall be looking out for Christine as the face behind some of Liverpool’s biggest events to come! WWW.CHELLEW-PRODUCTIONS.COM

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I WANT TO BRING ALL MY CREATIVE EXPERIENCES TOGETHER IN ONE PLACE TO CREATE MEMORABLE AND INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS MAIN IMAGE: CHRISTINE CHELLEW. SMALLER IMAGES FROM CHELLEW PRODUCTIONS’ RECENT VIP EVENTS.


TRACEY WANTS TO BUILD A FASHION BRAND WITHIN MEDICINE TRACEY BELL

Determined to get through university and make a success of herself, Tracey Bell drove taxis to fund her studies, before qualifying as a dentist and opening her first surgery in 1994. Now, she’s the face behind the Tracey Bell brand, famous throughout the UK and worldwide. Tracey’s ‘lightbulb moment’ came in 2007. “I was tired and looked old, so I went to a well-known chain of clinics for Botox, but was treated poorly,” she explains. Deciding she could do better herself, Tracey retrained and opened an aesthetic clinic next door to her original dental surgery. The clinic proved so successful that Tracey was able to grow and develop her brand all over the UK, opening a state-of-the-art clinic here in Liverpool, and a ‘Destination Superclinic’ on the Isle of Man. So, in one sentence, what’s the essence of the business? “Reinvention. The ability to produce physical change and emotive beauty,” says Tracey.

It comes as no surprise, then, that the most rewarding part of the job for Tracey is seeing a visible difference in a client: “Increased confidence gives someone such a boost.” Tracey says the secret of the clinics’ success is that they’re unique; “We offer treatments in packages, under one roof. We produce results, and that’s because we’re passionate and we listen.” Clearly well-positioned for the future, Tracey wants to build “a fashion brand within medicine” and continue to push the boundaries of nonsurgical aesthetic medicine and dentistry. “It sounds like a bold statement but I believe that, with my team, I can build a high street brand that people will trust and aspire to buy into.” A bold statement indeed, but we’re confident that Tracey will deliver upon this promise. WWW.TRACEYBELL.CO.UK

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The countdown’s on for

Liverpool’s Food & Drink Festival It’s no secret that the His & Hers team appreciates a spot of fine dining, so we couldn’t resist giving this issue a culinary theme in honour of the upcoming Liverpool Food & Drink Festival.

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ith the Food & Drink Festival, which takes place from 3rd-12th September, just a few days away, look out for a host of food-related events and offers throughout the city, including Half Price Night on Monday, 5th, and £15 per head night on Wednesday, 7th. We’re particularly looking forward to appearances by leading chefs Marco Pierre White, John Torode and Simon Rimmer, all of whom will be appearing at the Festival’s launch weekend at Sefton Park on September 3rd and 4th. Marco Pierre White, who recently opened his own steakhouse within Hotel Indigo, Liverpool, commented: “The last time I attended Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, everyone was so welcoming and the food and drink on offer was to an extremely high standard. I liked the fact that some people who may not have the opportunity to go to some of the restaurants on a regular basis, were able to head to Sefton Park and try the food that they serve.

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“I’m delighted to be attending once again and the great thing about events like this is that they inspire people to cook and to eat well.” Denise Harris, MD of SK Events, who are organisers of the event, said: “It is fantastic that Marco wants to return and he has become a great friend of the festival. He’s currently playing such a big role within the city’s food and drink sector so it seems very fitting that he is involved once again.” Masterchef judge John and Birkenhead-born Simon, star of BBC 2 show ‘Something for the Weekend’, will also take a tour of the festival site, meeting exhibitors and fans. The launch weekend will also include the Market Place – hosting a selection of artisan food producers including Heirloom Tomatoes, Cha Cha Chilli, Liverpool Cheese Company Ltd, and many more. Other highlights will include cooking demonstrations and free samples and giveaways, which are always a particular favourite of the His & Hers team! For details of opening times and offers, visit: www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk


A FeastFor the Eyes

Great chefs are fond of declaring that we eat with our eyes before our mouths. Don’t believe them? Just stand outside Patisserie Valerie, where passers-by often gaze at the cakes in the window for minutes at a time, to see the phenomenon in action.

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hose of you who’ve already visited Patisserie Valerie at the Metquarter will be familiar with the power its window display exerts. When confronted by row upon row of immaculately displayed cakes, most people crane their neck as if a particularly juicy celebrity has crossed their path, letting their eyes linger for a little longer than is necessary on the visual feast within. And that’s just the reaction from world-weary commuters. When tourists approach, their excitement is palpable. I’ve twice been asked to photograph groups posing outside the café for holiday snaps.

Luckily for the owners of Patisserie Valerie, people don’t just stop and stare – most make it inside, and whenever I’ve passed, the café has been bustling. Predictably, their cakes sell well, but for the purposes of this review my fellow diner and I warmed up to the main event with saintly salads, accompanied by freshly baked pitta bread, houmous and fat, juicy olives. I appreciate some readers may question the wisdom of visiting a café famous for its cake for a salad. However, I’d argue firstly that nothing cleanses the palate in preparation for a cake-fest quite like a Greek salad and secondly that while most of Liverpool has been talking about Patisserie Valerie’s cakes, you might have been missing a trick. Because although you won’t see the café’s main courses glinting jewel-like in the window display, they are, nevertheless, impressive. So impressive, in fact, that they give the cakes a run for their money. Which really is saying something. www.patisserie-valerie.co.uk

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A Grande Dame A lady should never tell her age. But this lady, freshly nipped and tucked (a 5th birthday present to herself), has no need to hide the years. Delifonseca’s Stanley Street restaurant and deli has only improved with age.

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he real lady behind this parlour of delicacies is, of course, Candice Fonseca, creator of the delectable and owner of an expanding foodie empire, having recently opened up her second restaurant and deli at Brunswick Dock. Stanley Street’s facelift has delivered a warm, cosy bistro environment with beautiful lighting and an atmosphere that makes you feel right at home as you sink into one of the plush leather booths. With a menu brimming with homemade delicacies and a blackboard filled with the day’s mouth-watering specials, we had some difficult choices to make, but ones with which our friendly waiter was more than happy to help. Our insider advice led us to the Great British Platter to start, a selection of gourmet picnic

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fayre with buckets of style. My guest went with the Roast Beef Salad next while I opted for the blackboard’s crowning glory, Lobster Thermidor and homemade chips with an extra pot of “really garlicky aioli”. Incredibly flavoured and oh-so moreish, I complemented the dish with a glass of Argentinian white while my guest took his pick from the restaurant’s ample beer offering. Finishing off with two more blackboard treats and a rich cup of coffee, we were sad to leave this home away from home – so sad, in fact, that we made our way back there for lunch the following Saturday and explored the incredibly stocked deli downstairs. This lady is well worth a visit. www.delifonseca.co.uk


His&hers dines out

Urban Glamour Housed within an imposing part of the Liverpool ONE landscape, Hilton Liverpool has brought an air of glamour to the city centre.

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he pit-stop of choice for every high-flyer coming through these parts, the Hilton’s modern and airy-yet-elegant appeal extends to its restaurant, The Exchange. Fresh, local and expertly crafted is the order of the day at this fine establishment. His & Hers certainly couldn’t resist the temptation of the new summer taster menu and we found ourselves feasting on seven titbits at our handsome table for two one fine Saturday evening. Our table was flooded with morsels of deliciousness; the taster menu is perfect for those who struggle to pick out their favourite amongst a list of scrumptioussounding options. Exquisitely balanced, light and modern, the asparagus and Roquefort cheese wrapped in Parma ham, smoked haddock, cabbage with pancetta and Jersey Royals as well as the chef’s assiette of desserts were the stand-out combinations within the seven delightful dishes, all of which displayed the exceptional talent of Head Chef, Paula O’Neill. Served by expertly trained staff, our evening, if anything, passed by too quickly. The faultless attention to detail and ever-so-speedy service from the keen young things standing by, eagerly waiting to bring over the next course or a cocktail shaken up by the savvy mixologists at Pima, Hilton’s cotton-themed bar, ensured that you never wanted for anything and left us eager to get back there and sample everything else The Exchange has to offer as soon as possible. www.hilton.co.uk/liverpool

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AUTUMN REST

AURANT OFFERS

This month, founders of the Big Daily Deal Company, Tanith Facey and Jo Cottrell, took to the streets to find the best seasonal savings when dining out in the North West. BEST FOR EARLY DINNERS:

BEST FOR LAZY AFTERNOONS:

Leverhulme Hotel

Tucked away in picturesque Port Sunlight village, the Leverhulme Hotel is a hidden gem. Dine in the beautiful art deco dining room or out in the lovely garden. Enjoy a two-course lunch for £12 or three courses for £15, or try their afternoon tea (our favourite!) from £18. www.leverhulmehotel.co.uk

Scog’s

Scog’s Restaurant, situated in the seaside town of West Kirby, offers luxurious surroundings and a genuinely relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. Visit their website for the full menu, but we recommend you try their two-course Market Menu for just £12.50 (before 7pm). www.scogs.co.uk

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BEST FOR EARLY BIRDS: Sakura

Offering some of the best Japanese cuisine in Liverpool, Sakura has attentive staff and a lively atmosphere, making for a great night out. Look out for their Lunch Express and Early Bird Dinner menu at just £9.95 for two courses or £12.95 for three. www.sakuraliverpool.com

BEST FOR SUNDAY LUNCH: 107 Dining Room

Situated in Heswall, 107 Dining Room offers à la carte cuisine at its best, together with the atmosphere you would expect of a top-end restaurant in a prime Heswall location. Food can be described as simple, honest and beautifully prepared. We recommend the two-course Simply Sunday lunch for £11.95 or Sunday roast for £5.95. www.107diningroom.co.uk

BEST LUNCHTIME OFFER: Panoramic

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Upcoming Events 16th Aug: De-stress with the Saints stars

Medicash and Urban Calm have joined forces to sponsor a networking event with a difference at the Metquarter from 6-8pm on 16th August. Special guests will include Saints players Paul Wellens and James Roby, who will be amongst those sampling the free pampering treatments. Places at this event are subject to availability and the organisers have the right to refuse admittance. Email: events@medicash.org for details. 25th Aug-11th Sep: The liverpool Shakespeare Festival

This summer sees the highly anticipated return of the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival. The centrepiece of the 2011 festival is Shakespeare’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, which will be performed in St George’s Hall Small Concert Room. www.liverpoolshake– spearefestival.com 1st sep-31th dec: Fashionable Food at Liverpool ONE

Liverpool ONE is bringing a taste of luxury to the city this year, with the Harvey Nichols Foodmarket Pop-Up Shop. The 1,833 sq ft Harvey Nichols Foodmarket will be located in Peter’s Lane, Liverpool ONE’s fashion hub, from 1st September.

25th Aug: The Blooming Great Tea Party

Laura’s Little Bakery and charity event organiser Pauline Cox are hosting a Blooming Great Tea Party at Schmooze Wine Bar & Eatery on Thursday, 25th August, from 1-4pm. To purchase tickets, visit: www.justgiving.com/​BGTP Tickets are £15 for adults and £5 for children, with all proceeds going to Marie Curie. 1st sep: Malmaison Liverpool’s Big Reveal

The team at Malmaison Liverpool will be unveiling the hotel’s new look during a glamorous event co-hosted by Reiss. Guests will be treated to drinks, canapés, goodie bags and an exclusive Reiss fashion preview. Tickets cost £10 (with a £5 donation going to the Marina Dalglish Appeal) and are available from Reiss stores and the Malmaison. 9th -27th oct: dirty dancing

‘Dirty Dancing’, the fastest-selling show in West End history, is coming to the Liverpool Empire next October. The stage show based on the cinema classic features 35 hit songs including ‘Hungry Eyes’ and the heart-stopping ‘(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life’. www.liverpoolempire.org.uk


Marco Pierre White joins a host of stars to celebrate the launch of Liverpool’s new design hotel Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White was joined by Liverpool’s movers and shakers to celebrate the launch of the city’s chic new hotel. Hotel Indigo, Liverpool, and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill rolled out the orange carpet and welcomed guests to their official launch party. Around 250 partygoers were treated to the hotel’s signature cotton candy martinis and enjoyed entertainment from saxophonist Rosemary Quaye and DJ Samantha Ellis. A selection of celebrities attended the Chapel Street event, including TV chef Marco and actress Jennifer Ellison, who won ITV1 show Hell’s Kitchen under fellow culinary expert Gordon Ramsay’s guidance. Jennifer said: “I’m a bit of a whizz in the kitchen since Hell’s Kitchen; before I couldn’t even boil an egg, and it’s fantastic that Marco and I have got the Hell’s Kitchen connection.

“The new hotel and restaurant will help give a boost to Liverpool and they are what the city really needs.  I wish Marco and the hotel team lots of luck for the future.” Other celebrities in attendance included gymnast Beth Tweddle; plus Hollyoaks stars Jessica Fox, Claire Cooper, Karen Hassan, and Emmett Scanlan; and model Amanda Harrington. General Manager David Hughes said: “We were pleased that so many people were able to join us at our official launch party, and Liverpool certainly lived up to its reputation as a glamorous city – the ladies and gents pulled out all the stops. “We are excited about the hotel and Marco’s first Liverpool restaurant.  The atmosphere was buzzing on the night and we look forward to welcoming customers who are looking for somewhere glamorous to stay and dine in the city whilst soaking up a vibrant and unique atmosphere.” www.hotelindigoliverpool.com

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HIS & HERS’ HIGHHEELED GUIDE TO THE NORTH WEST Award-winning networker and businesswoman Geniene Reese takes us on a whirlwind tour of the North West in the first of her monthly columns.

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Venmore property group has moved offices and hosted a successful launch at the sparkling new venue on Dale Street, where guests were treated to Pimm’s, champagne and Peroni; there was a hilarious comedian and canapés, too. A winning combination, I’d say! As I write this I’m tying together the last-minute loose ends for an event I’m hosting for one of my clients - Franklin’s Deli in St. Paul’s Square. We are hosting a showcase event which will include cooking demonstrations from the award-winning

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MEN’S FASHION

STREET SMART

This month, Men’s Style Editor Luke Trevaskis was back ‘up north’ for the second part of his London V Liverpool Street Smart. WORDS AND PICTURES: LUKE TREVASKIS

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Dance Student When you have an athletic build, there is little that can go wrong with the Topman tee-and-pants look. River Island hi-tops complement this dual-tone look and the jewellery that breaks up Dammie’s arms hails from the island of Zante.

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Stylist, Andrew Collinge Doc Martens and Quiggins’ jeans instantly pull this young punk out from the crowd. With his signature hairstyle, the Topman shirt and straw hat lift this look to ensure the Kitsch jacket seals the deal.

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Accounting Student Kyle successfully pulls off a smarter Converse look. With a sky-blue H&M shirt, his biscuit roll-ups, waistcoat and bag are like a walking Zara advertisement and definitely added a touch of sophistication to Church Street.

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Sales Manager Scott definitely sold this well put-together but casual outfit to us. Keeping it simple with Converse, he paired his All Stars with a floral shirt and camel trousers from All Saints. Classic.

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Film Production Student Spotted meandering down Bold Street, Tom teamed his New Look jacket with River Island shorts, the navy theme complemented by the bursts of colour from his Topman T-shirt and bag.

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Information Analyst Chris puts his analytical skills to good use when deciding which outfit to wear on a hot summer’s day. Starting with espadrilles (a good summer staple) his Montreal V-neck T–shirt from ASOS and River Island cut-offs would be perfect for an afternoon BBQ.


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A CHOCOLATE BELT IS A KEY ACCESSORY. THIS PAINTED-EDGE PLAITED BELT WAS £70 AND IS NOW £28 FROM WWW.MYWARDROBE.COM

WHEN A JACKET IS NOT CALLED FOR, A WAISTCOAT CAN BE A GREAT ADDITION TO AN OUTFIT ON A BREEZY DAY. WAISTCOAT, £18, FROM JOHN LEWIS.

AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH TAILORED SHIRTS! THIS BLUE RAMLA OXFORD, £80, FROM TED BAKER IS PERFECT FOR THE OPEN-BUTTON LOOK.

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It is one of my favourite times in the apparel cycle – being able to pick up a piece that can be used next season, for a fraction of this season’s cost! I have scoured amongst the shelves this month to bring you the best off-rack sale pieces from the high street and online.

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MEN’s fashion

Armani Exchange’s new DJ residency series comes to the Metquarter

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s part of the Armani Exchange 20th anniversary celebrations taking place this year, the brand has teamed up with one of the UK’s top dance labels Toolroom to bring you six months of unadulterated sound and style pleasure with the launch of the ‘Armani Exchange Presents: DJ residency series in association with Toolroom Knights’. Since 16th July, A|X has been hosting a weekly residency of the UK’s top DJ acts, with sets taking place every Saturday afternoon in each of the A|X Armani Exchange stores nationwide. Touring the stores will be a selection of Toolroom Knights’s best talents who will each play in one of the stores, until 17th December. The DJ residency series will host both rising stars, who will play their sets every Saturday during the month, and headline acts performing on the first Saturday of the month. DJs will include Mark Knight, Dave Spoon, D.Ramirez, Gina Star, Juan Kidd, Pete Griffiths, Mark Storie who will be playing in stores between 2pm and 4pm every Saturday. In-store initiatives and competitions will be taking place throughout the event. Check out the A|X Facebook page, or the Metquarter website for more information on DJ events coming soon to the Metquarter, Liverpool. www.Facebook.com/armaniexchange, www.metquarter.com

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Style right at the heart of the city

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