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Get in touch if you think we could work together. I'm available as a freelance photographer of food, portraits, interiors and events. I also create social media content e.g. for Instagram and YouTube.

Vauxhall
London
United Kingdom

Food and travel blog of London photographer Charlotte Hu.

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A Visual Ode To Food, Travel & People

An Interlude By Eurostar

Charlotte Hu

What kind of traveller are you? Do you like to research meticulously, create extensive lists of unmissable things, and book everything months ahead? I am definitely not in this category, choosing instead to go with the flow and plan as few itinerary details as possible. Who cares what everyone else is doing or seeing? My favourite travel memories are those moments reached by spontaneous decisions and serendipity. These values align perfectly with Interludes, a new concept launched by Eurostar.

An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug

When we stepped on board the train, we were handed an envelope that revealed: the hotel we would be staying at, the museum exhibit we were given a pass to, and (most exciting) the chef whose home we would be dining in that evening. Breakfast was served by a collaboration between the chefs at Honey & Co in London and Mokonuts in Paris. After checking into our hotel, the day was spent exploring and getting lost by foot around the beautiful streets of 3ème and 4ème arrondissements.

An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug

The best part of our Interludes adventure was dinner at the home of chef Taku Sekine for conversations over an unforgettable feast. As the wine flowed, we got to know Taku a little on a personal level as we chatted of politics, happiness and more. Even in his third language, Taku managed to convey such deep and wise thoughts... I really wished I could speak Japanese so we could talk even more!

An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug
An Interlude By Eurostar | Skillet & Shutterbug

I made a vlog of some highlights from this trip:

If you're interested in attending a future #InterludesByEurostar trip, sign up here to be kept in the loop! Disclaimer – I was invited on this trip as a guest, but all opinions are 100% my own... and I haven't stopped talking about the trip to anyone who'll listen!

Food from the Vanilla Islands

Charlotte Hu

I first met Selina five years ago at her supper club, and it's been a pleasure to watch her fabulous business Taste Mauritius grow. Every time we collaborate there's a multitude of flavours, colours and laughter... truly a reflection of her passion for food. We recently did a shoot featuring several dishes from the Vanilla Islands – which consists of several nations around the Indian Ocean. Here are some of my favourite shots:

Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug
Food from the Vanilla Islands | Skillet & Shutterbug

Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned

Charlotte Hu

I've walked along Poultry countless hundreds of times, right past the old Midland Bank building without ever considering what lay within. What an idiot. Luckily, Soho House and Sydell Group knew better, and have recently opened The Ned after 5 years of design and renovations. The bank building dates back to the 1920s. To honour its Grade I listing status, all the original features have been preserved beautifully. The 3000m² lobby has impossibly high ceilings, 92 African emerald green verdite columns, and walnut countertops separating 9 stylish restaurants. A photographer's dream. And a foodie's one.

Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned | Skillet & Shutterbug

Last week my IGBrunchClub buddies feasted at Kaia, an Asian-Pacific inspired eatery within The Ned. The highlights of our meal were the poke bowls – raw fish salads with rice, pickles and various sauces – and fantastic cocktails.

Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned | Skillet & Shutterbug
Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned | Skillet & Shutterbug
Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned | Skillet & Shutterbug
Poke Bowls at Kaia in The Ned | Skillet & Shutterbug

Watch the video:

I need to figure out how to sell my soul in exchange for membership – oh hey rooftop pool and cocktails in the old bank safety deposit vault! Until then, I'm looking forward to returning to The Ned to try all the other restaurants, especially Malibu Kitchen (a focus on Cali inspired raw and superfoods) and Millie's Lounge for their Sunday brunch feast.

Disclaimer – I was invited to Kaia to dine as a guest, but all opinions are my own.