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(Invite) Let’s paint! -The Paint Republic

Last night I was kindly invited by @LovePopUpsLondon for a night of art, burgers, laughter and drinks!

The event was one of The Paint Republic’s painting evening where you are guided by a qualified artist to paint your very own masterpiece.

Our goal tonight was a beautiful painting of two #flamingos and to be totally honest, as a non painter with no painting experience I was a little nervous about the whole evening and thought I wouldn’t be able to create the piece of work I proudly took home with. Scroll to the end for pictures.

How surprise I was to find out that, I too can paint! Yippee…

The event was hosted at the Stane Street Syndicate in Clapham and we was kindly treated to an evening of burgers from #Rubyjeansburger. Their burger menu isn’t the biggest but their combination was sure enough to tempt even the most picky eater.

I chose the Sloppy Jalopy, which was a beef patty, with hashbrown, jalapeno, cheese on a brioche bun…super yummy, we was also serves the biggest plate of sweet potato fries…I must also add, as a big group of 20 hungry punters, the kitchen staff did really well to make sure all the burgers arrived together and also catered for one special order of gluten free buns.

So with a belly happily satisfied, we moved on to the main event…let’s paint!

While we was busy filling our bellies our teacher Becky was busy setting up our tools and paints to get us started.

Each one of us, had a canvas on a stand, paint brush, water and a toothbrush (I’ll get to this later!) with a mixing palette together with some paint ready to get us started. There was also a flamingo painting she had prepared earlier as a guide for us.

Becky, gave us a quick tutorial of the paintbrushes we had and a quick reminder of our primary colours…no prizes for what the three colours are…

Becky also explained, the steps to creating our masterpiece, she was patience and walked around the room to make sure we all got the steps … however the main thing Becky told us was to have fun with 90’s music playing, and this was one art class where drinking is encouraged! Well if it didn’t go well then we all know who to blame.

My masterpiece

The session was for two hours, due to the drinking elements…(apologies) but it’s 18+ only and cost ¬£25.00 which also includes the painting for you to take home with you. Click here to see booking options, they also have venues in London, Manchester, Chester, Liverpool, Shropshire and North Wales, so hopefully there is a location near you.

Class sizes are up to 20 people so if you are looking for a special event, birthdays or a team building function then this is an amazing opportunity. Sign up to their website as they usually have special and last minute offers available.

A really great night out and am looking forward to going back to practice my new developed skills.

Our Love Pop Ups London painting crew ūüďł #proud

Thanks again to Love Pop Ups London and The Paint Republic for an amazing painting evening.

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Rosso, shall we brunch?[INVITE]

As a food lover and all, I love an opportunity to try out new and different places to stuff my face (sorry, I meant enjoy some food with some friendsūüėČ)

So when @Lovepopupslondon and @Rosso invited me and some bloggers to try out their prosecco flowing brunch event, even if I was busy, I cancelled all plans… Like who ever says no to a brunch with prosecco.

Rosso is located in the very central High Street Kensington, of West London so an ideal location if you’ve just finished a shopping or an cultural visit to the many local and free museums London has to offer.

The decor of the restaurant is tastefully designed with lots of pictures opportunity for those who love to capture every moment. There was lots of amazing wines, prosecco on offer and the staff was more than happy to explain their selection to you.

On arrival the staff has beautifully placed some amazing starters out in the main dinning area, I really love this concept, an unlimited buffet style starters, all freshly prepared and constantly topped up..

The selection of bread on offer was great, I’ve never tried charcoal bread, and it was super yummy!

This was the first of the many plates I had…ūüėČ

The mozzarella balls to me was the star of the show, super creamy and totally yummy…I could eat that all day.

Rosso carbonara with figs
Spicy arrabbiata chitarra spaghetti with seafood ‘nduja’
Florentine poached eggs with bacon and hollandaise sauce
Mixed bean, poached eggs, sausage crumble served with crunchy pancetta and lemon zest

The choice of the main was a little limited and we had a vegetarian in our group with some severe allergies, which the restaurant tried to accommodate.

I chose the spicy arrabbiata however I couldn’t taste any seafood nduja? I also felt the dish was a little bland to my liking, a little more salt was required.

The desserts selection was a little on the limited side also however some of the tartlets were definitely worth saving my desserts stomach for!

Similar to a Bakewell tart
Lemon muffins- a little on the dry side
These were definitely my favourite

I had a great time enjoying the food and free flowing bubbles which the server made sure our glasses were never empty, such great tentive attention.

The meal was finished off with a great coffee..

Thank you again to Rosso for the invite, a great venue and super reasonable free bubbles brunch if you are looking for a place around the High Street Kensington area.

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Venerdi- Italian delights

As an all round (literally) food lover, Italian food rakes highly as some of my favourite food.

I mean who could say no to a thinly based pizza (apologies Chicago) with lots of fresh mozzarella and basil on a rich tomato base? Or a freshly cooked Al dente pasta??

Well I have always loved Italian food and have traveled to Italy to sample many of their delights so when Jo from Love Pop Ups London invited me and Katie from Isthatlondon to join her to sample the menu from Venerdi we couldn’t say no..

As all excited hungry person would do, I reviewed their menu looks to plan all the yummy food I was going to try.

As there was three of us, we all decided to chose three starters, mains and desserts to share.. better for me as I love trying out new dishes..

So here’s what we went for..(disclaimer, pictures may make you hungry!)

Tricolore

Arancini
Misto Fritto

All three dishes all had their special features, the Tricolore was was fresh the mozzarella smooth and the colours a visual pleasure. The Arancini was crunchy on the outside and creamy on the inside, and the Misto Fritto was a lightly batter seafood platter with a garlic mayo dip … We finished all of our starters with no problems at all, greedy us? no, just delicious food.

Next up with so many dishes to choose from, we decided on picking something from the pizza, pasta and mains so we could sample a mixture of what Venerdi had to offer.

The Chatsworth

Linguine Pescatore
Tagliata Di Filetto Alla Griglia

The pasta was cooked Al dente, the pizza was deeply filled but thinly based and the beef fillet cooked to perfection.

Next up desserts, and I hope y’all ready for this!

Bailey Panna Cotta

Banoffee Pie
Tiramisu

If you weren’t full after the mains you definitely was after desserts. All their desserts were extremely well presented, and very generous size, we admitted defeat as we couldn’t finish all of it..please don’t judge me, I was already going to have to roll out of the restaurant.

The only suggestion I would say is that the Panna cotta flavour was slightly over taken by the super sweet sauce over it while aesthetically pleasing to look at, it kinda overtook the delicate flavours of the Panna Cotta.

Other than that we all enjoyed spending our evening with Venerdi, tucked away from the main Streets of London Fields.

On the evening we visited, London decided to snow for the first time in 2019, and with the weather bitterly cold, Venerdi was welcoming with their delicious food, no wonder it’s a local gem.

Thanks again to Venerdi and Love Pop Ups London for the invite, while this was a gifted experience all comments are my own.

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Pepes Kitchen- Adobo Nation- Filipino food delight!

As a foodie, I love eating and trying out new cuisines, so when the opportunity arise to go and try out some delicious Filipino food with Jo from Love Pop Ups London I jumped at the chance.

The evening was hosted in the A Viet Foundation in Hackney and Mae and her team from Pepe’s Kitchen, a supper club family which they ran monthly to share with the people of London home cooked delights from the Philiphines Island.

This supper club event was also a charitable event where the team was raising money for the villagers suffering from the tropical storm which made the event even more memorable. I love supper clubs as you could be sharing a meal with people from all walks of life and you know that you all have a common interest and that is delicious food!

So, what were we delighted with over the course of the evening? Well the evening was called Adobo Nation and we all learnt that the cooking method of Adobo was brought over to the Philipines by the Spanish and it was commonly used to preserve meat in herbs, salt and vinegar, the colour of the Adobo change with the introduction of the infamous soya sauce.

In total there was 7 courses to delight my palate and the first few courses really caught my attention. As a wings lover when Mae and her team brought out her version of the Deep Fried Adobo, I fell off my chair! It was delicious and clearly my favourite of the night.

Below are some of the other Adobo dishes from Pepe’s Kitchen, if you are interested in experiencing the home cooking of Mae and her team, then please check out her supper club.

Adobo pate on blinis
Deep fried Adobo chicken
Adobong puti (white Adobo)
Gulay Adobo- vegetables
Adobo Pusit (squid)
Adobong Dilaw (yellow Adobo)
Beef Adobo
Adobo Sa Garage (chicken adobo in coconut milk)
Maruya at ube sorbetes (deep fried banana fritter with home made ice cream)

If you are interested I know there is one coming up on the 19th October in Dalston and cost £38.00 per person. I can tell you it would be worth it as Mae loves to overfeed! Which really brings home the comfort of having a home cooked meal!

An amazing experience and thanks again to Mae and her team for the warm hospitality.

p.s Also very thankful for the extra spoon of ube ice-cream as I didnt want the banana fritters (allergy!)

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Circus -Pan Asian food and entertainment venue

IMG_20180725_180510I was recently invited to pop along to Circus a venue tucked away amongst the hussle and bustle of Covent Garden. Actually I even walked passed it trying to locate it as it doesn’t have a signage above its entrance.. See how exclusive that makes the experience.. Only those in the know eh?

I was here to sample their new Christmas menu (ops sorry to mention that word in July) but great venues get booked up really quickly so you’ll be glad I’ve told you. We was offered a sample of their amazing canap√©s.. The food here is a pan Asian fusion which I am all for.IMG_20180730_1

I think my favourite of the night was definitely the yellow tail sashimi and the salt and pepper squid.. Yum. IMG_20180725_184240

As you enter the venue, p. s I found it via the menu on the wall outside.. Useful tip! You are risked to your table and a free cloakroom service is available if you are coming after a long day at the office. The main dining area consists in one very long opaque table with little tables scattered around the room. The comfy sofa looking chairs are calling me.IMG_20180725_180514

The kitchen area is open and viable along the side of the dining area. Our table was very close to the bar, which is great! IMG_20180725_180528We also sample some of their amazing wine and even better cocktails (they made a punch with Gingerbread syrup, with grapefruit and vodka) it was devine!IMG_20180725_190001

However the best part of this venue is the in-house entertainment department they have who design and coordinate the half hourly entertainment on show.

IMG_20180725_183955Entertainment is provided every night from 6:30pm until 8:00pm and until late during Friday and the weekend. They have singers and performers to enlighten your evening drinks or dinner plans. When we visited there was a group of ladies celebrating a 60 birthday party so the venue caters for all ages (18+) of course!

IMG_20180725_183925The night we visited we were entertained by fire eating performers, a drag queen singer belting out classics,  an aerial display and an acrobatics show. We were all in awe for sure.

It was definitely a great evening and if this has enticed you to think about it for your next birthday or big party do? Then do check out their website as they have sharing menu for groups. Just a note that for London prices this is average and with the added entertainment element it’s definitely worth a treat out.

I was offered this experience via the lovely Jo from @lovepopupslondon and while a sponsored post all reviews are my own.

 

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Black Sheep Coffee- Leave the herd behind.

IMG_20180122_202037So, I admit I love the smell of coffee but I would not call myself a connoisseur in the art of coffee making or drinking. I mean I love a good flat white and a chai latte but I know that knowing the type of beans you drink and how it is brewed is what it is all about.

I was invited by a Timeout tastemaker Jane for a coffee masterclass at Black Sheep Coffee at their Regent Street branch with Jo from Love Pop London, where we met the team Tony, Tom and Monia who made sure we were looked after.

I have never heard of the this particular branch of coffee and when the invite came for something to make the long month of January more interesting and caffeine filled, I jumped at the chance. I joined my friends Joanne, Kim and Jason¬†for a fun filled night and as Tony said, if I walked out without coffee down my top then I haven’t had enough fun.

The night started with Tony and his team handing out espresso martini, now I think I am going to like tonight!IMG_20180122_181535

While you may think this is any other coffee houses, this one is different, by day they maybe your standard, grab a coffee and satisfy your caffeine addiction whereas by night the bartenders awake and they will delight with the many cocktails they have up their sleeves. This makes them something truly special.

Their space are graffiti filled but not overwhelming so if you need a quiet spot to conduct those meetings outside of the office, this is a great space for it.IMG_20180122_201042

So let me tell you more about our masterclass, they split us into two groups where one group learnt the art of making the perfect cup of coffee, which has been mathematically worked out to precision. To the weight of the grinded coffee; the temperature of the water and the amount of liquid required to make the perfect cup. This made me appreciate the amount work that goes into making that cup of coffee which we are quick to order and slurp but did we really enjoy all the notes and flavours it provided?IMG_20180122_194804

Our next lesson was with barista Matt, he patiently taught us the skill of latte art, and well I must say, I think Tony should give me a job with my first try (a fluke? I don’t think so!) Ok, ok you got me, I made have made some initial spillage, but it was all part of the fun.. I am sure thats what Tony told us. On a serious note, I now understand and appreciate when my barista makes that fern or heart in my cup of coffee.. its not as easy as you think, as both your hands need to be moving constantly, theres no stopping to think about it, once you start pouring you just have to keep going.IMG_20180122_192316

Thank you again for the lovely masterclass, I would be back to try out more of Black Sheep Coffee branches which have branches around London and Manchester, so do look out for them when you are next looking for your caffeine fix.

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Dinner Time Story London- a multisensory dinning extravaganza

IMG_20180207_190524You know when you was little your parents always tells you never to play with your food, well at Dinner Time Story London. Here, they encourage you to join them in a immersive visual and sound experience where not only are you able to feast on beautifully  designed six courses of delights together with five different cocktail to compliment the different courses.Vrolijk still chef 002_preview

You are cordially invited to join Le petit chef on his journey along the silk road where each and every destination provides him with the inspiration for the six courses to tantalise your tastebuds and visually putting you in awe of his travel journeys.Marco Polo Still 030_preview

So, how did this all begin? Dinner Time Story first graced the interest of the media world with a launch in UAE, then at the Dubai World Trade Centre before moving to London. The multisensory projected based dinner show is the latest pop up to grace London food culture. Currently the story is based on the traveller Marco Polo and his journey along the silk road. We have been told that a new story is due to be launched in September this year so if you have been before you may want to go back and see what new exploration they have waiting for you.

IMG_20180207_195100Imagine you are in a country where culinary excellence is a given, how does one excite the palate of their diners? Well Le petit chef, had an idea, he will visit all the countries along the silk road, where he will journey across countries such as Egypt, Arabia, China, India and back to Europe. Here he encounters spices, flavours and smells which he hope to bring back home and make them into dishes which will delight dinners and exposing them to the different cuisines of those places he has travelled to.IMG_20180207_192336

We follow him through a two hour 3D dining concept of his journey. Every single course is accompanied with visual, sounds, table probs and decorations and a cocktail which is suppose to take you along with him on his epic journey. Where he gathers new ingredients and cooking methods to not only bring your tastebuds alight, but also the visual effects dazzles and the sound of ooh and ahh come aplenty.IMG_20180207_201106

The dining experience cost ¬£95.00 per person, and for me, I believe this is totally worth the money? why? Well, each diner has their own story book where they follow Le Petit chef along his journey, six amazingly cooked courses and lets not forget the six deliciously tasty cocktails (for those non drinkers, the bar staff are able to conjure up the same mocktails for you so you don’t look out of place at all.)IMG_20180207_195439

Dinner Time Story London is currently being hosted at TT Liquor along Kinsgland Road, in Shoreditch, their residency is currently planned until the end of April, but do watch this space!

Another touch to their experience is that every course comes with a notebook where each diner is encouraged to jot down their feelings and experience of the night. I must say, without any moderation of what is written in these notebook, there are some comments which I can’t share and I hope they remove as spoilers and unusual comments does put a damper in the experience.luca_lombardi_petit_chef-7294_01 - edited_preview

I would also like to thank the waiting staff, who were extremely accommodating, as there was some items which I could not eat (allergies) and they were happy to exchange them with no question asked.

If you like me, enjoy capturing your dining experience on camera, then please make sure its fully charged as there are some special moments you do not want to miss!

I went along to this as part of Love Pop Up London however all comments and reviews are my own. Thanks again for inviting me along this amazing delightful journey!

So, I know you are all asking? how do you book? follow this link HERE Enjoy!

 

 

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Rum-tastic@ Cottons 

ūüď∑ credit @cottonsldn

So while you are all doing your wine tasting.. in fancy restaurants, I’ve come to Cottons in Vauxhall – the newest edition to the Cottons family.. Only opened in September of this year.. –  to experience rum that’s more than your typical Barcadi and coke, rum that’s so smooth you drink on the rocks! Of course, we also need a Barry to guide us through the distillery types and the countries and why they differ from one to another..

We tasted rum that was double distilled for that extra flavours you can definitely taste the whisky and cognac scents.. Those that aged to provide that smooth and throat warming sensation.. My favourite of the night was definitely the Plantation 20..smooth, with a hint of vanilla.. Yum! 

A Rum masterclass with Barry is a must.. Grab a group of friends and head over and see Barry.. Email Cottons and they can provide costing for groups, it’s definitely worth that drunken feeling home. 

Once once settle down in their newly open location on Vauxhall,  enjoy some of their tasty Caribbean delights.. Their salt fish fritters are my favourite! With a little bit of a kick.

We sampled, their jerk chicken wings, calamari, chickpeas fritters, sticky ribs that fall off the bones, prawns.. A few of their starters to start the evening off. 

ūüď∑ credit @lovepopupslondon
ūüď∑ credit @lovepopupslondon

All of which goes really well with my Berry Explosion.. Or even the Cottons Rum.. Or anything really on their cocktails menu.. 

Thanks to Jo @LovePopUpsLon for inviting me to this fun Monday night out..

P. S Cottons Vauxhall  have 25% Monday through to Wednesday.. So why not pop down their for a great night out. 

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Beauty and the feast-immersive dinning experience 

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Is it a pantomine or not, that is the question?

This is not your average panto, if you are thinking of bringing the kiddies- under 18 is definitely not recommended! so leave the kids at home, and come with the mindset of having fun.

This experience is from the people Darling & Edge who have previously brought us some of the coolest events and immersive experience, think, Gingerline, Alice in Wonderland and the Old Vic Tunnels.

ūüď∑ credit @shinylifeforme

Ok, when I think of this, this is definitely no panto, more of a culinary cabaret experience, based loosely on the story of Beauty and the Beast (remember, I said loosely!) The story is played out amidst food, cocktails and amazing interactive set (hey, I think they have definitely built up their experiences!) FYI- people say a little, I say more than a little bit of adult humour thrown into the mix.

The entrance to this venue is via the tunnel walk way, so that get lost…

Once in, your senses will be hit buy actors dressed up to, men, women, animals, you name it, they had it, the dinning room was upstairs and if you needed the restroom, you will need to pass it, but to maintain the surprise, they had actors to lead you blindfolded through.. or you can just close your eyes.. no biggie.. don’t peak!

ūüď∑ credit @thevaults

The feast was a sharing experience, there was definitely enough food to go around.. my favourite was the cheesecake– and nope it was not my dessert! It felt like the course never stopped coming- they had cocktails for brave, fairy liquid was a goodie!

ūüď∑ credit @thevaults
Once you have completed your feast, that’s when the story hits the high points and the party really gets on the way- bring your dancing shoes as you will surely be needing it!

Thanks again to Jo from Love Pop Ups London for another great immersive experience and the people from the Vaults for the tasty and fun experience.

ūüď∑ @thevaults
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Love cheese, love Raclette 

So do you love cheese much?? For me, I love a good mature cheddar, or a creamy brie never goes amiss in my household. So when some friends and I heard about a Raclette pop up? We really had to go and give it a try. 

The Raclette Bar is currently hosted at the Clapham North pub just directly opposite Clapham North tube station on the Northern line. You can’t miss it guys! 
Enter the building from the side and once inside it was a reminiscence of the Ski Museum I visited recently in Oslo. Old ski poles everywhere and skis stapled to the pillars of the room.. It’s really atmospheric. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette… So the menus served is a set meal, two courses for ¬£20 or three for ¬£24. For ¬£24, it’s a no brained however bear with me here… 

Starters consisted of three different flavours surrounded the cheese theme, baked camebert, goats cheese stuffed prunes, and a salmon tartar. All three were delicious. The baked camebert was my favourite. 

No let’s talk about the Raclette? We were given three different types of cheese, smoked, blue, and the standard.. Together with some cured meats to go along the cheese. 

The staff would come and light your individual Raclette devices… So that you can melt the cheese at your own pace… Oh food I mention that you also get unlimited sides, potatoes (like mini baked potatoes), salads and rosemary fries.. So delicious 

I was so full at the end of the mains that I sheepishly asked them to cancel my dessert, creme brulee as I couldn’t manage another bite.. We washed all this down with a lovely bottle of Shryah… I think I’ll be dreaming about cheese for a while…