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Rum-tastic@ Cottons 

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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. 

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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… 

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Love street food? Try the Pigling Street – Brick Lane

I have always loved an opportunity to try different types of food around and a good street food market is always one that holds dear to my heart. The street food available around the Brick Lane area is ever changing with new food stalls popping up.

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This weekend I got to try a Pigling Hog Roast Bap at Pigling Street

The pigs that they use for their pork are female pigs reared here on the Suffolk soil. These pigs are ones who have not yet had any piglets hence makes their meat extra tender.

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The pig is roasted on the fire right on the stall so you can see the whole cooking process and its amazing. They even have their own tomato ketchup which the owner used to make himself, but due to the 7 hour cooking process, he has delegated this to another supplier so he can concentrate on making the best crispy hog roast bap!

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Surrounding with a delicious brioche bun with an optional duck egg on top, is amazing especially once the yolk splits when you bite into it.

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If you are ever down in Brick Lane and looking for some food, why not pop over for a visit.

Thanks to the Unofficial yelp community for taking me there for a taste of what a great hog roast look like!

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Yakiniku-Japanese BBQ- Sakagura LND

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So why settle for the usual bangers and burgers on a the barbie when you can have Wagu beef, short ribs, Ox tongue, seafood such as prawns, squid and scallops on the menu?

What am I talking about is the Yakiniku experience from Sakagura LDN which is the more upmarket branch of Shoryru. The venue on Heddon Street just of Regents Street is like a hidden gem of food galore and places for a quick drink or drinking outdoors while you watch the sun going down in the heart of the West end.

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So let’s get to the food.. The menu normally £30pp minimum order is for two person.(I would it’s a tad over priced for the quantities. However for the experience and ambience of the setting, maybe…)  The price includes, as a starter, Japanese rice, salad and miso soup.. Before the Bbq is served each person can pick three items from their meat, seafood and veggie options.. I will recommend for the price to order the meats and we definitely recommend the Australian Wagu beef, this is an additional £3 per portion ,we asked our waiter which one he would recommend, sirloin or cubes.. Apparently one is diced.. Lol.. Well we went for the Australian Wagu sirloin and it was amazing!

We tried the Wagu, short ribs, chicken thighs, Ox tongue, prawns and scallops. We felt the quantity and quality  of meat was great and the experience of cooking the meat at the table really heighten the experience. The traditional stove that you use to cook really feels like a traditional experience.

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To end the meat feast, the process include a scoop of icecream where you get to pick from the following flavours.. Sakagura last vanilla, dark chocolate wasabi and my favourite soya sauce caramel.

P. S did I mention the happy hour cocktails? 2-4-1 5pm-7pm Monday to Friday.. £15.00 each normally

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P. P. S just to mention if you head over to Sakagura website they have the Yakiniku meal for 2-4-1 until the end of July.. I know it’s not long to go.. But better late than never.. Download the voucher and grab a friend.

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Street Art and food- East End adventures -Brick Lane

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People say East of London is so varied in its culture and food, that everytime you visit, you’ll usually find something different to take home with you.. Be it a bagel from Beigel bake.. (trust me the queue outside moved quickly and you definitely want to join it ASAP!) I recommend the salt beef with pickles and mustard.. Nothing less should do. A vintage piece from the numerous vintage stores and markets.

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If you fancy a touch of shopping, vintage stores galore surrounds you.. There are a host of stalls from different vendors looking to sell you some of their own handmade CRAFTS (remember one man’s trash is another man’s treasure) obviously I follow this to a tee.. .. If you are looking for one off gifts? This has to be the place.

So, on my usual walk down brick Lane, I saw a car turning into a narrow lane, and being curious.. I followed (don’t worry it was daylight) and there were other tourists heading the same way.. And boom..it was like a hidden,  street art affair.  Watching an artist at work is amazing and the artwork on display in this car park area is totally worth a visit..

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I recommend that you all take a stroll and see what other kinds of street art you can find..

In the meantime don’t miss out on the food markets, the one by the Truman brewery has so many varieties., Indian, Thai, Malaysian, burgers, Carribean, Japanese.. You name it, they have it..

So, I guess I’ll  look forward to seeing you down on Brick Lane someday..

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My Old Place-Chinese restaurant

So, looking for something different to try, my friends keep saying, so here I was googling places to eat in Liverpool St. Behold, My Old Place pop up, I have heard of this place before from some friends who have been and recommended. I always judge the authenticity of a restaurant depending on the punters eating inside. The day we visited was pouring down with rain so before we even checked out the diners inside we rushed in hoping they had a table for two. We were in luck.. Seated almost immediately, the decor was typical Chinese restaurants style, square tables  really hard chairs.. Packed together to get as many tables as they can.

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So from the reviews, a lot of people mentioned the home made dumplings.. So we gave it a go.. We ordered the prawns, with eggs and chives, I can’t say that I was majorly impressed, I think I could definitely make better and these were what they called ‘water/soup dumplings’ so boiled in water or stock to cook.. I much prefer a steam version and I hear my favourite dumplings place is opening, so watch this space.. Reviews for that definitely coming soon. So back to these dumplings  the fillings was alright, but the skin was very thick and once it goes cold becomes extremely hard and very unappetising so eat them while they are not.. The dumplings doesn’t come with any sauces, they give you soya sauce, but I recommended asking for some vinegar. And mix your own concoction and if you can take some chillies add some in too!

My favourite dish would have to be the aubergine, we decided against the one with special sauce as we found out it was just a salty sauce. Can’t say that sounded like something I wanted to try. Instead we ordered aubergine cooked with minced pork, stir fried with some chillies sauce.

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Next up, we tried the chef special which was fish cooked in chilly oil, now don’t let this scare you, it’s made with szechuan pepper corns so it gives off a numbing effect.. Again not the best I’ve tried, but it’s definitely different and more to show off for tourists.

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I think there was a lot more I wanted to try and having the two of us, was hard to get a real flavour of the place.. I suggest that if you do come bring some more friends. I would go back as I think our choices this time was a little lack luster and I’m sure there’s a lot more on offer..I hear their meat skewers are also very popular.

Oh tip, you don’t need a lot of rice, we ordered two and we couldn’t finish it.. And anyway, who needs carbs when you have dishes to finish!