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Caravan at Exmouth Market

24 Apr

After my Cherry Heering experience I needed food & coffee and as my next appointment was in Exmouth Market I headed to Caravan.

Here I ordered ‘crispy salt-chilli tofu, ong Chou, fermented black beans and sesame’ and ‘pan-fried mackerel, pine-nuts, preserved lemon, sultanas and capers’ with a ‘Jamie Casilas coffee shrub’ to wash it down.




The food was good- if expensive for what you get (these were ‘small plates’ at £8 and £8.50 respectively) and both has more garnish & style than substance.

The shrub was good (I’d hope so at £3.50 for a very small glass) with a very mild coffee taste and a stronger, very nice, vinegaryness to it.

Still hungry I ordered ‘grilled pineapple, sumac custard, oat and Brazil nut crumb, cardamom ‘ (£6.50)  and this was much more successful (and a bit more filling). The taste was fresh, more savoury than sweet, and very moreish. The portion was better than the small plates and went well with a nice coffee.

All in all in it was nice but with a bill for £32.96 with tip (and no booze!) this is too much expensive style over more filling substance for my liking

Cherry Heering

24 Apr

Cherry Heering is a name, but not a taste, that I know well.

Spend any amount of time on Diffords and you’ll come across it as an ingredient in many cocktails and for a long time I’ve been meaning to get some so I could increase my repartee, but the time was never right.

So when the opportunity for a Cherry Heering masterclass came up I leapt at it and today headed off to the Bethal Green branch of London Cocktail Club (ignore Google maps! It’s closer to the station than they make it seem hence my wandering alleyways for a good 20 minutes) to learn more about this liqueur.

I then spent an enjoyable couple of hours trying the drink itself, and also combined with 12 other spirits, to taste its effect and I definitely left a convert.

The drink itself is very nice, sweet but balanced, and with a depth that raises it above other liqueurs. Add a touch of sour (a squeeze of lime say) and serve over ice for a refreshing drink.

I’m going to get some and experiment with it as I think it will be lovely when hit with some sour and lengthened with soda water for the summer. I also plan to make the Pogo Lounge Singapore Sling  by Rhys Wilson of Happiness Forgets that we tried today- maybe my new favourite cocktail… and I always appreciate a new way to use Cynar

Quo Vadis

21 Jul

Quo Vadis in Soho has long been one of my favourite places to go. Sadly between it being slightly more awkward to get to now we’ve moved and geenral travelling and busy-ness we don’t go as much as we used to.

The food, drink and service are alays exceptional and no their ‘theatre set’ menu runs all evening it’s an affordable option for a fantastic experience.

Tonight we began with a Gin & tonic and a Hemingway’s Breakfast (Belvedere grapefruit, maraschino, grapefruit, lime)

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Then I had chilled pea soup followed by roast goose- all delicious and all worth making a trip for.

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Marshmallow Making

21 Apr

Mr Bitter is a very patient and understanding and seeing as last year for his birthday we took him cupcake decorating this year he knew he was in for just as exciting a treat.

So off we headed to a surprise marshmallow making course held by The Robin Collective at Drink, Shop & Do where we had a partially succesful but very sticky afternoon.

The sugar overdose and gooeyness of the day was a bit much to handle by the end but we had fun and I’m not put of marshmallow making- if anything I’m just spurred on to root out my book on the subject and try making some  more…

The ingredients and goodies awaiting our arrival

The ingredients and goodies awaiting our arrival

 

The information we were given

The information we were given

An Easter bunny?!?!

An Easter bunny?!?!

Crushing more sugar to coat our creations

Crushing more sugar to coat our creations

Hmm

Hmm

Vestal Voyages

18 Apr

An evening out with The London Cocktail Society and Vestal Voyages tonight to experience the vodka and distill some gin- a perfect plan for an evening. Sadly they managed to run out of gin and rum which meant cocktail choice was very limited but we made the most of it on our cruise along the canal and through a 1/2 mile tunnel.

 

The boat we journeyed on

The boat we journeyed on

The Still

The Still

The view inside the tunnel

The view inside the tunnel

 

 

 

 

Just One Of Those Nights

11 Mar

This evening was hosted by The London Cocktail Society andwhilst it began as good as their other events things soon took a turn for the strange…

 

The evening was going great, and everyone was having a lovely time enjoying their Martin Miller’s gin and experimenting with different garnishes and botanicals to see which they felt paired well with their gin & tonic, when suddenly, and sadly, everything took a turn for the worse as robbers broke in (after throwing rocks, using a crowbar and shooting at the door they eventually realised it wasn’t even locked!). Fortunately we were upstairs and didn’t see it taking place but the noise and realisation was more than enough to send shock and terror through the group. Ridiculously the evening had been so well planned and full of treats that at first it appeared this was some kind of crazy entertainment, but the screams and shots soon put paid to that idea.

The rest of the evening went in a blur of listening to police helicopters and waiting to be released to go home by armed police.

Very annoyingly, my bodyand trapped Vagus nerve let me down and nausea, vomiting, shivers and general confusion and disorientation were the order of the day for the next 48 or so hours. So sadly I can’t bring you a full recap of events but you can read a great one here.

 

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