Newsletter 16 March 2011

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News & Events…

1116 Newsletter 16 March 2011Free Mini-Grease Performance & Breakfast @ Piccadilly Theatre, 8.30am on 24 March

Grease is certainly the word when it comes to best-loved musicals and now you can catch a performance of the 1950s American high school hit show over a bagel breakfast for the first time ever.  New York Bakery Co has worked with producers to condense the best bits of the show into a 20-minute bite-sized burst of entertainment for early birds who fancy starting their day the New York bagel-way.  Grab a free pair of tickets by emailing musical@breakfastbagels.com

Greek Theme Park @ Westfield Shopping Centre, 19-27 March

Fancy a spring break but can’t afford to get away?  Head down to Westfield Shopping Centre over the next few days where they will be transporting visitors to a Greek paradise in the middle of London.  The Greek Theme Park promises a totally immersive experience, with everything from Greek food tastings, climbing walls and a sailing simulator that provides a tour of the Greek Islands.  If that all sounds like too much effort, visitors can also relax and watch movies on the indoor beach!  Free event.

Paddy’s Day, Thursday 17th March

1117 Newsletter 16 March 2011Waxy O’Connors, W1

This long-serving Irish institution in Soho will be kicking-off festivities from midday, with a full program of music, singing, dancing and of course a few pints of Guinness and plenty of Irish whiskey!  www.waxyoconnors.co.uk

The Toucan, W1

With its walls dripping with Guinness memorabilia, the Toucan is the place in London for a proper pint of the black stuff, as well as a massive collection of Irish whiskey to wash it down with. If that doesn’t get you in the mood for a bit of Irish jigging, nothing will!

19 Carlisle Street, Soho, London W1D 3BY

Irish Night with Jameson Whisky @ Zigfrid von Underbelly, N1

Uber-hip Hoxton favourite, Zigfrid von Underbelly, has got together with Jameson, the popular Irish whiskey brand, to put on a night of traditional Irish musicians, top Irish DJs, as well as a special Irish themed food and drinks menu. £6 for tickets. www.zigfrid.com

New Openings…

Spuntino, W1

The long-awaited third instalment from the team behind the ever-popular Polpo Venetian restaurant has arrived with the launch of Spuntino.  Spuntino (which means ‘snack’ in Italian) follows the small plates theme of Polpo but takes its influences from down-town New York. Think classic mac & cheese, truffled egg toast, soft-shell crab and meatball sliders. The drinks list includes revived prohibition cocktails such as the Sazerac and the Bronx.  The interior design has taken an industrial approach, with uncovered Victorian glazed brick, mosaic walls classic and diner stools that line the bar. www.spuntino.co.uk

Häagen-Dazs Leicester Square, WC2

After years of serving the sweet-toothed and demanding tourists at all hours of the day, London’s original home of ice-cream, Häagen-Dazs Leicester Square, has been given an extensive makeover.  The shop now boasts an additional lounge area and features comfy banquette seating and bubble chairs, creating a relaxed environment in which to indulge in their 24 ice cream flavours, tempting patisserie and mouth-watering milkshakes!  www.facebook.com/haagendazsleicestersquare

The Coffee Machine, SW6

The Coffee Machine is London’s new emporium specialising in coffee machines, beans and all the gadgets (and expert help) you could possibly need to make the perfect espresso at home. The extensive selection of coffee beans, carefully selected from independent micro-roasters from around the world, will ensure customers have the perfect caffeine hit to suit every occasion, and the store will also hold regular coffee tastings and espresso courses.  www.thecoffeemachinelondon.co.uk

Try This Week…

Fresh Pasta Company

1118 Newsletter 16 March 2011Take one simple staple food item, give it a splash of genuine Italian love and attention and what do you get?  Probably the best ready made filled pasta around, courtesy of The Fresh Pasta Company.  The outstanding quality starts with the meltingly soft and flavoursome pasta itself, which is made in North Italy using traditional methods and free-range eggs.  Add some truly delicious fillings, such as braised Venison and Butternut Squash & Sage and you’ll find that your simple everyday Ravioli and Tortellini dishes have transformed into gourmet dinners!  With around 30 Awards to their name over the last four years, including three star gold Great Taste Awards, we’re clearly not the only fans.  Around £5.99 from Waitrose, www.ocado.com and other stockists. Details from www.thefreshpastacompany.com

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innocent Juices

If it tastes good and makes getting our 5-a-day easier, it’s generally a winner for us, which is why we are enjoying these new juices from innocent.  Available in Orange and Apple flavours, each 900ml bottle contains 6 daily portions of fruit, meaning you could technically be fruit ‘n vegged out by breakfast if you were really thirsty.  And because they are made from actual fruit (not concentrate) and don’t contain any added sugar, they are actually enjoyable to drink too.  Widely available for £1.99

Reviews: Cornwall Special…

1115 Newsletter 16 March 2011With its beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and reputation as an extreme-sports paradise, Cornwall is the quintessential British summer holiday destination.  However, we popped down to the North Cornwall for a short break during the colder months and found it to also be a true haven for relaxation.  From well-maintained self-service apartments to luxurious eco-chic hotels, we unearthed some truly impressive accommodation options.  The restaurant scene was equally inspiring, with chefs taking advantage of the abundance of quality local produce to create some great food.

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