Newsletter 15 June 2011

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News & Events…
Belle Epoque, Shoreditch Studios, 18 June

1199 Newsletter 15 June 2011Shoreditch Studios will be transformed into a lavish music hall, complete with a stage, trapezes and three floors decked out with golden balustrades and lined with crimson velvet curtains. Featuring jaw dropping acrobatic feats, show stopping music acts and eye popping outfits, Belle Epoque has been designed to enrapture your soul, trick your mind, and release your inner exhibitionist.  Guests will also be kept in the spirit of the event with absinthe fountains and a boudoir dedicated to costume make up.     As you’d expect, dress code is as wild and extravagant as your imagination stretches! Tickets are £20 from www.belleepoqueparty.com

Taste of London @ Regents Park, 16-19 June

The hottest date in London’s culinary calendar returns once again as Taste takes its annual residence in Regents Park this weekend.  Gary Rhodes, Michel Roux Jr and Richard Corrigan are just a few of the chefs set to dish up some gastronomic delights along with a number of restaurants making their debut, including Petrus and Gauthier Soho.   Visitors will also be able to learn from the masters with a series of cooking demos, whilst those into more primitive forms of dining will no doubt enjoy the British BBQ Championships.  With over 150 top food and drink producers also showing of their wares, you’ll have plenty to take away with you too!  Tickets start at £22 from www.tastefestivals.com/london.  Use promo code TASTELF to get 2 standard tickets for £38 for Thursday and Friday events

Jools Holland live @ Boisdale of Canary Wharf, 21 June

Legendary musical maestro Jools Holland will be performing an intimate gig at London’s coolest new jazz venue, Boisdale of Canary Wharf.  Holland will be performing with his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra and will also be joined by special guests Ruby Turner and Sandie Shaw. If that’s not enough, guests will also be treated to a delicious dinner and have their choice of tipples from a bar that offers the world’s largest collection of malt, single grain, and premium blended Irish and American whiskies.  Tickets start at £80 from www.boisdale.co.uk/tickets 

Father’s Day Ideas

Courvoisier Urban Golf

Boys and golf clubs go together like steak and frites so book a Courvoisier Urban Golf experience this year and spend some quality father and son time together. Tee up and try your hand at a round of golf – no experience required – at Urban Golf Kensington’s state-of-the-art virtual golf simulator and the UK’s largest indoor golf venue. After a few rounds, you’ll be able to enjoy the stylish gentlemen’s lounge, decked out with leather seating, HD TV screens showing the latest sports and a cool bar serving Courvoisier Punch.  £40 for two tickets, including 90 minutes golf & a free cocktail.  Book at www.urbangolf.co.uk and quote ‘Courvoisier Punch Package’.

Father’s Day Whisky Masterclass at Vinopolis

All dads like whisky right?  And if they don’t, perhaps after this ace masterclass, they will.  Whisky lovers and novices alike will be able to explore and taste 5 single malt Scottish whiskies and a blended Scotch as well as learn about the evolution of the malting process, as the Vinopolis Whisky Ambassador teaches you how to truly enjoy one of the most luxurious pleasures in the world.  The restaurant at Vinopolis will also be serving a traditional roast on Father’s Day, so you can enjoy a spot of bonding over lunch before the boozing begins!  £49 for two tickets. www.vinopolis.co.uk/

New Openings…

Paul A Young Fine Chocolates, W1

1200 Newsletter 15 June 2011Chocolate fans in Soho have had all of their dreams answered with the arrival of a truly world-class chocolatier in Paul A Young.  Paul has brought his range of filled chocolates, truffles, flavoured bars and some of the best brownies on earth to his new flagship store in Wardour Street.Renowned for his ability to balance weird and wonderful flavours with chocolate, his latest seasonal range includes ‘tomato, basil & olive oil’, ‘wild strawberry’, ‘balsamic & black pepper’ and a summer pudding chocolate dessert truffle created with a gorgeous berry and basil compote, raspberry liqueur ganache and a layer of crunchy caramelized hazelnut, all encased in a white chocolate dome.  www.paulayoung.co.uk

Mahiki Motel Room & Dining Area

1201 Newsletter 15 June 2011Polynesian paradise (and Royal favourite) Mahiki has launched two new concepts within its renowned venue.  Mahiki’s new dining area keeps with the rest of the nightspot’s vibrant Tiki setting, with hand-made ‘Princess’ chairs, colourful Hawaiian cushions and hand-carved wooden figures. The menu is based on American diner classics, with sharing and main dishes including Mahiki sliders, Canadian lobster nachos and steaks.  The real fun begins downstairs though, in the new Motel Room area. Based loosely around a 1970s motel, it has a kitsch and eclectic interior with shag pile carpeting, parrots squawking in the trees and a karaoke machine to sing the night away! www.mahiki.com

Red Dog Saloon, N1

We’ve seen a (Mc)flurry of American BBQ style restaurants opening in the streets of London of late, all claiming to provide the most authentic experience.  The latest contender for the crown is Red Dog Saloon in Hoxton.  The interior keeps true to the promise with inspiration coming from ranch-style dining rooms, including slowly moving fans, shuttered windows and walls covered in longhorns and buffalo skulls; there is also a terrace area in which to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining.  The menu features generous slabs of meat, including 9 hour cooked beef ribs, a massive burger menu, pulled pork and BBQ chicken, all cooked in London’s only hickory and mesquite-burning smoker. www.reddogsaloon.co.uk

Try This Week…

Kammerlings

1202 Newsletter 15 June 2011With 18 years of working as a top mixoligist, brand ambassador and a drinks writer, there aren’t too many people who know more about the modern drinks industry than Alex Kammerling.  With this abundance of experience behind him, Alex has spent the last 5 years developing what can be best described as a true labour of love to launch his own drinks brand.  So what is it? With 45 natural botanicals including four types of ginseng, grapefruit peel, juniper, ginkgo biloba, goji berries and manuka honey, it’s a little difficult to define; the closest flavour match I can come up with is a Negroni cocktail.  Whatever it is, Kammerlings is seriously good, with bitter-sweet, herbal and citrus notes all perfectly combining.  At 33% abv, Kammerlings is incredibly easy drinking over ice, or can also be lengthened with bitter lemon for refreshing summer cooler. Around £17 from good drinks shops including www.thedrinkshop.com. More info from www.kammerlings.com

 

1203 Newsletter 15 June 2011Robinsons Natural Sweets

Already the quintessential soft drink of choice for the tennis season, Robinsons has launched a new way to enjoy its fruity flavours in time for Wimbledon with their new range of sweets. Created by confectionary specialists, Monty Bojangles, the sweets are made to the same flavours as Robinsons squashes, which means treats such as Orange Barley, Summer Fruits and Lemon.  Made using only natural colours, flavours and concentrated fruit juice, they’ve definitely got the taste of summer wrapped up! Available from Tesco and Waitrose for around £1.45