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The Drink Show Live 8-9 July 2011
This weekend sees Vinopolis in Borough Market play host to The Drink Show Live – a showcase of the latest in mixology and spirits. Designed to bring London’s drinks culture to life and show consumers the tricks of the trade, the event gives free access to wine, spirit and beer tasting sessions. The event also includes six themed bars, tasting sessions from brands such as Rum Shack and Sacred Gin, and live mixology demonstrations by cocktail guru Andy Pearson as well as masterclasses with experts such as whisky ambassador Colin Dunn and beer writer Melissa Cole. The event is free to attend. www.thedrinkshowlive.co.uk
Noel Fielding Art Showcase & Cocktail Salon, Covent Garden until 12 August
Vestal Vodka is hosting a one-off pop-up in St Martins Courtyard (Covent Garden), showcasing paintings by cult comedian Noel Fielding, a Cocktail Salon and top musicians invited to busk outside the venue. From 5pm to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday, the Cocktail Salon will be serving an array of delicious, summery cocktails using Vestal Vodka, Elements 8 rum and Ocho Tequila cocktails. Visitors will be able to sip drinks whilst musing round the gallery space, perfect for an after-work dash of culture or weekend foray with great cocktails thrown in! www.facebook.com/VestalVodka
Freixenet Alfresco VIP @ Chiswick House, 20 July
Chiswick House will host the Freixenet Alfresco VIP, a summer garden party not to be missed at the exclusive venue. There will be music, sophisticated, sparkling cocktails and scrumptious food, all hosted by TV chef and food writer Jo Pratt, who will be giving an interactive food demonstration. Tickets are free but limited, so go to www.facebook.com/freixenetuk to be in with a chance of getting securing your place! Winners will even be able to bring 3 guests with them!
SEE YOU IN MID-AUGUST!
Sorry readers, but LFLD is taking a little break and won’t be around to give you your fill of foodie news for a few weeks. However, we will be back in mid-August with a few upgrades and new features so see you then. Happy Summer!
The Salad Bar @ Pearl, WC1
Anthony Balik, head mixologist at Jun Tanaka’s Pearl Restaurant and rising star on the spirits scene, is showcasing his skills with the somewhat bonkers introduction of a range of cocktails inspired by the humble salad. Drinks combine visual stimulation with different tastes and textures, with creations including The Waldorf (walnut vodka, celery, pressed apple and grapes, served with a side of grape jelly, walnuts and celery sticks) and The Thai (chilli infused cachaça with fresh mango, papaya, lime and palm sugar syrup, served with a fine Thai noodle salad and crushed peanuts). www.pearl-restaurant.com
Rodizio Rico, SW6
Rodizio Rico has arrived in Fulham offering local carnivores the ultimate meat-eating experience! The restaurant’s Brazilian style of service sees carvers pass from table to table, slicing sizzling roasted meats from skewers straight onto your plate. Just like in Brazil, there’s no formal menu, and the price is fixed at around £23, allowing diners to eat as much as they like. The menu offers a huge array of meats including pork, ribs, chicken breast wrapped in bacon, chicken wings, leg of lamb and even specialities such as chicken hearts. The restaurant keeps to the South American theme with a cool alfresco Caipirinha Bar in which to relax after the carnage of the meal. www.rodiziorico.com, www.twitter.com/rodiziorico
The Bonnie & Wild, N1
New part-time Scottish restaurant, The Bonnie & Wild, has taken over the kitchen of a north London pie and mash institution every Saturday night, showcasing seasonal food by award-winning chefs alongside a rotating schedule of entertainment. M Manze, a 1905 listed building complete with wooden booths and marble tabletops, will play host to this celebration of Scottish food and good times. Organic meat – namely wild venison and game – and sustainable seafood features heavily on the menu created by Chefs Iain Sim (The Mussel Inn, Edinburgh) and Isabel Widdowson (formerly of Gerard Besson, Paris). A BYO system with a small corkage fee will take care of the drinks options. www.bonniewild.co.uk / www.twitter.com/bonnieandwild
Rum & Sugar, E14
Bringing the culinary history of London’s docks straight to the table, Rum & Sugar has just opened at Museum of London Docklands. The Grade 1 listed building was actually a store for imports from the West Indies, and has been restored to much of its original style. The kitchen is taken care of by Michelin starred Executive Chef David Cavalier who has put together a seasonal menu of top English ingredients. Dishes include spicy beef tartare with soda, Cornish lamb burgers and their signature fish cakes. As you’d expect, the bar features an eclectic list of rums from around the West Indies and South America, including Sailor Jerry Vanilla & Lime and Pusser’s Navy Blue. www.rumandsugar.co.uk
Society Bar & Restaurant, EC4
Boasting a 2:30am licence and a capacity for up to 400 people, Society is not only the place to visit for a spot of dinner and a few drinks, but also the place for City folk to party the night away! Party pro’s may even wish to skip dinner and just have a few bites from the bar menu whilst throwing shapes to the sound of the DJ’s. The classic European menu incorporates locally sourced meats and fresh fish from Smithfield’s market, with dishes including Seared native scallops with cauliflower puree & bacon; Crumbed Cornish whiting with shoestring fries; and Rolled chicken with goats cheese & chorizo stuffing. www.societycity.co.uk, www.Twitter.com/societybarcity
|Try This Week…|
Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection
Adding to their already exciting and innovative cognac range (including the cool looking Exclusif edition that has been specifically designed for cocktails) is the new Connoisseur Collection. Never before has one of the major Cognac houses produced a cognac with an age statement, so in true ‘revolutionary spirit’ style, Courvoisier is leading the way. Available in two styles, the exquisite spirits have been aged for a minimum of either 12 or 21 years in French oak. The result is a deliciously complex duo of cognacs that realise the potential that can be achieved when age and cru come together. The 12 year old comes in at £50, which is great value for such an exclusive spirit, whilst the 21 year old comes in at £175 but has more than enough character to match the price tag.
Sweden may have inflicted horrors such as ABBA onto the rest of the world, but give one of these Almondy cakes a try and all is likely to be forgiven. With their rich almond based cakes combined with custard like cream topped with chocolate bars, they have become something of an institution in their homeland. The latest flavour uses everyone’s favourite holiday chocolate, Toblerone. To make your mouth really water the base is covered with a layer of rich chocolate cream and smooth milk chocolate mousse coated with the Toblerone chunks before being smothered in a milk chocolate coating. The Toblerone’s delicious crunchy, yet chewy honey and almond nougat contrasts dangerously well with the melt in the mouth almond base to create a truly addictive dessert. Available in the freezer isles of ASDA, Tesco and Morrisons for around £3. www.almondy.com/uk
Estrella Damm Lager
Unless you’ve been locked away in a culinary quagmire, you will probably have noticed a glut of top notch Spanish restaurants opening all over London. Obviously quality alcoholic beverages are required to accompany your meal and if sherry or Rioja isn’t your thing, then a chilled glass of Estrella Damm is a sure-fire match for Spanish cuisine. Designed with Barcelona’s warm and lively lifestyle in mind, the 4.6% abv lager is light, refreshing and ideal for British summertime drinking. Throw in a platter of Iberico ham and manchego cheese, chuck on some flamenco on the iPod and sit back and imagine you’re on your summer hols in the Med! www.estrelladamm.com