Thursday, 26 June 2014

Propercorn

Prop up pop up

Popcorn is in and Propercorn were on the bandwagon right from day one. They took over Golden Square this week with wine tasting, gospel singing and all the free popcorn you could wish for. Let's keep our fingers crossed for another spark of marketing genius as this one was pretty damn fabulous. 

The pink one's my new favourite - Vanilla and coconut, who'da thought it?!


This lovely lady and fine gent gave us a little tasting session of some English sparkling wines. A delight to be sipping in the sunshine...




... which didn't last .. why June? Why? 

Ooo I love it when I'm told to do something I really want to do. Sitting on grass IS great (grass stains shmarss stains)! Unfortunately it wasn't to last, as the rain was moving in and the props had to start moving out.

There they go! Propercorn pixies wearing their excellent popcorny t-shirts pushed the props to safety. (Note to self, I really want a popcorny t-shirt ..)


Still, rain just means one must counterbalance the moody weather with smiles. Our attempt is relatively manic .. the good kind of manic of course!

And last but not least, a sickeningly posed snap with the corn #shameless #sorrynotsorry #that'senoughhashtaggingfornow.

Thanks Propercorn, can't wait to see what popcorny treats you have in store for us next! Keeping my eyes peeled.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Berners Tavern & The Punch Room

A Jaw Dropper

Jason Atherton has gone and done it again. Walking into Berners Tavern is like stumbling into Aladdin’s cave and the stunning interior is enough to make you gasp as soon as you slip through the doors. Opulent is an understatement and I had to concentrate on picking my jaw up off the floor where I had dropped it upon entry.



We were confronted by a room of majestic proportions with intricately carved soaring ceilings and artwork covering almost every inch of wall in sight; National Gallery eat your heart out.. (well, almost)! The two spectacular chandeliers modelled on those inside New York's Grand Central Station coat the room in a warm glow which is reflected in the gold carved picture frames all the way around the chattering diners. If you’re wanting to impress, you’ve come to the right place.

Jason Atherton has moved away from the French cuisine of his Pollen Street Social as the menu here sways towards the seasonal British with a twist. We chose Asparagus which arrived delicately presented with brilliant blobs of colour (look at me being all technical) and fresh as anything. The Prawn and Lobster Cocktail was served in a martini glass and while a little on the large side was delicious nonetheless.





For our main course, it was always going to be the duck with caramelised apples...because, well, caramelised apples!! Cooked perfectly pink and tender, the duck was covered in plum sauce and accompanied by our choice of garlic carrots and broccoli. Somehow we both managed to devour the whole lot (quite a feat considering the once again very generous portion sizes) and returned to admiration of the room. We were waited on hand and foot, and being the curious types, were treated to a miniature history of our surroundings by our totally clued up waiter.




Deciding we were totally stuffed and couldn’t eat another thing, we immediately accepted the dessert menu. After my sweet tooth had told my stomach to man up, we ordered a strawberry ├ęclair with chocolate sorbet. Thank goodness for sweet teeth since this was a delectable dish presented beautifully with tiny gold flecks, appealing to miss magpie here who has a certain penchant for all things gold and the chocolate sorbet was refreshing in a way that all chocolate should be. 



Our discussions with the waiter led to a sneaky invitation to the Punch Room, the reservations-only bar that sits just next door inside the Marriott Edition Hotel and feels ever so exclusive. Upon pushing open the heavy wooden door, we were swathed in an oaky aroma, transporting us directly back to the 19th century library that I (and I'm sure more of you out there) like to dream about, secret bookcase-door included (don't get me started)! 

Now for important introductions, meet Sally the ostrich. She came to say hello and we established she was really just a fun loving kinda bird looking for love. Her mate (currently Sally number 2) was off galavanting so we took her under our proverbial wing and she looked after our delicious ice berg, gin and sherbet filled glasses.

Our cocktails arrived in a fabulous silver punch bowl which is definitely an essential item in any drinks cabinet. We know I love the novelty of such totally necessary items so this had my attention right from the word go and has been placed firmly on my bijoux residence shopping list. 

It took some persuasion to peel me from the clutches of the leather chair which had me well and truly enveloped but drinks finished, our evening had to draw to a close (cue sad face, evenings like this should be more considerate and not end). 

So if you're looking to make someone sparkle and/or whisk them off their feet, an evening at Berners Tavern should do the trick. If your lady (or man) isn't impressed, get a new one! 

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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Purl

A Sip & a Show (and a story).

Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin ...




In London there sits a hidden cavern,
It's name is Purl; a bright shining tavern.

As one of the best bars in the city,
This ‘secret’ speakeasy is more than just pretty.

People travel from far and wide,
To experience the delights it holds inside.



My story is one of a happy scale,
A chance encounter with a fine young male.

We sipped all evening at this fancy bar,
I’d give it a few, nay five gold stars!

All the cocktails were creatively made,
The flame-popped balloon was a game well played.




Half the way through we adjourned downstairs,
But this was no game of musical chairs.

A piano and bass were playing away,
All manner of jazz tunes to make us sway.

So there we sat for an extra hour,
Just enough time for a whiskey sour.





We left feeling warm and very content,
Purl is the one for your social event.

Booking is definitely a wise plan,
So boys grab your girl and ladies your man.

Here is a gem for the little brown book,
It’s up to you now to go take a look!



 

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Pizza Union

A Pleasant Pizza Place

Welcome to Pizza Union, the latest uber quick, delightfully cheap and tasty super thin pizza place to arrive just behind Spitalfields. 




It’s spacious interior is filled with tables and benches for casual dining with a bit of an edge.

The idea here is simple. After you’ve thoroughly perused the menu and gasped at the exceptional pricing, you hop over to the counter where you can grab a drink, some dipping sauce, perhaps some olives and give your pizza order to one of the smiling staff.







You will be presented with a square box thing (yes, a very technical term I know) which will light up, jump around and scream at you to go and collect your pizza when it is ready (or it will just flash and vibrate, but sometimes we have to employ a bit of imagination)!


Anyway, after almost no wait at all your pizza will be ready to gobble up. Takeaway is also an option and they are well stocked up with boxes for all the pizza you could ever desire!

So after we had devoured our pot of delicious olives (guzzling monster below not included), it was time for the pizza. The perfectly thin 12” base was well covered in cheese and our chosen toppings.

While I’d have liked a little more flavour in the pizza itself, a pot of herbs and a bottle of chilli oil were on hand for that extra boost.



The dips were a necessary addition for that dash more flavour and I’d have been a doubly happy bunny if there were pesto or balsamic options as the garlic was a little ‘dominos-esque’ for my liking. None of this prevented us both from inhaling the pizzas and when dessert arrived, there was no holding us back.

A pizza doughnut oozing with mascarpone and nutella sent us into the final realm of carbohydrate infused excitement and our meal was over.

For a bite pre or post pub, a casual dinner date or an office lunch, the atmosphere in Pizza Union is relaxed and welcoming. There is plenty of space and pizza-y aromas waft around the tables which spill out onto the patio outside (summer really is trying)!

Make sure to give this master pizza maker a wave before you leave. The speed he flips and twists the dough is quite spectacular to observe and definitely shouldn't go unnoticed! 

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