Month: July 2011

Vintage at Southbank Centre

Let me set the scene. My boyfriends family are huge advocates of vintage, whether that be music, fashion, design or films. I met my boyfriend in a field at Bestival in 2007 and I remember thinking that it was cool that his dad and little brother (who was 10 at the time) came for a couple of days. We went back to Bestival for the next couple of years and as we started to see the changes, the way that it was expanding so fast, we decided to give it a miss the following year. It was the same year that my boyfriends parents had an idea. To encompass everything that they are passionate about and hold their very own festival. A relationship with Goodwood was established and the date was set – August 13th – 15th 2010. See my post on the event last year here. Anyone that went last year will know how fantastic it was. A high street in a field, post war silver service in The Torch Club, the BEST club …

Tortilla burrito master class

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a burrito master class at Tortilla, a chain of Mexican burrito restaurants in London. I wasn’t feeling too well a couple of days leading up to the event and I had been to the doctors that morning and was told I had a kidney infection. Lovely. Still, I went partly because I didn’t want to let anyone down and partly because I love a good burrito. We arrived at the Market Place branch just off Oxford Street and joined the group waiting downstairs. The evening started with a talk from the founder Brandon Stephens and the Brazillian head chef Bruno Pires. I was really happy to see that Brandon is obviously an avid burrito fan and his enthusiasm really won me over. After the talk, they brought a load of ingredients for guacamole and we had a go at making our own. All of the ingredients were there for us to use – avocado, green chillies, garlic, coriander, lime, tomatoes, salt and pepper and we could …

The Big Chopper winner

Congratulations to Denise Baker-McClearn from the Moel Faban Secret Supper Club who is the winner of a brand new shiny Big Chopper board. If you ever visit her supper club (and I hear it’s VERY good), make sure that she’s using it to prepare your grub! For those of you that are still interested in getting your hands on one for your kitchen, the guys at The Big Chopper have agreed a special offer. If you go to their website (www.thebigchopper.co.uk) and buy a Big Chopper or Big Pink One you’ll get a bread or fish board worth £9.99 absolutely free! Simply add a Big Chopper and your choice of bread or fish board to your shopping cart, then use the promotional code CHOPPERDQ9BWDFE during the checkout process to receive your chosen board for free!

The Zetter Townhouse

I really like Clerkenwell. If I could (and realistically I can’t) choose where I bought my first property, Clerkenwell would be high up the list. I don’t think you’d hear too many people saying that but I would for the following reasons. It is one of the only areas of London that you can get a feel for ye olde London with the cobbled streets, pokey alleyways and age old buildings whilst being amidst some excellent modern architecture. And over the last few years there have been some truly fantastic restaurants popping up. Many are situated around the historic Smithfield meat Market, where they source their meat, which guarantees good quality. I became familiar with the area after my dad took me to Smiths of Smithfield for my 18th birthday. My boyfriend and I then ran a club night for a year, appropriately titled ‘Beef Boogie On’ at a pub underneath the meat Market. Clerkenwell is famous for St John, Hix Oyster & Chop House, Vinoteca, The Modern Pantry and Fabric nightclub, where I have …