Bit of a nata

I have a long history of accidentally buying things while drunk. I’ll often get home from pub/bar/restaurant and buy things on ebay. This has ranged from the mundane such as clothes to the ridiculous, such as a pizza oven and a vintage Alfa Romeo. The pizza oven did turn out to be one of the…

All our problems are solved!

I’ve been boozy baking again. This time it’s boozy banana bread. That trip to St Lucia had many impacts on me. One of the main ones was breakfasts. Lovely girlfriend and I made it to breakfast every day. This in itself was very odd, because lie-ins. The upside to this was that the hotel made…

Schools out for ever!

I done an exam. In wine. It was a bit of a let down. I think I should have paid more attention to the level before signing up. I could have answered all but one of the questions before I started the course and I’m pretty sure I got that one wrong anyway. I appreciate…

The bar with no name.

I’ve been trying to work out how to get in a review of 69 Colebrooke Row since I started this blog. It’s probably my all time favourite cocktail bar. It crops up again and again in passing as I explore further into booze. It was definitely fundamental in my development as a massive cocktail nerd….

Pished Fish

Today while walking round my local farmers market (what?) I came across a stall. Booze Infused Smoked Salmon. There is no way on earth I was going to not stop. Stop I did. “This is our Old Fashioned infused smoked salmon, would you like to try some?” No prizes for guessing what my answer was….

Back to school [week 2]

Yay! Register again. I very much doubt there is anything that makes me so obviously a long way out of school as actually find it exciting having a register taken. There was more wine this week – although there was also spittoons . It turns out the most difficult thing about wine tasting is spitting…

All Gone

The negroni party has yet to happen. Far too many things are happening in life right now for me to want to host a large party. However it is still my birthday this week so I wanted to do something. Cue the five year old negroni. What can I say? It was awesome. It was…

Back to school

A combination of disgruntlement at work giving me delusions of grandeur over a new career and wanting to be able to describe things in more detail than on a scale of ‘not very nom’ to ‘all of the nom’ led me to spend the evening back in school. I have signed up to do the…

Skeletons in the closet

When I first started taking cocktails seriously around 8 years ago, I went to the newly opened 69 Colebroke Row. It was a very formative experience in my love of cocktails. Before that cocktails had mostly been sugary-sweet things with lots of Malibu or Pasoa in, or horrifically poorly made martini’s. I’d read an article somewhere about…

Matching!

I went out for dinner last night as a birthday (and it turns out, promotion) celebration. It was at the properly swanky – 26th in the world – Clove Club in Shoreditch town hall. Whilst sipping on some Welsh Sparkling Rose (because National pride is occasionally a thing, even in these bleak times), I decided…

A rare foray

I spent rather a lot of time during my PhD at the Euston Tap. Far more time than I really should have. The Euston Tap is a collection of two pubs in the base of what was formally the Doric Arch – the big arch that was the entry to Euston Station, before it got…

The Lyan sleeps tonight!

As part of lovely girlfriend’s birthday, we (surprisingly!) went for cocktails. The chosen venue was Dandelyan. The bar from mixologist of note, Mr Lyan, in the Mondrian Hotel in the sea containers building on the south bank. Sea containers is amazing. It is one of the ugliest buildings in London – it’s got a lovely view…