All posts tagged: Cocktails

VOC’s new small plates menu in King’s Cross

I’m loving discovering the new bars and restaurants tucked away in little streets and courtyards around King’s Cross where our new office is. Just over a year I reviewed VOC Restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the station in Varnishers Yard. During my last visit I was impressed by the cocktails and the steaks were very tasty – the restaurant was being positioned very much as a ‘grill’ style venue at the time. Last week I was kindly invited back to the restaurant to try the new menu. While it still has big meaty dishes on the menu for main courses, they have recently introduced a big selection of new ‘small plates’, which are categorised into ‘from the sea’, ‘from the land’ and ‘from the field’. This time I visited the restaurant with my friend Kelly and we tucked into a wide selection of dishes – Garlic Pan Fried Prawns with garlic, chilli and garden salad, Sea Farer Batativa Scallops with dutch gin, baby greens and tomato salsa, Five Day Air Dried Crispy Duck with …

Dinner at VOC Grill, King’s Cross

I seem to be making a habit of getting lost in London at the moment (mostly thanks, or perhaps no thanks to Citymapper!) – the latest navigation fail was trying to find VOC Grill in King’s Cross. I was meeting my buddy Charlotte who I first met a year ago when she was doing the PR for Barber’s cheese. People who like cheese are always good people 😉 I eventually found the bar and restaurant – it was tucked away in a courtyard next to Camino, unfortunately not very well signposted, unless I was just being silly. But then Charlotte encountered the exact same issue, so maybe it’s not just me! The website for VOC Grill really intrigued me – it describes itself as having a homely, speakeasy-style feel, and the cocktails just looked insanely good!  It was a Thursday night (and surprisingly dry!) so it was packed outside with people having post work drinks. On arrival it was smaller than I was expecting, but that’s often a good thing, especially if the aim is to be a …

Baileys Cocktails and Puds!

For as long as I can remember, Baileys has always been a staple in our household. I remember when it first started to get ‘big’ in the 90’s and my Mum bought a sneaky bottle for herself one Christmas, but was quite put out when all of our visiting family members and friends took a fancy to it too, and the bottle was soon depleted! Over New Year, I was kindly sent a very awesome hamper from the team at Baileys with ingredients and items to create some rather epic Baileys-based cocktails and puddings! They have a hub of loads of different recipes here – I tried out the following: Baileys Flat White Martini Ingredients 50ml Baileys Original Irish Cream 25ml Smirnoff Vodka 25ml Espresso Ice cubes Coffee beans (to garnish) Method Pop all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it up until everything is perfectly blended and the liquid is silky smooth. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with coffee beans. Baileys Cheesecake with a chocolate base and almond brittle Ingredients …

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Yauatcha, Soho

You may have seen me raving about Yauatcha over the past six months or so. Tim and I visited the new City location when it launched last year and we had a fantastic time – it even made my ‘Top 5 Restaurants of 2015‘! We’ve got quite a few holidays planned for this year and couldn’t really take any more time off to go away for New Year, so we had a think about what we could do in London. We decided to go for a nice dinner together and try out Yauatcha in Soho. I’d been excited for ages, as I’d seen their ‘festive menu’ on their website which included barbecue rib eye beef, spicy scallop and gingerbread parfait. I’d even e-mailed them in advance to make sure they were serving it on New Year’s Eve, which they confirmed they were. I was then very disappointed to learn, once seated at the restaurant, that this menu was only for groups of 4 people or more. This really wasn’t made clear on the website, it …

Seeing Double with Double Dutch Drinks

A colleague of mine recently told me about a new drinks company they’d come across that they thought might be of interest for my blog. And it certainly was! As you know, I love writing about businesses with a great story, and this one is no exception. ‘Double Dutch’ was founded by Dutch twin sisters, Joyce and Raissa. See what they did there? Incredible name for a business! They felt that while the quality and choice of spirits kept growing, the market for accompanying sodas was rather bland and boring. And so, after much research and experimentation, Double Dutch drinks were born! There are two flavours – Pomegranate & Basil and Cucumber & Watermelon. The flavours themselves excited me, because they’re some of my favourites in general. Basil is my ‘go to’ herb for cooking (particularly Italian and Greek food) and I find that cucumber in any drink makes it instantly taste better! Joyce and Raissa kindly sent me one bottle of each flavour and I tried a bit of each with both gin and vodka, …

A Hepburn Hen Do!

Last month was my bestie’s hen party (Ceri, who you may well have read about on here). She’s a big Audrey Hepburn fan so the other bridesmaids and I thought we’d make the daytime part a ‘Breakfast at Tiffanys’ themed do! Now I’m obviously not going to document the whole event on here as it was Ceri’s day, but I thought I’d just share some of the food and drink we prepared, being a food blog and all! It was hosted at my house and was the first time I’d had more than a couple of people visiting at once, but thankfully we had enough room for everyone. Here are some of the things we had: Audrey Coconut & Buttercream Cupcakes: Ceri loves coconut so this had to be incorporated somewhere. I used this recipe from Good To Know and managed to get some edible Audrey Hepburn cake toppers from Etsy. Ingredients 120g butter, softened 160g caster sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature Zest of 1 lime 200g self raising flour 1 tsp baking powder …

Experiencing the new Grub Crawl, Brixton

I’ve been on a fair few pub crawls in my life, the most memorable of which was the circle line challenge in London (a different drink in a different pub at each stop on the circle line). It was pretty heavy, starting at Aldgate and ending prematurely at Notting Hill due to the sheer amount of alcohol consumption. More of a semi circle challenge really! Recently I was invited to try out an awesome new concept – a grub crawl! How would this work? I hear you cry! The concept is actually quite simple – you have your starter in one restaurant, main in another and, you guessed it, dessert in another. This is the brainchild of the lovely Hannah (of That Adventurer) who wanted to share the culinary delights of her area, Brixton, with fellow foodies. Brixton has changed a lot since I lived there for a very short time when I first moved to London, around seven years ago. It’s become quite ‘trendy’ and the market is now host to so many incredible …