February Recap

Monday, 29 February 2016

Okay, so I took a bit of a "blogging break" this month (two months into your goal of blogging three times a week - good one Lucy), but I'm determined to stick to this series as I think they'll be fun to read back. I mean, this time it doesn't really count. February's not a real month really, is it? 28/9 days. Make your mind up hun. Happy Leap Day btw.

It may have been short, but it's been BUSY. There's been a lot going on at work and I've taken on a couple of projects I'm super excited about. Also, as you'll see below, it's been a month of eating and drinking like I'm Henry VIII.

Without further ado, here's my February recap. Now I'm off to take a lie down as I've just realised it's March tomorrow and wtf, 2016 you're going far too quickly.

Many A Cocktail Evening
Aaaand so it begins. I do love a cocktail evening though. Early in the month, I met Jon and two of his friends for ramen at Shoryu, and we wandered over to The Botanist in Broadgate Circle for drinks afterwards (see top photo). Believe it or not, this was my first taste of a Espresso Martini. Never looking back.
This month I also hit up the Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia with my pal Alex, who has just moved to London. I absolutely LOVED this place. The inside is luxe and cosy in equal measure. We sat up at the bar, which legit made me feel like I was in Gossip Girl drinking in some five star hotel. Their cocktail menu was really unusual as well - liquors added to everything from green smoothies to herbal tea (see above). Definitely check it out if you're around Oxford Circus.

Year of the Monkey
I'd never really paid attention to Chinese New Year until 2016. This could be for a couple of reasons - one being my boyfriend is half Chinese so I'm a lot more exposed to it, and the other being it was time for my Asian spirit animal, the Monkey, to take centre stage. I got given this fortune cookie at work, and even though I know they're mostly just a bit of fun, it brightened up a relatively stressful day. Life is full of nice surprises...

Back In 5 Minutes
... This being one of them. On Valentines Day evening, Jon lead me through Shoreditch on our way to evening dinner. I had absolutely no idea where he'd booked. If you've clicked through to his blog though, you'll see he's a big foodie, so I trust his taste.
All of a sudden, I was seriously confused. Instead of leading me to the doors of a brasserie or a nice pub, he took me into a clothes shop. I got even more confused when the girl on the till smiled knowingly at him, before pulling back a black velvet curtain.
Hidden down behind the shop was a secret pop-up restaurant called Back In 5 Minutes. Decorated like a cosy Swedish living room with only enough seating for about 15 people, it was one of the most special dining experiences of my life. Jon had emailed in advance to let the chefs know of my shellfish allergy, and as a couple of things on the menu actually included oysters and scallops, they were kind enough to whip up replacement dishes for me. I had a gorgeous starter of goats cheese roulade with spicy butternut soup, whilst Jon tucked into his seafood. The main course still leaves my mouth watering. It was rhubarb risotto and truffled bean salad, with the tastiest cut of lamb I've ever had in my life. I could have eaten ten bowls of that stuff. Dessert was vanilla bavarois with strawberry jelly and a sprinkling of oats - perfect and light to round off the meal.
Back In 5 Minutes is part of the Disappearing Dining Club and I honestly couldn't recommend them enough.

Taking In Some Culture
I'm planning an upcoming post on things to do in London if you're skint, and *SPOILER ALERT*, heading to a gallery or museum is one of them. This month I visited the British Museum for the first time, and not gonna lie I was seriously impressed by this place. Did you know they have a collection of real Ancient Egyptian mummies? Or a huge section dedicated to Ancient Greek art? If that doesn't float your nerdy boat, the dreamy architecture sure will.

I Ate My Weight in Pizza
I shouldn't be proud of this, but I am. UNPOPULAR OPINION KLAXON, but I'm not really a "pizza person." I just don't really get it. I'd choose a Chinese or an Indian takeaway over a Dominos any day. But one place I'd had recommended to me over and over again was Homeslice, so when the opportunity came to try it this month, I threw my pizza caution to the wind and dived in.
Homeslice do 20" pizzas for £20, and you can choose two of their frequently rotating toppings if you've got a picky mate or just want to share the love. We went for the goats shoulder with cabbage and yoghurt on one side, chorizo on the other. MY GOD. I've been converted. It was the best pizza I've ever tasted, and I'm not an easy one to please when it comes to topping and dough. The goat shoulder and yoghurt side was especially delicious. Pizza fanatics and tentative eaters: this is your calling.

I Went For the Chop
Confession: I've not had my hair cut properly in over two years. I've always had a bit of an obsession with growing it, to the point where when I last headed to a hairdressers about a year ago, I begged the stylist not to take off any more than an inch. Cue a short term solution to a long term problem: damaged, ratty split ends that weren't going to go away without a fairly considerable snip. So after uhm-ing and ahh-ing for a couple of weeks, I did it, and had about five or six inches of hair chopped off. At first I was petrified but MY GOD IT FEELS GOOD. It's so nice to run your hands through healthy hair. So satisfying to put on a jacket or coat and not have to drag out my long ratty hair from underneath. So easy to wash. So easy to style. Much wow. Why didn't I do this sooner?

Flight Club Darts
(Excuse the snapchat photo, I forgot to take a proper one!) When a work colleague suggested darts for a social, I thought she'd mistaken me for a 45 year old who heads down the pub of a Friday for a pint with the lads and a packet of pork scratchings (to be fair, something I'd absolutely do). But no. This wasn't any old darts game. Flight Club are based in Shoreditch and host interactive dart board games with real time digital scoring and a Snapchat-esque webcam. You get a little group of you together to play in cosy little areas called oches, and there's an actual alcohol button. Considering I have the hand eye coordination of a drunk toddler, I was oh so pleased to fluke and win a game (see cheesy grin above). It's £40 for ten people in a two hour slot, too - very reasonably priced!

What have you all been up to this month? x

1 comment :

  1. May look super creepy finding comments on a post this far back, but I stumbled on your blog whilst reading another. I loved Back in 5 minutes, I'm not from London but I visit occasionally and this time around I wanted to do something a little more different, definitely a fun idea!