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Barts Sixth Birthday

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on Wednesday, 13 May 2015
Last month speakeasy, Barts, in South Kensington celebrated their sixth birthday.

Barts was the first project from Inception Group (who also own Cahoots, Mr Fogg's and Maggie's) , and is credited with putting the American speakeasy trend firmly on the map in London, being one of the first of its kind to open in London.

I was lucky enough to go along to the evening and help celebrate by raising a glass (more like six!) of Moët & Chandon.
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Stress free cooking

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on Friday, 01 May 2015
I love cooking. There really is nothing I love more than rustling something tasty up from scratch for myself or friends. But on a weeknight, after work, if I'm really honest, I usually find myself reaching for the pasta and a jar of pesto. Essentially, I really can't be bothered to cook something exciting, or from scratch, on a school night.

Luckily there are people out there who want to get us cooking great meals with less of the stress. And so Marley Spoon, the recipe kit delivery service, came to my rescue.

Recipe kits are nothing new but one of the great things I loved about this was there was the option of an evening delivery, meaning I wouldn't have to be late for work or leave early so I could wait for the delivery.

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I opted for the sticky chilli and ginger salmon with pak choi, rice and sesame seeds and the maple pork with sweet potato mash and greens.

When it arrived I loved that 90% of the contents came in cardboard or paper bag packaging – since living in my own place I've turned into a person who is obsessed with recycling so was (quite sadly I guess) excited about all the recyclables.

The salmon was the first dish my housemate and I decided to try. The recipe card, complete with step by step cooking guidelines accompanied with pictures, gives the preparation and cooking time for the dish. I found it took slightly less time on both accounts, but that might be because a) we were really hungry, of b) I have a fan assisted oven so things tend to cook quicker. I would like to have seen temperatures for fan assisted ovens on the recipe cards but it really wasn't the end of the world.

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We both loved the salmon and the portion sizes were really reasonable. You could easily have worked it to feed a third person if need be.

The second dish of the maple pork I had two friends around so decided to see if my theory that the dishes could stretch to make three good sized portions was right. We didn't use the winter greens that were sent to go with the dish. This is mainly because I had this dish a few days after the box arrived and the greens were looking a little worse for wear. Nothing some broccoli and asparagus from the local shop didn't sort though.

Unlike with the salmon, I found the pork needed slightly longer cooking but other than that the dish was once again incredibly easy to prepare and cook. You know how good a meal is when you're eating with friends but there is complete silence; the pork was totally epic. Out of the two dishes it was definitely my favourite. And I was totally right about the portions, we all had a healthy meal in front of us.

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Marley Spoon recipe kits come in at £5.50 per meal so they are definitely something I'd treat myself to every now and then. Even if my housemate and I didn't split the cost of a kit, it's still great value.

Thanks for a great dinner!

www.marleyspoon.co.uk

NB I was intending to take pictures of the dishes but on both occasions they looked so great, well I sort of...forgot. Huge apologies but considering I couldn't wait to dive in and try each dish is surely a sign that they were great meals!

Melonie Clarke

Please Mind the Gap

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on Monday, 09 March 2015
As a young lady about town, there is little more I enjoy than sampling new drinking establishments that pop up around London.

As a young lady about town who is just a bit of a vintage enthusiast and a lindy hop dancer, a drinking hole that sates both my passion for vintage and dancing, well I couldn't grab my coat and head down quick enough!

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Cahoots in Kingly Court is that new watering whole.

Hidden below the streets of Soho, Cahoots is the latest addition the Inception Group's arsenal and if you ask me, it's their best offering to date.

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The outbreak of war meant that a number of disused underground stations were turned into air raid shelters and Londoners would transform the spaces into a 'home away from home', with their own nick-nacks and furnishings. There would often be a makeshift bar so people could drink, dance and generally boost morale during the Blitz.

This venue aims to bring the illicit and nocturnal escapades from the era and those shelters back to life.

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Once you have found the venue (I got completely lost and had to call the venue and hysterically scream down the phone that I was lost and I needed assistance – yep I know, oh so cool) you will be transported back in time to post-war 1940s in a disused underground tube station.

There are a number of fabulous cocktails to be enjoyed (the list really is HUGE, more than 45! The Vera Lynne is my personal favourite), Blitz spirit themed snacks – SPAM sandwiches anyone?, and live music; Le Bistrotet (who are signed to the same label as the more notorious The Top Shelf Band) fronted by the dashing rogue Fred Snow, kept the crowd entertained with their naughty style of the inter-war French Manouche swing-jazz sound.

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The attention to details when it comes to the décor is astounding. I dread to think how much they spent but it is certainly worth it. Stairs disguised as classic style wooden escalators lead you downstairs, a vintage train carriage, 1940s tube carriage seats, and of course a bit of bunting all make for a fab venue. Even those who aren't lovers of vintage would find it hard not to be impressed by this venue.

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As a dancer, a somewhat large fan of vintage, and a lover of jazz, Cahoots doesn't get much better.

www.cahoots-london.com
www.lebistrotet.com
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How one luxury chauffeur service is helping ex forces personnel on the road to recovery

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on Monday, 09 March 2015
On a freezing cold day in Hyde Park I meet Charlie Bowmont, MD and co-founder of Capstar his luxury chauffeur service which employs ex-forces personnel including, but not exclusively, those who have been injured in service often losing limbs. I have many friends who have come back from Iraq and Afghanistan in bits and pieces, both physically and mentally, so the idea of a company that helps offer a respectful civilian employment after recovery is indeed welcome.

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Bowmont is an ex-Captain in the Blue and Royals and seen active operation; but when it came to leaving the Army he found himself in the same position as most ranks, asking – what next? What stands him apart from so many others is the way he approached the job market, by wanting to put others' needs in the forefront. 'I wanted to work out way we could help my guys into employment after they'd left. We looked at the character traits of soldiers; highly trained and skilled, trustworthy, and excel as being part of a team. We played around with professions that suited these skills and what company we could realistically and quickly set up, and a luxury chauffeur concept seemed to tick all the boxes. It doesn't matter if they are injured, if they can drive a car and be proud of being part of the team – I want them as part of Capstar"

It's a strategy that has worked well – with a fleet of Jaguar XJs their current clients include private equity, hedge fund, and many FTSE 100 financial firms who all want to protect their ultimate assets – their senior staff. Based out of Syon House in South London all drivers have been through advanced driving training and your bespoke suited driver and regimental tie is exactly who you'd want to make you and your family feel safe and secure.

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Additional services include weddings and corporate shooting days when Range Rovers are deployed, to events such as Cheltenham or Ascot. The fleet is steadily growing along with their reputation and Bowmont tells me existing clients and they are now asking Capstar to look after their wives, private HNWIs and VIP guest for events. He has an easy charm about him mixed with a quiet determination that you need to succeed, both on the battlefield and business world. Mark my word, Capstar might be the luxury firm you haven't heard of yet, but I would think of no-one else that I would rather travel with.

Capstar Chauffeur www.capstarchauffeurs.com
For booking enquires please call: 0208 568 7902 or bookings@capstarchauffeurs.com
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Finger Sandwiches, Scones, And A Nice Glass Of ...Beer!

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on Friday, 27 February 2015
What tipple do you normally prefer with your afternoon tea? There's a Beer for That's new campaign has seen them pairing with award winning beer sommelier Marverine Cole to give the longstanding British tradition of afternoon tea a makeover... with beer!

So send back that glass of bubbly you order and go for a different type of bubbles. We went to a special launch and got the chance to try the pairings and are definitely converts.

If you're intrigued, here are some great pairings to try next time your ordering your finger sandwiches and scones.

Mini Finger Sandwiches

Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese on granary bread paired with Cascade Single Hops
The lilting citrus and floral nature of the Cascade Single Hops makes a lovely contrast to the light smokiness of the salmon, with neither overpowering the other. A perfect starter!

Egg Mayonnaise and Mustard Cress on white bread paired with Hoegaarden
The aroma of orange peel, coriander and spiced citrus flavour in this Belgium wheat beer perfectly compliments the sharp taste of the Mustard Cress, while the light-bodied texture of the Hoegaarden contrasts against the density of the egg mayonnaise.

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Cheddar Cheese &  Celery with a Chive Mayo on granary bread paired with Fullers Vintage Ale
Beer makes a fantastic match with cheese, and some say even better than wine does! A strong cheddar needs a strong ale to stand up to its rich flavours, and the malt in Fuller's Vintage Ale combined with the cinnamon pineapple and marmalade notes rests easily against the fuller flavoured mature cheddar, making it a delicious combination.

Tuna Mayonnaise on granary bread paired with Heineken
The citrus notes of the Heineken compliment the taste of the fish just like a slice of lemon, while the lightness of the lager also cuts through the mayonnaise, refreshing the pallet.

Honey Roasted Ham with Mustard Mayonnaise on white bread paired with Innis & Gunn Original
Brewed in a whisky barrel, Innis and Gunn Original is a classic golden honey colour with a lovely creamy and warming finish. It tastes even better alongside a honey roasted ham and mustard mayonnaise sandwich, as the hints of toffee, vanilla and oak really bring out the sweetness in the ham.

Coronation Chicken & Spinach on white bread paired with Pilsner Urquell
A fail-safe combination as the crisp hoppy aroma and gentle fizz of the Pilsner Urquell goes hand-in-hand with the creamy texture and taste of the coronation chicken, while the smooth taste of the pilsner stands up well to the gentle spices.

Sweet Treats

Vanilla Macaroon paired with Thornbridge Wild Swan
Thornbridge Wild Swan is white gold in colour, and the aromas of light bitter lemon and the subtle spicy undertones provide a tasty yet sharp contrast to the soft sweet vanilla flavor in the macaroon!

Viennese Whirls paired with Meantime Raspberry Wheat and Carlsberg
The fruity and refreshing taste of the Raspberry Wheat is the perfect partner for the butter jam middle of a viennese whirl, while the biscuit sandwich goes perfectly with the lightly hopped wheat flavor of the beer – some might even say that Meantime Raspberry Wheat is the liquid version of a vinesse whirl!

Chocolate Eclairs filled with Whipped Cream Paired with Meantime Chocolate Porter
The natural mocha flavor of the four different roasted malts combined with the addition of real chocolate during maturation gives Meantime Chocolate Porter a strong, a rich coco flavor, while the creamy center of the chocolate éclair pleasantly lightens the taste!

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Pistachio Macaroon Paired with Theakstons Old Peculier
This rich, dark, smooth-tasting beer is most enjoyable with Pistachio Macaroon, as the complex character highlights the nutty flavor of the Pisachio.

Treacle Tart Paired with Bacchus Kriek
This delectable tangy, sour cherry beer provides a mouthwatering contrast to the sweet, sticky treacle tart, bringing you the ultimate sweet treat in beer and cakes.

Chocolate Macaroon Paired With Little Valley Stoodley Stout
Stoodley stout is a rich, dark stout. With chocolate and crystal malts mixed with oats and wheat, and a rich, creamy roasted flavor, Little Valley Stoodley Stout proves to be the perfect accomplice to a chocolate macaroon for a double chocolate treat!
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