Friday, April 25, 2014

Chambord Cocktails

The Elgin in Notting Hill are teaching you how to make Chambord cocktails...

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You start with a glass of chambord prosecco...

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

Like prosecco? You'll very much enjoy the sweet twist you'll get when you add a dash of chambord... the next cocktail we made, I forget what went into it, I believe it was gin, lemonade, squeeze of lime and, again, a dash of chambord, mint for decoration!

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This one was particularly tasty!

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

Next up was a white wine based cocktail...which was ok, but not my favourite. Sarah mixed it up.

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

We had a lot of fun and a lot to drink!

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

And added bonus, Sarah won a bottle of Chambord!

Chambord Cocktails April 2014

I can't seem to see anything about these nights on the website but you can get in touch with them and ask about it! It's definitely worth doing!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Liz's Bday - Cocktail Making Masterclass

I'm still totally loving these cocktail making masterclasses at Be At One, so I was super happy when we decided to arrange one for Liz's bday! We arrived and, as per usual, had a glass of bubbles handed to us.

Liz's Bday Apr 2014
Liz's Bday Apr 2014

And then we moved to the bar below for the games to begin...

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Birthday shot for the birthday girl as her before her and Dad attempted to make a couple of Woo Woos!

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It was a tie in the taste-off but we declared Liz the winner so she would get another birthday shot! Next up it was a race to make a long island.

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Gladiators, ready!

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Fiona and I may have won the race...but due to some enthusiastic pouring from Fiona, our Long Island tasted of almost pure vodka.
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You win some...and sometimes drink very strong drinks.

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The cosmo was the next challenge, and Tina stepped up.

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Full of confidence...clearly.

Liz's Bday Apr 2014

She nailed it! And we happily drank to her victory. Next was Mojito...and a blind preparation, with a whole lot of cheating going on.

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Liz's Bday Apr 2014
Liz's Bday Apr 2014

After that our cocktail guy mixed us up some rum-based drinks...

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And then we headed upstairs to partake of the happy hour...

Liz's Bday Apr 2014
Liz's Bday Apr 2014

And after that, you know, I don't quite remember for some reason....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Paris - Day Four

For lunch we headed to Chez Papa, which is just all kind of awesome.

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Especially if you like chardonnay... and then everyone checked out and we said goodbye.

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Ben and I checked into our place for the night...back when we booked I had anticipated my being exhausted on Monday having run the marathon, that was not the case in the end, and Ben and I therefore really didn't need an extra day in Paris, but hey.

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We dumped our bags and did a bit of shopping and then headed to the cinema because there is just nothing better than French cinema popcorn. It's amazing!

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Speaking of which, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, good film. After the cinema we did the other thing I really love doing in Paris, got sushi.

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My favourite sushi place has changed and now they're a little chain! The best thing about Paris sushi are the 'menus', you get the little soup and salad and the meats on a stick. I literally love them. The next day we headed off home with my haul of Paris goodies!

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Aaand while we waited for the train I had a macaroon!

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And that officially checked everything off my 'what I want to do while we're in Paris' list. Good weekend. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paris - Day Three

Waking up a little disappointed, the group went to the Louvre and Ben and I went to Musee d'Orsay!

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It was first Sunday of the month, so all the big museums in Paris were free. Ben hadn't been to Musee d'Orsay before and it's my favourite museum in Paris, PLUS they currently have a Van Gogh exhibit! We had to queue for about half an hour but...free museum.
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Musee d'Orsay used to be a train station, you can go behind the clocks!

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We had to queue for the Van Gogh exhibit but it was worth it! I snuck a couple of pictures of my favourites.

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Paris April 2014

And then we headed home.

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Paris April 2014

Determined to make our Sunday night out better than our failed Saturday - I suggested we hit the bars on rue mouffetard.

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Paris April 2014

Unfortunately, the bars were a little quiet on a Sunday...go figure. However, this happened to be an advantage in one particular bar....

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Whoop!

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And fun for us, the journey back home was almost as fun as the rest of the night!

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And then back home, jungle speed came out!

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Successful night.