A dash of Monkey Shoulder at Central and Co

I was lucky enough to be invited to a cocktail masterclass hosted at Central and Co recently! I love cocktails so it would have been rude have me NOT to have accepted. My friend and I went along and were introduced to a world of much merriment!¬† I had never heard of Monkey Shoulder before so was intrigued to learn that it’s a whiskey. You learn something new every day. I like whiskey although I usually just drink it with coke so learning some new cocktail recipes was great (side note: most recipes have now been forgotten, that’s nothing to do with the amount I had to drink…I promise).

Our host, a brand ambassador from Monkey Shoulder, Scotch Whiskey, was super friendly and taught us how to make 3 cocktails, which we were “forced” to drink! ūüėČ I now know how a proper “Old Fashioned” is supposed to taste…basically very strong! We had a cocktail challenge too which was great except my friend and I did not win despite clearly being the best – see evidence below:

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The Cocktail that should have won!

I’ll definitely try Monkey Shoulder again one day and will do my best to mix a winning cocktail along the way (that was not supposed to rhyme)

Central and Co is a great venue to meet up for drinks too, facing Carnaby Street it’s perfect for an evening catch up with friends to get the night started!

Visit Central and Co – http://centralandco.com/

Visit Monkey Shoulder http://www.monkeyshoulder.com/

 

Not too Flat at Flatplanet!

Just wanted to mention a new discovery! Flatplanet! I was actually craving pizza when a friend and I walked into Flatplanet, just off Carnaby Street.

It’s a very simple concept – different toppings served on flatbreads, they look like pizzas but as I soon found out they’re not. They are not as heavy as your usually pizza meal and super healthy given that the majority of the ingredients are organic.

flatplaceTo start I had the most delicious quinoa salad Рit was so good I think I almost drank it Рseriously go for it when you visit! I had a Morrocan flatbread, which was topped with houmous, lebneh, tomatoes, basil, olives and drizzled with rose harissa. It was delicious although there was A LOT of houmous, thankfully I like houmous but it may have been a little excessive. To finish my meal I had a super yummy gluten free chocolate chip cookie. So I basically had 3 courses, all for under £13 and left feeling mighty healthy too!

The service isn’t anything to shout about but it’s not the type of establishment that one would go to for impeccable¬† service. They were decent which I suppose is enough.

flatplanetI would say give Flatplanet a try if you’re looking for an alternative to pizza! You won’t regret it…especially if you try that Quinoa salad! Jeeeezzzz that was delicious!

 

 

 

Perfect for:

  • Friends
  • lunch
  • Healthy late dinner

http://www.flatplanet.co.uk/

@flatplanethq

A trip to The Blue Nile Eritrean Restaurant

The Blue NileUnlike some Londoners I’m not a postcode snob. As long as I can get to a place comfortably and in good time I’m open to all places! This means that I don’t miss out on some great happenings around our lovely city. Well thankfully I didn’t have to travel too far to sample the delights of The Blue Nile Cafe/Restaurant in Woolwich. The building in which the cafe is housed, used to be a sausage making shop and the owners have kept the charm of that little piece of history with some beautiful tiling and original features.

I love Ethopian food so I was intrigued to try the Eritrean cuisine on offer at The Blue Nile. The menu is influenced by Eritrea’s Italian colonial past with hints of Italian food on the menu.

A friend and I went for lunch and enjoyed a delightful £5 offer for 2 stews and an accompanying dish of either rice or injera. We both went for the injera of course!

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Kilwa and Injera

I had a meat stew called Kilwa, which had beef mixed  with onion, tomatoes and garlic sautéed in a seasoned red pepper sauce as well as a spinach stew which went perfectly with my injera bread. The beef was perfectly seasoned and tender, with a sauce that was so delicious when scooped up with injera. I love my food spicy but this was not overly spicy which was actually a good thing given that it was still quite an early lunch.

I absolutely recommend visiting The Blue Nile even if you don’t live locally – the service is friendly and the food completely authentic!

Perfect for:

  • Lunch
  • Family
  • Friends

http://www.bluenilecafe.co.uk/

@bluenile73