Last week I dragged my buddies from UNiDAYS and our photography club Snap Collective (go follow us on Insta!) to Rub as they’d invited me down to try their new 80s themed cocktails. Every month we have a new theme for our photography club and for April it’s food & drink! Obviously, this is my favourite subject to talk about, photograph, blog about, everything, you guys know that. I love food, I’m a fat kid inside so whenever I have the chance to review food and drinks, I jump at it.
When I heard we were getting a Red Dog Saloon, right opposite Rub and just down the road from the epic Red’s True BBQ I did wonder how they’d manage to differentiate themselves from the smoky competition but after taking a trip last weekend I can safely say it definitely has a space in Nottingham’s meaty market.
“The Seven Flowers Swede Dating event follows on from a time-honoured Swedish folklore on Midsummer’s Eve in Sweden where it’s tradition for single women to pick seven flowers and place them in under their pillow at night, and they’ll dream of their future husband. With this in mind, Rekorderlig Cider is hoping the single men and women of London will find the partner of their dreams during the swede dating events!”
If you like Pina Coladas and smelling like a coconutty pineapple dream then you need The Body Shop‘s new Pinita Colada range in your life. Not sure they’re the lyrics but, hey! I was obsessed with their lime-drenched Mojito range that they released last summer and they’ve just brought out their next cocktail-inspired collection.
I’m a big Thai food fan but have only eaten in traditional Thai restaurants until Thaikhun and it’s arch rival Zaap landed in Nottingham. Let’s forget about the chaos of Zaap for now though because this post is all about the chilled out Thai dream that is Thaikhun.
1. The Atmosphere
You’ve heard of Birchbox and Glossybox, right? The monthly beauty subscription boxes that have inspired interior design subscription boxes, snack boxes such as Graze and even stationery (breathe!) monthly boxes. A monthly box is like Christmas every 4 weeks! You get a present, yeah, that you’ve bought yourself, but it’s still a surprise what’s in your box every time it pops through the letterbox.
Sometimes you just need a cocktail, right? Spring is on the way and it’ll soon be summer BBQ season and I can’t wait. We’ve been practicing a few tasty cocktails in preparation and this is one of the tastiest mixes that we’ve come up with.
If you like gin, elderflower and berry flavours in your cocktails this will be right up your street. Simply mix all the ingredients below and serve in funky glasses or tumblers.We picked up the mason jar style cocktail glasses from Tiger for a bargain £2 each. This recipe can easily be multiplied by larger quantities and made into a large bowl of punch or served in a jug for guests to serve themselves.
Fancy a 8oz steak and chips for £10? Oaks are offering just that on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Their awesome new offer is £10 for a 10 oz Porterhouse steak and chips and then for only £3.50 more you can add a glass of wine which is fab for a mid-week treat. I popped along this week to try their steak and since my last visit to Oaks, I was expecting it to be as great as last time. The steak was really good and the staff are so knowledgeable about the meats it’s really inspiring. If you’re a steak expert or a complete novice, I guarantee they’ll tell you something you don’t know about steak!
In the middle of winter, there’s nothing better than walking into a warm and welcoming bar and being handed a Cuba Libre cocktail. This is basically a Cuban Bacardi & Coke, it’s so refreshing and fruity – the perfect drink to take you away from rainy Nottingham on a Tuesday evening. Revolucion de Cuba are releasing their brand new Cantina (menu, to you & me!) and it’s 100% latin and Cuban inspired, we couldn’t wait to try it.
I’m always wary of ‘opening nights’ as usually they’re not actually as good as the restaurant or bar would be as they were actually operating in my opinion. I’ve been to my fair share of press nights that have been a disappointment where you leave hungry and having only had one watery cocktail. Revolucion De Cuba has completely reincarnated my enthusiasm for press events after their event this week. Pretty damn awesome!