Happy Halloween! I can’t believe October is already over. This month flew by so quick and it was a super busy one! We visited some awesome restaurants, caught up with good friends and I had two successful launch parties at work. It was pretty non-stop but very fulfilling. I’m hoping that life starts to slow down a bit more in November and I am really looking forward to our trip to New York to visit family for Thanksgiving. I thought I’d share all that I’ve been up to lately with you.
At the beginning of October, we launched Vinoteca City, a fantastic wine bar, restaurant and shop that specialises in amazing off-piste wines from off-the-beaten-track vineyards from around the world and delicious food. It opened in the new Bloomberg Arcade just outside Cannon Street. The restaurant couldn’t be more beautiful, with a gorgeous wrap around bar, a lovely wine shop, perfect for grabbing a cool bottle on the way home from work, and an awesome mezzanine private dining room that plays host to tastings and parties – I know where I want my birthday next year ;). Anyways, the launch party was a great success and we had nearly 200 guests and press attend. The wine was flowing and the bar snacks were delicious. It’s always nice to see a launch party come to fruition after all the hard work. Nobody quite sees all that goes on behind the scenes for large-scale events like this and it feels great to see all the guests happy and having a great time.
For the Vinoteca City soft launch, they were offering 50% off food and I wanted to bring Ciaran along to see it! We headed there on a Sunday for the roast – which is pretty incredible. The beef is cooked to perfection, tender and rare and it comes with all the trimmings – a huge Yorkshire pudding, seasonal veggies and large crispy potatoes. On Sunday evenings, they have live jazz from 6pm onwards – I can’t think of anything cosier as the temps drop than drinking red wine, eating a hearty roast and listening to live jazz. I had some friends around my flat one Friday night for a really chilled out one – which was so needed for us all after a few intense work weeks. We drank quite a few lovely bottles of wine, snacked on charcuterie and cheese and caught up on life. It was really nice to just hangout and catch up.
The next day, my friend Claire and I headed to Mommi for brunch, a Japanese/Peruvian restaurant up the road from my flat in Clapham. The food there is lovely and they have an awesome boozy brunch deal – 3 courses + unlimited bubbles for £32.50 per person! The music is really lively in there and it’s perfect for a big group of friends. Later that night, we met up with our friends Mark & Hollie for dinner at Mac & Wild in the City – which has some of the most delicious venison chateaubriand in the world. It’s hands down, one of my favourite dishes in London, I highly recommend!I have been wanting to do a few more baking/cooking classes post-wedding, as anybody who knows me, knows I am terrible at both! I can bake a few things really well, i.e. pumpkin bread and cookies, but other than that, I’m pretty rubbish. I went to a really fun Eclair Masterclass at PAUL, more to come later this week, but I had a blast. Even though my eclairs didn’t look as pretty as PAUL’s do, it was still really fun to learn how to make my own from scratch!
The second big launch party at work was Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford, Vivek Singh’s first venture outside of London. It truly does take a village, and we put so much effort into ensuring it went off without a hitch and it certainly did! The launch party took place last week, and we had several dons from Oxford University there, along with many of the athletic clubs, local businesses, and all the top Oxford press. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, with marble flooring and walls, gold accents, a beautiful bar area and an awesome rooftop terrace that is secluded with lush botanicals and flowers. It’s going to be fantastic in the summertime out there! The food, as with all of Vivek’s restaurants, is divine. They had a great jazz band playing, champagne flowing and modern-Indian canapés circulating. It was so much fun and it’s always nice to hear so many guests’ wonderful feedback. Two launch parties down, and I couldn’t have been happier. I’m lucky to work on such a great team – we work really hard but have so much fun together too.
It’s safe to say I was pretty exhausted by the end of the month! Last Friday, I came home from work, collapsed on the couch and was asleep by 9pm. I didn’t wake up the next day until about 11am and admittedly did nothing all day but binge watch Stranger Things 2. Sometimes you need to just relax though and have a super lazy day after being on the go for weeks on end.
It was a pretty crazy and hectic October, but a good one at that. I am so looking forward to November and seeing my family in two weeks time for Thanksgiving. We’re headed to NYC on the 17th, followed by a short trip to bask in the sunshine and relax by the ocean in Palm Beach, Florida before heading back to London just before the Christmas madness hits.
How was your October? What did you get up to? I hope you had a fabulous month! x