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Mac and Wild are going to be foraging for their lunch this Saturday and you can join them. If you like the idea of searching for your own food you can tag along for their monthly forage in Battersea Park this weekend.

Mac & Wild will take you out with London foraging expert, James Grant, to show you what's growing on your doorstep. It's wild garlic season so there's sure to be plenty of that to find for a start! After a couple of hours in the park you make your way back to Mac & Wild Devonshire Square for brunch.

Saturday 7th April, 10.15am, Forage and Brunch.
Tickets cost £40pp and include a 2 hour guided forage, 1 x brunch dish, 1 x brunch cocktail.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO BOOK CLICK HERE. 

Carnaby is such a great area in central London. The community vibe with the shops and restaurants always creates great additional value over and above a simple shopping destination. It always seems to be a little bit brighter, more buzzing and more personable than it's neighbours around Oxford and Regent Street.

In the last year or so it's put on some really great free talks and workshops and it's newest announcement looks set to add to these.

Carnaby has announced a brand new four-day festival for May 2018, the Carnaby Style Weekender, celebrating fashion, lifestyle, food & drink and beauty to kick start the new season.

Over 50 shops and restaurants are offering discounts, freebies and masterclasses over the four days including Cowshed, Office, Skinny Dip, Urban Decay and 1 Carnaby x Sweaty Betty.

Jack Guinness hosts the official launch of the Weekend with a fashion panel on Thursday 10 May in the Carnaby Hub. Other free workshops across the weekend include: Breddos Tacos’ cocktail masterclass, Jack Wills’ t-shirt screen printing session and a collage workshop from We Built This City.

Carnaby Style Weekend takes place from Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 May 2018

I'm not into SNES myself but I know a lot of you lot are and if you are, this is a pretty cool event.

A free SNES gaming lounge is coming to Ace Hotel Shoreditch on the  15th April.

To celebrate the final day of London Games Festival, the team will be setting up a SNES Gaming Lounge in the Ace Hotel Lobby from 12-4pm, giving gamers and nostalgic SNES enthusiasts the chance to play a few of the classics including Super Mario Kart, Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting and F-Zero on a big screen.

If you rack up the most wins you'll also have the chance to win a £100 bar tab to spend at the recently revamped Lobby Bar.

If you're interested in taking home the trophy just need to RSVP here: https://www.acehotel.com/calendar/london/london-games-festival-snes-gaming

If you watched the same weather report as me you'll be feeling that this week is probably one catered more to staying than going out.  And although we live in an amazing city that's so full of wonderful things to do I still advocate staying in and cooking your own dinner here and there!

So here is a recipe to fit in with both the weather and Thai New Year for an authentic Massaman Thai Curry from Head Chef Sanguan Parr at Nipa Thai

Songkran is the annual festival which takes place over three days during the traditional Thai New Year, this year falling on Friday 13 – Sunday 15 April 2018.  Throughout Thailand there are celebrations, festivities and plenty of food; all culminating in a momentous country-wide water fight!

Massaman Gai is a popular but classic recipe from the Southern region of Thailand, the curry it's simple to make but you always have the back up of the restaurant if it all goes wrong!

 

Ingredients (to serve four):

2 Chicken breasts

600ml Coconut Milk

2 tbsp Roasted Peanuts

5 Small Onions; sliced

4 Medium Potatoes; cubed

3 tbsp Massaman Curry Paste

2 tbsp Fish Sauce

3 tbsp Palm Sugar

3 tbsp Tamarind Juice

3 Bay Leaves

1 piece Roasted Cinnamon; 1cm long

5 Roasted Cardamom Pods

1 tbsp Vegetable Oil

 

Method:

Step 1: Cut the chicken into chunks, around 2 inches in length.

Step 2: In a wok, heat the vegetable oil, curry paste and 200ml of coconut milk. Keep stirring over a low heat until fragrant.

Step 3: Add the chicken to the wok, turning frequently so all the meat is covered in sauce.

Step 4: Pour in the remaining 400ml of coconut milk and simmer gently for 5 minutes.

Step 5: Add the cubed potatoes, roasted peanuts, onions, fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind juice, bay leaves, cardamom and cinnamon. Keep over a low heat to simmer until all the ingredients are tender.

Step 6: Remove from the heat and serve with steamed white rice.

Throughout Songkran 2018, Nipa Thai will be offering its traditional menu. Nipa Thai is open from 5pm-10.30pm, Monday-Sunday.

 

Nipa Thai, Royal Lancaster London, Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY

Tel: 020 7551 6000 or www.niparestaurant.co.uk

In my opinion, an amazing afternoon tea is a vital cog in the massive and exciting wheel of London life. Theatre is certainly another one. And when you bring the two together? Well, that's a masterpiece.

If you want to try a masterpiece look no further than OXO Tower Brasserie and their newly launched Theatre Not Afternoon Tea. Inspired by London’s iconic auditoriums and the famous productions that have taken place within them it will give you not only the taste for high tea but also a taste for the rich history of London's Theatrical heritage.  Let cake help you journey through neighbouring theatres including the Shakespeare’s Globe, the Old Vic and the National Theatre.

You can book the tea from today at the OXO Tower Brasserie for £38 per person or £18 for children.

So what's included?

The first act will begin at the Globe with a sour cherry and bergamot-filled white chocolate skull, paired with a goblet of Hamlet’s poison. For the main act, OXO has cast a quartet of stunning cakes, each representing a famous show; Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Matilda, paired with an ensemble of matching bespoke cocktails.

To round off the theatrical experience you'll have a homemade gingerbread biscuit, served with a pot of tea and those hoping for an encore will get a box of treats to take home.

OXO Tower Brasserie’s Theatre Not Afternoon Tea will be available from Wednesday 4 April, Monday to Friday 3pm-5pm and Saturday to Sunday 2pm-4.30pm.