Snaps & Short Stories: July 2017

A scrapbook, of sorts. A place to share the pictures I take that don’t get used in posts, but I like anyway. Things that I do that don’t get their own blog post, but I want to share a little bit of.

This month, I got a new camera – the Canon EOS M3. I’d been wanting a new camera for a while, as my discontinued Samsung is now really hard to get lenses for, so I splashed out on a new toy. I’m in love with it so far…and I’ve named her Roxy. I have no idea why.

At the beginning of the month, I spent a weekend at one of my favourite festivals of the year, 2000 Trees. Every year’s always a winner, as the people and community are fantastic here. I got to see The Wonder Years, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Deaf Havana and some top-notch acoustic performances in the forest. If you like small festivals with good music, this one’s for you. I also wrote about the best bands I saw here

Mahiki rum cocktails at Spirit of Tiki festival, LondonSpirit of Tiki festival, London

Spirit of Tiki Festival – where AJ and I drank all the rum, ate Caribbean food and made friends with a real life pirate (probably not actually a real life pirate…). Despite the rain, it almost felt like we were on a Caribbean holiday, and afterwards we ended up turning a few afternoon drinks into multiple pints at the pub, then heading to my house to educate me in Game of Thrones…

You know you’re a blogger when… you’re walking to the pub, desperate for the loo, but you just have to stop and snap a quick building picture…

Street in London's financial district

Leanne and I went along to The Ned (which is so awesome and somewhere I need to go back to properly) for a night of cocktails with Schweppes. We made our own cocktails with drinks expert Tony Conigliaro, and sipped plenty of special recipe Schweppes ones too. As well as spending some time on the Ned’s rooftop and chatting to some fun Americans, we went home with a goody bag including a HUGE bottle of vodka and some mixers. My at-home cocktail bar is looking pretty sweet right now!

View of The Gherkin from belowVintage car in London

Conor and I had dinner at Anokha, an Indian restaurant in the City, and were blown away by their unique onion bhajis and tasty lamb curries. Afterwards, we took a wander around the area – and I got excited about actually getting up close to the Gherkin for the first time. We also discovered this super awesome car, and ended up talking about what we’d buy if we were rich. A fabulous ride like this is definitely one of those things.

Foxlow Restaurant, Soho | Mini AdventuresBrixham Squid at Foxlow Restaurant, Soho | Mini AdventuresMacaroni cheese at Foxlow Restaurant, Soho | Mini Adventures

It was a friend’s leaving do on Friday, so we decided to try out Foxlow in Soho for dinner. Sadly, the food was pretty hit and miss – the Brixham Squid starter I had was delicious, as was the punchy Espresso Martini. Unfortunately, the flat iron steak for the main course was bland, the mac and cheese lacked in cheesiness. Which always makes me sad.

The service was also incredibly inefficient, with drinks and dishes being missed and forgotten about. We actually politely declined to pay the service charge, and the manager ended up forfeiting our entire meal. Which was a lovely gesture…it’s just a real shame the meal disappointed in the first place.

What interesting things have you seen, done and eaten this July?

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