Friday, 29 August 2014


I spent the last long weekend in Belgium and it was a lovely holiday. We went predominantly for the Formula 1, so spent most of our days at the beautiful track in Spa, watching fast cars whizz by, and eating a lot of waffles. It wasn't my most fashionable to trips as it was a bit cold and I knew there would be a lot of walking.

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Saturday - Qualifiers Day - was a bit rainy, as in it started off nice, then I got drenched. We tried to find shelter, but then that flooded and we had to scramble out via some fences. We then had to watch the Qualifiers in the pouring rain. We didn't mind though. The atmosphere was amazing and it was great seeing my favourite drivers fly past.
(I'm not screaming from the weather in the picture below: my jeans were far too tight and I'd developed bruises around my waist by this time).

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Like I said, it's a stunning circuit, surrounded by a lot of greenery up in the mountains, with only small cities nearby.

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Race day itself on the Sunday, had a lot better weather. It was still a bit chilly, but the sun was shining so we could enjoy the race comfortably. My brother and I managed to get on to the track after the race too to see the winners ceremony and got to hang out at the start/finish line, where I had to take pictures and do the cool task of picking up bits of tire that was on the track! 

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We ended our trip by spending 20 hours in Brussels, where it rained for all 20 hours. We didn't explore the city, but decided that we had to do the Grand Palace, then we just wandered in and out of chocolate shops. I seriously bought my weight in chocolate. The Grand Palace is a stunning location, and hopefully I can go there again on a day when there's better weather so I can properly enjoy it.

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Sherin xx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Cocktails at Kettners

I've just gotten back from holiday and can't wait to share how much fun I had. The night I before I left, however, I went for a cocktail making class - which made the 6am train the next morning, slightly more difficult.

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The class was held at Kettners, which is a fabulous restaurant in Soho, if you haven't been there. I've been there a few times and the food and drinks are always amazing. And it is home to my favourite toilets ever! We were met by the Kettners team before being taken up to the bar for the cocktail class, hosted by the bar manager: the super talented Jason Palmer.
We started with with a shaking competition. Naturally I was a disaster and ended up spilling ice everywhere, but it was a lot of fun seeing everyone put their own flair into how to shake a shaker.

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We were then taught how to make some classic cocktails: Old Fashioned; Mojito; Martini and Pornstar Martini. It was also great to get some background around these classics, and learn about how they came about. The Mojito and Pornstar Martini are two of my favourite drinks so I loved learning how to perfect them and was proud of my efforts. I think, given enough practice, I could kick some serious bar tender butt with my skills, but for now, I'm sticking to my day job.

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Kettners is an amazing venue and definitely worth a visit if you're in London. It is an iconic London venue as it first opened up in 1867 and remains as glamorous as when it was first opened by Auguste Kettner. The likes of Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie were all fans of the restaurant in their day so you know it's full of class. 
They also do a lot of really fun stuff, such as Kettners Kabaret and their collaboration with Havana Club: Nothing Compares to Havana. The latter is the ultimate rum experience, with Cuban cocktails and music. It's great for any rum fans to lean more about the Havana Club and about Rum itself. 

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Sherin xx

Friday, 22 August 2014

BRB - Off to the Races

I'm off to Belgium for the F1 this weekend, so expect a few days of silence. I'm a massive F1 fan so I'm so excited to be there!! I went to the race in Abu Dhabi a few years ago so I'm looking forward to catching all the live action again.

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Let's hope for a Red Bull win!

Sherin xx

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