21 July 2016

Impossible Live at The Noel Coward Theatre

A break-dancing card shark, a blindfolded crossbow daredevil, and a SOMETHING walk into a theatre...

Could be a lame joke, or a true story. AKA - my night at Impossible on the West End.

Last week, Heather and I headed out into the world of magic at the Noel Coward Theatre. Packed in with all walks of life - children, seniors, tourists, and locals - we were ready (or hoping) to be amazed.

There were a few tricks that I had seen or learned before through growing up or common sense, but the best parts of the show came from mind reader Chris Cox and stuntman Jonathan Goodwin. And I'll mention Ben Hart because he managed to take someone out of the audience and move her from one side of the stage to the other, but I'm slightly bitter that I wasn't chosen for that trick... 

Chris Cox - an overly excited, goofy guy dressed in suspenders and a bow-tie, went through the audience at random, guessing names, thoughts, even down to what people had for lunch that day. Pulling up volunteers to choose outfits from behind a dressing curtain, he was spot on with just about everything. I'm STILL baffled by how he's able to do this!

The best way to explain Jonathan Goodwin probably comes straight from his bio -
'Jonathan has been hanged, buried alive, hung from helicopters, free solo’d skyscrapers, and performed a straitjacket escape from a burning rope hanging 300ft up in the air from the London Eye.'

Hm. Okay Jonathan. You do you.

We managed to see him do a few of these tricks - well, the audience did. I closed my eyes. It's a little much for me to watch someone shoot a crossbow at his wife blindfolded. But he did just that, and many more over-the-scale insane tasks.

The entire group was full of crowd-pleasers, and the show came full circle in the end by bringing up a young aspiring magician to help out with a trick. And we did leave the theatre in a full-on 15 minute 'How did they do that???' conversation, so I'd call the show a success.

Impossible runs at the Noel Coward Theatre until 27 August 2016. Show times are from Monday - Saturday 730PM, with 2PM matinees on Tuesday and Saturday. To get the best deals on tickets, visit boxoffice.co.uk to grab your seats now!

18 June 2016

Caipirinhas, Batindas, and Brazilian Pimms. Night Sorted at CopaCabanaBeach

Imagine this - a beach chair right on the water, Brazilian Caipirinhas, and all the chicken and chips you can eat. And to top it off - doughballs with Nutella. Yes - NUTELLA.

Lucky for me - this was a reality.  Right along Southbank, Cabana has partnered up with the Southbank Centre to create CopaCabanaBeach, a summer pop up in celebration of the Rio Olympics.

Rachel (find her at Lunching Above Our Weight) and I hit up CopaCabanaBeach after work last week because - well, because rum. We walked up to a food truck with a bar linked to it, filled with beanbags and beach chairs to lounge under the summer sun (I use that loosely - remember, we ARE in London...).

A range of Brazilian cocktails with a side of sweet potato fries and malagueta chicken, which Rachel assured me was absolutely fantastic. Followed by their chocolate rain donuts and some champagne, the night could not have been better.

Mouth watering of too many rum cravings now? Worry not - this pop up will be on Southbank for the remainder of the summer. And not just that - Cabana has got locations all over London with even more goodies on their menu, so you can hit them up year-round. Rachel and I already have plans to grab a bite at their Covent Garden location this week.

Just. Too. Good.

Find more information about their locations & menu on their website, HERE!

08 June 2016

Sunshine, Steel Drums, and So Much Rum

Its summertime in London and you know what that means!  Rain, rain, and more rain.

This cold, rainy summer weather has left me wanting to escape to a warmer, tropical location with fruity drinks and the sound of steel drums. Luckily, I had to go no further in  Central London!  Caity and I were lucky enough to be invited to a tropical  Jamaican getaway pop-up in the heart of Soho Square by Sugar Dumplin' Rum Shack. As we walked in sound of steel drums and happy chatter filled the air. We were greeted by a tropical bar with more drink choices than we could choose from. They had a Jamaican Mojito with Golden Rum Appleton Signature, a Bahama Mama which has spiced rum, bananas and tropical fruit juice and so many more. We both decided on a Rum Runner which consisted of dark rum and banana and blackberry liquor. Delish!

As we passed the steel drums to the back we could smell the delicious Jamaican BBQ that was being prepared outside. Our options available were some of the best pick from their menu. The Jerk Chicken was covered in Jerk Sauce and topped sliced chilli and spring onions. For the veggies out there, Sugar Dumplin has a delicious Butternut Squash & Chickpea Creole. This had roasted butternut, chickpeas, spinach and coconut in a creole style tomato sauce. Their third dish was Escovitch Fish which consisted of a lightly friend red snapper served with an Escovitch Sause. All dishes were served with Rice ‘N’ Peas and had the option to be topped with some delicious slaw and sweet and spicy sauce. After licking my plate I decided that BBQ Jamaican food was now at the top of my favourite food list.

Surgar Dumplin currently have locations in Glasgow and Camberley and looking to expand into London Territory. Our escape into Sugar Dumplin Rum Shack was a tropical destination in the heart of a cold bustling London and it was jusdt what we needed. If you have the opportunity to visit one of their locations around the UK I highly recommend it, you wont be disappoint. Watch out for a London based Sugar Dumplin near you!