Archive | September, 2009

Vintage at Goodwood launch at Goodwood Revival

30 Sep

The last year or so has been pretty quiet for me in terms of fancy dress/dressing up activities but the last month or so is a huge exception. I had a friends 21st (theme: Vintage Cruise), Bestival (theme: Space) and two weeks ago, http://www.goodwood.co.uk/site/content/revival/ (theme: 40’s,50’s and 60’s). A weekend of dressing up in the finest vintage clothing was something that excited me greatly and I was there representing Vintage at Goodwood, a new event featuring the best in popular culture from 1940-1089, which will take place on the Goodwood estate over the weekend of 13th,14th and 15th August 2010. Vintage were holding their taster event and had their own tent armed with waltzer chairs, a black and white checkered floor, a cocktail bar and a weird yet wonderful ‘mirrored shoe’ addition from Lost Vagueness.

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Over the course of the weekend, Revival punters could stop off to dance to 1950’s rock n roll, 1960s northern soul, marvel at the Vintage fashion show with popular pin up model Fleur De Geurre, a burlesque dancer, various DJs and a eucalali player singing Vera Lynn classics (a trained pilot with a fantastic voice singing Vera Lynn numbers.) Some truly breathtaking sites with numerous vintage cars and airplanes and ongoing races and flying shows over the course of the weekend.

I was lucky enough to book into the Vintage Emporium hair salon to transform me into 40’s class on Saturday and 60’s hippy chick on the Sunday.

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We were also very graciously accepted an invitation to Lord March’s ball on the Saturday evening. The theme; Seville. I was surprised to see a number of women wearing the same tacky (yet unrefined) flamenco dress that I had hurriedly ordered from eBay a few days before.

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The event itself was expectantly extravagant, sponsored by Veuve Cliquot and we arrived to a fantastic Champagne entrance and a sight of a couple of donkeys being led around. All 1200 guests were ushered into the main dining room (a hanger converted into an outdoor Seville ‘al fresco’ eating experience.) I looked at the table and saw in front of me 6 glasses, one for each beverage that was served to us throughout the evening (sherry, white wine, Moet and Chandon champane, port, water and tea) and a range of cutlery. The food, not spectacular but pretty impressive to say it was 1200 people that had been catered for. The menu:

Starter: chorizo, salami, olives, roasted pimiento, fig and pea and edamame frittata

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Main: grilled swordfish with roast yellow pepper and cherry tomato, battered potato (in the shape of a pear) in a sauce of tomato with butter beans and capers

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Dessert: lemon brûlée with poached peach and donut with chocolate sauce

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Then came a bowl of orange ice cream in dark chocolate balls on sticks and nougat. By this time taking photographs wasn’t the first thing on mind.

The entertainment for the evening was rather spectacular, indoor fireworks, a Spanish horse riding show, a Spanish salsa band and even a surprise show from two members of dire straights.

We left reasonably early, 12.30pm to rest our eyes before a 7am start on Sunday.

The weekend certainly gave me a taster for Vintage at Goodwood and I now can’t wait for the main event.

Her life in Paris – Julie&Julia screening

8 Sep

Firstly, sorry, no pictures. You’ll either have to imagine the greatness of what I’m about to tell you or go and watch the film yourselves (out 11th Sept).

I received an email from Niamh (eat like a girl) on Thursday saying that there were 20 pairs of tickets up for grabs to a private screening of the new film starring Meryl Streep on Friday evening. This is one of the reasons that after 4 years of living in the capital, I still adore it. I jumped at the chance, partly because I love a good film and partly because events like this excite me.

We turned up, were given our sticky labels and headed to the bar for a quick unwinding fresh glass of wine (it was Friday evening after all). A couple of hand fulls of communal crisps later and we were ushered into the small albeit cosy screening room.

I hadn’t done my homework and was not entirely sure what stories were about to unravel before my eyes but all became clear as soon as the film started. It’s two stories of a home cook turned famous (Julia Child, 1940s) and modern day food blogger (Julie, 2002). I was after all invited as a food blogger.

I’m not a film citic so i’m not going to try to get all serious about it but I will say that I got a strange feeling of familiarity when watching and not just for the fact that Julia and her sister appeared at least 2 inches taller than their husbands, similar to Jack and I (although he chooses not to think about it until, shock horror, he has to look at us standing side by side in the mirror!) No, this modern woman loved writing, cooking and her partner. It was the first film that i have seen that has so opulently sprung modern day activities into light. As you can see, I’m just at the becoming of my blogging adventures and the film reminded me of the exciting times I have yet to come.

I’ve never much been a fan of French food or Paris for that matter. I’ve been 3 times now and each time disappointed me a little more than the last, maybe because I was expecting more each time. I never managed to eat a good meal and the only tasty treats I had were from the plethora of boulangeries, fruit custard pastry please, yum. So the films portrayal of Paris was a breath of fresh air, if only the same outdoor markets and small shops selling the freshest of produce still existed today. 

Julia Child’s love of food began with a sole meuniere but I have to say that the best looking dish of the evening was boeuf bourguignon, the meat looking so tender. Although I rarely eat beef these days, it turned my stomach into a rumble attack. 

I don’t want to give too much of the film away but if you are a lover of food (particularly French cuisine) and a blogger/like Reading blogs/get why people read and write them then it’s worth a trip to the cinema this week.

We were all so very kindly given a free book on our exit, thanks to Duckworth publishers, who hosted the screening.

Not surprisingly I disembarked the building hungry and on a mission to find meat, not any meat though, it had to be red meat!!! Weird. After a short walk around Soho I found it! I’ve been in
Le Pain Quotidien a couple of times before for the berry and custard pastries they do so well (I’m such a pudding lover) but had never been for a main meal. I swear jack is the woman and I am the man in this relationship, I had steak, he had tuna and I paid the bill. I did owe him money though…

I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my book on the commute to work and trying, for the first time, to cook a delicious boeuf bourguignon.   

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