So, you know the saying ‘Champagne tastes on a beer budget’?
Well, that could have been written for me. I am always skint. And I am always looking longingly towards to bottles of Champagne that line the shelves of even the most down-market of shops, never able to justify spending ALL THAT on ONE bottle of good stuff.
However, the game might just have changed.
Charles Montaine Champagne
“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.”
– Ogden Nash
… I want to get off. And have another of these hot chocolates!
Stop the World, in Leigh-on-Sea’s Broadway, is something of an institution. Before we’d even moved into the neighbourhood, we’d heard mention of it. Glowing mentions.
Then, having FINALLY moved into our new house (which happens to be just up the road), we were quickly struck by how busy this pretty café was. During the summer, every single seat outside was taken whenever we wandered past. And as the winter days drew in, the cosy glow it emitted (not to mention the sweet smells that seeped out) made it seem as inviting as roaring fire on a snowy day.
Hot chocolate at Stop the World
And when the husband and I eventually stopped by, my goodness was it easy to see what all the fuss was about.
So, porn stars? I can’t say they’ve ever really done anything for me. They always seem a bit dramatic and not necessarily that tasty.
But clearly I’ve been missing out.
My pal Emma and I were long overdue a catch-up. So after a little bit of a debate, we decided to take a trip to the Vine, in Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea.
Me getting to grips with my porn star martini on a comfy Chesterfield
Weary of wine? Bored of beer? Stuck in a rut with your spirit choice? Weeeeell, have I found the shop for you!
Plenty of choice!
Clink, in the Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, sells a range of unique flavoured liqueurs, celebrating the quintessential British spirit (Cherry Bakewell Vodka anyone?) Continue reading
So. Edinburgh Gin have released a new flavoured gin liqueur.
The rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur (£18, 50cl, 20 per cent abv, www.johnlewis.com) is a blush pink and has aromas of rhubarb.
Fans of “mother’s ruin” can sip it on its own, as a long drink with a mixer, or (this is really the way to do it) add it to a glass of your favourite fizz.
Not a fan of gin? (I’m kinda with you there…shh.) Then what about pink vodka…with SPARKLES? Continue reading
“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
– Ernest Hemingway