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Press for Gin with Brockmans Gin at AcelorMittal Orbit

August 17, 2017

For the most part (89.5% of the time, at a rough estimate) I would consider myself a fully-functioning, responsible adult. I do all the socially expected adult things like hold down a job which lets me pay my rent, drink too much some of the time, exercise too little all of the time… tick, tick, tick… I have this ‘adulting’ thing sorted. But what about that other 10.5%? Well that’s reserved for silliness, pure child-like silliness: the days when I eat ice cream all day long, the times when I laugh at jokes about bodily functions, the moments when I throw a tantrum for no particular reason. Basically it’s whenever I stop, take stock and remember that being an adult is hard work, and that we all need to unleash the child within us every once in a while… and my most recent flashback to my childhood was thanks to Brockmans Gin. And no, I wasn’t a gin-fiend as a minor, but I was a slide (helter skelter for you Brits) enthusiast.

When I found out that Brockmans Gin were hosting their latest ‘Press For Gin’ event at the AcelorMittal Orbit, both my inner child and outer adult were bubbling with excitement. I couldn’t believe my luck; I could partake in one of my childhood loves (who didn’t enjoy those playground slides when they were little?) and one of my adult loves (cocktails, obviously) in the same night! I was grinning from ear to ear as I made my way to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park but as I got closer and closer to the AcelorMittal Orbit, that grin faded just a little and the butterflies arrived… I’m not really scared of heights, but my god this thing was tall… I knew that this is the world’s highest, longest tunnel slide but it wasn’t until I was standing at the bottom that it really sunk in.

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Irish Drinks Showcase – Five Emerging Brands to Discover

June 9, 2016

Since embarking on this ‘photograph it, eat it, write it’ malarkey, I have been lucky enough to be invited to some rather enviable events. Usually when I tell a certain someone about some cooking class I’m attending or a great dinner invite for a new restaurant, he smiles, nods… feigns some excitement so as to not crush my enthusiastic little foodie heart, tells me he’s sure I’ll have a great time etc etc… All very supportive stuff.

However, there has been one event which commanded his full attention as soon as I mentioned ‘Ireland’ and ‘spirits such as whiskey’. Those who know a certain someone will no doubt remember that he takes great pride in his Irish heritage and his ability to drink whiskey, always a double and neat. So what was this event about? Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, were throwing a bit of a party at the Irish Embassy to showcase some of Ireland’s finest whiskey, gin, cream liqueurs, poitin and craft beer producers, and I was invited along for a taste.

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