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Whisky recco. We are immense Japanese whisky fans. Our trip to Asia for 5 months (Osaka is da bomb!) locked this in even further. Unfortunately the rest of world has caught on on.

Huge quality for the price.

https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/28521/togouchi-whisky-18-year-old

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It's fucking jummi!!!:wub:

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Finally have internet so I'll be posting more. In other news here is some photos of my son

Talking of marriage and seeing as the thread is already de-railed - I got married at the weekend It was amazing - hired a marquee and had Dodgems and a carousel along with a double decker bus convert

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4 hours ago, Vesper said:

Whisky recco. We are immense Japanese whisky fans. Our trip to Asia for 5 months (Osaka is da bomb!) locked this in even further. Unfortunately the rest of world has caught on on.

Huge quality for the price.

https://www.thewhiskyexchange.com/p/28521/togouchi-whisky-18-year-old

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It's fucking jummi!!!:wub:

Not had that one.  My favourite Japanese whisky to date has been the 17 year old Hibiki.  

I miss the Whisky exchange, in fact, since moving back to Canada I miss privatized alcohol sales in general.  Will have a look out for it on my next trip back to the UK.  Cheers.

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4 hours ago, Sideshow Luiz said:

Not had that one.  My favourite Japanese whisky to date has been the 17 year old Hibiki.  

I miss the Whisky exchange, in fact, since moving back to Canada I miss privatized alcohol sales in general.  Will have a look out for it on my next trip back to the UK.  Cheers.

Suntory stopped producing Hibiki 17 yo. I loved it. Truly superb. All Japanese whisky makers are running out of old stock due to demand. Prices have skyrocketed too. :( BTW NEVER buy from Dekanta. They are an outrageous rip-off.

Cheers

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5 hours ago, Vesper said:

Suntory stopped producing Hibiki 17 yo. I loved it. Truly superb. All Japanese whisky makers are running out of old stock due to demand. Prices have skyrocketed too. :( BTW NEVER buy from Dekanta. They are an outrageous rip-off.

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Is that what happened to it?  Shit, I knew something was up.   I was in the UK a couple of months ago and tried to find some.  Saw prices of £200 + and thought "No, that's not it, I paid £70 ish.  That must be something different (although odd that it's still Hibiki 17)".  My whisky reserves are still in good shape so I ended up bringing a bunch of wine back instead, so it worked out.  But, I'll savour all the 17 Hibiki I have left, knowing that I'll never see it again.  Balls.  Thanks for the heads up.

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6 hours ago, Sideshow Luiz said:

Is that what happened to it?  Shit, I knew something was up.   I was in the UK a couple of months ago and tried to find some.  Saw prices of £200 + and thought "No, that's not it, I paid £70 ish.  That must be something different (although odd that it's still Hibiki 17)".  My whisky reserves are still in good shape so I ended up bringing a bunch of wine back instead, so it worked out.  But, I'll savour all the 17 Hibiki I have left, knowing that I'll never see it again.  Balls.  Thanks for the heads up.

It will come back, but not for years. Japanese makers started increasing the production of whisky again several years ago. 

We also are into Shochu. Prefer it over sake by far.

Takara Towari Honkaku Soba is a really good one made from buckwheat.

https://www.japancentre.com/en/products/13430-takara-towari-honkaku-soba-buckwheat-shochu

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Tenshi no Yuwaku Imo Shochu is a great Imo (sweet potato) one. Aged in sherry casks.

https://www.mtcsake.com/shochu/tenshi-no-yuwaku-imo-shochu

 

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34 minutes ago, Vesper said:

It will come back, but not for years. Japanese makers started increasing the production of whisky again several years ago. 

We also are into Shochu. Prefer it over sake by far.

Takara Towari Honkaku Soba is a really good one made from buckwheat.

https://www.japancentre.com/en/products/13430-takara-towari-honkaku-soba-buckwheat-shochu

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Tenshi no Yuwaku Imo Shochu is a great Imo (sweet potato) one. Aged in sherry casks.

https://www.mtcsake.com/shochu/tenshi-no-yuwaku-imo-shochu

 

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That's something I know nothing about.  Whiskey and wine.  That's my thing.  Well, either or, not at the same time.  I'll give it a whirl.

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20 minutes ago, Vesper said:

It will come back, but not for years. Japanese makers started increasing the production of whisky again several years ago. 

We also are into Shochu. Prefer it over sake by far.

Takara Towari Honkaku Soba is a really good one made from buckwheat.

https://www.japancentre.com/en/products/13430-takara-towari-honkaku-soba-buckwheat-shochu

towari.jpg

 

 

Tenshi no Yuwaku Imo Shochu is a great Imo (sweet potato) one. Aged in sherry casks.

https://www.mtcsake.com/shochu/tenshi-no-yuwaku-imo-shochu

 

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I dont know one Saki from another but a friends dad is very into it and takes great pleasure in sitting me down and ranting on about the different flavours and processes. He has all these very old carafs and cups with these rings inside that shows the color. Doesn't make it taste any different thoo. I always end up drinking quite allot and not getting a normal alcohol buzz, just a warm fuzzy glow like E's Till I stand up and wonder why my legs aren't working properly lol

This chap is in his 90s, fit as a fiddle, and he puts it down to drinking it daily.

Kampai!

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3 hours ago, Unionjack said:

I dont know one Saki from another but a friends dad is very into it and takes great pleasure in sitting me down and ranting on about the different flavours and processes. He has all these very old carafs and cups with these rings inside that shows the color. Doesn't make it taste any different thoo. I always end up drinking quite allot and not getting a normal alcohol buzz, just a warm fuzzy glow like E's Till I stand up and wonder why my legs aren't working properly lol

This chap is in his 90s, fit as a fiddle, and he puts it down to drinking it daily.

Kampai!

Shochu is more popular than sake on Japan itself. Its distilled, not fermented like sake. Yhe good stufd is single distilled, called honkaku shōchū. The other is multiple distilled and is more for a mix in cocktails.

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2 hours ago, Vesper said:

Shochu is more popular than sake on Japan itself. Its distilled, not fermented like sake. Yhe good stufd is single distilled, called honkaku shōchū. The other is multiple distilled and is more for a mix in cocktails.

I shall be armed with facts now for my next visit with him. Might be worth a prezzie to take home with me!

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LondonSwedes’ Crayfish Festival (Kräftskiva)

https://www.londonsvenskar.com/londonswedes-crayfish-festival-2018/

During 6 weeks every year, Swedes celebrate the crayfish season by eating loads of crayfish, drinking schnapps and singing songs! It’s a bit like an extension of our Midsummer celebrations, minus the Maypole! We call it Kräftskiva!
 
LondonSwedes have hosted popular Crayfish parties since 2012 and this year we are hosting them on the 31st August and Saturday the 1st of September!
 
 
Pick your date and come down to this large venue located just by the river by Paddington station and with outside space for 100 guests (and inside for another 200).
 
 
We have, as always, hired the whole venue and it will be an authentic Swedish Crayfish party with everything that it has to offer. You can even take a boat to the venue… 😉
 
 
Dates:
Friday 31st August 6pm – Midnight
Saturday 1st September Crayfish Lunch 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1st September Crayfish Dinner 7pm – Midnight
Each event takes max 300 guests.

 

Join the event on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/566791950334001/

TICKETS

http://bit.ly/CrayfishFestival2018

 

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Starter: Swedish meatballs from FELIX with mashed potatoes, brown sauce, lingonberry jam.
 
Main: Crayfish buffet, different kinds of Swedish herring from ABBA, creamy potato salad, Skagenröra (shrimp salad).
 
On the side: Mixed salad, crisp bread, baguette, Västerbotten cheese and butter.
 
Dessert: Surprise
 
Drinks: Available to buy from the bar during the event, complimentary ABSOLUT EXTRAKT snaps to all guests before the main course is served.

   

 
 
You can get these products from Scandinavian Kitchen!
Expect song-books, face painters, sing-a-longs, raffle ticket, snaps and much more!
 
 
Options for vegetarians will be available on request only!
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On 8/30/2018 at 5:50 PM, Vesper said:

LondonSwedes’ Crayfish Festival (Kräftskiva)

https://www.londonsvenskar.com/londonswedes-crayfish-festival-2018/

During 6 weeks every year, Swedes celebrate the crayfish season by eating loads of crayfish, drinking schnapps and singing songs! It’s a bit like an extension of our Midsummer celebrations, minus the Maypole! We call it Kräftskiva!
 
LondonSwedes have hosted popular Crayfish parties since 2012 and this year we are hosting them on the 31st August and Saturday the 1st of September!
 
 
Pick your date and come down to this large venue located just by the river by Paddington station and with outside space for 100 guests (and inside for another 200).
 
 
We have, as always, hired the whole venue and it will be an authentic Swedish Crayfish party with everything that it has to offer. You can even take a boat to the venue… 😉
 
 
Dates:
Friday 31st August 6pm – Midnight
Saturday 1st September Crayfish Lunch 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 1st September Crayfish Dinner 7pm – Midnight
Each event takes max 300 guests.

 

Join the event on Facebook for updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/566791950334001/

TICKETS

http://bit.ly/CrayfishFestival2018

 

MENU
 
Starter: Swedish meatballs from FELIX with mashed potatoes, brown sauce, lingonberry jam.
 
Main: Crayfish buffet, different kinds of Swedish herring from ABBA, creamy potato salad, Skagenröra (shrimp salad).
 
On the side: Mixed salad, crisp bread, baguette, Västerbotten cheese and butter.
 
Dessert: Surprise
 
Drinks: Available to buy from the bar during the event, complimentary ABSOLUT EXTRAKT snaps to all guests before the main course is served.

   

 
 
You can get these products from Scandinavian Kitchen!
Expect song-books, face painters, sing-a-longs, raffle ticket, snaps and much more!
 
 
Options for vegetarians will be available on request only!

Sounds perfect! Can't have too many crayfish for my liking. Using any recipe!!

And are they Kottebullar? yeah? Had a couple of different types of them. Like them in the thick gravy. But even Iceland sells them and they dont taste bad. Make good raps with loads of salad and chilli sauce.

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2 hours ago, Fulham Broadway said:

 

Look at those 2. I'm sorry if I sound prejudiced but to me they epitomize everything I don't want to be. I totally understand the class system and know its a natural thing for it to happen but its guys like these 2 that make people want chaos.

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I remember coming back from travelling in 99 and was sitting watching telly and skipping thru the channels when I came across The League of Gentlemen and the show totally did my head in.

This was the 1st sketch I saw and I had no clue what the program was about.. But its just so bonkers I loved it. And how the faces of the characters all look similar. Well they did to me.

It wasn't till I watched a couple of sketches it clicked. But had been in Goa for 6 months and head wasn't back to UK standard yet!

 

 

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2 hours ago, Unionjack said:

I remember coming back from travelling in 99 and was sitting watching telly and skipping thru the channels when I came across The League of Gentlemen and the show totally did my head in.

This was the 1st sketch I saw and I had no clue what the program was about.. But its just so bonkers I loved it. And how the faces of the characters all look similar. Well they did to me.

It wasn't till I watched a couple of sketches it clicked. But had been in Goa for 6 months and head wasn't back to UK standard yet!

 

 

Love LOG.third series was partly filmed in Kilburn the pub where Geoff becomes a stand up comedian.

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A Wine-Drenched Feast. Underground. With Some Greek Gods.

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We don’t know much about Greek mythology.

It’s always been our Achilles elbow.

But the people at Shotgun Carousel certainly do. They’re a female led performance collective, and they’re putting on a Greek god-inspired banquet this month. It’s being held in the Vaults underneath Waterloo, and it’s going to be a immersive dining experience “Based on the story of Dionysus, God of Wine and Merriment”. In fact, it’s a modern re-imagining of the very real, very ancient ‘Bacchic Rites’, which involved an indulgent night of eating, drinking and wild dancing that took part as a religious ceremony.

Here, in the 21st century, your evening will start as you both literally and figuratively descend into the decadent realm they’ve constructed under the earth through “secret sparkling tunnels”. Here, you’ll be greeted by the priestesses of Bacchus, who will encourage you to “indulge in the smells, tastes and textures of visceral foodstuffs”. After making a quick ‘sacrifice’ (details are terrifyingly unclear on this part) you’ll then be ‘cleansed’ (er, ditto) before being led away to meet Dionysus himself, where the feast can start.

 

That feast will be a five-course truly, literally Bacchanalian affair which – if one were to close one’s eyes and try to picture a decadent & Bacchanalian feast – would look exactly like that. It’s going to be served up on huge gilded tables, and each course will themed after a specific Greek deity or idea, including:

During the eating, you can expect a fairly racy cabaret-esque performance, and after the eating, there’ll be an afterparty with a few of ‘the darker celestial beings’ who, given the amount of mass you will have accumulated over the feast…

…will likely include you.

NOTE: Divine Proportions will be running from 14th September 2018 – 12th January 2019 (with previews from 11th Sept – 13th September). Tickets cost £35-£55 and are available HERE

The Vaults | Leake Street, SE1 7NN

https://www.thevaults.london/divine-proportions

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Wine, dine and celebrate life like the Gods and Goddesses you are, with an evening of DIVINE PROPORTIONS

 

A heavenly new immersive dining experience based on the story of Dionysus, God of Pleasure and Mischief, is brought to you by immersive party pioneers Shotgun Carousel

 

Blurring the lines between feast and fantasy, DIVINE PROPORTIONS reimagines the story of the God of Wine, Hedonism and ritual ecstasy. Every ticket includes a FIVE COURSE BANQUET and an evening filled with out of this world entertainment. 

 

‘Five course feast meets outrageous kitsch cabaret meets all night after-party’

 

Guests should prepare to be led on a mythological journey to heaven and back, through secret, sparkling tunnels and into subterranean paradise by your mercurial host Dionysus, along with their cohort of cult priestesses; a cavorting band of circus sirens and party starters. 

 

Expect course after course of heavenly dishes, cocktails of milk and honey, partying with priestesses, singalong with satyrs and an after party in The Underworld. 

 

Dress like the deities you are and join us for an evening of DIVINE PROPORTIONS.

 

#BabyGotBacchus #DivineProportions

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Further to the comment I was going to make to @Vesper  in the match thread

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Just imagine an end full of them. We have gone far too reserved,conservative (small c) in England. Its like 'THEY' have won and there's no extremes any more. No bright colors - just magnolia.

There needs to be another - some sort of rebellion - fashion wise, music wise, drug wise.

With every new subculture - underground youth culture, there is a drug equated to it. With the 60s flower children they had their cannabis,acid, the Mods,skinheads,punks had their speed, the Casuals,ravers their MDMA,acid,ketamine etc When the totally amazing places Shoom and Boys Own started up you just felt that it was going to be massive, almost like a religeous experience tho I'm agnostic. You had the coming together of all walks of life. The footy lads that liked a scrap rubbing shoulders and hugging doctors etc. All very loved up and not shy to say so. It was an amazing open secret and tho the cops and councils were pissed off we carried on fighting the system sometimes literally. All was fine until of course the media and  commercialization got their money grabbing hands on it. All the bright lovely colors turned to green!

I dint condone the use of drugs but at the same time thees been some very expressive and creative,clever people spring  forth from these different times. But for too long now there has been no new underground youth culture. The last good one was the ravers. Lots of bright colors, very expressive,creative peeps. Everybody completely wasted, having a great time, no trouble whatsoever. Since then theres been nothing. Mediocrity There just seems to be middle of the road, average,everywhere we look Nobody stands out from the crowd any more.

Not sure if this is just happening in the West as a whole or Britain but I really think its time for some sort of change. Some color, a bit of chaos,anarchy.

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Ziggy's | David Bowie Themed Bar


Never before has London had a bar inspired by the inimitable David Bowie.

But now that’s all ch-ch-ch-changed.

Welcome to Ziggy’s, opening tonight in Piccadilly’s Café Royal, where Bowie frequently partied back in the day along with Lou Reed, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney. In fact, it’s set up in the very same place where he threw a giant send-off party for his flame-haired alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, back in 1973...

https://thenudge.com/london-bars/ziggys/

http://laurentatcaferoyal.com/ziggys/

Let us set the scene: The year is 1973. David Bowie retires his dramatic alter ego Ziggy Stardust with a final gig at the Hammersmith Odeon. What follows is a legendary party at Café Royal, a favourite of Bowie’s where he often frequented the restaurants and cocktail bars. Close friends including Mick Jagger, Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Lulu and many others celebrate at the bash dubbed ‘The Last Supper’.

Evocative of the spirit and splendour of this night, Ziggy’s pays homage to the late great Bowie, 45 years on. The cocktail list is an eclectic mix of classic cocktails reinvented and Bowie’s favoured tipples, all served with lots of glam and a sprinkling of rock n roll. Just like the man himself, the cocktail creations are unique and full of character, from the smooth ‘Tiger on Vaseline’ to the lively ‘Darkness and Disgrace’.

Open until late at the intersection of Mayfair and Soho at Hotel Café Royal, Ziggy’s cocktail bar features a curated gallery of intimate portraits of David Bowie by his long standing photographer and friend Mick Rock. Click here to find out more about the art.

Ziggy’s opens 20 September 2018. Open Mondays to Saturdays, 5pm to 1am.

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