Monday, 31 March 2014

Voodoo Blues

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Leave your prudish personality at the door, for tonight we are going to live like we have not a care in the world. Sexy, debauterous, glutinous behaviour, swirled in with a hint of voodoo. What's your poison?

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Nessa and I slipped into Roxx Club under a veil of red haze and crushed velvet for the press dinner of The Wandering Chef's latest pop-up, Voodoo Blues, a journey through the heady, debauched and frenetic night life of the Mississippi. 

Influence  by New Orleans blues and voodoo mysticism, the 7 course dinner was like no other, sitting still is positively discouraged. Dancing with the Voodoo master is however deeply encouraged.

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Deep in the heart of the Mississippi, lives the Voodoo Queen. We were presented with her poison, do we want to proceed into this under world? 

Live like it is your last day on earth. Voodoo Okra Pickle Back's straight down our throats.

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And then came out the feast. We started Papa’s Pork Rinds with Cured Cucumber, JalapeƱo and Dill Relish, and Devilled Eggs, Crab Salad & Mama’s Creole Crab Sauce.

A real feast on the taste buds, the flavours were truly sensational. A eruption of moans and mmmmms could be heard around the room as we tucked in. 

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Then a slow, steady drum beat started. That voodoo poison was kicking in, and soon we were up dancing with a blues band whist we grazed on BBQ Salt Beef Brisket, salad and with buttermilk ranch.

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However we all rushed to our seats for The Sacrefice. 

New Orleans Po-Boy Slider with Soft Shell Crab, Latin Slaw & Smoked Chilli and Roast Garlic Mayo stabbed through a voodoo doll.

Who did I think of when I re-stabbed the doll? Now that would be telling...

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Rich, succulent, and extremely moreish, let me tell you, while the party had great pizzaz, its also about the phenomenal food.

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Quickly moving on from that dark thought we lazily feasted on Buttermilk Fried Turkey with a Spiked Cajun Remoulade Salad whilst sipping on whisky cocktails till we met HER.

The Voodoo Queen. The most exquisite woman.

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She was just the most fabulous, exquisite woman. I think I may have a slight girl crush on the Voodoo Queen.

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The voodoo queen the presented us with the juice of our earlier sacrifice. And it was delicious!

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We then finished with a southern classic of Crawfish, Pork Belly and Grits with Bourbon, Chipotle and Smoked Tomatoes. Whilst Nessa was on the fence with this dish, I certainly lapped it up. I still don't fully understand what grits are, sort of a kind of savoury porridge, but I do know that I like them!

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Finally we ushered into a lift, that dropped us deep into the depths of Roxx club to Marie Laveau’s Lair; a naughty boudoir, where we were told we were ready for our dessert...

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We then ended the night with some classic blues and dancing before moving onto the after party for Friday night at Roxx.

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I met some amazing people in the Mississippi jungle including Gavin from I'm a Londoner , Elsa from The London Sinner and Alex from Yelp.co.uk and not forgetting the unforgettable The Wandering Chef duo themselves. 

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A truly A-Mazing night. Voodoo, blues and debauchery, take me, for I want to live fast and die last.

Voodoo Blues will be held every Friday night at Roxx from April 4th 2014. 

Tickets are £55pp and entitle the diner, to a gorgeous welcome cocktail by Amathus Drinks, club entry for the after party, seven course feast and live entertainment.

Buy your tickets here at The Wandering Chef Website 

Roxx 
4 Winsley Street 
London 
W1W 8HF

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Friday, 28 March 2014

The Sign of the Don

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Last we I was having a good old Twitter stalk. You know how it is, hoping from one tweet to another, really just being very nosy. 

Well on my journey, I spied a tweet of a picture of the most delicious look Wellington I had ever seen. Defiantly worthy of the #foodporn. So worthy in fact I thought I'd come out from the shadows and say how drooling worthy it looked. 

The owner of said hashtag food porn was The Sign of the Don. They said thanks, and then we parted cyber ways. 

Until about 1 week later, when a email came into my box. Would I like to meet the hashtag food porn in person? Always!

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The Sign of The Don is a fairly new bistro and very extensive bar just moments from Bank station. Its located on the site of the original Sandeman Port and Sherry Cellar, which I got a sneak peak at the cavernous underground cellar itself. 

Such a fantastic space, I think it would be amazing to host wine tasting down there, but alas! 'Elf and Safety so no. Party poopers.

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But never one to let 'Elf and Safety stop us, each armed with a glass of red we headed upstairs to begin the hashtag food porn feast.

We started with king prawns marinated in a herb sauce and deep fried breadcrumb coated olives stuffed with feta.

The prawn were succulent and had that gorgeous fresh taste; not overly seasoned to let the raw flavour do the talking.

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Sometimes when food tastes that good, cutlery only slow you down. Finger food time!

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As the plates were cleared away, we both looked at each other. The moment was upon us. We were about to meet in person the legendary Venison Wellington aka Hashtag Food Porn.

And here he is-

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Ooh you tease...

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Phworrrr. Look at that great hunk of meat inside.

I've had beef Wellington before and don't get me wrong I loved it, but there was alot more pastry than meat. Not here though, meat to pastry ratio is clearly skewed to meat and oh how we thank them for it!

However remember what your mother taught you, its not all about looks, its what's inside that counts. 

Well thank God this one wasnt just a pretty face. Oh mmmm. I swear I let out a Hashtag Food Porn worthy moan. It was delicious. Oh the meat was so tender and juicy. Rich and flavoursome, honestly, it was delightful.

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Hashtag Food Porn most defiantly stole the entire show, but we did also try to share the love around to its fellow Don dishes. We ordered a couple of side dishes of chickpeas with piquillo peppers and baby wilted spinach with pine nuts and raisins. Both good, but I could have done with a little more raisins in the spinach- picky? Well we wouldn't want them to get big headed now after Hashtag Food Porn would we?

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Of course we couldnt forget pudding now. We decided to share the dark chocolate pot with salted caramel, and a good old classic cheese board from the British Isles and Iberian peninsula. Got to love a good cheese board.
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And what goes with cheese? Port of curse. So naturally we had to have cheeky glass of Taylor's 10 year old tawny port.

So there we have it, a legend unmasked. I was very impressed with The Sign of the Don, as I'll be completely frank. Having this come off the back of a tweet, I didn't really know what to expect, but boy I was wrong. I can not fault their food or their service, or for that matter their alcohol. 26 types of Gin, need I say more?

But just in case, here is Hashtag Food Porn one last time. Go on, have a good look. I wont tell anyone.

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21 St Swithins Lane
City of London
EC4N 8AD

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