LEARN ABOUT THE GOOD STUFF: Stauning Whisky Distillery Tour & Tasting
At 6.30pm this Thursday, Stauning will host a Zoom tour of its distillery in Denmark. The brand only launched in the UK last year, but it’s one of the best blends we’ve tried in recent months. Led by Stauning's storyteller Pernille Nielson, you’ll be shown how to taste the whiskies at different stages of the distillery tour, what flavours to look out for and how they make the spirits. Tickets cost £35 and include samples of three whiskies – Staunings Rye, Kaos and Peat – plus a special tasting glass.
EAT WELL AT HOME: La Goccia Meal Kits
SLMan favourite La Goccia in Covent Garden (the sister restaurant of Petersham Nurseries) has just launched a meal kit so you can enjoy its excellent small plates at home. Each kit includes burrata with squash agrodolce; cauliflower with sundried tomato aioli; pear and pecorino toscano; potatoes al forno with garlic and rosemary; and borlotti beans with cavolo nero. Veggies can then go for fresh spaghetti with wild mushrooms, and leek gratinato. Carnivores have the option of fresh hand-rolled rigatoni with slow cooked beef ragù, and wood-fired chicken al burro. To finish off, there’s a classic Italian tiramisu. Kits start from £80 for two and can be delivered nationwide.
HAVE A LAUGH AT HOME: Frog & Bucket Comedy Night
On Saturday 6th March at 7.45pm, the Frog & Bucket will host an action-packed comedy night via Zoom. MC Jo Sutherland and Matt Stellingwerf will take to the stage for an evening of stand-up. If you’re watching live, there’s a limited number of ‘front row’ seats available. If you want to catch up later, the URL stays live for 40 hours. Tickets start from £5.
GET YOUR SWEAT ON: Blok TV
Blok London has added new videos to its on-demand player so you can up the ante at home before the gyms reopen. Enjoying a studio experience at home, users can choose from ten disciplines, including HIIT, boxing, strength and conditioning, yoga and calisthenics. With over 200 pre-recorded classes to choose from, there’s plenty on offer, as well as 60 live classes each week from the Blok pros. Try before you buy with a 14-day free trial, then sign up for £10 a month.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: When You See Yourself By Kings Of Leon
American rockers Kings of Leon release their hotly anticipated eighth studio album on Friday. When You See Yourself was recorded at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios and produced by a Grammy Award-winning Brit, Markus Dravs. Expect an updated take on the band’s signature guitar sound. Echoing, the first release from the album, suggests fans are in for a long-awaited treat.
TUNE INTO A NEW PODCAST: Brain Rot
Join host Stevie Webb to revisit some of the best and worst horror films of the 80s and 90s. Each week, he’ll be joined by a guest to talk about the iconic – and laughable – scenes from a range of cult classics and bad movies. Guests so far include Stephen Fry, film critic Mark Kermode and actor George Rainsford, with more famous voices to come later in the series. Whether you’re a hardcore horror fan, or looking for recommendations from the pros, this is an entertaining listen. Don’t miss the episode with Kermode on 1982 ‘trash masterpiece’ Basket Case.
BRING THE RESTAURANT TO YOU: Occasions By Hakkasan
Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Chinese fine diner Hakkasan has launched an at-home service. Occasions by Hakkasan delivers a curated menu and all the extras to feel like you’re back in its Bruton Street HQ. Boxes serve two and include a selection of dim sum, grilled Chilean seabass, smoked beef ribs, crispy duck salad, Hakka noodles and stir-fried baby broccoli. For dessert, choose from white chocolate and raspberry soufflé, spikey lemon petit pot, or mandarin and tonka pudding. You’ll also get assembly instructions for each dish, a dim sum basket, Hakkasan chopsticks, incense to set the mood, and a link to a playlist. Kits cost £175 and are available for delivery within the M25.
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