EAT WELL AT HOME: Birtelli’s Pizza Kits
Birtelli’s, an indie pizzeria in Leamington Spa, has launched a make-your-own pizza range so you can recreate its signature slices at home. Ingredients have been sourced from British farms by its exec chef Paul Foster, who recently won a Michelin star for his Salt restaurant in Stratford upon Avon. There are ten pizzas to choose from – look out for the Spicy Dorset Nduja option. Kits, which are sent in recyclable and compostable boxes, start from £16.99 and are available for nationwide delivery.
ORDER IN THE GOOD STUFF: Braybrooke Beer Co.
Let Braybrooke Beer Co. ease you into the weekend. It’s got three new varieties of pilsner for spring, as well as a dunkel and a Baltic porter joining the Grand Gose and the rest of its signature range. Started by friends Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali of Soho restaurant 10 Greek Street, and Nick Trower from Biercraft, Braybrooke brews in the British countryside using traditional principles. its beers come in 330ml bottles or mini-kegs and can be delivered nationwide.
SETTLE IN WITH THIS NEW SERIES: Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal
In 2019, a scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities. The investigation that followed was codenamed Operation Varsity Blues. Re-enactments drive this documentary that profiles the mastermind behind a scam to sneak the kids of rich and famous families (including those of actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) into some of the world’s best unis.
TUNE INTO A LIVE SET: Sunset DJ Sessions x Bodega Bay & Vibesolate FM
On Friday 26th March at 6pm, tune into a live DJ set from Vibesolate FM. Listeners will be treated to a Sunset Session mix and tech house music from DJ Jake Beatyman, hosted by Abbie Rose from British Indie Pop band Abbie & The Roses. Plus, there’s a house set from DJ-producer Jess Kidd who will transport you to the chilled shores of Ibiza. Tickets are free and listeners can also order in a selection of Bodega Bay’s pre-mixed drinks to enjoy on the night.
ORDER IN FOR EASTER: Coya Mayfair Weekend Feast
Get set for the long weekend and order in a feast from Coya Mayfair. The Peruvian-inspired kit has everything you need for a slap-up Easter feast: corn tostadas with black tiger prawns; a selection of fresh ceviche, yellowfin tuna with pickled cucumber and soy; a choice of either duck leg with stir fried rice and seasonal veg, braised lamb rump with chicha de jora or baked seabream with red onion escabeche; lemon tart with meringue; and two Coya chocolate Easter eggs. It also contains a lavender and honey gimlet cocktail plus a bottle of champagne, chardonnay or pinot noir. Kits cost £85pp and orders must be placed before 6pm on Wednesday 31st March for delivery on Saturday 3rd April. Deliveries to London postcodes only.
PUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE TO THE TEST: BucketRace Monthly Mash-Up Party
On Friday 26th March from 7pm, BucketRace hosts one of its monthly mash-up parties. Guests can expect head-to head-games, challenges and trivia questions suitable for the whole family. BucketRace will lead you through a 55-minute session of immersive, virtual games, followed by an hour of music where you can submit your song requests to the DJ. Get involved on the BucketRace website or via Zoom, YouTube or Facebook. There’s an extra point for the best quiz name too, so choose your teammates wisely.
LISTEN TO SOMETHING NEW: Carnage By Nick Cave And Warren Ellis
Recorded over a number of weeks during lockdown, Carnage is a surprise studio album by rock singer-songwriters Nick Cave and Warren Ellis that’s been getting rave reviews. Ellis is a longtime member of Cave’s Bad Seeds band, but this is the first time they’ve put their names to something that isn’t a film score. Pay special attention to Lavender Fields – one of the best tracks on the album.
DITCH THE WEEKEND PAPERS FOR THIS: Come Join Our Disease By Sam Byers
Early reviews for Sam Byers's new novel suggest it's a real page-turner. Come Join Our Disease follows the story of Maya, a homeless 20-something who has lost her job. When the site she sleeps at is destroyed by ruthless authorities, she’s detained, then suddenly given a ‘second chance’ by a tech company offering her a job and a home. In return for her shot at redemption, Maya just has to do one thing: document her every move on Instagram to prove her worth. In this darkly comic tale, Maya rebels and sets about overthrowing the powers that have plucked her from poverty, raising some big questions about freedom as she goes.
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