I got up to a few fun things this weekend, so thought I’d bundle them all into one email of recommendations.
On Saturday morning, myself and my pal Rachel went for brunch in Café Tamra on the Northcote Road. They do all the typical brunch items and it was good, but not particularly, I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other similar places on the same road. I’ve been to Brew not so long ago, and I don’t think Tamra would win in a battle between the two. Tamra is also one of those places where they have probably fitted in two more tables than they should have; so it feels a bit cramped. I got their special, and yes, it was absolutely delicious, but I don’t know if I’m in agreement with paying £12 for a brunch plate in a café. The special was chorizo and avocado on toast with a fried egg and cannot be changed, even if you want a poached egg, which I did. Once we were finished, Rachel suggested a glass of wine, as the afternoon was pushing on, and I do love the Bollingbroke which is a bit further down the road, so it seemed too obvious to avoid.
Northcote Road itself is yummy-mummy central, so I don’t know why we were surprised when the usually fab Bollingbroke was like a crèche. I’m all for babies and kids, but when your pub resembles an actual crèche, I think you need to rethink your offering, especially if you are expecting me to make a repeat visit. Well it didn’t stop us having two glasses of wine, sure what else would you be doing on a Saturday afternoon.
Saturday night was a fun night out with some friends that live in South East London, near Brockley. We went to a themed 70s/80s evening at the Rivoli ballroom, which is one of only two remaining in London (and which was used in Strictly, which I know my mum will love). The evening kicked off with a band called the Martini Encounter. They describe themselves as a ukulele cabaret act, with all three playing contemporary tunes on the ukulele. It felt to me like I was actually living a Wes Anderson movie. It takes place the last Saturday of each month, I will certainly be returning and suggest you do too! You can have a look at the Martini Encounter on YouTube here to give you a flavour of what to expect.
On Sunday afternoon, I went to see my pal Peter play in the London gaelic football county championship. I’m more of a hurling gal myself, but I’m always interested in watching a gaelic game. Peter plays for a team called St Kiernans and sadly they lost. I’ve been to a couple of the matches they’ve played in Ruislip in very far west London. I really do love how it’s like you’ve taken a plane and are back by a pitch in Kilkenny. In fact, in some ways, it’s ‘more Irish than the Irish themselves’, for example, at the beginning of the match they sing Amhran na bhFiann (the Irish national anthem) and I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen that happen at a county final in Ireland (as a former county champion, I think I can make this statement). Obviously it’s mainly first or second generation Irish there, and afterwards you can have a packet of Taytos and Magners (which is the brand under which Bulmers is marketed in the UK), so you have a feeling of international travel while staying on British soil.
And that’s everything, until next time. Oh and I’m thinking about re-naming the blog, since I think the current title is more 20’s AMG, not reflective of my 30 year old mature self. Any suggestions in the comments section would be welcomed.