Arancini Brothers Risotto Balls

So two men named Dave walk into a kitchen, sounds like the beginning of a hilarious joke but it’s what happens everyday at Arancini Brothers. The two owners, big Dave and little Dave, while in Australia were trained by Sicilian chefs to create ‘delizioso’ risotto balls, or Arancini for short, you just learnt something…you’re welcome.

Rice cooked with onions, garlic, herbs and vegetable stock are then flavoured with a variety of cheeses, parsley and lemon (vegan options available on request), then fried to perfection.

Once prepared the risotto balls can be order in wraps, burgers, stew bowls or by themselves as a tasty snack 

With locations on Old Street, Kentish Town, Dalston and a food van that regular visits local food markets you have NO EXCUSE not to try them out.

 

The Time & Place:

115A Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8PB | Mon – Fri 8am -9.30pm, Sat – Sun 9.30am – 9.30pm

592 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AH | Everyday including Bank Holidays 10am – 10pm

42 Old Street, London EC1V 9AE | Mon – Fri 9.30am – 10pm, Closed weekends.

 Price:  Start from £4

Contact:  arancinibrothers.com

 

 

 

 

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London Improv Theatre

I cannot act, there isn’t an inch of me that should be on stage or in front of a camera (unlike a friend of mine who is A brilliant actor, I hate her!), the thought of improv literally scares me into a sweaty panic attack, but there’re those crazy bastards who thrive on that type of adrenaline, step forward the London Improv Theatre.

 

 

Established in 2016 by Jake Lyons, the theatre plays host to Improv performances such comedy, sketches, music and even magic, oh how I love me a bit of magic.

A number of performances are on over September including an acoustic showcase (showcase performances are on the first Saturday of each month) , ‘Scared Scriptless’ where the participates improvise scenes based on audience suggestions and ‘The Magicians Showcase’ which I may well attend myself (love me a bit of magic).

If you’re after an evening of impromptu theatre, or in the mood to joy in yourself, pop on over to Swiss Cottage, it won’t disappoint.

 

 

The Time:  Varies

The Place:   London Improv Theatre, 104-A Finchley Road, Londnon, NW3 5JJ

Tickets:  Prices vary but generally start from £5/6 in advance.

Contact:  londonimprovtheatre.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Bike Fix-it

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Calling all Brent residents with broken bikes, get your backsides over to Queens Park Farmers Market at Salusbury Primary School on Sunday 18th Sept for some cycle-TLC.

Dr Bike’s maintenance team will be in Queens Park between 10am-2pm to provide some much appreciated, FREE, bike MOTs and advice on a first-come-first-serve basis…for FREEEeeeeeeeeee.

So if your bikes a wee bit of maintenance loving, them get it over to Salusbury School this Sunday, and while you’re then take a gander at the farmers market, you can find some rather tasty treats.

 

  • The Place:  Queens Park Farmers Market at Salusbury School, Salusbury Road, Queens Park,  NW6 6RG
  • The Time:   18th September 2016 from 10am to 2pm
  • Tickets:  It’s free baby!
  • Contact:  For more information click here

 

 

*Info used from brent.gov.uk

*Image used taken by the Pigeon

It’s a Kanye party

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An evening dedicated to the father of North West brings the people of North West to West London.

On Saturday 29th November 2014 celebrate the music and madness of Kanye in Paradise. For 6 quid (which in most bars will only buy you 1 shot) dance yourself silly to  Mr West’s catchy beats.

Not much else to say except, get your glad rags on and don’t let Kanye down!

The Time: From 8pm – 2am, Saturday 29th November 2014

The Place: Paradise by way of Kensal Rise, 19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London W10 4AE

Contact & Further Details: www.theparadise.co.uk, email: clem@thecolumbogroup.com, Tel: 020 8969 0098

 

  • Images used from popsugar.com
  • Info used from theparadise.co.uk

 

 

Have fun…Disclaimer, Kanye West will not be there so please don’t shout at me tomorrow!

Time for the Tipple Taxi

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Welcome to the Tipple Taxi, brain child of Lucas Sinclair this converted black-taxi bar travels the country popping up at events and functions all over the gaff.

This vehicle of joy seats 5 people, plays music, has a screen for watching videos but most importantly serves cocktails for those seating inside the car, as well as those  outside.  The Tip Tax (that’s my nick name for it) can be seen at festivals, marketing & PR events, but between the 6th – 12th October can be found at Camden Lock as part of London Cocktail Week. Yes that is a thing, an amazingly wondrous thing.

As there is only 1 more day of this event left (I’m sorry, I know I’m crap), on Sunday 12th The Tip Tax will be in Camden from 11am – 6pm, if you have a London Cocktail Week wristband you can buy drinks at a discount, I believe you can also order a signature “£4 cocktail” as part of the event too. However if you don’t have a wristband I would recommend heading over to the taxi anyway, as there will be a photo booth, music and the opportunity to brag to your friends about having a cocktail made for you in the back of a taxi. Not bad for a Sunday.

P.S. The taxi is stationary while serving drinks, please do not think that you’ll have a personal cocktail maker creating drinks during the journey home, you won’t. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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The Place: Middle Yard, Camden Lock, Camden High Street, NW1 8AB

The Time: Sunday 12th October 2014 from 11am – 6pm

Further Details: www.thetippletaxi.com or www.londoncocktailweek.com

 

 

It’s boring to hear but important to say, DRINK RESPONSIBLY you lunatics!

The best way to save your local

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The act of shopping has become far to easy now-a-days. You want a table, go online to Ikea, they’ll deliver one in 5-14 days. Looking for some glasses, check Argos or Ebay, they have thousands and sellers will ship within 3 days, no hassle…or at least minimal hassle, you never no with Ebay. The majority of us have forsaken our local shops for online conveniences, we should all be ashamed of ourselves, me included.

So what can we do to resolve this, start shopping in our locals again of course, and what if you could grab a drink or 2 while you’re at it?

Well guess what, you can, ta da welcome to The Shop NW10.

This lovely little establishment sells all your favourite beverages & cocktails, plus chairs, art, furniture and just about everything else you can get your hands on, except the  walls, bar and the staff (I’m guessing). What a bloody brilliant way to keep your local economy thriving, go to the shop grab a bottle of wine for later, some chairs for your mates and a beer while your at it, shopping is hard work after all.

It’s also a lovely place to go for a date or a night out, especially if you’re on a budge as the cheapest cocktail on offer is £3.50 called the ‘Size Zero’, great if your date is afraid of those pesky calories.

The quirkiness continues as the cocktails are served up in jam jars, except the ‘Shop Credit’ (great name) which comes in an old school milk bottle, and has a touch of wormwood vodka, topped with Prosecco, that genuinely sounds amazing I don’t care what else is in it!

We should all be more mindful of our shopping chooses, especially if they come with a beer bonus.

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The Time: They open from 5pm-12am Monday – Thursday & 11am-12am Friday – Sundays

The Place: The Shop NW10, 75 Chamberlayne Road,  Kensal Rise, London, NW10 3ND

More details and contact: Check www.theshopNW10.com, Tel: 020 8969 9399, Email: bookings@theshopnw10.com

 

  • Images used from societeperrier.com & poppyloves.co.uk
  • Info used from theshopnw10.com & thenudge.com

 

P.S. the beer bonus is not free!

Working your way around the building

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Kids, how quickly they grow up, going from your cute little cherubs playing dress up, to young adults starting their careers, scary times for everyone especially you (unfortunately you can’t protect them forever).

So your little peanut (that’s what my family called me as a child…but never stopped) decides that they want to do something creative, they’re not sure what exactly but do know that that is the path for them, they just need to narrow down the options. The best way to do this is to test the waters, but as a ‘grown up’ you know nothing is that simple, nobody wants to give you a chance without first having some experience, but you can’t get that experience without someone giving you a chance, the irony is laughable unless you’re living it. Enter the Round House to the rescue.

This wonderfully round building offers a bunch of courses and workshops in creative writing, interactive theatre, music production, web design and practically every other creative field you can think of.

If you, or your child, are between 11-25 – sorry old people – and want to explore the many creative realms, I strongly urge you to have a looky here. You’ll get advice and tips from industry professionals, meet new people with similarly mad hair, but most importantly you’ll receive experience in the field you later hope to work in. It may not be a job but colleges, universities and employers love to see evidence of your dedication, so go for.

It’s never easy choosing a career path, hopefully the Round House will help making that decision sightly more bearable.

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The Time: The workshops times and start dates vary, check the website for more details.

The Place: RoundHouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH

Further Details: Check out www.roundhouse.ork.uk  for full course & workshop details.

 

  • Images used from facebook.com & tender.org.uk
  • Info used from roundhouse.org.uk

 

Don’t run around the RoundHouse, you’ll get dizzy!

Wrestling with Progress

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Joke time:

What can you achieve if you cross a comedian with an events producer?…Progress, you’ll get it in a moment. 

This is Progress is a strong-style professional wrestling promotions company based in South East London, founded by comedian Jim Smallman and events producer Jon Briley, later joined by actor Glen Joseph. It is also the only British organisation running regular shows in central London.

Through their love of the sport they have hosted more than 13 matches since 2012, with the majority of them being sold out in days. Their Chapter 11 show selling out in just 24 hours, that is pretty damn impressive. Thanks to high demand the gentlemen have begun hosting events every few months, the next one being on 28th September…however this too is sold out, so the next accessible show will be on Sunday 30th November.

The company also run a training school called The Projo (amazing name), for aspiring wrestlers of all ages.

Although the world of wrestling is often not taken seriously, it’s fan base in the capital is growing rapidly. Perhaps those of us who associate wrestling with the madness of WWE should consider giving the sport another chance.

And for the record my favourite wrestler back in the day was Stone Cold Steve Austin, I loved that guy.

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The Time: Sunday 30th November, doors open at 2pm show starts at 4pm

The Place: Electric Ballroom 184 Camden High Road, NW1 8QP

Tickets: For the event ‘Chapter 16: Very Very Very Breaky Breaky Breaky Bishi Bishii’ can be purchased from here!

Further info & contact details: www.progresswrestling.com. email: progresswrestling@gmail.com

 

  • Images used from wrestlingslasthope.blogspot.com  &  wlhdvdreviews.wordpress.com (robbraziephoto.com also credited for both images)
  • Info used from progresswrestling.com

Muscularly men in tight clothes, the sport can’t be all bad!

The age of Capaldi begins at the Tricycle Theatre

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It’s happening, it’s finally happening, Carnival hits the capital this weekend…I’m joking, although it’s true, Peter Capaldi finally comes to the small screen as the twelfth Dr. I know a number of people who are losing their s*** over this, what they might not know is that they can also watch his first feature length episode on the big screen too.

The good people at the Tricycle Theatre have agreed to air ‘Deep Breath’ in their very cosy cinema, from 7.35pm on Saturday 23rd Aug, god bless peer pressure.

Any die hard fan, or “whovian” (I believe that is the semi-accepted term), should get themselves down to the cinema as, not only will they be showing the 80 min long episode, they will also be showing the exclusive Q&A session live from Leicester Square afterwards, and a never seen before, 5 min video from a future Dr Who DVD release. Pretty damn snazzy huh!

 For more info have a nosy at www.tricycle.co.uk

 

The place:   Tricycle Theatre, 269 Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 7JR

The time:   7.35pm sharpe,  no dawdling

Contact:   info@tricycle.co.uk,   020 7372 6611,   Box Office 020 7328 1000

The (time) Travel:

Jubilee Line to Kilburn station then a 5min walk down the high road.

Overground to Brondesbury station (from Clapham Junction, Richmond and Stafford) then a 2min walk down the high road.

Overground to Kilburn High Road Station (from Euston and Watford) then either a 20 min walk up the high road, or jump on the 16, 32, 316 or 332 bus for 3 stops.

Bakerloo Line to Kilburn Park then either a 25 min walk up the high road, or jump on the 32 or 316 bus for 5 stops.

 

  • Image used from digitalspy.co.uk
  • Info from tricycle.co.uk

 

Come everyone sing it with me ‘Dr Who-oo, yeah Dr Who, Dr Who-oo…oh wait, crap I forgot!

Million Mask March, Trafalgar Square West London

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On November 5th 2013 the group Anonymous are inviting everyone to don a mask and gather for a friendly meeting of minds in Trafalgar square, followed by a SILENT stroll to Parliament, some music in the form of  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture then a tea party to finish off the evening.

The march, which is a global event, will also take place in Nigeria, Washington,  Romania, India, Melbourne, El Salvador plus numerous other cities World wide on the 5th.

The aim of the gathering is to meet and greet like minded people to exchange and share ideas. All are welcome and a blockade of the streets of West London the desired result…however the ukanonymousevents.com website have stated that should the streets become gridlocked emergency services will get through should they need to.

If you have a spare mask (or not) and feel like some tea and a chat in front of the Houses of Parliament then head down to Trafalgar Sq at 6pm on Tuesday 5th November…a revolution is afoot.

For more info have a look at www.ukanonymousevents.com and www.facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchLondon/info.

  • Info and images used from ukanonymousevents.com and facebook.com/MillionMaskMarchLondon/info

 

Peaceful exchange of ideas Revealed!