Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Remember PIMMS No 1?

Pimm’s No. 1 is a gin-based drink flavoured with liqueurs and fruit at 25% alcohol by volume.

Pimms has a powerful social associations with the English, or London, 'season', and the sort of people who take part in events such as Henley, Ascot, May Balls and wherever else the young (and not so young) in-crowds gather.


Ingredients: 1/4 glass Pimm's No. 1, 1/3 glass Lemonade, 1/4 glass Passion fruit juice, 1 dash Cranberry juice

Mixing Instruction

Add the lemonade to the Pimms, then the passion fruit juice and finally a dash of ccranberry juice. Garnish with a slice of lemon, a slice of lime, cubes of cucumber and apple and a few mint leaves.
Serve in a cocktail (Martini) glass

A little bit of history: Pimms No 1
The recipe was invented by the owner of a City of London oyster bar in the early nineteenth century. Originally there were other variations: No2 (whisky), No3 (brandy), No5 (bourbon) and No6 (vodka).
Not strictly a liqueur, Pimms is a gin-based drink, infused with aromatics and mixed with lemonade for consumption.
Connoisseurs insist that only adding champagne as opposed to lemonade, makes a true Pimms No1.

TheDrinkShop is pleased to take your order now.

Or have one with me, life was never so good! Or two, or three...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Life in a box

You know the stories of the white van? The transport of your local delivery man, the plumber next to you and the insane drivers in the morning? I did some moving today - tons of books, kitchen stuff and a bunch of old records. So these vans are quite practical, but no image at all. So why not pimp them, get some stripes and fat tires and everybody would be keen to share a ride. One day, I have to have one, but supercharged!

Monday, June 27, 2005

Dark side and beautiful view

My friend Anja is a professional photographer, a godess in her profession. She's focusing on ghotic subjects with a mystic dark environment. She just got this shot with many others a couple of weeks ago, it's just great! Well, for more information about herself and her latest book release, check out her website., really cool.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Scooterplanet: Vespa GTS 250 i.e.

Ready to hit the road with the ultimate Vespa coming this summer? It's called Vespa GTS 250 i.e. (i.e. = fuel injection). Should be pretty fast and comfy. Don't forget to put a "HEMI" sign on the back, this is the most powerful Vespa on the market. Available everywhere in Europe, check out

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Ford Focus RS no more

Shocking news for European Blue Oval fans:

Ford Wields The Axe On 2007 Focus RS

There will be no Focus RS - that's the shocking news from Ford. Sources close to the project have confirmed the hot hatch has been quietly shelved. The moneymen reckon the manufacturer's current financial problems, coupled with the RS's high development costs, made further work unrealistic. The dramatic move is a blow to fast Ford enthusiasts and the decision means the ST badge will be Ford's current sporting flagship.

Bad news, at least I drove the 2002 RS. Nice, but not really an Impreza beater. Time to get creative and to hit the road, with something special, available everywhere round the block: A Ford deliver van. And make it hot and fast. Ever seen a commercial truck passing you with 150 miles? Vrooooooooooomm...

Source: Auto Express/

Friday, June 24, 2005

Just round the block

I like good food just round the block. So here are my favorites places in London:

Sausage mash and onion: RK Stanley
Oxford St tube, 6 Little Portland St W1W 7JB, 020 7462 0099. The setting though pleasant, is quite incongruous - sort of modern hip diner - but the meaty sausages (made on the premises with meat from 'visitable' farms in Wales) are good and so are the prices. We especially liked the seasonal and lightly cooked accompanying vegetables. There are also a couple of kinds of vegetarian sausages including a white bean one which needed a moisture-providing sauce. It's a stone's throw from Oxford Street and is also an excellent place for sampling some traditional ales.

Pie and mash: M Manze
Angel tube, 74 Chapel Market, N1 9ER, 7837 5270. More white tiling and dark wooden benches with variation coming in the form of large or small pies and fruit pies. When it was last visited there was the pleasant option of (green) plum or rhubarb. The former was chosen and came warm with a meagre but tasty filling and a sprinkling of sugar - necessary as the pastry seemed identical to that used for the meat pies.

Organic eateries: Mildreds
Tottenham Court Rd tube, 58 Greek St W1D 3DX, 020 7494 1634.Simple and small yet still hip, this longstanding veggie cafe/restaurant has incorporated increasing amounts of organic produce into its menu. Food-wise the choice is fairly limited if you want to eat solely organic, but the drinks selection has a much stronger organic presence: organic wines, a champagne, beer, juices and soft drinks are all available. Prices are pretty affordable, especially given its Soho location, and the food is usually enjoyable, although the last visit presented a decidedly gluggy plate of nori rolls.

Ok, the Indian section will be discussed next week. Also the SOHO midnight trip, ok?

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Turn on the music - but loud, very loud!

One of my favorites songs - I still play it up and down.

No more VH1 "Where are they now" - Procol Harum are on tour, check out the tour dates 2005.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Kitchen chief

For men only:
"Pizza Pronto" machine by Trisa. And you'll never order at Domino's any more...

RRP $ 150 but I got it for half :-)

Monday, June 20, 2005

Monday, Monday

Sometimes, I really hate Mondays - like today. So we should all go for a day in the sun, as the guys do in the movie called "Los lunes al sol - Mondays in the sun". But for them, any given day is a Monday and they struggle hard to make it through the day. Hmm, back to work then?

Sunday, June 19, 2005

Welcome to Streetcrawler's

Time to say cheers to the launch of the "Streetcrawler's blog" with a glass of Byrrh. Gulp!

And let's remember Arny Freeman who did the commercial in '64 - "A thing called Byrrh on the Rocks."