Saturday, 26 October 2013

Pop-up places...

Are you, like me, one of those people who find out about the really cool places after they've popped up and left?

I've been to two pop-up restaurants in my entire life. The first was an amazing Finnish restaurant called 'Hel Yes' and they set up a Scandi forest inside an abandoned warehouse in Hoxton and served the most delicious Finnish food. That was 3 years ago now.

The second was on Saturday night. And wait for it: it was in Tooting. Nothing ever happens in my area. Needless to say I booked immediately.
Wearing my new navy blue faux fur collar from Helen Moore and my Accessorize ear cuff
The pop-up restaurant was  'Kusina Ni Lola', serving Filipino food which I had never tried before and it was in Tooting Market, somewhere most local residents fear might close. It is so great to see it being used in another capacity. My dad used to work in the Tooting market over 35 years ago and it's part of our history. We enjoyed three courses for £25 each and a free cocktail, this also included entertainment, games and quizzes. We were on a table of 6 people we had never met and came away vowing to keep in touch, it was such a sociable evening.

I heard about this event through Twitter (follow @KusinaNiLola here) but have since heard of loads of great websites where you can sign up for events in your area. These seem to be the best ones (apologies if they are a bit London-centric):

Eat My World - sign up to Supper Clubs in your area.
London Pop-ups - great blog listing nearly all the pop-up restaurants/cinemas etc.
Edible Experiences - food and dining experiences in and around London.
Just Opened London - the latest bar, restaurants, hotels and cultural happenings all over London.

Now I've got a taste for something different, I think next it'll be my local pub The Provenance for their Ukelele orchestra!

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