29 May 2010

Pub Grub on the Way

There's nothing Black Nerds like more than good fish and chips washed down with a pint of cold Guinness at The Spurstowe Arms near Wilton way. The food is sometimes hit and miss and quite expensive but we love the laid back feel and the beer garden.

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Man size fish
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......someone pass him a Yorkie lol

Yorkie. "It's not for girls".

Violet Cakes on Wilton Way

We can't get enough of Wilton Way right now, and as its just a stones throw from Bnn HQ it has everything we need.

We have a pub which has good food and good people. Wilton's Cafe which is home to London Fields Radio, has an art space and makes a yummy chorizo sandwich. Then just when we thought it couldn't' get any better Violet Cakes who makes the most delicious cupcakes from Broadway Market has recently opened up on the Way.

We found these beautiful pictures taken by Tommy from This Is Naive blog

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We love popping out to Violet's for a lunch time treat while working from home.

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Lemon butter cream
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Mango butter cream
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25 May 2010

Spine TV's Studio Sessions

Last saturday saw us at Spine Tv's Studio Sessions, and with out doubt it was the best atmosphere...party...show of the year so far!!!
It started with the funky "analog renaissance" who were a group of 20 somethings that had been flashed back "LOST" stylee to the mid 70's and raised on a diet of FAT FUNK!!

Then concluded with the incredible United Vibrations who were a cross between Fela Kuti and Sun Ra with beats as fat as Pretty Purdy!

United Vibrations-Ra!

Got us some Ra!

Spine TV

24 May 2010

PoisonUK Season Launch 2010 Zero Degrees

Last Friday saw Poison uk kick off the start of their season events for Notting Hill Carnival. Starting at Zero degrees the band launch at the The Cobden Club in the heart of the Carnival route

We headed down to the band launch not sure what to expect but as the models skank there way on stage we were very impressed at the standard of the costumes. We have played mas with Puk before but wasn't really feeling the imported costumes. But this year we can tell you the costumes are 100% made and designed in the UK.

The theme for this year is That's Amore with sections such as Jungle Fever, Tempest, Desire, Erotica, Black Magic, and as always their fun mas section 'The Gondoliers'. Also Dynasty entertainment presented Tribal Love to go along side the theme.

Jungle Fever
This is the wilder side of Amore...Love. This costume depicts sensuality in the open jungle – feel at home with nature. The lovely headpiece represents the outdoors in Love’s natural surroundings.

This has to be our favorite section and the one we would probably go for. We love the different shades of lime and emerald green which complements the gold.

Tempest portrays the thin division between happiness and tragedy, and uses fantasy and magic to explore love and hatred… The temptation is wrong but feels so right!

Another hott section, love that the belt is made up of rhinestones.

This section was designed to show rawness and carnality. That under-lying sexual instinct that we all possess.

This is our least favorite, the head piece is really basic but the bra is well balanced and loving the use of tassels

This creative piece has been designed to represent European erotic desire. Erotica was created to transcend the areas of style, fashion and carnival.

We really like the corset on this costume and the fact that it gives you more coverage. However with a name like Erotica a darker, stronger colour could of been considered.

Black Magic
As we all know all’s fair in love and war and what better way to execute this than in the form of Black Magic. The hands on the bra reach for the star. Black is beautiful, black is magic

Over all a very nice costume but would of liked to see more black for maxim presence.

The Gondoliers
Is the fun mas section for the guys and girls who would like an alternative to beads and feathers.

Tribal Love by Dynasty entertainment
This year's theme was chosen to highlight the similarities in the richness of the culture of Caribbean people and Native American Indians. Our diverse and colourful cultures are both influenced by music, dance, rhythm and a love for nature and life.

We really like the colour combination of this costume but it was a bit too much beads for us. But we love the one shoulder and the deep purple design.

Poison UK present 'Togetherness' for the kiddy mas and we have always love the creativity and freedom they put into the kids costumes. No miniature adult costumes instead they give you sculptural forms with hand painted fabric.

Poison UK have definitely stepped up their game with these costumes. Although not groundbreaking they are contributing to the creativity and craftsmanship of mas in the UK. We look forward to hopefully playing mas with PUK this year. Much thanks and ReSpecs to Catharine and the other Puk girls who made us most welcome.

All 2 piece costumes packages are from 125.00 make sure to sign up for a Puk card this will entitle you to a 10% discount. click here for more details.

All pictures are from Trini Jungle Juice and BNN

21 May 2010

Duro Olowu's New Shop

We finally made a trip to visit our old Portobello Road neighbour Duro Olowu at his new shop on 14 Masons Yard. Surrounded by fine arts big names in The White Cube Gallery. Duro offers pattern print to his stark white surroundings.

The Space
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Vintage furniture house the payment area
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Curio objects alongside fashion
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Reupholstered vintage chairs in Doro's prints and carved wood lamp base creates a front room.
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A little inspiration
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The inspiration for his S/S collection was the colours of Picasso’s ‘Mosqueteros’ paintings and the vibrant goings on of 125th Street in Harlem, New York.
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Amazing shoes by Charlotte Dellal which provide a simplicity to the head rush of pattern print.
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Duro Olowu S/S 2009

19 May 2010

Fine Dining and Impeccable Service

More birthdays meant we were invited to dinner at Gordon Ramsay's Murano Restaurant yummy.

We were treated to a 3 course meal with excellent wine and attentive service. The deserts were a let down but the cheese board made up for it.

First a selection of breads


Potato mousseline, deep-fried frog’s legs, parsley velouté, garlic crisps

Ceviche of sea scallops, apple and cucumber salsa, lime vinaigrette, avocado and sesame crisps

Warm new season white asparagus, poached hen’s egg, pickled morels, grated hazelnuts

Carpaccio of yellow fin tuna, glazed pork belly


Whole Dover sole, watercress and lemon risotto, brown butter, capers and anchovies (for two) filleted at your table

Monkfish tail, buttered baby gem, smoked aubergine purée, deep-fried anchovy

Poached and roasted corn-fed baby chicken

Cleanse the palette

Warm apple terrine, salted caramel sauce, prune purée

Mango parfait, pineapple carpaccio, pineapple and Pernod sorbet

Almond moelleux, rhubarb and orange, tonka bean anglaise

The Cake

So it was Black Nerds Birthday a couple of weeks ago and it has now become a tradition that BnnGirls bake him a cake. Last year we were inspired by Tatty Devine and all things musical.

This year we were inspired by Afrikanism our Fela tribute and Chris Ofili's exhibition at the Tate

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yummy 8)