Every now and then, it is just so nice to be treated to something special.
I had the pleasure of joining a group of fellow bloggers and social media influencers for a wonderful lunch at Pachamama, a Peruvian inspired restaurant in London today.
The lunch was in celebration of La Tomatina, a festival that is held in the Valencian town of Buñol in Eastern Spain. La Tomatina usually takes place at the last Wednesday of August, and during this festival, participants usually throw tomatoes at each other for fun.
We didn’t quite throw tomatoes at each other, but we had the pleasure of tasting Smirnoff Vodka infused Classic Bloody Marys and Red Snappers with Gordon’s and Tanqueray Gin.
The cocktails we drank were specially created by our very own private mixologist.
We had delicious Padron peppers to start, paired with a glass of Classic Bloody Mary which consisted of Smirnoff Vodka, Worcestershire sauce, Fresh lime and tomato juice. Here is a Classic Bloody Mary I managed to make for my husband when I got home from the special kit we were given. Anyway, back to food. We also had some savoury crab & yuca churros and Beef short rib croquettes to start. They were so tasty and paired well with the drink. The second cocktail we were treated to, was a Smokey Red Snapper which consisted of Pachamama’s house blended Worcestershire sauce, Gordon’s Gin, Oolong tea syrup and tomato juice.
It was sweet ,savoury and so refreshing. We paired our Smokey Red Snapper with a brunch waffle and bacon, adorned with pretty edible flowers. Our final cocktail was another Red Snapper cocktail called Pachamama. It consisted of Worcestershire sauce, Tanqueray Gin, Tigers milk and tomato juice. I loved its spicy kick. To add to the fiery taste of our cocktails, we were treated to a main course of Pollo a la brasa. This was a free range chicken that had been brined, marinated for 2 days and then charcoal grilled Peruvian style. It was served with a house jerk sauce and aji amarillo mayonnaise.
This dish was so well flavoured, I’m still dreaming of it.
I’m sure I’ll be back at Pachamama real soon again just to have this. There is always a sweet ending to any meal. We were treated to chocolate truffles and this Alfajores.
Alfajores is a South American cornstarch cookie with a Dulce de Leche filling. This went down well with a hot cup of coffee. It was such a wonderful afternoon celebrating La Tomatina. My husband got to celebrate too with this Classic Bloody Mary that I made him.
Wishing you all a good evening.
( All photography are by me, Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. Thank you to Smirnoff Vodka, Gordon’s and Tanqueray Gin for the lunch.)