Last week I had the pleasure of being invited to an exclusive celebration of Octavio Paz’s Centennial celebration at the Mexican Embassy.
To be quite honest, I hadn’t heard of this poet before. I set out on a mission to learn more before I decided whether to go or not.
After reading the first poem whose title drew me, ‘As One Listens to the Rain’, I knew, this is my kind of guy. I love the mexican culture and tradition because I can identify with it in some areas. However, poetry, like music, is international. He reminded me of Lao Tzu in his outlook. That’s enough for me.
It only got better once I arrived at the Embassy. You cannot match the positive energy of Mexican people in Kenya. The food, the hospitality, the open collaboration of visual art with his words. It was quite the experience.
Words on their own are quite powerful and pictures speak a thousand words. Together, it’s inexplicable.
See more of the experience and all the wonderful people I met here ^_^ We learnt so much and even played some ‘trompo’… Being October, I enjoyed a cold Corona, with the occasional tequila shot. With such a great variety, I was not about to make a mess trying it all.
The Crowd, The Band, The Food; the best of Oktoberfest! I had an absolute blast this past saturday at the Oktoberfest held in Karura Forest. The crowd was full of energy sprinkled with beautiful women and men alike in traditional German dress.
The most disappointing part of the event for me was the fact that there was no german beer at all! You would think that there would at the very least be a special brew made for the occasion… According to the guys at the tap, it was a special brew that was being served but without a name or a distinct character, who’s to say it’s not just very warm stale beer? Very, very disappointing!
So there I was, drinking my regular Guinness.. If it wasn’t for the amazing company and the band killing it on stage the night would not have been one to remember. I really enjoyed the food. My sister had the Bratwurst with Butternut while I dug into a sweet dessert, the Linzer Torte.
This event definitely got me craving more beer adventure.
If you’d like to see more great pictures from the event, visit my facebook page Jercocktails ^_^
Tea Tuesday meets Wine Wednesday! I started my October on a bit of a celebratory note. It was actually unintentional.
Right after my interview at PRK for Community Manager, which I thought went terribly, I headed straight for a pick me up lunch at Secret Garden. Healthy food and a glass of wine really does that for me. They have this great Salad bar for only 500 bob that drew me as soon as a walked in. It’s a wide selection of exotic salads, fresh fruits and cold cuts. I enjoyed this with a chilled glass of Chardonnay and the quality company of my sister Ser.
Now, after a month on the Job, I went for a payday lunch that consisted of a Bacon & Spinach Crepes and a nice cold Iced tea at only 650 in total. I used to hate spinach growing up. I must say I absolutely love it lately, and you know what they say, ‘everything tastes better with bacon’!
I always ask myself whether I really deserve how well I treat myself. I’m only at step one of my goal but I’m always rewarding myself. You know what? As long as I take a step forward each day, I deserve every reward I get.
Remember, Drinking is always fun when you earned it.
An Unconventional Monday! Three course whiskey pairing with The Gentlemen of Chivalry drinking 3 times my age…
There is never a dull moment at Pernod Ricard Kenya. More than excited to be involved with the Made for Gentlemen project with Chivas Regal.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. Eating while you drink is great to avoid hangovers and reduce the risk of alcohol poisoning. What was really interesting is learning that the perfect food paired with a quality whiskey can really enhance the appreciation of it!
I never really expected to find myself buying flowers, let alone on a weekly basis. Flowers definitely garnish a room beautifully and, if you’ve noticed, my cocktails.
So, I thought I’d let you all in on my two favourite places in Westlands to buy the freshest, widest variety of flowers at great prices. They don’t have any official names but they are easy to spot.
The large flower stall on the junction of General Mathenge Rd. and Peponi Rd. is the easiest to access as it’s at one of the busiest junctions in the area [perfect for those last minute bouquets]. The other at Spring Valley Shopping Centre is much smaller but the best part is they can find any flower you request for.
Flowers are like cocktails, there’s something for everyone and there’s no limit to the combinations you can try.
There’s nothing worse than ending your weekend irritated. That Sunday Plan has been attracting crowds to the Westlands Suburb for months now, and it’s only getting bigger and bigger.
I remember first reading about it on my friend Jean’s blog. I was excited and a bit sad all at the same time. It reminded me of the Cocktail Sunday that never was. One of my favourite ways to spend a sunday is drinking cocktails in the afternoon with beautiful music in the background and some lively conversation.
What started out as Cocktails Under the Sun, now, That Sunday Plan was set to be just that. For a lot of people, i’m sure the event is a blast. It’s an attractive crowd of hard working ladies and gents in their mid twenties up to mid thirties, casually dressed and eager to spend. The music is an okay playlist of current club cliches and the space is just enough. All of these together make for an okay enough sunday plan.
The thing that took me from ‘Okay’ to irritated is the service. It’s always the service isn’t it? The one thing I think is the easiest and the cheapest to fix in any business is the service!
I’m not talking about the super busy seating areas or the jam packed dancefloor. I’m talking about the first interaction from the entrance. There is a bar stationed on the right, as soon as you walk in, with two handsome, edgy mixologists behind it. They are actually the reason I came. I had seen them work at a couple of high end events and even doing some flair so I knew it would make for an interesting night.
As the only two people at the bar, it took us 10 minutes to be served. Once I called out for attention, we got some service but it was less than enthusiastic. It went something like this:
Me : So, what’s the menu looking like?
Guy 1 : There’s no menu. Just say what you want.
Me : What do you recommend?
Guy 1 : I don’t know. You say what you like.
I took a breath to think about it only to give my order to the dead air he left behind as he tended to more ‘urgent’ matters. There we stood again, two people at a two man bar, being ignored. I call out to the other bartender who seems a bit more engaging. The conversation goes pretty much the same. I ordered a vodka cocktail, said ‘surprise me’ only to be served a screwdriver…
Overall, a less than lovely experience. Poor service, boring cocktails, great company.
Remember drinking is always fun when it’s responsibly. Don’t force yourself to finish a drink just because it’s there. Know your limit/s… ~_^
Last week, I had the pleasure of losing my concert-ginity to Paco Renteria at the National Museum.
My sister and I arrived about an hour after the concert was said to start and found the auditorium full to the brim. Lucky for me, I found a sweet spot right next to the stage. I stood the whole time but soon realised that I was better off because the music was so lively and passionate, I just had to dance.
The whole audience was swept up in the performance. We had come to see Paco Renteria but were quite enthralled by the equally talented band.
From the violinist to the fellow guitarists, it was a feast of creativity and originality. It would have been impossible not to enjoy yourself simply because they were enjoying themselves to the max.
For my first ever concert, it was one of the best, most satisfying experiences I’ve had yet. And I was not alone. I spoke to a couple of people after the show who only had amazing things to say.
It was interesting to see some nuns sitting front row at the show. They left with smiles from cheek to cheek, so happy to have been invited as it gave them some exposure to their fellow sisters culture as well as an opportunity to tap their feet to a new sound.
I would have loved to see the crowd get a little bit more involved but with the standing ovation and demands for an encore, it was clear that we had all been put under a beautiful spell.
It was an evening never to be forgotten. I left feeling energised and in an extremely positive mood. I cannot wait for Paco Renteria and his band to come back and play us into a trance once more.
Seems like I joined Pernod Ricard Kenya just in time. Luckily, on my first week, they or should I say ‘we’ were headed for a team building trip at Naivasha Country Club.
Other than being a Scout, I have never really taken part in any ‘team building’ experience. Nowadays, it seems like the only kind accompanies music and the clinking of glasses.
It was so interesting interacting with everyone in such an informal setting. If there’s one thing I learnt about the office dynamic here is that everyone’s a leader. It can be challenging when it comes to problem solving games but it definitely explains the level of cooperation and ease in the office. Unlike most offices, no-one here is trying to get anyone elses job. It’s a real team effort.
I promised myself i’d never work in an office, but, with co-workers like this, it hardly feels like one. My favourite Pernod Ricard value is ‘Conviviality’. I think it is the pillar of our office.
We all made sure to eat plenty and stay hydrated because the air was pregnant with expectation. The food was simply amazing. A buffet of local food including fish, chapo, ndengu and a number of salads. Even the monkey’s had to join in.
The evening was the climax of the day. Dancing… cocktails… an overall beautiful experience. [Don’t worry, i’ll write all about it ^_^]
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly.
The first ever Nairobi Cocktail Week is officially on this week! Organised by Brian Owango of Aqueous Mobile Cocktail Bars this is the ultimate opportunity to engage your drinking senses and try something new in some of Nairobi’s best cocktail bars and lounges.
Well thought out and straightforward, the NCW2014 experience involves 24 of the top bars and lounges serving a quality selection of cocktails at only 400 bob. From Whiskey to Gin cocktails, even Sambuca, there is no excuse not to reward yourself after a hard days work. There is something for everyone…
In addition to that, 12 of the 24 participating bars will be offering an extra item on the menu, a signature cocktail avaliable only this week. I have to say, as much as I love a good Old Fashioned, the treat of a specialty cocktail in a luxury location, like Kempinski, for only 400 bob is enough to make me leave my car at home and cab it for the rest of the week.
Running from 29th August to 7th September, if there were ever a time when the designated driver could exchange his keys for a glass, this would be it.
EasyTaxi is the only chauffeur I need this week. The easy to use app is available on google play and is the most responsible way to get around every time you head out for a drink. My favourite part about it is the standard rates from zone to zone eg Westlands to Karen. The last thing I want to be doing when I’m tired and tipsy is haggle over a hundred shillings. All I have to do now is open the app, select ‘request taxi’ and since it knows my location, and i’ve entered my phone number, minutes later, I’m on a safe ride home.
Remember, drinking is always fun when it’s done responsibly. This week is about quality not quantity. Explore, find out what you like and drink in moderation. Binge drinking is not only hazardous to your health but also negatively affects those around you. Make it a night to remember, not one to forget.
To find out which bars are participating and keep up with the latest, follow Nairobi Cocktail Week on Facebook
Celebrate safely by using the efficient services of NCW partner: Easy Taxi. Take an awesome picture of yourself getting into an Easy Taxi during NCW, use the hashtag #safey (facebook, instagram or twitter) and you could win your own bottle of Absolut Vodka!