The event took place at Lambert’s Yard which has been the stamping ground for many memorable evenings in the Leeds blogosphere. It was a diverting adventure split into three sought after destinations in the USA – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas – and with each stage of the evening came a nod of representation for each city which was both a lovely and a very smartly mindful touch.Beginning on the first floor with a mingle and a cordial catch up with some of the fellow Yorkshire creator clan, the first theme fast came into form with unlimited warm up San Francisco inspired cocktails consistently crafted and topped up by the well versed Anthony from Mix & Twist (which also consequently lead on to me consuming far too many Wall Banger’s for a hollow, pre-three course stomach), and then it was quickly followed by a brief introduction chat before we were lead on to the crux of the night!
San Fransisco Cocktails
Wall Banger – Vodka, Mango & Pineapple Juice, Mint & Galliano
San Francisco – Vodka, Cherry Brandy, Lime & Sugar
Pornstar Martini – Vanilla Vodka, Lemon, Pineapple Juice & Passionfruit syrup
Californian Ginjito – gin, Mint, Apple Juice, Lime, Sugar & Soda
Small enough to care, big enough to deliver.
So before I continue with the (literal) juicy stuff, let me tell you a little bit about eShores; what they stand for and what I took away from the preliminary talk from one of the valued team members – Gavin.eShores are an online travel agent and tour operator business based in Rochdale and consisting of just 19 dedicated consultants. Their close-knit, tiny team which functions as a family works in the customer’s favour because it means they can mould you and your wishes into their alliance. eShores take the time to get to personally know a client and the plans and aspirations they desire for a holiday; providing a tailor made vacation of the best quality.
Their central focus and speciality is Multi Centre Holidays which, if you’re indecisive like me, will be greatly pleased to hear to the point you’re bowed on your knees thanking the travel gods that a prospect this accommodating exists. Can’t make your mind up whether you want to explore the panache of a city, study the culture, be captured by the landscapes, or loll on a beach unwinding with the sea beneath your feet and an ice cold Aperol in hand? Well, that’s what eShores are there for. To allow you to see it all in one trip. To combine every piece and complete a puzzle.
But that’s not their only skill. They can offer and provide literally anything and everything that is currently available both digitally and on the high street. Their process is impartial and it’ll always be left in your hands. And although their USA Multi Centre was the deal being promoted on the night, the website has a full list of recommended iteneraries which can easily be adjusted to a more suitable and unique package for you.
‘Small enough to care big enough to deliver‘ is their motto and on that note, let’s go on a food expedition.Bear’s Pantry and certain to tingle those taste-buds – and my swimming head and I couldn’t have been more ready.
For starters there was a tuna crunch for the fish lovers and a taco for the haters (aka me). It was a delicious titbit which supplied spice in all the right places! For main it was a fried chicken sandwich served atypically on a sweet mountain of maple syrup sage biscuits. My IBS was cautioning me with a yell in the ear drum but my belly was too satisfied to care! Then for the finisher, it was a dark cherry, raspberry and chocolate martini because of course I like my martinis in dessert form and not just booze, All of this was thoughtfully paired with Californian wine and Nettie Viognier topped the table as a winner for me!
Los Angeles Three Course
1. Hawaiian Tuna Poke – Tuna Fillet, Macadamia, Sushi Rice
2. Vegan Cochinita Pibil Tacos – Yucatan Jackfruit, Pink Onions, Crispy Shallots, Corn Tacos (Vg)
1. Abigaile Fried Chicken Sandwich, Chicken, Maple Syrup Sage Biscuits, Julienne Potatoes, no Bread
2. Beachwood Cafe Sofia Bowl – Tofu, Kimchi, Brown Rice, Peanut (vg)
1. Vegas Greek Yoghurt Martini, Raspberry, Pomegranate.
2. Californian Vegan Doughnut, Raspberry Glaze, Popping Candy, Sparkle (vg)
Above photo courtesy of Elouisa Georgiou Photography. I was obviously very amused and impressed.) We were promised a bright light Vegas surprise on the outset and whilst we were tucking into our grub, he turned up at full steam. I was too engrossed in the chattering gossip with the gorgeous ladies on my table and what I was eating at first to notice but when I heard the laughter erupting from the neighbouring tables, it clicked. Blessed with head to head card tricks, a booming Leeds accent, and cheeky charm – Sebastian kept us entertained until the event came to an end with a group performance.
The American dream was well and truly granted on this fine evening; taking us on a voyage of iconic discovery with a taste of the whole shebang! It was fab to learn all about the eShores ethics and the event certainly replicated their promise of providing a variety of everything.
And it doesn’t even stop there! They’ve kindly given £100 discount when you book a holiday with eShores. Just quote “USA/LeedsEvent”. and it’s all yours. I’m lucky to attend and be in the presence of such conviviality but you lot are even luckier!
Have you holidayed in the US of A? What’s your favourite spot? Let me know below as it’s clear I just can’t get enough inspo!