The Big British Invite

This past weekend, Dr. Awesome and I went to a cool event that was hosted by British Airways and VisitBritain called The Big British Invite. Now, those of you who know me, I’m a huge Anglophile and having lived in Canterbury and London, this was right up my alley. (I am watching About A Boy as I am typing this. Perfect.) It was held in SoHo at a great space.

We started off in the departures lounge where we picked up our “boarding passes” and waited to “board”. Whilst waiting, we were offered prosecco and dumplings. A great way to start our way to Britain.

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We then made our way to our Gate and went through to see this great candy sculpture of London.

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After, we got a tea sandwich and dessert which was set up like the Mad Hatter’s tea party. They also had some interesting tea flavors like Strawberries and Cream and Chocolate Mint.

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Around the corner was a cool cocktail bar that made two different drinks. We chose the one that made use of the smoker. I mean, how could we not? I love gin, but this was epic.

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Our “The Bribes”

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Wah Nails. I wish I had been patient and waited to get cool nail art done!

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We then got into the arrivals lounge and had ANOTHER cocktail. I had The Master Cocktail and Dr. Awesome had the Basil one. I should’ve had what Dr. Awesome had because the cayenne KILLED me. I couldn’t even finish it! His was very refreshing.

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Since we were in Britain now, we had to go to a rave party. Check out our dance moves!

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After we finished dancing, we got to sample some Welsh cheeses.

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They were delicious. Especially the one I had: a cheddar with chives in it. So good.

Next was the Highlands NYC booth. Dr. Awesome had taken me to that restaurant 2 years ago when he did my Anglophile-themed birthday. Really great food and whiskey selection. We’re going to go back there soon, but I’m glad we got to have some sample goodies!

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Haggis and sausage roll. It was really good. There was also a seafood chowder and shortbread with a whiskey ganache (I believe). Really interesting and really satisfying.

Unfortunately, there was no more food and drink beyond this point, but we got to see some cool London punk outfits. I wish I took more photos of everything!

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Going to this sort of thing really makes me miss Britain. I had spent the best years of my life there and made some unbelievable friends and connections all over the world. Dr. Awesome and I went there for our honeymoon this past October, but I still get the urge to just get up and go! Thanks British Airways and VisitBritain for giving me a little piece of Britain in NYC!

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~ by Rori on March 27, 2013.

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