So apparently it’s National Margarita Day today, which means I cannot let this Friday end without a post on Chelsea’s very own tequila bar, Tonteria.

TonteriaLocated in a basement on Sloane Square, Tonteria is a must-go for all tequila fans. My first visit was with a tequila aficionado from Mexico, so she knew exactly what she was looking for. I, on the other hand, am not such an expert on tequila brands but having tried a fair amount of margaritas around the world in my time I consider my tastebuds well-trained. 😉

TonteriaThe tequila menu at Tonteria is long; I hadn’t realised there was so much to tequila. But in the end, my friend and I decided on her favourite tipple, Don Julio, which we didn’t knock back as a shot. Instead we sipped the tequila as if we were savouring a fine whiskey; that’s how it’s done in Mexico.

Tequila at TonteriaThe margarita menu also spoils you for choice and I can wholeheartedly recommend trying something from it. The margaritas we tried had the right balance of flavours and bite.

Margarita at TonteriaA railway track also runs around the ceiling of the bar, delivering tequila shots to tables of which there are a few. But there aren’t so many tables that you could just walk in and nab one, unless it’s obviously a quiet night. So I would recommend booking a table, especially if you want to grab a seat and try Tonteria’s food menu. After around 10pm, the bar/restaurant turns into club when the tequila vibe takes on a whole other meaning, the Sloane Square way.

Happy National Margarita Day! *clink!*

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The last couple of weeks have been huge for various reasons and I hope to share them in time. But this has also meant that a Don’t Miss in December 2012 post is missing from my blog, which I guess isn’t such a bad thing. With so much going on this month, I’ll be able to write more focused posts with plenty more tips than my usual top five.

So first up, New Year’s Eve. Being one of the biggest parties of the year, New Year’s Eve needs serious consideration of course. So here is a list of what’s going on in the Royal Borough, which I’ll be adding to over the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you have any party tips for the area, feel free to leave them in the comment box below.

Have fun picking your NYE venue!

86 are going to be turning their venue into a circus! *scroll down for latest update*

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UPDATE:

Sand's End New Year's Eve

The Sands End are cooking a pig and with feasting tables. Three-courses at £45 per head, the pub will be open until 2am, and they only have one more table available for 9 people. Call up now if you don’t want to miss out! (020 7731 7823)

The Hollywood Arms New Year's Eve

Dukebox New Year's Eve

We’re in the midst of Movember and most men’s upper lip grooming must be at an impressive stage by now.

But if you’d rather not step out donning a sculptured moustache to impress the boss with, something us Chelsea Girls obviously don’t have any inkling in doing, there is also a delicious way to contribute to the Movember spirit.

The Botanist has introduced the Handlebar Hero cocktail, which will be on offer until 30th November 2012. Its ingredients include Hendrick’s Gin that is shaken with Galia melon, fresh mint and lemon juice, and is topped off with a handlebar Mo shape specially created from pomegranate powder.

The cocktail costs £8.50 of which 50p will be donated to help raise money to support vital research into men’s health and specifically prostate cancer.

As you might have known from my previous cocktail post, I am now getting into the swing of matching fashion outfits to the featured cocktail of the week. After all, it is also about looking the part.

So if you are going to head to Sloane Square to enjoy the Handlebar Hero, here is a suggestion of what you can wear.

Happy sipping! *CLINK* xox

1. Miu Miu Goat Hair Stole from Net a Porter

2. Current/Elliott Crimson Ankle Skinny Jean from Donna Ida

3. Moustache Necklace from Not On The High Street

4. Prey Vest from All Saints

5. Sinner Boots from Kurt Geiger (These are currently on Sale!)

Trying the new bar menu and cocktails at The Botanist. (Click on the photo for my review)

Dessert at The Orange pub on Pimlico Road. The best kind!

Boris Bikes off Pimlico Road. I tried them for the first time this week – a couple of times – and am a big fan now!

Private view of Bob Willoughby: The Silver Age of Hollywood, Proud Chelsea exhibition.

Checking out Sloane Square’s newest bar, Tonteria! I love it!

The Society Club is probably my favourite bookshop in London now. Wonder why. 😉

Happy hour lychee martini at La Brasserie.

Afternoon Tea at The Kensington Hotel.

Dashing across King’s Road in a cab late last night.

The reason why this is my favourite time of year in Chelsea. Just waiting for the lights to go on across the road on Sloane Square now. Can’t wait!

What were the highlights of your week? What did you get up to this weekend? x

When Peter Jones switches on its Christmas lights, there seems to be a sudden charm to the cold bite of winter. I could even say that this is one of my favourite times of the year and not just because I love lights, which I do. Did you see how many photos I uploaded from the Battersea Park Fireworks?

I also love winter menus and indulging in heartwarming cocktails to nourish the soul.

Last night, I popped into The Botanist to try their new bar menu which had piqued my interest. Bar menus are a fascinating concept because most of the time, they’re really not that good. Yet, we excuse their subpar quality because they’re not supposed to be proper meals. They’re just a bit on the side.

However, like anything in life, when we do come across something decent – it stands out.

When I tried The Botanist’s new bar menu, one particular dish stood out for me: the soft shell crab burger with smoked chilli salt.

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I love soft shell crab anyway. It’s one of my favourite dishes but I’d never had it in a bun, which totally worked. For the bf, this burger reminded him of Barbados: has anyone else tried the fried flying fish in a roll over there?

The breaded oyster slider with lime and chilli aioli also tickled my tastebuds. I had forgotten that it was on the menu and was both confused and intrigued by what I was enjoying. Again, this was a new experience for me because I had never tried oysters cooked. In fact, I remember frowning upon a bunch of Sydneysiders in Australia who were telling  me about one of their favourite dishes: oyster mornay. How dare they ruin a perfectly good experience by placing the oysters under a grill and covering them with breadcrumbs and cheese? Why would anyone do that? But now I take those thoughts back. Well, perhaps not the cheese bit. But I totally get how cooked oysters can taste delicious – and in a bun.

The other two sliders that accompanied the breaded oysters were a cheeseburger and pulled pork with jalapeno relish.

But if burgers aren’t you’re thing, there are also chilli beef and chicken satay skewers on the bar menu.

I would say that my preference out of these two would be the chicken satay, which was more succulent.

The bf and I also sipped a few cocktails between us. To start with, the bf picked one of the Winter Warmers: the Winter Fairytale, which consisted of Courvoisier, Goldschläger cinnamon liqueur, cranberry, lemon juice and rose petal marmalade – served hot.

And whilst this cocktail tastes nothing like a Hot Toddy, it has a similar soothing effect to it. It’s ideal for the cold winter months ahead and it also tastes very good.

My first cocktail was the King’s Road Buccanner – but of course. And the ingredients included Diplomático Reserva Rum, Grand Marnier, chocolate and orange bitters.

If you like rum and cocktails with depth of flavour, then you might want to try this one. I really loved it.

Other cocktails consumed last night included the Sloane Ranger, which is very refreshing.

The Honey and Fig Collins – ideal for cocktail lovers with a sweet tooth.

And the Autumn Cobbler, which includes Ioyr Old Tawny Port, Somerset Brandy, Cointreau, apple and orange. Admittedly, I’m still getting my head around this one but the bf said he enjoyed it.

There were plenty more cocktails to try, including the Tinkerbell which is made of Tanqueray gin, kummel and a splash of absinthe. So if you get to try any of them out, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Enjoy! x

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