FASHION l BEAUTY l FITNESS l CHILDREN l TALENT l CULTURE l SPORT l FOOD
SIZZLING SWIMWEAR Hot stuff for your suitcase
ROYAL DELIVERY Nurseries fit for little princes and princesses
OF LIVERPOOL JULY ISSUE 2013
FESTIVAL FEVER Cure the Glasto blues with our guide to the best events
FEEL THE BEAT Batala Liverpool drum up some fun with the sound of samba
VIVA BRAZIL! It’s carnival time as Brazilica festival brings a burst of colour to the city
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY American style diners gain independence in the city
KIDS’ SUMMER FASHION//GARDEN DECOR//SALON SPOTLIGHT WHAT’S ON//CHILDREN’S PARTIES//ESSENTIAL SUMMER BEAUTY HAYFEVER HELP//THEATRE SCHOOLS//RESTAURANT REVIEW
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06-07 SHOPPING FOR HER A capsule wardrobe for summer holidays 08-09 SHOPPING FOR HIM Beachwear for the boys 10 SIZZLING SWIMWEAR Hit the pool in style 11 CUTE CLOBBER Summer threads for trendy toddlers
HEALTH & BEAUTY
12 SALON SPOTLIGHT The sweeter way to hair removal 13 SHADES OF SUMMER Beauty and the beach 14 HAYFEVER HELP Top tips for a sneeze-free summer 15 CURL UP Ride the waves with style
Welcome... WELCOME to our July issue of Best of Liverpool. There’s a distinct carnival atmosphere in the city with Brouhaha and Brazilica happening this month. Read our colourful guide to what’s on on pages 22-24. It certainly puts you in the holiday mood and if you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to sunnier climes, Sarah has thoughtfully put together a capsule wardrobe for the ladies on pages 6-7, while Katie lays out outfits for the boys to strut their stuff on the beach in on pages 8-9. Make a splash in some sizzling swimwear on page 10 and don’t forget the little ones who will look adorable in our pick of summer togs on page 11. For those who are more pale and interesting than bronzed and beautiful (and I count myself in that category!), Katie has picked out some essential summer products to bring out your inner glow. Plus if, like me, the summer humidity makes your mane an unmanageable frizzy mess, read Sarah’s tips on how to tame your tresses on page 15. At this time of year, my hayfever starts to kick in, bringing constant sneezing and itchy eyes – not a good look. So we turned to the experts for advice on page 14. We’re getting very broody at the prospect of a new arrival at the palace expected this month and have been speculating on the sex of the Royal bambino. What will they call the Royal junior? And how will they decorate the Royal nursery? Emma has some ideas for Wills and Kate on pages 16-17. Pretty soon the new baby will grow up fast and be demanding a birthday party to
rival all his/her friends. See Emma’s guide to throwing the perfect kids’ birthday party on page 19 and, later on, they will be finding ways to entertain their offspring during the school holidays. We have the perfect antidote to summer boredom on page 18. Making some noise in the city is drumming group Batala Liverpool which plays a lively mix of Brazilian style samba-reggae music. Sarah catches up with them on pages 22-23. Meanwhile, we have been glued to the BBC’s coverage of the Glastonbury festival but if you missed it this year, fear not as there is a veritable feast of festivals happening all over the UK and abroad. Paul brings us the highlights on pages 28-29. With today being the fourth of July, Paul samples a taste of the US in some of the city’s best American-diners on page 26, while I head to the Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill for a nautical lunch on page 25. And, as summer approaches, people throughout the land will be dusting off their BBQs so we provide some thrilling recipes to grill in your back garden on page 27. After all that prepping and cooking, you will no doubt wish to chill for a while, so check out our choice of garden furniture to turn your outdoor space into a relaxing haven on page 30. Happy summer!
16-17 ROYAL DELIVERY Posh pads for your little princes and princesses 18 SUMMER SCHOOL Theatrical holiday activities 19 PARTY TIME Brilliant ideas for birthday bashes
20-21 HOMEGROWN TALENT Batala Liverpool make some noise 22-23 CARNIVAL CRAZY Brazilica brings lots of Latin American loveliness to the city 24 WHAT’S ON Things to do by day or by night
FOOD & DRINK
25 RESTAURANT REVIEW Wonderful waterfront fayre 26 STATES SNACKS American dream diners 27 BBQ RECIPES With not a shrimp in sight!
28-29 FESTIVAL FEVER Our pick of the best fests in the UK and abroad
HOMES & GARDENS Michelle Rushton, Best of Liverpool Editor
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From swish soirées to gatherings, launches and more, Katie McLoughlin and Michelle Rushton take a look at what the city’s glitterati have been up to...
BOOK CLUB BIRYANI
SEFTON Park was the scene for a very special event last month, as thousands flocked to the south Liverpool park for Africa Oyé. Festival-goers weren’t put off by the ominous grey clouds that lingered throughout the two-day event and Africa Oyé – which is the UK’s largest free festival of African music and culture – beat the conditions to put on a stellar 21st birthday celebration. The festival, whch took place on June 22-23, was a great success with festival-goers enjoying a feast of African food, culture and music. Performers from six different countries played live at the event, including ZongZing All Stars from DR Congo, Atongo Zimba from Ghana, Son Yambu from Cuba, Black Prophet from Ghana and leading Zimbabwe band, Mokoomba to name just a few. Much more than just live music, the festival featured an ‘Oyé Village’ with arts and crafts stalls, a beer tent, stalls selling food and drink from around the world, as well as children’s entertainment. Festival director, Paul Duhaney says: “It was a special year for us and considering the extraordinary circumstances of 2012, and the threat of rain again, we were delighted just to get started initially! “But the crowds still came in their thousands and, with one of our best-ever line-ups, the festival was a wonderful success. Here’s to an even better 2014!”
PRESS CLUB HAS A BALL LIVERPOOL Press Club (LPC) invited the city’s media professionals to come out to play when it hosted a summer ball in June. The first event of its kind for almost three decades, the ball was held at the Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill where renowned chef, Adam Franklin, provided a superb buffet supper. Radio City presenter Jay Hynd took home the LPC Media Personality of the Year Award and a raffle was held to raise money for the Alder Hey Appeal, followed by dancing to a live band. It has to be said, a great time was had by all! Pictured are Miguel Doforo from MD Productions, Richard Lackey of Moore Media, Best of Liverpool editor Michelle Rushton and Victoria Grimes from Granada Reports.
RUBY JOY FOR CITY HOTEL THE Atlantic Tower by Thistle hotel, located in the heart of Liverpool, celebrated its 40th year in the city last month. More than 100 people attended a special party in the hotel’s newly refurbished Vista Bar and Restaurant on June 20, including Lord Mayor Gary Miller and the first general manager who opened the hotel back in 1973, Michael Hibbert. Since first opening its doors, the hotel, on Chapel Street, has welcomed hundreds of thousands of
We’re loving... GRUB ME DO TUCKING into some summer flavours at Blakes restaurant, situated within the city’s Beatles themed hotel – Hard Days Night Hotel – on North John Street. The latest menu features a smorgasboard of lip-smackingly fresh flavours, with the likes of Caprese Salad or Morecombe Bay Potted Shrimps to start, Chicken Bang-Bang Salad with Mango Salsa for mains and Black Cherry Cheesecake for pud. We especially heart Blake’s take on that classic British summer dessert – strawberries and cream, which come macerated with balsamic creme Chantilly. The menu is priced at two courses for £11.95, or three courses for £14.95. Visit www.harddaysnighthotel.com
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Event organiser Margaret Harry, author Ivor Peters and House Beauty owner Georgia Forrest
WITH previous guest authors including Judi Finnegan, Mary McCartney and Lynn Andrews, and settings ranging from Gusto to Caveau, The House Beauty Spa’s Book Club has proven a hit with foodies and literary types alike since its launch just over a year ago. Last month saw another successful Book Club event take place, this time in Holdi Indian Restaurant in Woolton village, with author Ivor Peters on-hand throughout the event
guests from around the world including celebrities such as Michael Jackson, The Osmonds, Kenneth Branagh, Kylie Minogue and Rita Ora.
to discuss his latest book – The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs. Guests at the event enjoyed a Champagne reception and a three-course meal, with author Ivor talking them through recipes in the book and sharing stories of his family’s love of spices growing up in Slough in the 1970s during a Q&A. To register for future book club events telephone 0151 724 4999 or visit the website www.thehousebeautyspa.co.uk
Editor of His and Hers Emma Hill with mum Jean
THE Capstan’s Grand Bazaar is a new urban market event for Liverpool which celebrates local independent businesses and artisans and their home-grown produce and products. The inaugural Capstan’s Grand Bazaar event will take place in HAUS, on Greenland Street, on Sunday, July 14 from 11am until 5pm. The event is free to enter and there’ll be an eclectic array of stalls to explore. The market aims to showcase the best that the region has to offer, so expect locally made arts and crafts, handmade candles, jewellery and furnishings, and local produce including baked goods, fruit, veg, cheeses and meats. As well as local produce and locally made goods, there’ll be vintage clothes and second-hand vinyl, books and furniture. For more information, email email@example.com
NAILING the latest trends at Nail Express at 25 Lord Street, opposite Debenhams in Liverpool ONE. The nail bar has built up a loyal following since opening a few months ago, with customers loving the friendly chat, fast service and on-trend nail design ideas, with marble effect nails in neon shades a big trend for Scouse girls this summer. The salon even counts Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle among its clients, who popped into the city centre nail bar recently. Beth says: “I’ve never had nail extensions with training, so I thought I’d have a little pampering before my holiday now that celebrity on ice tour has finished.” A marble effect polish on natural nails is priced at £15, pedicures are priced at £25 and a full set of acrylic nails pointed and finished with a marble-effect polish is £35.
JULY 13 A CITY fashionista raised £800 for a local cancer charity last month, with a fashion show held in memory of her mum, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2012. The fashion show, which took place in Circo on June 20, was organised by Leanne Miller, who wanted to raise funds for North West Cancer Research (NWCR) after losing her mum to cancer last year. Leanne says: “The charity is very close to my heart and I’m really pleased that I was able to host this event to raise funds for them.” The event saw models strut their stuff in clothes from Stacey Stylex, The Dressing Room Boutique, Gypsophila Couture, Merrie Boutique, Little Dolly, Booty Junk and Mabel Couture. Anne Jackson, chief executive of NWCR says: “I can’t thank Leanne enough for putting the time and effort in to organise this fashion show. Money raised in the area stays in the region as it’s used to fund world-class cancer research at University of Liverpool, as well as at universities in Bangor and Lancaster.”
Photo: E&J Photography
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LADIES WHO LUNCH
CLAIRE Sweeney, Kerry Katona and celebrity stylist Lorraine McCulloch were among the guests at Radio City’s inaugural Charity Ladies’ Lunch event on Friday, June 14. The event, which took place in the rather swish surroundings of the Hilton
Hotel in Liverpool ONE, raised over £8,000 for Radio City’s charity ‘Cash for Kids’ and The Variety Children’s Charity. Guests at the event were treated to a Champagne reception and a sumptuous three course lunch.
An entertaining afternoon followed, with guests enjoying a fashion show featuring clothing from Matalan and Marks & Spencer and sparkling jewellery from Wong’s, a Q&A with Claire Sweeney and a live performance from Kerry Katona.
PRIDE OF THE CITY
CITY THEATRE REACHES MILESTONE THE redevelopment of Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre reached a milestone last month as Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson joined theatre chiefs, funders, builders Gilbert Ash and architects Haworth Tompkins to celebrate the topping out of the new building. With the redevelopment of the historic Hope Street theatre remaining on schedule and on budget, the topping out ceremony, which took place on June 17, marks an important milestone for the theatre, which is expected to reopen in 2014. Executive director Deborah Aydon says:
“Liverpool is now a confident city, buoyed up by the invention and ambition of its cultural life, and its artists and audiences deserve 21st-century resources. “The new building will be a crucible for Liverpool artists and offer a vibrant experience for residents and visitors. Gilbert Ash and Haworth Tompkins have absolutely delivered what they promised and we are delighted with what is now a tangible transformation of our much-loved theatre. It is safe in their hands and we can’t wait to see it become even more amazing over the coming months.”
NEXT month will see Liverpool Pride fly into the city with a star-studded line-up, a super-hero theme and a weekend of cultural events. The line-up for Liverpool Pride 2013, which will take place on August 3, was announced at a glitzy launch event held in Palm Sugar, Liverpool ONE last month. Guests at the launch were treated to performances from Killa Sista and MiC Lowry who gave a taste of the talent that will be on stage come August 3. The 2013 superhero themed festival line up also includes a bat-cave full of home-grown and UK talent including singing star Amelia Lily; rock/ pop-band My Forever; House of Suarez, Dance Dynamix, Thomas Teago, Adam Lyons; Nikki Bell; Killa Sista, dance act Baby D and Doremi Fly. There will also be a performance from the cast of the 20th Anniversary Concert of RENT, which will stomp into the Liverpool ECHO Arena in November. Chair of Liverpool Pride Zoran Blackie says: “Liverpool Pride 2013 is going to be the biggest festival to date and the organisation is proud to continue its work. All of this can’t be done without the support of the Merseyside community, who every year come together to help make Pride happen and keep it free, which is truly special.”
CHARITY AND CAIPIRINHAS
GUESTS enjoyed an evening of fabulous food, music and magic in aid of the Marina Dalglish Appeal recently. The charity night was held in June at Viva Brazil on Castle Street, and was a huge success with diners enjoying a rodizio, live music, samba dancing and magic tricks. Luxury raffle prizes were auctioned at the event which was attended by former Liverpool Football Club player Gary
Gillespie and his wife Dianne. The event has raised a total of £1,875.00 for the charity so far. The Marina Dalglish Appeal was set up in 2005 to improve cancer care on Merseyside through various appeals and is currently trying to raise £2m towards an iMRI scanner at the Walton Centre Liverpool. For more information visit www.marinadalglishappeal.org
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Shopping for her
Travel like a style star
Outfit from Primark
Sarah Hooley discovers how to pack the perfect capsule wardrobe for any summer holiday... IT’S hard enough packing for a weekend in Barmouth, let alone a fortnight in the Balearics. From hot pants and crop tops for the beach to dresses and heels for hitting the clubs, just how is any self-respecting woman expected to fit everything she needs into one teeny-tiny 20kg suitcase? The secret is to create a capsule wardrobe. If you’re new to the concept, start by buying a few basics – like a pair of denim shorts, some plain vest tops and a couple of summer dresses. Add to this a playsuit, full-length skirt,
maxi dress, and a few statement tops and dresses, not forgetting a pair of sandals, wedges, a waist belt and heaps of jewellery. Think bangles, necklaces, earrings and rings to accessorise. The idea is to create a small collection of carefully selected clothes that you can mix and match to result in a variety of different outfits. It may require a bit of thought, but it’s an excellent shopping strategy if you need to slim down your suitcase. Plus, with all that extra cash you’ll save on excess luggage think about the goodies you’ll be able to treat yourself to in Duty Free on the way home....
Leopard print cami, £18, from Topshop Mini-multi hoop earrings, £5, from Accessorize
F&F turquoise stone bracelet, £8, from Tesco Multi-coloured crop top, £22, from ASOS.com
Modulu canvas and tan leather tote bag, £92, from Littlewoods.com
F&F orange and gold sandals, £10, from Tesco
Reclaimed vintage denim shorts with slashing, £40, from ASOS.com
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Coral Sunglasses, £3.99, from Internacionale
JULY 13 Pink beaded bodice dress, £49, from Miss Selfridge
Pieces Lioni straw trilby, £5.99, from Get The Label
Matte animal sunglasses, £9.50, from Marks & Spencer
Fluro zebra bodycon Dress, £10, and Aztec cut-out bangle, £2, from Primark
Gold triangle necklace, £3, from Primark
Geo print playsuit, £22, from Next
Orange printed playsuit, £37, from Miss Selfridge
Lime embroidered cover-up, £42, from Topshop
F&F gold cuff, £6, from Tesco
Bangles, assorted prices, from Accessorize
Beyonce modelling H&M’s summer range
Kurt Geiger Carvela Kate wedge sandals at McArthurGlen UK Designer Outlets, RRP £85, outlet price, £59.50
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Shopping for him
Aviators, £13; pineapple swim shorts, £16; and T-shirt, £6, from Next
Katie McLoughlin shows men how to make waves on the style front this summer...
Music Saved My Life T-shirt, £6, and shorts, £6, from F&F at Tesco
T-shirt, £7.99, from H&M
T-shirt, £9.99, from H&M
Polo Ralph Lauren purple seersucker swimshorts, £69, from House of Fraser
Swim shorts, £10, from Next
Shoes, £12.99, from H&M
Shoes, £7.99, from H&M
J by Jasper Conron trilby, £26, from Debenhams
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Rayban sunglasses, RRP £160, available for £105, from Sunglass Hut at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Linen shirt, £14.99, from H&M
Shorts, £19.99, from H&M
Oxford short, £20; shorts, £25; sunglasses, £12; and shoes, £40, from Burtons
Aztec stripe T-shirt, £18, from Next
Red Herring shorts, £25, from Debenhams Printed shirt, £25; stripe vest, £15; chino shorts, £16; aviators, £13; and watch, £30, from Next Sunglasses, £7.99, from H&M
Weave belt, £13, from Next Aztec flip-flops, £28, from Next
Straw trilby, £12, from Next
Rayban Wayfarers, RRP £123, available for £90, from Sunglass Hut in Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
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Shopping for her
MAKE A SPLASH Beyoncé modelling a bikini from H&M’s swimwear range
From key-hole swimsuits and retro bikinis to chic cossies with built in shape-wear, here are our picks of this summer’s hottest swimwear....
Printed bikini, £35, from La Redoute
Tiger print swimsuit, £25, pink scarf, £12.50, and flower bracelet, £12 from Next
Miraclesuit red swimsuit, £140, from House of Fraser
Parrot print bandeau bikini, £26, from Miss Selfridge
Butterfly By Matthew Williamson, £45, from Debenhams
Mexican print bikini top, £16, bikini pant, £12, from ASOS.com
Macrame back triangle bikini top, £18; mix ‘n’ match tie side bikini pant, £8, from ASOS.com
Swimsuit, £19.99, from H&M
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Flower print bikini top and bottoms, from Matalan
SHADES OF SUMMER
Floral print playsuit, from £10, spot and stripe dress, from £18, floral print top, from £11.50, and spot trousers, from £14, from Next
Sarah Hooley finds cute clobber to help kids stay cool this summer Boy’s grey surf T-shirt from George
Rocha.John Rocha shirt, £12, from Debenhams
Autograph dress, £16, from Marks & Spencer
Boy’s shark board shorts in red/ multi, £13-£15, from John Lewis
Floral sandals, £9, from Sainsbury’s Tu clothing range
Bluezoo sunglasses, £6, from Debenhams F&F boy’s straw hat, £5, from Tesco
F&F T-shirt, £3, shorts, £7, and hat, £5, from Tesco
Outfits from Monsoon
WHEN the sun makes an appearance, it’s important to ensure our children’s skin is protected from its harsh rays. One of our summer hero products is the Green People’s suncare range for kids, which contain over 80% organic ingredients. All products are free from harsh pore-clogging ingredients and are suitable for those with sensitive skin or suffering from common sun allergies such as prickly heat. Its Children’s Sun Lotion SPF25 Scent Free (£15.95 for 150ml) is a naturally water-resistant sun lotion which offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, perfect for active, outdoor children. A fragrance-free, non-greasy alternative to conventional sun lotions, this product contains organic aloe vera, edelweiss and elderflower and is ideal for children or indeed parents who are prone to eczema, dermatitis and other skin irritations. Summer can also be a sticky time when you have kids, especially when ice-creams, lollipops and sand come into the equation. Those kind souls at Green People have come up with the perfect solution – an ‘on the go’ dirt and germ remover which is eco-friendly. Sticky Hand Sanitiser (£9.45 from 100ml) contains a bubbly foam which can be rubbed straight onto the hands with no need to rinse. The key antibacterial ingredient is a tea tree extract which has powerful antiseptic properties. For stockists visit www.greenpeople.co.uk
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SMOOTHER SKIN IS A SWEET TREAT Pain-less waxing? Sounds too good to be true, but as Katie McLoughlin finds, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction
CHOCOLATE certainly appeals to female sensibilities, but a chocolate wax? I’m not so sure. Associating something so nice with something so painful is either the greatest food aversion treatment in the world, or something of a gimmick. So, sceptical about the merits of such a beauty treatment, I headed to STRIP, a specialist waxing boutique on the top floor of Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar. Founded in 2005 by two sisters who set out to make waxing a more pleasurable experience, STRIP has eight waxing boutiques around the country, with Liverpool being the newest, having opened in November last year. The ethos behind STRIP, which says it counts Elle Macpherson, Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntingdon-Whitely among its clients, is to make hair
WHERE IS IT?
STRIP is located on the second floor of Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, in the heart of Liverpool ONE.
WHAT DOES IT DO?
A prestige waxing boutique, STRIP offers specialist waxing for men and women, as well as HD brows, spray tans, lash tinting and extensions.
Visit STRIP in Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, 16 Manesty’s Lane, Liverpool, L1 3DL, call 0845 606 0342. email firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.stripwaxbar.com
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removal a luxurious treat, not a chore. Everything about it has therefore been designed to make the experience a little more comfortable than going to your runof-the-mill salon for a pre-holiday wax. It uses hot Lycon wax, which is believed to help prevent ingrown hairs, redness and the sting usually associated with waxing. It’s also supposed to be a lot less painful than other methods of waxing. “It’s about 70% less painful than strip waxing as we put an oil onto the skin first, which acts as a barrier between the wax and the skin. And we use hot wax, which shrink-wraps around the hair as it cools and dries, so it only pulls on the hair, not the skin, when it’s removed – so it’s a lot less painful than strip waxing,” explains my therapist, Alethea who worked briefly in STRIP’s Chelsea boutique before the Liverpool boutique opened. The wax is available in six different scents, including So Berry, Lavender, Olive, Gold, Chocolate and Hazelnut, and even one just for men, aptly dubbed – Manifico. “People like the idea of a chocolate wax – it even looks like chocolate and smells a bit like Nutella, because it’s chocolate and hazelnut,” says Alethea. Along with the six varieties of wax, each with its own distinct properties, STRIP has themed treatment rooms which have been designed to complement the type of wax being used. As I was having a chocolate wax, I was in the chocolate themed room, which is decorated in rich shades of cocoa and gold, with a chocolate brown leather treatment bed taking centre stage in front of a chocolate bar wallpapered feature wall.
Wax on – wax off. The olive-themed treatment room at STRIP
It all adds up to a very plush setting to have a wax. There are even TVs, so you can sit back and enjoy an episode of Friends during the treatment, my therapist tells me; but I can’t help but think of the episode when Monica buys a supposedly ‘pain-free’ waxing kit. Then she and Phoebe have to rip the wax strips off each other’s legs because it hurts so much. Perhaps that was the wrong episode to have conjured up as I prepare for a preholiday wax. But I needn’t have worried, because unlike Monica and Phoebe’s ‘pain-free’ wax, the Lycon wax STRIP uses was, as billed, a lot less painful than other waxing experiences. Now, I’m not saying it didn’t hurt – we are talking about ripping hair out of the root here after all – it was a little
uncomfortable, but it was definitely less painful than other waxes I’ve had. Admittedly, I didn’t think the wax had an especially chocolaty smell, but in terms of pain levels – and let’s be honest – that’s what matters here, it did exactly what it said on the tin. It was also a much nicer experience, with none of the embarrassment that’s usually associated with waxing, as this is what STRIP specialises in. Indeed, the company does around 300 Brazilians/ Hollywoods a day in its London waxing boutiques – so it’s fair to say they experts in waxing. A Chocolate and Hazelnut Brazilian is priced at £49, while a half leg is £40. Discounted prices are available when you buy a course of six waxes.
Give yourself a healthy glow Whether you’re jetting away to sunnier climes or just want to look like you have, Katie McLoughlin shows you how to look hot this summer... Clinique Self Sun Body Tinted Lotion THIS tinted gel instantly bronzes the skin, then develops into a rich, natural-looking self tan. Available from Clinique counters, RRP £18, for 150ml
YSL Marrakesh Sunset Palette WITH warm shades this eyeshadow palette, RRP £42, will take you from day-to-night.
Philosophy’s Skin Perfecting BB Cream IDEAL for holidays, this cream brightens and perfects your complexion and has an SPF of 30, RRP £22.50, available from Philosophy counter in Debenhams, Liverpool ONE
St Tropez Tinted Tanning Lotion ONE of the original self-tans on the market, this self-tanning lotion gives a rich, deep and naturallooking tan, available from John Lewis, RRP £30.64 for 240ml
Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick THIS limited edition Brightening Brick from Bobbi Brown has a peachy, pinky tone that gives cheeks a subtle glow, RRP £40
Bobbi Brown Nayy & Nude Eye Palette A NAVY and nude eye is Bobbi Brown’s chic look for summer 2013 and this doubledecker eye palette, RRP £48, has everything you need to create the look
Rodial Brazilian Tan Airbrush FOR a golden hued tan, try this spray tan in a bottle. A fine mist gives an instant glow and develops into a rich, longlasting tan. Available from Nicola Harris Beauty on Greenbank Road, L18. Priced at £35 for 200ml
Philosophy’s Senorita Margarita BRING happy hour to your shower with Philosophy’s Senorita Margarita shampoo, shower gel & bubble bath. RRP £14 for 480ml, from Philosophy counter in Debenhams, Liverpool ONE
Origins Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm THIS soothing lip balm hydrates lips for 24 hours and with a high-shine formula and subtle juicy shades, it’s perfect for adding a sheer hint of colour. Origins Drink Up™ Hydrating lip balm, RRP £16, available from Origins counters in John Lewis, Debenhams and Harvey Nichols
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Hayfever sufferer Michelle Rushton gets some expert advice from Dr John Blakey on managing her condition, which is not to be sneezed at WITH the summer finally here, many of us will be struggling with a blocked or runny nose, sneezing, and watering eyes. Dr John Blakey, consultant in respiratory medicine at Aintree University Hospital, shares some advice about managing hayfever. He says: “Think about when you get symptoms – it might not be hayfever. “Hayfever and related problems affect hundreds of millions of people of all ages across the world. Hayfever is seasonal because it is caused by pollen. However, many people have symptoms all year, or just when they encounter certain triggers, such as flour or cats.”
Try to avoid triggers
GAME ON AT NEW SOCCER CENTRE FOOTIE fanatics will be pleased to learn that the pitches at the new Prescot Soccer and Leisure Centre are set to open on July 15. The centre will offer state-of the art third generation (3G) pitches which have all the characteristics of playing on grass. Whether you manage a junior team, want to be part of a league, or just fancy a kickabout with your workmates, it will have everything you need from seven five-a-side pitches, which are fully surrounded by rebound boards to ensure that the ball is always in play, to a full-sized astro-turf pitch for 11-a-side matches. Prescot Soccer and Leisure Centre also boasts floodlit pitches, free on-site parking, a fitness suite, changing facilities and a fully licensed bar and cafe which will open in October. Councillor Eddie Connor, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Community and Culture, says: “Knowsley has a great footballing pedigree, having produced some of the country’s top players, and we hope this facility will help to develop future football stars, as well as providing local residents with a fun and affordable way to keep fit.” The centre will be open every day and pitches are available to book now. Call 0151 443 2200 or visit www.activeknowsley.com for more information.
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Avoiding whatever sets off your symptoms seems logical but can be very difficult. Simple measures such as keeping the windows in your car closed can be helpful. It is often more helpful to focus on avoiding general irritants such as cigarette smoke and cold air; these will set off hayfever during the pollen season as the nose and eyes are already inflamed.
Go out in the morning Try to spend most time outdoors in the morning as pollen counts are higher in the afternoon and evening.
Save your money Potentially expensive items like home air filters or special mattress covers aren’t particularly helpful. ‘Allergy’ vacuum cleaners haven’t been shown to be any more effective than normal ones.
Hayfever is treatable The great majority of people with hayfever will gain control of their symptoms with simple treatments. These treatments also reduce the risk of long term permanent damage inside of the nose and sinuses if taken regularly. Newer treatments such as immunotherapy are available for people with difficult to control symptoms.
Don’t use decongestants Decongestant sprays might make you feel better for a little while but the benefit you get will be less each time you use them. When you stop using the decongestant, the problem will return but worse than before.
Spray don’t sniff! To reduce the side effects of treatment, many drugs are given directly into the nose using a spray. The commonest cause of a treatment not working is that the user has been sniffing when spraying the medicine; this draws the medicine into the back of the throat. The result is that the nose is no better but you have a sore throat.
Hayfever often causes a cough Runny noses don’t just run forwards, mucus will drip down the back of your throat. This irritates the voice box and causes coughing. Hayfever and related conditions are responsible for at least a third of cases of longstanding daily cough.
Treating hayfever is very important in asthma People with hayfever are more likely to have asthma than the general population. Hayfever also makes it more likely that someone will pick up a viral infection. Having a viral infection and hayfever means you are almost 20 times more likely to be admitted to hospital for asthma than someone who has asthma but no hayfever. Commonly used treatments for hayfever include: Nasal washes: Special nasal wash kits (often with saltwater) can be helpful to some people and are worth trying if you have mild symptoms and don’t want to take medicines Corticosteroids, eg. fluticasone spray: These are the main effective treatments for hayfever. They do take a while to work so don’t give up if you don’t feel better after a week. Must be taken regularly. Antihistamines, eg. cetirizine tablet: Good for itch and sneezing. Cheaper over the counter than on prescription. Best taken regularly. Anticholinergics, eg. Ipratropium spray: Can help if a runny nose persists despite other treatments. Antileukotrienes, eg. Montelukast tablet: Can be very helpful for nasal and eye symptoms, but does not work for everyone. Must be taken regularly Cromones, e.g. sodium chromoglycate spray: Safe but not very effective and must be taken several times per day.
Here come the curls
Senior stylist, Amelle Thompson, at Herbert of Liverpool
With a bit of love and attention your curls can be your best asset, says Sarah Hooley...
Before the wavy hair had been styled
Herbert of Liverpool
SOMETIMES rebellious and often stubborn – curls are many things, but boring certainly isn’t one of them. And inspired by Natural Hair Week UK (July 15-20) we’re celebrating those of us lucky enough to be blessed with naturally wavy, curly or kinky hair. Soft waves, in particular, are tipped to be a huge trend this summer. So we caught up with Amelle Thompson from Herbert of Liverpool on Hanover Street for her top tips on how to get the best out of your tousled tresses. A senior stylist, Amelle’s worked at the prestigious city centre salon for over five years, and has curly hair herself so is an expert in taming troublesome locks. “I’ve got naturally curly hair,” she says. “So I know how tricky it can be to style, but with the right products you can make it look amazing.
“We’ve seen curly hair become more and more popular over the last few years, and the emphasis is on creating bouncy, naturally flowing curls at the moment. She adds: “There’s definitely been a rise in the number of clients who are choosing to work with, rather than fight, their natural hair type. “Quite often our clients bring in pictures of what they want their hair to look like, with the most popular celebrities that have curly hair being the likes of Cheryl Cole and Michelle Keegan.” So how can you create a natural, frizzfree, wavy look at home? “You should always prep your hair before trying out a new style,” explains Amelle. “And working with clean hair is the best condition before you begin to tousle it. I use L’Oréal Professionnel
Serie Expert Curl Contour Shampoo and L’Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Curl Contour Masque to shampoo and condition the hair. “Once you’ve washed your hair,” she continues. “Give it a good towel dry and apply some oil – like L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil – to prevent your hair drying out, and to keep it in the best condition before you apply heat. “The next step is to give your hair a blow dry with the hair-dryer on medium heat. “Separate your hair into segments, and run a round brush under each one, whilst applying heat to the top. Repeat this until dry. “Then, once all the hair is completely dry, twirl the segments around with your fingers and spray to hold. “Voila! Gorgeous waves, ready for the summer!”
After – gorgeous waves, ready for the summer
WAVE HELLO TO GORGEOUS HAIR Michel Mercier Detangling Brush, £14.95, from selected Harvey Nichols stores, Lloyd Pharmacies and www.michelmercier.co.uk
Ojon Rare Blend Oil Total Hair Therapy, £29, from John Lewis and www.ojon.co.uk
IT’S time to tame natural kinks and curls with these must-have products... Paul Mitchell Spring Loaded Frizz Fighting Shampoo, £14.95; Twirl Around CrunchFree Curl Dinfer, £18.95; Full Circle Leave-In Treatment, £14.95, and Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream-Gel, £11.95, from selected salons nationwide
VO5 Give Me Texture Tousled Style Spray, £3.69, from Boots and Superdrug nationwide
Lee Stafford Crème Lite, £6.99, is targeted to finer curls to give them the boost they need, from Boots
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Royal delivery Emma Thompson checks out the stunning selection of baby products in anticipation of the Royal arrival... WITH William and Kate’s baby due any day now we’re all eager to discover whether we’ll be blessed with a future king or queen. Like all parents-to-be, no doubt the nesting instinct will be kicking in for Wills and Kate who will be adorning the Royal nursery in preparation for their new arrival. And only the best will do! We at Best of Liverpool are getting rather broody and speculating over whether they will have chosen a neutral theme or have added in touches of pinks or blues? Meanwhile, up and down the country,
A beautiful wicker Moses basket, stand, blanket and teddy, £99, from My Crib Rocks in Waterloo
Large chest of drawers and changer with Peter Rabbit design, £1,890, from www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com
fellow mums and dads in waiting are also aiming to choose the best for their baby. Luckily, there’s a whole range of beautiful baby furniture to choose from these days with a host of Moses baskets, swinging and sliding cribs, as well as bouncer chairs, changing/bath units, and comfy cot beds. That’s not to mention all the accessories such as blankets, soothing nightlights, musical mobiles and baby monitors you’ll need to think about. We’ve found a beautiful selection of baby products that are fit for your little prince or princess...
Bailey sleigh beds and dresser, from £299 (package sleigh bed, dresser and wardrobe £1,250), from My Crib Rocks in Waterloo
Left, Leander swinging cradle, £175, and cot bed with mattress, £850, exclusively to My Crib Rocks in Waterloo
Tutti Bambini Louis fixside cot bed in walnut, RRP £399.99, from Mothercare
Saplings Gracie crib in walnut/white, £107.99, from Argos
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JULY 13 Bordeaux room set, £899 delivered to your home, from My Crib Rocks in Waterloo
Dress to impress MAKE sure your little one looks just as beautiful and dashing as the next Royal baby with these cute suits and dresses...
Little Punk London has launched its very own Royal baby range with chic bodysuits, £19.99, from littlepunklondon.com
Dress and knicker set, £20, from Mothercare
Disney Dearest Bambi fleece blanket, £15.99, from Argos
Tank top, polo shirt and shorts set, £24, from Mothercare
Ordered for royalty around the world is this Little Duchess cot using English beech and handmade quilting in colours of your choice, POA, from www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com
Stripe floral dress, £16, from Mothercare
Neutral dungarees (2-piece set), £15, from Next
Autograph dress, from £24, from M&S
A hand stitched luxury Moses basket with hand-cut glass crystals, French Chantilly lace and French silk crepe, £2,995, from www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com
King in Training four-piece cotton set (with sleepsuit), £7, from George at Asda
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SCHOOL’S IN THIS SUMMER Emma Thompson does her homework to find out how budding thespians can improve their theatrical skills during the school break... LHK Productions and The Epstein Theatre launched a fantastic opportunity for young people to beat school holiday boredom, have fun and learn new skills – with a Musical Madness Summer School! This brand new venture from LHK heralds a welcome return of summer school to the theatre on Hanover Street, as when the venue was known as The Neptune Theatre it was the home of the popular Elliott Clarke theatre school’s summer holiday activities. Now, the new Musical Madness Summer School promises to be the perfect summer activity for superstars in the making. With two separate weeklong sessions (from Monday, July 29 – Saturday, August 3 and Monday, August 5 – Saturday, August 10), young people will receive training from TV and theatre industry professionals, many of whom started their careers within the venue’s four walls and enjoy a real life theatre experience. Performers will cover some of the most popular musical numbers of all time from classics such as Grease, Hairspray,
Fame and Bugsy Malone while learning the skills and techniques needed to succeed in the entertainment industry. Each week will culminate in a live showcase performance on the renowned Epstein stage, which will be open to friends, family and the public. The school will be split into two age groups age five – 12 and 13 plus, with technical placements also available for those who want to learn more about behind the scenes workings of a performing arts venue. This is a fantastic opportunity for any budding young stars to get an early taste of the theatre, and with no audition necessary and all levels of experience welcome places are expected to be snapped up fast and will be on a first come first served basis! A full week’s Summer School tuition costs just £120, with sessions running from 10am-5pm each day (early drop off and late pick up available). Those interested in applying should contact Chloe Charlesworth on Chloe@ epsteinliverpool.co.uk LHK Productions and The
Epstein Theatre have also announced that 10 places for each of the two weeks will be free scholarship places. Those wishing to apply for a scholarship will be required to audition – details will be released soon. Lee Kelly, producer and director of LHK Productions says: “This will be the first summer school back at my theatre of choice and we promise it will be a fantastic
experience to remember with a brilliant showcase for all budding performers. “Having performed on that very stage myself as a youngster I hope to offer promising performers the same opportunities I had and I have no doubt that everyone who attends will learn the skills needed to succeed in the business while having fun and making lifelong friends.”
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WIND IN THE WILLOWS
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LHK Youth Theatre will bring Disney’s High School Musical on Stage! to the Epstein Theatre this month with three days of all singing, all dancing, family entertainment, chockful of fun, friendship and show stopping numbers. From July 4 to 6, audiences can join their favourite brainiacs, jocks, thespians, and skater dudes as they sing and dance their way through high school in this stage spectacular which features fresh up and coming talent from across Merseyside. Get’cha head in the game at The Epstein Theatre this July for this much loved modern classic. Tickets are £12.50 and £9 for children. Call the box office on 0844 888 4411 or log on to www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk
YOUNG Everyman Playhouse (YEP) are taking on Kenneth Grahame’s well-known tale, The Wind in the Willows. But if you think you know the plot, be prepared to be surprised as a cast of 80 young people bring this timeless children’s story to life within the grounds of Croxteth Hall from Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. The story has been adapted and brought into the 21st century by James Phillips, and while the much-loved characters of Toad, Badger, Ratty and Mole remain, this contemporary vision incorporates themes of social class, hierarchy and a struggle for power as the Weasels rise up. But who will be victorious? Performance times are 5pm and 7pm, tickets cost £4/£6, call the box office on 0151 709 4776 or log on to www.everymanplayhouse.com
DON’T you just hate it when you can’t find your toys? Now, thankfully, Dora the Explorer is on her way to the Liverpool Empire in the show Search for the City of Lost Toys! Life Like Touring and Nickelodon is bringing everyone’s favourite explorer on her first UK tour, and stopping off at the Liverpool Empire from July 12 to 14. In this live musical adventure, Dora the Explorer has lost her teddy bear, and the search is on to retrieve him! With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. Visit www.atgtickets.com/liverpool Meanwhile, Best of Liverpool is offering readers the chance to win a family ticket (for four people) to see Dora the Explorer for the first performance on July 12. For a chance to win a family ticket, answer the following question:
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AHOY THERE MATEY! THE annual Liverpool Pirate Festival has become a firm favourite with pirate-clad visitors who flock to the Albert Dock to witness spectacular live action battles complete with cannon fire, sword fights and jaw-dropping drama on the high seas. This must-see event returns to the Albert Dock on July 20-21, with activities happening from 11am until 5.30pm each day. With around 80 professional performers, the festival will transform the Albert Dock into an arena of sensational swashbuckling antics that are sure to entertain young and old alike. Expect face-painting, a treasure trail, authentic 18th century encampments and one of the country’s finest Captain Jack Sparrow imitators, all creating a weekend of fun for all the family. Children and adults are all encouraged to come dressed up in their finest pirate gear for the event! For more information log onto www.albertdock.com
WIN Q. What is Dora searching for in this new show? Send your answer, name, address and telephone number to Dora Competition, Best of Liverpool, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. Closing date for entries: July 8, 2013. Maximum one entry per person.
JULY 13 Left, make a splash with a pool party. Right (clockwise) Lounge Lizards, The Big Red Party Bus, The Cake Shop Crosby, Viva Brazil
PARTY TIME! Emma Thompson discovers that today’s children’s parties offer more than just jelly and ice cream and pass the parcel
which include a set amount of play time, juice, buffet and invitations. Plus there are themed parties such as disco, pirate, princess and if you want it to be extra special, you can hire exclusive use of the go-karts track, have a laser party or a VIP party. The Speke-based Go Kids! play centre has a soft play area for babies, interactive features for toddlers and slides and sports areas for juniors. Visit www.gokidsplaycentres.com or call 0151 486 9374.
Walk on the wild side
LET your little ones explore their wild side with a reptile party at Lounge Room Lizards in Waterloo. for you to bring Pool party These reptile parties are held in a jungle food and drinks, LET your children make a splash at their themed room complete with jungle music plus each party birthday with a fun-filled pool party! Simon Peter and include a show and tell were children get member receives a Liverpool Aquatics Centre in Wavertree can Photography to hold reptiles such as royal python snakes, 9 x 6 inch picture arrange fantastic kids’ pool parties with a big corn snakes, bearded dragons, leopard of their choice and inflatable and water floats in the 20m pool. geckos, frogs, boas, Olly the owl, the list is the party organiser The pool has capacity for 40 people and endless. Lounge Room Lizards offers various receives a 10 x there is a room where you can host your party packages including a photo with a 8 inch of their party afterwards, bringing in your own food reptile, food, party bags and a disco, plus can choice. Simon will and soft drinks. arrange extras such as balloons, a chocolate take group and For two hours in total the package is £165 or fountain and a cake. individual shots, using different backgrounds £195 with a lifeguard in the water for under The staff, who are CRB checked, can also and fashion accessories for fun shots – it can eights. Call Liverpool Aquatics Centre on come out to the birthday/party venue. even be themed. 0151 233 5433 for more details. Call 0151 928 0333 or visit Additionally, ideal for toddlers and children Knowsley and Sefton Leisure Centres also www.loungeroomlizardsliverpool.co.uk on their birthday, is a Bash the Cake photo host pool parties, as well as Dune’s Splash shoot where they can smash, throw or eat World in Southport if you enjoy slides and the cake creating wonderful pictures. Magic moments river rides. Visit www.simonpeterphotography.co.uk or IF you are looking for a children’s party with a call 0151 520 2300. difference, try the award-winning Viva Brazil restaurant in Castle Street. Snap happy A special birthday cocktail and dessert is Playdays BE sure to capture your child’s birthday given to the birthday girl or boy, and all WITH soft play areas, ball pits, big slides and with a fun photo party by Simon Peter of the children will be entertained by Viva quad bikes, Go Kids! is great for birthday Photography and Shooting Stars Studio in Brazil’s very own magician, Lee Wellzy, who parties and caters for toddlers to 12-yearMaghull. has proven to be a real favourite with the olds. Available for five-year-olds to teenagers, youngsters. There are a number of party packages packages start from £12.50 an hour per Viva Brazil is renowned for being childavailable, starting from £7.95 per child, person. There will be a party room set up a33473 MRR Best Of LIV Ban 19/06/2013 10:56 Page 1
friendly and can even dedicate a special section of the restaurant to parties every Sunday afternoon (subject to numbers). Parties must be booked in advance. Visit www.vivabrazilrestaurants.com or call 0151 236 8080 for details.
BRING a super fun party right to your doorstep (without bringing the mayhem indoors) with the Big Red Party Bus! The custom-built bus is fully equipped for your children’s entertainment with a fun slide, ball pool and pirate net on the lower deck, while the upper deck has a mobile disco and karaoke. Prices start from £210 for an hour and a half party, for a maximum of 20 kids, aged between four and nine. Also included are invitations, music, party games and prizes, snacks and drinks and goody bags. Visit www.bigredpartybus-liverpool.co.uk or call 07824 872159.
IF your kids enjoy getting creative then The Cake Shop Crosby on St John’s Road holds fantastic cupcake parties. The birthday boy or girl and their friends can enjoy 90 minutes of fun-filled cake decorating in the shop, where there will be plenty of sweets, sprinkles and sugarygoodness. Each party will be adapted to suit your child’s age group (six-14 years) and you can choose your party theme whether it is a glittery princess or football fanatics, The Cake Shop Crosby caters for all. The children will all leave with their great masterpieces in a gift box (while the mess is left behind!). Call 07742706955 or check out The Cake Shop Crosby on Facebook.
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THE BEAT GOES ON
Famed for their lively and colourful performances, Batala Liverpool will be bringing a burst of music to the city at Brouhaha International Festival and Brazilica this month. Ahead of their upcoming gigs, Sarah Hooley caught up with Ritchie Tunstall and Juliana Pinheiro Landim to find out more…
Batala Liverpool perform with Brouhaha as part of On The Waterfront festival
Juliana Pinheiro Landim of Batala Liverpool
FROM supporting the likes of Take That and performing for Martin Luther King Jnr, to raising thousands of pounds for charity – it's fair to say that Batala Liverpool has come a long way since it was founded eight years ago. The band – which is made up of more than 70 non-professional drummers – is one of 20 Batala bands across the world and plays a lively mix of Brazilian style samba-reggae music. Co-founder and musical director of the Liverpool wing, Ritchie Tunstall, explains: “Batala is an international music group which plays music inspired by the music's homeland of Bahia in north-eastern Brazil. “The first Batala group was founded in Paris by a percussionist called Giba Goncalves in 1997, before crossing the Channel in 2001 when a UK Batala band was created in Portsmouth. “The ethos of the band, and the music that we play, is that everyone is equal, regardless of ethnicity, age or background. “In total, there are more than 20 Batala bands – and 800 drummers – in the UK, Europe, Brazil, the Caribbean, USA and Africa.” The 34-year-old continues: “Personally, what I love is the music and the family ethos of Batala. The way people all look out for each other, help each other in times of need and hang out together.
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“It's like a real family. Members in the bands come from all walks of life, and I love the way this brings different people together, watching these relationships grow and strengthen the band and individuals. Members tell me that they feel the same – they love learning new skills and becoming part of a local and international family. “I think that's why the group's grown so much over the years,” Ritchie adds. “When we had our first meeting in 2005 we started off with 10 members, and we're now one of the biggest Batala groups in the world. “Each week the band holds two practice sessions, and we're asked to perform at an average of 20-30 gigs per year. We have a new intake of members every year, and anyone is invited to join.”
Ritchie, originally from Scotland, moved to Liverpool in 2001 and is a drumming teacher as well as the musical director for Batala Liverpool. Having played drums since the tender age of eight, the talented percussionist has notched up a raft of accolades, and in the past has recorded an album as part of dance music group Mettle Music. He's also led his bandmates in Batala Liverpool to perform at countless highprofile venues and events like Wembley, and the Royal Variety Performance. Yet it's the band's contribution to the community which Ritchie believes is perhaps their greatest achievement. He says modestly: “It's hard to gauge what our biggest achievement is. We've played Wembley Stadium for the England v Wales rugby match, and for the Manchester United v Chelsea football match, as well as supporting the Sugarbabes at the Royal Variety Performance and Take That – one of the biggest boybands in history. “We were also privileged to lead the Remembrance Slavery Day parade which was headed by Martin Luther King Jnr, as well as perform for BBC Children in Need and at the MOBO afterparty. “But I am equally proud of our community side. For instance, we raised £5k in one afternoon for the Haiti Earthquake Fund, and we work with disadvantaged young people in the community, teaching them new skills and helping to boost their confidence. “To me, the important thing isn't gigs, it's who we, and what the band represents. It doesn't matter who you are, or what you look like.”
Big bang – Batala is always a lively, noisy and colourful performance
He adds: “Being in the band gives our members the opportunity to travel and perform with our sister bands too. “Each year we take part in an annual carnival at Salvador da Bahia in Brazil which is where all of our costumes and drums are made under a fair trade agreement. “During the carnival members visit the suppliers, and they also take part in social and educational activities with local children to experience the culture that gave birth to the music we love.” It was also through an outing to the annual carnival in Brazil that Ritchie met his wife, Juliana Pinheiro Landim. A talented percussionist herself, Brazilian-born Juliana, explains: “I'm originally from Brazil but was living in Washington DC where I joined the first American Batala group, which was an all female ensemble. “With them I went to the carnival in Bahia when I met Ritchie, who was there with the Liverpool band. It sounds very corny, but we fell in love and the rest is history!” A year later, Juliana moved to
Above, musical director Ritchie Tunstall leads the Batala parade through the Albert Dock. Right, Batala founder Giba Goncalves with Batala Liverpool members at the Encontro festival in Nantes, France. Below, the band entertain crowds at the Pier Head
Liverpool, and is now an integral part of Batala Liverpool. So how does Batala here differ to its home-nation of Brazil? “Batala brings a sense of self-confidence to people through being able to play an instrument, and performing for crowds of people,” says Juliana passionately. “I think members here [in the UK], are often more dedicated than those in Brazil, because they don't take it for granted. "In Brazil you're born into it, drumming and dancing comes easy so our crew tries very hard to emulate that Brazilian energy – and they definitely succeed! “I'd say the difference lies more with the crowd, who are sometimes extremely reserved. At times you can't tell if they're enjoying our show, but as soon as we stop they explode into applause and cheer!” Catch Batala Liverpool performing at Brazilica International Samba Festival on Saturday, July 20, and Brouhaha International Festival on Saturday, July 27. To find out more visit www.batalaliverpool.com
Batala Liverpool help Everton in the Community celebrate its 25th anniversary in style Photo: PA
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VIVA BRAZIL Liverpool gets a Latin flavour this month as Brazilica shakes its tail feather through the city for a whopping eight days. Katie McLoughlin takes a look at the highlights...
BRAZILIAN FILM SCREENINGS Bombed Out Church July 16-17 HERE’S hoping it doesn’t rain on July 16 and July 17, because film fans are in for a treat – weather permitting – with two Brazilian films being screened in St Luke’s (the Bombed Out Church). A special night-time screening of Academy Award winning 1950s film, Orfeus Negro, will take place in the Berry Street venue on July 16. Directed by Marcel Camus the film, which will be shown from 9.30pm-11.15pm, is set in Rio de Janeiro during the carnival and follows protagonist Orfeus as he meets Eurydice and the pair fall in love. The path to true love is never smooth though – especially when Orfeus’ fiance discovers what’s going on.
Following the screening of Orfeus Negro on July 16, O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation) will be shown from 9.30pm-11.15pm on July 17. Directed by Cao Hamburger, this 2006 film tells the tale of a young boy left alone in a Jewish neighbourhood in São Paulo in 1970 – while the country, which is still under strict rule from a military government – prepares to host the World Cup.
BRAZILIANS. They are famed for many things – samba, football, Caipirinhas and most notably, their ability to party. Anyone who has ever been to Rio De Janeiro’s famous carnival can testify to the South American nation’s love of a good party. So, brace yourself Liverpool – because that Brazilian spirit of fun, carnival and colourful costumes is coming to the city as Brazilica – Liverpool’s International Samba Carnival takes place from July 12-20. Believed to be the UK’s biggest samba carnival and celebration of Brazilian culture, Brazilica has a jampacked programme of events taking place throughout the city centre this month. From Brazilian film screenings to samba workshops, fantastic food and, of course, the vibrant carnival parade, there is something for everyone at this city festival. Here is Best of Liverpool’s pick of the festival programme:
FREVO DROP EXHIBITION Metquarter, July 12-20
BRAZILICA ZUMBATHON Chavasse Park, July 14
FREVO music and dancing are intrinsically linked to Brazilian carnivals, with colourful Frevo umbrellas traditionally carried by the dancers and incorporated into their dancing. Curated by London-based arts collective Braziliality, this stunning exhibition is an installation of 30 original frevo umbrellas, hand-decorated and beautifully lit. The exhibition comes to Liverpool from London’s V&A Museum, where it was recently on display, and will be open throughout Brazilica from July 12-20. Free to enter, it’s open to view from 9.30am until 6pm in the Metquarter on Whitechapel.
DRESS in carnival costume, don a feathered headdress and get ready to shake your hips, as Brazilica’s charity Zumbathon takes place in Chavasse Park on July 14. The event, which raises funds for Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and the Liverpool Carnival Company, will see a mass zumba class take place for three hours led by Zin Karen Salsaroja, with Simone Reeves, lead dancer of the Liverpool Samba School, leading the samba section. Expect music and dance styles influenced by South America with samba and salsa vibes throughout. The Zumbathon will be in Chavasse Park from noon until 3pm on July 14. Registration is priced at £8 advance from Skiddle.com, or £10 on the day.
SAMBA DANCING & DRUMMING CLASSES Lodge Lane, July 15
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Frevo Drop exhibition
FANCY learning how to samba from a pro? Get yourself to The old Edge Hill Library, on Lodge Lane, on July 15 then, as Liverpool Samba School and Viva Brasil dancers are running a free samba dance class from 7.30pm until 8.30pm. Following the dance class, a samba drumming class will take place in the same venue, from 8.30pm10pm. The class, which is aimed at beginners and costs £5, will be run by the Liverpool Samba School Bateria who are a regular fixture at the city’s Brazilica festival and have even performed in Rio’s famous carnival.
CARNIVAL DAY Williamson Square, July 20
CARNIVAL PARADE City centre, July 20
FOR a real carnival bloc party vibe in the heart of Liverpool, head to Williamson Square on Saturday, July 20 for Carnival Day. As the setting for Brazilica’s Carnival Day, Williamson Square will be transformed into a hive of activity with live music and samba dancing, food stalls where you can tuck into Brazilian fayre and even an outdoor ‘cocktail shack’ where festival-goers can quaff Brazil’s national drink – the Caipirinha. There will be live music throughout the day and night too, with a host of Brazilian bands and artists set to play a music stage, which will be hosted by DJs from Juice FM. Headlining the music stage will be Sargento Pimenta, a Riobased band who are flying into Liverpool especially for the occasion. The band, who command audiences of up to 100,000 people in Brazil, perform Beatles classics in a fun, samba-style and are set to have Brazilica crowds singing and dancing along in no time! Also on the line-up for the Carnival Day are UK-based Brazilian funk and samba band, The Fontanas; as well as samba and jazz fusion quartet Tribo Da Pesada, who make a welcome return to the festival’s main stage after wowing Brazilica crowds in 2012. Plus, Liverpool Samba School, Viva Brasil Dance Shows and DJs Gary Garamendi, Silvao & Fabio will be on-hand to ensure Liverpool keeps dancing to the samba beat all day long.
ONE of the main components of Brazilica is undoubtedly the 500-strong parade which will fill the city’s streets with colour, sparkle and music on the evening of Saturday, July 20. A scorching spectacle of samba, the parade, which begins at 8pm, will feature a host of samba schools from around the UK and Brazil. Among those set to perform in the parade are Sargento Pimenta from Rio; London-based Paraiso School of Samba; Liverpool Samba School; Nottingham School of Samba and Liverpool Batala, to name just a few. Featuring a dazzling array of samba dancers and music, glittering costumes and colourful floats, the parade will begin at 8pm and make its way from Abercromby Square down Hope Street, Hardman Street, Bold Street and Church Street before reaching Williamson Square.
CARNIVAL CLOSING PARTY Haus, July 20 THE culmination of eights days of festival activity, the closing party is the colourful climax of Brazilica with a spectacular array of live samba performances and music from Brazilian DJs. The closing party will be held in HAUS Warehouse, on Greenland Street, from 10pm until 4am. Tickets are priced from £6 to £8 advance from Skiddle.com, or £10 on the door.
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What’s on The city’s social life is hotting up in July, says Katie McLoughlin, as she takes a look at this month’s events...
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SATURDAY, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 will see one big weekend celebration of arts and crafts take place in St George’s Hall for the first-ever Summer Arts Market. Open from 10am until 5pm on both days, the market will feature over 100 artists, designers and makers offering a smorgasboard of creations ranging from jewellery, original screen prints and paintings to beauty products, colourful decorations, accessories, photography and more.
As well as a myriad of stalls to explore, the event will host arts and craft workshops from local creative businesses, including Craft Creative who’ll be running a tie dye workshop and teaching a ‘Pimp My Festival Wardrobe’ workshop. Dot-Art will also be on-hand to show you how to sketch, while Outpost & Screenadelica will be running a screenprinting workshop and The Liverpool Happy Hookers Crochet Group will be showing you how to crochet. Entry is £2 for adults and free for children. Visit www.culture.org.uk/sam for information.
LIFE THRU A LENS
IF you’ve not yet seen the Alive: In The Face of Death exhibition by celebrated photographer, Rankin, get yourself to the Walker Art Gallery immediately. Part of the LOOK/13 Liverpool International Photography Festival, the exhibition, which
runs until September, features more than 70 images in which the acclaimed photographer explores our perceptions of death. Each image tells a story and challenges our perception of death – from death mask portraits of stars like Jarvis Cocker and Marlon Brando, to portraits of those who have faced death and survived, and those living with a terminal illness, like Sandra Barber (pictured). Sandra has been battling breast cancer for eight years and, in his portrait of her, Rankin has portrayed her inner warrior because of her brave battle with the disease. Striking, moving and challenging, the exhibition, which is free to enter, is on at the Walker Art Gallery on William Brown Street, until September 15.
RETRO SUNDAY LEAVE the mundane high street behind and step into the world of retro threads at Leaf on July 28 when the Bold Street venue hosts Retro Sunday. This boutique vintage fair is the perfect chance to bag something stylish and discover a one of a kind vintage or retro find. Free entry, 11am-5pm.
IF you think Simon Rimmer has found the recipe for success and want to see the TV chef get a grilling, don’t miss the latest In Conversation event this month. Taking place in St George’s Hall Concert Room on July 30, at 7.30pm, the event will see the restaurateur and host of Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch interviewed about his life and career. Simon will also reveal what his favourite pieces of music are, which will then be performed live by five separate music acts. Simon says: “My Liverpool roots mean a great deal to me so I’m really looking forward to chatting about my life to a Liverpool audience and maybe sharing some Scouse culinary tips in the Q&A!” Tickets are £25 and can be booked at www.littleatomproductions.com
FREEZE ANSWERS YOUR PRAYERS
REMEMBER when Freeze held a club night in Liverpool Cathedral? Well, three years on and the local promoters have chosen the Bombed Out Church for their latest party – a two-part event with Germany’s Kompakt Records. On July 13, from 2pm until 11pm, Brazilian DJ Gui Boratto will bring his signature style of melodic house and techno to the Berry Street venue for an open-air party of seismic proportions. The daytime line-up also includes Kompakt’s Tobias Thomas, with Freeze resident
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FANCY taking part in a Guinness World Record attempt? Well, pucker up and get yourself down to Lush, on Church Street, this weekend. In celebration of International Kissing Day on Saturday (July 6), Lush is attempting to set the new Guinness World Record for the most lip prints collected in 12 consecutive hours. To take part in the record attempt, head to Lush’s Church Street store from 11am, kiss a postcard wearing Lush’s Liquid Lips (which is 100% vegan), then upload a photo of the kiss to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to be entered into the world record attempt.
FOOD Slam Fridays at Camp and Furnace – an innovative weekly event where street food meets music at the Greenland Street venue. A new trend in dining, ‘food slams’ originate from East London, where hipster foodies meet in abandoned warehouses with street food trucks and DJ decks for a night of dancing and devouring into the early hours. Keen to bring the trend to Liverpool, Camp and Furnace’s new Food Slam Fridays launched in April, and they’ve proven a hit with the city’s foodies. Visit www.campandfurnace.com for more details.
MADNESS at Haydock Park this month, when the iconic band play at the racecourse for a special event. The racecourse will be turning into a House of Fun on Saturday, July 20, as Madness will play classics like Baggy Trousers and It Must Be Love. The first of a series of special events taking place at Haydock Park this summer, the evening will feature horseracing too. Tickets, which include both the evening’s horseracing and the Madness concert are available to buy at www.haydock-park.co.uk or call 0844 579 3006.
THAT we all need a little help with make-up sometimes. Crafty Corner, in Grassendale, is running a make-up class tonight (July 4) when a professional make-up artist will be sharing her tricks of the the trade. The class, from 7.30pm-9pm, will focus on going out make-up, so you’ll learn how to create perfect party eye make-up and flawless foundation. Plus, there’ll be a tutorial on how to apply false eyelashes. For more information, visit Crafty Corner, 61 Garston Old Road, Liverpool, L19 9AD, or phone 07919 493 546.
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AMERICANA Weekend returns to the Liverpool Phillharmonic on Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28. The event will see the Hope Street venue play host to three time Grammy-winning group BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet; Cajun band Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys; and Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra. There will also be aftershows and workshops at the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Rodewald Suite, including a guitar masterclass with renowned bluegrass guitarist, Chris Moreton. Alongside the Phil’s events, a free Americana fringe festival will run at the nearby Caledonia Pub, featuring performances from The Downtown Dixieland Band, The Flamin’ Mamies, Bayou Noir, The Martin Smith Quartet, The Rip Roaring Success and The Swingin’ Bricks. For tickets and more information, call the box office on 0151 709 3789 or visit the website www.liverpoolphil.com
A FAMILY TICKET TO DISNEY LIVE!
BRACE yourself kids – Mickey Mouse is in town this summer. Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show, brings Mickey Mouse and a host of Disney characters to ECHO Two at the ECHO Arena from August 1-4. It’s a fun-filled, high-energy stage show that will have kids and grown-ups alike singing, laughing and dancing along. The live stage spectacular whisks audiences on a wacky, fun-filled journey as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy embark on an adventure filled with exciting encounters, special effects, dancing and music as they search for more performers for their talent show. Photos: Field Entertainment
Jemmy providing support. The second part will see Kompakt’s head honcho, Michael Mayer, play in the Kazimer from 11pm until 4am. The after party line-up also includes mUmU resident Adele Moss, as well as Tobias Thomas, who is to play at both events. For more information and tickets to Freeze presents Kompakt Party, on July 13, visit www.clubfreeze.co.uk
The show is at ECHO Two at the ECHO Arena next month, to book tickets, visit the website www.echoarena.com or call the ECHO Arena Box Office on 0844 8000 400. BEST of Liverpool has a family ticket to give away to see Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show at 1.30pm on August 2 in ECHO Two @ ECHO Arena. To be in with a chance of winning answer the question below:
Q: What dates is the show on in Liverpool? Send your answer on a postcard to Disney competition, Best of Liverpool, Liverpool ECHO, PO Box 48, Old Hall Street, Liverpool, L69 3EB. Closing date for entries: Friday, July 12. Prize is non-transferrable. Maximum one entry per person.
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JULY 13 MAKING HIS MARC
Nautical but nice Michelle Rushton samples a tasty morsel at Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill WHEN two friends announced they were coming to Liverpool and wanted to meet me for lunch, I was all at sea as to where to take them. I only had around an hour, so it needed to be somewhere close to Best of Liverpool towers on Old Hall Street. Plus, I wanted them to see the city in its best light, so where to dine? You can’t really beat the Liverpool waterfront but they were already familiar with the culinary delights of the Albert Dock. One place we had never tried though was the Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill. A real hidden gem, the Marina is situated at Coburg Wharf, just outside the city centre, a few yards down from the Albert Dock. A great place to escape the stresses of city life, it has a really relaxed vibe, with its brightly coloured boats and yachts bobbing up and down and the breathtaking view of the Three Graces. The Marina Bar & Grill can be found inside the clubhouse and has a modern, informal yet welcoming décor with lots of comfy leather chairs and dark wooden tables and flooring. The menu is simple with the emphasis on fresh, home-cooked, comfort food with dishes ranging from Thai curry and chicken, leek and ham pie to sandwiches, burgers and steaks.
And, as can be expected from a maritime eatery, it features plenty of fishy options from moules mariniere and smoked salmon pâté to pan-fried sea bass and smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes. I ordered the chicken liver pâté (£4.50) which came served with red onions and balsamic marmalade, a crispy citrus salad and toasted sourdough bread. The pâté was very moreish, especially when combined with the fruity marmalade, but being the gannet that I am, I find there’s never enough bread to mop it all up with. But our friendly and accommodating waitress was only too happy to bring me more bread. I opted for good old fashioned fish and chips for my main course (£8.95) and was greeted by a generously portioned cod in a lovely light and crispy beer batter and my favourite sort of chunky
chips which didn’t last very long at all. But I avoided the mushy peas, which to me, are the food of the Devil... The food was fabulous and very good value for money. We were so stuffed we couldn’t manage a pudding, so as it was a lovely sunny day, we chose to sit outside on the decking for a while with a glass of wine, relaxing, chatting and listening to the waves lapping against the boats. I felt a million miles away from the stuffy office. Deadlines? What deadlines?! “This is the life,” I thought to myself as I made a mental note to invest my forthcoming (imaginary) Lottery winnings on a superyacht... Liverpool Marina Bar & Grill, Coburg Wharf, Sefton Street, Liverpool L3 4BP. Visit www.liverpoolmarina.com or telephone 0151 707 6888.
CELEBRITY chef, Marco Pierre White, rebranded his Hoylake restaurant last month with a new name and a new concept. Originally a joint venture between the Hell’s Kitchen star and champion jockey, Frankie Dettori, Frankie’s Bar & Grill restaurant was relaunched as Marco’s New York Italian on June 17. A new manager has taken the helm and a new menu created, which offers a range of Italian and American classics. From primi dishes such as goat’s cheese arancini risotto fritters, garlic and lemon prawns, bruschetta and buffalo mozzarella with avocado, to mains like 28-day matured steaks, BBQ ribs, pastas, home-made pizzas and freshly-caught seafood, the menu offers an authentic taste of New York Italian. Marco Pierre White says: “These are exciting times here in Hoylake and we can’t wait for our diners to experience what fantastic new things we have to offer. New York Italian is a cuisine which I love whole-heartedly. I want the menu to reflect on all the things you have in your mind when you think of Italian American food – vibrant colours, fresh, natural and earthy ingredients, and that no-nonsense ‘street’ attitude juxtaposed with years of tradition and real heart.”
A TASTE OF ITALY STANLEY Street was the scene of an Italian feast recently, as Delifonseca hosted a special Italian Wine Evening on Tuesday, June 11 in association with Umani Ronchi Wine Estate and Enotria World Wines. Head chef Andy Hutchinson and the team at the Stanley Street eatery created a fourcourse menu especially for the occasion, with each course paired to a different Italian wine. Wine maker Giorgio Pasanisi was also on-hand throughout the event to talk guest through the wine pairings and answer questions. To start, diners tucked into Crab Linguini paired with Passerina Della Marche IGT 2012 and Verdicchio Classico Superiore 2012; whilst the main course of Roasted Rump of Herdwick Lamb with Olive Oil & Black Pepper Mash and Caponata, all washed down with Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, 2011 and Cumaro, Rosso Conero 2008. And, to finish the evening on a sweet note, a traditional Vanilla Panna Cotta with Limoncello Granita was served for dessert.
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Born in the USA American-style cuisine is enjoying a renaissance right now thanks to an approach that puts taste and quality first, rather than grease and ketchup. Paul Baker sees what Liverpool can offer up this July 4th TODAY is the Fourth of July, American Independence Day. Yet while the people of the good old U S of A are celebrating their freedom from British rule, in the UK we’re positively revelling in the States’ influence on us. And, probably along with its TV, film and music, it is American food that we have come to truly adore and gorge ourselves upon. Buffalo Jacks But the concept of American food is quite a modern arrival to our shores. The first McDonald’s, for example, didn’t open over here until the 1970s, though the hamburger had arrived in the 1950s courThe once derided burger is now a must-have tesy of the British version of the American menu item for restaurants and bistros across diner – Wimpy. town. But forget your sesame seed buns and Since then, American-style fast food has a squirt of red sauce. If it isn’t served with been used as a mince-filled punch bag. The shallots or avocado, on artisan bread, with a burger, hot dog, fried chicken and the like, side of sweet potato fries, then send it back have all been blamed for Britain’s growing because that really is not cricket. Or baseobesity problems as if we just imported being ball, either! fat from the Yanks. Check out Best of Liverpool’s pick of the But, just recently, US cuisine has been fightAmerican-inspired treats available in our ing back. In fact, it’s gone gourmet! fair city...
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Moose Coffee WHAT do you mean Moose is Canadian? So are we allowed to include them? No? Oh, fair enough. Ah, but please, their pancakes, waffles and giant breakfasts are a bit of alright. Eh, hang on, it says here they do New York style food AND Canadian. I was right all along! Erm, Eggs Benedict anyone? Moose is on Dale St, City Centre; College Rd, Crosby; and coming soon to Hope St!
THIS American-flavoured dining experience is no new invention, of course. Just ask the people behind Uncle Sam’s. Now on Bold St, the Stateside-inspired restaurant has been in the city for over 40 years. Expect burgers, steaks, and all, but it’s the delicious ribs that have made Uncle Sam’s name in this city. And don’t forget the Oreo milkshake! 94 Bold St, City Centre, 0151 709 2111 Uncle Sam’s
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YOU might feel like it’s just marketing babble when you read that they’re serving a contemporary twist on American classics. But you can’t argue with the quality, locally sourced produce, relaxed setting and secret garden, plus a Five-Star review in the Liverpool Post. Deli sandwiches, brunches, and craft beers, mark this out as more than just a burger place. Though they also serve yummy burgers. Maryland St, City Centre, L1 9DE, 0151 708 5005
NAMED after a neighbourhood in Lower Manhattan, New York, this is the place to go in the city centre if you want a tasty American-style pizza, served in a jiffy. Start with the meatballs, hit the Vesuvio pizza and round it all off with an American cheesecake. Bada bing! TriBeCa Berry St, City Centre, 0151 707 2528; and Smithdown Rd, Liverpool, 0151 733 6366
Byron Burgers A NEW name to the Americana dining scene in Liverpool, these guys took their burger-bound inspiration from a misspent four years in Rhode Island, USA. Then they came home with a big idea to recreate the experience here. They source their beef from Scotland, mince it fresh every day, cook it medium so it’s pink and succulent, then place it in a soft, squishy bun. Minimum fuss and fanfare, that’s what ticks our boxes. 43 Paradise St, Liverpool ONE, 0151 707 8231
Central Perk TAKE a load off at Central Perk and sample American-style cafe culture, while pretending you’re on the set of one of America’s most successful comedy exports. Why not dress up like the cast of Friends and freak out the staff, or take your guitar along and play Smelly Cat? To be honest, the guy who played Gunther actually works there. Joke. Probably... Central Perk, 3b Hatton Garden, Liverpool, L3 2AN, 0151 236 6799
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US-themed all the way, this restaurant and bar takes a little of what you fancy from all corners of America. No need to settle for burgers then when chilli corn dogs, BBQ pulled pork, potato skins, crab cakes, and milk shakes are on the menu. Wash it down with some craft American beers and you’ll be singing Star Spangled Banner all the way home. Unit 4, Queen Square, City Centre, 0151 709 1070 Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Gourmet Burger Kitchen FORGET your Royale With Cheese and check out the gourmet treats on the menu at GBK. It’s a trend at these places to explain where your meat’s come from and here it’s 100% West Country beef from selected independent farms. They even offer a healthier ‘naked’ option, sans bun. Don’t forget the healthy corn, mixed leaves, and ‘slaw… Or just go for The Mighty – double cheeseburger with crispy bacon – for real men. Grrrr! 14 Paradise St, Liverpool ONE, 0151 709 3609
JULY 13 THE HUMBLE HAMBURGER SIMPLE but tasty, instead of heading to Iceland for a pack of frozen burgers, have a go at making your own with this recipe courtesy of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Ingredients: 230g minced beef 1 tsp of wholegrain mustard l 1 tsp of tomato ketchup l 8g watercress l Salt and pepper l 1 small shallot, diced l l
And if you want to add a bit of a kick, 1 tsp of Tabasco sauce. Method: l Finely chop the shallot and soften in a hot pan with a little butter, then allow to cool. l Finely chop the watercress as fine as you can. l Put the minced beef in a bowl add a pinch of salt and pepper and then add all the ingredients together and mix. l Shape the burger and you’re all ready for cooking. l
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TERIYAKI BEEF SKEWERS At the first hint of sunshine, us Brits are always itching to get the barbecue out. Barbie girl Michelle Rushton serves up some recipes to make your grilling more thrilling...
THIS recipe, which comes courtesy of Lakeland, does require a little forward planning as it needs to be marinated for at least three hours but then it only takes a few minutes to cook. Ingredients: (serves 6) l l l l l l l
MARINATED TROUT WITH BBQ ASPARAGUS AND ROCKET A WONDERFUL early summer barbecue dish, British trout is widely available across the UK in supermarkets, fishmongers, delicatessens and farm shops. It can be bought whole, in fillets and either hot or cold smoked. Serve with Jersey new potatoes cooked in mint and tossed in plenty of melted butter. For an effective look, use banana leaves to wrap the trout and spike with cocktail sticks or tie with string. The rocket aioli can be used as a dip or serve with BBQ garlic prawns. This recipe comes courtesy of the British Trout Association, for more information and trout recipe ideas, visit www.britishtrout.co.uk Ingredients: (serves 4) l 4 trout fillets weighing about 175g (6oz) each l 3 tbsp dry white wine l 2 tbsp olive oil l 1 lemon, juice and grated rind l 4 thyme branches l 275g (10oz) asparagus l Lemon wedges to serve For the rocket aiolo: l 75g (3oz) rocket l 5 tbsp mayonnaise l 1 small garlic clove, crushed
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Half tsp wholegrain mustard 200ml (7floz) crème fraiche Salt and ground black pepper
Method: l To make the rocket aioli; in a food processor whiz together the rocket, mayonnaise, garlic and mustard until smooth. Tip out into a bowl and stir in the crème fraiche. Season to taste. l Rub four large squares of foil with a little oil. Lay the trout fillets in the centre and sprinkle over the white wine, olive oil and lemon juice and rind. Top with thyme
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‘branches,’ fold the foil over the fish and bring in the sides. l To cook, brush the asparagus lightly with olive oil and barbecue until lightly charred all over about 1-2 minutes. At the same time cook the parcels for about 10 minutes. l Serve the parcels on plates and let your friends release them. l When unwrapped, spoon over a generous spoon of rocket aioli and serve with the grilled asparagus, lemon wedges and accompany with Jersey new potatoes cooked in mint and tossed in butter.
2 large red onions 500g rump steak, sliced thinly 60ml teriyaki sauce 1 tbsp tomato paste 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp brown sugar 2 spring onions
Method: l Cut each onion into 12 wedges and thread onto six skewers with the beef. l Combine the sauce, paste, garlic and sugar then brush the mixture over the skewers. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours. l Cook under a grill or on a barbecue until browned all over and cooked to preference. l Serve sprinkled with spring onion.
WORRIED about cooking your BBQ food evenly? Then invest in a SuperFast Thermapen thermometer. This handy little gadget is essential for cooking outside tells you when your meat or fish is safely cooked through. The new Backlit Thermapen has the added benefit of an intelligent low-light sensor that will automatically illuminate the digital display when light is low and is perfect for evening catering events. The SuperFast Thermapen costs £48 (plus VAT), while the Backlit Thermapen is £56 (plus VAT), available from www.etiltd.com
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Summer’s here and the festival scene is in full swing. Paul Baker checks out the best of the shows still to come this year, both at home and abroad AT one time Glastonbury totally ruled the roost and if you failed to grab a ticket to that (or jump over the fence) that was your summer festival chance gone! How things have changed... Now you can’t go for a drive in the countryside without passing a field filled with revellers watching the ‘new’ Mumford & Sons, munching gourmet hot dogs and wearing designer wellies (just in case the weather lets everyone down). It’s hard to put your finger on it, but there’s something about
standing in a muddy field with a pint in your hand, waving your illuminated mobile to a wistful rock ballad, or jigging like crazy to a ragged folksy tune. While the combination of rain, camping, and crowds aren’t to everyone’s liking, it’s difficult to deny the enjoyment of the festival experience. That’s probably why those canny festival gurus have tried to think of everything to make the experience more attractive. Modern festivals are usually replete with all mod-cons.
Don’t be surprised to see a general store, cash machines, shower blocks and ready-to-rent tents all set up, perhaps even caravans and chalets on or near the festival site. Some festivals are just one day affairs so you don’t have to kip over, while others are mainly indoors so that soggy gales don’t even come into the equation. So pull on those wellies, don a sun hat, grab a scrumpy and get out there and experience the UK festival circuit this summer. Fingers crossed it’s a hot one!
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Festival No.6 Photo: Robert Parrry Jones
Yousef and Carl Cox will be at Global Gathering
FESTIVAL NO. 6 September 13-15 THIS is a special festival and this year it’s an even bigger deal – that’s because those ultra influential, but rarely spotted, indie feedback-sculptors My Bloody Valentine have been coaxed into playing a headline set. At one time you might have called Festival No. 6 a boutique festival but it feels like it’s all grown up now. It’s still located in the eccentric environs of Portmeirion in Wales, made famous as the setting for cult TV series The Prisoner, but it’s no longer the secretive, hidden gem it once was. But it remains a pioneering festival concept which brings together music, arts and culture in an incredible location. Manic Street Preachers, Chic and James Blake complete the big names, but there’s loads more artists appearing. www.festivalnumber6.com
LATITUDE July 18-21 A FESTIVAL that truly can cater for everyone. Familyfriendly Latitude takes place at Henham Park, Suffolk, and tags itself as “more than just a music festival”. A quick glance at this year’s line-up confirms that’s certainly true. You see there’s comedy, lots of comedy. Sure there’s your up and comings, loads of them. But there’s also Richard Herring, Josh Widdicombe, Marcus Brigstocke, Lee Nelson, Russell Kane, Tim Key, Daniel Kitson, Dylan Moran, Sean Lock and Eddie Izzard! Plus there’s theatre, dance, film, spoken word and literary chats from world famous novelists, thinkers and artists. The music end of the bargain is covered, in no uncertain terms, with headliners Kraftwerk, Bloc Party, Foals, Texas, Calexico, Alt-J, and Beach House, plus a shedload of others. www.latitudefestival.com
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YOU might not have heard of this North West festival, but it’s been growing in size and interest for a number of years. This year looks set to be the best yet, attracting established international musicians, emerging artists and top DJs to a pleasant spot in Lancashire, just 45 miles from Liverpool. It’s a chance to enjoy great music, local food and fine ales in beautiful surroundings. Sinéad O’Connor, Richard Hawley and the Futureheads are headlining the three-day festival, alongside the likes of The Beat, Public Service Broadcasting and the Unthanks. www.ramsbottomfestival.com
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GREEN MAN FFESTIVAL August 15-18
A TRAVELLING festival, Global Gathering is cool, even if it sounds a bit Greenpeace. But when it says its goals are to break boundaries in order to bring the best electronic music to fans around the world, things are starting to sound a lot better. First held in 2001 in the normally Shakespearean surrounds of Stratford Upon Avon, the festival has since got on its bike and lived up to its name, landing in the likes of America, Poland, Turkey, Russia, and Australia. This year there are festivals in Ukraine, Belarus and South Korea, along with the UK event at its Stratford base with Plan B, Rita Ora, Carl Cox and James Zabiela, plus Liverpool DJ Yousef. www.globalgathering.com
AN intimate Welsh festival which manages to attract decent names to its line-up each year, the Green Man might just be the most attractive setting for a UK festival. Having attended a number of times in its 10 year history, I can vouch that the views of the Black Mountains are as impressive as anything seen on the main stage. A refreshingly independent festival, this year it offers 10 entertainment areas in the Welsh wilderness, 1,500 performers, 24 hour entertainment, comedy, poetry, literature, science and more. Plus it’s family friendly. Band of Horses, Kings of Convenience, Patti Smith, John Cale, Roy Harper and Edwyn Collins are among those who invite you to come, listen and enjoy. www.greenman.net
FESTIVALS IN EUROPE THE UK festival scene is vibrant, no doubt. But the main issue is the weather. It’s just so unpredictable, one moment you could be basking in the heat with Bruce Springsteen blasting out his hits, the next you’re getting drenched or slopping through the mud in your designer wellies. Well, there is a way to stack the weather odds in your favour – head across the channel and check out some of the amazing festivals happening around Europe this summer. These festivals are often quirky, well priced, packed with amazing music and allow you to combine the festival experience with a summer holiday. Oh yeah, and the weather’s usually pretty nice too. Terraneo Festival
Sigur Ros at Berlin Festival 2012
KAZANTIP REPUBLIC, UKRAINE July 31-August 14 IT takes something truly special to impress the festival veteran but this Ukranian festival might just stun you. You see Kazantip Republic is a non-existent state, not found on any map. It’s a parallel reality... a world where, for two weeks, the top musicians, DJs and tastemakers of the global electronic music scene descend to suggest a new world order. Futuristic dance floors and bars appear like art installations, kite surfers zip through the sea and everyone gathers at sunset to witness millions of yellow balloons ascend and cast shadows across the still warm beach. Yeah, I don’t understand it either, but it sounds like the most amazing festival of the lot. Head to the website and investigate further. www.kazantip-republic.com
TERRANEO FESTIVAL, CROATIA August 7-9
BERLIN FESTIVAL, GERMANY September 6-7 COMBINE a late summer festival with a European city break by heading out to the Berlin Festival this September. The impressive line-up sees Björk, Blur, My Bloody Valentine, Pet Shop Boys, Ellie Goulding and many more descend on the city’s historic Tempelhof Airport and its former aeroplane hangars to transform it into a bustling metropolis of party people. As midnight strikes, the action moves to Club Xberg at Arena Berlin, where many of the biggest names in electronic and indie continue the party into the early hours. www.berlinfestival.de
IMAGINE a festival and a coastal retreat in one. That’s Croatia’s Terraneo, a new festival on the Dalmatian coastline. It’s held in a disused military facility on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Sibenik. So far, so amazing. The three day music programme will feature over 120 acts on three open-air stages and two DJ stages. During the festival the ex-military base transforms into a bustling little town with live performances from international acts, exhibitions, performances, entertainment, ecology, coupled with the chance to bask in the sun and bathe in the sea. www.terraneofestival.com
BALLOONS OVER AINTREE EVER wanted to see a hot air balloon close up? Then don’t miss the chance to see the city from up high at the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Taking place at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, the event is the first of its kind in Merseyside and promises to be a spectacular celebration of hot air and special shaped balloons. During the day, there will be a breathtaking array of hot air balloons that will tether throughout the day, with a variety of special shaped and competing balloons. As well as balloons, the event will provide dazzling entertainment for all the family. There will also be a giant
funfair with rides for all ages from the latest white knuckle rides to the tamer kiddie rides. On the Saturday night, the event will feature a spectacular Glow Night, where all the balloons light up to choreographed music, surrounded by mind boggling illuminating inflatables, culminating in an awesome firework display over the racecourse. In addition to the tethered balloon displays and fairground attractions, the festival also boasts a full programme of family entertainment provided by Artizani, including the group’s famous mini circus performances, with clowns, jugglers, magic and the incredible ‘Dance of the Giant Lobsters’ show.
And don’t miss the ‘Saturday Night Special’ Lady Gaga tribute act performing some of her biggest hits on stage, plus helicopter rides, quad biking, a crafts marquee, trade stalls, food court and a fully licensed bar for mums and dads to catch a breather in between! All in all this is truly an event not to be missed!
The Hot Air Balloon Festival is on from 12pm to 10pm on the Saturday and on Sunday from 12pm to 6pm. The event is just £3 to enter with children under one metre tall going free. There’s plenty of on site parking available for just £1, but organisers advise you get down there early to avoid disappointment. The event is also easily accessed from Aintree railway station. Follow Aintree Balloon Festival on Facebook for regular updates and special offers, or for more information contact KC Promotions on 0161 622 0555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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