A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bristol
A GENTLEMAN THIEF RETURNS |FRENCH CRIME DRAMA
Lupin: Part Two
This week, Netflix confirmed that the second series of the highly-acclaimed French crime drama will be released on 11 June.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting part two since the first five-part series was left on a dramatic cliffhanger.
According to the streamer's official synopsis, "Assane’s quest for revenge against Hubert Pelligrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger."
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CITY ARTS |RAINMAKER GALLERY
Spring 2021, Rainmaker Gallery, until 18 June
Rainmaker Gallery is celebrating 30 years of exhibiting contemporary Native American art. Throughout the year, the gallery will be showing artworks selected in accordance with seasonal colour pallettes, including as many artists from the three decades as possible. The spring exhibition is filled with joyful spring greens, pinks, yellows.
Above: the featured photographic image Wakeah by Cara Romero has recently been acquired by MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art, NY) and is also on show in Rainmaker Gallery's spring 2021 exhibition.
CAMPAIGN LAUNCH |CLEAN UP OUR RIVERS
Treasure your river
A major new campaign, Treasure Your River, launched today to help reduce the huge amount of litter entering the River Avon and subsequently the ocean. Sustainable Hive and environmental charity Hubbub are calling for businesses, community groups, residents and other organisations situated along the River Avon to get involved.
The campaign will run over the remainder of the year and the programme of activities for this summer includes a silent disco litter pick, art installation, robot litter-clearing pirate boats and plastic fishing trips.
From displaying posters and taking part in litter picks to hosting new bins, there is a part to play for everyone. Offices, pubs, bars, cafes and community groups are encouraged to sign up to access materials, join events and get further information about how they can get involved.
Treasure Your River aims to be the UK’s largest ever collaborative effort to prevent and reduce the amount of litter in our waterways, tackling seven of the UK’s largest river systems: the Avon, Forth, Mersey, Severn, Taff, Thames and Trent and their tributaries. The campaign is being run by environmental charity Hubbub and supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation. It will initially focus on preventing litter from entering the rivers and clean-up activities in seven major cities based on these rivers and the waterways that flow into them – Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham, which between them are home to 1 in 6 of the UK population.
Hotel Chocolat is introducing five NEW distinctive-tasting blends: delicious on their own, and as you would expect, ideal for pairing with chocolate.
Become a coffee tourist elevating your tastebuds from around the world with diversity in origin and flavour. From comforting and delicate sweet notes of crème caramel to a lively and flavour-flare sense of dark chocolate, peaches and blueberry jam with a tangy cranberry flourish.
The beans - the most important part - are noteworthy and generally as aromatic as they are flavourful. They are roasted so deftly that you can re-create the quintessential barista grade experience at home with ease.
Each flavour is available in Nespresso-compatible capsules, fully recyclable with our Podcycler, or as whole beans.
Products will be available in-store and online from 17 May! Keep on eye on Hotel Chocolat's website for the new launch: hotelchocolat.com
BREAKFAST DELIVERED |A FAIR WAY TO SHOP
Beautiful, bountiful and British
As the Great British summer of staycations draws ever-closer, ethical, sustainable online farm shop 44 Foods has the perfect start to your holiday - the Staycation Bundle.
The bundle contains everything you need to rustle up a delicious, hearty breakfast to start your day and can be ordered to be delivered directly to your holiday home - so the essentials will be waiting for you when you arrive.
The Staycation Bundle (£22.50) contains:
- Dry Cured Back Bacon (300g).
- Sliced Everyday Harvest Loaf (800g)
- Cacklebean Mixed Chicken Eggs (6)
- Cotswold Salted Butter (250g)
- Mudwalls British Apple Juice (750ml)
- Wholemilk Yogurt Selection (4 x 150g)
- Fresh Semi Skimmed Milk (1l)
- Strawberry Jam (340g)
- British Piccolo Tomatoes (220g)
- Ready To Eat Avocado (single)
Launched in January 2021, 44 Foods is a collective of farmers and food producers who are passionate about ethically produced, fairly priced, sustainable food. Together, they supply fruit and veg, meat and dairy and larder essentials direct from their farms to your door - offering customers a fairer way to shop, and promising to pay producers and farmers a fair price.
Visit 44foods.com for more information and be tempted by some of the other fabulous food packages available.
WEEKEND WINE | FABULOUS VALUE
Discover a Chablis from one of the great domaines
Hugely underrated, Domaine Louis Michel produces consistently exquisite and good value Chablis, a fact recognised and praised by The Wine Advocate. Guillaume Michel makes no apology for his refusal to use oak barrels to age his wines, to ensure that they convey - unmasked - a very special sense of their unique vineyard origins.
These Chablis wines are expressive, individual and fabulous value: offering quality to rival the most famous white Burgundy from further south, at a fraction of the cost.
Explore this superb collection of fine Chablis with The Great Wine Co.
Here are a few highlights:
This comes from from a special vineyard site on the hillside above the Chablis Grand Cru vineyards. While cooler, it experiences exceptional drainage and exposure to sunlight, making it one of the very finest Petit Chablis locations. The wine is bright white-gold in colour, with an expressive apple and citrus zest aroma. £18.50
Chablis Premier Cru Montmain
Louis Michel’s four Montmain vineyards are planted with mature vines, and extend along a clay slope known for being sensitive to spring frosts. Careful attention is therefore required to cultivate this land. It's worth it, because the wine demonstrates that magical Premier Cru combination of ripe fruit with quintessential Chablis saline character. Intricately complex, with spicy ﬂoral aromas, toasted almonds, candied lemon and apple; it is dry, lively, pure and accessible, with no artiﬁce. £30
Chablis Premier Cru Montée de Tonnerre
Montée de Tonnerre is the very finest and most prestigious Premier Cru, offering quality regularly approaching that of Grand Cru Chablis. Louis Michel produces grapes from an entire slope at this location, creating a powerful wine with complexity, balance, wonderful refinement and ageing potential. It has concentration and richness, carried in such a subtle way. "Grand Cru, at half the price" - fabulous, and not to be missed. £36
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
Grand Cru Vaudésir is truly one of the profound white wines of Burgundy, and yet it costs the same as a simple 'village' Meursault. Louis Michel's vines are in the lower part of the Grand Cru vineyard, and therefore yield fabulous 'puissance', richness and concentration, underpinned by the region's hallmark dryness. There are hints of buttered brioche and gorse flower, alongside rhubarb and acacia flower. Remember, this is fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel, so these flavours come entirely from the site, the fruit and the fermentation - no 'artificial flavour' from oak barrels. It demands keeping at least a couple of years, and will age gracefully for a decade or longer. £59.50
Have you herd the news?! A group of cows have been welcomed to Stoke Park Estate as part of the city’s continuing drive to address the ecological emergency declared by Bristol last year.
Following the success of grazing goats at this historic park and garden alongside the M32, 20 cows have arrived at the estate, helping to care for the landscape through conservation grazing.
Made up of Shetland, Hereford, British Blue and Holstein cows, the herd will improve the biodiversity of Stoke Park and provide a more sustainable and natural way to manage the land.
Cattle can often get to places that machinery cannot and they also help stop the spread of scrub and invasive, more dominant plant species. This allows other plants, including wildflowers, to thrive, which will encourage insects, which in turn provide food for birds and mammals.
Wildflower grassland is not only a beautiful landscape to enjoy, but a rich habitat for many species including butterfly and bee populations.
Fields containing cows will be clearly signposted and alternative routes will be available to avoid the cows completely. Visitors are being advised to not feed the cows as this could make them sick and they will already be very well fed.
With origins dating back to the 16th century, this Maghrebi dish is a breakfast/brunch menu staple across Israel, the Middle East, North Africa... and, for the last couple of years at least, the UK.
The word 'shakshuka' translates from the original Arabic as 'a mixture' and, like all recipes with a long-standing history, there are multiple variations on the theme; you might see onions, mushrooms, feta cheese, parsley and various spices such as nutmeg included on menu descriptions, so feel free to shake it all about. One strict rule must, however, be adhered to: the tomatoes and eggs are non-negotiable.
I've used spinach in this version because it brings a lovely silkiness to the party plus a pop of vibrancy, and by using roasted red peppers from a jar (one of my favourite store cupboard stand-bys) we're saving ourselves the trouble of slaving too long over a hot stove on a laid back weekend morning.
Ingredients (serves 2) 4 large eggs 4 large, ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped 200g roasted red peppers from a jar, drained and sliced 200g/7oz baby spinach leaves 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 bunch spring onions, thinly sliced 1 tbsp tomato purée 2 tsp cumin 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp red chilli flakes Salt and freshly-ground pepper Olive oil, for sautéing
To serve: thick plain yogurt, toasted sourdough
1. Heat a slick of olive oil in a large, lidded frying pan over a medium heat and sauté the spring onions and garlic until just turning translucent.
2. Add the tomatoes and the tomato purée, season well and cook for about 5–8 minutes, or until the tomatoes have softened (if they start to catch on the bottom of the pan, add a splash of boiling water to loosen), adding the cumin and smoked paprika for the last couple of minutes of cooking time.
3. Add the spinach, a handful at a time, stirring the leaves into the tomato mixture as you go. Put the lid on the pan and allow the spinach to wilt completely (which should take a couple of minutes.)
4. Take the lid off the pan and allow the mixture to reduce and thicken for another couple of minutes before making four cavities in the tomato mixture, at regular intervals. Crack an egg into each cavity, put the lid back onto the pan and leave on the heat for around 4 minutes, or until the egg whites are cooked but the yolks are still runny.
5. Take off the lid off the pan and sprinkle the chilli flakes over the eggs. Spoon the tomato/spinach sauce topped with 2 eggs onto each plate and top with a dollop of yogurt. Serve immediately, with toasted sourdough.
OBJECTS OF DESIRE |WHICH ROLEX
The Air King or the Explorer?
If you are looking to acquire a classic sports Rolex, then both the Explorer and Air King are often considered as very the best options to introduce you to the brand, and although the watches may be hard to differentiate with similarities such as the black dial, the Oystersteel case and link bracelet, they are unique in their own way.
One of the biggest differences - and one that is not easily seen - is the movement in the Air King is Rolex’s 3131, while the Explorer is powered by the 3132. True to their tradition, the Air King is a pilots watch and must resist magnetic forces as not to interfere with the plane’s instrumentation, while the Explorer’s movement is one that can take all the knocks and shocks that an explorer might endure thanks to its Paraflex shock absorbers.
The iconic black Rolex dial may be similar on both models, as are the hour hands with their Mercedes style star, both models also have arabic numerals at 3, 6, and 9 but subtle variations again separate the two, such as the green second hand and a single lume triangle at the top on the Air King - while on the Explorer all markers and the 3, 6. and 9 numbers are luminous as well. The Air King also counts up the seconds with numerals displayed above the other markers.
Physically the Air King is a little deeper, and the case diameter is 40mm. The Explorer has been made in 36mm - 39mm case sizes - but the 2021 models settle for the preferred 36mm - there’s also a new addition to the Explorer look which is Rolesor edition, mixing Oystersteel and 18k yellow gold in the bracelet and bezel to create a two tone look. Shown below.
Which ever one you choose to go for, both models are Rolex classics, and an investment that will bring joy to your wrist for many, many years to come.
Timeout is a stunning Eames-style chair from the Scandinavian Conform company. Manufactured to the highest standards using top quality materials, with high-grade semi-aniline leathers in a wide range of colours. You can further customise your chair by choosing from various different wood finishes, and there are also different base styles available. The headrest is adjustable, and the base has a 'return memory' function whereby the chair will always revert to its original position.
This is an exquisite five bedroom, Victorian family home with the added extra of a self-contained single bedroom lower ground floor flat.
This lovely property is ideally situated on a quiet road between Clifton Village and Whiteladies Road and offers versatile, very well-presented accommodation with plenty of period features and well-proportioned rooms.
In brief it consists of: Entrance hall, main reception room with by window to the front and opens through to the kitchen / breakfast room. The kitchen is modern with plenty of storage and built in Neff appliances including a double oven, coffee maker and wine cooler. There’s also a utility room with door leading out to rear garden.
On the first floor is a family bathroom, and two spacious bedrooms ( one currently being used as a second reception room). On the second floor are three more bedrooms and a shower room.
Separately ton the lower groupd floor a one-bedroom self contained flat, with hallway, front reception room, kitchen, bathroom, and the bedroom leads to the rear covered courtyard. Outside the rear, walled garden offers plenty of privacy, with steps down to the courtyard and a second patio area. The front garden is paved and has steps down to the flat. Offers are invited in excess of £1,450,000