Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

SEEN Loves: Jaz and Jul’s Chocolate House

SEEN had a high old time celebrating with ethical choclatiers Jaz and Juls at their warm and cosy Chocolate House in Chapel Market, Islington at the beginning of this month. Located at the far end of the market (from Angel tube), SEEN can tell you that it is a very welcome destination in the colder weather.

seenlondon

SEEN had a high old time celebrating with ethical choclatiers Jaz and Juls at their warm and cosy Chocolate House in Chapel Market, Islington at the beginning of this month. Located at the far end of the market (from Angel tube), SEEN can tell you that it is a very welcome destination in the colder weather.

I ordered Mintchievous hot chocolate with rum (and almond milk) whilst my guest ordered Chilli con Choccy (perfect if you have a winter virus). They were delicious and, refreshingly for this drinker, not too sweet. The service was as warming as the beverages. We sipped and chatted to co-founder Jasmine Kershaw who told us that their own brand of hot chocolate is now served in 150 cafés. The Chocolate House occupies a light and airy two-storey building with space in the basement for ‘dating and tasting’ workshops, bringing a sweet flavour to the potentially stressful dating scenario.

seenlondon1

SEEN noted the varieties of hot chocolate available: Cinnamon Rose (like Turkish Delight); Chilli con Choccy; Gingerbread Man!; Masala Mojo (spicy chai); Mintchievous; Raspberry Dream; Caralimelicious; Orangeytang and Quite White. I purchased three sample packs to take away. We also tried samples of the patisserie which, like the hot chocolate, tasted properly of themselves and not too sugary. The great thing about these flavours is that Jaz and Juls are clearly not afraid to experiment with big, bold flavours. SEEN will be back for a spot of Christmas shopping.

STOP PRESS:
Chocolate fans should go to Jaz & Jul’s wooden chalet at Southbank Centre Winter Market and take their pick from an array of unique drinking chocolates by co-founders Jasmine Kershaw and Juliet Sampson. Vegan-friendly and optionally dairy-free, the hot chocolates can all be ordered with toppings of whipped coconut cream and handcrafted marshmallows for an ultra luxurious experience, and guests wishing to get into the festive spirit even further can add a shot of their favourite organic liqueur. Quite honestly, SEEN can think of nothing more magical than enjoying a hot chocolate on the banks of the Thames just as night falls.

Chocolate purists seeking an unadulterated cocoa hit can choose from Jaz & Jul’s latest Origin drinking chocolates; four rich, single-origin, dark, hot chocolates, which each celebrate the subtly distinctive flavour notes produced by cacao grown in one of the diverse regions of Madagascar (61% and 100%), Peru (75%) and Brazil (70%).

seenlondon2

www.jazandjuls.co.uk

Jaz & Jul’s Chocolate House
1 Chapel Market
London
N1 9EZ

Southbank Centre Winter Market
The Queen’s Walk
London
SE1 8XX

Seen this week

Categories ArtPosted on

Contemporaries: Art by Focus LDN

Tom Cox and Focus LDN have done it again with an exciting new exhibition, showcasing eight artists and their work in the Old Brompton Gallery from June 21st – 25th. Visitors to the gallery during the exhibition are promised live painting, collaborative works and other events to be announced.

Categories EntertainmentPosted on

Summer Solstice at the Shard with Morning Gloryville

Ever fancied seeing in the summer solstice from the Shard? Well, now you can. The immersive morning dance specialists Morning Gloryville will collaborate with The Shard to open the doors at 4.15am on 21st June for Sky High Solstice. It should be stunning if the weather carries on being so clear. Not to say transcendent, as the summer solstice is a celebration that dates back to pre-Christian times.

Categories MusicPosted on

Rock the Strand this Thursday 22nd June

Save the date – on Thursday 22nd June from 7.15pm – 10.45pm, Rock the Strand will take place at the Strand Palace Hotel. Curated by industry legend Tony Moore, Rock the Strand will showcase an eclectic range of genres from indie alt-folk to country from emerging new talent and established acts, highlighting the UK’s varied and diverse musical landscape.

Categories Food&DrinkPosted on

Sagardi: Pleasures of the Flesh

SEEN was reminded of what a privilege it is to meet chefs and butchers who are truly passionate and single-minded about the food they prepare and cook. Thus it was at Sagardi in Shoreditch, where the ravenous foodie press was assembled earlier this week, to witness the butchery of, and subsequent cooking over a splendid barbecue grill, of a side of ox.