jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
O have just finished my second and last visit of the day , so nothing till at least the third day of the New Year.

I had the succulent lamb shank with mash , roasted suede swede and carrots in a rosemary sauce gravy. Washed down with a Blue Moon craft ale and a pint of Kelham Island Pale Rider (5.2 % ABV)


Pale Rider


Now , back to the Bourne.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Whilst being chilly it was quite a nice sunny winter day.

I met L at her fave Starbucks coffee shop midday, and she gave me my Xmas present , Jumper and underpants from Next, and i gave her £20 to get a present for herself - as i had no idea what to get.

For Xmas i gave Mike a book based on Beethoven;s String Quartete - more about the journey of the quartets from a well renowned string quartet and their interpretation of the works.



I also gave him a book on classic British rail journeys amn a BBC radio drama adaption of one of John Le Carre's novels. Rosalind had an M&S voucher.

After our meet up i caught the 13:05 bus from Brighton and three buses later arrived in Sittingbourne for 5.30 pm. Unloaded my case, had a shower, then a coffee and then went out to have my evening meal at Spoons -a sirloin steak with peas mushroom and chips.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
So, after a coffee and some weetabix, i watched a few episodes of Charmed and finished reading another book, then listened to the radio. I also listened to some of the CD's i found cheap in Faversham.

I have a feeling there is still some work out there as one of my companies have some outstanding visits left , so we shall see.

Last night Phil and i were at our local Spoons pub. They had Black Sheep Riggwelter back on tap (5.9 % ABV).




It is a term from sheep husbandry - Riggwelter means – a sheep that has fallen onto its back and is unable to get up (usually because of the weight of its fleece).
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Arrived back from London sometime just before 10 pm and dived into the local Spoons for a refreshing drink.I have a feeling Phil might join me.
Tomorrow Canary Wharf end of the city.
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
All the visits have been completed and the last one done around 5 pm and now i am quietly enjoying a pint of beer at The Cornfield Garage pub - yep Spoons pub - and finishing off the last two reports.Soon i shall be making my way back to the Bourne. The beer i am drinking is the stunningly delicious Abbott Reserve (6.0% ABV).

These five visits are worth £50 to me and now that i have done all eight Google visits across Kent and East Sussex is a cool eighty quid plus all the other companies i work for such as PiP six phone shop visits at ten quid a pop - plus expenses.

Also,fingers crossed - i may get some more London based TFL jobs worth £65 - £80 per six hour shift - two shifts - will know more Monday.

Monday i have five visits all in Ashford for yet another company.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Just four visits done today - one in Chatham, one in Gravesend and two in Dartford,where i am at the moment composing this blog entry. I have found another Spoons pub called The Flying Boat where beers are just £2.15 a pint!

Time to do these reports now.
jazzy_dave: (not a clue)
Two supermarket audits done, Herne Bay and Margate ,p;us some free food from the M shops. Then this evening in Rochester i was having a steak and two eggs meal with chips.

A good day for covert shops. I need that pink panther music in the background.

Pink Panther Theme Song



Thanks Henry Mancini
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
At Bella Italia we started with a beer ,had some nibbles, the mini ciabatta bites ,and selected the house red wine - Barbera - hints of wild berries,violets and spice.

Mike had a delicious looking pepperoni pizza whilst Phil and i had the spicy Pacheri Calabrese.



Paccheri Calabrese is -
Pasta tubes in a fiery tomato sauce, spicy ‘nduja sausage and pepperoni from Calabria, chicken, Luganica sausage, roasted red onion and green chilli, with cooling mascarpone.
{Taken from their website}

It was brilliant as you can see here in my photo. Graeme had a carbonara.  For  sweet Mike and i  had the Cioccolato Fondant. A
warm chocolate fondant with a molten centre, honeycomb gelato, crushed amaretti biscuits and caramel sauce. Utterly divine!



Finished with a coffee. I had a puff on the pipe outside whilst Phil was back on his phone again - lol!




I cannot remember what Leslie had though.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable day. I think i must have have fell asleep a few times as Phil drove back to Kent.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
We had a good journey down to Brighton today.We arrived half anhour before the Evening Star pub opened,so me and Phil went round for a little walk in the North Laines.

The lads had the usual Hophead and i had the Dark Star American Pale Ale.Then for the second round i decided i must try the Kissingate Murder of Crows barley wine on draught.A whopping 10 % ANV!





The likely lads in The Evening Star pub.





After that we all walked down to Bella Italia for the lunch.

Satisfied

Oct. 28th, 2016 07:37 pm
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Just had a lovely evening meal at 'Spoons in Maidstone. Freshly battered fish and chips with peas, two beers and a sticky toffee pudding with custard to finish. I was not going to have a dessert but i succumbed - like the seduction in Waterstones earlier.
Yes,i bought a book there!
I love these shops!
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Had a filling breakfast this morning of two eggs, two sausages , three rashers of bacon and tomato. There slices of toast, multigrain Cheerios and apple juice. I then got my gear together and headed to Bromley for my first visit of the day. It was a covert shop in a jewelers store.

Once done i headed back to do a supermarket visit in Canterbury which i will do today before eight this evening.It is an audit job just checking certain items and their availability as well as condition of fresh fruit and veg.

As it is the 'Spoons fortnight of a beer festival, which started yesterday, i am reduced to having halves at the moment due to lack of funds. Funds will not be a problem around the 25th - but news of that later - and as i do not want to jinx it - confirmation until it is my account will be proscribed. I will just say it will be four figures.

Last night in the common room at the Quays some lads had a film on a dongle that they plugged into the TV and we watched Suicide Squad. A really good anti-superhero movie indeed.

jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
The lads were having a pint or two at the Sun Inn when they arrived. Phil has been working today and arrived around three rather than two in the afternoon.I am in the Leading |Light already. Just onto my second pint/
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Today i did a food and drink visit  on the  island  in Sheerness. I had lamb shank with roasted veg and washed down with a pint of Exmoor Gold (4.5 % ABV) and a craft ale - Blue Moon - a wheat beer (5.4 % ABV).The lamb was very succulent.

I then popped over to Faversham to get some pipe tobacco and enjoy the lovely sunshine that we are having at the moment.

I then went back home and read another book and lustened to another radio drama.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
I have now completed watching Season 10 of Supernatural and already onto the second episode of Season 11. For a series that i started half heartedly to watch i am now quite hooked.

When i was at the pub ast night it tried the latest Sixpoint Craft beer - Sixpoint Resin (9.1 % ABV)!!!




Infact i did not go to Canterbury today but will be doing some Asda store visits tom morrow and Monday.Decided to take the day off after the long day yesterday. Contingent with that is the weather is dull and overcast, threatening to rain , and full of malediction.

Anyway,i have books to read - here are the ones i found yesterday.



If anybody is interetsed in purchasing books off me just message me.

Right folks,a tittle bit more reading now.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
I was watching some Charmed on DVD and then i thought - heck i need a beer - so here i am - just arrived in the local Spoons pub. It has been a windy , albeit a very windy day, but has become somewhat quiescent this evening. We had some precipitation but not too much and we still have a full moon. It looked lovely last night but clided over this evening. Lycanthrope tendencies apart, i am not howling at the moon.

For dinner i bought some smoked peppered mackerel going cheap and a salad with it. It was a bargain in the supermarket at only 66p instead of £2.05 0 and it was delicious.
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Still alive. Long day having fun yesterday and recovery this morning lol! I was going to go ver to Faversham so i might pop over to Rainham in a few minutes. Lunch today was a chicken pilau rice dish which i had at midday - one of these  microwavable ones from Iceland stores.

Last night we were at the local Spoons having drinks and a curry , except  for Graeme who had gammon egg and chipa. Barry the Train joined us but as he had eaten at  the Ypes Tavern he just had drinks.

Anyway here are some pics taken with the phone camera -



The guys checking in at their hotel.

More pics here )

Dos Amigos

Jul. 19th, 2016 08:05 pm
jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
A pic from three years ago from outside Bellota tapas place.

jazzy_dave: (Real Ale fiend)
Had a great day in Brighton today despite the long journey back on the motorway due to a crash on the M25 and we had to divert a bit through Weesterham and Borough Green.

We first had a couple of pints at the Evening Star before walking down to Bella |Italia.

We started with ciabatta nibbles - mini ciabatta bites baked in hot garlic butter



My starter was the Arancini Peperonatahe - balls of risotto, red pepper & melting mozzarella, coated in breadcrumbs & served with rocket leaves & pomodoro dip/



And for the main idsh i had the Pollo Formaggi - ciant shell pasta with chicken & pancetta in a four cheese sauce, with a crispy crumb topping & oven baked.



Everything was so delicious and yummy.  Washed down with red and white wine. Followed by  a coffee , and  a Big Tony gelato sundae which on their website says "The Classic Godfather! Nutty fudge brownies, vanilla and chocolate gelato, chocolate sauce, fresh cream, popping candy, dark chocolate tagliatelle and a wafer curl. He's got it sorted!"



Stuffed and satisfied.
jazzy_dave: (reflective mood)
Left early this morning to get over to Sheppey to do my supermarket visit - i had missed the 0730 bus so i walked to the local rail station and went via train to Queenborough. I took a couple of snaps there.

I then caught the bus down to Hailsham via Tunbridge Wells to do my shoe repair shop visit and then back up to Heathfield to do my original factory store visit where i purchased an indulgent Thornton's Special Toffee Chocolate Bar! Guilty pleasure indeed!

I am currently in Tunbridge Wells at the Opera House enjoying a Sixpoint Bengali can - top notch New York craft beer!

Meanwhile , talking of opera here is the opening scene from John Adams' opera "Nixon In China"

John Adams - Nixon In China (Opera): Act I Scene 1 - News



..
John Adams's first opera Nixon In China, produced by Peter Sellars, with libretto by Alice Goodman, about the visit of Richard Nixon to China in 1972, where he met with Mao Zedong and other Chinese officials.
Act I Opening -
The opera begins at Beijing Airport. As the soldiers wait, an airplane taxis and lands on the stage - the Nixons and Henry Kissinger disembark and are greeted by Chou Enlai. As Nixon is introduced to various Chinese officials by Chou, he sings of his hopes and fears for his historic visit.

Will post later when i get home. 
jazzy_dave: (beckett thoughts)
So, denizens of the LJ universe, what did i do today.

Well, i first potted over to Dover midday, known for its white cliffs sung in songs of yore. I had a mystery shop to do in a factory outlet near the harbour. I had to pretend i was buying a classy item for a female friend as it was a store or concession for that designation. As it was a purchase and refund visit i did not mind and,as the fact the fee was tripled due the research company needed it to do done by bank holiday Monday just coming, my eyes wizzled, and  i grabbed it.

Naturally i took some pics but as i also did a pub visit in Hernia Herne Bay , and a few pints if beers to boot, i shall upload all photos tomorrow.

I did find this book for a quid in Dover -



Might be a cacophony of terms but in my chaotic dissonance and calming assonance i am certain the book will be invaluable.

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