the ibbi list: June
Welcome to our ibbi list for June!
This month we’re dipping: in to great reads, great art, delicious Summer cocktails and scrummy places to eat . And as we’ve got new collections arriving all the time now, we thought we’d take a moment to recover from the past few weeks of unpacking our fabulous deliveries and do something a little more relaxing..so we’ve been ‘test driving’ our new charpoys (traditional Indian beds) from Jodhpur for you too.
So after the work’s done this month, we hope you have a moment to relax, enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the great outdoors and perhaps find time for a Summer cocktail too (why is it that they taste so much better outside!). We hope you have a great month.
Claire, Anna and Eliza
READ: ibbi’s Top Five Great Summer Reads
We do hope you find the time to enjoy one of these..and if you’ve lots of time try all 5!
1. Akhil Sharma: Family Life
An absolute must read. Brilliant, discomfiting story of the American dream gone horribly sour
2. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Tender Is The Night
Talented, charming young psychiatrist marries fragile heiress: the story of their exotic lifestyle and the seeds of destruction that lie within.
3. Amitav Ghosh: Sea Of Poppies
Terrific novel set against the backdrop of the Opium Wars in 19th Century India.
4. WM Thackeray: Barry Lyndon
18th Century adventures of a clever, unprincipled member of the Irish gentry as he tries to better himself with little money and bags of charm
5. Stephen Hilton: More Human
Truly spectacular ideological eclecticism from David Cameron’s former Strategy Director, who discusses how change is possible to create a more local, more accountable and more human way of living. Perhaps doesn’t sound fascinating..but truly it is.
SEE: Eric Ravilious
This show is dedicated to the watercolours of British designer and illustrator Ravilious. In a short career of only 20 years he mastered the techniques of the Old Masters yet the intricacy and scale of his works reflect his belief that watercolours were finished pieces and not simply sketches to paintings in oils. His landscapes reflect his love of the English countryside and simple studies of geraniums and carnations in the greenhouse use fabulous forms, colours and textures. As wartime approaches we see military vessels on the high seas and the desperate gaiety of wartime picnics. It’s all intelligent, emotional and hugely enjoyable stuff from start to finish.
At the Dulwich Picture Gallery London SE21 7AD until August 31
Even when the sun shines and the temperature rises there’s still something truly delicious about a great curry and if this Summer you find yourself in our great Capital city could we suggest you pop on down to Dishoom, undoubtedly, we say, the very finest, relaxed and enjoyable dining experience available in town. A Bombay style café with vintage decor and retro ceiling fans , Dishoom is open from breakfast to dinner. The menu is loosely styled on Irani café food and offers all manner of mouthwatering goodies such as birianis, bhel (crunchy puffed rice with tamarind chutney) rajma-chawal and a black dal to die for too. It’s very busy in the evenings but you can book for breakfast and lunch. Dishoom has very kindly offered ibbi a £30 voucher so just be the first person to get in touch with us and we’ll happily send that out to you.
Dishoom: 12 Upper St Martins Lane London WC2H 9FB
DRINK: Strawberry and Basil Margaritas
Always looking for great Summer cocktail ideas we love the combination here of fresh strawberries with beautiful basil. These margaritas come together in seconds and are utterly delicious. You’ll need:
4 oz tequila
half a punnet fresh strawberries
2 oz fresh lime juice
8 fresh basil leaves
1 oz simple syrup
lots of ice
Put all ingredients in the blender and blend until the ice is crushed. Pour in to 2 margarita glasses. Finish with a sprig of fresh basil or a fresh strawberry and just taste the Summer!
WEAR: GLASS JEWELLERY BY MARINA AND SUSANNA SENT
As we’re always on the look out for something new and unique we love this jewellery: recently discovered in Venice. Marina and Susanna Sent are sisters with close family ties to the Murano glass works (both their grandfathers worked in the sector) who’ve chosen to break away from traditional products and focus on minimalist glass statement jewellery. Spectacular pieces in a huge range of beautiful vibrant colours.
Check out at www.marinaesusannasent.com for details
ibbi STYLE: The Joy Of The Charpoy
After a hard day in the office, kitchen, garden or car (no doubt taxiing your kids around) there’s nothing like a quiet hour’s relaxation in the sunshine. That rug on the lawn always looks appealing, but why is it you’ve only just got yourself settled on the lawn when the damp dog has to come and say hello and then dry off right by your side? So this Spring we decided to get busy testing all manner of outdoor seats, swings, chairs and beds , to get us all a little higher off the ground. And whilst in Jodhpur earlier this year we were delighted to find what we think are the most beautiful and most comfortable outdoor beds around: the charpoy or traditional Indian bed. Over one and a half billion people around the world apparently sleep on charpoys. In India they come outside during the day to be sat on and then go back inside at night to be slept on. Our charpoys have original carved legs and new woven webbing and they easily accommodate 2 adults (with probably enough room for a wet dog too). Please do get in touch if you’d like to know more.
Available at www.ibbidirect.co.uk
and lastly: something ibbiotic..
How do you like your eggs in the morning? There’s fun available for all the family on the last Sunday in June in Swaton, Lincs, UK at the World Egg Throwing Championships. All details available at www.eggthrowing.com
And believe it or not there’s the world Toe Wrestling Championships in Derbyshire, the Swamp Soccer World Cup in Scotland and the World Worm Charming Championships in Cheshire this month too…
Aren’t those strawberry and basil margaritas somehow so much more appealing..