Did someone say free Rum! I was invited to a bloggers meet up in Leeds with the offer of free Havana Club! my personal favourite (really it already was!) so how could I resist….
On arrival at Azucar on Brewery Wharf in Leeds (near Oracle) we were introduced to our lovely hosts for the evening and offered either a Mojito or Cuba Libre rum cocktail, mmmm we started with the Mojitos.
Once the Mac was fixed!! (by Jonny) we were shown the Havana Cultura website and browsed around various other peoples blogs & projects and generally introduced ourselves to the Leeds Blog Scene, an eclectic mix of people & characters.
The Azucar bar is a relatively new creation for Brewery Wharf and describes iself as a South American inspired tapas and cantina bar, which is exactly how it looks and feels. Local Leeds legend and author Howard Marks is involved with the bar and images of him can be seen around the walls and bar. The tapas we tried were great, looked reasonably priced and compliment the easy dining atmosphere, we tried:-
- JALAPOS – Green jalapeno peppers filled with cream cheese in a crispy crumb (AKA Buffalo Turds! sorry that’s what they get called at BBQ’s in Malhamdale!)
- CALAMARES A LA ROMANA – Battered squid rings with alioli
- ALBONDIGAS DE CERDO – Pork meatballs in tomato sauce
- CORN TORTILLA CHIPS – Chilli beef with cheese and jalapenos
After we had been fed & watered at Azucar we moved on to Normans Bar on Call Lane for a more soul-tinged Cuban themed fun from the decks. A great night all round.
Havana Club Rum needs no introduction and they are sponsoring various events in Leeds over the coming weeks in support of there Havana Cultura Project a window on contemporary Cuban creativity! They have also teamed up with Gilles Peterson to fashion some funky Cuban tunes on a new CD which officially launches on October the 26th. More events in Leeds, Manchester & London to support this will follow and also a twitter Treasure hunt to win some great Havana Club prizes, you can find out more on the following links.
Discover the Spirit of Havana – “El Ron De Cuba” Havana Club Website
Havana Cultura website – a window on contemporary Cuban creativity!
You can follow the events and competitions on Twitter @_havanacultura_ and watch out for the Twitter treasure Hunt starting on the 19th October #havanatreasurehunt to win a weekend for 2 in Paris and VIP tickets for the Gilles Peterson Album Launch party….