The Handbook
The Handbook

Today marks the beginning of yet another month long lockdown. While we’re all probably going to be tucked up under a duvet binging episode after episode of Netflix’s latest thriller series, Paranormal (we deserve it after the week we’ve all had), we’ve rounded up eight ways to elevate this weekend so that it’s not totally terrible…

Wrap up warm, order in one of our favourites and let’s get through this together.

The Caribbean Reserve Tartan Tiki will help you keep the summer feeling alive, despite what the weather outside is doing...

Order yours at: createcocktails.com

Get a delicious cocktail delivery to your door 

With pubs and bars now firmly closed for the next month, we’re making it our mission to find the best alcohol deliveries you can get delivered straight to your door. New on the list is The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve. It’s The Glenlivet’s first ever whisky to be selectively finished in Caribbean rum barrels, and they’ve launched a cocktail kit, the Caribbean Reserve Tartan Tiki, helping you keep the summer feeling alive, despite what the weather outside is doing… 

Full of fruity tropical flavours, the Tartan Tiki is the signature serve for The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve and the kit has been crafted so that you can enjoy the tiki serve at home. The Caribbean Reserve Tartan Tiki comes packed with a bottle of The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve, Pago pineapple juice, London Essence white peach and jasmine soda, Angostura bitters, fresh orange garnish, plus a branded tumbler to enjoy the tipple from. It also comes with a recipe card too with step-by-step instructions on how to mix the signature cocktail. Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a sunny tropical beach, rather than your tiny London flat. 

Try out the new healthy delivery service, Kurami 

If you’re embracing World Vegan Month but are finding it hard to stay on track, let Kurami be your guide.

The healthy ready-meal company launched back during the first lockdown and have gained serious attraction within the media thanks to their nutrient packed meal plans helping Londoners keep on track of their health. Kurami helps you formulate a meal-plan around your working life with three- and five-day ‘meal paths’. 

In line with National Vegan Month, Kurami has launched a new selection of vegan offerings available to order straight to your doors. Dishes include the Kurami Rainbow Burger, a colourful seeded bun filled with a homemade slaw and a crispy vegan patty; Kurami’s Chickpea Tofu; and the Pineapple Poke Bowl, a veganised version of the popular Hawaiian favourite.

Order yours at: kurami.co.uk

Try a fitness class with a difference

Finding the motivation to workout at home is often the hardest part and with gyms closed and classes cancelled for the next month, it’s going to become the new norm once more. Here to help give working out from home a new lease of life is Chroma Yoga, the yoga studio who use colour therapy to combat the amount of blue light from our screens, filtering rooms with vibrant, neon lights each with a different vibe. 

What with their studio closed, they’ve helped bring their unique yoga approach to the virtual world and you can take part in a selection of online classes via their ChromaTV. There are a range of classes depending on your ability and they’ll help you get back on your fitness journey once more.

Try a class at: chromayoga.co.uk

Discover a new film favourite at the Raindance Festival

With cinema doors firmly closed shut for the foreseeable, get your film fix online courtesy of Raindance Festival 2020. This year the film festival will be bringing you the best of independent cinema straight to your living room, with many of the films and immersive experiences available to catch for free. 

Tune in this weekend and fall in love with long, short and documentary films, as well as experiencing virtual premieres and live Q&As with international filmmakers and industry panels. 

If you find a film you love, you can donate too helping to fund the filmmakers and crew, as well as the festival.

Running until 7th November 

Get involved at: raindance.org

Bake the doughnut of your dreams with Bread Ahead

Get back into the swing of baking this lockdown and tune into Bread Ahead’s e-learning workshop. This Sunday they’re dedicating a session to their legendary sugar-kissed doughnuts (if you know, you know), teaching you how to recreate the specialty at home. 

Follow along and become a baking sensation as you create the doughnuts, crème pâtissèrie and raspberry jam to fill the deep fried balls. Yum.

Sunday 8th November, 2-4pm

Book your spot at: breadahead.com

Take the hassle out of cooking with Club Mexicana’s tasty taco kits 

In need of some Friday night plans? Swap your limp leftovers for a special delivery from vegan Mexican resto, Club Mexicana. And, yes, there will be tasty tacos. 

Following the success of their Bangin’ BBQ Rib Boxes earlier this year, Club Mexicana founder Meriel and her team have curated a new nationwide delivery menu for veggie fiends to tuck into at home. All of the dishes come with everything you’ll need to recreate your favourite Club Mexicana dishes at home.

Choose from the likes of the Al Pastor Taco Kit, a mix of shawarma-style seitan infused with ancho, arbol and guajillo chillis, served on handmade corn tortillas and topped with caramelised pineapple, salsa verde, onion and coriander, or BBQ Short Rib Taco Kit with juicy jackfruit ribs and all the toppings you could dream of. They’ve also got a nacho kit that’ll level up your Friday night instantly.

Nationwide Delivery

Order yours at: clubmexicana.com

Swap the Zoom quiz for our virtual game alternatives 

We all knew this day would come, but it’s something we all shoved to the back of our minds in hope that the day would never surface again. It’s the return of the dreaded Zoom quiz. But we’ve been quick witted (and recycled an old article) to bring you some of the best virtual game alternatives so you can ditch the trivia questions and laugh with friends and family with a good ol’ game or two.

Catch Netflix’s latest binge-worthy show, Paranormal 

Looking for a new Netflix show to binge this weekend? Introducing Paranormal, Netflix’s first Egyptian TV series based on the horror-thriller novel series by Egyptian novelist,  Ahmed Khaled Tawfik. 

The series follows Refaat Ismail, a skeptical hematologist who, much to his begrudgement, became the go-to-guy for all paranormal investigations. It’s set to be a great show for those who love anything that’ll keep them up scared at night…

Watch at: netflix.com


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