Lots of love for The High Tea Cast!

8 Aug

We are not going to lie – we have been totally overwhelmed by the response to our lil’ old podcast and blog right here. Since launching the blog 2 weeks ago, we have had over 600 hits (which is like, super wow for us – the HTC lasses keep texting each with “we got another one – was it you?”) and our stats on iTunes and for downloads on our Episodes and blown our tiny, cocktail filled minds.

We are over the moon happy that you like what we are trying to do.

Here at HTC towers, the tweets and messages we have been receiving from you, our lovely amazing, and clearly quite mental listeners, have been warming our cockles and tickling our giggle boxes so we thought we would share some of them with you!

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! We are filled with Glee. So much so that we might have to head out for a cocktail immediately to steady our nerves.

If you haven’t listened to Episode 1 yet, get on to the Episodes page, look us up on iTunes and get involved! We are currently busy planning Episode 2, running round London sampling the best it has to offer for your listening pleasure and planning some epic blog posts to boot – but we haven’t forgotten everyone who has made us so proud this past fortnight, so this post was just for you!


People we love: The Biblecode Sundays

3 Aug

The HTC girls are all too familiar with this utter delight of a band, and their belting Paddy anthems have been the soundtrack to many-a-drunken ladies nights out at Waxy O’Connors. These six Irish lads hail from North London, combining Irish trad’ music with celtic rock. The result? Immense tuneage that demands everyone sing along and attempt to jig while your Guiness topples helplessly in your hand.

Firm favourites include the likes of “Maybe It’s Because I’m an Irish Londoner”, their beautiful cover of the much loved “Galway Girl” (you may remember it from the Gerard Butler/Hilary Swank film PS I Love You… but Biblecode add in an accordion and a fiddle. A FIDDLE!), and – to Sam’s utter delight – they’ve managed to put an Irish twist on Dizzee Rascal’s “Bonkers”. You can imagine the carnage THAT causes during your average alcohol-fuelled evening.

They’ve recently been announced the “Official band of London Irish pubs”, appeared on the same bill as Van Morrison and Thin Lizzy at the London Feis festival, and for those heading out to Reading festival over the August bank holiday (we certainly will be – glamping boots at the ready!) they’re playing a warm up gig at Gateway on the Thursday before everything kicks off.

Check out “Drinking All Day”, their ultimate feel good tune (and the backing track to the life of the High Tea girlies…ahem) at the end of Episode 1. Happy jigging!


Tea, Cake & Cocktails – Drink Shop Do

1 Aug

A little while ago, The HTC gals and gorgeous contributor Eleni wandered over the the Caledonian Road to check out the relatively new (although oh so up and coming) cakery ‘n’ makery that is Drink Shop Do, just tucked off the beaten path in King’s Cross, London.

We’d wanted to check out this place for ages, ever since we came across them via Twitter, and thought they would be perfect for the listeners of The High Tea Cast. The styling, the cocktails, the cake and the ethos of most of the stuff in the shop being vintage and for sale – it seemed cute, kitsch and right up my street.

And we weren’t disappointed. At about 4pm on a very hot Saturday afternoon it was packed, but we found ourself a little space and just looked around, open mouthed. To the left there was a fabulous little party of craft and cake going on, with cotton everywhere and cake stands a-plenty. To the right was a group of beautiful ladies, dressed to the nines in their 1940′s vintage finest – we were desperate to just join in with them!  And then all around were couples, groups and gal pals like us in search of a fab atmosphere and even better cake.

We spotted the milkshakes and couldn’t resist, with Lea (above) trying the Chocolate Malty Balls, and Eleni and I diving straight into the Oreo Milkshake. We each ordered a plate of tiny little sandwiches (cut into triangle shapes – obviously) and then pondered over the cake list.

As you can see, we all ordered the same – Honey and Lavender. And no, they don’t skimp on portion sizes. The cake was beautifully moist which is impressive for towards the end of the day, and an oft overlooked thing. I like my cake pretty and I like it moist and preferably both at the same time.  There is a lot of style over substance in some London cafes these days, but not at Drink Shop Do.

And we actually couldn’t finish it. I enjoyed the Honey and Lavender, but it was quite sickly and I could have done with a bit less. That said, it was an unusual flavour combination, and I’d like to try and grab a recipe from somewhere to try it out.

If you are in the King’s Cross area we’d really recommend a trip to Drink Shop Do. Just to soak up the amazing ambience they have created.  Next time I’m hoping to kick back with an Amaretto Sour in full vintage get up. Until then, The HTC lasses are going back again on the 5th August for the Cherry Sorbet blog event with BangsandaBun. Although we have our eyes on the vintage hair classes and the bingo nights!

* you can hear more of our thoughts on Drink Shop Do on Episode 1 of the podcast, “Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing People”.

** edited from an original review from Sam’s blog, allthingsgoodandproper.wordpress.com

A Winter Road: The HTC’s first ever interview!

29 Jul

A Winter Road is a fantastic small budget film production company, created in order to experiment, showcase and create on self driven projects commission by allography, an artist’s response web magazine that publishes every six weeks. They have created stageplays, radioplays and a number of short films all with a collective of creatives which make up the company.

Of course, you’ll have to listen to episode one to hear from Andy Futaishi and Sid Phoenix about the ins and outs and all round crazy occurrences that…well…occurred…during their latest stint in the world of low budget Brit films.

Despite a six month stretch of working day and night to take three short films from scratch through to being fully fledged entries for this years festivals (Venice and Sundance, to name-drop just a little), they:
1. Didn’t die of exhaustion and…
2. Didn’t lose an ounce of their raw passion to make their visions into three astounding realities.

We hope that their fantastic short films Under The City (which is shaping up to be the HTC ladies fave), Like a Little Gift and The Last Seaside Variety Show kill it at the festivals this summer…check back on the blog as we chart their successes.

One thing that this charming duo make very clear is that the sheer dedication they show for their work will see them leap from strength to strength over the next 18 months.

Us HTC girls have been lucky enough to witness these small-time trailblazers in full flow… and now we’ve brought it to you. Hence forth to episode one and listen, and check them out at www.awinterroad.co.uk or on Twitter at @AWinterRoad.

There’s no excuse now: We’re on iTunes!

28 Jul

Ladies, gentlemen and everyone in between… You can now download and subscribe to The High Tea Cast on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-high-tea-cast/id452956475

Doesn’t our little lady logo look hot up there with the best of ’em?!

Listen to it on the tube, in the car, play it to your friends, tell your mommy all about us and retweet ’til the cows come home. We wanna hear all you have to say about us!

We’ll be blogging again soon… In the meantime, enjoy your pod!

Episode One – Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing Times

27 Jul

It’s launch date bitches!! We have finally unleashed our FEATURE LENGTH special launch edition for your listening pleasure.

For our first casted pod, we have chosen the theme “Embarrassing Things, Embarrassing Times” to celebrate all those little things that we do (that’s you and us) that make us wince, cringe and go a shade of red brighter than Lea’s hair. All our contributors will be talking about their most embarrassing moments, and the HTC ladies will be holding it all together with a few stories of their own.

So get involved! You can listen to the podcast straight away by going to the Episodes page, checking out our Feedburner page or subscribing on iTunes.

And if you have something embarrassing you want to share with the world and The High Tea Cast…comment on the blog, tweet us at @TheHighTeaCast or let us know via Facebook. You’ll be in good company!

PS this podcast is FEATURE LENGTH (1 hr 30 mins). Don’t expect that level of effort from the HTC lasses every time…we are spent!!

Are You Ready For This?

26 Jul

We are just one solitary day away for the big bad birth of Episode One of The High Tea Cast. Are you excited?!

Because we are!

We thought we’d give you lucky dogs a sneak preview of what you can expect from our feature length (read: extra long) launch episode, to whet your appetite before you get on your iTunes and subscribe tomorrow

  • An interview with fantastic small budget film production company A Winter Road
  • Chatter on Caitlin Moran’s new hilarious semi autobiographical book, How to Be A Woman
  • Our regular newscaster Simon Button bringing you news and views from far and wide.
  • Some cheeky reviews of two of London’s hottest cakery’s
  • The brilliant Eleni Cashell shares some of her more embarrassing moments, exclusively for The High Tea Cast.
  • And finally, we are played out but the awesome sounds of hot Irish band, The Biblecode Sundays.
    If none of that gets your juices flowing, the HTC ladies will be discussing the ins and outs of their own lives, introducing themselves and most likely, oversharing.
    As we mentioned, this episode is FEATURE LENGTH!! But you know what? This means that there is enough material to last to AND from work, so really, we’ve sorted out your commute. No need to thank us.

The High Tea Cast is ready for launch!

25 Jul

Howdy listeners and readers, and welcome to our brand spanking new blog!  Today sees the launch of the HTC blog in preparation for our first podcast episode this week – yes that is right, Episode One is coming to you via iTunes, Feedburner and this website on Wednesday.

Subscribe to the blog, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook to be amongst the first to get your hands and ears around our broadcast!

To whet your appetite, here are some pictures of HTC ladies Sam and Lea recording the first episode at Jellyfielders Studios this weekend. Check back tomorrow for a sneaky preview of what we have to offer for your delectation and consideration!