12 May 2023

HUNGER’s MVP of the week

Welcome to HUNGER’s Most Valuable Player, the place to find the best things to buy, watch, do or listen to each week. Forget about the hype, we want to separate what’s hot, what’s not, and what needs to be on your radar...

That glimpse of the sun (albeit a small taste) has got everyone in the summer mood. And what other way than a glass of refreshing spritz to get you ready for the sun? High Point Drinks have produced two new versions of the Ruby Aperitif, a non-alcoholic and low-ABV cocktail. Based in Cornwall and cultivating the world’s first fermented non-alcoholic spirit, this botanical infusion is fermented for 30 days for that extra zest of flavour. Made from hibiscus, lavender, wormwood, pink peppercorn, orange zest, and pink grapefruit zest, the rest is topped off with bittersweet citrus. The aperitif is perfect for great company and fine food, and you can buy yours here from Amazon and High Point Drinks’ website. 

The sustainability-focused restaurant Fallow, located in the heart of St. James’s, invites us all to breakfast. Known for their culinary creativity, Fallow will turn their conscious gastronomy into a morning serving platter. The dishes include a full breakfast (from black puddings to hash browns and the works), a Black Pudding Benedict (with honey waffle, bacon, poached egg, and a black pepper hollandaise), and a selection of homemade croissants. The standout of the selection is the No Avo, created by chefs Will Murray and Jack Croft. Championing all things British, the pair have created the dish to feature courgettes, crushed English peas with smoked curds, eggs, and sourdough. The restaurant will offer breakfast on weekdays from 7.30 am until 10.30 am, and you can check out how they make some of their new dishes on their Insta here.

Next, we have the latest sneaker drop from HUGO, the HU-GO1ST. The statement-making footwear features bright pops of red, and arrive in a variety of bold colourways. The head-turning design showcases a curved, chunky profile and a lacing system that displays hiking-inspired reflective accents. Taking cues from the world of trekking, these versatile kicks are just as perfect for a stroll through the city as they are on a Sunday morning hike.

Staying on the theme of footwear, PUMA have dropped their long-anticipated 180 collection. With oversized padding, chunky shapes and lo-fi technical uppers, the shoes take heavy inspiration from 90s/00s skate culture. Alongside a closed mesh base and suede overlays, the PUMA-180 is a must-have cherry on top for those casual Spring fits. Available in ‘Dark Grey and White’, and ‘Dark Grey and Navy’ colourways, you can get your pair of PUMA 180 now exclusively from ASOS.

This mental health awareness month, TOMS is asking us to ‘Wear Good. Share Good.’ The brand, which has long advocated for more action surrounding the topic of mental health, is sharing 31 tips and resources for anyone on their journey to better mental health. You can follow all the tips throughout the month on TOMS social and visit their website for more information on the initiative. Additionally, anytime you purchase a TOMS product, you’ll be helping fund mental health access for the millions of people who need them.

This week’s MVP is awarded to Sammi Lynch’s first show exhibiting her paintings, entitled The Last Time We Swam – a heartfelt tribute to longing, transition, grief and loss. Having studied fine art at The Royal Drawing School, Lynch’s work up to now has been devoted to drawings, ones which have laid the foundations for her newest show. “I was drawing from life, which had really progressed my practice in lots of ways. The paintings and the prints in the show were all made from drawings that I’ll have made in particular landscapes last year,” Lynch says.

The 28-year-old’s exhibition, which is showing from May 4 – 21 at Blue Shop Gallery, sits as the perfect point for escapism just a stone’s throw from Oval station in south London. They are scapes that take you back to places you might never have been. Growing up in the North of England, Lynch’s paintings feel like both a memory and a dream, encapsulating a feeling of groundedness when looking out at the landscapes, but also a sense of great desire to experience them for your own eyes. Lynch’s work takes human emotion and entwines it with the natural world in a subtle yet totally convincing way. “It’s an extended piece about the more immediate drawings that I’ve made. The paintings and the prints expand upon the work that I’m making from life and translate it into something else.”

Find out more about Sammi Lynch’s The Last Time We Swam here

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