Only a couple of weeks now! We hope the tea will be ghoulishly good. As a blast from the past, we have a video of Clovis having Halloween tea at La Rosa Hotel in Whitby last year.
As Halloween approaches, we are enjoying our warm autumn drinks. Today we had a drink with a very Halloweeny name: London Fog. It may sound very British but this is actually a North American hot drink, which was created in Vancouver, Canada. It is an Earl Grey type of latté, and it can be easily made at home. We had a go, took a look at a few blogs and came up with this Pinterest-inspired version.
By the way, we say our London fog is vegan-friendly but you can use regular milk as well. It is just that almond milk smells delicious when you heat it up, and it really goes well with Earl Grey, and other aromatic black tea blends once it’s all warm and frothy.
You will need:
- A half cup of hot Earl Grey. Earl Grey is the tea we use in the original recipe. If you don’t have Earl Grey or feel like experimenting, you can try other aromatic black teas. We have made London Fog with citrusy Ceylon and almond blends, and even with Fortnum and Mason’s strawberry tea. Now, you’re not supposed to mix strawberry tea with milk but in a London Fog, it is actually a pleasant combination.
- A half cup of almond milk. We used vanilla-flavoured almond milk but any other vegan type of milk can work. If you don’t want vegan London fog, you can use ordinary milk, of course.
- A half tablespoon of vanilla extract.
- The sweetener of your choice. We like sugar or maple syrup.
- Milk frother (optional)
- Let the tea brew.
- Whilst you wait, heat up the milk (medium heat) but don’t let it boil. Be very careful, milk boils up very easily and very fast, especially almond milk. You can use a milk frother to make the milk fluffy and lovely. If you don’t have a milk frother, you can whisk it for a few minutes whilst you heat it up or you can put the hot milk in the blender. It will be slightly less frothy but still fluffy. If you do use a blender, be very careful and lock it properly, otherwise, you may burn yourself.
- Empty the tea to fill the bottom half of a cup. Add the frothy milk on the top half.
- Add the vanilla extract and sweeten to taste. Alternatively, you can use vanilla syrup but it may be sometimes difficult and expensive to get. You can make your own but there is no need. Vanilla extract and your favourite sweetener are all you need.
- If you’re feeling adventurous, sprinkle some cinnamon on the top. You can also use bits of culinary lavender and even roasted almonds and walnuts.
What are you going as this Halloween? We are not sure. Wolfy might go as a wolf in a red riding hood and Clovis might go as a vampire this time. Oh, wait. We are dressed like that all year round.
Anyway, Wolfy has been sewing. Will he dress up this time?
If Wolfy can have raspberry ripple white hot chocolate, why can’t Clovis have an equally luxurious drink? So he chose to have crème brûlée white hot chocolate by Whittard and Chelsea. He is feeling so glamorous as he waits for the big day.
All we ever wanted… was everything
Well, it did not come home this time, but never fear. We are about to tell you a true football success story. Something that will completely obliterate the French victory over Croatia at the World Cup final today: that time when the uber fantastic Real Gothic beat Stokoemotiv at Whitby’s very own Turnbull Ground. Pelé would have been proud.
The April 2018 edition of Whitby Goth Weekend ended on a high note with a surprise victory for us all. True, Real Gothic have always managed to be the most stylish team. If the competition were about who has got the acest eyeliner skills or the best taste in music, Real Gothic would always come on top, no doubt. However, football-wise, they have been historically a little less lucky than the local team at the iconic match we all know as “El Gothico.”
As usual, we had a lovely atmosphere, plenty of drink (Wolfy and I had tea exclusively, of course), and our two favourite commentators: Al Fiendish and Wesley Mallin, who at some point during the second half, left the microphone and heroically joined our dark knights in the pitch.
Stokoemotiv scored the first goal within the first five minutes of the match. Real Gothic’s winger, Richard Dove, “Dove will tear you apart”, flew like the wind and had a couple of good shots but Rick Davies, Stokoemotiv’s goalie did a fine job, stopping our boys’ awesome goal attempts. Stokoemotiv’s Mike Thomas proved to be dangerous and energetic, what’s more. Near the end of the first half, there was a mighty shot at goal from Real Gothic’s Robbie White. Alas, it was not meant to be.
She’s in parties
At half time, the girls entered the pitch. Our Sisters of Real, lead by Louise Street and Donna “Jez” Valenzano had their traditional penalty shootout against the Stokoemotiv WAGs, who won 3 to 0. Both sides were fantastic, regardless. It was all for charity and good entertainment. If you would like to know what the bar looks like at half time, take a look at this video of Wolfy from a previous footie edition. A bit of a flashback to prepare you for April’s highlights.
In the flat field
The second half was a true game changer, pun intended. From the very first seconds, Real Gothic scored a goal. Our players increased their speed and might. Maybe the snakebite and black potion was finally working its magic. Speaking of magic potions, Mr. Fiendish, our star commentator was handed a pint of beer, which was passed from one member of the audience to the next, until it reached its rightful owner. Talk about team work! On and off the pitch!
Four minutes later, Stokoemotiv scored a goal but our boys got even a couple of minutes afterwards. The match was now packed with action and an impressive display from the forces of darkness and impeccable backcombed hair.
Real Gothic scored two more goals, on the seventeenth and thirty third minute respectively. Incidentally, the player who scored the last goal also scored the first one. We’re talking about the mysterious Robbie White, who wore the t-shirt number 28. Our friend, Bob Slassor, let us use this photographic sequence he took of the last Real Gothic goal. Thanks a lot, Bob. You’re a (goth) star!
And just as Al cried out: “We’re now winning 4 – 2!”, we all got extremely excited, which is a bit of a faux pas if you’re a goth, but this time round it shall be forgivable. Just look at Wolfy, who bumped into Lee and a gorgeous lady. Yes, goths can be happy, too. Just look at us!
Nevertheless, this wasn’t the end, even though Wolfy did not seem to notice and cried victory a bit too soon, just like the boy who cried wolf, or was it the other way around? There were a few minutes left and near the end, Stokoemotiv scored another goal. The final score was thus 4 – 3.
Both teams did splendidly and what’s more important, they raised money for charity. This time Real and Stokoemotiv offered £300 to WHISH (Whitby Hidden Impairments Support & Help), a charity that does a marvellous job, helping people with hidden impairments, as well as their families.
Hair of the Wolf
When the match came to its end, we all got to celebrate properly. It was the perfect ending to a week full of goth music, dance, dark elegance and drinkies. I got to talk to my friend Graham Best, who was just as shocked as I was. By the way, Graham and his wife, Sue, are the proud parents of Klaus Best, Real Gothic’s goalie extraordinaire.
All in all, it was another fantastic Whitby holiday. Obviously, Wolfy and I ran to the tea rooms to celebrate with copious amounts of tea and cakes. Many thanks to our Real FC team for their extraordinary performance: Klaus Best, AJ Sikesy, Gareth Wright, Trevor A. Broadbank, Ted Govostis, Terry Cummins, James Patrick, Rio Goldhammer, James Shoobridge, Carl Noble, Joel Heyes, Mark Chisman, Adam Williams, Timothy Payne, Mason Von, Richard Dove, Robbie White and Wesley Mallin.
Also, special thanks to Bob Slassor, Nigel Spowage and Richard Dove for helping us with this blog entry. An extra thanks to Shaggy, too for taking us to the match.
Bites and howls,
Clovis and Wolfy
P.S. If you have a few minutes to spare, visit the charities that Real Gothic FC and Stokoemotiv Whitby FC have supported recently.
Willow Foundation: https://www.willowfoundation.org.uk/
SOS Children’s Villages UK: https://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/
Last April, we were invited to Whitby Goth Weekend and got passes as a gift from the founder of the event herself, Jo Hampshire. We are ever so grateful as we were treated like goth royalty and got to experience a fantastic festival in one of the most beautiful seaside towns in England. Whitby Goth Weekend has been the life and soul of the town for over 20 years. The town becomes a bit like The Nightmare Before Christmas when goths are out and about and of course, we love that.
First of all, we stuffed our bellies with fish and chips, tea and cake and went to meet up with our great goth friends. Later on, we picked up our tickets, freshened up and attended a jaw-dropping performance from the Circus of Horrors at the Spa Theatre. It was proper old-world flair. We got the best seats upstairs and enjoyed the humour, acrobatics and aerial performances. That night we got professionally photographed by Bob Slassor, the official event photographer. We felt like supermodels! Only we are a bit too small, and have fangs, and Wolfy is a bit too furry for the catwalk… and he is a wolf.
On Saturday morning, we went to the goth market, which is called The Bizarre Bazaar. We met the fantastic artist Dark Wolf, who paints wolves and donates all his earnings to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust. Whitby Goth Weekend has always supported animal charities that have helped hundreds of cats, dogs and bats over the years. The April edition was for wolves, and Wolfy was naturally chuffed. We will tell you more about this wonderful artist in our next post and will show you exclusive photos.
Later in the evening, we enjoyed what goths love the most: goth music! Our favourite bands were 1919 and The Last Cry but we also enjoyed Voltaire and Sigue Sigue Sputnik. By the way, we used our backstage passes and got to meet 1919 in person, and they graciously accepted to appear in one of our videos.
In the following mini vids, you can see us enjoying the gigs. Wolfy is rocking to the rhythm of 1919’s “Cry Wolf” and Clovis is dancing to The Last Cry.
Last but not least, we danced at Restoration, the best goth night in Whitby, hosted by Martin Oldgoth, the best goth DJ in the world. He spared a few moments to pose with Wolfy.
And here we are, with our VIP WGW passes that gave us a magical holiday. Thanks to Jo, Bob, Andrew and the WGW team for a smashing experience.
Bites and howls,
Clovis and Wolfy