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Eco-friendly and sustainable restaurants to celebrate Earth Day 2013

Posted on: April 22, 2013

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Earth Day takes place on 22 April every year to increase awareness and garner support for environmental issues. Sustainable and ethical resourcing of food is a claim that many restaurants make about the ingredients they procure but there are some that stand out, according to the Observer Food Monthly Awards which has a category for the Best Ethical Restaurants in the UK. Read more on Ethical Eats about what ‘sustainable food’ actually means and what restaurants can do to adopt this approach.

The 2011 winners, The Ethicurean, is featured in this month’s Observer Food Monthly

Step out in bold colours and dine out as spring finally arrives

Posted on: April 15, 2013

Northbank River Terrace

Spring may have arrived with temperatures warming up in London this weekend. Celebrate by stepping out in some bright colours and accessories when dining out.

We love Poppy Delevingne’s outfit as featured in Vogue. It’s great for a weekend meal outdoors with friends on a sunny spring day – the classy silk jacket by Mary Katrantzou will be the perfect cover-up for dining outside. Pull the jacket together with a  cinch-belt and it’s a classy ensemble which will take you right through to a night out on the town.

Go to Homa in Stoke Newington and pair the great weather

The lure of gourmet food outside of London?

Posted on: April 9, 2013

Gourmet Food outside of London

There is a question mark in the title because we simply don’t believe that anyone in search of gourmet food would need to leave London. But maybe it’s time to reconsider.

Giles Coren went to The French in Manchester and said, “I’d walk to Manchester barefoot in the rain for one more mouthful of the chopped raw ribeye of ox in coal oil” in his review  this weekend. The French at Midland Hotel has just been taken over by Simon Rogan of L’Enclume in the Lake District and Roganic in London and it sounds like he’s cooking up a storm. The FT’s Natalie Whittle writes

What is dinner with Ferran Adrià worth?

Posted on: April 4, 2013

Ferran Adria of El Bulli

Chef Ferran Adria formerly of El Bulli restaurant is probably one of the most talked about chefs globally. The San Pellegrino awards have heaped accolades on him (Chef of the Decade, 2010) and on El Bulli (World No. 1 Restaurant in 2009) and a table at El Bulli was always coveted and unattainable to most. El Bulli Restaurant is now closed and Adria and business partner, Juli Soler have set up the El Bulli Foundation in its place. The Foundation aims to be an innovative culinary institution. Find out more about the Foundation in this Eater article.

So is all this hype around El Bulli and Adria for

The best wines for Easter

Posted on: March 30, 2013

Wines for Easter

If you’re shopping for a nice bottle of wine to go with your Easter meal today, we’ve collected a few recommendations for you:

The Telegraph’s Hamish Anderson recommends three reds, starting with an affordable Argentian Malbec at £7.99.

His colleague Suzy Atkins likes Spanish reds to go with the Easter lamb – and a South African Pinotage for £25 makes her list as well.

At the Observer, David Williams casts his net wider. He recommends a French white, an Italian red (Graci Etna Rosso 2010 from Sicily) and a sweet port for the Easter weekend.

Happy Easter!

[The Telegraph

Gourmet breaks in London hotels this Easter

Posted on: March 28, 2013

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In London over Easter weekend? Why not treat yourself to a last minute break in London’s best hotels which also double-up as fantastic dining destinations.

Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester  is one of only two 3 Michelin star restaurants in London. The Dorchester ticks all the boxes for a 5 star getaway –  there is fine dining in grand surroundings and it’s perfectly located just by Hyde Park and close to the West End for shopping, theatres, shows and more. Looking for something that won’t burn a hole in your pockets? Then opt for Galvin at Windows which has one Michelin

Eating at the Bar in London

Posted on: March 26, 2013

Eating at the bar and solo dining in London

There is something insouciant and cool about eating at the bar. It implies impulsiveness and the lack of form can be appealing.

The Huffington Post’s Rebecca Joines Schinsky recently published an “ode to eating at the bar“, describing three memorable dining experiences in Chicago, Virginia and Brooklyn. But what options do bar stool gourmets have in London? Quite a lot as it turns out.

Counter-top dining is the norm in London’s upmarket Japanese restaurants (Sushi Tetsu, Yashin Sushi). In exclusive sushi restaurants in Japan, only counter seats are normally

How can I start craving healthy food?

Posted on: March 20, 2013

How to like healthy food

According to an article on MSN, Victoria Beckham allegedly exists on 5 handfuls of food a day; and not just any food, only high protein foods such as smoked salmon, prawns and eggs. But such drastic measures are a) painful to stick to & b) could result in nutritional deficiencies if you’re not careful.

So instead of going on crash diets, why not turn the question around and ask – how can I start craving healthy foods? It makes sense that it’s not just about how much you eat but what you eat. Amy Fleming writes in the Guardian Blog about whether you can train yourself to like healthy

Cupcakes and desserts – the perfect pick-me-ups this cold spring

Posted on: March 14, 2013

Cupcakes and dessert London

We’ve just emerged from a record freezing February with no sign of a milder March around the corner.

Cheer yourself up with mouthwatering and beautiful recipes from American Cupcake Abroad – she’s a Self Proclaimed Cupcake Editorialist & Frosting Guru and her London Cupcake Tourist Map takes you on an epic journey across London pursuing what else – cupcakes! Maison Cupcake is another self-taught baker (with a 5 year old son). We don’t quite know how she finds the time to bake her wide repertoire of delicious looking desserts ranging from muffins to

Japanese Cuisine – the 'iPod of Food'?

Posted on: March 10, 2013

Healthy Japanese Food

Author and ‘Iron Chef USA’ judge Naomi Moriyama and her husband William Doyle wrote a book that makes a bold claim: Japanese Women Don’t Get Old or Fat.

In her article for WebMD, Moriyama also talks about “the Japanese diet being the  iPod of food” and how  ”it concentrates the magnificent energy of food into a compact and pleasurable size.” The main reasons for why eating the Japanese way keeps you healthy and slim include; lots of fish and vegetables, small portions eaten slowly and eating rice as your main carbohydrate (you could even

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