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Food Chef’s Star Nancy Silverton at Passo

February 15, 2018

Nancy Silverton Passo

From  the 26th -30th March Chef’s Table Nancy Silverton is serving an exclusive, one-off, seven course menu combining the stunning dishes from Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Chi Spacca her three resturants at Passo, London. The sharing menu is priced at £48 per person. The tasting menu is offered at dinner, while the lunch service features her signature antipasti, salads and world famous pizza.

Nancy Silverton is the acclaimed co-owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach, and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant, an institution that Angelenos cherished for decades. Silverton has also worked with some of the nation’s most notable and influential chefs including Jonathan Waxman at Michael’s Restaurant and Wolfgang Puck at Spago.

For more information visit: https://passorestaurant.com

Food, Things to do in london

GREY GOOSE vodka Launches The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club

July 25, 2017

Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club 3For fans of a boozy lunch check out this event. On Saturday 12th August, 12pm – 2pm, Grey Goose vodka will launch The Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club. GREY GOOSE have also partnered with well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; for the event who will be preparing the food and cocktails respectively.

Get ready for the ultimate brunch as GREY GOOSE helps you live your best summer. Next month, GREY GOOSE vodka launches the Le Grand Fizz Brunch Club which promises unique dining and cocktail experience completely personalised to your own taste profile; made with the world’s best tasting, naturally rich and full bodied vodka.

Great taste is the essence of a summer well lived. Bringing together the expertise of well-known foodie Anna Barnett and Head of Bars at The Ned, Dan Berger; guests will be taken on a journey of exploration inspired by the five key taste profiles: sweet, sour, salty, umami and bitter.

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a brunch style canape reception, where they will be invited to explore and identify their preferred taste profile. They can then personalise their own dish with Anna Barnett on hand to share her expertise. The ingredients behind each dish has been carefully crafted to pair with Grey Goose’s refreshing summer serve, Le Grand Fizz.

Tickets are available for £30 + booking fee via the  link below.

Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 8AB
When: Saturday 12th August 12pm – 2pm
For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grey-goose-le-grand-fizz-brunch-club-tickets-36351281662

Food, Things to do in london

Chang Sensory Trails is back – 29th April 2017

April 7, 2017

Chang Sensory Trails

If you love Thai food and beer then add this event to your diary.

Building on last year’s success, Chang Sensory Trails is back for a second year running, kicking off its 2017 global campaign in London, before travelling to San Francisco, Singapore and New York. This free to enter, un-ticketed event is coming to London on the 29th of April, and aims to ‘deliver the unexpected’ by introducing the world to a modern, refreshing take on Thai food, art and music. At Chang Sensory Trails, there is a story behind every bite. Curated by Chef Bo and Chef Dylan, from renowned restaurant Bo.Lan, the duo is eager to share with visitors a unique culinary journey inspired by their fondest memories. At the experience, guests can indulge in food from some of the UK’s finest Thai restaurants.

For more info, please visit: http://changbeer.com/changsensorytrails

What: Chang Sensory Trails

When: 29th April 2017

Time: 12pm- 10pm

Venue: Old Spitalfields Market, Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW

Food, Things to do in london

Date for diary: The Limehouse Social Christmas Markets, 29th November 2016

November 10, 2016

Limehouse Social Christmas Market

Christmas is coming soon and the Limehouse Social Market is going all out to celebrate in style, continuing their mission to unite the community by providing a social environment in which everyone is welcome. The market has been growing month on month, with Halloween being their largest and most successful event to date. Get down to their next Christmas market on the 29th November, think baileys and hot chocolate, caroling, elves, Christmas craft workshops and community spirit, all with our backdrop of outstanding food, beautiful waterside location, retail traders and the Sugar For My Soul bar.

Limehouse social’s street food traders are some of the best on London’s food scene. Tto fill your bellies with delicious food and festive joy, treat yourself to an early christmas present in the form of a burger from Backstreet Diner, a lovely turkish Gozleme from Oh My Gozleme or a steak sandwich from Angostura Steak House. Who said Christmas presents don’t come in the shape of a mouthwatering wrap from Kalimera or a lemon tart from Italian Recipe?

Details below:

limehouse christmas markets

THE LIMEHOUSE SOCIAL MARKET

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Saturday 26th November 2016 / Saturday 10th + Sunday 11th December

11am-5pm

Limehouse Basin – E14 7LB

https://www.facebook.com/events/1812291819047088

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It’s cocktail week! A evening of magical cocktail making with Hendricks at The London Edition

October 5, 2016

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On tuesday night I was invited by Hendricks to try their new hotel mini bar experience and have a go at making two of their cocktails at the very swanky London Edition Hotel. The peculiarly named H.O.T.E.L. (Hendrick’s Ocular Tool for Extraordinary Libations) offers guests staying in any of the 12 suites at the luxury five-star hotel the chance to immerse their senses in the latest in-suite drinking innovation, with an extraordinary virtual cocktail class led by global Hendrick’s ambassador, David Piper.

The peculiar experience emanates from the discovery of a book, curiously placed on the suite’s drinks trolley. When opened, residents will discover a medley of mysterious bottled liquid before the screen comes to life with the apparition of David Piper who then guides them through the serve instructions.

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Hendricks Global Ambassador – David Piper

During my visit I got to meet the very eccentric and cool David Piper and make their Inspector Gimlet cocktail in one of The London Edition’s luxury suites. Hendricks have set out to make cocktail making easy even for the most clueless among us it took no time to make my cocktail as all the ingredients were included with the correct quantities. The Inspector Gimlet cocktail is made from Hendricks and riesling cordial and tasted absolutely delicious. edition_hendricks_hotel_029

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my finished Hendricks cocktail

 

 

Food

Pure chablis at the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz Hotel

August 29, 2016

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Recently I was lucky enough to receive an exclusive invitation to the Bacchus On A Knife Edge Supper Club at the Andaz.

Upon arrival it was explained that each course we would sample had been chosen by a different chef and made specially to accompany each of the four Chablis we would be tasting.

Chablis wines come from the burgundy region in France. One of the most famous wine names in the world, fifty years ago it comprised just 400ha of vineyards but today there are 4,900ha. Being further north than the rest of Burgundy the wines are subtly different in style, a touch more austere with a beautiful fresh minerality.

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On arrival at the Andaz Studio (So exclusive that I almost didn’t find it!) we were greeted with a lovely glass of Pas Si Petit’ Petit Chablis 2014 a lovely fresh apple style chardonnay with a touch of florals. It went superbly with the rather delectable miniature Norwegian fishcakes and remoulade, curled cucumber filled with crab and avocado salad prepare by Nordish

As an apertiser it was light and a really nice way to prepare our palates for the next few courses.

After everyone was seated around the table it was time to for our first course!

Our starter dish was prepared by Hana of Pickled Plates. We had a summer vegetable salad with roasted radishes, brown butter dressing, pan-fried whiting and tempura samphire. This dish was probably my favourite, every time I eat samphire I reminded of my last holiday in Cornwall where I tasted it for the first time. Paired with this dish was the Alain Geoffroy’s 2014 Chablis. This Chablis comes from 25-year-old single-Guyot vines. It has a well-defined bouquet with scents of lemon and apricot.

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Our main course had a Japanese theme. Prepared by fellow blogger and chef Rosie of A Little Lusciousness we were served soy and miso-glazed pork chop on the bone with spring onion rice, Japanese raw slaw, rice vinegar and chilli dressing, The strong flavours of the glazed pork and the slaw did a little dance in my mouth and went wonderfully with the oak flavoured Julien Brocard, Chablis La Boissonneuse.

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After the three delicious courses I expected a sweet, fluffy French dessert. However, we were informed that Chablis isn’t usually paired with sweet dishes but that it goes very well with cheese. Silently I cursed my recent lacto-intolerant diagnosis. I would have to sit this one out. However, I can tell you that it took all my willpower to not overdose on the Jean Paul et Benoit Valmur Grand Cru 2012, a wine bursting with fruit and oak flavoured charm.

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I really enjoyed my introduction to Chablis wines, have since made effort to look for them when eating out.

 

 

 

Food, Things to do in london

Foodie’s Festival – Bank Holiday Feast of Foodie Fun at Syon Park 28th – 30th May

May 23, 2016

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The Foodie’s festival is back with a bang in the beautiful grounds of Syon Park this Bank Holiday weekend. Food lover’s can look forward to multitude of food events:
  • West London MasterChef finalist Jack Layer and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli in the Chefs Theatre
  • Michelin-star chefs Atul Kochhar and Janos Veres and London’s top chefs cooking live
  • The best of London’s street food in the Street Food Avenue
  • More award-winning producers than ever before
  • Champagne, wine and craft beer masterclasses
  • Giant Pimm’s Teapot and Mojito Ship
  • New Bug-Eating competition and the famous Chilli-Eating Challenge
  • Local bands competing to win the Unsigned Music Awards

Also part of the lineup:

Drinks Theatre
Expert mixologists and sommeliers, including Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, host champagne and wine masterclasses, and beer connoisseur and writer Melissa Cole is on-hand with craft beer tutorials.

Street Food Avenue
With flavours from all corners of the world available on the Street Food Avenue, hunger will be banished and taste buds tingled with the huge array of cuisines on offer. Japanese, Thai, Malaysian, Argentinian, Turkish, Indian, Korean, Mexican, French and African are just some of the flavours to feast on this summer, and celebrity chef Aldo Zilli will be serving Italian Burritos as part of his new street food offering.

Cake, Bake & Tasting Theatre and Vintage Tea Room
Baking extraordinaire Charlotte White, master chocolatier Fiona Sciolti and top local cake-makers work their baking wizardry on the Cake & Bake stage, inspiring visitors to reach for their whips and spatulas at home and create show-stopping cakes and delicious summer bakes.

Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the beautifully decorated Vintage Tea Room, where teas, handmade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam are served on china from a tea trolley by vintage styled tea ladies and gentlemen..

Childrens Cookery School
The Olympic theme continues into the Childrens Cookery School, where little foodies can decorate their very own gold medal with coloured icing, glitter and edible ribbon.  Pizza and cupcake making classes also allow kids to explore their taste buds and learn basic cookery skills to practice at home.

Also for the those brave enough there is the Chilli-Eating Challenge
The famous Chilli-Eating Challenge continues in 2016, inviting fans of spice to beat an eye-watering 16 million scoville record set by Shahina Waseem last year. Participants start at the low end of the chilli spectrum by eating bell peppers, but things quickly get a lot hotter with Habanero, Scotch and Carolina Reaper (world’s hottest chilli) chillies being added to the menu. Those still standing are then inflicted to pure chilli extract, increasing in strength, until a winner is crowned.

After a day of feasting and fun, visitors can relax and soak in the atmosphere with live music from award-winning local bands at the Unsigned Music Awards Stage and a glass of bubbly or refreshing cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or double-decker BarBus.

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Flat Iron Covent Garden: Two days of FREE Steak

December 1, 2015

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You heard it here first guys there is a new Flat Iron on Henrietta Street, to celebrate  they are giving all diners FREE steak! Yep, that’s steak on the house… with a side dish thrown in for good measure. You just pay for drinks and any extra sides.

Go there early to avoid disappointment and wrap up warm as there will probably be a bit of a queue at times…

Two days of FREE Steak!

Free Steak soft launch Tuesday & Wednesday evening at Flat Iron Henrietta Street

When: Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd December from 6pm

Where: Flat Iron, 17-18 Henrietta Street
, Covent Garden

What: Free steak and one side. Only pay for any drinks / extra sides you would like

 

Food

A little bit of Muscadet Magic in London

November 2, 2015

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Earlier this month, when the sun was still shining my buddy and cookery sidekick @tinycooknkitchn and I took part in a rather fishy cookery competition, set in London. It was time to experience some Muscadet Magic! Muscadet for those of you who may not know is a family of wines from the Loire Valley whose taste and flavour range from being rather delicate to brimming with hints of apricot and spice. Fish and Muscadet make a fantastic pairing.

Our task as Muscadet musketeers (On guard!) was to choose the freshest fish from Billingsgate Fish Market that morning and deliver one mouthwatering and delicious fish course to be served with Muscadet Wine. Our judges would be Douglas Blyde – wine connoisseur and critic and Jon Massey of The Wharf newspaper.

On Saturday, my taxi rather promptly collected me from my house at 6.30am and delivered me to our first destination. London’s most famous fish market. I was the first one to arrive and on entering the market I was consumed by the vitality and energy exuded by the impassioned fish sellers and the many Londoners who has chosen that morning to crawl out of their beds and grab a fishy bargain.

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I was feeling a little frail, so it was rather nice that the first order of the day was to feed us at Billingsgate’s only cafe Piggys. When everyone had arrived we chowed down on the some scrumptious bacon and scallop breakfast buns.

Scallop and Bacon BUn

After a cup of tea to warm our cockles we were shunted off to meet the very impressive C.J Jackson who runs the The Seafood School at Billingsgate and is well known food writer. We were treated to a short talk about the history of Billingsgate and the amazing varieties of fish as well as recommendations for where to buy the best fish.

With our newfound fishy wisdom we were sent out into the bustling market to buy our best catches of the day. Khuong and I had already decided that we would be cooking a Mediterranean fish stew with toasted garlic bread. For this we needed clams, cod and prawns. With our 25 pounds spending money we quickly bought our prawns and clams saving our biggest purchase for last. Buying the cod was rather tricky as traders at Billingsgate tend to sell fish as whole. After some sweet talking we managed to convince one trader to sell us a smaller cut of cod. Amazing!

Clams from Binngsgate

Once we had all finished frantically buying our fish it back to the cookery school to don our aprons and gut and clean our fish. C.J gave us a demonstration on best practice for cleaning each type of fish we had bought. Our choices were relatively easy, with prawns it’s all about de-veining them and clams have to be placed in boiling water first before steaming them open. If they don’t open don’t eat them! After we prepared our fish it was time to head to our final destination The Central Street Cookery School where each team, aided by a larder of complimentary ingredients were to be put to the test to cook our fishy surprises.

All the participants had been rather jovial up to that point but looking around the room everybody had intense competitive expression. We were all in it to win it! There was a race for ingredients and lots of pots and pans banging. It was ready, steady cook!

Our Mediterranean fish stew was conjured up whilst enjoying a sample bottle of Muscadet Le Dix du Pallet 2010. Le Pallet is made by Les Dix du Pallet, a cooperative of 10 growers based in Le Pallet, a ‘cru’ village in the south-east of the Loire region between the rivers Sevre and Maine. The wine’s subtle nut, brioche and caramelised pear aromas we felt would compliment the smokiness of the fish stew.

Our 45 minutes of cookery time was tight, but we managed to deliver. Below is our dish, alas it did not win but I feel impressed with our creativity and solid teamwork.

Our Mediterranean Stew

Meditteranean fish stew

After our all dishes were served and judged it was time to taste some wine! We were transported to the Loire Valley for a journey in the best of Muscadet.

We started our journey with a wine whose vines are sown close to France’s biggest lowland lake. Côtes de Grandlieu at £7.99 is a nice entry wine with hints of tangy grapefruit.

Next, we tasted La Nantaise Réserve 2014 from Laithwaites (£9.99). This wine would suit those who enjoy citrus flavours. This was followed by Les Gras Moutons 2013 from Domaine de la Haute Févrie, sourced from the UK’s oldest (1698)  wine and spirits merchant, Berry Bros & Rudd (£11.95).

Finally we tasted Le Pallet 2010 – Les Dix du Pallet (£14.99), which is matured in oak barrels. This high-quality wine was my favourite and the final destination for our journey through Muscadet wines.

To see more #Muscadetmagic watch the video below.

Food, London food discoveries, restaurants

London food discovery: Maitre Choux, South Kensington

September 24, 2015
Maitre Choux - South Kensington

Maitre Choux – South Kensington

I haven’t written one of these posts for a while but after visiting Maitre Choux I felt COMPELLED to tell my readers that they pay homage to this little patisserie in South Kensington. What I’ve always loved to do when I have visited Paris is to visit all the lovely patisseries. The French have a dedication to pastry making that has made it an art. I’m sure if I lived there I would soon be very, very, fat and probably wouldn’t care.

Maitre Choux is leading the popularity of eclairs in London and is fast gaining recognition. After discovering them on instagram I made a visit to their shop during the week. Now I have to warn you they sell out fast so get there early or order online beforehand.

Maitre Choux Eclairs

At the helm of Maitre Choux is 3 Michelin Star Pastry Chef Joakim Prat, who came to London to take on the role of Joël Robuchon’s Head Pastry Chef at L’Atelier, before moving on to Mayfair’s The Greenhouse.

I opted for a box of four eclairs, and I admit it I ate them all! My favourite eclair was the Persian pistachio cream with an intense yet not overpowering flavour. It has ground pistachios sprinkled on the glazing for texture and undertones of roasted nuts.

Maitre choux pastry eclairs

Eclairs make great gifts for friends and the ones at Maitre Choux are pure food porn.

MAITRE CHOUX

15 HARRINGTON ROAD
LONDON – SW7 3ES
MONDAY TO FRIDAY – 8:00AM TO 8:00PM
SATURDAY & SUNDAY – 10AM TO 7PM