Posts from: August 2013

Ramen burger

It’s official; the food world has gone mash up crazy. As with several recent food trends like gourmet ‘dirty’ food, the cupcake and the whoopie pie, many of these new hybrids hail from across the pond. Recent exports from New York include the ramen burger, the Krispy Kreme burger, and of course, the Cronut, which…

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To tip

The question of if and how much to tip is always hotly debated. Obviously if the service provided was good, the answer should be an unequivocal ‘yes’.  But what about when the waitress throws food down in front of you without so much as a smile, neglects to offer any further drinks and takes 30…

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With great interest I sat last week reading Alex Renton’s piece for Observer WOM about the use of salt in restaurants and how chefs are almost happy for us to die young in order for them to keep using it.  A little piece of me lost a lot of respect for Anthony Bourdain whose comment…

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Last week I was lucky enough to find myself visiting the renowned Bouvet Ladubay winery in the historic town of Saumur in the Loire. Bouvet Ladubay MD, Juliette Monmousseau showed us around the winery’s “tuffeau” cellars, which we soon discovered are not average wine cellars…  The name “tuffeau” refers to the limestone that the Loire…

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There was big debate in the Phipps office last week over the new Marmite advert which features welfare officers hunting houses looking for neglected jars of Marmite. When I first heard about the advert I thought it sounded quite controversial and could understand the negative press it had received as it sounded like Marmite was…

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Banos-Craft-Beer

Last weekend I went to round three of the British Craft Beer Challenge at London Fields Brewery. The challenge consists of four rounds in total and is described as ‘the ultimate beer test that will bring brews from around the world together’. The principle idea is that ‘beer lovers, occasional fans and total geeks’ go…

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Insect (LG)

Entomophagy – what a mouthful. Ironically most people in the UK would shy away from putting it anywhere near their mouths, the concept generally provoking revulsion and child-like screams. The idea of eating insects as food brings to mind images of biblical plagues and particularly gruesome episodes of Bear Grylls (once you’ve seen him eat…

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