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Valentine’s Day seems to be bigger than ever this year, with magazines and websites awash with guides to romance, gifts and of course the all-important food and drink to woo that special someone. This year is all about the food, with extravagant special menus popping up for the rich (or very showy). Michelin starred chef…

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The countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway, with decorations on every street, festive tunes gracing the radio and themed food a-plenty in every high street retailer and supermarket. Here at Phipps we’ve had mince pies on the treat table for weeks, and healthy debate raged around this year’s Christmas sandwich round ups –…

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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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There’s been a burger war mounting in the mean streets of Covent Garden, since it was announced back in April that American favourites Shake Shack and Five Guys were opening their first London outposts this July. London isn’t exactly short of a burger restaurant or twelve, as this once junk food staple has become ever more feted and festishised.…

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afternoon tea

Afternoon tea has become very big business in the UK, and it shows no sign of waning. The Langham has reported an increase in demand of 20% over the last couple of years and other top London hotels have increased sittings to six a week to cope with demand. Despite the increase, you can still…

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 Last night the second episode of Victoria Wood’s Nice Cup of Tea aired on BBC1, looking into the little plant that changed the world, or in her words, ‘the story of two leaves and a bud.’ This two parter took a closer look into our national obsession with tea and how it came to be…

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Unless you’ve been living on a remote island for the past few weeks, the horse meat scandal has been impossible to miss. But is the problem as big as the media reports? The first issue is food labelling. While we choose food based on its advertised contents, how much attention do we really pay to…

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