Archive | January, 2012

In the Realm of the Senses

Although I do work with Valrhona Chocolate, it doesn’t stop me from trying and/ or appreciating other brands: after all – a little objectivity never hurt anyone did it? In this case, I don’t believe these are actually available in the UK as yet, but I’m sure it won’t be long before someone snaps them […]

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Beyond Uncle Ben’s

Apparently in Germany, rice is a growing and commonly used staple. So much for the humble potato and kartoffelsalat. But of course, with commonality comes a lowering of value perception.  Lotao, a new rice brand aims to reverse this. Lotao specializes in hand-picked, rare rice varieties, infused rice oils, and organic spices. By enriching the […]

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Old Beaconsfield – the next Bra?

No, we’re not talking about supporting undergarments: we’re talking about Bra in the Piedmont region of Italy – famous for it’s biannual Slow Food Cheese Festival. The UK’s top event for Cheese Lovers will take place on Saturday 14th April at The Market Place, Old Beaconsfield. An opportunity to taste, learn about, and buy cheese, […]

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Raw food crisps from Gourmet Raw

British raw food specialist Gourmet Raw will be launching a new addition to their range in mid January 2012. Their new raw crisps are the perfect snack, with nothing to feel guilty about: made from sprouted buckwheat, which is full of protein and fibre, Gourmet Raw then add locally grown vegetables, herbs and seeds that […]

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Go Wild

Wild Food Café – centered around fun, wellbeing & living-food  –  opened its doors to the public for the first time on Wednesday 26th October. Based in eclectic Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, the café is bright, sun drenched and cozy. Customers chill out at one of the communal tables or bar and gaze out over the […]

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It’s all Greek to me

A traditional crop of the Mediterranean, I’m quite surprised that in my purchases of Olive oil, I have never thought to buy a bottle of Greek olive oil, tending to pick Italian, Spanish or even Australian before even considering Greek. In part, this is hardly surprising: Italy and Spain actually produce over 60% of the […]

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Seeing the light

Magma is a new mineral water. Neither sparkling or still, it is a unique proposition from Spain, presented in distinctive 500ml aluminium bottles.  Part of its USP is that from the moment the water is drawn from deep underground until it has been poured into a glass, this water has never seen the light of […]

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Africa – the undiscovered country?

The continent of Africa is the second largest landmass on Earth, and is home to hundreds of different cultural and ethnic groups. This diversity is also reflected in the many local culinary traditions in terms of choice of ingredients, style of preparation and cooking techniques. And as such, it is a little difficult to generalise […]

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In good spirits

A brand on the cutting edge of the premium cordials market, Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs are made from sustainably farmed, all natural ingredients that are USDA certified organic . The brainchild of Dave Racicot, a former vice president of marketing for Campari and SKYY Spirits in the USA, Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs are a line […]

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Postcard from Taipei – Sweet Dreams

  Last night, I was contemplating my first day in Taipei. It’s an amazing city, probably even more so if you can speak/ read Taiwanese or Mandarin, but being able to say hello and use sign language coupled with a big smile goes a long way. A great way to see some of the amazing […]

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