After my marathon review of L’Atelier Joel Robuchon (and before I get started on my marathon post on our butter and salt tasting) I was in the mood for a quicker and easier post. I have been collecting all sorts of bits and pieces in a draft post for quite some time now and I thought it’s high time I shared them with you, so here goes.
Up first – a couple of newsflashes:
- Glas restaurant (which I have dined at and adored when it occupied premises across the road from Neal’s Yard Dairy in Borough Market) sadly closed its doors earlier this year but it has now reopened as Upper Glas in Islington. It occupies the former Lola’s site at 359 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PD. Book on 020 7359 1932.
- The Gherkin (more correctly 30 St Mary Axe, or the Swiss Re building) has until now limited access to its cloud-level bar and restaurant to building occupants and their guests, or private corporate functions. However, they have now launched a scheme which will enable mere mortals to dine there too. They are offering a limited number of exclusive dining memberships, allowing access to the fine dining restaurant (39th floor) and the bar (40th floor) after a vetting process and (presumably) upon payment of a suitable fee. All catering at the top of the building is provided by Searcy’s on-site team, with menus developed by Searcy’s director Richard Corrigan. For more information, contact Sarah Dibben on 020 7071 5008 or email@example.com.
And on the blogs:
- After last month’s hugely impressive array of petit fours for Sugar High Friday#24, Johanna keeps the flag flying high with this month’s SHF#25. The theme this time round is… truffles! No, not the ones you need a trained pig to sniff out, the chocolatey ones you have with your espresso. Mmmm, good choice Johanna! Have your entries ready by 24 November.
- Another event from which I have been absent for far too long is Does My Blog Look Good in This – the photo contest for food bloggers. This month’s edition (DMBLGiT#11) is hosted by my good friend Andrew and I have promised him I’ll join in. So why don’t you do likewise? Deadline is 24 November.
RIght, news out of the way. The other stuff I wanted to bring to your attention was a handful of new blogs that I have discovered – some foodie, some not so foodie – all very readable.
First up is the wonderful I Broke My Mop. Written by ExAfrican who lived in and left Zimbabwe, ending up finally in the USA, this site is a must-read for all Africans abroad. She writes so evocatively that I am often left in tears by her posts. When I’m not rolling on the floor laughing, that is.
Then we have Field to Feast where we find Carolyn living in Zimbabwe but travelling widely and hosting dishes from all over Africa in her kitchen – from Nigerian fish stew to South African pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters). It’s great to see that Africa’s (sadly underrepresented) culinary tradition is getting an airing in cyberspace at last!
Continuing with the African diaspora theme, I stumbled across Will Fork for Wood a couple of weeks ago. Although Mark was born and bred in Cape Town, he now lives in and blogs from Seattle, Washington in the US of A. His interests and post topics are varied, but food and wine certainly rate up there near the top of his list.
Beyond the Pass is a shiny new group blog , largely written by South African chefs (past and present) but of interest to both the professional and keen amateur. And one of its contributors is my friend Brian from Kitsch n Zinc – a recommendation in itself!
Still on a vaguely African theme is the photography blog Digital Alterations. Although Cyndi isn’t in any way South African, it’s her album of South African trip photos that first drew me to the site. She is inspirational in her use of Photoshop – moral of the story is that there is no such thing as too much digital alteration 😉
And last but not least, Il Blog di San Lorenzo is a relatively new blog from Simonetta, who has a special place in my heart because she mentioned my sister-in-law’s obscure Italian village in her blog! She also has friends whose business is supplying authentic Italian products (San Lorenzo) and here is the really good part: if you can come up with a creative recipe using products from the San Lorenzo catalogue, e-mail it to Simonetta. In return, she will send you… all the ingredients for the recipe, supplied by San Lorenzo! Absolutely free! The only catch is that you need to send her the recipe and pictures of what you cook, for publication on the blog. But seeing as that’s pretty much what you’re planning to do anyway – there’s no catch at all!
And that’s all folks! I am still struggling to write down a coherent diary of our USA trip, which I hope to start posting sometime after I write up the London food bloggers’ salt and butter tasting held 2 weekends ago. So little time, so much to blog 😉