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Dinner at Westminster Kingsway College with WineTrust 100

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Years ago, I remember when the Cape Town Hotel School restaurant first opened on the Granger Bay campus, literally a stone’s throw from the V&A Waterfront.  “Hmph”, said my father, ever the pessimist, “why on earth would you pay good money to go and eat at a place where the chefs don’t know what they […]

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L’Atlantide restaurant, Nantes

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“Permettez-moi de vous verser un verre de vin?“, said the charming mustachioed French gentleman standing in front of me. If I had applied brain for a few seconds longer, I would have caught the “verre de vin” bit and would probably have been able to guess the rest and responded appropriately by holding out my […]

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Bedford & Strand sherry and food pairing

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Isn’t it funny how, despite living in London for many years and walking down a particular street many times, it is entirely possible to look straight past a particular shop or restaurant?  When a friend of mine invited me to dinner at Bedford & Strand earlier this year and said it was in Bedford Street, […]

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Moti Mahal – matching Indian food and whisky cocktails

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If you live in London, then it’s pretty certain that at some stage you have stumbled out of a pub and down Brick Lane for a late-night curry.  Hell – it’s a London rite of passage and practically part of the Britishness test to decide whether you are worthy of citizenship!  And on these hazy, […]

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Rosita & The Sherry Bar review

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When I was a student, a friend an I loved playing a game where you tried to imagine what your pet would drink if they were human.  In this way, we figured out the the neurotic small dog would drink a white wine spritzer; the black cat with the attitude of a panther would drink […]

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The Chablis Challenge 2013 – Chablis and sushi

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Have you ever noticed just how much of the relentless stream of annoying corporate-speak terms that we increasingly encounter is related to eating?  I suspect that the most often-borrowed business metaphors relate to sport (think game-changing, moving the goal posts, eye on the ball, level playing fields etc.) but I am almost certain that terms […]

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