Month: November 2016

Learning about Feta with Odysea and Roussas Dairy

There’s nothing I love more than an invitation to an event related to cheese. And even more so if it’s about my beloved feta! Feta is a cheese which I’ve grown up with – in Cyprus I always preferred it to halloumi. It was also the cause of many a family row when eating at a local taverna – cubes of it would be scattered on top of the Greek salad at the start of a meal, and there would inevitably always be a fight for the last piece! I was recently invited to a feta tasting at The Greek Larder in King’s Cross, a restaurant I’ve been meaning to visit ever since it opened but frustratingly never got round to it. It’s a 10 minute walk from Kings Cross, in the very cool and completely revamped area north of the station, with large glass windows surrounding it in-keeping with the area. But inside you feel very much like you’re in a traditional Greek restaurant, with local produce adorning the shelves and displays. I was …

Foodie Finds: Nov 2016

Recently I’ve been so busy with work and social life (a LOT of fabulous hen do’s and weddings, it’s a hard life!) that I simply haven’t had as much time as I used to for the blog, with regards to product reviews. So I’ve decided to start a regular round-up of things I’ve tried recently which I’ve really enjoyed, whether that’s out and about or at home. Here’s a few things I’ve tried and loved over in the past few months… Miss Millar’s Marshmallows These lovingly handcrafted marshmallows are packed full of flavour and they’re FAT FREE! – made by two single mums, Fay and Adele, who quit the rat-race to pay the bills and took up more fulfilling jobs in the baking world. There are now 14 standard flavours available, including a Christmas range (spiced apple, dark chocolate and cranberry, and mulled wine). These marshmallows are also suitable for coeliacs. I tried a range of flavours, although I think my fave was the lemon meringue! Folkington’s Garden sparkling drinks Elderflower pressé: Made from wild …

Lunch at Le Camerelle, Capri

You may have read my last post about exploring Capri – if not, you can check it out here. While we were there, we wanted to go somewhere nice for lunch (obviously, this is Got To Be Gourmet after all!) but we were going for a fancy (and rather expensive!) dinner that evening back in Sorrento, so we didn’t want to go too overboard. It seems to be quite tricky to find places around both Sorrento and Capri that are reasonably priced but aren’t very touristy. I’m all for basic hearty Italian food, but I want to know that it’s actually genuine. We stumbled across a restaurant called Le Camerelle in Capri old town which was just what we wanted – a lovely setting with fresh Italian pasta and seafood. We were seated outside in our own quaint little two-seater shaded booth with a gorgeous view – there were around 10 of these which lined the street – otherwise you could dine in the main restaurant. Now the Italians have a course in their meals which …

A Birthday Break at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond

Tim and I wanted to go for a relaxing long weekend away for my birthday at the end of October. We’ve been abroad for lots of weddings over the summer, and we’re planning a long-haul holiday for early next year, so we wanted to go somewhere a bit closer to home. We visited Edinburgh earlier this year for our first wedding anniversary and just fell in love with it, so we thought we’d explore a bit more of Scotland, this time in Loch Lomond. The only obstacle was that we wouldn’t have a car – Tim passed his driving test just under a year ago, which meant he didn’t have a year’s worth of driving on his license to rent a car, and I still can’t drive (that’s a long story for another time!!) So we wanted to find somewhere that we could just relax for the weekend and explore the local area on foot/public transport. We weren’t expecting too much of the weather either, with it being the end of October, so somewhere with …

New artisan cheese range from Aldi

For regular readers of this blog, you’ll know how obsessed with cheese I am. I’m always looking to try out new kinds and find new places to make my cheesey purchases! I was particularly excited to hear from Aldi recently – the discount supermarket has extended its range of products with a selection of high quality, British cheeses carefully crafted by artisan producers. And I was even more excited to learn that they would send me a hamper of them to test out for myself. And as you will have seen from the photo at the top of this post, there was A LOT! It was a cheese feast! Selected by Aldi’s expert cheese buyer, the new range is sourced from creameries across the country, who employ traditional cheese making methods that go back centuries and have been refined over decades. From cloth bound mature Cheddar cold-smoked over locally sourced oak chips in Devon and a crumbly Lancashire made using a closely guarded secret culture developed at a family-run farm, to a cave-aged British goats …

A Sunday Roast at MeatUp, Wandsworth

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have been invited to a lot of restaurants since I started up this  little old blog at the start of last year, and I’ve been very grateful for each one. But now and again, an invitation pops into your inbox that really gets your mouth watering! For me, that happened when I received an invitation recently to try out MeatUp in Wandsworth – as any regular readers of Got To Be Gourmet will know, high quality meat is very important to me, and I love nothing more than tucking into a good piece of beef! MeatUp opened a few months ago in Wandsworth, which is pretty close to where we live, and where my sister-in-law and her husband live, so it was exciting to find a potential new local place for us to hang out. Head Chef Stephen Hinkley has been working with the finest meat merchants in the country to serve up the very best British meat, cooked to order on their special Josper grill, which I was very excited to …