All posts filed under: events

Taste of London 2017

Last month was my absolute favourite foodie event of the year, Taste of London. I’ve attended and written about it in 2015 and 2016, and now it’s time for this year’s instalment. And I was craving it more than ever. Food festivals are becoming increasingly popular in this country and I visit as many as I can for both work and pleasure. One of these was the London Evening Standard ‘Night Market’ a few weeks ago which I’d been really looking forward to, but unfortunately it was a big disappointment. There wasn’t many food stalls (or at least, not as many as I was expecting) and because the stalls were street food rather than restaurants with kitchens, the queues were long. Seriously long. In the whole evening I had two dishes and one drink. It was a real shame. As soon as I walked into Taste of London on a beautiful sunny evening at Regent’s Park, I breathed a sigh of relief. The atmosphere is always fantastic and each year I’m honestly like a kid …

Learning about Soy Sauce with Kikkoman at Sushisamba

How much do you know about soy sauce? If you’re anything like me, then probably not a lot! I love it, and happily pour it over stir fries and sushi (mixed with a little wasabi). But I was embarrassingly ignorant about the story and history behind it. I was recently invited to an event by Kikkoman and I was excited to learn more about it, and banish my soy-related ignorance. Not only that, but the event was hosted on the 38th floor of Heron Tower at Sushisamba, a Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian restaurant which had been on my list for some time but I’d just never got around to visiting. Upon arrival (after getting rather giddy and excited by the glass lift journey to the top – I know I’m late to the party but I challenge anyone not to get excited by it if you’re a Sushisamba lift virgin. Unless you’re scared of heights, then it’s probably not for you!), we were greeted with cocktails. With Kikkoman soy sauce in them. As regular readers will know, I’m …

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 …

A Day Out At Malton Food Lovers Festival

I can’t believe I’m only just getting round to writing this, but in May, I went to a great food festival with my Mum when I was up visiting in Yorkshire. It took place in Malton (a quaint market town about 30-40 mins drive from York), aptly named the Malton Food Lovers Festival. My Mum and I love any excuse to wander around a food market and this one didn’t disappoint, with all different types of cuisines, crafts, live music and performances. It was incredibly busy, so not particularly easy to take lots of photos of the food stalls, but here are a few I managed to snap. There was so much amazing produce on offer – I ended up buying two pheasants, a rhubarb liqueur and Yorkshire halloumi cheese. We stopped for a tea and scone at one of the permanent restaurants on the square, and watched the world go by. There were also a number of live cookery demonstrations taking place with celebrity chefs such as Rosemary Shrager, but unfortunately we just didn’t …

Moretti Gran Tour 2016

You may have read my post last summer about the Moretti Gran Tour in Hackney, a brilliant evening of Italian street food vendors and, as you might have guessed, Moretti beer! It was one of my favourite foodie events I went to last year – it was just so well all organised and all of the food was incredibly tasty and authentic. So when I was invited to go again this year, I couldn’t wait! This year’s event was held just off Brick Lane in East London and was completely out in the open, so it was pretty fortunate we were experiencing  a heat wave. It was the perfect weather for an event like this – enjoying an ice cold beer in the evening sun. Birra Moretti have recently launched the Regionali Range, featuring Birra Moretti alla Toscana and Birra Moretti alla Siciliana, which was available to sample for the first time in the UK. This year there were two cookery classes taking place – butchery and pasta making. I did the latter last year, so …

Taste of London 2016

One of my absolute favourite events of the year is Taste of London. I went last year and just loved everything about it. An outdoor festival, packed with some of the best restaurants in London, serving small portions of delicious food so you have the opportunity to try lots of dishes… what more could a foodie want? The event runs throughout the week and into the weekend – this year I was tempted to go earlier in the week, but decided to go on Saturday to make the most of it with plenty of tipples, and without fear of a mid-week hangover! It was quite muddy underfoot when we went, as it had been raining pretty heavily during the week, but we were fortunate that it stayed away for our visit. Still, I don’t think rain could dampen my spirits at this event! Like last year, I thought I’d list the dishes we tried and tell you what I thought! First up was Cobia sashimi with pickled green chilli salsa, black sesame and chive oil …

Do you know where your pork comes from?

The question raised in this blog post is something which has always been very important to me. As you may have read in my ‘about’ section, my father was a manager for the Meat and Livestock Commission, set up by the government in the 60’s to promote British meat and to maintain standards within the industry. As you can imagine, our house was stocked with good quality meat and growing up in a tiny rural village in North Yorkshire, I was always aware of what ‘good’ meat should be. But as time has gone on, meat has become cheaper, often without people really questioning how or why. And the reasons are usually pretty horrendous. There has been plenty in the news over the past 10 years about free-range chickens and what ‘free range’ actually means. But what about pigs and other livestock? This is where ‘Farms Not Factories’ steps in. I came across this non-profit organisation a few weeks ago and in that time, their campaign has created a storm! Their aim is to expose the …