All posts tagged: wine

Would you trust a robot with your wine choice? A review of Clara Wine

How much do you know about wine? I mean, really know about wine? I’m sure most people would know if they prefer a Merlot over a Pinot Noir, the latter seeming to be the ‘wine of choice’ in recent times, the ‘flat white’ of the wine world. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely in that category of people who will quite happily jump onto a new ‘trend’ in wine. And for me, the reason I’ll do that is because quite frankly I’m daunted by trying to properly understand the wine world. People do courses and exams in this, there’s so much to learn! I know that I like wine, and I know what flavours I like, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I know how to choose a bottle in a shop or restaurant. I often find myself in the wine aisle in Sainsbury’s staring at their ‘fine wine’ stand ahead of a dinner party without a clue what I’m really looking for. And as the old saying goes, ‘never judge a book by its cover’, …

Chateaubriand Sundays at Barbecoa, St Paul’s

Steak, steak, steak. There’s nothing I love more than a big juicy steak – I reckon at least half of my Instagram posts are steak (or at least meat!) focused and I’ve written about it countless times here on the blog, from restaurant reviews to butchery classes. But at the weekend, I had one of the best steaks I’ve ever had, and I’d even go as far as to say perhaps the best steak in London. It’s a bold claim, indeed! Where did this miraculously feat of beefy wonder occur? The usual Gaucho, or Hawksmoor? It was in fact at Barbecoa in St Paul’s. Let me tell you more… Tim and I visited Barbecoa quite a few years ago for brunch. This was at peak ‘brunch popularity’ time and we set ourselves a bit of a challenge of trying somewhere new each weekend. Barbecoa was very much a treat – we’d been wanting to go for ages. And it was very good indeed (this was pre-blogging days, hence it’s not on here. I still have …

A Christmas Mood Board with Roberson Wine

I’d been thinking about doing a Christmas Mood Board or Gift Guide for a while – I kept seeing so many amazing foodie gifts both online and in the shops, so when Roberson Wine asked if I’d be interested in putting one together with them, I couldn’t resist. The question was more where to begin! First of all, I’ll tell you a bit more about Roberson Wine. The business was established by Cliff Roberson back in 1991 with a shop on Kensington High Street, and now operates online with an award winning website, offering hundreds of high quality wines from around the world. They also ship worldwide, with no minimum order. You can find out more on their website here. So my first item on the Christmas Mood Board has to be a bottle of champers from the Roberson ‘Champagne Revolutionaries’ section. Christmas morning wouldn’t be quite right in our household without a bottle of bubbly, so I’d pick the Orizeaux Extra Brut 2010 Chartogne-Taillet (£64), 100% Pinot Noir from vines planted in 1955. What I …

Pétanque Players Assemble! Dinner at Angelus Restaurant

Dubbed the new ‘hipster sport’, Pétanque is becoming increasingly popular in the UK. I used to play it on holiday as a child and surprisingly (unlike most sports!) I was fairly good at it. I even beat Tim once, but of course, he’ll never admit to that ;). For those of you who don’t know, Pétanque is a form of boules where the goal is to throw metal balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a starting circle with both feet on the ground. This June (5th-7th), The Londonaise are hosting an International Pétanque festival at Barnard Park in Islington. And to celebrate, French restaurant Angelus is introducing a unique boules inspired main dish into their set menu, which I was lucky enough to preview this week. Angelus restaurant was formerly a pub and covert meeting place for political figures such as Winston Churchill, tucked away in a beautiful mews alongside Hyde Park, a couple of minutes walk from Lancaster Gate station. Upon …

Dinner at Les Gourmets des Ternes, Maida Vale

One of my favourite restaurants in the world has to be Les Gourmets des Ternes in Paris – the French team at 2K were lovely enough to take me there on a couple of occasions when we were hosting press events in Paris. Rather inconspicuous from the outside, the restaurant is in fact very popular and usually needs a reservation. I was always glad to have the French team there with me – even though I studied French at University, the experience at this restaurant can be quite overwhelming. The menu is all handwritten in French and the attitude is very much ‘go with the flow’ – on the occasions I’ve been there, big portions of terrines and pates have been passed around the restaurant and you just help yourself! The owner, Jean-Francois Marie, is a great character and attracts lots of celebrities – the tablecloths are printed with messages from famous people, from politicians to film stars!     So when I learned that Les Gourmets was going to open in London last week, I …

Easter Cooking: Roast Lamb with Orange & Rosemary

The prime ingredient for our Easter cooking is always a leg of lamb, which we make last for a few days, trying out different recipes and types of cuisines. In the past, we had bought our lamb from Waitrose during a trip to Westfield, but this year, we really couldn’t face battling the Easter shopping crowds, so we ordered online from Turner & George. We’ve ordered from them in the past (they previously used to be called the East London Steak Company) and we were impressed with their service and quality of meat. We decided to go for their Easter Roast Lamb Box (£32.00 and the lamb weighed 2.5kg), as it also included their lamb rub and a bottle of Pinot Noir, which we could use during the cooking. Their delivery slots are 5:00am – 9.00am or 9.00am – 5.00pm Tuesday – Friday, and 6:00am – 10am or 10am – 6pm Saturday. As we’re fortunate to have a post room that collects all of our deliveries, we chose the 5-9am slot on Good Friday, so …