Newsletter 8 December 2010

News & Events…

1039 Newsletter 8 December 2010L’Etranger at Home

For the ultimate lazy Christmas, don’t worry about the cooking and get someone else to do it for you.  And who better than Jerome Tauvron, Executive Chef of renowned L’Etranger restaurant, who has recently launched L’Etranger at Home, a luxury catering service for those who like the finest things in life on their doorstep.  Jerome can cater for anything from a private dinner for 4 to a banquet for 50, with dishes inspired by his signature Asian influenced French cooking. For more details call: 020 7584 1118. www.etranger.co.uk

White Truffle Martini @ Dukes, W1

Dukes Bar, famous for its traditional martini has just launched a White Truffle Martini for December.  Such is the attention to quality of this magnificent cocktail, that the £2,000 a kilo main truffle ingredient is infused with vodka for seven days to maintain the rich and carefully balanced flavour.  Whilst the price of in-season Alba white truffle may be eye-watering, the cocktail is available for a relatively measly £22. www.dukeshotel.com

X Factor Party @ Sam’s Brasserie, W4 and Harrison’s, SW12, 12 December

Fans of The X Factor have largely had to resign themselves to weekends indoors over the last couple of months as they follow their favourite acts.  However, with specially installed large screens installed in their bars, the X Factor parties at Sam’s in Chiswick and Harrison’s in Balham should allow fans to enjoy a night out and watch the final of their favourite show in style. They’ve even created X Factor themed cocktails to party the night away with. www.samsbrasserie.co.uk and www.harrisonsbalham.co.uk

New Openings…

1040 Newsletter 8 December 2010Tapas Revolution, Westfield, W14

Super talented Spanish chef, Omar Allibhoy, has opened Tapas Revolution, the first of his planned chain of Madrid-inspired tapas bars. Guests will be able to start the day with churros con chocolate, tuck into traditional tapas for lunch or dinner and sip on a refreshing glass of cava after a long day of shopping!  To keep things as authentic as possible, the passionate chef has sourced many of his ingredients from small farms around Spain and even the coffee has been blended to a special Spanish recipe.  www.tapasrevolution.com

1041 Newsletter 8 December 2010Brawn, E2

Chef Ed Wilson and Manager Oli Barker of LFLD favourite, Terroirs, have made their way to East London for their second natural wine bar and bistro.  Located in the heart of Columbia Road Market, Brawn is open daily for lunch and dinner, with a menu featuring a great selection of charcuterie and cheese, in addition to what we expect will be some of finest rustic French and British dishes around.  Additionally, the wine list offers a constantly changing list of around 90 bins based exclusively on natural and bio-dynamic wines.  www.brawn.co

The Living Room, E1

The Living Room has landed in East London, bringing with it the quality food and drink at reasonable prices as well as the lively atmosphere that the group has become renowned for.  With its smart St. Katherine’s Dock location, guests can also expect some great views as they swig Champagne, experiment with cocktails and dine on dishes such as Shoulder of lamb braised with oregano & tomato and Grilled seabass with Grey Goose vodka & caviar sauce.  www.thelivingroom.co.uk

Christmas Drinks Special…

1042 Newsletter 8 December 2010Beefeater Winter Edition Gin

This special edition gin from Beefeater will be available especially throughout the winter months making it the perfect seasonal drink for gin lovers and those after special spirits for their Christmas cocktails.  Beefeater Winter takes the original award-winning gin recipe and adds cinnamon, nutmeg, pine shoots and extra Seville Orange peel to provide a deep, rich taste ideal for the cooler months.  It’s great simply over ice or try adding some pressed apple juice and heating up for a warming winter cocktail.  £17.99 from Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and www.thedrinkshop.com.  More info @ www.beefeatergin.com.

1043 Newsletter 8 December 2010

Bart’s Bubbly Rosé Sparkling Wine, 2006

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the sound of corks popping or bubbles fizzing in a glass and what better way to celebrate the arrival of the festive season than with some exceptional English sparkling wine?  Multi-award winning Bart’s Bubbly Rosé sparkling wine is a stunning smooth, full bodied rosé with a blackberry fruit character that’s ideal for a spot of post dinner celebration or to match with winter berry based puddings. £19.95/bottle from www.bolneywineestate.co.uk

1044 Newsletter 8 December 2010Godminster Vintage Quince Vodka

Godminster Vintage has launched the latest addition to its infused organic vodka range – a seasonal edition Quince Vodka. Quinces, which started to appear in this country in the 17th century, are pale golden in colour and have a sublime perfume and a honeyed flesh.  However, they taste even better with alcohol, so Godminster has used organic quinces from its farm near Bruton in Somerset to create this very special infused organic vodka; smooth and gentle to start, with a powerful kick to finish.  Available for £24 from www.organic-cheese.co.uk

1045 Newsletter 8 December 2010Taylerson’s Malmesbury Mulling Syrup

There are few drinks that say Christmas better than mulled wine, but it’s a bit of a pain to make yourself. However, this new Mulling Syrup is the perfect cheats trick for the festive season.   Pour a drop of the syrup to some red wine or cider to add the tastes and aromas of ginger, cinnamon and natural spices to create the perfect taste of Christmas. Keen bakers will also find the syrups ideal for giving festive flavours to their Christmas cakes.  If you needed any more reason to buy a bottle, the Mulling Syrup was also awarded two Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards.  Around £4.99 from www.malmesburysyrups.co.uk

1046 Newsletter 8 December 2010The Chocolate Society Drinking Chocolate

The Chocolate Society Drinking Chocolate is what has made the famous Belgravia based store famous.  Often touted as the best cup of chocolate in London, we can now enjoy the heavenly drink in the comfort of our own homes thanks to their online shop.  It’s made from the finest 70% chocolate that is grated into fine chocolate shards, so is actually just as indulgent eaten straight from the packet as it is when transformed into a warm cup of liquid chocolate!  Starting at £8.25 from www.chocolate.co.uk