Newsletter January 12 2011

News & Events…

HAPPY NEW YEAR READERS!

We hope you all had a great food filled Christmas and a boozy New Year.  Kicking off in 2011, we’ve got a ‘diet’ issue for you.  Fear not however, our ‘full-fat’ service will resume soon, with more of the great news and reviews to keep the foodie in you satisfied!

1059 Newsletter January 12 2011Calorie Counted Cocktails @ Rocket Restaurants

Those on a New Year’s health trip who simply can’t face giving up alcohol should pop into a Rocket restaurant this January, where they have thoughtfully created a series of extra-fruity, calorie counted cocktails.  The four cocktails include Raspberry & Beetroot Margarita, made with tequila, raspberries, organic beetroot juice, lime juice & blue agave extract (145 cals); and Orange & Carrot Martini, comprising of Stolichnaya Orange, carrot juice, orange peel, lemon juice & freshly squeezed orange juice (120 calories).  www.rocketrestaurants.co.uk

Calorie counted menus @ The Real Greek

The Real Greek, winner of the UK’s Healthy Eating Chain of the Year at the Restaurant Magazine R200 awards, has the perfect recipe for those planning on a ‘New Year, New You’.  The Greek chain is offering a seven course healthy menu which can total as little as 546 calories per person.  With dishes available including Taramasalata, Chicken Skewers, Halloumi and Lamb Kefte, it’s actually appetising regardless of its health aspirations.  Costing just £15 to serve two people, including drinks, it’s great for those who value their wallets as much as their waistline!  www.therealgreek.com

Free Steak Tasting Tuesdays @ JW Steakhouse

Every Tuesday until 29th March, between 6-7pm guests enjoying a drink in the Bourbon Bar at JW Steakhouse will have the opportunity to sample 2 types of mouth-watering USDA prime steak – the renowned Tomahawk and New York Strip – with a different side every week.  The food will be served by a chef from a food station in the bar and guests can also try a glass of Hands of Time, a new red wine for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars stocked exclusively at JW Steakhouse. www.jwsteakhouse.co.uk

Wedding Cake Required!

A little reader request – if you guys can recommend any quality Wedding Cake shops/bakers, we would be most grateful.  Please send details to info@lovefoodlovedrink.co.uk.  Thanks!

s Newsletter January 12 2011New Openings…

Samarqand, W1

1060 Newsletter January 12 2011It’s not often that a restaurant offering genuinely new and exotic flavours opens in London. However, Samarqand offers Marylebone locals the chance to experience the cuisines of Central Asian countries like Uzbekhistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.  With additional inspiration from neighbouring countries such as Russia, China and Mongolia, diners can expect dishes such as Asian Onion Pie, Tandoor baked pumpkin samosa and Steamed beef dumplings with tzaziki & chilli relish.  With renowned bar consultant Ben Narzi at the helm, guests can also expect some great cocktails in the cocktail lounge.  www.samarqand-restaurant.com

1061 Newsletter January 12 2011MUSHU, W1

By day, London’s MUSHU offers modern canteen style dining with a design-led and bright interior, serving speedy lunches with each dish created and served in mere minutes.  In the evening the pace slows and MUSHU becomes a relaxed ‘izakaya’ style bar-restaurant serving a menu of great value Oriental tapas.  MUSHU’s house speciality is fresh handmade Beijing dumplings, with fillings including Beef & Kimchi and Pork & Cabbage, but diners can also take culinary trips to other parts of the orient with Sushi, Teriyaki and a host of other Asian dishes available. www.mushu.co.uk

Bar 92, W1

1062 Newsletter January 12 2011Ideally tucked away to evade the chaos of Oxford Street, Bar 92 provides an ideal place to wind down after a spot of sales shopping. The imaginative drinks menu features twists on cocktail classics such as ‘Blueberry Margarita’ and ‘Maple Manhattan, and there is also an array of small bites to nibble on including a selection of meze, charcuterie and cheese boards. The stylish venue matches contemporary design with black and white photography of 50s and 60s style icons, as well as booth seating. Open from 5pm until midnight, Monday to Saturday, Bar 92 is table service only, so unlike the shops, there won’t be a queue in sight! www.bar92.com

Searcys Champagne Bar @ Paddington Station, W2

The romance of travel is back with the opening of the latest Searcy Champagne Bar at Paddington Station. This glamorous bar will hold one of the largest selections of grand marquee houses around, with an extensive selection available by the glass.  British sparkling wine producers are also represented, with producers such as Balfour Brut Rosé adding to the list.  The food menu offers a tapas style approach specifically designed to match with Champagne, including cured meats, cheese and fresh seafood.

www.searcys.co.uk/paddington-champagne-bar

‘New Year, New You’ Food Ideas…

1063 Newsletter January 12 2011Powters Low-Fat Sausages

Just when you thought sausages were off the menu following your ‘pigs in blanket’ Christmas massacre, award winning pork masters, Powters come to the rescue.  Weighing in at only 3% fat and just 78 calories, the calorie count of this new low fat sausage is nearly half that of a normal sausage.  However, despite their healthy aspirations, the use of top quality free-range pork and a touch of seasoning gives them a satisfying extra-meaty flavour that will ensure you don’t hanker for the full-fat version!  Available for around £2.99 from Harrods, Caviar House & Prunier, independent delis and www.powters.co.uk

Nakd Bars

1064 Newsletter January 12 2011Launched just in time for our January healthy eating plans, makers of our favourite snack bars, Nakd, have come up trumps again with a delicious new range to ensure we aren’t tempted by the cakes and biscuits this January!  With tempting flavours including Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Mint and Berry Delight, each bar provides an almost brownie-like moist, flavourful and satisfying texture. Most importantly, they are also amongst the healthiest bars available because they eschew the naughty syrups and intense heating processes of traditional health bars for an entirely natural approach.  Widely available for around 72p.  www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk

1065 Newsletter January 12 2011NUMI Chocolate Puerh Tea

It’s a detoxing chocolate lovers’ dream come true: a rich, chocolaty aroma enveloping a healthy blend of black Puerh tea – with none of the fat of a chocolate bar! Chocolate Puerh is made with a tempting array of 100% organic ingredients, including black Puerh, cocoa powder, vanilla beans, orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cleverly, they have also added Rooibos to provide natural sweetness and satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth. Around £4.85 from www.teaworld.co.uk, Wholefoods and Planet Organic

1066 Newsletter January 12 2011NESCAFÉ Green Blend

For the ultimate drink to help us get over the excess filled Christmas period, look no further than NESCAFÉ Green Blend.  Made from a blend of unroasted green coffee beans and roasted beans, Green Blend has been created to deliver the solid coffee hit that we need for our post-Christmas hangover but with the added benefits of naturally occurring polyphenol antioxidants – the stuff that makes green tea so good for you. Widely available for around £5.50. www.nescafe.co.uk