Newsletter 20 April 2011

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News & Events…

1145 Newsletter 20 April 2011Bompas & Parr Chocolate Waterfall @ Whiteleys Centre, 22-25 April

Never ones to shy away from a crazy challenge, food architects extraordinaire Bompas & Parr have created the world’s first walk-in chocolate waterfall to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Willy Wonka.  Budding Augustus Gloop’s will walk through the flowing, velvet chocolate before stepping into a special processing unit where they will have the opportunity to create their own treats to take away!  Tickets are £5 from www.jellymongers.co.uk

Covent Garden Real Food Market, Every Thursday

In keeping with Covent Garden’s rich heritage as the original ‘Larder of London’, the Real Food Market has returned to supply Londoners with food from artisanal traders across the UK.  It’s not all high-end super-expensive stuff though, as the emphasis is very much on great produce at affordable prices.   Some of the traders include Porters, selling gourmet pies and puddings; Rennet & Press, selling organic beef and “Stichelton” organic raw milk stilton cheese; and The Dessert Deli, offering a delectable range of irresistible puds! www.coventgardenlondonuk.com

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New Openings…

Pollen St Social by Jason Atherton, W1

1146 Newsletter 20 April 2011Requiring little by way of introduction after months of hype, Jason Atherton has opened Pollen St Social – his first independent restaurant. Unlike most new high-profile restaurants, the emphasis is on a totally laid back dining experience, including a non-existent dress code.  This also means guests will have the freedom of choice to eat what they want, how they want.  Want to pop in for a few light bites and a drink? No problem. May be you want to start your meal with a dessert at the standalone dessert bar. Again, no problemo.  The more conventional dining option comprises of a British menu with international influences, including Scottish turbot with Catalan paella and 24 hour Suffolk pork belly with fermented apple sauce, nuts & a beer reduction. www.pollenstreetsocial.com

Boisdale, E14

The office is buzzing with excitement at the moment as one of our favourite restaurants, Boisdale, has opened a new venue in Canary Wharf.  With an irresistible mix of hearty Scottish cuisine, a 1000-strong whisky collection and fine cigars, I think the appeal is pretty clear!   The menu is based around the dishes developed over the last 22 years at Boisdale of Belgravia, including plenty of grills, game and seafood.  Additionally, none other than Jools Holland has been put in charge of the music, so expect an impressive calendar of live jazz, blues and soul and a world class sound system at the 220 seater venue.  www.boisdale.co.uk

1147 Newsletter 20 April 2011The Summerhouse & The Waterway, W9

Forget the muscles and Hollywood wannabes and think seafood, barges and leafy British summertime with the launch of ‘Little Venice Beach’ – London’s very own summer hotspot set on the idyllic banks of the Little Venice Canal.  The stylish summer destination also sees the return of The Summerhouse pop-up, a nautical themed restaurant serving delicious seafood in a space reminiscent of a Hampton’s beach house. ‘Little Venice Beach’ will also include sister restaurant The Waterway, serving up a new outdoor barbeque menu on their popular al fresco dining terrace.  www.thewaterway.co.uk

Bistro du Vin, EC1

Housed in a beautifully renovated Victorian property in Clerkenwell, the Bistro is Hotel du Vin group’s first foray into the London restaurant scene.  The Bistro will provide a dining option for everyone, serving everything breakfasts and afternoon tea to hearty dinners and even night caps until 3am for late night dwellers.  The emphasis of the menu is locally sourced seasonal produce from a 30 miles radius, with simple dishes including Josper-grilled meats and fresh seafood.  Additionally, wine enthusiasts will appreciate the 200 strong list, with a good selection being available by the glass.  www.bistroduvinandbar.com

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Try This Week – Easter Eggs!

1148 Newsletter 20 April 2011Godiva Nougatine Egg

Still our overall favourite for the second year running, these Nougatine Eggs are the epitome of chocolate indulgence.  The thick shells have a thin bitter-sweet dark chocolate outer layer which coats a creamy and crunchy milk chocolate and nougatine inner.  If that’s not tempting enough, the egg comes filled with a 1.5kg assortment of Godiva’s renowned chocolates and is smartly packaged in an Easter hamper! Available in-store only – visit www.godiva.be for your nearest stockist

1149 Newsletter 20 April 2011Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Eggs

Leading the supermarket pack and providing a genuinely enjoyable chocolate taste experience is Sainsbury’s.  The Taste the Difference range use Fairtrade ingredients to deliver a quality chocolate flavour whether you go with the White, Milk or Dark flavour.  Presentation is good too, providing an unfussy and handmade look, whilst the £6 price tag makes these eggs great value

Green & Black’s Easter Eggs

If it’s great chocolate for sensible money you’re after, you can’t go wrong with the Green & Black’s range.  Made from their great tasting Fairtrade chocolate, their Easter range is available in Milk, Dark, Maya Gold and Butterscotch varieties.  Widely available for around £5

1150 Newsletter 20 April 2011Easter by Enric Rovira @ Harrods

Harrods has partnered with Barcelona-based artisan chocolatier Enric Rovira to create an exclusive collection of artistic eggs. Renowned for pushing the parameters of chocolate making, Rovira has crafted four stunning square eggs in the finest chocolate, each in a unique and striking design. The eggs include Carmen, featuring layered white chocolates, and the spotted milk chocolate Lola.  £39.99 from www.harrods.com

1151 Newsletter 20 April 2011Burnt Sugar Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Egg

Made from smooth milky chocolate, the shell also contains small crunchy pieces of bubbly honeycomb, which melt in your mouth to create for a fun ‘egg-sperience’. Once that’s gone, you can get stuck into the box of chunky honeycomb covered in more lovely milk chocolate!  Available in Waitrose for around £8.99.

Charbonnel et Walker Dark Chocolate Egg

Charbonnel are probably most renowned for their delicious Marc de Champagne truffles.  Buy their Milk Chocolate egg and you’ll get a pack of these delicious truffles in with the deal.  However, if you’re after something a little different, their Dark Chocolate egg has a good balance of sweetness and bitterness that will appeal even to those who aren’t big dark chocolate fans. Around £22. Stockist details at www.charbonnel.co.uk

1152 Newsletter 20 April 2011Demijohn Chocolate Orange Cream LiqueurThink of Easter and you think of chocolate. But while the kids are scoffing their faces with chocolate eggs, this year the adults can indulge in a little fun too with Demijohn’s Chocolate Orange Cream Liqueur.   Combining a subtle blend of dark chocolate, real Devonshire Cream, Apple Brandy and the zest of an orange, this rich, creamy liqueur is Easter in a bottle. Best served straight from the fridge with a little ice it can also be an indulgent sauce for ice cream or other puddings.  Around £20 from www.demijohn.co.uk