Newsletter 25 May 2011

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News & Events…

1180 Newsletter 25 May 2011Blue’s Festival @ The Blues Kitchen, NW1. 29 May-5 June

Hit the Blues Kitchen any evening during their Blues Festival and experience a real taste of the Deep South, with their combination of soul food, extensive bourbon list and a whole host of emerging and established music talent.  Artists will include Mud Morganfield (the son of the legendary Muddy Waters), Mark Flanegan (Jools Holland’s guitarist) and Jack Rabbit Slim (the UK’s top Rockabilly outfit) amongst many others. On the final day, a selection of the festival’s top performers will return for The Sunday Blues Jam and Festival Closing Party.

London Beer Festival @ The Charles Lamb, N1. 27-29 May

Put away your fancy imported lagers and see in the Bank holiday with a beer and a cheer at Islington favourite, The Charles Lamb, as they celebrate the finest brews that London has to offer.  Visitors will be treated to a host of quality beers from breweries such as Redemption, Meantime, Kernel and Broadie’s.  Moreover, true enthusiasts need look no further than some of the special editions created as a result of some of the breweries teaming up with each other and even local coffee makers for their unique creations.

1181 Newsletter 25 May 2011The Balvenie Whisky Den, until 5 June

This new shrine to whisky is an evolving handcrafted bar which will continue to develop and evolve, creating an interactive space where both craftspeople and members of the public can experience the traditional whisky-making processes that lies at the heart of The Balvenie.  Once inside, guests will be able to navigate their way from room to room, as if they were inside a giant whisky Tun, take a glimpse of some of the unusual features, including seats which ‘grow’ out of the walls, indoor fields of barley and experiences elements of the whisky making. 1pm – 8pm. Address: 34 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB

‘A Doriens Dinner’ Comedy Supperclub, EC1. 2 & 3 June

Award winning comedians, The Marvellous Dorians, are combining their love of laughs and liquor with London’s first comedy Supperclub. Guests will enjoy a three course experience within an improvised comedy setting taking place within the restaurant context.  Other entertainment, such as cabaret and magic, will also be involved to keep guests amused. £25/person with a 3 course dinner. For tickets and more details visit

New Openings…

Cay Tre Soho, W1

1182 Newsletter 25 May 2011Food observers will have seen the recent rise in Vietnamese restaurants of late. The problem is most of them are located in the depths of East London, depriving the lazier foodies amongst us of their delicious Asian flavours.  However, restaurateur Hieu Bui, the guy behind the revered Viet Grill and original Cay Tre in Shoreditch has made life a whole lot tastier for the Soho crowd with his new launch on Dean Street.  The menu mixes traditional with contemporary, with dishes such as Spicy ground pork belly stuffed with ‘mac mat’ curry leaves and ‘Dung Do’ mutton curry with Vietnamese herbs. We love the original and reckon this will be just as good!

The Breakfast Club, E1

Having already wowed locals with their cafés in Hoxton, Angel and Soho, The Breakfast Club has brought its egg-yolk yellow door and 80′s inspired decor to Spitalfields.  The café is open all day serving a menu of internationally inspired breakfast options, including everything from hearty fry-ups and American pancakes to breakfast burritos.  Visit later on in the day and you’ll also have options such as Buffalo wings, Steak sandwiches and burgers washed down with a few beers.

The World’s End Distillery, SW10

If you can’t manage to arrange a pi$$-up in a brewery then the next best option maybe a shindig in a distillery, in which case you may want to head down to The World’s End in Chelsea.  Ok, so it may not actually be a distillery, but with Hollywood inspired décor, an impressively stocked cocktail bar, another bar in a wine cellar and a restaurant serving American-style grills, it certainly seems geared up for a party or two. For those who prefer a more outdoorsy experience, they have also created a nautically themed Summerhouse roof terrace bar and restaurant serving seafood dishes in a space reminiscent of a Hampton’s beach house.

1183 Newsletter 25 May 2011Gelupo Pops-Up (@ Harvey Nichols London) and Pops-In (to your home)

From 23 May to 3 July, critically-acclaimed Gelupo will occupy the Harvey Nichols ‘Taste Lab’ – a new area created to showcase the latest food trends and innovations.   Alongside some of the finest Italian gelato and sorbets in London, the Gelupo pop-up will also offer a range of gelato cakes and cocktail granitas using Snow Queen Vodka and Hendricks Gin.

For those who prefer their gelato in the comfort of their own home, Gelupo has also launched a nationwide delivery service.  All of their top flavours are available so there’s no excuse to deprive yourself of delights such as their Bonet Gelato – an obscenely delicious combination of chocolate with coffee, egg yolks, rum, caramel, amaretti biscuits & vanilla. Costs £9/ half kilo. Orders

Try This Week…

Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur

1184 Newsletter 25 May 2011Chocoholics amongst you may have noticed that Thorntons has become a little more adventurous with their flavours and cocoa varieties of late.  Largely responsible for this is their new(ish) Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman, who took over the helm a couple of years ago.  Keith’s latest project has seen him get together with Global Brands, the company behind some truly exceptional spirits, such as El Dorado Rum and Four Roses Bourbon, to create a new liqueur in celebration of Thorntons’ 100 year anniversary.  The result is a smooth and properly chocolaty cream liqueur that combines luxury cocoa with vodka.  At an easy drinking 17% Abv it’s perfect over ice, but it’s also great for adding a little naughtiness to desserts, cocktails, or hot drinks. £12.99 from ASDA


1185 Newsletter 25 May 2011Mr Singh’s Punjabi Pesto

Following the success of their popular chilli sauce, the family business behind Mr Singh’s has looked to Italy for inspiration for their latest product.  A spicy mix packed full of flavour, Punjabi Pesto is an ideal accompaniment to meat, veg and fish or simply as a dip – either way it’s guaranteed to deliver a kicking feast zinging with flavour. Made with a simple combination of onions, tomatoes, garlic and secret spices, we also love the way it can transform a boring plate of pasta into a flavour packed meal. £2 from