Newsletter 20 February 2013

Beer & Music Festival, Deadly Dinners, Weird Meat Cookbooks plus the latest  foodie news and new openings!

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News & Events…


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Craft Beer Rising, E1. 22-23 February

Forget about a quick pint to see in the weekend and head down to Craft Beer Rising at The Old Truman Brewery where you will find the holy trinity of fine beer, live music and street food in one place.  At the heart of the event is craft beer, with tastings from over 40 breweries, reflecting both established and experimental styles.  Adding to the mix will be a wholesome, hearty cook-up from award-winning Brockley Market’s street food vendors, whilst top tunes will be blasting out courtesy of live DJs, including Norman Jay MBE and Pete Paphides. Tickets are £10.


Divine ‘Fairtrade Fortnight’ Chocolate Pop-up, Covent Garden. 25 Feb-10 March

Divine Chocolate is celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight this year with a pop-up shop in Seven Dials, Covent Garden.  Activities over the two weeks will include Azonto Ghanaian dance lessons, African fashion shows, a photography exhibition and an opportunity to meet some cocoa farmers.  As you’d expect, there will also be plenty of chocolate to try, including their Easter range and two new chocolate bar flavours – Dark chocolate with Chilli & Orange and Milk Chocolate with Toffee & Sea Salt.


‘Who’s Wine Is It Anyway’ @ Le Cafe Anglais, W2. Monthly, starting 4 March 

Chef Rowley Leigh and WineChap (aka Tom Harrow) are joining forces for a series of entertaining wine nights with a twist.  ‘Whose wine is it anyway?’ brings together wine enthusiasts to pit their knowledge against WineChap in this fun take on a traditional wine-tasting. Attendees will be served a series of five wines which they are asked to identify in a knock-out battle, with the prize being a bottle of Bollinger.  Guests can also continue the evening with a special two-course set menu available for just £20, plus BYO with no corkage charge.

1570 Newsletter 20 February 2013 Café de Mort @ The Crypt, EC4. 26- 27 Feb

Daring diners will dice with death when a new pop-up opens its doors serving London’s deadliest meal.  Launched by television presenter and food expert Gregg Wallace, Café de Mort will serve a range of deadly delicacies as part of a campaign by ‘Remember A Charity’, a charity that serves to encourage more people to leave a gift to charity in their Wills.  The 6 course menu remains a closely guarded secret but will feature delicacies from around the world, each which could be potentially lethal if not prepared properly. For booking details visit:


Young British Foodie Award Nominations Now Open

The YBFs have launched their nationwide search to seek out the best of new British food and drink culture. The YBFs was founded to discover, embrace and celebrate the unsung heroes who are set to shake up food and drink world and become the faces of the future!  Instead of the usual ‘best restaurant’, ‘best bar’ etc the YBFs have more interesting categories, including best butchers, bakers, baristas, street food vendors and bartenders who are breaking boundaries across the country.  Entry into the awards is open to anyone with a showcase of their culinary talent. Full entry details at

New Openings…


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Sushinho, EC2

Sushinho has come to The City for its second outpost after successfully converting Chelsea residents to its unique brand of Brazilian-Japanese cuisine.  This is no strange fusion food, though.  What may appear an odd coupling is actually a unique culinary hybrid born on the streets of Rio and São Paulo; Brazil has more people of Japanese descent than anywhere in the world outside of Japan itself, culminating in this intriguing style of cuisine.  Spread over two floors in a listed building that used to be the Old Bengal Warehouse, Sushinho features a ground floor restaurant complete with a 10ft sushi bar and a cocktail lounge specialising in cachaça and sake.


The concept of ‘Bring Your Own Wine’ is firmly established in culinary culture, but this new venture hopes to take this idea a step further by asking guests to bring their own spirits!  With absolutely no alcohol available to buy on the premises, B.Y.O.C. (‘Bring Your Own Cocktails’) asks guests to bring their own favourite tipple for the skilled bartender to create something bespoke and on the spot.  Hidden through a discreet door behind the counter of the Bedfordbury Street Juice Club, guests descend into an underground drinking den with candlelit tables, hanging glassware and a lone cocktail mixologist wheeling an antique drinks trolley.  A cover charge of £20/person applies.

Rum Shack @ Floradita, W1

1574 Newsletter 20 February 2013 In need of some winter cheer?  Head down to Floradita where they have recently unveiled a brand new Rum Shack bar, giving guests the chance to enjoy a Cuban ‘beach shack’ inspired drinking experience in the heart of London.  The bar is claiming to have the most extensive selection of rums in Europe, whilst the cocktail menu is also bursting with a list of classic inspired concoctions served in imaginative vessels.  The décor is also suitably laid back, with reclaimed wood, vintage neon lights, palm trees, rum barrel tables and fishing nets to recreate the spirit of Cuba.  Open till 3am, the venue also offers a regular calendar of live music to get your hips swinging late into the night!

Voltaire, EC4
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With the capital’s largest collection of Pommery champagne, an impressive al fresco cigar terrace and a cool vault bar, Voltaire has opened to create a haven for London’s jet-setters and expense accounts!  Named in honour of the famous French writer and philosopher who spent six years in exile in London, Voltaire is located in a grade II listed building in The City.  Once housing the treasures of the former bank above, the old stone vaults have now been converted into a unique bar area featuring private alcoves flamboyantly decorated in silks and animal prints.


Try This Week…

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Herradura Tequila

‘Another month, another tequila’ seems to be the way at the moment, but we certainly aren’t complaining.  We finally seem to be saying goodbye to the stuff of our youth that can best be described as the devils juice and replacing it with beautifully crafted tequila that dances along the tastebuds like the finest dark spirits.  The latest brand to make the journey across from Mexico is Herradura.  Combining 140 years of experience and passion, Herradura is the oldest of the pure agave tequila brands.  Like any good range of tequila, Herradura is available in Plata, Reposado, Añejo aged varieties, each providing a smooth and robust drinking experience.  Most impressive of all is their Seleccion Suprema (at a mere £250!), a spirit that is aged for four years in oak to provide a spectacular flavour blend of rose petals, vanilla and citrus with a delicate aroma and sweet cocoa-like finish.  Range available at Waitrose and Selfridges starting at around £30.


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The Exotic Meat Cookbook by Jeanette Edgar and Rachel Godwin

If all this talk of horsemeat is actually getting you hungry rather than putting you off your food then we’ve got the perfect cookbook for you.  Whilst it doesn’t actually contain any horse based recipes (presumably because it isn’t exotic enough), it does have around 100 easy ideas for alternative meat and game, ranging from buffalo, rabbit and pheasant to crocodile and camel.  Whilst some of it may sound a little bizarre, most of these meats are actually far tastier and healthier than the ‘normal’ animals we have become used to.  If the idea still doesn’t appeal then you can still take advantage of some fabulous recipes as the authors have provided details of more conventional meats that will also work with each dish.  Widely available for around £13.

Fudges Bakery Goodies
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Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or prefer your treats to be more savoury, Fudges Bakery has probably got something to fulfil your cravings.  Still made in Dorset since granddad Fudge (yes, that really is his surname!) created the company in 1926, the family owned business has gone onto to win countless awards for their baked goods.  New for 2013, Fudges has tweaked a few of their favourites for an even more satisfying and indulgent flavour.  Choc-dipped Flapjacks for example are now made with a touch of Agave syrup for a super-chewy and moist texture, whilst the Marmite Biscuits and Cheese Straws would have Japanese umami experts in a spin with their addictively savoury flavours.  Not new, but a permanently favourite treat for us is their Florentines which quite frankly will have your tastebuds jumping for joy with every bite.  Full range is widely available.