Newsletter 26 June 2013

Riverboat Food Fest, Italian Sweet Treats, Curry Memoirs plus the latest foodie news!

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News & Events…

1656 Newsletter 26 June 2013 Ferran Adrià & the Art of Food @ Somerset House. 5 July-29 Sept

Somerset House is set to host a major retrospective exhibition on a global icon of gastronomy, Ferran Adrià, and the restaurant he built to become the world’s best, elBulli.  The Art of Food will showcase the art of cuisine and cuisine as art by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the legendary laboratory and kitchen of the internationally renowned restaurant, which delighted diners and influenced so many other great chefs, including our very own Heston.  Tickets are £10 from

FEAST @ Brewer’s Yard on Brick Lane, E1.  4-7 July

The fourth FEAST event has found itself a new home in Brick Lane Yard, the old service yard for the brewers.  Alongside popular stalwarts such as Hix and Mishkins will be an array of new traders such as Spuntino, Flat Iron, Bonnie Gull, Breddo’s Tacos and Kimchinary.  Other attractions will include coconut shies, a mini croquet lawn, boules, a Prosecco bar and live DJ’s on Friday and Saturday.  Throw in an English Country Garden bar by Background Bars and you’ve got the recipe for the ultimate feast!  Tickets are £9.

1660 Newsletter 26 June 2013 Riverboat Food Fest, SE1.  27-29 June

Fifteen of London’s most talented street food vendors are assembling on Tamesis Dock – the fabulous Vauxhall floating pub – to cook up a three-night feast.  The evenings will showcase a true melting pot of current culinary culture, with each dish on the five course menu created by one of the gurus of guerrilla cuisine.  Keeping things lively will be hairspray-fuelled 80s and 90s anthems from DJs such as Young & Lost Club and Live & Unamplified, whilst cocktails costing just £5 will get a few hips swinging!  Tickets are £25 from

American Beer Festival @ The White Horse, SW6. 4th-7th July

For the sixth year running, The White Horse is holding its American Beer Festival – aptly kicking off on Independence Day. The three day festival celebrates micro-brewery beer from all over the US including brews from Odell, Brooklyn, Sierra Nevada, Maui and Flying Dog.  The festival aims to encourage people to think outside the box with their beer choices and to discover the big beers from small breweries. The famous White Horse BBQ will be grilling up some American classics as well as the ever-popular hog roast and music will be provided by The Creole Brothers.

Drink What You Sow @ Kitchen Party, EC1. 29 June and 6 July

Hosted by cocktail connoisseurs Bourne & Hollingsworth, Drink What You Sow will use every day ingredients easily sourced from your garden to make delicious cocktails. From the mint on your windowsill to the fennel in your vegetable patch, this master-class offers enthusiasts a chance to experiment with different flavours and techniques, and create one-off cocktails that will impress any drinks enthusiast.   £30/person. More info at


New Openings…

1654 Newsletter 26 June 2013 Casa Negra, EC2

The team behind Soho favourite, Bodega Negra, has brought their unique brand of Mexican cuisine to East London with the opening of Casa Negra.   The menu features a selection of sharable dishes including  Mexican seafood, known as Mariscos (ceviches, coctèls, aguachiles and tostadas); unique tacos including Birria con consommé (chocolate & ancho chile rubbed lamb shoulder) and Conhiniita pibil (orange & annatto flower marinated pork); and their signature dish of Carnitas de lechon – an entire Sucking Pig served to the table.  The drinks menu also keeps things interesting and fun, with Margaritas taking centre stage.

Christopher’s, WC2

Covent Garden’s American stalwart, Christopher’s, has reopened after an extensive four-month refurbishment. Set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Theatreland, the new look for the Dining Room, Martini Bar and Club Room celebrates the glamour and elegance of Modern America whilst highlighting the exceptional character of the original structure.  The menu provides an update on the classic American dishes that the restaurant originally made its name with, although regulars will be glad to see that the USDA Prime steaks and and Surf ‘n’ Turf dishes have been retained. The extensive drinks list in the bar focuses on Martinis in particular, including the ‘Earl Grey Mar-Tea-Ni’ and the ‘Mexican Heat’ with tequila.

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Red Pocket @ Hotel Verta, SW11

Located on the riverside in the elegant surroundings of the boutique Hotel Verta, Red Pocket promises to transport guests to an Oriental oasis in the heart of London.  Design features include Chinese artwork, chinoiserie screens and authentic artefacts such as Buddha sculptures and Tibetan cabinets, whilst the large open kitchen lends an air of theatre to the restaurant.  Having spent 20 years in kitchens across China and a more recent stint at Hakkasan, Chef Weng Kong Wong has created a menu that combines quality European ingredients with Eastern cooking techniques, including Lobster with Foie Gras Sauce and Grilled Beef Fillet Genghis Khan Style.

1655 Newsletter 26 June 2013 Dolcezza, SW9

Located in The Printworks on Clapham Road, Dolcezza is a traditional Italian ‘pasticceria’ serving handmade cakes, pastries, tarts and desserts – and not a cupcake in sight! Using ingredients that change with the seasons, all of Dolcezza’s sweet treats are made from time-honoured Italian recipes with organic flour, sugar, milk and eggs. A few favourites include miniature cream-filled cannoli, sourdough and orange croissants, and delicate ‘mignons’ (tiny bite size cakes). In its adjoining cafe, the finest Italian coffee from Milanese artisan coffee company 7Gr accompanies salads and sandwiches.


The SLABS concept is pretty straightforward – to provide simple yet delicious, layered foods such as burgers and sandwiches for sensible prices.  The burgers range from a classic high quality burger to a venison version and even a Wagyu Burger topped with roasted shiitake mushrooms, wasabi mayo and Asian slaw.  Providing an interesting take on a Beef Wellington, ‘The Wellie’ provides prime beef fillet layered with a puff pastry tartlet, wilted baby spinach, mushrooms, thyme and a port & brandy jus whilst Seafood fans will no doubt delight in the ‘The North Devon Lobster’ – chargrilled lobster layered with salt and pepper squid, toasted brioche and a freshly made sweet chilli mayo.

Try This Week…

1658 Newsletter 26 June 2013 Mahiki Coconut Rum

Whilst we are normally bastions of the finest drinks here at Love Food Love Drink, expose us to the merest glimpse of sunlight and suddenly we go all weak at the knees less serious drinks from ice filled pints of cider to chilled glasses of sweet rosé.  Definitely in keeping with fun summer drinking is this Coconut Rum from celeb nightspot, Mahiki.   Simply add it to a pineapple or mango juice for a tropical cocktail, or even better, knock up everyone’s secret fave, a Pina Colada!  Available from Tesco RRP £17.99.

1657 Newsletter 26 June 2013
Funkin Brazilian

If the weatherman is to be believed then we’ve been having warmer temperature here than in Rio recently.  If that has got you in the mood for some refreshing South American style drinking then check out the new Brazilian Cocktail Mixer from Funkin.  The mixer combines guarana seeds native to the Amazon basin (which contain twice the energy of coffee beans) with a blend of mango, passion fruit and fresh orange juice to create a fresh and fruity combination that will also have you buzzing all night.  Simply mix with your favourite spirit (particularly rum) and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer serve.  £2.99 from most supermarkets.


1661 Newsletter 26 June 2013

The Urban Rajah’s Curry Memoirs
you’re bored of the same old curry recipes or don’t fancy taking on the complex creations designed by various celeb Indian chefs, then this book could just be for you.  Ivor Peters, aka The Urban Rajah, has created the Curry Memoirs to catalogue and tell the story of family recipes that have been passed down through 3 generations and crossed 3 continents.  The result is a practical, easy to follow cookbook filled with recipes of dishes enjoyed in many Indian homes.  Moreover, with some fantastic imagery from Ivor’s family archive and stories surrounding his experiences of growing up as a second generation immigrant during the 1970s, the book also provides a fascinating read. £12 from