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Mostly Food & Travel Journal

Christmas Beef from Donald Russell

Montigo in Batam Indonesia

The Montague Hotel – best après-skiing in London

Donald Russell – Christmas Innovation and Tradition

Heidelberg - Elegant and Sweet

Champagne Taittinger at Luton Hoo

Parlay Ultra Black Rum

Bali with Montigo Resorts

Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line

Batam and Bali via Singapore Lounge

Whoopie Pies with Bake Box

The Swan at the Globe

Hotel TerraVina Dining

Opium Cocktail and Dim Sum Parlour

Donna Margherita

Cornbread Recipe

The Talbot to Stay

Umami Kelp and Wasabi – an introduction

Balmer Lawn – New Forest Stay

The Talbot for fine dining

Balans Soho Society – Seven Dials

Anise Bar at Devonshire Square

Keats Brownie Recipe

Olive Tree - Southampton

Salsa Verde from Olive Tree Southampton

Patty and Bun – Old Compton Street

Rafute

Canela Café at Seven Dials

Beresford’s at Balmer Lawn for a touch of Thai

The Meat Co, Westfield, Shepherds Bush

Hotel TerraVina for Bed and Breakfast

CAU Kingston

Remelluri Organic Winery

Mele e Pere for Vermouth with a Master

Hanger SW6

Markopoulo recommendations

Mele e Pere – a steak in Soho

Brunch Counter – Vauxhall Arches

Romulo Café London

Stuzzico in London’s village

OXBO for Saturday Brunch

Forman’s Restaurant

Le Garrick – Steak with je ne sais quoi

Talli Joe

Domaine Papagiannakos Winery

Cream Tea Cruise from MBNA Thames Clippers

Gillray’s at County Hall

Maribor – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Benares for dinner

Sake Cups – or perhaps a glass

Kurobuta Marble Arch for Sunday Brunch

Forty Dean Street

The Mayfair Chippy

Bó Drake

The Balcon, London

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

Arabica Bar and Kitchen – Borough Market

Lotus – Charing Cross Road

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses

Patara – Berners Street

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar

Langkawi – more than beaches

Reims - Tasteful Souvenirs

The Princess, the Palace and the Painter

Rennes – living with history

Rennes

Bayeux – A stitch in time


 
 
 
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Mostly Food & Travel Journal Awards 2016

Best Cookbook of 2016

Mr Todiwala’s Spice Box

Todiwala box I doubt that anyone will be asking ‘So, who is this Mr. Todiwala bloke?’ He has fed us in delicious fashion at his celebrated Café Spice Namaste at Tower Hill and now he invites us to feed ourselves. Cyrus Todiwala presents his latest book and he needs no introduction.

Mr. Todiwala’s Spice Box tempts with accessible recipes and has us drooling over sumptuous colour plates. Cyrus introduces us to friends, colleagues and family, and dishes that will likely become regulars on your own table. There are those recipes appropriate for smart dinner parties but more which take advantage of inexpensive seasonal ingredients, and the book uses that Spice Box with just 10 compartments!

This book wins the award for Best Cookbook this year for its style and food presentation, with recipes designed with the home cook in mind. I will be happy to continue my journey from page to delicious page.

Visit Amazon to buy Mr. Todiwala’s Spice Box here

Visit Café Spice Namaste here.

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Most Memorable Cruise of 2016

Castles and Clans with The Majestic Line

Castles and Clans with The Majestic LineMy first voyage a couple of years ago was an introduction to the Scottish Isles; this second trip was to remind me of why I loved the initial experience so much!

The Majestic Line offers holidays and short breaks on two converted fishing boats, and now a new boat has been added to the small but attractive fleet. They cruise around the waters of the west of Scotland and offer a number of itineraries to appeal to both nature and history lovers.

The Majestic Line fleet isn’t the biggest. Their boats are not leviathans of ocean travel. But they have something unique: outstanding and tailored care, flexibility, accessible quality and charm. I have had a few cruises in my time but The Majestic Line remains one of my favourite companies. Yes, it’s all a matter of taste. If you want international cable TV and wifi 24/7 then this might not be for you. If you are a lover of a piano lounge complete with a dinner-suited quartet then look elsewhere. But if you want to relax, enjoy an unhurried pace, restaurant-quality food and scenery offering something new twenty-four hours a day then The Majestic Line is for you …and me. And you’ll be talking about this over dinner for years to come.

Read more here.
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Outstanding Product of 2016

Moju Booster

Moju For centuries, ginger has been prized not only for its vibrant taste but its health-giving qualities. It aids digestion, boosts immune systems, is a welcome hot drink when we are stricken with colds, and it’s a glow-inducing winter-warmer.

Moju Boosters are convenient shots of ginger, apple and lemon. The flavour is zesty and fresh and ideal for a morning eye-opener, restorative hit when the frost bites and also as a cocktail ingredient.

This is an exciting and tasteful product and we wish the company well in 2017.

Learn more here.

food and travel reviews

Filipino restaurant wins Time Out Love London Award
Romulo Café named ‘Most Loved Restaurant in Kensington’

Romulo Romulo
Romulo Café was named the ‘Most Loved Restaurant in Kensington’ at the third annual Time Out Love London Awards held on Thursday, 14th November 2016 at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.

Romulo cocktail The 70-seater Filipino restaurant, which opened its doors only eight months ago in Kensington High Street, edged out competition from other more established haunts in the neighbourhood, carrying off an award designed to recognise London’s best restaurants, shops, bars and cultural venues as voted by the public.

Owned and operated by former senior banker Rowena Romulo and co-Director Chris Joseph, Romulo Café garnered the most votes among nine short-listed restaurants in Kensington, a district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, hub of many of the capital’s iconic museums, embassies and the new Design Museum. Romulo Café triumphs in good company. Among the other restaurant winners were Coya for Mayfair; Dishoom for Covent Garden and The Strand, and The Ivy Chelsea Garden for Chelsea.

The award serves as a clear testament to Romulo Café’s popularity among UK-based Filipinos and local residents of Kensington, where it stays open seven days a week including holidays. Among its regular customers are diplomats from the Philippine embassy, businessmen and professionals including bankers, teachers, nurses, families with children, students, visiting Filipino tourists and generally anyone longing for or wishing to discover Filipino food. Votes were also a nod to the exceptional skills of Head Chef Lorenzo Maderas and his kitchen brigade, a strong front of house and operations team and much-lauded, elegant yet homey interiors.

Since March 2016, Romulo Café has provided a showcase for fine Filipino cuisine in London, serving archly presented heirloom Filipino recipes lovingly preserved by scions of the late General Carlos P. Romulo, the Philippines’ longest serving foreign secretary, and his wife Virginia Llamas. It is the first branch of the Manila-based, eponymous family restaurant business launched by Rowena’s sister Sandie Romulo-Squillantini and husband Enzo Squillantini in 2009.

Romulo pork Rowena Romulo said, ‘My whole family and I are thrilled that Romulo Café has won the Time Out “Most Loved Restaurant in Kensington” award. When we first heard we were shortlisted, Chris and I and the whole team were jumping for joy, and at the awards party, we couldn’t believe a Filipino restaurant like ours could actually be in the running to win in such a competitive field.

‘I never forget we are a new restaurant in London, a world food capital. Winning this accolade is a fantastic feeling, not just for us, but also for Filipino food, which is starting to get the recognition it has long deserved as a world-class cuisine. I am truly grateful to our loyal customers and supporters who come here regularly and who voted, as well as Chef Lorenzo and all my staff whose energy and commitment keep me going!’

Chris Joseph said, ‘In London, Romulo Café has become a little patch of the Philippines and we are amazed at the sheer variety of customers we have been able to attract, from walk-ins off the street to corporate groups to visiting and London-based dignitaries and celebrities. Rowena and her family have always said that Romulo Café is a restaurant for everyone and definitely for our fellow Filipinos. This award proves that it is.’

Romulo fish Romulo Café in London is located at 343 Kensington High Street W8 6NW. It is open 7 days a week, from Monday to Sunday, serving lunch, merienda and dinner. The restaurant recently partnered with the Philippine Department of Tourism in the UK to cater for the Philippine Pavilion at the World Travel Market 2016 (WTM London) in Excel London.

Romulo Café London
343 Kensington High Street
London W8 6NW

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3141 6390
To book: reservations@romulocafe.co.uk

Opening Hours:
 • 12 noon – 12 midnight (Monday-Saturday)
 • 11.30am – 11.30pm (Sunday)

Website: www.romulocafe.co.uk

(Press release by Gina McAdam)

food and travel reviews

Cornishware – a traditional cook’s gift

T.G. Green & Co was founded by Thomas Goodwin Green of Boston, Lincolnshire, in around 1864. His money came from business in Australia but Mr Green returned to England to marry Mary Tenniel. She was the sister of illustrator Sir John Tenniel whose work could be seen in Punch magazine and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. T.G. Green bought an already established pottery in Church Gresley, Derbyshire.

cornishware T.G. Green has been making the classic blue and white striped crockery since 1926. The iconic blue and white stripes are said to reflect the coastline of Cornwall in the South West corner of England: the blue of the sky and the white foam of the waves. The exact date that Cornishware was created isn’t known, but it is thought to have been introduced by Frederick Parke, Green’s General Manager, in 1919. The earliest mention of Cornishware by name is in a T.G. Green Trade Catalogue dated 1923. By the 1930s the range was well established. The pottery was widely sold throughout the UK through major department stores as well as Harrods.

The iconic kitchenware range has been used and appreciated in kitchens the world over since its introduction and it is now a true design classic. It is still made the same way as ever and the style is still the same. It is made using a unique lathe-turning technique that scrapes blue-coloured slip away from the white clay beneath. After the Church Gresley factory closed in 2007, designer Perry Haydn Taylor and 'lifelong admirers' Charles Rickards and Paul Burston restored the brand. It’s practical, has classic lines, it looks at home by a cottage range and equally so in a techy apartment. It has an ageless appeal for anyone who loves cooking, baking and eating. One might have seen a few pieces on British television shows, including The Great British Bake Off!

I am rather taken by the iconic Cornishware large mixing bowl. It is beautiful, sturdy, has a good capacity and is a must-have for any budding baker. It’s a good weight and ideal for hand-mixing cake batter. It looks good enough to be used as a kitchen fruit dish. The acquisition of one piece of this brand will likely herald the start of a collection. It’s comforting to consider that I am using pottery which my grandmother would recognise and covet. Cornishware endures for very good reason.

Learn more here.


food and travel reviews

Alhambra Reserva 1925

Alhambra Independently-owned Alhambra Beers, a celebrated brewery in Spain, was founded in 1925 and is named after the Alhambra Palace in its home town of Granada. Alhambra Reserva 1925 is the foremost artisan beer of the Alhambra Company and expresses its tradition and quality.


One might not know too much about beer but the first impression is of tasteful elegance. The green glass is embossed, with not a sign of a paper label. The bottle has an old-fashioned air leading the prospective drinker to expect a beer which might be traditional in nature, and that drinker would be right. It has been inspired, as the name suggests, by the first beers of the brewery in 1925.


This beer is produced in artisan style and is a strong pale lager with pleasingly intense flavour. It has a bitter edge, a golden colour and is lively with good bubbles. It has pronounced hop notes on the nose when the bottle is first opened. It is brewed and matured for 35 days, making it one of Spain’s best-regarded lagers. The first sip offers a sweetness which grows into a full and complex experience. Its finish is crisp and long, making this a beer over which to linger.


food and travel reviews

MASSUCCO WINES

MASSUCCO WINES For many years Loris Massucco has been working hard, supported by the experience of several generations of family wine makers, to create his new, innovative wines. All over the world, wine producers are constantly competing when it comes to promoting and selling their wines, and what makes the difference all too often is price, at the expense of quality. To differentiate themselves, as well as offering classic wines of high quality, Massucco is working to innovate on two separate fronts.

Firstly, from the historic Roero vineyards, synonymous with wines such as Barbera and Arneis, Loris Massucco has a vision of the future, combining research and new methods of vinification with the careful ripening times of his beloved grapes. He has created wines that brilliantly express new and different aromas and flavours, whilst enhancing the potential of the classic varieties of the famous Roero wines.

This involves a unique method, invented by Loris Massucco, which involves a first early harvest in a specifically chosen vineyard. The grapes are then vinified in steel and a second harvest is carried out after 30-40 days in the same vineyard, which is then vinified in new oak barrels.

The two harvests provide very different expressions of the same grape, the first acidic, with the aromas and flavours of green fruits, the second very sweet, with the aromas and flavours of exotic fruits and jam. Together, they create a unique balance.

massuccoSo, classic Arneis becomes Sole dei Tempi and classic Barbera becomes La Luna dei Tempi: these are examples of how you can develop new wines when armed with a profound knowledge of the grapes and the terroir, whilst taking advantage of thoroughly contemporary methodologies.

Secondly: the search for a new blend of two great wines. 
Loris has used his Nebbiolo d'Alba of the highest quality and blended it with other wines from different areas of Italy, to make wine that nevertheless exalts the characteristics of the individual wines.
For example:
Nebbiolo: This grape tells us the tales of a terroir that is prestigious and rich in traditional values.
Corvina: The fruit of a land of love and passion. (And one of the grapes that goes to make Valpolicella).
Corvina is colourful and spicy, so when blended with the more tannic Nebbiolo, the mixture gives rise to an emotion and harmony that warms the heart.

massuccoThis experiment has resulted in a great wine to partner with game, risotto, cured meats and strong cheeses, or just for meditation. It is a completely different expression of the Nebbiolo grape. This wine is Terramore (Land of Love), and from the lees of this exceptional wine Loris has worked to create a range of cosmetics and has also put together a wine/food and spa package based at the vineyard. (Details available from orders@orsamajor.co.uk)

Finally, Spumante Cavaliere della Serra.  Whilst all the world has been going mad for Prosecco, the delicious, carefully made and traditional Spumante has remained popular in Piemonte, its pleasure known only to a few connoisseurs. Cavaliere della Serra is a wonderful example of this fantastic, traditional, sparkling wine.

All four of these exceptional wines are only available by contacting: orders@orsamajor.co.uk and will be delivered straight to your door in beautiful wooden boxes of 6.

SPECIAL OFFER:
The wines are now available to you at a special introductory offer:
 
-20% FOR ANY WOODEN BOX OF 6 BOTTLES: N.B. Delivery is not included.

Box of 6 bottles TERRAMORE:           £156.00  £124.80
Box of 6 bottles LUNA DEI TEMPI:      £156.00  £124.80
Box of 6 bottles SOLE DEI TEMPI:       £156.00  £124.80
Box of 6 bottles CAVALIERE SERRA:    £120.00    £96.00

Visit Massucco Wine here

 

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Maribor – wines, gastronomy, bikes and hikes

Maribor Slovenia travel review: Slovenia is a small country in Central Europe. Small it might be but it has natural beauty, with mountains (Slovenia's highest mountain, the three-peaked Triglav, is depicted on the national flag), vine-strewn hills, thick forests, historic cities and a 46 km long coast on the Adriatic. It is, in some regards, Europe in microcosm... Read More

Benares for dinner

Benares for dinner Restaurant review: Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Benares serves Michelin-starred modern Indian cuisine and is famed for doing that. This is fine dining and gives other such restaurants a run for their culinary money, and that’s restaurants of any gastronomic persuasion... Read More

Sake Cups – or perhaps a glass

sake cups Japanese culture review: For those of us who love the delicious complexity of sake, the vessel from which we drink is often something of an afterthought. But it shouldn’t be... Read More

Sunday Brunch - Kurobuta Marble Arch

Kurobuta
Restaurant review: I confess, I had no idea what to expect. Yes, it was going to be Japanese. But a Sunday Brunch Buffet? In my admittedly somewhat limited experience, Japanese food comes in two varieties: first – casual noodles; second – etiquette-riddled kaiseki cuisine... Read More

Forty Dean Street

Forty Dean Street
Restaurant review: Soho, in general, has been famed for Chinese food, but there are great numbers of decent restaurants of other culinary persuasions these days. Forty Dean Street is the eponymous restaurant and it is Italian. I mean the sort of Italian that I remember from my childhood... Read More

The Mayfair Chippy

The Mayfair Chippy Restaurant review: Nothing better than traditional fish and chips. It’s nostalgic comfort food, at least if you are British. We all have memories of queueing up in a white-tiled shop with steamy windows, a high counter with glass jars of pickled gherkins and eggs, bottles of brown vinegar and salt shakers. For those who hail from beyond these shores that emporium of fried delights was called ‘the chippy’... Read More

Bó Drake – Greek Street

Bo Drake - Greek Street
Restaurant review: Bó Drake has an urban vibe with high stools at the bar, exposed brickwork and metal conduit. And it’s an impressive bar of around 10 metres with an iroko (African teak) wood counter. The shelves behind the bar give a hint to the cuisine (as if the restaurant name had not already)... Read More

The Balcon, London – classic perfection

Balcon Restaurant review: This truly memorable restaurant is set on Waterloo Place on the corner with Pall Mall. This wide thoroughfare is in fact an extension of Regent Street with all its smart shops. It’s a small area with a host of statues and monuments that honour heroes and statesmen of the British Empire and various wars... Read More

Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte

Relais de Venise L'Entrecote
Restaurant review: Ask many a dedicated food lover which dishes they crave, what their elected last meal might be, and they will almost universally state that it has to be unfussy and comforting, something like, say, steak and chips. Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte is... Read More

Arabica Bar and Kitchen – Borough Market

Arabica Restaurant review: Borough has been known for its food markets since as far back as the 11th century. First the stallholders were trading on old London Bridge, but then in the 13th century they were moved to what became Borough High Street. A market has been here ever since... Read More

Lotus – Fine Indian Dining

Lotus Restaurant review: The Charing Cross Road near Leicester Square Underground Station has not been famed for quality Indian restaurants. I confess I had never heard of Lotus but I arrived with high expectations as I had done my homework... Read More

Cinnamon Collection Masterclasses

cinnamon collection masterclass Restaurant Masterclass review: It seems a bit early for pondering Christmas presents but, trust me, it’s not. If you have a passionate food lover in your near vicinity you might want to ditch the summer holiday brochures for half an hour and consider a masterclass... Read More

Patara – Berners Street

Patara Berners Street
Restaurant review: Oxford Street is one of London’s retail arteries. It’s a ribbon of fashion outlets from the celebrated and well-established Selfridges to a flourishing number of stalls selling trashy T-shirts and even more dubious souvenirs. The world of both good and bad taste can be your oyster... Read More

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar, with Head Chef Gopal Krishnan

Sindhu by Atul Kochhar
Restaurant review: I first met Chef Gopalakrishnan when he was working at a Michelin-starred restaurant in London; a smart and charismatic young man who is known by his friends simply as Gopal. He was born in a small village called Sholingur in Tamil Nadu... Read More

Langkawi – more than beaches

Langkawi - more than beaches
Malaysia travel review: This tropical gem has a deserved reputation for iconic, palm-fringed beaches, dazzling white sand and sea warm enough to call a bath. Langkawi is an island that charms and intrigues, and its story can be discovered not far from your sun-lounger... Read More

Reims - Tasteful Souvenirs

Reims - Tasteful Souvenirs
French travel review: Reims is a beautiful and historic city in the Champagne-Ardenne region of France. It is only 130 km from Paris with easy access by train. Excursions to nearby Chalons are a must and there will be not only the delightfully ubiquitous champagne to taste but also... Read More

Rijsttafel in The Hague

Rijsttafel in The Hague
Indonesian Food review: I love The Netherlands and am an unashamed supporter. It’s an oft-disregarded tourist destination even though it’s easy to get to from London. Short breaks are more usually taken in Paris or Berlin. That’s a shame as Dutch cities offer history, architectural charm and delicious food... Read More

The Princess, the Palace and the Painter

Escher
The Hague Museum review: The story is set in The Hague in the Netherlands with a queen who was born in Germany. Emma was a princess of the principality of Waldeck-Pyrmont. The family was connected... Read More

Rennes – living with history

Rennes history
French travel review: History is everywhere in Rennes but it’s actually considered by thoroughly modern folks to be one of the most liveable cities in France... Read More

Rennes – second capital of food (or is it third?)

Rennes food
French travel review: Rennes Market is considered to be the second- or third-largest in France, depending on whom you are speaking to... Read More

Gymkhana London

Gymkhana
Restaurant review: Gymkhana is an Indian word which originally referred to a meeting place. These days it tends to be an equestrian day event put on by posh pony clubs; but not in this case. Gymkhana in London does fit into the ‘meeting place’ category... Read More

Bayeux – A stitch in time

Bayeux
French travel review: It’s inevitable that the first thing people think of when you mention Bayeux is the tapestry. Though it’s not actually a tapestry but a very fine embroidery. The Bayeux Tapestry is now on permanent display in a bespoke museum in the city of Bayeux in Normandy, France... Read More

Fontenay Abbey

Fontenay Abbey
French travel review: That’s the beauty of barge travel - it relaxes the mind and makes space for civilized exercises such as the pursuit of good food and wine and culture. The Abbey at Fontenay was just a little way away from the canal run and the excursion... Read More

Gouda – a cheese for all seasons

Gouda
Netherlands travel review: We have many cheese choices in specialist shops and even our local supermarket. Gouda can easily be overlooked. It seems to have been with us forever and we don’t even notice it anymore. The first mention of Gouda cheese dates from 1184, making it one of the oldest recorded cheeses in the world still being made... Read More

Bound by history, carved in stone - Normandy and England

Caen
French travel review: We share so much. Those Norsemen who pillaged the coast of Britain and settled inland also did the same in France, and indeed in such numbers that a region took their name – Normandy... Read More

La Belle Epoque – 5-star floating through Burgundy

La belle Epoque
French travel review: A barge, even a big one, presents the very real prospect of tight accommodations, iffy facilities... Read More

Around Gouda

Around gouda
Netherlands travel review: Gouda is a strikingly beautiful town with easily walked streets. The Old City Hall at the Markt square was finished in 1450 and is one of the oldest Gothic city halls in the Netherlands. The Waag (weigh house) was built... Read More


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