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Suvlaki: restaurant review

Aug 30, 2015

Today's review: a rant about unforthcoming restaurants and a few nice words about Suvlaki. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Jay Rayner reviews the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill

theguardian.com — Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill109-117 Middlesex StreetLondon E1 (020 7247 5050). Meal for two, with wine & service, £120 If you have the stomach for it, look up and you will see a picture of me. It was taken within the past year and displays the evidence of my midlife crisis expressed through the medium of hair.
Aug 27, 2015

@JP_Biz As do most franchised eateries. The top-end London steakhouse didn't go down too well with @jayrayner1 theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

It’s goodbye to snail porridge as Heston Blumenthal bids to reinvent the restaurant again

theguardian.com — He has pioneered savoury ice-cream, encouraged his diners to wear headphones while eating and even developed recipes for astronauts. Now Heston Blumenthal, renowned chef of the three Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, is taking on his biggest challenge yet: redefining the very nature of the restaurant.
Aug 23, 2015

(If you want a condensed version of the Blumenthal piece it's here in this news story theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2… )

Aug 23, 2015

@prasanto @SandipGhose It’s goodbye to snail porridge as Heston Blumenthal bids to reinvent the restaurant again gu.com/p/4bmx9/stw

The Fat Duck flies again

theguardian.com — Heston Blumenthal has always enjoyed grandiose gestures but even by his standards the moment when he gets out his own giant coat of arms is full on. "I commissioned this from Dave McKean who illustrated The Fat Duck Cookbook," he says, lifting it on to the table of the boardroom, located in a building overlooking the three-Michelin-star restaurant he opened in Bray, Berkshire, 20 years ago.
Aug 23, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Next, my interview with Heston Blumenthal as he prepares to reopen the fat duck and reinvent the restaurant theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 23, 2015

Next, my interview with Heston Blumenthal as he prepares to reopen the fat duck and reinvent the restaurant theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 23, 2015

Heston Blumenthal was offered £1 million for 2 days work a year for 3 years by a winery. Nice work if you can get it bit.ly/1JdiGCD

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Wash, clean, scrub: Can Jay Rayner hack life as a kitchen porter?

theguardian.com — I am standing in another man's shoes, and those shoes are moist. It's nothing to do with the other man. Most of me is wet by now: there is sweat running down the small of my back and dripping down into my eyes; my trousers are clinging to my thighs, and the pads of my fingers have wrinkled, as if I've been in a bath too long, which is curious given they are inside elbow-length black rubber gloves.
Aug 23, 2015

Next, the life of a kitchen porter, in which I get to clean the staff toilets at the ivy theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 25, 2015

respect to @jayrayner1 for working the yuckiest kitchen job; just one night but more than most writers would do gu.com/p/4bf25/stw

Pret A Manger: restaurant review

theguardian.com — Pret A Manger, 87-88 The Strand, London WC2. Meal for two, including wine and service: £45 Pret A Manger, 87-88 The Strand, London WC2. Meal for two, including wine and service: £45 There's a story that in the decades following the Second World War, Reading in Berkshire was regularly judged the most typical town in Britain.
Aug 23, 2015

RT @guardian: Pret A Manger: restaurant review "a bit like going to a brothel in search of true love" trib.al/dTwZHhn @jayrayner1

Aug 23, 2015

Morning. A few pieces from me today. Starting with my review, an attempt at a glamorous night out at Pret a Manger. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 23, 2015

Once wrote about how office workers eating dinner in Pret made cry. Now they have opened evening restaurant. 😢 theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 23, 2015

If you take out the booze, a tenner a head isn't bad for dinner gu.com/p/4bt6j/stw

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Don’t bang on to me about ethical food if you keep a stash of unfairly traded weed

theguardian.com — Recently the American website Ecowatch published an intriguing piece contrasting the fortunes of McDonald's, criticised for not taking sustainability seriously enough and losing business, with Shake Shack, the fast-expanding cult burger chain with a more ethical approach.
Aug 19, 2015

Shame there's no locally sourced fair trade cocaine. Still, there's always an ethical cup of coffee. My OFM column theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 19, 2015

.@jayrayner1 goes in to battle against the people who love to #eatclean but don't care where their coke comes from gu.com/p/4bfvv/stw

Aug 19, 2015

"And as yet no one has slapped a Fairtrade mark on cocaine" gu.com/p/4bfvv/stw

Aug 19, 2015

RT @jayrayner1: Shame there's no locally sourced fair trade cocaine. Still, there's always an ethical cup of coffee. My OFM column theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

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Checchino dal 1887: restaurant review

theguardian.com — Expediency can feed us well. Those restaurants that define what they do by what's close at hand really can be some of the most satisfying: that place close by the docks, where the fish is landed by the door; the café by the mountain dairy where not serving cheese fondue would be idiotic.
Aug 16, 2015

This week my resto column takes a trip to Rome for the curiously Lancastrian offal-heavy joys of Checchino dal1887 theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 19, 2015

'The calf’s head is a kissing cousin of brawn'.@jayrayner1 on Checchino dal 1887, Rome. gu.com/p/4bexm/stw

Why cinnamon stinks | Life and style | The Guardian

theguardian.com — And so to the question which has bugged me every time I've visited the US and which, on this month-long trip to Los Angeles, has finally got the better of me, that question being: what the hell is it with Americans and cinnamon? Or as I prefer to put it, BLOODY SODDING CINNAMON.
Aug 10, 2015

In '09 @jayrayner1 complained about America's cinammon plague. Kind of agree but would swap cinammon for dill any day theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/w…

Levanter Fine Foods: restaurant review

theguardian.com — 10 Square Street, Ramsbottom, Lancashire (No bookings) Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70 Back in 2009 I made a pilgrimage to a restaurant in the Basque hills outside San Sebastian called Etxebarri.
Aug 09, 2015

This week's review: padron peppers, perfect hake and the whiff of wood smoke at Levanter Fine Foods, Ramsbottom theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

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Aug 30, 2015

@blablafishcakes @DerekIFarrell @AdviceToWriters God no. My other half is thrilled that we're getting a new kitchen shortly plus dishwasher

Aug 30, 2015

Today's review: a rant about unforthcoming restaurants and a few nice words about Suvlaki. theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2…

Aug 29, 2015

@blablafishcakes @DerekIFarrell @AdviceToWriters no more than once a day to be fair. We let it pile up and take turns

Aug 29, 2015

@blablafishcakes @DerekIFarrell @AdviceToWriters I HATE dishwashers and love the zen act of dishwashing. So there.

Aug 29, 2015

Rejoice! The Kitchen Cabinet returns to @BBCRadio4 at 10.30am today from Ely. We talk eels and Puritan food and oh, a bunch of stuff #bbctkc

Aug 28, 2015

@Baddiel Stoppard replied 'I said I was interested, not obsessed'

Aug 28, 2015

@Baddiel Tom Stoppard was asked at a newspaper job interview whether he was interested in politics. Yes, he said. So who's the home sec ?

Aug 28, 2015

@davidthancock no, we're saving them from being over run on the bank holiday weekend. think its sept 11


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