standard.co.uk — For those in the industry, London Wine Week will be a mad rush of events, tastings, discussions and presentations on the subject of their favourite drink. For those without an interest in producing, selling, serving or writing about it, it gives you the chance to try out new wines and wine bars, as well as widen your knowledge of something you probably know you like but might find intimidating.
standard.co.uk — If you think sherry is just a sickly solution favoured by OAPs, you're probably still into WKD. To keep you in the loop, it's a dry or sweet fortified wine (in this case strengthened with brandy) that you can drink straight or in a cocktail - which is where the fun comes in.
foodism.co.uk — Poor booze, eh? For years our old friend had the monopoly at all London bars. But when a posse of smart bar snacks arrived wanting a piece of the happy-hour action, it began to panic. Pork scratchings and peanuts smartened up, vegetables found themselves being pickled by London chefs everywhere from Parsons Green to Dalston, and hunks of charred bread elbowed their way onto plates.
standard.co.uk — The award-winning co-owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Dabbous ( dabbous.co.uk), who has trained in the kitchens of Raymond Blanc and Noma's Rene Redzepi, today launched a partnership with high-end caterers Ampersand. Dabbous will create dishes for private parties, functions and weddings at venues including the Natural History Museum, Cutty Sark and Kew Gardens.
standard.co.uk — Three: the Dalston Cola, the Raw Fiyah ginger beer, and the real lemonade. Why did you start the business? When Steve Wilson, my former business partner, asked me to develop this syrup that I was selling at Passing Clouds into a business I was just like 'yep'.
standard.co.uk — Symmetry Breakfast is an Instagram feed run by couple of three years, Michael Zee, who works in the Victoria and Albert Museum, and menswear fashion designer Mark van Beek, who live together in Hackney Central. Each morning they post a picture of two identical breakfasts which they eat together - they have 246,000 followers and counting.
standard.co.uk — Matcha tea is, to most people, just green tea. It's one of those ingredients that many people notice or talk in London but not many really know much about. But according to Jameel Lalani, founder of Lalani & Co tea specialists: "there is matcha everywhere in Japan.
bbrblog.com — In the first of a series identifying a few of London's finest eateries, food writer Victoria Stewart visits Portland, a restaurant born of two gastronomic princes - Will Lander (son of Jancis Robinson and Nick Lander) and Daniel Morgenthau. Too much hype surrounding a new restaurant launch can be a dangerous thing if you're planning to visit it.
standard.co.uk — Lillie O'Brien, originally from Melbourne in Australia, is the former St John pastry chef who also runs her business making jams and preserves and selling them in her Hackney shop, London Borough of Jam as well as in various London delis.
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