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Victoria Stewart

Freelance Food and Travel Journalist and Columnist, ES Life and Style — Freelance, London Evening Standard

Freelance food/travel journo; regular @foodismuk +@eslifeandstyle; storyteller @hubbrixton; street food blogger; dance-obsessed; I:@victoriastewartpics

Made in London: The Crunch granola — It was in 2014 that Jonathan Cox came up with an idea to sell granola pots. A trained chef, Cox had been making his own at home, and realised there was "a gap for a healthy breakfast option at Brockley Market." At the time he was working for the Mother Flipper burger business, working at the market every weekend.

Cookbook challenge: Le Creuset's One-pot Cuisine — Are cookery books are being published faster than Pret A Manger can sell a round of crayfish and avocado sandwiches? It seems like it to me. In any case, of the good ones that come my way the majority are filled with stories - personal connections to the recipes inside, tales of childhoods spent picking produce with parents, smells emanating from home kitchens, or chefs explaining formulas behind iconic dishes.

Erchen Chang: Bao's head chef remembers eating poached goose and tea tree noodles in Taiwan — With her husband Shing Chung, and his sister Wai Ting, Erchen Chang runs the two Taiwanese restaurants, Bao and Bao Fitzrovia, as well as their original weekend street food stall in Netil Market. All three have spent time in Taiwan but while the siblings grew up in the UK with Chinese parents, Chang grew up in Taiwan.

Gennaro Contaldo on growing up in Minori on the Amalfi Coast: "The sea was my swimming pool" — The chef is a partner in Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant empire, and with Antonio Carluccio he's the star of the BBC2 series Two Greedy Italians - but the place Contaldo calls home is Minori, a small town on Italy's Amalfi coast. What was life like on the Amalfi coast as a boy?

Lisbon: where to get the ultimate street food experience in Portugal's capital — Hopping across the puddles on Rossio Square, Lisbon, my tour guide turns to me with a troubled expression. I've come to Portugal's capital city on a street food mission, but given the miserable weather she's worried today might not be the best for alfresco eating.

My Favourite Foodie City: Lisbon by Nuno Mendes — Chef Nuno Mendes, owner of Taberna do Mercado in Spitalfields, and executive chef at the Chiltern Firehouse restaurant owned by hotelier Andre Balazs, grew up in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal. Mendes' memories of his childhood are peppered with stories of going out to eat "quite sophisticated" food with his "foodie" father, from seafood to risottos.

London's best pizza by the slice — When it comes to pizza, there are hoggers and there are sharers. Hoggers order whole, guzzling piece after piece until they've licked the last string of mozzarella from their sticky fingers.

Why you should follow Toast Ale on Instagram — Who: A small team of people who work with breweries around the UK to use surplus bread to make beer. Started and led by author and food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart, who also founded the environmental awareness charity, Feedback. Number of followers: 601 (3.8k on Twitter) Tagline: Toast Ale is brewed with surplus bread.

Animal instinct: under the skin of Soho restaurant Smoking Goat — Ben Chapman is a special kind of restaurant owner. If his name isn't familiar to you, then Smoking Goat, the Thai restaurant he co-owns in Soho - which often serves 200 covers a night - might be. If you've caught wind of Kiln, a new restaurant coming to the area in mid-September, he's behind that, too.

Fabulously filthy French food in London from Sardine and Le Bun to The Frenchie — We've all been there. On a whim you wandered into a clothes boutique and felt the cold stare of the shop assistant wondering what you're doing out in espadrilles and a ripped T-shirt. And for a while in London going out to eat French food felt rather the same - only those who knew what they were talking about were welcome.
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