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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Champagne + Fromage, melting Camembert in Brixton

melting Camembert at Champagne + Fromage ©Rosana_McPhee

Champagne is, in essence, a sparkling wine from the Champagne area in France. These fine wines are produced from grapes from the region and under the strict rules and regulations of the appellation, which includes secondary fermentation of the wine in the bottle to create carbonation, the much-loved bubbles.

Lately, I have been trying some delicious Champagne and food pairing. My latest champagne adventure was at my local  Champagne + Fromage in Brixton. They have a new addition to their menu that features melting Camembert with different and exciting toppings, each one paired with various champagnes.  Their champagne cellar contains only bottles from small growers, and family run businesses who produce limited and small quantities of quality champagne with great care.

Some of the baked Camembert we tried






Montbelliard sausage and wholegrain mustard baked camembert, mixed leaf salad and new potatoes.  Corsican Ham & Red Pepper Jam, The Pesto & Tomato is very popular with the Italians

Other options are Garlic & Herb, Figs & Thyme, Basil & Sun Dried Tomatoes and Truffle all paired with champagne - they have all the pairings sorted, so you don't have to!  With about 17  different toppings - 3 sweets and 14 savouries, the menu rotates regularly, so you have interesting choices every time you visit it.






Champagne+Fromage serve excellent charcuterie and cheese boards with all the trimmings and for the brave  - Like me! - Escargots with herb and garlic butter- It was the perfect meal.  Despite the unusual pairing, the acidity fo the champagne cuts through the fat of cheese making the perfect match!
Homemade Fondant Au Chocolat ©Rosana_McPhee

We finished lunch with a great and gooey Homemade Fondant Au Chocolat and an espresso.

This new Camembert menu is a great  comforting addition to their repertoire. Worth a try.

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Disclosure: I was a guest of Champagne+Fromage. All views are my own.

Friday, 21 April 2017

NOLA inspired food at The King & Co


Po'Boys


It's no secret that one of my top wanderlust places to visit is New Orleans, so the invitation to taste some NOLA inspired food was very welcomed by yours truly. The King & Co is a local pub near where I live, in the boarders of Brixton and Clapham. 

The kitchen is often taken over by different chefs and cuisines. This April & May the kitchen has been taken over by Division 194 with a menu inspired by New Orleans dishes. Running daily, the pop-up showcases the trader’s tempting NOLA snacks & generously-stuffed Po’ Boy sandwiches using quality British ingredients, as well as a brand new Saturday brunch specials &  Sunday roast with all trimmings. 

Po'Boys are a traditional sandwich from Louisiana. It always consists of meat, which is usually sloppy roast beef or fried seafood which can include shrimp, crawfish, oysters and crab. The meat is served on a baguette-like New Orleans French bread, known for its crisp crust and fluffy centre. It's said the Po'Boy  was created in New Orleans in 1929 to feed striking tram workers.

Our tasting of NOLA in London


We started with a delicious trio of NOLA-style starters:


Deville Burford Brown egg and popped pig skin - this dish is such a delectable combination of textures and tastes.


Cauliflower cheese bombs  were remarkable & smoked chilli ketchup was my favourite sauce/dip of the night.  



 Finger licking buttermilk-fried chicken nuggets & a very tasty aioli



Followed by delicious crisp and sticky Chicken Wings confit'd in duck fat, fried until crisp, tossed in pickled chilli butter and served with blue cheese dip,

The Po'Boys

Po'Boys

Beef shin ‘debris and bone marrow gravy sandwich and the NOLA-style shrimp were both were tasty, superbly generous filled and very nourish.

The drinks choice on the night was a pub tap takeover from  Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brew (sirencraftbrew.com). It was a brilliant and diverse array of beers.
Some of the beers we sampled:
Cask:
Broken dream - breakfast stout - hints of coffee and cocoa beans
Half Mast QIPA - tasted like a boozy squash - light
Keg Beers:
Soundwave , west coast IPA - soft and light - perfect for beginners  quite elegant - great for non-beer drinkers.
Yu Lu, loose leaf pale ale, Sour  and tea-like after taste.
Undercurrent , oatmeal plae ale  we had that with our starters - toasty taste
Ryesing Tides, Rye IPA - we had this with  chicken wings  - it has a sweet liquor  taste.
Bourbon Milkshake, Imperial Bourbon milk stout -  it went down very well with dessert.
Acid Jam, Imperial Kettle sour blend, smooth and sour  easy drinking.
Maiden, aged barley wine - wine / light beer type of drink. -  quite high in alcohol 11.6%

Dessert was a decadent and rich 72% chocolate mousse, salted peanut praline, creme fraiche  - Delicious!
Division_194  will be serving fabulous food at King & Co until the 4th June 2017.

 More at thekingandco.uk and at division194.com

Disclosure: I was a guest at this dinner. All views are my own.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Basque brunch at Eneko, London


Eneko at One Aldwych

Last year one of the best meals I ate was at Eneko by three Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa whose culinary inspiration comes from his hometown of Bilbao, with this in mind Chef Eneko has created one of London’s first and finest  Basque brunches.  Having just got back from the Basque Country myself, where I ate my weight in food and more, I was elated to sample more of this fabulous cuisine back home.  I loved Eneko the first time, read here,  but would I still love it the second time round?

It's an exciting menu with some of the dishes from the main menu and some new intriguing and stimulating dishes.  The kind of menu that makes you want to discover more and taste Basque cuisine.

The brunch menu at Eneko at One Aldwych is divided by four Basque culinary styles – Euskal Azoka (street food), Gallinero (eggs), Txoko (classics) and Asador (grill).

You can choose a la carte or tasting menu which consists of 5 dishes, tea and coffee at £50/head plus drinks.

We decided to go a la carte with three courses and bottle of delicious bottle of Cava Mas Macia from Penedes, a fresh, creamy and lively  Cava with intricate flavours of stone fruits, apple and some nutty, yeasty notes. Good acidity and a long, savoury finish.

The wine list is made up entirely by Spanish wines including four from Eneko’s family winery, Gorka Izagirre.

Food options are intended to be mixed, matched and share.  There's something for everyone. Brunch at Eneko at One Aldwych is available every weekend. Great way to spend with family and friends around the table, with good food, drinks, excellent and knowledgeable service.  The place is casual and yet elegant.

Our meal was delicious, and we lingered over the food not wanting the brunch ever to finish, but eventually it did.   Yes, I still love this place! 

Brunch at Eneko

Golden Mary / Spiced vodka, golden tomato juice, celery foam

 Oxtail on Milk Bread / Slow-cooked oxtail, Idiazabal cheese  and
Cerdito Caliente “Hot Hog” / Iberico ham, mushroom duxelle, Basque muffin


Egg Yolks Tempura - intense vegetable confit and the most incredible  bright yolk

Egg Yolks Tempura / Creamy potatoes, confit vegetables

Txuleta / Basque-style  juicy and tender prime rib of beef, excellent spring onion salad and skinny fries

Salted caramel mousse, cookie crumble - great textures every bit as delicious as the description!

Pineapple sorbet and foam, sweet celery ribbons - intriguing, refreshing and tasty




Brunch:
Saturday 11.30am-2.30pm
Sunday  11.30am-3.30pm
Book : eneko@onealdwych.com or call +44 (0)20 7300 0300
Walk-ins are also welcome.


 
Eneko at One Aldwych
One Aldwych
London WC2B 4BZ
T: 020 7300 0300
eneko@onealdwych.com
www.eneko.london

Disclosure: I was a guest of Eneko at One Aldwych. All views are my own. 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A stylish stay at The George Townhouse, Warwickshire


I love living in London, such a vibrant city. But  I understand the need to get out of the big smoke. I am a big fan of the English countryside; it's so lovely and calming.   A road trip in and around the Cotswold has been on the cards for a while. Two weeks ago I adventured on a solo trip to recharge the batteries and have a 'me time' without the noise of the big city. 

I drove through the Cotswold little villages and towns and arrived at The George Townhouse in Shipston-on-Stour in Warwickshire. I was thrilled when I arrived and saw my room.

The George has been in the neighbourhood for years.  Located on the edge of the Cotswold in England is an ideal place to spend time, relax and explore the area. 

The George got an extensive makeover in early 2016 that included all the 15 en-suite bedrooms. Found right at the heart of Shipston High Street, it stands at three and a half stories tall that make it the tallest structure on that stretch of land. It is a  Georgian townhouse  with 18th century features, which gives it a casual and yet an elegant look.

 


The rooms at The George Townhouse have been decorated using only high-quality materials and craftsmanship. They have a luxurious feel to them while providing comfort. All the rooms have an en-suite bathroom, and breakfast is included in the room rate. 

My room was at the top of the building and overlooked the town's church tower. There was a crystal carafe with brandy waiting for me!  There was also a beautiful Spa Box just next to be most amazing free standing Victorian bath.  Little details that make all the difference.  

My room was well appointed. Crisp white bedding 100% cotton, the room was spotless. It was very welcoming, comfortable, roomy and airy.  One thing I missed in the room was a folding luggage rack, the chairs in my room were so beautiful that I didn't want to rest my suitcase on them.

There was complimentary, water still and sparkling, tea, hot chocolate  and an excellent Nespresso machine and coffee pods.  Crisps and biscuits were on offer as well.

 



The Spa box!


 


Eating  at The George Townhouse

The George Townhouse serves meals from breakfast to dinner. The ground floor you will find the parlour, where you can eat your first meal of the day. Lunch can be eaten in the garden room or in the swish dining room. Most of the food served at The George Townhouse is sourced locally. 

The Bar at The George Townhouse

Dinner
Aperol Spritz
Twice baked cheddar soufflé, spinach & grain mustard sauce - it was very lightevenly risen and slightly wobbly, the creamy sauce with mustard worked very well with the cheese and spinach
8oz. Todenham farm rump steak, triple cooked chips, peppercorn sauce, served medium-are and no blood running, excellent  and quality meat! The peppercorn sauce that accompanied the steak was very tasty.
My dessert: Espresso Martini - It had to be done!
Stolichnaya Vodka, Tia Maria & Espresso Coffee
Breakfast

Breakfast is  served from 8 am to 11 am, and it's a serious affair The menu is quite comprehensive. There's something for everyone. From a full English which consists of Todenham Farm sausages & dry cured bacon, roasted flat cap mushroom, grilled plum tomato, black pudding, dripping beef toast, baked beans, two of eggs of your choice & toast; to  eggs Benedict, toasted English muffin, poached egg, ham & Hollandaise  to a much lighter option Fresh fruit salad and granola. 

The breakfast buffet is beautifully presented with fresh local bread, croissant, toasts, fruits, cereals, fresh fruits, juices & more! 
 Buttermilk pancakes, smoked bacon & maple syrup

The staff at The George are from the nearby neighbourhoods, young, polite and enthusiastic.  They can provide you with information about places to visit while you are in town. The next time you are in Shipston-on-Stour or in the vicinity, be sure to drop by The George Townhouse whether you are going to stay for the night, have a glass of wine, or dine in.


The George Townhouse press

For bookings: book@thegeorgeshipston.co.uk
www.thegeorgeshipston.co.uk

THE GEORGE TOWNHOUSE
8 High Street,
Shipston-on-Stour,
Warwickshire,
CV36 4AJ

Rooms rates (2017)
From £100-£200 during the week (depending on the chamber) and from £140-£250 at weekends on a B&B basis and including VAT
Standard rooms from £100-£130 a night
Superior rooms from £120-£140
Deluxe Rooms from £140 to £160 per night
Deluxe Plus from £160 to £180
The Suite from £200 to £240 per night

Disclosure: I was a guest of The George Townhouse. All views are my own.

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