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St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster celebrates its annual honey month

Throughout September, the deluxe St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster celebrates its annual honey month, to coincide with the harvest of honey collected from its resident 350,000 Buckfast bees. The sweet fruits of their labour are used in the hotel’s seasonal Honey Afternoon Tea, and Buzzy Bees Kid’s Tea created by new Executive Head Chef, Alexander Boyd – whilst the Caxton Bar and Terrace will feature a selection of special honey cocktails. www.sterminshotel.co.uk

As well as creatively utilising the St. Ermin’s delicious honey, Alexander makes the most of the hotel’s thriving new Roof Kitchen Garden, which like its bees, produces fantastic fresh produce – such as the tomatoes and herbs showcased in the new Honey Afternoon Tea. Available from £32pp the menu features inspired savoury dishes including honey glazed gammon sandwiches with St Ermin’s tomatoes, josper oven roasted vegetable tart with honey and thyme – as well as sweet delicacies, such as glazed carrot and honey cake, passionfruit mousse with honey glazed popcorn and honey and lemon posset with candied ginger. If it’s a family occasion, kids can enjoy a Buzzy Bees tea featuring such bee-licious treats as, honey roast ham sandwiches, black and yellow Battenberg cake, chocolate brownies with honeycomb and mini bee macarons – at £15pp.

In its continued efforts to support urban beekeeping and encourage sustainability in the city; the St. Ermin’s is once again offering urban beekeeping taster workshops with top beekeeper Camilla Goddard. Taking place on the 17th September and 1st October, the course is a great way for participants to get a real interactive experience handling bees, managing their hives and collecting raw honey. The 2.5-hour workshops outline the complexities of bee society; highlight the close relationship between bees and flowers and give guidance on what to plant, when and where and how best to site hives in gardens or allotments.    

Visitors can head to the third floor Bee Terrace – home to London’s only Bee & Bee, to watch the colony in action (behind the glass viewing platform), and see what all of the buzz is about! With easy access to some of London’s most prestigious gardens, collecting pollen from the likes of Buckingham Palace and St James’ Park, the St. Ermin’s Buckfast bees produce approximately 25lb of delectable honey each year – inspiring it’s kitchen to create outstanding seasonal menus.

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London based Pod release summer menu with adventurous theme

Pod is used to standing out from the crowd and its exiting new summer menu additions, inspired by the flavours and tastes from around the world, will again thrill customers.

The sun is shining, the temperature is starting to rise and the summer months stretch in front of us – the perfect time for London’s most innovative healthy food-to-go group pod to reveal its summer specials.

With 22 shops in London and counting, pod continue to blossom in the capital thanks to their commitment to seasonal menus, innovative recipes and dedication to on-site food preparation since 2005.

pod’s summer adventure will take its customers around the globe in a culinary tour that is filled with fresh food, completely new creations and taste sensations from its ever imaginative development team.

So what’s new on the pod summer menu?

How about a foodie favourite breakfast of avocado and feta on toast with a fresh chilli kick? Or perhaps a Summer Glow Mango porridge to fuel up the Caribbean way?

As a bit of healthy fun, they have bought a (non-alcoholic) Pina Colada to their blended-to-order Blitz range. Handmade with fresh pineapple, spinach, coconut, spinach and orange, there’s no need for added sugar.

pods’ power ingredients are scattered through their healthy snacks with a Matcha yoghurt made with quinoa and pistachio and a refreshing Strawberry yoghurt topped with micro basil.

The new Mediterranean tomato, nut-free pesto and mozzarella salad hero’s healthy fats with a grassy olive oil dressing. Served with or without chicken.

Lunchtimes are always an adventure at pod, so its Balinese chicken salad or wrap ticks more than a few boxes. Crying out Indonesia, they’re made with chicken, Balinese dressing, mayo, coconut, coriander, peas, beetroot, seeds and cabbage – fragrant, and both sweet and spicy. It’s superfood heaven with a little bit of everything combined – and both less than 400 calories.

 

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Famous for their exotic hot pods, the new Indian Pasanda, with or without chicken is the perfectly spiced hero of the summer menu; a dish packed with authentic India, without sending you packing!

One of its new baguettes might tempt you with the Vietnamese/French fusion that is the Banh mi pulled pork – or try the mozzarella, pesto, avocado and sun-blush tomato version – both served on superseed baguettes and packed with goodness and flavour.

pod’s chefs source only the finest ingredients for their in house developed recipes, taking their bi-weekly chef special’s to an even higher level – check the Brazilian Xin Xim chicken stew, Piccalilli pulled pork and the Sri Lankan chicken, each served on three grain rice and topped with fresh herbs and served with a delicious side salad. Refreshing yet complex in flavour – you’ll know what pod mean when you are finishing the last mouthful of these taste adventures.

And don’t get pod started on the first up chef special Cape Malay chicken curry! The South African gluten-free curry combines sweet and savoury flavours using apricots and a tangy tomato sauce – delicious.

This is just a taste of pod’s new menu and with so many new additions to an already exhaustive list, why not try a different lunch every day as you circumnavigate the globe on a tastebud adventure that keeps energetic Londoners coming back for more.

pod only make tasty, intelligent food that reflect the people who eat it – ambitious, health conscious and smart.

pod have built a reputation that it is rightly proud of because its sole aim is to keep our customers at their peak via quick access to ‘kick-start-your metabolism’ breakfasts, delicious light, adventurous lunches along with fresh immune-boosting drinks.
Of course, the ‘pod populars’ are all still there on the menu – see full details at www.pod.co.uk.

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For 3rd Year Running Buddha Bar Restaurant London Nominated for Best Restaurant and Best Interior

There is always plenty to celebrate at Buddha Bar Restaurant London, but hopefully soon it will be winning the Best Restaurant Bar and Best Interior at the London Bar and Club Awards 2016.

Stefan Stefanov, the managing director of Buddha-Bar Restaurant London is taking his team to the London Bar and Club Awards this coming Monday 6th June with hopes of winning the Best Restaurant Bar award for the third year in a row.

This should not come at any great difficulty to Buddha-Bar Restaurant London as they pride themselves on phenomenal food, impeccable service, and their exotic atmosphere.

 

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Their signature ‘1001 Nights’ – with live music, delectable treats from special menus, and belly dancers unleash the wild happenings of the Middle East. It really is a truly diverse evening with flavours nowhere else in London can offer.

“We recognize the importance of driving real, authentic and passionate experiences. Our guests love what we currently offer, but we want to give them even more” explains Stefan Stefanov. He adds: “Buddha Bar is ready to innovate and take Pan-Asian dining to the next level in London”

The already award-winning Buddha-Bar Restaurant London offers the very best in experiences and tastes, all part of the most extraordinary journey you can enjoy in London. Time to upgrade your summer and set the pleasure bar as high as it will go. A must go to spot in London!

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Panzerotto Pugliese, London’s New Italian Street Food Craze

An Italian street vendor is making waves on London’s already-vibrant food scene, with an exciting new concept – the Panzerotto Pugliese.

The Panzerotto Pugliese is a circle of pizza dough, formed into a crescent and stuffed with mouth-watering tomato and mozzarella as a flavourful base. The crescent dough is then fried in abundant seed oil, for a tantalizing and authentic Italian flavour. The dish can also be enjoyed with a multitude of variants, from minced beef and peppers to chicken, pulled pork or fresh vegetables. Enjoyed all over Italy, this delicious street food is now taking London’s food market by storm.

 

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The Panzerotto, aside from being the inspiration for the stall name – Panzerotto Blues – is reminiscent of the calzone , a twist on the conventional pizza which also takes that crescent shape. But while the calzone is made with regular bread dough, the Panzerotto is made from traditional pizza dough, which lighter and crispier when it’s been fried or baked.

Gianni Perillo is the man bringing the Panzerotto Pugliese to the streets of London. His Italian street food stall is located at Greenwich Market on Thursdays and Fridays, and word is quickly spreading about the delightful Italian delicacy he’s serving up, freshly baked every day.

 

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Gianni says, “When you think of the Italian street food market, you think of the conventional pizzas and pasta dishes that have been a staple in UK diets for years. But being a street trader has taught me that English palates are ready for something new! The Panzerotto Pugliese is a brand new concept for the UK, packed with real Italian ingredients and made fresh right in front of every customer’s eyes – get ready for an Italian taste sensation like nothing you’ve ever experienced!”

Gianni hails from Altamura – the tiny town in Puglia, which famously forced the closure of a McDonald’s branch in 2002. This fight against the flattening of tastes was deeply ingrained in Gianni’s psyche, and good, authentic food has been a staple of his life since then.

 

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As well as seeking the please the palates of UK food fans, Gianni wishes to inspire every customer visiting his stall. He firmly believes that anyone can achieve their dreams – Gianni himself went from working in the sales department of an international petrol company to running his own street food stall. He now indulges his passion for food every day, and wants to encourage others to protect and pursue their dreams in the same way.

For more information about Panzerotto Blues, visit: www.facebook.com/panzerottoblues

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Best Restaurants in London for Food Lovers

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London indeed stands tall when it comes to palaces, monuments and libraries. Apart from the rich cultural heritage that the city boasts of, it also offers culinary delights people totally swear by. From elegant fine dining restaurants to small and lovely eateries, London suits diverse tastes and preferences.

Read on to explore some of the favourite places to eat in London.

Burger and Lobster

Serving American and seafood, this classic restaurant offers a warm and lovely environment. With a delectable variety on the food menu and an exhaustive drinks menu, Burger and Lobster is a good choice to indulge in seafood.

The restaurant is located in Farringdon and is well connected to various parts of London via Farringdon Tube Station.

Pachamama

Serving Peruvian cuisine, Pachamama is a recent addition to London’s impressive dining scene. Dishes made with British ingredients served with cocktails and mocktails in colonial-style environs is the reason why Pachamama is popular with people.

Nestled in Marylebone, Pachmama is close to Bond Street Tube Station.

Lobster Kitchen

Lobster Kitchen offers American and Seafood in a casual New England-inspired seafood setting. A must-go place for lobster lovers, Lobster Kitchen is located in Bloomsbury close to Tottenham Court Road Tube Station.

Social Eating House

Social Eating House is a low lit and diverse bar with leather booths and a copper bar. The Social Eating House offers an excellent range of cocktails and smart food and is located on Poland Street.

Dinings

Nestled on Harcourt Street, Dinings is the place to go to indulge in a unique mix of sushi and Japanese tapas-style dishes. The surroundings are simple yet beautiful.

Sushi Tetsu

A small and traditional Japanese Sushi Bar, Sushi Tetsu is run by husband and wife duo. The restaurant specialises in Sushi and Sashimi. Chef Toru offers a relaxed Sushi experience to the passages of Clerkenwell.

Chiltern Firehouse

Located beside a luxury bespoke 26-room hotel, the Chiltern Firehouse is famous for glamour-chic dining. Come here and enjoy your meal at the beautiful open kitchen counter. The designer’s restaurant’s chef Nuno Mendes ensures high quality meal with his original delicacies.

You might just spot a celebrity here.

Lemonia

Always packed with locals and hungry families, Lemonia offers a delicious supply of Hellenic small-dish meze dips, starters and hot breads. The rustic mains like slow-baked kleftiko lamb in lemon, Greek yogurt–and–potato moussaka, herb-stuffed tomatoes, classic eggplant and grilled prawns to name some are the most popular dishes.

You’ll certainly love the friendly Greek service and hospitality here.

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Wildfire Pro’s Notting Hill Christmas Bazaar

As the festive season draws closer, the countdown is on for the capital’s most anticipated Christmas event – The Notting Hill Christmas Bazaar. The traditional Christmas extravaganza is coming to town for two days only, on 28 – 29 November at the decadent 20thCentury Theatre, Notting Hill, and has something for all the family.

 

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In the decadent setting of the 20thCentury Theatre, which is set to be transformed into a festive emporium, visitors can find the perfect gift this Christmas. The traditional fair will house unique retailers selling everything from cards and quirky gift wrap to stocking fillers and personalised gifts. Additionally the bazaar will feature Christmas foodie delights, seasonal tipples and a Santa’s Grotto for the children.

Nisa Berzeg of Wildfire Pro, the organisers of the event said, “With less than a fortnight to go to the big weekend, the countdown is well and truly on for us and all our wonderful exhibitors. It’s such a special time of year and we’re delighted to welcome visitors from all over the UK to come and experience the festive cheer and warm atmosphere in the 20thCentury Theatre. It’s a treat for all the family.”

 

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Father Christmas has decided to take time out from his busy schedule to visit all the children at The Notting Hill Christmas Bazaar. Families will be bringing their kids to have their photo taken, receive a gift and put in their special requests for Christmas Day. However, he’s a popular chap so parents are being urged to book tickets for the grotto in advance.

The family friendly event will also provide a crèche and play area for the little ones to give the adults some quiet shopping time and allow them to fully experience the festive day out. Families and groups of friends can also head to the Yellow Room which will be serving up some irresistible festive treats. From mince pies and roasted chestnuts to mulled wine and festive fizz, there’s delicious surprises for everyone.

The Notting Hill Christmas Bazaar is the ultimate Christmas family fair in West London, and is not to be missed.

 

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Opening times: Saturday 28thNovember 12pm – 8.30pm

Sunday 29thNovember 12pm – 6pm

Venue: 20thCentury Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2QA

Entry is subject to a fee, with tickets available to buy in advance from £2.50 from the website and from £5 on the day at the door. A free glass of mulled wine, festive fizz or non-alcoholic cocktail is included in the ticket price.

For more information about exhibiting at or tickets for attending the bazaar, please visit the website: http://www.nottinghillchristmasbazaar.co.uk/

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Laksha Bay delivering taste of India to streets of London

Londoners and tourists visiting the capital heading out for authentic Indian cuisine often head to the well-known curry hubs: Brick Lane, Soho and various high streets in the boroughs of London. But one impressive Indian restaurant and takeaway is giving world-renowned curry a new home, in the heart of Wapping and East London. Laksha Bay, a long established curry house has transformed Wapping into the hot new destination for curry lovers.

Bringing a taste of the real India to the streets of East London, Laksha Bay has a large fan base of customers who regularly travel across London and from further afield to dine in the first class restaurant. Its takeaway service is also a firm favourite of locals who get to sample the delicious delicacies of South East Asia in their own homes. The flavoursome food and five star service is highlighted in one customer’s TripAdvisor review: “My husband and I make the trip to Wapping every 3 months or so as to get the best Indian food in the UK…we are never disappointed.”

Head Chef at Laksha Bay, Anayet Hussain, said “London is one of the best curry destinations in the world. But many people are priced out of the fancy Indian restaurants in Soho and Chelsea, and while Brick Lane is a top choice for curry and Bengali cuisine, the crowds and touts can put some people off. Wapping is a lively neighbourhood near the river, and we are putting it on the map for a firm British favourite – curry.”

Laksha Bay serves up an array of mouth-watering dishes, marrying authentic and modern cooking techniques. Offering a twist on one of the nation’s favourite meals, the Nepali Chicken Tikka Masala is a refreshing sweet and sour dish with lemon zest and a hint of mango, while the spicy Kolkata Lamb delivers tender pieces of meat prepared traditionally for an unprecedented flavour.

The man behind the Wapping establishment, Fareed Nabir, recently won an award at the British Bangladeshi Business Awards for “Entrepreneur of the Year.” With the success of the restaurant ever growing, the recognition from the Asian community firmly establishes Laksha Bay as a curry house to watch out for.

To find out more about the delicious Indian dishes on offer at Laksha Bay, visit http://www.lakshabay.co.uk to make your reservation or order online.

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Soupe du Jour’s delicious solution for winter healthy eating regime

Gwyneth Paltrow has spoken out about her fondness for swapping juices for soups in the depths of winter – and now London eatery Soupe du Jour is stepping forward with a delicious and healthy solution for all those who want to give their winter healthy eating regime a kick-start.

The soup bar which boasts two locations in Soho and the City, offers a full menu of nutritious soups, as well as an ever-changing ‘soup of the day’ to keep things interesting for all those who want to tackle their very first soup cleanse challenge!

Last week, A-list star Gwyneth wrote on her lifestyle blog, Goop, about the benefits of switching juice cleanses for soups. The soups offer all of the same health benefits, without compromising on a hot, comforting meal! Gwyneth, famed for her commitment to health and fitness, said that during the winter months, when our bodies ‘crave warmth and comfort’, drinking juice at every meal sometimes isn’t appealing. She recommends switching to soup – ‘the ultimate comfort food’ as an equally nourishing wintertime alternative.

Julia Victoria Ebert, Co-Founder and Director at Soupe du Jour, says “We want to echo Gwyneth’s words and encourage more people to take on a soup cleanse! Sometimes, when it’s cold outside and you’ve had a long day, you need something a little more comforting than a bottle of pure juice. All of our soups here at Soupe du Jour are home-made and packed with the kind of fresh, nutritious ingredients that are the staples of any healthy eating plan. We offer a wide range of soups and tasty toppings, as well as a ‘soup of the day’, which could be anything from broccoli and spinach to beetroot and carrot!”

Daniel Auner, Co-Founder and CEO, adds “With our two accessible stores in Soho and the City, and a full delivery service also available, taking part in a soup cleanse is simple and easy. It’s also a great way to eat smart without breaking the bank – our tasty and filling soups start at just £4.50 each, with a wide range of customisable options so you can make every meal truly suited to your own tastes. Who said healthy eating was boring?”

Soupe du Jour offers soups ‘just like Grandma used to make’, but with a unique modern twist. Drawing on their own experience of soups from across the continent, the team at Soupe du Jour curated a menu that offers all the authentic flavour of home cooking, with fresh ingredients from the finest local suppliers. Whether opting for a traditional tomato soup, or one of the more unusual ‘soup of the day’ options, each meal is guaranteed to be tasty, filling, nutritious and budget-friendly – everything a new soup cleanser could want from a meal!

The soups are available with handmade bread from German artisans, and there are a range of healthy sides and toppings for those who want something more substantial in their diet. All of the classic soups on the menu, and many of the ever-changing soups are dairy, gluten and sugar free – perfect for those with allergies and intolerances, and ideal for anyone looking to cut those ingredients from their diet.

For more information about soup cleanses, or Soupe du Jour, visit the website: http://www.soupe-du-jour.com/

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London Artisan Patisserie take on American favourite S’mores

Renowned Kensington Patisserie is proud to launch its brand new decadent treat – the S’more. Traditionally an American campfire favourite, the Anges de Sucre range of S’mores has a signature British flair and is made with premium ingredients including the finest Belgian chocolate and organic vanilla pods.

Each indulgent, hand-crafted S’more is lovingly made with own-recipe rye biscuits – taking inspiration from the iconic American Graham cracker – topped with homemade gourmet marshmallows and a thick, generous layer of smooth Belgian chocolate. The impeccable result of the different textures married with the tempting flavours is a delectable sweet snack to be loved by all ages.

 

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Reshmi Bennett, Founder of Anges de Sucre says, “Anyone with a sweet tooth will adore a S’more. I’ve been a fan of the North American traditional treat since I was a child living in Canada, but the Anges de Sucre S’mores are a superior, grown-up version of the campsite treat. We make each element from scratch, where the rye biscuits are also infused with cinnamon and acacia honey and our marshmallows are utterly mouth-watering.”

As each separate ingredient is handmade by the boutique patisserie, Anges de Sucre has invented a number of variations on the classic S’more. There are three different taste bud tantilising flavours available:

Golden Graham – a fluffy vanilla bean pod mallow, sandwiched in between two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits and finished off with Belgian chocolate and smooth sea-salted caramel.

Triple Chocolate – cocoa rye biscuits with a delicious chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate ganache and a sumptuous layer of sea-salted caramel.

PB – A nod to the other side of the pond, the PB is the ultimate American dream with organic peanut butter and Belgian chocolate dripping from a vanilla pod marshmallow, held together by two cinnamon-sugar rye biscuits.

 

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Each beautiful indulgence is available loose in-store at the Kensington sweet shop, or can be ordered online in assortments of three for UK-wide delivery, or in large quantities for events, parties and weddings. The brand new range of S’mores are the latest creation from the artisan patisserie, which has become renowned for its high-end tasty treats including its very own invention, the Muffle.

Reshmi added, “Our S’mores offer that perfect combination of savoury and sweet which makes the ultimate delicacy. They would make the perfect Easter gift for someone who finds the traditional chocolate egg too rich.”

To find out more about Anges de Sucre and its delectable gourmet sweets, visit the website: http://www.angesdesucre.com/

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