A Food Tour with Chef Liam Barker and AirBnB

AirBnB has launched their city experiences to allow visitors and residents of cities around the world, including ones staying in accommodation booked via them, to go on adventures together to get to know their host city better.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

Liam is a chef by background, and has many years experience in the kitchens of some of London and the UK’s best restaurants and hotels. This in-depth understanding of food and his passion to share his knowledge comes across during the tour through his warm persona and ‘get involved and I will show you’ method of teaching.

Image courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker

We were invited on a soft launch of his new North London cooking experience – a foodie tour around his favourite shops to get provisions of some of North London’s best ingredients before cooking up a storm and settling down to enjoying dinner together. We met up in Camden Passage, just down the street from Angel station, outside Moxtons fishmongers. Liam explained about the different types of fish on display and how to tell that fish are fresh.

 

We then walked a short distance to master chocolatier Paul A Young so we could get a small giftbox selection of chocolates each for our sweet treats at the end of the meal.

 

Next we went to Mrs’ Lovells green grocers where we picked up our fruit and veg we needed, including an unusual ingredient – smoked garlic. This has quite an intense aroma (could smell it in the taxi!) and was fun to try and locate in the green grocers.

 

Finally, we made a pit-stop at Highbury Vinters wine shop to pick up essential wine supplies that would complement the meal we were cooking.

 

Liam had an Uber people carrier on standby to ferry us from one location to another, when it was too far to walk – you need to save some energy for cooking right?

We were finally whisked to a terraced house that has a café by day and which has a small kitchen and eclectic dining room where Liam hosts the cookery masterclass aspects of his food tour. Before starting cooking, we cracked open a bottle of wine and had a competition to see who could pick out the notes of the wine – a hint: no wrong answers!

 

We put our sea bass to bed encased in a cave of a mixture of 1kg of Maldon sea salt and whipped egg white.

 

Before the oven treatment:

 

And here he is in all his baked glory the sea bass ladies and gentlemen!

 

 

– with a golden brown coloured salt crust:

Images courtesy of: Chef Liam Barker and Connie Consumes

When Liam produced the blowtorch to blowtorch the butterflied prawns, it brought back memories of my childhood having fun cooking by fire, including making chapattis puff up directly on the hob and toasting marshmallows.

We made some Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts for starters.

 

So you know that delights you are in for, the menu we enjoyed on the night included:

 

Beetroot, horseradish and mayonnaise toasts

 

Blowtorched blackened tiger prawns

 

Salt crust baked sea bass

 

New Potatoes with dill

 

Citrus leaf salad

 

Braised cos lettuce

 

Accompanying selection of wines specially chosen by Chef Liam

 

Here is the finished dish – what a colourful plate of food:

 

 

What are you waiting for – head over to AirB&B’s site and book Chef Liam’s awesome North London food tour for an unforgettable experience lasting about 4-5hours, and learn to make some beautiful British dishes in an evening of cookery in Islington!

 

Twitter: @ChefLiamUK @e1Lifemag @Airbnb @Airbnb_uk #EatLikeAChef #Moxtons @paul_a_young #MrsLovells #greengrocer @HighburyVintner

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Websites:

 

http://chefliam.co.uk/

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/

 

https://www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences

 

 

Great also meeting fellow foodie friend and blogger Connie and her partner.

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Get ready for Levantine delights at Ceru, newly opened in South Kensington!

We ventured to Ceru’s Test Kitchen in Bermondsey for a food and cocktails pairing in preparation for Ceru opening in South Kensington. After needing to use Google Maps to find their slightly hidden location, in the rain, we received a warm welcome from Patricia and husband Barry (CEO), and settled down at a communal table to a cocktail masterclass by Ceru’s mixologist Michael on how to make the perfect Tanqueray cucumber martini (£7.50); and that this would kick off the Tanqueray gin theme through the evening, as its botanical notes complement Levantine cuisine!

 

The fresh botanical notes and background note of mint complemented the traditional Levantine nibbles of fluffy, warm flat bread and fadi (£5.50) – a roasted courgette and tahini based dip.

Fadi – courgette, tahini, chilli , lemon juice and Greek yoghurt @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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Next followed beautifully light courgette fritters with a crisp exterior served with a za’atar dressing, garnished with spring onions, and on a mint and dill yoghurt dip (£6.25). The saltiness of the feta helped cut through the richer elements of this starter.

Courgette fritters @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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Perfectly spiced Persian Kaftas (£8.50) were next, with a second round of cucumber martinis!

Beef kofta @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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They were more delicately spiced than Indian kofta kebabs, and went well with the sauteed edamame beans and onions, and the tartness of the yoghurt helped cut through and balanced the sweeter notes of the dish.

Michael then decided that a lighter, citrusy Ginlette would match perfectly with the crisp Ceru Village Salad (£5.50). Loved the contrast of pita croutons with the summery sumac and za’atar (a mix of Levantine herbs) dressing.

 

We were then transported to the coast when the selection of citrusy coriander labneh, a spiced roasted beetroot and fennel salad (£4.95), and our favourite: Karides (£9)-sweet grilled garlic prawns arrived; bringing back wonderful holiday memories of seafood lunches by the waterfront. This was a great combination of flavours and textures that complemented each other.

 

We moved onto a palate cleansing Vine Cherry Tomato & Red Onion Salad (£5.25) with a wonderful Chateau Ksara red, with its super spiced notes and black cherry notes, that worked perfectly with the pretty plate of Rose Scented Kebab Skewers (£9.50) – soft, juicy marinated cubes of lamb served with a mint tzatziki and colourfully decorated with rose petals.

Lamb with rose petals. @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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And what better way to round of our meal than with beautifully presented desserts of Dark Chocolate Mousse (£4.50) served in a traditional Levantine tea cup and Flavours of Baklava (£5.25), and more cocktails.

Pistachio topped chocolate pot. @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen

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Cardamon icecream with nut brittle and nut crumble. @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @PatriciaCeru

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We adored the surprise of the sour cherries at the bottom of the chocolate pot which was complemented by the smoothness of the dark chocolate mousse and crunch from the pistachio top. Also, they had done a deconstructed baklava which had a fantastic hazelnut nut brittle and rounded off with a burnt honey caramel. We love desserts and are already planning on trying their Spice Roasted Pears when we visit, as we are always looking for ideas of what to do with out pears from the garden.

Wonderful Leventine food and hospitality, and fantastic cocktails to match by mixologist Michael. We love their healthier take on traditional Levantine dishes. What are you waiting for, go check them out!

 

Ceru’s new location and opening hours in South Kensington:

7–9 Bute Street
South Kensington
London,

SW7 3EY

Contact

020 3195 3001
info@cerurestaurants.com

Opening hours

Monday to Friday
8am — 11pm

Saturday
9am — 11pm

Sunday
9am — 10pm

http://www.cerurestaurants.com/

 

Twitter: @PatriciaCeru @CeruLondon #CeruKitchen @tanqueraygin

#Levantine #dessert #middleeastern #hotspot #southkensington #chocolate #treat #foodporn #cucumber #cocktail #cocktailhour @ChateauKsara

@vi_woo @GleeofLife @katiebhughes @vftg_uk

Thank you to Patricia for inviting us to Ceru’s Test Kitchen for a fun evening meeting, eating and drinking with fellow foodies including Vi Vian , Margita , Katie , and Shona .

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Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch

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We went to the relaunch of Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch (formerly known as Brindisa Tramontana). They’ve changed the restaurant to make it an all-day environment, building in extra power points for lap tops during the day and creating an open kitchen so you can enjoy watching the drama of chefs at work (if you want to see what it looked like before, check out our previous post here: https://goantolondon.wordpress.com/2014/10/11/brindisa-tramontana/ ).

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So you can pop in for a chorizo roll around 11 am, power through your work, and then you can reward yourself with one of their enormous orange and rosemary G&T’s (hey sometimes you have to take your motivation where you can get it!).

 

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They’ve also added a heated terrace at the back and I will say that even for someone like me, who is always cold, it was great. I hate wussy patio heaters where you have to swaddle your bottom half in blankets to remain outside. Here you can almost fool yourself that you’re in proper Spanish warmth! Whilst we were there they were cooking the paella in massive pans on the terrace, a lovely touch.

 

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One thing you can always rely on with Brindisa is impeccable sourcing. We talked to Juan, jamon carver extraordinaire, who told us that they source their acorn fed jamon from Extremadura and that a single leg of jamon can retail for £600 as they pack it in salt until it reduces to half its weight and then they hang it for 3 years or longer. It may be an expensive and time consuming process, but you can taste the depth of flavour in the finished product, this was some of the best jamon I’ve ever had.

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We also sampled some paella, jam packed with cuttlefish, huge prawns and mussels but I actually preferred the fideua, a Valencian dish that is similar to paella, which uses very thin pasta instead of rice so that some of the bottom strands go crispy and some remain soft after absorbing the stock. This was topped with a black garlic aioli (black garlic is whole bulbs that have been slowly heated over many months to create a caramelized flavour). I am firmly of the opinion that there is no such thing as too much garlic, but if you’re normally not a fan of aioli I would recommend this version, it’s much mellower and gentler.

 

 

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We finished with slices of almond and orange cake, a deliciously moist crumbly cake that had been drenched with orange syrup, which needed no accompaniment.

 

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I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse that this place is around the corner from me, I can see myself developing a very expensive jamon habit!

 

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An evening of gelato tasting at Marine Ices, Camden!

On a bright summer’s evening, we headed off to Camden for a gelato tasting session at Marine Ices. Love the wisteria, especially when it is in full bloom!

After a warm welcome from Eddie and Kitty, we settled down with fellow food bloggers in their bright private events room with coffees and teas and perused their standard and daily specials menus to see what treats we were in store for – sadly though, it was too cool that evening on the terrace to be enjoying their gelato comfortably; for another day to explore!

Choices, choices …

… now a bit of history and background to this unique gelateria:

Marine Ices was opened in Camden, London in 1931 by founder and gelato pioneer Gaetano Mansi bringing real Italian gelato to discerning Londoners; but then relocated down the Camden Road to larger premises with a terrace on 23rd August, 2014. Also, they migrate social media from @marineparlour to @MarineGelato in September, 2015. All change – and for the better!

They have a reputation for producing perfect gelato with authentic Italian flavours, plus also having inventive and interesting new flavour combinations on their ever changing specials menus. Also, they supply many restaurants, ice cream parlours, quality food shops and delicatessens around the country, so if you can’t make it to their own parlour in Camden your can still get their tasty gelato somewhere near you.

The gelato is now made in a state of the art creamery on the Myatt family’s own Suffolk farm, but they still stay true to the original Italian recipes of their founder.

We kicked off with Coppa Aldo : chocolate and tiramisu gelato with banana and hot fudge sauce.

We enjoyed the gelato, but were not keen on the addition of the banana. We hoped the next gelato surprise with please our palates more.

We were not disappointed – next was a Knickerbocker Glory. We loved the freshness of the peach and strawberry sorbet. The feeling of summer in a dessert!

Brownies we can never resist, so Chocolate Brownie Sundae was next on the list – wish we had smell o vision, it smelt So Good:

Lovely contrast of warm brownies against cold chocolate gelato – and a flat white, as coffee and icecream are a great combo.

They also serve a range of good quality Black Sheep coffees, as was the consensus around the table.

Everyone loves chocolate, so no surprise that a Coppa Stefania followed:

Particularly loved the addition of the liqueur soaked amarena cherries, which were complemented by the great texture created by the hazelnut nibs.

What better way to break up the marathon of gelato than with warm Belgian Waffles slathered in warm, velvety chocolate sauce! Perfect to provide that comforting feeling inside now that we are heading into Autumn.

Next: Peach melba – loved the juicy peaches complemented by the melba sauce. Though this time we thought that you could loose the cream on top. Saying that, this is personal preference; especially as we had already gone through quite a lot of gelato by this point!

 

If you are not sure what to get, then go for an open sundae: a combination of flavours ; like this one chosen by Maria of chocolate, caramel and brownies (a large version of the coppa stefania):

… and a close-up of this divine combination!

We rounded off the evening with our favourite flavours: Speculoos and Toffee Crunch – in waffle cones!

… “I am now ready for my close-up” !

 

We will be heading back to try their new Ferrero Rocher creation – one of our favourite chocolates, and now in gelato form!

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

Highly recommended, as they serve the best gelato we have found outside Italy!

Twitter: @MarineGelato @EdMyatt #marineices #gelato #foodbloggers #london @leavetheherd

@trapezeltd @FerreroRocherIT

#camden # #marineices

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Website:

marineices.co.uk

Thank you to Lilly and Laura for looking after us during the evening, and to Eddie (manager) and Kitty (Trapeze Media) for organising and inviting us to this fun gelato session.

Great also meeting both familiar and new fellow bloggers Alex, Vi Vian, Felicia, Maria (social manager for baagloo , a global social media app with a social conscience), Iris, Jessica, and Ioan.

Photo courtesy of: Marine Ices

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Vital Ingredient- salad strikes back!

Looking forward to #healthyfood #treats from @vitalingredient @VitalEatYourWay ! #cullumstreet #london

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I am not a subscriber to the clean eating movement. For those of you who know me, I’m probably the last person you would find spiralising courgette. However, I have to say Vital Ingredient has converted me! Normally, I think of salad as rabbit food and not filling enough for a long day at work, but I tried the Bang Bang chicken salad (£6.25) recently and it was delicious, full of crunch and flavour. It comprises chicken, roquito peppers, vegetables and sweet chilli & lime dressing so it also just happens to be both gluten and dairy free. I especially loved the dinky roquito peppers shaped like tiny teardrops, so cute! J got some of the hot food, sag paneer with brown rice (£5.95). This was warming and satisfying, and good to know that there are options other than salad for when the weather suddenly turns on you.

Get in the #rio2016 spirit with great #healthyfood #treats from @vitalingredient @VitalEatYourWay ! @AmoFranklin

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We each got one of their Raw and Naked drinks (£3.99), which comes as the raw ingredients chopped up which they blend at the counter with your choice of either apple juice or coconut water . I opted for Totally Tropical, a combo of apple, mango, pineapple goji berries and spinach, J got the Virgin Mojito.

#smoothies at @VitalEatYourWay @vitalingredient ! @AmoFranklin

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We finished up with one of their dessert pots, I got honey and granola (£1.99), which had just the right amount of sweetness, J got the coconut, mango and chia (£1.49).

 

Sometimes it’s nice to have your expectations confounded, Vital Ingredient we will be back!

Twitter: @vitaleatyourway @vitalingredient @amofranklin #PR #healthyfood #healthyeating #london #foodbloggers #Rio2016

 

Thank you to Amy at Feeding Franklin for organising our selection of healthy eating treats with Alex.

Summer memories of #foodbloggers sampling a selection of the lovely #healthy #salads , #breakfast pots , and #smoothies at @VitalEatYourWay @vitalingredient #GoldenSquare organised by @AmoFranklin with the welcoming Alex Heynes. Also, we had enjoyable chats with Alex & Amy , as well as fellow bloggers including Vi Vian @vivwoo , Jess @jesseatingeast & Rob @veggielad , and found out more about #vitalingredient . We recommend visiting your nearest branch of @vitalingredient , as they have superior quality and selection of products, in our opinion, to kick start your healthier lifestyle and meet your #healthfood daily requirements. Go check them out! #eatingoutlondon #londonisopen #londonfoodie #salad #summer #breakfastpot #healthysnacks #cleaneating #healthyliving #healthfood #healthyfood #food #breakfast #brunch #foodporn #fruitsalad #fruit #yoghurt #smoothies #smoothie #coconut #greensmoothie #foodphotography

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Barraka- Mediterranean and Moroccan flavours in Spitalfields!

We went along to check out Barraka, bringing the vibrant flavours of their Mediterranean – Moroccan homeland to Spitalfields.

I chose to get the salad bowl topped with the 28 day aged, grass fed rib eye (£9.25). This was full of flavour, you could really taste the quality of the meat (£5.25). J chose the chorizo baguette with white cabbage marinated in chilli and lime (£8.75).

 

And the finished Ribeye salad bowl! @barraka_ldn @tikichris #barrakaspitalfields @WhichitPro

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When we were talking to the owner Uri he said he had been inspired by Hawksmoor, to do something with the same quality but at a much more affordable level. When you’re building your salad bowl you should do as I did and opt to start with a generous smear of their fresh houmous, made with Ethiopian tahini. J also advises to get more chilli, as the chilli they use has a wonderful fruity flavour beside the chilli kick and heat.

 

 

Barraka were kind enough to give us a jar of this to take home, so now over to you dear readers, what would you like us to do with it?

Vote in the poll below!

What would you like us to make with the tahini – Savoury or Sweet?

 

Twitter: @barraka_ldn #barrakaspitalfields @spitalfieldsE1 @tikichris @WhichitPro @pilpell

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Thank you to Chris Osborn for inviting us to the press preview of Barraka, Uri from Barraka for looking after us during the evening, and Uri from WhichitPro for opening our minds to a new interesting and interactive web-based app that is perfect for bloggers.

 

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Fat Papaya- Fresh funky Indian, Wembley

We were invited to review Fat Papaya. The restaurant has a colourful interior and I think the cheerful emoji-like Fat Papaya character will really appeal to kids. We love their selection of favourite classics too!

Their head chef Silva and his kitchen team have all trained and have years of industry experience in luxury hotels in India, including in the kitchens of Taj, Radisson, Sheraton and Oberoi’s hotels. Their style of cooking is Pan Indian where dishes are from all across India, rather than your typical Indian restaurant that serve food from one single region. Their USP is to serve great quality luxury food at affordable prices. Each dish is prepared with authenticity in mind however the presentation styles of the dishes are modern and with a modern European presentation. You will be taken on a journey through different regions of India via their menu!

We settled in with a couple of cocktails, I chose the Kaffertini (gin, kaffir lime leaves and green apple syrup) and J got the Bombay Presidency (vodka, cinnamon syrup, apple and lime). We weren’t very keen on the cocktails as they tasted strongly of the artificial syrups that had been used. We think these would benefit from natural cordials instead as then the flavour would be less overpowering. These were served with fried and baked poppadoms and khakra accompanied by a selection of their unique chutneys: beetroot, mango and melon seed, and spicy garlic.

For starters, we ordered zafrani salmon tikka. This was lovely as salmon can stand up to intense flavours and the oiliness of the fish means it doesn’t dry out. We also ordered the meat sharing platter which comes with seekh kebab, tangri chicken, lamb chops and chicken tikka. This was beautifully presented in an old Indian iron (yes the thing to iron your clothes!) that used to have coals put in it to make it hot. It looked great but the only downside was that the food goes cold much quicker than if it had been on a sizzler platter. We discussed with the chef if there was any way of putting a hot plate in the bottom to keep things hot but he said they were worried about people burning themselves on the iron if they heated it up. The other starter was mutton rolls. These are from Sri Lanka and normally come with a pancake and breadcrumb covering but these were in filo, like mutton spring rolls. We prefer the more traditional covering but they still tasted good.

For mains we got half portions of the lamb and chicken biryani. We loved the biryanis as they had a really depth of flavour without being oily. The lamb was on the bone as it should be for extra flavour and everything tasted fresh. I think in poor Indian restaurants biryani can often be a way to use up old rice/meat and that definitely wasn’t the case here. A must order, especially if you like it spicy!

Sudhakar explained that they use different chillies/ peppers in various dishes as each one, such as the Andheri and Kashmiri chillies, have different flavour profiles and will add that extra element that makes their dishes stand out from any of your regular Indian restaurants. This can be seen in dishes like the beautifully flavoured Pondicherry mutton curry.

We got the Goan fish curry (well we had to didn’t we!) Again although not a traditional Goan curry, we enjoyed the sauce that complemented the delicate sea bass but didn’t overwhelm it. Chef Silva explained that his version of a Goan fish curry came from inspirations taken from the Andheri (West Mumbai) style of cooking where his wife is from. We loved the textural contrast from the fresh coconut and the crispy, fried lotus root. We also ordered the mirchi (chilli) paratha, but sadly this was more like a naan than a flaky, buttery paratha. The chicken kothu rotti has an interesting mixture of flavours and textures from the chopped up paratha and the sweet garden vegetables.

For desserts our first choices of cardamon pannacotta and gulab jamun weren’t available, so we ordered the lemon cheesecake and malai kulfi.

The lemon cheesecake lacked a strong lemon flavour and the base was very soggy. When we spoke to the chef he said he was considering using shortbread which would hopefully give a crisper base. The strawberry ice cream accompanying it was nice, and the chef said they make all their own ice creams and kulfis.

You could really tell as the malai kulfi was fantastic, fabulously creamy with a hint of saffron. Another must order!

On the whole we enjoyed our visit to Fat Papaya and we think with a few tweaks it could be great. They told us they have plans for a food truck and to visit festivals so keep your eyes peeled, you may be seeing a whole lot more of these guys!

Photo credit for the team photograph: Fat Papaya

Twitter: #fresh #funky #Indian #luxurychefs  #London #foodbloggers

@TajHotels @Radisson @sheratonhotels @OberoiGroup #chefs #PanIndian #Wembley

http://www.fatpapaya.com/

To book:

Call Fat Papaya on 020 8902 8238 or visit them at
FAT PAPAYA, 5 Ealing Road
Wembley, London
HA0 4AA

Our opening times are
Mondays – closed
Tuesday to Friday
12:00 to 15:30 and 16:00 to 23:00
Saturday, Sunday – 12:00 to 23:00

Don’t forget to check out their specials / offers boards when you visit too:

Thank you to Vijay and Sudhakar (co-owners) for the invite, as well as Sudhakar and Chef Silva for looking after us and explaining about the inspiration for their dishes.

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Planning a trip to Naples, Italy?

Naples, View of the Port

If you are planning a trip to Naples, Italy, as one of my friend’s is, then check out these useful websites:

http://theculturetrip.com/europe/italy/articles/insider-guide-to-napoli-s-10-stunning-cultural-restaurants-the-best-of-naples/

http://www.10best.com/destinations/italy/naples/restaurants/italian/

http://www.italia.it/en/home.html

Naples - The Castel Nuovo or Maschio Angioino

Naples – The Castel Nuovo or Maschio Angioino

Photo credit: The above photos are courtesy of Italian Tourism.

Twitter:

@riseboarders @detailsmag @DETAILS #myDETAILS @travelchannel  #traveltips #traveltuesday #recommendations @ItalianTouristB @10Best @CultureTrip @Italy_it

 

 

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Creole Kitchen at tiki paradise The Beachcomber Bar, Bayswater!

We trekked across town to Bayswater to check out the pop up in The Beachcomber Bar by Creole Kitchen chef and cookery writer Vanessa Bolosier.

We kicked off with plantain chips, plus bokit (spiced dough) and saltfish fritters served with avocado feroce and sauce chien (a traditional accompaniment to bokit) – light, salted white fish deep-fried morsels of deliciousness coupled with a creamy but spicy avocado dip!

Then we got a few cocktail masterclasses throughout the evening by head bartender Adam and associate Ash, with the ability to enjoy all these cocktails without having to put any of our bar skills to the test (a good thing for all I think, as we need practice!).

First up was a true tiki cocktail of Root 666 – including Jagermeister, Koko Kanu, coconut, with an unusual addition of beetroot:

Then followed The Agwadisiac – you can pretend you’re by a sea, with a cocktail as azure as this:

Aubergine patties were wonderful comforting mouthfuls and were so moreish, and reminded us of the goan sausage patties we get back in Goa!

This goes well with Vanessa’s authentic Creole coconut coleslaw. Though, warning: her super spicy coleslaw packs a punch with the chilli, and has get elements of coconut and fresh ginger, but gets you craving to go back for more!

Don’t forget that you could be luck and win discounts with a roll of the dice – as modelled by the lovely Katy:

Rounded off the evening with wonderful dessert cocktails of Mad Hatter Ti Party and The Mochalada – two of Vanessa and Adam’s favourite desserts in cocktail form – not giving anymore away, you will just have to go to find out more!

Go visit The Beachcomber and experience the delicious Caribbean culinary treats from Vanessa coupled with the amazing cocktails created by Adam, and be transported to Vanessa’s home of Guadeloupe and Martinique!

Finally, this evening, Thursday 9th June,2016,  The Beachcomber Bar will be hosting a special “Creole Curry for Change” supperclub feast with cooking from both Creole Kitchen’s lovely Vanessa Bolosier and the amazing Taste Mauritius’ Chef Selina Periampillai to raise vital funds for Find Your Feet. Tickets are still available to purchase here.

Please help support a great charitable cause!

 

The Beachcomber,

86 Queensway,

W2 3RR.

Website: thebeachcomber.co.uk

 

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https://www.amazon.co.uk/Creole-Kitchen-Sunshine-Flavours-Caribbean/dp/1909815926/280-9382543-1096602?ie=UTF8&keywords=creole%20kitchen&qid=1429265475&ref_=sr_1_1&s=books&sr=1-1

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Great meeting fellow foodies including Chris , Michelle and Jane, Nick and Helen, Alicia and Natalie, Saff and Ade , Lucy and Daisy, and Anastasia.

Thanks also to Katy from Market Fresh Communications for inviting us to the Creole Kitchen launch.

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