Seasons Greetings and an early Happy New Year for 2018 to you all!!!
Hope you have enjoyed our blog posts and social media coverage of different travel locations, restaurants and various events over the last year.
Great also seeing familiar faces on the food, travel and lifestyle scene whom we have got to know over these last eight years, plus constantly connecting and meeting new people.
Have fun bringing in the New Year, look forward to making further new connections over the coming year, and continue to follow our food and travel adventures around the world both on the blog and also via our social media!
* Also, as we mentioned previously at Christmas time, from beginning of January, 2018 we will be running more competitions to celebrate our international blog turning 5 years old (2012- 2017) – so don’t forget to say in touch. 😎 *
We went to Prime Gelato in Soho to try out Mirko’s range of proper Italian gelato.
Mirko is from Italy originally and you can tell because so is everything else in his shop, from the Ferrari of ice cream machines to the pistachios that he imports from Sicily (they’re the best dontcha know!). J was very impressed by the gleaming chrome machines but I was instantly drawn to the counter as that’s where the gelato was. Unlike other shops Mirko doesn’t leave his gelato open to the elements, the lids on top maintain the constant perfect temperature, but thats only indicative of his devotion to the religion of gelato! We sampled pretty much most of his range of gelatos and sorbets. I loved the nut flavours, espcially the hazelnut (imported from Turin) and the peanut which Mirko carefully balanced with his own recipe for salted caramel to make the poshest Snickers gelato ever (I’m not sure that’s the frame of reference he would use!)
Normally I’m not a fan of sorbet, finding them too gritty or crunchy. But those amazing machines come into their own allowing Mirko to create almost creamy tasting sorbets with the purest fruit flavours, I especially liked the mango, a blast of sunshine on these wintery days.
Mirko also does vegan gelatos, much to the delight of our friend and fellow blogger Naomi who can’t eat dairy. We sampled some and I have to say for vegan gelato they were pretty darn good. And at only for a small cup I don’t think you can get better gelato in London. We watched Mirko very sweetly offer a free cone to someone who had already purchased a strawberry cone from a competitor. Frankly it’s good marketing because once you taste Mirko’s gelato you won’t be going anywhere else!
#gelato #mirkomazzone @naomi__loo
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Thank you to Naomi
for inviting us, and Mirko
for a fun evening. Great also seeing fellow bloggers Amy
Posted in Exotic Fruits, FODMAP, FODMAP diet, Gelato, IBS friendly diet, Italian, London, Prime Gelato, Shaftesbury Avenue, Tottenham Court Road, use of modern ingredients
Tagged #gelato, #mbtmeetup, #mirkomazzone, @MrTimChow, @naomi__loo, Central St Giles, Exotic Fruits, FeedingFranklin, Gelato, London, Prime Gelato, Shaftesbury Avenue, Tottenham Court Road
On a rainy midweek evening, what better way to cheer your spirits up than with … proper Czech lager and koláčes.
Koláčes are traditional Czech delicacies that are a cross between pastries and the comforting inner hug you get from a donut – and we learnt that they are the trendiest thing around to be munching on anytime of the day!
The guys from Budvar brought over from South Bohemia, Czech Republic the best koláčes baker they had found to show us how it should be made (tab through the pics and watch the video – or head to our Instagram page).
We also learnt that the honey notes of this original, traditionally made, Czech lager complements the fruity flavours and spiced notes of all of the koláčes we had the pleasure of sampling that evening.
You can find a comprehensive koláčes recipe from Budvar, courtesy of About Time Magazine (one of our favourite magazines):
Go and bake some to find out what we are all raving about, and then settle down with a Budvar in hand to get that true Czech experience. A perfect pick-me up for these autumnal evenings!
Twitter: @untoldagency #czechbakeoff #koláčes @budvaruk
#budvar #noshortcuts #czech #lager #drinkpairing #UntoldStories @abouttimemag
Thank you to the lovely Amy from Untold Agency for inviting us, great seeing fellow bloggers at the event, Theo and Rob from Budvar for enabling us to have a better understanding about original Czech lager/ beer, Simon for hosting us in his fab house in Maida Hill, and last but definitely not least the warm and enthusiastic chef Ria.
Posted in Amy Franklin PR, Baking events, Budweiser Budvar, Cakes, Czech, Drinks, London, Untold Agency
Tagged #drinkpairing, #noshortcuts, #untoldagency, #UntoldStories, baking, beer, Budweiser Budvar, Czech, Czech Lager, Czech pastries, goantolondon, koláčes, Lager, London, Maida Hill, Maida Hill Place, original, Untold Agency, West London
So it’s scenario I think we can all relate to. You’re back from holiday, you’re hungry, there’s nothing in the fridge and you’re too tired to go shopping. Previously I might have got a dirrrty Maccy D’s (other fast food outlets are available) but I’m better than that now. I’m also too broke to get a classier takeaway (did I mention I’ve just been on holiday?!) So I hoick some dry roast chicken out of the freezer and stare at it sadly. What I really want are chicken satay noodles but I also really don’t want to cook. Then inspiration hits me. What I had was (this sentence always make me think of MacGyver. For younger readers, he was the eponymous hero of an 80s TV show where, in order to defeat the bad guys, he would routinely have to construct a nuclear reactor out of bits of cardboard that were lying around wherever he happened to be trapped. Luckily he was a scientist so he could do this. He would start his voiceover with “What I had was”, list the bits of tat, and then explain how to make a nuclear reactor in 5 easy steps. I am a bit less unquestioning of this than I would be as a child. I digress.) Lee Kum Kee chilli oil and Pip and Nut squeeze packs.
I scoop the nut butter into a bowl, add a spoonful of the chilli oil which already has garlic and soy sauce in it and thin it down to the required consistency using… hot water from the kettle (yes secret 3rd ingredient!). I then hurl in chicken and instant noodles. Washing up=1 bowl. Cooking=zero.
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