DragonDrinks: Vendanges on Bond 2012

The invitation plopped through the letter box in a shiny silver envelope.

An Evening of Luxury Shopping and Fine Wine Tasting

By invitation only

Inside:

Meet some of the world’s most prestigious wine and Champagne makers hosted by the exclusive brands of Bond Street

In partnership with Decanter magazine

I thanked my lucky stars I’d just taken out a subscription and promptly dispatched a message to my wine-loving friend, K.

The day of the event, the list of winery participants was perused (and googled). I hadn’t heard of the majority, but the names I did know (Gaja, Nyetimber, Louis Roederer) were definite cause for excitement.

Come the evening, the Christmas lights on Bond Street were all a-glitter, and we gaily traipsed into our first stop, Prada, who were the Gaja host for the evening. The doorman checked our invite, a ridiculously handsome man proffered chocolates on a tray and we made a beeline for the second stunning man who held a tray of wine glasses. So what were we drinking tonight?

“A chardonnay and, um, a merlot, I think,” he replied.

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What We’re Reading/Watching – Nov 2012

For hungry tigers:

As Not Seen on TV — Restaurant Review: Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square (NY Times) — A ‘scathing’ review of Guy Fieri’s restaurant in Times Square which has apparently ‘gone viral on Twitter’, and is entirely written as a string of questions. There have been a ridiculous number of follow-up articles (here, here and oh my goodness it’s even been used as a educational tool here) but what’s incomprehensible is how the American press seem to think that the original review, [...]

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Waitrose Watch 14/11/2012: Belazu & Steens Manuka Honey

Walked into my local Waitrose to buy some yoghurt. Ended up finding (and buying) not one, but two, of my favourite splash-out-because-it’s-worth-it products on discount:

Belazu Balsamic Vinegar of Modena – 25% off – £9.74 (was £12.99)

I first heard of this balsamic on the Radio 4 Food Programme a few years ago. Belazu apparently age this product using the same barrel-method as the proper ‘tradizionale’ balsamic, except they use temperature-controlled rooms to replicate the changing of the seasons at a [...]

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Tasting: Pinot Gris, Vins d’Alsace

Is gris the new noir? Perhaps, at least in my wardrobe. But when it comes to Alsace, both pinots play a definite second fiddle to the virtuoso tune of racy Riesling. After all, when was the last time you ordered an Alsatian pinot in a restaurant?

Always a fan of the underdog, Thirsty Dragon headed to a recent Alsace Wines tasting to see if things are about to change…

Gris Lightning

After a quick flit around the tables, [...]

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TigerBites: Burger & Lobster, Soho

You know a new restaurant (or mini-chain of restaurants) has blown its way out of the trend-seekers-only bracket when your parents, down in the deepest depths of Surrey, have heard of it. Not only have they heard of it, their friends (also in the deepest depths of Surrey) are Facebooking about it.

To anyone who grew up with the idea that love is communicated via food, and especially seafood, Burger & Lobster doesn’t bleep your radar because it’s yet another funky dining concept [...]

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What We’re Reading – Oct 2012

For the Tigers:

The gastronauts: London’s new breed of restaurant goer (The Telegraph) — I knew I’d dislike this article even before I clicked on it –  it was likened to this other ‘appalling profile of a modern urban foodie’ — and was proved right. Faddish-ness (“I very rarely go the same place twice”) and competitiveness (“We all vie with each other to make the most elaborate food”), it’s all there in this piece. Ugh.

What’s Wrong with the Michelin guide? (Vanity Fair) — Everything, according to [...]

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TigerBites: Kerbisher & Malt, Hammersmith

Kerbisher and Malt review

Everyone should have a Kerbisher & Malt within walking distance of their home. Unfortunately, at least for now, London will have to be satisfied with just two branches of this modern no-fuss fish-and-chips joint: the original, just north of Hammersmith, and the recently opened second branch in near Ealing Broadway tube.

Chips are double-fried, made in shop, and rather good. The fish, on the other hand, is simply the best: cooked to perfection and no further, in a thin and crispy batter, [...]

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My Top 5 “Return Anytime” London Dinners

An entirely random picture of a stuffed wild boar (?) wearing reading glasses

A few months ago, I came down with a nasty bout of restaurant fatigue.

No, I hadn’t traded in the day job for the life of a commis. Rather, it was a weariness from chasing down the latest ‘must-eats’; ennui from flavour combinations designed to elicit lofty thoughts instead of smiles; and wallet exhaustion from a few too many good-but-not-great meals where the final bill vastly exceeded the [...]

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In Brief

Culinary school graduate.
Umami addict.
Wine junkie.
Londoner.
Writer.