I am a chef. Dry January is not something I’d considered, ever, in my adult life. I did need a small selection of alcohol free beers to get me through the month. Let’s take a look at what helped me get through the challenge of not getting to have a little drink after service – which is a practically nightly occurrence.
Before going we had to book a couple of restaurants, so bookings at jaja berlin, a small-plates offering served alongside some pretty tasty wines, by an equally small but amazingly gracious team. Reservations at Industry Standard were miraculously acquired and their small plates (notice the trend that is taking over the world!) is now considered one of “the most exciting eateries Berlin has seen in modern time”, per Berlin Food Stories. Both restaurants are based in the ultra-hip Neukölln (think Brixton’s international mix meets Shoreditch’s bare-bones approach to trendiness) which is also home to probably the most insane late-night dessert/bar concepts I’ve ever been to; Coda. Let’s get this clear it is a dessert-bar, not a late-night “pastry shoppe”. Uber-cool and decked out in black and concrete, A made sure we found our way here down some dodgy-looking alley-ways, and it was really worth it. Flavour pairings were wild, as were some of the drinks, presentation was on point and the team were all chilled and amazing. Order the cicharrone popcorn…and then a second!! The standout dish for me was…get ready for it...milk, fig & anchovies….let it sink in!
In celebration of @UKSustain's Sourdough September, we thought we'd share a few tips we've been taught and learnt through babysitting our own sourdough cultures over the past couple of years. Sourdough bread is the epitome of Slow Food and the older, more cultured (excuse the pun) version of our modern Kingsmill's and Hovis' i.e. Chorleywood bread.
When R. and I got the chance to hit up a vegetarian (it was actually vegan as well, yo!) pop-up in London from the guys at Sprig, we jumped at the chance... some would say it even put a sprig in our step! Sprig London is a brand new casual fine-dining concept run by Peter Pickering, here's a run-down of what to expect from one of his in demand events...
Sometimes we forget how spoiled for choice we can be when it comes to weekend plans and when we’re not behind the stoves in the kitchen getting ready for a dinner service we seem to find ourselves twiddling thumbs as to what to do. 2 weeks ago I found myself back on Teatime in Wonderland, a blog run by our favourite canelé queen Chocoralie, of course I took here up on her suggestion of a few beers as part of the London Brewery tours, I mean, how treacherous can the Bermondsey Mile be?!...
My phone flashed up the other day letting me know it was under some major duress - 10% storage capacity left it said; my, if I wasn't such a calm and collected person, I'd be unsure on how to cope with such a first-world problem. I did what many of us (I imagine) would do in this situation - put it back in my pocket and got back to the beer I was nursing.