Dinner in Amsterdam

We had to eat slightly early in order to reach Schipol in time for our flights back. We dined at Oud Holland (Old Holland) at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 105, which served traditional Dutch. Between us we had the green pea soup (which had unadvertised meat in it), marrowfat beans with...

A little of everything

Wow! I tried what they call the “Tasting Menu” at the Savoy Grill in the Strand. It consists of a series of consecutive dishes, each of which is served in a small portion. It kicked off with a little freebie from the chef of cheese breads, then the tiny...

Italian catering by a food blogger

Yesterday, I was an open space leader at VNU’s Blogs & Social Media Forum, a conference which I helped VNU put together as a member of their expert advisory board for the event. The lunch served at the London Hilton Metropole was surprisingly healthful and tasty: I chose grilled...

Cambridge Wine Merchants Ltd Tasting, 16th May

Instead of the usual grand setting of a Cambridge college’s private room, this tasting was done in Cambridge Wine Merchant’s local shop on King’s Parade. It was very tempting to whisk a bottle off the well-stocked shelves, open it and pretend it was part of the tasting, but I...

Kitchen Sink Ruins Utopia – read all about it

I did what in America, i’m told, is called the “walk of shame”. Walking home at 5:30 (light)this morning in the same clothes I went out in. I had a 9am Seminar which tequila and I had convinced myself wouldn’t be a problem. I woke at 5 to 9...

Soft food for a sore mouth

Having had the back of my jaw built up in the morning ahead of a dental implant, my gum still had stitches in, and soft food was called for. Few places in the UK can deliver a soft omelet to your table, but I thought the Mediterranean Kitchen in...

O W Loeb & Company Ltd, 15th May

Another Bordeaux tasting, by O W Loeb, with surprisingly few repeats from previous ones. It was held in Pembroke College’s beautiful Old Library, with a magnificently ornate plaster ceiling, featuring cherubs fishing for birds, amongst other strange things. My favourite of the day was the Chateau Larrivet-Haut-Brion, from the...

Pie attempt 2.

Having failed to make a worthy minced beef and onion pie I attemped to make a chicken and mushroom pie, with great success. I used a tin of chicken soup, 3 chicken breasts, a handful of mushrooms and some black pepper. Basically I fried the chicken, chopped the mushroom...

Quirinale again

Back to Quirinale, the up-market Italian in the heart of Westminster (next door to the Institute of Economic Affairs). This time I had the beetroot salad with oranges, mint and Sardinian ricotta. It was very good, but the beetroot does tend to dominate the dish. Fortunately I like it....

C G Bull & Taylor tasting, May 12th

A lot of people at tastings spit the wine into a bucket. I shudder at the sight of this terrible waste and savour every drop that passes my lips, the favourite of Friday’s C G Bull & Taylor tasting being a Spanish Rioja called Lealtanza Crianza from 2001. Offered...