Archive for February, 2015

Chef Sergi Blanco on Can Vallés, Barcelona

February 3, 2015

Every time the Michelin-starred chef visits Barcelona, this superb traditional restaurant is sure to get a visit A family member in Barcelona first took me to this restaurant about 10 years ago. She knows I like to eat wild rabbit, and she told me she’d found a place that has an amazing recipe for pickled […]

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Let’s go to … Cardiff

February 3, 2015

Rugby fans will know all about the Six Nations opener in Cardiff next month, but there’s plenty more to do in the city other than drink beer and watch the game Why go now?Rugby fans will flock to the Welsh capital on 6 February, when Wales host England for the opening game of the Six […]

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Top 10 budget restaurants and cafes in Newcastle

February 3, 2015

Guardian readers recently voted Newcastle their favourite UK city, but how does it fare for good affordable food? Updating his 2010 budget eats guide, Tony Naylor chooses 10 more Tyneside restaurants where you can eat well for under £10 Zapatista may not be breaking new ground – San Francisco’s Mission District-style assembly line burrito bars […]

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The foodie traveller … on artichokes, served ‘Jewish-style’, in Rome

February 3, 2015

Rome’s ancient Jewish quarter retains a distinctive culinary tradition dating from classical antiquity. And the humble artichoke is at its centre Carciofo alla giudia is the traditional crispy fried globe artichoke of Il Ghetto, the Hebrew ghetto in the historic heart of Rome. The ghetto was finally abolished in 1870 but the dish lives on, […]

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Harry’s Shack: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

February 3, 2015

Harry’s Shack teeters on the edge of Northern Ireland’s north coast. But its many fans flock here come rain or shine 118 Strand Road, Portstewart, Northern Ireland (028 7083 1783). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £50 Last December, Harry’s Shack, at Portstewart on Northern Ireland’s north coast, issued a stark warning via Facebook. […]

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The foodie traveller … on the spread of raw cuisine

February 3, 2015

The raw food movement is gathering momentum in Europe, and thriving in Scandinavia, particularly in Iceland Raw food cuisine is losing its “how many ways can you peel a banana?” aura and, rightfully, moving into the spotlight as a dynamic, varied and flavoursome way of eating. A good raw chef brings their own twist to […]

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The Green Room: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

February 3, 2015

The Green Room at the National Theatre has much to recommend it, but the food needs to work on its delivery 101 Upper Ground, London SE1 (020 7452 3630). Meal for two: £60 The Green Room, across the road from the back of the National Theatre, is a great opportunity currently being squandered. It is, […]

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The Riz, Margate, Kent – restaurant review | Marina O’Loughlin

February 3, 2015

‘I love the names so much: idli, puttu, varuval, idiappam… It’s like a lullaby sung by Tinky Winky’ So Farage has Thanet in his beady sights, dividing the isle as efficiently as a Japanese-bladed knife. With his usual clammy bonhomie, he promises to sprinkle fairydust over an area that contains some of the greatest social […]

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The strip mall coffee shops of Tehran – in pictures

February 3, 2015

In a tour of the city by neighbourhood we visit the the Cafe society on Gandhi Street. Popular in the late 1990s, in 2008, when these photos were taken, they were riding the ebb and flow of Iranian politics. The mall remains a popular hangout for young Iranians today Continue reading…

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The foodie traveller … on knowing your calçots (onions) in Catalonia

February 3, 2015

The calçotada is a Catalan winter food festival that involves giant spring onions and red wine poured into the mouth from a great height. As you might guess, it’s a messy affair The Catalans don’t have a reputation as the most fun-loving bunch. The rest of Spain would probably describe them as hardworking and businesslike, […]

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