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Jeanne Horak-Druiff
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{RESTAURANT} Peruvian food is certainly having a moment here in London, and there are few better places to experience it than at +COYA Mayfair. I recently visited for a dinner matching their excellent Peruvian food with Alhambra Reserva 1925 beer: http://www.cooksister.com/2017/01/coya-and-alhambra-matching-spanish-beer-and-peruvian-food.html

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{TRAVEL} If you've never considered North Carolina as a culinary destination, this post will change your mind! This guest post by +Ella Buchan tells a tale of wine, pies and BBQ on her edible journey through North Carolina. P.S. - there are also llamas and a gorgeous Weimaraner along the way! http://www.cooksister.com/2016/12/wine-pies-and-bbq-an-edible-journey-through-north-carolina.html

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{RESTAURANT} When I was told I was visiting a restaurant attached to a golf driving range in the shadow of the O2 arena in North Greenwich, I did not have high culinary expectations... But +Vinothec Compass is a hidden gem where Basque chef Idoia Guzman creates glorious Basque-inspired dishes that can be enjoyed alongside their excellent, eclectic range of 600 wines and 68 craft beers. Definitely worth the trip out east! http://www.cooksister.com/2016/11/vinothec-compass-turf-and-terroir-in-north-greenwich.html

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{TRAVEL} Ask people about the highlights of #Singapore and the one answer that you will hear repeatedly is the food - everything from incredible bargains at hawker centres to high-end fine dining, and everything in between! In this article I have summarised my personal list of nine things you need to eat in Singapore - come and see if you agree! http://www.cooksister.com/2016/11/nine-things-you-need-to-eat-in-singapore.html +YourSingapore

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{RECIPE} How much do you know about Pakistani food? It, like for most of us, the anwwer is very little then you need to add Sumayya Usmani's "Summers Under the Tamarind Tree" to your Christmas list at once. This wonderful book, part travelogue, part memoir and part recipe book transports the reader to a world of flavour and explores a culinary heritage than few people know enough about. I reviewed the book and made a dish of Afgghani lamb pulao from it - click here for the recipe and the full review: http://www.cooksister.com/2016/10/afghani-lamb-pulao-from-summers-under-the-tamarind-tree.html

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Last week I visited The Spaghetti House for the first time - and was pleasantly surprised! The restaurant's history history goes back to 1955 when two Italians, Lorenzo Fraquelli and Simone Lavarini, opened the original Spaghetti House. It was London's first pasta restaurant and opened on the ground floor of the building in Goodge Street that they still occupy. Between 1955 and 1959, as customers flocked to Goodge Street, the restaurant extended to occupy all four floors of the building and today there are 10 branches across London.

The company is still family-run and although people might generally perceive Spaghetti House to be a generic Italian chain restaurant, they take far more care with the sourcing of excellent ingredients than such chains would. Crab comes from a family business five miles off the Portland coast in Dorset, and takes less than 24 hours from fishing to plate. Native lobster comes from the North Cornish Coast just off Ilfracombe in the Bristol Channel while their salmon is from Loch Duarte. Fat green olives (served on ice!) are Nocellara del Belice, a cultivar from Sicily and one of the few olives that can be used both for eating and for making olive oil. The Prosciutto is all Parma ham certified, and at least 18 months aged. They also slice it by hand as an order comes in, using a gorgeous, shiny retro Italian hand-slicer on display at the front of the restaurant.

I dined in the Westfield London branch and sampled the free- prosecco deal running until the end of November 2016 - a special three-course menu priced at £29 per person, including unlimited Prosecco for an hour and a half, for
parties of up to eight people. After a selection of nibbles to start (including some of that amazing, silky Prosciutto, I had avocado bruschetta, topped with a soft-boiled hen's egg, sun-dried tomato, sunflower seeds and a lemon dressing. Others in the group tried the calamari fritti with garlic mayonnaise. My bruschetta was perfect - the bread was especially good - and although people found the calamari tender and delicious, the mayo was found not to be garlicky enough. For main, Tash sitting next to me tried the restaurant's signature pasta dish, linguine gamberoni e zucchini, (pasta with king prawns, zucchini, white wine, garlic, lemon zest and chilli) - a huge portion with sweet, juicy prawns. But I could not resist the medaglioni alla pizzaiola: pan seared sliced beef fillet with a sauce of tomato, oregano, capers and olives. For dessert I tried a classic Sicilian dessert: torta setteveli or seven veils cake - alternating layers of hazelnut and chocolate cake, cream and mousse.

The free flow prosecco offer must be pre-booked on the website www.spaghettihouse.co.uk and can be redeemed at the restaurants listed on the offer page. http://spaghettihouse.co.uk/freeflowing/

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{RESTAURANTS} A review of +108 Brasserie, a stylish bar and all-day brasserie in the heart of London's Marylebone http://www.cooksister.com/2016/09/108-brasserie.html
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{EVENT} Few people ever explore North Greenwich beyond the cavernous O2 concert venue and its uninspiring chain restaurants - but I recently paid a visit to Craft London on the doorstep of the O2, which is hosting the +Sipsmith Independent Spirits summer terrace at its rooftop bar. Fabulous cocktails in a funky east London setting - well worth a visit! Click here for a full review: http://www.cooksister.com/2016/08/the-sipsmith-summer-terrace-at-craft-london.html 
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{TRAVEL} Corte Carrezzabella - an agriturismo on a working fruit and vegetable farm just outside Rovigo.  Only 90 minutes from Venice but a wonderfully tranquil place to walk, cycle, relax and just be.  http://www.cooksister.com/2016/08/corte-carezzabella-an-agriturismo-in-rovigo.html
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{RECIPE} This very grown up blood orange and Cointreau upside-down cake is easy to make and is a great showcase for blood oranges - but you can also make it with any citrus you have to hand! Click for the recipe: http://www.cooksister.com/2016/07/blood-orange-and-cointreau-upside-down-cake.html #recipe   #cake   #bloodoranges   #baking  
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