Good Stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some fine things to see, sip or savour – all of which I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy.
I paid a delicious midweek visit to De Beauvoir Town’s lovely De Beauvoir Deli on Southgate Road for a browse (and sample) of its fine food and drink products all locally from small independent suppliers to offer the finest in-season and artisan produce. Folks living in the area should count their blessings to have such an excellent gourmet resource (without any uppity airs) in their ‘hood. Folks just passing through the area would do well to keep the place in mind for especially pleasant shopping for hard to find treats and delectable gift ideas.
Alassala imports high quality organic argan oil from Morocco for cosmetic and culinary use. I had a taste of the edible version and was really impressed. The extra virgin cold pressed oil is especially tasty and does wonders with a range of North African and Mediterranean dishes.
Wow! It was love at first sip when I recently had a bottle of Mello, the “UK’s first and only” raw fresh melon juice. Available in two super tasty varieties, Watermelon (95% fresh watermelon, 5% fresh pomegranate) and Cantaloupe (80% fresh cantaloupe juice, 20% fresh pineapple juice), Mello’s juices are refreshing and replenishing. Look for the brand at Whole Foods Market, Planet Organic, Harvey Nichols, and online at Ocado.
Sea Island Coffee imports and sells award winning gourmet coffees from some of the best – and most unusal – coffee growing regions in the world. I had a recent taste of its “Geisha” coffee. from the Coffea Diversa plantation, this Great Taste Awards 2011 winning coffee has a “delicate profile with quietly complex aromatics that reward patient attention with notes of lavender, cocoa and hints of molasses” that makes it well worth seeking out. Find it at Caviar House & Prunier, Harrods, and online at the Sea Island website.