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Craft Beer Rising Returns to London (OneTravel)

The Craft Beer Rising festival will return to London the last weekend of February with the noble aim to “bring good, flavorsome, creative beers to the masses and to “help inform drinkers of the beers available and support the brewers … Continue reading

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Augustus Harris, Venetian Style Bàcaro in the Heart of London’s Theatreland

An uncomplicated menu of pronounced northern Italy flavour; an equally concise and decidedly Italian list of wine and drinks; a stylish wood and copper bar that’s as cosy as it is elegant – there’s a lot to love about Augustus … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Sunday in London (OneTravel)

Excited about that upcoming trip to London but bummed because you think you’ll have to miss the big game on TV? Nonsense. The NFL is becoming more and more popular in the UK. Besides, if there’s a reason to drink … Continue reading

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10 Reasons to Eat and Drink at London’s Seven Dials (CheapOair)

Seven Dials is a small but popular area of Central London near Covent Garden where seven streets converge at one junction. The area is conveniently located near a number of Tube stations including Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Holborn which … Continue reading

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Ergon, Greek Deli + Cuisine in Marylebone

Ergon is a newly opened Greek deli and restaurant in Marylebone. Its menu features dishes designed by Dimitris Skarmoutsos, Greece’s best know celebrity chef. The shop sells products only from independent Greek producers. And, in the face of the the gargantuan econonomic meltdown, this startup business managed to expand across Greece and actually make a profit. Now with its Picton Place shop launched just before the new year, Ergon aims to bring an authentic taste of Greece to London. The reasons to visit are many. But if you need just one reason go, make a take home jar of the cod roe spread. That stuff is gorgeous. Continue reading

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Win a Degustabox Surprise Box of Foodie Goodies

Here’s your chance to win a Degustabox surprise delivery for free. Continue reading

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Tasty Tales from the Italian Ham Highway: a-MuSe-ing and Bubbly Trento

After an all too short sojourn in Friuli (God, I hope I make it back there before too long), I hit the autostrada heading west to the region of Trentino for an overnight stay to see what sort of wonders its scenic city of Trento had to offer. With a newly opened museum designed by a star architect; a distinctive sparkling wine with a rich tradition behind it; and an exquisite regional gastronomy that’s big on flavour, locally sourced ingredients and seasonality – the answer I soon discovered was A LOT! Continue reading

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Italian Alps: Best Beer on the Mountain?

So if you’ve been following my blog at all over the past week or so, you’ve no doubt noticed the posts about my recent Tasty Tales from the Italian Ham Highway tour of northern Italy. An alternate title for this … Continue reading

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Doing Northern Italy’s Dolomite Loop (OneTravel)

This post is being written with a rear view perspective of a fantastic week I recently spent traveling across northern Italy. To be sure, I intend to blog plenty about my trip and thought I’d start out sharing a suggestion … Continue reading

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Tasty Tales from the Italian Ham Highway: Speck-tacular Views and Smoky Brews in Sauris

Day two of my foodie odyssey had me saying goodbye to the Dolomite gateway town of Forni di Sopra and heading even higher (and deeper) into the Alps to the tiny Germanic enclave of Sauris for a taste of the local delicacies and to take in the sweeping views – all of which elicited some form of audible and involuntary whoa or wow from an overwhelmed me. Continue reading

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Tasty Tales from the Italian Ham Highway: Forni di Sopra and the Dolomite Loop

Situated within the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Friulane, Forni serves as excellent base for outdoor adventure with plenty of nearby (and even in-town) opportunities for skiing, climbing and hiking. And as I discovered, It’s a fantastic place to have a drink as well. Here, the stereotypical Italian bella figura yields to a rugged and independent spirit. In Forni, I came across men with beards of mythic proportions and drank some of the finest craft beers I’d ever tasted. Aside from the snowy Alpine surroundings and the absolute quietude of the night, the scene was enough to have me wonder if I was back home in Hackney. Had I stumbled upon a secret hipster heaven? Continue reading

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Good Stuff

Good stuff and lots of it! Here’s the low down on some yummy treats I’ve recently come across and thought were worth sharing with you. Enjoy! Copas Turkeys 2013 saw the third Thanksgiving in as many years with a Copas … Continue reading

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How to Make Merry Like Robin Hood in Nottingham and Sherwood Forest (CheapOair)

I’m writing this post from the back end of a fantastic day trip to Nottinghamshire. Only about a 140 miles or so from Central London, Nottingham and its environs are an ideal destination to add to any England touring itinerary. History … Continue reading

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Heavy Metal Bowling vs Bompas & Parr’s Metal BBQ

Aw man, I’m going to be out of town and thus unable to attend this event but look: Heavy Metal Bowling – your chance to “finger holes, caress balls” while “crushing pins” to a soundtrack featuring Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Elder, The Sword, Slayer, Sleep, Metallica. Continue reading

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Shake Shack Brat Burger and More: Shacktoberfest

It’s October. Need an excuse to stuff your face? How about the limited time only Shacktoberfest menu at Covent Garden’s Shake Shack? You can even take home your very own Shake Shack beer stein for your gourmand efforts. Here’s my take on the Shake’s autumnal offering. Continue reading

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Crown & Shuttle Pub in Shoreditch Ups the London Burger Ante

New(ish) Shoreditch High Street pub, Crown & Shuttle, has recently launched a new burger menu big on flavour and full of umph. I dropped by yesterday for lunch and found my burger and the venue to be well worth a recommendation. Continue reading

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All Day Soho Dining at Damson & Co on Brewer Street

Two current trends in the London dining scene at the moment are creating all-day-dining menus and adding a gratuitous “& Co” to the end of your business’s name. Newly opened Damson & Co twirls a double braid of zeitgeist to offer the constant flow of Soho shufflers a handy little place for a full-on dinner or a dabbling dash with libation – be it booze, fresh juice or quick shot of espresso. Continue reading

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Carnaby Style Night – London Shopping Event (OneTravel)

The evening of Thursday the 12th of September will present an opportunity to experience one of London’s most iconic shopping districts with a “Style Night” focused on the best of men’s fashion and more. Continue reading

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Are Legends Born … or are They Dropped?

Are legends born or are they dropped? That’s what premium beer brand Heineken aims to find out through its latest campaign by testing the resourcefulness of a few select men and seeing how they manage on unfamiliar turf and inexplicable situations. Continue reading

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Jubo (Blue Tomato)

Newbie fast-gourmet outlet Jubo – located at the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch – wants to bring this K-style treat along with the concept anju to the London table. Continue reading

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Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen: Ghana Be Good (Blue Tomato)

African street food star, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, has taken up residency at Covent Garden’s Africa Centre with a pop-up promise that the food and atmosphere are ‘Ghana be good’. The temporary restaurant runs until mid September and offers a convenient way to get a taste of west African heat along with a side of socialising. Continue reading

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Best Fish and Chips in London? The Perkin Reveller at The Tower of London

For a touristic all rounder wedged between The Tower of London and Tower Bridge, the Perkin Reveller dishes out a quality dining experience and an excellent introduction to the best of British fare. Continue reading

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Win a Free Copy of the Pocket Beer Book 2014

Pocket Beer Book 2014 is the definitive and most up-to-date guide to the world’s best craft and traditional beers. I’ve just scored a handy copy for myself along with three extra copies to share with my readers. I reckon the book is an indispensable resource for any connoisseur and a fantastic gift for the beer lover in your life. Continue reading

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Win a Case of Buddy’s Bourbon Flavored Beer

Here’s a chance to win a whole case of beer with true American spirit – Buddy’s Bourbon Flavoured Beer. Continue reading

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The Whitstable Oyster Festival (CheapOair)

Keen for a taste of some of Britain’s best seafood? This is the place! And a great time to visit is during the town’s annual celebration of everybody’s favorite bivalve mollusk – the oyster! Continue reading

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Lobsterfest Returns to London’s Belgo Restaurants (CheapOair)

Lobsterfest runs from Thursday the 4th of July until the 31st of August at all five Belgo locations in London … Continue reading

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Dublin: Beer, Wine and Joyce (OneTravel)

Here are some highlights from a far too short but nonetheless fantastic weekend bumbling around Dublin. It’s an ideal city for just such urban meanders. My only regret was having to catch a flight back to London for work Monday morning. I could definitely spend lots more time strolling along the River Liffey and well beyond in search of the perfect Guinness … Continue reading

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London Food Tour Tips (CheapOair)

Here are few tips for deciding which food tour operator might be best for you or to help you design your own foodie adventures around town … Continue reading

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Win a £50 #Lobzilla Gift Voucher from Belgo and Celebrate Lobsterfest 2013

Love lobster? Check it out. London-based Belgian restaurant group, Belgo, is bringing back Lobsterfest for another year with three awesome dishes: a lobster cocktail (£9.95), a whole lobster salad (£19.95) and Lobzilla! – a whole grilled lobster served with frites, aioli dip and salad ((£19.95). And if that’s not enough to get excited about, I’ve got a £50 Belgo gift voucher to share with one lucky lobster loving reader. Continue reading

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Bar Snacks at the Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road

You’re kinda spoilt for choice if you’re looking for a place to drink on Essex Road. A handful of quality boozers (some great places to eat too!) are clustered close to where Essex Road meets Upper Street with a few more commendable establishments presenting themselves up the road nearer De Beauvoir Town. Among the best of Essex Road’s pubs is the Old Queen’s Head. Continue reading

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A Few Top Tips for Tahiti (OneTravel)

Io rana! I’m just back from spending a week and a half in French Polynesia. Tahiti and her islands are gorgeous – and definitely live up to all the hype! That said – and no matter where you’re coming from – this South Pacific archipelago isn’t somewhere you simply hop over to for the weekend. To make the most out of your time in paradise, here are a few top tips so you won’t have to hit the ground running but instead can assuredly stroll along in leisurely style to the beach. Continue reading

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Foodie Fun at England’s Seaside in Sussex (CheapOair)

Located along the coast in Southeastern England, Sussex offers the best of British surf and turf for gourmet travelers visiting the UK and all within easy reach of London and its two main airports – Heathrow and Gatwick. Indeed Gatwick is located halfway between London and Sussex seaside communities of Brighton and Hove. Here’s a selection of upcoming food and drink events around in Brighton and Hove and surrounding Sussex countryside. Happy eating! Continue reading

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Slider Decider at The Gun Pub in East London (OneTravel)

On Thursday May 16, chefs rom across the UK will gather at celebrated East London pub, The Gun, to pit their slider skills against The Gun’s own head chef, Quinton Bennett, to determine who deserves the title of Slider Decider Champion 2013. Continue reading

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Heineken’s Road to the Final

Which Road to the Final would you take? As some of the best football teams in the world battle it out in the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Champions League, Heineken has unveiled the latest element of its Road to the … Continue reading

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The Best Food Shopping in Bologna (OneTravel)

Here’s a list of some of the best places in Bologna to shop for food – all centrally located within easy walking distance of each other, near the Piazza Maggiore and around the evocative and quaint Via Drapperie. But the wisest advice for any Italian food lover visiting Bologna would be simply to hit the cobbled streets and explore every last portico of this delicious city. Continue reading

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