Foods from across a variety of African countries, are finally getting the accolade and exposure they deserve in the UK and of late, the capital has seen a sudden rise in the popularity of African Supperclubs and pop-ups…enabling Londoners to try delicious and diverse flavours from across the continent. On Saturday 5th August, from 6.30pm – 9.30pm, guests will be able to sample the delights of authentic Sierra Leonean cuisine, at My African Hob’s inaugural Supperclub in Hammersmith, West London. We’ve been told guests can expect “a warm welcome, an evening of African celebration, deliciously home-cooked food and full flavour from Sierra Leone.” Upon arrival welcome drinks made from traditional West African ingredients like a warming Ginger Beer and lime drink; or a Wonjo (Hibiscus flower/sorrel) cocktail, will be served and a three course menu will include a choice of: Starters – Banana akara (Ve) or Sierra Leone style banana fritters served with homemade pepper sauce; Mains – Skewered roast beef kebab with spicy Couscous (beef cubes marinated in peanut sauce, grilled with onions and sweet peppers) or Black eyed beans stew with roasted sweet potatoes (Ve) and Pear Tart (V) with vanilla ice cream, for dessert. It’s a BYOB event, so feel free to bring along your favourite tipple! If you want the opportunity to enjoy deliciously home-cooked Sierra Leonean food, or simply want to experience new tastes and flavours, be sure to check out My African Hob – Taste Of Sierra Leone Supperclub. Early Bird tickets cost £30 per person and are on sale until the 22nd July, thereafter tickets cost £36. For more information and to purchase tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk. My African Hob, Grove Community Centre, Bradmore Park Road, London, W6 0DT.
To celebrate the big relaunch of The Green Man in Paddington – home to the original Burger Craft Kitchen; on Friday 30th June, they’ll be giving away FREE BURGERS between 4pm – 10pm. There’ll be a choice of five delectable burgers, ranging from The Juicy Bastard with two dry-aged beef patties, double American-style cheese, lambs lettuce, tomato and chefs smokey BBQ sauce; The Bacon Dude – dry aged beef, crisp bacon lattice, American cheese, grilled tomato, with chef’s smokey BBQ sauce and the Vegitari-yum with breaded goats cheese, roasted red pepper and courgette, olive mayo, mint yogurt, with balsamic glaze. To be in for a chance to nab a freebie, all you need to do is purchase a drink and voila…you’ll get one for free! Simple! For more information visit their twitter page Burger Craft. The Green Man, 308 Edgware Road, London W2 1DY.
If you love pizza (who doesn’t?!?) and you happen to be in North London, then you’re in for a treat! To celebrate the opening of their new Islington branch, pizza connoisseurs Franco Manco will be giving away 500 FREE PIZZA’S from Thursday 22nd June – Monday 26th June; with 50 free pizzas available from 12pm each day and another 50 from 6pm. The lucky customers who manage to snag a free pizza will have a choice of any Franco Manca signature with special toppings. This offer only applies if you DINE IN! Be sure get a pizza-the action! For more details visit Facebook/Franco Manca Islington. Franco Manca, 72 Upper St, N1 0NY.
It’s time for baked beans to take centre stage, as a Heinz Beanz café will be popping up in Selfridges Food Hall from March 27 to April 23, to celebrate 50 years since the slogan ‘Beanz Meanz Heinz’ has bean around! Habouring memories of student days gone by, the Beanz Meanz Heinz Cafe will serve – beans with crispy bacon, beans with ham hock and beans with scrambled egg, all of which come with the option of adding extra cheese. The cafe is open from 9am – 7pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am – 6pm on Sundays, with all the dishes costing £3. Selfridges Food Hall, 400 Oxford St, London W1A.
Great news for cheese lovers…as London is to get a bar dedicated to cheese and ‘the best grilled cheese sandwiches in London’, as billed by Time Out Magazine. After three years of selling their signature cheese toasties from a vintage yellow converted ice-cream van named ‘Alfie’, The Cheese Truck is set to open its takeaway hatch and doors, to its first permanent restaurant, The Cheese Bar, in Camden Stables Market, from Thursday 2nd March. According to Stylist Magazine, “the cheese-celebrating menu will include ‘Alfie’ classics like; the Cropwell Bishop Stilton, bacon and pear chutney sandwich and exciting new additions such as Queso Fundido – a Mexican version of fondue. Breakfast Poutine is a spin on the classic French-Canadian dish, with bacon gravy, candied pancetta and Gringa Dairy cheese curds topped off with a fried egg. You can even indulge in cheese for dessert with a dark chocolate ice cream sundae made with honey and Beeleigh Blue – a creamy ewe’s milk cheese from South Devon.” To celebrate the opening of their Takeaway Hatch they’re having a “sandwich amnesty” on Thursday 2nd March, from 12pm – 3pm and you’ll be able to swap any unopened shop bought sandwich for one of their classic grilled cheese sandwiches absolutely FREE! (The donated sandwiches will be handed out to charity SHP – Single Homeless Project at the end of the day). The sandwich amnesty is on for one day only; however you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of their menu from their takeaway hatch between the 4th March and the 22nd of March ahead of their opening on Thursday 23rd of March. For updates and more information, follow The Cheese Bar on Twitter @thecheesebarldn. Unit 93 and 94 Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road NW1 8AH.
Nestled in Johannesburg’s Northern suburbs, behind high perimeter walls and Jacaranda trees pushed back from a narrow street is this gem – a boutique Five Star hotel (part of the Relais & Chateaux group) with one of the city’s award winning and best restaurants.
Following weeks of planning, cancellations and the juggling of schedules, Yolisa and I finally got to hang out with Executive Chef Willie Malherbe from AtholPlace Restaurant and it worked out perfectly in the end. I was there to eat; Yolisa was there to shoot a video for her YouTube Channel, Yo Yum Tum.
I’ve been here a few times before and recommended it to so many of my friends and, we all seem to say the same things about this place – why are we only finding out about it now? Why are secrets being kept from us? You can read more about the hotel and villas here.
Egg-citing news, the Cadbury Creme Egg Café is back…and it’s touring the UK! The travelling Cadbury Creme Egg Hunting Lodge, will be situated near the London Eye for three days only – Friday 27th January, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February and guests can expect a range of Creme Egg inspired treats such as ‘Gooey Creme Egg S’mores (creme egg pieces and a giant marshmallow sandwiched between two biscuits and then toasted), Creme Egg Hunters’ Hot Chocolate, Creme Egg Forest Fridge Cake and Creme Egg Black Forest Toasties all priced at £4; along with floor to ceiling Creme Egg hunting paraphernalia.’ If you’re in a rush but can’t resist a Creme Egg catch, then head over to the takeaway area for a Gooey Creme Egg S’more priced at £2. This option does not include entry into The Lodge itself and no booking is required. Tickets sold out within minutes of going live…but don’t despair as there will be space for walk-ins on the day. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/cadburycremeegg/
Are you a lover or a hater?!…when it comes to Marmite that is! Well all lovers read on, as your Marmite dreams have come true with the launch of a limited edition breakfast menu! Bill’s Restaurant has teamed up with Marmite and from the 9th – 31st January, branches across the UK will be serving the secret menu, to those in the know, who use the phrase ‘Spread the Love’. Customers can tuck into The Marmite Rarebit: a combination of Marmite, crème fraiche, egg, English mustard and mature cheddar served on a toasted bloomer with two poached eggs and fresh parsley; which can be washed down with the Marmite Mary cocktail – made with Chivas Regal 12 year-old, tomato juice, cream, lemon and a Marmite reduction. If this sounds like your your idea of heaven, be sure to head to Bill’s and ‘spread the love’. https://bills-website.co.uk
FREE BACON BUTTY ALERT!! Every Friday until 10am you can get your hands on a free bacon butty. Time Out Magazine stated “In anticipation of all those festive hangovers, master of the bacon buttie Le Swine is sorting Londoners out with a free breakfast every Friday in the run up to Christmas from its van in Broadway Circle. Prepare to start drooling as the aptly named ‘Festive Survival Squad’ will be serving up a bacon, sausage patty and egg butty with a dollop of Swinez beans mixed with a little Tabasco sauce to the first 25 people who say the not-so-secret (and slightly cringe) password, #tabascosquadgoals. Still, it’s worth it for the freebie. And if your taste buds aren’t already tingling from all that Tabasco, head to Breddos Tacos’ new branch in Clerkenwell on December 23 where the first 50 people to use the password will get a black pudding taco with eggs and bacon slathered in a smoky brown sauce made with, what else? Tabasco chipotle sauce. Even if you miss out on breakfast, you can still get your Tabasco fix in the form of a mini bottle of the spicy stuff, which both places are giving out for free.” For updates go to @Le_Swine. Breddos Tacos is at 82 Goswell Rd, EC1V 7DB and Le Swine is at Broadgate Circle.
High raise dining will be taken to new levels…literally; as ‘London in the Sky’ returns in July next year (19th – 30th July 2017), with what is promised to be their “best ever chef line-up” offering guests an unforgettable Michelin-starred dining experience, over the London sky-line. The full restaurant line-up, including their menus, will be announced in the last week of January 2017. A specially designed “sky table” platform will sit 22 belted in diners, with a guest chef, sommelier and waiting team serving from the centre of the table. Upon arrival guests will be served a glass of champagne (to possibly help calm the nerves) and taken through the registration process, before being suspended 100 feet in the air. Top chefs from some of London’s finest restaurants, such as Michael Reid (M Restaurants), Jeremy Page (L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon) and Calum Franklin (Holborn Dining Room) to name a few, will transfer their menus and dining experiences to this unique event. Guests have the option of breakfast, lunch or dinner (with either an early sitting or sunset sitting) and drink flights are also available in the afternoon and evening. Tickets range from £50 per head for breakfast to £200 for dinner. PRESALE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT BUT TICKET SALES REOPEN ON 27TH FEBRUARY. For more information visit www.eventsinthesky.co.uk. London In The Sky, 19th – 30th July 2017, Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, Chelsea College of Arts, 16 John Islip Street, London, SW1P 4JU.