Drink, Lifestyle

Crap Classics

This piece was written by Julian for Imbibe.com, featuring Opinion section. ‘You’re a bartender?’ ‘Yeah…’ ‘What you having?’ ‘Not sure… What do you recommend?’ … Wait for it… There it is. The bartender’s handshake. I’m not talking about a shot of Fernet, nor tequila, I’m not taking about an actual beautifully intricate secret handshake that’s taken years […]

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Be Gorgeous, Drink, Lifestyle

Small Town, Big Ideas

Recently I was in the beautiful city of Gdańsk, where I had been asked by Better Bar Show to do a presentation on what I actually do for a living. The specifics were left up to me, so I spent a while pondering what I was going to talk about exactly… drinks technique? A room […]

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Drink, Food, Lifestyle

3 Amazing UK Food Cities, And London Isn’t One of Them

We’ve been reading the headlines for at least two years: “Over-priced, over-hyped and over-rated”, “London is Over”, “Is London Dead?”. Attention-grabbing though these articles may be, London is demonstrably neither over nor “dead”. Yes, it can be eye-wateringly expensive and the Tube is the bane of us all, but the idea that every Londoner is living […]

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Food, Lifestyle

Michelin Has Put Its Jeans On

Michelin Guide: the prestigious marker of restaurant quality worldwide, or an elitist bully with too much clout? Opinions vary greatly on this, but there’s no doubting the power of the star. Chefs around the world seek the attention of Michelin like a hug from a distant parent. You might say you don’t care, until you […]

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Design, Props

The Trouble With Trolleys

It is easy to fall in love with a trolley. Those sleek lines, soft curves, the padded hiss as it rolls towards you across the marble floor. The gentle tinkle of the bottles as they jostle to the front going over a carpet bump. The way the light from the cocktail hour refracts across moving […]

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Drink

Wine on Tap

In case you hadn’t noticed, the fruit with a once assumed status of great pomp and nobility has reared a younger generation that seems to be rather enjoying its cork-and-bottled forefathers munching down on a slice of humble pie these days. From London Wine Week’s cleverly named UK Garage club night Genuwine to the championing […]

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Design, Food, Props

Wood Bored: Adding Something Extra

If you are a burger, cheese or charcuterie lover, you may have noticed that the wooden board has become a ubiquitous part of your restaurant experience. It’s hard to find a somewhere that doesn’t use a board for at least one menu item these days: a few weeks ago I looked on in wonder as my […]

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Drink

I Invented Cucumber Water

This could be any high-end cocktail bar, in any city. It doesn’t matter. My cheeks have barely touched the plush padded barstool when a small perspiring glass slides gracefully towards me over the polished mahogany, the dapper bartender holding my gaze intently, daintily replacing the crystal jug back in its seat; a continuous movement comfortably […]

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Drink, Lifestyle

Filthy Water

What do you think is the biggest selling soft drink in the world? Coke? Sprite? Red Bull?…Irn Bru? No, no and no. You’re not even close. It’s bottled water, and it’s bigger than all of those combined. Bottled or packaged water has recently overtaken fizzy drinks as the world’s best-selling soft drink. Crazy. The average person […]

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Drink

Copa Out

As a teenager in Amsterdam you might imagine that I had many an informative and eye opening experience. My brother from another mother, a few years my senior, had already started forming considered opinions on the new trendy bars and restaurants opening in the city. One night he came home and told me about a […]

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