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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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, Lifestyle

RAW Natural Wine Pop-Up

Wine: at its best an incredibly complex, evocative liquid to behold, and deliciously old news that we have celebrated for millennia. That said, as we enter the midst of what is arguably the most excitingly progressive era for drinks of all time, the same can now confidently be said for coffee, cocktails, spirits, sodas and […]

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Be Gorgeous, Food, Lifestyle

Insights from Google: Growth Drivers

Last week, I went along to a discussion hosted by The Caterer in collaboration with Google. After a thorough perusal of the buffet breakfast, I sat down to listen to Harry Walker of Google share insights relating to the casual dining industry. Perhaps this will come as no surprise, but Harry began by emphasising the […]

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Food, Lifestyle

The Food Market Trend? It’s Urban Guilt

I grew up in little suburb of Sydney, Australia. 10 minutes in one direction and you would hit the beach, 15 minutes in another and you would hit farmland, and within 30 minutes you could be in the heart of the city. I only drank coffee from independent cafés; I bought meat, fish and produce […]

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Drink, Lifestyle

London Coffee Festival 2016

A decade ago, the mere suggestion of a festival celebrating coffee in the UK in the earshot of an Antipodean would likely have been met with a rather colourful choice of language far removed from Their Majesty The Queen’s English. We were not, you see, a country that was looked fondly upon for the quality […]

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