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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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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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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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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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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Bigger, Better Batching

I have a friend, an industry stalwart, who had the mixed blessing of living in the heart of Soho when it was still cool. He had some of the best bars in the world on his doorstep, but the price he paid was constantly dealing with all sorts of unsavouries and living in particularly cramped […]

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Tiki and Speakeasy: Bar Swings and Roundabouts

“Swings and roundabouts” my hairdresser used to say during my yearly moan-fest, also known as getting my hair cut. I’d bitch about the year’s greatest injustices, friends and enemies, and my haircut. “It’ll grow out” he’d whisper, inspecting his handiwork whilst I peered myopically at the mirror. We all know that trends are just that: […]

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