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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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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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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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

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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Is Craft Beer Really Selling Out?

IT’S A SELL OUT! Words resounded by much of the UK craft beer scene last year when Meantime and Camden were absorbed by beer giants SAB Miller and AB InBev respectively, before the two giants then went on to merge into the largest beer company in the world. Let’s be honest though, Camden and Meantime […]

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