There’s a German Food revolution happening in London and it’s called Berlin brünch

The Berlin brünch a new German food based brunch roams around London’s quirkiest venues and this August has two super-cool venues, which will certainly get the party started on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The Berlin – Bread Brunch Booze vibes will be in full flow as each venue offers a quirky and fun atmosphere while enjoying a proper Sunday Berlin-style brunch with all the trimmings. brünch has stumbled upon two as yet undiscovered London insider gems – Playground & Proof in London Fields and converted garage venue in Peckham.

Quirky venues around London

Quirky venues around London

On Sunday 16 August Berlin brünch will be hosting a bottomless Berlin-style brunch at ‘Playground & Proof’, an amazing new rooftop venue above London Fields’ Railway Arches. Experience a little bit of Berlin overlooking London Fields. Indulge in generous Berlin-style brunch with fantastic cocktails, hard-to-come-by drinks straight from Germany and some hot Berlin tunes from a local live DJ. And if the Saturday night hangover is hard to shift then we’ve got bottomless Volcano Coffee Works coffee and unlimited fresh bread from E5 Bakehouse to kick start your Sunday.

This isn’t all! If you can’t make the 16th August, don’t despair – they’ve got a second event in late August, just before Berlin brunch goes on holiday in September.

On Sunday 23rd of August, South of the River to take you to The NINES – a new hidden Peckham den. brünch has a one-day residency in a converted garage bar behind the Bussey Building, in the heart of Peckham. The area is known for music, theatre, film, anime, art and comedy – almost feels like home for brünch. Head down on Sunday 23 for a long lazy Sunday brünch and Berlin vibes in Peckham.

“Every time I see people’s reactions as they enter the venue I know why I am doing what I am doing. It is such a buzz to share our passion with people that love Berlin and great food. We’ve been very lucky and are excited about hosting more quirky and eclectic pop-ups in the months to come.” commented Noemi Dulischewski, creative founder of brünch.Berlin Brunch founder

Each of the weekends will have two sittings from 11.30am until 1.30pm and then 2.30pm onwards for those who want to carry on their day with more drinks and chilled music for a perfect mellow Sunday. Tickets are just £24 via brünch. A taste of Berlin that’s not to be missed. Tickets are limited and to book please go to: http://www.bruench.com
Food Menu
● Selection of fine German cold meats and cheeses
● Smoked Mackerel Pâté
● brünch signature Amaranth & Chia Granola with German Quark
● Topless Eggs with Remoulade
● Home-made Jams & Nutella
● Typical German Dessert
● Fresh Berliner Waffles
● Unlimited fresh Sourdough from E5 Bakehouse *supplier change per venue
● Bottomless filter coffee from Volcano Coffee works * supplier change per venue

Drinks Menu* (not included in the ticket price)

The drinks menu, includes some of Berlin’s coolest drinks, which are hard to find
anywhere else in London
(Club Mate, fritz-kola, Berliner Weisse, etc.).
And if you like it boozy, the bar will sort you out with the best Bloody Mary and other brünch specials.
There will also be unlimited coffee and a variety of teas & juices available.

Every Berlin brünch includes locally-sourced cheeses, German meats, smoked fish, fresh fruit, home-made Granola with quark, fresh breads, home-made jams, Nutella, typical German desserts & fresh waffles. As well as much-loved Berlin drinks such as Club Mate, fritz-kola, Berliner Weisse and sometimes surprise guest drinks too – from Germany of course! Noemi is also turning her hand to being a music promoter creating a platform for some talented new DJs, that put on some awesome tunes to compliment the Berlin vibe at brünch. brünch also hosts and caters for parties and other tailored events, bringing together the best of Germany’s drinks, food & music scene.
Brunch time menu

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BRIXTON FLAVOURS FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL PUTS BRIXTON’S HIDDEN GEMS FIRMLY ON THE FOODIE MAP

Brand New Festival Lets People Taste Over 20 Brixton Restaurants & Pop-ups for a whole day

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An exciting day-long food and drink festival is coming to South London this autumn, on Sunday 26 October, to celebrate the delicious tastes and cultural delights of Brixton. Brixton Flavours – Brixton’s Food Festival, will bring together locals, Londoners and tourists alike to enjoy and revel in the warm atmosphere and diversity that is making Brixton a world renowned food and cultural destination. The headline sponsor for the event is OpenTable, the UK’s leading online restaurant bookings service.

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With so many fantastic restaurants, bars and eateries to choose from, Brixton Flavours allows customers to taste as much as possible in one day. Brixton Flavours tickets can be purchased from as little as £15 with lots of extras. Ticket holders will get 15 Brixton Pounds (B£) to be spent in any of over 20 participating venues, with diverse cuisines from Brazilian to Mexican, Japanese to Dim Sum, French to Italian and Caribbean to Modern British. As well as OpenTable, the festival will be supported by Brixton Bid and local food blogger Miss South.

Additionally, only ticket holders will get a wristband allowing them to eat free samples and secret dishes at all participating restaurants letting people try new places and get out of their ‘food comfort zone’. There will be a fun filled carnival atmosphere with several local artists playing and adding to the day’s entertainment. Tickets for Brixton Flavours can be bought in advance via the website http://www.brixtonflavours.com (and a free Zinco Coconut Water or Alibi drink will be given out on the day to the first 250 people to buy a ticket online).

Oliver Mernick-Levene, Founder, Brixton Flavours commented: ‘I love Brixton and as a local resident and foodie, I was keen to help support the food and cultural scene, to help celebrate its diversity and bring people together over their passion of food, drink and music.”
He continued: “With so many cultures and different people populating the area, here in Brixton, eating and drinking are not just pastimes but a ‘way of life’. As such, the area has some of the best restaurants, bars and eateries in London. There are no lazy taste buds here and with one ticket you can try all the different flavours of Brixton. It’s an exciting day for us and we can’t wait to welcome people to the festival and make Brixton proud.”

The festival will include and cover Brixton Village, Market Row, ColdHarbour Lane, Atlantic Road and Windrush Sq, areas on Sunday 26 October From 11.00am – 7.30pm. It will see a host of new and firm favourite cafes, restaurants and craft shops taking part in this cool and exciting festival. All venues will be offering special discounts and secret new tapas style dishes to visitors and will also be offering delicious free samples to wristband wearers. From the original Brixton set to the newly arrived, the festival will play host to a really special day, which is set to be become an annual food and drink fixture in Londoners diaries.

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On the day visitors can also buy wristbands and Brixton Pounds (B£) from strategically located vending kiosks around Brixton Village and Market row and outside The Ritzy Picturehouse, in Windrush Square. Location maps will also be given out and downloadable as a guide to where all of the participating restaurants, venues and music locations will be throughout the day.

Mike Xenakis, Managing Director, OpenTable International, said: “With Brixton now at the epi-centre of the London food scene we’re excited to support this new food festival and the diverse selection of local restaurants that are putting the area firmly on the foodie map. The Brixton Flavours festival is a fantastic way to showcase the evolution of London dining at a local level, encompassing a fun carnival style atmosphere and friendly neighbourhood appeal.”

The restaurants on the day will include: Brindisa, Brixton Village Grill, Carioca, Casa Morita, Courtesan, Duck Egg Café, Etta’s seafood, FGB- Foccacia, Fish Wings & Tings, Ichiban, Jalisco, Kaff, Market House, Lounge Bar, Prince of Wales –POW, Satay Cocktail Bar, Senzala, Snugg, Sponge & Cream, The Ritzy Picturehouse, The Wine Parlour as well as the pop-up stalls, which will be positioned in Windrush Square.

Brindisa - Bellota Jamon slicing. An art form

Brindisa – Bellota Jamon slicing. An art form

Elly Foster, Chair/Non-Executive Director, from Brixton BID, said: “We are proud to be supporting Brixton Flavours festival and welcome people throughout London and further afield to enjoy and taste our wonderful food. Brixton is a Mecca for people who want to try all different cuisines in one area. We see the value in developing and maintaining the ethos and cultural diversity of community projects such as this, which help benefit local businesses and bring further awareness to the area we love and call home.”

Croatia National Tourist Board launches new ‘Croatia365’ Campaign

Croatia 365

Croatia 365


Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik

Last night, I attended the UK launch of the Croatian National Tourist Board (CNTB)’s new pre- and post-season campaign: ‘Croatia 365’.
Held in the Grand setting of Queen’s Club, we were welcomed by Mr Darko Lorencin, the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Mr Ratomir Ivičić, Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Mr Tonko Rilović, UK & Ireland Director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, and Mr Ivan Grdešić, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia to the United Kingdom.
Representatives from the regions of Dubrovnik and Riviera, Korčula and Pelješac, Slavonia and Baranja, and north-western Istria showcased their huge range of cultural, eno-gastronomic, adventure, wellness & health and MICE offerings.

Wine Tasting menu

Wine Tasting menu


Award winning Croatian wines

Award winning Croatian wines


We were then treated to a fun and informative tasting masterclass by Joe Wadsack, the renowned wine writer and Saturday Morning Kitchen TV presenter. During the tasting, Joe, transported us on a wine tasting journey around the beautiful country of Croatia.
Once we’d over indulged in some amazing Croatian canapes and artisan delicacies – which included the highest quality truffles, cheeses, olive oils, pršut, salami, honey, sweets and cakes – we were treated to a beautiful and charismatic performance from world-class Croatian tenor Stijepo Gled Markos.
Canapes with Croatian Artisan produce

Canapes with Croatian Artisan produce


The aim of the evening is to put Croatia in people’s minds as an all year round destination, which can offer – so much more than just stunning coastlines, with cultural activities and fascinating historical architecture to thermo-mineral water based spas and local food delicacies. Looking forward to going very soon for a city and wine tour.

Win Tickets to see Charles Metcalfe in action at Foodies Festival Edinburgh

To celebrate Discover the Origin’s return to Foodies Festival, Edinburgh for another year, I’ve teamed up with the people behind the campaign promoting delicious protected products to offer two lucky Delicious Traveller readers a pair of tickets to Foodies Festival in Inverleith Park this weekend –Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August.

Festival-goers will have the chance to see Discover the Origin take the ‘how’ out of choosing the right wine and creating perfect wine parings with free masterclasses* hosted by celebrity wine expert Charles Metcalfe. Charles is one of the nation’s most well-known and amusing wine critics. He’s equipped with plenty of advice about this summer’s wines, including the best temperature to enjoy them at and what to look out for when choosing a bottle to ensure you’re drinking a quality wine.

Visit the Discover the Origin pagoda to meet the campaign’s team of experts and taste the samples on display alongside their expert guidance. And all in the glorious settings of Edinburgh’s Inverleith Park.

Foodies is the UK’s largest food & drink festival with 10 festivals in 2014 featuring top chefs, producers, pop-up restaurants, street food and live entertainment. To see more about the festival visit foodiesfestival.com.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of Foodies Festival Edinburgh tickets simply Retweet this tweet:
RT to win a pair of @foodiesfestival Edinburgh tickets from @delictraveller and
@DiscoverOrigin #discoverquality #heritage #protectedstatus

Good luck!

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DiscovertheOrigin

Discover the Origin is a campaign financed with aid from the EU, France, Italy and Portugal that celebrates the character and heritage of five fine foods and wines with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status: Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese, Parma Ham, Douro Wines, Bourgogne Wines and Port. To learn more and see delicious recipes featuring easy ways to use these little luxuries visit discovertheorigin.co.uk

Ts&Cs: Two winners will be chosen at random at 5pm Friday 8th August 2014 and notified by email the same day.
* Entry to the Drinks Theatre is included in the ticket price. Places are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.

A perfect London Summer evening at Angelus Restaurant, Bathhurst Street

My love affair with London continues, there is always a new street to explore or new restaurant to discover and I may have just found one of my favourite restaurants in London in this place. My supper at Angelus restaurant, on Friday was one of those special London evenings; where the company, the food, the ambience and setting all came together to make a perfect summer evening.

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Angelus, Thierry Tomasin

Angelus, Thierry Tomasin

Angelus restaurant and bar is tucked away on Bathurst Street in an unassuming but historical part of London, not far from Notting Hill and Lancaster Gate area. We’re immediately greeted by a beautiful young French girl, who asked if we’d like to sit in or out, we opted to start our evening sitting outside on the little terrace and soak up the summer evening and London atmosphere.

A hidden corner of effortless indulgence, the warmth and energy Angelus is renowned for is personified as you enter the restaurant, and meet the fabulous founder Thierry Tomasin, and ex-Gavroche Head Sommelier for 20 years and his staff. Far more than a stunning interior and mouth-watering cuisine, Angelus has become a beloved secret spot in London.

A little bit of history..
Formally a pub and covert meeting place for political figures such as Winston Churchill, Angelus boasts elegant Art-Nouveau interiors which have been cleverly incorporated into the original architecture of this early 19th century building. Named after the Angelus Bell, this “brasserie de luxe” is located in one of London’s last working mews.
My plan for the evening had been not to over indulge or drink as I’m into week 1 of a new training and diet session (my blog – Diary of a WBFF newbie – taylorspr.wordpress.com) which is for a challenge I’ve scarily decided to attempt in November. However, the plan went out the window for several reasons, some of which are listed above, A) the menu was simply too tempting to say no to a glass of wine with dinner, and B) the other reason was boy issues.. so I felt I should take some solace in my favourite French cuisine.

Thierry Tomasin, the owner was also convincing with his charming French accent and easy manner, his pitch being a “Salesman of Pleasure” that we girls should be indulged! Not going to argue with that, what an excellent way to twist mine and my companion’s arm.

The Girls on Friday Night

The Girls on Friday Night


Enjoying a glass of Marsanne

Enjoying a glass of Marsanne

The menu is seasonal French cuisine, bistro cooking from the heart and we had the option of choosing from the summer á la carte menu or anything from the brunch menu, there was quite a lot to choose from a mixture of classic French cuisine dishes and specials.

We decided on two entrees from the á la carte menu:
• A divine Light Maroilles Cheese soufflé with walnut crust, fresh endive, sliced green apple and Parmesan consommé
• English Pea and Broad Bean Velouté, with a poached Sussex farm duck egg, with grilled Romanesque cauliflower florets

Veloute with Poached Duck Egg

Veloute with Poached Duck Egg


I like to try slightly different and unusual dishes from time to time for my reviews, it keeps it fresh in my approach and is also a great way to widen the palate and be open to new experiences and tastes. We both opted for fairly light entrée dishes – the Velouté is a light vibrant green which tastes of spring garden vegetables, I carefully broke into the poached egg and it was a lovely bright yellow runny egg, just as it should be. The Cheese Soufflé was divine the small mouthful I tasted with a beautifully balanced and light Parmesan consommé. Thierry attended to us with his passion for food & wine and the restaurant shining through, and I knew we were going to be well looked after. The wine list is superb, with a heavy nod to French wines, but as a French restaurant I would expect nothing less. There are also some good quality new world wines on the list just in case you’re averse. We however, in an effort to be good opted for a glass of wine and Thierry, who was the Head Sommelier at Le Gavroche working under Chef Michel Roux, recommended the Marsanne Viognier, a light white wine with some complexity and minerality and also some floral notes. It was delicious and needless to say we didn’t just have one glass!

Main dishes:
• Seared Monkfish with green olives, shellfish and wild rice with baby fennel
• Roasted whole pigeon D’Anjou with peach and pink pepper puree, and crumbled black pudding

For our main plat we decided to move into the restaurant as it was getting a little chilly and I also wanted to savour and soak up the atmosphere of this lovely restaurant. It was fairly full and we were given a little table for two, not to close to our neighbours, so we were able to relax a little more. The interior has a very French, dare I say Parisian feel to it and it’s absolutely charming. I certainly felt as if I’d been transported to France for the evening and adored the dark wood tables, art deco lights and flooring which added to the ambience.

I chose the fish option of the Monkfish, light, yet meaty and succulent with an array of green and black olives delicately presented over the seared monkfish stuffed with shellfish, perfect for a warm summer evening. We remained on the same white wine as it matched our dishes well, my companion opted for the roasted whole pigeon with a peach and pink pepper puree and black pudding, also very good and a contrast to the fish. Meaty and rare (very rare) well we were practically in France at this point (she could have opted for a light red wine with this meat, but decided to stay on white). Our only suggestion would be to have some more vegetables with the plats or some further vegetable options as side dishes would have been good.

Monsieur Thierry Tomasin, Owner

Monsieur Thierry Tomasin, Owner

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The Kitchen Tour next to the Chef's Table

The Kitchen Tour next to the Chef’s Table

With the diet well and truly out of the window and my cheat meal taking on epic proportions, we threw caution to the wind and allowed our host Thierry, to suggest the dessert, which he thought we’d love and he was right!

Dessert:
• A shared plate of Apricot soufflé with apricot homemade apricot and lemon-thyme sorbet, homemade elderflower yoghurt with honeycomb, white chocolate ice-cream and summer berry pavlova with carpaccio of nectarine and strawberry coulis.

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"Salesman of Pleasure" Dessert Plate

“Salesman of Pleasure” Dessert Plate


Wines:
• Glass of Pink Champagne
• White wine – Marsanne Viognier – Domaine de la Cessane, 2012
• Dessert wine – Jurancon, Uruolat – Charles Hours, 2012

Angelus prides itself on an easy gastronomic menu and contemporary approach to the French classics. Its talented kitchen team has created a menu of elegant but unpretentious food that can be enjoyed for any occasion. One of the City’s last remaining secret spots, Thierry’s Gallic passion, combined with award-winning cuisine and a formidable wine list make Angelus a regular treat, to be enjoyed with friends and good company.
http://www.angelusrestaurant.co.uk

This is definitely a firm favourite now for me, and depending on if you want to have a two course lunch or dinner it is has a great variable menu with lunch starting at £22 for two courses in central London, is pretty great and at these standards an exception to the rule.

Dinner a la carte – for two with wine, entrees, plats, dessert was approx. £47.00 per person.

Value rating: Excellent
Atmosphere: Excellent
Food Quality: Excellent

Refresh and refuel at London’s Chic Drunch cafe for a light lunch

Watermelon & Fresh Basil Juice

Watermelon & Fresh Basil Juice

Lazy hazy sunny days in London are always the best when you can leisurely saunter in and out of the shops and head to a favourite place for lunch. Oxford Street and Bond Street, have lots of little streets off them and it’s here that some of the best places exist for a fab little lunch post shopping or afternoon pick-me-up.

Last weekend found me wondering around Regent Street for a street food festival on Sunday, with Regent Street closed off to traffic, a lovely reprieve to the usual hecticness. I also discovered the streets just behind Marble Arch and the Edgeware Rd recently, which have some lovely restaurants and café close by.

Wondering around London, in the sun is such a pleasure and there are always lots of new places to stumble upon and little gems to get carried away in. Drunch, is a great little find, an oasis in the shopping mecca of the West End. It is ideally located between Oxford Street and Bond Street on the corner of Woodstock Street, with a very quintessential London fashion feel to it. Even though it is just off Oxford Street, I hadn’t discovered it previously, even as a quick shortcut.

Drunch Cafe

Drunch Cafe

The cafe is surrounded by beautiful Georgian buildings and opposite Bonhams auction house, which adds an air of sophistication. Everything is freshly-prepared at Drunch with a delicious take on healthy dishes and lots of smoothie and juice options, just perfect for summer eating.

It was quite hot when we arrived, so we decided to sit outside under the awning, on stylish cream cushions and black rattan furniture, which was really very comfortable.. I could have sat there all afternoon.

They have a wide range of constructed teas and fresh coffees, but as it was hot I decided on a delicious watermelon and mint freshly squeezed juice. I’ve been overindulging recently so thought the sound of a Superfood salad with avocado and pumpkin seeds after my baked camembert in Brixton market the previous evening might make me feel slightly less guilty.

Avocado, quinoa & pumpkin seed salad

Avocado, quinoa & pumpkin seed salad

Grilled Halloumi & Heirloom tomatoes

Grilled Halloumi & Heirloom tomatoes

My companion was even more virtuous than I was and had grilled halloumi with cherry tomatoes, everything was served on differently shaped black pottery style plates and dishes, which gave it a modern contemporary feel to the dishes.

We were slightly less healthy when it came to dessert however, and it was a much as I could do not to order an “RIP DIET” Cheesecake .. but I just couldn’t do it to myself and shared a rather less indulgent but yummy almond cake with espresso.

Too tempting..Almond cake

Too tempting..Almond cake

Drunch is a great little pitstop in the heart of Oxford Street, with a cool London fashion feel to it. It’s able to offer good quality ingredients for lunch or a lovely alternative option for a lavish afternoon tea that won’t break the bank.

Liverpool’s Stylish Salthouse Charcuteria & Tapas Bar

Salthouse, Menu, Liverpool

Salthouse, Menu, Liverpool

First pit stop of the day, straight off the train from London and I’m in need of sustenance and some good food, after my train journey.. where to go, where to go. Ok so i haven’t done any homework to search out the cool spots to head to in Liverpool and next time will be with planning. My brother and his fiancee and two children (v cute) live up Norff and so I sporadically head Norff from time to time.

This time bad planning as lots going on in London town at the moment, so I literally stop a couple of likely looking stylish Liverpudlians, trust me these people know fashion. It’s actually quite a culture shock from London, as the girls are immaculate, make-up,hair, dressed in all the latest trends and the guys are pretty much the same. i digress. My stylish Liverpudlians, direct me to a restaurant strip just off the main shopping high street, past LiverpoolOne, the shopping centre and recommend me to try ‘Salthouse’ a Charcuteria and Tapas bar for a quick spot of lunch.

Of course this weekend is actually the Golf Open at Holylake, the restaurant is quite packed and I wait for a few minutes, before being seated. The restaurant has two levels, ground and a mezzanine with high ceilings and a New York style feel to it. Exposed overhead heating system gives it an urban city feel, yet the stained glass vertical windows add some warmth to this circular shaped restaurant and bar.

With my training about to kick off I need to be mindful of what is going in mouth..(no gags thank you). It’s about protein, egg whites, good carbs only and veggies.. it’s only for 3 months.. argh!! The menu is looks very tempting and if I was doing a full review I’d definitely be going for some of the fish, scallop and more interesting tapas dishes that they have. There’s a good selection of beers from Estrella beer to lots of Sangria, Spanish wines, Sherry and Cava.

Today, I fancied the sound of the Heritage tomatoes,roasted peppers, fresh basil and capers salad with a chargrilled fillet steak, on a rosti potato and black pudding with peppercorn sauce.

Panzanella Salad

Panzanella Salad

Chargrilled Fillet Steak

Chargrilled Fillet Steak

All washed down with one bottle of San Pellgrino, can you see my halo yet.. such willpower resisting a bottle of Estrella and I wasn’t even tempted. Good random recommendation. Thank you Liverppol.

The bill was also very reasonable at 16.75

http://www.salthousetapas.co.uk
1 Hanover St, Liverpool, L1 3DW