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Grace Dent reviews Babaji | London Evening Standard

Being a foodie isn’t just about augmenting one’s belly. Oh no. It’s also about blag and bluster. 2015 will involve much feigning of knowledge on the …

Grace Dent reviews Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill | London Evening Standard

London doesn’t need any more honking great skyscrapers. We’re quite full now, thank you. Well, I think so anyway. Cutester nicknames — Gherkin, …

Walkie-talkies

Grace Dent reviews Clos Maggiore | London Evening Standard

The most romantic thing to do on Valentine’s Day is, of course, stay in bed all night, iPhones switched to flight mode, whispering, swigging …

England

Rex and Mariano: restaurant review

<b>2 St Anne’s Court, London W1 (020 7437 0566). Meal for two, including wine and service: £80</b><p>This week’s restaurant comes from the people who brought us Beast. You remember Beast. The one with the king crabs and the Nebraskan steaks and the over-engineered tables and the bill that made me feel like …

Restaurants

Le Canut et les Gones: restaurant review

<b>29 rue de Belfort, Lyon (00 33 4 78 29 17 23). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £75</b><p>Come May, when Eurostar starts its direct service to Lyon (and southern points beyond), trains will depart London’s St Pancras full of people who have missed breakfast. Anybody who has built a trip around …

France

Harry’s Shack: restaurant review | Jay Rayner

Harry’s Shack teeters on the edge of Northern Ireland’s north coast. But its many fans flock here come rain or shine<p><b>118 Strand Road, Portstewart, Northern Ireland (028 7083 1783). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £50</b><p>Last December, Harry’s Shack, at Portstewart on Northern Ireland’s north …

Jago: restaurant review

<b>68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 (020 3818 3241). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £80</b><p>A decade or two back a friend of a friend who, like me, is Jewish, bought a warehouse apartment on Brick Lane in London’s Shoreditch. He was part of the first wave of young thrusting types who could see …

England

The foodie traveller … on knowing your calçots (onions) in Catalonia

The <i>calçotada</i> is a Catalan winter food festival that involves giant spring onions and red wine poured into the mouth from a great height. As you might guess, it’s a messy affair<p>The Catalans don’t have a reputation as the most fun-loving bunch. The rest of Spain would probably describe them as …

The foodie traveller … on the spread of raw cuisine

Raw food cuisine is losing its “how many ways can you peel a banana?” aura and, rightfully, moving into the spotlight as a dynamic, varied and flavoursome way of eating. A good raw chef brings their own twist to old favourites: falafel, pizza, nachos, curry and pad Thai are all popular raw meals.<p>At …

Travelers

The foodie traveller … on artichokes, served ‘Jewish-style’, in Rome

Rome’s ancient Jewish quarter retains a distinctive culinary tradition dating from classical antiquity. And the humble artichoke is at its centre<p><i>Carciofo alla giudia</i> is the traditional crispy fried globe artichoke of Il Ghetto, the Hebrew ghetto in the historic heart of Rome. The ghetto was finally …

Food in fashion: Dorset's restaurant and hotel scene

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The farmer who makes 'ethical' foie gras

Animal welfare,Spanish food and drink,Food & drink,Farming,Life and style,Animals<p>Foie gras has become a byword for cruelty, but in this extract from his book The Third Plate, cook and activist <b>Dan Barber</b> meets one Spanish farmer who says he knows what’s good for the goose – and doesn’t use …

Marco Pierre White: My work was a painkiller – it was where I hid

Marco Pierre White was the chef who cooked like an angel, looked like a rock star and changed the way the world thought of British food. Rachel Cooke meets him on the 25th anniversary of his game-changing cookbook White Heat<p>Why does Marco Pierre White want to be interviewed on Bibendum’s terrace, …

Marco Pierre White

My cooking is a mess – and tastes better for it

There’s a place for artful food presentation – it’s just not usually on my plate<p>Recently I made a dreadful mess in the kitchen. It was delicious. I was looking for something to kick off a dinner party, something around which conversation could gather, and was musing on the Jewish Ashkenazi staple …

Onions

40 maps and charts that explain sports in America - Vox

Sports play an outsized role in American life. Last year, the sports industry took in an estimated $57 billion, and in an era when television audiences are splintering and fewer of us watch live TV than ever before, a full third of the country still tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. Spectator …

R Introduction

• A Domain-Specific-Language (DSL) for statistics and data analysis<br>• Based on the S Programming Language<br>• An environment for Exploratory Data Analysis …

Interactive visualizations of 2014 - part I

We hope everyone had a great Christmas! Here on Visualoop, it’s time to start presenting our favorites from the thousands of visualization projects …

How restaurants cut corners: embalmed shrimp and headless beer

Olive Garden’s unsalted pasta water is just the beginning of the chamber of horrors that is the modern restaurant’s kitchen.<p>To save a few pennies, restaurants are doing things that would never appear on the menu: pouring thin heads on beer, serving lightly embalmed shrimp and selling a $2.50 bottle …

Any last requests? A gallery of Last Bites cinemagraphs

We launched Last Bites in April of this year, keen to know what chefs, cooks and food writers would choose for their final meal. We didn’t set out to strike a maudlin tone, but rather for it to be a celebration of all their lives spent eating, drinking and cooking.<p>Most of the last meals we’ve …

Michelin chef Cesar Ramirez accused of racism at Brooklyn restaurant

The chef at popular New York restaurant Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare told his staff to serve Asians and residents of the Upper West Side poor quality meat because they are “shit people”, according to a lawsuit filed against the eatery.<p>Five former employees of the Michelin starred restaurant – …

San Francisco’s restaurant scene: no such thing as a bad lunch

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Malik’s Tandoori: restaurant review

<b>High Street, Cookham, Berkshire (01628 520085). Meal for two, including drinks: £70-90</b><p>It was when they started pumping out the Vaughan Williams at us, a waft of the English pastoral over the poppadoms, that it got really odd. Then again, why not? Malik’s is in Cookham, a buffed and polished town …

On my radar: Elif Shafak’s cultural highlights

The Turkish novelist on Ruby Wax’s writing, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in Nightcrawler, listening to the radio and the magic of Finnish band Nightwish<p>The Turkish author Elif Shafak has spent her life so far moving between her Strasbourg birthplace, her Turkish home, Madrid, Jordan, Germany, the …

Can the Cereal Killer cafe, which sells only cereal, really make a killing?

London is currently awash with places offering upmarket versions of fast food. There are gourmet hot dog places, upmarket fried-chicken shops and a smörgåsbord of fancy burger bars. But what about the most convenient food of all, the breakfast cereal? Surely no one could give that a hipster …

Cereal Killer: which other novelty cafes could be a hit?

Like many of you, when I first read about Cereal Killer, the breakfast cereal cafe that opened yesterday in (where else?) east London, I laughed. Or, more precisely, I scoffed. It seemed beyond parody: an all-day diner selling more than 100 breakfast cereals, 12 types of milk and 20 toppings, run …

EU allergy rules come into force with aim of ending food Russian roulette

Rules aimed at ending the “Russian roulette” food-allergy sufferers face when eating in restaurants, take-aways, schools and hospitals come into force in Britain on Saturday in a move safety watchdogs hope will cut an annual toll of 10 deaths a year and more than 5,000 hospital stays.<p>Food outlets …

The Art School, Liverpool – restaurant review

‘There’s no sense that anyone involved has eaten in an ambitious restaurant outside Liverpool since the turn of the century’<p>Everybody I speak to in the business tells me that Paul Askew is the loveliest of men, a chef garlanded with plaudits and the acclaim of his peers. And I love Liverpool, so …

Girls allowed: the entrepreneur helping migrant women start food businesses

Food is a powerful point of entry and connection between communities. I grew up in New York, and I’ve always been interested in celebrating cultural differences, especially through food.<p>When I moved to London to do my Masters in 2010, however, I was struck by the hyperdiversity that sets this city …

Adam Handling at Caxton: restaurant review

<b>Adam Handling at Caxton, 2 Caxton Street, London SW1 (0800 652 1498). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £140</b><p>Adam Handling has talent. He has talent the way Ukip has nutters. Yup. He has that much talent. The first time I tried his food it wasn’t so much good cooking as a place of safety. …

Observer Food Monthly: the best thing I ate in 2014

<b>Banana peel ice-cream</b><br>Massimo Bottura<i><br>Chef patron, Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy</i><br>The other day I saw one of our chefs, Davide di Fabio, coming back from the market with a box of black bananas. “They were free,” he said, “just sitting next to the trash.” Two days later he called me over to his …