Recently my bibations took me to a location finer than my average weekend watering hole: Bolney Wine Estate in the rolling greenery of Sussex. The occasion? A meal created by Masterchef Professionals finalist Sven-Hanson Britt and paired with Bolney’s award winning English wines. I was excited for this….it’s always a pleasure to escape from the smog of London and I’m a huge supporter of English wine. Anything to take a stab at the French anyway….
Piece by Erin Goodall, FoodGoblin North Correspondent
Malaysia: an often forgotten destination for many British when planning a trip to the East. For many, Thailand, Bali and Hong Kong trump the list, at least amongst my friends. For me though it is a unique and romantic country, a wild one, delicious at times and one in which its rich history still shows evident in its day to day culture.
Historically, Malaysia formed part of the British Empire, establishing a vital trade route between the East and West. Born from this is one of its unique characteristics: an immense diversity of peoples and cultures. Today it is a real melting pot and nowhere can this better be displayed than in its food.
Yes, Malaysia is a magical country and one which we at FoodGoblin were lucky enough to explore this summer. Whilst Lucy headed to Malaysian Borneo to eat all things Sarawak (previous post here), I headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's famous capital city.
The purpose of my visit was to attend its first ever Big Kitchen Festival. This was headed up and organized by Chef Norman Musa, Malaysian born, British based Chef, who was kind enough to invite me to experience the smells and sights of this exciting inaugural food festival. Naturally, I chomped at the opportunity.
The New Conservatory is a great little bar hidden away in the centre of Leeds. Every time I walk past, I remember it is tucked away there and resolve to pop in when next in the area. So when we were invited down to try out their new menu, the perfect excuse was presented.
My last few posts have explored the wilds of Sarawak Borneo where I was lucky enough to visit on a food blogger trip with Malaysia Airlines. Now I flee the forest and turn to the bright city lights.....and what lights could be brighter than those of Malaysia’s capital city, Kuala Lumpur? Our visit there was all too brief, giving us merely a taste of this vibrant city however see my flying visit guide for a quick hit of where to explore.
Food in Sarawak Borneo is as much of an adventure as visiting its jungles. Cuisine here is the product of the region’s diverse genetic makeup: Chinese, Malay, Tribal - it all blends to offer a national cuisine that is exotic, spiced and vibrant. There’s a lot here to discover.
It’s 9am and I’m staked out in Heathrow Terminal 4, home of Malaysia Airlines, waiting to check in for a flight that will take me the furthest from home I’ve ever been. When I think about travelling, imagine adventure there is always one country at the tip of my tongue. It’s been on my list for so long, it’s practically engraved there. Borneo; the world’s 3rd largest island, dominated by thick, untamed rainforest inhabited only by the island’s wildlife and the yet thriving indigenous population, one of the only places in the world where wild orangutans are still found, and home to a rich cultural heritage. The island is split into a number of provinces; Malaysian Sarawak and Sabah, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny country of Brunei. Needless to say, with this tapestry the food is rumoured to be spectacular. It feels wild, far flung and incredibly exciting.
I’m on a food blogger trip with Malaysia Airlines. Over the next week the airline are taking us to the Sarawak region of Borneo where, led by half Malaysian YouTube chef Caroline Artiss, we’ll be exploring the sights, sounds and flavours of this vibrant region. Over this next blog I’ll take you with me from jungle to coast and I’ll try to unwrap the mysterious of this wild and mysterious destination by giving you my guide for how to discover it. For believe me, here there is everything to discover.
This weekend sees the return of one of my favourite events of the London food and drinks calendar: Cocktails in the City!
Following a sell out 2014 event, this year sees the return of a two-day al-fresco festival of cocktails taking place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July .
Set in London’s elegant Bedford Square Gardens, twenty of the best bars in London will showcase their cocktails, pop up style. From the city's most exclusive establishments (last year saw the Ritz, for example), to our coolest speakeasies (e.g. the Evans and Peel Detective Agency....haven't heard of it - you should have.) this event has it all. Each compete to win the best cocktail of the weekend - and their tactics range from plying you with drink to flat out flirtation. There's street food, music...general debauchery....in short - it is a bloody epic party...
Piece by Erin Goodall, FoodGoblin Northern Correspondent
Everybody loves a mini break. As a young professional, they’re definitely the way to go. Forget holiday time, forget long haul flights - mini breaks are the way to go! Actually, don’t forget these things – nothing beats a well planned trip - but we should all be doing mini breaks much more! Travel broadens the mind and all that jazz…..
Recently I had the great treat of arranging a mini break to Wirral, up in the North West just outside of Liverpool. I, with Erin from the Northern Section of FoodGoblin, was visiting a boutique 4* hotel up there called Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa to review the restaurant and spa and planned a bit of an exploration of the area around it. I’m never in the North and I like to flesh it out a bit more whenever I’m up there – I yearned for stops along the way and oodles of fiddles in farm shops.
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