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Your 100% Perfect Valentine Champagne

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By Martin Isark

Want a bottle of the best Rosé champagne I’ve tasted in the last 30 years for your special Valentine? Devaux Champagne  Rosé Cuvee D is 100% perfect for Valentine’s Day? Available from Quality Wines  Read more

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Stecca an Italian Restaurant that mends broken hearts

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By Martin Isark
IT BREAKS MY ‘HEART’ that great Italian restaurants in the UK are as difficult to find as rocking horse shit! Most major British cities have a decent French Restaurant, and the Michelin guide reflects that, but an Italian that presents food that sings of Italy, seems to  hit the flavour road block at the British Channel.  A cardboard pizza from the takeaway is not what Italian cuisine is about. Check out Stecca.

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Premium Rum is where it is at for Bartenders & Drinkers

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By Martin Isark

The Rum Market is Booming in the UK, at last count it was worth over £1 billion and catching up the Gin market which is £1.2 billion very fast. It comes in as white, golden, dark and spiced rum which enables it to cover more bases than Gin, Vodka or Whisky. Bartenders love the flexibility that rum provides for mixing cocktails, and drinkers are rediscovering old favourites, like Rum & Coke, Pina Colada & Mojito and the spirit aficionados are finding that premium sipping rums have far more complexity than Gin will ever have. End of. Read more

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Eye Candy Cocktails at Quaglino’s

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By Martin Isark

1930′s Quaglinon’s was the place in Mayfair to go if you wanted to be with the Inn-Crowd, and it’s still cutting it in 2018 with its slick and shiny interior and wall-wall beautiful people.  Read more

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Martin & The Blonde Go Mad for Sushi

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By Martin Isark

The Sushi Shop in Marylebone is one of five shops that you can eat in or they deliver, the others are in Notting Hill, Old Brompton, Hampstead and Richmond. Truly fabulous, if you live in London, but if you reside outside, like I do, then you have to train and/or cab it. Read more

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I rocked-up to Cottons Club with the Blonde and she was impressed

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By Martin Isark
The Gin explosion in the UK is good if you are G&T or Martini drinker, or if you are one of the owners of the new must have Gin brands: Marylebone, City of London & Horse Guards, but, unfortunately, if you are Rum aficionado, you will struggle to find a bar or restaurant that sells anything that will impress.  Read more

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The Valentino Truffle Martini is a must try before you die

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By Martin Isark
Most Gin Martini lovers around world have been or have it on their bucket list to go to Dukes Hotel in Mayfair, to sip Allessandro Palazzi’s world famous Martinis, but now there is another one to put on your bucket list. Valentino Bau’s Truffle Martini that’s served at the Waterside Inn at BrayRead more

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The Chequers Inn is a Restaurant that Michelin Guide has missed

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By Martin Isark
There are just 120 Michelin Guide inspectors worldwide and on average they eat out 250 meals a year, that’s around 30,000 restaurants that are going to be inspected throughout the world each year. And there are millions of chefs and restaurateurs  around the world praying for an inspection, especially  when you consider there are over 80,000 restaurants in the UK alone. Like millions of authors that want their books to get on the best sellers, it is tough ask.  Especially, as the ones that are already in the guide are inspected each year as matter of course. Phew! Read more

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Our Martin has tasted two outstanding South African Sweeties from Dreyfus Ashby

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By Martin Isark

Dreyfus Ashby are importers of very fine wine, and are generally regarded as the best suppliers in the World for South African and Loire Wines.  I’ve tasted several wines from the D A portfolio, but these two sweeties below really floated my boat. Read more

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Our Martin has tasted posh loose leaf teas from MonTeas

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I have tasted a large selection of Posh teas from Monteas, Monnow Street, Monmouth. They were seriously impressive. If you don’t to want to drink alcohol  on school nights, and you want something interesting to drink, you should try their 25g bags of the teas. At around two quid a pop, you will get several cups which is great value for money, and if you order over £25 worth the postage is free. Click here to order Monteas. Read more