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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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By Martin Isark

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

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Heston’s Gin Beaten by Supermarkets Own Brand Gin in IWSC Competition

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The IWSC competition is regarded by drinks producers as the industry’s Michelin guide for alcoholic drinks. Read more
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Fiona dishes up Lentejas her Mum’s crowd-pleaser

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by Fiona Allen 

My Spanish Mum’s Lentejas, is a lentil and chorizo stew, I find it the perfect crowd-pleaser when I’m cooking for my family and friends. I’ve grown up eating this lovely tasty dish and when we visit my mum’s house she usually has a pot simmering away on the hob. In Spain you would eat this as a starter followed by meat or fish but you can have it as a main with crusty bread. It’s gorgeous and is the ultimate comfort food on a cold winters day. Serves 4 unless you live in our house whereby 2 people have all of it… Ahem!

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Sir… is it Double Guards with or without tonic?

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Sir… is it Double Guards with or without tonic? 

If you are bringing a new gin to the market:  it must tantalise with its smell, deliver a silky sip, present harmonious flavour, and have a smooth swallow that demands an encore.  Read more

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Bordeaux Wines that deliver from Sip to Swallow

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By Martin Isark
It is sad state of affairs that supermarket shoppers are palmed off with immature bottom rung Bordeaux red wines that do little to seduce the wine drinker away from the easy drinking, fruit-driven Cabernet, Merlot & Malbec wines from the New World. Surely this is the wrong way to introduce the drinker to the delights of Bordeaux. 

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