Weekly round-up of yummi-news from around london and the blogosphere, every Sunday. Brought to you, via the magic of the tube and the imagination of Kang the LE.
Yesterday was -3 in London. Much too cold for a protest at Speaker’s corner, today on the other hand looks like a very warm 7C and the sun is out. I’m thinking about galleries today, but first a quick round-up and musings before the start of the new week.
Eating. happenings here on london eater
With the first full of week of January just gone, I’ve also managed to serve up a full week of London Eater services. This was one of the busiest week LE has ever seen in it’s short history with no less than 7 posts. Here’s what went down on LE:
The Square review at Post 100. Monday would have been the first official day of work for many of us and I duly went back to my eating habits and started the new work year with a bang of a review at 2 star The Square and also incidentally, this was my 100th post. Mad pictures and a great meal, check it out.
Write a review and win £50. I’ve been heavily marketing this competition to everyone I know, the premise is simple, send me a restaurant review (can be anywhere in the world) , include at least 1 picture, write 250 words and I will post it here on LE. The one with the most number of votes wins £50! In addition to 15 minutes of internet fame, you might have a hidden restaurant critic inside of you which may catch the eye of big publishing houses. Interested? Join now!
Midweek Quirker: The Durian. I write these midweek quirkers every midweek because there’s alot more to just reviewing restaurants that I want to write about. Basically, I’d like to provide abit of commentary for food in general. Afterall, this is a foodblog, and not just a dedicated restaurant review blog. All things food, and this one is on the elusive king of fruits in the East: the Durian.
Midweek Quirker: What does a Michelin star mean to you? With the impending release of the 09 revision of the Red Guide, I was doing abit of research on what the star actually means to restaurants and also , how many actually exist in London. So, do you have an opinion on it?
Tartine, French for Bruschetta. I went to this nice little French cafe in south kensington and ate these tartines, which are abit like oversized bruschetta and feature a whole variety of interesting toppings. Do have a quick look, I think their coffee is awesome too.
I suppose now is a good time to be announcing my current (and future) direction of articles here on LE. I’m beginning to settle into a rhythm of writing two reviews a week. I’ll eat one nice three course place for dinner and another place for a coffee or a lunch. This would be in addition to the quirkers and this weekly round-up post. We’ll see how this works out.
London. happenings around the smoke
I am still waiting for the January effect to take hold of the capital, the economic woes continue to worsen and there doesnt seem to be an end to the onslaught. Even glorified names , such as Wedgewood , are beginning to go belly up. Scary stuff. Oh well, guess the saying goes ‘it’ll get worse before it gets better’ , question is how much worse? It’s a good thing that the FT is doing a half-price giveaway at some nice restaurants in London (see details here). I am definitely going to take advantage of all and any offers. Aside from that, I’m happy to see that Cirque du Soleil are in town once again; They are putting up their show at the Albert Hall till the 8th of Feb. Has anyone gone to see it yet? Let me know as I’d like to go too.
Reading. happenings around the blogosphere
The first full week back at work has really drained my batteries. Gosh, it’ only week one but it feels like week 45. Thankfully, there’s alot on the internet to keep me chirpy, here’s some of the best stuff I read of late:
No recipes’s tip to making your photos look better using adobe lightroom. Folks, these tips actually work, I know because I use it too :). Photographers will say that post-processing photos is really cheating, but I have very little light to work with in a restaurant, plus I don’t really want to disrupt other guests with my flashes. I’m all for post-processing, great post Marc.
Noble Pig I stumbled upon this gem of a food recipe blog. The photos are fantastic; I’m particularly loving the heads up 7 up post, which is a 7 up cake with orange glaze recipe and she desaturated the photographs of the finished product. A very nice looking food blog, definitely worth checking out.
Herbivoracious Michael Natkin is a software engineer who loves to cook. He has some pretty awesome recipes on his blog and the photographs are excellent to ( you might have noticed, I have a literary craving for eye candy this week.)
Joy the Baker Lastly, I’m finishing this round-up with a sweet baking blog maintained by Joy (what a fitting name for a baker of sweet things 🙂 )
And on that note..
Helen kindly nominated my blog for the 2009 bloggies and Howard suggested me for the well fed network city blog award. I just want to formally say thank you to both you guys, it really means alot to me that bloggers ( who run great food blogs ) give me a pat on the back, it’s a really rewarding feeling indeed.
Next week on LE
I paid a visit to Marcus Wareing to try that famous egg custard tart he cooked for the Queen on Great British Menu a couple of years ago and I also had a lazy lunch at St Pancreas Grand, right outside the Eurostar. Have a nice end to the week and see you back here again, sometime soon.