Een nieuwsmandje bij elkaar gesprokkeld

picknick mandLangzaam vult Londen zich met culinaire grootheden en wordt zo de culinaire hoofdstad van de wereld. Verschillende grootheden uit wereldkeukens openen hier de een na de andere hotspot!

‘In the past six months, three of the world’s most highly regarded restaurateurs from different corners of the globe have announced London ventures. Self-proclaimed “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung opened Bo London in Mayfair in October, while London-born, New York- based restaurateur Keith McNally opened the hotly anticipated all-day brasserie Balthazar London in Covent Garden last month, and this month sees the arrival of father and daughter duo, Juan Mari and Elena Arzak’s London outpost Ametsa at The Halkin hotel in Belgravia.

Already the holder of two Michelin stars at his Bo Innovation flagship in Hong Kong, Brixton-born Leung’s desire to extend his Bo brand to London has been bubbling away for nine years. His dream finally came into fruition last October, when £1 million venture, Bo London, opened its doors on Mill Street in London’s affluent Mayfair district, which is proving bulletproof from the recession. Going against the grain of the casual dining trend currently gripping the capital, Bo London is geared around fine dining, but with a signature Leung twist. Shunning the terms “molecular” and “fusion food”, Leung is a pioneer of “X-treme Chinese Cuisine”. While inspired and informed by centuries-old Chinese recipes, Bo London’s dishes are exciting, exotic and envelope pushing in the extreme.’

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Het hele bericht vind je hier! London CC of the world!

Wijnproeven als een pro! Dat doe je zo….

“When it comes to wine, there’s a lot to know. With bottles produced all over the world, narrowing down your choices isn’t easy. Once you have the bottle, decanting becomes another hurdle. And then, there’s a book-load of wine etiquette to learn — and knowing how to taste wine is high up on that list.”

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Zo moet het:  de infographic vind je hier!

Wijnarchivaris!

In haar Food&Drink column op de website van de Financial Times doet Jancis Robinson de zoete, maar stoere wijnen uit het zuiden van Frankrijk uit de doeken. De ‘Vins Doux Naturels’. Philippe Gayral heeft een passie voor deze natuurlijke zoete wijnen. In 2005 richtte hij een bedrijf om verder met deze zeldzame wijnen te gaan werken. Hij kocht her en der vele voorraden op. Zijn wijn-archief is daarom zeer beroemd en trekt wijnpro’s als la Robinson aan. Zij proefde de wijnen, de jonge, maar het liefste de oude!

“In the late 1990s he was a salesman for a group of southern French co-ops and his rounds included tours of many of Roussillon’s cellars. He could see that stocks of their once-popular Vins Doux Naturels were starting to build up. Rivesaltes in particular had been marketed almost exclusively to older people, and prices were in freefall, as was its image. The co-ops frantically switched to making table wines and Roussillon was suddenly awash with bland versions of recently planted Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Muscat vinified as a dry wine. But Gayral says, “I have a passion for history, and for these wines [the Vins Doux Naturels], so I decided to save them.”

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Het artikel op FT.com

Tot slot, stel, je kunt niet naar de ProWein in Düsseldorf dit jaar, volgende week….ach, dan heb je altijd nog een kans in November:

“Successful ProWein Concept is exported to China. Messe Düsseldorf Group, Organiser of the Leading fair ProWein, and China International Exhibitions, a member of Allworld Exhibitions and Organiser of FHC China, agree cooperation. The collaboration launched with the extremely successful ProWine Tasting Zone at FHC China 2012 is now to be exceeded as from 2013. 13 to 15 November 2013 will see ProWine China held for the first time now, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC). The trade fair will be held every year in parallel to FHC China in terms of dates and location and will be aimed at trade visitors from throughout China.”

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