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I recently attended the launch release for Lonely Planet’s fabulous new book Ultimate Eatlist, the much anticipated follow up to Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travelist. This latest publication from the world-renowned publishing powerhouse best known for its travel guides takes readers on an around the world exploration of the best eats to be had from across the globe.

Ultimate Eatlist - Lonely Planet

Ultimate Eatlist – Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Eatlist both celebrates and ranks the world’s top 500 food experiences and each entry details the experience, the culture behind it, and what makes it so special. The book also includes favourite food experiences as nominated by 20 of the world’s top chefs and food writers, from José Andrés to Andrew Zimmern.

So here’s the are those ultimate eats that make up the top ten:

1. Pintxos in San Sebastián, Spain
2. Curry laksa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3. Sushi in Tokyo, Japan
4. Beef brisket in Texas, USA
5. Som tum in Bangkok, Thailand
6. Smørrebrød in Copenhagen, Denmark
7. Crayfish in Kaikoura, New Zealand
8. Bibimbap in Seoul, South Korea
9. Pizza margherita in Naples, Italy
10. Dim sum in Hong Kong

Twenty-nine of the 500 eating experiences have come from the UK and Ireland, and include smoked salmon in the Outer Hebrides (#39), Irish stew in Dublin (#47) and crab sandwiches in Norfolk (#80).

Ultimate Eatlist - Lonely Planet

Ultimate Eatlist – Lonely Planet

Rather than being a guide on the best restaurants from around the world, Ultimate Eatlist is really about those unique eating experiences that define the globe. It’s a celebration of both food and travel and such a joy for all intrepid foodies and travellers to explore.

The launch part of the Ultimate Eatlist was held at Ceviche Old Street where we got to sample some fantastic ceviche…

Delicious ceviche @Ceviche - London Food Blog

Delicious ceviche @Ceviche

…along with some amazing celebration cup cakes inspired by the Ultimate Eatlist!

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Celebration Cupcakes – Ultimate Eatlist

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Nutritional Eating Solutions You Should Try http://agirlhastoeat.com/nutritional-eating/ http://agirlhastoeat.com/nutritional-eating/#comments Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:23:05 +0000 http://agirlhastoeat.com/?p=21370 Do you feel like Image source Make Plant Oils, Fish and Nuts Your Main Sources of Fat Bad fats in your diet can really damage your health and make the task of shifting excess weight a lot harder than it needs to be. But that doesn’t mean you should skip fat altogether because your body […]

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Do you feel like your diet is not quite as nutritional as it can be? You’re certainly not the only one in that situation because poor diets are common and increasingly, they’re causing health problems. You should try to improve your health by embracing nutritional eating. The ideas and solutions that you can find below will help you to improve your health and give your body the healthy fuel it needs.

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Make Plant Oils, Fish and Nuts Your Main Sources of Fat

Bad fats in your diet can really damage your health and make the task of shifting excess weight a lot harder than it needs to be. But that doesn’t mean you should skip fat altogether because your body does need fats; it just needs the right kinds. You should aim to make things like fish, nuts and plant oils the main sources of fat in your diet. When you do, you’ll be a lot healthier.

Choose Antioxidant-Rich Vegetables

Antioxidants have all kinds of benefits for your body, and that’s why you should choose the vegetables that are full of them. There are plenty of options to choose from, so opt for things like kale, spinach and broccoli. All of these things are very good for you and they’re all very rich in antioxidants. You can apply the same methods to the fruit you choose to consume too.

Work with a Nutritionist to Plan Meals

Nutrition is not something that is easy to get right by yourself if you don’t really know what you’re doing. If you want to embrace healthy living, it’s something that’s best done by working alongside professionals. A nutritionist will be able to help you plan out your meals, and you will then have confidence in your plan because you’ll have the knowledge that it’s backed by a professional.

Replace Bad Carbs with Good Carbs

Just like there are good fats and bad fats, there are also good carbs and bad carbs. It should be one of your main tasks right now to replace the bad carbs with the good ones, and that’s easier to do than you might think. It’s usually a case of removing white bread and replacing it with whole grain options. And the same applies to all carbs. This will release energy more slowly, which is good for your body.

Boost the Fiber Content of Your Diet

Finally, you should start paying more attention to the fiber content of your diet. If it’s not high enough, you will make it harder than it needs to be for you to protect your gut and remain health all-round. Beans and grains are all great for fiber, as are dark-coloured vegetables and fruit like apples, oranges and raspberies.

Eating healthy is one of those things that always seems pretty easy and straightforward on paper, but it tends to be a little more difficult when you do it in real life. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try to get it right because when you do, you will feel so much better and your body will benefit hugely.

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Plate Restaurant http://agirlhastoeat.com/plate-restaurant-old-street-london/ http://agirlhastoeat.com/plate-restaurant-old-street-london/#comments Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:38:26 +0000 http://agirlhastoeat.com/?p=21357 PLATE RESTAURANT Plate Restaurant is located in the M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, on the first floor of what is a striking building a stone’s throw away from the Old Street Roundabout. Plate restaurant looks very much like a hotel breakfast lounge, and understandably so as it is part of a hotel. But the […]

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PLATE RESTAURANT

Plate Restaurant is located in the M by Montcalm Hotel in Shoreditch, on the first floor of what is a striking building a stone’s throw away from the Old Street Roundabout. Plate restaurant looks very much like a hotel breakfast lounge, and understandably so as it is part of a hotel. But the modern British menu speaks of a creativity that would seem to exceed the standard quality of the average hotel restaurant.

At our waiter’s insistence we ordered Plate’s signature “bread flight” (£7.5) and thank goodness we did. Three homemade brioches – plain, with wild mushrooms, and sourdough, came with three tiny bowls of the fluffiest of whipped butter. These had also been made on the premises: plain with sea salt; red balsamic vinegar with crispy nuts on top; and caramelised onions garnished with crispy shallots. Fresh, exquisitely textured, and warmly flavourful, they stood head above shoulders compared to any restaurant bread basket we have tried recently.

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Plate Restaurant – Bread flight

From the snacks we tried the crispy pork skin with house-made tartare sauce (£3) which was an exquisite way to deal with this oft-neglected part of the pig. The crispy pork skin was crispy, but had been finished a little too heavily with the salt. The tartare showed signs of freshness and deliciousness but was also extremely over seasoned to the point of being inedible.

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Plate Restaurant – Pork crackling

To starters and a creamed spring pea soup (£7) was light and delicately flavoured, and with nothing overpowering the fresh sweetness of the peas, it tasted as serene and blithe as English summer itself. But although delicious, it again could have done with a touch less seasoning.

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Plate Restaurant – Pea soup

Our final starter was brilliantly pleasant and summery: Norfolk asparagus (£8) served with broad beans, toasted hazelnuts, morsels of pork cheek, and a beautifully poached oozy Breckland egg with a joyfully bright, oozy yolk. This was a true joy to eat and showed poise and delightfully judged sense of composition.

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Plate Restaurant – Asparagus

Both preferring the meat option, the two of us went for the same main: Chilton farm rump of lamb (£25) was exquisitely tender and perfectly cooked, subtle in flavour and reminiscent of the best Icelandic lamb. The accompanying tomato fondue that was fine and perfectly flavoured in its own right, but we both agreed was a touch too powerful in character to be a match for the fineness of the meat. The basil dressing also proved to be a beautifully made green pesto, but again a touch strong for the delicacy of the lamb.

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Plate Restaurant – Lamb rump

Two sets of side dishes proved much more suitable companions for the meat: the appetisingly seared Koffman cabbage (£3.5) with crispy pancetta and celeriac was delightfully adorned with a toasted cheese lattice. This was earthy enough yet not too strong to upstage the lamb. Agata potatoes (£4), boiled mini spuds smothered in dill and chervil crème fraiche, blended well with the lamb’s gentle flavour.

The portions at Plate were quite sizeable which seems to be against the grain of London’s new-fangled infatuation with tapas-sized dishes. Nevertheless there is always room for dessert. And then a cheese platter of course.

The coffee brulee (£6.5), a deconstructed concoction was a superbly moreish revelation and proved to be the pinnacle of creaminess and fluffiness and a perfect juxtaposition of flavours and textures. This was the outstanding dish of the evening. Our other dessert was a fine-dining banana split with a scoop of frozen yoghurt, honeycombs and buckwheat speculoos (£6.5) which was pleasant to eat but rather straightforward.

Plate’s extensive and sophisticated drink menu comes from the seriously stocked bar downstairs. We started with a gently fragrant Negroni, very similar in style to contemporary Japanese cocktails, with its floral and fruity melange of gin and peach schnapps with grapefruit and lemon juice. The virgin Mojito blew as strong a taste punch and satisfaction as the one with alcohol. Its perfect balance of sweetness and sourness was greatly complemented by a very fizzy tonic.

All in all we really enjoyed the food at Plate, with some excellent produce and inventive cooking on display. At times, the dishes were a little over seasoned, but the creativity which went into the composition of the dishes was really enjoyable to see.

In a nutshell: Great food from great ingredients in a somewhat ill-matched environment.

SUMMARY INFORMATION:

Food rating: 3.75/5
Service rating: 3.75/5

Price: About £35 to £45 a head without drinks and service.
Pros:

1) The food at Plate is clearly a work of love made with passionately and cleverly sorted ingredients.
2) An ever-changing view over a busy London street from the window seats.
3) Great service: polite, friendly and knowledgeable.

Cons:
1) Strange functional hotel vibe about the interior.
2) somewhat annoying cacophonic music blaring from the downstairs bar.

Website: http://www.platecatering.co.uk/

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Where’s Best To Eat: France or Spain? http://agirlhastoeat.com/best-places-to-eat-france-spain/ http://agirlhastoeat.com/best-places-to-eat-france-spain/#comments Mon, 09 Jul 2018 17:01:42 +0000 http://agirlhastoeat.com/?p=21348 Where’s Best To Eat: France or Spain? Les Gourmets des Ternes with treats such as snails, frogs legs and foie gras, whereas Spain is a lot more varied – in the North, you can find almost Hungarian style game stews whereas in the South it tends to be much more mediterranean with the traditional seafood […]

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Where’s Best To Eat: France or Spain?

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Whilst Italy is often cited as the mecca for foodies, both France and Spain are similarly high up on the list of worldwide cuisines. If you’re thinking about taking a trip and are torn between these neighbours then this list that reveals three of the best from each country should tempt your tastebuds and help you work out which is best for you, on a purely gastronomic level.

Of course, both have great wine though the culture is very different. In Spain, the prices tend to be lower and the attitude is a lot more relaxed – the French would probably argue, too relaxed… whereas in France, service is more of a fine art and the dining scene has more formality to it than the friendliness of the many tapas bars throughout Spain.

When most people think of french food they imagine the menu of Les Gourmets des Ternes with treats such as snails, frogs legs and foie gras, whereas Spain is a lot more varied – in the North, you can find almost Hungarian style game stews whereas in the South it tends to be much more mediterranean with the traditional seafood paellas and barbecued fish.

FRANCE
1. Beef Bourguignon
This hearty beef stew that originates from Burgundy comprises of tender chunks of beef braised in red wine and beef broth along with garlic, shallots, smoked bacon lardons, a bouquet garni, pearl onions and mushrooms is deceptively simple as it is incredibly tasty.

2. French Onion Soup
This sweet yet balanced onion soup with the occasional hint of rosemary and thyme served with a slice of crisp french bread covered in grilled cheese, and often accompanied with more warm bread is a favourite throughout the whole of France.

3. Mussels
A simple pot of fresh mussels, white wine, a little cream, sweet braised onions and a touch of garlic alongside pomme frites and crusty french bread is an incredible way to enjoy the coastal areas of France.

SPAIN
1. Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a cold soup that originated from Andalusia in Southern Spain which combines ripe tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, bread, peppers and cucumber – all blended until silky smooth and sometimes served with diced hard boiled egg and serrano ham (in which case it’s known as salmorejo).

If you’re making this at home put don’t have a blender then with regard to the bread, that becomes absorbed within the sauce to give it a slightly stockier texture, you’ll need to make sure you cut it fine with a sharp bread knife as otherwise it will become too lumpy.

2. Calamari
Fresh, melt in your mouth rings of calamari are flash fried in a light and tasty batter; served hot from the fryer with a slice of lemon and a punchy garlic mayonnaise dip. However, try to head toward the coast, and eat in a half-decent tapas restaurant, to ensure you aren’t served the same frozen rings with chunky batter that you can find in Aldi!

3. Prawns in Garlic (Gambas al Ajillo)
Imagine sweet, succulent, meaty white flesh served sizzling in a terracotta dish, cooked in extra virgin olive oil with copious amounts of garlic and the tiniest touch of chili; and you have an extremely compelling reason to visit Spain. This dish is particularly well done in the Canary Islands and Southern Spain.

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Wellbourne Brasserie http://agirlhastoeat.com/wellbourne-brasserie-ex-dabbous-chefs/ http://agirlhastoeat.com/wellbourne-brasserie-ex-dabbous-chefs/#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:37:41 +0000 http://agirlhastoeat.com/?p=21334 Wellbourne Brasserie, located in the heart of White City Place, features a unique all-day dining menu designed by head chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy. Formerly Head Chef and Senior Sous Chef of Dabbous, respectively, Gibbens has also worked at Launceston Place and two Michelin-started venues such as Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Square and […]

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Wellbourne Brasserie, located in the heart of White City Place, features a unique all-day dining menu designed by head chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy. Formerly Head Chef and Senior Sous Chef of Dabbous, respectively, Gibbens has also worked at Launceston Place and two Michelin-started venues such as Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, The Square and The Vineyard in Berkshire, and it was at Launceston Place where the pair first met.

The all-day menu begins with breakfast choices, moving onto lunch and then dinner, with the dinner options proving to be simple yet refined. The Brasserie and Bar area collectively accommodates about 70 covers, but it was the al fresco terrace area which worked a treat on a sunny summer’s evening. But the location itself in White City Place is somewhat off the beaten track and slightly hidden away, so it feels more like a neighbourhood spot than a venue that can be easily reached after a bout of shopping at Westfield’s.

We went for dinner and began our meal with a trio of vol-au-vents. Seemingly a dish from the past, it happened to be one of the specialties of the house and were filled with contemporary fillings such as broad beans, ewe’s cheese & mint; salted cod brandade and pulled lamb shoulder with violet mustard. All the fillings were delicious and were encased in a perfectly flaky pastry (1 for £2.5, 2 for £4.5 or 3 for £6).

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Vol-au-vents

The list of starters was quite compelling and there was a huge temptation to try more than one each. We ordered three to share. First was the chicken liver parfait with toast, grape chutney and white balsamic (£7). The presentation was tasteful and the parfait itself was velvety and creamy. The white balsamic jelly layered on top of the parfait was however slightly overpowering against the parfait so perhaps the grape chutney alone would have been enough to complete the combination as the acidity element of the dish.

Wellbourne Brasserie - London Food Blog - The starters

Wellbourne Brasserie -
The starters

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Chicken liver parfait

Spatchcock quail with freekeh, tahini yoghurt and preserved lemon (£9) was a delight. The quail was cooked to perfection and moist, and the whole starter worked wonderfully together with the vibrancy of the freekeh, the acidity of the lemon, and the addictive savoury overtones of the tahini yoghurt.

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Spatchcock quail

‘La Latteria’ fresh burrata, shaved white asparagus, extra virgin olive oil and smoked black pepper was another wonderful dish. Sourced from La Latteria, London, the creamy deliciousness of the cheese paired with pale shavings of white asparagus proved to be an elegant pairing of simple, yet natural high-class quality ingredients.

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Burrata

The main courses had a strong focus on dishes cooked over a Mibrasa charcoal oven which had been imported from Spain. We chose a dry-aged Simmental bone-in sirloin (£25) (Simmental is considered to be one of the oldest cattle types in the world!) and a whole lemon sole with sea vegetables and brown butter (£17).

The lemon sole was probably the knockout dish of the evening. The flesh of the fish was delicate and sweet and beautifully counterbalanced by the richness of the brown butter and the crunchy bite of the well-cooked samphire.

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Lemon sole

In contrast the sirloin had a very distinct, aged flavour. It was nicely cooked and boasted of being a quality cut, but it probably wasn’t quite to my taste.

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Sirloin

We struggled to choose a dessert as we were quite full by this stage, but on the recommendation of the waiter we went with the most popular items on the menu, a dolce de leche ice cream sandwich (£6) and a millionaire’s shortbread (£4).

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Wellbourne Brassiere – Desserts

It makes a huge difference when ice cream is made in house and here it proved to be so. The ice cream was rich and creamy with a luscious caramelly flavour, and the wafers serving as the sandwich were crispy and thin. However the portion was quite big and half the size would probably have been sufficient.

The millionaire’s shortbread consisted of a crunchy, buttery biscuit base topped with a wonderfully rich layer of decadent chocolate. A golden leaf completed the presentation. This dessert was also very tasty.

Overall this was a delightful dining experience. The quality of the cooking embraced many fine dining techniques which were on full display. The quality of the produce also shone through. The service was also attentive and generous. Wellbourne Brasserie is worthy of a visit, especially if you happen to be in the neighbourhood.

Summary Information:

Food rating: 4/5
Service rating: 4/5

Price: About £35 to £40 a head excluding drinks and service.

Website: https://wellbourne.restaurant/

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