New Slow Food® group launches – Slow Food South East Wales / y De-ddwyrain.
Corpulent Capers: Slow Food South East Wales

A new Slow Food UK group has started in Wales: Slow Food South East Wales / y De-ddwyrain. This is the fifth group to open in Wales, with the others being in Llangollen, Dyfi Valley, Carmarthenshire and Anglesey (Dros-y-Fenai). People in South East Wales will now have an opportunity to participate in a wide range of Slow Food activities, such [&hellip

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Zest Revisited
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The last time we wrote about Zest they had just partnered with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage as part of a pilot programme to introduce a local, seasonal menu. We were pleased to be invited back recently and given the opportunity to discuss the experience with Executive Chef, Anthony Barnes. For those who are not familiar, first a little background [&hellip

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Tempus at Tides Bar and Restaurant at The St David’s Hotel
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Recently I got the opportunity to visit Tempus at Tides Bar and Restaurant at The St. David’s Hotel in Cardiff Bay. Hotel restaurants trying to entice in non-residents seems to be a bit of a thing at the moment so I was keen to see what Tempus had to offer. We visited on a busy Saturday night, there were two [&hellip

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Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea – The Laguna Kitchen & Bar at The Park Plaza
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There is something civilised about an afternoon tea. Something traditional. The tradition is supposed to date back to the early 19th century when the usual habit, still seen in parts of the Continent, was to serve dinner at around 9.00pm. Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, started ‘snacking’ to stave off late afternoon hunger.  Soon, after inviting her friends to join [&hellip

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The Discovery, Lakeside
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The Discovery is the latest addition to the Knife & Fork Food brand and takes its place alongside company’s other outlets, namely The Conway in Pontcanna, The Pilot in Penarth and The Old Swan Inn in Llantwit Major. Anyone familiar with The Discovery’s siblings will be immediately at home as the blackboard menu concept has been continued here along with [&hellip

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A New Adventure for Corpulent Capers
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Mark and Carol of Corpulent Capers are embarking on a new adventure, a Food Adventure! As you know we are so passionate about locally produced, seasonal, fresh food that we have been blogging about it for several years and now we want to share our experiences with you. So what is Food Adventure? Food Adventure is all about food, fun, [&hellip

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Zest at the Cardiff Marriot with River Cottage
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We broke the news here that Marriott Hotels were piloting a partnership with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage and that the Cardiff Hotel was to be part of that pilot. Marriott have realised that a growing number of diners have an interest in the provenance of their food and so, in response, they are trying to improve their sourcing so [&hellip

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Learn Patisserie with former Claridges Patissier, Beverly Reed
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I’ve always been of the opinion if you want to do something well you should learn from an expert. So when I decided that I’d like to learn a bit more about making patisserie there was no better class to attend than one run by Beverly Reed. Beverly began her love affair with food after leaving catering college and making [&hellip

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James Sommerin – Interview with a Chef

James Sommerin is little frustrated. Today is the day that he and I had hoped would be the day that he showed me round his new restaurant. A restaurant that was just going through the finishing touches before opening in a few days. Alas Restaurant James Sommerin, already beset with delays, has suffered one more. This time it is not [&hellip

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The Chefs Table at Laguna Kitchen and Bar, Park Plaza Cardiff
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I’d been to the Laguna Restaurant at the Park Plaza once before when I had sampled a pre-theatre dinner before a visit to the New Theatre. What had impressed me at the time, and still does, is that it is a hotel restaurant that doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant. A feat rarely achieved outside of London. At the time [&hellip

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