If you’ve ever visited Tenerife, you’ll know one of the island’s staple foods is papas arrugadas – boiled potatoes served in their wrinkled, salt-crusted skins. The potatoes are often served with a coriander-laced green mojo sauce. The red version of the sauce, mojo rojo, has a spicy kick thanks to the presence of chilli.
Maybe I’ve simply tasted the wrong type of tequila? Flavours of alcoholic drinks such as wine, whisky and beer vary according to the brand and label. It stands to reason that the tequila I downed as student wasn’t premium quality. Perhaps it’s time to give tequila another chance and simultaneously sample mezcal.
The culinary scene on Tyneside is vibrant. From the food trucks that park at the Quayside, for the market held each Sunday, to fine-dining restaurants, Newcastle offers an array of cuisines and dining experiences.
Dwayne has lived in Alabama since 2005 and is the proprietor of Big Daddy Sauces. His product line includes Big Daddy Bomb BBQ Sauce plus the Shake and Rub all-purpose seasoning.
“My grandfather was named Jacobus, which is a typical Dutch name, even though he was from the Maluku Islands. His generation had a lot of Dutch names, due to the colonies of the Netherlands in Indonesia. But my grandmother used to call him Bob or Bobby,” explains Sebastian, about the origins of his gin’s name,” says Sebastiaan van Bokkel, the maker of Bobby's Gin.
Germany is renowned for its beers but in and around Frankfurt apple wine is traditionally the most popular tipple.
“When I first started in the industry I was 24-years-old and there were, I think, six other female brewers in North America. I’d get mistaken for the marketing person and whatever. Now that I’m in my niche, in my province and home, I know all of the brewers: I’m just another one of the guys. It’s changed a lot but I’ve really established myself. I’m part of community that takes me as a brewer and not as a woman,” says Wendy.
Chef Lieven Lootens often finds inspiration from vegetables. “I think they are more inspiring for me because they have more beautiful colours and textures, and more differences in shapes. I really have something with vegetables and herbs. I really love herbs and things that grow in my own garden. We go outside in the countryside, at home, see those herbs and smell them. By the smell only you get teased by your senses. You associate them with other vegetables or the meat that you have. From there on you start building those flavours together. That’s how I create dishes when I have products from the season and can feel it, taste it and smell it,” he explains with passion.
Next time you’re waiting for a train heading north out of London, check out The Parcel Yard in King’s Cross railway station. Alternatively, you might consider it as a place to meet with colleagues or friends after stepping off the train.
Ideal as an aperitif, a post-dinner drink or simply something to sip on a night out, the Old Fashioned is one of the world’s classic whiskey cocktails. In Memphis they know how to serve this boozy beverage.