Checkout (12th edition) August 2012

That pig didn’t stand a chance!

NYC chef returns for a stint at St John hotel

April Bloomfield, executive chef and co-owner of NYC’s The Breslin, Spotted Pig and the John Dory Oyster Bar will return to the UK this October for a two-day residency at St John hotel. Her visit coincides with the UK publication of her acclaimed cookbook A Girl and Her Pig.

April will be working alongside Fergus Henderson of St John to create her menus, and will cook two lunches and two dinners over the course of 30th and 31st October.

Her career began in Birmingham before moving to London, where she worked at Kensington Place, Bibendum, and the Brackenbury. From there, April went on to work at the River Café, before spending the summer of 2003 in California at the legendary Chez Panisse.  In February 2004, April and co-owner Ken Friedman opened the Spotted Pig to much acclaim, bringing America its first taste of the British gastropub movement.  We dined at The Breslin for our engagement meal and it was incredible, we highly recommend you get a taste of her cooking while she’s back.

Reservations will open on 1st September on 0203 301 8069.
St John Hotel, 1 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL


Good for you chocolate!

Probiotic chocolate? Yes! Really

A guilt free chocolate bar that loves your tummy…. Are you joking? The guys at ‘ohso’ aren’t!

ohso probiotic chocolate bars (, made from 53% Belgian chocolate are proven*  to be three times more effective at delivering your daily probiotics than a yoghurt drink and in our opinion, taste better too. And at only 72 calories a bar there’s no reason to feel guilty!

The bars have no added dairy, gluten and are wheat free (yet still delicious), each individually wrapped bar is designed to provide you (and your family – if you must share) with the daily amount of probiotic to help support your digestive health and help improve immunity.

The science bit… *Based on the survival rates of probiotics passing through the stomach to the small intestine, it was found that the survival rates in the probiotic yoghurt matrix were three times lower than in chocolate .  Source: Ghent University, Belgium

Available in 7-bar weekly packs, ohso lovers nationwide can set up a free home delivery service online and have their chocolate bars delivered directly to their doorsteps.  Also available from Harvey Nichols Food Halls, Ocado The Nutri Centre and health food stores and independent retailers nationwide. £3.99 for a pack of 7, 13.5g bars.

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As the packet says… Stir it up!

Bob Marley’s son launches a coffee range

Well this is an odd one, Bob Marley’s son Rohan has launched Marley Coffee. The range consists of three organic blends; One Love medium roast; Buffalo Solider dark roast; and Lively Up! espresso. The good news is that a cut of all profits from Marley Coffee UK will be given to support Kicks for Cause, a charity which aims to build football camps and fields for children of the coffee-producing communities around the world.

Marley Coffee is currently sold at Whole foods Kensington & Planet Organic or via the Marley Coffee website,,  from £4.99 for a 227g bag.


Top of the class

Back to school wirh Soreen

Good old Soreen now have mini snack packs, available in two flavours, Original Malt Loaf and Fruity Five, Snackers contain five handy individually wrapped slices.  Low in calories (under 90 per slice) and low in fat, as well as being packed full of  squidgy energy. Great for kids too, and these ones don’t come pre-buttered.
Available exclusively from Asda and Tesco: RSP from £1.28.

Lunchbox Loaves are new also. Handy lunchbox sized snacks available in Original Malt Loaf and Banana flavours and with less than 100 calories per bite size loaf. My son Oliver is already a big fan of the banana Lunchbox Loaf, in fact I’ve had to hide the packet! And I’m looking forward to trying the new cinnamon & raisin variety – going to have to wait till the kids are in bed!
Available exclusively from Asda, Sainsbury’s and coming soon to Tesco: RSP from £1.35.

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DJ Big Ben in the mix!

Sweets for my sweet…

Barratt have launched a new British themed sweet treat inspired by the Olympic Games. British Mix, an assortment of  fruit flavoured soft gums in iconic, quintessentially British shapes including red telephone boxes, bulldogs, tea-pot, guardsman and Big Ben. And like our Olympians, they have struck gold with these fruit gums…

Toffee fans across the country can now rejoice as the original softer eating toffee bar, Highland Toffee, arrives back in store. One mouthful took Ade back to his childhood when he used to buy it from the ice-cream man. Dating back to the early 1900’s (before even Ade’s time!) and renowned for its creamy and indulgent flavour, what became known as Highland Toffee is now one of Scotland’s oldest, and the nation’s most-loved, sweets.

Barratt’s British Mix is available now, priced £1.35 (RRP) from all good retailers.
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Co Yo – Totally tropical taste (Are we allowed to say that?)

Coconut heaven

CO YO, an award-winning new coconut milk yoghurt, is the only non-dairy, non-soya yoghurt available in Europe. When we heard it’s 100 per cent dairy, lactose and gluten-free, and is suitable for vegans we didn’t expect much. It is actually really thick and creamy, heard to imagine it’s good for you (ish). We can’t wait for the coconut milk ice cream.

Available in five different flavours: Natural, Raw Chocolate, Mixed Berry, Mango and Pineapple. COYO retails in the UK at £4.99 for 400g, £3.49 for 250g and £1.99 for single serving pots.

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Bacardi Oakheart – Sounds like one of Robin Hood’s merry men!

Bacardi goes smokey

The Bacardi family’s Master-Blenders spent five years developing Oakheart to ensure they got the recipe just right and trialled it in key UK regions before launching it nationally this month. Straight from the heart of charred oak barrels, Bacardi Oakheart is a smooth, oaky spirit with a hint of smokiness. Will go nicely with a summer BBQ.
RRP £18 for 70cl or £23.00 for 1ltr

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Just like being in their restaurant but at your dining table

Carluccio’s in your own home

Carluccio’s launches its very first ‘at home’ range of fresh premium Italian meals, exclusively for
supermarkets. The exclusively fresh selection features filled pasta imported from Italy, sauces, meals and breads and will launch in Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.  Over two years in the making, each classic Italian dish has been carefully developed with the Carluccio’s philosophy in mind and offers great quality, authentic Italian food, made from scratch using the very best ingredients. Tasty, easy and great value too, the sauces are just £2 and the Lasagne al Forno £6. Just need a bread tin to go with it, that’s our favourite part of eating at Carluccio’s.

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This coffee is ozone good!

Learn the art of coffee

Award-winning coffee roastery and café, Ozone Coffee Roasters is now hosting monthly ‘cupping’ events for foodies and coffee-lovers, starting from Wednesday 1st August 2012 at 6pm for £25 per person. The classes will take participants on a sensory journey, with an introduction to the subtle nuances and flavour profiles of different coffee single origins and blends and how to identify them, as well as explaining the different stages of the roasting and blending process.

Classes will be held at 6pm on the first Wednesday of every month from 1st August 2012.

To reserve your place on the Ozone Coffee Roasters Cupping Class, call: 0207 490 1039.
11 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4AQ
p (+44) 02074901039

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East is east…

Dishoom heads East

Our beloved Dishoom is heading East to Shoreditch, with a little sister to the St Martin’s Lane restaurant. Featuring a courtyard, a bakery, and some fab cocktails such as Flips, Gimlets, Juleps and Sours. Read all about it on their blog

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Dishoom Shoreditch, 7, Boundary Street, London E2 7JE. Opening October 2012.


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