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Food & Drink

  • Bud break begins

    Bud break begins

    With the winter pruning finished in the Delicata vineyards and the weather getting warmer, the period of bud breaking has begun. One of the first grape varieties to show new growth in Malta and Gozo is the Chardonnay. Bud break this year is a...

  • Leonardo da Vinci vineyard replanted

    Leonardo da Vinci vineyard replanted

    A vineyard that was given to Leonardo da Vinci by the Duke of Milan, Lodovico Sforza, in the year 1499, as payment for a commissioned representation of The Last Supper, has been restored and replanted with the Italian white grape variety Malvasia...

  • Survival of the fittest

    Survival of the fittest

    Ed eats Legligin119, St Lucia StreetVallettaTel: 2122 1699 Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7.5/10 By and large, we’re not an entirely original nation. If something seems like a good idea, particularly if the whiff of money...

  • All steamed up

    All steamed up

    This week I concentrate on what I call the wet methods of cooking – steaming, poaching and cooking by absorption, of which the paella and risotto are the best examples. No special equipment is required, although naturally there is much specialist...

  • All in green for St Patrick’s

    All in green for St Patrick’s

    Green was the colour of the day on Tuesday, as people around the world celebrated St Patrick’s Day. The cultural and religious feast, dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland, is associated with a heavy consumption of beer, especially Guinness,...

  • Vegan cookbook author extols dairy-free life

    Vegan cookbook author extols dairy-free life

    Cookbook author Kristy Turner was so passionate about cheese that she worked as a professional cheese seller and server. But once she decided to go vegan, she never looked back. Turner’s first book, But I Could Never Go Vegan!, includes 125...

  • Sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

    Sommelier wants bottled water treated like wine

    Water sommelier Martin Riese has seen the eye-roll and heard it before: ‘Water tastings? Only in LA.’ Los Angeles, birthplace of many food trends, may prove the perfect setting for the next phase in Riese’s campaign to make people think about...

  • Healthy breakfast

    Healthy breakfast

    Students of Grade 6 and Form 1 students at Our Lady Immaculate School, Ħamrun, were served a healthy breakfast. The meal consisted of cereal with fresh milk, banana or apples and fruit juice. The school plans to treat more classes to a healthy...

  • Gran Cavalier Chardonnay gets silver medal in France

    Gran Cavalier Chardonnay gets silver medal in France

    Delicata’s recently released 2014 vintage Gran Cavalier barrel-fermented Chardonnay has just been awarded a silver medal at the Chardonnay du Monde, a prestigious wine competition held in France last weekend. This international competition is...

  • Heart-warming experience

    Heart-warming experience

    Ed eats Garam MasalaaQawra SeafrontQawraTel: 2157 5787 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 4/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 I was refused service three times last week. Even though it sounds like I should revisit my personal hygiene routine, every time...

  • A taste of France

    A taste of France

    On Thursday, chefs worldwide will be taking part in Goût de France, an event celebrating French gastronomy, where guests can enjoy a French-style menu When I first started touring Europe with my husband many years ago, of all the countries we...

  • Quality Spanish beers are launched in Malta

    Quality Spanish beers are launched in Malta

    Alhambra Reserva 1925, Mahou Cinco Estrellas and San Miguel Fresca beers have recently been launched in Malta by Else Group. Alhambra Reserva 1925, brewed by Alhambra (Grupo Mahou-San Miguel), is inspired by the first beers produced by the Spanish...

  • Raise a pint on St Patrick’s Day

    Raise a pint on St Patrick’s Day

    On Tuesday, the world will turn green as over 70 million people – from Dublin to Dubai, Peru and Stockhom – will celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Guinness, the Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St James’s Gate,...

  • Heineken interested in buying largest brewer of Slovenia

    Heineken said it was interested in acquiring Slovenia’s largest brewer Pivovarna Lasko, which would take the Dutch brewer into one of the few markets in Europe where it is not already present. Lasko put itself up for sale last year and wants a...

  • Taste Med delicacies in Spinola Bay

    Taste Med delicacies in Spinola Bay

    A new restaurant specialising in Mediterranean cuisine has opened its doors in Spinola Bay, St Julian’s. Il Ponte offers a refined and tranquil ambience where one can savour seafood and Italian specialities, made of high-quality raw ingredients...

  • KFC faces pressure after McDonald’s refuses use of antibiotics in its chicken

    KFC, a leading chain of fried chicken restaurants, may face pressure from consumer and environmental groups to change how its poultry is raised after McDonald’s Corp. said it would switch to chicken raised without human antibiotics. McDonald’s...

  • Vintage premium whites released

    Vintage premium whites released

    Two Grand Vin de Hauteville premium white wines from the 2014 vintage have been released by Emmanuel Delicata. One of them is made entirely from the world’s most famous white grape variety, Chardonnay, while the other is made from the lesser known...

  • New Zealand vines doubled

    New Zealand vines doubled

    Since the early 2000s, the amount of land planted in wine grapes throughout New Zealand has increased by a whopping 100 per cent. In the last 12 years, according to Statistics New Zealand, between the years 2002 and 2014, the area of land planted...

  • The scene is set

    The scene is set

    Ed eats Spinola Terrace102, Spinola RoadSt Julian’sTel: 2138 4939 Food: 6/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 There’s one aspect of the dining experience that’s out of the control of a restaurant. That’s the state one’s diners...

  • Cooking temps: fast and hot

    Cooking temps: fast and hot

    Simple cooking techniques and ingredients that cook quickly are what we need to call on at the end of a busy day, or any other day when time is at a premium. Over the next few columns, I shall be looking at different cooking methods, all with a...

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