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  • Cake Boss shop to get new look but stay true to roots

    Cake Boss shop to get new look but stay true to roots

    By spring, the little New Jersey shop where the ‘Cake Boss’ got his start will have a different look, but Buddy Valastro, the self-taught master baker behind the hit reality TV show, vows the renovated store will still have “icing in the...

  • Diamond awards for Gozitan restaurants

    Diamond awards for Gozitan restaurants

    As part of Emmanuel Delicata’s ongoing customer loyalty scheme, two Diamond Distinction Awards have been presented to two restaurants in Gozo. Between them, they have been selling Delicata wines for an impressive 79 years. The first award was...

  • New ranking for Austrian sparklers

    As of this spring, a new three-tier quality ranking system for Austrian sparkling wines, which produces about 12 million bottles annually, will be incorporated into Austrian wine law. The three tiers will be as follows: level one guarantees that...

  • Monument to mozzarella

    Monument to mozzarella

    Ed eats hiM195, The StrandGżiraTel: 2788 0400 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 5/10Overall: 7/10 A long time ago, I worked for the local representative of one of the large, multinational food companies. I quickly learned that what...

  • Cold comforts

    Cold comforts

    I started writing this at the beginning of the year when the temperature had dropped overnight to almost zero, the wind was close to force 8 and we were shivering and in dire need of something warm and comforting to eat. Now, of course, the sun is...

  • A tribute to Serge Hochar

    A tribute to Serge Hochar

    Serge Hochar, the man behind Chateau Musar and who put Lebanese wines on the world stage, died in a swimming accident in Mexico late in December. Chateau Musar was started in the 1930s by Hochar’s father, Gaston. Following a family tradition of...

  • Campari’s history captured in calendar

    Campari’s history captured in calendar

    Campari has officially launched its 2015 calendar, entitled Mythology Mixology, starring French-born actress Eva Green. The 16th edition of the calendar is dedicated to celebrating Campari’s intriguing history and the stories linked to 12 of its...

  • End to foie gras ban sends chefs, activists scrambling

    End to foie gras ban sends chefs, activists scrambling

    As chefs in California hurried to stock their kitchens with newly legal foie gras, animal rights activists protested a federal judge’s decision overturning the State’s two-year ban on sales of the fatty liver of ducks and geese. Chefs said they...

  • ‘Why sip Syrah when there’s Ġellewża?’ – New York Times

    ‘Why sip Syrah when there’s Ġellewża?’ – New York Times

    New York Times columnist Florence Fabricant’s article on her visit to Malta last September was published on January 7, under the heading ‘A secret hidden in the Mediterranean’. The article focuses on the quality of the two Maltese grape varieties...

  • The renaissance

    The renaissance

    Ed eats Scappi’s Trattoria47, Main StreetSt Julian’sTel: 2137 7641 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 There are nuggets of practically useless information that somehow creep into a crevice in my head and rest there,...

  • Comfort winter warmers

    Comfort winter warmers

    At this time of year, even in the Mediterranean, inspiration from kitchens further to the north are just what is needed to ward off winter chills. Slow-cooked meat casseroles, together with plenty of flavoursome root vegetables are the order of...

  • A year in the food life

    A year in the food life

    Ed eats As the new year stretches and yawns and prepares itself for whatever it has in store for us, I take my customary look back at the one that has just expired. With more meals than I can count, over 70,000 words written, 250 photos sneakily...

  • Christmas past?

    Christmas past?

    Well, not quite. We still have Twelfth Night and the Three Kings bearing gifts to come, but instead of gold, frankincense and myrrh, my gifts are edible and use up some Christmas bits and pieces that are left over. I doubt that anyone has any...

  • Pizza master tosses secrets in new book

    Pizza master tosses secrets in new book

    From deep dish to thin crust, from Margherita to Sicilian, restaurateur and chef Tony Gemignani approaches hispie-making with a creed that is tattooed on his hands: ‘respect the craft’. The more than 100 recipes in The Pizza Bible, serve as a...

  • New concept coffee shop

    New concept coffee shop

    New concept coffee shop, wine bar and gourmet food store Rocksalt has opened on the Tigné seafront in Sliema. More of a wine and whisky bar than a coffee shop or sit-down restaurant, Rocksalt is the place where foodies and wine lovers can mingle...

  • Best restaurants guide

    The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta & Gozo and its official portal www.restaurantsmalta.com is considered an essential guide for diners-out living locally or visiting the Maltese islands. It is packed with details on Malta’s and...

  • Tesco removes sweets and chocolate from checkouts

    Tesco removes sweets and chocolate from checkouts

    Tesco has removed sweets and chocolate from all of its checkouts to reduce pester power and help families choose healthier food. The supermarket remov­ed confectionery from larger stores 20 years ago but recent the changes apply to all stores in...

  • Fiesta for New Year’s Eve

    Fiesta for New Year’s Eve

    Tradition in many countries holds that pork is the meat of choice to celebrate the new year, just as fowl is traditional at the end of the year. One digs forward with its snout, the other scratches backwards. Pork is a good choice for anyone...

  • Sharing a funny moment

    Sharing a funny moment

    Cisk launched its second Christmas video in time to spread cheer and share a funny moment with loyal consumers and fans. This year’s video is once again filmed in the old brewhouse of the company, with the big copper kettles taking centre stage,...

  • A break for Puttinu Cares children and their families

    A break for Puttinu Cares children and their families

    Db Hotels + Resorts launched its first annual Puttinu Cares break initiative in conjunction with the Puttinu Cares Foundation. Db Seabank Resort + Spa and db San Antonio Hotel + Spa will this holiday season be hosting a number of families with...

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