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  • The restaurant-każin combo

    The restaurant-każin combo

    Ed eats Bottegin Palazzo XaraSt Paul’s Street,RabatTel: 2145 4538 Food: 5/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 Two writers I admire once took the time to write a dictionary. They were at an idyllic resort, tasked with finishing a...

  • Add a little sunshine

    Add a little sunshine

    The hollandaise sauce Sauce Maltaise is so named because it should be flavoured with blood orange juice, but I couldn’t find any blood oranges on sale anywhere. I thought about knocking on the President’s door to ask her if she has any growing in...

  • The right storage conditions

    Just like wine, there are many types of wines lovers with many different characters. Some like to taste wine, some like to drink it, others like to talk about it and quite a few like to collect it. A handful like to hoard it and, even fewer, like...

  • New winter/spring menu at San Andrea Restaurant

    New winter/spring menu at San Andrea Restaurant

    San Andrea Restaurant at Palazzo Castelletti, Rabat, has changed its à la carte menu. The winter/spring menu includes new dishes such as confit duck leg bon bon, red king prawns baked en papillote, and a warm raspberry and frangipane tart as...

  • Popular Ocean Basket franchise to open in Malta

    Popular Ocean Basket franchise to open in Malta

    The first Ocean Basket restaurant in Malta is opening in the north of the island in spring. The restaurant chain, boasting 191 restaurants in 12 other territories around the world, is known for its casual approach to seafood dining. Since its...

  • Restaurant awards

    Restaurant awards

    L’Agape, Ristorante La Vela and Joseph Vella, executive head chef at Hilton Malta, were awarded the top honours at the third edition of the WRMC Restaurants Quality Recognition Awards 2015, held at Portomaso Suite, Hilton Malta, on Monday. More...

  • Big brands face struggle to contain supermarkets’ own label advance

    Big brands face struggle to contain supermarkets’ own label advance

    An expensive fightback by top consumer goods brands is likely to provide only temporary relief as retailers improve the quality of their own products to attract thrifty European shoppers. Sales from supermarkets’ own label ranges have surged in...

  • Winter pruning gets under way

    Winter pruning gets under way

    Emmanuel Delicata viticulturists this week started the winter pruning of grapevines, mainly the red varieties growing in the north of Malta. With hundreds of vineyards to prune, this initial pruning period is expected to last until the end of...

  • To crave or not to crave

    To crave or not to crave

    Ed eats PekingTriq it-TuristiQawraTel: 2158 0696 Food: 5/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6/10 We use the word ‘crave’ quite liberally. It’s bandied about as a synonym for want, need, desire and even a transient whim. I very rarely...

  • Winter in my Gozo kitchen

    Winter in my Gozo kitchen

    Apart from warming casseroles and soups, and every possible excuse to spend an afternoon baking, winter in my Gozo kitchen is a time for making preserves, especially marmalade. And how not? I see oranges in profusion on my neighbour’s trees. Local...

  • Sparkling aperitifs

    Sparkling aperitifs

    Le Meridien hotels and resorts worldwide are offering a variety of sparkling aperitifs inspired by different destinations. As part of this initiative, photographer Khaled Youssef was commissioned to capture selected perspectives in Europe through...

  • Australian wine exports rebound as China chooses cheaper tipples

    Australian wine exports to China rebounded last year as sales of cheaper wines gained traction, bucking a regional shift towards high-end tipples. Australian government data shows total wine exports to China rose eight per cent last year to 40...

  • Microbrewer aims to tap S. Africa’s ‘black diamonds’

    Microbrewer aims to tap S. Africa’s ‘black diamonds’

    At just 30,000 litres a month, Ndumiso Madlala’s brewery produces as much beer as his biggest rival pumps out every six minutes. But that may be just enough to cause ripples in SABMiller’s long domination of the South African beer...

  • McDonald’s Aussie experiment is to look less like McDonald’s

    McDonald’s Aussie experiment is to look less like McDonald’s

    The Corner, a new cafe in Sydney’s trendy inner west, looks a lot like its peers – white frontage, rustic wooden seating, potted plants on the counter, quinoa on the menu and servers wearing hemp aprons. But look a little closer at the black name...

  • 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...

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