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  • California to appeal ruling that made foie gras legal

    California to appeal ruling that made foie gras legal

    California’s attorney general has filed notice that her office will appeal a federal judge’s decision that overturned the State’s two-year ban on sales of foie gras, a delicacy made from fatty duck and geese liver. California outlawed foie gras...

  • It’s all about that cake

    It’s all about that cake

    Cake enthusiasts, renowned industry experts and professional cake decorators from across the globe last week converged at Cake International, the sugarcraft, cake decorating and baking show in Manchester. The three-day event boasts the world’s...

  • Think pink this Valentine’s

    Think pink this Valentine’s

    With the colour pink being so synonymous with romance, and with tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, it seems an appropriate time to highlight the virtues of that vinous underdog, rosé wine. Overlooked by many and often disparaged by so-called wine...

  • Straight eight

    Straight eight

    Ed eats The Fork and Cork21, Saqqajja HillRabatTel: 2145 4432 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 We have a whole lot of words at our disposal to describe our level of satisfaction. I could be merely satisfied or I could...

  • Heart-shaped or square meal?

    Heart-shaped or square meal?

    What to do for Valentine’s Day on Saturday? Will your beloved be won over by a series of dainty, heart-shaped fancies? A chocolate cake, as last year? A coeur à la crème? Hearts and flowers on a pale pink cassata? The year before last, I even...

  • Dinner for two

    Dinner for two

    Want to keep things cosy and celebrate St Valentine’s with your loved one at home? Maxine Brimmer shows that even the biggest kitchen klutz can shine with a few simple tips. Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so...

  • Making bread more easily

    Making bread more easily

    The global bakery market has changed considerably in the last years and an increasing number of bakers have started making sourdough bread, known for its intense flavour, moist, crumbly texture and crispy crust. In view of this, MacBake Co. Ltd,...

  • Beluga Vodka now in Malta

    Beluga Vodka is notorious within the high-end luxury realm as much as Beluga caviar. It is produced in The Mariinsky Distillery, established in the 1900s, in Siberia. The production of the vodka includes a resting period of one to three months.

  • Consultation document on hygiene standards and food safety in cookery programmes

    The Broadcasting Authority is launching another consultation document with proposed standards for broadcasters who transmit cookery programmes or cooking slots in magazine programmes. Cooking programmes are becoming increasingly popular on local...

  • Sizzling US burger demand a boon to NZ dairy farmers

    Sizzling US burger demand a boon to NZ dairy farmers

    Supersized US demand for burgers is a godsend for New Zealand farmers who have been struggling with weak dairy prices but are now earning good money for cows sent to slaughter for beef. Years of low cattle supplies have kept US beef import prices...

  • New vintage Gran Cavalier whites released

    Delicata’s two flagship premium white wines, Gran Cavalier Sauvignon Blanc and Gran Cavalier barrel-fermented Chardonnay from the 2014 vintage, have just been bottled and released from the Delicata winery, after their DOK Malta accreditation. The...

  • Faces of cork

    Faces of cork

    Scott James Gundersen checking the eyebrow of Spain’s King Felipe VI in his wine cork portrait of the Spanish monarch and his wife Queen Letizia at Madrid’s International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur). Over 100 participating countries and thousands...

  • 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...

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