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Food & Drink

  • Venturing beyond the menu

    Venturing beyond the menu

    Ed eats 717 Bar and GrillĠorġ Borg Olivier StreetMellieħaTel: 2157 2048 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 If you’re reading this column, chances are that food matters to you. You’re not one of those to whom food is...

  • Different sides

    Different sides

    When it comes to dinner, we Brits have always been very much in favour of ‘meat and two veg’. The veg part was usually potatoes and something green – cabbage or sprouts in winter, peas or runner beans in summer – with carrots, cauliflower,...

  • P. Cutajar launches premium wines

    P. Cutajar launches premium wines

    P. Cutajar & Co. Ltd launched its new Wine and Dine series of events earlier this month where it unveiled its most prestigious selection of wines from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). Guests were treated to a sumptuous dinner at the...

  • New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    New Chivas Regal Extra takes luxury whisky to the next level

    Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury whisky, has introduced Chivas Regal Extra. The whisky continues the legacy of founding brothers James and John Chivas, who pioneered the art of blending whiskies in the 19th century. Chivas Regal master...

  • Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra reopens after refurbishment

    Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra reopens after refurbishment

    The family-friendly Tal-Kaptan restaurant in Qawra is back in business after a refurbishment of the restaurant and the surrounding area. This follows the modernisation project of the brand last November. The restaurant now includes an area where...

  • EU proposes GM opt-out for members

    The European Commission last week proposed a new law allowing individual EU countries to restrict or prohibit imported genetically modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc as a whole. The proposal covering GM crops in human food...

  • McDonald’s pledges to end deforestation in supply chain

    McDonald’s pledges to end deforestation in supply chain

    Global fast food giant McDonald’s Corp. has pledged to end deforestation caused by production of commodities in its supply chain, focusing on beef, coffee, palm oil, poultry and packaging. A US-based scientific advocacy group welcomed the pledge,...

  • Frontier between food and drug companies blurring

    Frontier between food and drug companies blurring

    Global market of ‘nutraceuticals’ – food and drinks with potential health benefits – seen at €261bn by 2018 as focus on wellness helps drive growth A boom in ‘nutraceuticals’ – food and drinks with potential health benefits – is paving the way for...

  • Holland & Barrett targets ‘free from’ food market

    Holland & Barrett targets ‘free from’ food market

    Holland & Barrett has launched Britain’s first ‘free from’ concept store, seeking to tap in to the fast-growing market serving people who suffer from food intolerance or allergies. The new store in Chester, northwest England, is the first of 50...

  • Delicata Chardonnay wins gold

    Delicata Chardonnay wins gold

    Four Delicata wines were awarded at this year’s Challenge Inter-national du Vin held recently in Bordeaux, France. There were a gold medal for the 2014 Gran Cavalier Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Malta DOK Superior, the same wine that won a silver...

  • Good omens

    Good omens

    Ed eats Il PirataPaceville StreetSt Julian’sTel: 2137 5827 Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 The wave of Italian and Sicilian restaurants that are spreading around the island is rolling in quite steadily. If you’ve been...

  • A cook’s travels

    A cook’s travels

    Whenever I have cooked abroad as guest chef, I have returned with my own repertoire immeasurably enriched with new recipes, unusual techniques and previously unfamiliar ingredients. My stay in Colombia, for example, was invaluable, coinciding with...

  • French liqueur lands in Malta

    French liqueur lands in Malta

    Giffard, a French brand of real-fruit liqueurs and syrups, was launched locally last month with two sessions for bartenders and traders, who got a chance to explore the different aromas and flavours across the brand’s range. Set up in 1885,...

  • Bringing your skills to life and living healthily

    Bringing your skills to life and living healthily

    Over 200 delegates from 29 counties, including Malta, attended the International Home Economics Conference, held at the University’s Valletta Campus. Themed ‘Action for family and consumer well-being: home economics literacy bringing skills to...

  • NZ winemakers charting growth beyond Australia

    New Zealand’s wine industry is looking beyond its biggest export market Australia as the ‘kiwi’ dollar’s unprecedented strength against its Australian counterpart dents export earnings from the island nation’s closest trading partner. Australia...

  • New EU vine planting rules

    New EU vine planting rules

    New vine planting rules aimed at giving the EU sector more flexibility to meet growing world demand have just been published. The rules introduce a new scheme of authorisations for vine plantings, allowing for a yearly limited expansion in the...

  • New Zealand wines to benefit from Geographical Indications

    A Bill to amend the Registrations Act will be introduced to New Zealand’s Parliament later this year to implement a legal system of long-awaited Geographical Indications (GIs). The New Zealand government recently announced it would put into...

  • The legend and the location

    The legend and the location

    Ed eats MalataPalace Square,VallettaTel: 2123 3967 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 Writing this column is usually quite a solitary affair. I sit down and a blank screen stares at me, defiantly. The late, great, Sir...

  • Spring has finally arrived

    Spring has finally arrived

    Well, I think it has, although it’s taken its time about it! My poor freesias and grape hyacinths have struggled bravely into bloom after being alternately battered by gales and drenched by downpours, so it must be spring, but it does seem to have...

  • A new menu to mark difference in style

    A new menu to mark difference in style

    The Barracuda Restaurant, a family-run establishment in St Julian’s, has celebrated another milestone in its 36-year history with chef Andrew Pace joining the team. “We are delighted to have Andrew on board and are excited about the new direction...

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