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  • Helping you go bananas

    It’s the season to be jolly and the Cheeky Monkey Gastropub is all set for it with some amazing food and beverage packages. The Cheeky Monkey Gastropub is a unique venue where fun is not an option and good food and drinks are compulsory. So let...

  • The cocktail party

    The cocktail party

    If you want some cocktail inspiration, look no further than Hawaii. Have a South Seas adventure with flower garlands, fresh fruit, tropical flavours and plenty of tinkling ice. Island girl You need70ml cranberry juice70ml vodka35ml ginger ale35ml...

  • Winemakers will survive

    Winemakers will survive

    Good news for wine drinkers – a leading international body says grape vines are a hardy little number and can survive climate change, at least over the medium term. Earlier harvesting, changes in grape varieties and new wine-making processes have...

  • A supercharged GM tomato a day could keep the doctor at bay

    A supercharged GM tomato a day could keep the doctor at bay

    Supercharged GM tomatoes packed with industrial quantities of disease-fighting plant chemicals could soon be on the menu. Just one of the genetically-engineered tomatoes grown by British scientists contains as much of the grape compound...

  • Times are changing

    Nearly a decade after the third edition, a fully-revised version of The Oxford Companion to Wine, edited by Masters of Wine Jancis Robinson and Julia Harding, has gone on sale. Illustrated with almost 30 updated maps of every important wine region...

  • Not my kind of Thai…

    Not my kind of Thai…

    Pet’s plates BenjawanSt Anthony Street Buġibba+356 2704 0686 Food: 4/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 5/10Value: 5/10Overall: 5/10 Thai cuisine expresses the essential aspects of Thai culture and is adored the world over, ranking among the top five over...

  • Making the most of pumpkins

    Making the most of pumpkins

    Today is a special day for the farming community in the beautiful village of Manikata and a celebration of pumpkin harvest. I am told that nearly a thousand handmade pumpkin pies were baked earlier this week to prepare for today’s festivities.

  • Street artist designs new Perrier bottle

    Street artist designs new Perrier bottle

    After calling on the creativity of three international stars of the street art movement in 2014, Perrier turned to a single well-known artist: L’Atlas. Master of the gaffer and of space, L’Atlas invents labyrinths with the barest of means at hand.

  • Bulldog Gin launched in Malta

    Bulldog Gin launched in Malta

    Gin drinkers were treated to a molecular extravaganza last month at Playa Del Sol in St Julian’s for the local launch of Bulldog. More than 100 gin drinkers and traders attended the event where bartenders served elaborate gin-based cocktails using...

  • Three gold medals for Delicata reds

    Three gold medals for Delicata reds

    It gives me great pleasure to announce in my last wine article in the Times of Malta after 17 years Delicata’s medal win at the 2015 Emozioni dal Mondo Merlot e Cabernet Insieme international wine competition held in Bergamo last weekend. The...

  • When you’re in the area

    When you’re in the area

    Ed Eats VagoTriq Ta l-IbraġIbraġ+356 2766 2027 Food: 7/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 One way of categorising eateries is by dividing them into those that cater for a broad and far-reaching audience and those that...

  • Sugar and spice – Mediterranean inspirations

    Sugar and spice – Mediterranean inspirations

    The Iberian peninsula is a rich repository of exquisite desserts, in particular, small rich pastries, made, it often seems, from little more than a large quantity of egg yolks, sugar and almonds. There is a reason for this. Traditional winemaking...

  • The world’s best voted restaurants

    The world’s best voted restaurants

    TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced its Travellers’ Choice awards for restaurants around the world, and is giving travellers a taste of the award winners with a collection of popular recipes from select restaurants. This...

  • Italian cuisine with a Japanese flair

    Italian cuisine with a Japanese flair

    Bella Cosa, which opened last week, brings Italian food with a Japanese flair to the South Quay of Canary Wharf, London. Executive chef Kentaro Torii, renowned by critics in the US and Italy, is serving his signature contemporary Italian dishes...

  • Le Meridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa is Malta’s leading boutique hotel

    Le Meridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa is Malta’s leading boutique hotel

    Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa has received the title of Malta’s leading boutique hotel at the 22nd edition of the World Travel Awards held recently in Sardinia. The property combines the charm of a contemporary designed boutique hotel and...

  • Qormi bread festival

    Qormi bread festival

    The ninth edition of Lejl f`Casal Fornaro in Qormi is being held tomorrow from 7pm onwards. This cultural event is designed to promote Qormi’s long-standing traditions and its folklore but specifically focusing on the town’s bakeries and the...

  • Boys excavate 1,400-year-old wine press

    A group of young boys in Israel took great care in excavating a wine press about 1,400 years old, not realising they were doing something wrong. The boys, all self-professed ‘archaeology buffs’, found the sixth to seventh century AD wine press in...

  • Meal fiasco

    Meal fiasco

    Pet’s plates BebirguSan Lawrenz band clubMisraħ Ir-Rebħa,Vittoriosa+356 7722 0077 Food: 4/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 5/10Overall: 5/10 A weeknight in Vittoriosa. A friend was running late to meet me and so I happily wandered aimlessly...

  • French Classics made quickly

    French Classics made quickly

    French bakes are the ultimate and I have not yet met anyone who does not enjoy them. Although they usually require more time to prepare and perfect, I am sharing simplified versions of a few classics. Most of my recipes can be prepared very...

  • New York City restaurants earn record number of Michelin stars

    A record 76 New York City restaurants racked up coveted Michelin stars last week, led by a handful of acclaimed Japanese eateries and hot spots outside Manhattan and cementing the Big Apple’s reputation as a premier global dining destination. In...

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