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  • What’s in an ‘N’?

    What’s in an ‘N’?

    N Japanese Bistrot92, Strait StreetVallettaTel: 2730 0781 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 Google’s search predictions reveal quite a lot about what the world is thinking. I can’t recall what it was I was searching for...

  • New concept for Bols Around The World competition

    New concept for Bols Around The World competition

    To celebrate over a decade of the unrivalled Bols Around The World (BATW) competition, Lucas Bols is mixing things up in 2019 by inviting bar teams to participate.  Because at the end of the day, it takes a talented team to create a remarkable...

  • Getting to the bottom of Chardonnay blends

    Getting to the bottom of Chardonnay blends

    Though blended white wines (made from two or more grape varieties) have been produced in Europe for centuries, they aren’t always fully appreciated. And yet, they can be wonderful bottles that have the prowess to fascinate aficionados like a...

  • A taste of Italian bread

    A true Italian speciality – bread – is the theme of this month’s Magic Box presentation to be held tomorrow at the Italian Cultural Institute, Valletta at 6.30pm. The guest speaker, Cristiano Bagnaschi, is owner and manager of Lo Spuntino...

  • Asian temptation

    Asian temptation

    AmamiMellieħa Food: 8/10Location: 8/10Service: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 The restaurant is a light and airy space. A large, open kitchen leads on to a balcony overlooking Mellieħa Bay. I sit down with a ravenous hunger, determined to rectify a...

  • Marsovin releases Grand Maître 2016

    Marsovin’s Grand Maître 2016, ‘Annata Fra Gregorio Carafa’, has just been released. This is the 19th vintage of the prized Grand Maître, released by the winery as it gears up to celebrate its 100th year in 2019. Produced from grapes grown in...

  • An extra special coffee break

    One’s coffee break just got more refined, with the new Nescafe Gold Blend. Nescafe Gold Blend contains mountain-grown Arabica coffee that has been carefully roasted to perfection and finely micro-ground, for a richer, flavour-packed gulp. The...

  • The literal average

    The literal average

    Cicchetti43, Pjazza Vittorja,NaxxarTel: 2748 4554 Food: 6/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6.5/10 We use language quite liberally. When I hear someone saying the word ‘literally’ in every sentence, I know that somewhere on the...

  • AX Events – feed your dreams

    AX Events – feed your dreams

    AX Events is the latest addition to the AX Group, where the focus will be on high-end catering and event services. For those familiar with the group through its core divisions, AX Construction, AX Hotels and AX Care, will know that it has always...

  • Celebrating the olive season

    Celebrating the olive season

    The annual event celebrating the olive-picking season and olive pressing, Żejt iż-Żejtun, will be held in Żejtun today and tomorrow.  Organised by the Żejtun local council, the evening will start this evening at 7.30pm with the Bandu (banns or...

  • The finer points of wine labels

    The finer points of wine labels

    The eyes have it. As with books and covers, people judge a bottle by its looks and a poorly designed label can be detrimental to a wine’s success. Winemakers obsess over every miniscule detail while they try and craft the perfect wine that...

  • In the raw

    In the raw

    BohiniMġarr Food: 6/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7/10 I am refused an aperitif. I am flatly denied a Campari orange because they’ve run out of oranges. This is a find, I think to myself greedily. Any place that snubs processed...

  • Annual street party offers array of dishes

    Annual street party offers array of dishes

    Guests of AppleCore Foods, clients and partners met for their annual street party. World champions Christian De Rosa and Dan Leicu produced around 200 pizzas and entertained the guests with their freestyle pizza dough shows. Guests enjoyed an...

  • Celebrating heritage through oil festival

    Celebrating heritage through oil festival

    Żejtun will soon be celebrating the start of the olive-picking season and pressing of oil through its annual festival, aptly called Żejt iż-Żejtun – to be held on Saturday – which celebrates a revived rural heritage closely associated with the...

  • Traditional evening

    The Għasri local council will be hosting ‘Traditions: Wine, Olive Oil and Honey’, an evening of artisanal food and entertainment. Singer Kurt Calleja will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening, which will include entertainment by the San...

  • Nature’s finest work

    Nature’s finest work

    Honey is a one-ingredient recipe made by bees, flowers and mother nature herself. Here are a few recipes, courtesy of Jessico Koslow, made for the US National Honey Board. Honey breakfast cake Makes 2 loaves Ingredients For cake:Butter, enough...

  • Arty fish and intelligence

    Arty fish and intelligence

    Terrone1, Wilġa StreetMarsaxlokkTel: 2704 2656 Food: 8/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 7.5/10 If we are to believe Elon Musk, the single biggest threat to humanity is artificial intelligence. If unchecked, he and other visionaries...

  • Pretty Bay welcomes Posh

    A third Posh Turkish outlet will be opening in Pretty Bay, Birżebbuġa. Set in this quiet, seaside village, with ample parking near the bus terminus, overlooking the beach, Posh will be the ideal treasure trove for families, friends and...

  • Għaxaq food and wine festival

    Għaxaq food and wine festival

    The St Joseph Band Club of Għaxaq is organising a Maltese food and wine festival today and tomorrow. One will be able to taste horse meat, local pork, home-made ravioli and a Maltese platter, including peppered goats cheese, Maltese sausages,...

  • The Shiraz Cabernet blend of home

    The Shiraz Cabernet blend of home

    Wonderful things happen when great varieties collide. Shiraz (or Syrah to francophile wine lovers) and Cabernet Sauvignon are two grapes that go hand in glove and fit perfectly together as a red wine blend. Just take the wine in my glass. Its...