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  • Now’s the time

    Now’s the time

    AdessoSouth Street,VallettaTel: 2124 0460 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 There’s a particular clock in a particular house that, according to the late Mr Pratchett, has a face but no hands. It does have a single...

  • Easy and delicious summer food

    Easy and delicious summer food

    Marinated fresh sardines For 4 persons as a starter 4 to 6 sardines per person (depending on size)Juice of 2 lemons4 tbsp extra virgin olive oilSea salt flakesFreshly milled black pepperA handful of parsley, finely chopped60g pistachio nuts,...

  • The colonial legacy

    The colonial legacy

    If there’s one part of the British heritage that Malta revels in, this is the ubiquitous gin and tonic as a summer drink. This season, get creative with good quality gin and some cocktail variations. Gin Buck 1 1⁄2 oz  good quality ginJuice of...

  • Foodies in Florence

    Foodies in Florence

    If Tuscany is the region for the best food and wine in Italy, then Florence is its capital – a melting pot that brings together all the flavours of the neighbouring countryside. Ramona Depares helps you plan the perfect itinerary for your...

  • Train wreck

    Train wreck

    L-Istazzjon Cafe & EateryTriq Għajn ĦammamMDN 9070 Rabat Food: 4/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 4/10Overall: 5/10 It was a train wreck in a train station and the sad irony was not lost on me. I was sitting at L-Istazzjon Restaurant, site of...

  • Renowned Italian chocolatier in Malta

    Renowned Italian chocolatier in Malta

    Italian confectioner and chocolatier Gaetano Mignano visited catering and food preparation establishments in Malta with the aim of providing a fresh perspective on how chocolate can be taken to the next level. Mignano, who won first place in the...

  • Aspiring pizzaioli in head-to-head in challenge

    Aspiring pizzaioli in head-to-head in challenge

    The third Arla Malta Pizza Challenge saw over 40 pizzaioli compete in a pizza tent at the Valletta Waterfront, where Alexandru-Andrei Matanie clinched ‘Top Pizzaiolo’ and Salvatore Bianca and Paolo Filangeri placing second and third...

  • The labour of green pruning

    The labour of green pruning

    A few weeks ago, I traded my office desk briefly for a shaded spot between Malta’s wonderfully green rows of blossoming vines and witnessed with great respect hard-working local grape growers green prunetheir vineyard. Although not always fully...

  • Delicata lifelong learning

    Winemaker and head of viticulture Matthew Delicata accompanied the winery’s viticulturist Jonathan Falzon and vineyard hand John Grima on their second visit to the Italian School of Vine Pruning founded by long-time viticulturists Marco Simonit...

  • Farsons beers score big at Australian International Beer Awards

    Farsons beers score big at Australian International Beer Awards

    Farsons beers have scored big at the Australian International Beer Awards, the largest annual beer competition in the world.Cisk Lager and Double Red Strong Ale, whilst Blue Label Amber Ale and Cisk Lager and Double Red Strong Ale won silver...

  • The better side of the story

    The better side of the story

    Kuya BeachQui-Si-Sana SeafrontSliemaTel : 2713 6517 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 9/10Value: 8/10Overall: 8/10 The last time you heard from me was in the form of a missive that’s slightly longer than usual. In under 2,000 words I tried to...

  • Light cooking inspiration

    Light cooking inspiration

    Radisson Blu Resort St Julian’s executive chef Ramon Muscat shares with us recipes that they are light and delicious… the best of Mediterranean flavours at this time of year. Fresh prawn and dill carpaccio Ingredients130g prawns, uncooked, peeled...

  • Run of the mill

    Run of the mill

    Agliolio RestaurantRadisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden SandsMellieħa Food: 5/10Service: 8/10location: 9/10Value: 6/10Overall: 6/10 At times the simplest ingredients can make the best meals. The classic Neapolitan pasta dish of spaghetti aglio e olio...

  • The side story

    The side story

    They might not be the stars of the show, but putting a bit of extra thought into preparing accompanying dishes will make sure you really shine when hosting. Zucchini Casserole Ingredients1/3 cup uncooked long grain white rice 2/3 cup water 2 tbsp...

  • Wine and Vitello tonnato revisited

    Wine and Vitello tonnato revisited

    If you were to take a culinary snapshot of Malta, apart from wine, tuna and capers would be some of the most likely local ingredients centred in the crosshairs of your viewfinder. Prepared together with fresh veal, they would make for a vanguard...

  • So I ate in Japan

    So I ate in Japan

    A month ago I wrote to the editor to discuss a possible delay in submitting my column, jokingly suggesting I write a review about a restaurant in Japan to meet my deadline. Not only did she very graciously accept, but she went a step further and...

  • Stuff it!

    Stuff it!

    Stuffed peppers are a staple spring and summer favourite, but why settle for the ubiquitous tuna filling when things can get a lot more adventurous? Ground beef Ingredients6 large green peppers450g minced beef1⁄2 cup onion, Chopped1 can tomatoes,...

  • Extra-ordinary

    Extra-ordinary

    La Reggia Marsaxlokk Food: 9/10Service: 8/10Location: 8/10Value: 9/10Overall: 9/10 I was happy to be here. Deliriously happy. The confidently named Reggia restaurant in Marsaxlokk serves up dishes that delight, amaze and captivate the senses.

  • Wholesome flavours

    Wholesome flavours

    Makes 10 crescent rolls For the dough3¾ cups plus 1 tbsp (500g) all-purpose flour 3 tbsp granulated sugar 1 (¼-ounce/7g) envelope fast-acting yeast 1 tsp fine sea salt ¾ cup plus 3 tbsp (220ml) whole milk, lukewarm3 tbsp (40g) unsalted butter,...

  • New tapas lounge at Le Méridien

    New tapas lounge at Le Méridien

    Le Méridien St Julian’s Hotel & Spa has just opened its terrace doors to summer with a new Spanish tapas bar called Pincho’s. Located on the hotel grounds, bang in the centre of Balluta Bay, Pincho’s is the perfect place if you are seeking to...

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