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  • Steadfast breakfast

    Steadfast breakfast

    Debbie’s CafeMellieħa Food: 7/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 Historically associated with the poor, the sick, children and those with lusty appetites – this is breakfast. It’s come a long way since the Middle Ages. I relish...

  • Wine and praline extravaganza

    Wine and praline extravaganza

    It might be a strange-sounding combination at first. But, whereas a bar of chocolate would play havoc with a wine drinker’s palate, flavoured truffles and pralines can make for a very nice accompaniment to the divine nectar. The handcrafted...

  • Better than takeout

    Better than takeout

    Asian dishes at home are easy and can be personalised according to what ingredients you have available. Recipes courtesy of mccormick.com/simply-asia. On busy weeknights, it can be easy to opt for Asian staples like beef and broccoli. Instead, try...

  • Fine. We’re dining.

    Fine. We’re dining.

    L’Orso94, Spinola Road,St JuliansTel: 7705 9417 Food: 8/10Service: 7/10Ambience: 8/10Value: 6/10Overall: 7/10 One of the funniest moments in a decade of writing about eating happened a few years ago at a restaurant that labelled itself as ‘the...

  • Take the chill off winter days

    Take the chill off winter days

    As winter chills settle in, one way to warm up from the inside out is with family meals centred around a delicious bowl of comfort food like pasta, soups and stews. Recipes courtesy of Bertolli.com. By planning your weeknight menu to include...

  • Detail derailed

    Detail derailed

    Club SushiSt Julian’s, Paceville Food: 5/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6/10 Knocking out everything from temaki to tak kangjung, this is a warm, unfancified place. The staff are all ease and friendliness. The decor is simple...

  • The unsung heroes of wine service

    I remember how about 10 years ago the hospitality sector in Malta lamented the lack of sommeliers for hire. Back then, the feeling was that more certified wine professionals with the aptitude to look after wine service lock, stock and barrel...

  • Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking - Swiss government

    Lobsters must be comfortably numb before cooking - Swiss government

    Switzerland has banned the common culinary practice of throwing fresh lobsters into boiling water as part of an overhaul of its animal protection rules. "Live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water.

  • Watch: Is the smallest tomato in the world also the tastiest?

    Watch: Is the smallest tomato in the world also the tastiest?

    They say bigger is better, but in the succulent world of cherry tomatoes, one Israeli company is going smaller than ever. The "drop tomato" is about the size of a blueberry and the Kedma company in the Arava desert says it is the smallest to be...

  • Easy, healthy and delicious

    Easy, healthy and delicious

    Throughout 2018, you can create easy, healthy and delicious family meals by using time-saving recipes. These recipes start with pork chops that double as the base for lunch or dinner the following day. Recipes courtesy of canolainfo.org. Pork Loin...

  • Life is tapas

    Life is tapas

    La Vida – bar de tapas166, Howard StreetSliemaTel: 7707 8615 Food: 7/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 8/10Overall: 7/10 The new year has stealthily crept upon us. With hardly enough time to wave the previous one goodbye and good riddance, we’re...

  • UK needs "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups to cut waste- lawmakers

    UK needs "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups to cut waste- lawmakers

    Britain should charge a 25-pence "latte levy" on disposable coffee cups to cut down waste and ban them if a recycling target is not met by 2023, a committee of lawmakers said on Friday. Less than 1% of coffee cups are recycled in Britain because...

  • Bar grub

    Bar grub

    TapazTriq Santu Wistin, St Julian’sTel: 2138 3634 Food: 5/10Service: 8/10Ambience: 7/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6/10 In the UK a mere pork scratching or salted peanut will suffice. In Malta, the equivalent would be a handful of olives and a slab of...

  • A new genuine flavour in town

    A new genuine flavour in town

    Chef de cuisine and co-owner Jonathan Brincat, known informally as Noni after his family’s nickname, has lent his flair in the kitchen to many renowned locations in Malta and overseas before starting his new journey at Noni, in Republic Street,...

  • Chicken Italian style

    Chicken Italian style

    Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are topped with bacon bits and shredded mozzarella, then baked on a bed of spinach with a garlicky cream sauce in Chicken Florentine. Recipe courtesy of bordencheese.com. Chicken Florentine ¼ cup olive oil3 tbsp...

  • 400-year-old hangover remedies to combat festive overindulgence

    400-year-old hangover remedies to combat festive overindulgence

    A traditional hangover treatment featuring a thyme-infused plaster and a 17th century indigestion remedy have been included in a Christmas and new year wellbeing campaign. Loughborough University is using its social media accounts and the hashtag...

  • Museum of gin

    Museum of gin

    The sommelier recommended an aged Colombian. Or maybe a nice Kiwi or tasty Belgian. Or, on further thought, perhaps an Elephant. He reconsidered. And then offered me a Van Gogh. And, finally, Three Parrots. My first thoughts were on a Gordon’s, a...

  • A restrospective (sic)

    A restrospective (sic)

    Twinkly lights and shopping for presents mean one thing – we’re about to eat more in a month than we do all year. By the time you’re reading this, we’re rushing headlong into the week where matters really reach a frenzied peak. It also means I get...

  • Festive cheers at Risette

    Festive cheers at Risette

    Risette, the new flagship restaurant at Casa Ellul in Valletta, provides a genuine foodie escape. The fine-dining restaurant is an extension to the boutique hotel, upholding the class and elegance that Casa Ellul is renowned for. Executive chef...

  • Stretta craft beer rated number one in Malta

    This month, local craft beer brand Stretta celebrates both the anniversary of its very first sale and its rise to top ranking for craftbeers in Malta, on the beer information website ratebeer.com. Last Christmas, Stretta launched its first craft...