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Visiting Taste of London 2012

Wow, my first ever blog post!!!!!! Please be gentle.

I hope to review a range of items here not only food related and hope this is a fun and interesting read for all.

Having considered setting up a blog for a number of months, I finally decided to bite the bullet after visiting the Fabulous ‘Taste of London’, in Regents Park. On my visit, I spoke with many of the exhibitors there who were interested in having their products reviewed and some even offered to provide items to be given as prizes for my Fabulous Followers.

Taste of London is a Foodies Paradise, hosting an event for the 40 top London restaurants and approximately 200 producers. They have 2 sessions a day from Thursday to the Saturday inclusive and 1 longer session on Sunday.

The official currency is ‘crowns’ and if you plan on sampling any of the Restaurants delicious offerings you really need to get some, starting from a book of 20 crowns for £10 and a value of 50p per crown.

On arrival, you will be given a menu card which is a little booklet containing the restaurant menus, a map and time tables for the various food theatres – some of which you will need to book tickets for in advance. Menus can be viewed online in the weeks leading up to the show and I would always advise you to take a note of places and meals you would like to try prior to visiting (having been for the last 3 years) and then marking them in your menu guide when you arrive as there is a good chance you may run out of time and miss out on some of the gorgeous food otherwise.

Free samples are offered on a majority of the promoters stalls, allowing you to try wines, beers, flavoured vodkas, chocolates, cheeses, crisps, dips, salamis, olives and soooooo much more but make sure you leave room for the restaurant food as otherwise, you will really be missing out, how often can you dine from Londons best restaurants all at once!

Whilst there I was very excited to meet the very sweet and talented Chocolatier Dean from Lindt who was demonstrating how to make Hazelnut Pralines dipped in white chocolate and topped with a sugared almond deeeeee-licious!

Before my visit, I had never tried oysters but thanks to the encouragement of the lovely people at Slow Food Uk and their ‘Forgotten Food Roulette Wheel’ I can say I have now! This was the lucky oyster.

It wasn’t as bad as some would have you believe, with a dash of Tabasco and a squeeze of lemon.

These would be fab at a dinner party as a starter, very easy to prepare all you need to do is give them a good scrub first, pop each open with a blunt knife (be very careful), poke the knife under the oyster to cut the muscle that holds it to the shell, serve 2 per person with a wedge of lemon and a little salad garnish at the side. And of course, don’t forget the bottle of Tabasco.

One of the restaurants that I would love to try is Gaucho, having sampled some of their dishes at Taste this is definitely on my Must Try list, some of their offerings for Taste this year:

Sea Bass Ceviche with Mango and Passion fruit sauce

Salted Dulche De Leche and Chocolate Tarte

absolutely amazing dishes, worth popping in to one of their branches.

Another gorgeous dish was the Fettucine with Wild Mushrooms and Black Summer Truffle by
L’Anima

These were selling like hotcakes and for good reason, well it goes without saying its a restaurant to add to my Must Try list. Perfectly cooked pasta with a generous grating of truffle, sign me up for another next year guys.

Taste of London will be back next year, but, before then make sure you have a look at their page online!

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Great first blog Mel, good luck 😀

  2. Well done you, what a brilliant post. I look forward to reading more!

    1. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thanks hun, hope u like it xxx

  3. Woo hoo welcome to the blogging world..
    This is Soosieboo!!

    1. thanks sooo much sweetie, isnt it fun! 😉

  4. Woo welcome to the blogging worls..

    This is Soosieboo!!

  5. Great Blog Mel! That food event sounds brilliant! Its a shame they don’t have things like this “Up North”!

  6. thanks guys, how exciting, im hoping to get my numbers up so i can then contact some companies and do some nice giveaways soon, fingers crossed xxx

  7. Good Luck Mel 🙂

  8. Well done Mel lovely girl!
    From another Mel 😉

  9. You did it 😉

  10. well done for entering the world of blogging,looking forward to reading your posts.

  11. thanks everyone sooooo much for all you support x

  12. Lots of luck, you are braver than me, couldn’t face trying an oyster lol x

    1. was not as bad as I thought it would be 😉

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