PRODUCT REVIEW: Katto santoku kitchen knife
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by Graphic Foodie
1y ago
I adore knives. Not in a stabby way (at ease ex-husband), but as kitchen kit goes for any keen cook, along with your pans, your knife set is essential and the first area I invested in after replacing all the budget starter home items. Look after them, and they will see you right for a very long time. My current knife set is from a brand known for their quality and I’ve been happy with them over the years, but what I have seen an interest in from professional chefs and keen home cooks is a turn towards handmade knives - with beautiful hammered blades and intricate handles made of fine woods ..read more
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REVIEW: X MUSE Vodka
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by Graphic Foodie
1y ago
Gin has had an enormous boost in popularity over the last few years, at all levels of the market, and for all tastes. But what about vodka? Not a spirit that is so enthusiastically spoken about as a standalone, yet remains a solid staple in cocktails. Enter X MUSE vodka (pronounced tenth muse) - here to challenge this at the premium end of the market. X MUSE has been created with quality and culture in mind and hails from somewhere not necessarily associated with the spirit. You may be thinking of Eastern Europe, particularly Russia, but this vodka is made in Scotland, yes, famous for spiri ..read more
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REVIEW: Med 22Black, Brighton
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by Graphic Foodie
2y ago
I return to one of my Brighton Favourites, Med., who have undergone a bit of a reinvention and relaunched as Med 22Black. Along with a lick of darker paint and a moodier vibe, the small plate menu has been updated to include more of the flavours and style from their well received Espina pop up at The Golden Pineapple bar in Ship Street and a stronger focus on the drinks menu. You'll still find the sunny, Mediterranean vibes everyone has come to love, but with more prominent Asian influences and more edgy pairings, with some junk food inspo thrown in for good measure. Sounds like a fusion d ..read more
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REVIEW: Le Nantais, Hove
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by Graphic Foodie
3y ago
Six years ago I had the best bisque I've ever had. One of those food memories that stick so vividly, you can remember the exact taste. This wasn't a discovery in some romantic little bistro, down a softly lit cobbled backstreet in Paris, it was just off Palmeira Square in Hove. Yep. Hove. Le Nantais is a classic French bistro where you’ll find the likes of coq au vin, onion soup, rillette, bourguignon, escargots, moules…all the things I have a lot of time for. I personally think you can’t beat classic cooking, it’s at the heart of so many great dishes. I also particularly like restaurants o ..read more
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REVIEW: Wild Flour pizzeria, Ovingdean, Brighton
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by Graphic Foodie
3y ago
Totally off the radar is a pizzeria tucked away in Ovingdean. A place I've walked and run past many times, the only nod to it a small wooden hanging sign. I'd assumed this was just another food truck in someone's garden or a pop up of sorts. But no, turn the corner and you'll find a beautiful little restaurant, which actually sits in the location of the former Old Vienna Cafe. It's surrounded by dahlias, fairy lights and trees and beyond adorable.  Whilst the restaurant itself is closed during Covid restrictions, delivery and pick up is available and remains immensely popular, turning ..read more
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Top 7 Best Pizzas in Brighton
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by Graphic Foodie
3y ago
Since my my 2015 best pizza in Brighton round up (the most popular post on the blog ever) I've eaten a lot of pizza around these parts. Regular readers will be well versed about my passion for pizza, even featuring in Daniel Young's Where To Eat Pizza tome. Its craft and simplicity never gets old and well, it's just a comforting, lovely thing to eat with family, with friends, with dates, with just yourself. There's never a bad occasion for a pizza.  Quite a few new players have stepped up in more recent years which has raised the dough game, but not always enough to knock the established ..read more
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REVIEW: Wild Flor, Hove
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by Graphic Foodie
3y ago
Wild Flor, modestly pitched as a neighbourhood restaurant, is an unquestionably classy little joint. The bistro-inspired interior is stripped back with just enough elegant touches and wine is given as much status as the food. And rejoice; this really is a restaurant for people who enjoy eating. You're not left picking at curious chef-foraged garnish, components are not 10cm apart on the plate - instead the big flavoured dishes here draw you in like a hug.  Ingredients are used at their seasonal peak, so much so that by the time you read this, the chalkboard menu will have undoubtedly c ..read more
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The Italian Wine - Save 15% on the range of small production Italian wines
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by Graphic Foodie
4y ago
2020 has changed a lot of things for us, including our buying habits. A natter with my mate, who just happens to be a consumer behavioural specialist (oooh), agreed - we are buying less, but better where we can, and investing in our homes both in a practical way and enriching our experiences whilst there too. Makes sense, we’re stuck indoors more so why not! And it’s not just the big extension or garden landscaping - small purchases from those really posh candles, luxury beauty, to cooking kits from fine dining restaurants, quality foods and better drinks…anything to fill the void of restric ..read more
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REVIEW: Med. restaurant, Brighton
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by Graphic Foodie
4y ago
Med is the Brighton restaurant I've been waiting for. A swathe of casual eateries have popped up in the city during Covid times and, hand on heart, my enthusiasm had been waning for local food for the first time in decades. Because, if I've been craving anything right now after a spot of enforced abstinence from restaurants, it's going to an actual restaurant. With napkins, plates, nice wines, a bit of pampering and food you eat with, you know, cutlery.  Despite Covid, we have also had a large hole in our dining arsenal for simple, but elegant Mediterranean food. But Med has arrived wi ..read more
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REVIEW: The Ginger Dog, Brighton
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by Graphic Foodie
4y ago
The Brighton dining scene is crazy, even I can't keep up at times. Openings, closings, pop ups, residencies, collabs, start-ups, non-starters, and often don't get to a place before they shut the doors. The night before this I was in a box fresh opening being assaulted by a 100 dish strong menu, service from the textbooks of Faulty Towers and a tongue curling sauce that featured in almost every dish (I can't vouch for the dessert, I wasn't going to find out). It was new and packed to the rafters with excited diners...for now. It's easy to be carried away with novelty, but where the truly good ..read more
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