Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Margot Janse heads to RIJKS

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Our Executive Chef Margot Janse was recently in Amsterdam to visit the newly opened RIJKS® restaurant at the world-renowned cultural icon, The Rijksmuseum.

Margot with the team!

Margot with the team!

And, even more excitingly, Margot will be back in January as a guest chef to create new dishes together with the team of top chefs led by the famed Joris Bijdendijk.

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The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and the menu features dishes that celebrate Dutch produce. Also part of the concept is a sharing theme, and ‘to taste as much as possible of the colourful cuisine, cold and hot dishes are on the menu, which are served to be shared. As an equivalent of the multi-course dinner there is theRijks table, a table full of small dishes. Naturally one can also order à la carte.’

The General Director of Rijksmuseum, Wim Pijbes said: ‘The Rijksmuseum tells the story of the Netherlands. Influences from countries far and near can be seen here as well. We continue this trend at RIJKS®: quality, authenticity, uniqueness, translated to the cuisine, the chefs, the interior and the location. RIJKS® is the Rijksmuseum on your plate.”

See you in Amsterdam!

Nespresso Chefs Academy

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

“I drank a lot of coffee…” said Chef Margot Janse of her experience at the Nespresso Chefs Academy held recently in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Chefs were invited from around the globe to take part in coffee tastings and food pairings.

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One of Margot's snaps of beautiful Lausanne

Margot noted that at the Nespresso HQ they’re constantly tasting and checking that the quality of the coffee is good; and was impressed at how they uplifted employees from all over the company with coffee tasting training . She loved and was fascinated by the green coffee tasting.  Did we mention she drank a lot of coffee?

Margot and the fellow chefs

Margot and the fellow chefs

Margot Janse’s FOUR Magazine #ChefTakeover on Instagram

Friday, September 12th, 2014

We just got something exciting in the mail… This Friday, Margot Janse takes the reins of FOUR Magazine’s Instagram for her #ChefTakeover!

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“Satisfy your foodie needs on FOUR Magazine’s Instagram all day this Friday and go behind the scenes as Margot Janse posts photos from Chef Alyn Williams’s annual culinary event, CHEFstock and her time in London.”

While you’re at it – follow us on Instagram too for updates from the heart of LQF.

The night that was: CHEFstock 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Last Tuesday night, Chef Margot Janse teamed up with Chef Alyn Williams for CHEFstock 2014 hosted at in his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at The Westbury ‘to create an extraordinary one-night-only dining experience’.
Margot Janse said prior to the event:  “We’re cooking with sour figs, baobab, marula nuts and fynbos. We’re introducing Africa to London! I haven’t cooked with Chef Alyn Williams before—and I’m very excited to do so.”
Here is Margot and Alyn’s menu from the night as well as a couple of snapshots from the gourmet affair.

Last Tuesday night, Chef Margot Janse teamed up with Chef Alyn Williams for CHEFstock 2014 hosted at in his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at The Westbury ‘to create an extraordinary one-night-only dining experience’.

Margot Janse said prior to the event:  “We’re cooking with sour figs, baobab, marula nuts and fynbos. We’re introducing Africa to London! I haven’t cooked with Chef Alyn Williams before—and I’m very excited to do so.”

Here is Margot and Alyn’s menu from the night as well as a couple of snapshots from the gourmet affair.

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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

Friday, August 29th, 2014

Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 took place in Las Vegas and saw 4,420 people attend from 92 countries: and our Susan Huxter was one of them.

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The annual travel event is one of the biggest networking programmes in the industry. Travel agents, hoteliers, experts, media and more came out to talk, mingle and promote their destinations.

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We caught up Susan to find out more about her trip.

How was your flight up – we hear you tried out business class, anything to report?
I did happen to go first class Emirates! It’s the way travel should be; from the service to the caviar to the comfort, as well as the shower on-board! We were allowed five minutes per shower, I thought it would be a bit strange  if there was any turbulence! The treatment continues on arrival too: with  an airport bus that had leather armchairs to the first class lounge in Dubai—all very special. I feel spoilt for life!

What travel insights have you brought home?
Travel from the USA is booming: people want experiences—and not just hotels. They are excited by new destinations and South Africa is right up there on the to-do list.

The strangest thing you saw in Vegas?
So many things… The brides at the slot machines in their white dresses, Elvis impersonators, and every vehicle you can imagine has been made into a stretch limo…

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What was the highlight of the trip?
The Cirque du Soleil show featuring Michael Jackson music—it’s incredible, the most amazing special effects, dancing and acrobatics.

And did you get to try Gordon Ramsay’s burger restaurant?
Great burgers, lots of beers on tap, décor not so great…

Anything else you’d like to add?
It was exhausting, exhilarating and intriguing. If aliens landed in Las Vegas they would be so scared and horrified at the sights, sounds and people—I think they would take off again immediately!

Margot Janse explores tasty Tanzania

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Recently our executive chef, Margot Janse went on a culinary field trip to Tanzania with two small farm cooperatives supported by a Dutch bank. Margot explored Tanzania’s cooking culture with visits to a dairy farm, picking coffee with the local experts, bike rides through endless fields and she even joined in on a rural Tanzanian cooking class followed by lunch – all this and so much more. Here are some snapshots from the trip.

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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

What happens in Vegas? Our formidable, Susan Huxter shows the travel world our #LoveLQF style is what.  Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 is being held in Las Vegas at Bellagio Hotel & Resort from August 9-15.

What is it? Travel specialists—brands, agencies, suppliers and so on—from  all over the globe flock to the city that never sleeps to ‘attend the luxury travel event of the year’.

Here’s a sneak peek of our presentation for the show

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Margot Janse heads to CHEFstock 2014 in London this September

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

“Four star chefs, three unique dinners, one stylish setting – Alyn Williams presents CHEFstock 2014”

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“We’re cooking with sour figs, baobab, marula nuts and fynbos,” says Chef Margot Janse of The Tasting Room. “We’re introducing Africa to London! I haven’t cooked with Chef Alyn Williams before—and I’m very excited to do so.”

How does CHEFstock work? For three Tuesdays in September, Chef Alyn Williams will pair up with an internationally renowned chef (or chef duo) in his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant at The Westbury ‘to create an extraordinary one-night-only dining experience’.

Margot will be joining Alyn in his kitchen on 9 September 2014 and has been billed as ‘The Queen of South African Cuisine’.

Also on the culinary line-up are: Chef Paul Ainsworth hailing from the U.K as well as brothers , Chefs Peter and Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias from Bristol.

Guests will arrive to a champagne reception paired with canapés crafted by both chefs on the night, and then be seated in the rosewood-accented dining room for eight courses from the one-off collaborative tasting menu – four courses from each chef, with ‘a few surprises along the way!’

Alyn Williams said: “I’m very proud to once again be hosting such a spectacular line-up of chefs this September. I admire every one of these chefs and it’s very humbling that they are coming to cook with me in my kitchen. When it comes to the menus there are no rules, the guest chefs are in charge and each tasting menu will take its own shape with our different yet harmonious dishes.”

CHEFstock 2014 tickets cost £200 per person and includes all food, wine and Champagne. Book early to avoid disappointment, contact reservations on 020 7183 6426 or email  alynwilliams@westburymayfair.com

Eating at Pitt Cue Co

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Our Susan Huxter has been travelling in The Big Smoke, and she stumbled on a delicious slice of British Americana, Pitt Cue Co.

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The limited menu is packed full of pig, served on metals trays in an intimate location just off London’s Carnaby Street. There are only a couple of things to order, but they have focused on doing them really well.

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“They don’t take reservations and there are only 30 seats, so you have to queue,” says Susan. “The food is real, real and delicious. The night I went I had pulled pork and 25-month cured sirloin, cooked medium rare.”

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Upstairs there’s also a cocktail bar with a focus on heavily-laced bourbon cocktails with bowls of pork scratchings to help soak them up.

Edible Cinema

Monday, December 16th, 2013

In London or planning a trip? Then make sure to check out Edible Cinema where you ‘See the film, taste the film’.

We’re all well indoctrinated to the taste of salty popcorn followed by a slurp of soda at the movies—Edible Cinema has turned this usual fare on its head, by offering cinema buffs the ‘a unique way to experience a film through aroma, texture and taste’.

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Before the movie begins each participant is supplied with a tray of numbered mystery boxes containing a bite-sized tasting menu which are said to be tailored to specific moments in the film.

For example at a screening of the 1981 classic An American Werewolf in London, there is a scene where the werewolf is about to much on some hapless tramps—the accompaniment was a “tramp’s finger” made from cola-smoked quail, complete with charcoal nail.

See the line-up of screenings here: www.ediblecinema.co.uk