UBER EATS: 8 surprising things you can order for takeaway in London

London, United Kingdom VIJAY SHAH   When your average Londoner thinks of takeaway/takeout/carry-out, the first thing that comes to mind might be a cheeky curry, or chow mein, or a big stonking bucket of greasy fried chicken wings with a helpful, waistline-enhancing portion of chips, extra mayo. But surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly given London’s prominence as a world-class culinary hotspot, you can order some unusual foods to try in the comfort of your home or with friends or colleagues at your workplace or other place. The rapid increase in restaurant and takeaway apps and alongside it, the rise … Continue reading UBER EATS: 8 surprising things you can order for takeaway in London

SNACKS WITH ADDED HOP: UK supermarket to start selling insect nibbles

London – VIJAY SHAH via Sky News If you are tired of the same old potato crisps, peanuts and trail mix for your snacking needs, and want to try something radically different, a supermarket in the UK has begun selling an ‘edible insects’ range, where you can now chow on crickets or graze on a grasshopper. Sainsbury’s, a mid-market retail chain headquartered in London, will be selling various crunchy dried insects as snacks across 250 of its UK stores, retailing in small packs for £1.50 each, Sky News reported yesterday. The range, titled ‘Eat Grub’ – a play on the traditional … Continue reading SNACKS WITH ADDED HOP: UK supermarket to start selling insect nibbles

BERMONDSEY CARNIVAL: With a Latin American twist

London – VIJAY SHAH If you like family days out and happen to be south of the river in London this Saturday, there is a cool dance festival just waiting to be visited, completely free of charge. The Bermondsey Carnival, being held at the Southwark Park this Saturday, 30th June 2018, is the perfect family fun in the sun session, with a summery mix of dance, music, events for adults and children and its own funfair. South London is home to many vibrant Latin American communities, with Londoners from Brazil and Colombia forming the majority of them. This year, the … Continue reading BERMONDSEY CARNIVAL: With a Latin American twist

NATHAN’S PIES AND EELS: Legendary East London cafe to close after 80 years

London – VIJAY SHAH and TOM HORTON via Newham Recorder East London is to lose another long-time landmark after a business that specialises in selling the area’s traditional delicacy of jellied eels alongside hot football match snacks announced it would be calling time after eighty years in business, according to a report by the local newspaper, the Newham Recorder.   Nathan’s Pies and Eels, based in Barking Road, Upton Park, near the former Boleyn Stadium of the football club West Ham United, is a ‘pie and mash’ shop, a restaurant selling traditional London food such as steak and kidney pies … Continue reading NATHAN’S PIES AND EELS: Legendary East London cafe to close after 80 years

NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

Paris – VIJAY SHAH via CHRIS BAYNES and The Independent Everyone loves a bargain. But on the negative side, a shopper’s paradise can very rapidly turn into a shopper’s nightmare when people turn ugly over bagging cut-price goods. Just ask any retail worker on a Black Friday in Britain. That free-for-all mentality became very obvious this past week in France, when local supermarket chain Intermarché heavily reduced the price of Nutella hazelnut and chocolate spread, only for riots to ensure and people reported injured in mad scrambles and store fisticuffs. Intermarché unveiled a special promo on the popular spread, manufactured … Continue reading NUTS ABOUT NUTELLA?: French shoppers riot over heavily discounted chocolate spread

MADE IN ITALY: 2017 a bumper year for Italian exports

Rome – VIJAY SHAH via askanews, Dukascopy and Yahoo! Notizie The year 2017 has been a great one for ‘Made in Italy’, as the European country saw a historical world beater for its exports abroad, Yahoo Italia and askanews reports today. With Italy’s exports achieving a healthy growth of six per cent this year, the nation brought in €40 million (GBP 35.4 mill./USD 4.7 mill.) in revenues. The figure was based off an analysis presented to Italy’s National Assembly in preparation for International Italian Food Year 2018.   Two thirds of Italy’s food exports in 2017 were to members of the … Continue reading MADE IN ITALY: 2017 a bumper year for Italian exports

VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

Those of you who have been following this blog since the earliest days will now that the editor/blogger/journalist (i.e. me) who runs the blog is named Vijay. Those who know me in real life also know of my reputation as a bit of a foodie. So the next bit will be quite interesting. I live in Ilford, just east of the big smoke in the United Kingdom they like to call London, and within a 5 or so mile radius from my home are three establishments involved in the food industry that bare my name. First, there’s Vijay’s Chawalla, a … Continue reading VIJAY’S VIRASAT: Restaurant with a familiar name

HIV ORPHANS: Beauty contest winner sparks controversy after meeting children wearing protective gloves

Johannesburg – VIJAY SHAH via CHRIS BAYNES and The Independent A winner of the Miss South Africa beauty pageant has sparked controversy after visiting a home for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS while wearing protective gloves, the Independent newspaper of Britain reported today. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters visited a soup kitchen in the major city of Johannesburg to meet with the orphans. She was seen wearing gloves, which have led observers to accuse her of being racist. She was handing out hot meals to the orphans as part of the Winter Soup Drive charity event at the Ikageng community centre in Johannesburg, organised … Continue reading HIV ORPHANS: Beauty contest winner sparks controversy after meeting children wearing protective gloves

BBQ OMG: 11 million barbecues to fail this summer

London – VIJAY SHAH via SWNS digital It is the middle of summer, and in the UK, that of course means barbecue season. Families and people across the land will be pulling out their grills from the shed after a year of hibernation to fry tonnes of burgers, chops, sausages, kebabs and other meat and vegetarian products, but not all of them will reach the perfect sizzling conclusion, with a group of researchers claiming that up to 11 million British barbecue parties will be ruined this summer alone. The main reasons for flaming failures, according to the research by meat … Continue reading BBQ OMG: 11 million barbecues to fail this summer