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Calamares Rellenos

The squid is a cephalopod, from the Greek word κεφαλόποδες, kephalópodes, meaning head-feet. Cephalopods are closely related to the snail (gastropods). Like octopuses, the squid has an elongated head like body with tentacles. They produce a black ink which can … Continue reading

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Paella de Marisco

Paella is a Valencian rice dish, which originated in the 18th Century. The Moors began cultivating rice in Spain, perhaps as far back as the 8th and 9th Centuries and the marshes and lagoon of L’Albufera, (in the south of … Continue reading

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Fideuà

Fideuà is a Valencian dish, similar to Paella (specifically Arroz a Banda), but made with pasta instead of rice. Pasta is a traditional Spanish food, though most people associate it more with Italy or China. The Chinese were probably the … Continue reading

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Hai Ha

July 31st, 2012 I had dinner with Catie at Hai Ha, a Vietnamese restaurant in Hackney last week. Hai Ha is generally referred to as Mandy’s (after it’s owner) and it was the first Vietnamese restaurant on Mare Street when it opened … Continue reading

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The Garden Gate

7th July 2011 I had lunch yesterday with Olivia, at the Garden Gate on the south east corner of Hampstead Heath. I’ve been going past this pub for 30 years or so and barely even noticed it existed. We ordered … Continue reading

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Top Rump Barbecue

June 11th, 2011 I went to Amaia’s yesterday for a barbecue. She has a little private street of workshops at the back of her house and it’s ideal for a barbecue with a large wooden picnic table conveniently situated by … Continue reading

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XO

October 27th, 2010 I went to birthday dinner at XO last night, in Belsize Village, in what used to be quite a tired old pub. I had expected the place to have been converted haphazardly into a gastro pub, but … Continue reading

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