22 Oct 2006

Gastro-Porn

AT THE risk of adopting the tone of an 'M&S' advert, my quest to craft the finest breakfast sandwich just surged... I wrapped toasted millet, sunflower and poppy seed malted grain bread, one half lightly-licked with Château Virant olive oil, around soft Cockburn black pudding, crisped wild boar pancetta and fried brown eggs (from red feathered hens). Soft, earthy, powerful.

Yesterday saw the opening of the 'Sparkles Room' at Vinopolis, marked with traditional 'cutting of the cord' ceremony (left). I was intrigued by one of the Cava's encountered - Spain's first 100p/c Pinot Noir by Codorníu, produced in an 'experimental' batch of 250,000 bottles!

Initially 'volcanic' on the nose with gentle, herbeacous straw, gamey elements and quite abrasive bubbles, it possessed a long, approachable aftertaste suggestive of Cherry 'Tunes'. Overall soft, welcoming.
Whilst operating this new tasting area, I met James, one of the Chef's at J. Sheekey, sister restaurant to The Rivington Grill. He told me he recently begun successfully partnering fragrant Black Muscat grapes with the cheeseboard - I hope to investigate this prospectively tantalising combination in the near future.
One wine which was most definitely not on offer to the public was this bottle of Slovenian Sekt NV, an 'artefact' which had been trapped in a wine rack in Vinopolis' cellar for months... Excalibur awaiting King Arthur. Once vehemently prised free (hence the damaged label), this fast-dying fizz suprised me with its initially truffled palate. Alas one small ISO was sufficient whence a slight metallic pringle became evident.
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The slogan painted on this sign has been lightly bothering me - 'EAT. The Real Food Company'. As opposed to...?
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I have been kindly gifted a Cohiba 35 band Cuban cigar by a generous colleague [previous post] whose father recently received two boxes from Fidel Castro in person. Apparently this version was designed exclusively in 1979 for diplomatic use. It smells like Gran Reserva Rioja. I will explore the experience here as soon as I've located a cigar cutter.