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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Latin American Wine Tasting Event: From Argentina to St Albans..

As part of the St. Albans Food and Drink Festival, Zefino Wine And Spirits are hosting a wine tasting event on Friday 2nd of October from 6pm to 8pm. With Sophia Benvenuto -ower of Finca Sophenia, located in Mendoza, Argentina.

"Located in the high altitude Tupungato Valley region of Mendoza, this modern winery benefits from a long, cool growing season and strong UV sunlight that helps maximise the aromas and complexity of the resulting grapes.Tupungato sits at the western extreme of Mendoza right at the foot of the Andes mountains with an elevation of 1,200 meters giving benefit to the vineyards from a much cooler climate, abundant sun, and sharp contrast between day and night temperatures. When all the above is combined it allows the winemaker the opportunity to produce wines with utmost expression. Wine consultant Michel Rolland (from Bordeaux) has added his expertise to this project and in the last few years since launch the range of wines have received numerous awards and accolades."


Finca Sophenia Reserve Chardonnay, 2014 £17/bottle
Finca Sophenia Reserve Viognier, 2012, £17/bottle
Finca Sophenia Synthesis Sauvignon Blanc 2013, £21/bottle
Finca Sophenia Reserve Merlot, 2009, £17/bottle
Finca Sophenia Reserve Malbec, 2012, £17/bottle
Finca Sophenia Synthesis Malbec 2010, £26/bottle
Finca Sophenia Synthesis The Blend 2011, £38/bottle
Finca Sophenia Roberto L 2008, £50/bottle

For more information, and tickets contact :
3 George Street
St Albans
Phone:  01727 852 545  

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Grow it! Cook it! Eat it! !! ....FREE event, part of The St. Albans Food And Drink Festival !!

My Gift box from most of the produce harvested this year in my allotment and at home :)
I love living in St. Albans, and always look forward to the annual Food and Drink Festival. This year I am most excited to know that there'll be an event dedicated for all things home-grown!! as I have an allotment! and, coming from Bolivia, Latin America, I do like to experiment with a few latin produce ;).. I find the whole process, from selecting the seeds.. to seeing the results.. amazing!! not forgeting eating it !!

"FoodSmilesSt Albans and Transition St Albans' Home Grown Food Group bring you a harvest-time celebration of all things home-grown; an informal social evening, with tasters of some produce and seeds and seedlings to take home. A range of real ales are available in the pub and members of the group will be on hand to share advice and answer questions about growing your own."

So if you are keen in growing your own fruit and veg ,or want to learn more... there is only one place you should be this Wednesday 23rd !!

Grow it!, Cook it! Eat It!
The Yurt at the Blacksmiths Arms Wednesday September 23rd, 8pm-11pm

Entry: Free!   

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Mercado Chileno :: Chile takes over Old Spitalfields Market !!

Mercado Chileno is a one off event held over two days set in Old Spitalfields Market. There will be over 300 wines open, from 50 wineries, giving visitors the opportunity to discover vinous gems from across the country and to meet up with many of the winemakers.

But apart from wine, there will be food, music and dance, plus travel information about Chile: 

FOOD -  A Chilean chef will take visitors on a gastronomic journey from the north to the south of Chile, tasting various dishes on the way.  There will be a feature demonstration during each session of Mercado Chileno.  Plus Rica Rica, a Chilean café in London will have a stall, bringing their twist on traditional Chilean street food.
MUSIC AND DANCE – a traditional dance group are flying in from Chile especially for Mercado Chileno. Watch them perform the passionate Cueca dance while the musicians provide a backdrop of Chilean folk music.
SIP ON A PISCO – Try out a delicious Pisco Sour at the Pisco Capel Cocktail bar! Guests can try out a free sample or buy a glass and sit back in the market square and listen to the music.
DISCOVER CHILE – Turismo Chile will be there to put the spotlight on Chile’s extraordinary landscape and the endless adventures that are open to the traveller.
ANDES CRAFTS – sustainable projects that support traditional Chilean crafting techniques. 
Friday 11th September
Saturday 12th September
Daytime 11.30am–3pm
Evening 4pm-8pm
To buy tickets and for more information visit their website : 
Old Spitalfields Market
16 Horner Square
E1 6EW


Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Things to do in London: Watch FREE films of course ;)

More London FREE Festival, will show this September some FREE Films...at The Scoop, which is a 1,000-seat open-air s unken amphitheatre on the South Bank next to City Hall, with the view of Tower Bridge all lit up and looking gorgeous. ( as seen in the picture above)

Bring a cushion (or hire one on the night), and something wrap up warm.

They’ve got a one-in- one-out policy for seating, so arrive an hour or so early to secure a seat.

Films :
Week 2 
9 September - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) cert PG
10 September - Frozen (2013) cert PG
11 September - The Theory of Everything (2014) cert 12a
Week 3 
16 September - Moulin Rouge ((2001) cert 12
17 September - Selma (2015) cert 12a
18 September - Big (1988) cert 12
Week 4 
22 September - Still Alice (2015) cert 12a
23 September - Zoolander (2001) cert 12
24 September - The Sound of Music (1965) cert U

Time : 19:30

more information :

ONA : The First Chilean Dining Experience in Trafalgar Square.

It doesn't surprise me that more and more Latin American Chefs are delighting us and introducing to London .. a new culinary vibe with Latin Flavours.

This time ONA, for the first time, will take us to a chilean dining experience, in Trafalgar Square, on the 19th Of September for five Saturday Nights. Unsurprisingly Chilean wine will be a feature!

"ONA goes in a different direction by taking traditional Chilean dishes such as Pan Amasado and Pebre (rustic bread with Chilean tomato salsa), Plateada and Pastelera (slow-cooked rib cap beef with corn-meal) and Mote con Huesillos (peach and barley drink-dessert) and reimagining them to create light, elegant plates while preserving the soul of Chilean food." (Mote con Huesillos, -Barley and Peach- as pictured above.)

"It's named after the Ona indigenous people of the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) islands in the Patagonia region of Southern Chile. A deeply spiritual people, who respected their food from source to plate, as hunter-gatherers they asked permission to shamans and the spirit of the earth before collecting, preparing and cooking what they ate.
ONA aims to celebrate their strength, cultural identity and reflect their striking tribal aesthetic."

It's five-course food and drink menu it's entirely hand-crafted from the bread to the cheese. Very authentic, inspiring, very Latin American.

More Information :

5 Saturdays - 19th & 26th September, 3rd, 10th & 17th October 2015

7pm - 10pm

15 Whitcomb Street, WC2H 7HA