Food and Drink: COOKERY-BOOK publishing
Saturday 25 September 1999
DON'T FORGET ethical shopping in the headlong rush to the organic counter. Cafedirect, the leading fairly-traded coffee brand, makes it possible to combine these two concerns. Their new range of coffees from Latin America and Africa include organic Machu Picchu Mountain Special, an Organic Fresh Roasted Ground blend, and organic decaff instant. Sales of Fairtrade products are growing by 65 per cent each year - faster than organics.DON'T HOLD your breath. The endlessly extended opening of Isola, the Italian restaurant in London's Knightsbridge from the Peyton family (who brought us Atlantic Bar & Grill, Coast and Mash restaurants in London and Manchester), has just been bumped on again from mid-October to the end of the month, and they're already stressing "the end of". The group's visionary resident chef, Bruno Loubet, has been working full time on Isola for the past three months, and his white clogs have now been filled at the two Mash restaurants by diminutive powerhouse Maddalena Bonino from Bertorelli's: a still too rare instance of a woman chef in the top-transfer fee league.PADDY QUARK, ha ha ha? No, I haven't been at the Irish vodka, but at Harvey Nichols' recent Irish food promotion in London and Leeds. I occasionally had to remind myself that products like Caffrey's Lemon and Coriander Marinade, and Ballyshiel Milk Toffee (Argentinian dulce de leche) were genuinely Irish. Harvey Nichols is stocking these oddities, along with all the wonderful Irish cheeses such as Coplea, Gubbeen, Cashel Blue and Milleens, until Christmas at least. And I meant it about the vodka. Boru Handcrafted Irish Vodka was launched last year in Ireland, and is now available in the UK - in Waitrose, Somerfield and Budgens.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food