Samuel Muston

Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He also writes a weekly food column

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Samuel Muston: Children misbehaving in restaurants? I blame the parents...

A wailing, misbehaving child is annoying; a wailing, misbehaving adult is positively nauseating

Eat, drink, be merry: Quaglino’s in London’s Mayfair

The re-opening of Quaglino's restaurant is like the return of an old friend

The celebrated St James's restaurant has had a £3m refurbishment

Bewitching bottle: Dom Pérignon’s new label and box, created by fashion designer Iris Van Herpen

Labels on booze and food have become a canvas... I'll drink to that!

The vogue for making use of that bit of papery real estate on a bottle began in 1945

Sushi and sake classes offer valuable lessons

Sake is a palate cleanser, so don't skip the food

Until two weeks ago, my relationship with sake had not been what you'd call satisfactory. My abiding memory of it comes from about eight years ago. I was 18, and my friend and I decided to put the five-year-old bottle we had found in his parents' house – given by an inexplicable Japanese exchange student (inexplicable because no one in his family went to Japan in return) – into a microwave.

Bang for your buck: my mother’s “fantastic” venison

Samuel Muston: If only all posh restaurants offered the same friendly service as L'Enclume

Until two weeks ago, my attention had not been overly troubled by oyster pebbles. It's just, well, they had never really come up. Why would they, I mean? A bowl full of pebbles, in which is hidden a tiny, pebble-like meringue filled with an oyster cream of remarkable sharpness, isn't something that is often served in the Muston household. But now I look upon them with a favour previously reserved for close family members.

Claw hammered: combine champagne and crustaceans at the Krug and Beast pop-up

Pop-up restaurant Krug & Krustacean offers diners a nip of luxury on London's Southbank

Ah, Krug & Krustacean! A match made in alliterative heaven. Well, maybe not.

Strawberry fields: growing fruit and vegetables on the roof

Garry Hollihead is a chef with a slice of the good life on his hotel roof in London

Walking up London's Northumberland Avenue, you wouldn't know that it was there. Look up and you see only the vast Portland stoned edifices of a Britain at the top of its imperial game. The buildings are, shall we say, unsympathetic; it is about as far from a pastoral vision as it's possible to get. And yet if you could look down on one of the bigger buildings, the Corinthia Hotel, you would see something quite different: a small forest of tomato plants.

Be shaken and stirred at the Royal Academy of Arts' celebration of the martini

Ice-cold, hard as steel, and with the strength of a bull elephant – if ever a drink was deserving of an exhibition, it is the martini. It is the antonymic two-fingers to the sugar-sweet cocktails of the 1990s, and the ever-growing vogue for martinis makes my heart soar. For I believe, as the American essayist HL Mencken said, "a martini is a sonnet in a glass": it is a single boozy idea taken to the limits of alcohol-soaked perfection.

10 best summer fizz

From an English brut to a premier cru Champagne, discover some fine sparklers to drink in the sun this August

Don’t walk: hitting the shops

Beverly Hills: Eating, shopping, celebrity spotting

As the star-studded city celebrates its centenary this year, Samuel Muston investigates why 90210 became America's most desirable postcode
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Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
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Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

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I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker