Samuel Muston

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

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Melting moment: simple, yet delicious'

There's pure poetry in a grilled cheese sandwich

Samuel Muston has been drooling over The Melt Room's menu, which is the type of thing that probably deserves at least a sonnet writing about it

High spirits: A barman pours a shot of tequila

Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

You don't take a shot of tequila any more; you sip it. And the sophisticated spirit now holds its own with the finest whiskies and cognacs

A lot of bottle: the Paris sommelier Xavier Thuizat

Peninsula Hotel Paris's chief sommelier Xavier Thuizat shares his tips for wine buyers

Choose with the season and dishes in mind, and keep an eye on temperature

The avocado has grown into a world-girdling culinary colossus

Our growing appetite for avocados is endangering their existence

Death and drought are two words you don't want to hear while eating a salad

Top table: Brasserie Zédel evokes Paris in the 1920s

Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King create venues that the gifted and glitzy flock to

The duo's restaurants - which include The Wolseley, The Delaunay, and Brasserie Zédel - look to their customers, not their chefs

Cheap and cheerful: Spam sales rise when times are hard

Is Spam about to have a fashion moment?

Spam producer Hormel has launched a SPAMERICAN! TOUR 2015 in a bid to make the mixture of pork, salt, water, sugar and starch cool

Airline food across the classes: Ever wondered what the other half are eating?

We look at the food offerings across the classes on two of the world's best airlines, and Samuel Muston looks at the turbulent history of mile-high dining
Bright idea: the club’s colourful interiors

The Hospital Club, Covent Garden: Room service

The place is so large that you can hide yourself away if you can’t stand any more air kissing and 'my darling'-ing

Dom Pérignon will occupy a central London townhouse, with its three floors given over to three different maturities (the new 2005 vintage, along with 1998 and 1982)

Champagne's history is as rich as the people who drink it

An unusual combination of events made champagne what it is today

Here for the beer: the Carlsberg advertising stunt in Brick Lane, east London, drawing a crowd

Carlsberg billboard on Brick Lane features built-in pump that dispenses free beer

Samuel Muston explains why it pays to advertise shock-and-awe food

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'