Samuel Muston

Samuel Muston is deputy editor & food editor of The Independent Magazine. He writes a weekly food column – On the Menu – which appears in The Independent on Friday and i on Monday. And also travel and general features. Follow him on Instagram at @smuston

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10 best gins

Whether you like it shaken in your martini or stirred with a splash of tonic, we raise a glass to World Gin Day this Saturday

Samuel Muston’s fridge, which shows that he’s busy, health-conscious – and looks good naked, according to an expert assessment

How your fridge can help you to find the love of your life

An expert assessment's in your fridge says a lot about your lifestyle, diet, and , well, looks

La dolce vita dining at The House of Peroni

The restaurant on Brick Lane is full of surprises, as Samuel Muston discovered

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
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