Samuel Muston

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

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Flavour factor: scallops have ‘kokumi’ in abundance

After umami, here's another new taste sensation

Kokumi (a confection of the Japanese words for "rich" and "taste") has been mooted since the 1980s, but is only now gaining ground in scientific journals

A street food stall in Honk Kong

Where to eat in Hong Kong: Join the queue for a culinary roller-coaster

Michelin-starred fast food, international fine dining, delectable dim sum ... this city has it all –just be prepared to wait, says Samuel Muston

10 best fizz

Valentine's Day 2015: 10 best champagne and sparkling wine

Whether you’re after a bottle for Valentine’s or a weekend do, IndyBest raises a glass to sparklers fit for a special occasion

Ring in the new: HKK restaurant in London

Chinese New Year: Eat your way to a happy one at Tong Chee Hwee's HKK restaurant

The celebrations begin the day before the lunar new year – which this year falls on 19 February – and run for the 15 days. Samuel Muston wishes it could be Chinese New Year every week

Hole in one: bagels, along with English muffins, are a breakfast staple in New York

A freshly-cooked bagel is good for the soul

Samuel Muston makes a pilgrimage to Beigel Bake in London each week

At Art Basel Miami Beach, the most impressive piece of artistry is getting on the evening's guest list

During the first week in December, art doesn't so much distract Miami as swallow it and South Beach is the focus of an extraordinary, week-long binge of parties, dinners, and receptions. Samuel Muston joins the queue

The joys and perils of 24-hour room service

At night-time, the possession of a serviced room is nigh on disastrous, as Samuel Muston recalls

Do not disturb: solo dining can be a joy

The blissful silence of a peaceful meal for one

Amsterdam's "individual dining concept" restaurant, Eenmaal, will pop up in London's Soho to "encourage Brits to reclaim their lunch breaks and enjoy fresh cuisine, with a side order of 'temporary disconnection'"

Oatcakes were the original fast food

On the Menu: Cooking a Staffordshire oatcake for breakfast is one of life's pleasures

Esquire magazine has declared High Lane Oatcakes as the eighth best place in the kingdom to have breakfast

The best men's moisturisers: Help keep the signs of your month-long hangover at bay

The weather outside is frightful and yes the fire is so delightful – and, quite frankly, that ain't always the best news for your skin. The icy winds outside and the warm gusts of central heating inside contrive to dry sensitive skin as if it were a festive turkey.

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