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34, 34 Grosvenor Square, London W1

I'm trying to cast my mind back to the tail end of 2011, when 34 was my lunch destination, rather than my waist measurement, and I'm struggling. My memories of this new Mayfair smoothie, the latest launch from Richard Caring's fast-expanding Caprice Holdings group, have soft-focused into a vague impression of luxury, of deep carpets and heavy silverware, all sepia-tinted by the glow from a host of flickering table lamps.

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Fillet of beef with cavolo nero

Fillet of beef with cavolo nero

Serves 4

<p>1. Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chilli</p>
<p>£3.19 (250g), sainsburys.co.uk (currently on offer at two for £5)</p>
<p>A new bagful that has a warming kick to set taste buds tingling and offset the cold weather outside.</p>

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Radiation concerns for Japan's beef supply

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We've no beef with Taco, says US law firm

A law firm has withdrawn its class action that sought to force Taco Bell to stop calling the meat it serves "beef". The lawsuit alleged that what the fast-food company calls "seasoned beef" is a mixture containing non-meat ingredients to bind and bulk up the product and does not meet federal requirements to be labelled beef.

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