Revolucion De Cuba is a venue, which has had a few names; it was formerly known as Bia Hoi and a few other things besides…
As the name suggests Revolucion de Cuba is a Cuban themed restaurant which I’ve been to a few times for drinks and food and enjoyed the general ambience of the place and the food on the plates!
It has a relaxed atmosphere with colourful posters on the walls and cushions in the booths, and Cuban inspired tunes.
Both times I have had food here I have enjoyed their tapas offers and gorged on a selection of lovely dishes. Last time we went for food was on a Tuesday evening for an after work meal, the place was not packed but there were enough people there to provide a good atmosphere.
When we sat down, we looked at the menu to choose what we wanted but although there were, waiters and waitresses about our no one took our order until I started heading to the bar with my menu.
We decided to order a selection of tapas on an offer, which came with a complimentary trio of salsas, including a pineapple one, which my companion thought, was amazing.
We ordered Quesadillas, Nachos, Patatas Bravas with Chorizo, Chiles Rellenos, and Sweet Potato & Chorizo Croquettes. This ended up filling most of the table, which is always a good thing!
The highlights of the meal were the Quesadillas with pulled pork in them, although I also enjoyed the Nachos and Sweet Potato & Chorizo Croquettes. My companion loved the Chiles Rellenos, which were jalapeño’s stuffed with cheese and covered in breadcrumbs.
We had a difference of opinion about the Sweet Potato & Chorizo Croquettes though, I enjoyed them but my companion thought they were a bit too fragile and not as flavoursome as he had expected. We both also expected more chorizo in the Patatas Bravas with Chorizo as we only noticed about three bits hidden amongst the potatoes.
Despite these few niggles we enjoyed our meal at Revolucion de Cuba and I have even arranged a work get together here later in the month to sample Revolucion de Cuba’s Mojitos and Burritos!
Revolucion de Cuba is part of a growing mini chain, with restaurants in Manchester, Cardiff, Norwich and soon to open one in Derby. For more info visit their website: www.revoluciondecuba.com
Saturday 22nd Septmber is the Bermondsey street festival, which seeks to promote local talent and creativity, that’s local designers, performers and musicians http://www.bermondseystreetfestival.org.uk
And our friends ’A Grape Night In’ are taking wine to the people!
Not only will there by lots of wine, but also a fantastic afternoon of performances, art, music and food. As the organisers say, the Festival is “the perfect blend of village fete folksiness, with Bermondsey street style”
Find A Grape Night in, in ’The Meadow’and we’ll be selling wine by the glass and bottle to enjoy with the delicious food available at the Festival. Come down and say hi and throw your best tasting note in the ring to win tickets to one of their tastings!
Niki is a food blogger and currently undertaking the ultimate gourmand (read: greedy) challenge: 365 days of dinner blogging. Follow her journey (and plates) at http://dinneroftheday.tumblr.com/ and http://twitter.com/breakinglon
Juice of the Month #1
Marks and Spencer: Asti Spumante NV :Asti DOCG : Italy
As sporting events are handing out the medals, and announcing its winners, we too thought we would crown this M & S Asti Spumante as Juice of the month in honour of all the medals it has been winning! Furthermore we thought that this off dry, grapey, sherbet sparkler would be a perfect contender to match your strawberries at Wimbledon this summer…
A multi-award winning £7.99 @ M&S
Juice of the Month #2
Ernie Els: Proprietor’s Blend 2009 : Stellenbosch : South Africa
It only felt right to pay honour to a sporting legend in the wine world this month – that is Mr Ernie Els. Ernie already a big name in the golfing world, made his debut in wine over in the cape in 1999 and the rest is history! In respect to the Cape terroir his Proprietors Blend is a bordeaux blend with a touch of Shiraz. This is built to last with rich cassis, savoury spice and blockbuster power. Needless to say this is well worth the extra pounds if you are celebrating any sporting wins this month!
A celebratory £23.95 per bottle @ Lea & Sanderman
A Grape Night In next event is: Grape Games at @Seven at Brixton on the 22nd July.
No athletes here, just wine lovers! Join A Grape Night In where they will pitch long-term grape rivals against each other in the ultimate test of taste, which grape will be crowned ‘King of wine’
To find out more visit: www.agrapenightin.co.uk
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Calling all foodies……. Yes once again it is the time of year where we don our urban wellies and head over to Regents Park to celebrate the culinary delights of our fair capital.
Taste of London will be taking up residency from June 21 – 24 in the centre of Regents Park. The festival promises to be assault on the senses, with over 40 of the city’s best restaurants dishing up gourmet plates, talks and words of wisdom from some of capital’s top culinary experts, cooking masterclasses and over 200 food and beverage producers showcasing.
Here at Tweeted Review, we are very privileged to have 2 secret garden passes. These tickets are the VIP of the VIP, with access to a private area, champagne on arrival, a complementary taste recipe book and most importantly £30 worth of crowns per person. These crowns aren’t the wearing type but are the currency of choice for Taste of London and must be used in order to eat or drink from the bars and restaurants. £1 equates to 2 crowns and most of the restaurants will be charging around 8-10 crowns for tapas size dishes.
Having extensively reviewed the menus online, our hot tips for ‘dish of the day’ include;
Club Garçon – “Basque” spicy confit duck, crazy pop corn (10 crowns)
Launcheston Place- light goat’s cheese cream, St Moranzo tomatoes and candied black olives
Patara – Grilled herb-marinated baby rack of lamb with papaya salad (14 crowns)
Yauatcha - Yauatcha steamed dim sum platter (12 crowns)
However, with such an amazing range of dishes available, the world literally is your oyster, lobster or the world’s most expensive Scotch egg, which is priced at a whopping £500
Aside from the amazing food on offer, the festival is welcoming some of the world’s culinary greats, such as: Wolfgang Puck, David Chang, Nuno Mendes, Bruno Loubet, Michel Roux Jr and of course no food related festival would be worth its salt without the visit of the seemingly omnipresent Jamie Oliver. However there is one surprising omission in the form of Gordon Ramsey, who we can only assume is far too busy in prison teaching the finer points of cup cake making. Though to be honest we are just as excited about the possibility of stumbling across the next big thing or an unsung hero than a celeb chef.
Our advice: Tickets are priced from £24 upwards if booked in advance, if you’re on a budget and don’t want to pay full wack for the Secret Garden Passes at £90pp, the best value is the Premium ticket for £40pp. These tickets come with £20 of Crowns, a minimum saving of £4, but be warned you can only book Premium tickets in advance via their website.
Finally don’t forget to come back next week for a full review on all our festival highlights; however we highly recommend a visit to experience the best food that London has to offer. Bon apetit!!!
Find out more at www.tastefestivals.com
Juice of the Month #1
Chapel Down Bacchus 2011
In honour of English wine week & when all eyes were on England for the Diamond Jubilee we had to sneak in one of England’s finest. Based in Kent and often referred to as one of the leaders of English wine we very much agree that ‘It doesn’t have to be a special day to drink Chapel Down wines as they make every day special.’ We love their Bacchus – England’s signature grape aptly named after the God of wine. Often compared to Sauvignon Blanc, this is a textbook example with oodles of fresh lemons, and lively goosebury fruit. £9.59 English pounds at Waitrose
Juice of the Month #2
Royal Tokaji Dry Furmint 2010
As we look back at Her Majesty’s 60 year reign, there was a time when Hungarian wine was popular here in Britain, and now’s your turn to see why! Tokaji is a region famed for producing some of the best sweet wines around with the local Furmint grape. While we love sweet Tokaji Aszu, we’re pretty excited about the dry style that is taking centre stage right now. Dry Furmint produces a unique wine with hints of a viogner; fresh peaches & heady fragrance but with its own twist of fresh green apple, nuts & volcanic minerality.
Drink like they used to for £8.49 at Majestic
Food, drink and lots of fun at Foodies Festival – and of course tea!
What a grand day out at the Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Green last Sunday! Despite the cold, we enjoyed great artisan and organis food, local produce, fine wines, cocktails, and of course, tea and cake!
Starting with a brief visit to the gorgeous Duckpond Market in Richmond to look at the lovely antiques, homewares and artisan foods (and lots of Jubilee kitch ideas – will definitely be back for some bunting!), we set off from St Helena Pier in Richmond for a leisurely cruise down the Thames on one of the Turks Launches fabulous steam boats. Unfortunately the sun didn’t want to come out to play, but it didn’t rain very much, so we braved the chilly breeze and breathed in the fresh air!
To warm up when we first arrived, I headed straight to the Tea Terrace – a quintessentially English tea room serving proper afternoon teas and a vast array of yummy cakes, pastries and treats! I swiftly downed a lovely cup ofTregothnan English-grown tea and a huge slab of my old favourite – handmade Lemon Drizzle Cake! We then queued up for the Portuguese Hog Roast fromRoast Hog, which was well worth the wait! Then it was time for some organic fruit cider to wash it down, and more warming up with some sizzlingly tasty sausages from the Great British Sausage Company.
After a peek at the amazing Hendrick’s Gin Curiositorium and their bath full of Gin (here I am next to it with my organic cherry cider!) and a delightfully bubbly organic Kir Royal, we went to taste some cheeses at the award-wining Cheshire Cheese Company. Being a Cheshire girl, I particularly enjoyed sampling their massive range of cheeses – especially the award-winning four-year aged Vintage Gold extra mature cheddar! We are now official members, and once the copious supplies of cheese we bought have run out, we will definitely be buying more online! Like Wallace and Gromit always say, you can’t beat a bit of cheese!
We then wandered over to the chef’s theatre to see the lovely Beverley Glock compering (in a beautiful Fifities’ style dress – she must have been freezing!), and watched wonderful local chef Greg Malouf of Petersham Nurseries show us just how it’s done.
Then we strolled down the Street Food Avenue, sniffing and tasting so many great foods from around the world, and sampled a few wines at the wine village. A real favourite for me was the aged Parmesan, and I bought an enormous chunk to take home!
All aboard for PIMMS O’Clock – CHEERS!
Whole Foods Market had a nice big stall, with some great (and bargainous) organic Prosecco, fruit and sauces. We bought the red pesto, which is absolutely delicious on pretty much anything!
We brought back so much lovely cheese, bread, olive oil and artisan treats – they should keep us going for a long time (or at least until the next Foodies Festival)!
I am definitely going to try to get to more of these fantastic festivals, both in the North and down South – my friends and family love these sort of food events and we like to try different shows in different places!
The next Foodies Festival is at Brighton Hove Lawns next weekend (May 25,26,27), with festivals taking place up and down the country throughout the summer.
Other Foodies Festival Dates from July onwards are:
Tatton Park Cheshire July 6/7/8
Bristol Harbourside July 13/14/15
Edinburgh Aug 10/11/12
London Battersea Park Aug 17/18/19Oxford South Parks Aug 25/26/27
Until next time, enjoy your tea break – and cheese! CHEERS!
Really looking forward to the Foodies Festival at Hampton Court Palace Green on Sunday! Haven’t been to Hampton court for ages and looking forward to taking in some of the sights as well as tasting lots of food, glorious food.
Running from Saturday 5 May – Monday 7 May, this appropriately Royal setting will play host to a festival of food, feasting and general yumminess!
I’m excited to see that TV chefs and personalities will be appearing on stage and sharing their foodie tips, including Levi Roots, Martin Blunos and Ed Baines, and actors Emma Forbes and Fay Ripley. Michelin Starred and celebrity chefs will be cooking up their favourites on the live stage, sharing their gourmet tips and expertise - can’t wait to see what they make! Also hoping to learn some of the tricks of the trade myself at the masterclasses and food and drink theatre tents…I’m really looking forward to sampling and buying yummy goodies – there will be delicacies galore in the restaurant tents, lots of interesting food and drink exhibitors, and World-themed pagodas and street food – delicious! Also particularly enthused by the idea of the Bus Bar – a bar in an old Routemaster bus! (Check out the photo, courtesy of FoodiesFestival - how fabulous?!)I always love trying and buying the artisan foods and local produce at food events – they should be of a particularly high standard here too, with loads of local producers and farmers gathered in the dedicated Producers’ Market.
And no food festival would be complete without some good wine to wash all the tasty food down with! Hoping to try a few good wines at the Wine Village… Will be taking my fold-up shopping bags to bring back lots of scrumptious treats!
The whole day should be entertaining, with live music and entertainment going on, a City Beach (look at the gorgeous photo – please don’t rain!) and getting there is going to be fun too – we’re travelling from Richmond to Hampton Court by boat – hope the rain holds off! Turks Cruises are doing a deal with the Foodies Festival to offer return boat travel from Richmond/Kingston to Hampton Court and a day ticket for the festival for the bargain price of £18!
Taking a boat trip – Turks Cruises’ Yarmouth Belle
The Foodies Festival is running up and down the country over the summer – I’m hoping to make some of the other venues as well, such as Brighton and Cheshire.You can find out more on the Foodies Festival website, and by following the lovely team on Twitter -@foodiesfestival
All this talk of good food and wine is making me hungry – I’m off for a cup of tea and some dinner! Bring on Sunday!Until next time, when I’ll tell you all about it, enjoy your tea break!
(Thank you to Foodies Festival and Turks Cruises for the lovely photos – can’t wait!)
South African Wine Festival – 22nd to 24th May
After a sell-out South African Wine Festival in 2011, Vivat Bacchus has announced this years line up for the festival in May this year. Over three evenings, they will give visitors the opportunity to taste some of South Africa’s best wines and chat to the very people that made them. You can choose from the five-course Wine Dinners, with South African producers wines matched expertly with the Head Chef’s food, or simply go along earlier in the evening and just taste the wines.
With five producers showcasing their wines each evening, there is much to look forward to. Paul Cluver, Bouchard Finlayson, Meerlust, Ernie Els, Rustenberg and Graham Beck are just some of the wineries taking part.
It promises to be a great opportunity for fans of South African wines to try both some classic South African wines and some more unusual, artisan ones.”
Vivat Bacchus South African Wine Festival runs from May 22-24, for full line-up and to book, visit their festival website: www.southafricanwinefestival.co.uk
Grape Afternoon for London – 13th May
Our friends Laura & Kiki from A Grape Night In love travelling the world to find new and unusual wines, but at the end of the day they call London home and where else better than to enjoy a chilled glass of wine! In the capital there is such an abundance of wine to choose from – name any variety, any region, or any style and you will find it somewhere in this fair city.
In May, when wine aficionados from across the globe converge on London for the London International Wine Fair, Laura & Kiki are taking the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the city that is dearest to them. Join the girls from A Grape Night In for an underground journey from Notting Hill Gate to Oxford Circus via Bank.
Contact A Grape Night In for you Grape Afternoon for London tickets, at the ‘fare’ price of £19, which includes an interactive tasting of 5 wines which represent key tube stops of London (with nibbles) all hosted by Laura & Kiki from A Grape Night In.
Limited Edition packages
Taking inspiration from the May wine buzz, A Grape Night In is offering two Limited Edition packages to have at your place - ‘London Calling’ where we will raise a glass to our fine city by tasting wines that represent London with a little Monopoly fun thrown in - and ‘Grape, Naturally’ for an event to tickle your taste buds with organic, biodynamic and even orange wines!
To Find out more visit: www.agrapenightin.co.uk