Enjoy The Perfect Wimbledon Retreat At LANG Terrace London

Wimbledon is a British institution, and WFD can’t think of a better way for those of us who don’t have tickets to Wimbledon than to spend some time in the luxurious surroundings of The Shangri-La Hotel.

Swinging into a summer of sport, Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London transforms its terrace at LÁNG, the hotel’s artisan deli and cake shop on the ground floor, to bring a taste of SW19 to hotel guests and Londoners alike.

LÁNG  Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

Wimbledon Treats!

Widely considered as the most prestigious grand slam tournament in tennis, Wimbledon’s traditions are celebrated across the city, and from 26 June to 12 July 2015, the tournament will be broadcast live on an astro turf terrace with a fun selection of Wimbledon-inspired patisseries served throughout. Themed treats will include Centre Court, a lemon mousse tart; SW19, a Pimm’s jelly shot atop cream; and Grand Slam, a tennis ball-designed creation with champagne and strawberry filling.  Alongside the themed trio, guests will also be invited to enjoy tournament classics, strawberries with cream, Pimm’s and champagne, all while soaking up the warm summer days and cheering on their favourite grand slam players.

LÁNG  Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

LÁNG Shangri-La Hotel

LÁNG

Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London

The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU

www.lang-shangri-la.com

LÁNG and LÁNG terrace opening times:

Monday – Wednesday; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday – Friday; 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday and public holidays; 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Champagne

Foodies Festival Brings Outdoor Feast to Alexandra Palace

Join fellow foodies from 3-5 July for the 10th Anniversary of The Foodies Festival! Who’s For Dinner has always had a great time at The Foodies Festival and we’re sure that you’ll have fun too.

Foodies Festival

 

Foodies Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary at Alexandra Palace 3,4,5th July with a taste-bud-tickling three day feast of London’s finest culinary talents, celebrity chefs, new tasting and drink theatres, artisan producers and street food from around the world.

Top chefs cooking their favourite summer recipes in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre include:

– Tony Rodd – MasterChef 2015 finalist

– Emma Spitzer – MasterChef 2015 finalist

– Aldo Zilli – TV Chef
– Rakesh Ravindran Nair – The Cinnamon Club
– Adam Handling – Adam Handling at Caxton
– Alex Theibaut – Maze (Gordon Ramsay)
– Anna Haugh – London House (Gordon Ramsay)
– Arnaud Stevens – SixtyOne
– Andrew Jones – The Chamberlain
– Maria Tampakis – Heddon Street Kitchen
– Gerald Mirey – The Narrow
– MasterChef finalists Saira Hamilton and Jackie Kearney
– Peter Joseph – Tamarind
– Daniel Kerr -T.E.D

Visitors can look forward to toasting Foodies’ big year in the new Wine and Champagne Theatre, where they can sip on this season’s finest wines and bubblies with experts Neil Phillips and Charles Metcalfe, while beer expert Melissa Cole is on-hand with masterclasses in food and beer matching in the New Craft Beer Theatre. 

New Tasting Theatre invites visitors to discover new flavours and learn new skills with hands-on masterclasses in Bee Keeping, Sushi Rolling and Sausage Making, and chocolate experts Coeur de Xocolat host How to Sniff Chocolate like a Rockstar’ and ‘Chocolate Safari’ masterclasses, which will leave participants tasting chocolate for hours.

The Cake & Bake Theatre is a haven for passionate bakers with top local cake makers and bakeries sharing their tips for baking delicious summer cakes. Visitors can also enjoy 3D cake modelling, Chocolate Making and Sugar-Craft masterclasses and a complementing Chocolate, Cake and Bake Village sells bakes, jams and the latest baking gadgets and essentials.

Foodies Festival

The Street Food Avenue takes visitors on a flavour adventure around the world, offering a huge selection of hot and cold dishes including Japanese, Thai, Brazilian, Argentinian, Indian, Mexican, French and African, which can be enjoyed in the Feasting Tent at the heart of the festival.

With over 200 artisan producers to sample and shop from in the Producers Market, selling everything from award winning cheeses to raspberry infused gin, festival-goers will be spoilt for choice for what to buy to take home and enjoy.

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Visitors who like it hot will love the Chilli Market selling sensory overload sauces and UK grown chillies, and for those who like it really hot – and are foolish enough – the famous Chilli Eating Competition challenges contestants to try and break the current record of 16 million scoville eaten to win the Chilli Eating Crown – that’s 6400 times the average chill heat! 

Little foodies can explore their taste buds and learn basic skills with Picnic in the Park themed masterclasses in the Childrens Cookery Theatre, where Kiddy Cook will show them how to make finger sandwiches, jellies and chocolate bugs.

After a day of food and fun, foodies can relax with and soak in the atmosphere with live music from the entertainment stage and a glass of bubbly or cocktail from the Giant Pimm’s Teapot or Captain Morgan Mojito Galleon.

Tickets:

Tickets are on sale now at www.foodiesfestival.com or by calling 0844 995 1111

Friday adult day ticket £12.00 (£10.00 concession)

Saturday or Sunday adult day ticket £15.00 (£13.00 concession)

3-day adult ticket £25.00 (£18.00 concession)
Friday VIP ticket £45.00*

Saturday or Sunday VIP ticket £48.00*

*VIP tickets include a welcome glass of bubbly, access to the VIP tent with private bar and refreshments throughout the day, priority entry to food and drink masterclasses, a goody bag and a showguide.

All children aged 12 and under go free to all Foodies Festivals when accompanied by an adult.
Open times:

Friday 3rd July: 11am – 8pm

Saturday 4th July: 11am – 8pm

Sunday 5th July: 11am – 7pm

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Jeremy Pang Launches The Chinese Unchopped Cookery Book

Thanks to our guest blogger Babs Ofori-Acquah for this great write up.

Last week, I attended the launch of Jeremy Pang’s first cookery book Chinese Unchopped. Jeremy is the founder of School of Wok, the only Oriental and Asian cookery school in Central London. His book is more than just a recipe book – it gives you the tools to ensure that your kitchen is stir fry ready at any time. The book guides readers through the equipment, ingredients and cooking techniques needed to prepare the perfect Chinese cuisine, then presents an array of tasty recipes broken down into simple steps. Some recipes even have ‘Swapsies’ so that if you cannot source a particular ingredient, you can use a more common alternative – for example cabbage instead of pak choi.

The beautiful Babs!

The beautiful Babs!

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

The launch event was a wonderful celebration with a warm atmosphere. I went along with my friend Sarah and, with champagne in hand, within minutes we had met Jeremy’s mother, sister and the man himself! It really was a family affair and a relaxed yet well organised event.

Jeremy delighted us with a few treats from the cookbook; Crispy Pork Belly, Vegetable Dumplings, Spicy Sichuan-style Aubergine and Squid. The squid was different from any I’ve tried before – it was soft and juicy rather than chewy and rubbery. The dumplings were to die for and the crispy pork belly was beautifully complimented by pickled veggies. I didn’t try the aubergine as I am not a fan but the presentation was beautiful.

To demonstrate that wine can be the perfect match for a Chinese dish, Laura, co-founder of A Grape Night In, provided a mini wine tasting session. We tried a sparkling, a white and a red, all with features that make them an ideal pairing for various dishes in Chinese Unchopped. The session was great fun and a perfect addition to the main event.

After tackling chopsticks and sipping champagne it was time for us to hear from Jeremy and give him an opportunity to cut his cake. Jeremy’s wife made this cake which is a replica of the cover of Chinese Unchopped – it tasted as good as it looks!

Sarah and I left the event having met the chef behind the book, learned what wine to drink the next time we go out for Chinese, and with an itching to get into the kitchen and put our cooking skills to the test.

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Image by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Chinese Unchopped, described by Ken Hom OBE as ‘a masterpiece’, is available now for only £19.99 from all major book retailers.

Written by Babs Ofori-Acquah

Founder, Working Girl London www.workinggirllondon.com