food or wine?

April 10, 2009

Euro Food and Wine, Craven Road W2

A couple of people who’ve expressed an interest in this project are known for being primarily wine bloggers, rather than specifically food bloggers, and have asked can they take part? Now my instinct is to say ‘yay’ as long as they tell a good story and perhaps include a little about any accompanying food.

The question is can they find wine (or any decent booze) from countries like Sweden, Ireland or Azerbaijan? But there in lies the challenge dear reader, and it seems at least Sweden produces anaward winning wine.


How to Join in…

April 8, 2009

So you want to be one of the 25 people who wants to take part in this crazy scheme?  Yay. We thought a wee bit over a nice dinner at Saltyard about how to do this, and came up with a Ning group, you can join it here. Please, join the event there, but ask any questions you might have here, ta.

And to start us off, here’s a question from my subconscious…

Q: What if you have more than 25 bloggers wanting to take part?
A: That’s a good question, I think it can go one of two ways… if we get dead on 50, we give each country out twice, or we team up. It’ll be a good way to meet new people, or you could team up with a friend. Obviously your safety is paramount so if you’re a young lady and don’t fancy wandering around London asking for azjerbijani speakeasies and want to team up anyway that’s fine too.

In my experience too much control over a project spoils the fun, so all the rules guidelines here are just that. The only real rule is to join in, really try and explore London’s food scene and enjoy it.

Guidelines to participants

April 4, 2009

Eurovision Party 2008 - Scoreboard

  • This project is a real chance to engage in London Food life, to explore, learn and report. That is essence is the assignment.
  • London is premier world city and is home to peoples from every nation on Earth. Let’s find out about them and what they eat.
  • So research, explore, shop, buy, eat and write. You might find a café, a shop or a restaurant frequented by the citizens of your given country, that’s what we want to hear about.
  • What we absolutely do not want are 25 Euro-themed dinner parties, with a recipe found off the internet and all the shopping done at a standard supermarket. That would be a really missed opportunity.
  • If you decide to cook something at home, try and get the recipe and ingredients from a primary attributable source.
  • Remember that fundamentally most people are proud of their heritage and like to talk about it. Just be polite and ask lots of gentle questions to begin with.
  • And finally… enjoy it.