For the tequila and mezcal novice, knowing what to opt for can be a little confusing, but understand a few basics and you’ll soon be buying with confidence. Both drinks are made from the agave plant, but in order to be labelled a tequila a few restrictions are in place: it can only be produced from the blue agave and distilled in the Mexican state of Jalisco, or four other specific regions within Guanajanto, Michoacán, Nayarit and Tamaulipas. Mezcal can be made from any one, or a combination of, around 30 agaves (including blue agave) and can come from anywhere in Mexico, although most production is centred in Oxacana.
There’s a new diet popping up every single day, but there are some that are taking the internet and social media world by storm as they claim to get you results – and get them fast. And hey, who doesn’t want to lose those inches as soon as possible? Here we’ve got a list of 5 crazy diets that are trending. The Keto Diet: This popular low-carb diets forces the body into a state where it starts burning fats instead of carbs for fuel. Generally, you should eat 5-10% carbs, 20-25% protein, and 75-80% fat. It does come with its side effects, especially the popular Keto flu. ...
Although the UK and particularly London has a rich history of gin production, some of the earliest reports claim that Holland or Italy could be it’s true birthplace. Spain is also well known to have a thirst for gin which they happily free pour into glorious copa goblets (our favourite glass for gin if truth be told). Packed full of exciting botanicals from across the continent, European gins feature a whole host of ingredients not found in their British equivalent.
Lychee, a member of the soapberry family, stands among one of the most popular tropical fruits. Like its luscious flavor, lychee boasts of a rich history; it was the much-loved fruit of emperors and queens due to its wealth of nutrients – Vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, copper, and potassium. Lychee, meaning a gift for joyful life, lives up to its name. From slowing down aging to treating digestive ailments, promoting blood circulation, regulating blood pressure and assisting weight loss, lychee is a big surprise in a small package. Let’s look at the health benefits of Lychee and what this juicy and flavorful fruit has to offer.
While expert opinion is divided as to the scientific effect of soil which has seen volcanic activity, in terms of flavour there are some particularly alluring qualities to wines made from grapes grown in the mineral-rich, high ash soils around volcanoes. Mineral flavours, spicy notes, slight smokiness, high acidity, umami savouriness and rich earthy flavours tend to abound, giving both reds and whites rich and complex tastes that swirl with intrigue. While lovers of volcanic soil grapes have been knocking back the good stuff in restaurants and wine bars for a little while, there’s now finally a good selection for consumers to order online too.
You may have noticed an affliction developing among brewers, which we call ‘adjunctivitis’, and is the habit of putting ingredients other than malted barley, hops, yeast and water into their beers. Before hops became the brewing flavour of choice, all manner of wild herbs and spices went into ales (these hop-less drinks were known as ‘gruit’) while many established styles also contain extras – Belgian witbiers, for example feature orange and coriander seed while Trappist ales have regularly featured spices. For this list we’ve ignored the common fruit flavours and have instead sought beers with more unusual botanical ingredients.
Eating vegetarian is an art that needs to be constantly renewed with an array of new trends and flavours, but inspired by quality food and fresh products. All around the world, vegetarianism has settled in as a positive movement that offers not only a healthy way of living, but also its own way of life. This year’s Indybest vegetarian cookbooks list looks at how can we be inspired by the best vegetarian cuisine from around the world.
This country throws away an eye-watering 8.5 billion straws every year– enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall a thousand times over. Mark Hilton, head of sustainable business at leading environmental consultancy Eunomia, advises businesses on how to phase out single-use plastic items and what to offer instead. “The only real ‘need’ for a drinking straw comes from those with certain disabilities and children who are learning to drink from a cup,” he says.
With the sun sitting high in the sky and the mercury soaring, refreshing drinks are key. With ever more interesting launches looking to challenge these traditional bitter tipples for their crown, we’re taking a look at the best alternative aperitifs. Traditionally a drink consumed before a meal to stimulate the appetite, aperitifs have become an occasion in their own right in recent years, with the revival in fortunes of a number of long-established bitter spirit and liqueur brands.
Eating the right fruits, vegetables and spices can ensure you remain cool during the summer season, suggest experts.
To help in your choice of goal-cheering beverages we’ve selected a beer to represent every country in the tournament (providing they’re available to buy in the UK) and have picked two star performers from each group to qualify for the later stages. Egypt may be credited as the country to first master the art of brewing but we can’t get our hands on its current output – the biggest brewery is the Heineken-owned Al Ahram Brewery, with Stella Local its leading brand.
Osteoarthritis is the most common of the more than 200 forms of arthritis. Unfortunately, there are currently no effective treatments or approved drugs for this disabling condition, which causes the joints to become painful and stiff. Some new drugs are in the pipeline, but it will be years before they are tested in clinical trials and approved by regulators. Firstly, losing weight and exercising are the most significant things that osteoarthritis patients can do to ease their symptoms. Weight loss reduces the load on the joints and lowers the level of inflammation in the body, reducing arthritis pain. However, eating certain foods can also help improve patients’ symptoms and reduce their daily joint pain.
In fact, the only issue is that supply is struggling to meet the demand for it," reports Liz Sagues, author of A Celebration of English Wine. Other factors contributing to the success of UK wines are, she says, "a generally better understanding of where to locate vineyards. Vineyards are also becoming larger and more professionally run.
Whether it’s the drinkers, the makers or the shakers, the world of whisky has historically been heavily dominated by men. “We are slowly but surely drifting away from all the nonsensical stereotypes of who the whisky drinker is and how whisky should be drank, and this is where big opportunities for women will happen,” says Emily Chipperfield, whisky expert and trainer at Nuala Bar, London. “A comment I get all the time is ‘whiskey is too strong’.