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March 29, 2019

(Founder of Kottu Lanka Mahen Perera, left. Shanti Perera, right) 

Sri Lankan food has been tipped as this year’s top food trend and the BBC’s Good Food Guide has praised market stall Kottu Lanka as one to try.

It’s run by Mahen Perera and his Uncle Shanti. Two years ago, Mahen was on holiday in Sri Lanka with some friends from the UK – when he saw how blown-away they were by the flavours being serv...

March 28, 2019

 (Picture courtesy of Earlybird Cards)

We don’t buy this piffle that Mother’s Day is an over-commercialised day designed to get you spending!

What’s wrong with showing a little thanks for the love, the care and the constant work mums devote to us and a little appreciation for the havoc motherhood wreaks on bodies and minds! And if we can do that while keeping it local – all the better!

So with that i...

March 24, 2019

Five years ago, Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell borrowed £10,000 from friends and family to launch BBQ Dreamz – serving Filipino-inspired street food.

Now, fresh from their success on the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu, the Kerb regulars are searching for a venue in Hackney or Islington to launch their own restaurant. The £350,000 investment they bagged through the show should make that a smoother jou...

March 18, 2019

Islington’s independent heart beats loudly.

This is an area guide with a difference – giving you the inside track on the best way to experience this vibrant borough like a local. There’s so much on offer here that your time could be happily occupied without visiting a single big-chain business.

Rising rents and business rates mean conditions are tough for many traders – they need your support more t...

March 14, 2019

A  'second chance’ pop-up café has opened in Stoke Newington offering soup and smoothies and allowing people to pay what they like.

The zero-waste café at St Mary’s Church is open on Thursday and Friday lunchtimes in March and April and uses leftover food from local shops, including Spence, Wholefoods and local fruit and veg stores.

It’s being manned by volunteers from the church, Hackney Migra...

March 9, 2019

Did you know music impacts the way you perceive flavours or that the human tongue is as individual as a fingerprint?

Mandy Stevens is revolutionising the wine-tasting industry with Sipologist Social - fun and science-based classes which demonstrate how factors like music and other flavours impact our taste buds.

Some classes involve covering the tongue in blue-dye with a pipette and using a mirror t...

March 1, 2019

Centuries of campaigning have helped make Stoke Newington one of London’s most vibrant, community-minded, independent and green neighbourhoods.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a nature-lover or a shopaholic, our area guide to Stoke Newington gives you the inside track on where’s best to go… from a local’s perspective.

It’s thanks to the dogged determination of locals to protect and improve...

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