Zoe Perrett

  • email: perrett.z@googlemail.com
  • The Niftiest Gift List - Drinks

    Monday December 2nd, 2013

    Whatever the poison of those you must purchase for, the solution lies below. We're drunk enough to ground Santa's sleigh in our selfless pursuit of pulling together a comprehensive collection of bevvies. Drink up; we're off for a lie down...

  • A walk on the dark side with Cocoa Runners

    Monday November 4th, 2013

    To paraphrase singing Scottish siblings The Proclaimers, when it comes to good chocolate, I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more, just to be the girl who gets a box directly through her door. But now, thanks to Cocoa Runners, there’s no perambulation of any kind required.

  • Zumbura

    Thursday October 31st, 2013

    As a North London lass, asking me to travel to Clapham for an Indian meal’s pretty much like inviting me to Chennai for a spot of supper. But on hearing of a brand-new venue claiming to celebrate the little-represented cuisine of Purab, I booked a flight - ahem, jumped on a tube – faster than you can say Jack Robinson. Or, perhaps more aptly, ‘Shah Rukh Khan’.

  • Devnaa's India - Jay and Roopa Rawal

    Saturday October 26th, 2013

    'Devnaa's India' demystifies a cuisine that’s disappointingly under-represented on bookshop shelves and in restaurants – home-style Gujarati fare. Hearty, humble and pretty darn healthy, Guji food is the just the sort you could gorge on and still feel just gorgeous.

  • The Dal Cookbook - Krishna Dutta

    Tuesday October 15th, 2013

    Using cheap, simple ingredients to simply stunning effect, ‘The Dal Cookbook’ is perfect for straightened gourmets undernourished from - and underwhelmed by - dreadful ‘dude food’.

  • Haloodie or just plain foodie? Feast on this festival

    Saturday September 21st, 2013

    Dragging round a catch-all event enquiring about the suitability of each and every sample you want to stab up with a cocktail stick can be a real drag. Halal Food Festival founder Imran Kauser and director Noman Khawaja certainly found it so, so created an event everyone can come and feast at with gay abandon.

  • Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere - Sarah Al-Hamad

    Saturday September 7th, 2013

    Once I managed to squash the urge to tear out the endpapers and use the colourful, stamp-laden pages as wrapping paper, I got – ahem – ‘stuck’ right in to ‘Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee’. Then promptly got waylaid once again, contemplating the evocative location photography by the author and food shots from the ever-stellar Kate Whitaker.

  • A Frosty Reception

    Wednesday August 21st, 2013

    As a child I always coveted the company of a jolly snowman. I did not have Aled Jones aspirations and had no desire to go Walking In The Air. I just really, really wanted a Mr Frosty slush maker

  • Cracking chocolate creativity from marvellous Montezuma’s

    Wednesday August 7th, 2013

    Chocolate tastes even better when it’s an extra piece illicitly purloined from Montezuma’s irresistible and occasionally unattended sample trays. Perhaps that’s why the company have furnished me with a few bars of my own, so that I’ll stay away from the stores. Fine by me – I’m already relishing the fact that these bars are legitimately mine, all mine.

  • Restaurant Review - Sheba

    Wednesday June 26th, 2013

    I just shared me a paratha with Pat Chapman. Literally breaking bread with a 'curry king' - not a bad anecdote for a spice-lover to have under their ever-expanding belt, eh? As a confirmed curryhouse critic, I'm holding out hope that this award-winning venue will make me meekly swallow my pride along with some stunning fodder.

  • BrewDog's Watt Dickie: ExperiMENTAL brewing

    Wednesday June 19th, 2013

    The product information on this lilliputian bottle is not enlightening. The meek enquiry, ‘What is 'Watt Dickie'?’ elicits only the response, ‘good question’. So far, so ambiguous. Like a curious potion-popping Alice, I unscrew the cap...

  • Spread the cheer with spreadable beer

    Saturday May 18th, 2013

    Spreadable beer? How queer. But it's here - and, whether it's blondes or brunettes that tickle your fancy, there's a version for you.

  • Oy Vey – Gefiltefest Returns

    Tuesday May 14th, 2013

    Jewish food is pure comfort and often as rich as the culture that spawned it. Both will be celebrated with just the right amount of schmaltz at the fourth annual Gefiltefest on May 19th, held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.

  • The Bitter Truth

    Sunday May 12th, 2013

    Down your Dairy Milk and prick up your ears. I’m going to ask you to eschew that sweet milky marvel made with a full ‘glass-and-a-half’. For, when it comes to choc, black is the new tan.

  • Durable Dualit makes things do-able

    Sunday May 12th, 2013

    Prize the box from its bubble-wrapped sarcophagus; unfasten the tabs with the mounting excitement of a 90’s kid unwrapping a Furby on Christmas morn; sloooowly lift the lid to reveal my shiny, shiny loot. 

  • Urban Rajah's Curry Memoirs - Ivor Peters

    Sunday May 12th, 2013

    AKA the book I wish I’d penned. And, were I a British-born son of the Subcontinent with a way with a word, a dashing, dandy-ish dress sense, and a slim pencil moustache, I may well have pipped him to the post.

  • From India - Kumar & Suba Mahadevan

    Wednesday May 8th, 2013

    You can keep your Kindle - I love the smell of a book in the morning. I also love the jolt of a spiced Mysore coffee; the divine Parsi scrambled eggs known as akuri; and the crisp-spongy bite of a dosa dipped into creamy coconut chutney.

  • Coca leaf liqueur – better than The Real Thing?

    Thursday May 2nd, 2013

    These days, in order to stand out from the quaffable crowd, a drink needs enough swagger, style and substance to turn its liquid peers green with envy.

  • Imli Street

    Monday April 29th, 2013

    The old Imli was, frankly, a bit rubbish. And, despite the ‘innovative Indian tapas’ concept, which in theory sounded great, the majority of diners ended up sticking with the tried-and-tested chicken-curry-naan-rice triumvirate. How innovative. So would the newly-suffixed one be more up my 'Street'?

  • Pistonhead: Rude, Lewd and spectacularly Crude

    Tuesday April 23rd, 2013

    I like a product that speaks to me. Some softly whisper, beckoning from the shadows with crooked finger, whilst others get under your skin with enigmatic enticements to indulge. Pistonhead just bellows at you, hits you round the head with a sledgehammer, and drags you back to its cave.