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8 Gastronomic European Cities Every Food Lover Should Visit At Least Once

We get it; and we feel just the same. After more than two years of home cooking and restaurant meals largely confined to your local area, you’re feeling desperate...

Things To Consider Before Buying An Air Fryer

It feels as if, in the last couple of years, air fryers have appeared out of thin air and are suddenly occupying the countertops of every health-conscious household in...

5 Of Our Favourite Georgian Wines To Try In 2022

Georgian wine is having something of a moment right now. Whilst we acknowledge the irony of that statement - the country recently was declared to be the world’s oldest...

The Best Restaurants In Hove

‘’Hove, actually’’… It’s the rallying call of all those living to the west of Brighton’s Angel of Peace Statue, where the boundary is symbolically drawn between the effervescent seaside town...

How To Grill A Whole Fish On The BBQ: 6 Simple Steps

Phew. June always seems to bring out the best weather in Britain, and this year looks to be no exception. With heatwaves for later in the month predicted, barbeques...

6 Simple Vegetarian Recipes That Are Truly Delicious

Did you know that the average American spends over $2,000 per year on restaurant dining? That's over $200 per month!  And here’s another surprising stat before we encourage you to...

How Do You Make An Iced Coffee & Protein Shake?

You don’t have to be a gym buff or keep-fit-fanatic to know that protein shakes are a popular dietary addition for those who love to lead active lifestyles. Indeed,...

5 Of The Best Celebrity Chef Cookery Schools In The UK

Whether you’re hoping to become a professional cook, you want to know the difference between a brunoise and a chiffonade, or you’d simply like to add a new dish...

3 Recipes From Liguria That You Have To Try 

Food is an intrinsic part of Italian culture, no matter where you go in the country. This is especially true for Liguria, a region which has earned its place...

5 Of The Best Knife Sharpeners For Chefs

Ideal for keeping your chef’s knives razor sharp and ready for anything. So, you’ve shelled out a ton or two on a new set of chef’s knives. You’ve put your...

6 Great Ways You Can Add More Vitamins To Your Diet

Getting enough vitamins is essential for a healthy diet. Unfortunately, many people don't get the recommended daily amount of vitamins. This can lead to health problems down the road....

What Are Some Of The Healthiest & Most Versatile Cooking Oils?

Sure, we could debate whether any oil could truly be considered ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’ until the cows come home, bringing with them their delicious butter and turning all our...

7 Top Tips For Cooking The Best Spaghetti Alle Vongole: The Ideal Recipe

Here's the IDEAL recipe for Spaghetti all Vongole: the best Spaghetti with clams, chilli and garlic. With summer in full swing and the finest palourde clams currently abundant, there feels...

5 Beginner’s Tips For Pairing Food & Wine

Contrary to popular belief, food and wine matching is not an arcane art. Just like anything else, there are a few basic principles to adhere to, and once you...

5 Of The Best Restaurants Close To Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

A series looking at the best dining options within walking distance (1 mile) of city landmarks worldwide. Here, we offer our 5 IDEAL restaurants close to Fisherman's Wharf, San...

8 Ideal Steps To The Perfect Steak

Here at IDEAL, we love a good vegetable. Blanched, steamed, raw, sauteed...the good green stuff is the backbone of our diet, make no mistake (can’t...won’t….mustn’t. Aaah....Must. Resist. Steak. Puns)....

6 Ideal Places To Eat Som Tam In Bangkok

Routinely named as the world’s best salad, som tam is one of the best recognised dishes in the Thai food canon and eaten all over the country in different...

Where To Eat Near Tottenham Court Road: The Best Restaurants

With a shiny new stop on the Elizabeth Line cementing its status as a TFL headlining act, Tottenham Court Road is now the eminent focal point for those wanting...

5 IDEAL COFFEE SHOPS IN NØRREBRO, COPENHAGEN

When you mention the coffee scene to a Copenhagen insider, the term that proceeds it is often ‘cutting edge’. But that notion, when mixed with a Scandi aesthetic, may...

Where To Eat The Best Seafood In Lisbon

Though it’s not technically on the coast - that there body of water you see is the Tegus River - Lisbon is one of the continent’s finest destinations for...

5 Great Ways To Incorporate The Superfood Ginger Into Your Daily Dishes

There really is nothing like ginger. Its distinctive pungency and zest brings a perfect, nutritious enrichment to many dishes, adding piquancy, verve and distinctiveness to your dinnertime. It’s also...

7 IDEAL MORNING COFFEE REPLACEMENTS TO KICK YOUR DAY OFF RIGHT

Not coffee. Anything but coffee. Is nothing sacred anymore? We hear the desperation in your voice, and rest assured; we feel you. We’re not here to make sweeping statements about...

Ideal Travel Guide: How To Eat Like A Local In Tuscany

For holidaymakers who love to base their adventures around food and wine, Italy is one of the world's most sought-after destinations. While the basic staples, such as the ubiquitous,...

How To Make The Best Coffee Using A Drip Coffee Maker

As someone who loves coffee, you probably have a mental image of what the perfect cup looks and tastes like. And admittedly, you’re probably picturing that thick crema, elaborate...

7 Of The Best Places To Eat Brunch In Brighton

Brunch in Brighton brought to you beachside… It’s like the popular bridging meal and the iconic rainbow-hued city were made for each other. But just where to find the best...

Aspiring Chefs: How To Land Your First Job In A Professional Kitchen

The one-two sucker punch of Brexit and a global pandemic has led to the hospitality industry being woefully understaffed. Though this has sadly left many restaurants struggling, if we’re...

A Look Inside A Pro Chef’s Knife Roll: 5 Essential Knives & Tools Every Cook Carries

Are you considering a change of pace or yearning for a fresh start? Do you think your passion for cooking could be translated into a career? How does the...

11 Essential Kitchen Gadgets To Take Your Cooking To The Next Level

It’s no surprise that the pandemic changed attitudes to home cooking. With so many stuck at home, lunch and dinner became a focal point, a narrative, and a bringer...

10 Ideal Tips For Triumphant Barbeques At Home This Bank Holiday

Us Brits love a bank holiday barbie and with this glorious weather we're having, it’s time to dust the cobwebs off your grill, crack open some beers and get...

What’s In Season: 7 Of The Best Fruit & Vegetables In June

And some great ideas on cooking them! With so many stuck indoors struggling to know what day it is, let alone the month, recognising the passing of time is perhaps...

7 Ideal Pizza Restaurants in Brighton & Hove

Until recently, Britain’s favourite seaside town (don’t @me Blackpool) wasn’t exactly blessed with fantastic pizza restaurants. With the popularity of fish’n’chips on the pebbles permeating every lunch and dinner...

6 Of The Best Summer Coffees, Ideal For A Caffeine Hit When The Weather’s Hot

Hello reader, how do you take your coffee? If your answer was ‘very seriously’, then rest assured, you’re in good company; here at IDEAL, we too love a cup...

5 Ideal Ways To Make Your Next Taco Night The Best You’ve Ever Had

Are you looking to turn your taco night up a notch? To dial down the flavour of the Old El Paso fajita mix, drown out the discontent surfacing from...

6 Of The Best Takeaway & Delivery Neapolitan Pizzas In South London

It’s funny how lockdown and that enforced, prolonged period of domesticity has warped our sense of time. Doesn’t it seem so long ago that everyone was watching Tiger King?...

WHAT & WHERE TO EAT IN PHUKET OLD TOWN, THAILAND

The island of Phuket is a place of wild, clashing contradiction. There’s the brash and bawdy Phuket depicted in popular culture, localised on Patong Beach, where you can buy...

5 Ideal Tips On How To Create An Instagram Worthy Cheeseboard

There’s no doubt about it, Britain is a nation of cheese lovers. And not just that plastic slice that comes in your quarter pounder. Quite the opposite, in fact;...

Where to Eat On The Elizabeth Line, Greater London

All aboard the flavour train! Whether you’re a royalist or railist, greenbelt commuter or devoted trainspotter, we think it's fair to assume that you’re counting down the days until May...

How Do You Make The Perfect Irish Coffee? 6 Key Components

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Let’s raise a glass or two to celebrate. Whilst a freshly pulled pint of Guinness is perhaps the most appropriate choice for a celebratory Irish...

5 IDEAL WAYS TO RAISE YOUR SUMMER BBQ GAME

Us Brits do love a barbie. As soon as the clocks go forward to welcome in British Summer Time and a couple of hopeful rays puncture familiar clouds, that’s...

7 IDEAL STEPS TO THE PERFECT, MEDIUM RARE RACK OF LAMB

This week marks National Butchers Week, celebrating the fantastic work and pride for their craft shown throughout this oldest of professions. Coincidentally, we’re also at the quarter-final stage of...

BELGRAVIA’S BEST RESTAURANTS: WHERE TO EAT IN BELGRAVIA, LONDON

Maybe you’ve dropped in for tea with the Queen and her Maj's sandwich selection didn’t quite hit the spot. Perhaps your early morning swim in the Serpentine has triggered...

THE BEST ICE CREAM IN BRIGHTON & HOVE

Ideal for ice cream, sorbet, gelato and sundae lovers in the seaside city. Brighton beach and ice cream; could there be a more perfect match? Well, apart from rum and...

HOW TO MAKE THE IDEAL BANGKOK STYLE SOM TAM: A RECIPE

Som Tam is one of the stalwarts of Thai cuisine and is consistently named as the world’s greatest salad by those who know. Consumed all over the country in...

7 OUT-THERE FOOD PAIRINGS THAT SHOULDN’T WORK, BUT DO

Some food combinations are the very definition of tried, tested and triumphantly tasted. Fish and chips, strawberries and cream, mash and gravy, eggs and bacon...pairings which work so well...

Where To Eat Italian Food In Brighton: The Best Italian Restaurants In Brighton

Ideal for the best pizza and pasta in Brighton. Sure, fish’n’chips on the pebbles, perhaps with a plastic pint in hand, is a great way to spend an afternoon in...

8 HEALTHY KINDS OF BREAD YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO RIGHT NOW

Bread—can’t live with it, can’t live without it. This delicious carb is regular food for some and a pure, unadulterated addiction for others. Toasted white bread is one of...

THE IDEAL GUIDE TO SERVING WINE AT THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE

The difference between a good and a great glass of wine doesn’t always hinge on the grape, the terroir or the producer. Sometimes, to elevate a wine to dizzy...

8 IDEAL STEPS TO HEALTHIER EATING AT HOME

If you want to start eating healthier, then home is where the heart is. By cooking more at home, not only can you monitor exactly what goes into your...

TINNED SARDINES RECIPE IDEAS: 6 DELICIOUS THINGS TO COOK WITH TINNED SARDINES

An excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, a deliverer of protein, cheaper than chips and more delicious than, erm, chips, tinned sardines are one of the most underappreciated, overlooked...

5 Foods And Drinks You Didn’t Know Were From China

Whether it’s your smartphone, trainers, or even your furniture, the 'Made in China' label is as ubiquitous as it comes, owing to the country’s role as the world’s largest...

WHERE TO EAT MEXICAN FOOD IN BRIGHTON: THE BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANTS IN BRIGHTON

Mex this can on Monday, took her for a taco on Tuesday, we were making mole on Wednesday, and on Thursday and Friday and Saturday, we chilaquiles on Sunday… Hmm,...

6 MUST EAT FOODS IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND & WHERE TO TRY THEM

Ideal for those looking to experience something new. Though dream holidays and bucket list entries usually revolve around sunshine, palm trees and something tropical, there’s also much to be said...

THE BEST RESTAURANTS ON WESTBOURNE GROVE, NOTTING HILL

Straddling the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to its west and the City of Westminster to its east, Westbourne Grove was once named the ‘Bond Street of the...

How To Steep The Perfect Pot Of White Tea

White tea doesn’t get as much attention as it should, but it is simply delicious. Nope, we’re not talking about a particularly milky cup of builder’s tea here, but...

SOBER SATURDAY & SUNDAYS: WHY BOOZELESS BRUNCHES ARE BANGING

Bottomless brunches, the young Brit’s cherished opportunity to eat a civilised meal and drink an uncivilised amount of alcohol, have become something of an institution here in the UK.   If...

5 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN HIGHBURY & ISLINGTON, LONDON

Islington, it’s safe to say, is a place you can expect to eat and drink well. The home of the champagne socialist and champagne football, of allotment enthusiasts, Little...

5 IDEAL WINE PAIRINGS FOR THE UK’S FAVOURITE TAKEAWAYS

Us Brits love a takeaway. It should come as no surprise, then, that during lockdown takeaway service revenues have soared, with online food delivery declared as being ‘one of...

7 MEXICAN DESSERTS YOU NEED TO TRY TODAY

The nation has taken tacos to our hearts. We’ve embraced enchiladas. We’re besotted with burritos. But here in the UK, the world of Mexican desserts remains something of an...

Scale The Scoville Summit: Where To Eat The Spiciest Food In London

Sometimes, the hustle and bustle of the big city brings out the strongest of cravings for escapism. Some find solace at the bottom of a pint glass. Others, in...

7 TIPS ON FREEZING FOOD PROPERLY

Ideal for avoiding waste and making ingredients last longer. These are unprecedented times indeed. And suddenly, a new perspective on our store cupboards, fridges and freezers is forming. Wasting even...

Wine + Hiking = ‘wiking’: Wike Your Way Through These 5 Incredible Wine Destinations

Hands up who participated in a wildly popular virtual wine tasting session during lockdown? Oops, perhaps use the other hand...you’re spilling claret down your front.  Joking aside, activities normally reserved...

WHERE TO EAT NEAR SHOREDITCH HIGH STREET STATION

Today we look at some of the best restaurants that are just a short stroll from Shoreditch High Street station. Distances, on foot, are listed next to restaurant names....

Where To Eat On Northcote Road, Clapham Junction

We think it’s safe to say that Northcote Road occupies something of a unique position, both in geographical terms and in the minds of the average Londonder.  Sprawling from Battersea...

THE BEST DRINKS TO TAKE TO A FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER

Ideal for sipping by the stage this summer  With summer festivals back on the calendar (rejoice!), we just can’t wait to be among like minded people, having a singsong to...

5 Ideal Tips For Cooking With Onions

The Great British weather has begun to brighten and spring is truly on its way. Along with the warmer climate and longer days, spring brings with it (unsurprisingly) Spring...

WHAT TO EAT WITH BURRATA: 7 WAYS TO ENJOY BURRATA

IDEAL if you’re after burrata recipe ideas and pairings.  So many of the world’s greatest dishes are born out of necessity. Indeed, even some of the world’s most beloved ingredients...

5 IDEAL TIPS FOR THE PERFECT ESPRESSO SHOT 

Mine’s a double, barkeep! We had you for a minute there, didn’t we? But nope, we’re not ordering a ruinous tequila, but rather, a shot of delicious espresso. Could...

5 IDEAL SPRING VEGETABLES AND HOW TO COOK THEM

Spring has well and truly sprung (finally) and with it a whole host of new fruit and vegetables are coming into season, at their peak and tasting truly vital...

Ingenious Grilling Techniques From Around The World 

Ideal for upping your barbecue game this summer As the late chef and food writer Anthony Bourdain once so sagely said, ‘’Food may not be the answer to world peace,...

5 IDEAL THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR LEFTOVER ONIONS & SHALLOTS

Wondering what to do with a glut of onions or shallots? You’d only need to have a passable interest in cooking to have experienced a vegetable drawer so stocked,...

5 Heart-Felt Recipes To Bake For Mother’s Day From Flora And Stork

Yep, we thought the same as you, racking our brains to recall a recent Great British Bakeoff winner named Flora Stork...  But these are recipes from Flora and Stork, two...

THE BEST TINNED CRAB, TUNA, SARDINE, SALMON & ANCHOVY RECIPES

It’s amazing what you can do with a tin of fish. It’s also amazing what it can do to you; boasting heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and plenty of...

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