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Venetian Specialties: What To Eat & Drink in Lake Garda

‘’Save me a piece of marchpane’’ The city of Verona, in Italy’s northeastern Veneto region, is perhaps most famous for being the setting of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s tale of...

How To Cook Like A Canadian: 3 Must-Try Recipes

Whilst it might sound silly to make such bold declarations about a country which covers 6% of the world’s entire landmass, and whose cultural legacy includes Leonard Cohen, Drake,...

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...

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...

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)....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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;...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

5 BEGINNER’S TIPS FOR MAKING THE IDEAL HOMEMADE PIZZA

National Pizza Day (in Britain - yep we know, no Neapolitan death threats please) is upon us, but don’t reach for that phone for a takeaway just yet. Nope,...

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...

9 WHISKEY COCKTAILS YOU SHOULD TRY

The whiskey world is vast, ever-changing, and increasing in popularity. The list of great whiskey drinks, on the other hand, is ever-growing. There are a few tried-and-true methods for...

6 Delicious Things To Do With Pomegranate Molasses

Though pomegranate season here in the UK is sadly coming to a close, thankfully you don’t have to look further than your store cupboard to keep getting your fix...

5 IDEAL TIPS FOR COOKING WITH ASPARAGUS

We've waited for nine months, but asparagus season is now finally upon us. Chefs and home cooks are rejoicing. Of course, you can get your hands on asparagus all...

7 Tasty Non-Alcoholic Drinks To Serve At Your Next Party

In the last study of its kind, back in 2019, it was revealed that nearly 30% of young people (aged 16-24) were teetotal, shunning alcohol entirely in favour of...

Where To Eat Near King’s Cross Station, London: The Best Restaurants

All within a five minute walk of the station. The 3 billion redevelopment of Kings Cross, just north of Central London, has been comprehensive and staggering. Once an area with...

6 DIFFERENT WAYS OF COOKING VEGETABLES EXPERTLY

Vegetables…you’ve got to love them, right? Providers of nutrition, texture, crunch, piquancy, sweetness, colour, contrast… you name it, and vegetables can bring it to the table. If you cook them...

6 IDEAL PLACES TO EAT NOODLES IN BRIGHTON

Who doesn’t love a good slurp? A noisy, appreciative, white shirt destroying one, which no napkin or bib can protect. We certainly do. And while Brighton might not be...

THE IDEAL GOURMET GUIDE TO MERIBEL, THE FRENCH ALPS

Nestled in the Tarentaise Valley of the Alps is Meribel, a ski resort that’s part of the Three Valleys Ski area, the largest natural area for snow sports on...

7 Ideal Seafood Restaurants In Brighton & Hove

Could there be a more fitting place for fish, chips, pickled cockles and the rest than Brighton? A quintessential seaside town, but with a foodie scene to rival any...

10 IDEAL HACKS TO TURN YOUR FOOD WASTE INTO SOMETHING DELICIOUS

Now is the perfect time to start thinking more smartly about just how much food you’re throwing away.  Whether cooking a simple mid-week dinner for family, hosting a dinner...

THE IDEAL TRAVEL GUIDE: 6 MUST TRY DISHES IN HANOI

Vietnamese food is experiencing a just upsurge in popularity and Hanoi is the heart of the country and its cuisine. If only here for the short time, you can...

HOW TO HOST THE IDEAL AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

A very British tradition, to many, afternoon tea represents the height of refined sophistication, but it’s a pursuit that is very rarely held at home. Here at IDEAL, we...

10 IDEAL PANCAKES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday. The final day of frivolity before Lent. Ash Wednesday Eve. Though the names differ, we expect the fillings won’t. Lemon and sugar? Check. Nutella? Check....

Growing Your Own Fruit & Vegetables: A Few Pointers On Getting Started

Has there ever been a more vital time to consider growing your own fruit and veg at home? With a much larger focus on sustainability and eco-friendly lifestyles, finding...

WHERE TO EAT IN ARI, BANGKOK: 5 OF THE BEST RESTAURANTS

Ideal for those looking for a sit down meal with air conditioning in Ari. A dedicated sky train stop, an enviable position both in the action and far enough from...

Where To Eat Near Clapham Junction: The Best Restaurants Near Clapham Junction

Let's park the Battersea/Clapham border debate once and for all, in favour of finding great food together and forgetting arbitrary quarrels about where one area starts and another begins....

WHERE TO LIVE IN TUSCANY FOR FOODIES 

It’s a tale well told and a trip well made. One visits Italy, falls in love with the good wine and even better food, and then decides to move...

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

Considering France is just 80 miles across the English Channel, with some insisting that you can see the Normandy Coast from a position on the pebbles on a particularly...

5 IDEAL STEPS TO THE PERFECT YORKSHIRE PUDDING

National Yorkshire Pudding Day falls on the 6th February this year, and talk about perfect timing. Veganuary has wilted and died, the floodgates have opened on January’s drought, and...

6 IDEAL STEPS TO DELICIOUS, VEGETARIAN CHINESE DISHES AT HOME

We've reached the end of Veganuary and we're feeling great; a spring in our step, lightness in our gut and a fresh approach to vegetables in our cooking canon....

7 OF THE BEST LOCAL DISHES & DELICACIES TO TRY IN SANTORINI

Some say that Santorini, the captivating Greek island and jewel of the Aegean Sea, is the most visually arresting place on earth. Regularly included in ‘the most Instagrammed locations’...

How To Drink Less Wine But Enjoy Drinking It More: The Ideal Guide

Following the UK’s first lockdown, Alcohol Change reported that the nation had been drinking more, with over a quarter of respondents agreeing that they had hit the bottle harder...

5 THRIFTY, HEALTHY MEAL IDEAS USING SEASONAL FOOD FOR JANUARY 2022

January is traditionally a particularly bleak period in the British calendar. Bank balances are barren, the calendar is bare, our glasses half empty (and with water only), and the...

10 UNUSUAL INGREDIENTS TO ADD TO YOUR MORNING COFFEE

Ideal for giving your cup the coffee shop treatment at home. Are you missing your favourite high street cup of Joe? Do you feel yourself getting bored with the same...

5 IDEAL WAYS TO COOK WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH

That bulbous, heavy-as-a-newborn butternut squash can be a little intimidating on the approach. The exterior can feel Fort Knox impenetrable, the stringy, seedy section a chore to remove, and...

5 MYTHS ABOUT BEING VEGAN DISPELLED TODAY

Times have changed and veganism certainly isn’t considered a niche lifestyle choice any longer. Each and everyday, more and more people in the UK decide to stop eating meat...

5 STEPS TO THE IDEAL SPAGHETTI CARBONARA

For a dish containing just six ingredients, it’s remarkable just how much, and how often, spaghetti carbonara can go wrong. There’s nowhere to hide with this one; a flick...

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...

HOW TO MAKE THE IDEAL EGG FRIED RICE IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS

Could there be a more quick, comforting, and cost effective dinner than egg fried rice? A way to use up yesterday’s rice and any leftovers you may have in...

5 OF THE BEST PLACES TO PIG OUT ON A BACON BUTTY IN LONDON

Oh, bacon butty, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways. You're the first thing we think about in the morning. You inspire us to get out...

6 TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR COFFEE TASTE GREAT AT HOME

Buying coffee from that cafe around the corner used to be one of the commute’s great perks; a pick-me-up, time saver and the quickest path to a decent cup....

6 IDEAL TIPS FOR PROMOTING & EXPANDING YOUR FOOD BUSINESS

Congratulations. You’ve started your own food business! A wild ride awaits, for better or for worse.  But rest assured, here; you’re not alone. During the last year, many lockdown-preneurs decided...

7 DISHES TO TRY ON YOUR HOLIDAY TO PAKISTAN

After a decade of travel warnings, UK foreign office dissuasion and scare stories, Pakistan has, in recent years, finally emerged as something of a British holidaymaker bucket list destination....

THE IDEAL GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Everyone knows that the best thing to eat on Christmas Day is turkey with all the trimmings. We’re talking roast potatoes, carrots, Yorkshire puddings, those little sausages wrapped in...

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