Bites: food and drink finds for design-minded diners

Bites: food and drink finds for design-minded diners

Calling all culinary creators – we’re hot on the scent of rare and exquisite treats, from far-flung corners and urban haunts. Here lies your list of the latest in global cuisine news. Tuck in…

Tu Casa Mi Casa

Tu Casa Mi Casa

Chef Enrique Olvera may be a world-leading chef – reinventing dishes from his native Mexico to an international scale, but his ultimate calling is Mexican home cooking. Tu Casa Mi Casa by Phaidon Press is New York/Mexican City based Olvera’s first home cookbook. Incorporating 100 of Mexico’s most celebrated dishes, the book contains local specialties (which aren’t as well known), international favourites and a collection of some of Olvera’s personal food archive. Divided into six sections, the book equips readers to ‘master the essentials of Mexican home cooking’ and offers an appreciation of a cuisine that has traditional roots combined with a contemporary outlook.

Writer: Emi Eleode

Armani/Dolci by Guido Gobino

Armani/Dolci by Guido Gobino

Armani has entrusted Italian chocolatier Guido Gobino with Armani/Dolci production. The Armani/Dolci line, first established in 2002 and dedicated to the world of taste, offers a selection of refined sweet treats, from fine chocolates to honey. Gobino, which has a 50-year history in artisanal chocolate production in Turin, is known for its attention to detail, created by highly controlled processes. Giorgio Armani describes the collaboration as ‘the natural result of the combination of my desire to offer my clients a world-class Armani/Dolci product and the refinement of Guido Gobino’s chocolate, renowned worldwide for its innovation and respect for tradition.’ We’re particularly drawn to the classic pralines, embossed with the signature Armani ‘A’ (pictured), and look forward to seeing what this prestigious collaboration serves up next.

Writer: Elly Parsons

Oroshigane Copper Grater

Oroshigane Copper Grater

Based in Philadelphia, Rikumo is a lifestyle brand that honors Japanese artistry, aesthetics and design. Now, it has created the oroshigane or oroshiki grater, which comes in a variety of shapes (our favourite being the turtle one). This staple kitchen item is used across many parts of Japan, in professional kitchens as well as the home. Made with aluminum, the raised teeth on one side ensure that the ingredients won’t slip through, while reducing the minutes you spend cleaning. Recommended to push the foodstuff in a ‘circular motion to create a fine paste,’– i.e. the ginger juice, it’s said to grate more precisely than the average Western grater. The handle is made of copper, which adds a stylish touch to a classic design.

Writer: Emi Eleode

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