I’m not a whisky (or whiskey) drinker really but at a recent Johnny Walker tasting I was impressed with cocktails muddled with the spirit and how it was matched with food (especially ice cold Gold Label with Valrhona chocolate mouse). But from now on we’re temped to keep on walking, as the ad campaign says, and try a brand that may be a little more ethical. The latest edition of Private Eye reports how the drinks giant is trying to put its main competitors – home brewers – out of business. Apparently, Diageo has made news on the NGO corporate watch as it keeps replacing its Nigerian unionised staff with casuals while lobbying governments to close down the home brew business. Still Diageo should feel good at least for buying over journalists with this little awards scheme. Of course, you can make up your own mind by reading the bumpf on Diageo’s corporate web site. Please remember, however, these reports are just what the company wants to tell you. It is impossible for even auditors to check on everything a company does. Diageo’s seemingly thorough reports could be misleading by omission.
Posts Categorized: whisky
Croce via di Stasio - the beautiful bar next door
It's 4.38am. My mouth is dry. My head is sore and I have hangover insomnia (as I call it). Last night I dropped in for a quick bowl of pasta at the new Bar di Stasio. And that's where I went wrong. Th[...]
Acland St Cantina's Mexican food in 30 minutes
Me: Where's the rosé come from? Waiter: Australia. Me: Where in Australia? Waiter: Somewhere in the south west I think. The staff are young, friendly and helpful at the Acland St Cantina, the latest outpost [...]
George Orwell's Moon Under Water versus the real thing
Moon Under Water, George Orwell, Evening Standard, February 1946 George Orwell: My favourite public-house, the Moon Under Water, is only two minutes from a bus stop, but it is on a side-street, and drunk[...]
Should I attend Taste of Melbourne 2012?
Win prizes by reviewing restaurants for Google and Zagat The good news is that after years of decline Taste of Melbourne has rejuvenated itself, upgrading the restaurants exhibiting their food and moving t[...]
8 of the biggest restaurant review takedowns ever
This week a review of a TV chef's restaurant in the New York Times went viral after a slamming from critic Pete Wells (below). These kind of reviews are as much about entertainment, especially coming from U[...]
- Upcoming eventsHey ho Fringers, Quick email to remind you of our fab events coming up and release some menus and share some praise. Let’s start with that praise shall we? Rob from Eat.Melbourne came along to our truffle dinner at St Crispin last week. It was his first Fringe Food event and he’s been kind enough […]
- The Wine of Kings (and the King of Wines!) and menuThe Barolo region in Northern Italy is home to the Wine of Kings. Where the nebbiolo grape is revered and grown with respect to make some of the best wines in the world. We’ll be treating the variety with reverence and respect too, in the private dining room above Guy Grosisi’s Ombra. But we won’t […]
- Grass Fed vs Grain Fed revisitedCows eat grass, right? Well yes, but beef raised for meat can be fed grass, grain or a mixture of both. Dusty feedlots, grassy knolls, seaside vistas, Gippsland grazing – just what do you get for your money and can y0u taste the difference? What: Dinner featuring beef and education. When: 7pm Thursday 29th August Where: The […]
- Barolo vs Burgundy (which will reign supreme!)They say expensive habits beget expensive habits. Sorry but we’re not going to be helping anyone here with this mega-super-special event. What: Extraordinary Wine Selection, with matching food. When: Thursday 22 August 2013. Where: Ombra Salumi Bar (Guy Grossi’s Salami Bar)- 76 Bourke Street, Melbourne. How much: $225.30 including booking fee. How to book: […]