Posts tagged #Seafood

Oops! There goes another Negroni!

At The Lighthouse and Boboli we do love a good Negroni . . . one of the most popular Italian cocktails comprising of campari, red martini and gin . . . or try a sbagliato, without the gin and prosecco instead!!!

The origins of this classic are said to be from Firenze, back in 1919, concocted by or for, depends whose report you read, Count Camillo Negroni . . . they say that the vermouth and campari are good for the liver and counteract the negatives of the gin!!!

Whatever!  We love it wherever it came from!

 I was first introduced to it when living in Firenze at the time Lino and I met.  I remember our fond farewells when I departed for the UK, leaving him in Italy and not knowing how or if we were going to make "this thing” happen.  We sat at the Firenze train station bar, on the platform as I recall, toasting the unknown with a Negroni.

So, all these years on and here we are, still drinking Negroni, served these days in all the best places and bars, not least of all in our own restaurants.  It’s not everyone’s tipple, it is neat alcohol after all, no mixer involved . . . but I am happy to say that it does have a following.

Whilst writing this blog, I discovered my mother (from whom I learnt all good things) had never had a negroni – the horror! – we soon put that right!!

Our friend Patrick introduced us to The Queenie, a very similar drink made with Dubonnet . . . mmmmm . . . delish, a worthy alternative we feel. 

Oh dear it’s all about the cocktails this week!!!

A presto,

Sarah x

By the way, ‘sbagliato’ is mistaken in Italian, and it is said that in a Milan bar in 1972, prosecco instead of gin was added to a negroni by mistake.  The ‘mistake’ caught on and it is now a classic in its own right.

Have we Bean Had!!!!

There is so much information around about coffee, some myth, some fact, some basic, some ridiculously elaborate. Recently I read of the new thing, a “cafelier” ( a sommelier for coffee making apparently?) and of a London café where a particular coffee from Yemen costs £15 a cup (their straightforward cappuccino was £5!)

The hilarious ads for various brands taking the rip out of the overcomplicated coffee offerings when all you want is a good cup of coffee have a point to be honest and we at Boboli and The Lighthouse are guilty of indulging our fancies whilst trying to please the ever changing coffee culture around us... recently  we introduced the Marocchino, a speciality in the bars at home in Dalmine; chocolate hazelnut spread around the inside of the vessel, super crema espresso, a dollop of milky foam and crunched up meringues and chocolate flakes on top… well why not!

And Affogato is a real fave with our regulars, a scoop of ice cream, a shot of espresso and biscotti to finish it off!

We are currently enjoying working with St Martin’s Coffee Roasters, who roast and mix their coffee beans in Leicester, and we love the Magpie blend, which has a touch of Italy about it and altogether hits the caffeine spot when it’s needed.

Personally, as with wine and gin, (more about those another time) I would rather not have a bad coffee, I never drink instant. Oh and I never drink alcohol free wine either.. it’s all a question of taste and we rather hope that our offering will suit your taste, and promise not to get carried away with extravagant contributions from across the seas, particularly Yemen!

 A presto!

Sarah x

Posted on March 22, 2019 .

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Who Is the Best Restaurant of them All?

As The Good Food Guide launches it’s search for the Best Local Restaurant 2019, and chefs are set to flex their culinary muscles, I can’t help but wonder who decides and how they decide, or even how we decide who is the best restaurant.

In today’s culture we are all encouraged to be critics and the bitter truth is that critics thrive on the negative, it’s so much more fun to write and to read!

But what is it that the restaurateur seeks? Do we chase the stars and hanker after the accolades that may be bestowed upon us by the critics and the guides, or do we keep our heads down, focus on the quality, look after our customers and hope that the rest will follow?

We restaurateurs love to receive praise and recognition for our efforts but who knows the criteria that earns us the title of the Best!

Best Italian? Best Indian? Best Chinese? Best Seafood? In Kibworth, Market Harborough, Leicester or anywhere?

Is it about well-informed service with a smile, the well-researched wine list or the carefully planned menus featuring firm favourites as well as the extraordinary and creative?

Perhaps a combo of all of the above.

Of the guides and critics, we could wax lyrical for hours, but it is really the approval of our customers we most seek. Your recommendations are what really make the difference; it’s not about jumping through hoops to please the powers that be, but pleasing you, the diner, who lives down the road, and visits because you want to, because you like what we do.

The truth will out when the results are published, in the meantime we promise to do our best to be the best we can be to you and yours when you visit.

You can get involved in the selection process here.

A presto,

Sarah x

Posted on March 6, 2019 .