So we're called Limoncello and we sell Limoncello. But just how much do you know about this highly quaffable tipple? Here's our top 5 Interesting facts about the drink itself:
Cambridge and Mill Road in particular is well known for its food scene. We so enjoy watching our customers pop in for pizza and nibbles during Italian evening or serving you guys coffees and pastries on a weekend morning. While we have always offered samples and tastings, festivals are fast becoming a standard way for other business owners to get their wares tried out. This year we’re taking part in three such events coming up over 2016. When are they you say? Well isn't that a coincidence, I was just about to tell you!
Eat Cambridge 7th -22nd May
A highlight of the foodie calendar, the aforementioned Eat Cambridge Food and Drink festival will be enjoying its third successful year this May. We love that Cambridge caters so well to the foodies here and Heidi White, Organiser of Eat Cambridge agrees saying ‘We have such a fantastic indie food and drink scene here in Cambridge’. She continues ‘I'm thrilled to be releasing another amazing line-up of festival events and it’s great to see so many local independents getting involved.’ With fringe events, workshops and more wonderful things to try then you could handle, you’ll kick yourself if you miss out on this two week bonanza! Heidi confirms ‘I'm always pleased to see the city's steadfast favourites, like Limoncello, getting on board’. We’re looking forward to it as well!
Mill Road Summer Fair2nd July 5pm
Prana Indian Restaurant is sponsoring this event which we, and many of our neighbours will be taking part in. 'Last year's event was a huge success’ Franny Ritchie the Mill Road Coordinator says, advising ‘we are so excited to build on it to bring Mill Road an even bigger and better Midsummer event in 2016’. Not strictly speaking a food event Franny confirms ‘there will be a new family-friendly creative area at Ditchburn Place, and we have booked some great local musicians as well.' We’re excited there is yet another opportunity for you to experience our products. Fingers crossed for good weather!
Mill Road Winter Fair – 3rd December 2016 10.30 – 4.30pm
Look, if anywhere was going to get a double mention it’s going to be Mill Road right? If you like the Summer fair you’ll love the winter one, it's well established as one of the bests event in the town centre for culture, food and Christmas gifts (too soon to mention the C word?) Last year’s fair had an amazing buzz to it and we thoroughly enjoyed warming you lot up with our amaretto infused mulled wine!
Dates you should definitely add to your diary, right?
Midsummer Images courtesy of Justin Whitaker
The phrase ‘free from’ has been bandied around quite a lot these days but with good reason. The number of people suffering from intolerances is on the rise, reportedly in the last decade the cases of food allergies have doubled and the number of hospitalisations caused by severe allergic reactions has increased 7-fold*. More of us are starting to pay attention to what we are putting in our bodies and dairy and processed products are some of the first things we can decide for ourselves whether we want to eliminate. We’ve introduced some organic and free from products that may be worth giving a shot if you’re trying to be a bit more conscious of what you are consuming.
Soya and Almond Milk.
Almond milk in particular is a great alternative to that of the cow’s variety as it’s so sweet. As an added extra this means there is also no need to add the evil that is sugar if you like this in your coffee. Having tried it in the shop it’s safe to say we’re divided. Some people take to it like a duck to water, others not so much. It’s one that you’ll definitely have to test out for yourself (which you know we actively encourage).
A firm favourite of some of our staff as a general rule, these organic offerings are great stirred through fresh pasta with a few shavings of parmesan. We’ve even got a yellow pesto which is decidedly curry-ish, more in flavour than kick, and makes a interesting alternative to the standard basil pestos around.
The word literately translates as 'to become furious' and this spicy sauce is one of Italian’s favourites.
While freshly prepared products like bread aren’t necessarily organic any made without those preservatives that allow a loaf to last over seven days seem a bit more natural to us. Plus they taste better as well!
Have you noticed any irritations after you eat or drink recently? If so maybe it’s time you take back control.
* EAACI, 2015
So Valentine’s Day rolls around again and while not everyone choses to celebrate, Italians it seems, always have. Baci chocolates have been exchanged between lovers since 1922 and the word literally translate as ‘kisses’ (this stuff writes itself!) These hazelnut spattered treats in milk, dark or white chocolate always include a message of love or friendship inside the wrapper. In accordance with our wonderfully multicultural society, the sweet sentiments are written in English, French, Spanish and of course Italian and are words from the likes of Walt Whitman and Federico Garcia Lorca (a totally famous Spanish poet in the early 1900’s). Perfect for your Valentine.
That said, who determined that Valentine’s Day had to be about romantic love? And if they did so what! These days many of us have friendships that last longer than their relationships. The people in your life that stood by you during breakups and breakdowns, laughed with you through the night and stayed with you in the early hours of the morning. If they don’t deserve some thanks, or better still a celebratory glass of Limoncello or Prosecco, then no one does!
So we say you get to honour whichever kind of love that you like this February 14th. Be it parental, sibling, friendship or romance, any excuse to show those you care that you care is worth, at the least the price of a box of chocolates eh?
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at Limoncello.
It’s usually the month when you deny yourself. However with its long, dark, cold nights when many of us are paying for the indulgences of the previous season, if there’s ever a time when you need a pick me up, it’s January. Here at Limoncello we are talking about food and drinks reported to be good for us though perhaps aren’t necessarily slimming.
Free from cholesterol, truffles also include many of the minerals us humans need to live including zinc and iron. They are also a good (albeit rather pricey) source of protein which is especially relevant for vegetarians who cannot get this through meat.
As long as its at least 75% and eaten in moderation (quite important that) this wonder substance could have a myriad of benefits. This includes disarming free radicals – posh way of saying it’s an antioxidant – and helping lower blood pressure. It has even been advised it could help blood flow to the brain so in a way chocolate makes you more clever!
The jury's out here with some studies saying its good for us and others saying ‘Yeah not so much’. Previously it was reported in a Biomed Central Journal and Journal of Women’s health that it could help in reducing incidences of depression and colon/breast cancers. A little common sense is required here.
www.whfoods.com advises cultures where hot pepper is used liberally have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism, so good news for those that want a healthy heart. It also has Vitamins A, E and several other vowels and consonants that help run our bodies.
Its important to note that much of the evidence suggested uses woolly phrases like “may”, “might” and “could”. It also suggests moderate use, especially the wine and chocolate. So advice about these foods are is to be taken with a pinch of salt... though not literally of course. That said being aware of what we put in our mouths can’t be a bad thing, at Limoncello we believe in Eatucation, which means if you see a flavour in our deli you haven’t experienced before ask and we’ll give you a no obligations taster.
What are you waiting for?
It’s an annual event that goes from busy to well stupidly, insanely busy… but in a good way. Mill Road has fast become one of Cambridge’s treasures and the Winter Fair, which takes place on the first Saturday of the month, is a celebration of all that is independent and unique.
The day starts off with one of the main roads in the city closed to traffic and builds to a crescendo as a vast majority of the town’s population descends, on foot, to one street. Here at Limoncello we love it as we get the opportunity to meet as many of our customers as possible. The atmosphere is infectious as we provide them with a little Christmas cheer in the way of tasty treats including a selection of cheeses, meats, pestos and our world famous panettone. And for those feeling the wind's bite there's mulled wine with an Italian twist!
As Steve Turvill, owner of Limoncello advised ‘The great thing about the Mill Road Winter Fair is the opportunity to meet and greet more people from a wider area than usual and give them a little taste of Italy’.
And when the madness has died down and the shop swept clean, Limoncello customers get a treat as they can enjoy our tasting policy any day of the week. This means it’s our aim to let you try anything you are intending to buy, so you are completely happy with your purchase.
Mill Road Winter Fair was again an outstanding success and if you were only in town for the day we can’t wait to welcome you again next year. That said if you’re lucky enough to be a local, we're looking forward to seeing you back to try any of the products you couldn't get to on the craziest day of the Cambridge Independent Calendar. Make every day a Mill Road Winter Fair day at Limoncello!
Here at Limoncello we haven’t failed to notice ‘that’ time of year has crept upon us again. No sooner have the first leaves of Autumn touched the ground then it seems time to bring out the Christmas decorations. Which means it’s also time to think about what to get that one person who is always so difficult to buy for, luckily we’ve got a few ideas for you. One gift that always works well is the Christmas Hamper due to it being so personal and thougthful. Here at Limoncello the hampers come in three sizes and can be gift wrapped with cellophane and ribbon for an elegant touch. You can decide exactly what goes in it or, if you only have an idea of what Uncle M. or Grandma may like, ask us to make one up for you... booze is usually fairly popular!
Those looking for a real decadent treat – and if you can’t be decadent at Christmas when can you? – may want to try something from our truffle selection. That said if the one you’re purchasing a hamper for has a sweet tooth we have an array of chocolates, biscotti, nougat and our ever popular panettone.
These incredible Italian Christmas cakes are available in many guises. Chocolate, fruit, infused with Limoncello (we particularly like this one...obviously!) or Vin Santo which translates as holy wine. Any one of our panettone would make a great hamper centre piece and, we believe, are among the most succulent and flavoursome Italian cakes you’ll find in Cambridge.
No one’s saying you can’t run around a chain store for Christmas presents or sit at home on your laptop clicking which gifts to buy for people on a website. But wouldn’t it be nicer to relax in a locally owned independent shop. Drinking a freshly brewed coffee, safe in the knowledge that this year the gift you give will truly be appreciated.
We know which one we’d prefer you do!
Once summer has gone and the colder months stretch out before us we all need a bit of a pick me up and October is that time of year when a treat becomes a necessity, which is where Limoncello can help you out.
When it comes to food, a true delicacy has to be truffles. Usually hunted out by pigs and mixed breed dogs in Italy they have been called the ‘diamond of the kitchen’. Whether you’re trying them for the first time, as a way to impress at a dinner party or are a firm favourite with your family (lucky them!), we have an array of ways you can sample the ultimate indulgence.
Kitchen connoisseurs may want to splash out on white truffles and slice them into risottos or pastas, simple yet sumptuous. Black truffles have an earthier aroma, my research suggests these are better when cooked (as opposed to the white ones) and used in full-bodied dishes with stronger flavours.
If the idea of going the whole hog (pardon the pun) is too much for your palate, you could try truffle oil added to your meals as a more affordable way to get a little luxury into supper time. White truffle honey can be drizzled over cheeses or freshly prepared breads - you can get some lovely ones here! - if you wanted a themed dessert.
A good fig is a real find. While it can be difficult to transport ripe figs undamaged from their home country, these ones that have been baked in their own leaves are soft and fruity. Perfect for the Autumn season. There’s an inordinate amount of recipes, both sweet and savoury for figs but really all you need is a little good quality ice cream and a drizzle of honey, delicious. These and many more Italian treats are ready for you to sample and purchase at Limoncello. Come on in, the door is open!
What’s your favourite truffle or fig recipe?
August may not have been the heatwave we were all hoping for but Autumn waits for no man, those crisp evenings are drawing ever closer and all the colours of this new season are almost upon us. Now that the holidays are over and the new school year has started, here at Limoncello we decided it's the right time to relaunch the blog. And we’re hoping you’ll want to be part of it.
We want to know what it is you would most like to see on these posts. Whether that be recipes, events, classes or local news. You might just fancy a nose at what we’ve been up to or want early notice of when the latest, unique ingredients are ready for you to taste and discover. Maybe you’ve got questions you want answered about Italian cuisine, whatever it is, we’re all orecchie (ears).
We can’t wait to hear from you.