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:
1. Limoncello is one of the most popular liqueurs in Italy.
2. Limoncello has been around for at least a century, but its precise origins are unclear. One story has the fishermen and farmers preparing their own versions. Another has friars making it in their monasteries… Do you ever wonder if any of the friars ever minded making all this alcohol but not supping it?
3. Limoncello is made from lemon zest as well as the flesh. The zest is steeped in alcohol until the oil is released which gives the drink its vibrant colour.
4. Were you so include you could make it yourself, here’s a relatively easy recipe from Nigella Lawson
5. If you can’t be bothered with the faff of making your own, come along to Limoncello Deli between 7th – 22nd May. As a fringe event for Eat Cambridge we are giving 3 samples for a highly discounted price!
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