May 27th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Everyone loves a great origin story. One such story concerns the humble hamburger. For over a century the origins of the hamburger have been disputed more hotly than a flame grill barbeque but one thing seems clear – the name has nothing to do with the ingredients. Nowhere has it ever been suggested that ham, […]

May 20th, 2021   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Considering it’s a superfood, the mighty tomato has had a pretty lousy press over the centuries. Up until 200 years ago it was wrongly regarded as poisonous by some because it is part of the nightshade family. And for centuries it’s been a go to weapon for anyone wishing to voice their displeasure at artistic […]

July 24th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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So, after much confusion, the Government finally revealed this week that it will be compulsory for people to wear masks when buying takeaway food and drink from cafes or restaurants in England. Given today (24th July) is the day when masks need to be worn in all shops and supermarkets, it’s fair to say they […]

June 26th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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For the last blog in our picnic-themed month, how better to end with a good old-fashioned English Cream Tea? It’s almost like when we were putting together our monthly themes in January (2020 looked so promising back then!), we knew that Friday 26th June was National Cream Tea Day! We didn’t by the way, but […]

June 4th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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When the four SK chefs got together earlier in the year to plan our blogs for 2020, it’s fair to say the world was a very different place. You could still pop to the pub, eat a meal in a restaurant, watch a football game, take in the latest movie at the cinema, take your […]

May 7th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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We couldn’t post a blog on the 75th anniversary of VE Day without acknowledging the importance of the day. Pre-Coronavirus (do you remember life before Covid-19?) there were big plans to celebrate over the bank holiday weekend, but unfortunately the lock-down has put paid to this. However, we’ve always been a resourceful nation, the way […]

April 16th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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It is National Tea Day next week (21st) an event, according to the organisers, aimed at reigniting our love for tea. In Britain we drink 165 million cups of tea each day (that’s enough to fill 20 Olympic swimming pools), so you may well ask why there’s a need to reignite anything when it’s already […]

January 24th, 2020   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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So, as Veganuary draws to a close, we come to our final ‘taste off’ of the month – Pizza Hut’s Vegan Pepperphoni Pizza vs McDonalds Veggie Dippers. We’ll start with the Veggie Dippers. Granted, McDonald’s do say this is only intended as a side, but you can’t help thinking that after all the publicity surrounding […]

November 22nd, 2019   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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Game, it’s fair to say, isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, which is presumably one of the reasons for British Game Week. In fact, Game is a bit like marmite, you either love it, or you hate it – there’s never any middle ground. I was at a restaurant with someone a few years ago who […]

October 4th, 2019   |  
Author: Oliver Parkinson   |  
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It”s National Curry Week so we’ll start with a question. What’s your favourite type of curry? That’s what we have been debating here at SK Towers this week. Well, it’s better than discussing whether we will be out or in after 31st October isn’t it? What we discovered is that curry, a bit like Brexit […]