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Issue No. 15

August/September 2012 Sponsored by

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p62_(03) La Cascada_New_Layout 1 30/07/2012 19:59 Page 1 La Cascada Restaurant & Grill is a truly authentic Mediterranean Restaurant with Spanish roots, set in four lovely acres of Essex countryside. The restaurant is well-known in the Colchester area for its fine food, specialising in Spanish & traditional English fayre with excellent service and a delightful relaxed dining experience. La Cascada Restaurant & Grill have a passion for fine wine, boasting a selection which not only makes the wine list an exciting feature for diners, but that allows special wine tasting evenings which are enthusiastically attended. A spacious Tapas garden and lounge bar makes La Cascada Restaurant & Grill the ideal venue for those planning a function, as well as for those looking to relax with a drink after a day at the office. OPENING TIMES: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-2.30pm and Saturday 12pm-3.30pm for Tapas and à La Carte; Monday-Thursday 6pm-9.30pm and Friday-Saturday 6pm-10pm for Tapas and à La Carte; Sunday 12pm-3.30pm with Traditional Sunday Roast from £8.50 and 6pm-9pm for Tapas and à La Carte. La Cascada Restaurant & Grill hire out the use of the restaurant facilities for hosting celebratory & corporate events or functions with you, please call 01206 864030 for more details, or to arrange an appointment.

Special Events and Functions Catered For For further information, menus and special events please call 01206 864030 or visit

Sunday Lunch/Evening Open 12-3.30pm for Tapas, À La Carte and Traditional Sunday Roast from £8.50. 5.30-9pm Tapas and À La Carte

Loyalty Card For regular diners.

August Special Tuesday – Friday Lunchtime Spend £20 on food (per table) all drinks half price. Special Spanish Gourmet Events and Quiz Nights (Please ask for further details).

Visit our website for all events and special offers La Cascada Restaurant & Grill, Fox Street, Colchester C07 7PP T: 01206 864030 F: 01206 868959 e-mail:

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Summer Menu 2012 Served from 12noon – 10.00pm 75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS


STARTERS Tomatoes, Red Onions & Basil Stack

Oven Roasted Lamb Rack


MAI Oven

Served with creamy fondant potatoes, warm vegetable salad and a rosemary and garlic jus on minted parsnip purée.

With mu chutney

Served with lemon and pink pepper corn dressing, with capers and bruschetta bread.

Red Onion and Smoked Cheese Strudel

Served Lyonnai

Rabbit Terrine

Served on a red pepper coulis, with creamy fondant potatoes and mange-tout.


With a black olive pesto and cream cheese.

Marinated Salmon



Wrapped in pancetta, served with red onion and sage jam, balsamic reduction and crispy leaves.

Quiche Niçoise


Served with chargrilled tuna, marinated in lime, with a red pepper coulis.

Chef's Soupe Of The Day


Served with bread.

Goat's Cheese and Beetroot Salad £5.45 Served with thyme and honey reduction and roasted pine nuts.

Pan Fried King Scallops


Served with pancetta crisps on sautéed potatoes, chervil and Dijon Hollandaise sauce.

Honey Roasted Duck Breast



Served with port and pine nut jus, asparagus and wild mushrooms.



With du Applew

10oz R Served and co

SIDE ORDERS Basket Of Freshly Baked Bread


Marinated Olives


Mixed Leaf Salad


Chunky Chips


Roasted New Potatoes


Rocket & Parmesan Salad


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MAINS Oven Roasted Pork Fillets

Monk Fish Medallions




With mustard mash, apricots and rosemary chutney and Calvados cream sauce.


Served with a lime and coriander crust, Lyonnaise potatoes and saffron velouté.

Chef's Asparagus Florentines £11.00 With duck egg, glazed with a smoked Applewood cheese sauce.

£14.95 aragus

10oz Rib-Eye Steak


Served with Pont-Neuf potatoes, garlic butter and confit sherry tomatoes

DESSERTS Tonka Beans Crème Brûlée £3.00

Served with shortbread.


Tarte aux Pralines


Served with vanilla ice cream and crème Anglaise.

£2.50 £2.50 £3.00

Chocolate Profiteroles

£5.45 £5.95


Served with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate sauce.

Passion Fruit Panna Cotta £5.45 With raspberry coulis and pistachio sable.

Lime and Blackcurrant Cheesecake £4.95 With red-berry compote.

Cheese Board


w to make your booking –

75 East Street, Colchester CO1 2TS

01206 792333

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Total Catering – at Clacton Covered Market As a business, we are constantly evolving, and during our first six years we have developed many different skills from completing a wide range of projects. Just recently we were asked to look at refurbishing a small kitchen and servery area at Clacton Covered Market … says Andy Mumford In the past we may perhaps have turned down this type of project, but our working relationship with M Lewis, Builders, has enabled us to look at using more traditional building and carpentry skills to transform the whole area. In true Total Catering style we arrived on site on Friday afternoon. Mick and his team stripped out the small kitchen area, relocated the kitchen to a temporary site, and installed work hoardings to turn the site into a bare shell. I have never seen anyone transform an area so quickly or as efficiently as Mick does. It was still Day One but the electricians were


already on site and Mick was calling me, urgently needing the walls to be clad. For this, we rely on Andy of Stream Clean who uses a 2mm cateringquality white wall cladding. Unlike others in the market, we use a clever heat-forming machine to bend and form the sheets, to create a smooth wipe-down surface. We then fitted heavy-duty non-slip vinyl flooring and handed back to Mick to install nice new kitchen cabinets and a lovely butcher’s block work surface. Owners Lesley & Martin wanted to ensure that there was a true transformation; there were a few tenuous

moments where minds were changed and goal posts moved, but the change from ugly duckling to graceful swan took less than five days. They now have a smart open-plan kitchen

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area, sporting a stunning new servery counter and the shop front is a triumph for Mick and Lesley whose design has lifted the whole area and made it more like a French Pavement Bistro than ‘just another café’. The food served has always been important and although no significant changes have been made to the menu it is show-cased so much better with a range of glass cloches displaying a range of home baked cakes and pastries. Don't get me wrong; they still

produce one of the best ‘Full English’ breakfasts in the town, along with other daily specials! You might like to pop along there and treat yourself to a leisurely breakfast or to enjoy afternoon tea in the Covered Market – and you might also pick up a bargain while you’re there!

Clacton Covered Market 32-40 Rosemary Road Clacton-on-Sea, Clacton CO15 1PB

Total Catering: Constantly Updating We mentioned above the need for constant change and keeping ahead of the game. For all of our catering customers, you will be delighted to see that after nine months’ hard work we have just launched our new brochure. It has 270 pages in full colour with a whopping 2700 products: everything you could possibly want. Just pick up the phone, call 01206 795327 and request your copy now!

Catering equipment

Unit 21, Moorside Business Park, Eastgates, Colchester, Essex CO1 2ZF Tel: 01206 795327 Fax: 01206 796689


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Afternoon tea, evening meals and Sunday lunch all in stunning surroundings. Some dates not available - booking is essential, please. Or, choose Prested for a truly special wedding venue.

Hotel: 01376 573300 Health Club & Spa: 01376 573399 off A12 Kevedon exits

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and enter your details to recieve Thai 1 special offers, when they are available, delivered straight to your inbox!

We are the longest established Thai Restaurant in Colchester Essex, Britain’s oldest recorded town. We pride ourselves on serving only the best in truly authentic Thai dishes, all freshly prepared and cooked from locally sourced suppliers by our highly experienced Bangkok-trained Thai chefs. Thai 1 can be found just a few hundred yards on the right hand side travelling up East Hill Colchester, going towards the Town and Castle Park. We are located directly beside the pedestrian crossing and offer FREE parking to the rear of our premises, with on-road parking also available immediately in front of the building. Thai 1 restaurant is bright and modern but still retains that real feel of Thai decor, our waitresses are both informed and attentive to your needs, offering genuine Thai hospitality.

Our exceptionally good value, low priced, authentic Thai menu will make your journey very much worthwhile. Alternatively, we offer our Thai 1 take away menu for home delivery anywhere within the Colchester area, with FREE local delivery for orders over £10.00. Thai 1 restaurant is available to hire for private functions and we also offer an excellent outside catering service. Please feel free to call us on 01206 870770 and we’d be happy to discuss with you.

13. Plaa Gung

3. Honey Chicken Wings


Chicken shoulders cooked in a red honey sauce.


Succulent king prawns seasoned with lime juice, garlic dressing and tossed with lemon grass, spring onions, coriander leaves and Thai chilli.

25a. Weeping Tiger


Marinated sirloin steak, flame grilled with a spicy sauce.

4. Po Pia


Thai spring rolls special recipe crispy fried served with plum sauce.

6. Gai Hoh Bai Teui

26. Nuea Pat Gapau


Stir fried beef slices with fresh chillies and sweet basil leaves.


Chicken wrapped in green leaves served with honey and tamarin sauce.

Thai 1 Restaurant Tel: 01206 870011 82A East Hill, Colchester, Essex CO1 2QW

27. Nuea Pat nam Prik Pow


Stir fried beef cooked in special Thai sweet chilli paste with onions and mushrooms

25. Moo Pat Preaw Whan


Sweet and sour pork with vegetables.

46. Gaeng Khiew Whan


Thai green curry with fresh basil leaves. Beef, Chicken, Pork or Prawns.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK: MONDAY - SATURDAY 6.00pm - 11.00pm, SUNDAY 6.00pm - 10.00pm

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Black Will outside catering Where there’s a ‘will’ there’s a way! 35 years’ catering experience Weddings, Funerals – all types of outside catering, corporate entertaining, outside bar etc Friday 26th October Alternative Oyster Feast – 7.30pm ‘til late Three course meal, (steak, chicken, lamb, fish – a varied menu selection available) with two live bands. Eat as many Oysters as you wish, £47.50 per head.

Tel: 01206 579 522

Simply the Best ... Restaurants in Colchester Visit for promotional offers

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Oriental Cuisine

Chinese Restaurant & Takeaway

Peking • Szechuan • Cantonese



All buffet dishes are prepared COURSE from our freshest ingredients BUFFET MEAL and served to your table Adults (Per Head): £14.50 • Children (Under 10): £7.50

Under 3 eat for FREE • A La Carte Menu also available

Fully Licensed • Air Conditioned • Parties Welcome • Customer Parking

Mon - Sat: 12 noon - 2pm & 5pm - 11 pm Sun: 12 noon - 3pm & 5pm - 11 pm Delivery Service Available (within a 5 mile radius)

Oriental Cuisine Chinese Restaurant, Cattawade Street, Brantham, Nr. Manningtree, Essex CO11 1 RH Oriental Cuisine

Tel: 01206 397269 • Fax: 01206 395118

Visit our website for all events and special offers

✁ Go to and simply register for our newsletter to receive your 25% off voucher by email. The Old Siege House 75 East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TS T: 01206 792333 E: Terms and Conditions apply and are printed on your voucher.

Print the voucher you receive by email and bring along to the restaurant. You will also occasionally receive advance notification of any special offers, promotions and events by email.

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THE LITTLE FISH SHOP 34 HIGH STREET KELVEDON Tel: 01376 573535 Traditional Fishmongers Wholesale and Retail Specialising in seasonal locally caught fish Smoked and shellfish Locally made sauces, chutneys, mayonnaise etc Seafood platters made to order

✁ Visit our website for all events and special offers

✁ Go to and simply register for our newsletter to receive your 25% off voucher by email. The Old Siege House 75 East Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2TS T: 01206 792333 E: Terms and Conditions apply and are printed on your voucher.

Print the voucher you receive by email and bring along to the restaurant. You will also occasionally receive advance notification of any special offers, promotions and events by email.

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August/September 2012

Take this month So what does all this rain actually mean? I went to have a look on Wikipedia about something called the Gaia hypothesis… says Polly Enfield The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and selfregulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. Gaia was the goddess or personification of Earth in ancient Greek religion. She was the great mother of all the heavenly gods; the Titans and the Giants were born from her union with Uranus (the sky), while the sea-gods were born from her union with Pontus (the sea). Her Roman name was Terra – probably more familiar to people today. A little side-bar on the webpage, under this beautiful picture of our planet from Outer Space, informed me that “the study of planetary habitability is partly based upon extrapolation from knowledge of the Earth’s conditions, as the Earth is the only planet currently known to harbour life”. Confused yet? Well, maybe – but for me, one of

the most interesting things in life is the way everything affects everything else, and creates an amazing web that’s rather intriguing, so if the Earth is to be the starting point of our study of how it makes itself habitable, then that’s good enough for me! So, what of this damp squib of a summer? After so much talk of drought-resistant planting for our gardens, and road edges shrinking back, making everwidening gullies that were filling with molten tar running off from the roads … and earlier this year the hosepipe ban, of course. But have you noticed how magnificent the trees are? Have you noticed the profusion of green leaves and the greenest grass we’ve had for years? If you

are a gardener you will of course have noticed how often it needed mowing but how little chance you had to get out there and do it. But cast your mind back not ten years to the blue-green algae in reservoirs, that had the potential to poison our drinking water, as water levels dropped way below where they should normally have been. Trees were falling prey to diseases. Go back further still to stand pipes on street corners; to people putting bricks in their loo cisterns and sharing the bathwater. The naturalists were all worried about the Sahara Desert getting bigger and moving further south, which was disrupting bird migratory patterns, but look at how our coastal businesses here in Essex enjoyed a boom time as people reassessed their views of the British Weather and stayed here rather than flying abroad for their summer break – our patterns of annual migration equally disrupted from the norm! So can we extrapolate from all this mayhem that there are forces bigger than ourselves at play? Human beings just love to think how powerful they are, and to beat their communal breasts at the havoc they are wreaking in the world at large. We are all doing our bit now for conservation; give or take; and more power to our elbows for taking responsibility for our perceived mistakes; but is it really all down to us? ☺

The Editor writes...


Food and Drink Supplement August 2012  

A supplement of ELITE Magazine - 30,000 copies delivered monthly FREE to quality households in north east Essex and parts of Suffolk. To adv...

Food and Drink Supplement August 2012  

A supplement of ELITE Magazine - 30,000 copies delivered monthly FREE to quality households in north east Essex and parts of Suffolk. To adv...