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Nuno Mendes, Van Gogh and peanut butter: our editors' foodie favourites for May

Here's what we’re enjoying in the world of food and travel this month

By National Geographic Traveller Food
Published 3 May 2019, 18:00 BST
Almond cake at Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
Almond cake at Rex Whistler Restaurant at Tate Britain
Photograph by Katie Wilson

I tucked into…
The Van Gogh tasting menu at Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler Restaurant, where chef Alfio Laudani draws on the painter’s bold colour palette. The showstopper is gevulde koek: almond cake served on a stroke of turquoise absinthe. Until 11 August. Follow @FaridaZeynalova

I’ve revamped my cupboard…
With the Rooted Spices Explorer’s Spice Set, which has helped me bid farewell to sad, dusty packets. My current favourite from this globally inspired collection is the Japanese-style shichimi togarashi mix, baked on salmon. Follow @_JosephinePrice

I can’t get enough of…
Salted date peanut butter by Yumello. The combination of sweet date, crunchy peanut and a pinch of sea salt is divine. I also melted some down and mixed it with milk to make an extra-flavoursome pancake sauce. Follow @LaurenGamp

I booked a table at…
Mãos, Nuno Mendes’ supper club-style restaurant in east London. It’s extremely laid-back — so much so that you’re encouraged to wander into the kitchen to chat to the chefs, and even eat in there if you like. As for my favourite dish, that has to be the roasted cherry-stone ice cream. Follow @nickytrup


Top three: Balinese treats

1 Jamu
This vitamin-rich tonic is made with turmeric, ginger, lime juice and honey.

2 Lawar 
Minced meat, mackerel or jackfruit are mixed with coconut, herbs and spices in this chopped salad.

3 Sate lilit
Meat (or fish) is finely minced with grated coconut and spices, then moulded around a skewer and grilled. Follow @travelbarrell


What’s your go-to summer drink?

I love cocktails in summer, and this combination of lemon juice, sugar syrup, creme de mure (blackberry liquor) and gin does it for me every time. Follow @GlenMutel

Fishers Gin
I’ll be scouring London's pubs in search of this blend of rare English herbs and botanicals, including rock samphire and bog myrtle. It makes for a punchy G&T. JP

Nice Pale Rosé
Wine in a can? Yes please! Nice cans not only have a sleek design, they’re also great for drinking the pink stuff on the go. Thank god it’s picnic season. LG

As featured in Issue 4 of National Geographic Traveller Food.

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