Early last month Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) put out a video on The Guardian’s website. The five-minute clip demonstrates force-feeding techniques used at Guantanamo Bay, and it’s a pretty harrowing watch as the orange jumpsuited rapper is strapped to a chair and has a feeding tube forced up his nose. At the beginning of this final episode of ‘The Men Who Made Us Thin’, Jacques Peretti visits a Harley Street doctor who administers the KE Diet. For 350 quid a pop, you get basically the same treatment without the bondage.
The dissonance between the health and food industry reaches a head tonight as Peretti delves into the economic forces behind the soft drinks that keep us chubby, with unsettling echoes of Big Tobacco in the 1980s. Peretti has been an entertaining presence throughout this series, which has amused even as it astonished with its revelations of the degree to which people are willing to buy into their own delusions.
Fulham Wine Rooms
No prizes for guessing what this Fulham venue specialises in. It's an offshoot of the Kensington original and offers the same kind of thing: bottles to take away or drink in, wine tastings, special wine events and a restaurant serving small plates. Each of the wines is available by the glass, with worlds old and new represented relatively evenly. Expect Burgundian chardonnays, Rieslings from Australia, the US and Germany, a number of 'classics' and a few heavyweight reds, such as a 2012 tempranillo from Bodegas y Vinedos Alion, in Ribera del Duero. The small plates include dishes such as foie gras terrine with apricot chutney, seared scallops with celeriac purée and saffron vinaigrette, and sesame-seared tuna with a potato and mango salsa, shiitake mushrooms and spring onion.
Venue says: “Located on the Fulham Road – in between Parsons Green and Putney Bridge – we are a wine bar, restaurant and wine shop.”