Edinburgh is one of the greatest cities in the world, fact. Emerging from Waverly train station up to this historic capital you merely have to turn your head to see the magnificent old town with its lofty towers jutting out precariously from the volcanic rock below. A magical sight, and one can imagine with ease that you've stepped back in time.
Recently I got to go inside a building I’ve been walking past for years. In London’s Waterloo opposite The Old Vic theatre, is an old, ornate fire house, all red brick and Victorian public grandeur. It’s been converted into a restaurant, The Fire Station, and has always turned my head on my way past it, though not enough to actually venture inside yet.
When I was younger, the only food I would expect to receive on wheels was a cone of soft serve ice-cream from the sweet but toothless ‘Gino’. Safe to say that the food truck movement in L.A. has left poor old Gino with big boots to fill…
Food trucks are not a new thing to Los Angeles. Taco trucks serving traditional Mexican food (I’m talking simple carne asada without the American fusion frills) have been travelling round construction sites fuelling the workers for a long time. However in 2008, Chef Roy Choi created the Kogi BBQ truck, serving Mexican Korean fusion food with the mantra that exciting food should be on wheels and as cheap as $2. Just like that, a symbol of rebellion was born. Following the success of Kogi BBQ, hundreds of food trucks have popped up in its wake, nevertheless chef Roy Choi is widely acknowledged as the daddy of the food truck movement. To see if it was worth the frankly religious following, (137K followers) I checked out one of their trucks, unsurprisingly the food was great.
This weekend sees one of my year's favourite events come to London: Tequila and Mezcal Festival. I went last year and had the most blastest of blasts - think one tasting glass, two function halls full of the world's finest tequilas and mezcals, two days, six London Mexican food vendors and a whole rostra of seminars, classes and entertainment acts....it all adds up to a pretty tidy weekend. In short, I am psyched.
This year it is being held in Old Spitalfields Market and tickets are £15....usually:
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It’s about that time of the year when I get exceptionally excited about mescal and tequila! Can it have been a year already since Tequila and Mezcal Fest?? Last year I went to the inaugural festival of this and was blown away – not only by the quantity of exceptional spirits I quaffed over that weekend, but by the people I met there.
This festival returns again this coming weekend. Over the 19th-20th it will take over Spitalfields Market with some of the world’s best producers. The format, rock up, get a tasting glass and meander around talking to the producers and tasting. There’s lots of great street food, seminars and entertainment too. It’s a great day – see the festival link here. I’ll be posting more about it over the next few days.
Today’s post though is about the spirits though! I’ll be showcasing some of my favourite products which will be there at the weekend, and the people behind them. Hopefully you’ll get even a percentage as excited about them as I do!
First up – Del Maguey Espadin Especial 46% Mezcal and Jon Anders Fjeldsrud
Brunch in London is big business. We yuppies (yes, we) love our eggs and avocado, plus as Brits any excuse to drink early on in the day without being labelled as lushes will always be seized with both hands and run with. It has become huge. So when I was invited to try out a new take on one, and one devoid of the classic Antipodean eggs spin, I leapt at it.
Recently I had the pleasure of attending Cabana Brasilian Barbeque in Trinity Leeds to sample their new cocktail menu. The new menu, developed by mixologist Dariusz Pawlowski features 19 bright and colourful Brasilian-inspired drinks and is inspired by the upcoming 2016 Rio Olympics! Having previously eaten at Cabana (see our previous FoodGoblin North review by Erin) I knew what to expect from the vibrant décor and lively atmosphere but was excited to sample the new cocktails.
Recently my bibations took me to a location finer than my average weekend watering hole: Bolney Wine Estate in the rolling greenery of Sussex. The occasion? A meal created by Masterchef Professionals finalist Sven-Hanson Britt and paired with Bolney’s award winning English wines. I was excited for this….it’s always a pleasure to escape from the smog of London and I’m a huge supporter of English wine. Anything to take a stab at the French anyway….
Piece by Erin Goodall, FoodGoblin North Correspondent
Malaysia: an often forgotten destination for many British when planning a trip to the East. For many, Thailand, Bali and Hong Kong trump the list, at least amongst my friends. For me though it is a unique and romantic country, a wild one, delicious at times and one in which its rich history still shows evident in its day to day culture.
Historically, Malaysia formed part of the British Empire, establishing a vital trade route between the East and West. Born from this is one of its unique characteristics: an immense diversity of peoples and cultures. Today it is a real melting pot and nowhere can this better be displayed than in its food.
Yes, Malaysia is a magical country and one which we at FoodGoblin were lucky enough to explore this summer. Whilst Lucy headed to Malaysian Borneo to eat all things Sarawak (previous post here), I headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's famous capital city.
The purpose of my visit was to attend its first ever Big Kitchen Festival. This was headed up and organized by Chef Norman Musa, Malaysian born, British based Chef, who was kind enough to invite me to experience the smells and sights of this exciting inaugural food festival. Naturally, I chomped at the opportunity.
The New Conservatory is a great little bar hidden away in the centre of Leeds. Every time I walk past, I remember it is tucked away there and resolve to pop in when next in the area. So when we were invited down to try out their new menu, the perfect excuse was presented.
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