If there’s something we Brits love it’s Indian food, so much so that it’s our national dish. Masalas, Biriyanis, Kormals, Jalfrezi’s...true it cannot be said that any of these represent what you would eat in India. Most Indians are vegetarian, but whether authentic or not, we Brits have adopted the wonderful spices from this former colony and made our own bastardisations of true Indian food. And it’s great. There is an abundance, if not overload, of Indian restaurants to choose from in Leeds. Moreover, Bradford is not too far away where the best curries around can be found, so it’s a tough market to conquer. So when Khana Bombay Cafe opened in studentville, Headingley, I was sceptical. I was wrong.
Love your Latin? Smitten for your samba? Until 8 months ago I couldn't say the same but then I met Mr B (B for Brazilian) and pretty soon I was thrust, sashaying, into the world of carnival, sequins and pineapples. Actually that's a total lie and horrible use of stereotype - haha - but, there is a part of me that says I should make an effort to get in involved in his culture. Or at least learn how to dance Latin without looking like I'm having an epileptic fit.
Until very recently I’ve lived in Clapham. It’s the only place in London I’ve lived in fact, and I love it. I like to think that I explored its blossoming food and drinks scene relatively thoroughly in my 3 years, but there was always one striking omission: The King & Co. This pub, notable for it’s gigantic beer selection and spree of residencies by street food/ pop up chefs, was right around the corner from my old house (literally right around; about 2 minutes walk). I missed a whole host of awesome vendors, including Donastia Social Club and The Cheese Truck, and theres no excuse for it. Not one.
So, when Fowl Mouths brought their Japanese comfort food to the King and Co pass I figured ‘enough’s enough’ and stormed down to try it out.
India is a country as diverse and varied as its spices. From the rich, buttery cuisine of the Punjab region, to the banana leaf plates and lentils of Tamil food, it’s as different as French is to German. I have a particular penchant for the food of the South, of Goa and Kerala, lighter than the North, flavoured with tamarind, coconut and seafood.
My dad would call me a traitor for what I am about to say....I think these may be some of the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. I can almost hear him shouting, “They’re not from bloody Yorkshire”. Well pops, sorry not sorry. I would like to think I am a connoisseur of the humble chip and fishery for the simple fact that I eat their wares a lot. The first thing I do when I get off the holiday plane from LBA is go straight to my local chippy, ergo; I’m a connoisseur. Anyway, when the invite came to try Sutton and Sons third outpost in Islington, I went down with a healthy bite of skepticism.
I couldn’t call myself a great frequenter to casinos. I don’t gamble, lacking the skill and the discipline, and my visits have been limited to a family trip to Vegas and a 4am visit to the London Hippodrome which I ran into to use the toilet once. However, nothing lures me faster than the promise of a good meal and so when I was invited down to try the restaurant at The Colony Club Casino, Mayfair, I stilleto’d up and trotted on down
When eyeing up culinary destinations for a quick and greedy weekender, I’d forgive you for not putting Belfast at the top of the list. I would however inform you that you are quite wrong. 2016 is the Year of Food and Drink for Northern Ireland and so there’s never been a tastier time to visit!
A recent post covered the area’s unbelievable natural beauty with my guide to the Causeway Coast and Glens road trip, voted one of the world’s top 5! From clifftops and the shore, now I turn to the urban city of Belfast. This blog will explore how best to eat and drink this wonderful city…and oh, what eating and drinking there is to do.
By Lucy Gorman, FoodGoblin Central Correspondent
Proper pub’s names always start with ‘The Old …’ something. Almost any series of words can follow without any questions asked The Old Mardy Cow? The Old Swan and Custard? All seem plausible, but this one is called The Old Nun’s Head.
When you walk into The Old Nun’s Head its everything you want from your traditional local, a big old bar, a nice warm fire, warm wood panelled walls and a man in the corner that looks a little like Captain Birdseye. The bar had a nice amount of rotating ales on draught so I decided to try some recommendations. The first one I tried was the ELB (East London Brewery) Pale Ale, really nice and light and citrusy with a bitter finish; it was pretty refreshing and easy drinking. I also tried the Caladonian Coast to Coast, full of fruity and hoppy flavour and extremely moreish. So far, so good.
As I announced recently on here, I’ve been partnering with the new Inamo pan-Asian restaurant in Covent Garden and a dish of my own invention is featuring this month (February 2016) on their menu. It’s a super exciting collaboration and I really love my dish: Spiced Pork Belly (with killer crackling…obviously) with a Pork and Honey Sauce, Asian Pear Slaw and Chinese Kale.
I headed down to the launch the other week (prior to my skiing holiday adventures) and I want to share with you how I got on!
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