Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Bridge - Horncastle, Lincolnshire

Horncastle is fast becoming one of my favourite towns. It lies on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and it won antiques town of Britain in 2001. It doesn't surprise me either as the town has an abundance of antique and junk shops. I don't think I've ever seen so many in such close proximity to each other. It's amazing. I love junk shopping, finding little treasures and fixing them up again. Finding that classic piece of kitchenalia long forgotten and bringing it a new lease of life. The cache of junk and antiques is so good here that people flock from all over the world to grab a bargain.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Forzza (Everyman Cinema Pizzeria) - Leeds, Trinity

The pizzeria at Everyman Cinema is a prelude to a main attraction, but it is often skipped and unnoticed. I however I seem to have done things a little backwards, which admittedly is not uncommon for me, I have been to the pizzeria twice now and have never visited the main attraction - the cinema. Although I hear glorifying reports from others on the unique experience.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Grub & Grog - Brunch - Leeds

Last weekend I went in search of an non-traditional breakfast, and by traditional I mean your full English fry-up, or your regular bacon sandwich. This mission led me to wander around a virtually deserted Holbeck Urban village, admiring old mills and buildings until I found - Grub and Grog.

Grub and Grog have made their home in Northern Monk Refectory, a brewery in the site of a disused mill in one of Leeds' most industrious areas. The building is a beaut, strong and asserting. 

I've heard good things about Grub and Grog, from bloggers and locals alike. They've also made an appearance in the press recently. Namely The Guardian, or its weekly companion The Observer. This worried me. Would their new found fame mean they were full to the rafters, would I be later told  that they were much better when they first started out. Neither was so. 

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Five Guys - Kirskstall, Leeds

I'd never heard of Five Guys until they landed in Leeds a few months ago. In my ever continuing quest to explore new eateries in Leeds and find out what they're all about I've read up on them and found a consistent trend of them being referred to as a 'Cult Burger Chain', from America no least. I read an article which compares their arrival in the UK to that of McDonald's in the 70s, I wasn't around when that happened but apparently we went mental for it. It certainly seems we are going mental for Five Guys when I read reports of people queueing for TWO HOURS at the new opening in London. Come on people get a life, it's only a burger. Clearly the good people of Leeds are going mental for them too when on a Wednesday evening at 7pm they run out of bacon, but more on that later.

The guys behind Five Guys who have been enjoying their successes in the USA and Canada have been paying attention to this little island across the sea. We're having a burger revolution, or revult-ation dependent on where you dine/your preferences in food lie, nevertheless burgers are everywhere whether you like it or not and Five Guys have chosen the opportune moment to jump on that. Clever.

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Gousto Recipe Kit Box

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I was kindly asked by Gousto to try out one of their recipe boxes and post my efforts on my blog. 

Gousto deliver weekly boxes to your door with (*almost) everything you need to cook three healthy meals for two or four people. There are 10 recipes to choose from each week and you choose the three recipes that take your fancy, these are then brought to your door pre-weighed and measured ready for you to cook.  The ingredients are fresh from British farms, the veg is organic and they promise to only deliver quality ingredients. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Rola Wala - Trinity Kitchen - Leeds

Sponsored post. 

Rola Wala started out life as a street food vendor gracing the streets of London and then beyond. They came to Trinity Kitchen as a part of the ever rotating street food vendors, then they obviously fell in love with us (as we did them) as they decided to set up their first permanent residence here! Since then Rola Wala has gone from strength to strength and is now set to open three more permanent sites in London. 

What's with the name? Rola Wala translates in Hindi to "the man that rolls". RW offer eastern flavours in a street food concept, the wraps are made from lightly toasted naans and contain Indian inspired filings. It's nothing I've ever had before, it's in a completely different world from the Indian wrap I tried in a pub once (see here). 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Pintura - Leeds City Centre

According to some publications Pintura is tipped to be one of the top places to eat Tapas in Leeds. Brought to you by the same people who brought Cielo Blanco (Jakes Bar and Oporto), it already holds a firm footing in Leeds' food and drink scenes. I really enjoyed Cielo Blanco. I love tapas. What could go wrong...?

I went to Pintura for their soft launch last Sunday, the food was 50% off if you booked ahead. Of course I booked, a new restaurant with 50% off food, why wouldn't I book! 

Friday, 27 February 2015

Leeds takeaways - A mop up

The first post in a series of 'mop-ups' that I will be writing in an attempt to round up some half finished drafts, it's-really-not-worth-a-full-review, and general places I have visited but not blogged about. I bring to you in this post Leeds takeaways, mainly in North and West Leeds.

I've been back in the LS postcode for just over a year now and in that year I have been astonished with the number of takeaways available to me, this is exacerbated by the fact that all takeaways in Harehills and Headingley (where an unbalanced ratio of Leeds' takeaways lie) deliver to my address. 

In the search for the best pizza, curry, Chinese and something a little bit different I've tried some rotters and also some pretty decent places too. But mainly rotters, as is the takeaway game. 

Monday, 23 February 2015

My Thai - Leeds

My Thai is flavour of the month with the local food bloggers. Naturally I had to go and see what all the fuss is about. 

Situated on the outside of the Merrion centre on Wade Lane it's next door neighbour is Fuji Hiro, whether they are friendly neighbours... I'm unsure. If I was a leading seller of noodles in Leeds city centre I'm not so sure I'd be too impressed with a new cute noodle neighbour moving in next door. 

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Tostada with Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken and Avocado

When I try a new dish in a restaurant and love it I can't wait to replicate it myself at home. It's one of the reasons why I love eating out so much. Restaurants introduce you to  new ingredients, recipes, dishes, cuisines and more. There is also a certain euphoria that comes with making something delicious. Whether you've followed a recipe or not, having the end product in your mouth and it taste pretty damn amazing is... well... it's a pretty damn amazing.

I adore Mexican food. I love ALL the flavours. I love the spice. I don't know anyone who doesn't like Mexican food.

I like chicken. It's versatile. It's readily available. It can become a bit boring.

This chicken dish is not boring.

I've taken the best cooking technique and applied it to chicken. Slow cooking.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Mexican Pilgrim - Street Food - Leeds

One Wednesday in February that had no particular relevance or joy about it,  I went on a mini cheddar mission on my lunch break. I found no mini cheddars in the micro supermarkets near where I work and I ended up walking past a Mexican street food van THREE times. I could take no more of its sweet sweet  smokey smokey mouth watering smells and I lamented and joined the queue.

The Mexican Pilgrim has migrated from some industrial estate in Cross Green to the corner (Triangle) of East Parade, just outside Blackhouse. Cue lots of men in suits queuing up to get a good Mexican mouthful.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Market Wraps - Street Food - Leeds

Market Wraps, if you haven't heard of them, are a Yorkshire based street food producer.

Where you can find them: 

Leeds farmer's market on Briggate in Leeds city centre every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. 

There are also plans for them to attend the new Dock Street Market at the Royal Armouries each month. 

Brandon Street night market in Armley on the last Friday of every month 

Brighouse food and craft market on the last Saturday in April, the last weekend in August and the last weekend in November. 

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Oriental Cantonese - Meanwood, Leeds

As the Chinese New Year is approaching I was asked by Hungry House to review a local Chinese takeaway in parallel with their interactive guide to create your own Chinese Feast. The chosen takeaway was a place I had never ordered from before, as I already have my set favourite in Roundhay, but willing to try somewhere different I agreed to try out Oriental Cantonese in Meanwood. 

I tried to order a good variety of dishes as well as my personal favourites. Rest assured D and I as well as two housemates and a housemate boyfriend did not manage to eat all of the dishes featured in this post in one night. It was a feast beyond proportion as the dishes were so cheap! 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Ecco Pizzeria - Headingley, Leeds

Myself, D and some other local food bloggers were invited along to sample some of Ecco's pizzas as well as bear witness to a live pizza making demonstration. 

Ecco Pizzeria is one of the places on my ever growing hit list (I'd need to eat out twice a week for a year to hit everywhere on that list), so needless to say I was very excited and joyed that they had invited me along. 

We were given a brief history of the foundations of the pizzeria, the chefs were Neapolitans, they had been to Naples to do extensive research (if anyone else is embarking on some pizza research in Italy feel free to tag me along), and they were certified Neapolitan pizzas by the Associazione Verace Napoletana. Apparently it is now a heritage food (the first that's been brought to my attention - maybe we could certify the Roast Dinner or the Yorkshire Pudding?) and the certification means that it has to be prepared in line with particular requirements such as the type of flour, the type of cheese, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil must be used. In addition to this all ingredients have to be natural and fresh, and the baking time of the pizza must not exceed 90 seconds within the stone wood fire oven. There are definitely some pretty passionate pizza people out there. 

We all gathered round to watch the live demonstration by the authentic Neapolitan chefs and I barely had time to get my camera out before he was popping the toppings on and then shovelling it in to the oven.