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the great south bank food crawl part 2

22 Aug

Picking up where the last post left off; after eating such a silly amount of food, The Man and I decided to walk it off and take in a bit of culture on the way. We took in the Kenneth Grange exhibition at the Design Museum, the Blue Print Cafe has some good reviews and the museum cafe looks nice but we didn’t feel like eating anything quite yet. After the museum we waddled along the river to the South Bank Centre itself for more foodie treats. This summer there are all sorts of fun things going on and a lot if them are free so it’s a great place to people watch and spend a few hours.

Stop 6. Chorizo and a Fire Engine. We almost walked past Engine Food, parked outside The National theatre, but The Man was drawn to cute red fire engine and by the time we had taken some photos the smell of freshly cooked chorizo had drawn us in.

The combination of scrummy chorizo from The Bath Pig, roasted peppers, chilli jam and fiery rocket was a very tasty combination and would make a great lunch and show case just how good British produce can be. They also do a veggie option with halloumi from the High Weald Dairy in West Sussex

Stop 7. The Real Food Market tucked away behind the Royal Festival Hall celebrated UK food producers and street food. With a changing list of stalls you never know quite what is going to be on offer, but that’s part of the fun.

We indulged in “a bit of everything” from Ghanaian Food company Spinach and Agushi  ( you may remember them from the program (The Restaurant). We were curious not having had Ghanaian food before so went for a tasting plate of everything with a chilli sauce so hot it gave me hiccups but left The Man unscathed, to be fair I was warned by the guys on the stall.

We demolished our very tasty plate full and then went to cool down and stop the hiccups with some rose and watermelon sorbet from Sorbitum Ices, very refreshing and just the ticket.

We bumped into one of the guys from Spinach and Agushi in the queue who had a good laugh at my predicament.  We picked up some more Bath Pig Chorizo to take home and retired for a sit down and a drink at stop 8.

Stop 8. A beer with a view at the Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden. The roof has been transformed by a team from the Eden Project and is a great place to relax, sit on the grass watch the bees on the allotment or just grab a drink and take in a fabulous view of London, lovely stuff. We were starting to flag a little by this point so not photos as they all have our stuffed little faces in them. All I can say is it’s a good job the next stop was just down the stairs.

Stop 9. Chowpatti on Thames. Having been impressed by Dishoom I was keen to try out their summer pop up beach bar and had heared good things about it on the internet. It lived up to my expectations maintaining the buzz and quirkyness of the main cafe. We had light ish bites; bhel, tangy with pomegranate and chutney;

and a fried egg naan which was delicious but very messy to eat.

The green coconut in the background was a “naughty” version with added rum, it was pretty expensive but worth it as a treat and for the novelty. Chowpatty beach is open until the 4th of October so if you’re in the area give it a try, you can’t miss it sticking out like a multi coloured thumb amongst all the concrete. With only one stop left and some serious eating behind us we walked up river to the SIS more commonly know as the MI6 building in Vauxhall and back. After trying not to look so suspicious and resisting the urge to pull faces at CCTV cameras we headed back down river to Hungerford Bridge for out last stop.

Stop 10. Under the Bridge. The underside of Hungerford Bridge is the current home of Pitt Cue Co. Not the most glamorous setting, but I did enjoy the South Bank entertainment of a  grizzled punk blowing bubbles for a crowd of delighted kids. Based in a shiny trailer the American BBQ being served up here has been getting rave reviews since they opened. I have to say The Man and I were not disappointed. We shared a box of pulled pork, BBQ beans, excellent bread and pickles which was more than enough by this point.

We also had a well mixed Negroni each.

I’m a sucker for a Negroni, I love them and not too many places have them on their drinks menu so I was sold on PittCue while we stood chatting to the staff while they mixed our drinks. Settling down on yellow plastic stools I forgot how much I’d already eaten that day at sight of our very generous helping of top notch pulled pork, tender silk meat in a genuinely tasty and not at all cloying sauce. For £7 you could eat a lot worse in the area, The Man went back with his brother the next week and had a box to himself and confirmed that it is more than enough for one, and was just as good. The menu varies, and items are often sold out by 8.30 so get there early and go soon as PittCue is only around until early September go while you still can, although this isn’t one for vegetarians, sorry.

The last step was to stagger, tipsy but happy to Waterloo, collapse into a train seat and head home, stomachs bulging, waistbands straining and trying not to think how many calories and how many extra pounds were involved in the whole affair.

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the great south bank food crawl part 1

14 Aug

Also know as the day The Man and I made piglets of ourselves for a whole day, but we did walk a lot so I’m sure we burned off the calories; well that’s what I’m telling myself any way!

In honour of The Man’s birthday we went on a walking and eating (mostly eating) tour or London’s South Bank, it was a great day out filled with wonderful food and a chance to track down some of the food, producers and places to eat I have been hearing about on other blogs and on twitter but can’t get to often as we don’t live or work in London

We started the day at Maltby Street in Bermondsey and the surrounding area.  Based around a set of railway arches, on Saturday morning producers, retailers and wholesalers throw open their doors to the public. There has been a lot written about Maltby Street and it’s relationship with Borough Market and some of the traders were understandably a little camera-shy but still very welcoming.

Stop 1 Doughnuts. The first thing we wanted to try were custard doughnuts from the St John Bakery, they seem to have gathered almost cult status among food bloggers in London.

They didn’t disappoint, categorically the best filled doughnut I have ever eaten; soft fluffy dough that still managed to hold its shape and structure. The custard, oh the custard! Vanilla flecked and incredibly light, each doughnut contains an improbable amount of it too, ready to escape over the hands, face and even hair of the eater; it’s a messy process. We practically inhaled ours and they were so good we went back later for seconds!

Stop 2 Staffordshire Oatcakes. Just down the road from those doughnuts we found an arch selling freshly made Staffordshire Oatcakes filled with cheese and onion. This appealed to my northern side, but The Man (very much from the south) thought they were delicious too and the stall holder was happy to share the basic recipe which was an added bonus.

Stop 3 La Grotta Ices. Next up award winning ice-cream from La Grotta, a cute set up selling ice-cream from the back of a tiny Italian van. Don’t let the cuteness fool you, these are serious ices. I haven’t eaten strawberry ice-cream for years as I hate the often synthetic taste but my Strawberry and Orange blossom cone was anything but, it actually tasted of strawberries, a whole bucket of them with a subtle orange blossom perfume. The Man’s Barbados custard got a big thumbs up too, plenty of rum in there!

Stop 4 Time for a beer! All that eating was proving thirsty work so we grabbed a bottle of IPA from The Kernel Brewery who were selling beer out of the arches they brew in with a couple of tables outside.

At 6.7% it isn’t a brew to be sniffed at, a golden colour with a bit of fruity sweetness with enough bitterness at the end to balance that it provided much-needed refreshment and a bit of tipsyness.

Stop 5 More Cheese! After a little walk, about 6 minutes we arrived at Kappacasein for one of the best cheese toasties I’ve every eaten (and I’ve eaten quite a few).

Polaine Sourdough, feisty montgomery cheddar and a mix of onion, leek and garlic. Toasted on a flat press type grill, it was crisped to perfection and the cheese melted but not mouth scaldingly hot or too runny. I wouldn’t even try to reproduce this at home, it’s a special occasion toasite only, but if you are in the area GO! While we were there we also managed to squeeze in an visit to The Ice Cream Union who had just moved in a few arches down. Dulce de leche ice-cream and mango sorbet were tip-top, but all the pictures have my mush in them and a large plastic ice-cream growing out of my head so I’ve ruled out posting them!

Ok that’s the first part of the food crawl; part two is coming soon, but to be honest I think this first bit could keep less greedy people happy for a long time without the need to eat your way back to Waterloo.

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