Category Archives: Food

La Gelatiera, The Bree Louise and El Parador.

Yesterday after work, I met up with my lovely Katie at our favourite ice cream place: La Gelatiera in Soho. After some amazing basil and chili, strawberry yoghurt and our favourite the chocolate sorbet, we got a bus home. Or at least that was the idea at the time. But at Euston Station we decided to get off and find The Bree Louise; a pub we had heard so much good about. And we were not disappointed! Just west of Euston Station lay the pretty little pub. Even though it was very busy with loads of people thronging outside, it was still very friendly and service was fast. The beer selection resembled more that of a beer festival than just a pub, outperforming even the nearby Euston Tap on real ales.

The first beer I tried was the “safe bet” of a Tring – Side Pocket For A Toad. It was in a very good condition and tasted as fresh as when we got it straight from the brewery. I would even say that it was better than it’s been when we’ve come across it at some beer festivals.

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A very well presented version of the lovely Tring beer – Side Pocket For A Toad. 5/5

With such a wide selection of ales, I wanted to try something new. I went for the Third Switch from ABC Brewery. It was a good choice and just what I was looking for.

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A very dark beer with almost treacly coffee without being sickly. 5/5.

Katie had a very refreshing sweet cider from Hecks. We considered staying for tea, but felt adventurous, so we went for a walk down a road we’d rarely gone. We ended up on Eversholt Street where we found El Parador (the hostel) that despite its name was an interesting looking tapas restaurant.

We ordered five dishes, and while that was quite a lot of food, I wouldn’t have wanted to have gone without any of them.

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The pork belly was one of best examples of the dish I’ve had. It was extremely tender and masterfully spiced with just the right herbs.

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This octopus’ arm was amazing. It was soft and fresh. Not chewy like you might expect, but very tender and cooked to perfection.

We also had chicken livers that were like they should be, but how I would have no idea how to cook them; they were soft and creamy inside, without seeming too raw.

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Here’s a picture of the whole table, though the bacalao (salt cod) hadn’t arrived yet.

All in all this was simply some of the best food I’ve ever had in this friendly and popular little restaurant.

Food, oh glorious food.

It might not have been obvious from my posts so far, but food is very important to me. Even as I child, I remember how one of the most exciting things when traveling was to try the food. Here is a blog post to show some of the culinary adventures of this year.

Dave and Laura's Wedding Buffet

Dave and Laura's Wedding Buffet

The London Burger at The Centre Page in The City (of London)

The London Burger at The Centre Page in The City (of London)

Pizza Emmigrante from La Forchetta in Islington

Pizza Emmigrante from La Forchetta in Islington. Notice how it looks just like the Italian flag.

Amazing sausage and mash from The Alma.

Amazing sausage and mash from The Alma when we were there for their beer festival.

The Sharing Starter Platter at The Alma.

The Sharing Starter Platter at The Alma when we can back for the beer festival the day after.

Amazing window in a food shop in Boulogne.

Amazing window in a food shop in Boulogne-sur-Mer. We stopped by and admired it several times over the weekend we were there.

Katie's tasty salad.

Katie "only had a salad" for lunch on our last day in Boulogne. It was quite amazing with herring, salmon and lots more.

Moulles Frites Creme Saumon

I had this pile of Moulles Frites Creme Saumon. There was quite a lot of salmon and in the end I couldn't finish the mussels, having hardly touched the chips.

Tiny Crab from my moulles.

This cute, tiny, little Crab was hiding in my moulles, and I very nearly ate it.

Food 2012

The title says it all. This post is dedicated to food. Like the beer one, it’s going to be mostly photos and maybe a little bit of description with each one.

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First photo is of the lasagne I had today in the SCE canteen. Very well done by The Good Eating Company.

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More Italian with the amazing pizza I had for dinner tonight. It's from La Forchetta by Islington Green Gardens. A great find where we will most likely be back!

Sandwich from the good old sandwich machine at Jagex

How I miss the sandwich machine that was installed for a while back in the Jagex days. Sad when they took it away. As you can see from my early blogs, I made the most of it while it was there, and it was a surprise my business alone wasn’t enough to ensure that it kept going. Maybe the problem was that I found their weakness and that they were losing money on my orders. I’ve found a couple of photos of the monsters, so I thought I’d bring back the memories.

Sandwich 2009-11-12

Sandwich of 12th November 2009

This is one of the earliest sandwich adventures and the list of ingredients can be found listed in my first sandwich blog post. It was very tasty and one of the meatier ones. Who needs protein powder when you can simply eat all the different kinds of protein all in one sandwich? As you can read on the blog post, I didn’t make do with the sandwich, but had a roll as well. That way I could have all the seafood proteins too. Tasty proteins…

Sandwich 2009-11-17

Sandwich of 17th November 2009

This one came a few days later, after a bit more experimentation. Though it still looks quite stuffed, it actually only contains three kinds of meat as opposed to four in the previous. Instead it has two ingredients that would quickly become regulars throughout the “sandwich era”: Stilton and Branston pickle. Raw red onion joined the fun to add an extra sharp kick.

Banana Cake

Yesterday, we noticed that one of our two bananas was almost black, and Katie said “We should probably eat that banana today”. Casually I replied “It looks like it would be good for a banana cake”, to which Katie replied “Are you going to make a banana cake?”. This first seemed like a joke to me, as I’ve (practically) never baked a cake in my life, but Katie found a recipe in her big cake book, and it didn’t seem that hard (and I had half an hour before football), so I thought “Why not?!” 🙂 And it was quite easy. Managed to pop it in the oven just before leaving for football, and when I came back I was greeted with the lovely smell of banana cake 🙂 As we didn’t prepare for this we didn’t have all the exact ingredients, so it became our own, and possible much better, recipe. Therefore I’ve posted it below so others can share the joy of cake. First, however, a picture of the cake 🙂

Banana Cake

Banana Cake

Ingredients:

  • 90 ml olive oil
  • 250 g plain white flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 170 g muscovado sugar
  • 30 g vanilla flavoured pure whey protein (instead of extra sugar and vanilla)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 125 ml yoghurt
  • a small handful of chocolate chips (we used little dark, milk and white buttons)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Sift the flour and baking powder together.
  3. Stir in the sugar and protein powder.
  4. Mash bananas, eggs, yoghurt and oil together.
  5. Combine the dry and mushy ingredients together until an even mixture.
  6. Spoon into a greased and lined 1 litre loaf tin.
  7. Bake for 1 hour or until nice and golden in the preheated oven.
  8. Cool it for 15 minutes and then eat it all! 🙂

Cambridge Food and Garden Show

We went to Cambridge Food and Garden Show on Sunday, and apart from lovely cider, tasty ales, yummy frozen yoghurt and scrumptious sausages there were also some really cute animals. Below is a video of a couple of twin goats that were very busy eating flowers and cabbage with their mum, but occasionally also found time for a bit of fighting.

We also got to hold some tiny rabbits 🙂 They were only three weeks old and we couldn’t help considering sneaking one into my hood and walking off. Below are pictures of the rabbits, and some of the other animals at the show.

Some surprised looking penguins

Little happy sleeping piggy

Little sleeping piggies

A little brown bunny

Katie holding a tiny white bunny.

Katie’s bunny after it sat with her for 5 minutes.


Sandwiches 2010-01-28

Granary Sandwich with
– Sliced Boiled Egg
– Roast Chicken
– Beef
– Pork
– Pastrami
– Pepperoni
– Stilton
– Mozzarella
– Sweetcorn
– Onion
– Basil
– Sun-Blushed Tomatoes
– Branston Pickle

*Phew* That was the last of them. I really have to remember to update these on the day, both to avoid having to do this much hard work to catch up, but also so I can better review them. Today’s sandwich was amazing, tasty and very moist and soft. I finished the last of it about 10 minutes ago, but I can still taste it (in a good way). I really missed the Stilton that I had left out for a long time, but it makes me realise its value and appreciate it more once I’ve been without.

Sandwiches 2010-01-27

Granary Sandwich with
– Sliced Boiled Egg
– Butter
– Poached Salmon
– Smoked Salmon
– Seafood Cocktail
– Crab Mayo
– Prawn Cocktail
– Mozzarella
– Cottage Cheese
– Basil
– Black Olives
– Lemon Mayo

This is by far the largest and probably also the most amazing of the seafood sandwiches so far. It was the first time a seafood sandwich has come in two boxes, and it even filled them out completely 😀 (Have you noticed how all the sandwiches lately have started with Sliced Boiled Egg? This is due to the fact that using the Egg sandwiches as base saves you 20 p $-) )