diamond geezer

 Friday, April 08, 2016

Half a dozen things that people who get paid to write about food and drink have actually written

one) Brace yourself, London. The most Instagrammed breakfast item of our times is getting its own event. That’s right: pop-up pro Meredith O’Shaughnessy is hosting a five-course avocado brunch this Sunday. The fruit has been liberated from its toasty shackles and is finally getting the gourmet treatment it deserves. Avocado soup, risotto, cocktails, ice cream and chocolate; the green guys are getting puréed, baked, deep-fried and frozen. Who knew they were so damn versatile? Anyone who’s ever bought one of these wrinkly beauties knows they aren’t cheap so, of course, neither is this feast. Tickets cost £55.

two) The name ‘Poilâne’ is synonymous with the word ‘sourdough’. The brand’s famous round loaves are made from stone-ground flour, sea salt and decades-old naturally-occurring yeasts, baked in wood-fired ovens. All these things are rather commonplace now.

three) At the risk of deviating from window-shopping and spending actual money, I decided to get my afternoon caffeine fix about five minutes away at Caravan Coffee Roasters, the official sponsor of Coffee Masters London, 2016. Perched at one end of Exmouth Market, this roaster-come-restaurant mirrors the market’s gritty yet stylish feel thanks to its exposed concrete floor, industrial shelves and French bistro-inspired chairs. Visit during the summer months and you’ll discover that its large bi-fold doors have been thrown open, welcoming in the sights and sounds of the street. Sipping on an Kenyan Karimikui AB filter coffee – with beautiful intense cherry sweetness and light tea notes – I perused the restaurant’s mouth-watering menu… it’s fair to say Caravan’s high on my list of brunch venues next time I’m in the area.

four) As smooth as their silks, as tempting as their scents and now, as flowery as their shirts – two exclusive new flavours of Häagen-Dazs ice cream have arrived at Liberty London to celebrate spring. And given that Liberty has never had an ice cream shop before, we suspect this is going to be something special.

five) To celebrate the very best deep-fried chickpea balls around, the first ever London Falafel Festival is coming to Borough Market on May 1. A £20 ticket to the fest will get you samples of four of the very finest falafels from around the world. There's charred-aubergine falafel by acclaimed chef Mustafa Elrefaey of Zööba, all the way from Cairo; black-eye-bean falafel by Hadi Hazim of Beirut pop-up sensation Fusion Cult; plus two home-grown efforts; one from street food pros Hoxton Beach – made with fava beans and chickpeas – and the second a spiced chickpea sandwich from falafel and houmous bar Pilpel. And if you're wondering how you'll squeeze in all those pulses, fear not – all the samples are handy half-sized portions.

six) Celebrating 75 years in the UK, the SPAM Brand has become the most iconic meat brand on the planet — referenced by Monty Python in THAT sketch and recently enjoying a renaissance in hip areas of London like Dalston and Shoreditch.

<< click for Newer posts

click for Older Posts >>

click to return to the main page

...or read more in my monthly archives
Jan18  Feb18  Mar18  Apr18  May18  Jun18  Jul18
Jan17  Feb17  Mar17  Apr17  May17  Jun17  Jul17  Aug17  Sep17  Oct17  Nov17  Dec17
Jan16  Feb16  Mar16  Apr16  May16  Jun16  Jul16  Aug16  Sep16  Oct16  Nov16  Dec16
Jan15  Feb15  Mar15  Apr15  May15  Jun15  Jul15  Aug15  Sep15  Oct15  Nov15  Dec15
Jan14  Feb14  Mar14  Apr14  May14  Jun14  Jul14  Aug14  Sep14  Oct14  Nov14  Dec14
Jan13  Feb13  Mar13  Apr13  May13  Jun13  Jul13  Aug13  Sep13  Oct13  Nov13  Dec13
Jan12  Feb12  Mar12  Apr12  May12  Jun12  Jul12  Aug12  Sep12  Oct12  Nov12  Dec12
Jan11  Feb11  Mar11  Apr11  May11  Jun11  Jul11  Aug11  Sep11  Oct11  Nov11  Dec11
Jan10  Feb10  Mar10  Apr10  May10  Jun10  Jul10  Aug10  Sep10  Oct10  Nov10  Dec10 
Jan09  Feb09  Mar09  Apr09  May09  Jun09  Jul09  Aug09  Sep09  Oct09  Nov09  Dec09
Jan08  Feb08  Mar08  Apr08  May08  Jun08  Jul08  Aug08  Sep08  Oct08  Nov08  Dec08
Jan07  Feb07  Mar07  Apr07  May07  Jun07  Jul07  Aug07  Sep07  Oct07  Nov07  Dec07
Jan06  Feb06  Mar06  Apr06  May06  Jun06  Jul06  Aug06  Sep06  Oct06  Nov06  Dec06
Jan05  Feb05  Mar05  Apr05  May05  Jun05  Jul05  Aug05  Sep05  Oct05  Nov05  Dec05
Jan04  Feb04  Mar04  Apr04  May04  Jun04  Jul04  Aug04  Sep04  Oct04  Nov04  Dec04
Jan03  Feb03  Mar03  Apr03  May03  Jun03  Jul03  Aug03  Sep03  Oct03  Nov03  Dec03
 Jan02  Feb02  Mar02  Apr02  May02  Jun02  Jul02 Aug02  Sep02  Oct02  Nov02  Dec02 

eXTReMe Tracker
jack of diamonds
Life viewed from London E3

» email me
» follow me on twitter
» follow the blog on Twitter
» follow the blog on RSS

my flickr photostream