All posts tagged: street food

Street Food in Greenwich – not everything I ate recently was wonderful.

I didn’t actually know there was a market in Greenwich, so you live and learn. I haven’t been to Greenwich since I was a kid but it still seemed so familiar. I guess those old naval buildings appear in so many films, that you feel you know them, even though I think I was about 10 when I was last there. The Clipper from Bank was fast and with great views of the city in the sunshine, you have to wonder why people don’t commute this way more often.        Anyway, I was here to see a friend, so no time to admire the Cutty Sark apart from a fleeting glance through the glass dome that surrounds the ship’s hull. Great idea – tried hard to convince Plymouth they should so something similar with a copy of the Mayflower once upon a time….anyway enough of that. Greenwich Market, where I met said friend is a sort of artsy crafty affair, very pretty, lovely atmosphere. Good pub. It also, I discovered, has the ubiquitous street food …

Street Food, but not on the Street. Chef Jugz and the Homeboys

We local foodies all got a bit excited at the prospect of a street food market opening up in Nottingham when word broke a few weeks back and much speculation was had as to where this might be. There are lots of side streets and lanes which emanate from Nottingham’s central Market Square that could host such a thing, and already there are plans to close off to traffic some of the streets in boho Hockley to encourage people to spend time there in the evenings. So, it was a bit of surprise when the location was announced as being in the food bit of the large Intu Victoria Shopping Centre, the posher of the two Centres in town. Not exactly what you’d consider to be “street” by any stretch. Still we rocked up with our e-tickets for the opening Saturday, nonetheless. (Did anyone actually check anyone’s e-tickets or was it just a cunning wheeze to get our details..call me an old cynic). Anyway, sure enough in a back room of the foodie bit (which …

Borough Market – I know, I am such an old romantic

I’ve not met anyone that doesn’t love London’s Borough Market. It’s not just the fabulous range of fresh produce, meat, seafood, products, herbs, spices, bread and street food, it’s the atmosphere it evokes. Like much of London, its history colours your sense of the present. I defy anyone to walk towards the Market nestled under the iron girders of the  railway bridge above and not find themselves cast back to any number of films, novels and exhibitions that describe the sights, sounds and smells of historic London. You feel you are walking in the footsteps of thousands of others stretching back hundreds of years who have come to this place to meet and to trade. And indeed you are, the market is believed to go back possibly as much as a 1000 years. It is situated at one end of London Bridge, for centuries the only route over the river and believed to have been built originally by the Romans (which then became a strategic defence against the marauding Vikings as they sailed up the …

Creamy Coconutty Loveliness

As you know, I wax rather lyrical about Borough Market in London. There are too many gems to write about them all, but being a bit of a pancake aficionado (I know, I haven’t shared much of this hidden talent with you yet…) I had to try these delicious-looking Thai coconut pancakes from Khanom Krok. A bit like Dutch pancakes but soft and creamy rather than crispy. Imagine a small, hot, crispy cup of warm coconutty sweet milk pudding. Yep. Amazing. I need to seek these out again. That’s it.  

A rather lovely day, eating and drinking at Nottingham Castle

I should be a total Food Festival fanatic, and indeed I probably am. Certainly, the daughter rolls her eyes to the heavens whenever we are about to plan a weekend foray to one. Well, actually, I don’t think I am fanatical about anything, but I do, or rather did, rather enjoy festivals. So many have sprung up over recent years though, and I have suffered so many expensive disappointments that I am much more discerning about where I will go and what I am prepared to pay. It is simply not good enough to charge people entry, and/or charge them to park their cars (in places where there is no alternative means of getting there) and then present them with a handful of pickle sellers and someone making 3D cards.    However, the Nottingham Festival of Food and Drink has joined the likes of the Melton Mowbray Food Festival in the “yes this is well worth a visit category”. So we headed over to the Castle on what promised to be (and eventually became) a …

Bit of a Street-Food vibe in Sneinton

We spent a a couple of hours enjoying the spring sunshine in Sneinton a few weekends ago, not something I usually do. Sneinton hasn’t really been a “go to”  destination for many years, not since the old market traders’ pub, the Peggars Inn, stopped opening at 4am. However, the old market place and its buildings have recently been renovated and absorbed into the City’s “Cultural Quarter”, the sun was out and the Travelling Gastronomers’ pop-up street food market had arrived.     The Travelling Gastronomers is the brainchild of two friends from London (see my chat with them on the Great Food Club website greatfoodclub.co.uk) whose ambition is to recreate the London street-food vibe in smaller towns and cities across England.     There were 17 traders at the event – which is free (it is a market and not a food festival…) as well as a pop-up stage with live music and a bar selling local beers and ciders. Stall holders were still setting up when we arrived and, as we had deliberately avoided …

Zaap, Nottingham, again

My first experience of Zaap was a bit mixed and the team kindly offered us a couple of vouchers to use on our next visit in recompense. We appreciated the gesture and so last Sunday, abandoned the traditional Sunday lunch and went a bit street food instead, and this time we were really glad we did. The place was packed and the lively, chaotic décor, designed to give a flavour of the Maeklong Railway, with Tuk Tuks, market stalls, and even a full blown train coming down the tracks was brought to life by so many full tables and animated conversations.            The daughter hit the Chai Bubble Tea and the husband and I had the Chang and Beerlao. Bubble tea – I know a lot of people love it, in fact the daughter dragged me all the way to Soho last summer just to try out Bubblicious. But no, just no, I cannot get this stuff – chewy tapioca in a cold brew – no thanks. Still, the daughter loved this version and we enjoyed the …

Zaap, Nottingham, and a Pandanus first

Zaap, Nottingham’s latest Thai Street-Food style restaurant offering has appeared on Bromley Place next to Oaks. I ate there a few weeks ago, so sorry for the delay in getting this post up….. I am not sure what to make of Bromley Place yet, it is a nice little open space, but what do you do with it, right next to the busy and unrelenting traffic of Maid Marian Way? are the restaurants going to have tables out there? (which they would have in any other European country without a doubt). Anyway, it is currently a bit of an odd space.      Zaap is bold and brash (in a good way) and when we arrived for lunch, pretty busy (you can’t book in advance). Like, Thaikhun, another Thai Street Food place recently opened in the newly developing Victoria Centre food court, Zaap is styled to put you in mind of the busy, colourful streets of Bangkok and it does it pretty well, I think. It is a huge space, probably with slightly fewer more intimate areas to eat …

Thaikhun, Nottingham – our first visit, definitely not our last

Last week we were invited to eat at one of Nottingham’s newest Thai Street Food restaurant offerings, Thaikhun (pronounced Tycoon). Thaikhun has taken up residence in the new Foodie area of the redeveloping Victoria Shopping Centre, in the area around the old Clock Tower which, for so many years, was the slightly sad side exit to the Centre. The clock tower area is now in the process of a full revamp  soon to be home to lots of new eateries, some already open, others planned. There is an astonishing number of new restaurants opening in the city, it will be interesting to see which ones survive the course. My money is on Thaikhun being one of the survivors. Thaikhun is one of a small chain of outlets in the UK   – with a fascinating back-story of the characterful owner (who we were delighted to meet at the official opening a couple of weeks ago) which takes you from her home in rural Thailand to a street-cart in Bangkok and then to the UK and …

More Manhattan Musings – Frankies (no apostrophe) Dogs to Go

We headed over to Grand Central Station to check out the famous Oyster Bar, but it was Sunday, so it wasn’t happening. What else was there for it but a hot-dog then? not exactly a “street dog” but close enough for now. For me, a hot dog is a Frankfurter in a soft finger roll, with crispy blackened fried onions and sharp English mustard and I love them (I do try to avoid the mechanically-recovered chicken versions, but a good pork “dog” is a fairground and Bonfire Night staple). The crucial thing about eating a hot-dog on the go is that fillings must be under the Frankfurter, otherwise as soon as you bite into it, the majority of the filling will be down your front and on your shoes…. is it only me that thinks this?  Apparently so, as no one but me serves them like this anymore, especially not in the US if  my New York experience is anything to go by. I have also, until now, never spent $6.25 on a hot-dog. Still, this …