Archive | July, 2012
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My funny carrot

28 Jul

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I just wanted to share with you this carrot I found that looked like a Barbie doll’s legs.

Zeffrellis, Ambleside

17 Jul

Here’s the latest in my gastro round-up of the Lakes: our experience at a vegetarian pizzeria/cinema/jazz bar (apparently this combination of places does exist…)

Persuading the boy to go to a veggie restaurant was quite a bit easier than I anticipated. I think that’s because Zeffrellis doesn’t taut itself as  a veggie, tree hugging, save the whales type place, simply a great restaurant, which happens not to serve meat.

I’m doing some work at the moment with a leading meat-free brand, and whilst I haven’t been completely converted, I do understand the health benefits of cutting meat out of your diet a few times  a week. So, I felt quite smug eating at a meat free restaurant…and decided to order a pizza!

Whilst the restaurant was lovely, the decor was like something out of 1988, but we quickly got over that and settled down with a bottle of vino. After some simple bread and olives, we both ordered Zefferellis’ version of my favourite food. The pizza base was wholemeal, so pretty healthy and very tasty. Certainly something I could get used to: I went for the Mexican; red bean chilli topped with cheddar and mozzarella, whilst the boy went for Barbaretto; feta, beetroot and jalapeno peppers. The combinations were really exciting and flavours, delicious.

I think it’s quite unusual to find something a little bit different like this, especially living in Leeds, where everything is getting fairly samey. In fact, I almost forgot we were in the countryside…until I turned round and realised we were the very last people in the restaurant. It was 10pm.

The boy’s half eaten feta and beetroot concoction

Man v Food

3 Jul

A must-watch show for anyone claiming to be a foodie, I discovered Man v Food about a year ago and became immediately hooked. For those who haven’t yet had the pleasure (although I can’t imagine anyone reading a food blog is yet to indulge!) the show is about the lovable Adam Richman who scours the United States for the country’s best eateries, completing whatever food challenges they have to offer.

Be it the spiciest or the biggest feast in town, Adam will rise to the challenge to devour the dish whilst we watch, to see who reigns victorious: man, or food. A few things surprise me about this format of show:

  • There are that many eateries in the US which boast these ‘challenges.’ I saw one show where, if you ate all the spicy sushi offered to you, the staff in the restaurant have to bow to you every time you dine there again. Who thought of that?
  • The quality of the food demonstrated in these places. You expect them to be greasy spoons, but far from it. The food they serve is top quality, locally sourced stuff. If I were planning a trip to the US I’d certainly be eating in some of Adam’s haunts

There is one thing that does not surprise me about this show:

  • Why there are so many obese people in America. I don’t think I’m making a sweeping statement here, Jamie Oliver demonstrated the facts with his Food Revolution series. It’s clear. Adam, you don’t need four of those massive burgers, or and 11lb pizza, it just isn’t necessary. I realise I’m being a bit of a bore here and missing the whole point of the show – but if these places exist in this US, there is no wonder that 42% of Americans are set to be obese by 2030. It just makes overeating ok

Despite this, I was still upset to find that Adam has thrown in his knife and fork and announced that he’s quit the series. I am very upset.

A Man v Food sized burrito (picture courtesy of epicproportions.com)