Every year the P. family make their way to London in order to enjoy the delights of the capital at Christmas. My decision not to book dinner for our trip in 2016 almost ended in divorce but thankfully Le Bab was there to save the day. And having so extensively explored Carnaby Street and the surrounding area, thankfully our 2017 excursion held a lot less drama and we managed to walked into Breddos with smiles all round.
Good Lord, what a year it’s been! A year later, a year older and we have learned a huge amount about blogging, eating and having amazing friends. We’ve written about so many different things that looking back on the 90 odd posts we’ve shared with you it’s too hard to mention them all so we thought we would give you another chance to check out a couple of our favourites that you might have missed the first time.
Lunch time. A sea of blandness, beige and Sainsbury’s meal deals. Stodge.
I’ve recently started branching out and seeking sensibly priced grab-and-go alternatives to the endless drivel of lunchtime packaged sandwiches, discovering a whole new world of quality and flavoursome food at establishments across London (predominantly Fitzrovia) like the Bang Bang Vietnamese Canteen on Warren Street.
As a foodie, there are three things in particular that get me excited. “What are they?” I hear you ask… well my friends, let me share them with you:
- Local food and independently run business; I love the passion, the story behind the people that make the business tick and the obvious graft that goes into making something work.
- Street food in all is guises. It’s unapologetically messy, it’s sociable and its fun. Nothing better than grabbing something delicious with a bunch of friends in the sunshine with a cold beverage in hand.
- Lastly.. Mexican cuisine. As I referenced in my recent Revolucion de Cuba Milton Keynes review, I enjoy the flavours and ingredients. They’re fresh, vibrant and exciting. I’m also rather partial to salsa, guacamole and nachos.
If you haven’t already guessed, I was rather looking forward to trying out the very latest entrant to the ever-growing Milton Keynes food scene, Taco Shack. Popping over to Wolverton on a sunny Thursday evening, I found the chaps parked up in their new pitch just outside of the Co-Op and Agora Shopping Centre. It was time to get eating. Oh boy!
It’s no secret that I’m not really a fan of chain restaurants. The process of duplicating the atmosphere and creating consistency in not just the quality of the food but also the experience of eating it, is one that can suck the very soul out of a place. But many others disagree and even I must concede that some chains are better than others (I’ve not been shy in polishing off a healthy portion of Nando’s in my time). But is what makes a ‘good’ chain restaurant the same as a ‘good’ independent? This was the question that burned in our minds as Suburban Gent and I enjoyed some Mano-a-Mano time when we found ourselves sitting in the puesdo-mexican surroundings of Chimichanga.
Quesadilla. Guacamole. Mojito. Churro. Salsa. Burrito. Jalapeño. Daiquiri. Chimichanga. Enchilada. Margarita…
No, I’m not listing the names of my friend’s children. I’m listing my favourite food and drink from the Latin American region which just so happens to be my favourite cuisine.
I love the freshness, the vibrancy of colour and street-food nature of Latin American cooking and entertainment, add a little bit of rum into the mix and you’ve got yourself a cracking party. So you can imagine my excitement when the good people at Revolución de Cuba Milton Keynes invited me down to sample their new shiny menu and launch of their 2-4-1 offer on Burritos.
I was secretly as giddy as a school girl on lemonade, although being the cool-as-cucumber type of guy that I am, I refused to let this on.