Friday, 1 August 2014

Chicago Ribshack

Rib Fest

Way down south in a land far away sat a castle full of ribs just waiting to play. 

The place was filled with meaty aromas, sending even the most foolhardy into full on food comas. 

Arriving at the glowing, light drenched door and the happiness inside was hard to ignore. 

Everyone tucking into juicy huge juicy ribs, protected by some super cool bibs!

The guys at the bar were whisking up drinks, concoctions in jars to tickle us pink!

We sat with expectant grins on our faces, almost grabbing our knives and forks from their places!

Then arrived the grub and the emotion in our eyes was nothing but love!

Pulled pork rolls

Macaroni balls

Chicken wing and scotch egg

Cheesy, bacony, jucy burger

Macaroni cheese

With fingers coated in sauce, these handy wipes were a welcome cleaning force!

Not the only one taking snaps, my dining companions were also paps!

We laid the dessert out in a line, cheesecake, chocolate and creamy lime.

Sadly our meal had met it's end, but we'll be back with each and every friend!

Thanks to everybody at the newly opened Chicago Rib Shack in Clapham for making our experience such a tasty one, we felt truly loved. For all you northerners, this may just be a good enough reason to cross the river!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The Pudding Bar

Pop Up Pudding

A pop up pudding poem ..

In a cute little pop up on Greek street, 
That has been on my mind for a while,
Is an inspirational concept,
Bound to make everyone smile.

The premise is all based on pudding, 
Why hasn't this been done before? 
It seemed completely appropriate 
To say 'please sir, can I have some more'? 

The tables and chairs sat awaiting, 
The press and their guests to sit down, 
To sample delights from the kitchen,
The finest you'll taste in the town.

Eyes widened as dishes appeared,
Prepared with attention and care, 
The spoons and forks soon began scooping,
Each wanting to have their fair share! 

Our evening was one to remember,
With cheesecake, meringue and parfait, 
The pudding bar's onto a winner,
They most definitely made my day!

Don't hang about, Pudding Bar is only open for 3 months so hurry on over!  

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Platterform at Stage 3

Platterform Launch

What do you get if you mix a Geisha, rastafari calamari and a jazzy DJ in the Hackney empire? Yes, it left me with a few question marks as well but the bizarre eclecticism of Platterform at Stage 3 is somehow entirely appropriate.

After three years of rooftop surfing, this pop up has a permanent location. Hello Hackney! We had dreadlocks and geishas, jazz tunes and prawn crackers and were surrounded by lanterns, birdcages and puppets.

Viewing this Hackney hotspot was a piece of literature, it would be the ever-so highbrow heads, bodies and tails flip books circa the 90’s with the giggles that each combination generates because the here, the crazy mix is wonderful.

Popping along to their launch was therefore one of the better choices of the week, being treated to a delicious array of cocktails and a whistle-stop tour of their malasijamaicanese (?) menu.

I'm still getting used to the notion that arriving on time means I will be at least half an hour early but in this case, it was a great opportunity to admire the venue in its pre-peopled state and have a little run down of the grand plans in store for Platterform’s future now it has a more permanent spot with movie nights, free tai chi lessons, live music sessions and chef takeovers. 

The prawn cracker laden stall sat in the gloriously open windoors (camaaan summer) and sported lanterns, baskets and all manner of trinkets.

The bar was stretched beneath the balcony where we had an excellent view of the activities below. My first cocktail was in slushy form and dropped me off somewhere appropriately exotic with it’s pineapple and coconut tones.  

We sat amongst fellow reviewers and their plus ones as we tucked into the offerings from the kitchen. I was a big fan of the butternut squash houmous while the Baba Ganuj (I maintain it's spelling of Babba Ganoooooosh) won the show for one of my new companions. Inhalation of each dish resulted in some very satisfied diners. 

Thank goodness for my moral code which prevented me from attempting to run off with the aesthetically delightful ball glasses which our Dr Chai cocktail arrived in, another essential for one’s drinks cabinet which I am now on the market for!

The rastafari calamari was also a great hit (not just because of it's excellent name)!

With smiles all round and general admiration of the Geisha and her attire, we'll definitely be back for more creative inspiration!

Easily accessible by bus or overground, this is a great addition to Hackney’s ever expanding array of unconventionally excellent options and I’m pretty excited to make like Columbus and explore some more!