Here’s our weekly diary of what the Bunch have been eating and drinking this week…
Grant: I’m on holiday in sunny Alaska and with the 25 degree weather (that’s 77 here in America), some cold beer is in order. One of the best places to grab it is Hoodoo Brewery. It has a bar if you choose to drink in or you can get growlers to go (approximately four pints). Apparently most Alaskans aren’t afraid of drunk driving as the place was heaving with cars and drinkers, but we settled on a flight to share (about a pint and a half) so we could taste the selection and bring a couple of growlers home without the need to drive afterwards. I must say, all the beers were wonderful from the slightly banana-y weissbier to the chocolatey stout. I even did hate the American IPA. And it was so nice outside as we finished our growler of Maibock lager, a great summer beer, that we have to head back to get another refill for a Sunday barbecue.
Yee Gan: I’m on holiday in the USA. Shhh but I’m a fan of KFC and when I’m in the States, I look for good fried chicken. The Front Porch in San Francisco has a good local reputation for serving up some of the city’s best southern cooking, including chicken and waffles – fried chicken served with sweet waffles and maple syrup. The brined chicken was moist with a crispy slightly spiced shell – yummy and yes, I did have to lick my fingers!
Linzi: When in Rome, eat spaghetti, right? Well when in New York, fill your face with pizza. I was visiting my second favourite city for the week for work and passed the iconic Ray’s Pizza at St. Mark’s Place. It’s almost impossible to choose what you want here, the options are endless. They serve pizza by the slice piled high with any topping you can imagine. Voodoo Ray’s in Dalston is a poor man’s imitation. I opted for the chicken parmigiana and bacon, my eyes being definitely bigger than my belly. It was good but I slightly regretted not just going for the greasy, foldable plain cheese classic.
Sanj: Everyone seems to be travelling this week! I found myself in Edinburgh getting taken for a slap-up meal at Michelin-starred The Kitchin. It’s Scottish food cooked in a French style with a focus on seasonal ingredients. My scallops arrived baked in the shell for a bit of added flair, while I enjoyed my lamb main (despite getting food envy at the look of the lobster across the table). The treats just kept on coming though – a sommelier with a killer accent, Tom Kitchin in the kitchen, a cheese trolley, and even a stool for my (very ordinary) handbag! Look out for my full review.
Vicky: I felt like some comfort food while everyone else is away playing (or in Linzi’s case, working) so far away from London. Queue panfried XO-sauce Udon with some veggies (hidden) and a soft boiled duck egg. Or as the boozy bunch now refer to as #eggporn. For the perfect eggs, I use my ramen hero, David Chang’s 5m10s method and scale it up- roughly 6 1/2m for a medium large duck egg, 7m for those gigantic ones! They fridge well and just need to be run under a hot tap for about 30s to warm up (or face Grant’s wrath). For the XO Udon- it’s literally some boiled udon (usually I do it 1 minute less than advertised time), well drained and fried with a ton of xo sauce, kecap manis, soy and whatever green veg is loitering in the fridge.
Linzi: If you enjoy a good ‘balls in your mouth’ pun as much as I do then head to The Meatball Shop in New York. Ball options are a plenty and I went for the classic beef with parmesan cream cheese sauce and a side of creamy mash. I kinda wish I had gone for a sub or sliders as the balls on their own blow me away. It’s a pretty decadent meal and if you’re going, go all out and order an ice cream sandwich for dessert. They had a mint ice cream special on the menu and it tastes exactly like a mojito – incredible!
Grant: End of the week and time for ICE CREAM! I’m in Vancouver, and Vicky informed me about an organic soft serve ice cream place that she’s been dying to get to (and that is not easy from London). I’m not usually one for soft serve but I also get major fomo, so after dinner we headed over to give it a try. It’s freaking amazing. Best soft serve ice cream I’ve ever had. If you’re in Vancouver, get yourself over to Soft Peaks immediately to get your soft serve on!
Reviews from the week…
Did you catch Yee Gan’s excellent new small plates discovery at The Manor in Clapham? Linzi also got buttered up with good pub grub at The Marquess Tavern and Jules has another afternoon tea suggestion at Little Nan’s in Hackney. Grant also found Hong Kong style desserts in Southampton, and if you’re staying in this weekend why not check out Vicky’s top tips on cooking chicken!
Have you got any foodie highlights (or lowlights!) to share from the last 7 days? Or maybe you’ve tried one of our favourites? Let us know in the comments below! Who knows, the Bunch might just check out your suggestions for a future review…