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#Lockdown Foodie Secrets

A food & travel blog for the curious explorer.......

I would like to invite you all to our new food and travel blog. In a time when travel and all sorts of life as a foodie ceases to exist - what's that you say - "that's crazy!" Well, maybe you are right a tad but crazy is a medium I like to dip in and out of and that's the area where life usually has the most layers and adventure. On a serious note though, as life does seem to be put on pause for the moment and the streets of merry old London are somewhat empty, it draws us to use a magnifying glass and to focus a little more on what we may have missed when the hustle and bustle were at its peek. With this unexpected breathing period we may now delve into the city and find some true hidden gems that can finally come to life. From missed golden nuggets of history, fascinating stories, hidden architecture to incredible and delicious foods that may have easily been looked over before.

To start off this blog I will try and find the hardcore street food eateries that are still going strong and providing exceptional food in this odd time we find ourselves in and hopefully be able to record the transition of how London started to wake up again and life as we now it would get back to a more normal state of what we once knew.

Have a good read through and please share any little hidden secrets I have found to our fellow food and travel explorers. If you yourself know of a hidden part of London that needs its story being told, run or know of a restaurant / street food stall etc that you would like to appear on here or even on one of our tours, then please send me a message. If you think you've got that je ne sais quoi, we would love to share your story with everyone else (not without myself going through the very rigorous task of tasting it first of course).

I hope you enjoy this blog whoever you are and follow it from its inception to being one of Walk Eat Talk Eat's vital limbs of the company and helps spread the word around on what this great city has to offer. Perhaps we may even cross paths one day on one of our tours or just as acquaintances and remember! never stop eating, traveling and telling your own stories.

 

See you soon.

Updated: Mar 19

England - Brighton - Bond Street.

Bond Street Coffee sorting out my much needed coffee fix.

We are now coming up to nearly a year of when the first lockdown was imposed. As lockdowns get announced and implemented, the normal protocol for me is to pack up my bag and travel down to Brighton to see my parents and brave the storm there. The clean sea air and my mum's cooking is a massive bonus too. Like many other towns and cities all across the United kingdom (and the world), due to these restrictions many business's have had to close but there have been a few that have stayed open (still within the law) or as I like to call them #lockdownfoodiesecrets.


To describe what the Brighton Lanes are like, words such as electric, buzzing, colourful, eccentric come to mind. You can purchase anything under the sun in the Brighton Lanes except a pint of milk which actually can be a little annoying sometimes. On my daily exercise I sometimes weave in and out of the lanes on my way back home. I cannot forget to mention the sound in the background that wisps through the air as if you're in some sort of western film. The metal signs from all the shops creek back and forth and create quite an eerie type of sound and ambience for the intrepid cowboy / walker. Due to the emptiness you start to notice attributes to the lanes, little architectural features you may have missed before, pieces of artwork on the walls, certain shops you may have passed but now find yourself glaring into their window and thinking "yeah! I think I do actually need some vegetarian slippers".


There has been one saviour though throughout this pandemic that has helped me with my pondering of life and how odd the times we find ourselves in and that is 'Bond Street Coffee'. These guys have been working incredibly hard all throughout the year and have provided to people like myself (the wonderers of Brighton) that much needed caffeine boost.



If you ever happen to pop down to Bond Street Coffee and get served by a gentleman by the name of Stuart then I can happily say you are in safe hands. He knows everything that there is to know about the business, coffee but more importantly the science of why a good coffee tastes nice; a true barista. His geography ain't half bad too.


Stuart explained to me that their coffee is roasted at a place called 'Horsham Coffee Roaster' and that their ever changing single-origin menu highlights the incredible flavour profiles of all the different coffees they serve from around the world. More importantly they want you to come down there, speak to them and share which way your taste buds tend to float towards and are more likely to enjoy. From this information they will help direct you in which coffee would be best suited for your palate.



Stuart picked out for me coffee from Rwanda, I decided to just go for a black coffee to really try and take the whole experience in. There were definitely notes of orange and caramel in there but personally; a slightly too much tangy aftertaste. Nevertheless, a full and rich delicious coffee - no doubt - on its own. Perhaps this was a pre-meditated advertising attack but seeing that the Rwandan coffee was coursing through my body I suddenly felt the urge to purchase a small pouch of coffee for my small Italian Espresso maker back at home.



Stuart kindly presented three different types of coffee, that were all different to the one I just drank but he finally ended up on choosing of a mixture of two beans that would take the hit off the sour edge that I didn't much prefer in the previous coffee. A coffee with a little more sweetness and softness to it. I was given the organic blend, 40% Peru and 60% Guatemalan and the picture below is that of the cold hard evidence you see. There was a pleasant roundness and creaminess to this coffee that made me want to sip more and more.



Thank you again Stuart, you will be seeing me back again very soon and to the intrepid and curios explorer, the next time you find yourself in Brighton, take a little trip through the lanes of Brighton and pop into Bond Street Coffee...…you won't be disappointed.


P.S. As you can see from the video underneath, the coffee was superb and I look forward to making many more in the coming weeks.





#Walkeattalkeat #Bondstreetcoffee #Lockdownfoodiesecrets #Brightonfoodandtravel

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Updated: Feb 13

Posted in London, Atop on Primrose Hill.

Letting London have a breather

As I sit on top of London's beautiful Primrose Hill and look over the whole city, there seems to be a much needed calmness in the air. As I start this blog and look forward to posting many more stories about food and travel, part of me wants to deter away from even mentioning this pandemic and I don't know why that is. I have decided to use this time whilst in lockdown to walk to a very special spot of mine (as I'm sure many other people's too) and soak up this great city while it lays dormant and awaits for its people to re-emerge. It almost reminds me of when Glastonbury festival requires a much needed fallow year for when the grass and nature needs to rejuvenate the pasture once again.


The calmness in this picture is somewhat accentuated with a spontaneous ray from a rainbow that quickly formed after this picture was taken and then quickly evaporated as it appeared. If you haven't spotted it yet - don't worry - it's tucked neatly behind The Shard almost giving it some god like stature; perhaps Renzo Piano (the architect) pulled a few strings with the big guy upstairs, eh?


#walkeattalkeat #Primrosehill #wetefoodandtravelblog

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Updated: Feb 24

England - London - Borough Market - Applebee's Fish restaurant / takeaway stall.


Borough Market

Even in lockdown Applebee's takeaway stall still attracts a crowd.


Here whilst on my "daily exercise" I have wondered into the world renowned Borough Market and low and behold there lays Applebee's Fish restaurant with their takeaway fish wraps stall outside. I have always wanted to try one of their fish wraps but the queue would always be too long. There have been times when I have been cajoled so much by the incredible smell then only to have just missed out due to such high demand for their food (they sell out very quickly). Well in the wise words of Buzz Lightyear "Not Today!". I found it slightly ironic though seeing that even in lockdown there was still a queue but this was a good omen for me. It showed that Applebee's still had that special spark for people to perhaps detour on their "daily exercise" and grab a much needed #foodtherapy fish wrap.


As you can see from one of the pictures the menu is very simple; three choices 1. Prawn wrap 2. Cajun fish wrap 3. both. I decided to go for their succulent garlic prawn wrap with a squirt of mayonnaise and chilli sauce then topped off with some lettuce as garnish. In a time where positivity is some what lacking; this wrap whacked a huge smile on my face & stomach. Not only was their food incredible but their service too was very inviting and they had a good energy about them. I look forward to returning to try their Cajun fish wrap in the coming weeks and well; I guess I'll then have to try both of them together because...…why not eh?


Why not go for a small detour on your exercise and grab one of their incredible fish wraps?

#applebeesfish #Boroughmarket #walkeattalkeat #Londonstreetfood #Covidwontbeatusdown


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