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#Lockdown Foodie Secrets

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

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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: Jun 3

A little gem that you can't miss called the 'Smoke House' on Brighton & Hove seafront.


You are seeing the smokehouse in Brighton seafront that was once used by Jack & Linda and will hopefully be used again by Clare.
Smoke me a kipper!

I have popped down to Brighton to see my family this weekend with the extra added enjoyment of the latest April restrictions easing up.

From previous blogs I have written about, its great to document each phase of the re-opening of towns and cities but also to witness the joy of what it means to people. And today's enjoyment will be coming from a sumptuous smoked mackerel sandwich ( ignore the title, they do do smoked kipper but had just sold out - catchy title though -eh?) with tomato, lettuce, beetroot salsa, fresh ginger, dill and a blob of horse radish for that little extra kick. Also, a little tip - try not to wear your favourite white shirt as the beetroot salsa will make it its destiny to make camp in the fabric - no bueno -. At least I have a new purple shirt now.



Its funny, I do like fish from cod to haddock etc even the month I spent in Tokyo, I really wasn't that fazed by any of the tastes and really do love sushi but perhaps it was when I was a toddler that when I tried cockles / sardines / whelks that - that - intensity of salted sea water imprinted a very "memorable experience" for me that made me only try those sorts of fish on special occasions lets say (good luck with trying to get me to eat jellied eels, another life perhaps). Also perhaps it was my taste buds, maybe they had to mature a bit to really enjoy those types of fish & mollusc's.




Well today was the day and it only seemed fitting with the re-opening of more shops and food outlets that this serendipitous moment called itself as a special occasion. It was delicious, all the tastes coming together and complementing one another especially with the initial taste from the salted smoky flavour from the mackerel to the strong hit at the end of the horse radish that cleared my sinuses straight through. The texture of the mackerel is very similar to cooked chicken which threw me for a second wondering if I had been hustled....which I was not. Clearly as you can see in the picture, the presentation and the clear apparentness of each stage of the sandwich was just right. Whilst eating, I did notice something or someone watching me and all of a sudden a seagull swooped past me and missed my food so beware these seagulls have also acquired a taste for these incredible sandwiches too.




The actual edifice of where the smoke operates today dates back to the mid-late Victorian era. The building of the arches to when this part was more for the fisherman to make use of the small spaces. Next door you will also find the 'Brighton Fishing Museum' and is definitely worth a visit. They have placed outside a neatly restored Red fishing boat from yesteryear which might I add the young rapscallions of Brighton love to jump into on a Friday night out and reply the Titanic scene....I would know because I perhaps long ago I was Jack for a brief second.


You'll see on the front of the building a few signs that say 'Jack & Linda Mills' they were the previous owners of the smokehouse who I've been told started it up around 25 years ago. They retired a few years ago now, much to everyone's sadness but no fret as the new owner ( Clare and her trusty helper Jake - as seen in the pictures) have only continued the impeccable food and service of Jack and Linda. I can safely say 'The Smokehouse' is in safe hands and is ready to serve customers from far and wide their incredible fish.



Brighton Smokehouse address: Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NR

Website: https://brighton-smokehouse.business.site/


#brightonseafront #smokedfish #brightonhistory #foodtravels

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Updated: Mar 19

England - Brighton - Bond Street.

Bond Street Coffee in Brighton helping out Walk Eat Talk Eat's coffee fix.
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: Jun 3

Posted in London, Atop on Primrose Hill.

Atop of Primrose Hill, taking in London's beautiful scenery.
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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