Uncle (and auntie) Wrinkle

I had a nice dream a couple of months ago… It was about a cosy place somewhere in London where not just I was surrounded by beautiful potteries and beautiful people, but where I was also being served authentic Chinese food (a lot of food actually) at extremely cheap prices!

I spoke about this dream with my friend Namiko and when she told me that place does actually exist and that is owned and managed by two really good friends of hers I kindly told her to shut the f**k up!

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Here’s Namiko! She likes pork belly!

She took me down to Uncle Wrinkle in New Cross that very same night! And since that day I now have faith that sometimes dreams actually do come true!

Kwan and her husband Patrick are specialized in:

  • Ceramics >> My opinion on Kwan’s potteries (even if I’m not an expert on this subject) is that  are designed to make people happy and that they have a perfect combination of beauty and simplicity.
  • Smiles >> A lot of them! And all free of charge!
  • Noodles >> Especially the Singapore style vermicelli.
  • Pork belly >> Yep, you read that right. Pork belly! The best I’ve tried in London by far!
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Patrick, Kwan and Namiko  🙂

I think I’ve already used too many words… I’ll let the pictures do the talking now!

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Chinese tea and Kwan potteries’ corner  🙂
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BBQ spare ribs!
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Prawn on toast, Butterfly prawns, chili oil and the two little Buddhas
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Aubergine w. chicken in sweet soy sauce, Almond chicken in lemon sauce, Pak choi
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Sweet &Sour fish
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Singapore style Ho-fun noodles! So tasty!
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The final touch…

Uncle Wrinkle is located just outside New Cross Gate station (299 New Cross Rd, London SE14 6AS) – Go and say hi to Kwan & Patrick… I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

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The one and only Uncle Wrinkle

Music Music Music! I’m going on a massive tour with my band Arrows Of Time starting Oct 3rd and I’m very excited! Some sort of details can be found on the video here below…

 

Yee-Haw!!!!

 

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Cheer Up! It’s B&G day!

Hello, Hello, Hello!
Today I’ve got the inspiration! Today it won’t be another “I’ll write some stuff tomorrow” kind of day! Today is (after three long months!) B&G day!!!
How’s everybody doing? I hope you’re enjoying this stunning British Summertime as much as I do… #KillMeNow

But let’s not complain about the weather (as it is just the effing weather) – Let me tell you instead what happened in the B&G world since we last spoke:

  • B&G suffered the Brexit quite a lot. We are very offended and we’re now thinking on leaving the London HQ to move somewhere else. Siberia maybe. Or the Mali desert. Once the decision is made, we will let you know!
  • B&G appeared to both Isle of Wight and Glastonbury festivals!
  • B&G had the pleasure to shake hands with Henry Rollins from Black Flag and Tim Commerford from RATM.
  • B&G won’t be B&G without food in abundance; eating like there’s no tomorrow and there’s no today is our motto, so we’ll surely talk a little bit about what appeared in the menu during these three months of silence.

Let’s start from the political side of things…

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Really? Do you really want that? Come on guys… Just look at these two pricks up here! Are words really needed? All is f+++ed up at the moment and me writing about Brexit & ignorance attached to it won’t certainly change things.

What about some music stuff? We all love music! And Glastonbury! And being very excited to tell people we’ve been there and how great it was! And how we’re looking forward to get tickets for next year (even before the damn thing has started)! And to bitch about how cool is this and how awesome is that all over Facebook just to make jealous who couldn’t get a ticket and to piss well off who could not give a flying F++K about Glasto!


I’m still shocked about the quantify of mud and how many times I got stuck into it to realise if I enjoyed the Worthy Farm experience this year or if I simply didn’t have the best of times. I loved the music though, as you normally do when some great bands are involved – Here’s my top 3:
1. LCD Soundsystem
2. Kurt Vile
3. PJ Harvey

 

I don’t have a top 3 for the Isle of Wight festival – Although I was amazed by YAK at the Jack Daniels stage and I was VERY impressed by Richard Ashcroft and his band rocking the main stage on the Saturday afternoon (just before The Who, which I found so bloody boring). I also played with my band for the second year in a row – We went out as a duo this time, we had a blast and, just to make the whole thing unforgettable, we had a tent full of people watching us!!

 

And what to say about Iggy Pop and his Post Pop Depression tour? Wow! I’m still speechless! Just to give you an idea: Take Iggy’s never-ending energy > add to it the quality/music intelligence/coolness of Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dean Fertita from QOTSA > ask Matt Sweeney to play some grooves on the bass guitar and Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys to smash it on drums > place everything inside a packed Royal Albert Hall for a couple of hours and… KABOOOOM! THE U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E SHOW is served!

Even a slightly crippled Henry Rollins (which I’ve met briefly before the show) danced during the entire set!

 

Last but not least: Tim Commerford from Rage Against The Machine and his new side project Wakrat – They’re a powerful trio with some great bass lines combined perfectly with some serious drumming and some loud and distorted guitar riffs! Zack de la Rocha on vocals would make a huge difference, but I’ll have to say Tim is actually a pretty good singer!

 

That’s it for now B&G friends/amici/amigos/amis. We love you all so much! Just to give you an idea we love you as much as we love food… And, even if in this post we mainly talked about music, you know we do love food a lot… And we also love A LOT of food (obviously)! We believe these are some pretty good reasons to keep following us here on WordPress and on Instagram, where you’ll be able to see in more details where and how our diet keeps constantly failing.

Hasta la proxima X

Freak(y) Frico Styley

I promised to be more present in here, I know. Sailor promises. As usual! And you should know that.

I’m not in the greatest mood as this 2016 so far brought just some shit storms and took away from us people like Bowie, Prince and, last but not least, my good friend Andrea. You surely have read everywhere about the first two so, on the notes of the beautiful Purple Rain, I wanted to let y’all know how great Andy was and how many times his honest smile made me and a lot of his friends feeling at home. You’ll never be forgotten my friend. NEVER. And wherever you are I hope one day I’ll be able to find you and to remind you how shit SSC Napoli is at football.

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In terms of food I’m still failing with a proper diet, which is the good news. The bad news, if you’re a B&G old school fan, is that recently I’ve been posting on Instagram instead of writing stuff in this page (sorry Mike Hodge) – But not to worry B&G Amigos, you can still have a look at all the beautiful things I’ve demolished in the past two months by clicking here.

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This beauty up here is called Frico and it’s a dish from Friuli-Venezia Giulia (North-East part of Italy) which consists of a wafer of shredded cheese and potatoes heated by baking or frying until crisp. #CrispPorn would be the perfect hashtag to use in this case.

Damiano and his friend Marco started recently this new adventure which goes by the name of Freak Frico and they’re now in the bureaucratic process of moving their stand from The Boiler House in Brick Lane to The Pump in Shoreditch. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for them in order to get this cheesy and crispy orgasmic dish (and their homemade tiramisu) back to the streets of London ASAP!


And now the music bit…

Tuesday 3rd May: Mark Lanegan @ Union Chapel in Islington. The concert left me speechless. I’ve met a good friend of mine at the gig and at one point he looked at me and said “Dude. I’m crying!” – That says it all…

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There’s a short video on the B&G Instagram page that is definitely worth checking.

I don’t want to sound bossy but if you don’t know who Lanegan is please cancel whatever you planned for tonight –  Go home instead, switch off your phone, light up some candles, pour some good wine and start your journey into planet Mark Lanegan. Be careful though, it can be addictive.

Alla prossima X

Lemmy, David, Ennio & Leonardo

Good morning my dear followers. How many of you out there? 8? 4? Just me? Well it doesn’t really matter does it?

I’ve been pretty busy eating like a Sumo Wrestler during Xmas, then I went to Brugge in Belgium for a weekend and to Thailand for 10 days. When back in the UK I’ve played quite a lot of gigs with my band AOT and, last but not least, I’ve lost my job, which sucks big sweaty bollocks on one side of things but on the other it gives me some free time to write some nonsense here on B&G.

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Gnocchi Making Team 2015: Nonna, me, Namiko

Even if this lovely picture above just made you craving for some gnocchi I regret to inform you that this post won’t be about food. It will be about music and, for the first time on Bibs & Gigs, it will be about cinema.

Let’s start with two big L-E-G-E-N-D-S that unfortunately left us recently: Lemmy Kilmister and David Bowie. So many things have been said about the death of these revolutionary motherfuckers, so many tears, so many pissed off people, so many fake fans that just used it as an excuse for posting something on Facebook or Twitter, so many touching tributes, like the Arcade Fire parade in New Orleans for example (Watch it. It’s great!)…

Without being repetitive or quoting something that someone probably said already… I just want to say THANK YOU!

Thanks Lemmy for being such a badass and for always playing LOUD and distorted music! I’ll never forget the Motörhead gig at Download Festival in 2010! The energy, the volumes, the what-you-see-is-what-you-get attitude. Unbelievable! It was raining like judgement day could have arrived from a moment to another but ZERO fucks were given. Not by Lemmy, not by the thousands of Rockers/Metal-Heads/Punks watching the show!

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And Thanks David, Brixton boy. For some silly reasons I was expecting you to be on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year. The number of bands you’ve inspired is countless and what you’ve given to music in almost 50 years of career can’t even be measured. Your departure to Valhalla land left a huge empty space down here that won’t certainly be filled by people like Adele. You’re still in time to work some tricks and take her up there with you but I won’t blame you if you decide not to do so.

David

 

It’s now time to talk a little bit about cinema…

As we all know last night it was that time of the year where Leonardo Di Caprio is trying to win an Oscar. Since 1994! After six nominations and a bag full of frustrating moments he finally managed to succeed thanks to his great performance in The Revenant. Personally I’ve preferred him as Jordan Belfort (The Wolf of Wall Street), but I’ll have to say he was outstanding also in his latest movie.

What really made me proud last night was another statue won by Ennio Morricone. His music for Tarantino’s new movie The Hateful Eight is simply magic. But that’s not something that surprises me considering what Ennio did throughout the years in terms of soundtracks/songs that will literally make you cry like a little kid. See below…

In these occasions I’m so happy to be Italian – We’re such a little boot shaped area but, even if we lack on some aspects (like politics for example), we always managed to influence a lot of people around the globe with our passion, with our culture and (especially) with our food.


And now the I’m-going-to-a-gig bit: All Them Witches are playing on Wednesday at The Lexington…Can’t effing wait to finally see them live!

Until next time Ladies & Gentlemen – And please don’t worry… I’ll be mainly focusing on edible stuff next time.

Less bombs, More Pizzetta!

I can’t really complain about how things works here in the UK. I’m in love with the Royals and on the whole the way the country is run, BUT I believe that start bombing here and there will just mess up things even more so I’m not totally proud of the country I’m living in at the moment..

Anyway, I’m not here to talk about that and you, dear B&G lovers, know that very well! I am here to talk about PIZZA and its many healing skills…

Am I the only one thinking that pizza is one of the best things ever invented? Probably not!

Some say it’s an Italian invention, some says it’s Turkish, some others says it’s Egyptian… I really don’t care who gave birth to that orgasmic mix of flavours – All I care about is eating as much pizza as I can and make sure I always get to try the new good pizza meccas in town…

… Like ‘Pizzetta’!

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I was invited recently to try some pizzette at their South Kensington branch (Thanks Charles for that) and both me and my sister (100% Italians) were very impressed for the following reasons:

  • Atmosphere: Great and very Italian! A lovely Christmas tree with Panettone boxes as decorations, a warm smell coming from the combination of coffee/hot pizzas/love/fresh ingredients and a big TV where you can watch both Serie A and Champions League.
  • Big choices offered even without a menu: Don’t expect to go there and waste your time reading a menu – Time is very important when it comes to pizza eating so just walk in, choose 2/3 slices, order a Peroni or a coke, take a seat, eat!
  • Lovely staff: Valentina’s smile and kindness will make you forget about pizza for a second or two and that in my opinion kinda says it all.
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Ham, Courgette, Rocket salad Pizzetta

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New pizza flavours every day! And fresh ingredients!

They also do Italian Aperitivi, with good/cheap Spritz served and some pizza for free, so if you’re bored of the Premier League and watery pints  served by grumpy bartenders head down to Pizzetta to see Serie A, drink/eat some good stuff served with a smile and, if you’re in the right mood, learn some proper Italian swearing.


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For more info check their website: They have two branches at the moment (Victoria and South Ken) with a third in Mayfair coming soon.


Can’t close a blog post without adding some music stuff…

Thursday 12th November – Gutterdämmerung screening/teaser – Kentish Town Forum

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Henry Rollins – Gutterdämmerung – Kentish Town Forum

Henry Rollins, Grace Jons, Jesse Hughes, Dave Catching… All together on the same stage for some good loud music and a little teaser of Gutterdämmerung, the loudest silent (not really silent though) movie ever existed, which also features Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme, Slash etc.

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That was such a fun and at the same time unusual night, where everyone walked in without knowing what to expect and walked out with a big satisfied smile on the face.

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If you’re curious and would like to know more you should take a look at the video here below:

Jesse and Dave were having such a great time on stage and it gives me the chills thinking that the next day they almost lost their lives playing the Bataclan with their band Eagles Of Death Metal…

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Jesse Hughes & Dave Catching

 

Have a great Christmas everybody… And watch this space as I might be writing about some family Xmas time cooking real soon…

Peace, Love, Death Metal ❤

Sutton & Sons: Fish & Chips with style

Italians love stories… Especially stories behind food!

I still remember when I was a kid and my grandfather told me everything about his minestrone: “The recipe is 100 years old Filippo and I promise one day, when you’re older, I’ll be revealing you all the secrets” … Unfortunately that day never came, as Nonno left us over 20 years ago, but I’ve already started trying to reproduce that amazing soup he was famous for and I’ll keep you posted on that.

I bloody love stories… Like Matthew’s story, who started working at Sutton & Sons when he was a kid and when they were just fishmongers in Stoke Newington High Street. “Geezers, I went from gutting fish on a pretty rough part of town to managing restaurants. Can you believe that?” … What really got me there wasn’t just his strong Cockney accent, but his passion about what he used to do and what he’s doing now!

He explained to us that the Sutton family started serving fresh fish/seafood in 1998 and 17 years and a heap of satisfied costumers later they recently opened their third restaurant in London, with the ingredients coming, of course, directly from the fishmongers. How good is that?!?

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Sutton and Sons – Essex Road

I could have listened to him for hours and hours, but the main reason why me and my friend Damien from London Munchies were there at their brand new Essex Road branch was to try some food… And God we did!

This is the feast that Matthew arranged for us:

  • Fried Whitebait and Calamari (£4.50 each). I love my calamari and I’m not afraid of saying that these were the best calamari I’ve ever eaten in my whole life! Very meaty and VERY yummy!

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  • Second Starter: Half kilo of mussels (£4.50 per half kilo or £6.95 per kilo). As good as the ones my Mamma cooks me when I go down to Italy to see her – If you’re a seafood lover I definitely recommend you to get some when going there!

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  • The Fish & Chips (£9.95) + Mrs Sutton pickles (£2.90 each): The piece of cod that Matt brought us was very tender, not greasy and not heavy, the chips were pretty badass, the curry sauce was like heaven in a gravy format and Mrs Sutton homemade pickles were the perfect addition to this beautiness.
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Please bear in mind that the food looks MUCH better in reality!!
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Mrs Sutton homemade Pickles
  • The grilled swordfish steak (£9.50): YES! YES! YES! My dad used to take me to a fish restaurant near Genova when we were doing wine deliveries around there and swordfish was the only thing I was eating. Not because I was picky but because it was f-ing delicious. This little anecdote to simply tell you that the Sutton & Sons sword fish is on the same level as that one was and I’ll probably take my dad to confirm that next time he’s coming up to London.

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Delicious sword fish @ Sutton & Sons
  • Last but not least: His Majesty tuna steak burger (£11.90 w. chips). What can I say about this beast? And what to say about the HUGE amount of tuna steak in it? The most appropriate adjective is “Orgasmic”, no doubts about that! Pesto and pickles on the top half of the burger, rich and a wee spicy tomato sauce underneath. How am I suppose to start a diet when I’ve got something like this just a 10 minutes Vespa ride from home?!?!

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Tune steak burger @ Sutton & Sons… Jesus!

To all my Italian followers: I know that a lot of you, when in London, are always curious about fish and chips… Needless to say that next time you’re over here, rather than entering a random pub and order a battered and greasy piece of an unspecified animal sold as fish, please go and see my friends at Sutton & Sons – They have great lunch deals, a 20% discount on food after 4pm (offer valid in their Essex Rd branch until the end of November) and they will stuff-your-face with quality food.

For directions/additional information simply visit their site or contact me and I’ll be happy to point you in the right direction.

If you do Instagram stuff don’t forget to tag B&G if you’ll be going there after reading this!

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Cutting the tuna steak burger in half was a pretty tough job…

Thanks for reading and THANKS Matthew for a great night and for a quantity of food that would have fed an army! Best fish and chips I’ve had to date!


Planning on having a naughty weekend? If so make sure these guys will be part of the soundtrack… I recently saw them at the O2 Institute in Birmingham and they blew me away!

Ciao for now!

Arrows of Time + Nenno Pizza, Ethiopian feast and Kleftiko experts

Ladies and Germs,

Good to be back writing to y’all!

I haven’t being a great food photographer recently but, as far as I know, food is mainly made to be eaten and the fact that I’m still quite chubby (and lovely, of course!) kinda tells ya that I failed one more time with my diet plans!

Anyways… I’ve visited some great food spots recently and these three are definitely worth a mention on B&G:

  • Kokeb (Ethiopian – London, N7 8XF): It was my first experience with Ethiopian cuisine and GOD it was good! The portions were big, the food was tasty, made with fresh ingredients and made to be eaten with your hands. On top of that, the lovely lady that owns the place doesn’t just makes the orders for her guests, but also allows them to get fresh beers from the bar whenever they’re thirsty. 10/10 to this tiny ghetto gem!

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  • Nenno (Italian – London, N1 9DU): Sardinian restaurant with huge pizzas and great seafood! The manager told me that the food selection is changing in winter and that dishes like wild boar stew and lamb cooked in the wooden oven will be added to the menu. 8/10 and worth another try, Fo Shizzle!
  • Andy’s Taverna (Greek – London, NW1 0AG): Walking distance from where I live, this Greek restaurant operates in Camden Town since quite a long time and it never disappointed me! Favourite dishes: Kleftiko, Moussakà and Loukaniko. 8/10 every time I visited.

What I really want to talk about (and what’s keeping me really busy at the moment) is my band, which is called Arrows of Time. We’ve recorded a new EP down in sunny Italy this summer, done a pretty badass photo-shoot (courtesy of Tim Charles – see below) and played two shows at the Indigo O2 (2500 capacity) supporting Level 42  just last weekend.

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We also have a new video coming out soon and this is the teaser:

If you’d like to receive a signed copy of our upcoming 2nd EP please get in touch via Facebook or Twitter! You just need to tell us how much you love Bibs & Gigs and how cool you think AoT songs are. Simple as that!

Also, if you’re around London, these are our next shows:

  • Thursday 24th September – Fiddler’s Elbow (Camden Town)
  • Thursday 1st October – EP RELEASE PARTY @ Flaxon Ptooch Salon & Gallery (Kentish Town)
  • Friday 2oth November – T. Chances (Tottenham)
  • Friday 11th December – The Garage with Strange Planes & Golden Legacy (Highbury)

Have a great weekend, possibly full of food and music.

F.

B&G Abroad #3: The Big Easy, Austin TX, The Big Apple (again)

Oh well oh well oh well… It has certainly been a while Ladies & Germs! Sorry about the long wait but lately I’ve been whirling around like a spinning top (as we say where I come from) and super busy with my band Arrows of Time! Now I finally have some time to type random stuff so let me tell you a couple of stories about places, food, music, boobies, terrible hangovers and mud…

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I’ve been to NOLA with my girlfriend Lucy and what an incredible part of the planet that is..

The music, the people, the “heart-attack-friendly” food, the history, the architecture.. Everything was top notch from the very first moment we arrived, when our transfer bus from Louis Armstrong airport ended up in a ‘Second Line’ Parade for the funeral of “Trumpet Black” Travis Hill (we obviously jumped out and joined it) until the last day spent with an incredible Couchsurfer host called Tim.

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The porch & the swing – NOLA

As usual I won’t tell you what happened day by day, second by second, but I’ll list a top 3 with some nice pics you can look at.. I also get bored when there’s too much to read and no pictures so here we go:

  • Second Line Parade, which is a pretty cool way that people from the Big Easy use to celebrate good or bad things. On this occasion it was the funeral of 28 year old Travis Hill, died while touring with his band in Japan. People were literally crying meanwhile playing instruments on the street and it all ended up in Treme at Travis’s grandma’s house. Words just can’t explain…
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RIP Travis Hill
  • Hot 8 Brass Band at The Howlin’ Wolf: Oh man… These guys can surely give you some Sexual Healing!

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  • THE FOOD! Which is what this blog is all about… I mean, look at those pictures!!
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Duck debris fries @ The Sammich

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Fried oysters, bacon, brie cheese and meunière sauce Sammich
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There’s a lot of crawfish in this picture in case you’ve missed it..
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A LOT of Crawfish!

Everyone knows that a trip to the USA it’s not a proper one until you hit the road and even if the weather forecast was suggesting to STAY AT HOME we decided to stop listening to the experts, rented a shitty car and we drove to Austin.

Jesus, Joseph and Mary! These paranoid American weather experts were Goddamned right! What a disaster!! Rain and wind and huge splashes from huge trucks and traffic jams and rain and thunderstorms and wind! Thankfully, we found the legendary Billy’s Boudin balls on our way there and, after stuffing our faces with their succulent deep fried products, what in reality was the arrival of the Four Knights of the Apocalypse seemed to us like a little bit of rain.

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Billy’s Boudin Balls..

I’m glad we went to Austin, even if just for one day; it’s a vibrant and lively city, with a lot of cool bars, all sort of food trucks, young people and a brilliant music scene. It’s pretty damn hot over there but, even if it’s Texas, life is pretty slow and everyone seems to enjoy whatever things they’re doing. Plus there’s the big fella Colorado River cutting right through the middle of it and there’s no hard day at work that a canoe ride (and a couple of good local beers) can’t beat.

Highlights:

  • Vapors of Morphine at The Continental club: Mark Sandman’s tragic death on stage in Rome back in 1999 brought years and years of radio silence from the Low Rock trio.. Now the two surviving members Dana Colley and Jerome Dupree teamed up with Jeremy Lyons to play Morphine’s songs and they happened to be playing 3 nights in a row in Austin when I was there! YES! If you know what I’m talking about you’ll surely get the excitement, if not, start your education with this incredibly ‘Buena’ song..

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Vapors of Morphine @ The Continental Club – Austin, TX
  • La Barbecue food truck: Cheap, big, tasty, U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E!! See below..

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Driving back to The Big Easy wasn’t a mission this time, our last night there was pretty chilled, thanks to an unbelievable dude from Seattle called Tim Brockman who let us Couchsurf at his beautiful “work” Victorian villa and on the way back to Europe we stopped for an entire afternoon in NYC.

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Fatty, Baldy & the Ghostbusters

The big Apple is always a pretty cool place for an afternoon stop-over. After a stroll around Central Park and an “healthy” lunch at 5 Napkin Burger on the Upper West side with a couple of friends, we jumped on a bus that took us all the way down to the Hook & Ladder 8 fire station, better known as the Ghostbusters building.

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Report all ghosts!

Now onto ‘Mud, mud, glorious mud’..

The reason why I mentioned it previously is because I’ve been to two British music festivals recently and mud showed up eventually but certainly wasn’t the main actor.

Isle of Wight was great: I played in the tiny Hey Joe stage with my band and, for the first time in my music experience, got a little taste of the “being-a-rock-star” cake. No groupies were harmed in the process and quite frankly the only real groupie was Will’s dad, who cooked us breakfast in the comfort of a warm country house not once but twice.

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Blur, Fleetwood Mac, Pharrell Williams (see below) and Jethro Tull upon my favourites. Gutted I missed Kool & the Gang, which apparently were unbelievable!

Glastonbury was even greater and in all fairness it’s probably the best party I’ve ever been! Where else in the world you’ll see Patty Smith joined on stage by the Dalai Lama and a group of thousands hangover/high/emotional fellows singing him Happy Birthday?!? Unfortunately I missed that but watching it on YouTube three days after the festival was over gave me the chills and made me cry a little bit (a lot more than a little bit actually). And don’t get me started about The Fat White Family followed by The Church in Hell-Shangri-La at 5am, or Lionel Richie bringing some California sun at the Pyramid stage, or the Rabbit Hole club at The Park, Jungle and Mark Ronson at The Other Stage etc. etc. etc. God! What a fiesta! If you’re curious click here for some official pics divided by day.

I’m exhausted now. I need some sleep. And I need to stop drinking for at least a year. But ACDC are playing in Wembley this weekend so I reckon all these plan for good and healthy behaviours have to wait.

THUNDER!

B&G Abroad #2: Cork, Iceland and Roma

Buongiorno dear Bibs & Gigs fellows. I’ve been around quite a lot recently and I’m certainly not complaining about all this globetrotting business. It’s included a weekend of pure stupidity in Cork for St. Patrick’s, an unbelievable week driving around Iceland and a weekend to see friends in Roma. Unfortunately, due to heavy drinking scenarios, I’m not able to give you much details on what happened in Ireland.. I remember rivers of Beamish, a lot of cool and friendly people, the beautiful landscapes around Kinsale, the taco fries from Abrakebabra, the funky grooves from a local band called Liquid Emotion, dressing up as an Irish warrior and pushing a giant bull during the parade and that, even if I was sharing an hotel room with my lovely Irish-hairy friend Chris, I never woke up with a sore bum.

Kinsale
Me & Rufus out in the sticks in Kinsale
St Patrick's
11am drinking on St. Patrick’s day – Cork
broken Men
Hairy broken men..

Then it came Iceland and Oh My Dear Lord!! From the moment we landed in Keflavik in the middle of a cold and snowy night until the last day spent drinking beers and Reyka vodka around Reykjavik bars we just felt we had been projected onto a different planet! If you’ve been already you’ll surely get my point, if you still haven’t looking at the following pictures will give you an idea (more or less) of what I’m talking about…

Somewhere in Iceland #1
Somewhere in Iceland #1
Somewhere in Iceland #2
Somewhere in Iceland #2
graveyard
Somewhere in Iceland #3
horses
Hairy dudes
Trio
Travel buddies
Secret Lagoon
Secret Lagoon – Flúðir
Dyrhólaey beach
Dyrhólaey beach – Vik
Snæfellsnes
Snæfellsnes peninsula

Everything was just incredible! And I must admit we were very lucky, especially with the killer whales spotting madness on the very first day of our road trip and the fact we saw the northern lights twice without having to join a guided tour and wait until stupid o’clock freezing in an overcrowded bus (no Aurora Borealis pictures unfortunately as my iPhone is getting old, grumpy and unable to perform). The rest was all about some feelings that are just impossible to write down and some names of towns and places that are simply impossible to remember. If you’re planning a holiday where the most important thing would be completing your to-do list in the shortest time possible then Iceland is not the place you’re looking for.. On the other hand, if you’re happy with severe weather conditions, polar temperatures, places that will make you feel you’ve just been catapulted (Angry Birds style) onto the moon and going with the flow rather than making too many plans, then GO! Highlights of the trip in pictures:

Iceland
1. Unpaved roads
DC3 Plane Wreck
2. Broken things (click the picture for more info about this broken thing)
Iceland dudes
3. Bracers
Jökulsárlón - Iceland
4. Icy beaches
Gullfoss
5. Water and rainbows

And what to say about La Bella Italia? Well it’s my country and every time I land there I can smell home! Mó te magno The good thing about travelling is that the more you see new places the more you’re able to appreciate your own one! I mean, I know Italy is corrupted and it’s sinking like a wrecked ship, but think about the history, the art, the food, the nature, the mountains, lakes, beaches and hills, the movies, the wines, the food again… We’re such a small boot-shaped country but everyone, either for the good or for the bad, knows us and even if we’re noisy and we move our hands a lot people tend to love us rather than hate us. foto 3 foto 4 I’m not from Roma but I’m still convinced it is one of the best cities in the world. I won’t be listing here all the places you’ll need to see because: A) You probably know them already, B) This is not the Lonely Planet website and C) There are too many. We went down there to see our friends Nadia and Tommaso and apart from walking like mountain goats we ate A LOT of unimaginable food…

Roma food
Panino Divino – Via dei Gracchi (Roma)
Roma food
Cacio e Pepe (Pastasciutta – Via delle Grazie)
Roma food
Pastasciutta – Via delle Grazie (Roma)
Alice pizza
Funghi & cheese – Alice pizza
food Roma
Alice Pizza – Via delle Grazie (Roma)

And even if I’m not religious AT ALL – that Jorge Mario Bergoglio.. What a cool Pope!   Next stop New Orleans and Austin ladies & gentlemen.. Stay tuned here and on the B&G Instagram account for more nonsense!

Silk Road (No Bitcoins accepted) & Bibs+Gigs on Instagram!!

Spring is coming dear B&G lovers! You happy? Well I hope so… In case you are not I have great news for you: Bibs & Gigs is now on Instagram!! I know I mentioned Facebook in the last poll (thanks for the ones who voted, especially who gave their preference to the Smelly Armpits option) but I’m 100% sure that starting a FB page will make me lazy towards the blog activities.

So stop doing whatever you’re doing (unless you’re having a delicious meal or some great oral sex), open Instagram, find the B&G Marshmallow Man and click follow (or simply click the picture below)!

B&G
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Talking about food (and not about drugs): I went to Silk Road in Camberwell (click here for their menu) last Sunday after hearing a lot of great things about it.

Silk Road - Pork
Double Cooked Pork Slices – Silk Road

 

 

The food was a bit oily but pretty good (the Double Cooked Pork Slices and the Home Style Aubergines were soooo tasty!) and, since I’ve been in China during my travels, I felt while in there a sort of tradition which I never came across when having dinner in Chinatown.

Silk Road - Pork II
Double Cooked Pork Slices II – Silk Road

 

Silk Road - Aubergines
Home Style Aubergines
Silk Road - dumplings
Beef & Onion handmade dumplings

 

As me and Lucy were very hungry as usual we also ordered a bunch of ox tripe and lamb skewers, some freshly prepared handmade dumplings and a very big portion of hand-pulled noodles with lamb.

Cheap prices, friendly and quick staff, relaxed atmosphere, generous servings. Will definitely come back!

 

Silk Road - Tripe
Ox Tripe – Silk Rd.
Silk Road - Lamb
Lamb skewers – Silk Road
Silk Road (Noodles)
Hand-pulled Noodles

Gigs&Tips: Going to see Swingin’ Utters tonight at the Pipeline and since I’m around there I may go to have some tacos at Lupita… I’ll let you know how it goes!

Happy Friday 13th my dear misfits!