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!
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.
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:
Eat more food, possibly in new restaurants so I can talk to you about them
Getting on tour with my band (we just recorded a new demo!! For more info click here)
Trying to stay sober at gigs so I can give you better details about them (and we all know this is not going to happen)
Creating a B&G Facebook profile for more foodstuff pictures and less nonsense words
I know that Christmas day is actually next week, and you’re all too busy buying last minute presents on Amazon, but trust me, this post will help you get into the festive spirit without the need to take a walk down Oxford Street.
The Churchill Arms is located in Kensington Church Street, a 5 minute walk from Notting Hill Gate station, and it surely is one of my favourite pubs in West London.
The ambience is cozy and warm, the staff is super friendly, the selection of beers is not bad at all and they have a great Thai restaurant called Spice of Life on their flowery back, serving the best Pad Thai I’ve ever had outside Thailand.
It’s since 2010 that I’m stuffing my face in this place, and I’m pretty much sure I’ve tried all the different things they have in the menu, from the quite filling prawn crackers to the great noodles and curries, both religiously made with fresh ingredients.
If you feel like you’re one of the braves that can handle the spiciness pretty well, then you should order their Pad Kee Mao, a darker type of noodles compared to the other ones, incredibly tasteful and unbelievably hot!
Go there to enjoy some good food and chill out in that Xmas coziness before January comes to take everything away with its disgraceful blues and its freezing temperatures. If you get the pad kee mao let me know how was it without using the word “spicy”.
Gigs&Tips: As I told you not once but twice, I do have a band. We are called Arrows Of Time and our bandcamp page is frequently populated with very cool music. Check it out, and if you like our sound come and see us on January 17th at the Constitution in Camden.
Just to clarify: Bibs = food. Mainly around London, as it’s the beautiful city where I am living at the moment. And Gigs, mainly because I love Live Music as much as I love my Nonna’s Lasagna, beers, colourful sunsets, big Loblollies and the Stay Puft dude from Ghostbusters!
What you won’t find in the Gigs section is:
Negative reviews. And the same rule applies to the bibs one: If I don’t like it, I am not going to talk about it.
A Justin Bieber’s gig review.
Professional pictures – For 3 simple reasons: 1 – I am not a professional photographer; 2 – I rather use my hands to hold beers (even if a fiver for a pint served in a plastic glass is an absolute robbery); 3 – Taking thousands of pictures (which is the new hipster thing), as it is probably the rudest behaviour you can find during a concert. Even worse than nudity!
Professional reviews: Because they are so fucking boring!
The entire set list, unless I’m lucky enough to grab one directly from the band, or get invited (really unlikely) to an after show interview.
What you’ll be amazed to find is:
Fun stories: Not a lot of things in life are better than a night out to a gig with your mates! What you’ll get is not just my feelings about the event but also what I am able to read in other people faces, especially if they’re either drunk or high.
Shitty pictures and shittier videos.
Some rude language and several synonyms of the word Boobs (like Loblollies for example).
Some tips about the venues’ surrounding area in terms of food and drinks: Basically, if there are nice restaurants and cool pubs down the corner from the gig’s venue I’ll let you know about it. And I’ll also try to link some of the gigs reviews with the appropriate bibs ones.
Now, it’s Friday, and the sun is shining over London…. Let’s create the right atmosphere for the upcoming weekend….