Tag Archives: East London

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.

Andrew

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.

DSC_0073

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…

DSC_0190

_20160504_083937

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

Cluck Off!

These Mothercluckers are the kings of fried chicken in London! And I’m not saying that just because today I won a free meal through their Friday Instagram competition, but because every time I go visit them I always get quality food at a reasonable price. And the portions are huge, which is always a bonus for a chubby Italiano like me.

Mother Clucker 4
Let’s get clucked up!
Mother Clucker bonanza
Strips + Mac&Cheese
MC 2
Strips + Cajun Fries
MC
Strips, Mac&Cheese, Cajun Fries, homemade spicy sauce.. YES!!

As well as producing amazing Mac&Cheese, with the magical addition of jalapenos and courgettes, they’re also a great bunch of people. You’re always welcomed with a warm smile, and, although there are sometimes queues at lunch time, it’s never more than 20-30 minutes from the moment you join, to the glorious moment you get the food in your hands. Definitely worth it!!

MC tips
You better leave a clucking tip!
Mother Clucker prices
Pretty cheap, innit?

BuzzFeed recently added them to “21 London Street Foods you need to eat this lifetime” list, ranking them in third position. Well done cluckfaces!

Mother Clucker 2
Get in touch with the MC crew!

Gigs&Tips: Next weekend I’m going to see Fat Freddy’s Drop at Ally Pally. Three good reasons to go:

  1. They are an unbelievable band
  2. Mr Scruff is opening the night with his extraordinary DJ set
  3. Gigs at Alexandra Palace are always fun

Enjoy your weekend cluckwits..

These Indians will stuff vegetables inside you for nothing..

What to say about Taste of India?

The first time my friend Sunny took me here and told me on the way “it’s a vegetarian restaurant” I politely replied to her with something similar to “F**K THAT!

However, since that day I’ve come back to this East Ham gem 6 times and every time I’ve returned, apart from the Polish waitress, me and my mates reassuringly seemed to be the only westerners in there.

My flatmate arrived in the area an hour before us and since he couldn’t find a pub he decided to wait at the restaurant. By the time we arrived he had already demolished 1 plain naan, 2 huge samosas and a Kadhai Paneer (pretty tasty), but the guy really can eat so for him that was just a little Entrée.

The moment that the menus were left on our table a little revolution started with the amount of food plates we chose. We ordered as if there was no tomorrow. Our requests to the waiter rapidly followed: “We want this.. And That! And please also this one! In fact make it two! Actually, 3!” (I should also add that every time we order way too much food… but I can promise it’s worth it!).

We started with a lovely Chilli Paneer, an Indian cheese with an amazing chilli sauce – pretty spicy and sweet (just at the right point so as not to be a common sweet and sour taste) and a portion of Masala Vada, 2 fried doughnuts with Sambar sauce and some Chutney.

Chili Paneer

Masala Vada

The Masala Dosas that followed were INCREDIBLE and incredibly huge. The Chef’s secret Dosa was a little too overfilled with peppers for my liking and not on the same level as the Masala ones.

Dosa

Even though that amount of food could have fed an entire family we fearlessly decided to carry on, and with a blink of the eye we had on our table a massive Garlic Naan (they probably used 10 garlic cloves for that), a lentil curry called Dal Makhani and a potato based dish called Aloo Methi Masala.

I should point out here that unfortunately ‘Taste of India’ does not serve alcohol and it was probably this lack of beer on the table that allowed us to continue bravely on the second leg of our food voyage.

Two points to consider: Point number 1 – the incredible flavours of the Aloo Methi (see next picture) made this dish a winner over the Dal Makhani, which wasn’t bad but just a bit tasteless.

Aloo

Point number 2 – After eating the entire garlic bread my breath was so bad that I had to call an exorcist the next day to return it to normal.. It was well worth though!! Amazing Naan! But be warned!

They also have a good desserts choice but it was literally impossible at this stage to eat any more!

The final bill came to £45 total with tips included and, considering how much we ate, I can tell you it’s a really fair price. You can literally go there and stuff your face with a fiver but hey, we do have big stomachs.