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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.

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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

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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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Pizzetta Pizza
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 ❤

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 #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.

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Me & Rufus out in the sticks in Kinsale
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11am drinking on St. Patrick’s day – Cork
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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…

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Secret Lagoon – Flúðir
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Dyrhólaey beach – Vik
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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:

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1. Unpaved roads
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2. Broken things (click the picture for more info about this broken thing)
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4. Icy beaches
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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…

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Pastasciutta – Via delle Grazie (Roma)
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Funghi & cheese – Alice pizza
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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!