Jealousy makes me hungry. Why? I see other people go to lovely restaurants, which, in turn, makes me want to go. This was the case with Tandoor Chop House and me missing our monthly Curry Club.
This was all the way back in January, so it has been a while, but I finally managed to drag myself to the restaurant and sample its delights with a friend.
I had heard good things from my friends about the restaurant and the fact that they either wanted to go back or had gone back, was a good sign for me.
Tandoor Chop House - "Tandoor Chop House is the meeting of a North Indian communal eatery and a classic British chop house. It brings together the characteristics of these two traditional restaurants. the tandoor ovens, Indian spices and marinades, select prime cuts of meat, and buzzing atmosphere. The result is a place diners can come to socialise over drinks and share plates of hearty, comforting food."
Nice words from Chop House. A few words I like to see: Share, Hearty, Comforting.
This was a quick lunch, so we didn't order too much between us:
We shared all the above and it left us feeling happy and satisfied. I wasn't stuffed and did not go into a food coma; which I think is a positive.
If I did return (WHEN), I would probably not order the onion rings or the fries, just as I feel that I would want something more aromatic and traditional. These fusion type dishes were tasty but I would try a special or a larger sharing dish instead. Maybe these could be the sides they are meant to be rather, than a sharing dish we had.
All of the above with drinks came to just under £45.
GOOD TIMES: Lovely restaurant, with good vides and good food
WATCH OUT: Nothing to worry about, except if you go without me. Invite me, I am free
OMG: The Lamb Chops- it is in the NAME
Good Mexican food in London is something I struggle with. Where do you go? Wahaca? Nope. Mestizo in Euston, not really.
What about breddos tacos? This food truck, come permanent restaurant has been cooking up a delight in London for a few years now and although I have had a takeaway from them before, last week I sat down in their restaurant for the first time.
A bit of background form them first:
"Breddos started out as a makeshift taco shack in a car park in Hackney back in 2011. Since then, we’ve gone on to do residencies and pop-ups, Street Feast, a cook book, as well as a cook-off at LA’s Tacolandia festival in 2016, before finding a permanent home for ourselves in Clerkenwell. Our food is influenced by the hundreds of roadside taquerias and restaurants we have encountered on our travels throughout America and Mexico, whilst utilising the best of British produce from passionate producers such as Phillp Warren and Son and Wild Harbour in Cornwall."
Learn from your travels around the world and delight the masses in the UK; yes please.
What did we eat on a slightly chilly Monday night.
Tacos (of course): These are for one and between us we ordered from across the menu. I went specifically for the:
Masa Fried Chicken: Roasted habenero, heritage tomato pico de gallo
Kung Pao Pork Belly: sichuan, Bird's eye chile, spring onion
Other dishes to share:
Beef Quesadilla - picture above. A great sharing dish.
Pork Chop - with all the toppings etc on the side for people to make their own wraps OR just have the meat by itself
Lamb Shoulder - As above. Sherwin ripped apart the meat off the bone and then we each took our portions and ate the tender meat.
Some views of my friends who joined me for this visit:
- The beef quesadilla and slow roasted lamb joint for sharing were outstanding.
- Good taco joint where sharing is the best way to sample all the delights.
The pork belly and 'seafood one (Octppus) were delightful.
Staff were friendly and very quick to offer their recommendations as to which dishes we should try
I couldn't agree anymore with the above views and thoughts. Breddos was a bit of an adventure. The food came out when ready so we were constantly excited and waiting for what was to come next. This continued all the way to the dessert of churros and ice cream.
GOOD TIMES: Pork Belly tacos so good, you really should get two
WATCH OUT: No warnings needed, relax and have some Mezcal
OMG: The sharing dishes of Pork and Lamb were divine.
A day can be viewed as 24 hours, 1,440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. Every hour, minute and second is precious and however many months or years we live, we have always been told to value life.
We need to value life yet ensure we fulfil our objectives and justify our reason for existence. We were put on this planet for a reason. That reason is to create life and survive. We survive life by eating & drinking and having suitable accommodation to live in.
Now we as a human race, eat many different things – some people are vegetarians, some only eat ‘junk’ food and others a bit of everything. Does not matter as long as we procreate and survive.
Since the dawn of time man has managed to make a building space out of nothing. Whether we live in a cave or a condo it does not matter as long as we procreate and survive.
We watch numerous nature documentaries and with the help of Dr Attenborough understand the focus of animals on these objectives. They eat and keep warm for the winter. They have sex, I mean reproduce, to ensure their species are maintained. We also see them play around and perform other antics similar to human beings.
So why is it as human beings we are told to “stop wasting your time” and that “life is too precious to waste”?
Surely, everything we do aside from ‘mating’ and eating is a waste. How can we be more productive with our time to perform our objective? Or what is the point? Has humanity reached the tipping point? The number of people on this planet is over 6 billion. Can this planet handle this number or does it even need more people? Maybe that is why we waste life.
By wasting life, here I simply mean, doing anything and everything aside from fucking (whoops – the correct term is making babies), feeding our bodies and getting the required rest to allow us to continue, you know, doing the do.
I say everyone should waste life and waste life to the maximum. If you want to work in an office do it, if you want to draw pictures do it! It is your time to do as you please. If you want to marry someone and waste some of their time too, then do it. Everyone claims we do not have time to waste, I OBJECT. We actually have too much time on our hands to waste. Medical advancements let us live longer and have test tube babies and thus have even more time to waste. In this century, the actual act of Coitus is not necessary to make a baby. IVF, ICSI and whatever other processes are out there and hence people have sex to waste time.
Next time someone says to you “STOP WASTING MY TIME”, ask them why? Ask them, what are you going to do with your time that is so important? If they state anything other than “making a baby”, “eating” or “sleeping” then keep on wasting their time.
HECK, me writing this piece is a waste of time but I can do it. Otherwise if I want to get back to our objectives, I will finish my bagel, go home and try and impregnate my wife.
Wake up, get ready, make your way to work, order your coffee, pick up your coffee, start work and so on.
This routine is fairly simply and is what a lot of people do now. Nothing strange or out of the ordinary and easily accepted as part of life.
But let us rewind a bit and go into a bit more detail. Thanks to Starbucks and similar companies, life becomes so much easier and my commute so much smoother as I can order in advance and pick up my coffee having already purchased it via my mobile phone. Yay to apps and ensuring I do not waste time. If I did this every day, after a while surely the staff at Starbucks would start recognising my name and say “he is here again and he has ordered a Flat White again”. Every so often this may be followed by “…he must be hungry as he now wants a bacon roll”. Who doesn’t like bacon?!
So now Starbucks know I like a Flat White and occasionally, I will indulge and treat myself to another item. When you order an item you are telling them more than just what you like to eat. The additional information in that order is:
· Time of order
· Cost of order
· Location of pick up
· No. of calories in order
This is just your barista at that store that know this information. Starbucks as a company, they collate a whole lot more details. Signing up to the app you provide this with address and phone number and all of a sudden, Starbucks know where you have travelled from to get your daily coffee. Hmmmm...
In this world of consent for marketing messages, cookies and targeted advertising, data is key. I am feeding Starbucks and other similar loyalty and member programmes so much information. The worst thing about this, I am doing it willingly. I am the one with a TripAdvisor account telling people about my holidays. I am the one with Google Maps giving reviews about places I have gone. If my work ever saw the times I was not in the office, well…nothing would change but you get my point. And then, what about my perceived loyalty?
Do Starbucks head office tell my usual Starbucks if I go to a different branch? Is that classed as cheating? Do my usual Starbucks even care and what do my local Starbucks think of my antics?
So many questions I ask myself and should I care or should they care? I as the consumer am consuming both their mobile application and their goods. Starbucks as the retailer are providing me a service and are taking my money. Win win for both I would assume. But what if they wanted more…they know so much about me! They know my movements. Are they Big Brother and tracking my movements…I feel scared. Like Terminator and the machines rising, will Starbucks rise and claim us all based on the information they have. Will they oust my secrets as to how I changed from semi-skimmed milk to Soy Milk?
What is your objective Starbucks? What is the end goal? Surely you cannot just want to serve me coffee? The convenience and service you provide have made it way too easy for you to get a hold on me. Your ploy of offering me rewards and a free coffee every 15 purchases has kept me interested for now, but how much longer.
It has just dawned on me. I have been using the Starbucks app for over 2 years now. I even used it on my holiday to New York. Who am I kidding - Game over.
This is 21st century living. We are in a digital age where movement are tracked, preferences are known and relationships pieced together. All of this is done both with and without consent. What are you going to do about it? Me, I embrace it and accept it. Make it work in your favour and make sure you order your coffee in enough time to avoid that awkward wait.
Another year, another amazing show by London Super Comic Convention. Six years now and the fans keep on coming.
LSCC is and has always been about the comic book fans and the show definitely delivers for them. The fans get there super early in order to see their favourite artists and writers and to buy comics and novels.
I was volunteering again this year, from Friday 11am until Sunday 2pm, I was there to assist, Jon, Gary, Sherwin and the rest of the team. We were an army of about 40 volunteers with the sole aim of running a great show.
The convention is for all. Families, comic fans, film buffs, novel enthusiasts, collectors and cosplayers too. All were evident across the three days. The effort made by all was impressive and a sample of outfits can be seen below.
This years venue was at the Business Design Centre. This was a new venue, new time and layout. Set out across three days, over the August Bank Holiday weekend, guests were arriving early doors on the Friday.
Comic Fans are passionate and loyal. They are also hardcore and determined. The fans would queue up way before start time to see their heroes.
One of the main heroes was Brian Michel Bendis. This guy was the creator of the Marvel Ultimate Universe. The queues to see Mr Bendis were well over two hours long. The fans were willing and happy to wait. Dedication. They were very lucky as Mr Bendis happily dedicated extra time to see many fans and sign as many books as possible.
Another great convention. Thank you all the volunteers, artists, exhibitors and most importantly you- The Fans. See you Soon!