Paris, the new Eat.St, and other diary dates
Apologies for the dearth of street food news – I have just returned from a trip to Paris where there appears to be none at all. That said, while my boyfriend sped from from one side of the city to the other doing the Paris marathon, I decided to take on a French food marathon instead, packing in almond croissants near the Bois de Vincennes, rose and mint macarons from the Pierre Hermé concession in the Galeries Lafayette, a celebratory plate of poulet rôti with frites in the wonderful Chartier restaurant and a late night crêpe with Nutella by the Moulin Rouge. (Incidentally, I have discovered a lovely little new website guide called City Turtle which I blame for all of this and also highly recommend).
Anyhow, while I may not have been updating LSF, it is not for want of copy. LOTS of exciting things are coming up to look out for:
1. New Eat. St in West London
First off, I recommend that everybody keeps an eye on the newly re-furbed Imperial Arms pub in Chelsea this week… Not only has socialite Tamara Beckwith helped relaunch the old boozer (evening standard interview here by Rosamund Urwin) and pulled in the fabulous Jez from The Bowler to take up residency in the kitchens on Tues/Wed/Thurs nights, but she has also decided to make it the official West London Eat.St site, bringing in traders on Fri and Sat evenings from 6-10pm. All info here and I am just a little bit excited about going down there.
2. Banhi mi and pizza at the White Horse Hoxton – tonight/Friday
Tonight and tomorrow there is a two-night only pop up at the White Horse Hoxton. Broadway Market’s Bahn mi 11 are cooking banh mi baguettes tonight, Thurs, while the boys from Pizza Pilgrims on Berwick St Market are putting pizzas out tomorrow, Friday. Check it out, 7-11pm at The White Horse, 153 hoxton street, N1 6PJ Twitter: @hoxwhitehorse, @pizzapilgrims, @banhmi11uk
3. #blogEATblog dawg FINALS – Sunday judging
If you haven’t already had one, the hot dogs made by Abiye Cole here are rather nice, so nice in fact that everybody wants one. A few weeks ago, Abiye launched #blogEATblog where he invited some food bloggers to come to the Vibe Bar on Brick Lane, E1, to see who could make the best new topping for one of his dogs. There was Turkish inspired slaw from Fergus Jackson (@handtomouthblog) in Heat 1, callaloo & crab, pickled red onions and a fiery hot pepper sauce from Ian James (@grobelaar) in Heat 2, drunken onions, bourbon soaked bacon jam, cheese curds and chilli cheese from @chrisgreen @PaulLomax @steampie and @_RosieT in Heat 3, and apple and pink peppercorn chutney from @SmyChutney.
The final is this Sunday from about midday onwards and I have been asked to help judge the winner. Come down – it should be a good laugh. Info and pics here
4. The StockMKT returns next Friday 27th April
Remember reading about this when it came around in December? Well things are gearing up for the second StockMKT on the last Friday in April. Much like the last one, this will run as a night market in Bermondsey Square with all sorts of street food and craft stalls, but it will also see the launch of the Kebab Kitchen, a brace of boys selling cracking lamb donors made with British meat, chilli sauces, pickled cabbage and blitzed red peppers. Last time I checked, it involved James Ramsden and Oliver Thring, both of whom cook beautifully and write well about food. Info here
I think that’s about it. Oh, and this week we also visited a friend in Chantilly just outside of Paris so there may have been a croque monsieur and a banana split with Chantilly cream as well in that food marathon… off to Eat.St Kings Boulevard now. full report soon…