Wednesday, August 30, 2006

News Round

Wed 30 Aug 2006

Having missed out last week's update this one is a bit on the busy side ...

In the beer drinking arena - we've tried Tusker (Kenya), Peroni Gran Riserva (Italy) and Quilmes (Argentina - site only in Spanish). While Tusker was a bit light on flavour, the Peroni was my personal favourite. Far more tasty than 'normal' Peroni - it was delicious and packs a mere (ahem) 6.6%. Andy did agree, but felt the Peroni lacked a bit of fizz (may have been the individual bottle or the glass) and opted for the Quilmes as his top choice.

Today sees the start of the Leeds Food and Drink Festival. To be honest, I've been pretty disappointed with the marketing of this event - it's been pretty hard to find decent literature, or even a decent website - but let's hope the real thing exceeds expectations.

Last week we made a flying visit to Jino's, the small Thai cafe on Otley Road. Wow! The restaurant is BYO (alcoholic beverages only) and charges no corkage! The dishes are incredible value (3 people, a main course each, £20 in total) - and big servings too. The service is efficient and friendly and you leave well fed.

The long weekend saw us head to Bradford and the city centre based International Market Festival. Full report to come - it was a great afternoon out!

In local news - Ferret Hall Bistro in Headingley is closing its doors - and will be replaced by a Thai restaurant ... not sure how much Headingley needs another Thai restaurant (what with Jino's and Sala Thai), but I'm quite disappointed that I never made it to Ferret Hall (and excited to have somewhere new to try!).

Saturday 9 September sees Headingley get its own farmers' market ... it's the Celebrate Headingley weekend and the market will take place from 9 - 1230 outside the Arc.

And finally ... random blog of the week is Exclusively Food. One look at that chicken pie and I was sold ... and it's a fantastic name!

1. Jino's Thai Cafe, 46A Otley Road, Leeds, LS6 2AL, ph: 0113 278 8088
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6 Comments:

Blogger PJ Smith said...

Hi there,

I enjoy your blog, very informative. I went on the link to find out more about the food festival but found out pretty much nothing - they haven't even listed the locations. I agree it's had no publicity at all, which strikes me as a bit odd considering that the whole point of it is to raise the culinary profile of the city!

Anyways, keep up the good work.

Pat

p.s. With this weather, to leave Adelaide you must really like Leeds!

2:54 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi Pat - I'm glad you enjoy the blog! I hope the food festival is a success - but it's very hard to get to with so many mid-week day-time activities! The events seem to be centred around Briggate so maybe I'll manage a cocktail tomorrow night!

And as for the weather ... at the moment Adelaide is warming up for summer and sitting at 26! Grrr!

Alex

11:33 am  
Anonymous Kirsty said...

It is so sad that Ferret Hall has closed!! We wish we'd been able to go for a farewell meal - you really missed out by not eating there, Alex, the food was fantastic. The pork with brandy, cream and apricots was a particular fave of mine, and they added interesting herbs etc to their (lush!) home-made ice cream. Have just come across your blog, and there's lots of interesting stuff in there - will hope to make it to the Headingley farmer's market, as we often go to the Leeds one. I'dalso like to get organic fruit and veg delivered - were thinking of trying Farmaround - have you any experience, commenrs or recommendations?

Thanks!

Kirsty

4:45 pm  
Anonymous farmaround said...

Farmound are absolutely brilliant - the best organic home delivery company in the world

12:03 am  
Anonymous Ian said...

I will miss Ferret Hall. Has it closed or relocated?

6:56 pm  
Blogger Alex said...

Hi Ian - as far as I know, Ferret Hall closed. I remember reading something about what the owners intended to do but can't quite remember ...

8:51 pm  

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