Suffolkfoodie followers, The Sparkes family, sent in this report following a very good meal at The Bistro on the Quay. Coeliac readers, give it a try and see if you agree.
This restaurant is a great example of how to get it right, from the cheerful attentive service to the beautifully presented and delicious freshly prepared food. I am a coeliac and also have some intolerance to dairy products. As soon as this was conveyed to the waiter he asked if I would like the chef to compose a separate menu just for me. Nothing is too much trouble. Such a change from the usual blank looks of ‘oh not another fussy eater’ that I normally get. A real range of starters, mains and desserts, it was hard to choose.
Recommendations - Bang Bang Chicken with peanut sauce, Grilled Sea Bass and the Grilled Thai Chicken breast. Must try - Samphire, I had never had it before. And Creme Brulee for dessert.
Yes, it is more expensive than your average pub, but then you are getting very high quality food, beautifully cooked and in a light and friendly atmosphere where you are made to feel that your custom is valued. I am going back to try the rest of the menu.
Yesterday we headed off to the community event held by USAF Lakenheath to celebrate July 4th. They sure know how to hold an event and cook for the thousands of visitors attending. Not a commercial food outlet in sight, but an amazing selection of foods prepared to raise funds for the various organisations that exist on the base. We ate corn dogs, hot and spicy chicken wings with carrot and celery sticks, smoked brisket with fried pickles, kebab combo of chicken and beef kebabs with corn on the cob and funnel cake with cinnamon sugar. These guys pictured made us chicken fajitas with sour cream and tomato salsa. It was a great family day out with an amazing firework finale. The food just kept on coming, ooh, and yes, there was Aspalls cider in the beer tent.
Suffolkfoodie has gone off to Barbuda in the Caribbean for six weeks ( to visit her family) InspectorX and veggieplot have been left to man the computer. Here is the first picture that suffolkfoodie sent from Antigua. It didn't take her long to look for food!
Why not hold a Marie Curie Tea Party? My friend Margaret held one yesterday for her 50th birthday party. We made sandwiches, cakes, cookies, scones, muffins, pimms, pots of tea and also enjoyed strawberries and cream. The party went on until 9pm after a great afternoon of catching up with old friends. Margaret raised £200. Well done and Happy Birthday Margaret!
Coffee break today was on the seafront in Lowestoft. This cappuccino was good and the papers were available to read the latest gossip. Snappy service and friendly staff although no time to try the lasagne which was dish of the day. The large terrace meant that I could catch up on a bit of windy sunshine too.
So Granny has agreed to have the reception at her house, which has saved the problem of finding a suitable venue and no doubt saved Wills and Kate a bit of money too. As we're in·the year of austerity perhaps a delivery from Iceland could be arranged? A thirty-six piece chicken platter followed by·a thirty-six·piece dessert platter would only set them back £10. What's more you can design, print or email your invites from the website and use the party planning tool to work out quantities and menus, so there would be no·need for Lady Elizabeth Anston·to sort things out for them, and a few more quid could be saved. Beef is likely be on the menu on April 29th·and·hundreds of bottles of vintage wine and port are being earmarked for the big day from the underground vaults of the Treasury at Whitehall.· The Queens Red Poll herd at Sandringham were·under 24 hour guard since the wedding announcement but by now·the beasts will have been dispatched and should be·hanging to mature nicely - ready to be turned into cottage pies,·Wills' favourite food. Cakes too have changed over the years. I made my own, tradional three tier, royal-iced fruit cake. but Kate is apparently a chocoholic and may go for something more unusual. How about a cookie cake?·Or maybe your relationship started over a playstation?!
I catered for weddings for most of the 90’s. It's hard work, but usually a lot of fun. Not only did I organise the food and drink but it was not uncommon to carry out other unusual tasks, and of course not everything goes according to plan. Re-gravelling the drive is an old favourite at the country house wedding - impressive - until cars arriving at the reception become firmly embedded, requiring all hands on deck to push them out again.
One request to have all food served by identical twins, each with a a pair of Dalmatians forming the welcome party, was probably the most bizarre. A modelling agency provided the twins, most of whom had never served food before and stood around looking anorexic and useless. Luckily most of the guests were on diets too so weren’t bothered that the canapés weren't flowing. And I wonder if the Middletons and Wales’s families will end up having a punch up in the car park?
I had the misfortune once of being invited to a 'dry' wedding. There was going to be wine, but guests were expected to buy it from an overpriced bar. I decided to take matters into my own hands and bought a nice big 5 litre wine box and a roll of wedding paper. Wrap the wine box up in the paper, having located and released the tap first. As you arrive at the wedding, gift under your arm, hang on to it - insisting that you need to personally present it - you can now put the box on the table and pour to your hearts content. You'll make lots more friends and can join in the foodie party games too!
As some of the first food bloggers to start writing in the UK our sixteen year old blog is noted by many in the industry for it's longevity and accuracy regarding the world of food. We are hospitality trained, between us worked as a hotel inspector, chef and a food taster and written extensively about food and food trends - how to cook, what to eat and where to go. Ruth continues to work as a freelance consulant to food led hospitality and tourism businesses. Take a look at her website here. We have been invited to attend promotions and contribute to feedback for many in the food industry over the years including the Suffolk Magazine Food and Drink Awards, the Suffolk Food Hall and and Broads Authority "Eating out on the Broads". We work with PR companies to promote new openings and food events. If you invite paying guests into your home then invite us to your supper club, or if you want to share a recipe, send it to us. Ruth is based in Suffolk and Claire spends much of her time in London, so we travel everywhere for good food - Abroad if necessary. We are always on the look out for new trends, exciting new producers and innovative businesses in the world of food and drink.
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Been out for blackberries after reading that there are about 140 different types out there. The writer lived in London, recommended only picking above waist height (!) and suggested you buy sweeter varieties from a supermarket as the wild ones have to be cooked to be sweet - lol...