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Gourmet on the Go!
When not slaving away with only Twitter and mad dog for company, I occasionally have a 'life.' This usually entails cooking for friends, trying far too many wines, and the occasional entire day out. I will post my ramblings, recipes and recommendations here on the 'Gourmet on the Go' blog. Hope you find something of interest!

 

January 21, 2010

Join The Virtual Beer Festival – with Ales by Mail

Filed under: Celebrations & Events — Tags: , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 7:20 pm

Ales by Mail - www.alesbymail.com

What could be better than sliced bread…?  The Ales by Mail Virtual Beer Festival of course!  Now don’t be deterred by the word ‘virtual’, you will not be expected to glug invisible beers from a pretend glass in the style of Marcel Marceau, instead you can join the online community in a national festival from the comfort and welcome warmth of your own home.  Invite some friends, cook up a feast and share your tasting notes with the WORLD… ok, on Twitter, or Facebook if you are so inclined.  Here are the details:

The first Ales by Mail Virtual Beer Festival will take place on Saturday 20th February at 20.30 GMT.

The format is simple – order one of their Beer Festival packs by 2pm Weds 17th Feb and they will deliver it in time for the festival.

The festival beers will include:

  • Rulles JeanChris No 1
  • Elmtree Nightlight Mild
  • Calvors Suffolk Lager
  • Sambrooks Wandle
  • Hoggleys Solstice Stout
  • Red Squirrel IPA in the USA

Ales By Mail are proud to be the sole UK stockist of Rulles JeanChris No.1 – a wonderful Belgian beer and they’re sure you will like it too!

At 8.30 on 20th Feb follow AlesByMail on Twitter as everyone tries the various bottles of beer and discusses them. It should prove to be a fun evening and they hope you can join them.

Essex Gourmet certainly will…

Ales By Mail - Virtual Beer Festival 


January 12, 2010

The Best Fish and Chip Shops in Essex – To Celebrate the 150th Birthday of Fish & Chips

Filed under: Celebrations & Events — Tags: , , , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 9:30 pm

fish_and_chipsDid you know that it is the 150th Birthday of Fish & Chips?  Exciting isn’t it!?  I would like to say that I sourced this information from a newspaper wrapped portion of our nation’s favourite take out, although, I actually read it on-line… whilst lazing… in my bed.

Still, to celebrate the grand ole age of 150, Essex Gourmet has decided to seek and find the very best Fish & Chip Shops in Essex, to share and delight!  But first, to whet your appetite, here are some interesting trivia facts that also inspired me from The Independent’s article:

  • An average serving of chips contains more than double the fibre found in an average serving of brown rice or bowl of porridge.
  • Fish and chips outsell Indian takeaways by four to one.
  • Fish and chips came top of two surveys as a national icon, beating the Queen, Princess Diana and the Beatles.
  • An average portion of battered cod and chips has fewer calories, saturated fat and salt than a cheese and tomato pizza.

So there you have it – Fish and Chips are relatively healthy in comparison to alternative take-away choices, and are deemed more British than the Queen.  So crack open the bubbly – Champagne, Cava, Vinho Verde or a good Riesling all pair well – and celebrate with a big portion of Fish and Chips from Essex’s finest:

Basildon:
Fish
n Chickn – 2 Kidcaps, The Knares, Basildon, Essex, SS16 5UD

Chingford:
Wilsons Fish and Chips
– 101 Station Rd, Chingford, Essex E4 7BU

Colchester:
Fish
n Chickn – 54 St Christopher Road, St Johns, Colchester, Essex, CO2 0NB
Scooby Snax – 3 Church Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, Essex CO7 0JE

Grays:
R Mumford & Son – 6-8 Cromwell Road, Grays, Essex RM17 5HF

Hutton:
Fishn Chickn - 1 Rayleigh Parade, Hutton, Essex, CM13 1BN

Maldon:
Paul’s Plaice
– 4 Bentalls Shopping Centre, Colchester Road, Heybridge, Maldon, Essex CM9 4NW

Southend:
Frying Pan – 609 Southchurch Road, Southend on Sea, Essex SS1 2PN

South Woodham:
Fish
n Chickn – 14 Reeves Way, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5XF

Upminster:
Fishy Business
– 109 Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, Essex RM14 2AH

Wivenhoe:
Henley’s
– 9 Vine Parade,Wivenhoe, Essex CO7 9HA

The above Fish & Chip shops & restaurants have been recognised and awarded for their commitment to quality and the use of fresh, sustainable fish stock – Enjoy!


January 3, 2010

Oh Marmite How I Love Thee – I want to join the Marmarati

Filed under: Celebrations & Events,Foodie Competitions — Tags: , , , , , — gourmet-on-the-go @ 4:19 pm

Marmarati

The Marmarati (you must have heard of them- http://marmarati.org/ ) have opened up membership applications to become one of the esteemed elect group of taste testers for their prestigious and most coveted XO Marmite pots of eternal bliss.  All you need do to apply  is express, creatively, your love for Marmite.  But wait!  Put down your pens, crayons, glitter and glue, for applications are now closed…  I know, it is heart breaking yet true. 

Still, you can vote for the many ‘efforts’ on the site, or even better, cast your eyes upon my unrequited poem of Love for the deep, dark, delicious one – Which Was Written Too Blinking Late To Enter!

An Ode to Marmite

I_Love_MarmiteOh dark luscious tempter, how wanton you make me, with your silky shine, and bite of Unami.
How I wish I could keep you all to myself, hoarding your goodness from every shelf.
Oh Marmite to you, I will always be true, a loyal servant of pleasure, my whole life through.
Just don’t change, all right!  Coz I luv ya Marmite!  Yeah. X

Yes, it should have been me.  Yet, dry your tears as Marmite XO will be available for all us plebs from March of this year – hurrah!  In the mean time, Essex Gourmet recommends that you try Chinese XO sauce, ooh, it is exceptionally good!  Buy the real stuff from Parksons Cash & Carry in Southend.

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