Monthly Archives: February 2012
I love the story of the tortoise and the hare, of David and Goliath, or any time when the little guy triumphs over the big.
Best case in point this past month: Ode in Shaldon, a charming little Devon seaside restaurant that has been named Sustainable Restaurant of the Year by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
It beat out Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage, which took second place.
Chef-proprietor Tim Bouget got top marks for local sourcing as well as energy and water efficiency and waste management. Check it out the next time you are in the West Country!
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
May your day be filled with the best chocolate, along with the appropriate chocolate identifier glossary (which British chocolatiers smartly include so you know just what you’re getting before you take a bite. No surprises!).
A week or so ago, I blogged about the breading cat craze that’s taking over the Internets.
I tried to bread my cat this weekend. She was decidedly uncooperative. So was my bread. The slice was made weakened once I carved out the middle and then she bolted each time I moved toward her with the altered slice. This was the best result I could get:
I’m starting to think breading is just a Photoshop exercise.
In any case, the BBC has reported on another blow for British pets.
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A Facebook friend from Hawaii posted this fantastic story from The Telegraph yesterday. I love how hilarious news stories can travel the globe.
In this one, an undercover Sussex police officer “chased himself round the streets” for 20 minutes after a CCTV operator mistook him for suspect. Read the full story here.
My FB friend said it best: “Cue the Benny Hill music.”
A big congrats to the two British sisters who have been recognised as the world’s oldest living twins by the Guinness World Records this week. Did you see the news?
Edith Ritchie and Evelyn “Evie” Middleton hold the world title. They are 102 years old and live in Aberdeenshire. They both have never travelled outside the U.K.
When asked her secret to a long life, Edith said: “Simple living, hard work and a good husband.” 🙂
I love a good gastropub and as far as I’m concerned, the U.K. is king for this blessed blend of good pub and grub.
Budweiser Budvar announced the UK’s top 50 Gastropub Awards yesterday, as voted by 750 chefs, food critics and writers.
Sometimes, only a Brit will do.
Such is the thinking behind BritishBartenders.com, an L.A. company that brings posh British bartenders and staff to service any event.
Started by a British bartending bloke (say that three times fast) named Martin Cole, the business is famous for “private event mixology” and “bartending to the stars,” according to their website. They can provide all of the ingredients, glasswear, alcohol and ice as well as the bar itself for the perfect bash.
I think he’s on to something. Brits know how to make a good, stiff drink. They don’t bat an eye at excess and they know how to tie a Windsor knot. Plus, they know how to pull a proper pint, when you grow tired of cocktails.
Too bad I’m not in L.A…
Have you heard of breading? The Daily Mail reported on it yesterday and I have to say it might be the best thing I’ve ever seen. I know it’s quickly becoming a global phenomenon and is not exclusively British, but I couldn’t resist.
As an aside, I’m sure Brits would use a nice farmhouse loaf for this kind of thing.
Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger and Steve Jones out?
I’m actually enjoying the shake-up.
If you’ve been hiding in a cave the past 24-48 hours, here’s what you’ve missed!
What do you think? Is “X-Factor” going to be even better next season without the deadweight?