Banh Mi 11 in Broadway Market – a destination sandwich establishment

It was rather cold when we set off for our trek across London to Broadway Market, our quest was for the highly recommended banh mi stand there. Banh Mi 11 delivered the goods in terms of excellent Vietnamese sandwiches even if they took a while to prepare. [image image_id=”2095″ align=”left”] Banh Mi 11 are part … Continue reading Banh Mi 11 in Broadway Market – a destination sandwich establishment

An utterly horrible breakfast experience

After barely any food yesterday and another drag of a night with insomnia I thought I’d cheer myself up with a tasty breakfast treat. Most of the breakfast establishments in Woolwich are just too horrific to visit, so I found myself in MacDonald’s. How bad can it be, I thought? I had no idea… This … Continue reading An utterly horrible breakfast experience

A risky purchase, but I do love the producer

In 2001 d’Angerville lost up to 70% of the production in some vineyards due to hail and subsequent sorting to weed out the damaged grapes. His net yields averaged less than 25hl/ha, which is seriously low. How did M. d’Angerville sum up the 2001 experience? “It was a difficult year.” Quite. [image image_id=”2090″ align=”left”] Volnay … Continue reading A risky purchase, but I do love the producer

Even though we are drinking less we still have to be warned about alcohol

The neo-prohibitionist’s favoured uncritical press-release reporter, the BBC News website, tells us we are drinking less. The amount of people buying alcohol from an off-license in the past year has dropped from 37% in 1998 to 27% in 2009 and we are drinking less in pubs and bars. If it were an enlightened reporter writing … Continue reading Even though we are drinking less we still have to be warned about alcohol

It was wasted on me

A bit earlier tonight the partner cooked a lovely creamy fish pie for dinner. When he hauled me out of bed to eat it I thought it smelled lovely. However, I am feeling so unpleasantly ill all I could manage were a couple of forkfuls. Tasted lovely, but my ‘man-flu’ (aka the cold I caught … Continue reading It was wasted on me

The children! Please someone think of the children!

Whilst I would certainly agree that teenagers should not drink to excess, this piece of scare-mongering propaganda in the Telegraph can be neatly summed up by two quotes (one by an arch neo-prohibitionist) it contains: We’ve seeing (sic) a slight decline in the number of children who drink – Don Shenker, total arse and Chief … Continue reading The children! Please someone think of the children!

Many apologies for today’s missing food and drink reports

Today I was supposed to be meeting people for lunch at the brilliant [link2post id=”351″]Franco Manca[/link2post] pizza establishment which would have been, no doubt followed by some reports on quality beer from a decent drinking venue. However, on Monday morning I developed a cold of such impressive nastiness that it resulted in me spending the … Continue reading Many apologies for today’s missing food and drink reports

A happy, if slightly weird, anniversary to remember

My long-time reader may recall that I have paranoid-schizophrenia; this is why I have a generally low-intensity life writing opinionated drivel about booze and food. I developed it during the late 90s whilst I was studying at Oxford for my doctorate. The screaming intensity of the paranoid delusions and hallucinations became so powerful and intolerable … Continue reading A happy, if slightly weird, anniversary to remember

How to stop the neo-prohibitionists from winning

[image image_id=”2342″] I mentioned the article on Velvet Glove, Iron Fist about the real history of binge-drinking in a tweet earlier. It is well worth reading, lots of interesting data there, and good criticism of the BBC News website’s latest bit of anti-drink propaganda. It makes the point very clearly that the moral panic over … Continue reading How to stop the neo-prohibitionists from winning