Moshi Moshi Book Launch at Moshi Moshi Liverpool Street

Tonight, the Canadian and I are at a Moshi Moshi members’ event for their new book launch, 500 Sushi. So far, the fizz is flowing and the sushi plentiful.

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So far we’ve had avocado and plum, duck with chilli and onion, scallop, and some beautifully rolled maki. All the sushi has been lovely, with one small exception of the duck – the onion on this was so bitter it deflected from the taste. My favourite so far has been the scallop one, but the Canadian opted for the duck. So as you can probably tell, it’s all really rather good.

So, here’s the book:

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And since the last update, we’ve been served the following and had a wonderful conversation about sustainable fishing:

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Burgers in donuts – need more be said?

I didn’t have to ask twice about whether to get tickets to the latest Bompass and Parr collaboration. The Mercedes Drive-thru in the old Selfridges hotel underground car park; in association with Mercedes-Benz and the Avant/Garde Diaries.

I went with absolutely no expectations, or I should say: being a seasoned B&P event goer, I was comfortably reassured that it was going to be good. And oh my, it was sweet, greasy, tasty good.

We were met by the curtained entrance by a very polite maître d, who (like all well briefed staff) immediately informed us about the cheese. A walk-through confirmed it was a veritable smorgasbord of British delights, including a British camembert and unpasteurised goat’s cheese:

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Oh my, the cheese:

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We were shorty after ushered to through into the revolving restaurant and taken to the bar. As usual, someone did an excellent job of the staging, and the place was like a scene out of Twin Peaks – with giant, blown-up pictures of bodybuilders and heavy, red velvet curtains:

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Suffice to say, all staff were inpecably dressed and incredibly polite. We soon ordered our food (me taking the veggie option, the Canadian opting for meat) and also ordered our sodas (mine a violet and elderflower concoction spiced up with a splosh of gin, the Canuck had the orange quinine one – preference was for the violet):

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The violet one put me in the mind of parma violets and made me want to try using that flavour in cooking more often. Next we selected our seats (salami formica tables and stools no less) and revolved around, offering the opportunity for diners to marvel at the drive-thru spectacle unfolding through the windows, all the while moaning with delight at the food. Donuty, burgery, savoury…goodness gracious me:

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All in all, a most excellent way to spend a an hour or two. £10 for a burger like you’ve never tried before, topped with some pretty outrageous soda, and a constant revolving spectacle before your very eyes. Oh yes, and that cheese! The experience was not diminished by the lack or car, I’d even go so far as to say the pedestrian experience was the better of the two options.

If there are tickets left, I highly recommend you get down there.

Just as an aside, if you are interested in Bompass and Parr I urge you to purchase the following two books:

Buy Bompass and Parr Jelly

Buy Bompass and Parr Cocktails

Brighton Food Festival 2012 – beer festival at Vin Du Pub

Last night we went to our first event of the Brighton Food Festival and it began with ale. We were in the function room of the Vin Du Pub flanked by a reasonable selection of ales, from brewers such as Beachy Head and Dark Star.

£5 entrance fee got us our tasting glass (effectively a standard pint glass just with the extra/vital 1/3 pint measurement marked on) and a taste of one of the beers or ciders of our choice.

I started off on the lower alcohol ales, getting a 1/3 pint of Beachy Head’s The Legless Rambler which went down a treat. Ty hit the cider to start (all the cider was 7% or more) which had a strong strawberry flavour – I moved onto that one for dessert.

The other notable quaff was the Dark Star Revelation – this rounded off our time at Vin Du Pub in favour of hitting a new pub. The consensus in the group was that, although beer festivals are a great showcase for breweries and beers, the condition is sometimes a bit off. Some beers in particular could have done with being a little colder.

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So – thanks to a passionate local’s recommendation – we headed to The Cask just a couple of roads over. I think this pub had almost the same amount of beers available (certainly if you count the bottled beer) as the beer festival. Here I nursed a pint of Rabbit which was lovely – the gents hit the 10% ales and soon it was time to hit the sack.

There are plans to revisit The Cask, there are still so many things to try!