Review:”Make a Little Birdhouse In Your Soul” – The Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

"Birdhouse in Your Soul" was a big hit in the late 80s for a band called They Might Be Giants. The same could be said of the latest venture by The Birdhouse Tea Company, because judging on my recent visit they're doing everything right to become giants themselves. Birdhouse Tea Company opened their first shop … Continue reading Review:”Make a Little Birdhouse In Your Soul” – The Birdhouse Tea Bar & Kitchen

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A Day Out At Sheff Food Fest 2018

"What a difference a day makes" Or so goes the song. How about a year then? Well, a year ago I wrote about Sheffield Food Festival 2017 . Then there was indeed a lot of good, some bad and some ugly. This year it's vaunted to be bigger, better.... the best yet. The run up … Continue reading A Day Out At Sheff Food Fest 2018

Review: Na Pedra, Sheffield – Like a Night in Sao Raphael

As the second, large macieira (Portuguese brandy) slipped effortlessly down, I really did think I was back in the Algarve on a balmy summer's night. And why not? After all, we were here at Na Pedra, Sheffield's very own Portuguese restaurant, in the trendy antiques quarter. With us, my brother who now spends most of … Continue reading Review: Na Pedra, Sheffield – Like a Night in Sao Raphael

Review: Magpie Cafe – The Basillica Beckons

"Are you regular?" our jovial waitress politely enquired of me. "Yes thanks" replied I. "It's all down to the prune juice you know!" Next thing I felt was the wince of pain as Lemmy grabbed the flesh of the inside of my thigh under the table and nipped...HARD. It's her subtle, loving way of telling … Continue reading Review: Magpie Cafe – The Basillica Beckons

Review: Golden Taste – We’re Afraid of Food with Chillis In…the Hunanese Are Afraid of Food WITHOUT Chilli In!

And with that title, welcome to The Golden Taste Restaurant, just off the main run of eateries in Sheffield's London Road area. As I peered into the window of the little, unassuming Chinese restaurant, I was reminded of Pinhead, the quintessential character in Clive Barker's 80s horror movie "Hellraiser" and his quote (in a slightly … Continue reading Review: Golden Taste – We’re Afraid of Food with Chillis In…the Hunanese Are Afraid of Food WITHOUT Chilli In!

Dear Santa…….Sheffield Food Festival 2018

So, the season of peas on earth and good brill to all men is almost upon us No, not that horrible Christmas thing but a celebration of Spring and all the good food type stuff that comes from Sheffield and all around....namely Sheff Food Fest 2018. With this in mind, this old food blogger has … Continue reading Dear Santa…….Sheffield Food Festival 2018

Review – Veeno: At Last! A Little Bit of Italy Comes to Sheffield

Recently I was faced with a dilemma. What would you do if the doyen of food reviewing in Sheffield asked if you'd like to accompany him on an Italian wine tasting with food thrown in, all for free? Only problem is, there's no room for the wife to come along. Do you............ Politely refuse and … Continue reading Review – Veeno: At Last! A Little Bit of Italy Comes to Sheffield

Tomayto Tomarto……Try Pomodoro di San Marzano

Reading Jane's post on the excellent Kouzinacooking about her almost Grail like search for the tomato sauce of her husbands' youth got me thinking. Would Sir Lancelot's idea of the perfect sauce include Queen Guinevere? I digress, I swear the tendrils of approaching spring are making me frisky. What I meant to say was it … Continue reading Tomayto Tomarto……Try Pomodoro di San Marzano

Review:Cafe Indus, London Road

If there's anything certain in this life, besides the proverbial death and taxes, it's that the old saying "what goes around comes around" is invariably true. A few short months ago I was bemoaning the dearth of quality, traditional Asian eateries in Sheffield (Ruby, Ruby, Ruby & Apna Style Sheffield) when suddenly, before you can chuck some … Continue reading Review:Cafe Indus, London Road

One For Sorrow?? – Never When You Spot THIS Lone Magpie

Preface: I wrote this piece back in May 2011 after one of our day trips to Whitby with my late dad which, on his (and our!) insistence, had to include an obligatory trip to The Magpie. It was long before the devastating fires of last year which left them closed for months. Happily now reopened, … Continue reading One For Sorrow?? – Never When You Spot THIS Lone Magpie