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Title: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 October, 2012, 08:44:19 pm
Who remembers  this great thread (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,34534.30.html) from last year when it was generally agreed that my holiday dinners looked great as did my shirts? Our friends from the colonies tried to argue that their back street shack selling 'slaw' on plastic plates was best but were proven wrong with my Applebees based evidence.

With this in mind I'd be interested to read and view other boarder's meals that they have taken on holiday. Like that little girl's school dinners blog - she totally ripped me off. I'll get the ball rolling with this excellent dinner taken in Spain at THECOSH recommended Casa Mingo. They serve any dinner you want as long as it's roast chicken. I went for the chicken. For full comments this chap does a mean Tripadvisor. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187514-d697480-r141315961-Casa_Mingo-Madrid.html#REVIEWS)

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012337.jpg)

I would also point out that I have 28 photos from this trip and will post them all unless five people use the hashtag #pleasegodnomore
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 03 October, 2012, 08:51:39 pm
But what if six people use the hashtag #howdelightfulpleasecontinue
Would majority rule?  :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 03 October, 2012, 08:53:16 pm
Cripes, BM's gourmet tour reports are better* than going on holiday yourself.






*Medical opinion.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Pete Wells on 03 October, 2012, 08:55:02 pm
I was hoping you'd save these for this year's advent calendar. Next year, can you get Buttonlady to film the meals so you can put 'em on Youtube?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 03 October, 2012, 09:24:58 pm
that chicken looks nom.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Minkyboy on 03 October, 2012, 09:26:55 pm

Was that bread good?
It looks good.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 03 October, 2012, 09:27:39 pm
Who taught you how to hold a fork?

P.S. Did you meet Goaty in Spain?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mudcrab on 03 October, 2012, 09:29:20 pm
Nice. How was the cider?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 October, 2012, 09:42:35 pm
But what if six people use the hashtag #howdelightfulpleasecontinue
Would majority rule?  :)

No. Knowing five people hated me would send me over the edge and I'd be too busy hunting them down.

I was hoping you'd save these for this year's advent calendar. Next year, can you get Buttonlady to film the meals so you can put 'em on Youtube?

No the family camcorder is fully booked on <ahem> other activities.


Was that bread good?
It looks good.

It was but whether it was 90c good I'm not sure. What the hell it was a holiday - everyone have a roll!

Who taught you how to hold a fork? - Who the fork remembers

P.S. Did you meet Goaty in Spain?
No but I possibly ate some Goat.

Nice. How was the cider?
Nice as a thirst quencher but at 4% volume you'd be on it all night to get a buzz.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Minkyboy on 03 October, 2012, 09:44:56 pm

the family camcorder is fully booked on <ahem> other activities.

What the hell it was a holiday - everyone have a roll!


 :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 03 October, 2012, 10:43:21 pm
No the family camcorder is fully booked on <ahem> other activities.

(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-SBM_k_uj1hs/TcXtewY5ydI/AAAAAAAABtU/j5Z0auxLwcw/s400/EllenGriswold.JPG)

Oh, it was a proper european vacation.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: flip-r mk2 on 03 October, 2012, 11:05:08 pm
Ye call yerself a Scotsmin, where's the deep fried batter oan that chicken then  :P
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 04 October, 2012, 12:22:14 am
Ye call yerself a Scotsmin, where's the deep fried batter oan that chicken then  :P

You lot would deep fry heroin!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 04 October, 2012, 04:15:58 pm
what's that green stuff next to the cider?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 October, 2012, 06:02:32 pm
You lot would deep fry heroin!

Racialist!

what's that green stuff next to the cider?

Platefiller Tom, don't worry I brought it home to feed the rabbit - or 'wife' as she likes to be known.

What a great reaction to this typically self-indulgent thread - I was expecting tumbleweed city like it is over on the LETTERSENTERTAINYOU thread. I know you read it - you're all just too scared to lock horns with The Beast.

Anyway Face Stuff 2 : This is also Madrid in a central open air restaurant called 'Garbo's'. I had chicken in a sauce with mash - quite nice but the chicken was a bit gritty in places. To my right was the Cinema showing 'Dredd'. I insisted we eat here so I could observe footfall but alas the place never opened. They were also showing a local film 'Holmes & Watson : Madrid Days' (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2108535/) which looked as crappy as its 4/10 rating suggests.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012035.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 04 October, 2012, 07:23:23 pm
What sort of sauce? (oo-er missus). The mash looks nicely mashed.

NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 04 October, 2012, 07:24:52 pm
Wow- 100% of the photographic evidence so far does show you don't know how to hold a fork!  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 04 October, 2012, 09:19:53 pm
Best thread for weeks. Keep up the good work. I would've liked to counter with a picture of myself in the chicken and cider place but it appears the woman I was there with (and am no longer with) has removed it from public view.

If you're interested, I took a series of photos documenting the six days of shame last month when we had to eat lunch from takeaway boxes because the dishwasher in the canteen was broken.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 04 October, 2012, 09:51:50 pm
Wow- 100% of the photographic evidence so far does show you don't know how to hold a fork!  ;)

To paraphrase the Osaka Seafood Concern motto:

Food goes in
Fork comes out
That's what Buttonman's holidays are all about.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 October, 2012, 10:00:11 pm
What sort of sauce? (oo-er missus). The mash looks nicely mashed.

NOMNOMNOMNOMNOM

Brown sauce - probably something on a beaumachel basis but when I get a menu and I see 'pollo' I'm usually done looking. The mash was great - more a puree as it was like semolina but a good chew free side. I also like the oil and vinegar they splash about for a dipper for your bread.

Best thread for weeks. Keep up the good work. I would've liked to counter with a picture of myself in the chicken and cider place but it appears the woman I was there with (and am no longer with) has removed it from public view.

If you're interested, I took a series of photos documenting the six days of shame last month when we had to eat lunch from takeaway boxes because the dishwasher in the canteen was broken.

Cheers Pete - faint praise perhaps but I'm having it! Her loss - let her scamper off with her photos of shame.

Please do post your grub based pics - seeing as everyone eats and some people have cameras there must be plenty of pics across the board to keep us entertained.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: vzzbux on 04 October, 2012, 10:00:46 pm
Wow- 100% of the photographic evidence so far does show you don't know how to hold a fork!  ;)

To paraphrase the Osaka Seafood Concern motto:

Food goes in
Fork comes out
That's what Buttonman's holidays are all about.
His belly is testament to that.




V
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 October, 2012, 10:37:10 pm
Time for pudding (bunching them in case I get accused of only having one shirt!). Went to a nice bar called Cuidad Invisible (The Invisible City - bullshit I totally saw it). This chap looks a bit the worse for wear but check that marvelous fork work. This appears to be a waffle and cream but I have no memory of having eaten it.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012038.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 05 October, 2012, 09:23:43 am
I LOVE the dessert photo, and not only cos I love me some dessert. No more importantly you have a different expression, on just about all the photos I've ever seen of Buttonman you have the same expression. I've avoided commenting in case some horrible nerve condition had fixed your face cheeky, almost sardonic grin and now at last by fears have been put aside...

... dessert, a little disappointed as when I first saw it I thought it was chocolate bread and butter pudding, but still looks good.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 October, 2012, 10:43:07 am
Beautiful forkwork on the dessert there. Buttonman you look like you're contemplating reality whilst deciding whether to eat the delicious waffle. Like human kind searching, yet caught between philosophy and the down to earth nitty gritty of existence. :geek:

Or perhaps you'd just had alot of cidre.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: gurnard on 05 October, 2012, 12:34:35 pm
The potato and mash dish looks divine. Anything a bit cheesy on it?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 October, 2012, 05:48:25 pm


(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012035.jpg)

What did you Mum tell you about playing with that under the table at mealtimes?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 05 October, 2012, 06:03:48 pm
Seriously, Proudhuff, seriously... did you have to put that image in my head?!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 October, 2012, 06:06:16 pm
Seriously, Proudhuff, seriously... did you have to put that image in my head?!

bet that chicken a bit salty...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 October, 2012, 06:36:22 pm
No more importantly you have a different expression, on just about all the photos I've ever seen of Buttonman you have the same expression. I've avoided commenting in case some horrible nerve condition had fixed your face cheeky, almost sardonic grin and now at last by fears have been put aside...

I have been accused of having a 'photo face' that I put on. We all do it. I mean look in the mirror and get an acceptable face - you then take that muscle memory and use it for each photo so that you don't come out looking like a mental. We do all do that, don't we?

The potato and mash dish looks divine. Anything a bit cheesy on it?

No, but it was creamy. I do like a bit of spring onion in my mash too. They used to have a place called 'Monster Mash' in Glasgow which specialised in mash but it has since shut - no way could it compete with the Glasgow salad (bag of chips).



What did you Mum tell you about playing with that under the table at mealtimes?


What she did tell me was to avoid talking to strange men so I'm outta here.



(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012063.jpg)

Not all grub stops are of the gourmet variety but still merit a photo or twelve. This is still Madrid but we got the cable car to this country park / Fairground (closed) and had a nice bit of grub awaiting the next car home. This jolly chap is enjoying a full portion of the tapas favourite 'Patatas Bravas'. These are small cubes of fried potato covered in a tangy tomato sauce and mayonnaise.

This version was a bit 'fast food' but still a tasty treat. Our hero also enjoys a large Mahon beer which came with a free hat, that he has perched on his large head.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 October, 2012, 07:26:45 pm
Is that GRennie's avatar behind you?


again with the hand!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2012, 06:41:19 pm
A lunch time stop at a San Sebastian burger bar. Nice bacon and fried egg combo with beer and no cutlery. I asked the waitress for 'French fries' only to be told 'We don't do fries'. I got the impression she was often asked and you wonder why they don't provide this standard accompaniment. Maybe they hate Scottish people. It was good but not great - needed some chips.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012095.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 06 October, 2012, 07:00:17 pm
What top is that, mate? (Please excuse my ignorance if I'm the only person on the forum who doesn't know why it has an extra P in steps...)
And you might have just had an arsey waitress. Her saying they don't do French Fries should have been followed by your asking if they did chips instead!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 October, 2012, 07:01:58 pm
Wear a dickie bow and get rid of the burger and you will be your avatar ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2012, 07:28:08 pm
Stepps is the town outside of Glasgow where I (partially) grew up and my folks still live. There is a website (http://getaroundglasgow.spreadshirt.co.uk/) where you can get shirts with puns of loads of Glasgow towns and suburbs such as 'Livin' La Vida Yoker' and 'Last train to Clarkston'.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 October, 2012, 04:45:21 pm
You are probably all familiar with the idea of tapas - small portions of food that you hoover up, bar to bar. In the Basque country they have their own take on it 'pintxos'. This is much the same although it is arranged more in a buffet fashion meaning you can see and pick what you want rather than stumble by in school boy Spanish or trust a printed picture menu.

In San Sebastian the Pintxos bars are legion and the locals float around pecking away at the speciality dish of each bar. Being lazy and unwise in the way of such things we parked ourselves at the first place we came to and scoffed 13 of the things. Including 'bottomless' wine we paid about 30 Euro and were stuffed. The quality was uniformly great although somethings like the lamb kebab and deep fried fish in batter were more pleasing than others. Most of the food is served  cold although the man will nuke it for you if you wish - I had a great warm ham and cheese croquette.

Here's me with the initial sample :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012103.jpg)

and later on eyeing up the sausage wrapped in bacon.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012221.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Pete Wells on 08 October, 2012, 07:09:17 am
What top is that, mate? (Please excuse my ignorance if I'm the only person on the forum who doesn't know why it has an extra P in steps...)

It's a well known fact that as well a top(!) food critic and model, Buttonman is a huge fan of novelty pop group Steps. I believe he bought that top after seeing them for the 39th time on their aptly named 'Tragedy' tour.

and later on eyeing up the sausage wrapped in bacon.

Hey, it's turning into Buttonman's sex travels...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 October, 2012, 12:49:17 pm
Stepps is the town outside of Glasgow where I (partially) grew up and my folks still live. There is a website (http://getaroundglasgow.spreadshirt.co.uk/) where you can get shirts with puns of loads of Glasgow towns and suburbs such as 'Livin' La Vida Yoker' and 'Last train to Clarkston'.

(http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/124/ed118dbb0b5fc9de7a405e0ad42f77be/l.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 October, 2012, 07:29:38 pm
Hey, it's turning into Buttonman's sex travels...

All Buttonman's travels are sexy as are his stay at homes. Well as long as the broadband is operational at any rate.

Tom : If the banter gets any more mental there won't be a pun o me hangin the right way.

Here's a double breakfast and lunch offering in case you think I'm getting too much wear out of my Calvin & Hobbes t-shirt.

First up breakfast : This was in the hotel and a pleasing buffet arrangement that allowed me to gorge in my accustomed fashion. I normally start with a pile of detoxing fresh fruit like this with natural yogurt followed by toast and honey and then the fry up. It was a bit weird here though in San Sebastian - the bacon was half an inch thick and the sausages were either chorizo or frankfurters. Happily they also had muffins and that coffee George Clooney advertises.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012112.jpg)

After several moments of treking about we stopped for lunch, and of course beer, in this nice back street bar. They had a piles of pintxos on the bar and they looked great. On closer inspection however there were loads of tentacles and everything had a fishy flavour. I fed the remains to the wife and feasted on Haribo and cheese footballs instead - no photo available.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012120.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 09 October, 2012, 07:20:33 am

Here's a double breakfast and lunch offering in case you think I'm getting too much wear out of my Calvin & Hobbes t-shirt.


I know we're meant to be concentrating on the food 'n' all but that t-shirt is FANTASTIC, how could you get too much wear out of it. Without wishing to side track this thread too much can I ask where you got it?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 09 October, 2012, 08:44:11 am
Without wishing to side track this thread too much can I ask where you got it?

Surely this is the one bit of merch the saintly Watterson would definitely approve of?  Inspired, and I too want one
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 October, 2012, 08:52:51 am
Bah! Spaceman Spiff wins the day again! I got this tee from teefury.com but they only sell one design a day for one day only. I could make this popular offering a competition prize. I want a knock off tee-shirt in which to eat mydinner because...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 09 October, 2012, 09:22:19 am
I want a knock off tee-shirt in which to eat my dinner because...

.. when I violently regurgitate my food, after a fit of over indulgence, all down my front I can feel like I'm doing my bit for creator rights.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 09 October, 2012, 09:26:33 am
And in more double post news its heartening to know that in this day and age nothing can stay unique for long.

http://www.redbubble.com/people/ribman/works/8378552-calvin-the-spiffy-spaceman?p=t-shirt (http://www.redbubble.com/people/ribman/works/8378552-calvin-the-spiffy-spaceman?p=t-shirt)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 October, 2012, 11:29:14 am
Butt'man singlehandedly eating his way through the EU food mountain, singlehandedly drinking his way through the EU wine lake and singlehandedly under every table is Spain!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: paddykafka on 09 October, 2012, 11:51:18 am
For some reason this thread reminds me of a sketch from The Fast Show. I'm half expecting to see a vid of Buttonman standing outside a Spanish outhouse, as he tells us that: "This week, I 'ave mostly been eating Tapas."
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 October, 2012, 07:40:41 pm
$25! Tee Fury were only $16 with post to the UK. I'd let you have mine Colin but it would haunt your house with the howls of many dead tapas.

After several nights of grazing about bars we missed the service and general sitting down that you get in a nice restaurant. With this in mind we sought out a Chinese - what could go wrong here? From China, Spain and Paisley are almost equidistant so the food will be nice and familiar? - HUGE mistake! Here is the 'English' menu offered.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012123.jpg)

The waiter was as much use as a cock flavoured lollypop so I plumped for the 'Muffled Chicken'...

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012124.jpg)

...and it was OK. The chicken bits were the size of small grapes but the sauce, which was like a chop suey, was nice enough and at least they did chips as well as multi-coloured, freezing cold prawn crackers.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 09 October, 2012, 07:50:36 pm
Didn't you try to eat two plate fulls at the last Hi-Ex buffet, or was that Pete, I can't remember!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 October, 2012, 08:00:04 pm
Didn't you try to eat two plate fulls at the last Hi-Ex buffet, or was that Pete, I can't remember!

Despite his massive cargo storage space it was Pete who made the Africans cry with this waste of food - well he did have 6 before this one and then made for the puddings.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/hiex2012041.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 09 October, 2012, 08:02:50 pm
It's all coming back to me now  :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 October, 2012, 09:54:34 pm
It's all coming back to me now  :lol:

You are Celine Dion in so many ways!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 09 October, 2012, 10:32:24 pm
From China, Spain and Paisley are almost equidistant so the food will be nice and familiar? - HUGE mistake! Here is the 'English' menu offered.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012123.jpg)

That menu raises so many questions. Why is SALT in capitals, but not pepper? What are "Frog Haunches to the Iron"? And just what was the rice used for in Shanghai?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Pete Wells on 09 October, 2012, 10:38:24 pm
Algae Salad!?! Wasn't that Otto Sump's Gunge?

And at last, this thread got a photo of a real man (admittedly being a bit of a wuss.)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 10 October, 2012, 01:43:40 pm

And at last, this thread got a photo of a real man (admittedly being a bit of a wuss.)

but at least your keeping your hands above the table!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 October, 2012, 06:18:43 pm
'Bar Snacks' at our San Sebastian hotel  (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g187457-d238669-r141314612-Barcelo_Costa_Vasca-San_Sebastian_Donostia_Guipuzcoa_Province_Basque_Country.html)were not what you'd expect - no pie and chips here. The braised beef with mash was delicious and well worth the 12 Euro price tag. The beef fell apart and there wasn't a bit of gristle or jockey whip marks in sight.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012126.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 10 October, 2012, 09:39:16 pm
Glad to see none of those pesky "vegetables" near that delicious looking plate of nom.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 11 October, 2012, 12:29:08 am
Dear Stephen Watson (of Paisley),

How does a mid (to-late) 30 something individual manage to maintain some semblance of a normal physique when he quite obviously consumes more than Unicron on a regular basis?
On a sort-of related topic, how could such an individual retain melanin rich hair?

Yours, a concerned, greying and "cave-man dieting",
Rick (34)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Pete Wells on 11 October, 2012, 12:51:18 am
Ah Rick, each of those photos cleverly hide his frankly monsterous thighs and big fat arse.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 11 October, 2012, 06:23:22 pm
Dear Stephen Watson (of Paisley),

How does a mid (to-late) 30 something individual manage to maintain some semblance of a normal physique when he quite obviously consumes more than Unicron on a regular basis?
On a sort-of related topic, how could such an individual retain melanin rich hair?

Yours, a concerned, greying and "cave-man dieting",
Rick (34)

Thank you kind reader. I am a youthful 41 - testament to a life well lived. No drugs or rock and roll for this fella. Did have some sex once - Jim fixed it for me!

I am Wells capable of being a fat bastard and got myself to a high of 17 stone 8lbs before some shocking family snaps sent me on a diet. I got down to 12st 10lb but after this binge fest I'm at around 13st 7lb. My cunning plan was to eat less and exercise more which obviously goes out of the window on holiday.

As for the hair I have plenty of silver but patiently pluck my temples. I think I've got it all and then I go in a lift or other bright space and I look like Steve Martin.

Ah Rick, each of those photos cleverly hide his frankly monsterous thighs and big fat arse.

Shut it you - the only man to make Two Tonne Tony Tubbs feel anorexic!

                   ****************************************

This Mexican place was OK but turned out to be more of a cafe than a restaurant with brisk service and plastic chairs. I had 'soft tacos' which looked pretty much like fajitas to me. The salsa has to be ordered as an extra and it didn't have the spicy kick that I demand. The guacamole was similarly uninspiring and no where near as good as the wife's. Overall a pass but only just.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012135.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 October, 2012, 07:47:09 pm


(http://www.comparestoreprices.co.uk/images/gr/grecian-2000-cream-tube-56g.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 11 October, 2012, 08:09:02 pm
If you think that's a rich head of hair you must be Duncan Goodhew.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 11 October, 2012, 11:03:05 pm
If you think that's a rich head of hair you must be Duncan Goodhew.

And if you think you got all the grey then you are blind!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 13 October, 2012, 12:11:40 am
(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/2615-14967.gif)

I like me. My wife likes me. <sob>.


Yeah -back to breakfast. Our hotel had a man who did bespoke omlettes - look at this happy chap with his chorizo and cheese number. The cheese could have been sharper but overall it was quite nice.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012140.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 13 October, 2012, 12:14:29 am
chorizo and cheese?

no, there's no excuse for that combo.
 no

just ..... no
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 13 October, 2012, 10:50:12 am
I'm impressed by the decent sized mug and OJ glass, hotels normally give you Munkin sized ones  in an attempt to dehydrate you
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 13 October, 2012, 11:23:34 am

A plain grey crewneck T? This leisure wear showcase and discussion thread has lost its way.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 13 October, 2012, 12:54:37 pm

A plain grey crewneck T? This leisure wear showcase and discussion thread has lost its way.

Its the S***k stains on it that worry me
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 13 October, 2012, 04:55:09 pm
I'm impressed by the decent sized mug and OJ glass, hotels normally give you Munkin sized ones  in an attempt to dehydrate you

I think that was the water glass but I make up my own rules!

Its the S***k stains on it that worry me

That's not spunk! Well not mine at any rate. I'm guessing a trick of the light.

We went into this small bar and ordered a nice warm cheese and ham bocadillo and a beer before realising it was actually a bookies with betting terminals and fruit machines all over the shop. Easy mistake to make - there were no old men with dogs spitting and swearing.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012163.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 14 October, 2012, 10:47:42 pm
The hotel we stayed in San Sebastian suffered from a poorly translated menu with nothing seeming too tempting but after a few days I went for the 'chicken thigh' which was really good. For 14 Euro it was great value. I opened with a lovely potato and chozio stew :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012169.jpg)

and had the chicken thigh for my main - it turned out to be a great crispy cut with a cracking potato and a tasty mushrioom broth - and I usually hate mushrooms :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012170.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Minkyboy on 14 October, 2012, 11:04:38 pm
I'm starting to see your 'photo face' expression in my dreams, that is quite a talent you have there!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 14 October, 2012, 11:15:57 pm
See you in your dreams!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 October, 2012, 05:13:17 pm
Let us move from the warm shores of Spain for an up to the moment update of what I have eaten on my travels.

I have just returned from Brussels having witnessed Scotland being cruelly robbed 2-0. We were hoping for 1-0, but there you go.

My cousin's in-laws are Belgian and they insisted on taking us from cans of Juliper and waffles in the Grand Place to a fancy bistro. The lunch menu was a bargain 22 Euro (!). That buys you a single cheese croquette which was really tasty with a nice sharp runny cheese. The green stuff on the plate was some deep fried parsley - they must have heard that Scottish people were coming :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/brussels016.jpg)

Followed by an excellent Flemish brown stew - this had a reallly rich wine laced flavour and came with some tasty new potatoes:

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/brussels017.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 17 October, 2012, 05:42:08 pm
I can see a face in that stew!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 17 October, 2012, 05:55:13 pm
I'm no longer sure these photos are entirely candid.  Some look almost... posed.  It's sad when an art movement stagnates.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 17 October, 2012, 06:08:48 pm
That beer looks rather spiff as does the nom.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 October, 2012, 06:19:12 pm
That beer looks rather spiff as does the nom.

The beers were fantastic - every one came in a fancy glass and were at least 6 and going up to 9.5% ABV. And despite being drunk both nights I never had a hangover - good beer will do that for you.

Don't ask where it comes from though...

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/brussels021.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 17 October, 2012, 06:40:46 pm
I see you walked away with the tablecloth tucked into your trousers :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 17 October, 2012, 07:16:33 pm
I have just returned from Brussels having witnessed Scotland being cruelly robbed 2-0. We were hoping for 1-0, but there you go.

Did you see the front page of the Daily Record today? "Belgian Woeful". Scotland are consistently pish at football, but brilliant at making fun of how pish we are at football. Mind you, those sub-editors will have known they'd need to come up with a headline like that from the moment the fixture was announced.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 October, 2012, 07:22:26 pm
I came up with 'Give Levein the Tintin tack' but was shouted down.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 17 October, 2012, 07:47:03 pm
I came up with 'Give Levein the Tintin tack' but was shouted down.

You'll hear the SFA singing from your song sheet in a couple of days time. The combination of the kilt and timbies (photo above) is a timelessly classic look, but you really need a beer gut and big red face to complete the look.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 18 October, 2012, 07:23:59 pm
Cuts of meat are funny things - I'm sure cows, lambs and pigs are the same the world over but check out these lamb chops - never seen one as long as these before. These were pretty good but a bit stringy at the extremities. The wife got a leg of lamb and it was massive - right up to the hip.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012198.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 18 October, 2012, 08:16:59 pm
The first thing I do now when looking at your new pictures is see how your hands are positioned.
Fu*cking Proudhuff...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 18 October, 2012, 08:22:58 pm
Fu*cking Proudhuff...

I suppose that would explain the sex-face...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 18 October, 2012, 08:24:54 pm
Haha I'm going to follow the recent trend and ask where the 'like' button is.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2012, 09:09:11 pm
Well my dear Buttonman, my good lady just saw this thread and thoroughly enjoyed all your pictures. She said it was 'inspired' but you have to remember she works with people with acute mental health problems, so I believe this to be a backhanded compliment  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 18 October, 2012, 09:14:38 pm
Buttonman a hit with the ladies? No surprise there. How is the lovely Carolyn? Tell her I send my best. Does she have that lady judge suit she was painted in?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2012, 09:23:52 pm
She is having fun but as for the uniform, not yet :'(
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 18 October, 2012, 10:17:10 pm
Cuts of meat are funny things - I'm sure cows, lambs and pigs are the same the world over but check out these lamb chops - never seen one as long as these before. These were pretty good but a bit stringy at the extremities. The wife got a leg of lamb and it was massive - right up to the hip.

Lamb ... yes, I'm sure the distended tissue in that picture came from a lamb. On an unrelated note, the recession's hit Spain really hard and everyone has lots of children who just won't leave home and don't bring in any money.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 October, 2012, 10:37:55 pm
my good lady ... works with people with acute mental health problems

Aren't there rules about marrying the patients?  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 18 October, 2012, 10:54:43 pm
I wasn't insane then ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 19 October, 2012, 12:10:57 pm
The first thing I do now when looking at your new pictures is see how your hands are positioned.
Fu*cking Proudhuff...

My work here is done!!


maybe it isn't lamb, maybe pig? Long-pig?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 19 October, 2012, 12:43:04 pm
maybe it isn't lamb, maybe pig? Long-pig?
Is that a deliberate mention of an obscure 90s band or did I read that reference in thanks to a hangover?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fdbblQ2HMc&playnext=1&list=PL612BABCB7FAB0B77&feature=results_video
Yes, that is a young Richard Hawley in the pic; he was the lead guitarist.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 19 October, 2012, 07:07:04 pm
Hoy! Take your off topic chat outside. Tom, take a coat.

We found this chic diner in San Sebastian called Meek'don'als. They cater for the lonely and unpopular by having 'friends' on the walls for you to mix with :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012232.jpg)

All was not how it seemed however - all too late I heard 'It's a trap' and was caught in the Drath Vader creating machine. Again!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012233.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 19 October, 2012, 07:37:30 pm
Nice green bogey in that last one.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 19 October, 2012, 07:37:41 pm
I hope that's some misplaced McFlurry coming out of your nose!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 21 October, 2012, 11:08:08 am
It's not a bogey it's abit of misplaced McFlurry coming out of my nose. Thank you for your concern.

Here's a tasty Italian with a boss side salad.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012238.jpg)

and the pudding. The wife got a 'Magnum mix' which was 4 ice lollies still in their wrappers. In comparison my panna cotta was a bit dull.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012242.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 21 October, 2012, 11:27:30 am
We found this chic diner in San Sebastian called Meek'don'als. They cater for the lonely and unpopular by having 'friends' on the walls for you to mix with :
(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012232.jpg)

 :D This is the greatest marketing tool ever. Come dine with your billboard pals. In the future there will be be virtual dining halls where you can 'party' with pixelated people. It will make a fortune.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 21 October, 2012, 11:50:11 am
In the future there will be be virtual dining halls where you can 'party' with pixelated people. It will make a fortune.

It'd definitely work better without the nerd mannequin in the foreground.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Charlie boy on 21 October, 2012, 01:18:35 pm
It's not a bogey it's abit of misplaced McFlurry coming out of my nose. Thank you for your concern.

Here's a tasty Italian with a boss side salad.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012238.jpg)

and the pudding. The wife got a 'Magnum mix' which was 4 ice lollies still in their wrappers. In comparison my panna cotta was a bit dull.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012242.jpg)
How to go from looking confused/concerned in a restaurant to full of joy in one easy move!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 22 October, 2012, 08:45:52 pm
Back onto breakfast with some more tasty fruit - some cracking fresh figs here. This hotel had a free cava bar and this picture was taken on the morning of our 6th anniversary. Keep the drink coming I say!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012245.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 October, 2012, 08:27:01 pm
This place (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g187454-d988781-Reviews-Metro_Moyua-Bilbao_Vizcaya_Province_Basque_Country.html) served up our anniversary dinner and unlike the marriage it was not an unqualified success. The goat's cheese and fried chillis starter was a bit strange and my steak (pictured) was tough and undercooked. Still smiling though due to the adequate chips and excellent vino tinto.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012282.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 23 October, 2012, 08:51:06 pm
That sauce looks strangely...disturbing.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 23 October, 2012, 08:53:58 pm
Is that plate big enough?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 October, 2012, 09:07:34 pm
That sauce looks strangely...disturbing.

I think it was a peppercorn sauce but a bit bland.

Is that plate big enough?

No. I could not spoon on my side salad or large roll.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 23 October, 2012, 11:21:42 pm
Plates are round. Square crockery is of the devil.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 24 October, 2012, 08:04:07 pm
Not many left now - Hurrah!

We can then move onto 'packed lunches I have enjoyed' - Boo-urns!

This was a tasty 'pizza trumpet' - I'm pretty sure that's not it's correct title but it was a deliciious short crust pastry cone filled with warm cheese, chilli beef and a rich tomato sauce. Place was just over the road from the Guggenheim in Bilbao - tell 'em I sent you (and apologise for the olfactory nightmare in the bathroom).


(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012315.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 October, 2012, 08:15:44 pm
We fancied the evening menu at the Pizza Trumpet (C) place but when we went it was off and they were doing pizzas and burgers as the football was on. When life sends you lemons eat some pizza :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012321.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 25 October, 2012, 08:28:28 pm
That pizza trumpet and the other pizza looks very nice. And the increasingly wild shirts should mean so called fashionistas and foodies should visit this thread AND WORSHIP.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 October, 2012, 08:20:55 pm

 Cafe & Te (http://www.cafeandte.com/) is a chain of coffe shops come diners that are peppered throughout Madrid. The food is average and price OK but the main selling point is picture menus and English speaking waitresses - ours was American. What a seasoned traveller I am.

This photo shows me eyeing up a 'trio of pastas' which was a bit strange. Small samplers of Spag-bol, ravioli and something with pesto.

That's your lot for this summer - come back in 11 months for more gourmet travels.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012325.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 26 October, 2012, 08:24:00 pm
Those buttons are under a tremendous amount of pressure there man  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 26 October, 2012, 08:25:28 pm
Every comic-book reader knows that vertical stripes are slimming CF!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 October, 2012, 08:39:25 pm
Those buttons are under a tremendous amount of pressure there man  ;)

It was at the tail end of the holiday and everything was starting to strain - rest assured the physique will be restored for the next Hi-Ex. Which will hopefully be delayed until 2018.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 26 October, 2012, 08:59:16 pm
Cafe & Te (http://www.cafeandte.com/) is a chain of coffe shops come diners that are peppered throughout Madrid. The food is average and price OK but the main selling point is picture menus and English speaking waitresses - ours was American. What a seasoned traveller I am.

The lady who served me at the DVLA the other day told me how her city break in Madrid was ruined because she didn't hable or comprende Espanol and was afraid to order from the menu in restaurants. I asked her why she didn't go into a tapas bar and pick whatever looked least intimidating, but she gave me a blank stare and told me she just ate at MacDonalds for every meal. Even breakfast.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 October, 2012, 10:27:43 pm
The McDonalds there are very xenophobe friendly as they had these consoles where you can punch in your order in an English picture menu and take your receipt to a separate queue where you get it Argos style when you number pings - no exposure to foreign types at all!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 27 October, 2012, 01:53:11 pm
...she gave me a blank stare and told me she just ate at MacDonalds for every meal. Even breakfast.

This makes me sad. Holidays Out Foreign are a fond but distant memory, but surely one of the very best bits is ordering food when you have no clue what it might be?  Some unexpected linguistic-ignorance highlights of my own trips were jellied pigs' totters (in Begur, Spain), roadside grasses (central Crete), boiled jellyfish (Chinatown, Noo Yawk), and andouillette (Normandy, France) which turned out to be largely tripe and something that smelled suspiciously like wee.  I'd take that dodgy fun over a thousand reliable Egg McMuffins, and screw the 'little differences'.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 27 October, 2012, 02:51:43 pm

 .

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012325.jpg)
 (http://www.cafeandte.com/)

just going for that final wrist action eh?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 27 October, 2012, 04:46:44 pm
surely one of the very best bits is ordering food when you have no clue what it might be?  Some unexpected linguistic-ignorance highlights of my own trips were jellied pigs' totters (in Begur, Spain), roadside grasses (central Crete), boiled jellyfish (Chinatown, Noo Yawk), and andouillette (Normandy, France) which turned out to be largely tripe and something that smelled suspiciously like wee.  I'd take that dodgy fun over a thousand reliable Egg McMuffins, and screw the 'little differences'.

Aye; I've never ordered the same thing in a restaurant twice, on the basis that if I'm paying for someone to make my dinner I might as well get something I couldn't fix for myself at home. I'm veggie, so that does remove some of the Russian Roulade element of danger that led you to swallow something's colon, mind. Dare you to try eating live octopus, like in Oldboy.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 27 October, 2012, 05:41:35 pm
Dare you to try eating live octopus, like in Oldboy.

Bad French has led to me eating live sea-snail-things of an uncertain and not-very-tasty species (they tried to escape from my plate, the poor doomed fools), but no, not live octupus, not ever (although one of my Top 5 meals of all time was a large-ish octupus, taken straight off a fishing boat and fried whole on a wharf-side griddle with garlic). I've since gone off eating octupus, since they seem to be smarter than some of the folks that work down the welfare, but that was delicious.

I do have a (somewhat flexible) rule that if there's something on a menu that I have never eaten before, I have to order it, provided it isn't a waffer-theen meent.  I eat out so infrequently now (last dinner out with the missus: March 2011, and all I can remember about that is that there was a very nice red onion marmalade) that this is all rather academic, but the principle is sound damnit! 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 07 November, 2012, 10:45:23 pm
heheh - check out number one on this list: http://heresthethingblog.com/2012/02/23/10-tacky-avoid-posting-facebook/ (http://heresthethingblog.com/2012/02/23/10-tacky-avoid-posting-facebook/)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: vzzbux on 07 November, 2012, 10:47:37 pm

 .

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Spain2012325.jpg)
 (http://www.cafeandte.com/)

just going for that final wrist action eh?
Close to his vinegar stroke by the looks of it.




V
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 November, 2012, 10:09:24 am
heheh - check out number one on this list: http://heresthethingblog.com/2012/02/23/10-tacky-avoid-posting-facebook/ (http://heresthethingblog.com/2012/02/23/10-tacky-avoid-posting-facebook/)

We should try this at the next shedcon:

3. Group photos of your feet in a circle
Yes, I know, it’s the latest trend on Facebook—and sure, it’s fun to show off your cute new Manolos. But most of the time, all we see are sausage toes and chipped polish. Enough is enough.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 24 December, 2012, 03:18:59 pm
As a seasonal treat and with one eye on the 'Thin Ice Awards' let's see what we've been eating with a festive flavour.

As her annual compensation for putting up with things the wife gets an Christmas night out in the big city. Shamefully lunch in Ad-Lib (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186534-d3268214-Reviews-Ad_Lib-Glasgow_Scotland.html) wasn't photographed but we went on to Fifi & Ally's (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g186534-d1381754-Reviews-Fifi_Ally-Glasgow_Scotland.html) in the plush Princes Square for dessert. I had this massive meringue which came with a big pot of fresh cream - none of that squirty crap here - and a lovely pile of berries.mmmmmm it were great.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/540335_10151372284056605_981904112_n.jpg)

After relaxing in our plush hostel, er, hotel we went to Akbars (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186534-d2587532-r147942226-Akbars-Glasgow_Scotland.html) for a curry. Luckily it wasn't a trap (bit for our Star Wars fan readership there) and we had a fine feed. They cover your table with rose petals on arrival and offer stuff like 'liver tikka' which the wife loved. I had this delicious spinich and lamb balti and although it looks like a pile of crap it was excellent.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/430973_10151372795296605_1259262235_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 24 December, 2012, 03:34:12 pm
Double nom!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 24 December, 2012, 03:41:24 pm
Your poor wife ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 27 December, 2012, 03:51:56 pm
Buttonman inspires Pat Mills? (https://patmills.wordpress.com/)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 December, 2012, 05:53:03 pm
Bloody Johnny come latelys. If I had't stolen the idea off that schoolgirl I'd be livid!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 21 March, 2013, 08:35:02 pm
Tomorrow I head for Milan with more shirts and a hearty appetite. All grub will be documented starting from the executive lounge in Edinburgh airport (prior to the Easyjet flight). Stay tuned if an ageing man having his dinner is your bag.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 22 March, 2013, 10:26:11 am
Let's hope the shirts have improved and the hands stay ABOVE the table!!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 22 March, 2013, 11:09:51 am
Get professional help if an ageing man having his dinner is your bag.

FTFY
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 March, 2013, 04:36:23 pm
Get professional help if an ageing man having his dinner is your bag.

FTFY

Shut it you.

Hurrah I have returned!

Firstly, for all those thinking I was just stuffing my face, here's me reading, well looking at, some Dredd in 'Mega Gulp' comics in Milan. They had 4 dredd books as well as Halo and Slaine. Swamped by the Manga though - they had tonnes of that stuff.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013064_zps8a487127.jpg)

First up breakfast. We stayed at the Felice Casati Best Western and they had a good buffet arrangement. No fresh fruit (apart from apples and bananas) but lots of favourites like Nutella and pre-packaged do-nuts. The Queen seems to approve at any rate.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013010_zps69948ad9.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mabs on 25 March, 2013, 04:41:57 pm
Talk of the devil - you're back, Buttonman! Well, welcome back. Nice to see you had a great time!  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 25 March, 2013, 04:43:03 pm
Looking very Bootboy/Suedehead in that top photo, Mr B.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 25 March, 2013, 05:13:21 pm
Still taken 'things' in hand I see
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 25 March, 2013, 05:39:57 pm
I see Undertaker Chic is the latest look in Milan then.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 March, 2013, 06:18:35 pm
I see Undertaker Chic is the latest look in Milan then.

Shut it you.

None of your Frankie & Bennys rubbish here - some home grown family Italians for us at the cracking 'Sabatini's'.

I started out with some nice ravioli which came with an excellent meat sauce. Great texture with a good tang with basil.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013004_zpsaf866f3b.jpg)

Next up I had the Diavola pizza which was great - a bit mean on the toppings but a nice kick to it. Runny too which I insist upon.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013005_zpsb25ca7cc.jpg)

To finish I was struggling making myself understood while pointing at the dessert trolley - well I'm hardly going to get off my ass am I? Anyway I shouted for 'Panna cotta' and the man fetched me one from the fridge - wasn't even on the trolley! It's like I'm a local!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013008_zps92aa79f3.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 25 March, 2013, 07:40:26 pm
Hurrah! The shirts are back and so is top nom. Why does TIME magazine waste it's cover on some politico lickspittle or media fluff head when they could have Buttonman and his ravioli?



Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 March, 2013, 08:31:56 pm
Hurrah! The shirts are back and so is top nom. Why does TIME magazine waste it's cover on some politico lickspittle or media fluff head when they could have Buttonman and his ravioli?

More of that you.

Despite a 0% hit rate I was once again drawn to a non-American American theme restaurant. Full review of Old Wild West here (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/members-reviews/Button71)

This deep fried roll of something was tasteless apart from the big blob of prawn cocktail sauce it came with. They must think Scottish people will eat fried anything!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013051_zpsda16f319.jpg)

For the main I had the ribs and managed to polish off this big rack, no bother. It was a bit dry but the pitcher of Miller sorted that.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013053_zpsc810a2bb.jpg)

On the way home we went into a bar called 'Friends'. Check out the unisex toilet - it wouldn't be out of place in the Star wars cantina!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013054_zpsbad74a50.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 25 March, 2013, 11:11:27 pm
Unless you ate out that it should be in the "things I have pissed in" thread.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 26 March, 2013, 10:37:50 am
anyone else? plleeeease
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 26 March, 2013, 11:19:00 am
I will see those ribs with this rack I had for a late breakfast/early lunch on my last day in St Anton this year. Lovely tangy sauce they came with too.

(http://img839.imageshack.us/img839/8656/mob1302027.jpg)

And I'll raise you this halbes hahnchen I had on the other side of the mountain earlier in the week. It's not the most complicated food in the world, but it's big and it's tasty and it's just what you need after 3 or 4 hours flinging yourself around in the cold. It's also finished.

(http://img90.imageshack.us/img90/5340/stanton1302005.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 March, 2013, 05:49:52 pm
Some Scotsman you - it's Glasgow Salad first and then ratty looking bird.

Here's a bacon butty and a bottle of Buckfast in the park Milanese style. If this outlet opened a Paisley branch there would be (more) carnage in the streets.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013044_zpsfa936620.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dredd Head on 26 March, 2013, 05:52:59 pm
Some Scotsman you - it's Glasgow Salad first and then ratty looking bird.

Here's a bacon butty and a bottle of Buckfast in the park Milanese style. If this outlet opened a Paisley branch there would be (more) carnage in the streets.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013044_zpsfa936620.jpg)

That's the first i've seen bucky drank out of a wine glass :lol: Usually its in a blue bag being carried by a pair of trackies and a skip hat :lol: Great Pics
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Ancient Otter on 26 March, 2013, 07:26:30 pm
I can't decide between this food porn thread or Commando Forces' Union Jack shorts thread as my favourite 2000AD forum thread...the bar has been raised, comics forums!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 26 March, 2013, 08:13:35 pm
This thread definitely. At least Buttonman keeps us guessing at what's going on below the waist. No such luxury with CF's shorts thread.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 March, 2013, 05:43:56 pm
Last for now (hurrah!) well it was a 3 night trip.
This restaurant had the catchy name 'Cooking'  and had an extensive menu, but I went for the adventurous spaghetti bolognaise. Very nice it was too with the home made pasta a perfect al dente texture and a lovely fall apart beef sauce. Mmmmm!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013067_zps8f9f62d6.jpg)

For my (second) main I had the 't-bone' steak - it was infact a pile of boneless square of minute steak beef. Couldn't complain at 14 Euro but it was false advestising. The meat was great though and went well with the salty chips.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013069_zpsfabf8500.jpg)


****Bonus Foodless Pic****

This McDonalds had either been vandalised or had been 'styled' by a moron. We only came in for a coffee as it was pissing down. The coffee was lukewarm and the do-nut tasteless.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013062_zps5190ae41.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 27 March, 2013, 08:37:14 pm
tasteless.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013062_zps5190ae41.jpg)


.....
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 27 March, 2013, 08:51:22 pm
Is that a massive roll of black masking tape above your head?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 10 April, 2013, 10:31:24 am

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Milan2013062_zps5190ae41.jpg)

Stop with the handjobs already!




PS. glad to see your handbag matches your jacket and slingbacks, that finishing school wasn't wasted on you after all
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 April, 2013, 05:09:32 pm
It is with great sadness that I have to inform the forum that this is Carolyn's favourite thread :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 10 April, 2013, 05:14:08 pm
No taste! :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 April, 2013, 05:15:34 pm
As I typed it I knew I left myself wide open but to hell with it, I can take it you bastards  :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 April, 2013, 06:02:30 pm
Maybe Carolyn would like a special meal with her favourite web foodie? That gun's not real is it?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dredd Head on 10 April, 2013, 06:09:09 pm
I thought this thread said who i ate on my holiday's :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 April, 2013, 06:12:48 pm
She awaits your next picture and hopes that you do a special wave just for her ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 10 April, 2013, 06:15:49 pm
She awaits your next picture and hopes that you do a special wave just for her ;)

a wave of what ?  :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 April, 2013, 06:31:52 pm
I'm not thinking this through properly am I :-X
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 10 April, 2013, 09:03:51 pm
This is the greatest thread on the internet. A nom looking bacon butty and a pint of wine. Beat that Heston Blumenthal.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 11 April, 2013, 05:39:41 pm
Heston would have a wine butty and a pint of bacon.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 July, 2013, 12:18:21 am
Here's a teaser before my much anticipated 17 day American odyssey taken by Mr Pete Wells during the recent Glasgow Comic Con celebrations. I offered many of Glasgow's finest restaurants but the thrifty Weirsiders opted for the select charms of the local Wetherspoons.

I am eating the Mexican burger which was very nice and had a zesty guacamole and a tub of salsa on the side. A bargain at £6.79 including a pint of lager.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/5950397f-37be-40de-9ec4-fc7d4f834751_zps68ca96b9.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JamesC on 16 July, 2013, 08:06:33 am

In that McDonalds pic it looks like there's a grey headed ghost in a blue jumper standing in the background.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 16 July, 2013, 02:17:13 pm
Here's a teaser before my much anticipated 17 day American odyssey taken by Mr Pete Wells during the recent Glasgow Comic Con celebrations. I offered many of Glasgow's finest restaurants but the thrifty Weirsiders opted for the select charms of the local Wetherspoons.

I am eating the Mexican burger which was very nice and had a zesty guacamole and a tub of salsa on the side. A bargain at £6.79 including a pint of lager.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/5950397f-37be-40de-9ec4-fc7d4f834751_zps68ca96b9.jpg)

Another Butt'man scranscam revealed! starting someone else's pint before the finishing his own, America you have been warned!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 16 July, 2013, 03:25:29 pm
See if you can find one of THESE


(Let alone EAT it) I dare you...


https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/7649625856/hAB3DE434/
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 16 July, 2013, 04:31:03 pm
Apparently the cronut (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sinful-synergy-how-cronut-seduced-583219) is the thing to have in the US now. I doubt your heart will thank you.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 16 July, 2013, 04:33:06 pm
Apparently the cronut (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/sinful-synergy-how-cronut-seduced-583219) is the thing to have in the US now. I doubt your heart will thank you.

he hasn't got one
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 06 August, 2013, 04:05:57 pm
Here's a teaser before my much anticipated 17 day American odyssey
(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/5950397f-37be-40de-9ec4-fc7d4f834751_zps68ca96b9.jpg)

Sooo looking forward to this... hopefully that hand will have grown back by then.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 06 August, 2013, 04:07:54 pm
It got too close to his mouth :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 August, 2013, 11:04:57 am
maybe he's had to chop them fingers off after touching a public toilet?  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 September, 2013, 06:52:00 pm
I have returned! Tales of slaw on plastic plates may be missing but everything else was eaten so you don't have to endure the shameful gluttony and plate licking yourself.

The tour took in 5 states although I didn't eat anything in Utah having only spent 2 minutes there at the 4 Corners monument. We flew from Heathrow to Chicago and after the 8 hour flight we were keen for some deep dish pizza.

Forget that frozen 'Chicago Town' crap these are the real deal - basically an open pie with thick crusts that take 45 minutes to make and just as long to eat. We shared this bad boy along with a salad (for show only) and had to take a slice home (which I then ate cold the next morning when the wife was in the shower; photo unavailable).

This dense monster had extra jalapenos, onions and chichen as well as two inches of tomato sauce. We went to 'Pizza Due' which was recommended but so was 'Ginos East' 'Giorandios' and two others that the cab driver and hotel desk clark both claimed were 'Oprah's favourite'.

Although very tasty and relatively inexpensive at about $40 including beers we didn't have another - possibly the bagged up feeling wasn't one to repeat. Worth doing once though!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2140_zpsfa1b5383.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 25 September, 2013, 06:59:47 pm
Egon returns, HUZZAH!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 25 September, 2013, 08:16:36 pm
The foodanistas tremble at the return of the DARK MASTER.(though not so dark in that shirt),ooh that looks nom that pizza does and two beers waiting. Top. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 25 September, 2013, 08:53:07 pm
Pizza and Beer. Grud, im feeling hungry now!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 25 September, 2013, 10:30:06 pm

Are you very small, Buttonman, or are those beers and that pie absolutely ginormous?

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 September, 2013, 10:38:46 pm
We are all full sized sauchie!

The morning after we took a refreshing walk along the Navy Pier and a nice woman offered to take our photo and then recommended this place, The Billy Goat Tavern (http://www.billygoattavern.com/) for breakfast. She must have had us down for bums as it had plastic plates and cutlery.

It was fine although nothing great. I got eggs (scrambled), hash browns (chopped up & fried potatoes) and some turkey sausage. The bacon you can see is the result of a trade with the wife. Also shown is a pre-packaged cinnamon roll which was a bit dry and doughy. Bill was about $10 a head including coffee so you can't complain.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2142_zps6f0e785c.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 25 September, 2013, 10:58:51 pm

That is the most depressed looking fry but that pizza on the otherhand looks, as they say, awesome!



Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 26 September, 2013, 05:17:56 am
Ah but have you had any luck finding a woven bacon tortia stuffed with chocolate and peanuts.... ?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 September, 2013, 05:35:54 am
Darn jet lag got me up at 5am and the newly enforced diet has me hankering for grubier times! Stay posted Doc 8, you never know! (in short, no.)

Something we ate a lot of was chicken wings. Basically every bar makes you eat a dozen before they'll give you a pint. Despite traveling about 2000 miles within America I was surprised how consistent the flavours and presentation of the wings were. You normally get about a dozen for $12 and they usually come with a dip - we always had blue cheese. You also get celery sticks and maybe carrots to stop total artery clogage.

This place Jake Melnick's Corner Tap (http://www.jakemelnicks.com/) was our first wing experience and they were excellent. They claim to have won 'Wingfest' 3 years in a row and we didn't have better. They were flash fried and really crisp with no black veiny bits inside. The blue cheese was tasty and lumpy  and the buffalo sauce was zingy perfection.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2210_zps72552f04.jpg)

Obviously being new to this we didn't expect the 'appetizer' wings to fill us up so we had already ordered three items from their barbeque pit. This stuff was great but the oncoming stuffedness meant we had little time to savour. In the picture we have pulled pork (served on a slice of bread), a half rack of fall apart ribs and some braised beef. The food was excellent although they barely gave us a second after the wings before the meats arrived. Felt like Two Ton Tony Tubbs doing his thing! This came with some slaw, which was fine and some fries which were a bit limp.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2212_zps45e3708c.jpg)

The next one will get me some criticism, but after a walk we chanced upon this McDonalds which looks like something out of 'Bladerunner'. It had statues outside and was at least twice as big as any McD's I'd been to.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2216_zps99d82c2d.jpg)

I went for the hot fudge sundae and it was great. Say what you like about McDonald but they are consistent - this was indishtinguishable from one bought on Sauchiehall Street. The wife got an M&Ms McFlurry and could barely eat half - must have been a pound of candy in that mother!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2218_zps2cd1a23f.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 26 September, 2013, 05:57:38 am
Great work and that McDonald's is very Gerry Anderson.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 26 September, 2013, 01:49:06 pm

  (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2140_zpsfa1b5383.jpg)

Are those beers part of Count Arthur Strong's famous 2-4-1 offer?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 September, 2013, 03:18:44 pm
Pint two is the wife's - happily a lot of places don't offer halves so she gets a full one that I can polish off!

Back to breakfast and we went to this nice chain, Yolk (http://www.eatyolk.com/) in Streeterville. I had the Heuvos Rancheros which is a spicy egg omlette with potatoes, salsa and sour cream. Might sound a bit strange for breakfast but it was execllent and I scoffed the lot. Slightly more upmarket than McDonalds but the bill was OK at about $35 including bottomless coffee.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2219_zps400a0760.jpg)

As a bonus they also had sparrows that took food out of your hand.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2223_zps43cfe17d.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 26 September, 2013, 05:07:09 pm
Awwww CUTE!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 26 September, 2013, 05:09:12 pm
Next piccie:

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/rapgenius/sylvester%20eats%20tweety.JPG)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 September, 2013, 06:34:42 pm
Jesse on 'Breaking Bad' is a great advocate for Funyuns - " Funyuns are awesome, yo" - Walter is less keen "How come you are even alive?". I'm somewhere in the middle - this bag was $3.75 and although tasty enough they were pretty standard onion ring crisps. Give me Frazzles any day.

Stay tuned for another Funyuns variety down the line!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2221_zpse8f17c62.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 September, 2013, 09:06:44 pm
Fans of Man Vs Food will recognise The Cherry Cricket (http://cherrycricket.com/) in Denver. This wasn't an eating challenge venue so I didn't wimp out. It was the one with the dart board where you could throw to determine your burger toppings. When we went it was busy and there was no mention of dart boards but they did a lot of draft beers so that was fine. Our server Justin was very pally and told us about the MvF filming despite probably having been asked about it 100s of times by tourists.

The menu was pretty extensive but I went for the wings again. We also showed our sophistication by getting some hummus. The wings were smaller than the previous set and the server claimed this was because they were locally sourced. I liked the buffalo sauce but the wife felt it vinegary. The hummus was fine and the flat bread toasty.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2226_zpsb3dbd434.jpg)

Given the high profile of the burger I went for it and added some jalapeos, cheese and salsa. It didn't quite live up to the hype but it was very nice and needless to say I scoffed the lot.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2230_zpse5c4681d.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 27 September, 2013, 08:57:16 am
We are off to Florida soon. I shall be avoiding Funyuns, I think, as it would seem to add fuel to my thinking that our American brethren can't do crisps. I shall be taking a selection with me... Can't go for two weeks without a decent bag of crisps :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 27 September, 2013, 10:51:31 am
I shall be taking a selection with me... Can't go for two weeks without a decent bag of crisps :)

Hope your not taking tins of baked beans, and tetley tea bags with you as well? ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 27 September, 2013, 10:55:24 am
Baked beans... no. Tetley tea bags... Yes! I'm British! Need a decent cup of tea, old chap ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 27 September, 2013, 11:12:52 am


  (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2226_zpsb3dbd434.jpg)

Glad to see you went for the Tattie scone option with this one.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin Zeal on 27 September, 2013, 11:42:00 am
I'm delighted to see the return of one of my favourite threads. I'm curious what your wife thinks of having to take a photo of every single meal you have though.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 27 September, 2013, 11:46:18 am
I'm delighted to see the return of one of my favourite threads. I'm curious what your wife thinks of having to take a photo of every single meal you have though.

Sadly there is no Mrs butt'man,  its only a tripod
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 September, 2013, 12:17:03 pm
Mrs Buttonman's dinners are similarly recorded - not sure what she does with them though, maybe she has a similar thread on the Bunty comics forum.

A good holidaying tip is to join your hotel's loyalty program - it's usually free and you often get the odd freebie. In this case we were in the Holiday Inn in Denver and the wife asked if breakfast was included. It wasn't but due to our loyalty they compted us for their breakfast buffet. A free breakfast is always a great thing and this was one of the best. Lots of British style fried goods, fruit and Froot Loops. They seem to be mad for turkey sausage in America and you can't get HP sauce but I'm all for immersing myself in foreign cultures.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2233_zpsc3133de3.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Bolt-01 on 27 September, 2013, 12:26:09 pm
I'm loving this. Mrs Bolt loves to take photo's of meals on holidays too, so we have loads, especially from the Disney trip, but this is a level of dedication I admire.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 27 September, 2013, 12:35:44 pm
one man's level of dedication is another man's mental illness  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 September, 2013, 12:38:51 pm
Last year I received unfair criticism over an Applebees visit. This is an American chain that seemingly does souless corporate food and uses plates - can you imagine? Anyway I'm fine with their reasonable pricings, lots of sport on TV and an extensive cocktail menu. The fact that they were doing a '2 for $20' deal had very little to do with it. It was also next to our hotel and I'm not paying those Holiday Inn fatcats $30 for a steak (thanks again for the free breakfast though).

Anyway the deal was one appetizer (starter) to share and an entree (main) each. We shared the boneless buffalo wings. These are essentially chicken nuggets without the batter. You'd think that a no bone chicken wing would be a time saver and avoid all that veinyness but these were a bit bland despite the sauce and dip. Got through them though.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2256_zpse7e0e2f7.jpg)

For my main I had this cheezy chicken pasta which for some reason had a honey drizzle. Predictably this made it too sweet and sickly. The garlic bread had very little garlic and was too dense. Overall a fail but $20!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2258_zps0725406c.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 27 September, 2013, 03:36:28 pm
I'm loving this. Mrs Bolt loves to take photo's of meals on holidays too, so we have loads, especially from the Disney trip, but this is a level of dedication I admire.

There are entire blogs dedicated to Disney food menus. Mrs B often shows me a plate of what looks like regurgitated cat sick because the photographer thinks he can take a picture of a Mac & Cheese in artificial lighting with a camera phone.

Mrs Buttonman's photography, in contrast, is of the highest quality... Bravo!

...and you can't get HP sauce but I'm all for immersing myself in foreign cultures.


Good Lord, I'd forgotten that. I can't believe Americans think they are civilised without decent crisps and HP sauce. I've instructed Mrs B to add it to the shopping list along with Hula Hoops and Monster Munch.

Public service broadcasting here, Buttonman, keep up the good work sir...

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 27 September, 2013, 03:51:39 pm
Good Lord, I'd forgotten that. I can't believe Americans think they are civilised without decent crisps and HP sauce. I've instructed Mrs B to add it to the shopping list along with Hula Hoops and Monster Munch.

Monster Munch; The King of crisps!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 27 September, 2013, 04:23:18 pm
" I twart I saw a Romulan!"
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 September, 2013, 04:39:35 pm
The best thing about trips to America is their customer srvice and keeness to please. Even in relatively cheap chains like Econolodge, Rodeway Inn and Quality Inn you still get cracking rooms of a good size, pools and breakfast thrown in.

The feast below is from a Quality in in Manitou Springs which is close to Colorado Springs in Colorado. The good thing about these free breakfasts is that you can gorge like a lunatic and not worry too much about lunch. You also don't have to choose from a menu or (gasp!) tip the waitress. OK it is plastic plates and cutlery but what a spread!

For my healthy option I had Froot Loops cereal which I assume contain fruit or indeed froot. These are coloured rings of stuff and they all have different tastes which you can combine in your mouth for different cocktails.

I also have a big waffle that I made myself. This machine made my holiday. You get a cup of batter from the dispenser and fill the hot griddle with it. You then lock it down and spin it around and 2 minutes later - a delicious hot waffle. There is also a maple syrup dispenser so you can soak that bad boy up. In addition there were also Danish pastries and I put a banana on the table for effect.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2292_zps9133a7a5.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 27 September, 2013, 04:49:08 pm
I am getting fat just watching what you are eatting   :lol:

Mind you if you are a waffle fan you should visit Belgium and have one of their Stroopwaffles ( caramel waffles)
Healthy they are not... Addictive they are (according to my mate Futsie)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 28 September, 2013, 05:44:05 am
Not every meal takes place in medium to low cost restaurant or free buffet - sometimes public parks are plenty fine.

We planned ahead for this trip to 'The Garden of the Gods' and bought lunch in advance. Rolls and sandwiches were relatively expensive coming in at least $3.99 - no £1 cheese rolls here. It was a nice roll however. It was a 'pretzel' roll which was slightly sweet along with turkey and Swiss cheese. I always like a bit of crunch with my bakery goods so I tried out this different flavour of Funyuns. These were 'Flaming Hot' and although tasty they left a red residue on everything and it took me days to shake off the finger stains.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 28 September, 2013, 10:07:49 am

The bloke from the end of Scanners


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Buttonman on holiday

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 28 September, 2013, 11:07:54 am
My head grew back - thank you for your concern.

This is the same breakfast buffet as yesterday. I spoke to the manager and she remarked that some strange person had taken sausage with his waffles. What a great plan! These tasty critters are like the ones you get in an egg and sausage McMuffin. You can see with the strands coming off my waffle that I got a bit ambitious and overfilled the machine with batter. Froot Loops were maintained and his time the healthy Danish attained centre stage.

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Just about every bar you go to is hellbent on serving you food. Some, like this place in Denver, casually ask if you'd like some chips with your beer? An affermative sees a massive plate of natchos like this hove into view. These were nice and fried up on the premesies. Their salsa was also chunky with the required piquante flavour. Note the invisible man peering over the side of the table.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: SuperSurfer on 28 September, 2013, 04:45:57 pm
Carry on like that gonna need to get that belly wheel ordered.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 28 September, 2013, 04:50:34 pm
Nice tall pint of Blue Moon as well there - finding many good beer places? I know 'Merica have got a bit of a thing for micro hipster breweries atm the upshot of which surely would be the availability of interesting local brews - surely?

SURELY.

Also I only JUST watched the second season episode of Breaking Bad where Walt & Jesse go out cooking for the weekend and all Jesse brings to eat is four bags of Funyuns.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 03:11:50 am
Monster Munch; The King of crisps!

Nonsense; Monster Munch is a puff not a crisp, besides:



(http://www.shelflife.ie/img/June%202012/crisps6.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 29 September, 2013, 09:06:08 am
Monster Munch; The King of crisps!

Nonsense; Monster Munch is a puff not a crisp, besides:



(http://www.shelflife.ie/img/June%202012/crisps6.jpg)

They genuinely are the best crisps in the world.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 29 September, 2013, 09:22:13 am
Loving this thread. I was always under the impression the average American luved exclusivly off Funyuns and Hostess cakes. Mr. Buttman you have opened my eyes, Americans are capable of producing rough proximations of actual food! :O
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 11:57:26 am
Beer you say? Oooft it was great - lots of micro and craft breweries.

This place in Denver claimed to have the most beers on draft in the world - over 100!

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Here it is inside - I had about 3 and they were all lovely!

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There was also the aptly named 'World of Beers' in Cherry Creek - they had a beer menu like a bible!

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Mrs BM got through them a fridge at a time!

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Note the gradual onset of being pissed!


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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 29 September, 2013, 11:59:50 am
Monster Munch; The King of crisps!

Nonsense; Monster Munch is a puff not a crisp, besides:



(http://www.shelflife.ie/img/June%202012/crisps6.jpg)


Each to their own Joe. Each to their own.
But why the need to rubbish my posts? If i bug you that much then simply put me on your ignore list. 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 September, 2013, 01:00:38 pm

The expression of differing snack preferences and categorization doesn't seem like a serious basis for personal enmity to me, neebs. That said, the foul SOAP is clearly wrong regarding his definition of what is or what is not a crisp.

Quavers and Discos trade under either the evil SOAP's weasel word, "puff", or the so-vague-it's-meaningless term snacks, but only a madman or a communist would describe them as anything other than crisps. If my local Co-op can flog a variety of deep fried vegetables - including the suspiciously French sounding likes of aubergine and courgette - packaged in foil bags as crisps, then I'm fucking sure the proud British Monster Munch can glory under the name that is their natural right by birth and by long tradition.

YOU CAN TAKE MY CRISPS WHEN YOU PRISE THEM FROM MY COLD, DEAD HAND (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=D5jw9lmAZNE#t=76)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 02:01:45 pm
Each to their own Joe. Each to their own.
But why the need to rubbish my posts? If i bug you that much then simply put me on your ignore list.

'Tis a jest in the spirit of the thread's culinary levity. One man's crisp is another's pressure-steamed kernel, but a puff should be enjoyed on its own terms, not consumed willy-nilly.

A unique property of Monster Munch and some of its aerated relations is that when the bag is emptied a potent amount of raw flavouring has gathered itself in the seam at the the bottom which can be up-ended and consumed straight-away for an intant MSG hit after the gorge or savoured later as a seasoning on sambos. A crisp is more a delicate balance: the trifecta of thinness, texture (flat or ridged) and light/strong flavouring.

Where Sauchie comes from everything (everything) is deep-fried anyway - in its original state or even if previously cooked/prepared - before it can be considered fit for consumption or attic insulation so his is a battered double-puff.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 September, 2013, 03:31:00 pm
Where Sauchie comes from everything (everything) is deep-fried anyway - in its original state or even if previously cooked/prepared - before it can be considered fit for consumption or attic insulation so his is a battered double-puff.

It's true, but at least all the deep fried pizza suppers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=uyRYxvZWsJg#t=18) Scottish chippies sold this weekend and the early deaths which result mean none of our teenage Mums have to wait too long for a council house. It's only a matter of time before one of our entrepreneurial chippers discovers the lunch time snack menu potential of offering Monster Munch tempura to kids from the local schools.

Back to slagging calamitous American dietary habits, I thought Funyuns were a grot pot or munce style invention by the show's writers, but research tells me they're a very real mix of extruded corn meal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YF5i6QXgR8c#t=23), onion powder and (I'm guessing) a shit load of salt. Mm-mm-mm-mm! Your dedication to experiencing absolutely everything American TV food culture has to offer is admirable, Buttonman.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 05:51:14 pm
Another chain place next but in mitigation I didn't know it was a chain. I thought it was a wings & natcho  sports bar so we live and learn. Buffalo Wild Wings (http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/locations/) was a massive place and you can sit in the resturaunt or the bar. We chose the restuaunt which was a mistake as it was full of screaming kids.

Given their flagship status we went for the wings to start. I thought I'd be the big man and get the spicy and they were OK but well within my heat tolerance. I also had the tacos and the wife had the Caesar salad. The food was fine but unexceptional. It was also strange that everything came at once - this starter thing just hasn't caught on! The waitress said "Gee you guys must be hungry" well yeah but I wasn't expecting everything in one big heap!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 29 September, 2013, 07:27:45 pm
I think that smile is starting to burrow into my sole. Or maybe its just the salad...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 08:03:31 pm
That tilt head smile gets me no end of action! See you in your dreams!

Now made it to Albuquerque. This isn't my usual standad of grub stop but Breaking Bad fans will recognise the hot dog stand - at night those hot dogs light up and dive into the dog's mouth!

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Not one to do an exterior shot only I ventured inside. It was busy with working people who were do doubt surprised to see a tourist snapping their hotdog stand and interrupting their lunch. I ordered a chilli dog and small Pepsi which cost about $5.

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I hastened out to eat the dog in the car - all the interior seats were taken and the locals were grumbling, Although it looks disgusting it was quite tasty and I liked the crispy onions.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 September, 2013, 08:09:03 pm

Those chips from the wings place look rank rotten. Did a tanker full of coleslaw wash up on an American beach in the eighties or something? They seem to be desperate to work their way through industrial quantities of the stuff, but I've never really understood what it's supposed to be for. It's certainly not there for decoration.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 08:18:40 pm
That's not slaw that's the Caesar salad!

Those chips weren't the worst but they were generally disappointing accross the trip as they were too skinny and limp. They also keep the skins on which I don't mind but I don't think it adds anything
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 08:51:35 pm
Back to slagging calamitous American dietary habits, I thought Funyuns were a grot pot or munce style invention by the show's writers, but research tells me they're a very real mix of extruded corn meal (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YF5i6QXgR8c#t=23), onion powder and (I'm guessing) a shit load of salt. Mm-mm-mm-mm! Your dedication to experiencing absolutely everything American TV food culture has to offer is admirable, Buttonman.

We massacred bags of Funyuns (along with Jonnie Onion Rings and Chickatees) in the 80's which perplexed me when I saw them appear in Breaking Bad as I thought they were an exclusive Irish snack along with Sam Spudz but they didn't come in the equvialent size of a horse's nose-bag.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 08:58:01 pm

Is Buttonman fitting in an intense work-out between meals? He's looking surprisingly svelte during this foodathon- his most epic yet.



Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 September, 2013, 09:03:51 pm
Is Buttonman fitting in an intense work-out between meals? He's looking surprisingly svelte during this foodathon- his most epic yet.

The most shameless flirting I've seen here since Judo first surfaced.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 09:34:05 pm

The unglamorous end of this display suggests some puking after every meal.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 10:15:30 pm
Ooh all blushing and hitching up my skirts here!

Did put on a bit of weight but not too much. Avoided snacking and had lots of long walks. On a diet again now so no new food pics until New York in December.

My second and last Albuquerque Breaking Bad food stop was at Los Pollos Hermanos the fast food front for meth kingpin Gus Fring. In reality it's a Twisters resturaunt which does Mexican food like tacos, burritos etc.

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They have embraced their Breaking Bad heritage by keeping the Los Pollos mural on the wall and having a guest book for fans of the show.

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The food was OK. The wife had a grilled chicken burger which she liked but my soft tacos weren't too exciting despite the guacamole and salsa on the side. I only wanted water after my hotdog stand Pepsi but when the wife went to fill my cup at the self serve soda fountain she got me some toxic blue meth like energy drink instead. Yum yum!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 September, 2013, 10:41:18 pm
The unglamorous end of this display suggests some puking after every meal.

My experience of Mexican food suggests that after a few weeks of that kind of diet the weight was simply falling off (or out of) the other end of the sylph-like Buttonman. It's cute that you and the fragrant Mrs Watson have matching periodic table shirts, but top marks for never wearing them at the same time, neebs.

I thought you said you had a soft taco; are those curly fries you're holding up in the picture?

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 September, 2013, 10:55:59 pm
Indeed! The tacos were on the base of the plate with all the other crap including the curly fries piled on top. No chance you could lift it to eat as intended until you scoff 75% of the toppings first. Not exactly authentic Mexican food, not that I've been to Mexico.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Pete Wells on 29 September, 2013, 11:15:46 pm
I believe Mr Watson has many of the same clothes as the fragrant Mrs Watson. He tends to wear them when she's out...

Loving the thread as usual BM, but damn, it's making me hungry!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 September, 2013, 11:18:36 pm
Not exactly authentic Mexican food, not that I've been to Mexico.


That's the food-logue I want to see. Put the toilet-paper in the fridge!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 30 September, 2013, 12:47:10 am
Coleslaw and slaw are different things. Slaw is green and tastes like vinegar. I love it.

Or at least, this is the Canadian way.  :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 September, 2013, 08:11:26 am
You've changed man! (cole)slaw is basically salad!

Two quickies of nachos and wings that have been folded into the mass. Good plan for the pubs as the thirst inducing chips soon lead to more beer. This one is from a bar in the centre of old town Albuquerque.

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This sports bar in Albuquerque got the prize for thw largest portion of wings -14 - and that's a starter!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 30 September, 2013, 08:26:38 am
Avoided snacking....

Jeebus man, when would you have found the time?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 30 September, 2013, 11:39:06 am
why does so much of this food look like vomit?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 30 September, 2013, 11:57:04 am
why does so much of this food look like vomit?

Cuts out the middle man.

There is a striking contrast with say the Madrid and Milan travel-hogs, where everything looked yum-diddly-yummy.  This stuff looks like work.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 September, 2013, 06:02:21 pm
Overall the food wasn't as good as Milan or San Sebastien but to be fair we weren't going to fine dining establishments, favouring Sports bars and micro breweries. I enjoyed nearly every meal (stay tuned!) but few were memorable beyond being part of a good night.

This is from one of the wife's favourite places - Cracker Barrel. There are hundreds of these all over the states and they sell themselves as an olde world place with home cooked vittals. It is really well done done to the motherly waitresses and games on the table. The restaurant is attached to a massive gift shop that sells loads of nostalgic stuff like old TV shows and candy. Although breakfast was a modest $30 we were $100 in the hole before I dragged the wife out.

Here I am enjoying some tasty pancakes. These were lovely and nice and crispy around the edges. You also get a modest bottle of syrup which could drown a hippo. It came with two eggs (I had mine scrambled) and some bacon which was a bit thick but an enjoyable chew all the same.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 September, 2013, 11:49:43 pm
Ever the tourist wanting to immerse myself in local culture and food we went to this Brazilian joint over the road from our hotel in Albuquerque. I couldn't make out what the menu was on about but it was busy so we went in anyway.

The deal is you pay $25 for unlimited salad bar - and this mother was massive - as well as all you can eat grilled meats. Chaps like the fella pictured below come to your table and announce what they have and you can take some or await the next person. Apart from pineapple they were all meats and it was all you could scoff. The meat was amazing and I regreted not following my father's eternal advice of 'Don't fill up on bread'.

We stayed an hour but it looked like people stayed the night with one chap not falling into the salad trap and just piling his plate high with all meats as he loosened his belt.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 01 October, 2013, 01:40:11 am
You've changed man! (cole)slaw is basically salad

Yes, but a little dish of slaw accompanies a massive plate of MEAT.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 01 October, 2013, 02:58:05 am

I hope you didn't spend your entire time abroad eatting...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 01 October, 2013, 07:25:19 pm
This was a strange restaurant in Gallup New Mexico called 'Avalon'. Not strange per say but it was run and, apart from us, completely patronised by native Americans. Nothing wrong with that and they were very friendly and welcoming. What was strange that throughout our meal a never ending stream of pedlars stopped at our and every other table to offer us beads, blankets, pottery etc. The management allowed it and they was a queue of traders waiting their turn.

The food was OK but nothing exceptional. I'm shown with my tacos and adding some green chillies - New Mexico's state question is 'Red or Green' which is asking how hot you can take it in chilli terms. Never sure what was hotter as years of hot sauce have rendered me impervious to all spice based pain!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 01 October, 2013, 07:33:07 pm
Once again, this thread is amazing.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 01 October, 2013, 08:04:41 pm
Get this man a shami kebab diabolo...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 02 October, 2013, 04:09:32 pm
Get this man a shami kebab dildo...

FTFY
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 October, 2013, 06:34:53 pm
Cheer Tom, always a great help.

This happy chap is enjoying a nice meal in the restaurant of the Hotel 'El Rancho' in Gallup. This is on Route 66 and the place was full of people recreating the fantastic film 'Wild Hogs'.

As well as a Pacifico beer (the latest of many, it would seem) he is enjoying fajitas which came with a prepackaged tub of sour cream and some nice homemade salsa. The chicken was very nice and was cooked well with onions and green peppers. The only citicism was that it came with only two tortillas! I guess I could have reloaded but by the time I thought to ask I'd eaten all my chicken!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 02 October, 2013, 06:43:28 pm
Can you get Fish and Chips in America?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 02 October, 2013, 07:05:24 pm
Can you get Fish and Chips in America?

Judging by Buttonman's peripatetic pie hole filling, you only appear to be able to get food which is either red, white  or green (http://0.tqn.com/d/raleighdurham/1/0/G/9/-/-/Tecate-Girls-Display-Mexican-Flag-at-Futbol-Tecate.JPG) in New Mexico - so you'd have to ask for tomato sauce and mushy peas. Having said that, the veggie Bolognese I'm currently making occupies the same territory on the Dulux colour chart.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 02 October, 2013, 09:06:41 pm

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Breaking Bad or breaking wind? YOU DECIDE!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 03 October, 2013, 04:39:05 pm

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Breaking Bad or breaking wind? YOU DECIDE!

Well he aint breakin hearts!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 03 October, 2013, 05:06:09 pm

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Breaking Bad or breaking wind? YOU DECIDE!

Well he aint breakin hearts!
The amount of meat he's eating he might just break his own.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 03 October, 2013, 05:12:12 pm
No offence, Mate, but that all looks disgusting!  Give me a good old English Murg Tikka Massala any day!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 03 October, 2013, 05:33:23 pm
No offence, Mate, but that all looks disgusting!  Give me a good old English Murg Tikka Massala any day!!

Chicken Tikka is just another of the many inventions Scotland (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/glasgow_and_west/8161812.stm) gave to the world, Tankie. Like Buttonman says, he's basically dining in the US equivalent of a Little Chef, so an all-day breakfast would be a more fair comparison.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 03 October, 2013, 05:58:57 pm
Like Buttonman says, he's basically dining in the US equivalent of a Little Chef, so an all-day breakfast would be a more fair comparison.

Good natured slaw-and-ribbing aside, there is a lot to be said for BM's approach.  You get a much better idea of what people of an area really eat if you eat where they eat on a regular basis, not to mention an exposure to an unaffected display of local culture.  A lot more genuine a cultural experience than picking the top restaurant recommendation out of the Michelin Guide, considerations of affordability aside.  Even the supposedly globalised homogeneity of motorway service places, hotel buffets and local iterations of Mickey D's can highlight interesting differences. 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 October, 2013, 06:32:11 pm
Excellent - food based debate has been engaged! The food may look disgusting but a lot of these Mom & Pop places serve the working man and to serve a radish carved into a swan would be a waste of time. We generally just check the menus (and price!) and see if it's busy. I've found it difficult to find a bad meal in America as people aren't slow in letting you know.

This was a independent eaterie called 'Joe & Aggies' in the small town of Holbrook on Route 66. They certainly embrace their heritage with a big photo friendly mural outside as well as a statue of a dinosaur which attacked me in the car park!

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The Tex-Mex influence was strong once again and I had their breakfast burrito which was tasty but as dense as it looks. The place also has a guest book and small gift shop even though it's only a 20 seat diner.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 October, 2013, 11:56:45 pm
I'm not a great fan of fast food but I do like the convenience and the fact that you don't have to tip anyone.

This is me in Taco Bell eating their Dorito taco. This is a zesty and tangy taco shell filled with some quite nancy chilli. In this box, which was less than $5, I also had a soft taco and a burrito that proved Billy Connolly's line that Mexican food is all the same but the different types are all just folded differently. This was OK to fill a spot but I wouldn't hurry back.

This outlet in Gallup NM was good in that it shared it's counter with a Long John Silvers so that the wife could have a fish sandwich while I went to taco Town.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 04 October, 2013, 01:30:36 am
My boss is American and loves Canada, except for the fact she can't get Diet Mountain Dew. If you take requests, BM, will you drink some and review it please?

Thanks!

 :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 October, 2013, 01:39:40 am
Chances of uncovering a stash in Paisley are slim but I'll do my best!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 04 October, 2013, 02:21:45 am
Bah! I didn't realise you were home.

Next time you go on holiday, warn us in good time and we will give you a list of things to put in your mouth. Sausages with mayonnaise on one end. Stuff like that.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 04 October, 2013, 07:44:19 am
...the wife could have a fish sandwich while I went to taco Town...

Getting like Penthouse Forum in here.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 04 October, 2013, 08:34:59 am
Mountain tastes like water which has gone a bit mouldy.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 04 October, 2013, 06:03:20 pm
...the wife could have a fish sandwich while I went to taco Town...

Getting like Penthouse Forum in here.

reader's voice - CHORTLE

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Sideshow Bob on 04 October, 2013, 06:21:39 pm
...the wife could have a fish sandwich while I went to taco Town...

Getting like Penthouse Forum in here.

reader's voice - CHORTLE

Smutty innuendo.......Hmmmm................. :lol:

Cheers
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 04 October, 2013, 07:46:07 pm

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Breaking Bad or breaking wind? YOU DECIDE!

Well he aint breakin hearts!

might break the chair...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 October, 2013, 12:57:20 pm
Some chicken wings in Flagstaff. The sauce here was nice but there was a bit of black veinyness in some of the wings. Does anyone know if this is due to them being old or badly cooked? Of course I ate the lot anyway.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JOE SOAP on 05 October, 2013, 01:13:32 pm
Some chicken wings in Flagstaff. The sauce here was nice but there was a bit of black veinyness in some of the wings. Does anyone know if this is due to them being old or badly cooked? Of course I ate the lot anyway


Mutants.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 05 October, 2013, 02:50:16 pm

Black goop running through their veins - you ever seen Prometheus? Obviously that unsatisfactory answer only poses a further series of questions ...

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 October, 2013, 10:13:53 pm
This was probably the best meal we had and certainly it was the most expensive. I started with the French onion soup which was fine and tasty with bread and melted cheese on top.

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To follow I had the sirloin steak, mash and collared greens. The steak was excellent and cooked as requested to medium well perfection.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 05 October, 2013, 10:29:06 pm
I had the sirloin steak, mash and collared greens.

What other collar would the greens be?

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 October, 2013, 11:00:56 pm
Beg pardon I meant collard greens (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collard_greens)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2013, 12:27:18 pm
Our hotel in Flagstaff (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g60971-d272693-r179225666-Rodeway_Inn_Downtown-Flagstaff_Arizona.html) was the worst we stayed in and the promised breakfast turned out to orange coloured drink and that was it. Never short of options we went to Ihop which after a few previous visits I finally learned this is an acronym for 'International House of Pancakes'. The pancakes where, as you'd expect, excellent with this toppling tower a standard stack. I had strawberries, bananas and whipped cream and they come with a caddy of 4 syrups with which to drench them. They also stick a full coffee pot on your table to you don't need to grab the waitress for a refill. The bill here was about $25 and it kept us going until well after lunch.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2013, 12:44:18 pm
This was a long held ambition achieved - a visit to an In-n-Out burger. There aren't that many of these and most are in California. There was one in Vegas but I missed the exit. Anyway they have a tiny menu of about 4 things but people like Gordon Ramsey swear they have the best burgers going.

This is me with their 'Double Double' which has two burgers and two wads of cheese. They also supply an adequate amount of fries which were crisp and had the skins on. As well as a tomato sauce dispenser they also have a 'help yourself' tub of green chillis. Being an all American I'm having a root beer and again it's help yourself so I had a couple of refills to see off the salty chips.

The burger was great - really tasty and meaty. I don't like big slabs of tomato so these were removed but the big disc of crisp onion was great. Overall I'd have to agree that it's probably the most enjoyable fast food burger experience that I've had - and I've had a few!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 06 October, 2013, 08:11:32 pm
Aye, i do love a good burger - but thats a heck of a lot of fries,  :o
Think id need to have a wee siesta after eating all that.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2013, 08:21:18 pm
To be honest that's two lots of fries and the wife's burger in the basket - I'm a greedy bassa but not that greedy.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 06 October, 2013, 08:54:04 pm

Even so, that still looks like a kiloton of salty chips you've got in that kitty litter tray, Buttonman. I'd heard In-n-Out burger mentioned on TV, but I wasn't sure if it was a fictional construct like Tarantino's Big Kahuna franchise. IHOP's another name I recognise from telly and film, but I'd never made the connection with International House of Pancakes.

I obviously need to get out more, because this thread's starting to seem informative as well as entertaining.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 October, 2013, 09:41:28 pm
Oh yeah it's a learning experience this thread - hows to get fat in 50 easy steps.

More wings, this time at the Westin resport hotel in Scottsdale Arizona. This was a 5* hotel that the wife found us an $80 deal for on an Italian site - score. They had loads of eating choices but for something different we went to a sports pub and had the wings. This was the biggest portion we had - 13 wings and a cracking blue cheese dip that had big lumps of cheese in it. Irene had the shrimp cocktail that had 5 monsters in it and a nice mini bottle of Tabasco that is now in my dining kit.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 07 October, 2013, 10:10:21 am
IHOP's another name I recognise from telly and film, but I'd never made the connection with International House of Pancakes.

Yes, this was a revelation to me too.  I'd always taken 'I-Hop' to be some sort of truckstop-style diner chain, the 'I' standing for 'interstate'.  ::)

It's a good job chickens can't fly, 'cos there musty be a lot missing their wings after your trip...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Sideshow Bob on 07 October, 2013, 07:06:49 pm
Oh yeah it's a learning experience this thread - hows to get fat in 50 easy steps.


This thread is both very entertaining and informative.... thanks for that Buttonman..
I am concerned however, at the 'stress' your shirt buttons seem to be under,  in the above photo....

Perhaps the 'wash' cycle you are using for your clothes in America is too hot,  and the material is shrinking...A cool wash is probably better... :D

Cheers
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 October, 2013, 09:06:50 pm
I'll go with that too hot wash story - in truth it may be down to me clinging forflornly to being an 'M'.

Still at the Westin and celebrating a rare Scotland win we had their fine buffer breakfast. This was cracking with fat and juicy friuts aplenty, along with little pots of natural yogurt.

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That's not going to hold anyone so let's grab another plate. A nice man made me some scrambled eggs and to top it off I had some ham, onions and salsa. I also had some nice turkey sausages and some super crispy bacon that was was kept hot on a big rock. Or maybe someone had dropped it there hence my confused expression. I may have panicked somewhat over the choice available.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tiplodocus on 07 October, 2013, 09:43:17 pm
Your poor, fucking arteries.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Sideshow Bob on 07 October, 2013, 10:47:18 pm
Your poor, fucking arteries !! .

Tremendous Mr Tips.......... :lol:
Cheers
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: GrinningChimera on 08 October, 2013, 07:37:27 am
I really shouldn't look in here. Every time I end up feeling more hungry that when I started. Beans on toast just isn't the same.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 October, 2013, 12:01:24 pm
Your poor, fotae-taking wife

FTYFY
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 08 October, 2013, 01:05:32 pm
Your poor, fucking arteries.
Thats it. Thats this thread.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 October, 2013, 07:36:19 pm
Your poor, fucking arteries.

Is that a jibe about me being Scottish?! My arteries are fine - at least they were at their last rodding.

We've now made it to Durango which is in Colorado. We travelled here from Scottsdale and given it was a 450 mile drive we didn't get in until late, so chose to feed at the pizza place over the road from our Quality Inn.

Home Slice Pizza (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g33397-d1889628-r178850692-HomeSlice_Pizza-Durango_Colorado.html) is a bit basic in its design but the food and beer was cracking. This beast is a 'Meatzza' which had 6 meats piled high on its crispy body. Only slight concern was it was a bit salty meaning I had to have several beers.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 08 October, 2013, 08:56:45 pm
Your poor, fucking arteries.

Is that a jibe about me being Scottish?!

Don't be mean. Tips is one of those Englanders who chose to live in Glasgow.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 08 October, 2013, 09:00:08 pm
That pizza's almost as big as a mopad wheel.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 09 October, 2013, 03:27:11 am
This just in: I was in the grocery store earlier (yes, I talk North American now; piss off) and I saw two types of coleslaw.

One type, entitled "creamy coleslaw" was just as you might expect coleslaw to be. The green, vinegary version, however, was named "Dixie coleslaw".

More on this as we get it, readers!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 09 October, 2013, 07:51:04 am
This just in: I was in the grocery store earlier (yes, I talk North American now; piss off) and I saw two types of coleslaw.

One type, entitled "creamy coleslaw" was just as you might expect coleslaw to be. The green, vinegary version, however, was named "Dixie coleslaw".

More on this as we get it, readers!

I have a theory that coleslaw has regional variations... I shall check out the Floridian coleslaw offerings in 10 days time and report back. That way, we should have a pretty good north to south picture...

I won't actually eat it. Can't stand the stuff. This is Public Service Broadcasting, folks :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 09 October, 2013, 04:30:25 pm
This just in: I was in the grocery store earlier (yes, I talk North American now; piss off) and I saw two types of coleslaw.

One type, entitled "creamy coleslaw" was just as you might expect coleslaw to be. The green, vinegary version, however, was named "Dixie coleslaw".

More on this as we get it, readers!

I have a theory that coleslaw has regional variations... I shall check out the Floridian coleslaw offerings in 10 days time and report back. That way, we should have a pretty good north to south picture...

I won't actually eat it. Can't stand the stuff. This is Public Service Broadcasting, folks :)

Has it got to this?
That Dredd sequel better flippin' hurry up.......   ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 October, 2013, 09:23:55 pm
Time for a breakfast 1-2-3. After that big pizza a massive breakfast was needed to counterbalance it. This was the buffet offering at the Quality Inn in Durango and mighty fine it was too. Too open in a healthy manner I started on Froot Loops which are now available in the UK - saw some in Asda today - tell 'em this thread sent you. Froot Loops are like Cheerios but they are fruit flavoured and make the milk extra tasty too. Speaking of milk the small tubs have a vanilla flavouring and they enhance your beverage no end.

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Next up was my old friend the home made waffle. I covered this earlier but by now I was a master of the machine - prying it from the metal in mere moments. Copious amounts of syrup add to the fun. Fruit juice has been added for effect.

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Next up was a bit of brunch up the road. After an endless 10 minute walk we had coffee in a nice diner and their cinnamon rolls were too tempting to miss. This was lovely and warm with plenty of spice and runny icing. Yum Yum Yum!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Sideshow Bob on 09 October, 2013, 11:26:53 pm
FFS, mate !! .....
You must have hollow legs.........
How on earth can you put away that much grub ??
Cheers...

Extremely entertaining and informative by the way....
Enjoying it immensely.... :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 10 October, 2013, 10:26:09 am
Fruit Loops sold in the UK have 1/3 less sugar than the American version, as the original recipe would not qualify as a 'cereal' under both our regulations and the wider EU ones.

Just thought that was interesting and worth knowing why the ones over here aren't so tasty.
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Post by: radiator on 10 October, 2013, 10:59:47 am
Fruit Loops sold in the UK have 1/3 less sugar than the American version, as the original recipe would not qualify as a 'cereal' under both our regulations and the wider EU ones.

Just thought that was interesting and worth knowing why the ones over here aren't so tasty.

I fucking knew it! Was so excited to see them on sale in Tesco, but they were so bland, tasted more like Cheerios! Anyone else a bit fed up with this kind of thing? I swear crisps as a whole are nowhere near as tasty as they used to be because of all these rules and regulations.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 10 October, 2013, 11:39:58 am
A few shops round my way are selling imported American good, including Froot Loops I think. They definitely have Lucky Stars. I have a suspicion that Kelloggs are selling Pop Tarts in my local supermarket because of the amount they have been exporting to Blighty from America! I saw Marshmallow Fluff the other day too!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 10 October, 2013, 11:54:57 am
A few shops round my way are selling imported American good, including Froot Loops I think.

Those shops are generally a sickening rip-off.

"10 quid for a box of stomach churning Yank cereal Guvnor?"
Title: Re:
Post by: Theblazeuk on 10 October, 2013, 04:49:38 pm
Fruit Loops sold in the UK have 1/3 less sugar than the American version, as the original recipe would not qualify as a 'cereal' under both our regulations and the wider EU ones.

Just thought that was interesting and worth knowing why the ones over here aren't so tasty.

I fucking knew it! Was so excited to see them on sale in Tesco, but they were so bland, tasted more like Cheerios! Anyone else a bit fed up with this kind of thing? I swear crisps as a whole are nowhere near as tasty as they used to be because of all these rules and regulations.

Meh doesn't bother me so much. What the yanks get to sell as 'food' is astounding. Lobbying powers ACTIVATE
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 10 October, 2013, 04:52:22 pm
A few shops round my way are selling imported American good, including Froot Loops I think.

Those shops are generally a sickening rip-off.

"10 quid for a box of stomach churning Yank cereal Guvnor?"

True. I shall probably give Froot Loops a go while I'm out there. Just for scientific research purposes of course... ;)
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Post by: Frank on 10 October, 2013, 05:13:41 pm
they were so bland, tasted more like Cheerios! Anyone else a bit fed up with this kind of thing? I swear crisps as a whole are nowhere near as tasty as they used to be because of all these rules and regulations.

Meh doesn't bother me so much. What the yanks get to sell as 'food' is astounding. Lobbying powers ACTIVATE


The land of the free and the home of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetese

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 October, 2013, 05:47:21 pm
Thanks for the heads up Guys - would have hated for my happy Froot Loop memories to be tarnished by an inferior British product. They'll be taking the Choc out of Count Chocula next!

Grazing is a big part of any trip - you can justify industrial quantities of food if you space it between a few bars.

First up some cracking potato skins at a bar called 'The Office' in Durango. The idea is you can call your wife and say 'I'm still in the office Dear' while the barflies chortle. This was quite a fancy place and I made the mistake of asking for the bacon bits from the menu as my prefered toppings - in fact all the toppings listed appeared in these over-stuffed tasty chaps.

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Next up was the worst food of the trip and the only one I didn't finish off. Still in Durango the waitress catches my accent and says 'You'll love the fried pickles' - racist! What we got was a $7 pile of batter with some shreds of dill pickle within. It was really greasy and tasteless although the dip was OK. I gave up after half! The thumb up was only to confirm I hadn't had a heart attack (yet).

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To finish off we went back to Home Slice Pizza as I had to try their Gyros. To us this is a kebab and they had the rotating meat on a stick and everything. They don't do a hot sauce but the meat was succulent and tasty and I could have eaten two but alas the 5,000 calorie threshold had already been passed.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 10 October, 2013, 06:46:16 pm
This is stunning work on behalf of anyone thinking of venturing to this area of the US. By the way, only when you have finished posting this trips work, will I let Caz gaze upon the thread to really enjoy the fruits of your work!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 11 October, 2013, 01:35:17 am
Bloody hell! I've still got days to go!

The trip from Durando to Boulder, Colorado was about 350 miles so we packed a lunch to eat on the way. This deli bought roll of turkey and mayo was great especially when added to the crunch of Kettle chips which were saltier than those from home. A vintage edition beer added to the park life fun.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 11 October, 2013, 09:41:42 am
Boulder, Colorado now and the only Indian meal of the trip. Indian food can be a bit strange in that the interpretation of the dishes can vary widely. We started off with pakora and here you can see we got both vegetable and chicken. These came with a green minty dip and a red spicy one. Perfectly acceptable they were without being that memorable. All was eaten.

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Next up I had the lamb saag with boiled rice and this was great. Nice chuncks of fall apart meat in a thick and tasty sauce. In the foreground is Irene's tandoori chicken which was OK but lacked any sign or being near a charcoal oven. The pink naan bread was filled with coconut and raisons and was a tasty treat indeed.

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We were too full for pudding but they brought us some cold rice pudding as a palate cleanser. Guess I should have given a bigger tip!

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This was second most expensive dinner we had but only the sixth best. Good effort Boulder Indian restaurant!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: SuperSurfer on 11 October, 2013, 12:23:03 pm
Very entertaining but as a card carrying fully fledged endomorph who is constantly fighting the battle of the bulge I find this all terrifying!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 11 October, 2013, 01:46:41 pm
Just one of the breakfasts would see me through for a day and I'm hardly a figure of moderation. My hat is off to you sir
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Sideshow Bob on 11 October, 2013, 03:20:57 pm
The man must have hollow legs right enough !!.......... :D
Loving all this stuff....
Yes, legendary are the tales of Buttonman ...Bon Viveur....

Cheers
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 11 October, 2013, 03:28:27 pm
Buttonman. He eats it so you don't have to.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 11 October, 2013, 04:19:50 pm
Buttonman. He eats it so you don't have to.

Will we put that on his headstone then?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: SuperSurfer on 11 October, 2013, 04:28:35 pm
I've never experienced the food mountain meals in the US I was looking forward to, though I've only been to New York and Washington DC. I found New York surprisingly European and food portions were on the normal or small side.

I was in the US last year. I must've had a dodgy meal – probably at the swanky boutique type hotel we were staying at. Poor Bloomingdale's in NYC bore the brunt of it.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 11 October, 2013, 05:57:45 pm
Buttonman. He eats it so you don't have to.

Will we put that on his headstone then?

Maybe in a personal ad, or on a business card.

I've never had rice pudding as a digestif before, but god only knows what kind of toll the gruelling journey from the sub-continent to Colorado took on the minds of Boulder's only Indian restaurant owners.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 12 October, 2013, 12:32:47 pm
Breakfast in Boulder - another quality Quality Inn.

This place had an automated pancake machine - it was like something out of Robo-Hunter. You simply pressed a button and two hot pancakes rolled out in 90 seconds. People we agog - I just ate them with some tasty sausage.

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The end is now in sight - this is Denver airport as we await our flight back to Chicago. We felt so many fried offerings may be taking a toll so we went healthy and this is me with a meatball panini. Alas our plan failed as every lunch came with a free massive cookie that I simply had to eat - it's in the envelope to my left. At least I had water instead of beer!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 12 October, 2013, 12:34:37 pm
just think, no more of this for another year at least...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 12 October, 2013, 01:01:49 pm
Going to New York in December Tom!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 12 October, 2013, 03:33:41 pm

I'll give you a shopping list!   :lol: :lol: :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 13 October, 2013, 12:09:54 am
Back in Chicago and in Ann Sather's (http://www.annsather.com/) for breakfast. This place was mobbed at 10am on a Monday and we had to wait 10 minutes for a table. It was worth the wait. The food was amazing. I ordered the breakfast burrito and although expensive at $10.95 I thought it was reasonable, given we were in the city centre. 'Oh you get two sides with that' says the waitress - I went for the fruit salad and the cinnamon roll. The Cinnamon roll is pictured below - it was in fact two massive rolls covered in icing. I shamefully report that I ate the whole thing - before my breakfast arrived.

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After a moment's respite the actual breakfast appeared. This was a monster with eggs and chorizo and a nice gravy. The modest fruit salad filled the tiny gap all the carbs left. A feast!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 13 October, 2013, 08:32:07 am
That actualy sounds really nice.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 13 October, 2013, 09:23:58 am

Look at the size of that cinnamon roll! I remain unconvinced that the word burrito belongs on the breakfast menu though, or that a meal eaten at 10am should be described as breakfast. Gentrified terms such as chorizo aside, that burro sounds a lot like the all day breakfast roll which the snack van round the corner from my work offers to discerning brickies and van drivers (£3.00).

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 13 October, 2013, 10:32:14 am
Not so gentrified or out of place if you're spanish*, ey?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 13 October, 2013, 07:26:25 pm
In a Chicago bar called 'Bearz' and on game day too. They put bells and whistle on the table to celebrate a Bear's touchdown but I was too occupied with their home fried natchos which came with three dips. We managed to eat the lot and then, as we had dips left, the waiter filled them up!

I have to report we then had their excellent soft tacos which had a variety of fillings. They were so good...I.<sob>...forgot to take a photo. I apologise - abnormal service will be resumed soon.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/weboflies2901_zps5d0ab7a2.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 14 October, 2013, 10:46:12 am
Did they give you that cocktail 'cause you're a Limey?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 14 October, 2013, 05:09:16 pm

Next Buttonman to take on THIS GUY...


http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=man+vs+food&oq=Man+V&gs_l=youtube.1.1.0l10.56329.57509.0.60136.5.5.0.0.0.0.101.387.4j1.5.0...0.0...1ac.1.11.youtube.KSoMUOchoKQ
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 14 October, 2013, 05:53:23 pm
Did they give you that cocktail 'cause you're a Limey?

They tried but as you can see the lime was flicked from the glass but is gamely hanging on.

Quote
Next Buttonman to take on THIS GUY...

I know him! Went to a few of his choices but never for the eating challenges - quality not quantity is our byword!

Late breakfast after a lie in at Einstein Brother Bagels which is like a nice version of Subway only with bagels. I went for their jalapeno bagel with egg and sausage. It was lovely as was the bottomless coffee and the massive cookie cake that I kindly shared with the wife.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/einsteinbagels_zpseb255aa1.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 15 October, 2013, 12:12:48 am
That looks.... so edible. And it's not just the soft-focus romantic lens you've got going on there. I'd eat that.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: GrinningChimera on 15 October, 2013, 06:02:39 am
The best burger I ever had was in a restaurant at the bottom of the Empire State Building. I forget the name but it's on your right hand side as you walk into the main entrance. It made me seriously consider moving to New York just so I could eat there every day. Everyone needs to eat at this place before they die. 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 15 October, 2013, 09:16:36 pm
The end is near! The change in the photo quality is down to my camera killing itself and my phone having to take over.

This is in an Irish pub in Chicago that was doing Oktoberfest - amazingly it came out great.

I have two large slices of German roasted meat loaf with red cabbage and spaetzle which is like gnocci. On the side plate I have German potato salad. Despite the massive portions I ate the lot along with downing two pints of lovely Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

 (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/octoberfest_zps659096a4.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 15 October, 2013, 09:19:11 pm
What? No currywurst? Still looks good though.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 16 October, 2013, 02:22:34 pm
The end is near!

HUZZAH!

The change in the photo quality is down to my camera killing itself

I know that feeling, one breakfast with you was enough for me...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 16 October, 2013, 04:38:19 pm
I wonder how Buttonmans stomach will cope with returning to the UK?

Will it go into culinary culture shock?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 16 October, 2013, 04:47:48 pm

He's Scottish, so the regular intake of fat and carbs will remain unchanged except for the portion sizes. One of the few German phrases which has stuck with me since school is how to ask for potato salad, and by the quantity of the stuff you have on your plate there, I'd guess you managed to say that at least twice yourself, Buttonman.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 16 October, 2013, 05:11:43 pm
I LOVE Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer! When we were younger my wife and I travelled a lot around New England in the Fall. It's beautiful. And made even more so by a nice pint of Oktoberfest. If anyone ever gets the chance to visit the Sam Adams brewery in Boston it's well worth a trip, and there are plenty of beers to taste at the end. I don't mind telling you I was a bit 'merry' when I left there! Magic Hat in South Burlington, Vermont is also worth stopping by.

It's just two days until I go to Florida and imagine my joy on searching the Internet and locating a pub not far from where we are staying serving both Oktoberfest and Magic Hat! Joy!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 October, 2013, 07:53:00 pm
Tom it wasn't the breakfast you remember with dread; it was the night before!

Sam Adams beers are all pretty tasty but I imagine a calorie disaster. Their Boston lager is a nice pint too.

Right last one of this trip - <pause for cheers>.

This was one of only two take outs we had. It was a place called 'Frozen Yogurt' next to our hotel in Chicago. I saw people coming out with tasty treats and went to investigate. A nice man offers you small cups for tasters but I went straight for this bad boy tub. What happens is that there are about a dozen dispensers and you fill your tub with what you like - I had marshmallow, peanut butter, apple sorbet and a few others. You then go to a counter where there is an array of tasty sprinkles - here a twizzler is a sprinkle! I has some Oreo bits, fizzy fish and these small balls of flavourerd fruit juices - they look like multi coloured caviar.

Once you are loaded up your tub is weighed and you pay 45c an ounce - this guy cost me less than $5 but a whole notch on my belt.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/icecream_zps885f5c00.jpg)

Overall I'd say this trip didn't hit the foodie heights of San Sebastian lasy year but the service, price and atmosphere in most places more than made up for that. Best dinner was Flagstaff's steak followed by a melee of wings, natchos, tacos and waffles.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 27 October, 2013, 11:57:53 pm
I won't steal Buttonman's most excellent thunder by hijacking this thread with my meals in the US, but just to say the standard of food has been pretty good. And we are mainly eating in the Disney theme parks and properties. We have taken care to hunt out different types of food to the usual "burger and chips" type stuff.

We had a lovely meal in Raglan Road Irish pub where I had bangers and mash and Mrs B had shepherd's pie. We ate in 50's Prime Time Cafe In Hollywood Studios where the servers tell you off for having your elbows on the table and make people stand in the corner facing the wall if they don't eat their veg! Anyway, I nommed down a lovely meatloaf and Mrs B had some fried chicken which she reported was very tasty. Final highlight was The Wave in the Contemporary resort hotel near Magic Kingdom. Mrs B had a lovely pasta dish and I had, well, burger and - not chips - but potato wedges. A lot of the food is locally sourced there, and it tasted fresh and was well cooked.

Lowlights are the pizza from our resort quick service place, which was grim, and the Disney coffee... Thankfully, Universal Studios serve Lavazza in their bakery, so today was the first decent cup of coffee for a week!

Oh - and I tried Froot Loops... Yuck... Too sweet. Even Master B didn't like them. I have tried various Pop Tart flavours, though, including Oatmeal Delights with Strawberry and Wildberry. Both are excellent... And no Disney breakfast is complete without Mickey Waffles and bacon... Mmmmm....

In terms of drink, much Samuel Adams Lager and Oktoberfest has been drunk. Also had a cheeky New York white beer in Raglan Road called Ommegang Witte which was a guest beer on special this month and Leffe Brune, which I had at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival from the Belgium stand. It washed down a very nice Leek & Potato Waffle with Braised Beef (tasted better than it sounds, I think!). Had a Florida lager called, er, Florida Lager. S'OK. Nothing special.

If you want to read a bit more about my hols, I'm keeping a blog at simeonbrewer.blogspot.co.uk (http://simeonbrewer.blogspot.co.uk). It's mainly a record of what we did and when so I can figure out what photos belong where and is mainly text. I will embellish it with some videos and photos when I get back home. More food details can be found there...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 28 October, 2013, 02:06:07 pm
this could run and run....

anyone else taking a trip?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Ghastly McNasty on 28 October, 2013, 03:47:52 pm
Didn't get a photo but last night me n Mrs McNasty went to a restaurant in out hotel (Crete) where they brought you a massive 3 section plate, the centre section containing a huge sizzling square rock where you had to finish cooking you own meat, pots, and veg.

Exhausting experience, constantly tending to you own meal, rotating potatoes from side plate to sizzler and back again, managing 3 meat skewers - pork, chicken, steak - finishing off the barely cooked veggies to suit personal taste.

Novel idea but serious stress. Need a holiday to recover.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 28 October, 2013, 03:58:49 pm

M&S supplied these delightful goodies on my Virgin Cross country to Kendal,
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2810/10437219106_3a06d6d9f8.jpg)

living the dream, living the dream.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 28 October, 2013, 06:04:31 pm
Mrs B had some fried chicken

Racist. See if you can fit in a review of American sweeties, Simeon - they seem to have a very different definition of what constitutes chocolate .

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 28 October, 2013, 06:10:14 pm
A lot of the food is locally sourced there, and it tasted fresh and was well cooked.

Makes you wonder where disgruntled employees and lost children end up.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Simon Beigh on 28 October, 2013, 09:58:10 pm
Mrs B had some fried chicken

Racist. See if you can fit in a review of American sweeties, Simeon - they seem to have a very different definition of what constitutes chocolate .

Yeah. Sorry about that. Chicken....that was fried....

Well, I can report Skittles taste the same but sweeter, somehow, and American chocolate is OK if you don't buy American chocolate. If you buy imported chocolate, like Toblerone, it's all good ;) Or if you buy it in cookies or muffins, it's fine too... I warn you, a Twix is not a Twix. It's like a cheap knock off...

A lot of the food is locally sourced there, and it tasted fresh and was well cooked.

Makes you wonder where disgruntled employees and lost children end up.

In the quick service burgers at Universal Studios...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 30 October, 2013, 05:09:52 pm
Mrs B had some fried chicken

Racist. See if you can fit in a review of American sweeties, Simeon - they seem to have a very different definition of what constitutes chocolate .

I was given some American chocolate...

It was the only chocolate I threw away because it was so revolting....

it was THAT BAD...
even some Americans won't touch it and beg us brits to send them ours!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Recrewt on 30 October, 2013, 05:55:30 pm
Yup, there is definitely some dodgy american chocolate out there, however Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are one of the best chocs I have ever tasted!


(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/28/Reeses_Peanut_Butter_Cups.jpg/800px-Reeses_Peanut_Butter_Cups.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Rog69 on 30 October, 2013, 05:56:49 pm
I think the main reason American chocolate is rubbish is that a lot of it is based on Hershy's (or other brands that make their chocolate taste similar because that's what Americans are accustomed to)

Apparently Hershy's is made using sour milk which is what gives it those subtle tangy undertones of vomit.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 30 October, 2013, 06:05:23 pm
As a child I was given an American 'candy bar'. It was like trying to eat a candle it was so waxy and tasteless. Suffice to say the aunt who gave it to me was decidedly irked as I spit it out in front of her.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 30 October, 2013, 06:34:14 pm

Whoa! Let's not start a chocolate war with the few discerning 'Murcans who frequent these parts - look how the scuffle between us over tea turned out. I don't think there's anything objectively awful about chocolate in the land of the free; as Rog points out, it's just what you're accustomed to.

I couldn't have cared less whether the chocolate digestive you offered me with a cup of tea was covered in plain or milk chocolate when I was a kid or teenager. Because my mum preferred dark chocolate I got used to eating that version of McVities' finest, and now even the sight of the sicklier milk chocolate biscuit gies me the boak.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 30 October, 2013, 06:46:13 pm
Whoa! Let's not start a chocolate war with the few discerning 'Murcans who frequent these parts - look how the scuffle between us over tea turned out. I don't think there's anything objectively awful about chocolate in the land of the free; as Rog points out, it's just what you're accustomed to.

Mmm-hmmm.  Sometime in the 80's an American girl I knew brought us a giant bag of Hershey's Kisses from a trip home, something I knew only from the ads in Power Pack, and was understandably intrigued by.  They turned out to taste like miniature candles, and the bag sat forlorn and unloved for weeks.  The same girl claimed Jaffa Cakes to be the vilest things she had ever tasted.

However, on a trip to the states about 10 years later I became virtually addicted to Hershey's Cookies & Cream bars, as well as almost everything Reese produces - Reese's Pieces remain high on my list of top-flight sweets.  It is indeed all about what you're used to.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mister Pops on 30 October, 2013, 06:59:25 pm
Irish Cadbury's>>>>>>>>>British Cadbury's >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hersheys


Edited to add: That's not to say I dislike British Cadbury's, it's quite nice. It just pales in comparison to the Irish stuff
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 30 October, 2013, 10:06:13 pm
Irish Cadbury's>>>>>>>>>British Cadbury's >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Hersheys


Edited to add: That's not to say I dislike British Cadbury's, it's quite nice. It just pales in comparison to the Irish stuff

'Tis the glass & a half of Irish milk that makes the difference to be sure.

I am quite fond of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups it has to be said though- sickly sweet as they are.
The new kid on the block- Tayto's Cheese & Onion Crisp chocolate bar will be the king of my hill for the foreseeable future however.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 30 October, 2013, 10:15:19 pm
Tayto's Cheese & Onion Crisp chocolate bar will be the king of my hill for the foreseeable future however.

Never did such a vile concept turn out to be so utterly magical - and life-threatening.  I fantasise about making a giant Tayto bag and filling it with bars and pretending they're individual crisps.  >glargle<

However, having just watched  a cookery programme with that Ballymaloe lass pouring half of the Dead Sea into a fajita and some meatballs and a fecking sponge mix, all intended for her young children, my definition of unhealthy food may have to change.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 30 October, 2013, 10:20:42 pm
Never did such a vile concept turn out to be so utterly magical - and life-threatening.  I fantasise about making a giant Tayto bag and filling it with bars and pretending they're individual crisps.  >glargle<

Save a place for me in the End-Stage-Diabetes II-Ward Tordel, I scoffed three of the unmpty infused f*ckers on the drive into town tonight!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 31 October, 2013, 12:19:41 pm
The reason most American chocolate has that waxy texture + taste is because they tend to put more vegetable oil vs cocoa butter. Conversely UK chocolate has more milk than most European chocolate, though tends to have less cocoa solids involved in its manufacturing process.

I was told once upon a time that the vegetable oil also helps keep the chocolate stable in adverse temperature, preventing the powdery-crystallization effect you get when things melt and resolidify. This is more important for a manufacturer catering for the diverse climates of the US. However this last one must be taken with a pinch of salt as I can't find much to support it online - and Oz chocolate doesn't taste that way. Additionally the most likely reason is the most pragmatic one, which is that vegetable oil saves money across mass production.

Technically US chocolate and much of the cheaper international brands are chocolate flavoured candy rather than chocolate, but you pay the bucks you get to call it whatcha like.

Whatever it boils down to in the end, the yanks get some damn nice chocolate - more for the varied fillings of sugary delight than the confection itself. Ozzies, with kitkat oreos and mint freddos, get the best of both worlds. Bastards.

If you want to try some vile chocolate, get some Thai stuff. Erghh. At least the japanese infuse it with green tea, sweet potato and other strange delights.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 31 October, 2013, 02:35:23 pm
...with kitkat oreos and mint freddos...

My wife must never hear of this.  I like 'em big, but not that big.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 31 October, 2013, 03:30:31 pm
Conversely UK chocolate has more milk than most European chocolate, though tends to have less cocoa solids involved in its manufacturing process.

I think there was a euro-spat not so long ago with the Franco-Belgian axis arguing that what we eat should not even be classified as chocolate because it had too much milk in it.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 31 October, 2013, 03:34:32 pm
You guy's ain't never tried Guernsey chocolate made with local cow's milk. I swear, i'm adding it to just another reason why it's the nicest place in Europe. It's so soft and creamy and it melts in your mouth while providing what can only be described as an oral orgasm.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 31 October, 2013, 04:29:27 pm
Ignore chocolate eat Tablet.  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 31 October, 2013, 05:31:48 pm
Ignore chocolate eat Tablet.  :D

A solid brick of refined sugar, condensed milk, and butter. Scotland saw other folk eating chocolate bars and came up with tablet as the equivalent of Crocodile Dundee casting a derisive glance at a street punk's flick knife - that won't make you diabetic and rot your teeth; this will make you diabetic and rot your teeth.

The only Scottish chocolate I can think of is whatever the fuck Boyd Tunnock smothers the fondant centre of his tea cakes with, and that tastes less like actual chocolate than all the weird sweeties my Gran used to give me, which had packaging covered with umlauts and little circles over the vowels. I still don't know where she found that stuff.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 31 October, 2013, 07:54:36 pm
A solid brick of refined sugar, condensed milk, and butter.

Didn't think any of you lot would be into whitish-brown bricks of life threatening substances.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Devons Daddy on 30 November, 2013, 03:42:19 pm
Living in this region (S.E Asia) I tend to eat unusual at times.
But whilst I am here I wish to state. British Chocolate cadburys always wins!!

But whilst in Taiwan recently I tried cho tau foo.
It was disgusting and smelt like rotten eggs!!
Delicatese in this region it's a fermented bean-curd.

Bloody awful!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Ancient Otter on 30 November, 2013, 04:20:36 pm
I've heard people say the chocolate in Australia isn't nice, can anyone here confirm?

In Iceland I had chocolate with pieces of liquorice in them (both as bars and pieces), wasn't expecting them to be so delicious....
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: nickdeth on 01 December, 2013, 11:44:36 am
I agree most of the Chocolate here in the U.S. is crap i tend to get import choc its Awesome but Expensive.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 08 December, 2013, 10:48:18 pm
Have driven through Hershey (Penn.) and the town literally smells of chocolate. Here, that would be frabjous. In the US it is not pleasant.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 28 December, 2013, 01:08:36 pm
Currently searching for an Ulster fry in dreich downtown Belfast.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Richmond Clements on 28 December, 2013, 01:26:42 pm
Currently searching for an Ulster fry in dreich downtown Belfast.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/ulsters-biggest-fry-could-you-take-on-this-monster-meal-29781202.html
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 28 December, 2013, 04:10:49 pm

Speeeuuuwwww!

Baked beans.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 29 December, 2013, 09:43:49 pm

Speeeuuuwwww!

Baked beans.

Double spew.

And...chips?  :-\
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mister Pops on 03 January, 2014, 06:51:46 pm

Speeeuuuwwww!

Baked beans.

What?

Baked beans are the glue that holds a fry together
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: GrinningChimera on 03 January, 2014, 07:15:04 pm
And...chips?  :-\

Don't forget the sausage and eggs
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 03 January, 2014, 11:03:33 pm
Beans? No.

But there should be haggis.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 January, 2014, 11:13:07 pm
Beans? No.

But there should be haggis.
Just because he's Canadian, doesn't mean he's wrong. Beans have no place on the breakfast table.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 03 January, 2014, 11:24:54 pm
I'm also pining for black pudding.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 03 January, 2014, 11:27:17 pm

Beans are great, fried eggs are great. When they find themselves on the same plate, and the tomato sauce from the beans covers the egg, both taste revolting.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 03 January, 2014, 11:30:40 pm
I don't really mind that. I'm just not crazy about beans. I'd rather have some mushrooms.

Tomato ketchup on a fried egg sandwich is, however, delicious.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 03 January, 2014, 11:56:10 pm
Sorry, but Sauchie has the right of it here. Any sauce other than hollandaise on eggs is an abomination.

Anyway, here's a quick tour of Wot I Ate on the Day I Flew Back to Edinburgh for Christmas.

Early start, down to the Weihnachtsmarkt for a spot of breakfast. Here we have a Fackelspeiss: essentially some meat wrapped around a long, sharp stick and stuck on the barbie for a few minutes. Delicious! Especially when accompanied, as it is here, with a steaming cup of Glühwein.
(http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/9412/s93l.jpg)

After a wander around the shops looking for some last minute Christmas presents, it was back to other side of the market for a lunch I have been having two or three times a week all through December. The Chäsbängel is half a baguette with the boring bready bit scooped out filled up with fondue instead. Naturally, the only thing to drink with this delicacy is another  cup of Glühwein.
(http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/1307/1tie.jpg)

Later that evening it was back to Edinburgh, miss my mate's band at Opium but neck three bottles of beer before catching the last freedom moped out of nowhere city and back to Glasgow. On the way to the station, I stopped off at the Clam Shell for one of those culinary delicacies which is sure to become synonymous with an independent Scotland.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the King Rib supper with salt, sauce and a pickle!
(http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/9379/hrmy.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 January, 2014, 12:06:38 am
Oooft I could go that King Rib right now. I see you Swiss money grab has enabled you to get a pickle. Does the Blue Lagoon accept gold teeth?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 04 January, 2014, 12:15:45 am
My fridge has been stripped of carbohydrates for the past 36 hours and my fruit filled stomach is growling.

Goddamn ye Cosh, I'm ringing the chipper!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 04 January, 2014, 12:58:13 am
I love a king rib but those chips are shite. Sorry.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 04 January, 2014, 01:01:21 am
You DO know what that stuff is made of.... Don't you?  ( need a spewing smillie here)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 04 January, 2014, 04:05:18 am
You DO know what that stuff is made of.... Don't you?  ( need a spewing smillie here)

Is it spew?

Yum. Delicious spew.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 January, 2014, 09:15:32 am
( need a spewing smillie here)

 :sick:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 04 January, 2014, 10:36:16 am
Is it spew?

Honestly Ron, it's not spew - it's S.P.E.W.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 04 January, 2014, 11:41:28 am
I'm also pining for black pudding.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder healthier
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 04 January, 2014, 11:43:15 am
On my Christmas holidays, I've been mostly eating marzipan fruits. Just finished my fifth box of them. No more til this Chrimbo. But, for that 10 days, om nom nom
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tiplodocus on 04 January, 2014, 01:07:23 pm
Wrong! Beans are a must!

Back when I used to eat eggs, my favourite part of a full (veggie) breakfast was mopping up the yolk and any bean juice with some toast.

But now I tend to go for tattie scones/hash browns, mushrooms, beans, toast (and lots of it) and, something I would never have eaten when I was younger, grilled tomato. Plus coffee. Lots of coffee. Sorted me out nicely after our Christmas night out, that did.

If at home I'll add some fried Tempeh or Linda McCartney suasages (too many of the veggie sausages on offer have egg in them for me to trust eating them away from home).
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 04 January, 2014, 01:55:48 pm
I'm also pining for black pudding.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder healthier

It does. I'm not really craving anything too badly but I do occasionally want something like black pudding. Interestingly, it's always something fattening.

I'm about two stone lighter than when I arrived in Canada in the spring. Healthy food is cheaper here and, unlike in Scotland, there's a wider range of takeaway on offer. I'm finding it very easy to eat a bit better.

Also I'm usually too busy to eat lunch.  :)

Back on topic, I looooove those Linda McCartney sausages. Great on toast and quick to cook in a microwave.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 04 January, 2014, 08:15:25 pm
If at home I'll add some fried Tempeh or Linda McCartney suasages (too many of the veggie sausages on offer have egg in them for me to trust eating them away from home).

I'm a sucker for Linda McCartney's... once rolled them in puff pastry and made amazing sausage rolls. Glorious.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 09 January, 2014, 11:56:24 am
Is a King Rib battered ribs???

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 January, 2014, 12:19:33 pm
If at home I'll add some fried Tempeh or Linda McCartney suasages (too many of the veggie sausages on offer have egg in them for me to trust eating them away from home).

I'm a sucker for Linda McCartney's... once rolled them in puff pastry and made amazing sausage rolls. Glorious.

She/They do sausage rolls too, saves all that flaffing about with pastry, I often scran a whole pack when a bit peckish.

(http://fatgayvegan.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/rolls-box.jpg?w=300&h=225)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 09 January, 2014, 12:23:24 pm
mmmm - Right that settles it I'm going to the shop.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 January, 2014, 12:35:08 pm
mmmm - Right that settles it I'm going to the shop.

Stock up on them from the freezer midnight feasting mmm, and while your at it sir, may i recommend her Mozzarella Quarterpounder served on a bagel? Sound radge but works a treat.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: James Stacey on 09 January, 2014, 02:31:56 pm
I'm a sucker for Linda McCartney's... once rolled them in puff pastry and made amazing sausage rolls. Glorious.
I'm surprised there is any of her left. She's been dead for years.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 09 January, 2014, 07:33:37 pm
Is a King Rib battered ribs???

Shut it!   It's part of our culture.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 09 January, 2014, 07:54:15 pm
The juxtaposition of Linda McCartney Sausage Rolls and King Ribs in the same thread probably represents sufficient potential difference to power a major city.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 09 January, 2014, 08:01:23 pm
The juxtaposition of Linda McCartney Sausage Rolls and King Ribs in the same thread probably represents sufficient potential difference to power a major city.

Aww we are just like a big family aren't we? Huge irreconcilable differences and all.... :'( Sob It's so beautiful.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 January, 2014, 08:11:17 pm
Is a King Rib battered ribs???

This could be a legitimate question for I've never seen a King Rib south of Gretna although McDonalds do do a McRib which is basically what a King Rib is apart from it's deep fried in batter (naturally). Nice with chips, brown sauce and after ten pints.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 09 January, 2014, 08:40:31 pm
it's deep fried in batter

Getouttatown!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: James Stacey on 10 January, 2014, 12:00:31 pm
I'd never heard of them if it helps. I'll look them out on my Scottish excursions in a fortnight.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: gurnard on 10 January, 2014, 12:13:03 pm
Here in Belg they do the rib thing deep fried but not in batter.  They do a slightly spicy version also called a Mexicano.

https://www.google.be/search?q=bicky+rib&espv=210&es_sm=93&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=VOPPUoPqFarnywONyYKYDw&ved=0CD4QsAQ&biw=1920&bih=923
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 16 January, 2014, 01:49:48 pm
While your at it sir, may i recommend her Mozzarella Quarterpounder served on a bagel? Sound radge but works a treat.

Actually did this last night - was really good! Cheers for the recommendation Mr Huff!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 16 January, 2014, 04:42:29 pm
my work here is done!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin Zeal on 17 January, 2014, 04:09:46 pm
I must admit that the battered rib sounds incredible. I normally go for the black pudding supper on my annual visit to Glasgow but that may be on the menu as well.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 18 January, 2014, 05:04:40 pm
If at home I'll add some fried Tempeh or Linda McCartney suasages (too many of the veggie sausages on offer have egg in them for me to trust eating them away from home).

I'm a sucker for Linda McCartney's... once rolled them in puff pastry and made amazing sausage rolls. Glorious.

She/They do sausage rolls too, saves all that flaffing about with pastry, I often scran a whole pack when a bit peckish.

(http://fatgayvegan.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/rolls-box.jpg?w=300&h=225)

Veggie sausage roll's are one of those rare things that are more often than not better than the actual thing! Damn, I'm hungry now.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 January, 2014, 06:13:05 pm
While your at it sir, may i recommend her Mozzarella Quarterpounder served on a bagel? Sound radge but works a treat.

Actually did this last night - was really good! Cheers for the recommendation Mr Huff!

A scrapping of butter on them before they go in the oven stops the edges drying out too
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 17 March, 2014, 11:37:51 am
Stag do breakfast. We had three of these bad boys.

(http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y331/Nimeous/brekkie_zps5561b78b.png)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 March, 2014, 01:56:20 pm
Is that a bottle of fancy water lurking below the table? The shame!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 17 March, 2014, 02:26:34 pm
Stag do breakfast. We had three of these bad boys.

(http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y331/Nimeous/brekkie_zps5561b78b.png)

Is that someone tucking in before the other chap's finished grace? Bad show old chap
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 17 March, 2014, 03:50:04 pm
Is that a bottle of fancy water lurking below the table? The shame!

He had the shakes, m'kay. We decided "no beer 'til after breakfast"
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 17 March, 2014, 04:37:16 pm
Stag do breakfast. We had three of these bad boys.

(http://i1027.photobucket.com/albums/y331/Nimeous/brekkie_zps5561b78b.png)

Awww man! I NEVER get invited to those kinda happy fun times....!

(https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8086753536/hE8EFD18C/)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 17 March, 2014, 05:22:00 pm

Awww man! I NEVER get invited to those kinda happy fun times....!


Thing is, you are a girl. By definition, you will never be invited to a stag-do, what with it being a men-only affair.

But the pizza was fab.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 17 March, 2014, 05:28:01 pm
That is sexist!

I may be female but I am no lady!

I plays with swords...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 18 March, 2014, 06:41:24 am
Don't we all, deary. :P
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 18 March, 2014, 03:50:46 pm
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 18 March, 2014, 04:06:41 pm
Thing is, you are a girl. By definition, you will never be invited to a stag-do, what with it being a men-only affair.

This is not entirely correct.  I have been to two stag wotsits where there was a lady in attendance.  As a member of the party, not merely providing entertainment, you filthy-minded lot.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 18 March, 2014, 04:10:50 pm
I've also been invited to (and attended) two hen does in my time... it will surprise no one whose met me that was as member of the party and not as entertainment... well aside from how awkward I looked to start off with!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 27 July, 2014, 07:08:13 pm

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 27 July, 2014, 08:49:47 pm
That's not steak pie. That's stew with pastry laid on top.

Jim will be along soon to agree with me.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 27 July, 2014, 09:26:18 pm
That's not steak pie. That's stew with pastry a crouton laid on top.


FTFY
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 27 July, 2014, 09:29:38 pm
A PIE WITHOUT SIDES IS NOT A PIE.

 :crazy:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 27 July, 2014, 09:54:49 pm
The real crime here is that the pastry hasn't been cooked with the meat, rendering it flaky and dry. It should be soggy on the bottom, thereby keeping its shape when chewed.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 July, 2014, 10:58:19 pm

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I've been co-opted - believe only the true Buttonman. I agree re the pie definition but who's ordering stew with a pastry circle?

As a bonus here is my starter - a nice haggis tower with an unnecessary peppercorn sauce.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0692_zpsf63d67f7.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 28 July, 2014, 12:34:04 am
Of course it was necessary... You have to have SOMETHING to hide the taste of the haggis.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 28 July, 2014, 12:56:56 am
I like we were more concerned with the definition of a pie than Buttonman's identity theft.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 28 July, 2014, 02:16:28 am
I approve of the starter.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 28 July, 2014, 07:14:58 am

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I've been co-opted - believe only the true Buttonman.

Sorry, but the look on the face of that lassie to your left had me in stitches and had to be brought to wider public attention.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 28 July, 2014, 09:39:04 am
How do you stay so bloody slim??!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 28 July, 2014, 09:58:49 am
How do you stay so bloody slim??!!

Probably Photoshop?
That plate wasn't square in reality.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 28 July, 2014, 10:20:01 am

I've been co-opted - believe only the true Buttonman.


Yeah, and it's reminded us that your old avatar suited you better.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 29 July, 2014, 01:11:29 am
How do you stay so bloody slim??!!

He runs up mountains.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 July, 2014, 09:24:59 pm
Too kind - although in the world comic fandom I'm a veritable Kate Moss in the real world I'm regarded as somewhat 'chunky'. Presently about 14 stone with the goal of 12.5 a madman's dream! I do try not to snack or drink at home (normally fail though) and run 3 /4 times a week for 5-6 miles and do a few Munros a month.

Just like me grub too much!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 July, 2014, 09:34:32 pm
So that you can all say 'Wait, he's plenty porky' here's last night's dinner. We went down to Seamill as it was the mother-in-law's birthday. We went to the Waterside Restaurant (http://www.watersideayrshire.com/) and it was very nice but maybe a touch pricey. I am seen with a tasty chicken and chorizo pasta with garlic bread - £11.95.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0740_zps30308a60.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 29 July, 2014, 09:49:43 pm
Hmmm, your dinner last night mustn't have been as good as the steak pie one. It looked more of a square meal!! Z leaves quickley.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Grugz on 02 August, 2014, 11:46:37 pm
Of course it was necessary... You have to have SOMETHING to hide the taste of the haggis.

  haggis is lush! only spent a week in the highlands and had it twice in two days with one in the bag for the trip back   (in a synthetic skin which spoils the experience somewhat)  great on toast!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 03 August, 2014, 12:33:09 am
Correct. Received wisdom says it's horrible - far from it. If you find yourself in a posh nosh situation and it's on the menu, go for it.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 03 August, 2014, 12:18:24 pm
Correct. Received wisdom says it's horrible - far from it. If you find yourself in a posh nosh situation and it's on the menu, go for it.
Absouluely, or even a decent caf ... but never EVER in a Scottish chip shop.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 03 August, 2014, 02:55:27 pm
Correct. Received wisdom says it's horrible - far from it. If you find yourself in a posh nosh situation and it's on the menu, go for it.
Absouluely, or even a decent caf ... but never EVER in a Scottish chip shop.

Scottish chippers vary significantly according to where you are in Scotland. I'm on record with my unrestricted vilification of chips in Glasgow, although I can almost tolerate Edinburgh's strange approach with salt-and-sauce offerings.

But, if you head into the dangerous hinterland, you can find a great haggis supper. Perth will do. But Dundee is best. The very short list of things I pine for, having left Scotland forever, includes a white pudding from a chipper in Dundee.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 03 August, 2014, 08:24:41 pm
Correct. Received wisdom says it's horrible - far from it. If you find yourself in a posh nosh situation and it's on the menu, go for it.
Absouluely, or even a decent caf ... but never EVER in a Scottish chip shop.

Scottish chippers vary significantly according to where you are in Scotland. I'm on record with my unrestricted vilification of chips in Glasgow, although I can almost tolerate Edinburgh's strange approach with salt-and-sauce offerings.

But, if you head into the dangerous hinterland, you can find a great haggis supper. Perth will do. But Dundee is best. The very short list of things I pine for, having left Scotland forever, includes a white pudding from a chipper in Dundee.


You can take the boy out of Dundee...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 03 August, 2014, 08:56:28 pm
My experience was largely based on the Hilltown chippy in Dundee - they did a  fine fish or pie supper, but the haggis was unspeakable. Over my years in Scotland, many people have extolled the virtues of good haggis, but they'd always add "but not that chippy shite".

I once asked for a slice of pizza in the Hilltown, but wasn't expecting to see it to go into the fryer.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 August, 2014, 09:36:21 pm
Chippy haggis is too dense especially it's deep fried too. I've never finished one off -King Rib every time.

In a restaurant it's always a tasty starter with turnip and potatoes (tatties an neeps) with a bit of HP sauce to annoy the chef.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 03 August, 2014, 11:56:02 pm
The Hilltown isn't representative of... humanity.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 06 August, 2014, 11:47:38 am
Veggie Haggis pakora! wonderful!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 25 August, 2014, 03:11:54 pm
A scottish hospital:

(http://www.channel4.com/media/images/Channel4/c4-news/2014/August/25/25_pie_w_LRG.jpg)

were's the veggie version
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2014, 01:03:32 am
Hoo-ray! I have returned from 9 days in Sunny San Sebastian and photographed a few choice cuts for the board gourmands to salivate over.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. A two hour layover at Heathrow demanded some grub so we went to Giraffe. This was a tasty offering which at about a tenner was good value for airport grub. It was sold as  Huevos Rancheros but it was like a thin pizza with a load of eggs and bacon on it. They also scored a bonus point for having my favourite Encona hot sauce.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0749_zps2d5a422b.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 August, 2014, 06:51:32 am
 
A tenner for scrambled eggs! Is the restaurant called Giraffe because that's what they're having (in Cockney rhyming slang)? My personal pet hate too - the non-circular plate.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 29 August, 2014, 08:10:46 am
A scottish hospital:

(http://www.channel4.com/media/images/Channel4/c4-news/2014/August/25/25_pie_w_LRG.jpg)

were's the veggie version

You're not wrong. He has the standard glaikit expression and weapon in his free hand!
(Such self-loathing so early in the day. Let's govern oursel's!)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2014, 11:53:10 am

A tenner for scrambled eggs! Is the restaurant called Giraffe because that's what they're having (in Cockney rhyming slang)? My personal pet hate too - the non-circular plate.

In the world of Heathrow a sub £10 lunch is practically a soup kitchen!

We went to San Sebastian via London and Madrid and predictably we missed our final connection.

BA were pretty good and stuck us up with a free dinner in a hotel in Madrid. In my naivity I thought I'd have the run of the menu but alas no! They'd set up a canteen style food kitchen and I was too slow to get to the nice looking chops that were there when we arrived.

The food was unlabelled and some looked a bit strange so I opted for a mixed salad. Nice crispy onions and some beetroot. No dressing but I improvised with olive oil and vinegar.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0751_zps1fd676aa.jpg)

With the chops having gone I had to pick between three mystery cauldrons. I went for this passable but forgettable pasta-bol. OK with some more salad and a dry roll jazzed up with some olive oil.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0754_zps6677e2b8.jpg)

The puddings were a bit limited with tinned fruit or shop bought cake your options. I went for the cake and it was OK but just what you'd expect really.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0756_zps5f53cd51.jpg)


Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 29 August, 2014, 02:36:05 pm
A scottish hospital:

(http://www.channel4.com/media/images/Channel4/c4-news/2014/August/25/25_pie_w_LRG.jpg)

were's the veggie version

You're not wrong. He has the standard glaikit expression and weapon in his free hand!
(Such self-loathing so early in the day. Let's govern oursel's!)
Last time I saw something like that it was on the winter Olympics.....
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Bolt-01 on 29 August, 2014, 02:40:55 pm
Can someone explain to me exactly what is in that pie? It looks like sausage, Bacon and at least one egg. Which kinda makes it the holy grail in my eyes...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 29 August, 2014, 02:51:18 pm
Black pudding too by the looks of it.
I'm out due to the egg- an unexplained lifetime boycott of the horrible bloody things!

Good to see BM back doing what he does (2nd) best- the San Sebastien food pics will no doubt enthrall!

Also, to reply to a comment made on this thread months ago- yes, Linda McCartney sausages are amazing when rolled in puff pastry- I've recently devoured 4 of them!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2014, 04:30:06 pm
The next day we had to be out at 6am to get our 8am flight - no free breakfast for us. Happily Madrid airport has some familiar grub. Here's me enjoying a sausage and egg McMuffin which was smaller than they are in the UK. The restaurants will get better!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0761_zps41a0fc75.jpg)

Our flight was on time and we got to our hotel to be told we couldn't get our room until 2pm despite being a full day into our booking! Well if life sends you lemons go and get a coffee and a large 'Bola' which was like a Danish pastry only with a sugar glaze rather than icing. Nice 'flies' graveyard' of raisins in there too.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0764_zps0cb7efad.jpg)

With the room still a distant dream we sought out some lunch - I'm bundling these together so you don't think I only have one shirt.

Here I am have some pintxos (local tapas). This is some tasty chorizo with bread. Ask for it 'Caliente' or it's cold sausage for you.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0769_zpsfb6fa7f2.jpg)

This one was a deep fried ball of spicy mince - mmm artery clogging!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0771_zps9deb3932.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 29 August, 2014, 09:24:47 pm
Can someone explain to me exactly what is in that pie? It looks like sausage, Bacon and at least one egg. Which kinda makes it the holy grail in my eyes...

Quote
The £1.50 "fry-up" pie is crammed with sausage, bacon, black pudding and beans and is topped with a fried egg

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 29 August, 2014, 10:03:07 pm

Yer baws are deep fried and mince baws sound like the kind of things the gang of wee neds who hang around the Spar shop at night shout at you when you have to nip out to get milk for tomorrow morning. The idea of a country where you have to explain that a meat sausage needs to be cooked makes me shudder.



On a side note,  Buttonman's gamely Spanglish deployment of caliente (http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/400+Bucks+Caliente+Split/8385942) and huevos rancheros (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aD9HoMGGTjo) in conversation reminds me that most of my knowledge of the Spanish language comes from US surf music.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2014, 10:53:48 pm


On a side note,  Buttonman's gamely Spanglish deployment of caliente (http://grooveshark.com/#!/album/400+Bucks+Caliente+Split/8385942) and huevos rancheros (http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aD9HoMGGTjo) in conversation reminds me that most of my knowledge of the Spanish language comes from US surf music.

Phonetics is my thing, not spelling of foreign tongues!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 August, 2014, 07:56:40 pm
First night proper in San Sebastien saw us head for a sit down dinner rather than a tapas bar crawl. I started with these cheese and ham croquets - We made the mistake of ordering a starter each as the portion was massive - the waiter did give a clue by saying 'not to share?' but what the hey, they were very nice. Nice and crispy with a tangy cheese and juicy hame. The wife's prawn plate looks on.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0778_zpsd23de301.jpg)

Next up I had a steak - the menu said 't-bone' but not a bone was seen. The steak can be off-putting due to the price - the menu lists price by the Kg so although the menu said 35 Euros this big fella was only 14 Euros. It was cooked to perfection - 'medium, no blood'. Came with a cooked pepper and some flimsy chips.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0780_zps5417e442.jpg)

Let's see that up close...

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0781_zps74626ea0.jpg)

For my dessert I had a vodka and tangerine sorbet. It may have been the climate but it was really just a cold vodka and orange. Tasty palate cleanser all the same.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_0783_zpsc4053b3b.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 31 August, 2014, 09:25:38 am

At last, we dispense with all the horrible airport lounge food and you immerse yourself fully in the culture and cuisine of the exotic foreign land to which you have travelled, with some authentically Spanish steak and chips. The side of beef's a whopper but why they decided to stick a few lonely wee bits of lettuce on there, getting all manky and shrivelled up as they're covered with hot cow juice, is beyond me.

I like the idea of drinking a Bacardi Breezer through a straw for desert, just to offset the macho protein rush from all the testosterone that steak sent surging through your system. Sort of like Alan Partridge's lager/small Baileys ladyboy combo (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq0BITsiqQg).

 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 31 August, 2014, 10:37:48 am
The day after saw a return of the tired and emotional face - look at those eyes - piss holes in the snow!

Our hotel had a sumptuous breakfast buffet and I always started with a pile of fresh fruit and natural yoghurt. Get a lining in, that's my tip. I do have some Cava in my orange juice to kick start the day.

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Next up was, of course, the fry up. They had chorizo and frankfurters but no lorne flat sausage! The bacon was a bit thick but nicely crispy. There were eggs available but you had to go an ask a man and I couldn't be bothered. Instead I have the fried potatoes, courgettes and chilli mix with the courgettes picked out, naturally.

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To finish off, before the second sitting, I had a small plate from the pastry table. These were nice but I should have had the mini chocolate muffins - I didn't discover until much later that they had a liquid centre!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 31 August, 2014, 12:40:09 pm
A sumptuous breakfast.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 31 August, 2014, 12:58:08 pm
Next up a football special - we went to see Real Sociedad play Krasnador in the Europa Cup qualifiers. Great experience - cracking night with all the bars offering lovely grub - no pie and bovril here. This is me with two pintxos - the stick is a pork kebab and the sausage a tasty chorizo - you see a lot of them. First sighting of the last Exit to Nowhere baseball cap too.

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Next up was a nice Belgian beer and a sandwich. Unusual to see a sarnie - normally it's all bocadillos which are rough dry rolls that take some chewing. This chicken and lettuce effort was OK but I had to extract the tomato and feed it to the wife. Experience enhanced by a man smoking a big spliff by the door.

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At the ground now and time for some more feasting. I had great Churros in Madrid but these, bought off a wagon, were less good. They are deep fried strips of pasty covered in sugar - a bit like a donut. In Madrid they came with hot chocolate sauce but no such accoutrements here.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 31 August, 2014, 01:10:21 pm
nomnomnom.

That brekky with potatoes looks particularly good.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Devons Daddy on 01 September, 2014, 03:16:41 am
We have just returned from Italy, for a majority of the meals I was wearing 2000ad t shirt! I felt it added moral authority.
Overall ten days NO RICE (risotto does not count) no poultry or fish that was cooked with its head still on,
So lucky they don't like beef much around Asia! Perfect crusty bread and lots of butter. It was blissful.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 01 September, 2014, 08:20:31 pm
2000ad t-shirt you say? Here we go - a self assembled ham and cheese on toast with some continental HP sauce.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 01 September, 2014, 08:26:29 pm
This buzzing can only hail the return of my favorite thread. Nomnomnom indeed!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 01 September, 2014, 08:57:16 pm
Right, let's get to the proper grub. This was our first night of pub crawling and scranning. Normal practice is to order your 'vino tinto' and then fill a plate from the assembled grub which set up all over the bar like Gillian McKeith's table. Here I have a deep fried spicy mince ball, a cheese and ham croquet and a bit of deep fried battered fish and a bit of bread - like I never left home!

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Here's view of a grub laden bar - you can literally walk up and start stuffing your face, like that man there is doing.

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You don't have to eat from the bar however and you can order house specialities from a chalk board. This can be fought with danger as there are no English translations or photos. This was a tasty beef and chilli kebab that someone was having at the bar and I pointed at to the barmaid and did a thumbs up - job done. The meat was fantastic and well worth the 7.2 Euros.

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This was another bar who had a screen menu which was easier to decipher.

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This was a tasty sausage roll with fine flaky pastry and the ubiquitous chorizo.

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All finished? Nah a late night sorbet stand gave up this nice Mango sorbet and After Eight ice cream mix.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 01 September, 2014, 09:40:01 pm
the assembled grub (was) set up all over the bar like Gillian McKeith's table

ARF! Line of the thread. What's normally just a showcase for your photo-face from various angles has actually turned educational with your searing exposé of how pub grub works en España. Letting you get tore into whatever's on the bar makes nibbling on dry roasted peanuts while you wait half an hour for the barman's missus to microwave a lasagne look shite.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Minkyboy on 01 September, 2014, 10:18:19 pm
This thread is my fave ever and always leaves me with a massive smile on my face.
Much like our gracious host.

Looks like the buttons on your stripey blue shirt are starting to take the strain Buttonman. About time too!

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 September, 2014, 06:27:49 am
'Tis true about the bulge - I tried on every shirt before departure but by day 8 of the holiday some were refusing to play ball. I'd guess I put on half a stone in a week but I'm hopeful that is mainly fluid retention - well you could get a litre of 11% red wine for 59 cents.

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Here's how to get pissed in 3 easy steps. Going! This was a place called Bartolo that was mainly a pintxos joint but with a small restaurant in the back. We sat down with a few table standards. This was a deep-fried ball containing a boiled egg and mashed potato along with something cheesy and bread.

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Going! Next up it's the chunkiest chorizo we had along with some stuffed chillies and everyone's favourite Patatas Bravas with a mustard mayo and a chilli dipping sauce.

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Gone! This pudding was another alcoholic sorbet that turned into a drink toot-sweet - this was cava based and I sucked it down in moments.

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The bill here was about 44 Euros a third of which was the wine - pretty good for basically 'all you can eat' over a couple of hours. The food and service was great.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 02 September, 2014, 01:58:02 pm

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This thread has turned into an Exorcist remake - does your head go all the way around in 360 degrees?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 02 September, 2014, 03:43:03 pm
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is that a doughtnut or amahwrang?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 September, 2014, 10:54:15 pm
You are for once correct Tom!

Back to breakfast with some scrambled eggs and HP sauce and a separate bacon and fried potato number - plates were too small!

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This is a local bar (note the best seat in the house next to the bins) and I had a burger which was OK - cheese too runny and some fries that were like thick floppy crisps.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 03 September, 2014, 03:33:33 pm
did you buy any comics?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin Zeal on 03 September, 2014, 03:40:09 pm
He was too busy stuffing his face sampling the culinary delights to waste time buying comics.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 03 September, 2014, 08:41:59 pm
Where in the name of christ does he put it all?? Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 September, 2014, 09:32:59 pm
did you buy any comics?

Nah I was too busy stuffing my face sampling the culinary delights to waste time buying comics.

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Where in the name of christ does he put it all?? Z
The tree trunk thighs hide many sins!

This was a fancy place that, get this, required a reservation! We went back the next day to get our booked table and laughed at all the suckers queueing - see you tomorrow losers! We got a primo table next to the lobster tank - fascinating seeing all their legs and stuff.

Anyway, to business! I went for the Iberian acorn fed pork sausage expecting a big banger - instead I got a plate of salami. It was very nice wrapped in the complimentary rustic roll (actually 1.20 Euros).

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Next up I had a steak. It were lovely. Again it was 40 odd Euro  a plate but that's per kilo - after I ordered a man appeared and said 'This is 495 grams Senor' and I got to give him the thumbs up. This was even better than the last one probably because it had been left to rot, er, age for 28 days. Mmm can still taste that crispy fat!

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For pudding I had the rice pudding - huugge mistake - it was cold ambrosia with a spoonful of cinnamon sprinkled on top. Still scoffed the lot.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 September, 2014, 06:33:23 pm
This night we ate at the hotel - every day the set menu was displayed in the lift and the English translations were always a source of mirth and puzzlement. I have a catchphrase 'It's never what you expect' and it was never truer as at this dinner.

Here my red face and shirt are enjoying a bit of bread with a slice of roast beef topped with some melted cheese. I was OK but a bit strange.

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Here I'm enjoying a knuckle which apparently is an underused (usually binned) cut of pork. The meat was OK and came off in long slivers. The whole joint was present and took some picking to clear. The white stuff is a puréed potato and the green puddle some unidentified vegetable mulch. Worst plate of the trip!

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The pudding was safer ground - it was what we'd call a custard slice and was served with some nice toffee ice cream.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 04 September, 2014, 07:07:06 pm
I was OK but a bit strange.

S'right.

That knuckle looks yummy.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin Zeal on 04 September, 2014, 08:47:26 pm
As much as I enjoy and even look forward to seeing your latest culinary experiment, I'm glad to see the red face. This shows that you do leave food serving establishments during your holidays.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 September, 2014, 04:53:30 pm
I was OK but a bit strange.

S'right.



we're all agreed
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 September, 2014, 05:33:20 pm
As much as I enjoy and even look forward to seeing your latest culinary experiment, I'm glad to see the red face. This shows that you do leave food serving establishments during your holidays.

You have to dash between grub emporiums some time!

Here we are with the red face settled into a deep and sexy tan. The hotel upped its breakfast fruit offering with some zingy pink grapefruit and fresh figs. I just ate the figs skin and all but the continentals mostly left the skin. Anyone know the correct etiquette? For the record I survived the skin eating.

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After the fruit fest I ventured out onto the balcony to have a nice turkey roll that Irene sourced locally. It was a bit bland but the jar of spicy peppers that accompanied it fair made me wince, hence the strange camera face seen here.

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With Lidl offering numerous beers what one goes best? the cheapest the one with the 2000ad connection!

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Having only eaten a massive amount we went to the only Italian we could find and shared a bowl of tasty pasty (hold the cheese!) and a crispy pepperoni pizza. This shines brightly with grease and as you can imagine was most tasty.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 06 September, 2014, 03:33:33 am
Is it sunny, y'know, outside ?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 September, 2014, 09:17:17 am
Last day now - huzzah!

I got slightly more adventurous as the week progressed so here's me with some bacon and cheese. The bacon was the local ham deep fried which made it all crunchy and the cheese was a mild local variety with a nutty skin. I am also showing my self made toast with I was soon to enjoy with some honey, also pictured.

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Back on the tapas trail here. This place did everything on a small bread plate so you got bread with everything. I like bread. Here we have some tasty ham and some battered fried fish.

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New bar, same expression and pose. This is a really nice patatas bravas - the potato was crispy and fluffy and the sauces where sharp and tangy.

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Last one! This place did smaller offerings on small bread fingers. One here is blue cheese and another a pickled artichoke. Nice for a flavour blast without getting stuffed.

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Well that's it for this holiday - see you at Christmas!

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 September, 2014, 11:44:52 am
Last day now - huzzah!
Well that's it for this holiday - see you at Christmas!

Our gain is the Arriva Team's lost.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 March, 2015, 08:47:26 pm
Having been resurrected myself I thought I'd resurrect this thread as a public service so that you, the reader can know what to expect in terms of food if you are admitted to an NHS hospital.

This is in no way an excuse to hammer the good old NHS and I found the food to be largely good albeit sometimes lacking in flavour or presentation.

The day always ran the same way. Breakfast was cereal with milk - I normally had Weetabix - along with a roll and butter and jam/marmalade. They didn't supply bananas so I had supplies shipped in.

You then got lunch at 12 and dinner at 5. Lunch was proceeded by soup - normally yellow split pea and dinner was followed by pudding - normally a crumble with custard. The meal choices were interchangeable and you could see the same thing for lunch one day and dinner the next. Towards the end of my stay I only had one meal a day as I found two meat and potato type dinners too heavy. Every meal consisted of three choices - 2 meat and 1 vegetarian.

I apologise that the following photos are of the food only but alas my fellow cardiac patients weren't able to take a photo of me angling the dinner and my head at a jocular pitch.

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Macaroni, broccoli and mash. : I had this last year and it had improved with some orange cheese adding to the flavour. The weird choice of sides let it down and I only ate about half of this and none of the broccoli.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 04 March, 2015, 08:52:15 pm
You got no bananas? No bananas at all?


(Wipes away small but manly tear at thought that we might never again have seen this thread updated)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 March, 2015, 08:53:06 pm
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Pork chop and mash with Gateau and ice cream

I had this an hour before my second ventricular tachycardia, but I don't blame the chop which was very nice. It had about 30% fat which I didn't eat but the meat was tasty and well cooked. The mash went well with the gravy and the pudding was good too. Pots of ice cream were a Sunday only treat.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 04 March, 2015, 08:56:33 pm
'Sniff sniff' Your eating. It's a miracle.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 04 March, 2015, 08:56:50 pm
That chop doesn't look half bad Button.....lucky wee shite ye. Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Judge Nutmeg on 04 March, 2015, 09:20:28 pm
ha ha brilliant thread
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Recrewt on 04 March, 2015, 09:23:35 pm
That chop doesn't look half bad Button.....lucky wee shite ye. Z

That does indeed look like a good meal to me.  Better than what I had for tea!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 04 March, 2015, 09:25:15 pm
You need to send your photos here Buttonman:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/gallery/2015/mar/04/your-pictures-of-hospital-food-good-bad-ugly (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/gallery/2015/mar/04/your-pictures-of-hospital-food-good-bad-ugly)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 04 March, 2015, 10:06:00 pm
You need to send your photos here Buttonman:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/gallery/2015/mar/04/your-pictures-of-hospital-food-good-bad-ugly (http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/gallery/2015/mar/04/your-pictures-of-hospital-food-good-bad-ugly)

I already sent him that :D Frankly that is so ridiculously apt I almost feel like there's a squaxx working at the Guardian.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 March, 2015, 10:11:12 am
Some of the meals posted on the Guardian site were bizarre. Happily I have a golden straitjacket arrangement with Tharg so these are an exclusive (unless you have seen them on Facebook).

Pork Meatballs, mash and Peas with Leek and Potato Soup. This was pretty enjoyable. The soup was bland and tasteless with lumps but the meatballs were excellent. They weren't uniform which suggested home made and the gravy and texture added up to a tasty scoff.

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This was the other meatballs dish I had, Turkey Meatballs with Mash and Sprouts with Apple cake in custard. For a start I only got 4 meatballs which isn't a portion in anyone's book. The sauce was nice and tangy and the balls themselves were tasty with a firm yet yielding texture. The pudding was a bit bland and could have done with some cinnamon to liven it up. As some wag suggested it looks like it is trying to escape from the custard.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 March, 2015, 12:06:54 pm
Bless!
Shouldn't he get his phone on one of those sticks so we can see his ugly  mug too?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 05 March, 2015, 12:28:33 pm
Selfie-sticks!?! Buttonman's art doesn't include selfies, you philhuffistine. It uses the notional planes of observer and observed to reverse the western dichotomy of subject and object, imbuing the traditional inanimate with the energy of imminent transformation, while rendering the human subject with such a limiting formalism of artificial pose and fixity of expression as to appear unchanging. - thus usurping the role of the still life itself. When, as in his recent oeuvre, the human element is moved behind the eyes of the observer the effect is startling, as if we the viewer have become than grinning mannequin, forever gazing at the frenetic parade of jumbled elements that passes beneath.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 March, 2015, 12:31:15 pm
B+

Would be an A but you never mentioned wimmin's issues.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 05 March, 2015, 12:33:30 pm
B+

Would be an A but you never mentioned wimmin's issues.

Who do you think is making the food, Huff?  In Buttonman's opus, women are always present by their absence.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mikey on 05 March, 2015, 01:20:33 pm
Fuckin hell Buttons! Are you OK now? Presume so what with the excellent return of WIAOMH, but take care of yourself in any case

M
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 05 March, 2015, 01:37:52 pm
As an aside my Bro-in-law had the same op as you a few years back and I can confirm he is still alive although a bit weirder due to being stuck at home recuperating so long. He also now has one tit bigger than the other so keep an eye out for that as well.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 05 March, 2015, 02:42:40 pm
So Buttonman, with your recent... enhancements, is this how you see your food now?

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 05 March, 2015, 03:40:54 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 March, 2015, 05:36:49 pm
Haha - my Terminator vision ill be better used against charity collectors and canvassing politicians.

Did he spin it out for a while Satanist? I'm looking at about 6 weeks - any tips /advice for rehab?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 March, 2015, 08:49:44 pm
Roast Beef, Mash, Roast Potato and Cauliflower This was an enjoyable diner but one I didn't repeat when it came up on the menu a second time. It was a bit bland and salt was banned on the ward. You get 3 slices of beef but they are micro thin and hard to separate from their brethren. This was the only roastie i spotted during my stay and the cauliflower had no cheese sauce.

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Cheese Salad

This created perhaps the greatest stir fro all my posted dinners. When ordering I thought it would be small wedges of various cheeses but instead it was a massive pile of grated cheddar. The cheese was OK but too much. Also present is some fine cut coleslaw and some salad.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 March, 2015, 11:31:16 am
Pasta Bolognaise, mash and turnip and Ginger Cake and Custard

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This one didn't look too nice but was reasonably tasty. Mash and turnip were strange bedfellows and went uneaten. Ginger cake a bit dry but OK.


Chicken Fricassee, Mash & Broccoli and Crumble & Custard


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This was the worst meal I ad in my 14 day stay. I asked the nurse what 'fricassee' was and she didn't know but said it was a cream sauce. I took it anyway on the understanding it wasn't mushroom based - and it totally was. I tried to eat some but it made me gag. Can't remember what the crumble was - maybe rhubarb.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 06 March, 2015, 12:12:28 pm
The 'cheese salad' is hilarious!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 06 March, 2015, 12:39:01 pm
That fricassee was in someone else's stomach before it was served to you.  :sick:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 March, 2015, 11:03:05 am
Cheese and Onion Quiche, Wedges, Mash and Cauliflower & Crumble and Custard

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This looks the blandest dinner possible but the quiche itself as OK. This was the only sighting of wedges during my stay and they were pretty good. The crumbles were interchangeable but I think this one was apple. Maybe peach.

Haggis Neeps and Tatties

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Well turnip and mash to you. This traditional favourite was well done although slightly dryer than I'm used to - presumably less fat in the haggis. I missed my usual lashings of HP sauce but it was still one of the better offerings.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Spikes on 07 March, 2015, 03:31:56 pm
I'm off to Scotland next week.
Not planning to try any Haggis whilst there, though.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 07 March, 2015, 09:23:24 pm
I see one of the turnips was making a run for it there. Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 March, 2015, 10:57:03 am
Lasagne, Mash, Peas and Sprouts with Rice Pudding

Another unusual combo here. The lasagne was nice but the top was solid and came off in a big cheesy sheet. Not a fan of sprouts at the best of times and these were just mush. Rice pudding was the tinned stuff and OK but nothing exciting.

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Chicken Casserole, Broccoli and Mash with gateau and Ice Cream

This doesn't look the best but I ate the lot and enjoyed it. The sauce had a bit of tang to it and although the chicken was the familiar uniformly sliced stuff, it tasted better than usual. The cake was OK with a nice nutty side to it.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 08 March, 2015, 12:25:49 pm
It looks as though they give you just one random utensil to eat with every meal. Must've been a challenge eating the casserole with just a knife. :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 08 March, 2015, 12:42:28 pm
'Nurse! Chopsticks!'
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 08 March, 2015, 03:05:54 pm
Hospital food looks much better than I expected, though the side options seem to be chosen by lottery.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 08 March, 2015, 04:48:02 pm
Yep damn all wrong with that, there's people who'd take the hand off ye for that sort of grub. Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mattofthespurs on 08 March, 2015, 05:22:58 pm
Remind me never to get ill.

Funnily enough, been watching the James Martin Hospital foods programme on the BBC.

It appears your hospital was not involved.

I would have lost about 3 stone in 2 weeks.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 March, 2015, 10:38:24 am
Sweet and Sour Chicken with Boiled Rice and Crumble and Custard

The sweet and sour was good with plenty of chicken and  flavourful sauce. The crumble, which I think was apple, was fine.

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Fish with Mash and Carrots & Turnip

I'm not a great fan of fish but someone had this on a previous offering and it looked quite good - and it was! Fish was entombed in a crispy shell and some tartar sauce helped to enliven it.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 March, 2015, 04:21:49 pm
You can get too .much of a good thing...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 March, 2015, 06:09:30 pm
Tower of strength as always Tom!

Nearly done! After 12 days in Paisley I was shifted to the Golden Jubilee in Clydebank. This was a former private hospital that went bust and was bought by the NHS. They have retained some of the trappings of a private hospital with actual cups and free wi-fi. The food was noticeably higher spec too.

Gammon Steak with Boiled New Potatoes and Lentil Soup


This was a cracking thick gammon steak that was well cooked and went well with the spuds. The lentil soup was so thick you could stand a spoon up in it. Lovely.

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Beef Steak, Mash and Green Beans with Carrot and Coriander Soup

This was my last dinner in 14 days with the NHS and it was one of the best. Nice meat and a rich gravy. The mash was fluffy and not like the tray stuff I've shown previously. The soup was also very nice!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mattofthespurs on 09 March, 2015, 06:22:12 pm
Looks, erm, lovely.

Better than what you would expect.

Got a chest xray tomorrow.

Kinda hoping they keep me in so I can join in.  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 10 March, 2015, 10:54:48 am
The WIAOMH has never been this entertaining. I feel a pang of guilt for your misery, Buttman, but i'm sure it'll pass. Like this crappy food.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 23 March, 2015, 02:36:20 pm
Has he had another turn?  :-\
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dog Deever on 23 March, 2015, 06:57:47 pm
Broon Sass? On a haggis?
You're mental you are.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 March, 2015, 07:56:59 pm
Everything is better with brown sauce!

I'm fine thanks Tom - nearly 3 weeks with the buzzer and all is good!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 23 March, 2015, 08:53:53 pm
nearly 3 weeks with the buzzer and all is good!

Good news!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 25 March, 2015, 11:58:58 am
Everything is better with brown sauce!

I'm fine thanks Tom - nearly 3 weeks with the buzzer and all is good!

Huzzah!

I'll get that pint back yet...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 25 March, 2015, 12:33:06 pm
Broon Sass? On a haggis?
You're mental you are.

Its the way to go, see also stovies and mince and tatties.

*yum*
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 May, 2015, 06:25:57 pm
And we're back! After a few health issues, which I didn't chose to publicise, I was certified fit for a week in Mallorca (I'd spent my whole life thinking it was called 'Majorca!'). Sadly the pass wasn't for unrestricted roaming and overindulging so we went to an all inclusive place in Cala D'or. This was fine but the food wasn't to my usual gourmand standards, especially as I had a bit of most things added to my plate making for a veritable dog's dinner.

We did however venture out a few time,s so in one easy to flick by post here is what not to eat in Spain this summer.

Our hotel did try and vary things with theme nights. Here's me on Asian night - check out those Chinese lanterns! The dress code was somewhat lax as my friend behind demonstrates but the food was OK - lots of noodles although the prawn crackers were cold and stale.

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I didn't really enjoy the puddings - a lot of cream and sponge - this one hit the mark however - car shaped flumps and jelly - where's me pills?

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This is a different restaurant in our hotel where the had Italian nights three times a week. This lasange lacked flavour and was too runny. Good shirt choice though!

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Out on the town now where scandalously my 'all inclusive' wristband failed to hold sway. This was 'Creamed potato with ham shavings' which I had to try from the description alone. Turned out to be a very nice soup with big bits of bacon in it. Result!

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Same place and shirt for a very acceptable pepperoni pizza. This place only opened for the season the night we went so free wine was given!

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This was an Indian next to a go-cart track where the best places are always situated in my experience. I'm having the lamb biryani which was excellent.

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I ate too much at the Indian, although not as much as this fella...

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Our last night feed was at a BBQ place and I had the lamb chops. 8 of them! and they were very nice although the salad was a bit limp.

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Tune in later for some late Summer feeds!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 02 May, 2015, 07:17:44 pm
Well well well! Nice to see the thread revived a new! A very nice selection of food their, Buttman!

And i'm off to Malta on the Monday morning so expect some food updates from myself over the coming week. ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Greg M. on 02 May, 2015, 11:33:45 pm
Buttonman! Reviewing things! Is it just me, or has his head got really big while he was in hospital? It’s like when Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer used to do Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. Must be the camera angle.

PS: Yes, I am just being a dick - Buttonman, you are the man, and it is well cool to see you back on the culinary review circuit.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 May, 2015, 11:46:32 pm
You bastard! No running for 3 months and a diet of beta blockers will do that for you! Still squeezing into an 'M' and the diet has already restarted!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Greg M. on 02 May, 2015, 11:57:50 pm
I'd feel bad if I wasn't laughing so much. Where’s Proudhuff when you need him to deflect the flak?

Naw, but really - good man, Buttonman. You’ll still be going when my corpulent carcass has keeled over into a ditch and is being hosed down a storm drain.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 03 May, 2015, 01:15:30 pm
You’ll still be going when my corpulent carcass has keeled over into a ditch and is being hosed down a storm drain.

I want that on a t-shirt.

This resurgent thread brings me deep, deep joy BM. How lucky we are to still be basking in the glory of your face and dinners. I've learnt so much about Mallorca I could burst.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 July, 2015, 08:30:53 pm
The Wetherspoons Glasgow Comic Con dinner was ham eggs and chips. Yes, I know but it was only 680 calories - the nachos were nearly 1200! The photographer insisted the chips be arranged into a face before the photo could be taken.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 05 July, 2015, 12:49:17 pm
world's greatest thread returns. In your face Egon Ronay! Nice chip arrangement.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 05 July, 2015, 01:13:59 pm
We need some ratings BM or how else do you expect to replace Michelin.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 05 July, 2015, 11:02:40 pm
Glad to see you're up and about and enjoying the delights of "Majorca" but I have to say, with the possible exception of the Indian, that grub looks disgusting!  Whatever you paid, it was too much!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 September, 2015, 01:38:38 am
And we're back for another culinary tour. Sadly this time I didn't have every meal photographed - I had every damn course photographed!

The tour this time took in the delights of Norfolk with lots of nice hotels, fast food joints and country pubs all getting a look in. There was a lot of medicinal wine taken so see if you can spot when the bottle was near finished. Sadly my license is presently suspended so my long suffering and photograph taking wife had to do all the driving.

I also apologise that many of the shirts from the Spain trip resurfaced here - didn't have the chance to go shopping what with all the near death and everything.

We had an early flight, so had coffee and a Danish pastry at Glasgow airport. I'm a bit bleary eyed here but should have noticed that the wife didn't get the decent but expensive pastry in shot!

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Our first stop was in Great Yarmouth  and what a fine town it was. The 2p is king with the arcades full of the 2p drop machines that I like to watch on Youtube. I cleaned up and sometimes only paid £3 or £4 for a 10p plastic gonk.

Anyway we ventured up the main street and had a choice of two neighbouring American diners - one was called 'Fatso's' which was a bit close to home, so we went next door to  The Yankee Traveller (http://www.yankeetraveller.co.uk/) and it proved to be a good choice. I started on the hot wings :

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These were cracking. In America they cut these in two so you get a wing and a drumstick bit. Here it was all one big crunchy piece, covered in the familiar hot sauce you get in every state. Served with celery and blue cheese dip - 4 of these bad boys meant I was near full before my main course. Which was ...

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...fajitas - and they were excellent. An endless pile of warm tortillas and heaps of chicken and fried onions and peppers. Only complaint was the small pot of salsa and its lack of potency. Still I'm shamed to report I only ate about three-quarters of what I was served up. I blame the beers.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 16 September, 2015, 02:32:14 am
Carolyn will be impressed that your gastronomic tales have returned :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 16 September, 2015, 06:42:21 am
Looking pretty spry for a cyborg revenant, I must say.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 16 September, 2015, 09:07:21 am
I blame the beers.

Never blame the beers.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 16 September, 2015, 12:36:06 pm
yahooo! 23rd favourite thread returns!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 September, 2015, 03:22:31 pm
Cheers Tom and Carolyne!

After a heavy night of fried food I went for a low key breakfast. Here our hero is enjoying some grapefruit, natural yogurt and some red berries. Toast and Nuttella was later scoffed.

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For lunch we went to a bird sanctuary which had hides and free to borrow binoculars. I felt it would be poor taste to eat anything feathered so had the lovely ham and eggs instead. The chips were great - double fried so they are crispy and fluffy all at once!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 16 September, 2015, 04:52:02 pm
What's that green stuff next to your chips?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 16 September, 2015, 04:55:49 pm
he's from Paisley, he won't know
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 September, 2015, 05:32:08 pm
Of course I know! It's garnish that has not to be touched!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 16 September, 2015, 06:02:28 pm
That's my favourite meal!  Without the green stuff!  Have you been to Gorleston or Lowestoft.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 September, 2015, 09:25:37 pm
No, but I did see some Lowestoft signs!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 September, 2015, 11:02:34 am
We normally mix it up between decent restaurants and straightforward pub grub so that the budget is eased and I get my chips. Here's a pub dinner in Great Yarmouth. If you want the full story my Tripadvisor is here. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g190788-d3747132-r310882003-Pub_on_the_Prom-Great_Yarmouth_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html#REVIEWS)

The food was a touch expensive at £12.95 for this plate of chicken and prawn noodles. There was loads of it but it was gloopy and chewy.

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Next up the purple polo shirt, that 15-1 rejected, makes its first appearance. This was in our hotel in Great Yarmouth which is profiled here. (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g190788-d666762-r310871271-Andover_House_Hotel_Restaurant-Great_Yarmouth_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html)

Continental breakfast was included in the rate but anything else, even toast, was charged. I had these pancakes for £3.95 which were OK but nothing memorable.

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Off to the prom now and a stop off for a coffee and a Bakewell tart that I shared with the wife. It was ok but the icing was solid and there was not enough almond flavour for my taste.

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We made it to the Pleasure Beach only to find it only opened Wednesdays and weekends - it was Monday! Never mind, we went to a nice open air tea room for a tasty baked potato with cheese and a large cream bun to share. This place had tame sparrows that hopped onto your plate to steal food. Very tasty they were too!

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Evening meal now back at our hotel, the Andover House. It has a good reputation for its food and although well deserved it was a bit fussy for me. This chicken Kiev was nice but there was no hot pocket of butter within although my wife said I reeked of garlic for the next two days. Can't be bothered with this 'bed of pureed peas' nonsense although the veg were tasty.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 17 September, 2015, 11:33:52 am
BOOYAH.

The Pub on the Prom didn't know what it was getting itself into when it served you two that fateful day!!

For years after their heads will hang with shame when they hear the words "adequate" or "forgettable" - KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE NOT ENTIRELY IMPRESSED THE MIGHTY BUTTONMAN. They might as well close their establishment RIGHT NOW. To save the tears. To save the months of symbolic buttons being sellotaped to their door.

"Oh god"
"...what is it Maurice?"
"It's another fucking bu-"
"DON'T. Don't say it Maurice I can't bear to hear that noun again."

*pregnant pause*

"BUTTON."
"No Maurice, no!"
"BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON BUTTON"

*he breaks down in tears and falls down in front of the door*

"Shall I get us a cocktail, Maurice?"
(recovering slightly) "Yes, yes that'd be nice"
"2 for 1?"
"Yes please"
"Both the same?"

*he stares at her, the button falls to the floor*

fin
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 September, 2015, 12:11:22 pm
Thank you for your wry commentary on my wry commentary!

The bastards at Tripadvisor deleted my Mr Data photo which makes my comment seem a bit random. Here it is below. Do the assembled sci-fi masses think this is a coincidence or was it made to celebrate that episode where they were all in an Olde time ship on the Holo-Deck?

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 17 September, 2015, 02:00:21 pm
Gees, u eat very well, better than I do.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: James Stacey on 17 September, 2015, 02:06:32 pm
It was totally worth not dying, just for the joy this thread brings.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 17 September, 2015, 02:08:36 pm

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_1964_zpskcic9oim.jpg)

I thought Dismaland was a bit further south, obviously not.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 17 September, 2015, 08:13:25 pm
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Datavid Cameron
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 18 September, 2015, 10:17:45 am
Our last morning at the Andover house saw me going light with some massive white bread toast and a pain o chocolate. I prefer these warm (like everyone else) but cold pastry with a block of chocolate inside is nice too. Bread was good but if I knew I was going to be soaked £3.75 for it I would have added a pound of bacon to take away!

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The short hop to Cromer saw us lunching at a nice pub overlooking the sea and pier. Better still was the dead end outside the window which due to inadequate signage saw a lot of cars come barreling in before sheepishly backing out. Great entertainment. I am having a nice pint of real ale and a fish finger sandwich. In reality it was more of a fish goujon sandwich but you can't fault them for going for the populist vote.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 18 September, 2015, 11:22:16 am
Gees, u eat very well, better than I do.

He gets most of it in his mouth now and can also use a knife and fork.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 18 September, 2015, 11:42:12 am
I'll just close out this fine day and shirt. Shockingly I forgot my camera so the wife had to take the following snaps on her mobile. She sent them on to me by WhatsApp and I have no idea why one appears all squahed - maybe it lost the will to live!

Anyway this is the evening meal at our hotel The White Horse in Branchester (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g499607-d276216-r310889014-The_White_Horse-Brancaster_Staithe_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT)

I had the steak which was very nice - 'medium with no blood' which was well executed as the brown fluid will attest. Nice cut of meat with not a hint of gristle. Nice veg and Jenga chips.

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The wife was torn over the pudding options so chose to have them all. These were all very pleasant, at least that's what she told me...

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 18 September, 2015, 01:08:43 pm
Clearly your wife's mobile sees into your future after eating all those puds. :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 18 September, 2015, 01:48:57 pm
did you throw up on that blue shirt before dinner?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 18 September, 2015, 07:25:28 pm
he has assumed his true form in that last piccy.   :o

all nice but that fish finger/goujon sarny looked the business.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 19 September, 2015, 09:48:36 am
Moving along the coats now to Brancaster Staithe where you'll find the lovely White Horse (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g499607-d276216-r310889014-The_White_Horse-Brancaster_Staithe_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html#CHECK_RATES_CONT). The bespoke cooked breakfast was lovely but special mention has to go to the mini jars of Nutella - none of your trays here! The fry was very nice and the sausage worthy of special mention as it were very nice.

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For lunch we headed up the coast to the strangely named town Wells Next the Sea. This was a nice pub lunch and I can be seen lifting a plate containing a cheese and ham toastie. Very nice it were too with a tangy sharp cheese ofset with the ham which was a crisp Parma type variety.

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For our evening repast we walked down the rod from our hotel to a place called The Jolly Sailors (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g499607-d946748-r310884710-The_Jolly_Sailors-Brancaster_Staithe_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html#REVIEWS) - I didn't see any sailors, jolly or otherwise, but the beef taco pizza was most tasty. I know Tom will suggest someone has done something over my pizza but it simply wasn't the case (as far as I know).

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 20 September, 2015, 10:34:34 am
Healthy breakfast now at the White horse with some granola, natural yogurt and some raisins.

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Followed by some Weetabix and dried fruit.

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After a quick stop at a farm to pick out tonight's dinner...

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We lunched at the 2015 Pub of the Year, The Rose and Crown (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g499606-d2232172-r310932988-The_Rose_and_Crown-Snettisham_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html#REVIEWS) where I had the pork belly with a coriander mash. This was possibly the best meal of the holiday - follow the link for the full blow by blow!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 20 September, 2015, 02:33:03 pm
Some top shirts on show here. I especially admire the embroidered linsey woolsy number....straight from the 'Outlaw Josey Wells' wardrobe sale. Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 20 September, 2015, 08:54:40 pm
Some top shirts on show here. I especially admire the embroidered linsey woolsy number....straight from the 'Outlaw Josey Wells' wardrobe sale. Z

Straight from my mum's wardrobe in the 70s, more like.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 20 September, 2015, 09:18:31 pm

Quote
Straight from my mum's wardrobe in the 70s, more like.

Yeah she said I could take it once I'd finished wiping my d*ck on the curtains!

Actually I got it at Joe Browns. In the sale!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 21 September, 2015, 12:08:43 am

Quote
Straight from my mum's wardrobe in the 70s, more like.

Yeah she said I could take it once I'd finished wiping my d*ck on the curtains!

Actually I got it at Joe Browns. In the sale!

Men's section, or the women's?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 21 September, 2015, 07:35:35 am

Quote
Straight from my mum's wardrobe in the 70s, more like.

Yeah she said I could take it once I'd finished wiping my d*ck on the curtains!

Actually I got it at Joe Browns. In the sale!

Men's section, or the women's?

Just plain sectioned.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 21 September, 2015, 02:37:27 pm

Quote
Straight from my mum's wardrobe in the 70s, more like.

Yeah she said I could take it once I'd finished wiping my d*ck on the curtains!

Actually I got it at Joe Browns. In the sale!

Men's section, or the women's?

Just plain sectioned.

I'll counter sign that

Dr Huff
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 21 September, 2015, 04:41:51 pm
After a quick stop at a farm to pick out tonight's dinner...

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Probably not the best day for this kind of pic to be circulating the web.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 21 September, 2015, 06:39:55 pm
All beasts were kept beyond pecker length so my prime ministerial credentials remain unblemished. Apart from this fella, but we're family.

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A nice three course trio at The Rathskeller (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g315936-d5937074-r311228185-The_Rathskeller-King_s_Lynn_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html) in King's Lynn. This was the £17.95 set menu which had plenty of choice and good quality ingredients.

First up, in another Joe Browns number, our hero enjoys some mint risotto with pork belly and chorizo. Second pork belly of the day but very nice it was too.

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I then had the chicken which came with bacon and some blue cheese sauce. Lovely stuff.

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For pud I had the lemon posset which came in a tea cup for some reason, but was tasty nonetheless - like lemon curd. I am seen scoffing a poppyseed Tuille biscuit (obviously).

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 22 September, 2015, 11:49:01 am

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ah, bushmeat, it was only a matter of time I suppose.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 22 September, 2015, 09:20:31 pm
It says 'sausages' up there - where me other bloody sausage then?

This is the Bank House in King's Lynn where you get exactly what you ask for! Nice meaty sausage with that herby taste.

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The small breakfast meant that our traditional trip to McDonalds was inevitable. My Big Mac was OK but poorly constructed.

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Indian time now with a visit to The Indian Gate (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g315936-d2062454-r310926263-India_Gate-King_s_Lynn_Norfolk_East_Anglia_England.html) which garnered the greatest Tripadvisor kicking of the trip. The food was fine but the service as slow as an ice age.

Here I am having the lamb tikka starter having filled up on popadoms - rookie mistake!

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My chicken Biryani was very nice although the delay meant a few beers had left me slightly worse for wear.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 September, 2015, 08:14:24 pm
Breakfast for the second morning in King's Lynn and last night's curry meant a ruit and yogurt detox was needed. The table of goodies can be seen in the background as well as a Tom Proudfoot lookalike. A half sized pastry has also been collected.

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We have finally made it to Norwich - A-ha! - and where better to go tan a nice pub called 'The Murderers'. Lot of nice murder paraphernalia and tales of dark goings on. The man who made my chicken burrito deserved killing too! Not really although he was a bit heavy handed with the sweetcorn and tomato slices.

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The home straight now - only a few pictures left. Anyone there?!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 23 September, 2015, 09:42:31 pm
Yep still here. Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 24 September, 2015, 10:38:07 am
nope
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 24 September, 2015, 07:28:08 pm
The read count is up by three so someone's lying! Oh wait I count too. Carry on!

Carry on you say? well let's have some scran.

Nice trio here of 'pissed' 'more pished' and 'pishest'.

Nice Thai dinner in Norwich - we open with a nice chicken coconut soup - a bit of heat from the chilies but a tasty subtle and enjoyable starter.

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More chicken in this healthy portion of chicken in something sauce. Very nice!

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Gies a banana fritta!

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And back to breakfast - grapefruit segments and yougurt and two pastries - which were halved and shared with the wife.

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Followed by a big and dirty fry up which was very nice.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 24 September, 2015, 08:37:45 pm
Not enough brown sauce on that fry up!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 24 September, 2015, 09:47:32 pm
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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 24 September, 2015, 11:49:49 pm
Ha ha love it - sounds like two and I'm yours Phil!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Grugz on 25 September, 2015, 10:24:09 am
this thread has been forwarded to your consultant  ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Bolt-01 on 25 September, 2015, 11:35:41 am
DDD- that is a work of twisted genius and has had me laughing in the office.

Good work fella!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 25 September, 2015, 12:22:07 pm
I knew there was a pattern to his posts, those morning pints before breakfast start to tell
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 26 September, 2015, 12:42:27 pm
Nearly done, as Finchy would say.

Here we are in the Edith Cavell in Norwich. This is a small restaurant over a pub that mainly does steaks. Their thing is that your steak arrives almost raw on a block of stone that is heated to 380 degrees. You then eat your steak, cooking it as you go. You get a sauce, butter and rock salt too. This is me with my 12oz sirloin with chips which was a reasonable £20.

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Next morning at the St Giles Hotel in Norwich I fancied a white bread bacon sandwich which the chef delivered with crispy tastiness.

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Off to the races now and this is me in our hotel/pub in Newmarket. This was honest to goodness pub grub and I am seen enjoying my perfectly serviceable lasange and garlic bread. The cheesy garlic bread which can be seen is the wife's.

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Last pud of the holiday a decent Eton Mess which could have used more meringue.

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And now the final pic! Thanks you for all your support over this frankly dull thread. Thanks go to Irene for taking the pictures and to my belt for taking the strain. We end up with a nice fry up which offered perhaps the best bacon of the trip.

See you next feed!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 26 September, 2015, 07:53:19 pm
Dull? This thread and your shirts are the only thing keeping the cosmic horrors at bay.

That pub lasagne looked nice.

until next time...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 26 September, 2015, 08:02:53 pm
There is NO REASON this thread should be so compelling. And yet, it so very is.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: JamesC on 26 September, 2015, 08:49:37 pm
I've only just read this thread and realised you were here in Norwich.
If you're still here or are coming back you should try the Indian restaurant 'Merchants of Spice' - it's really good and they do the best naan bread I've ever had.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tjm86 on 27 September, 2015, 09:38:08 am
Is it just me or is the head angle on every one of Buttonman's pics exactly the same?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 27 September, 2015, 09:41:41 am
Is it just me or is the head angle on every one of Buttonman's pics exactly the same?

It's the same photo. He never leaves home. It's a franchise, agents do the actual food reviewing for photoshopping.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 27 September, 2015, 10:50:14 am
Has anyone tried making one of those (what I still think of as Michael-Jackson-style) morphing videos on the complete Egon Watson oeuvre?  Where the face and rictuslike grimace stay (roughly) the same, and the food, shirts,background and waistline shift sickeningly around?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 27 September, 2015, 10:51:10 am
I've only just read this thread and realised you were here in Norwich.
If you're still here or are coming back ...

Aw I was reading that and thought I was getting an invite! I work for Aviva based Norwich so have the chance of coming down more often - something that I'd previously resisted - will be keener now that I know it's not all tractors and cow shit.

Thanks also for the positive comments on a thread that could be seen to be a bit self serving and irrelevant. Still what else is the internet for? (apart from porn).
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 27 September, 2015, 11:26:06 am
You are food porn for the starving masses.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 28 September, 2015, 12:56:06 pm
Your doctor enjoys this thread as much as us :)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 October, 2015, 09:28:15 am
Not really a holiday but it is in Germany (probably). Yes it's Octoberfest at the fine West Brewery. Here I am having a fine meaty goulash - this bad boy was a meal in itself.

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This year there was no pre-order and over the oom-pah band I could hardly hear the options so went for the schnitzel which to me is a but of chicken deep fried in breadcrumbs. Not here - this was a flattened pork steak covered in mushrooms. I'm no fan of fungi but at least it came with chips.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 25 October, 2015, 09:46:03 am
How comes you don't weigh 25 stone?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 October, 2015, 10:11:53 am
Haha I weigh plenty thanks! Presently on a diet, Friday notwithstanding. At 14st 11lb with a target of 13 stone - gonna be a long winter!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 25 October, 2015, 11:39:26 am
sehr gut.

That steak looks very nice. I love a mushroom me.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 25 October, 2015, 07:40:08 pm
I'm no fan of fungi

 :(
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Devons Daddy on 26 October, 2015, 06:22:28 am
I was in Korea, WORK thing, they took for me dinner, and served me with
LIVE OCTOPUS with a raw egg yolk. :-\ an exotic and respectful traditional dish.

IT WAVED AT ME!!!!! :o

they take the octupi? (SP) bang its head and slice it up, the legs are not yet aware its dead, they crawl sliver and generally resemble Klingon Gak.



Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 26 October, 2015, 01:07:50 pm
Danke für die Fotographieren! Dein Weinerschnitzel ist nicht gut gekocht. Hast du Currywurst essen? Ich liebe Currywurst. Alle Wurst ist gute Wurst!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Grugz on 26 October, 2015, 01:14:17 pm
I was in Korea, WORK thing, they took for me dinner, and served me with
LIVE OCTOPUS with a raw egg yolk. :-\ an exotic and respectful traditional dish.

IT WAVED AT ME!!!!! :o

they take the octupi? (SP) bang its head and slice it up, the legs are not yet aware its dead, they crawl sliver and generally resemble Klingon Gak.

 :sick:

   I prefer my cephalopod(is that the right word?) dead and stir fired
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: auxlen on 18 November, 2015, 08:08:27 pm
best tomato soup I ever had was back in the old east Berlin. so good!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 April, 2016, 02:10:36 pm
And we're back! Some ill health to the mother in law meant we had to cancel a trip to Fuerteventura but when life serves you lemons head to the Lake District.

This was a 4 night break so there isn't too much to endure.

We started out at the Furness Railway Hotel in Barrow in Furness. This is part of a Wetherspoons and turned out to be a great pick. The room was great and only £49 a night. That didn't include breakfast but that was available cheaply in the pub.

To set the tone we had our first day lunch in the pub and I had these tasty tandoori skewers. Nice juicy meat and plenty of it. Couple of dips too. Well worth the six quid or so that it cost.

And that's not a Guiness that I'm enjoying - it's a nice hoppy pint of Doom Ale.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 06 April, 2016, 03:31:59 pm
Doom ale? You mean Doombar? If so thats a bloody lovely pint, goes down a treat with spicey food as well, and that looks like a nice set for under a tenner.

Oh, and LONG MAY THE FOODY THREAD LIVE!!!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 April, 2016, 04:51:38 pm
I do mean Doombar! I usually make a point of having one of the guest ales rather than the fizzy and flavourless lagers of Miller, Carling, Fosters etc.

The hotel was room only so we ate breakfast both mornings in the bar. This was no hardship as we both ate well for under a tenner in total.

Here's me with the fresh fruit (apple, banana and blueberries) with thick Greek yoghurt and honey and a tasty roll and bacon. You also get unlimited help yourself refills of the filter coffee. I should get a job for Wetherspoons public relations office!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Something Fishy on 06 April, 2016, 08:21:11 pm
Doombar is probably my favourite of our local Cornish ales.  That or Tribute.  Lovely.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 April, 2016, 11:13:28 pm
Sorry, I moved that first terrible photo into a folder forgetting that it would break the link. Here we go again :  (http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Lake%20District%20Trip/1509034_10153992688256605_2524849212342961542_n_zps2nybizcp.jpg)

For our first Barrow in Furness evening meal we wandered along the street to a nice hotel and bar called 'The Duke of Edinburgh' strangely there were no racist statements of cultural faux pas. We arrived at 9pm only to be told the kitchen was about to close - and this is on a Friday night! The manager said he'd get the chef to stay on and I had visions of us entering that Fawlty Towers episode or at least digesting a lot of chef's spit.

To keep it simple we both had the steak and had it cooked medium. This was a good choice - the meat was lovely with no gristle or waste. The thick chips were nice as was the plate filling green stuff. The wife had a blue cheese sauce and although I nicked some of it I preferred the meaty flavour alone.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 07 April, 2016, 12:02:12 pm
Blue cheese on a steak is an abomination. Now a nice creamy peppercorn sauce on the other hand ... mmmmmmm
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 07 April, 2016, 02:35:36 pm
Butter! Butter goes on steak!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 07 April, 2016, 02:53:11 pm
Butter! Butter goes on steak!
What?! NO?!!!

Peppercorn sauce all the way!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mattofthespurs on 07 April, 2016, 04:45:06 pm
Nothing goes on steak. And it should be rare. Otherwise you are all heathens!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 07 April, 2016, 05:35:25 pm
A good steak needs to be rare enough that a skilled veterinarian could still revive it.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 April, 2016, 06:45:31 pm
Medium; pink, no blood is my usual instruction.

For some reason we seem to be back in the Wotherspoons again. To be fair we did trek the streets of Barrow looking for a place doing the Sky Sports Centre on the Saturday afternoon but they were all showing the horse racing. Once place that looked promising "don't do food" and why would you?

Here is a nice Tex-Mex burger with a side of salsa. It was OK. For those worrying about my heart I ate only one of all those onion rings. The beer this time was a Brew Dog Dead Pony IPA - very nice and part of the £5.99 burger and a beer deal.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 07 April, 2016, 06:57:27 pm
the greatest thread in the galaxy returns like something that's decided to turn up again. Whiny food critics should study this. Doombar's lovely...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 April, 2016, 09:44:33 pm
Still in Barrow in Furness we had our second evening meal in a Thai restaurant that the wife found on Tripadvisor. It was called Thai at Review (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g190821-d7604659-Reviews-Thai_at_Review-Barrow_in_Furness_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html) and is the number one ranked place out of 101 in Barrow.

It was a bit strange and we walked by it twice before spotting the unmarked door when someone came out. It's actually a beauty parlour that becomes a restaurant at night. It only seats about 20 people but we got in no problem - I am a minor celebrity after all.

The kitchen is in the midst of the tables and is just like one you would have in a flat. A Thai lady cooks all the food to order and despite that the service was brisk. They don't have a drinks licence and we had to drink £1.60 bottle of water instead. Oh the humanity!

The menu was quite brief but most of the major dishes were covered - here's me having some chicken and coconut milk soup :

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I enjoyed this but the 'homemade' appeal was taken to the extreme with large lumps of chicken, tomato and mushroom all floating about in the milky juice. The wife ordered some tiger prawn tempura but got chicken instead. We didn't complain and it was fine anyway, albeit a bit un-uniform is shape.

For my main I went with the classic - Thai green curry :

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This looks a lot like my starter but it was a different spice and texture. It had a nice back of the throat burn and a lovely creamy and spicy flavour.

Quite an unusual place but well worth the efort and only about £40 for us in total.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ThryllSeekyr on 09 April, 2016, 11:23:52 am
Do, you ever eat in?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 April, 2016, 11:08:44 am
Do, you ever eat in?

I rarely eat outside!

Except now.

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Afternoon tea is a civilized tradition where the posh folk (me) put the world to rights over some scones.

Here's me in Grange Over Sands looking over a large pile of grub. As well as a massive scone covered in cream and jam you also get some crust free sandwiches (cheese and pickle for me), a flapjack and a flies graveyard. Good deal for £8.75 including a pot of tea.

Dear Reader, I scoffed the lot.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 11 April, 2016, 10:52:53 pm
Moving on to the Damson Dene near Windemere, the subject of my celebrated Tripadvisor Review. (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g1539476-d504383-r361892925-Damson_Dene_Hotel-Crosthwaite_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html)

The meal was OK but they made you feel like a cheapskate by having a limited menu "for our dinner inclusive guests" which was for the Groupon crowd. Worse still they didn't have the lamb from that small selection!

I opened with a goat's cheese tart and it was fine. Nice balsamic and warmed enough to make it nice and runny.

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For my main I had venison which was OK but a bit tasteless for a game meat. I had some black pudding mash which was as dense as it sounds and lacking some flavour. I ate everything but it was all a bit forgettable.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin Zeal on 12 April, 2016, 09:46:23 am
Black pudding mash sounds lovely.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: richerthanyou on 12 April, 2016, 11:52:35 am
Are you aware that your head tilts to one side? Maybe it's only in photographs. If it's not then it must be a bugger when it rains (unless you have a brolly)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 12 April, 2016, 12:36:50 pm
Are you aware that your head tilts to one side? Maybe it's only in photographs. If it's not then it must be a bugger when it rains (unless you have a brolly)

It's the weight of all the Heroclix he keeps in his pocket pulling him over to one side. You should have seen him back when Tharg was giving out LRDs.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 13 April, 2016, 10:37:21 pm
Observant readers will note I change the side to which my head tilts so that my muscles develop equally.

We took a nice boat trip in Lake Windermere and trekked up to a place called High Dam. Looking for lunch we went to the Lakeside Hotel at the harbour - huge mistake! The sandwiches were £15! The menus weren't out and when I asked for one the barman gave it with an apologetic look. He clearly had me sussed as he never came back to take our order.

Instead we went to the tourist cafe and I had a nice cheese and pickle sandwich with some salad for a fiver. I asked for white bread and the wife brown with her prawns and they got it mixed up. We made do and the sandwich was fine. Had the £15 sandwich place made the same mistake the kitchen would have been stormed!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Lake%20District%20Trip/IMG_2716_zpss5owiokk.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 14 April, 2016, 07:06:10 pm
Last night dinner already <pause for cheers>

After fleeing the Damson Dene we set up shop in Bowness on Windermere and had our tradition last night curry at Lake Raj. (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g190820-d6777850-r361897861-Lake_Raj-Bowness_on_Windermere_Lake_District_Cumbria_England.html) It was strange in that we looked at another Indian but were put off by it's stern menu terns like 'You cannot just have a starter' and 'Minimum Spend £10' - seemed strange in such an affluent area.

We then went to Lake Raj to see exactly the same menu - they have two places that are each resistant to tightwad light eaters!

Anyway the food was great and we had the best Indian meal in memory. For starters I had the lamb and chicken kebab. It was lovely charcoal cooked meat with a rich curry gravy served in a soft chappati. The only downside was that it was massive and I could feel my appetite ebb away with every tasty bite.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Lake%20District%20Trip/IMG_2718_zps6hnea229.jpg)

or my main I had the lamb biryani and it was fantastic. Loads of crumbly pink meet in a tasty rice. The 'gravy' you usually get was replaced with a cracking vegetable curry full of squishy veg. Shamefully I was full halfway through and had to just pick out the meat towards the end.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Lake%20District%20Trip/IMG_2721_zpswazfvybi.jpg)

They also did draft Kingfisher and a mean peshwari nan - stuffing your face doesn't get any better than this!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 14 April, 2016, 07:50:04 pm
Damn. That does look good. And draught Kingfisher. Jammy git.

Did you and the bloke behind you meet up and decide to wear the same shirt for the photos?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 14 April, 2016, 09:12:24 pm
Did you and the bloke behind you meet up and decide to wear the same shirt for the photos?

Or did he just advise you to pick up some steak...?  :o

That really does look like my kind of meal, even the jpegs smell delicious.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 15 April, 2016, 08:44:24 pm
Last grub of the trip time!

Short and local trips will be our way for a while due to an ailing mother-in-law - coming soon Whitby and Penrith! Quite enjoy mooching about the UK than having a big dull buffet on a cruise. No, really!

We stopped off in Kendal on our way home and pushed for time we went into the McDonalds. Running late or not we couldn't face the screaming kids, big queue or uncleaned tables so went into a small coffee shop that only served bagels.

My cheese and Parma ham bagel was fine as way my frothy coffee. Change from a tenner and an interesting location and fittings.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/Lake%20District%20Trip/IMG_2724_zpsgtzk94ws.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: DaveGYNWA on 16 April, 2016, 12:28:04 am
Don't want to alarm you but there appears to be something right going on with your head/neck in that last picture ;)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 21 June, 2016, 10:34:26 pm
And we're back again!

Quick four day jaunt to Penrith and Whitby.

We stayed at The Lounge (http://www.theloungehotelandbar.com/) in Penrith and very nice it was too. We had lunch here on our first day and enjoyed four of their meze plates. Here we have a nice runny patatas bravas, some battered cod and some chicken strips. In front is a spicy lamb pizza sort of thing. Everything was great.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3089_zps9qarrg7i.jpg)

For pudding I had this elaborate affair which was like a Masterchef take on an ice cream float. The creamy ice cream was infused with 'Millions' sweets and it came with a small bottle of American cream soda. Tasty stuff!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3091_zpsnif1rq8q.jpg)

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 21 June, 2016, 10:40:22 pm
Loving it Button, and I'm on a diet. I'm slavering over the photos (the food that is). Z
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mattofthespurs on 22 June, 2016, 08:08:00 am
Your spicy lamb pizza looks suspiciously like a lahmacun.

Bloody love those. Once got the kebab shop to do me one filled with chunks of lamb and rolled up with salad. He now does them as part of his menu.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 22 June, 2016, 01:53:27 pm
After an upsetting few weeks, the familiar things of the Board are back in their comfortable places.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 22 June, 2016, 02:18:36 pm
You never realise how much you miss this thread until it resurfaces, do you?

Nice stuff BM.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 22 June, 2016, 04:44:25 pm
After an upsetting few weeks, the familiar things of the Board are back in their comfortable places.

What have I missed?  :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 22 June, 2016, 04:48:05 pm
meanwhile Butt'man go see the doc about your 'runny patatas' I'm worried you pull out of Comic Con.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: ZenArcade on 22 June, 2016, 05:10:52 pm
About to say the same Proudhuff, I haven't been on too much recently.  I am aware of the sad loss of the great WR Logan  :'( ;Thryll Seekers banishment into the OZ radback for ever seemingly  :(; the necessary demise of the Belfast 2000AD Discussion Group (and subsequent replacement by the shiny new Sector House 13 - The Pit  :D) .  What else has happened? Z.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 22 June, 2016, 07:02:31 pm
Thanks fellas, rest assured in this tumultuous world you can rely on me to stuff my fat face.

That massive lunch meant we didn't head out for dinner until after nine and this being Britain it mean the only place that was still open was the Wetherspoons. I had the 'Gourmet' burger which was selling most gourmands a bit short as it was basically a burger with a bit of blue cheese. Still for 8 quid including a Dead Pony IPA you can't complain. Only ate one of those onion rings as they were too greasy.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3093_zpsvznp8p1b.jpg)

And so to breakfast at The Lounge. Despite being over a pub the hotel had its own breakfast room and they cooked their fine British Isles breakfast to order. This was great with a thick and meaty sausage (missus) and a cracking square of black pudding. I also had their fine berries compote with thick Greek yogurt and two thick slices of granary toast. Buuurp!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 22 June, 2016, 07:35:56 pm
Were you out to dinner with J.J. Abrams? That lens flare looks suspiciously like his work.

Still burger, chips, beer. Not much wrong with that. The breakfast is missing mushrooms and tomatoes though.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 22 June, 2016, 08:04:08 pm
All hail!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 22 June, 2016, 09:37:20 pm
That looks a very healthy slice if black puddin'. Can never have too much black puddin' in my world.

I'm more pleased to see the head tilt eye brow smile is back on full form at its consistant best, after some sub-par camera smilin' of late.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 22 June, 2016, 10:36:33 pm
We stayed at The Lounge (http://www.theloungehotelandbar.com/) in Penrith and very nice it was too. We had lunch here on our first day and enjoyed four of their meze plates.

Pfft call that a meze plate?  Here's ours in a taverna in a little village in the hills above Plakias with stunning sea views:

 :-*(http://i531.photobucket.com/albums/dd359/anaconda888/3140889A-129E-47AD-890A-849C0EB6CC6C_zpsqw6ifijt.jpg)

(and I'm still on holiday - yah boo sucks to you  :lol:)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 23 June, 2016, 01:14:48 am
That is definitely a stunning sea view. What did you have for tea?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 23 June, 2016, 01:29:39 pm

I'm more pleased to see the head tilt eye brow smile is back on full form at its consistant best, after some sub-par camera smilin' of late.

This ^^^
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 June, 2016, 08:36:17 pm
Phil, is that your dinner or something salvaged out of a distressed hedgerow?

Kept it simple on this trip with some top notch pub grub. Here's me with a hearty lasagne in the General Wolf in Penrith. Massive portion and nicely messy over the side of the bowl. Nice lumps of mince and fat chips that soaked up the vinegar and brown sauce. The wife had a home made chicken Kiev which was cracking and that I was only allowed a wee bit of.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3113_zpslg5mqbmt.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 24 June, 2016, 06:45:44 pm
Whitby now and a nice fish tea. Batter crispy as expected and nice firm cod. Chips were more like wedges with skin on but nice they were with the beans which I took ahead of the standard mushy peas. Good deal or £10 and a splendid view over the swing bridge.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 25 June, 2016, 07:46:19 am
I never get the whole baked beans with fish and chips thing. I think its been discussed in these parts before but its just wrong. Get some mushy peas man.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 25 June, 2016, 02:48:24 pm
I agree with Colin. Mushy peas! (Had 'em with my fish supper last night).
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 25 June, 2016, 03:09:58 pm
Never liked peas and mushy peas are just like peas cubed.

This blog may need a new camera person! Look at this effort :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3164_zpsbe2cewsp.jpg)

You can barely see the grub! This was a nice curried lamb pasty in a filo pastry parcel with poppy seeds all over it. The place in Whitby was nice but a bit too quirky for my tastes with its mismatched china and £6 pasties!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mattofthespurs on 26 June, 2016, 07:48:50 am
I never get the whole baked beans with fish and chips thing. I think its been discussed in these parts before but its just wrong. Get some mushy peas man.

Hate peas. Have done since I was but a wee baby.
It's pretty much the only food I will not eat.
Did not eat baked beans until I was in my 20's because of the similarity in texture to peas.
You stick with your beans mate.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 28 June, 2016, 11:27:36 am
Hopefully you'll be up to date soon so you can give us a full Grub report from Glasgow Comic Con and your minesweeping in the Iron Horse?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 July, 2016, 09:46:21 pm
Well this thread has been endorsed by none less than Mr John Wagner! Having cornered him with a pile of books to sign he asked if I was Buttonman and stated that he liked my food pictures. Pure, honest unsought opinion from the man who gave us America and the new 'Rok of the Reds' which I enjoyed on my trip journey home.

Anyway, enough waffle lets get to what John and everyone else tuned in for!

This was taken in the cafe of the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. The service was a bit slow but my chicken and mango salsa on white bread sandwich was fine although the accompanying carrot and coriander soup was a bit bland. I ordered a can of lager to go with it but the server said it came with a free tea or coffee - so I had tea. About £7.25 and apart from the slow service and blandness it was, well, OK.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3179_zpsosols66z.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Frank on 02 July, 2016, 10:49:20 pm
this thread has been endorsed by none less than Mr John Wagner! Having cornered him with a pile of books to sign he asked if I was Buttonman and stated that he liked my food pictures

Oh god. Please don't tell me Wagner actually reads the forum ...


Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Steve Green on 02 July, 2016, 10:51:39 pm
"Where do you get your crazy ideas?"
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: sheridan on 02 July, 2016, 11:44:25 pm
Never liked peas and mushy peas are just like peas cubed.

This blog may need a new camera person! Look at this effort :

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3164_zpsbe2cewsp.jpg)

You can barely see the grub! This was a nice curried lamb pasty in a filo pastry parcel with poppy seeds all over it. The place in Whitby was nice but a bit too quirky for my tastes with its mismatched china and £6 pasties!
I've spent many holidays in Whitby (two a year for a decade, plus a few more in the eighties) and can barely think of any pubs with beer gardens - which one is it?  The Angel, between the swing bridge and the railway station?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 July, 2016, 12:05:11 am
We actually stayed at the Angel which is now a Wetherspoons. The photo was taken in the courtyard garden of the Rusty Shears Tearoom on Silver Street. Nice wee place with lots of cakes. Think they did booze too but we stuck to afternoon tea. Classy!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: sheridan on 03 July, 2016, 12:17:00 am
We actually stayed at the Angel which is now a Wetherspoons. The photo was taken in the courtyard garden of the Rusty Shears Tearoom on Silver Street. Nice wee place with lots of cakes. Think they did booze too but we stuck to afternoon tea. Classy!
Funny hearing about places you're familiar with from your chlidhood being taken over by more modern chains.  I would have first gone to the Angel in the late eighties during the folk week, and more recently during the Goth weekend.

I know the building, as I went there when it was a restaurant ten years ago.  I don't suppose you noticed if Sherlock's was still on Flowergate?  A vaguely steampunk themed coffee shop which I found out about as they were putting up the sign (at about eleven o'clock at night, which was a bit unusual).
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 05 July, 2016, 11:16:58 am
Is it me, or is Buttman turning into Bruce Forsyth progressively with each new photo of the chap...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 July, 2016, 01:20:57 pm

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9fwl9JIIAESWJ3.jpg)

I don't  know what you mean, here's his latest offering from Glasgow Comic Con...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 05 July, 2016, 03:07:27 pm
Lovely.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 05 July, 2016, 07:06:36 pm
I don't suppose you noticed if Sherlock's was still on Flowergate?  A vaguely steampunk themed coffee shop which I found out about as they were putting up the sign (at about eleven o'clock at night, which was a bit unusual).

I don't think so - rained a lot and as an England game was on we only ventured out one night!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 February, 2017, 03:37:09 pm
Apologies for the lengthy delay in the updates world. I thought the thread had maybe run its course, maybe it was a bit self indulgent? Well I was bang wrong. When two maybe three unknown to me boarders approached me to say hello at the 40th Birthday event I knew it had to go on. "It's the only thing worth reading on the message board they cried" and who can argue with that?

Despite many Letters (http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php?topic=42281.0), W Film (http://100wmovies.blogspot.co.uk/) and Definite Article Movie (http://thedefinitearticlemovies.blogspot.co.uk/) blogs it was only the food people wanted to talk about. "93 letters mmm impressive but tell me more about the meringues in Fifi and Ally's " they said as one.

I was looking for a quick link to a forum post and I found I was a 'Hero of 2000ad' - Thanks to our very own Alex Frith for THIS! (https://heroesof2000ad.blogspot.co.uk/2016_12_01_archive.html)

Anyway - back to work - July to December was something of a fallow time but then Christmas happened...

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This is the office Christmas party night at the Iron Horse in Glasgow. If you know the bar you know it's a bit rough but their upstairs function area is pretty good. As was the buffet - here am I, in a natty shirt enjoying a mini steak pie, some chicken satay and a huge bit of chicken pakora. All very nice it was too.

Next up was the team Christmas party in Las Iguanas which is on West Nile Street - same as The Iron Horse! My Tripadvisor review is HERE (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186534-d6022312-r443533949-Las_Iguanas_Glasgow-Glasgow_Scotland.html#REVIEWS) .

The food was pretty good and got better the drunker I got. Here is a nice chorizo starter :

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Shockingly the photo of my dinner didn't come out so you'll need to make do with this long shot - I'm eating 'Blazing Bird' which is half a dried chicken with some unsubtle sauce all over it.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3614_zpshesieby3.jpg)

Then in January (go figure) we had the manager night out at Ad Lib on Hope Street. This didn't disappoint as usual and I had a very tasty burger with sweet potato fries.

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3665_zpsqsw1h5nb.jpg)

Hopefully that festive flavour tickles all of your taste buds and we'll be back soon - sadly a start of year diet means it may just be herbal teas and cup a soups, but there you go.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Bolt-01 on 16 February, 2017, 03:47:45 pm
Is it bad that I was hoping for pics from the weekend with a few 2K creators in the backgrounds?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tjm86 on 16 February, 2017, 03:58:57 pm
Interesting to note that in some of the photos from the weekend where you do appear the head is tilted at the same angle and with the same grin.  Has it now frozen in place?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 16 February, 2017, 04:23:20 pm
When two maybe three unknown to me boarders approached me to say hello at the 40th Birthday event I knew it had to go on. "It's the only thing worth reading on the message board they cried" and who can argue with that?

Shouldn't that be: "[when I repeatedly insisted that] it's the only thing worth reading on the message board, they cried"
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 February, 2017, 05:20:29 pm
Is it bad that I was hoping for pics from the weekend with a few 2K creators in the backgrounds?

Patience Young Dave, we still have a trip to Edinburgh, a nice out with the wife and a couple of funeral wakes to get through first!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 18 February, 2017, 04:50:33 pm
Back in September we had our jabs and headed east to Edinburgh for an anniversary night away - 10 years! My wondeful wife got us tickets for Joan Collins where the great lady told us lots of tales about taking her clothes off and William Shatner.

We lunched at a place called 'The Cellar Door' it was very nice and had a great selection of craft beers. My Tripadvisor review is HERE! (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186525-d718615-r422909419-The_Cellar_Door-Edinburgh_Scotland.html#REVIEWS)

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3359_zps9h5nuvqx.jpg)

Haggis wrapped in oats. Tasty!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3362_zpsrrmlosm4.jpg)

Haggis stovies with grilled chicken.

After the lovely Joan we went to a nice Italian, Ciao Roma (https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g186525-d752896-r422912006-Ciao_Roma-Edinburgh_Scotland.html) on spec. It was a good pick as my pasta was great :

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 18 February, 2017, 05:03:50 pm
None of the restaurants you go to seem very busy.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tjm86 on 18 February, 2017, 06:51:02 pm
I was going to say, judging by the first photo, that this had to be a fake.  The head angle was completely wrong.  Then I saw the other two photos and a sense of relief washed over me.   ::)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 March, 2017, 08:27:03 pm
Let's get this thread bang up to date by having a look at some recent dinners. We stayed in an all inclusive hotel in Fuertoventura - but don't panic! We did break out of the compound to sample some local  eating spots and the buffet did change a bit each day.

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We arrived at tea time and the abundance of food on offer made me panic and get this dog's breakfast of a starter - chicken wings, cheese, some salad and some mystery blobs. Yum yum yum.

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The glazed expression give tribute to the bottomless red wine. This is another mish-mash of potato slices, some Chinese chicken and some chips with curry. All food groups covered!

(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3768_zpsiovsygxm.jpg)

After three buffet nights we found a local Italian and enjoyed a lovely pizza - check the chilies on that Divalo!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 03 March, 2017, 08:47:01 pm
At some point, the title of this thread will change to "Who I ate On My Holidays" and Buttonman will be revealed in all his Lecter-esque glory, and we'll be begging him not to post more photos.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 03 March, 2017, 09:00:41 pm
The glazed expression give tribute to the bottomless red wine. pizza - check the chilies on that Divalo!

For those avid Buttonman-meal followers who find this variation in expression and head angle disturbing or unsettling, I fear it may be time to repost my handy guide:

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tjm86 on 03 March, 2017, 09:07:53 pm
Please also pay attention to skin coloration and the pursing of the lips.

 :o 
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 March, 2017, 11:06:23 pm
Shut it you lot! (Big love really!)


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After a tough night on the Cava this bleary individual tried to make amends with some pink great pink grapefruit slices and yogurt. Carefully stolen bananas lie in wait.


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Oh no it's all went wrong with a fry up! Well kind of - chorizo sausages and a cheese croquette aren't really fry up material, but as my admirer who looks on is probably thinking 'eat any old crap and get a lining in your stomach'.

I should also point out that these photos were taken at an unusual angle as the table was set at 12 and 3 rather than at 6 and 12 and the wife wouldn't get away from her fried eggs to take the correct pose.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 04 March, 2017, 12:10:37 am
WHAT? DIVORCE HER NOW!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 March, 2017, 04:21:23 pm
(http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c118/button71/IMG_3774_zpsfjmorcrj.jpg)

The classy hotel we stayed at usually had a special on - normally I couldn't be bothered waiting for a bit of carvery pork but on this night I made an exception. Yes, they wheeled in a donner kebab machine and I feasted heartily - surprisingly there was no queue! No spicy sauce so I had to make do with a day-glo orange cheese one instead.

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We normally took lunch at the hotel snack bar where you could plunder guilt free nuggets and pizza slices. On this day however we went to the main restaurant and the pudding offering was buckets of jelly sweets! I sampled many. I recommend a nice red Burgundy to go with watermelon Haribo.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 March, 2017, 09:43:05 pm
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Trying to develop a new signature move here a la Zoolander's Magnum. This was our second foray out of the hotel compound to the only Indian in the town. We were the only punters in here and I worried after the food when the waiter talker me out both a lamb and chicken tikka starter in favour of these lamb samosas. Thankfully they were OK but a bit dry for my refined tastes.

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Don't you hate it when you are readying your foodie face and the waiter rushes over to take your picture? - totally ruined the moment!

The waiter (who was probably also the owner and possibly chef) talked us into his 30 euro tandoori special. It was very nice although the wife only ate one of the two giant prawns as the first one was a bit suspect. The lamb, chicken, beef and sausage bits were all great but the pick o the bunch was the Bombay aloo.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 08 March, 2017, 03:32:43 am
I swear you should be pitching this stuff to a newspaper.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 08 March, 2017, 06:40:14 am
I swear you should be pitching this stuff to a newspaper. Just not my newspaper.

FTFY
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 March, 2017, 01:57:57 pm
I swear you should be pitching this stuff to a newspaper.

I'll appoint you my agent Mike - 5% cut and all the prawn crackers you can manage.

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Last meal of the holiday! This time we went to a Chinese that my wife liked as they had the biggest vases she had ever seen.

Here's me with the salt and chilli ribs - bit strange in that they were cubed but none the worse for it - fall off the bone, tooth picking loveliness.

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For main I had the always dependable beef in black beans sauce with peppers. It was sizzling so much the bemused waiter almost laughed when I said 'Could you heat that up a bit mate?' My beer had run dry but a nice frosty replacement pint of Tropical soon followed.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 09 March, 2017, 05:05:53 am
I swear you should be pitching this stuff to a newspaper. Just not my newspaper.

FTFY

Thank you. That saved me some embarrassment.

Seriously, BM. You should pitch this to your local paper. Just send a link to this thread and a three-sentence description of the idea. I doubt they'd pay much, but they could get you into posh restaurants.

Just a thought.  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 March, 2017, 12:39:03 pm
He's from Paisley, they don't have Posh restaurants!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 March, 2017, 08:12:47 pm
He's from Paisley, they don't have Posh restaurants!

Clearly you haven't been to Hamish's Hoose!

Thanks Mike - one to ponder - I know our own Grant Goggins food blogs at a decent level - I like to think mine are a bit more gonzo and could only be ruined by corporate fatcats looking for endorsements for chips!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 09 March, 2017, 08:20:00 pm
He's from Paisley, they don't have Posh restaurants!

Clearly you haven't been to Hamish's Hoose!

Thanks Mike - one to ponder - I know our own Grant Goggins food blogs at a decent level - I like to think mine are a bit more gonzo and could only be ruined by corporate fatcats looking for endorsements for chips!

Hey, don't be so quick to dismiss. Now that they can grow potatoes on Mars (https://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php?topic=33858.msg948834#msg948834) you could be the first interplanetary celebrity!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 March, 2017, 08:33:39 pm
Bolt (somewhat rudely!) asked for some 40th Birthday pics in the hope he could see something of interest in the background. Well here you go Dave - no doubt the background will be as dull as the foreground!

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This is lunch at the hosting hotel. I know some anoraks will cry foul at me both wasting time eating and spending cash that could be spent on Slaine underpants, but I need my grub. The nice Spanish waitress followed me until I found a spot at the Scowlin Monkey table and waited as I tried to find a mid priced lunch. Their pasta won the day and I plumped for a fusili ragu (£11) - very nice it was too. There was a near disaster as the pasta nearly escaped from the plate during the plate tilt. I blame showing off to my audience.

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Here's an exciting new feature to the thread - What I ate on my holidays...with a fellow boarder'. First up is Satanist who enjoyed the excitement. He said "This is definitely the highlight of the day. Actually, of my life".

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Having spent all my cash on some t-shirts and a 'Cry of the Werewolf' mug that was cracked when I got it home, Bad City Blue and I repaired to the local Wetherspoons for our evening meal. Despite it's Hammersmith location £6 bought a bottle of beer and a good Chicken Caesar salad. Plenty of meat and a decent sauce. Croutons were just chopped up toast but you can't complain. You can try, but no one cares.

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Sadly no one was handy for a photo so the breakfast at the hotel went untilted. I did however photograph the tasty cold porridge stuff along with the fruit and yogurt and the unavoidable fry up.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Theblazeuk on 10 March, 2017, 10:31:32 am
I've eaten in that Spoons! It's like being close to the stars themselves.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 10 March, 2017, 12:16:39 pm
First up is Satanist who enjoyed the excitement. He said "This is definitely the highlight of the day. Actually, of my life".

Its true, all of it, it goes...

1-Photo with Buttonman and his plate
2-Meeting John and Carlos
3-Birth of my kids



Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 10 March, 2017, 02:02:37 pm
1-Photo with Buttonman and his plate
2-Meeting John and Carlos
3-Birth of my kids

Sounds like a helluva day.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 10 March, 2017, 02:57:18 pm

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Satanist!

You sat at the same table as me and the missus for a late afternoon pint and I didn't even know it was you.
 ::)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 10 March, 2017, 08:53:53 pm
Do you take requests? I'd love to see you take on a chili challenge! Failing that, I would enjoy seeing you photographed tilting a bowl of oxtail soup.

You should Patreon this shit.

- Trout
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 11 March, 2017, 10:40:53 am
Oh no! Just when I get up to date. Fear not, a 2 day sojourn awaits in Perth in May as does a week in Barcelona in August.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 March, 2017, 03:43:03 pm
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NOOO! you two timing wee toerag!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 11 March, 2017, 03:51:40 pm
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This place has your name all over it Buttman  :D

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 11 March, 2017, 03:57:55 pm
Absolutely love how it looks like Buttonman has sprouted a sympathetic tuft of Mohican in that picture with Satanist!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 13 March, 2017, 10:26:27 am
Link Prime - Aargh sorry didn't catch that was you!

Huffster - The older I get the more unreliable those beer goggles become.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 14 March, 2017, 04:49:10 pm
Huffster - The older I get the more unreliable those beer goggles become.

That's not what you said at the 40th sob sob
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 14 March, 2017, 09:01:12 pm
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NOOO! you two timing wee toerag!

Proudhuff not to scale.

It looks like Satanist is about to pass out in adoration. And where is that hand creeping?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Hawkmumbler on 14 March, 2017, 09:35:11 pm
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NOOO! you two timing wee toerag!
And My...endlles looooveeee!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 15 March, 2017, 01:23:02 pm
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NOOO! you two timing wee toerag!

Clearly making a play... for 'Huff's pint!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 15 March, 2017, 01:26:56 pm
TBH I think he's all that's keeping me from passing out!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 15 March, 2017, 01:31:59 pm
TBH I think he's all that's keeping me from passing out!
A stiff Scotch usually keeps me up too.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Satanist on 15 March, 2017, 01:41:37 pm
I don't know why you all cant just be happy for us
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 18 March, 2017, 12:32:04 pm
It's the kids I worry about, the current ones not the future ones: they will be loverly. ;)


and Butt'man will hate his thread being hijacked too  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 April, 2017, 09:46:50 pm
Get off the thread Huff!

A small birthday interlude.

Yesterday we went to 'The Little Steakhouse' in Paisley where I had a decent sized steak.

For starters I had the haggis balls. These were tightly packed and fried (it is Scotland) and anchored with a puddle of mash. I ate two and traded the other for a bit of the wife's goat cheese tart - all were delicious!

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Next up was the main event. I had an 8oz sirloin cooked medium. I was talked out of the 12oz as '8oz is the equivalent of two quarter pounders' but I could have eaten more. We got one chips and one mash as accompaniments and all were gorged down. Not a fan of tomatoes or mushrooms so I made do with the extravagant onion rings.

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For pudding I had the sticky toffee pudding and it was lovely. Nice ginger sponge with hot toffee stuff all over and a can of custard to put out the fire. A birthday meal for the ages!

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 08 April, 2017, 01:21:46 pm
A fabulous birthday treat. That looked ultra-nom.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 09 April, 2017, 12:43:18 am
That custard appears to have arrived in a tin bucket.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 09 April, 2017, 10:23:45 am
That custard appears to have arrived in a tin bucket.

It did and for no conceivable purpose - the whole thing was red hot an tipping it out was a painful chore. It also didn't seem to be the most sanitary receptacle either.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 09 April, 2017, 11:03:59 am
Oh I hate that. I don't want my chips in a plant pot, my pudding on a roof slate or my beer in a jam jar. BUY SOME BLOODY CROCKERY!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Trout on 09 April, 2017, 05:35:25 pm
I don't mind drinking out of a jar sometimes (that's a North American thing and fairly normal here) but that's about as much as I will tolerate. Do not serve my haddock in a welly, annoying hipster chefs!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 May, 2017, 04:46:51 pm
And we are back! Bit o housekeeping first - I posted these two on the events threat for the Cal-Habbers' trip to the Frank Quietly exhibition. In case the foodinistas missed them here's me having a good but not remarkable curry at the Ashoka in the West End. We might have had a better offering at Mother India but To forgot to book or something.

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This is spicy lamb balls (as the ladies call me). A tasty treat!

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And a nice chicken dish - can't remember - maybe a bhuna - nice tangy sauce and good chicken - not enough of it but I scoffed what I was given.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 May, 2017, 04:55:40 pm
Right, we're up to date. Just back from a two night stay in sunny Perth. First time I've stayed over and was quite impressed by the nice grub on offer and variety of bars and shops - not totally taken over by chain stores.

This was in a nice big pub on one of the main streets called Sandemans. I am having the macaroni with chorizo and chicken. The additions were two quid extra on top of the regular macaroni and although nice I don't think they were worth the money. The mac and cheese was good - correct pasta and a nice tangy and runny sauce. Just one narrow bit of garlic bread to accompany the dish but it was plenty for lunch - about a tenner including a pint.

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Evening meal saw us at the best rated Indian in town (on Tripadvisor) La Tabla.

This was a good meal and I would certainly eat there again. The wife and I shared the tandoori starter. It came with a zingy mint dip and a good variety of meats. All were well cooked and there was plenty without it being a gutbuster that would threaten the main course.

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For my main I had the lamb biryani which was great. Well cooked and seasoned with plenty of curry gravy. We also shared a cracking peshwari nan and a couple of pints of draught Kingfisher.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 08 May, 2017, 10:44:46 am
Heading for Perth for the Southern Fried Festival at the end of July so will give that Indian a go, should I mention your name when booking?
will avoid that Oor Wullie themed place if over your way  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 May, 2017, 06:56:26 pm
Mention away Tom - I'm sure the legend of the 5% tip will still be ringing through its halls!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 10 May, 2017, 02:42:27 pm
Must have been good if you doubled your usual tip! Hope you never stole the salt cellar this time!  :-X
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 May, 2017, 07:35:11 pm
Day 2! Breakfast at the hotel, the Mercure in Perth. This was pretty good. Here's me with fruit (melon, grapefruit and pineapple) along with some mango compote and natural yogurt. After this I had two bits of self made toast and jam and a small sample of the fry buffet - (bacon not crispy enough 7/10 sausage nice and herby and not overcooked 8/10)

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Lunch was taken on the hoof at a convenient beer festival. This bbq cooked burger was nice - cheese anonymous but with some good relish.

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For dinner we went to a place called 'Brot3ers' - I'm guessing there were three of them. Nice traditional Italian with a good and varied menu with other nations' food covered.

Here's me with a chorizo fritata. Basically an omelette but it was very tasty.

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For my main I had the chicken Kiev with some mash and veg. The butter made no attempt to conceal itself but that was fine as the chicken was great and it was obviously home made and not an Iceland special.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Doctor Alt 8 on 23 June, 2017, 04:13:05 pm

Every time I see this thread I keep thinking of setting up a "What I have cooked" thread.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 23 June, 2017, 09:54:21 pm
Fire away - can't have enough grub threads on a comic forum!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 24 June, 2017, 02:02:27 pm
This thread has once again saved the universe from destruction when my attempt to raise great Cthulhu from his watery realm was interrupted by me being distracted by that nom looking chicken Kiev.


All hail! (the Kiev)

More grub threads sounds lovely.

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 August, 2017, 11:22:52 am
Heading for Perth for the Southern Fried Festival at the end of July so will give that Indian a go, should I mention your name when booking?
will avoid that Oor Wullie themed place if over your way  :D

I was quietly asked to leave, but only allowed out once I'd given up Butt'man's address... :'(
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 09 August, 2017, 11:23:53 am
WTF is Butt'man anyway? off round the Festival no doubt trying to get on TV shows...  :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 28 August, 2017, 09:45:35 am
Fear not Tom - I have returned. Yes I have been trying for game shows - come on !mpossible, you know you want to!

Sadly Photobucket is now after $400 to host my pics so it's off to Imgur we go. Looks straightforward enough, but if lots of cheesecake pics of 1980's models show up they're nothing to do with me.

We returned yesterday from Barcelona having enjoyed a gourmet three site trip across Europe. OK Greenock, Liverpool and Barcelona but that still counts.

We got on board the Marco Polo cruise ship in Greenock for an overnight cruise to Liverpool. I think they must do these overnighters as a one off so cheapskates like me can sample their offerings.

It was OK but I doubt I'd sign up for their £1600, 14 day, round Britain cruise. The clientele were all ancient - apart from a pissed up hen party - and the food was a bit 1970's. It was well presented over five courses but when one was two sprigs of asparagus wrapped in ham you could see why I went to bed hungry.

Here's me with my main - a modest portion of braised beef which was very tasty.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 28 August, 2017, 06:31:04 pm
you must have brought the average age down by... 2, maybe 3 years  :lol:
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 29 August, 2017, 08:06:23 pm
Is that it? I was hoping for a full Tour de Farce!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2017, 09:43:15 pm
Stay (get) cool Tom. Keep 'em hungry for more!

Here's lunch in the Liverpool Mexican diner 'Lucha Libre' which I thought meant 'Free Lunch'. It totally didn't. Nice place though, although a bit hip for my conservative tastes. All benches and ironic film posters for shit wrestling films.

The menu was a maze and as everyone knows Mexican food is all the same; it's only folded differently. Anyway to avoid missing any treats we went for the Street Food platter to share. Not sure which street it was from but it wasn't Sauchiehall for sure. This tray cost about £16 and was very nice although the wife didn't eat her share of the deep fried one. Hopefully the place does well and can upgrade to plates sometime soon.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 29 August, 2017, 09:52:54 pm
Bonus post for the impatient Tom.

This is our evening meal in 'The Cowshed' which was the number one restaurant in the whole of Liverpool on Tripadvisor at the time of booking. The place is the size of a modest dining room and only seats about 16. We were the second couple in (I'd booked 3 weeks in advance) and I wondered if the hype was real. Happily it soon filled up and the food was worthy of their reputation.

Veggies/Vegans/Fruitarians and other wierdos look away now...

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The menu is brief with only three steaks on offer along with notes that they won't do them 'well done'. We went for 'The Greedy Cow' which is all three steaks - flat iron, sirloin and rump - along with two sides - we went for chips (me) and carrots (wife).

The meat was glorious but there was no way any pair would eat all that.

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Of course we did! along with the marrow bone (£1 extra) seen here. This was tasty but barely a thimble full of oily loveliness.

'The Greedy Cow' was £40 but she's worth it but was good value especially as a pudding wasn't a possibility.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 30 August, 2017, 09:45:34 am
Informative!  :D  Made me snort some of my breakfast foie gras!

A menu that dictates how they are not prepared to make your steak? The customer's often wrong, then? Poor.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 August, 2017, 12:19:00 pm
Yeah it may have been a gimmick but I like mine pink anyway so no issue. There was a cauliflower bake offered too but that may have been a trap for nosy vegans.

Seeing as we're here what's for breakfast?

We stayed at the Malmaison in Liverpool at the docks and it was very nice. The wife got a deal and it was only £48 a night - sadly breakfast was extra - £16 a head extra! Still £80 B&B was good value. I of course took total advantage having fruit, granola, toast and pastries before the menu appeared. Their cooked stuff isn't buffet style so you have to order. This was good because it stopped me exploding black pudding all over the dining area.

Here I am with the waffles and bacon with a small brass saucepan of syrup. The waffles weren't the potato kind but nice and fluffly. The bacon was good too - nice and thick with crispy fat. Dear reader, I ate the lot.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: I, Cosh on 30 August, 2017, 04:28:25 pm
Was in Edinburgh for some Festival action at the weekend. Stumbled across a lovely little Sunday market down Stockbridge way and snaffled this egg, cheese and haggis crepe for breakfast. All washed down with a can of Bru, obviously.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 30 August, 2017, 07:15:04 pm
This may be the most Scottish thing I have ever seen.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 30 August, 2017, 09:08:51 pm
This may be the most Scottish thing I have ever seen.

Nah the crepe lets it down - sandwiched in fried bread and we'd be talking. Better still : potato scone.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 31 August, 2017, 10:48:53 pm
Still in Liverpool here's a lovely Chinese :

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This is Chy in the centre of town. Highly rated and rightly so.

I always get the salt and chili wings so I can compare and contrast. The wife went for the ribs - small mistake - both portions were massive and after the free prawn crackers we were near stuffed before the mains showed up. The wings were how I like them - crispy and cooked through - looking at you Ginger Slug in Paisley!

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For my main I had one of my standards - chicken with ginger and spring onions. It was delicious and I scoffed the lot. I was greedy and had a portion of salt and chili chips - these were quite good but no match for my regular haunt The Royal Garden in Bishopbriggs. Theirs are covered in chili and onions were as Chy's were relatively topping free.

Still a great meal and for about £50 including beers a good value offering for the centre of town.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 01 September, 2017, 09:59:52 pm
I hope when you say centre of town you mean you took the short trip up the road to China Town?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 01 September, 2017, 10:14:34 pm
Gotta say BM, despite your culinary indulgences you seem to have shed some pounds, you're looking pretty svelte these days - unfortunately, your big shiny head now makes you resemble one of those bobble head dolls

(you thought that was going to be a genuine compliment for minute didn't ya  :lol:)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: lincnashOZ on 01 September, 2017, 10:32:51 pm
Buttie-Man's Belliwheel is conveniently hidden under the table in each shot  ;).
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 September, 2017, 01:42:10 am
Cheers...or maybe not! Been on a diet all year and got down to 12 st 10lbs from 16st in January. Good to have the capacity to lump it all back on.

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Back to breakfast at the Malmaison. Here's me with their knock off McMuffins. Don't know why you needed two but I abandoned the second bun and just ate the sausage and egg. It was a bit dry and although better ingredients, the sum of the parts was less than the Mickey D's offering.

After a stop off at the John Higgins exhibition (recommended!) we made it Barcelona and ended up in a back street grub shop that covered many cuisines. Sadly jack of all trades master of none proved true as this chicken and noodles was at best adequate. The two didn't really blend and although I ate the lot it didn't come together as a dish and it was more like an assemblage of adequate parts.

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Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: lincnashOZ on 02 September, 2017, 02:33:43 am
My previous post was just for laff's, you do look a very slim man B-M.
Have you thought of bringing the culinary tour Down Under ?.
Entree = Yabby cocktail (Freshwater Crayfish)
Main = Barbecued 'roo tail and backstraps (tender Kangaroo strips from the backbone and tail)
Desert = Pavlova with Kiwi and Strawberries on top (sugary sweet meringue)
Nom Nom Nom.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 02 September, 2017, 09:35:10 am
My previous post was just for laff's, you do look a very slim man B-M.

Hey no worries - no offence taken - I have been a fat git 75% of my adult life so the small oases of less fat git deserve all the scrutiny they get!

Quote
Desert = Pavlova with Kiwi and Strawberries on top (sugary sweet meringue)
Nom Nom Nom.

Surely not? You know what Jug McKenzie said about NZ!

(https://i.imgur.com/JNOx2Mk.jpg)

We are now in our main resort of Castelldefels which is about five miles south of Barcelona - right side of the airport so that's good. It took us a day to find our bearings (damn baggage handlers!) but once we realised the town and beach areas were a mile apart we managed to find sustenance.

The main drag had lots of tempting eateries so I was surprised when the wife agreed to a kebab. This was a tasty packed treat with both chicken and lamb that took an age of eating before I got to the pita. The meat was very nice and although I prefer a spicy sauce the creamy alternative was tasty on a sunny day.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 02 September, 2017, 10:08:35 am
The greatest show on earth continues. Bacon and waffles. Mmmmmmm....bacon.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: lincnashOZ on 02 September, 2017, 07:42:06 pm
My previous post was just for laff's, you do look a very slim man B-M.

Hey no worries - no offence taken - I have been a fat git 75% of my adult life so the small oases of less fat git deserve all the scrutiny they get!
:lol:
Desert = Pavlova with Kiwi and Strawberries on top (sugary sweet meringue)
Nom Nom Nom.

Surely not? You know what Jug McKenzie said about NZ!
Perhaps I can tempt you with Pavlova Extreme then ? = Kiwi, Strawberries AND Passionfruit.
(https://wmpics.pics/di-MF8Q.jpg)
Its a Dessert for "Adults Only".
If you dare feed it to kids, you cannot get them of the ceiling.  :D
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 03 September, 2017, 09:44:45 am
Hmm a bit much fruit there - I am Scottish you know!

Off to an Italian for a nice three courses which sadly proves Dandontdare's passage of time/booze on the plate tilt face meme to be accurate.

(https://i.imgur.com/FAe2YdY.jpg)

This was a green salad with some chicken. It was OK - the chicken was beaten to an atom thick and then deep fried so it was very crispy but lacking anything of a chicken flavour.

(https://i.imgur.com/YG2qeeS.jpg)

This pizza was quite nice but I ordered a Diavola and this was barely a spicy pepperoni. It was thin and crispy and of course I ate the lot.

(https://i.imgur.com/WeyCElE.jpg)

Just a mouthful of wine left and a nice chocolate pudding. This was like a warm muffin with a liquid chocolate centre - tasty!

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Old Tankie on 03 September, 2017, 12:07:38 pm
Nice shirt.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 04 September, 2017, 08:03:15 pm
Nice shirt.

Thank you - me, Ted Baker and some guy on eBay thank you!

When you are in Barcelona do you go to one of the Michelin starred restaurants or perhaps you would prefer the local tapas? Bang wrong! you go to a 50's themed American diner called Peggy Sue's.

This was a decent mall option with the usual favourites as well as a table side juke box (ours broke after I requested 'In the Year 2525')

(https://i.imgur.com/yL6muyW.jpg)

Here's me with the chili beef nachos - these were pretty good although, as always, the toppings had gone long before I saw the bottom of the bowl.Pure greed!

(https://i.imgur.com/vJ5zEM4.jpg)

Next up I had the burger - what else? This was a build a burger affair and I got bacon, blue cheese and some other stuff I don't remember. I should let the chef decide what makes a good blend as mine was all over the place. Was quite tasty though and I ate the lot.

(https://i.imgur.com/XD6PAjf.jpg)

For pudding we stopped at a frozen yogurt shop. This was poor compared to Chicago where you can stuff a virtual sweet shop onto your yogurt and pay by the ounce. Here 2.45 Euros bought you a small tub and two toppings. I went for white chocolate smarties which were as hard as bullets against the cold yogurt and granola as I couldn't think of anything else. It was OK but tasted suspiciously healthy.

BONUS PIC

For those of you who think this job is easy, this is what happens when an amateur attempts a plate tilt.

(https://i.imgur.com/ParhagR.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 05 September, 2017, 05:52:32 pm
The term long suffering springs to mind...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 September, 2017, 12:07:50 am
Out for lunch in a Spanish street cafe specializing in Andalusian food - better get the spag bol. Like Henry Hill in 'Goodfellas' I lamented my spaghetti in marinara sauce was little more than egg noodles with red stuff on top.

(https://i.imgur.com/bHumEJC.jpg)

A bit of bar hopping later on with that old favourite Patatas Bravas delivering the goods. These patatas were crispy yet fluffy. The sauce has a Maire rose tinge too it but it was tasty enough and soaked up some of the beer.

(https://i.imgur.com/bfjOehS.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 06 September, 2017, 06:46:30 pm
Did you know the boy behind you was having a w**k as you did your bit to camera?
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 September, 2017, 08:51:30 pm
Yes Tom, Choking the chorizo is not an uncommon sight.

Going all sporty now at the rowing lake built for the 1992 Olympics. I ran around it a couple of times before fagging out at the onsite cafe for a nice burger.

(https://i.imgur.com/sTDjI1R.jpg)

It was a tasty treat despite being served on a tray. Let's have a close up - you can really see that ooze.

(https://i.imgur.com/9N006Dm.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: The Enigmatic Dr X on 06 September, 2017, 09:03:18 pm
Keep this up and you'll end up wearing out your arteries and needing some kind of robotic heart.

Oh.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 06 September, 2017, 09:34:21 pm
Keep this up and you'll end up wearing out your arteries and needing some kind of robotic heart.

Oh.

Yeah. Stress testing the latest model from the looks of it, nice work if you can... etc, etc....
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 06 September, 2017, 10:18:44 pm
Gentlemen please - if you look closely a slither of lettuce is clearly visible in that burger.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Mister Pops on 07 September, 2017, 12:03:47 am
Gentlemen please - if you look closely a slither of lettuce is clearly visible in that burger.

Say it ain't so Butt'man. No true Scotsman and all that. I thought you were cool.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 07 September, 2017, 08:08:15 pm
I never said I ate it!

Fancied a bit of chicken one night and it took us a while to track a suitable place down. It was worth the wait - this herby bird was bone licking good despite the plethora of salad trying to obscure it.

(https://i.imgur.com/6mstezq.jpg)

Here's the same dinner with added wife.

(https://i.imgur.com/ho7JVpx.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 08 September, 2017, 07:50:56 pm
A ten minute train ride took us to Sitges for the day. Very nice it was too - quite touristy but what the hell let's tapas!

We munched through 8 (ocho) in this bar and with two beers each the bill was only about 20 Euros.

Some tapas as hot 'caliente' but they don't reheat them. A top tip I learned after filling my plate is to take them one at a time as the various offerings are delivered from the kitchen.

(https://i.imgur.com/nQEmf1v.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 08 September, 2017, 09:42:16 pm
So you had your wife for dinner?

 :-\
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 10 September, 2017, 07:30:39 pm
So you had your wife for dinner?

 :-\

Most nights!

Oh no it's the last night of the holiday!

Here we are at a place called Uratu al Foc - sounds like something Vic Reeves might say but it was plenty good. It does its own butchery and a woman was hacking away at meat while we gorged on her efforts outside. This was their 'bonus plan' - 32 Euros of miscellaneous meat. Lots to chew on - nice and juicy and plenty of chips too. I had one bit of steak left but slipped it to a bemused dog walker - 'para el perro' I said - dog yapped happily all the way up the street!

(https://i.imgur.com/E9jNdWN.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Zarjazzer on 10 September, 2017, 08:51:57 pm
What big wine glasses you have. Steak dinner looks delicious.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 13 September, 2017, 11:24:18 am
we now know where the European tatties mountain went!
Those Wegee salad's wont eat themselves...
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: lincnashOZ on 13 September, 2017, 07:16:11 pm
"Uratu al Foc" reads like "you are all F'ed" to an Ozzer.
Not sure I would eat there, but that GIANT plate of Meat n' Chips looks very nice.
Vegetarians be damned !.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 14 November, 2017, 01:31:51 pm
Back to the holiday buffet once more. I have returned from Lanzarote - Costa de Tiguise to be precise. Not as many snaps this time as it was an all inclusive so we didn't go beyond the hotel very much. The food was mostly excellent and they had some local stuff like goat and rabbit if you were so inclined. Also lots of weird food to accommodate the funny foreigners who were also berthed there.

We stayed at the Barcelo Tiguise Beach which was adults only - no, not in that way. They did accommodate the likes of me however by having bowls of Haribo as part of the dessert offering.

Let's start as we mean to go on with the healthy breakfast offering of piles of fruit :

(https://i.imgur.com/aPqrbIg.jpg)

This was all good quality and bountiful. I usually went for some pink grapefruit, fresh pineapple (although they also had rings) melon and some berry compote with a natural yogurt to mix in.

Sadly after this high I went onto the fried food offering, the Nutella on toast and then the donut wall. Diet has already begun again!

(https://i.imgur.com/UuYHm5W.jpg)

Lunch that day (same t-shirt) was in the hotel's own sports bar 'Champs'. It was good that this offered a varied menu and table service although this was still on the all inclusive tariff. Here's me with some fine beef tacos. The meat and sauce were delicious and had a good tangy flavour. Two was a slightly stingy portion but I fear three may have ended me.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Bolt-01 on 14 November, 2017, 02:12:10 pm
Welcome back.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: TordelBack on 14 November, 2017, 09:36:39 pm
Great shirt, BM. For once a naughty Watterson knock-off delivers.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 14 November, 2017, 09:46:57 pm
Yeah I know we're meant to be focusing on a heros return and his mighty munching. But as ever Tordelback nails it, straight to the point.

That shirt rocks!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Dandontdare on 14 November, 2017, 11:26:45 pm
(https://i.imgur.com/UuYHm5W.jpg)

Pointing at a taco whilst heading a beer mat - now that's talent
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 15 November, 2017, 07:35:32 pm
The trouble with all inclusive places is that you end up with a big plate of miscellaneous and unidentifiable slop and that due to the free flowing wine you always look pished. Case in point :

(https://i.imgur.com/fPfkFkL.jpg)

I can see grilled chicken, chips (natch), potato slices, jalapenos and possibly a sprig of lettuce that must have fallen onto my plate. The food was great throughout or it least it was after numerous 'vinto tintos'.

(https://i.imgur.com/jyG11m5.jpg)

Puddings aren't always the best in these deals. Usually lots of flakey slices and tasteless gloops. To better my odds I have a go at everything here - the pick of the bunch was probably the snowball in the front. I also have some pistachio ice cream, a small tiramisu and a tasteless pastry slice.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: von Boom on 15 November, 2017, 07:53:36 pm
Whew! Glad to see you're back on form BM. That fresh fruit had me worried. Too much of that lark and you'll have to move south and turn in your kilt.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Colin YNWA on 15 November, 2017, 09:27:58 pm
Okay your food face on that desert photo is all sorts of terrifying!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 15 November, 2017, 10:08:00 pm
Okay your food face on that desert photo is all sorts of terrifying!

I'm trying to expand my range!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Link Prime on 15 November, 2017, 10:59:27 pm
Why can't I quit this thread.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 16 November, 2017, 07:09:27 pm
We did venture out once or twice from our compound to mixed results. Here's me in local Indian 'Spicy Affair'.

(https://i.imgur.com/noGXqdT.jpg)

Sadly the promised affair was barely a peck on the cheek, This chicken tikka was OK but not char-grilled or spicy enough for my liking and there was no oniony base to speak of.

(https://i.imgur.com/8T4gP96.jpg)

The main course (well done Wife on the wide angled shot) was disappointing. I went for the lamb bhuna and sadly it could have qualified as a vegetarian offering. You'd get more lamb on Larry's pecker! The rice, onions and base sauce were fine but a couple of chewy, microscopic bits of unidentifiable meat ain't gonna cut it. The peshwari nan was OK but I've had better but at leat the wine was good - a 3.2 on Vivino for about £10.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 17 November, 2017, 07:16:43 pm
In the hotel sports bar again - well it was free.

(https://i.imgur.com/CPoQbxr.jpg)

These ribs were immense practically a steak's worth of meat on each of the 3 doublers that comprised the portion. The skinny chips were a bit lost in the meat frenzy but I did like the ubiquitous Jack Daniels sauce.

If that wasn't enough colon clogging here's me in the hotel dining room with a nice steak. It was probably a different night but Imigur is in charge of the photo ordering.

(https://i.imgur.com/VvFL4yD.jpg)

I was a bit cautious going in but the meat was good quality and the lady cooking the steaks let you have a look at the innards before you claimed it so you had the desired level of bloodiness. I also have on my plate creamy mash, grilled chilies and chips as is required by Scottish law.
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 19 November, 2017, 02:03:53 pm
Back at Champs for my only burger of the trip and it was a good one. Home made and very meaty. I had to abandon half the bun to make sure I kept up my meat quotient for the day.

(https://i.imgur.com/vWL7EW1.jpg)

Here's another fruity breakfast with added yogurt and banana and a cameo from Michael Carroll in the background!

(https://i.imgur.com/IClOmlP.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 20 November, 2017, 08:05:07 pm
Another lunch at Champs - we really should have gotten out more. This pizza looks like a brown frisbee but was in fact a tasty barbecue and bacon number. Note the wife experimenting with different camera angles - she has been told!

(https://i.imgur.com/FhDZyDt.jpg)

And one more Champs offering - to be fair to me I had something different every time, even when I found something I liked. Case in point is this very nice fish and chips with home made chunky tartar sauce. Yum!

(https://i.imgur.com/tjDMkTg.jpg)
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Tjm86 on 21 November, 2017, 01:51:32 pm
Note the wife experimenting with different camera angles - she has been told!

Okay, but please don't post those picture here.  Little more than we can cope with.   :o
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 21 November, 2017, 05:33:13 pm


(https://i.imgur.com/IClOmlP.jpg)

Wot no chips? as for your money back!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Buttonman on 21 November, 2017, 07:05:11 pm
Last two! Hurrah - til next time!

(https://i.imgur.com/6DYBsBg.jpg)

On this night we spent too long watching Only Connect (Rock n' roll all the way) and missed the dinner service so we had to venture out into the resort.

This was a nice Italian which was maybe a bit fancy for its clientele - well this well oiled guest at any rate. Like Reggie Perrin I always go or the ravioli. This was lovely but there wasn't that much of it and the individual ravioli were hard to separate from their brethren.

(https://i.imgur.com/c9bpUT9.jpg)

The pudding course is the dessert of this raft of pics and I think it was OK (bit pissed you understand). It looks like a puzzle you'd get at Christmas and smash up after 30 frustrating minutes but it was tasty and well presented (if you like that sort of thing, which I don't)

See you for the Christmas special(s)!

Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Fungus on 21 November, 2017, 07:09:57 pm
Lovely smear - I think that's the term - on your pudding plate!
Title: Re: Wot I Ate On My Holidays
Post by: Proudhuff on 21 November, 2017, 08:08:43 pm
You know that parrot you had on your shoulder at the petting zoo....