Art's Cafe has been banded around in conversation by food lovers for a while. It wasn't something that hit my radar until I started writing my blog (in 2011) and I've FINALLY gotten around to paying it a visit.
I've heard a lot of good things about Art's Cafe so when the time came to visit I was excited (not just because it was a restaurant that serves something other than American food), the menu sounded intriguing and confident, banding around jargon used often on masterchef (jus, fricasse, red wine reduction etc).
This meal was free... but that doesn't mean this post isn't completely honest.
Twisted Burger Company a Sheffield originated business has come to Leeds to join hands with Aire Bar on the Calls. I haven't eaten at Aire bar since approximately 2009, it was just standard pub fare which did entice me to go back.
Well hopefully it isn't don't blog about it... We have a soup club at work which consists of four people spread across three departments. We each take it in turns to cook soup at the weekend and bring it in on a Monday for all to sample.
Lately I've found myself falling in love with pulled pork, falling out of love with pulled pork, falling in love with burgers and then... Falling out of love with burgers. The mass influx of American food in to the UK has been pretty exciting at times. Like the Americans it's big and bolshy (no offence) bringing with it a lot of drama and over-the-topness. It's great, it's exhilarating... It's everywhere. Everywhere I look. Burger bar after meat shack after grill.
A relatively short post about my new Friday morning treat.
I've recently been attempting to like coffee... I know I know how have I gone 27 years on this earth without drinking coffee... Well apparently I liked it as a baby. What my parents were doing feeding me coffee as a baby I don't know...
The Old Steps is a place that few people seem to know about, that was until it recently appeared on the Living Social website. It was somewhere that was unfamiliar to me and when asked what I was doing with my Friday night only person knew of it, and when I say 'knew of it' they many decades ago (maybe 2 or even 1) used to go partying around that particular area of town.
Living Social once again doing great things for small businesses by spotlighting attention to them, however I have heard on the grape vine that they do take a large chunk of the money paid for the deal themselves so if you like the place your visiting make sure you tip well. The deal I purchased was £14 and included a bottle of wine and a platter for two people. This seemed reasonable to me having read what was on the platter and a bottle of wine in Leeds City Centre can often cost this price or more.
I have heard a lot about the greatness of Sela Bar's pizzas but hadn't had chance to try them until last Friday.
I have been to Sela for a few drinks on many occasions, they have great beers on tap which change over regularly, acoustic nights and a great bunch of people in front and behind the bar.
I'm not entirely sure what time they serve pizzas until each night but they were still dishing them out to people at 8pm when we left to go upstairs to Wax Bar. The menu is simple, there isn't an overload of choice just 10 pizzas and a few sides.
A Leeds Brewery Pub Crowd of Favours is almost hidden down near the markets. It makes for a nice quiet pint during the week after work. Bearing this in mind, after a particularly hectic day at work I met up with C for a pint and some food. First up a pint of Leeds Pale, one of my favourite ales it's simple and easy to drink (sometimes a little too easy..).
Cradling our pints we looked over the menu and with choices firmly in mind we headed over to the bar.
Sunday lunch is a
British institution, dare to declare you're not a fan and most will stare and
point at you.
I'm not one for
eating Sunday lunch out, I've been spoiled by the best homemade Sunday lunches,
and often restaurants don't come close.
On this occasion
a trip in to Leeds city centre was needed and
a good belly full too, so me and T decided to look in to Sunday lunches - via
the help of twitter. The top recommendation was the Adelphi.
On one cold
winters day I was flat hunting running between Chapel Allerton and Roundhay in
the hope that I would find something that didn't resemble a student den or a
box room. I decided to stop for some lunch to read over my notes and ponder
some over right move.
There are only a few days left before the street vendors change again at trinity kitchen. Here are a couple I visited one Friday lunch time....
Magnificent Milkshake company... This appears to be popular amongst the crowds, with an array of dessert like milkshakes to satisfy a sweet tooth.
On this occasion I chose the Eton Mess milkshake which is a strawberry milkshake (bordering on ice cream) with a meringue top plus some strawberries and cream. I think I made all my work colleagues jealous when I took this back to devour at my desk.
It feels like an age since I first saw the signs for Wasabi plastered against one of the new shopping units in Trinity. Like a few things in Trinity Wasabi wasn't ready for the grand opening last year or even the second opening of the food hall Trinity Kitchen in the autumn.