Museum of ice cream

LA has got a Museum of Ice Cream …. which also pops up in various locations, offering colour, smell and taste sensations.  Like these:

For an actual report on visiting the museum – well, I first heard about it from a blog “Posh, classy mom”

Although LA based originally, it did pop up in New York.  Why not?  A place with a giant statue of a woman holding what looks like a magnificent ice cream aloft?  A place with Coney Island?  Had to be!

How to get best food experience

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Food critic, Jay Rayner‘s top tip for great eating experience?

“thou shalt choose thy dining companions bloody carefully. I am constantly asked to name my favourite dining experience but the truth is that it all depends on the company. Get the choice of dining companion wrong and even the most sublime cooking can taste only of ashes.”   – Jay Rayner

From article “10 questions for the ‘world’s most feared food critic’ “by Lucy Clark in todays Guardian newspaper, 18 May 2017, section Life & Style.

Other great questions included:

“What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you in a restaurant?”

“Do you cook much?”

“Everyone thinks Restaurant Reviewing is the ultimate dream job.  Is it?”

Humorous Food Review “Hoovering”

Breakfast with a side order of wit – from food reviewer and comedienne Jessica Fostekew, at online humour magazine Standard Issue (“a smart and witty e-magazine by women”).  Here’s an amuse bouche:

“I should confess that I hate black pudding. It tastes like licking a hot, broken road that there’s recently been a terrible fight on. My companions however explained if you do like black pudding, then that black pudding was the best black pudding there is.”

Breakfast in a Leeds pub (“The Reliance”) with 3 friends, was Shakshuka, eggs florentine, wild mushrooms on toast with poached eggs, and eggs black pudding Benedict.  It went down well.


For the full taste of the humour and food, worth reading the article at:

Forager’s delight

This.  Today.


A reward for doing a week’s foodshop so close to Christmas – just before the parking lot turned into an accident waiting to happen (11 am, on the dot – make a note for next year) with too many cars chasing too few parking spaces and pedestrians attempting to walk in front of cars, randomly.

Home to foraging repast: an unmade bed of instant lettuce (prewashed), with readycooked prawns on top, slathered in seafood mayonnaise (bought) and freshened up with roughly chopped cucumber and tomato and hewn bits of lemon.  A generous grating of black pepper on top.

Thrown together instantly and delicious.

BBC Masterchef – the Professionals

This is one of my favourite TV programmes in the UK – where professional chefs compete for the title.  Tonight, as usual, they began with a skills test – where the chefs are asked to make a particular dish, without any warning or preparation.

They simply walk into a TV studio where an assortment of ingredients are laid out – and presenter and 2 professional chefs silently watching their every move, and trying to keep their hands out of helping.

Tonight, as you might guess from these reaction shots – not everything went well.

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Recommended coffee shops in the UK

There used to be (sob) a wonderful website (sniff) which gave insightful reviews of the best places to draw breath and a coffee in the UK.  It was called Cosy Coffees.  It is much missed by me (sigh).

Cosy Coffees ground to a halt when the couple doing the reviews had a baby.  So the website was put into suspended animation.  The reviews are now a few years’ old, so slightly out of date but are still a great starting place to find coffee recommendations – they are so thorough and readable.  The clue is in the title – cosy coffees – so not just a place which serves good brown nectar but also a genuinely enjoyable location  (Main limitation – no full reviews north of Edinburgh – but there are also some overseas visits.)

So – check out this page for readers’ recommendations in advance of venturing into a new and unexplored coffee region….

The places reviewed by the website creators feature city guides, e.g. York

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This pic of the website page is not the full page, but gives you an idea of the clean layout and informal language.  The rest of the page goes on to recommend a further 3 cafes, before a few of “best of the rest”.


However, I love the name of the the last premise above – “Stanley & Ramona”… named after a mis-hearing of “standing room only”….!