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A slightly delayed post, but last week I went for a lunch time treat to Mishkins in Covent Garden. This is a Jewish deli next to Opera Tavern in the heart of theatreland and is ideal for a quick-ish lunch. They call themselves a Jewish deli mainly because of the food they serve (Salt Beef a plenty) not because it is Kosher.
As mentioned, there was salt beef on the menu, in the form of a sandwich and also on their Mac n Cheese. This wasn't a healthy lunch but a hearty one and on the menu was the option for a slider too. As stated by other reviewers this slider is more authentic in the sense that they steam the burger which makes it very moist and was medium rare as I asked. The caramalised onions and soft glazed buns made it really soft and tender to eat and the package of the burger was gone in a few minutes.
The food was nice, the service friendly and helpful too. It was good to get all the different types of food in one place; salad, mac n cheese, salt beef sandwich and a slider (not all by myself). However, individually they are not the greatest and I think for the money there may be better places to go in the area.
Tried and tested, Lahore One is an old favourite of two loyal members of the curry club. My friends dad religiously goes to this restaurant every Fridays, so we were well equipped with what to order and what to eat. The staff were aware of this connection and were very kind and welcoming throughout the evening.
I have actually been once before, so I went straight to ordering a kebab roll. What a great start. Two sheekh kebabs wrapped in naan bread with salad and chillies. Hot and spicy, the wrap was the perfect size, almost like a starter and I gobbled it up in a few minutes. Added to this, we had some really great Chicken Tikka pieces too; they were tasty and juicy and had a nice sprinkling of herbs on top which gave it an added extra spice.
My friends and I have got to that age where we are supposedly watching our weight. SO after a kebab roll each and some chicken tikka, we took it easy with the main courses and eve after this there was some leftover. For the mains we ordered Mehti Chicken and Channa (lentil curry). These were really tasty and both had the extra addition of ginger which added a fresh element to the dishes which were both plentiful and delicious. The portion sizes worked perfectly where we even had enough to take away.
A B.Y.O on drinks and a pleasant and friendly attitude left me very happy. A successful curry night goes a long way to making me happy and Lahore One did the trick. Their parting act topped off the whole experience, with a free T-Shirt too. WOW. Just WOW.
One Liner: A friendly little place in East London. kebab roll.
Address: 218 Commercial Road, London, E1 2JT
Phone Number: 020 7791 0112
I started the day off wishing for a Hull win. My friends and the like will know that I'm a hater. Keep Up. But at the end of the whistle and a straight forward 3-2 win Arsenal have won the FA Cup. Congratulations.
This victory was so, so important for the Gunners and not just to beat Hull but to finally get the monkey off their back. The large empty space at the Emirates since 2005 had become a burden for the club which had threatened to belittle all the work that Wenger had put in since joining Arsenal. A few years ago Wenger had stated that coming fourth was like a trophy in itself, this was mocked and rightly so. The reaction of the players and fans at the stadium are proof enough that this wasn't fourth place. My friends statuses on Facebook added to this and I hope the fans enjoy it the most. This was for you and very much needed. If you are unappreciative of this then look down the road and think about being a Spurs fan. The lack of success there has led to constant changes and a club whose future is uncertain.
I'm a Liverpool fan and will always look to parallels with my club. 2012 Liverpool won the carling cup and although it is not the best trophy it gave the fans something to celebrate and something tangible. I work at a trade body and membership is what I do. We are all members of our clubs in the way we are loyal and support them, therefore we want tangible benefits and a trophy is this. Fourth place is this and Bill Shankly said it best,"If you are first you are first. If you are second you are nothing".
Winning a trophy is becoming first. Winners of a competition and after beating Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton to get to the final then lifting the FA Cup is nothing to turn your nose up at. The victory for Liverpool in 2012 I believe has eventually set us up to a close title challenge in 2014 and now the hope of a successful challenge next year is very realistic. Winning is a habit and this is ultimately what players such as Ozil, Carzola, Ramsey and Wilshere want. A trophy is what the fans want too and you don't get anything for finishing second, the bragging rights aren't even that great.
Fair enough, you get the financial incentives and all the extra money but getting into the champions league only guarantees six more games. The victory parade today in north London, highlights the importance of the win and i know that the fans will thoroughly enjoy the day in Holloway. It seems that the last nine years being in the champions league has been something that Arsenal haven't really been able to handle and may have contributed to previous final losses to Chelsea and Birmingham in the Carling Cup.
The important thing here is that the fans and the players enjoy being winners and try and make it a habit. This group of players does not have this winning habit, like Adams, Viera and Henry, but it has to start from somewhere. Along with this, I hope the fans frustrations ease off with this result as it is what you wanted and needed. Let's hope it is not another nine years which you have to wait.
At the end of the season the deserved winner claims the premiership trophy. My predictions changed a few times throughout the year: first from Chelsea winning the league and me being content with second for Liverpool to Man City winning the league and for Liverpool to finish fourth. In the end I was right at times and wrong at times.
What a season it was, no more Ferguson, Wenger another season without a trophy and the 'Happy One' had returned. Gareth Bale left Spurs with £100m to spend and they broke their transfer record two or three times and had planned on getting Champions League football and Liverpool had the same mission brief too. The three promoted clubs had the joint aim of finishing 17th in their first season back in the top flight and the rest fought it out over extra points and prizes.
The 5 key points of 2013/14:
Return of Suarez - 5 games banned after biting Ivanovic last year and a summer full of transfer rumours and a £40m bid by Arsenal meant Liverpool had only one recognised quality striker. Suarez returned and with it did the goals and the skills. 31 goals in the league with no penalties and 12 assist to show that Suarez was a team player and helped Liverpool score 101 goals.
Man City Squad and Improved away form- the best squad in the Premiership and it was the squad that helped Man City win the title. Certain players stood out, such as Yaya Toure, Kompany, Ageuro and Zabaleta. But when these players weren't there, the rest stood up such as Negredo, Navas, Dzeko and Demichelis. The team started with some shocking away results and this wasn't based on performance, but complacency. Man City knew they were too good and so took it easy in certain games, such as Cardiff away and Aston Villa away. This was resolved in the second half of the season and led them to winning the league.
Same again for Arsenal - unfortunately their lack of a big squad severely dented their aspirations of winning the league. Key players in Ramsey and Walcott missed large chunks of the campaign and the reliance on Giroud meant that fatigue caught up with Arsenal in March and April. The games against Liverpool and Everton away knocked their confidence and led to them fading away and doing their usual end of season slump.
#InMoyesWeTrust- never the best choice for manager at Man United and so it proved. David Moyes took United from Champions to 'Chump'ions in a few months. Home defeats to West Brom, Newcastle, Everton and Sunderland summed up a very poor season. David Moyes was out of his depth from the off and was just a bad decision in the first place. (I told you so).
The un 'Happy One' - Mourinho came back and let his team, down. He ended the season saying that Chelsea improved and they had. The key battles they won, but the war was lost against the likes of Sunderland, West Brom and 19th Century football. The lack of a goalscorer cost Chelsea the league- for which I was very happy with.
Overall I am happy with what Liverpool achieved, but we were oh so close. Can we bounce back next season and build on the win or will Liverpool revert back to mediocrity and fighting for fourth?
Special mentions also go to:
Tony Pulis, who did a great job and I think has set up Palace for many years in the Premiership.
Gus Poyet, for believing in miracles.
Alan Pardew, for headbutting a player.
Southampton, great football and a core of English players.
Referees, for all their shocking decisions this season. They were truly awful.
Now enjoy the summer and the world cup, because football is coming home.
Great times on a sunshine and showers type of evening. Chilli Chilli Bang Bang is all about bringing the folks of London out for a night to celebrate chilli. Over 10 different stalls, a huge bar and great chefs in attendance this was a street feast.
The ticket to the event included a free corona and this is what we were welcomed to. Thank you very much. From here it is all about sampling different delights from around the world and trying not to get food envy. Dishes came from Malaysia, Korea, Indian, Mexico, America, Peru, the UK and a few more.
My favourite two dishes were the spicy wings from the Indian counter, Roti Chai and the beef rib from Smokestak. Both were amazing and spicy. A nice kick to the back of the throat from the chicken and the beef was just amazing.
Great event and £15 entrance was just about right for the event. I think the food should be priced a bit cheaper and the queues managed a lot better. All in all, chilli is good and a bang is better.