North London represent. Despite the EN postcode I will call Enfield North London. Less than ten miles away it should be easy to see friends, however London traffic likes to play games with what should be normal.
By the time i arrived at my friends place, we were out the door to go to have Italian food at Nelitos.
A family friendly restaurant we were greeted with a lovely lady, who looked like the mother of the group and shortly after taken to our seats by the father. Warm friendly smiles were lovely and the smell of seafood took over too. Seated and Greeted we looked over the menu.
Seated and presented with the menu, I was happy to see no Pizza options. I do love Pizzas but had too many recently and was craving pasta. Looking at the chefs specials and the menu I saw good things. From stuffed mushrooms to aubergine and asparagus, calamari and prawns, it all looked warm and appealing.
I went for the calamari and when cooked properly and fresh it is a delight. I cannot vouch for how fresh it was, but it was tasty and crispy, drizzled with lemon and alongside tartar sauce, this was delicioso. I wished there was more, but that would have been greedy on my behalf.
My mind was made up before hand about having a creamy pasta. I looked down the menu and honestly nothing stood out for me initially based on my fussy nature. I ignored the meat and fish section of the menu which was extensive as I was being stubborn. Due to the friendly nature of the staff, i however did the best thing and asked the waiter. The happy father figure recommend for my picky tastes a lovely dish - mushroom creamy pasta. THANKYOUSIR.
Good service, nice house wine and homemade and hearty food.
You got to love the outskirts of London. There is more out there you there and Nelitos provide good quality for all.
First published on Kettle Mag here: http://www.kettlemag.co.uk/article/loss-champions-league-place-benefit-premiership
"4th place is the equivalent of a trophy" - Arsene Wenger said this a few years ago famously during the trophy drought that Arsenal experienced prior to 2013. At the time, Wenger was criticised by fans and pundits alike for such comments. Striving to be fourth was not what the fans wanted to hear. To be fair to them they have won two cups since and it seems a lot rosier in north London.
My issue today is on the Champion’s league and the poor performances by English clubs. If results continue the way they are, English clubs may lose the fourth spot for the Champions League very soon and in my mind this is a good thing.
With the UEFA co-efficient going the way it is, Italy is quickly catching up. Another loss by Arsenal and a shock defeat by Chelsea do not look good. Recent years have seen a lack of English clubs in the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Chelsea have been sole representatives recently and the fourth place sides like Liverpool have failed miserably on their returns.
Although the Manchester clubs helped England save some pride in the champion’s league there is still a lot more to strive for. This also is not an issue about the National team or the influx of foreigners. This is about the ability to settle for second best or crucially to settle for fourth best. The Wenger quote earlier was to emphasis this point. Only a few teams in most leagues can realistically try to challenge for the title but it is the aim of coming fourth that is proving detrimental to the development of our teams. If this is the aim and not getting top spot then you will only be so good.
I hate quoting a rapper (Pitbull) but I really like the saying. If you aim for fourth and fail you will end up like my team Liverpool. Lofty ambitions can take a team far.
Ambition, plus drive and determination, are what turns pretenders into challengers and then winners. That is why the successive FA Cups victories have been helpful to Arsenal as it has given them the habit of winning. However, they seem to have settled just for this and do not want to push on. The single purchase of Petr Cech has shown a weakness, as when your team is standing still it is getting weaker. Two defeats to the smaller clubs in the Champions League now leave them with the likelihood of not getting out of their group. A tough group with Bayern Munich meant that Arsenal were happy to settle for second place and this may cost them a place in the knockout stages and worst of all, a place in the Europa Cup (I kid of course).
If English clubs have to then fight to get into the top three then this will mean they will need better quality. Better quality will then make sure that they will be able to compete against the Top European clubs. In the last few years, Manchester United and Arsenal have been overtaken in Europe by the likes of Borussia Dortmund and PSG and they have done this by aiming to be number one in their leagues and achieving this. Take away the low hanging fruit and teams will evolve and so will the league. The competitive nature of the Premiership is great to watch but we need the quality to come through and ultimately if we get better we can then get our co-efficient back to a better place.
London is an amazing city and Roast aims to showcase the best of British food for all. Located in Borough market and seating over looking the market Roast dishes up. From the location to the food delivered you get the sense that it is very people orientated from the producers and farmers to the way the staff greet you early on a Saturday morning.
I got lucky and managed to visit Roast on a nice crisp Saturday morning. Autumn is no longer coming, it is here. So the thought of being served breakfast by the professionals was very appealing. Once at Roast, the staff were very welcoming and the high ceilings add to the grand welcome. I could see a few groups who were starting on their Saturday brunches and the breakfast menu would definitely work well for this too.
I was fairly certain that I was going to go for the Eggs Royale, having researched the menu previously during the week. Research is always important. However, after looking at the menu again I had to go for the Full Borough. Roast do their take on the Full English Breakfast and fortunately Laura went for the Eggs Royale, which came with smoked Trout.
Both dishes were lovely. To get our taste buds flowing and also to help us feel healthy before hand we also had a fruit juice each; full of minerals, nutrients and vitamins which made it sound like we were being good before indulging on carbs and buttery goodness. The fruit juices (above) served their purpose and I felt cleansed and ready to devour my Full Borough.
The Full Borough had many goodies on the plate. Tomatoes, Mushroom, Poached eggs (my choice against fried or scrambled), Fried Bread, Sausages, Crispy Bacon, Black Pudding and Bubble & Squeak. With the stubble of a few days and taking my fiance out, I now felt like a real man (whatever that means). All components of the Full Borough were spot on, the eggs were firm but gooey in the middle, the yolk slowly oozed out onto the plate. The sausages had that countryside feel to it, with herbs throughout taking it away from a grubby cafe to a special sausage from a select producer.
The smoked trout from Loch Etive in Argyl was also lovely. The red trout was deliciously covered in a fluffy hollandaise sauce, which was also divine. It was the best hollandaise sauce i have ever tasted and Laura echoed these sentiments. The dish came together with the consistent poached eggs and these two breakfast plates left us happy and with the need to walk off a substantial breakfast. The only problem here was being confronted with a food market downstairs at Borough Market. The woes we face.
Thank you Roast, Thank you Zomato and thank you to me too.
See you all soon
I got this blog title from a colleague at work today.
You should put that in your blog.
Talk about this. Talk about that.
Is this blog worthy?
Just a few questions that I get, because I write a blog..
This week, for me at work it was all about IAB UK Digital Upfronts and companies showcasing their new inventory. This meant that I have not been at home too much, but I have learnt a fair bit and met some interesting people.
I also uploaded my first vlog this week and am excited about more fun.
A brief summary below is what I feel is worthy of my blog.
Recipe for gnocchi will be in two stages, the gnocchi dough and then the sauce.
To make the dough:
My first Vlog. This is for my Global cooking challenge, where you will decide what country I will be cooking a dish from.
This week it is D.
The options and your vote counts.