I’ve Been to Shebeen!

Given the fact Cardiff’s Street Food Circus opened its tent on the weekend I believe most of my readers would have visited that.  Although I am extremely excited to visit the Street Food Circus (there’s so much food I have to try there) I took the opportunity to visit Shebeen Festival in Manchester on Saturday.  Street Food Circus is there for a while, but Shebeen was only there for one day. You all would have liked it!  Good food, music, comedy and beer… Don’t forget the beer!

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FRANKLIN BARBECUE – A MEAT-SMOKING MANIFESTO

The book is here!  Pre-ordered months ago and eagerly anticipated so that I can cook excellent barbecue – Franklin Barbecue: A Meat Smoking Manifesto finally arrived a week or two ago.  Why am I only telling you about it now?  Well, I’ve been busy.  But this is not a review.  I haven’t cooked anything in the book yet and so it would be unfair to review it. Once I have, I may write a separate post giving my assessment but I’m guessing it will be great.

If you haven’t heard of Franklin BBQ… Shame on you! Franklin BBQ is arguably the most popular BBQ restaurant and although I am yet to try the food myself, I have heard great things.  I strongly suggest that you look them up and if you ever have the opportunity… Try their food.

With summer fast approaching and the sun beginning to show itself, I am looking forward to the opportunity to barbecue more often.  I know many of the hardcore barbecuers will cook outside rain or shine, but I struggle.  In the coming months, I hope to barbecue often and I will be happy to share my experiences with you.  In particular, the recipes in this book!

Have you already used this book?  Let me know what you think 🙂

If you would like to purchase the book, you can find it here and perhaps in other places too.


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Written by Tomos Newland-Jones @MrNewland66

Street Food Cardiff – Street Food Circus: Another Exciting Street Food Experience in Cardiff!

Not too long ago I released information about both Street Food Warehouse and Depot Cardiff‘s new events.  Although I am a little behind releasing information about the latest I would still like to share what information I have with you all just in case you have missed it. Continue reading Street Food Cardiff – Street Food Circus: Another Exciting Street Food Experience in Cardiff!

New Job, New Discoveries and a Healthier Lifestyle?

I haven’t really posted anything to the blog recently and that is because I have started a new job.  Previously, I had worked in an office environment for around 5 years.  The job allowed me to spend all of my time on the computer and a large proportion of that time could be spent on the blog.  There just wasn’t much work.  There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that but if you don’t go to the gym and keep active it can ruin your health.  I am a perfect example of that.  Combined with the fact I love my food, I can safely say that I don’t lead a healthy lifestyle at the moment.  I hoped that this was something that might start changing. Continue reading New Job, New Discoveries and a Healthier Lifestyle?

Cooking: Awesome Steak!

This is not really an instructional post.  After all… It is just a steak.  I still wanted to tell you about it because I enjoyed it so much!

This was a piece of Welsh rump steak bought for just £2.97!  No idea why it was that cheap.  May have been reduced, may have been on offer but I grabbed it anyway.  I was too excited to notice, to be honest.  I’ve cooked good steaks before.  I know all the rules – oil and season the meat, allow the meat to reach room temperature, place on to a really hot pan and don’t move it around too much.  This time, I decided to try something new and use a herb brush to butter the steak. I wasn’t sure how much flavour could really be added to the meat by simply brushing it with butter using a herb brush, but it was brilliant!  I am guessing that this is not new for many of you, but there might be a few people that are yet to try this and I seriously suggest that you give it a go. Continue reading Cooking: Awesome Steak!

Street Food Warehouse Cardiff Confirms Location

 A couple of weeks ago I told you all about a new Street Food Event coming to Cardiff named Street Food Warehouse.  You can read that post here.

Today we can finally reveal the “urban chic warehouse venue” set to house the region’s best caterers and drinks makers to Cardiff for an incredible 12 weeks starting the 3rd of April!  Street Food Warehouse, will be Under the Arms Park – Westgate Street, Cardiff CF10 1NS Continue reading Street Food Warehouse Cardiff Confirms Location

Meat Free Week: Could You Give Up Meat For a Week?

So it’s meat free week 23rd-29th of March.  I don’t know about you but until around a week ago I had never heard of this. I have been reading the Meet Free Week website and they say that our incredible lust for meat puts a massive strain on our environment, it impacts our health and the welfare of animals.  With global meat production set to double by 2020, should we do something to stop this? Continue reading Meat Free Week: Could You Give Up Meat For a Week?

Retro Diner: Abergavenny

Recently, I haven’t posted many reviews to this blog.  For a number of reasons, mainly that I am busy doing the same stuff I do most days and because I usually have to wait until payday before I can afford to eat out.  I have been trying to find more businesses to review from in and around my area.  I hoped to go out last weekend and find something really good.  Something that would excite my readers and although I believe I did find something really brilliant with Elm Tree Pies and The Cherry Tree, it certainly was not Retro Diner.  This is my ‘review’ of Retro Diner in Abergavenny.

This will be the first negative review I have written.  I almost don’t want to post it but for what purpose?  Even the Twitter page says, “Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad!”.  I would only be doing you a disservice by not telling you about my disappointing experience. Continue reading Retro Diner: Abergavenny

Photography and Food

Photography is a big part of my life. I wouldn’t consider myself a phenomenal photographer but It is something that I thoroughly enjoy.  I grew up photographing anything and everything.  From inanimate objects around the house to salt plains in Tunisia and portraits, there wasn’t much I didn’t photograph.  That changed.
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A Blog About Food (Mostly BBQ and Grill): Trying everything once and telling you all about it. Good or bad! Blogging from areas around Newport and Cardiff, South Wales.