Mr Smith goes to Meatopia, held at Tobacco Dock in Wapping.
2 Days of meat, fire, fun, music and friends…
Mr Smith’s adventures in street food
As I have got older I tend to celebrate birthdays less and less, but this time I planned myself a great weekend. It started with staying at the Town Hall Hotel for a couple of nights. See the Room 101 post for details of the stunning room.
|I won on the Whisky Roulette 🙂|
For those that have not yet heard (where have you been?), Street Food is a big thing in London. If you have not yet found it, make sure you do! Street Feast pops up every now and again and this time round they created the amazing Hawker House with some resident traders. This was in an old factory that they took over and created a great Hawker style food court.
I had been to some of the previous Street Feasts in Dalston at Merchants Yard and Dalston Yard so I knew it was going to be good. The big advantage of Hawker House was that it was indoors, a blessing in the winter when it is raining.
Although I do not live in London I make a point to go to as many of the Street Feast events as possible so I get to try amazing food in a really relaxed and good fun environment. This does mean I tend to get there early and leave early to get home. I do not get to see the full on vibe later in the evening, but it does mean I get around as many of the traders as possible and sample as much food, and wine, as I can physically fit in.
I managed to get to Hawker House twice, plus #TwistedChristmas. There was meant to be a third time, but sadly a crisis at work meant I had to work through until 7 and then had to head home. Gutted was my reaction to that.
I was pretty much first through the door on the first night, as soon as I heard about it I wanted to go so first night was always on the cards. There was a bit of a delay getting in as the final bits and pieces were being resolved and there was some issues with the electrics, but given how quickly they had set the place up that is not a surprise. They had done a great job setting up the location and the fun with the electors did not dampen the spirits at all.
So that was it for my first night at Hawker House. What a fab evening and some amazing food. The only downer is having to leave and take 2 plus hours to get home, but it was worth it and I was already looking forward to going back to try more great food and wine
Well, that was my 2 visits to Hawker House. They are having one last one this year, tonight for New Years Eve. Wish I was there but public transport prohibits it tonight. I thought that would be it for me but I have just seen on their website that they are trying to open again in January. I will have everything crossed that they can and I will be back as many times as I can.
Firstly, apologies, this is a long post, but it was a great day
After having to miss out on the last #HawkerHouse event due to work I was determined to get along to @GizziErskine #TwistedChristmas and have a damn good time, and that was achieved.
After eating that delicious goose and having a break it was time to head off to Gizzi’s pop up shop to see what was on offer. The proceeds from the shop and raffle were going to the Street Smart charity, so all in a good cause and hopefully they raised lots of money for them.
There was lots of great looking items either to be bought or as prizes. I went for what I am sure will be 2 stunning items, Pork Rillettes made by Angela Hartnett and Orange Marmalade from Sartoria. You can see front the jar it is not going to be like any other Marmalade, big chunks of Orange in it. I could have bought loads, but not enough space to carry it home, but Gizzi did tempt me with the rum bola, so tickets bought and fingers crossed
After all the shopping it was time to carry on with the eating, this time from +RolaWola @RolaWola I have had the honour of eating from them before, but this time I was going to have the modern christmas tradition, turkey. This being my only turkey this christmas and I just wish that all turkey could be like this as it was stunning, beautifully spiced and tender and washed down with a perfectly matched Gruner Veltliner from @StreetVinWine
After that it was time for a good long sit down and chill out, so I took up position in the @StreetVinWine bar and listened to some chilled out music and then the Choir, the United Harmony Gospel Choir, who were amazingly good. Gizzi also did round one of the raffle, but it must have not been done correctly as I did not win, but more chances to come later.
Sorry for the quality of the video, but just wanted to share the sounds
I know I already said my goodbyes to @Yum_Bun but just had to have one more from them, especially as this is now my traditional Christmas lunch, Duck, but this was roast duck in a Yum Bun!
It was getting time to have the final main course, as I already knew what dessert was going to be. Just for some balance it was time to go veggie from Laurdos, Beetroot tostada with spicy pumpkin & Guacamole. Delightfully balanced level of spice in it, lovely way to end the main courses, or was it the end?
After some more chilling out it was time for the final challenge for @StreetVinWine with the dessert. I was going to have the bread and butter pudding and had challenged them to match a wine with each course so far, which had been a great success, so hats off on that front. But sadly no dessert wines on the list, but with a quick think it was decided that a glass of a secret bottle of sweet sherry would do the trick.
Now, I know what people will think, sherry? but you have to trust me on this, if you can get a good sherry they can be delicious and work really well with food. Watch this space, I bet that Sherry will be the next big thing in a few years, but not the stuff most of us think about when you say sherry. Think the Gin revival with all the artisan producers popping up and producing some amazingly good gins, I think the same could happen for Sherry when we get a taste for it
So for the pudding. I deveated from what I normally do and had something I have had before. Normally that is a no no for me, but the Panettone Bread & Butter Pudding from @sorbitiumices is stunning and served with whisky orange ice cream is to die for, and that comes from someone that does not really do sweet things
And that was it, or so I thought. I had one last wander round and got suckered in by the Chana Dal from @RolaWala I just could not resist and that finished things off nicely. I knew I would not be eating again that day, but after nearly 5 hours of grazing, drinking and chilling out, then I should not be able to eat more 🙂
Got to say that this is my sort of Christmas and it was exactly what was needed for me, a good chilled out and relaxed time, I know the evening session would have been a lot more lively but the afternoon was spot on for me on that day, roll on next Xmas!
After what was possibly the worst nights sleep ever I was in serious need of some nourishment at lunch and it just had to be Yum Bun. I am really going to miss having them on the door step of work. So much flavour packed in to something so small. The question is to bun again or not at StreetFeast on Friday or try and sneak another lunch in next week before the end. Hopefully they will pop back up again soon somewhere close by, until then it will be the markets and street food festivals for what I have to say are the best steamed buns I have tasted.