Archive | November, 2009

Food Bloggers Connect 09

29 Nov

I spent my tube journey home last night examining the different tools my Lumix camera has to offer and that is thanks to the Bloggers Connect event that I attended yesterday at Levant in Central London.

I heard about the event from the lovely Bethan a la dirtykitchensecrets after she posted a comment on my blog a couple of months ago. The event intrigued me, not only because it the first bloggers conference in the UK but I would be able meet and put faces to the people whose blogs I have been reading for a while.

I didn’t know what to expect and was a little nervous walking in there on my own not knowing anyone but all nerves were shattered once I started talking. It wad a great event and I met some lovely people, some of who’s blogs I am not familiar with but look forward to reading!

We started with a drink and chat then moved onto the Lebanese buffet that was prepared for us along with Lola’s mini cupcakes and some of the best mint tea I have ever tasted before sitting down to watch talks from Kang from London Eater, Jeanne from Cook sister!, Jamie from Life’s a feast and Meeta from What’s For Lunch Honey? I mostly took note of how to make the most of my camera and how to take beautiful photos of your food (even in dimly lit restaurants). A special thanks to Kang who helped me understand the ins and outs of all of those previously difficult to understand technical aspects of my camera.

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch, cake, baklava and conversations with The Greedy Diva, The Daily Spud, Get me cooking and Meals with Sarah (simplycooked)

Unfortunately there just wasn’t enough time to speak to everyone but hopefully next time – I’ll definitely be attending the next one.

Also a big thanks for the great goodie bags, I particularly like the Maldon seasoning box and the Unearthed panettone, which I am about to go and eat for breakfast.

Sushi Say – Willesden Green

5 Nov

I had been wanting to go to Sushi Say for a number of months since I heard about it through a friend, especially since it is situated about 20 minutes from my house in Willesden Green. My boyfriend and I were looking for somewhere to go to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and he doesn’t exactly get exited about events like this so it was down to me. I booked a table a week before because from past experiences it had always been fully booked.

When we arrived, we were greeted by friendly Japanese staff and a bevvy of Japanese locals sat around the sushi bar. Walking further back we headed to our table, nestled between a mother and son and two Italian men. The menu came and although extensive I knew what I wanted – sushi and lots of it. We were both hungry so I think even by our standards we ordered a lot of food.

The first plates to arrive were the dumplings, edamame and White fish (which we were told was Seahorse(!!!!)before ordering). The edamame
was crunchy and hot, just the way I like it but the dumplings and fish (even the batter) were disappointing. It was only on my last bite that
the fishy taste of the dumplings shone through.

Next came the salmon sashimi, which is my favourite sushi dish. About a year ago I developed a mild addiction, I worked near a branch of
Wasabi and took a trip to purchase a portion of salmon sashimi almost daily… Then there were the dreams and cravings that haunted me. Luckily (for my pocket and not my waistline) this craving seems to have evaporated and a new fondness for chocolate has taken over. I remember this starting after I had baked the best chocolate brownie I have ever tasted – I’ll share the recipe soon.

The next dishes to arrive were California rolls and spicy salmon rolls. I failed to notice on the menu, as Jack gleefully pointed out to me that the sushi contained a thin layer of wasabi between the layers. I don’t hate wasabi but I don’t like it and because of that I didn’t enjoy the sushi much. Moreover the rice didn’t taste as fresh as cheaper London sushi establishments.

So far, not so good but then came our main. We shared the black cod – by this time we were starting to feel horribly full but the cod was
not large so we managed it. It was a delight, utterly tender and literally melted away in the mouth. We each had a bite of the pink pickle that lay on top of the fish – it was vinegar central but delicious.

The bill, with service charge came to £68.00 and with only one drink (can of 7 Up) I would say that is quite pricey compared to other London sushi establishments that I have been to. The exception being Sake No Hana, where the sushi tasted so fresh I was surprised that there’s no seaside in London! But I don’t want to compare the two because they clearly provide different dining experiences.

I would recommend Sushi Say for their range of hot dishes but as sushi is the main attraction for me, I’ll stick to what I know best.

Address: 33B Walm Lane, Willesden, NW2 5SH
Number: 020 8459 2971
Tube: Willesden Green
Tues-Fri 1-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm
Sat-Sun 1-3.15pm 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)

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