Seeing Out My Twenties.

What with the kitchen being done and my 30th the next day, what better excuse to leave the house for a couple of pints and a Thai food fix? In the need of something casual, inexpensive and tasty we set our sights firmly on a the Thailand Cafe & Takeaway on Albert Road. Much like our first visit it is definitively a meal of two halves. Where the main dishes are excellent it makes the starters look like they have been added as an after thought; my fishcakes were pretty rubbery and the spring rolls are straight out of a box. But don’t let that out you off. My Jungle Curry was outstanding and Harriet’s pad thai ( which let’s face it, are always a bit of a gamble) are the best in town. Not only that but they seem to have controlled the over-powering smell from the deep fat fryers, for now. Alongside our £5 bottle of Sainsbury’s white we managed to dine out for £20. Can’t say much fairer than that.

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Zissou / Daly Birthday BBQ, Napier Road.

An excellent joint birthday exercise from Rudy and Jack. I was pretty please at how the pork belly turned out, might push the chilli element a bit further though, will certainly be doing that again. Awesome deep colouring on it. Good food, good beer and good company.

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Priory Bay 2014.

The Belf

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Ale Watch – Indian Runner Premium Golden Ale.

Whilst at the opening of the Southsea Beach Cafe, I clocked that they were stocking an interesting looking golden ale, however managed to miss checking it out. So you can imagine my surprise (and delight) when Andy from Petersfield based Indian Runner got in contact to kindly offer me some samples of their Premium Golden Ale. My verdict? At 4.7% this is a light, modern and summery ale which I think would be comfortably at home at a BBQ event or curry house alike. A rather pleasant (and slightly unexplained) hint of vanilla wheatiness comes through and before I know it I find myself mentally going though Coriander’s takeaway menu. I would say this would be an ideal choice when introducing stubborn lager drinking friends to ales: nothing to far removed from their comfort zone and with added flavour. Good job Andy, and thank you for sending those in.

Indian Runner Premium Golden Ale

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Touring Langstone.

An area of outstanding natural beauty I find myself appreciating more and more. The purchase of a sea kayak edges ever closer.

Langstone Harbour

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Ale Watch – St Austell Proper Job.

An absolute stunning cornish IPA given to me as a thank you from a friend for doing up his bicycle. Really thick malt aromas alongside the zestyiness of the hops. Comes in at an agreeable 5.5% too. Will be hunting this one out from now on. A strong 9/10.

St Austell Proper Job

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Asiatic Pork Belly.

Starting my marinade early for a birthday BBQ on Sunday, using any and all ingredients in the cupboard. I trimmed the pork whilst still in a semi-frozen state for ease of use, then created this simple marinade in mixing bowl whilst tasting as I went on. It’s quite important to get a balanced salt / sweet / chilli combo in asiatic cuisine. Place in the ever handy freezer bag for uniform marinating. Looking forward to the results.

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