Sunday, 23 August 2015

National Burger Day - Burgers around the East Midlands

This Thursday is National Burger Day! There is no excuse - we must all go out and stuff ourselves silly with these naughty treats. To celebrate, here's my round up of what I think are the best places to eat burger in the East Midlands....

Crafty Burger, St Martins Square, Leicester

Oh yes... behold... the mighty Krispie Klucker -  Buttermilk chicken, spiced Rice Krispie crumb, 'slaw, BBQ sauce & mayoI'm usually a beefy burger kind of girl but by god this ones good. Crafty are open Thurs / Fri / Sat nights from 6pm so book ahead to get a table. Read my review to get a full taste of whats on offer! 

The Krispie Klucker at Crafty Burger, Leicester. Gingey Bites

The Paget Arms, Paget Street, Loughborough

Hidden in the student 'golden triangle' in Loughborough, The Paget has a great 'burgers n brews' menu. Go straight for their classic burger - 6oz beef patty with Red Leicester cheese, caramelised onions, burger relish & pickles. You can't go wrong! See what I thought here.

Classic beefburger at The Paget Arms in Loughborough, Gingey Bites

Byron Hamburgers, Highcross, Leicester 

My love of Byron is well documented - it's a shining star in the homogenised misery of the Highcross's chain food collective.  Since reviewing the opening of Byron, I've eaten there a few more times (ahem) and have always loved it. Great news for Derby - there is now one there too, in the INTU centre! Yippee for the Midlands!

Byron Burger in Leicester, Gingey Bites

The White Horse, Quorn

The food here is good quality pub grub but nothing more. Sometimes that's all you want though - and the one thing they do really well is their burgers. Perfect to kick start an afternoon of drinking. If you're feeling like a challenge, try their Beef & Chicken Gut Buster - 8oz Beef Burger topped with a Cajun Chicken Breast, Pulled Pork, Onion Rings, BBQ Sauce & Melted Cheese. Crazy times! 

Tandoori Chicken Burger, The White Horse in Quorn. Gingey Bites

Annie's Burger Shack, Lace Market, Nottingham 

There was no way I wasn't including Annie's into this. The number one spot for burgers in the Midlands surely? I reviewed the original Annie's when it was still hidden in the Navigation pub and although I've been to the new place more than a couple of times, I just haven't managed to get it onto Gingey Bites yet. Rest assured, toppings are weird and wacky, the service is great and the queues are worth it! If you haven't been, you need to. 

Annie's Burger Shack, Nottingham, Gingey Bites

So that's it, my best of the bunch in the East Midlands - wherever you go on National Burger Day - forget the calories and enjoy the ride. Sometimes you just can't beat a bloody good burger!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Review: The Star Inn The City, York

Another instalment from #VinkAndGingeUpNorth - mine and Vicky's recent road trip around North Yorkshire. This time dinner in York at The Star Inn The City. From both my shout out on twitter and conversations with Ben from York on a Fork, we decided upon this place for a couple of reasons. The food sounded good (the owner's other place just outside the city is Michelin starred) and the location is stunning. So, we booked in and here's what we thought... 

Monday, 17 August 2015

Healthy Packed Lunches For The Office

Recently, I've gone back to taking a packed lunch to work with me. I vowed to avoid dried up old sandwiches this time and have been on a mission to create interesting and healthy lunches every day. All I need to do now is remember to take them to work with me... Doh!

Start with a decent lunch box! I love these systems lunch cubes because they have sections for different bits. I think I got mine for about £4 from the range or dunelm mill. Cheap as chips but filled with healthier things (sadly!)..

Friday, 14 August 2015

Review: Van Zeller, Harrogate

For those of you who follow me on twitter or instagram, you'll know that recently I headed off on a road trip of the north with my best bud (#VinkAndGingeUpNorth). The 4 day trip focused (understandably) around food and drink and we were lucky to try some really delicious things along the way.

The first leg of the road trip was Harrogate, a lovely spa town and somewhere I'd not been to before. After some google research, we decided to book a table at Van Zeller before we arrived to make sure we could definitely get in.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Product Review: Capsicana Chilli & Lemon Peruvian Cook Sauce

Occasionally I get asked to review new products and recently, Chilli Ben, expert on all things spicy and the man behind latin inspired Capsicana, sent me a selection of his new of cooking sauces to try. The first thing which struck me was the lovely branding - these look great and I was instantly excited to try them even though I wouldn't usually buy this type of product.

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