Monday, 14 April 2014

This Week's Lunch... Nanna Mexico

Ah, Nanna Mexico, it's been a while. The independent Mexican eaterie has been around in Cambridge for years but it had been far too long since my last visit. So on Friday I was in their 'hood (Regent Street) and popped into the restaurant for a takeaway lunch. Going for the supposedly low-carb option I ended up with a huge, delicious Burrito Box: rice, black beans, my choice of meat (chicken), cheese, guacamole, spicy tomato sauce, salad, nachos and soured cream. All served with a smile, totalling £8 with a Diet Coke. True to the origins of their (street) food, they've also got a big mobile presence in the city and beyond (follow them on Twitter to hear about the van's daily whereabouts) so you too can track down a tasty lunch wherever you happen to be.

Go eat!

Nanna Mexico
33A Regent Street


Saturday, 29 March 2014

#CamBrunchReview ~ Black Cat Cafe, Mill Road

This week's #CamBrunchReview took us to a popular Mill Road haunt for a midday feast. As our hunt continues for the best brunch spots in Cambridge, we're getting into the swing of things and timing our visits just right so we can skip breakfast, head for a big brunch, and (hopefully) not need to eat again until dinner. Our weekend outings aren't all about our rumbling tummies and lazy Sunday mornings; we're also on the lookout for the essential elements of the weekend brunch. We're rating the coffee (and other beverages); atmosphere and service; range and suitability of menu choices; the quality, size and value for money of the brunch dishes; and the all-important accompaniments and condiments on offer at each establishment. Our visit to the Black Cat Cafe was tinged with nostalgia, reminding me of my first exploration 'over the bridge' to sample the New Zealand inspired cafe and its famous Flat White at the start of a three year stint studying and living at Hughes Hall (at the other end of Mill Road!).  

Monday, 24 March 2014

This Week's Lunch... The Urban Shed

Our recommendation for lunch this week is a tasty beast of a panini from the city's hottest sandwich bar (only sandwich bar?), The Urban Shed on King Street. We recommend going for the mustard baked ham, blue cheese, apple and celery slaw panini on brown bread. It's big, oozing, and reminiscent of all the best parts of a very good Ploughman's. Not the best photo in the world but we were hungry and couldn't wait to feast on this bad boy, so a quick snap on the phone had to do. Filling, delicious and great value at £4.75. Go get it!

The Urban Shed
62-64 King Street


Saturday, 22 March 2014

#CamBrunchReview ~ Afternoon Tease, King Street

Guest photos by Daniel Sladen

In case you haven't heard, we're on the hunt for the best brunch in Cambridge. We'll be reviewing as many places as possible to find the perfect weekend brunch. Our #CamBrunchReview ratings will take into account the essential elements of the weekend brunch: Coffee (and other beverages); atmosphere and service; range and suitability of menu choices; the quality, size and value for money of the brunch dishes; and the all-important accompaniments and condiments on offer. So we're working through a tasty list of brunch spots in the city and we're also on the look out for new Cambridge openings offering something a little different. One of the newest cafes in town, Afternoon Tease on King Street was a prime candidate for the brunch review, mainly owing to its fantastic coffee (already sampled, many times) and its chilled out weekend vibes.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Photo Post: Urban Street Kings, Cambridge

This week I can't stop thinking about the delicious food of Cambridge's very own Urban Street Kings, chefs Jay, Richard and Greg, also known as Guerilla Kitchen (or under their latest guise, The Smoke Shack). Whatever we ought to call them, this pop-up street food outfit is everywhere right now! Over the last few months, we've loved their fabulously good value, creative and contemporary, fine dining pop-up suppers at Black Cat Cafe, Stickybeaks, and The Alex pub on Gwydir Street. After tracking it down everywhere from Mill Road food fairs to the Free Press pub, we've got a constant craving for the trio's fresh fusion style of British and Vietnamese street food. Find them at the Free Press pub on Prospect Row where they are currently cooking up a storm every Tuesday to Friday lunchtime with a simple (but basically awesome) menu of steamed buns with buttermilk fried chicken, hoisin pork, or salmon in sriracha. Upcoming events include some exciting food and wine matching collaborations, more pop-up suppers, and a special Eat Cambridge festival fringe event (my lips are sealed!).