Archive for April, 2019

Dash Vegan Zero Waste Shop

April 26, 2019

Opposite Wired, Cobden Chambers, an interesting courtyard of indie businesses. Above Think, a zero waste shop.

Several attempts to find open. Last visit only time for a cursory glance, not impressed. Today more time, still not impressed.

Limited stock, at the back clothes.

To weigh, have to weigh in 10g or may have been 20g increments.

Paper bags for dried goods, 5p a bag. Ludicrous when the bags can be recycled.

They expect customers to bring in glass storage jars.

Chocolate on display but contaminated with additives.

Chocolate

  • cocoa mass – sugar
  • cocoa mass – cocoa butter – sugar – vanilla

Anything added, not chocolate.

Milk chocolate milk powder added. White chocolate, cocoa butter, no cocoa mass.

I had with me two empty shampoo bottles from Holland & Barrett which were filled from large plastic containers, aloe vera and coconut oil.

This was Faith in Nature on sale in Holland & Barrett and currently on offer 30% off in Oxfam shops. Quite why Oxfam sells shampoo I am at a loss, as are the staff when asked.

Did I require a receipt? No paper receipts, ether sent via text or e-mail, which is serious violation of privacy.

How much paper a receipt?

They are trying too hard to be zero waste, limited stock.

Early days, hopefully they will improve.

When visiting Cobden Chambers, Ideas on Paper a must visit, excellent selection of books and quality magazines for example Standart, Drift, Ambrosia, On Nom, Caboodle, that do not find elsewhere.

For coffee Wired or Outpost Coffee.

Lunch at Cartwheel

April 26, 2019

Cartwheel excellent for coffee. Today I decided to try for lunch.

I would usually eat at 200 Degrees Nottingham Station. Not today, too crowded and my favourite spot overlooking Nottingham Canal was taken. I thought I would give Cartwheel a try for lunch.

It is rare, a good place to eat but not good coffee, good coffee but not good food. Cartwheel a rarity, excellent food, and excellent coffee.

Prior to placing an order, carafe of ice cold water brought to my table, poured into a glass, then knife and fork and paper napkin neatly laid at the side.

This level of service, the norm in Athens, not in England.

Avocado on sourdough bread toast with side of potato hash.

Excellent, generous portion size. Potato hash sufficient for two.

After lunch, a cappuccino. Excellent.

I was asked, did I fancy a cake? No thanks, already too full

I was tempted a V60, and liked how served, cup, carafe and card providing information on on the coffee served, but not sufficient time.

Cartwheel is featured in the latest Great Food Club Handbook.

Cobbler and shoe shop next door, Loakes shoes, is well worth popping in.

Late April in Nottingham

April 26, 2019

— to be continued —

Easter farmers market Castle Hill

April 20, 2019

Easter Saturday I passed through Castle Hill farmers market outside Lincoln Castle on my way to Chow Down travelling circus street food festival in the grounds of Lincoln Castle then returned.

The quality of the food on the farmers market was higher than that at the Chow Down street food festival which was a grave disappointment. A vegan stall, fish, cheese, fresh produce, meat, bread, cakes, pies, craft beer, mushrooms, honey, strawberries.

I picked up five tomato plants, different varieties off an organic stall, and a jar of local honey.

A long chat with a mushroom stall, also tried their excellent mushroom soup.

I was curious how the oyster mushrooms were grown.

in Brighton, coffee grounds are collected from Small Batch, mixed with straw, and used to grow oyster mushrooms, which are then supplied to the local restaurant trade, and mushroom growing kits to Small Batch.

I suggested the mushroom grower tried. He buys the straw already with the mushroom spores. He could try mixing the straw with coffee grounds.

A fresh produce stall, only the fresh produce sweating in plastic bags. An organic grower should know better. Even worse, salad leaves in plastic bags.

Off a cheese stall Lincolnshire Poacher made from unpasteurised milk and raw milk.

Anyone worried abut drinking raw milk, yes there is a risk, a very low risk, there is near zero risk cheese made from unpasteurised milk, but for those concerned about food risk, the risk is several hundred times higher eating from a bag of salad leaves. The leaves are broken and damaged, juices ooze about, a hot spot for dangerous microbes to flourish.

Raw milk is excellent with muesli.

I was pleased to find the strawberry guy. I first came across him two years ago. Excellent strawberries. I picked three boxes of strawberries.

Loaf of bread off the bread stall, off a different stall, a date slice, again excellent.

Redhill farm have a stall. Though I cannot quite see the point when they have a shop in Bailgate.

As I was leaving, two bottles of craft beer. One I saved for later, one I opened and enjoyed.

Easter street food festival Lincoln Castle

April 20, 2019

Chow Down travelling circus Easter street food festival in the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

A pleasant walk along Minster Yard running south side of Lincoln Cathedral.

People enjoying the sun on the grass on the east side outside the Chapter House.

Passed through a farmers market in Castle Hill, with a mental note to return later, but first the street food festival in the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

Long queue to get in, £3 entry fee for what is usually free access.

Inside packed.

Dogs are usually welcome in the Castle grounds. Not today. Not acceptable no dogs. No street food festival I have a visited has barred dogs. But then can usually access and walk through the Castle grounds for free.

£3 entry fee, £5 for French fries, £3-10 takeaway coffee.

Recently a new shed has been built at the West Gate. Usually manned. When queried why build a new shed which is no longer manned, told only manned when pay to gain access to Castle grounds.

West Gate closed for Chow Down which hits local businesses either side of Lincoln Castle. Something Bailgate Guild must raise.

A problem for disabled, and possibly illegal. A car park at The Lawn, a ramp for easy access. West Gate closed.

Claimed to be largest street food festival in the country. Not true.

Street food market in Lower Marsh, South Bank street food market, Godalming street food market, Street Food Picnic in a park in Guildford a couple of years ago, all much larger, all far better street food.

The burger at the Guildford Street Food Picnic, grilled on a charcoal grill, served with a side of new potatoes.

Claimed 25% of the offering being either vegetarian or vegan. I did not see a single vegetarian stall let alone a vegan stall.

Claimed craft beer breweries from across the UK will be attending so you can sample some of the finest beers the country has to offer – whether it be draught or in cans.

Really? Where were they?

A craft beer stall, but nothing to say what was on offer. Same true of the beer tent. What was really weird, what was being served behind a partition to block sight of what was being served.

Later I had an excellent local craft beer off the farmers market outside.

Chow Down yet another travelling circus. A couple of weeks ago, a travelling circus of disgusting junk food in the the High Street.

Yes, Chow Down better than the junk food in the High Street but it would have had to have been pretty disgusting to be worse. Not a high bar to exceed.

They also appeared to have minimum environmental standards. Stalls using recyclable containers. Though then let down with no obvious bin for compostable waste. My burger served in a card box went in general waste. Only later did I see a bin for recycling. But saw no bin for compostable waste. I saw a grand total of two bins, with one young man going round collecting the rubbish ignorant people had tossed on the ground.

Chow Down also had better food offering than the disgusting offering at the Lincoln Vegan Festival a couple of weeks ago in the Drill Hall, though vegans and vegetarians would have been very disappointed by what was on offer.

I expected to be spoilt for choice. I was not.

I settled for a burger. It was good, but I have had far better. Dirty Organic Burger in Brighton, burger from street food festival in a park in Guildford a couple of years ago (and it was charcoal grilled and came with a side of new potatoes).

A cappuccino off Laynes Espresso coffee stall using Dark Woods Arboretum espresso blend. It too was good, far better than usually get at such events, undrinkable coffee served from a van and better than the undrinkable coffee served in the Lincoln Castle cafe which is to insult visitors, but not in the same league as Coffee Aroma or Madame Waffle.

And on a hot day, why no cold brew coffee? A very refreshing drink on a hot day.

Nor were the waffles on a waffle stall in the same league as Madame Waffle.

Laynes espresso claimed the Chow Down travelling circus was curated, in other words they have selected the best. If this was curated, I hate to think what it would have been if not.

If this is the best the North and Midlands has to offer on street food, then a poor reflection of street food culture in the region.

Not last year but the year before, Steam Punks had a far better street food offering.

I was there lunchtime, the Castle grounds were packed, and yet what was noticeable the food stalls were not busy.

There was better food on offer at the local farmers market outside the Castle in Castle Hill, from where I was also able to pick up an excellent local craft beer

After returning to the farmers market, where I found better food on offer, then walked down Steep Hill.

Drunks spilling out of the Magna Cart were blocking the street.

If Lincoln is to host a street food festival, then do not invite a travelling circus, organise own street food festival. If stalls not of quality, then do not invite again. For example, South Bank street food market has regulars, plus a couple of pitches for guest stalls.

Follow the example of Staycation Live in Godalming (underwritten by the local Town Council). Host in the Castle grounds a weekend of live free music in the summer, Lincoln BIG or the community fund that hopefully replaces Lincoln BIG as Lincoln BIG not fit for purpose underwrites, performers have their expenses covered, sell albums, and not only music, also drama and poetry, a collection for a worthy cause, street food, quality street food, around the periphery and dogs welcome.

Free summer weekend music festival in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, street food, finish at 2000 to give time to pack up in daylight, then continue in the evening in the town, for example Coffee Aroma street party, jazz with pizza from clay oven at Caffe Portico.

Extinction Rebellion Lincoln

April 18, 2019

Mail on Sunday saw a ludicrous feature on Extinction Rebellion, they were deluded, they wished to take us back to a fossil free dark age.

No, they recognise we face a Climate Emergency, that a fossil free future is our only future.

London, key points were taken. It was not until the third day BBC started to report.

Police have been deployed to arrest peaceful protesters. Would they not be better deployed to deal with knife crime?

Arresting people is pointless, and on dodgy legal grounds. For every person arrested, two more take their place.

Nothing learnt from Civil Rights protests in US. Arresting people, more take to the streets.

In Algeria and Sudan, the people have taken to the streets, faced down oppression, kicked two brutal dictators out of office.

In Lincoln, on Day 4, a small gathering under a tree in the High Street.

Were they there days before, I do not know.

One ignorant man shouted abuse, hit out at the disruption in London.

That disruption is as nothing when London floods due to rising sea levels.

Extinction Rebellion have taken direct action as a last resort, for far too long our corrupt politicians have been in the pocket of big business, giving the go ahead to fracking, to Heathrow expansion, subsidies to oil industry, go ahead for open cast mining.

Direct action is the only action that has ever changed anything.

It will cost far more not to address climate change to sit back and do nothing.

Protesters in Lincoln were calling on Lincoln City Council to declare a Climate Emergency, as many councils already have, to halt the Western Growth Corridor.

Activists need to seize control of the local Town Hall, to end the one-party state in the pocket of the local coop and big business, follow the example of Madrid, Barcelona and A Coruña, open to public participation, network across Europe with other citizen-controlled Town Halls.

Lincoln and Lincolnshire have an appalling bus service. Try getting a bus to anywhere after 1900 in the evening.

The pedestrianised High Street is not. Lorries drive through any time of the day. No enforcement action, local council and police turn a blind eye.

There is a ban between 1000 and 1600, but no one takes a blind bit of notice.

There should be a ban 24/7, emergency vehicles only. Lorries park on the periphery, deliver by hand cart and trolley. The norm in Europe

Maybe they will, but the protesters should have sat down on High Bridge and blocked the High Street.

Ban wood burning stoves from the city.

It beggars belief we still build new build with no solar panels on the roof.

We need local area power distribution networks, owned and controlled by the local community, into which feed renewables paid a fair price, consumers pay a fair price. Surplus generation fed to other local networks via a publicly owned National Grid. Any ‘profit’ either fed back into the system or used to fund local community projects. Electric cars provide a nighttime base load.

Avoid any corporate chain coffee shops, enjoy specialty coffee served in glass or ceramic in an indie coffee shop. In Lincoln that would be Coffee Aroma or Madame Waffle. Reusable coffee cups glass Keep Cup or bamboo ecoffeecup address symptoms.

The planning application for a drive-thru Costa must be opposed. No one who loves coffee would be seen dead in Costa. More traffic. At a time when we should be reducing our dependency on the car, an application for yet another drive-thru. Local Coop once again acting for corporate chains whilst at the same time destroying Sincil Street. Those who love coffee relax in Coffee Aroma or Madame Waffle with specialty coffee served in glass or ceramic.

Brighton has Hisbe. Lincoln needs a zero waste store.

An animal diet, apart from being nutritionally dense thus better for our health, is environmental sound, grass fed animals are part of the natural cycle, improving the soil acts as a carbon sink.

We need to re-wild.

We have to drastically reduce our emissions of carbon. The longer we delay, the deeper the cuts.

Children are going on strike on Fridays. They question why their future is being destroyed.

We need a Green New Deal.

Read This Changes Everything.

Hacks at failing local rags The Lincolnite and Lincolnshire Echo failed to cover the protest.

Tamper Westfield Terrace

April 17, 2019

— to be continued —

Upshot

April 17, 2019

— to be continued —

Sheffield Winter Garden

April 17, 2019

— to be continued —

Easter in Sheffield

April 17, 2019

Easter very late this year, very warm and sunny.

Last weekend, Palm Sunday, cold and wintry. Today warm and sunny. By the weekend, Easter Weekend, maybe 25C.

A detour to Sheffield BID outside the Winter Garden.

Sheffield BID a breath of fresh air compared with Experience Guildford or Lincoln BIG. They have a shop, are helpful, actually interact with public.

I picked up a couple of guides to indie scene oin Sheffield.

They also kindly gsvr mea msap snf pitrf my in the direction for Union St.

I walked through the Winter Garden.

An amazing open covered space, claimed to be the largest covered glass space in a city centre.

Very disappointed at Union St. Third time unlucky, previous occasions Taiwanese pop up finished serving, today not there. The Friday guy, wraps, only not wraps, ….

…. Italaion junk food. Not good.

Again directions, this timer for Upshot. I would have taken a bus, but possible to walk.

I looked in on Tamper Westfield Terrace, carried on, past Sheffield University and found Upshot.

Disappointed Sam head barista and owner not there.

Guest coffees. Today Maude and Girls who Grind. On sale Standart, which is useful to know.

Reading materiel Standart, Route 57 and Coffee Shop North.

Route 57 is an anthologuyo of essasy, poetry and art from staff and students at Sheffeild Universtty.

It is exceelngt when coffee shops suport local publication.

Kiosk in York often has local publications.

I was pleased I was also able to find latest isse of Now Then as s far little luck.

Cappuccino, a Brazilian blend from Girls who Grind.

I caught abud No 120 on the way, alighted stop begore ewsfiled Terrace and caught Tamper WEsfiled Terrace before they closed. They clsoe at four, though on the door it says 4[-3p0.

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