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Lunch at Caffe Macchiato

February 11, 2015
menu pollo boscaiola

menu pollo boscaiola

pollo boscaiola

pollo boscaiola

side salad

side salad

Excellent lunch at Caffe Macchiato.

Pollo buscaiola, breast of chicken cooked with wine, peppers, served with porcini mushrooms in a garlic and tomato sauce, chips and a side salad.

The side salad, very similar to a Greek salad, was served first, which was good, as I was hungry.

In the spring, it would be better to serve with English or Jersey new potatoes rather than chips.

Portion generous. More than sufficient for two people.

Everything freshly prepared from fresh ingredients.

Caffe Macchiato is an Italian restaurant at the top end of Union Street. The only attractive building in the street.

Union Street was an attractive tree-lined street, pleasant to sit outside Caffe Macchiato on a warm afternoon. All the tress have been cut down and uprooted, leaving an unpleasant stark urban street.

Caffe Macchiato is a rarity being the only decent place to eat in Aldershot. Indeed it is even worth making a trip to Aldershot.

End of last year an idiot had left a very nasty review on TripAdvisor claiming poor service, unpleasant staff, not freshly cooked or fresh ingredients. Ignore, as a pack of lies.

Occasional live music in the evening. The next live music is on St Valentine’s day, but it is already overbooked.

Cappuccino at Stokes on High Bridge

January 29, 2015
Stokes on High Bridge

Stokes on High Bridge

first floor restaurant

first floor restaurant



bacon bap and cappuccino

bacon bap and cappuccino

A cold morning in Lincoln. Had I known Stokes was open before nine o’clock, and as little is open before nine o’clock, I would have got there before nine’clock, as it was it was around nine o’clock, or a little after.

Had I arrived before nine o’clock, I would have had a bacon bap downstairs in the coffee bar, but no, I was told, gone nine o’clock first floor restaurant. I am sure, had it been the girls I know, I would have got it downstairs.

But no worries I had the place to myself.

Bacon was excellent as was the cappuccino, but then I expect no less from Stokes on High Bridge who set the gold standard for lesser coffees to be judged by.

I am always impressed by the girls at Stokes, today even more so. I learnt not only are they skilled baristas, they know a lot about coffee.

If you have to wear a t-shirt that says barista, it means you are not.

It always amazes me, excellent coffee, and people drink disgusting undrinkable coffee, or what masquerades as coffee, at Costa or tax-dodging Starbucks and Caffe Nero.

Stokes have a single origin coffee Santa Maria de Lourdes, high altitude aribica from Nicaragua.

From half past nine, rapidly filled up. By the time I left, a little after ten o’clock, very busy.

A fourth generation family business, Stokes has been of the coffee and tea business since 1902, at their present location in a beautiful Tudor building on High Bridge, a Medieval Bridge with Norman foundations, since 1937.

Stokes not only serve excellent coffee, they are coffee roasters, supplying local indy coffee shops.

Unlike most towns, Lincoln has a good selection of indy coffee shops, many serving Stokes coffee, or of not Stokes, quality coffee.

Stokes also own Stokes at The Collection, where they have occasionally live music.

I have suggested they book Jewelia.

Evening of Friday 13 February 2015, Robinson O’Dwyer Kelly, will be launching their new alum A Horn & A Shout.

Late lunch at Caffe Macchiato

December 19, 2014

I was late, I decided to have pollo crema a fungi. Chicken breast with a mushroom sauce, chips and a side salad.

Pollo crema a fungi was excellent, highly recommended.

The chips were excellent too, though I would have preferred new potatoes or sauté potatoes, as they would have gone better with the dish.

The salad was very much like a Greek salad.

I added a Peroni.

It was Friday evening, Caffe Macchiato closes at six, but luckily there was a private dinner function that night. I stayed until half past seven.

An idiot has posted a fake review on TripAdvisor, claiming the staff are rude and miserable, the food is not good, not fresh, quality ingredients.

Nothing could be further from the truth, excellent freshly cooked food, fresh quality ingredients the staff always pleasant and helpful.

Newspapers to read, Times, Independent, Daily Mail, art on the wall by Emilia, free wifi.

Caffe Macchiato is the only decent place to eat in Aldershot.

Guildford farmers market

December 16, 2014
Angel Inn

Angel Inn

Guildford farmers market is usually first Tuesday of the month, today was an additional market.

Better than last market, when it was a cold miserable day. Today cold, but at least not damp.

Bread off Celtic Baker, and a flapjack, very expensive cheese off one of the cheese stalls, apples off apple stall.

A new fish stall. Mainly fish cakes. No fresh fish crabs, lobsters. They would love to have, but not sure when other stalls have similar produce. I said yes, healthy competition and gives customers who support the market choice.

Very busy, some stalls impossible to get near.

Lots of stalls selling overpriced tat.

Three pitches with musicians today.

I had a chat with David Mwaniki. He was selling a CD for a tenner, Songs from the Garden. Far too high a price. A tenner people will think twice, a fiver they will not. I advised him to upload his music to bandcamp. For his current album Songs from the Garden not possible, as only three are his own songs and he would run into all sorts of copyright issues. Yet another example of copyright stifling creativity.

He thanked me and let me have a CD for a fiver.

Note: If you come across David Mwaniki, buy Songs from the Garden, pay a tenner, it is well worth a tenner.

lunch at Thai restaurant

lunch at Thai restaurant

Lunch at Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage. So so, not up to their usual high standard. When the boss is not there, standards slip and staff unpleasant and surly.

Earlier, popped in Phyllis Tuckwell charity shop. Now relocated to Quarry Street. Why do they have to have moronic music and commercials for Phyllis Tuckwell playing all day? Unpleasant for customers and very unpleasant working conditions for the staff. Once again an example of someone at head office where their salary exceeds the number of brain cells, imposing crass stupidity on lower levels.

A coffee and cookie in Harris + Hoole.

There will be no farmers market in January. Normal service resumed in February, first Tuesday of the month in Guildford High Street.

Community Shop

December 14, 2014
Community Shop

Community Shop

The UK is the most unequal western country. The rich during recession have seen their income double, the poor have seen their income stagnate or decline. Austerity is used as an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, cuts to welfare payments, the poor and the sick punished for the sins of the bankers. Those on benefits, apart from cuts, are being repeatedly sanctioned on a whim by sick bastards in Job Centres who take a sick pleasure in seeing others suffer.

ConDem government job creation consists of low paid, part time, temporary, de-skilled, zero hours McJobs. The working poor. Bad employers are being subsidised by the taxpayer.

Fuel and food inflation has risen faster than the rest of Europe.

No surprise then that Food Banks are the fastest growing sector of the economy.

Dating from Medieval times, maybe going back to Biblical times, gleaners would go in after a harvest and glean what was left from the fields.

Supermarkets, rather than bear the costs of surplus food when overstocked, reject food supplies on a whim. Cornish pasties rejected when delivery 17 minutes late, ten tonnes of tomatoes rejected wrong size. Produce often never leaves a field, the farmer then left to plough the crop back in or feed to animals, either a very expensive green manure or very expensive animal feed.

A bread shop in Farnham, end of the day, the bread is thrown away. Similarly with a bread shop cum café in Farnborough.

Coffee shop Harris + Hoole in Guildford at the end of the day throws its food away.

Supermarkets, what they cannot sell, goes in the skip.

Community Shop offers a better solution than Food Banks, it takes rejected food stock, otherwise quality food, and puts it on its shelves, sells at a third of market price to its members.

Community Shop is an example of the sharing gift economy, collaborative commons, the fastest growing sector of the economy, but in the main below the economic radar as does not contribute to GDP.

We need more local businesses like Community Shop, that work in the collaborative commons, that retain and recycle money within the local economy.

TechStart in Aldershot, takes in surplus computers, refurbishes, re-sells at low price, net café, computer repairs, training.

Skipchen in Bristol takes surplus food, turns into delicious meals on a pay-what-you-can-afford.

Transition Community Cafe in Fishguard takes in surplus food, turns into low-priced delicious meals.

Bristol Skipchen surplus food cafe

December 7, 2014
Bristol Skipchen

Bristol Skipchen

Bristol Skipchen is a wonderful idea.

Intercept food that would otherwise go to waste, turn it into delicious meals, then pay-as-you-want.

You can give nothing, you can pay what you think it is worth or what you can afford, you can volunteer.

If no payment made, it is not classed as a loss, better to eat the food than it going to waste.

Bristol Skipchen is a far better idea than food banks.

An excellent example of the gift economy, collaborative commons.

We need more community ventures that treat people as people, not as zombie consumers.

Lunch at Guildford Institute

December 5, 2014
chickpea bake and salad

chickpea bake and salad

Another cold, wet damp afternoon.

I was lucky, chickpea bake and salad, that was all that was left, followed by blackberry and apple crumble.

Good news is, lady who does the Friday lunches, will be returning in January (she was due to leave end of this month).

On the walls, interesting art, Lenny’s Art.

Guildford Gallery has a craft exhibition. Well worth a visit for the kaleidoscopes.

Too cold and damp to hang around. Even the zombie shoppers were scarce on the ground.

Guildford farmers market

December 2, 2014
Guildford farmers market December

Guildford farmers market

Angel Gate

Angel Gate

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Guildford farmers market is a miserable affair at this time of year at the best of times. Today a very sorry affair, cold damp, few stalls. I felt very sorry for those manning the stalls.

A hassle getting to Guildford.

Dysfunctional trains and buses: It was touch and go, if I would make the Reading-Guildford train if I walked to the station and caught the train, therefore I decided to catch a bus to Aldershot (problematic as bus service so unreliable) and catch the Aldershot-Guildford cattle truck. I managed with a few minutes to spare, only to find no train, half an hour wait for next train. I thought maybe catch the bus, even though I had paid for the train. I asked the bus driver what time bus arrived in Guildford. His dumb reply: When it gets there. As it was a clapped-out double decker bus and not a very pleasant journey, I decided to wait for the next clapped-out cattle truck. On arrival at Guildford to find I had been sold wrong tickets. More hassle sorting that out.

Net result, over an hour later than I wished to arrive at the farmers market, cold damp and miserable in the Hight Street.

I would have had lunch at Thais restaurant in Jeffries Passage, but far too late. I decided on lunch at Glutton & Glee.

On leaving Glutton & Glee the temperature had noticeably dropped. Before, very wet and damp, now very dry.

Coffee at Costa. Not my choice, A friend said let’s go there, as she had arranged to meet a friend. How can anyone drink this rubbish? No surprise almost empty. Harris + Hoole at this time of day would be packed.

Cattle truck to Aldershot.

No bus at seven o’clock, had to wait 20 minutes for the next bus.

Guildford farmers market is held on the first Tuesday of the month. There will be no market in January. There will be an extra market in two weeks time.

Mog’s Deli

November 15, 2014
Mog's Deli

Mog’s Deli

olive oil

olive oil

Mog's Deli

Mog’s Deli

I passed a shop I had not noticed before, Mog’s Deli, a coffee shop cum deli.

I bought some ham, which proved not to be very good. I would have expected a deli to have much better quality ham.

The coffee, a brand coffee, why not from one of the many small coffee roasters? Union hand roasted, Winchester coffee roasters, Allpress?

Very charming and helpful girls.

I had chat with one of the girls, and she said they had all been trained in coffee making.

Large glass jars full of olive oil. These used to fill lovely glass bottles, which are then corked. Customers can bring their bottles back for a refill.

Nicely done out.

Mog’s Deli, another example of clueless in the use of social media. If you want people to read your tweets, do not use facebook robots to send out meaningless tweets. If you cannot be bothered to write a tweet, why expect anyone be bothered to read them?

Lunch in Italian coffee shop Bottega dei Sapori

November 15, 2014
mushroom tortellini

mushroom tortellini

Excellent mushroom tortellini in the Italian coffee shop Bottega dei Sapori.

I would have had tea, but it is teapigs which is not quality tea, a totally owned subsidiary of Tetley.

I do wish they would change to quality tea. Absolutely no excuse teapigs.


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