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Day in Brighton

June 10, 2018

Rail works, instead of arriving midday, arrive not long before one o’clock.

Cappuccino off Small Batch stall. Compostable cup? Do not know, did not ask. Will drop on compost heap.

I love what is on the side of a bus, get on and go somewhere.

Pleased to see owner of Grocer & Grain. He has a wide range of coffee. But Union not as fresh as could be, as getting via Infinity Foods. Why are Union not supplying direct?

Stop off at soup kitchen for homeless. Quail.

A fashion shop that is ethical, though not open today.

I liked what was on the window re plastic.

But why is Brighton not doing more?

Why are the disgusting fish n chip shops on the seafront still using polystyrene trays and burger style boxes?

Cycle hire very busy. Only one not busy as not all cycles taken. Contrast with Lincoln where the cycle hire not popular.

North Laine, not possible to sit outside Iydea, carry on to Magazine Brighton. Surprisingly busy, and to my pleasant surprise has latest Standart.

Excellent lunch sat outside Iydea. Followed by refreshing fruit juice, I think apple, carrot, lemon and ginger.

The cafe next door has gone, now an ice cream parlour, Brass Moneky, the ice cream made down in the basement. I try. Very good.

Brass Monkey has only been open two weeks, will serve coffee.

Then on to Pelicano for a coffee. I was initially going to have a V60, but decie on a cappuccino. I also add one of their excellent cakes, a jewel cake.

I notice many changes. Is it my imagination? No. Standart on sale, a wider range of coffee, and the coffee has improved.

They tell me they have installed a new 20kg roaster down in the basement. I did not think to ask how they got it down there.

I was doing this the wrong way round.

Walk down to the seafront, then walk back up to the station.

Early for me to leave, sun high in the sky, only 6-30, but I am tired, and thinking will be cool at the end of my journey.

All day it has been hot.

1855 Southern Fail from Brighton to Victoria, only four coaches usually twelve, packed in like sardines.

Lunch at Iydea

October 26, 2014

lunch at Iydea

lunch at Iydea

Has Iydea changed hands?

Food still good, but not much else.

Internal décor has changed. Not an improvement.

Inside horrendous music thudding out. Lunch and as an added bonus, leave with a headache.

It used to be two plates, two portion sizes.

Now, pick what you wish to eat, two vegetable or salad choices.

Very unpleasant surly person serving. When asked, what the different dishes were, said read what it says on the counter. Same with the toppings.

I would fire him on the spot.

They used to have very charming and helpful staff.

I sat outside, it was far to unpleasant to sit inside. Though not too warm to sit outside.

They used to have cakes, a delicious choice. If they still have cakes, not apparent.

I walked to Taylor St Baristas and had a cappuccino and a cookie.

Late October day in Brighton

October 26, 2010


Late in more than one sense. It was late October, but I was also late getting there.

The previous day I had decided to go down to Brighton as the weather forecast was good and no rail works, offering a window of opportunity for a day out in Brighton before the clocks turned back and winter arrived. But Saturday night I was tired, it was forecast to be cold on Sunday, so instead of an early night that I knew I needed, I did not get to bed until the early hours of the morning.

I awoke Sunday in time to get down to Brighton, but I was so tired and dead to the world that getting up did not seem a very favourable proposition. A couple of hours later, seeing how sunny it was, I thought to myself this is stupid, to waste a lovely day at home, so I set off to Brighton far too late for it to be a realistic proposition. Train went via Hove due to rail works, thus instead of arriving at midday, I did not arrive until 2-30 in the afternoon.

I would have liked to have gone straight down to the seafront, but by the time I had popped into see Hakan in Grocer and Grain, it was down to North Laine to eat at a late lunch at Iydea.

I had some excellent soup in Grocer and Grain which I am sorry to say I cannot remember what it was other than it was something and tomato, but I took a picture. It was very good so hopefully I will get the recipe to share.

I would have liked to have gone down to the seafront, but by now half the afternoon had gone, so I went direct to Iydea for lunch. It would have been nice to have eaten outside, but too late to catch the sun so I had to eat inside. I cannot remember what I had, but it was as always very tasty. I finished off with a flapjack. It had something poured on it, maybe honey, plus some seeds, very nice.

From a quirky bookshop I picked up an interesting book, Using the Plot by Paul Merrett, which I enjoyed reading on my way home.

Looking in Infinity Foods I saw they had won the local food awards for best food store. Well done I told them as yes they deserve it, but adding that I had not voted for them but for Grocer and Grain as it would have been nice if Grocer and Grain as a little corner shop had won.

By the time I got down to the seafront it was late afternoon. There was sill some warmth left in the sun but it was not long before it set.

I enjoyed watching the sun set behind the derelict West Pier.

I had a chat with the guy with the bookstall. He said it had been pleasantly warm earlier.

I walked back along the seafront and along Brighton Pier. Not many people about, cold and dark.

Last time I was in Brighton I was able to watch a sliver of a new moon rising on the horizon. From the pier I could see the full moon rising over Brighton, reflections of the lights and the moon in the sea.

Then walk up to the station and catch the train home.

As always I missed my lovely friend Iva who I used to meet in Brighton when she lived in England. I called her whilst I was watching the sun go down, but walking along the seafront and towards the end of the pier I missed her.

An October day in Brighton

October 11, 2010

I left the house at 10 am in the morning on Sunday 10 October 2010. A very auspicious start to the day.

I was on my way to Brighton. It was dull and hazy but I had faith the sun would come out. And it did, it was a lovely sunny day all day. Along the coast in the Solent it was 22.5 degrees Centigrade, the top temperature of the day. Warm for almost mid-October. It was probably not far off that in Brighton.

And there were no rail works! The train to Brighton was packed. Many others must have had the same idea as me.

It was a little too early to see the autumn colours. The trees were just starting to turn.

On arrival at Brighton Station I felt sad as I used to be met by my lovely Czech friend Iva when she was in England. She would meet me at the station and we would spend the day together in Brighton.

I popped into Grocer and Grain and had a chat with Hakan. I enjoyed his tomato and celery soup, with a kick from added Turkish herbs. Hopefully a recipe soon. Outside lovely flowers for sale.

From Grocer and Grain I walked down to and then along the seafront. Even though there was a breeze blowing, it was surprisingly hot on the seafront.

I would have walked along Brighton Pier, but it was just too crowded to be enjoyable.

Outside the pier lots of bikes and bikers standing around looking like Paulo Coelho clones. Or is it the other way around, Paulo Coelho looks like a biker?

Excellent lunch outside Iydea. And thanks to Charlotte, who asked if she could join me, for her excellent company and conversation.

Earlier outside Infinity Foods I was given a couple of pumpkin seeds. I popped back to Infinity Foods after eating at Iydea as I wanted to buy some excellent Whydark* dark chocolate from Chocolate Organiko.

A saunter along the seafront to watch the sun setting behind the derelict old West Pier.

By the time I had walked up to Taj the Grocer, back along the seafront to the pier and along the pier, it was time to set off back home.

Walking along the seafront after the sun had set, a sliver of a new moon was rising above the horizon.

A lovely day out. My only regret my lovely friend Sian was not with me as she would enjoy Brighton but she is sadly very poorly. Also too would my lovely friend Iva have loved a day out in Brighton.

10-10-10 A quirk of dates. Nothing special were it not for the fact that the charismatic leader of a Jewish sect had his birthday arbitrarily set to a pagan festival.

Day Out in Brighton

September 10, 2010
Brighton Pier

Brighton Pier

Tuesday of last week I decided that if it was nice weather at the weekend I would spend the day in Brighton on the Sunday. At the weekend the weather forecast decided it for me, the weather was rapidly deteriorating, thus off down to Brighton I went on Sunday morning.

Walking down to the seafront, my eye was caught by a display outside a shop a couple of minutes from the station. I went over to investigate and was glad I did as I found Grocer and Grain, a delightful food store. I spent about an hour or more there chatting to Hakan.

My plans to walk down to the seafront pleasantly disrupted I walked into North Laine and had an excellent lunch at Iydea, my dessert a blueberry and raspberry cake from Grocer and Grain.

Eventually late afternoon I did manage to get down to the seafront. A crab sandwich from Jack and Linda Mills who I caught as they were closing.

Walking along the seafront I was lucky to pick up from the bookstall by the derelict West Pier two Jamie Oliver cookbooks, Jamie’s Dinners and Jamie’s America. I was tempted by the Paulo Coelho books, but I decided next time as I had too much to carry.

By the time I wandered along Brighton Pier the sun had long gone down and the pier was all but deserted. It was then time to wander back up to the station and go home.

I wish my lovely friend Sian had joined me as she would have enjoyed a day by the seaside. I also missed my lovely Czech friend Iva who I used to meet for a day together in Brighton.

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