Sausage Fest (literally)

We carnivores just adore meat. We adore it in all forms, whether its grilled, fried or baked. We also have our favorites chicken, beef, pork, turkey or even pigeons. I am a hard core carnivore. I absolutely love meat. Especially if someone mentions Chicken or Beef, I am first in the line. So when I got an invite from Sofitel, BKC, Mumbai, for their Charcuterie Festival, I was ready in a minute. Their was also the opportunity to meet the German Charcuterie Chef Hans Hartmann. So hence  I was at Artisan, Sofitel, Bkc, Mumbai, to taste some nice meat.

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Artisan is a chilled place, with obviously artisan stuff. On entering we saw some really mouthwatering chocolates and desserts. But also an awesome meat table with breads and more.

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Charcuterie is the form of cooking, where the meat is flavored and prepared before the refrigeration. Mostly to preserve the meat for a long time.  Charcuterie included foods like sausages, pate, terrines and more, made by various meats. The sausages and meat loafs at Sofitel are specially made in house by Chef Hartmann. Chef Indrajeet ( Exec. Chef of Sofitel) also mentioned that they are going to keep the meats throughout at Artisan and not just for a few days. The best part I feel is, not only you can come and eat here, but you can also buy the meat and take it home. The array of sausages, salami and meat loaf is absolutely great. Majority consisting of Pork, or Pork mixed with Chicken or Beef. But there are also some made up of only Chicken and only Beef also.

Chef Hartmann has included alot of German Sausages in the menu. Though I couldn’t taste the pork ones but as seen on the menu they have the very famous Currywurst, Frankfurter, Bratwurst and more.

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So after a quick introduction about the Charcuterie and its making by Exec. Chef Indrajeet, we meet Chef Hartmann, who was with us the whole evening. After asking our preferences and due to our confusion on what to order, we were served one of the best items on the menu –

Chicken Jalapeno and Beef Chorizo Sausages

Chicken Jalapeno and Beef Chorizo Sausages

This was my plate. The Chicken and Jalapeno, and the Beef Chorizo sausages served with a potato salad and relish. Though only two sausages but two good fat sausages. I liked the chicken jalapeno one. But the star of the night was the Beef Chorizo. It was spicy, full of flavor, basically it was delicious. The potato salad or more like herb potatoes and relish were also good.

Chicken and Pork Meat loaf and Salami

Chicken and Pork Meat loaf and Salami

This was my friend Mohit Chotrani from http://www.hungrybawarchi.com ‘s plate. I couldn’t taste much from it cause it was mostly pork. So can’t comment much on it.

German breads

German breads

They have also started German breads, which again you can buy separately. I really liked the multi-grain bread. As they are perfect for sandwiches and also have a nice distinct taste to it. I didn’t like the brown colored one. It was steamed and it tasted like a bad pudding bread.

Conclusion – The night was okay. What I feel is there was more of talking and less of eating. Even though mine and Chef Hartmann conversations were mere more like debates, but I would like to say that after years of experience and traveling almost half the globe, this man knows his meat. My opinion by tasting only two sausages I can say that there were delicious. Definitely worth a eat/buy when you are in BKC, and in the mood for a light but yet filling meal.

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UK diairies Part 1

After being MIA for 3 weeks, I am back. I am back from a much needed / much wanted / much epic holiday. My visit to the United Kingdom was fabulous. I visited four cities in the UK, first Birmingham then Peterborough, then London and then Lincoln. Now lets get to our main point – Food !

First stop Birmingham –

Ah! the midlands of UK. How I love the long summer days, the type of sunny day where you want to get out and enjoy the sunlight, and then the cold winds in the evening giving you the perfect chill. We were at Birmingham for three days. First day out, we figured we take the bus to the city center. I am pretty sure all of you have seen the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( those who haven’t seen the Harry Potter series please shut this down and go and see it NOW ! ). Let just say Harry in the Knight Bus = Me in the Birmingham buses. Somehow we reached the center and were off to our main work – shopping !  But we are talking about food here so –

Birmingham has loads of food chains with McDonalds, Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and Dominos being the obvious. There were also the ones I never tried. This trip was aimed at trying new best places to eat and finish my ” to – eat list. ” My first try was Pret A Manger and also my first time try in the UK was Nandos. I tried Nandos in Mumbai, but everyone just keeps raving about the Nandos at UK, so had to try right.

Apple Tea

Apple Tea

Pret A Manger, is an awesome place for tea, coffee and sandwiches. It is filled with healthy and organic food, which is made fresh everyday and supposed to be consumed on the same day. The leftovers are given to charity at the end of the day. Lets just say Pret A Manger has been my lunch and evening snack option a lot ! I absolutely loved this place. The English Breakfast tea, Apple Tea, fresh Smoothies, and their special juices and cold drinks was simply great.There was a hot and cold section for sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups. I tried both the hot and cold sandwiches and they were just delightful. I didn’t get time to click the snaps of all of the items but trust me the food was delicious. Other savory and sweet items where also fresh, yummy and the portion size was more than good.

Nandos Peri Peri Chicken

Nandos Peri Peri Chicken

Then we shift to Nandos. Everyone would probably know about Nandos. If not, it is an African – Portuguese restaurant chain famous all over the world, especially for its Peri Peri sauces and obviously for its delicious food. My Nandos craving was finally fulfilled with 1/4 Chicken with Extra Hot Peri Peri sauce, mashed potatoes and spicy rice. What a meal ! Super tasty, bang for the buck and filling, all and all epic ! I will be going to the supermarket and getting the Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce for myself soon.

An Almost English Breakfast

An Almost English Breakfast

English Breakfast was on my “to eat” list. English Breakfast consists of eggs, sausages, bacon and other side dishes like hash brown, toast, tea, etc. We were staying at the Hampton by Hilton, Birmingham. Nice hotel with a good breakfast to start your day with. I ticked my almost English Breakfast here, cause I had to avoid the bacon and sausages. So my almost English Breakfast consisted of tea, eggs, hash browns, baked beans and toast. I absolutely hogged on the baked beans and scrambled eggs. They were too yummy.

Next stop – Peterborough

I was staying at my relative’s place here for like two days in Peterborough. So pretty much had nice and tasty home cooked meals. But we did go out for an Italian meal at Fratelli.

Located in the town center, Fratelli was packed and bustling with people when we arrived. We were lucky we didn’t get any waiting. Though we were seated outside. I went inside for some quick snaps.

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I absolutely loved the decor here. The Sicilia map, vegetables and meat hung across what I think was the bar or something (didn’t get to go inside and see that part of the place properly). They also had a special section selling olive oils, pastas, sauces and Italian desserts.

Margherita Pizza

Margherita Pizza

Potato Pasta

Potato Pasta

The pizza tasted much like the ones we get here, but the Potato Pasta (I forgot the original name, you know me) was my favorite dish. It was what I remember as baby potatoes cooked with a delicious spicy tomato sauce and topped with mozzarella. It was something new and full of flavors.

So that was my short trip in Birmingham and Peterborough. Next stop is London and that will be continued in the next post. This is one long three part post. I know three ! But I cannot help it, I ate too much.  So you guys have to bear with me.