Burgers At Jam Jar, Jesmond

Burgers at Jam Jar, Jesmond

  • May 14, 2014

You can see the thinking behind burger night at Jam Jar – 2 burgers & fries for £14 guarantees that every Tuesday night, the place is going to be rammed – yes, with students. Osborne Road, though it continually tries, has never been the epicentre of Newcastle’s culinary scene – is this new bar with tables any different?

Review: The Fat Hippo Underground, Newcastle

Review: The Fat Hippo Underground, Newcastle

  • May 13, 2014

Since leaving the student lifestyle behind, I’ve tended to avoid the Jesmond branch of The Fat Hippo like the plague. Totally the target market, but there’s only so many students wearing their pyjamas, “doing” a hangover brunch that I can take. Osborne Road, man… Especially in  the cramped little converted front from that is the restaurant. Hey ho.

Live Below The Line Challenge: Day 5

Live Below the Line Challenge: Day 5

  • May 8, 2014

It is done. On some level I succeeded, but not without cheating here and there. Friday afternoons at work are just filled with eats and treats, so the ice lolly and beer were just way too tempting. Getting hungry and tired as I headed towards the weekend led me astray, and despite the promise of a fancy wedding meal at Wynyard Hall the very next day, I couldn’t resist. Sorry.

Live Below The Line Challenge: Day 4

Live Below the Line Challenge: Day 4

  • May 2, 2014

Wednesday night is usually punctuated with the “top-up shop”, but not this week. Unsurprisingly, I’ve learned is that I eat way too much normally (who would have guessed…), and a “recommended” serving portion will fill me until the next meal – but the lack of exciting ingredients certainly makes the food bland. 

Live Below The Line Challenge: Day 3

Live Below the Line Challenge: Day 3

  • May 1, 2014

Part of my goal in doing this was to show that actually, you can eat somewhat OK food, if you try and come up with creative recipes. Well, three days in and I’ve realised you certainly can’t have any creativity at this budget.

Live Below The Line Challenge: Day 2

Live Below the Line Challenge: Day 2

  • April 30, 2014

Not feeling as hungry as I thought I would now, but I’ll take that as a sign it is going to get much worse as the week goes on. I now appreciate that you can eat on £1/day if needs really be, which makes me wonder how some people struggle putting food on the table. On the other hand, it’s easy to see how fast food is an incredibly easy option to get something that resembles food, for very little cost – a McDonalds 89p hamburger comes to mind, but I think we all know how unfulfilled that leaves you feeling…

Live Below The Line Challenge: Day 1

Live Below the Line Challenge: Day 1

  • April 28, 2014

It is Sunday night. I’ve spent the past few hours trying to work out how I can get “the best bang for my buck”. I am attempting to complete a week of living on £1/day food cost, i.e “Live Below the Line”, in partnership with Oxfam GB.

Recipe: Devilled Black Pudding

Recipe: Devilled Black Pudding

  • March 31, 2014

I am going to stick my neck out and call this the best satisfying brunch ever. It ticks all the boxes you need when suffering the effects of a big night out – bread, meat, eggs and something spicy. It’s a dirty version of eggs Benedict really, which glorious as it is, has been done to death on the recipe blogs.

Coop Chicken House, Newcastle

Coop Chicken House, Newcastle

  • January 30, 2014

After a string of recent restaurant openings in Newcastle which have (appeared to have) been fairly successful, I thought about the ins and outs of it, and well, the Peace & Loafs etc. of the world make it look easy, because in reality, it must be bloody hard to do so, not least for the little guy.

Newcastle Restaurant Week – Good Value?

Newcastle Restaurant Week – Good Value?

  • January 20, 2014

It’s that time again! Twice a year, everyone seems to ask where we’re off for restaurant week, and the answer rarely changes – 21, Electric East, yadda yadda yadda. This year it is bigger than ever, with more than 60 restaurants taking part, and yet again, some places just “get it” more than others when it comes to the week of gluttonous offers. Make sure you check out restaurant coupons too for further savings.