Category Archives: STREET FOOD/POP UPS

A quick trip down memory lane – Camden Town & Market

A sunny Tuesday afternoon before I go to a blogging masterclass… Where else shall I kill two hours than in my old stomping ground of
Camden Town. It’s hot and the place is buzzing.

I decided not to eat in my usual places of Camden Kitchen and Hache and head  straight down to the Camden Market. I had a quick  mooch around and spend some time looking at the food offerings and see if anything caught my design eye.

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Tanakatsu – a Japanese Katsu specialist caught my eye and the food looked amazing. All dishes where made to order taking  about 5 minutes to cook from fresh, with a price tag of around £5.50.

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Tanakatsu – Camden


Chicken Katsu Box
Chicken Katsu Box – Tanakatsu

Food loves:
I went for the Chicken Katsu Box which came with a pumpkin croquette, an Ebi Fry (prawn Katsu) , rice salad and pickle and a side of curry sauce.  The Chicken was delicately breaded and fried, and served hot.

2015-04-07 16.11.23To be honest I was over whelmed by the beauty of such a dish served in a take away box, it was delicious and the pickles that accompanied the dish where full of taste. This is probably one of the best meals I have eaten with a plastic fork.

You can really tell these guys put there passion into their food. I really never expected such great food from a vendor in the Camden Market –  WOWZERS. Camdens food offering has really raised the bar since I worked down there!

Chicken Katsu Box - Tanakatsu
Curry Sauce – Tanakatsu
Camden Market
Camden Market

Design Loves:
It’s been a little while since I spent time in Camden Market and I loved being back. But what really blew my away was the tribute to Amy Winehouse it reminded me of the time I use to see her walking (sometimes staggering)  around Camden. Sleep tight Amy.

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Amy Winehouse Statue
Amy Winehouse Statue - Camden
Amy Winehouse Statue

I had a lovely few hours spent back in my old stomping ground of Camden and the food blew me away. Camden Markets food offering seems to have moved on from the limted selection it had when I worked there may moons ago. I will be coming back to spend more trips down memory lane and sampling the new food delights.

Thanks Camden… I’ve missed you xxx


Address: Camden High Street, London NW1 8NH
020 7485 5511

Flippin Burger!! A New street food market in Birmingham…

Now this is interesting.  After blogging about Saturdays Spring Market only yesterday and my love affair for the Digbeth Dinning Club there seems to be a new guy coming to the Birmingham table.

Taste and Liquor  will be launching a Global Feast – IVAL and weekly outdoor market set up by the people behind the Holi Rave at the new pop up venue on Lower Essex Street.

The event launches on Saturday 30th May 2015 from 12 – 6pm and will take place every week after.



Taste and Liquors  point of difference to the other, more established food markets is a focus on more globally inspired street food from the Midlands and cocktails classes. Looking forward to popping along …


A sunshine filled Spring market – Birmingham, Digbeth

The sun was shining, music pumping and the smell from the food was immense. By looking at the queues it felt like the whole of Birmingham had dropped by with us to visit the Spring Market at The Bond in Digbeth.

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Spring Market, Digbeth

Digbeth pop-up street food market gathers together a small selection of the best street food traders from Birmingham and beyond. This is the place  for foodies to catch such local food gurus as the Original Patty Men, Routemaster Bus Bar and The Bournville Waffle co. The Spring Market starts at midday and runs until 6pm. Entrance is £1.50 for adults and kids get in FREE.  Dishes can range from £3 – £7.50.

The Spring Market is set by the canal and has a great street vibe which I am sure the sunshine helped. There is a good variety of food and drink, I loved it.

Food loves …
The HungryToad got me excited by the food offering and the stall design, it was a little bit  shabby with its hand drawn menu and corrigated walls but the sparkly signage won me over  .. and I queued in a very long queue for these guys culinary delights. I opted for the chicken wings and the halloumi chips. Simple & delicious with a bit of sparkle!

Design loves
It was pure eye candy looking at all the ideas people had come up with to create and support their brands and food ideas. I loved it here, not just for the food but for the draw of the creativity that surrounded me.

3 stalls from the Spring Market that got my design heart pumping:

1. The Gamekeeper
Serving wraps, a shredded beef brisket and a veggie option of melted halloumi, the stall had a traditional country feel in true keeping of a Gamekeeper vision.

2. Original Patty Man
Serving kick ass burgers with a kickass branding… I fell in love with this pop up, infact am sure part of me wanted to jump behing the counter and help out. There was just something electric about this little place and it followed through into there brand!

3. Smoqued
Smoqued served the most beautiful, eye catching tacos I have ever seen from a bright yellow 1973 Citroen H Van. This little yellow machine just ozzed class and the food presentation was out of this world.

2015-04-18 14.08.17All of this was washed down with a gin …  A little bit of Saturday design and food heaven,  2 hours well spent – I’d say.


ROYAL ASCOT POPS UP – Michelin star dining goes to London

Pop-up restaurants are quite literally popping up all over the country! This latest restaurant is probably the poshest one to date!

Royal Ascot is only round the courner, Ascot launched a competition to find diners for the World’s first ever, horse-drawn, Michelin-starred dining experience. It arrived at Observation Point, Queen’s Walk at London’s Southbank yesterday (16th April), giving two winners an exclusive preview of there fine dining menu. Looking at Ascots twitter feed it was a huge success creating plenty of intrigue,  which any PR stunt should do …

The winners of the competition sampled a three-course Royal Ascot taster menu with select wines all prepared by Michelin-starred chefs Michael Caines and Phil Howard who are both hosting restaurants at this year’s Royal meeting. Michael & Phil partnered with Steve Golding (Executive Chef, Ascot Racecourse) to create the breathtaking pop-up restaurant.


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The beautiful mini restaurant sits inside a Victorian landau carriage matching the ones that can be seen in the Royal Procession, has space for just two diners. The winners where welcomed on board by Ascot’s famous Greencoats, before being served Champagne and canapés. They went on a tour of London’s Southbank, St Paul’s Cathedral and around London.  Each course was served at a fixed point on the route as I think trying to eat and drink whilst being pulled by two the horses called Otto and Bullet might have been a bit tricky!

A big well done to the Ascot team combing a new concept (pop ups) with such a prestigious brand steeped with tradition. Just wish I’d entered the competiton… maybe next year.


Mercado San Miguel in Madrid – Meating point


Mercado San Miguel … Is an open food Market that serves as a eat out place all day long. You can dine there, drink there or just spend some time taking in the beautiful colours and smells of the food.

Meating Point by Razanostra was a place that stood out to me from a design perspective … The name made me smile and the design elements where clean and modern.

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FRESH ROOTZ – tasty dishes made with love!

Only a short distance from Hungry Caterpillar HQ I heard a rumble that award-winning Fresh Rootz was going to appear on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (they had popped it on their BLOG ).

So we made a quick dash over there this lunch time to see what all the fuss was about …

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Counter area

You walk into an open-plan light room where the atmosphere is chilled and has a family eco vibe. You can tell you have walked into the home of Organic Vegan/Vegetarian dishes. It’s lovely and not stuffy in the slightest.

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Nice touch – Free sample cake!

The girls behind the counter are helpful and the menu is not overwhelming.  So service is swift and you can help yourself to chocolate and apricot cake while you wait! Delicious….

The decor is simple, white with chalk boards, vintage frames and plenty of mirrors with homely beach wooden tables and quirky furniture pieces dotted around. The green view from the large windows brings home the organic vibe.

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Wall art
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Outside view

For our lunch we choose the Lancashire cheese, spring onion and spinach tart severd with a raw slaw and side salad.

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Cheese tart

And the, Sri-lanka vegetable coconut curry served with raw slaw,  and couscous. The food was tasty, fresh and mouth-watering and  the whole vibe from the Fresh Rootz experience just made me feel relaxed and kind of wholesome.

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Sri-lanka coconut curry

For 2 main meals and 2 speciality coffees (they serve a macchiato – a big tick from me) our bill totalled £18.50.

So close to Hungry Caterpillars HQ it would be rude not to pop back.


Address: Ryton Organic Gardens
Wolston Road | Ryton on DunsmoreCoventry CV8 3LG

Call: 02476 308213

Hungry Caterpillar is totally digging it – Digbeth Dining Club

After starting this blog only a few months ago I started to look out for new food experiences locally and only 30 minutes up the motorway … I was so excited to find the Digbeth Dining Club, Street food held in an industrial unit underneath a railway arch in Birmingham.

The Digbeth Dining Club aim is to bring street food to the Birmingham area. Each Friday, several  stalls showcase the best of local and invited street food vendors. The Friday I went, Canoodle, Esmie’s, Fat Duck Spuds, Platinum Pancakes, Spectacular Goat and The Bean Stall where all serving up their tasty delights.

You walk into the archway to find a music playing, people eating  and chatting, it’s buzzing and the food smells devine. At first I found myself panicking,  what food should I have? I had total  food envy from all directions so I did what I knew best  and hit the bar for a swift half to gather my thoughts!

The food is all about the taste and not too pricey,  my nephew, Jordan (see Hungry Buddies) and I had 2 tasty courses for the total cost of £17. Ace times.

Food loves:
After getting my food envy under control I dived straight into Esmie’s Salt Fish, rice and salad served in a tortilla basket (nice touch).  It was fresh homemade and reminded me of my Dad and my Jamaican roots. It hit the spot! It tasted incredible!

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Esmie’s Caribbean & Seafood
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Esmie’s Caribbean & Seafood menu
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Esmie’s Caribbean & Seafood
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Esmie’s Caribbean & Seafood – Salt fish tortilla
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Fat Duck Spuds

 Jordan Tucked into  Fat Duck Spuds burger which seemed to keep him quiet for a little while and nodded in all the right places.

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Fat Duck Spuds – Burger
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Fat Duck Spuds – Burger
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Fat Duck Spuds – Serving away!

We finished it all off with pancakes from Platinum Pancakes. These where prepared in front of you with the two owners happily giving me suggestion on what fillings to have as I don’t have the sweetest of teeth. So I had banana, cinnamon and custard … Nice and tasty and a fab round up of our Digbeth Dinning Club experience.

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Platinum Pancakes
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Platinum Pancakes – PANCAKE!
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Platinum Pancakes – Menu


Designs loves:
When entering the railway arch I noticed to my left the cute vintage caravan that was serving wood fire pizza which looked amazing. I was amazed with the guys and gals working away in this tiny beautiful space. I loved the bunting the cute little curtains and chalk boards. It created  great visual impact on entering the dinning club. Pizza next time for me!2014-09-05 19.36.39 2014-09-05 19.36.11

The atmosphere brings back all my memories of my creative designer days in my old stomping ground of Camden Town where the variety of food was endless. I know where I’ll be going on a Friday night from now on!

 Whats on: Digbeth Dining Club

Website: Digbeth Dining Club

When: Every Friday night at Spotlight