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April: Hungry’s top 5 design loves from the world of food….

Each month I will quickly blog about my 5 design loves  from the food and drink industry that I have spotted on my travels. These could be anything from interesting menu designs, to unique logos or a sexy new food concept or just simply something that makes me laugh.

So here goes for the month of April that seen the nation eagerly await the arrival Kate and Williams royal baby. I was out there falling in love with these creative ideas:

1.  Menu Design: A menu in a plant pot such a simple yet effective idea  and could be quite cost effective for small food businesses such as restaurants, bars and cafes.

All Bar One have kept there creative very simple and I think actual plant should be more of the herb variety and the word ‘peckish’  maybe shouldn’t be used as it might encourage the eating of the plant (see below). Great concept could just work a little harder.

Spotted at: Allbarone at Euston Station

All Bar One - Plant Menu
All Bar One – Plant Menu
Hungry getting Peckish
Hungry getting Peckish

2. Food ideas – Tacos:  The beauty of the meat tacos street food dish stopped me in my tracks, the vibrant combinations of colours and lovingly stacked piles of meats, vegetables and pickles was something I hadn’t seen before.  Beautiful and unexpected.

Spotted at: Served by Smoqued at the Seasonal Market, Birmingham

Smoqued Tacos
Smoqued Tacos 
Smoqued menu
Smoqued menu

3.  Interior Design: A fried egg lamp shade anyone? This lamp rocked my world when I entered the The Breakfast Club Cafe not only does it supports the breakfast theme for obvious reasons it enhances the 80s vibe. It brought total joy to my day.

 Spotted at: The Breakfast Club Cafe, London Bridge 

Fried Egg Lamp Shade - The Breakfast club cafe - London Bridge
Fried Egg Lamp Shade – The Breakfast club cafe – London Bridge

4. Drinks promotion:  Virgins Tilting Ale. An ale that makes you tilt? Brilliant – bring it on.  The ale named after Virgin’s tilting pendolino trains reviews are pretty good but I didnt know if a ‘titling’ ale promoted sensible drinking . Or maybe it’s me just over thinking the word tilting,  Anyway it caused for a giggle on the way home!

Spotted at: London – Rugby on a Virgin (Tilting) Train 2015-04-07 22.58.34-2

 

5. Signage: Just add sparkle. I loved this sign by the Hungry Toad as mentioned in my blog at the Birmingham Spring Market. One effective sign brought the whole stand to life.

I would have never put the glitter signage with the Hungy Toads branding. But it just worked… Well done guys! May be should just all add sparkle.

 Spotted at: Seasonal Market, Birmingham

Hungry Toad signage
Hungry Toad signage
Hungry Toad
Hungry Toad

Fab look back through April. I will keep spotting design loves and who knows what May will bring. Exciting times ahead.

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.

vanessa myers - camden

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

Website: www.camdenmarket.com

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

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.