22 Apr 2017

The Veeg Inn At The Orange Tree Leicester

Happy Saturday guys and dolls! I hope you are well rested and enjoying the awesomeness of the weekend. Today I want to talk about food, good food in fact great food! This month I was invited by the stupendous guys at The Orange Tree Leicester to come on down and partake in their third Vegan Event Sloppy O's. I attended their first Veeg Inn back in February and it was a night full of mind blowing vegan grub and cocktails. And with the Sloppy O's Event being a SELL OUT this was sure to be just as swell. Serving a two course meal of junk food including burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, tacos, donuts & more and all cooked fresh, by hand. I couldn't wait to get stuck in! The only problem was choosing what to order as I wanted to eat ALL the food!
Mains
Big O’s Burger
Beef flavoured soy patties with vegan cheese, house source, gherkins, sliced tomatoes & baby gem lettuce in a bun.
Hot O’s Dog

Vegan sausages in a hot dog roll, topped with sauerkraut, fried onions, cheese sauce & mustard.

Sloppy O’s Pizza

Stuffed cheese crust pizza topped with tomato sauce, chilli soy, green peppers, red onion & mozzarella style cheese.

Black Bean Chilli TacO’s (gf)

Corn taco shells filled with soy & black bean chilli, topped with guacamole, vegan sour cream & jalapeƱos.

O’s Seitan Doner Kebab

Chargrilled doner flavoured seitan served with chilli sauce, garlic mayo, salad & pickled jalapenos in pitta bread.

Desserts

Oreo & ice cream sundae. 
Filled donuts with dipping sauce.

For my main deal (after a lot of deliberation) I went for *Hot O’s Dog vegan sausages in a  hot dog roll, topped with sauerkraut, fried onions, cheese sauce & mustard with a pint of *Stella. All mains cost £9.95 and were served with a mix of sweet potato & regular fries (which meant I didn't have to choose between the fries YAS!). I totally completely and throughly enjoyed this. I mean I don't often get to sink my teeth into a load of vegan junk food and this vegan dish was the shizzle! The sausages were tasty and full of flavour and the fries were scrumptious. I almost struggled to finish it all!


My lovely friend Tiffany from Frost In Space came along with me for this vegan dining experience and she went for the Big O's Burger. Beef flavoured soy patties with vegan cheese, house source, gherkins, sliced tomatoes & baby gem lettuce in a bun. It looked da bomb!

 O's Seitan Doner Kebab (Pic from The Orange Tree Instagram)
All deserts were a bargain at just £3! I don't have the biggest sweet tooth, I'm not really a fan of ice-cream and if I'm honest I don't like Oreos (I know.. but they just aren't my thing). However the Oreo ice-cream did look amazing and Tiffiny LOVED it as she devoured hers within minuets! I opted for *donuts served with  a dipping sauce. And hell to the yeah what a good choice it was! A delicious sugary fix with a tangy dipping sauce to compliment the donuts. Mmmmmmm!


The atmosphere at The Veeg Inn was fantastic! I always adore visiting The Orange Tree I go often to work, have a meal and even the occasional tipple. The food is superb, the service is spectacular and the staff are friendly and welcoming. I'd highly recommend The Orange Tree Leicester for their vegan nights and even their everyday vegan menu. I can't wait for my next visit!

Thank you Orange Tree!



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13 Apr 2017

Canteen Street Food @ LCB Depot Leicester


Canteen is fast becoming one of the city's must attend events, the March event was attended by well over 1200 people including myself. The next event is on Friday 28th April at LCB Depot on Rutland Street and brings one of the strongest line ups to date with street food traders from across the UK. April's event will also see the event growing to 6 street food traders, with 4 announced below and 2 more to follow next week, including one of the organiser's street food heroes.


A spokesperson for Canteen said, “We were overwhelmed by the attendance at March's Canteen event. Although traders brought hundreds of extra portions we were inundated by the amount of people who attended, especially early on. With all traders selling out we've taken steps to increase our provision by adding a further 2 traders for April's event. Due to the nature of street food there’s only so much that traders can prep beforehand and serve on the day without sacrificing on the quality, so we're looking forward to welcoming more traders who can keep the fantastic level of quality going".


As always the event incorporates great food from a variety of traders, DJ Fitz playing funk/disco music, a fully stocked bar, a separate Sailor Jerry cocktail stand and a selection of real ales. April sees the launch of Canteen’s new pop-up cocktail bar. On select months, celebrated bartenders from the most influential and award winning bars from across the UK will be bringing their own crafted menu to serve to guests. April’s event has Stephen Pennack; who originally started his career in Leicester then moved to London several years ago. He joined the now famous team at Barrio bars and I'm looking forward to seeing him showcase his cocktails at Canteen.


With the traders below confirmed for April's Canteen the next event is surely not to be missed!

Hailing from Manchester, this family run outfit have been knocking out Pan Asian treats and causing a stir for the last two years all over the north of the UK. They specialise in handmade Bao (steamed buns). They make the buns themselves and also have excellent Vegan options too. 

Visiting from Birmingham; Esmie is well known throughout the street food scene for serving up some of the best Caribbean food.

Street Souvlaki
Michael’s family have been in the food trade for decades and over the past few years they have been feeding people in the Midlands their traditional Cypriot dish of Souvlaki. 


Street chef is about creating unique & innovative tasty street food dishes prepared from scratch and cooked with passion. They have appeared on BBC Great British Food Trip and have been nominated 2 years running for West Midlands most popular street food. Peter and the team are renowned for their take on Halloumi Fries which they will serving on the night.

Based in the LCB depot; Grahame and the team have been bringing fresh seasonal food to Leicester since 2013. Canteen gives Grays the chance to do extra special dishes that normally wouldn’t feature on their usual menus, perfectly complementing the other traders.

Another 2 traders will be revealed later in the month and includes one of the organiser's true street food heroes!



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4 Apr 2017

The Shed Press Launch - Leicester

Following an extensive refurbishment, one of Leicester’s best loved music venues, The Shed, opened under new ownership on Saturday 1 April. The Shed, based on Yeoman Street, first opened in 1994 and has played a vital part in the city’s music scene since that time. Since closing on New Year’s Eve, the new owner of The Shed, Elisabeth Barker Carley and her team have been working tirelessly on their designs for the venue, which include upgrades to both upstairs and downstairs stages, bar areas and facilities. From 1 April The Shed is open 7 nights/week and will be committed to providing free entry shows every week from Sunday to Thursday.

Having worked tirelessly in the music industry from a young age, The Shed’s new owner, Elisabeth, has a long standing strong personal connection to The Shed. 

 Elisabeth stated, My love of music began at The Shed when I was just 14 years old. Now owning the venue that my friends and I grew up in is a dream come true and we can’t wait for everybody to see the renovations that have been made.”

“The Shed has been an important venue to so many people in Leicester, especially those playing in local bands and that’s something that we want to maintain and cherish. We aren’t just a faceless company stripping out the venue and we’ve been careful to maintain a lot of the venue’s existing character but with a fresh look. We love this place and want to see it flourish.”

“We’re currently programming in events for the coming months and there’ll be an exciting mix of national touring acts alongside a strong listing of local shows.”

The Shed is one of the longest running independent small music venues around, not just in Leicester, but also in the UK. Stars including Ellie Goulding and Kasabian have graced the stage as well as it offering an accessible platform for Leicester’s own bands to find their live performing feet. Having been the first live music stop for so many of Leicester’s adults today, The Shed will also be committed to maintaining its 14+ age limit and offer youngsters regular access to quality live music in the city. As well as live music The Shed will also be open from 12pm 7 days a week offering tea, coffee, full bar service and unique space to meet with friends or colleagues. 
The Shed hosted a press launch on Thursday 30 March. I was delighted to be invited along for drinks and an exclusive first look at the venue. Entertainment on the night was from local band Timmas  and magician Colin Skinner was on hand to impress us with this magical skills. Local artist Grace Jenkinson has painted murals throughout the venue giving it an edgy and quirky feel. I never got to experience The Shed before the revamp being originally from Newcastle however everyone seemed to be very impressed with the new look venue and were looking forward to returning for some live music. 
Here is a cheeky pic of me with the lovely Emmie from Carpediememmie enjoying the free fizz on offer. 

The grand reopening of The Shed was on Saturday 1 April with Electric Swing Circus who were dubbed “One of the highlights of Glastonbury Festival” by the Glastonbury Guide. Local support came from The Bear with DJ Nik Nak.
I had a fabulous night great tunes, great company and a great venue!

Full listings of all upcoming shows at The Shed can be found at www.getintheshed.co.uk.


Thank you The Shed!

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