Well, yes, I like to find good places to eat and drink and write about them. I want to be positive about places, for me there's so much unconstructed negativity on the internet, I prefer to be enthusiastic.
When you go out regularly though, it's impossible to avoid disappointments and places you just haven't enjoyed.
We recently went to Italia a new restaurant in town. After pouring over various blogs all praising it to high heaven, I was looking forward to this one. The starters came. They were ok but very very small, as it was only brushchetta why not give me a second piece? I hate tight portions in middle range restaurants. Then the mains came. The Parparadelle ragu di cinghiale was inedible - it was incredibly vinegary so it was sent back (and I very rarely leave food!) the mushroom ravioli was gritty and not very tasty, I want mushroom ravioli to be creamy and rich and sumptuous with some truffle oil drizzled on. This was none of these things. The Gnocchi coda di bue brasata was a good dish. The dessert of Chocolate cake was dry. In the end disappointment.
The worst meal in recent years though was at Bistro 1847, and I just won't go into that one. Just let it be said that me and Mrs Bacon will never forgive them for serving us such a dire Sunday dinner.
|The snowman remains smiling despite the fact that he will melt!|
Having said that, and rather predictably, I have to praise what the Horse & Jockey have done for Chorlton Green. The events that they have organised have hugely improved the area for the better. Having regular farmers markets on the green was a wonderful idea, and I think have inspired other places like The Beech to do vintage clothes stalls every Saturday.
So I wandered down there last night to take a look at The Christmas Markets on the Green. I wasn't going to buy anything. As I walked down I passed both the Rotary Club dressed as Santas playing Christmas brass band music and a group of school children singing Christmas carols, all we need now is snow and we have the full Christmas picture. It was certainly cold enough.
|Pizza base and sauce|
This one was his bianca sauce; extra virgin olive oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. If anything, it was better. I had to buy that one. You get two bases and a sauce for a fiver. You provide your own cheese. (I'd be happy to pay a bit more if he provided the half cheddar grated and half mozzarella.) Enthusing to Mrs Bacon about these pizzas, I wanted her to taste both sauces for herself. So I had to pop back and get the romano topping, (crush tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.)
Pizza is simple food, so it's incredible that so many places get it wrong, the base is often too thick and doughy. But done well, it's fantastic. These pizzas remind you what good pizza should be, and obey that great rule in life, 'keep it simple stupid'.
When food is this good, it's impossible not to be very happy and positive about it, despite my best intentions.
Dough It Yourself
is stocked in Epicerie Ludo on Beech road Chorlton