Tails to trash

I have been super lucky and eaten at some of the most amazing restaurants. I have also been an enthusiastic supporter of the classic “dirty chicken shop”, when beer goggles show them to be a more than acceptable option for a little late night snack selling only the finest (and freshest) chicken. I know I am not alone in this so no judging me, you have your dirty little food secrets you’re just not admitting to them!

My love, and I do mean love of MacDonald’s and in particular the McChicken Sandwich is deep-rooted. I would (and have) walked 2 miles for one. I love the plastic quality of it, and the way no matter which Maccy D’s you go into they never are able to get it properly in the bun and it’s always hanging out the side trailing lettuce everywhere. I love that the bun is like candyfloss in that the second it goes near your mouth it disintegrates. Couple that with fries and a chocolate milkshake and it would probably be my choice of “last supper”.  Another favorite is Nandos, which feeds my seemingly endless desire for chicken. I could eat chicken twice a day every day if I had to and Nandos just smothers it in extra hot sauce and grills it in a way which would have me walk over an injured kitten to get to it. Chicken heaven.

At the completely opposite end of the spectrum my favorite restaurant in the world is the Waterside Inn in Bray.  The Roux Empire has many restaurants which I have eaten at and really love but for me The Waterside Inn is the pinnacle, producing exceptional food, service and ambiance. It’s faultless in my eyes.  A very close second is Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Raymond Blanc’s little place.  Truly amazing food.  Raymond Blanc has been one of my culinary hero’s for a long time, he’s just adorable but as my husband is sick to death of my drooling over him I will say no more.

I am a big fan of the nose to tail eating, love offal and dare I mention the “V” word (veal)? I know there are lots of people out there who eat everything and appreciate all levels of culinary experience, it’s something to be very proud of.  Separates us from the fussy eater brigade and also the food snob.  Hoorah for being open-minded!

What does this say about me I wonder? When I read back over this only two words spring to mind… “Food Whore!”


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