Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Limeyard Ealing, new menu & competition!

Today you're in for a treat, Limeyard Ealing have a new menu - launching today - for me to tell you about AND I have my first ever blog competition for you to go and try it for yourself!

First and foremost though, I must tell you about the night I had at Limeyard last week.

Along with some of the great and good of Ealing (note to reader - I do not consider myself to be either of those things!) I was invited along to try the new menu that Limeyard are launching today.

Having been to Limeyard a few times (more about that here) I was pretty excited as I love the people there (special shout out to geordie waitress Sam who is pretty awesome!) and the food is always good, plus I was told we'd be trying the majority of the new menu...........including new cocktails. Unsurprisingly this sealed the deal and it was a date.

We turned up to be greeted by a lot of cocktails to taste including the Smokey Joe (mezcal, triple sec, lime, grapefruit bitters & ginger beer served in a funky metal mug), the Koko Mojo (coconut rum, lime, mint, passion fruit & soda) and Bay Breeze (vodka, coconut rum, pineapple & cranberry). 

The drinks kept on coming but I really have to tell you about the food. We kicked off with a selection of starters including sweetcorn tamale (it has parmesan butter in it.....need I say more?) and flat breads with a humous / guacamole combo dip - delicious and obviously calling out for a suitably hybrid name.....Hummole? Guacas? And finally, how could I forget the new 'Limeyard of tacos' - this is a sight to behold and the most theatrical and interesting way I've seen a sharing starter served. The tacos were also yummy, with the sour cream left to the side for you to squeeze over yourself.

Once we had devoured the starters, Limeyard bought out the big guns.

We had ribs glazed in a special coca-cola BBQ sauce, the most tender steak 'surf and turf' with the former being calamari rings disguised to look like onion rings, classic AND crab mac and cheese (two types of mac and cheese!!!) with banana leaf baked red snapper bringing up the rear.

Obviously we HAD to try a bit of everything with it all being food I'd genuinely order, but my favourite was the ribs, especially the fact you can shake out extra sauce with your own bottle.

Then came the puds.

It is fair to say that at this time I had very little room to try anything else..........but I persevered.......I mean it would have been rude not to?

So here we have the brownie with frozen yoghurt, all american waffle with caramel & bananas plus there was an apple pie (which apparently wasn't sweet enough to be truly all american, but was bloody good anyway).

Wow, A. LOT. OF. FOOD.

And then a few more drinks

But it was all honestly fantastic and I can't wait for you lot to experience it.

So now on to the comp.

The prize is dinner for 2 (up to £60) at Limeyard and all you have to do is follow me on twitter here and RT the competition post that will be on my feed shortly. Comp closes on 10th April and winner will be announced the week after.

How good is that?

PS if you already follow me, you just need to RT my comp tweet between now and 10th April and a winner will be randomly selected!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Limeyard Ealing

Limeyard has been up and running since late(ish) 2014 and has become a firm Revealing Ealing favourite of mine.

First and foremost they have the best breakfasts and are very accommodating to any special requests you might have. 

I took my cousin there a few weeks ago where we enjoyed the most delicious (slightly off menu) meal.

I had avocado on toast with Pico de Gallo salsa (aaahhhhhmmmaaazing!) but had poached eggs instead of the fried they suggest on the menu and Helen had a whim for a bacon sarnie which they whipped up for her without question.

I've also been to have dinner a few times with both meals (and drinks) being fresh and consistently yummy - if you go, you must try the BBQ chicken with the homemade sauce you can pour on yourself - my idea of heaven!

I'm quite excited too as last night I attended a 'Tweat-Up' there and their new menu is UNREAL!! Keep 'em peeled for more details on their new menu next week!


Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Revealing Ealing's first visit to a Grub Club!

Being a relatively new blogger can be a bit scary.

You put yourself out there.

Often feeling like you're putting your life out into the world with nobody listening to you.

But every now and again you get a comment on a post or a new follower on twitter who you start chatting to and you can make a new friend. One that shares your interests and passions and reminds you why you're doing it all in the first place.

Well, a few months ago, I made a new "internet fwend" in the shape or Rosie from A LITTLE LUSCIOUSNESS and she suggested I check out her Grub Club to see what it was all about.

After arriving at her house (you need to look out for the mysterious blue lantern!) we swiftly exchanged our coats for a cocktail (fair swap!) and started mingling.

The lantern ensures you're in the right spot!

Cocktails & Jukebox

I brought my lovely friend Amanda along for the experience and we were both soon chatting to the other diners before taking our seats for the meal.

The table

The premise behind the menu was 'nose to tail' so we kicked off with Chicken & Duck Liver Pate with chicken hearts, madeira jelly and raisin puree, with both Amanda and I dolloping it onto the beautifully home baked bread.

In all honestly I was a little intimidated at the thought of 'nose to tail' but there weren't actually any noses (phew!) and liver pate is a very accessible way to try a part of an animal that you might usually avoid. 

Once devoured (the portions were pretty big, but with such a yummy starter it was tricky to try and pace ourselves) we moved onto the Oxtail & Ox cheek slow cooked stew with parsnip puree (oh my god, how amazing are parsnips??), leeks and flagolet beans with wild garlic. 

This was my favourite part of the meal. 

The ox was tender and all the veg went perfectly with it............I was very pleased with the large portion here!

After this, we were onto the Lemon Posset, served with rhubarb jam and heart shaped shortbread.........refreshing yet creamy I really didn't think I could finish it, but I pos-set my mind to it and soldiered on! 

After the pud came the cheese, but (shock revelation alert) I don't really 'get' cheese. So I left that to the others and entertained myself with the honey whiskey...........mmmmmmmm.

As I had to hear my banns the following day we headed off once we had at least partially digested the mammoth meal and trekked back to Ealing. 

Overall the night  was fantastic and something I had never experienced before, Rosie puts a bit of herself into her food and with touches like baking her own bread and using a heart shaped cutter for homemade biscuits, this is a unique experience of restaurant quality food in the comfort of a friendly home environment.

Rosie in action!

Her next event is on 25th April and bound to sell out, so BOOK IT HERE! to make sure you don't miss out. 

Her house is a hop skip and a jump from Acton Town tube, a very quick Uber ride from Ealing or a slightly longer walk to create the monster appetite you'll need for this bountiful night of delicious food!

You can also find out more about Grub Club HERE for other eating adventures in London.


Sunday, 22 March 2015

Revealing Ealing's first 'Eat Me Drink Me Sunday'

Eat Me Drink Me, the creators of Ealing's first Friday Street Food offering (more about that HERE!) are doing it again by bringing the hungry people of Ealing 'Eat Me Drink Me Sunday'.

Starting TODAY, you can pootle out of bed, pull on your Sunday best (mine tend to consist of leggings, trainers and a big hoodie rather than a smart dress and hat) and make your way to Ealing Town Hall where you will find the first ever Eat Me Drink Me Sunday.

Personally I am planning to go with an empty stomach because there will be a lot of things you want to eat! 

Currently I have my eye on Mamas Jerk Station (take that Turtle Bay!), Margo & Ritas with their Mexican offering, finished off with churros from Churros Garcia.

Once suitably stuffed I am then planning on checking out some of my local favourites including Hook & Cleaver to get some meat for the week ahead and visit Mags Petite Fleur to buy some beautiful blooms.

Does that sound like a perfect Sunday or what?

Let me know how you get on and tag me in any pics you take @RevealingEaling.

It all kicks off at 10am outside the town hall and will then be every 3rd Sunday in the month from April onwards.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Kew Prints

Mr Rev & I are getting married at Kew Gardens this year and we went into their art gallery at Cambridge Cottage to have a mooch and work out where to put the DJ.

While I was there I took some pics of their fabulous prints - one of which sits in my kitchen thanks to my future sister-in-law and her husband!

Anyway, they are beautiful and give a little glimpse into the past, so I thought you might enjoy them


Friday, 27 February 2015

Street Food comes to Ealing Broadway TODAY!!

Today is a big day for Ealing

After the launch of cool cocktail joints, the opening of restaurants normally found in Soho and the second summer of the roof top cinema, we've finally got the last piece of the 'Ealing is bloody cool actually' puzzle.

We have STREET FOOD!!!

Launching today is Eat Me Drink Me - a weekly street food festival hosted in our very own Ealing Broadway shopping centre which will see an array of food trucks serving delicious things usually only found East of the city.

Eat Me Drink Me are a collective of food, drink and event experts and I spoke to the lovely Kate McKenzie (mega article about her here) who is part of the collective and a fellow Ealing resident.

She told me all about the line up we've got to look forward to including Pulled - delish pulled meats - Grilled cheese (umm think you can work that one out for yourselves), Route 66 (Mexican, ariba!), The Joint (a favourite of Tom Kerridge) and Korrito (named a top 10 food truck by C N Traveller).

I for one am delighted about this as it is a brilliant reflection of how Ealing is on the map and it can only encourage more visitors and residents to our lovely corner of London.

Also, and more importantly, the food looks awesome!

So make sure you check it out and let me know how you get on.

The street food will be running until 17th April and - apart from a few - is on every Friday so check out the Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre website to make sure you don't miss out.

All pics thanks to Eat Me Drink Me