I love Tuna

The BFM went to Stix and Stones to try the hot stone fayre for lunch.

44-46 Upper Queen Street
Belfast
BT1 6FD
United Kingdom
http://www.stixandstonesrestaurant.com
+44 28 9031 9418

It was recently opened by Daniel And Martin Courtney, and let me tell you it’s a real gem in Belfast culinary delights!!!

I opted for the blackened king prawn on stone (£10.95) and hand cut chips (£3.50), washing it all down with water. I was informed after my order was taken that the prawn delivery had not come in and would I like something else.As I don’t eat beef I opted for the tuna steak on stone (£14.95).

The prawns would have been served with sushi rolls, tomato avocado and cucumber salsa. The tuna was served with tomato fondue,olives rocket and preserved lemons.

I was a tad disappointed as I really fancied the prawns. I was looking forward to seeing how they cook on stones here,remembering my surf and Turf on stone last week in Portugal.

When the dish came out I was very impressed. A nice sized tuna steak, on a small stone with a side of the salad and a separate bowl of chips.
The tuna was topped with a tomato salsa,I wouldn’t call that a fondue!!!!
It was fun cutting,cooking,watching and eating.It made the dining experience very interactive.

The service was amazing and very quick.The atmosphere was great and ambience superb. A couple of points to note. The selection of meats for cooking on stone was too limited, should maybe introduce pork and lamb at least,also stones are small and juiced tend to run off. Again I am a stickler for eating off a plain round white plate and not stones,slates or boards.

So overall I would have to say that ambience,customer service and experience was 10/10, the translation and presentation of the idea was 7/10.

I would endorse this place as a must see and experience it at first hand!!!!
I have fallen in love with tuna all over again.
Ps when I got the bill I was only charged lesser amount for the the prawns and not for the tuna,so hurrah we have some pretty fair staff in Belfast.

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Belfast Maritime Festival

The BFM checked out the Belfast Maritime Festival today,on lookout for some inspiring food offerings.

It was held by Belfast City down by the Odyssey complex from Queens Quay through Abercorn Basin,the Arc,Nomadic and then on to Titanic Belfast and Slipway. From Saturday 24th May to Monday 26th May.

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The main attractions were four Tall Ships and many other smaller vessels. One could go onboard and see the ships from inside.There were people in period costume and the atmosphere was fantastic. It was geared for young and old. For the youngsters there was face fainting, Jumping Clay, fairground rides and street entertainers to name but a few.For the older folk there was an open beer garden area. For everyone there was visits onto the ships, boat trips, ice cream and food!!!!!

The food area was in front of the Odyssey in the Queens Quay area. The individual stalls were housed in tent/gazebos rather akin to a summer Continental Market. The choice of food
available was second to none, from traditional burger and chips to the gourmet meat burgers, from regular hot dogs to the quintessential German Bratwurst cooked on the Munchen barbecue, from oriental noodles to authentic curry sauces from round the world.Then there was French baguettes, Spanish Paella,Dutch cheese and German salami. If that wasn’t enough there was plenty for those with a sweet tooth. Starting with Belgian waffles, Crepes,ice creams, pastries and sweets,not to mention the coconut macaroons!!!!!

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I opted for a traditional pressed Classic Cuban sandwich (£5) from the Cuban Sandwich Factory.This had pulled pork,honey glazed ham,Swiss cheese,mustard and gherkin all in a long sub bread roll,which was pressed in a panini press.It was absolutely divine,a tad salty hence the fresh lemonade which I’m regretting I didn’t have,but I washed it down with my trusted water bottle.The Cuban Sandwich Factory can be found at St George’s Market on a Saturday.

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I managed to walk and eat and enjoy the festival.The weather was a bit inclement early on,but I was blessed with dry weather when I was there.

Make a note of the festival and look out for it again next year!!

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Group stag meal Albufeira

Yes people the BFM has made it to Albufeira in Portugal for a stag, a joint one,with 20 others!!!!

After our go karting earlier we decided to have a civilised and relatively sober group meal at

The Sizzling Stone Restaurante Capoeira
Rua Victoria no4
Praia da Oura
8200 Albufeira
Portugal
http://www.sizzlingstone.com

We arrived about 8.30 ish and had to wait until they could get us two tables of 10.The lads were drinking pints of Super Bock at €1.50, whilst I was on the cokes!!!!

We were given some olives to start whilst we chose our meals.I ordered the mushroom capoeira (€5.95)and garlic bread with cheese (€2.20)for starters,which came very promptly.

The mushroom dish was superb as was the garlic bread and cheese-very garlicky and cheesy!!!!! With Piri Piri oil it really hit the spot

For the main course I went for the surf n turf (€19.95). This was no ordinary surf n turf,this was the best
I’ve ever had!!! Firstly as I don’t eat beef I substituted it with pork medallions, which was easily done. The surf was 3 queen prawns,again new type of prawn but very good. What was great was that it was served on a hot stone,along with mushroom pepper and onion. Served on a wooden tray with steak knife and garlic butter.Along with choice of potatoes (I had chips) and sauce (I had pepper).

Now I am a traditionalist, I like my food served on a round white plate,not a hot stone or skillet or slate or slab of wood. Firstly the juices ran everywhere and you lost them,which meant that the flavour goes,and it’s messy,hence we had bibs!!!!

Food was exceptional,for a one off experience it was gr8, but I could not do this on a regular basis. If you are in Albufeira then you must try this joint!!!!

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AM:PM 12th Birthday Cabaret

The BFM and significant other had the pleasure of sharing the 12th birthday of AM:PM attending the Cabaret Supper Club on Wednesday.

Upper Arthur St
Belfast
BT1 4GH
http://www.ampmbelfast.com
028 9024 9009

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On arrival we were offered a glass of bubbly,which my wife enjoyed!! We made our way upstairs to the Cabaret Supper Club. We chose seats close to the stage but tucked to one side. We were served a selection of hot tapas

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There was pork sliders, chicken goujons, goats cheese croquets, chicken skewers,chips,bruschetta and pork belly. All scrummy and enough to satiate some rumbling tummies!!

The entertainment then commenced with Brian McKenna who sang some fantastic songs,some old classics such as Come Fly With Me and Fly me the Moon. After Brian the MC Robert Brown came on with a great hairdo and sang some rock songs,supported by three great girl dancers from Berlin.

They performed some great routines and Robert cracked some fab jokes.Was a great night of food and entertainment. It’s a great night out or Sunday day with great food and drinks.

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Summer Continental Market

Hi all
Dropped off wifey and daughter no 2 to airport ,then had meeting in town.After that I was walking past City Hall and saw the Continental Market. Wow gr8 weather and food/drink/craft.
I thought I would treat myself to a Bratwurst from the German pub/stall. Firstly I was surprised at the price £4.50. Then when I got it it was over cooked and not nice. A gr8 shame as they are usually good. Please do go and check the market out!!!

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Aunt Sandra’s for all that is sweet!!

BFM and significant other was at the Clarion last night for evening reception
of colleagues wedding. The bride was stunning. It was a lovely evening,staff very friendly and DJ played music right through the ages, had a gr8 boogey!!!!

75 Belfast Road
Carrickfergus
http://www.clarioncarrick.com
028 9336 4556

The function room upstairs was well decorated, the top table was elegant and the 8 tables had a lovely silver candle arbre as the centre piece.

For ents we had the DJ, the singing manager,now he was good and sang a few songs during the buffet, which was an array of sandwiches,cocktail sausages and sausage rolls and tea/coffee. Then there were sweets and chocolate and popcorn and candy,a kids dream, a dentist’ nightmare!!!! But we all enjoyed courtesy of Aunt Sandra’s.

60 Castlereagh Road
Belfast
BT5 5FF

Home

028 9073 2868

They do wedding candy carts, functions,workshops in chocolate making n shaping, also can cater for kids parties and hens alike down at there store. A gr8 novelty factor!!! I had a few and brought me back to my childhood!!!

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Sugar egg puffs – Shanghai Dumpling King

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Sugar egg puffs - Shanghai Dumpling King
Wow, these egg puffs were awesome! They reminded me of a fried version of light, airy, eggy popovers. The interior was smooth and custardy, and SO delicious! I shook most of the sugar off because I’m not a huge sweet fan, but really these warm puffs didn’t even need the extra sugar to make them better. They’re perfect as is! 3 pieces $3.25
Shanghai Dumpling King, San Francisco

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Easy like a Sunday morning

The BFM and girls decided to spend a leisurely Sunday morning at Lusty Beg.

Boa Island
Kesh
Enniskillen
Fermanagh
BT93 8AD

Home

028 6863 3300

In Gaelic Boa Island means the Island of the Cattle, Kesh is a Wicker Causeway and Enniskillen is the Island of Kathleen.

After a hearty brekky at the Killyhevlin Hotel and on a dreary,wet Sunday morning we set off on a 40 minute drive to Boa Island. We parked up and caught a very short ferry ride to the resort (about 2 minutes).

We met some friends and had a hot chocolate and Americano coffee (£5.40). Then we went on the nature trail. This lasted an hour and took us all the way around the resort. It was interesting explaining the flora and fauna to a 5 and 2 year old !!!

There are plenty of things to do from canooing to shooting, from spa facilities at the Island Spa to gr8 Fermanagh fayre and drinks at the restaurant and bar.

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We never had a chance to eat or stay, so next time perhaps. It looks like a fantastic place to stay and chillax!!!

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Mayday Bank Holiday Weekend Gourmet Meal

The BFM and girls descended upon the Killyhevlin Hotel for a well earned May Day Bank Holiday break.

Dublin Road
Enniskillen
BT74 6RW
028 6632 3481
http://www.killyhevlin.com

The deal was two nights bed and breakfast and a 4 course evening meal in the Silks Restaurant. We decided to go for a swim,steam,sauna and outdoor hot tub to build up an appetite before indulging in the gourmet meal.

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We booked table for 6.30 pm as we wanted to be out quickly with two young boisterous little ones,just so they would not annoy other diners. The staff were great and the restaurant was very family orientated and the two girls quickly befriended two other girls of comparable ages. They had a ball much to the chagrin of the four mortified parents, as they ran around the restaurant and up and down the stairs!!!! Back to dinner.

We had feta cheese salad and smoked salmon with wheaten bread for starters after nibbling complimentary breads. To satisfy the girls an order of pasta strips and chips was made also.

For main course we got chicken and boxty, tagliatelle,vegetables (broccoli and carrots) and chips. All washed down with water. The food was fantastic,well presented, excellently served and very generous portions- all our plates were cleaned!!!!

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For sweet the two that stood out for us were the tart tatin and Baileys cheesecake which was washed down with Bewleys coffee and a cuppa tea. After a feed like that it was time to retire,the girls had run around plenty,now time for sleep. Four course meal costs £32.50 each, kids main was £5.25.

I can see why this is a very popular and busy spot. This is our third stay here and the location is great, staff amazing, food fabulous and well worth
it. So please stay,eat and drink!!!!

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Last lunch of hols for lil miss

The BFM took little miss out for a last lunch of school holidays, she is back to school Tuesday. So we chose Birdcage as we were in Stranmillis

92 Stranmillis Road
Belfast
BT9 5AE
http://www.birdcagebelfast.com
028 9066 3101

It was 1pm when we arrived and the first thing Madam saw was a big pot of crayons and a large paper colouring in/activity/kids menu all in 1,phew,what a fab idea.

The kiddies menu was short and had something for everyone’s taste. Her majesty wanted sausage,chips,beans and red sauce, with mini glass bottle of milk and strawberry ice cream in a cone all for £5.95.

I went for halloumi and chicken burger with rocket, red onion and tapenade, all served in a Yellow Door white bap and thick chips. All for £6.25 and washed down with water.

The service was great and the ambience was very good.There were a few dishes which other diners had which I will have to check out. Certainly a gr8 place to eat and is on the Giro D’Italia route!!!

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