Expansion good or bad part 2 of 2

Part two looking at expansion being good or bad.I have to say that in this case it was all good!!!!

I’m talking of Meat in A Bap.
I was at the original in October last and decided to get a take out. I ordered two meat in a box with mac cheese and sticky BBQ sauce. First u kinda gather I’m a big fan of mac cheese so I know the good uns from not so good, second I’m partial to pulled pork and BBQ chicken,which were the two meats I chose,as I am not a beefeater,always wanted to use that word!!!! All for a fiver.

10 Bedford St
Belfast
BT2 7FB
United Kingdom
028 9099 2692
http://www.meatinabap.com

The guys at the counter were real helpful and explained it all.Service was gr8, not enough time to get a car parking ticket from the red coats.

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So overall full marks for decor,service and food quality!!!

I was over the moon to find out Meat in a Box mark 2 was open in Botanic Avenue recently. I made a bee line for it at the start of June and was very impressed with the layout,the decor, the service and attention of staff.

48 Botanic Avenue
Belfast
United Kingdom
028 9031 4905
Same site as above.

Again I was asked if I knew how the restaurant worked.I went for a sit in and you guessed it I had Pork in Bap,hot sauce,mac cheese for £5.95 with glass water. The service was exceptional and the taste was every bit as good as the original,if not better. So big thumbs up and well done to the Meat in A Bap team!!!

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So conclusion has to be that expansion is good if all details are thought,planned and executed to exacting standards, ps where will MIAB
Mark 3 be?????

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Expansion good or bad part 1 of 2

The BFM had just got back from Dublin (Friday 27th) and was famished as I hadn’t any lunch😥. It was about 4.30 and I was walking through the Northern Mall at the Europa station in Belfast and saw a unit and was excited as it was Peanuts Smokehouse!!!

Now I was very enthused as me n the girls ate at the Peanuts Smokehouse original restaurant in July last year.

Unit 8
Meadows Retail Park
Belfast
BT12 6HT
United Kingdom
07888 685206

Then we had, courtesy of Grabone,
2 Platters (including 6 Side Dishes) & 2 Homemade Lemonades (value £25 for £11). We chose Pulled pork and chicken with Pickle,slaw,bread
Corn,mac cheese, fries and Bbq beans.
The little uns shared Sausage chips. This was washed down with delicious lemonade.There were the usual condiments as well as Peanuts own sauces North Carolina Mustard, Memphis Hot and Kansas sweet, these were served in squeezy bottles with hand written names,in the new place these had proper printed labels,so a welcome upgrade.

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The food and service were fantastic and we all loved cracking open the complimentary monkey nuts and chucking the shells on the floor,rather reminiscing Raffles Long Bar in Singapore!!!

So I was thrilled to be dining at the newest addition to the family.I must say the service and decor was impeccable, but I was a little disappointed,having remembered such a good experience at the main restaurant. I went for a pulled pork sandwich and mac cheese. The bread roll was nice and moist but the pulled pork was cold and with little flavour.I had to be inventive with my sauce combos,which were superb.The mac cheese was just pasta with cheese sauce poured on top and grated cheese on top with too much salt seasoning. Definitely different from my first experience. Shame and pity as it does carry a good name.Im hoping the management will take on board!!
Like the idea of Burritos,will defo give them a try!!!

Great Northern Mall
Europa Station,Great Victoria Street
Belfast
United Kingdom

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I feel expansion if done correctly is always a good thing.In this case expansion is good but just underlines the fact that replication and consistency is paramount to brand reputation,success and ultimate survival.
The second part to follow!!

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Bubbacue BBQ

The BFM is taking a trip down memory lane. I just have to share a fantastic platter I shared with my wee gal last year at Bubbacue.

12 Callender St
Belfast
BT1 5BN
United Kingdom
http://www.bubbacue.com
028 9027 8220

John Blissard from Philadelphia came here in 2006 and opened Boojum in 2007 in Botanic Avenue. He decided to open a “pop up” BBQ restaurant which was only meant to be open til Feb 2013. It’s now June 2014, I rest my case your honour!!! It has become an integral part if the Belfast food scene!!

Anyways the menu is on a chalk board viz

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I ordered a pork sausage platter with extra hot sauce and water,to set a good example on my then 4 year old daughter. It duly arrived in an enamel dish, “wow are we really going to eat all of that?” Said my daughter.

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The two sausages came with pickle,slice of corn bread and slaw with choice of 2 sides,we had mac cheese and home fries. I had to have the killer extra hot sauce. Now I can eat hot sauce,this ranked as one of the tastiest and best. All this for the some of £9.50, I see now the price has gone up to £10.50, still worth every penny.

I have tried the pulled pork platter on 14th dec 2012 and tasted the root beer and am a convert!!! So you should all head into town for some great bubbacue BBQ .

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fat not as bad as sugar?

The BFM wants to get involved with the hot topic of fat v sugar. For years we were told by the doctors that fat was bad and that it was the cause of lots of disease. We then saw the food industry cut fat in everything and the “low fat” produce was born!!!! The idea was good but this major food experiment has literally gone pear shaped.

We still have sky rocketing obesity and diabetes despite the apparent reduction in fats. Now I have to add that eating large quantities of fat is detrimental to health But there are other factors at work here. Also I will add here that these views are a distillation of lots of reading, talking to people and self directed study, I implore you to read and make your own judgement, but as a self proclaimed food lover, I feel I have a duty to share info regarding all things food.

Back to fat, the food industry decided to cut fats so we had to drink skimmed milk, eat lean meat, eat low fat cheese and snacks and use margarine instead of butter. Also we had to derive more energy from sugars in all their forms. These range from simple glucose, sucrose, fructose, galactose to multi chained poly carbohydrates like starches in rice, potatoes, pasta, breads. Now we have all been brainwashed into thinking that these long chain carbs are good, but on a cellular level all these poly carbs are broken down to their constituent simple sugar building blocks. It is these sugars that stimulate the production of insulin which causes fat cells to go into storage overdrive and hence the weight piles on. Ultimately the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates differs and we eat more carbs to compensate the calorie loss from fats and so feel hungrier and the cycle perpetuates, in short we become addicted to sugar. The food industry knows all this and yet they sweep the research under the carpet, akin to the tobacco industry and cigarettes.

A low fat low calorie diet does not work because our cells become more resistant to insulin,which causes us to gain more weight, which only increases insulin resistance and hence we get increases in obesity, type 2 diabetes, high triglycerides and low HDL which are all implicated in disease like heart attacks, strokes and other related problems.

Sugars are cheap, sugars are addictive, sugars add taste and bulk and substance to food as the food industry would have us believe.

Do you really know the effects of sugars on your body. I eluded to some of the problems above. From mouth to other end sugars are bad. They rot teeth, cause obesity, diabetes, heart and circulation problems and have been implicated in things like Coeliac disease (Wheat). So sugars are bad, but because they are so plentiful they are found in all types of foods. Take High Fructose Corn Syrup, a cheap way of introducing sugar in bulk to all sorts of food and drinks. They can be found in bread, mayonnaise, salad dressings, tinned tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, crackers, cereals, ketchup, macaroni and cheese, soup, yoghurts, condiments, drinks, heck they are everywhere!!!!

So if you are worried,concerned,interested please investigate yourself, spread the word and remember all foods taken in Moderation is good sense. Eat pure and natural food in its unprocessed state. Learn how to cook from first principles and do not use convenience foods/gadgets to cut corners or you will regret it.

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Open farm weekend trip to Ballylagan Organic farm

The BFM took his two lil princesses to Ballylagan Organic Farm as part of the open farm weekend initiative run by Ulster Farmers. It is taking part today and tomorrow (14-15 th June) across 21 farms in Northern Ireland.

12 Ballylagan Road
Straid
Antrim
BT39 9NF
United Kingdom
http://www.ballylagan.com
028 9332 2129

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We arrived just after 10 and the girls were well prepared in their welly boots or galoshes for our US friends. They spotted a trailer with hay bales and Alanna a very capable young face painter. They duly got a pig and chicken painted respectively. Now we were ready for the tour!!

We were taken around the farm by Tom who has been farming since 1991. He explained that the farm was organic, this means all the livestock are allowed to roam freely in the farmland and are not in battery/factory style enclosures. They do not get unnecessary medications and don’t use artificial chemical fertilisers and pesticides, also no genetically modified products/seeds are used!!

We saw a wonderful open garden patch in which there were growing tunnels containing sweet strawberries (for jam), carrots, runner beans, garlic.
Outside there were potatoes,leeks and onions and also a bee hive to allow natural on site pollination and of course honey. All produce is grown and sold in farm shop as well as used in the tea room and guest house.

The livestock we saw were Aberdeen Angus cows,Lleyn sheep and lambs some of which were holed up in the cowshed awaiting to be sheared or shorn?!?! There were 3 mature Pigs 2xSaddleworth and a Tamworth (2 sows and a boar, so he was kept busy!!) and chickens. All the meat is reared lovingly and au naturel before being humanely slaughtered and butchered and sold in the shop/ used in the guest house.

It was fascinating for me and the girls to see the care attention and quality going into this farm. There should be more open days and more people should get to know how our food is produced and should be produced.
I would thoroughly encourage you all to get out and support your local farms.

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Game of Thrones Exhibition Belfast

The BFM checked out the Game of Thrones exhibition at the Waterfront in Belfast.It was brill.

2 Lanyon Place
Belfast
BT1 3WH
United Kingdom
028 9033 4455
http://www.waterfront.co.uk

There was genuine and original costumes, weapons and story boards as well as models to see. Also there was a replica throne and an interactive ride up the wall, not for the faint hearted!!!!

The Waterfront was a superb venue for the exhibition and hosts lots of other events,concerts and conventions. Belfast shares the GOT exhibition with New York, Mexico, Austin, Rio, Oslo Toronto and Vancouver so we are in illustrious company!!!!

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