Travel Stories

Around the world in… a life time! Stories from my various travels, mostly edible.

In 2009, hubby and I embarked on a trip of a lifetime, visiting 26 cities in 6 months. I’ve posted a lot of our adventures, but there are still so many in the archives plus more trips to come!

Review: Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House Restaurant

Posted on February 21, 2008

Bodean’s Soho Special
[The Soho Special, Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House Restaurant]

After a very busy morning shopping on Oxford Street, I thank my lucky stars I used to work in Central London, because I know exactly where the Soho locals go for a hearty feed. I slip off the main drag and into Poland Street where the best American style BBQ house is patiently waiting for me… behold, Bodean’s BBQ Smokehouse Restaurant. As I enter I notice the cute pig faced handle on the door, and I feel glad to be back.

I’m warning you, DO NOT go here if you are not absolutely starving (I think the picture above can clarify this). The portions are stupidly big, tasty and excellent value – if you like meat that is, lots and lots of meat.

On this visit, the Bear and I had our old favourite, The Soho Special. This is basically a massive soft white bun* filled with a mountain of slow cooked and shredded pork and beef (no, one type of meat is not enough!) mixed with barbeque sauce. It’s served with pickles and really crispy chips. The pickles are so good, I could even forgo the chips; they have a complex sweet and sour flavour that really compliments the meat. The Bear hates them, so I got his too. No complaints there.

Other than this delicious meal, I can whole heartedly recommend the ‘Pig out for a Tenner’ meal. I found it impossible to finish. But the guys that I went with last time had no troubles at all. For £10 you get 1/2 rack of spare ribs along with 200 grams of pulled pork served with coleslaw and fries and the choice of a house beer or soft drink. The coleslaw for me had a bit too much mayonnaise, but the ribs are fantastic, they have lots of meat on them and are really juicy and flavoursome.

The only downside is the blaring TV in the corner playing American Football. It’s loud and sporty and not my cup of tea. Oh, did I mention they have unlimited drink refills? Oh yes, as much Coca Cola as you can drink! Heaven for a sugar sensitive gal like me and reminiscent of trips to Pizza Hut when I was younger where the drink and dessert bar refills were disgracefully abused. Those were the days.

Bodean’s BBQ Smoke House Restaurant
10 Poland Street
London, W1F 8PZ
Ph: 020 7287 7575

*Now, you know I hate white bread. I think it’s the devil and never ever eat it if I have the option for wholemeal. But in this case, it’s the whole experience of hardening your arteries with all that meat, potato and fat that I may as well go the whole hog with some extra white bread. Besides, it’s my sacrifice for you, my dear reader. I’ll do anything to provide you with good content. Even eat white bread (very occasionally).

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-4 degrees and still smiling

Posted on February 2, 2008

Well, we’ve touched down in the UK and headed to the very windy city of Milton Keynes. Today’s temperature is 5 degrees, but thanks to the freezing Antarctic wind, it feels more like -4.

This weather has forced salads and ice cream from my mind; I’m craving soup, mashed potatoes and sweet hot chocolate. But before you get up and leave this blog (especially if you’re in the middle of an Aussie summer) I promise not to have stodgy food on the menu for the next three months. Honestly.

In fact, I’m looking forward to finding some great gems for you at local farmers markets and the wonderful Borough and Spitalfield markets in London. My next delicious recipe is just around the corner… see you soon.

Happy eating, Christie

A reason, not an excuse

Posted on January 21, 2008

I’d like to say sorry to you all for not posting anything for quite a while.

I have a very good reason.

I’ve just had the wedding and honeymoon of my dreams – so I’ve been a tiny bit too busy to attend to this blog.

Good news though, I’m back! So expect lots of new recipes, reviews and thoughts coming your way. I’ve been to Bangkok, Koh Samui and Phuket, so asian flavours are at the forefront for the near future. Also, I’m heading to London next week and am looking forward to reviewing lots of pubs and restaurants for you, accompanied by photographs taken on my new little camera. (My husband bought it for me!)

I hope you’ll visit often to check it all out. Chat to you soon.

Happy cooking, Christie

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