Chino Latino, Maid Marion Way


Chino Latino 2, originally uploaded by jaxies.

Playing catch-up a little – I took these photos a while ago but didn’t get round to blogging them, for one reason or another. I think mostly it was because I really don’t like these photos. It was super dark and I couldn’t quite get my camera to do what I wanted it to do, so I put the flash on and then just BLAH. Disaster all over the shop. I also neglected to take photos of all of our dishes, partly because I was so hungry that I just started eating and totally forgot, partly because it was Graduation Day, and partly because I was a little tipsy. Hey, it was Graduation Day.

Anyway. Chino Latino. I think this is by far one of the best restaurants in Nottingham. I lived in Nottingham for the better part of three years, and it’s a cool place to be a student. I say ‘cool’. I think what I really mean is when you’re poor and living off a diet which mainly consists of pot noodles, beans on toast, anything in the Sainsbury’s Basics range and copious amounts of cheap, terrible alcohol then little gems you find in Nottingham make the city as a whole appear to be ‘cool’.

Incidentally, I was poor for an entirely different reason. I was poor because I refused to live like a student and cooked real meals using real ingredients, often holding dinner parties for various friends whom I never let pay a cent (or even a penny, since we’re in Nottingham, innit blud). From scratch. Oh yeaaah. Sainsbury’s Basics can bite me.


Siam Food Gallery, Virginia Waters


Yum Wun Sen, originally uploaded by jaxies.

I haven’t written about places I eat (of which there are many) yet in this little blog of mine, instead you’ve just been subject to my calorific recipes and experiments. After a particularly enjoyable lunch, and, more importantly, a lunch that I actually took photos of I decided what better way to kick off this portion of the blog than with a write-up.

The other day Momma Lee and I went for a little jaunt around town on her day off. We wanted to go to the Windsor Farm Shop so she decided to take me to the Siam Food Gallery in Virginia Waters first for lunch. She had been promising me that it was Thai food to the max, and I wasn’t at all disappointed.

We ordered a couple of starters and main courses with coconut rice, to all come at the same time, and were greeted with an array of colourful dishes, taste explosions and staff who, although appearing vaguely disinterested at first, were actually extraordinarily nice and friendly, seeing to our every whim. Of course, when we arrived, there were only two other tables occupied, and by the time we left we were the only diners in the entire restaurant. Shame, really, because the food is that good.