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david goodfellow

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  1. david goodfellow

    Horse on the menu

    Hi Howard, long time no hear. Strange but true I was in Knighsbridge last weekend and thought about you Good to hear Gavroche have had the balls to add horse to their menu. I have not eaten horse (to my knowledge) and would have thought it was a stronger taste than beef. Just shows how easy it can be to form an opinion. I do hope that its a successful addition to the menu as I would like to try it sometime, especially given the skill in this particular kitchen
  2. david goodfellow

    Crown at Whitebrook

    That's a real shame and James Sommerin is a good chef. Although according to Chef Hermes blog he may be headed somewhere else very soon http://chefhermes.com/what-next-for-james-sommerin/
  3. Well, its that time of the year again. Next Monday on BBC 2 the new series of Great British Menu kicks off with three new chefs, Adam Simmonds, Tom Aikens and Matt Gillan all of whom hold Michelin stars. Lots of new faces in this years line up to look forward to. The winners get to cook at a banquet at The Royal Albert Hall to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day.
  4. Up all night coughing Got flu Best day of year and feel like I had a good kicking Lungs are killing me and I'm aching all over Ah well

  5. A very Happy and peaceful New Year folks xx

  6. 1664, Stella, Veuve Cliquot, red wine, Pheasant with red cabbage? I feel a hangover coming on

  7. Snakes alive! Is this a bit of Monty Python ?

    http://t.co/lANLhcQd

  8. david goodfellow

    Iberica Canary Wharf

    I'd be interested in your views on 'Mission' as I've heard very mixed views from those that are fans of their other places. Andrew We had mixed feelings about it, and preferred Meatliquor. Quite a few bloggers like it but it was not entirely to our taste. I meant to write about it but Xmas got in the way. Its on my to do list tomorrow
  9. david goodfellow

    Iberica Canary Wharf

    I have heard consistantly good things about Iberica from those I trust and decided last weekend to give the Marylebone branch a whirl. The website was unclear as to when they were open over Xmas so I phoned and left a message, but no one got back to me so we went to the new Meatliquor place Meatmission. I shall persevere and let you know my thoughts on it.
  10. david goodfellow

    Has it gone quiet on here

    Well Hello Mr E fancy you still lurking on here. I think you were one if not the first to communicate with me on here. Some relevent points raised there. I too have moved on with my blog and twitter. The latter is virtually instant in getting a responce I never thought I would get into it but some days I'm hardly off it. I'm still fond of egullet though, even though I rarely visit much these days.
  11. david goodfellow

    #chefsunite

    By & large agree. Problem is bloggers are often attracted by the promise of freebies & superior access. What has gotten lost is that its only the quality of the commentary that matters, not just that you made the effort. I am not defending Isherwood but why would he risk his credibility lying about paying for the meal. Here is his quote "He mentioned I was given freebies, but I'm wise enough to know these were amuse bouches - they even appeared on the pre-printed menu they gave to me at the end of the meal " This never ending accusation that bloggers get free meal after free meal is pure fiction especially from my point of view. In all of my years of dining I have only ever received five in decades, and we eat out an awful lot. I for one would be very interested if people would name and shame those bloggers who receive these financial incentives. It would help clear up these never ending accusations. After much annoying innuendo The Critical Couple now put a disclaimer on their site. Hang on David - I'm not saying all do but someone did bring up the point of the Cube on twitter - hardly anyone paid for that! Quite so - and how many people disclaimed whether it was a freebie? I did on my blog
  12. david goodfellow

    #chefsunite

    The Cube is an exceptional case. I think nearly every blogger of note has had a freebie there, and they continue to do so. I was offered a meal two weeks ago but turned it down. No I'm not on about The Cube but places like Gavroche, Midsummer, Ledbury, etc, etc, etc. etc, and all of my recent meals on my blog plus some which are not on there yet. I'm going to help by posting this link to Urbanspoon. There are over 600 blogs on there I defy anyone on here to positively identify anyone ( or more) blogger on there who accepts free meals on a regular basis in return for a favourable review. http://www.urbanspoo...estaurant-blogs
  13. david goodfellow

    #chefsunite

    By & large agree. Problem is bloggers are often attracted by the promise of freebies & superior access. What has gotten lost is that its only the quality of the commentary that matters, not just that you made the effort. I am not defending Isherwood but why would he risk his credibility lying about paying for the meal. Here is his quote "He mentioned I was given freebies, but I'm wise enough to know these were amuse bouches - they even appeared on the pre-printed menu they gave to me at the end of the meal " This never ending accusation that bloggers get free meal after free meal is pure fiction especially from my point of view. In all of my years of dining I have only ever received five in decades, and we eat out an awful lot. I for one would be very interested if people would name and shame those bloggers who receive these financial incentives. It would help clear up these never ending accusations. After much annoying innuendo The Critical Couple now put a disclaimer on their site.
  14. david goodfellow

    #chefsunite

    I thought this little blog about #Bosigate was hilarious. What a pith take and it mentions my mate Scrat Brains. Love it. http://yugnicheats.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/clud-brozi-got-angrey/
  15. david goodfellow

    Has it gone quiet on here

    I have refrained from posting any reviews on here to give others the opportunity to contribute. More simply because I have been accused in the past of dominating the forum. Guess what ? No one has emerged to take up the mantle. Surprise, surprise. In honesty I was very happy posting reviews on here and had no desire to start my own blog, but since starting my own blog I will not be doing so any longer. Truth is there are too many trolls on here now, and that is partly why people are reluctant to post on here any longer. However having said that I am more than happy to point out places to people on here who are interested but will no longer post a full review. I do wish that those who make the most noise on here now would be constructive to the forum instead of the opposite. Everyone would then benefit.
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