there’s nothing in mascot, at least nothing that has nothing to do with planes and airports and travel. at least that’s what we thought. but on one of our sunny lunchtime walks we stumbled across tartine. i think the thing that caught our eye first was the tricycle, the wheel chair and the chaise longue (or however you spell it) arrayed around a coffee table with building blocks to keep me amused for hours. weird furniture – better take a look.
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you know when you find a new cafe and it looks so great and you want it to be so great. but often it’s all smoke and mirrors. picknick is so great. so great. pickinick is david’s (second name not yet known) new place, only open for about three weeks. it’s funky and delicious. and that’s just the furniture – apparently all made especially for picknick. nicey nice.
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ham or bacon? bacon or ham? hmmmm, i just don’t know which to choose!! turns out either one is delicious. shaved ham cooked like bacon, shaved bacon cooked like, well, bacon. yum. just, yum. i had the eggs benny with ham (there was an option to have trout but i just couldn’t get my head around that) and my cohort had scrambled eggs with bacon. words fail me… i don’t remember chewing. i think it’s breakfast all day, too, so another feather in their cap for that one.
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i can’t believe i haven’t written about porgies before. a curious cafe name, admittedly, but a breakfast that’s second to very few and near the top of my list when a friend says “where shall we meet for breakkie?” (yes, i know it’s brekkie). it’s not all lollipops and gumdrops but the downsides must be insignificant because i keep going back.
first, the good shit. whenever we get a great brekkie there’s always a question that springs to mind. this is so good, how is it that so many paces can screw up eggs on toast?!! it’s not rocket surgery so why why why are there so many mediocre breakfasts on offer.
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i’m always very excited when a new cafe opens within walking distance. there’s a dearth of good breakfast cafes in this area (tip o’ my hat to porgy and mr jones) – hence the excitement. i’d describe the decor as rustic/industrial/funky – really well done. there’s a mural on the main wall that took 15 hours to paint – you can find it on youtube. go nuts.
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the wankers in the gfg love this place so i’ve been studiously avoiding it for months. actually i’ve been there a number of times recently and really liked the breakfast. they do the poached eggs very well and have award winning (eggs monthly?) pancakes and eggs. Continue reading
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i tell you, it’s a good thing that i didn’t waste my short skirt on this place, because the waiters here are utterly talentless. disappointing really, because i’ve been doing so well. speaking of which, did i tell you that paul the infamous barman handed over a blank slip of torn off receipt roll with his phone number on it last time i was at automatic? did i nearly faint with shock? why yes… yes, i did. right after i pissed myself laughing. paul, honey, i know you want to have sex with me, but look- get in line like everyone else, eh? Continue reading
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where am i? i’m in rome. i’m in egypt. i’m on the suez canal 1938. no, just trotters on lygon street. not quite the same impact but we have gone back in time to when tea was tuppence a bag and butter was sold in dishcloth (i’m not going to say muslin) by a big sweaty man who smelled of cheese. Continue reading
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i have heard this shit before. not great but points for trying. you don’t get any points here. cold eggs, cold toast, slow service, the big brekky was mis-named. extra-medium at most. the waiters were waiting for something, but it wasn’t us. Continue reading
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