Category Archives: Food

GastonoME Bury St.Edmunds, UK

The popular and chic GastonoME bistro in Bury St.Edmunds, UK has just relocated to larger premises on the fashionable Abbeygate Street.

Bury (as it is known locally) is a fine and fashionable market town with a wide range of private individual businesses such as jewellers and boutiques, a large Saturday market and a good selection of national chainstores including Debenhams and M&S. There are are also extensive historic public gardens. It’s perfect for a sunny summer Saturday. There is also a great arts venue and a gallery with music and art festivals regularly held. Pay a visit if you want a more relaxed alternative to crowded Cambridge.

I took my wife to GastronoME in Bury for a spot of Saturday lunch and was suitably impressed. We had always liked the ambience and high quality food of GastronoME’s original venue, and they have translated it perfectly into their more accommodating premises. The cafe was crying out to be upgraded to something more spacious and the new situation is spot on.

The design at the new property has the right blend of quirky je ne sais quoi and a reassuringly practical layout that compliments circulation, sight-lines and comfort. The food quality is quite simply 5-Star and the service and friendliness of the proprietor Michael and his staff is second to none. They really do have the savoire-faire to produce a sociable and convivial eating experience that will bring you back. The menu is pitch-perfect, not over-reaching itself, being mettre au point to an accessible modernity that still respects your pocketbook. Chic, yummy, and good for palates of every age.

No one has asked me to write this or paid me in any way for doing so at any point. I just like to share what I find is good with you.

They are good so they will get busy. Do use the booking form on their website at




The Bridge Cafe, Oban, Scotland

No, not at the bridge above, the cafe is in Oban town, a few miles further on from the steel edifice pictured over the title.

The cafe is a complete hidden gem.

Lovely town Oban, but the cafes in town are tourist places and frankly not so all wonderful as they might be.

However hidden away in the unprepossessing environs of an industrial estate that borders on urban-explorable in parts, beside a little green=painted iron bridge near the back of Tesco, is a delightful little cafe.

The owners have created a chic friendly cafe where the discerning will know they have stumbled upon L’Ecosse Profonde (Urbain) – i.e. the “Real” (Urban) Scotland – and can enjoy great value tasty cafe food and drink. No pretensions (unlike my prose), just clean, lightly assembled design from simple components. Excellent. They also have toilets one need not be afraid to use – no really it is a real plus marks.

So, 100 percent recommended. Go out of your way to this less obvious place and get a decent repas instead of tourist-priced auto-fodder. Enjoy living like a local and watching ducks with the Mums.

See the webpage here

Trip Advisor apparently calls it a hidden gem – well, YES IT REALLY IS!

It is at
3 Soroba Ln, Oban PA34 4HX
Phone 01631 566697
Opening time on the website – its a daytime place.

I have no commercial connection with the cafe and gain nothing from posting this other than the good feeling that I am telling people about a lovely business that deserves lots of nice customers.

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ricolaRicola Original flavour are delicious Swiss sweets – no not the sugar free ones or the other flavours – Original.

But you can do some really wrong things with them!

How about smashing one up and dissolving it in best pure malt scotch whisky and making a Scotch Alp cocktail?

How about melting a couple into a bowl of porridge?

Add one to a cup of Earl Grey Tea.


I am not paid or incentivized by Ricola or anyone else to write this, I just like the product.

Hidden meanings

Today I found another skull image hidden in plain sight. Just another sign of the times. There are thousands of them. Just turn a packet of Cadbury Giant buttons upside down and compare to a Google search of skull cartoons.

Did the artist who drew it know? Who knows, the skull image is so prevalent now in  the End Times that it easily seeps into the sub-conscious, especially of those whom the Lord has not yet opened their eyes.

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But let us turn Satan’s nasty little games to do the Lord’s work. Let’s look for skulls and hidden things in the Bible.

If you search for skull in the Bible you will find it mentioned about half a dozen times. All but two mentions refer to Golgotha – the place of the skull – where Jesus won his victory.

Of the two exceptions, one refers to Abimelech’s head, and the other  in 2 Kings to Jezebel. Both the exceptions refer to death and destruction where death seemed to be the victor, and the non-exceptions to the place where Christ fought death and won.

And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands. – 2 Kings 9:35 (KJV)

The example in 2 Kings is especially enlightening because it is an echo prophesy. The bones of the head, hands and feet of Jezebel that remain after her death reflect the crucified hands and feet, and crowned head of Christ. Such echo prophesies are part of the watermarking of the divine word of God, our Holy Bible.


Dangerous but Delicious

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Peanut Puffs are a snack product you won’t see much of in the UK. They are like puffed corn cheese snacks, but peanut not cheese. They are just as claggy and sticky on the mouth as cheese puffs by the way. I am definitely not saying these things are healthy, but unless you have a dangerous allergy to them, in my opinion, they are nice.


I guess the reason you can’t easily get them the UK is because the supermarkets are terrified of being sued by someone who has a peanut allergy.

Of course most people do not have peanut allergy, and if you have been introduced to Peanut Puffs in somewhere like France, you will probably find like me, not being able to buy them easily in the UK really annoying.

Well there are a few outlets in real world shops as well as online.
Amazon UK sell several varieties <– click

InterfoodThe real world shop one near me is the International Food Store in Mill Road Cambridge. As there are several international supermarkets in Mill Road, note it is the green one at:

96 Mill Rd, Cambridge CB1 2BD
Phone: Cambridge UK 01223 307774.
The Peanut Puffs they have are Lotto brand and are in the stack of packets you can just make out in window on the left of the photo as you look at it. There are two varieties – the more expensive peanut and hazelnut, or the regular cheaper peanut only. The peanut-only ones are in my opinion much nicer taste and better value. If you want to buy some there I should phone them first to make sure they are in stock.
NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer or store to mention the products or stores featured in this blog article.

Miss You McDonalds Big Breakfast

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For thirty or more years I think I have enjoyed McDonalds Big Breakfasts. I first discovered these in London when I was on a training course, and having been partly raised alongside an American family with American things, it chimed in with me and all those small hours breakfasts I’d later had at the Top Four Club and the Galaxy Club on base at USAF Mildenhall and USAF Lakenheath.

Now sadly it seems many if not all McDonalds in the UK have stopped doing Big Breakfasts.

Now I get asked do  I want triangle or round egg – if I take the increasingly deprecated choice of human service rather than touchscreen. Dumbed down or Whaaaat! You gotta be kidding’ me – triangle or round egg?

I bet you never thought a moaning minnie Victor Meldrew like me would have a good thing to say about a corporation like McDonalds eh? Well, whilst one could pick faults with McDonalds in all sorts of areas, and some famously have chosen to do so, some of what McDonalds offer I find quite good and convenient, and their Big Breakfast was foremost amongst those products, so I really miss it, and waiting for my breakfast in several different McDonalds over the last few weeks, so do a lot of other people.

Please bring back the classic Big Breakfast McDonalds.

NOTICE: I have not been paid any money or given any inducements by any product manufacturer to mention the products featured in this blog article.