The Shake Shack team have managed to take the burgers that many Brits have become familiar with on their travels and transplanted them closer to home.
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Burger King has stopped using beef processing plant Silvercrest in Ireland after tests revealed "very small trace levels" of horse DNA in its products, reports The Guardian.
On Tuesday, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) revealed that they found horse DNA in frozen beef burger patties sold in the UK and Ireland by major supermarket chains Aldi, Iceland, Lidl, and Tesco.
The Pizza Pilgrims are Thom and James Elliot, a couple of brothers from the UK who flew to the tip of Italy, picked up a Piaggio Ape (it's pronounced ah-peh, Italian for "bee"), and drove it back to London. On route, they stopped at various pizza destinations in Italy, from pizzerias to an olive farm, where they boosted their knowledge of the dish they would make back home.
AHT reader John Fellows recently tried Burger King UK's new Lamb Flatbread in Glasgow, so he sent us a review. Thanks for sacrificing your taste buds, John!
This week Burger King in the UK released a new limited-time-only lamb burger, the Lamb Flatbread, featuring a spiced lamb patty topped with lettuce, tomato, onions, cucumber, chilli ketchup, and mint yoghurt sauce on a rosemary flatbread. If any of you AHT'ers try it, let us know how it is.
I was at Borough Market, walking around after I'd had my requisite chorizo sandwich at Brindisa, when I walked by a huge, steaming paella pot vat of shredded duck. When you see that much duck confit in one place, you've got to talk to someone about it, figure out what's going on, and decide how you can eat it immediately. Fullness should not be prohibitive.
What can the Brits munch on that Americans can't at the Golden Arches? For the most part, the menu is quite similar. There's the Quarter Pounder, the McNuggets, and the fries are even called fries, not "chips." But there are a few things that you won't find in an American McDonald's—among them, a Cadbury Creme Egg McFlurry and Mozzarella Sticks. (Actually, they're called "Mozzarella Dippers.")
You gotta hand it to Prince William. It's his big day and he's not letting royal blood or any uppity aristocratic protocol stop him from having the wedding cake he craves. Even if that cake is not so much a cake as a pile of mashed-up McVitie's biscuits set in a rich chocolate shell. While it's more like a cake-shaped candy bar, it's a tasty cake-shaped candy bar.
British chocolate bars: are they really awesomer than their American counterparts? Some say, absolutely-hands-down yes. These are the same people who bring an extra suitcase when visiting just to fill it with British Kit Kats, Curly Wurlys and Aero bars. We tried as many as we could find in London to bring you this comprehensive guide.
When most people think of "England," the first thing that pops into their minds is the royal family, or Austin Powers, or right now, the Royal Wedding. For me, it's KFC. For the most part, the menu was the same; however, KFC in London offered fries, rather than biscuits. Two other UK-specific items were the Godfather Meal and the Krush'ems.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest, River Cottage Every Day highlights the simply prepared meals he serves to his family. The premise behind the book is that cooking from scratch using fresh, local ingredients is a possibility for everyone, pretty much everyday. Enter here to win a copy.
As crumb-wearing fans of McVitie's biscuits, we had to share this little news tidbit about the Royal Wedding dessert menu. Prince William and Kate Middleton announced the flavors of the two cakes they'll be serving at their April 29 wedding. They'll have a multi-tiered fruitcake and a McVitie's chocolate biscuit cake. Apparently William was a fan of the biscuits during teatime as a wee boy.
Last year AHT ran a feature on The Meatwagon, when owner Yianni Papoutsis was touring South East London cooking diner-style burgers to queues of people in pub gardens. Now the operation has moved to a semi-permanent location in New Cross called #Meateasy, after the wagon was stolen by some dastardly unknowns before Christmas. The small dining room above a disused pub features a small cocktail bar, dingy lighting, and menus chalked on the wall, and is jam packed five nights a week.
Byron is London's fastest growing burger joint with 14 locations and counting. Their traditional burger is a six-ounce patty of Scotch beef served on a rather bland roll. In spite of the poor bread choice, Byron's standard patties are decent enough and are a good value at £6.50. But each February, Byron teams up with a historic butcher shop to create a truly remarkable burger, the Big D.
[Photograph: Burger King UK on Facebook] Fast food burger-lovers in France get foie gras-topped burgers while those in the UK get...brussels sprouts-topped burgers. To challenge the perception of this cruciferous holiday vegetable, Burger King UK is serving a Sprout...
Brits love their multi-layered peanut-caramel-cookie-nougat-and-air-bubble-filled concoctions, but ask for real dark chocolate, and they start muttering about the fall of the British Empire. In an attempt to satisfy my craving for intense, bitter dark chocolate after moving to London, I tried this sorbet recipe: it's a wonderful, incredibly creamy frozen dessert that is so rich and smooth, no one will believe it's a sorbet.
Because it rains a lot in England, it's not very common to find actual food carts here. Then again, it rains a lot in Portland, Oregon, where food carts are everywhere, so perhaps rain isn't the issue. But there is street food here, which I'm choosing to define as food for walking around, or for sitting on a promenade overlooking the ocean. Yes, that's it. Surely fish and chips is the classic British street food.
Congratulations to Michael Gabel and Jennifer Earle of Hot Breath Karaoke for winning Walkers' superfan contest in the American Cheeseburger-flavored potato chips (crisps) category. They won £10,000 for their video, "No Distractions," in which a woman calmly enjoys eating...