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National Burger Day

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National Burger Day, lets think about that for a second shall we. A whole day set aside to celebrate burgers? Gluttony or genius? Whatever your stance, this isn’t technically a national holiday (yet), it is however already up there in terms of big celebrations for me, rubbing shoulders with Halloween, Birthday’s & Christmas.

I have already expressed my praise for this event when Phil and I visited last year so there was every reason to expect much of the same from this year’s celebrations. However, this year got off to a much better start with my work deciding to jump on the burger van too. Big up’s go to City Pantry for hooking us up burgers from the lovely Patty & Bun, no joke, I ate two at lunch! It was than a furious digesting session for the next 4 hours until it was time to finish work and head of to Street Feast in Dalston Yard, East London. At the end of the evening, I managed to nom my way through a rather respectable 5 sliders. Rather talk about the burger any more, I will just get on with listing them in order of recommendation and the shoving a load of photos in your face to make you feel peckish and jealous.

Top 5 are;

1: Smokestack
2: Lucky Chip
3: Hotbox
4: Slider Bar
5: Nanban

Now in case you haven’t got the foggiest what that lot means, the menu is below.

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Postcards from New York II

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I have fallen so far behind with blogging lately, on Sunday I finally got round to posting Burgers of New York and this post is meant as a follow on from Postcards from New York.  Let me tell you a little bit about what we got up to.

We stayed on Lexington Ave in mid-town Manhattan. We walked everywhere. We did all the usual tourist spots and went exploring in Brooklyn, Williamsburg, Staton Island, Queens and obviously Manhattan. Although I would say we saw all the sites that most people see when they think of New York, I would liked to have got to know the city better. Not so much Manhattan but Brooklyn and Williamsburg. I felt there was a lot more that I didn’t get to see there. Oh well, there is always next time.

I love cities, since I moved out 12 years ago I have always lived in cities, Birmingham and now London. New York felt no different to me, I loved every minute of it, the familiar buzz, the cry of sirens, the slow moving pedestrians, the frantic dash across the streets, all of it felt like home. Pair that with the fact that New York is probably one of the easiest cities to navigate I could really relax into the swing of things. If I went back, I’d like to hire a bike, I ride everywhere in London and I feel I would really get to grips with the city if I could cruise around the wide bustling streets. Rather than have me give you a blow-by-blow account of where I went, I will let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy.

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Yeah, sorry about the photo spam, as you can imagine, I have a load of pictures (literally thousands) so it is hard to give you just the highlights without boring the shit out of you. BUT, if you did like that and you missed the first lot then click here.

Not a fan of New York? Try Barcelona, click here.

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Oxford

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Around Christmas time last year, Amy and I went up to Oxford to meet her Dad to exchange gifts. I have only been to Oxford once before and I could barely remember the city as I was walking around. However it was like rediscovering it all over again. I’ll be up front about this, Oxford is beautiful!

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Walking around I kept finding myself mouthing “this is so nice”. I am not sure why I was surprised, people rave about the place so much. I even have a few friends that live there and they are full of nothing but praise. I wonder if the reason for not visiting when I was growing up is due to where I am from. Originally from South East Kent, a town called Broadstairs, we had Canterbury nearby which was like our own old pretty city. I wonder if this made me feel like I didn’t need to see another one.

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Whatever the reason, I feel like I have to go back. I think I only scratched the surface of what Oxford had to offer. I think I spotted at least a hundred pubs which I need to discover. I need to take my single speed up for a spin there too as everyone was happily cycling about.

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I am not sure if the crisp air was getting a little too much for me but I was even thinking that I would like to live in a city like this!

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Anyway, enough of my ramblings, let me know if you have anywhere in Oxford I should check out, as I am definitely going back!

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Drift Allstars: Setting the scene

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Drift Allstars has FINALLY returned to London and this time the setting was the iconic Olympic stadium in Stratford. I for one was positively shaking with anticipation at what would be unleashed this weekend and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. The excitement in the air was thicker than the tyre smoke. Well almost, some of the drivers were reducing visibility down to a few meters. And more than likely shaving a few years off of life expectancy due to smoke inhalation. Did anyone mind? No! If anything it only amped the crowd up more! This time the paddock was restricted access only mean that spectators were straining to get a glimpse of the favourite drifters, during the event people were clambering on any obstacle to gain an elevation advantage over the deep crowds stacked against metal railings. The pressure was momentarily released when punters were allowed in for the drivers signing session and to get up close the weapons on display. Then nerves were once again fraught as the Top 16 battles began. I will leave the report for you to find over on Drift Allstars but it had to be one of the strangest finishes I have ever seen in drifting but congratulations to Piotr Wiecek who drove PHENOMENALLY all weekend!

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Stay tuned for next installation which will showcase the talent from the weekend…

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