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Mucho Mas (oops, Chilango)

Mucho Mas (oops, Chilango)

Do you miss burritos like nobody’s business?  Do you often wish there was a place you could get a cheap burrito quickly made from fresh and well-spiced ingredients?  Do you crave Chipotle or Moe’s like crack?  Well, look no further come to Chilango’s on Upper Street in Angel.  We fondly and will always call this burrito joint Mucho Mas, which it was called from up till last week when they reopended with new decorations and a new name Chilango. We’re not gonna lie, one of the major factors that influenced where our current flat is was that Mucho Mas would be just down the street. True to form, we all go 2 – 3 times a week.

Why? The burritos are amazing.  You have a choice of steak, chicken, pork (carnitas) and veggie (which includes free guac!!!) all wrapped up in a warm large tortilla with black or pinto beans, choice of mild (C’s preference), medium (A’s preference), or hot salsa (very daring) with the usual fixin’s.  Best part it is all under six pounds and they have free water pitchers to quench the spiciness if you can’t handle it.  Don’t be afraid though, the mild is not spicy at all and the meat is pitch perfect in seasoning.  We even have a favorite corner which we like to think is reserved for only us, loyal Mucho Mas customers—the round table in the back of the upper floor.  (Unfortunately, this has now been replaced with rectangle tables—but we’ll still claim the back).

A final note, don’t go to Tortilla. It is a cheap and horrible rip off of Mexican burritos.  Everything there just can’t compare to Mucho Mas (Chilango)’s quality, taste and atmosphere.  DON’T GO!!

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Candid Arts Cafe

As we’re writing this, we are actually waiting to get sandwiches and tea that we ordered 30 minutes ago but that they lost our order. Usually, if that happens, we’d never go back to that place, but we love this place, the Candid Arts Cafe, so much we’re pretty content to wait patiently in the eclectic atmosphere in happy anticipation of how yummy the food is while writing an enthusiastic recommendation.  We’re also pretty okay with it because it’s very locally run by only a few people and of course the place is packed on a Saturday because it’s so well-loved.

If you’ve been searching for a proper coffee shop/café decorated with love, a hidden away spot you can spend hours writing, thinking, and chatting with friends to nice music (Simon and Garfunkel was the album for the past 30 minutes), this is it. It’s decorated like your Grandma’s living room if your grandmother was incredibly artsy and into vintage and her living room doubled as a theatre’s prop room with Grecian columns, enormous Shakespearean candlesticks, cast-off lamps and giant paintings. Three floors up over a warehouse that hosts regular art exhibits, there are windows all along one wall that bathe the room in sunlight on pretty days. The menu is also incredible, with fresh and tasty baguettes and hot dishes. A’s favorite sandwich is avo, brie, and ham sandwich (4.50) while C gets the vegetarian curry (6.50) when she can. C is partial to the ginger tea (1.50) while A likes their lattes.

It’s a stone’s throw away from Angel tube station off the busy Upper Street. Turn left out of the station and then take your first left onto Pentonville Road and then first left again down the side street/alley – there’s a big sign for the Candid arts warehouse and the café entrance is just next door.  Opening hours are Monday to Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 5pm.  Map

Update: we indeed got our sandwiches and oh my goodness they were amazing

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Mem & Laz: A Bellydancing Birthday

A few weeks ago was A’s birthday and to celebrate a group of us went out to dinner to this Mediterranean place called Mem & Laz off of Upper Street in Angel. Let’s just say A got more than just dinner.

Mem & Laz

If you have never been to Upper Street or not familiar with the area there are quite a few restaurants to choose from–everything from the usual chains (i.e. Masala Zone, Nando’s, Pizza Express and even Weatherspoons) to the cute back corner spots to the higher end restaurants. Whatever your mood Upper Street in Angel can cater to any international food craving. Mem & Laz fits into the category of the back corner spot with amazing amounts of charm and character. It’s located right off Upper Street about a five-ten minute walk north from Angel tube station on Theberton St.

8 Theberton Street N1 0QX

 

Mem & Laz was actually recommended by one of our flatmates who went there one night with her parents and loved the atmosphere and the food. The restaurant is spread over two floors packed in with tables to accommodate the line of people waiting out the door. Luckily C and I went a few days in advance to reserve a table for the busy Saturday night, which I would highly recommend since it seems the place is always busy no matter what night of the week it is–which is another indicator that the place is a champion.

Turkish Lamps

Inside the walls are covered with Turkish antiques and the ceiling has the most fascinating collection of Turkish lamps. The menu has plenty of choices to suit any preference with plenty of vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes as well as plenty of lamb, beef, chicken and seafood dishes for the meat-lovers like C and I. I had the special lamb kofte stuffed with cheese with a side salad of mixed Mediterranean vegetables and a side of mash. I would go back and probably order the same thing because it was so good. I’ve also heard the stuffed peppers are a restaurant hit, too. The dinner servings are plenty but if you are really hungry I would recommend going for one of the many starters or one of the amazing desserts. For drinks, there is a decent selection of wines, beers and spirits. We actually ordered an amazing bottle of tempranillo for only £12 (see picture).

Our Wine

So getting back to the birthday story, one of our friends got the waitress to bring up a free piece of cheesecake for me and even said to the waitress “don’t sing or anything because that would make A really embarrassed.” Well, they brought up the cake with the candle (even the Owner joined in—really sweet man who will come around and talk to your table, just look for him he will be making the rounds in the restaurant) and then they broke out into the typical birthday singing getting the entire second floor singing and clapping along. At this point I could handle the onslaught of public attention while thinking my time in the spotlight was coming to a very near end. Oh how I was wrong, what came next totally surprised me and probably everyone dining. They turned up the music and started asking for a belly dance! In my previous 24 years I have never been subjected to or even seen public humiliation via forced birthday dancing. However, with the great atmosphere and the friendly encouragement of everyone at Mem and Laz, I along with my friend who initiated the birthday trauma stood up and shook it a bit. This was also captured on video and no, this will never be posted.

It was actually a really great time and I can’t remember ever having so much fun at a restaurant. Now, our friends who went there with us want to go back for their birthday just to get a little belly dancing action and I suggest you do it too. So yeah, Mem & Laz you’re awesome and we will definitely be back.

Black Cab Sessions

NOTHING CAN BE BETTER THAN COMBINING GREAT MUSIC WITH A CLASSIC BRITISH ICON

So, if you enjoy raw and live music from up and coming artists along with streets scenes from London then check out this website. It’s the black cab sessions. These guys film artists singing a song a two in the back of a black cab as they drive around London town. The best part is to find places and streets you’ve walked down. It couldn’t get much better unless they manage to fit a band in a red telephone booth. Also, check out the video of the British band the Kooks since they drive through Angel and Islington and almost drive pass our flat! If Black Cab Sessions tickle your fancy, then also check out Blogotheque. It is the same idea of recording live music from bands in what they call take away shows; however, these are not specifically based in London but more in flats and streets in Paris and Los Angeles—still great none-the-less. The Beirut take away show is a classic and you can see the Kooks as well.

This Never Happens!!

Thank you Russian snowstorm that came through and started pounding out ‘heavy snow’ in London.  It might not be 100% accurate to say this never happens because on occasion there are some flurries in central London but it is even rarer for the snow to stick.  However, this is a once in every few years occurrence so enjoy!!!!!!  

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