Sunday, 24 January 2010
Happy New Year, readers and we at 'Aroundtheworldin80dinners' Global Headquarters, Beijing, wish you all a prosperous 2010- even in these difficult times. To gauge to extent of the downturn, we sent our Manchester agents (Robert Hamilton and Angie Atmadjaja) to Liverpool. Our understanding is that it is an area largely devoid of employment, with only football, the Beatles and the infectious Scouse humour to keep the wolves from the door.
Our agents reported that, although Robert remains immune to the humour, they found both culinary excellence and pockets of culture free from 'fab four'references. At the Bluecoat Gallery they viewed the sound installations of Janek Schaefer, then lunched at a new fusion eatery, Host.
A tasty Indonesian chicken and shrimp rice was preceded by seared tuna and duck gyozas, and on a cold clear day, warmed up with glasses of tea. The interior was clean and modern, the service was as bright and breezy as the day.
Angie commented that some of the fusions didn't quite fuse though we agreed that it flavorsome and filling. We took our leave of the port more cultured and fuller than when we arrived. Certainly better off than than the City fans who arrived as we left.