Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Taste Swansea's Food and Drink Digest #7 (Nov 25th 2015)

The third issue of Taste Swansea magazine is now available! If you've not seen a printed copy yet (and I'm more than happy to point you in the right direction of one - just let me know), check out the popular digital copy. For now, here is some lovely food and drink news for Swansea at the end of November.


The ultra popular Uplands Market returns to its usual place in Gwydr Square this Saturday (28 Nov). There's around 70 different stalls and this week's producers include the Mumbles Pate Company, Malabar Aaanaa, Ty Siriol Pork, Coco Bean and Nothing But Burgers. The market starts at 9am and runs until 1pm, and is well worth a trip if you've not been before.


Wine lovers rejoice! Cheers Wine Merchant on Newton Road will be holding their annual wine tasting event at the Ostreme Centre on Friday (27 Nov). It's a great chance to sample some excellent wines from some of the world's finest vineyards in a relaxed environment. There's also a range of olives, oils and cheeses for sale that evening, courtesy of nearby delicatessen, Olives and Oils. Tickets are £20. When I checked earlier in the week they were close to selling out - so act fast if you want a space.


A cheesy, gooey arancini!

Walking along Castle Street this week, I noticed a new independent takeaway, called Arancine. Instantly this interested me as I love the kind of southern Italian street food they sell - arancini. It's a big ball of risotto stuffed with a variety of fillings, from classics such as cheese and ham, to more adventurous ones like chicken curry. The owner is from Sicily so you know they're authentic. I grabbed a couple for lunch and was absolutely stuffed!


The festive burger - both festive and filling!

Last Friday I was invited to try the new festive menu at the Waterfront Beefeater in SA1, so went along to see what was new. The seasonal additions to the menu included classic roast turkey with all the trimmings, a mushroom and brie wellington for the veggies, and - of course - Christmas Pudding for dessert. 

After some deliberation, I went for a tasty prawn cocktail to start (the addition of a large chargrilled prawn skewer was a nice bonus), then a huge festive double steak burger - which featured bacon, brie and cranberry toppings. Pretty indulgent and, combined with a mound of fries and coleslaw, a very filling main course. The dessert - a hugely indulgent chocolate melt in the middle pudding - I clearly didn't need... but naturally I ate it all anyway! Very good. 

Meanwhile the service was friendly, the restaurant was accessible to all (with a pay-and-display car park nearby), the decor warm and comfortable for such a big building, and - surprisingly - there was a great bottled craft ale selection available, including beers from BrewDog and Vedett.

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