Spaghetti Pie Recipe

spaghetti pie recipe

While browsing Twitter I spotted a recipe that Adam Richman had posted from his latest book – Spaghetti Pie. I was in that dreaded post lunch slump when I was counting down the minutes, seconds and hours until tea time and hit the jackpot.

Not a master piece but it hits the spot.

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Solano’s, Newcastle

Solanos Newcastle

Tucked away on Amen Corner, Solano’s is the latest member of the Newcastle foodie scene.

Bringing a little taste of South America to the North East, the venture is the first Peruvian restaurant outside of London and takes its name from the famous Peruvian NUFC footballer Nolberto Solano. Whilst good old Nobby is not actually involved, the 3 joint owners (Chris Levee, Alfonso Yanez and Linda Deacon) gave a nod to the footballer after investing £100,000 in to the restaurant prior to launch.

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Byron Burger comes to Newcastle

Byron Burgers

It has been rumour and here say for a little while now about the upcoming arrival of the burger giant Byron Burger but as a planning permission has been submitted and confirmed by the big-wigs, it is safe to say it is on it’s way!!

Byron will be calling Grey Street home, taking over the old H&M store (also previously Waterstones) which will see them with a prime spot at the head of the street ready to compete with The Botanist and Jamie’s

Since 2007, Tom Byng has been cultivating and expanding his empire which now sees 37 London restaurants as well as a further 12 across the country with new ones due to open. My personal favourite is the Canary Wharf restaurant as the whole area feels pleasantly deserted on a weekend – a rarity for London!

What this means for other local burger ventures, I don’t know, but it is nice to see Newcastle and the Northeast being considered viable locations for the southern-centric chains we are attracting.

I will bring you more details as soon as I have them!




Chez Mal Brasserie, Malmaison, Newcastle

Chez Mal Brasserie

Unless you have been under a rock, you will have noticed all the hype surrounding the relaunch of the Malmaison Brasserie – Chez Mal Brasserie. You can check out the buzz on Twitter using #chezmal

We were invited along to the launch party which saw host of celebrities like Sting and other pseudo celebs turn out to toast the launch of the revamped restaurant. With live music and cocktail stations manned and ready to satiate your thirst and a huge selection of food that showcased the skills of the kitchen team. The attention to detail for the launch was just outstanding.

The main, notable changes in the property were the bar and restaurant trading places. No more afternoon cocktails with a view of the quayside. The bar space has been moved to the back of the floor and expanded to accommodate more seating and bodies. A very chic area.

The Chez Mal Brasserie now sits front and centre. Large picture windows overlooking the Millennium Bridge afford the restaurant a sense of light and an airy feeling which wasn’t met in it’s old position. I can see people clamouring for a luxe booth or the coveted tables for 2 in front of the windows.

Read on for some photos of the beautiful food……

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Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

Jesmond Dene House Review

Since opening it’s doors in 2005, Jesmond Dene House has been a mainstay of luxury in Newcastle. Designed by John Dobson, the Georgian home has been sympathetically converted and maintained, boasting 40 bedrooms,event halls and of course award winning dining.

With 3 AA rosettes under their belt, head chef Michael Penaluna proudly gives diners the best of local produce which includes fish and seafood coming from another local legend, Latimers.

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