A couple of months ago The Old High Street underwent a bit of a transformation. After the dust cleared and the builders left, we were left with a beautiful cobbled street with freshly painted buildings filled with all manner of interesting things — from vintage and hand sewn clothes to vinyl and local gin and, of course, a few coffee shops.
As with most of the seaside towns along the Kent coast, Ramsgate has been heralded as ‘up and coming’, the next big deal, the place where it’s all happening. On a drizzly, dark October night, I can’t say this is the impression I got. However, once we sat down at our table at Kyoto Sushi and Grill and started reading through the extensive menu, I began to think that maybe there was something about this town that was slightly ahead of the Kentish curve.
Not far from Canterbury High Street, in what was formerly a sticky floored boozer, is The Ambrette. Miles of dark wood meet the eye as you enter, punctuated by colorful floor tiles and the glow of candlelight. The cavernous room has been cleverly designed to feel cozy while still allowing enough space between the tables for comfortable conversation.
Yesterday was the opening, or technically reopening, of Folkestone’s Harbour Arm. As part of the harbour regeneration, the harbour arm has been brought back to life after more than a decade of disuse. The arm itself has been lovingly restored to reflect the important role it played during World War I.
When I first moved to the UK lots of people asked me if there was anything I would miss from California. I gave the obvious answers: family, friends, Californian zinfandel, sunshine. But it never even crossed my mind that there was something bound up in California’s identity that is nearly impossible to find in the UK: Mexican food.
So the next supper club will be at Follies on March 22 and, with enough support, I’m hoping to make it a five course vegetarian feast to ring in the spring equinox.
After the success of my first two supper clubs in Folkestone, I thought I’d try something a bit different heading into 2015. When the hustle and bustle of the Christmas period starts to die down, the post-holiday come down can become a serious affliction – especially when it starts getting dark at 3pm. The best way to remedy this is to have something to look forward to in January, and my next supper club is it!
A few months ago I bought Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite on a whim; I saw a tweet from Leite’s Culinaria about this white bean purée piled high with beautiful purple radicchio and red onions and it looked good enough that I went straight onto Amazon and bought the cookbook. I have not been disappointed.
I know there haven’t been many recipe posts in the last few months, but I promise the time hasn’t been misspent! I’ve recently started a supper club in Folkestone which is super exciting for me and has taken up quite a bit of time. But I will definitely try to share recipes more frequently because, at the end of the day, that’s what this blog is all about!