Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Stagolee's - authentic Southern US food, liquor & hospitality #review

They had me at "fried chicken." I scanned the rest of the email inviting me to visit Stagolee's Hot Chicken and Liquor Joint in Fulham, London this week but to be honest, I was never gonna say no to someone offering me authentic Southern fried chicken.

It turns out that this delightful restaurant on North End Road, decorated with old family photos which make you wish you were a family member, is not just another fried chicken joint selling pale and greasy portions.

This is groan out loud, better than sex fried chicken which makes you not only lick your own fingers but possibly those of the diner next to you as well. No grease but moist meat with a massively moreish coating leaving you wishing you had worn even stretchier trousers so you could cram just one more piece in your mouth.

fried chicken at Stagolee's London, restaurant review

 Brined for 24 hours, dipped in buttermilk, dipped in a family-created blend of flavourings and spices and skillet fried, with or without heat and HEAT. Are you brave enough to tackle the very hot Tom Devil chicken? I was not!

Oh but there's more. Under the expert care of the very smiley and food-passionate Chef Ashley using age-old family recipes and not a little of her own flair, Stagolee's offers home-sick Americans a true  and comprehensive taste of Southern hospitality.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Don't Waste Tears on Toxic Relationships

I have had it up to here (indicates area above head) with toxic relationships in my life. I have wasted so much time and energy trying to fix them and now as an old crone I have finally realised it's time to mourn briefly and move on.

moving on meme

If you know me personally and are reading this you are possibly wondering and worrying if I am talking about you. The fact is if you are worried about it, it probably isn't you!

I had a toxic relationship with my birth father and you'd think that after decades of trying to win his love and attention and earning only scorn and abuse I would have learned my lesson when it comes to  other relationships.

The problem is that through my more positive relationships and my church background I mostly strive to love and care and share. Ooh shit, that makes me sound a right pompous cow doesn't it but you know what I mean. On the whole I try to a least keep the peace and like many of you I'm sure, have apologised when I'm really not sure or damn well know I am not in the wrong.

Takes deep breathe and tries not to get emotional.

Recently after a relatively long period of feeling settled and confident in my circles - a feeling much aided by the many fantastic friendships I have made through blogging -the sands have started to shift again and I am left feeling like I am drowning, panicking, anxious and desperate to feel solid ground under my feet.