So it’s a couple of weeks since the first Daddy Day Care (DDC) post. We went to York the other week but only called into Ambiente tapas really, plus Seth’s grandma was in tow so it wasn’t a true DDC.
Last week was a little warm and we just kept a low profile staying around Harrogate and home so we didn’t get too hot.
I took some photos of Ambiente, we had the lunch deal which was 3 tapas for £9.95 and we ordered a glass of sherry just because. They were all tasty enough with the cod’s cheeks the stand out. Here’s a visual taste:
This week however I was determined to get out and about and Leeds ended up being the target.
Baltzersen’s was recently featured in the inaugural ‘Northern Independent Coffee Guide’ and amongst the inclusions for Leeds was a coffee shop called ‘Kapow‘. I’d never heard of it so we nipped in for a flat white and a couple of rounds of toast.
As a first time restaurateur with Norse I knew it would be important to read around my subject, both in terms of industry news but also food in general. I’ve been reading a few titles such as ‘Lucky Peach‘ and ‘Fool‘ magazine for a while and with my responsibility for the drinks offer at Norse I’ve added ‘Hot Rum Cow‘ and ‘Noble Rot‘ to that list.
‘Fool’ magazine is a Swedish publication and is quite difficult to get hold of so Murray and I tend to get this through ‘Colours May Vary‘ based at Munro House. Colours May Vary is a shop chock full of interesting magazines. Becky and Andy find publications from all over the world and offer them at a reasonable price in one place. Becky was serving on the day and said that there has been a huge resurgence in publishing and they are now having to be very picky with the titles they stock. You can now buy online and that day they were sending products out to Germany, Japan and the US amongst others.
I had every intention of heading to Zaap for lunch having heard a bit about it on social media and various blogs (see the write up by Diane at Tale of Two Sittings) but I spotted Thai A Roy Dee across the road. Thai A Roy Dee is a long time favourite of many people in Leeds and recently had to close their doors in connection with issues over their lease and the upcoming Victoria Gate development. They’ve found a unit pretty much exactly opposite Zaap. Zaap looked pretty busy whereas Thai A Roy Dee was a little quiet so despite the lack of highchair provision (quite important for Seth really) I decided we’d give Zaap a miss.
There is a real authenticity to Thai A Roy Dee, the inside is clean and functional but that’s about the most you can say. I spent about 5 months in Thailand in my younger days so I crave the food that became so familiar in that time. You cannot argue with the value at lunchtime as they offer a starter and main for just £6.95. I was sharing with Seth so opted for chicken satay skewers followed by Matsaman curry.
No visit to Leeds these days is complete without dropping in on John at Stecas (for a chat) and grabbing a couple of beers from Tall Boys next door. I’m a fan of Partizan and took a recommendation from Grub and Grog‘s Dan Palmer for the other.