by Antonia Velikova
Busy, busy, busy - literally the one word you can use to describe Grainger Market, even on a Saturday morning. Despite being right next to the largest Tesco in the city centre, the independent retailers have so many customers that they didn't even have the time for a chat. But they were more than happy for us to take some photos.
Not just fruit & veg, you can also find fresh meat at Grainger Market. The butchers told us that, unbelievably, people are already starting to buy their turkeys for Christmas - in November?
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John 46 goes to the Newcastle West End Food Bank every other week.
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By Chelsea Carter and Silvia Morani
Every first weekend of the month the Boiler Shop Steamer holds an event in an old converted warehouse behind the central station in Newcastle to showcase local breweries, musicians and most of all restaurants as street food style stalls are installed around the venue.
Though most restaurants are local their products are inspired by tastes from around the world. With one sweep of the room you can try dishes from South America all the way across Europe to Asia with raclettes, crepes, tacos, pizza, sushi, slow cooked meats, etc. all on offer.
Amongst the rows a bright green stall stood out offering lighter Mediterranean style food. The Herb Garden, located on Westgate Road, is unique in many ways as its food is produced from a hydroponic garden located within the shop. This makes the shop original in its manner of procuring its produce and certifies that it will be fresh on your plate. Lucy was kind enough to let us try her fresh fish tacos made from salmon she had personally spent 30 hours hot smoking, which were absolutely delicious with just the right amount of spice.
This was the fourth time that head chef Lucy, who created the menu, and her friend Rich, who came up with the idea for a hydroponic restaurant, participated in the event. Lucy said it was a great opportunity to showcase their food, but that at the event itself many people sided towards the heavier dishes they knew such as the hamburgers and curries on offer. Fresh food such as there’s wasn’t exactly what one turned to after a day of drinking she joked.
On the opposite side of the room stood Longhorns BBQ, its fifth appearance at the Boiler Shop, which offered the exact opposite type of food. With massive chunks of slow cooked hickory meat made in the traditional Texan manner served on toasted buns they are all about meat and ‘big portions’, and precisely the type of meal one would picture in accompaniment to a cold pint. After all, as the owner says, ‘What goes well with beer? Meat!’
The company will be opening a new restaurant in the coming months that is intended to mimic the street food style of eating by keeping things fast food, just it will be in a restaurant, thus as the owner said, ‘throwing a new style of food, as well as a different service style’ at the North East. They don’t want a restaurant they want to keep the street food vibe as much as possible, and are targeting the males of town with their big meaty portions that are inspired by the Man V. Food phenomenon.
A more female dominated stall stands a few vendors down where two young women work behind a lovely yellow booth, Elodie Raclette, serving up a traditional Swiss dish meant to keep you warm in the cold winter days. Though raclette is not your traditional street food Elodie, the owner, has changed all this by using her mobile unit to bring this cheesy potato dish to the streets of Newcastle where she holds a stall at the Quayside market every Sunday. The dish is comprised of boiled potatoes, raclette cheese which is warmed through portable devices and then scraped over the potatoes and topped with charcuterie.
Originally from France, Elodie came over to Newcastle for a placement and opened her own shop a few years ago. She usually does crepes, however, ‘because it was winter and there was nothing like it, she would go for it’ and thus Newcastle’s street food has become a little more fancy with the touch of Elodie.
So if you find yourself in Newcastle the first weekend of the month, the Boiler Shop Steamer is the place to go for quick trip around the world’s tastes.
Photo Credit: Chelsea Carter and Silvia Morani
by Antonia Velikova & Claire Hawthorn
Protesters from the Revolutionary Communist Group are picketing and collecting donations outside Marks and Spencer, claiming that the retailer's policies support Israel. They are calling for a complete stop to all support towards Israel and for more outright protection of Palestinian interests from the UK.
Protesters told us that they had been standing in the rain for three hours, collecting signatures and donations and spreading the word.
One of the picketers talked to us and explained why they're picketing and what their goals are:
Picketers from the group promised that they will be back until the retailer chain cut all ties with Israel and they are aiming to boycott all import coming from the country.
A spokesperson from Marks & Spencer however told PopUpNews that M&S is an "Apolitical company' saying: "Marks & Spencer does not support or align itself to any countries, nations, states, Governments, political parties or religious bodies."
On sourcing from Israel "M&S does not source products from Gaza, the West Bank or the Golan Heights."
M&S is one of the main food retail chains in the UK. The protest group is looking to get all food imports from Israel to the UK banned completely until Israel change their politics towards Palestine.
By Hang Gao
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