Cowes Week day 5 – Wok’s Happening.

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Wok’s Happening has made another welcome appearance. This is my favourite of the pop up places that feature in Cowes Week. Today I had the vegetarian chow mein.

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This was a bit greasy for my taste and I could not finish the plate as it was huge. There was a definite chilli kick and lots of carrots and cabbage.

My dining companion had the Thai green chicken curry.

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This was creamy, with a strong coconut flavour. A winner.

Cost – £6.00 for the chow mein £7.00 for the curry.

Cowes Week Day 4. The Waterside.

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Lunch today was good old pub grub at The Waterside. This was good value for money. The food was tasty, serviceable. Did the job. Not great food I would say, but decent, filling and the portions were ridiculously large.

Children’s fish fingers, served with beans or chips, or peas or potato faces. £4.50 including  a free drink.

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Beans and Chips. £3.29.

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Beer and Burger meal deal. £6.29

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Chips and gravy. £ 3.39

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Mix and Match Fish cakes -smoked haddock; thai cod and prawn and salmon and dill fish cakes. £6.59

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beer and Burger – vegetable burger. A tasty patty filled with carrots, potato, corn and peas. When loaded with mayo, sauce and salad this was very tasty indeed. £6.29

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A local barbershop quartet serenaded the High Street.

http://www.wight-harmony.org.uk/index.htm

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And once again it is Cowes week.

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I was originally going to title this post ‘How to Survive Cowes Week’ until I realised, that hand on heart- despite this being my 9th consecutive Cowes Week, they all end up for me the same way. With being totally exhausted. So rather than writing tips, I could just do with some.  Cowes week is such a highlight for us, and we revel in the sailing, the eating, the drinking, the renewing of friendships of people you only see once a year and just in general having a really good time. This year H-G and I are scheduled to party hard (early sailing starts permitting) as the Gusta Mother (M-Gusto?Mummy-Gusto?) is coming to visit in order to keep Baby-Gusto occupied while we go out and use and abuse her goodwill shamelessly.

H-G has been sailing in Cowes Week some 30 years, and has thousands of salty sea stories to tell. My favourite concerns when a new waitress at a party did not realise that Pimms was actually cut with lemonade, and used neat gin instead. Apparently next morning there were a number of collisions before about 20 boats decided en masse to retire. I do not sail, but I am a keen spectator, and adore the beauty of seeing hundreds of boats in the distance. (Just don’t suggest to a navigator that if they are not sure where to go, they could just ‘follow everyone else’ as I discovered the hard way my first year. )

So, for this food blog, there will be a heavy focus on food. And drink. And fun. I can only recommend that if you have a chance, drop by Cowes during a Cowes Week one year.

It’s really great fun.

Cowes Food Show

The second Cowes Food show was on today, located in the Carpark and Terminal of the RedJet.

http://www.redfunnel.co.uk/island-guide/isle-of-wight-events/isle-of-wight-events-july-to-september/cowes-food-show/

We went for a wander, and bought a few little things.

First up was Phillips Fine Food.

This Isle of Wight business is our usual first stop when we want to buy delicious fresh and frozen seafood. Located just outside of Cowes, in Northwood, it was lovely to see the stand here today, and we tried the smoked mussels. These were the largest mussels I have ever seen. The smokey flavour made the mussels taste slightly sweet, and we bought a large container. H-G has a cold and cannot taste them properly. He made me promise not to eat them all, but I have justified myself by saying that Phillips is only up the road a bit, so I can buy more…. B-G loved them too.

Also from Phillips we bought smoked trout pate. That, along with melba toast and a glass of white wine made a delicious snack for a cold Sunday. The pate was made just with smoked trout, soft cheese, lemon and lots and lots of pepper. Lovely.

I have not got this food blogging thing down yet. Rather softly and with a slightly red face I whispered to the Phillips lady ‘Do you mind if I take your picture? I want to put it on my blog’. She was very kind and after asking me to repeat myself, but a little bit louder, allowed me to do so. The same again with the Isle of Wight tomato girl, and then I lost my nerve…

Isle of Wight tomatoes

This was such a beautiful looking stall. Isle of Wight tomatoes are famous for making the best tomato sauce you will ever taste, and for growing glorious heirloom tomatoes. I bought a punnet of tomatoes, which look simply too beautiful to eat. I have spent a fair amount of time this afternoon just stroking and smelling them.

I think perhaps we will have them for supper with lightly toasted bread and crumbled goat cheese. The dark blood plum coloured one in particular needs to be eaten on its own.

www.phillipsseafoodandsmokehouse.co.uk

www.thetomatostall.co.uk