How long has it been since I last posted on here? I had contemplated removing all the previous posts but I'm going to leave them up for nostalgia. I enjoyed looking back at a few of the posts, things have changed a lot since then.
When I first started reviewing restaurants, other diners would be shocked and confused when I would take pictures of the meal. I have been asked in a couple of interviews if I ever felt embarrassed whilst documenting my meal. It was quite awkward and I would often try and take the photos quickly and stealthily, to avoid any unwanted attention or questions. This was twelve years ago and at the time, I had never seen any other customers take photos of food. Thankfully this became the norm over the years due to the rise in popularity of social media apps, such as instagram, where users all over the world started to share pictures of their meals.
I've always loved food and I'm glad I've saved these pictures and shared my experiences. It's been hugely entertaining and emotional looking back at some of them. My wonderful auntie passed away a year ago today, and it brought me great pleasure seeing all the references to her and remembering the times we would visit restaurants together. There is also a recipe by her here.
My writing style has changed over the years . I'm certainly not as funny as I was ten years ago, nor am I as outgoing. Between work, uni and climbing, I pretty much do as little as possible.
It will be interesting to see how frequently I do end up posting new content on here.
A place I regularly find myself at is the Moor Market in town.
The Moor Market opened in November 2013, I had to look this up and I still cannot believe it was nearly ten years ago. According to wikipedia, the market was envisioned as having space for 200 stalls including cafes. Now I'm not sure if that's accurate or not but I have heard from workers in the market that the higher costs of this venue, compared to Castle Market, meant that relocation wasn't an option for many of the previous stallholders. Could this have contributed to the lower than estimated number of stalls?
The owners of the market are Sheffield City Council and they aimed for the visitor count to reach 100,000 per week. I believe this is another figure that was overestimated. High parking costs and the daytime opening times leave the market inaccessible for many, including people with disabilities and those who work 9-5. The recent lockdowns have caused additional declines in trade due to people working from home.
Despite these factors, the market is still a fantastic place to visit, and full of atmosphere. Here you can find local produce including meat, fish, fresh fruit and veg as well as a very diverse range of independent clothing, jewellery, beauty salons, haberdashery, incense, flowers and of course places to eat.
If you're after a great value coffee with no pretentiousness, then check out the coffee stall at the main entrance. Fans of craft beer should check out beer central, the friendly staff always have time to recommend different products, no matter how big the queue is. For those looking to get their eyebrows threaded, I recommend "Star Beauty" brow and lash bar. Lovers of cheese, pies and pickles will be happy with the selection at S&J's Pantry. S&J have a wide range of items including vegan cheese and milks. They also stock some great locally made hot sauce so be sure to have a browse.
Before I forget, be sure to check out ChefChef store - a handy online store offering a selection of goods from the stalls delivered to your door.
One of my favourite places to eat in the market and somewhere I visit once a week is Hungry Buddha.
The menu changes frequently and includes nepalese thali type meals complete with rice, vegetable curry and chutney, along with South Indian food such as idli/vada and masala dosa.
|Mixed thali, which I enjoyed last year|
|Fresh vada, which I saved and ate on a walk|