Michelin Memories: My 100th Post!

For my 100th post on my blog I wanted to do something slightly different, and something that bought back great memories. The recent new Michelin Guide coming out made me think about the great places I have eaten at before starting my blog, and I wanted to reminsice about them! I love taking photos, and take my camera anywhere and everywhere I go to snap away. This tends to annoy family and friends (ask anyone who had to endure the 2000 honeymoon photos!) I have always taken photos of my food in restaurants long before I was a blogger, as a way of documenting great memories. I made the mistake of not writing down what any of the dishes were, which makes looking back over the photos a great guessing game too!

In this post I thought I would share with you all some of my photos from michelin meals over the last 8 years (my first was at the age of 21), where they were from, and if I can remember, what they were, becuase who doesnt love a good food photo?

Well, if you don’t you’re probably in the wrong place reading my blog!

My first ever Michelin starred meal was at Fischer’s at Baslow Hall, in the Peak District. At the time is was near to where I was at university in Sheffield, and my then boyfriend, now husband took me there for a night away to celebrate my 21st. It is a gorgeous place, right the heart of the Peaks which is somewhere I love. The food was great, unfortunately no photos from this meal but the stand out dish that I remember was a tuna carpaccio – seared tuna with lots of asian flavours. This was the dish that opened my eyes to the world of cured/seared fish, and I haven’t looked back since!

There was a few year hiatus between this and the next Michelin meal we had, little things like being a penniless student got in the way! Then in 2008 I visited Purnells in Birmingham for the first time. We went for lunch and had some lovely food, including Emotions of cheese & pineapple on sticks which is still on his ‘Tour’ Menu today. We went again in 2010 and had the full Tour Menu, which was fantastic, have a look at my review here.

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Emotions of cheese & pineapple on sticks

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Not too sure what this dish was, but it looks great!

Over the course of the next few years we ate a quite a few great places, saving hard between each one to be able to afford the next, its certainly not a cheap hobby! We went on a couple of short breaks to London and ate at brilliant places including Maze, The Berkley Hotel where Marcus Waring is the Executive Chef, Benares (after seeing Atul Kocher on Great British Menu), Wild Honey, L’atelier de Joel Robouchon, and Lee’s personal favourite St John in Clerkenwell, as well as a couple of others; Asia de Cuba and Hix Soho, which were also fab, but I cannot find any photos of!

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St John – nose to tail eating. offal Galore!

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Hands down the best Confit Duck Leg I have ever eaten!!

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really tasty Indian flavoured food from Benares

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We had a tasting plate – lots of small elements – it was delicious

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A spectacular deconstructed Caesar Salad at Maze

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Confit Salmon and Brown Shrimp at Maze

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Can’t quite remember this one, but it involved braised shallots, a poached egg and parmesan crisp! (Maze)

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Maze

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Veal tongue starter at The Berkley

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The Berkley

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A truly fabulous dessert – custard tart. As seen on Great British Menu!

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Another fabulous dessert from Marcus Waring. One of the best I’ve had and one of the prettiest!

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Beef and Marrowbone at Wild Honey

In 2009 we also ate a place called the Star Inn in Harome, in Yorkshire. This no longer holds a Michelin Star, but we thought it was a lovely pub when we visited. Closer to home we visited La Becasse in Ludlow, and Turners and Simpsons in Birmingham, the latter of which you can read about here. All the other places we have eaten at more recently you can check out on our reviews page, including our most recent at the newly Michelin crowned Adams.

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Dessert tasting plate at The Star Inn, Harome

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The Star Inn

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Beautiful Scallop dish at Turners

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Souffle at Turners

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Monkfish from La Becasse

Please don’t get me wrong, just because this post is purely about Michelin starred food, I’m no food snob. I love good food, however and wherever it is served, be that in a posh restaurant or off the back of a street food cart in the back streets of the far east. I love eating, looking at, cooking and writing about food, so I hope this post has made you salivate for some great food as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it, and reminiscing over the photos!

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