The fifth issue of Boat Magazine brings us to Kyoto, Japan. The stories we’ve found so far are completely fascinating. We’re so incredibly excited about this issue. If you’re interested in reading it, you can pre-order it from our shop here.
At long last, the Athens (Greece not Georgia) issue of Boat Magazine has arrived. We have spent a good chunk of 2012 working on this issue – searching for the people and projects in Athens, Greece that are worth shouting about. We found some incredibly inspiring stuff and in the 112 pages of our 4th issue, we give them some air time. We hope you enjoy this issue, it’s our favorite one yet.
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Davey and I were interviewed a while back by the awesome people at Protein. We love what they do so we were really flattered to have been featured on their site and in their newspaper! We’re pretty pumped about it. You can read it here.
Boat Magazine and our team are currently in Athens, Greece working on the 4th issue of the magazine. We have thoroughly enjoyed the city so far, it’s a rich, vibrant place despite all of the hardships. I was really hoping we would find some rays of light in the midst of all the economic issues here and we certainly have. We are so excited about the stories we’re finding – I think they will really surprise people. If you’re interested in following along with our progress you can go here to see and read little snippets from our contributors who are coming out to work on the magazine with us.
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One of our new weekly features on the Boat Magazine site is called ‘Up My Street’ where we take a look at local neighborhoods around the world. Last week we caught up with the owners of Le Marché St. George who walked us around their local area of Riley Park, Vancouver. This week we head down under to the South West Corner of Adelaide.
Meet the Locals, Josh Fanning and Farrin Foster, Magazine Gallery
Recently, we’ve felt a real tug to visit Australia again. We’ve resisted so far, but it seems that everyday we come across something else incredible going on. Some of the music coming out of Australia is mind-blowing, the design scene similarly, and then there’s the magazines. We have a real soft-spot for properly passionate, indie, Aussie mags – Frankie, Monster Children, Collect, if you don’t know them, they’re well worth getting to know. Oz just seems to get magazines. Before we even had distribution for Boat Magazine in the UK, we had it in Australia. Co-founder of Collect Magazine, Josh Fanning and his girlfriend Farrin Foster run Magazine Gallery in Adelaide. In the daytime the space is a design studio and office, but at night it turns into a gallery, with cheap beer, and art that’s actually affordable, so that ‘art-lovers not just art-dealers’ can buy them. They also sell a nicely-curated shop of the World’s Best Magazines (including our very own title). Just as last week we wanted to move to Vancouver, this week we’re developing a crush on Adelaide. We asked Josh and Farrin to walk us around their streets.
What is the name of your street?
Where do you spend most of your time?
Attached to this computer inside our business on Clubhouse Lane.
What is your favourite local business?
This is incredibly difficult. Through editing and distributing our magazine almost exclusively through owner-operated businesses in Australia we know so many. It depends how hungry or naked we are feeling, y’know? Or whether we want a good book to read. No – I think the business where we spend most of our time outside of our own is a little day-time-only restaurant (yes, they’re that good they don’t have to open at night) called Nano.
Where can you get the best local bargain?
We have op-shops in Australia which are really good for bargains. In particular a place called Savers is a newish sort of store that has more of a curated selection of odds and ends but we don’t mind paying for something that will last. It’s all about the economy of course.
Who is the most inspiring person in your neighbourhood?
Probably Josh Baker from the coffee shop near us. He’s built an absolute cracking business in just over a year and he’s always got a smile and brief conversation that is more energising even than his cups of delicious, delicious coffee.
Where is your favourite place to go on a sunny day?
We love to ride our bikes along the River Torrens to the ocean and have a beer at the surf life saving club at West Beach or Henley.
Where is your favourite place to go on a rainy day?
The Mercury Cinema.
What is your favourite secret place/thing?
It wouldn’t be a secret if we told you, now would it?
Where is your favourite place to eat?
We’ve got a few at the moment: the Korean Butcher on Pitt Street, Amalfi pizzeria on Frome, Nano of course, East Taste on Gouger and the various pop-up eateries and food trucks young people are doing in our city – check out: The Happy Motel and Burger Theory.
We’ve just added a new weekly feature to Boat Magazine‘s online repertoire – Up My Street. Each week we get a tour of someone’s local neighborhood. They take us to their favorite shops, restaurants, and local hidden gems, they talk about locals who inspire them and little anecdotes about living there. I’m excited about this because Boat usually works on big, overarching ideas and topics – tackling an entire cities at a time – and so I’ve been hungry for some local, focused content.
Speaking of being hungry… first up is Janaki Larsen from Riley Park, Vancouver. She started the incredibly beautiful café/shop Le Marché St. George with her partner, Pascal Roy, and sister, Klee. You can read our Up My Street feature on them here, but for now, I wanted to share some of the gorgeousness that is their shop, cafe, and even home – Le Marché St. George at the corner of St-George Street and East 28 Avenue, Vancouver. If you live near there, please go have a coffee and pastry for me. They look incredible!
The gorgeous photography is by Luis Valdizon.
A few weeks ago at Boat Magazine we started a weekly feature called ‘Beyond the Headlines’. We take a city that’s been in the news and write about some interesting projects, people, and culture that don’t get any limelight. Our third installation brings us to Sweden, recent winner of Eurovision. Our editorial assistant, Zara Miller, has looked at other pop culture around Sweden.
For the fifth time since Abba took the title 38 years ago, last weekend Sweden won the top points in the 2012 Eurovision song contest. Loreen Talhaoui’s winning performance of club track “Euphoria” – accompanied by fake snow, wind machines and tai-chi style dancing – was only one of the many strange spectacles on show. But while all the song and dance on the night may just seem like a bit of fun, the impact of actually winning can prove phenomenal for the crowned country. Loreen has already appeared on the charts in 14 countries and topped the charts in five. With Euphoria sweeping Europe, we take a look beyond the sequins and fireworks to see what else has been going on in Swedish pop culture.
At lunchtime yesterday over 1000 workers across 15 cities walked out of their office to a chosen vacant space, paid a fee, grabbed a sandwich and a bottle of water, and danced for an hour. Lunch Beat is Europe’s new lunchtime dance craze founded by Molly Range in Sweden in 2010. With just fourteen people dancing in a car park at the first one, May 31st hosted the biggest simultaneous Beat so far. Between midday and 1pm venues were streaming live videos and photos of people all over Europe loosening their ties and hitting their local make-shift dance floor. Check out their site for photos and videos from yesterday and past Lunch Beats. Continue reading
We’ve started a new weekly feature on our website called ‘Beyond the Headlines’. We dive into a place that’s been in the news lately and find stories, people, and projects that don’t get talked about. This week it’s been hard to ignore the stories about Greece and the Eurozone turmoil. We dug a bit deeper to find some interesting stories about people and projects that are happening beneath the surface.
GREECE ON THE BREADLINE
Jon Henley’s blog ‘Greece on the breadline’ follows how the financial crisis has affected people working in Greece. The most remarkable thing about Henley’s blog is the inventive initiatives many Greeks have come up with to keep their heads above water. A million screams away from the riots, many Greeks have grouped together to make local changes on a large scale. Here are three of the movements Henley has blogged about:
The Potato Movement – Thousands of tonnes of potatoes are being sold directly from farmer to consumer in order to cut out the costly supermarket middleman. For the average consumer this means the price of potatoes are essentially being slashed by half and moussaka is back on the menu!
Tutorpool – Tutorpool is a homegrown initiative that offers free tuition for schoolchildren whose parents can no longer afford lessons. In a country whose state school system has never been as strong as its temples, private tuition has come to be a necessity for the average Greek student. Let alone those with learning difficulties. Tutorpool now has 500 volunteers around the world. It’s website allows tutors, parents and students to navigate subjects and find a local tutor or arrange a long-distance lesson over Skype.
Social Theatre Shop - The National Theatre of Northern Greece is inviting audience members to trade food with a long shelf-life in return for theatre tickets. The food will then be distributed to selected charities across the city. The NTNG are running a six-week season of plays where, with a tin or two of beans, you can see the works of Edward Albee, Harold Pinter or Jean Genet. For a full programme and dates see the theatre’s official site.
Take a look at the full segment here.
I wrote a little piece for The Guardian online travel section about my favorite street food vendors in London. After compiling our A – Z of London Street Food, I’ve tried TONS of street food from all over the capital and these are some of my favorites. Read the whole article here.
Anna Mae’s Smokehouse
Serving up Southern-style street food, Anna Mae’s has become a hit with Londoners lacking a little pulled pork and ‘slaw in their lives. The Notorious P I G (Anna’s name for a pulled-pork sandwich) is smoked for 14 hours, then doused in their signature barbecue sauce, topped with pickled red onions and served with a cup of ‘slaw. Just make sure you take enough serviettes! You can find Anna Mae’s every Thursday 7-10pm at The Shop NW10 (75 Chamberlayne Road, NW10) and occasionally at Eat.St King’s Cross (King’s Boulevard, N1, between Pancras Road and Goods Way).
Eat My Pies
Eat My Pies is quintessential British street food at its best. Serving fare such as scotch eggs, pork pies and custard tarts, Eat My Pies aims to “make great British food available to the great British public”. And that they do, in spades. The smoked-haddock scotch egg is something to behold, but save some space for the chorizo pie. Catch them Thursdays and Fridays at White Cross Market (Whitecross Street, EC1) and Saturdays at Broadway Market in Hackney.
Photograph: Ghene Snowdon
If you’re a fan of paella, you have to check out the ever-popular Jamon Jamon stalls at the Real Food market behind the Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, and Portobello Road market in W11. With at least two huge paella pans on the go, the smell of spice and prawns hits you long before you reach it, which is some reward for the snaking queues. Alongside seafood, the paella Valenciana is a favourite (chicken and runner beans) – and if you happen to bump into them at a festival, send us your verdict on the fryella, an English breakfast-style combo including bacon, eggs and beans.
When I say burgers, sandwiches, fries and chicken do you immediately think Korean-fusion street food? No, didn’t think so. If, like me, you are new to Korean fast-food, then this is as good an introduction as any. Danny O’Sullivan and Sarah Hogg’s Korean-style fast food venture is proving a hit, with their Korean-inspired sliders (miniature burgers topped with kimchi) winning kimchi fanatics and newcomers alike. They can often be found at Eat.St (as before)
• kimchicult.com or follow @kimchicult for further location details
One of the delights of Netil market is this pop-up homage to the 50s American diner experience. A homage it might be, but it’s better than any diner I’ve ever been to. Hand-cut chips with the skins on, served with wasabi mayo and sweet chilli, and juicy, meaty aged beef burgers topped with the meltiest cheddar. Who can fault it? They’re at Netil market (Westgate Street, London Fields, E8) every Saturday, and have a more permanent residence at The Sebright Arms (31-35 Coate Street, Bethnal Green, E2).
• Follow them on Twitter @Lucky_Chip
I love crêpes, which is why I had to squeeze this one in. Traditional yes, boring never. They also serve fresh coffee, which is a nice touch for a lazy breakfast option. The savoury galettes are made with organic buckwheat flour, the brie, bacon and mushroom tastes as good as it sounds, while the sweet crêpes use a vanilla-flavoured batter. There’s a full board of fresh fillings, but the Nutella lover won’t be disappointed either. They are normally at the Real Food Market (as before) on the weekends and Eat.St (as before).
Not traditional street food, but I had to include On Cafe. Sweet tooths will be delighted by the mouth-watering macaroons. Regulars at the Real Food market (as before), they also cater for events around London serving the most beautiful, Japanese-inspired macaroons. I tried the black sesame, and the jasmine and charcoal macaroons, and was blown away. Honestly, follow these guys everywhere they go.
Finalists in the 2010 Street Food Awards, Churros Garcia represents all that is wonderful about the street-food revival. A Spanish family business that has been making churros by hand for more than 40 years, you can find them at Broadway Market, Real Food market and Portobello market. Churros Garcia is proof, if you ever needed it, that doughnuts are best served hot! Eat them as they come: try them with sugar or cinnamon – but frankly you’d be crazy not to eat them “con chocolate” – with dark, Spanish dipping chocolate.
Well Kneaded Wagon
Do you know what firebread is? And you call yourself educated? It’s this little red-and-cream food van’s answer to pizza. With a clay oven built into the back, they churn out chewy sourdough bases loaded with fresh toppings for their hungry pizza-loving followers. I recommend the “Fresh” with beetroot, goat’s cheese and spinach but they also do a sweet pizza with a maple-syrup base topped with apples, cinnamon, and walnuts for the sweet tooths. Get your firebread at Battersea High Street market (Battersea High Street, SW11) and Eat.St (as before).
• Follow them @WellKneadedFood
For the days when only a pork bun will do, you need to run, not walk, to Yum Bun. Free range Blythburgh pork, slow roasted then gently fried, is stuffed into a rice bun and slathered with hoi sin sauce, cucumber, spring onions and sriracha. Fortunately for vegetarians and non-pork lovers there’s also a veggie option and yummy Asian broths and soups to try. Check them out at Broadway market (Broadway market, London, E8 4QG) on Saturdays and Eat.St King’s Cross (King’s Boulevard, London, N1C between Pancras Road and Goods Way).
The foldable A-Z of London Street Food is available for £2 from our website, or comes free with the London issue, published on April 24, which costs £8.
I’m incredibly proud to present to you the third issue of Boat Magazine.
It’s all about London.
I’ve been living in London for just over 3 years now. My English husband lured me over from New York City and though I by no means can claim I’ve cracked it, from my experience of living here and after all of the research we put into this issue, I can now say I know a few things to be true about London.
1. It is not ‘just like New York City only with a British accent.’
2. The food is infinitely better than any reputation (good or bad) I’ve heard it has.
3. The London we see on TV and read about in the newspapers is completely different from the city that I live and work in.
4. It takes a long time to get to know it, just like the Londoners who live in it.
Though it isn’t war torn like Sarajevo or facing the huge economic crisis that Detroit is, London has its problems and the further we got on this issue, the deeper we found they run. But the thing that continually amazed us was the number of people with enough passion and energy to do something about them. Whether it is capturing moments on film from both sides of the recession, working at a youth club in the evenings after training for the Olympics, or setting up an organization to educate the residents of Peckham about local issues, these people work hard. Yes, London has some big challenges on its plate, but it also has the best people for the job, and these are the things we wanted to share.
When my friends and family come here to visit, my tour-guiding rarely leads them to the typical historic London spots. It’s because the expected route to Big Ben and Buckingham Palace doesn’t resemble the London I want to show them. What I hope we captured is something closer to the real essence of London and the people living here.
Buy your copy here. It comes with our gorgeous little A – Z map of London Street Food, too!