I missed an opportunity.

The Curious Incident of the Rice Pudding in the Flight Line would have been a far better title for my blog post earlier this week.

Ah well.

For an ice-cream fan in Camden, it was only ever going to be a matter of time before this blog post arrived.

There are two ways of experiencing the finest ice-cream in London.

You could pay an arm and a leg for Dinner by Heston at the Mandarin Oriental in Belgravia, or come to Camden and pay less than a fiver for the same thing.

Chin Chin Labs making ice-cream with Nitrogen_7863144036_o

On entering the Chin Chin Labs you are confronted by something that looks like a scene from a Heston Blumenthal show – technicians shrouded in clouds of liquid nitrogen busily preparing ice-cream to order.

The nitrogen means a super-creamy ice-cream that is free of ice-crystals. The texture is so different it’s borderline weird, and that is before they let loose on the flavours.

At the time of writing they are advertising flavours like Mango Alphonso Brûlée and Raspberry Waffle Cone.

Chin Chin Labs Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream with Popping Candy_7863145672_o

On my visit I opted for the sour cherry with home-made popping candy, which was so sour it was like eating the sourest sweets – only times 100.

I do like sour sweets, and although I liked this I have to admit there was also a palpable sense of relief in finishing it.

There’s no doubt that Chin Chin is worthy of inclusion on a list of top things to do in Camden, but after a long bike ride I think I still prefer the sort of ice-cream I can take on board a bit more rapidly.




Banksy in Camden

by Mark on April 20, 2013 · 0 comments



In the few years that I’ve lived here Banksy has been quite prolific in Camden Town.

Above is the most recent of his works I have spotted (Oval Rd, near where it crosses  Regents canal).

Graffiti is transient by nature. Usually it ends up being removed by the property owner or council, but sometimes things end up differently.

In 2012 one local just up the road got into trouble with the planners for trying to preserve a Banksy on the wall of his property, despite the obvious double standards with Camden Council having previously preserved a Banksy in 2006.

But perhaps the most famous example is the long running Banksy vs Team Robbo spat of Regents Canal.

Regents Canal, Camden 2010_7826697094_o

Just a few weeks after I moved here a famous piece of graffiti (by the renowned Team Robbo dating back to 1985) 100m along from the canal from me was adapted  was adapted by Banksy.

Wallpapergate sparked  a series of revenge attacks on pieces of each others work along our stretch of canal over a period of 3 years.

LDN blog have reported on the timeline pretty well here, not necessarily in chronological order – but they do seem to have captured most of the iterations, including a few I missed despite living metres away.




Made in Camden | Sunday brunch

by Mark on April 15, 2013 · 2 comments

I really like Made in Camden at the Roundhouse.

MiC Baked eggs Shakshuka

MiC fry-up

I’ve eaten here in the evening several times, but Sunday was my first MiC brunch. MiC Baked eggs shakshuka (top), and MiC Fry-up (bottom).

Perfect after a couple of hours cycling round North London on my bike.




My favourite lunch in Camden

April 14, 2013

From Thann Binh, the Vietnamese Restaurant on Chalk Farm Road. Bon Tom Xao Sa is cold fresh noodles and salad, with the fiery smokiness of hot stir fried king prawns with onion, chilli and garlic. To top it off you spoon over cold fish sauce. The contrast between the temperatures and flavours is incredible. Thann […]

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