Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Ode to a Pie (and a Thali).

I've been eating Pieminister pies for a few years now, in fact I even did a three month stint working on their stall at the fake beach in Bristol a couple of summers ago. I still have the T-shirt. I've just returned from their shop on Stokes Croft full of Chicken of Aragon. And the best bit is the ethics. It's all free range.

Another favourite is my nearest Thali Cafe in Montpelier. They've just opened a new one in Clifton and I think it'll be the first restaurant at the top of Hensman's hill to actually be successful. On my menu this weekend past was a note explaining that the chicken was free range and the fish sourced responsibly. Both places make fantastic food at incredibly reasonable prices (the pie mash and 'groovy' I just had was £5.50). At a point in time where we can't really afford to ignore the damage farming is doing to the environment, it gives me hope to see that change is possible. If they can do it, I don't see why everyone else can't. Let's take greater steps toward re-localising the food production and farming responsibly...

Have a look at the Thali Cafe's more eloquent explanation here.