The Smoke House, Cardiff

Food1The “dirty food” revolution – gourmet versions of BBQ, burgers, hot dogs – doesn’t seem to be coming to Aber any time soon.
But you don’t need to go abroad to that London – you just need to swap Aber’s streets of litter and student vomit for Cardiff’s streets of litter and student vomit.
We were in town anyway, and the capital now has several interesting American-style eateries.
So we put on our vintage sneakers, grew our hair, and got on our fixed-wheel bikes for The Smoke House in hipster-central Pontcanna.

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The Abermule Inn, Abermule

Abermule InnWell, this is the Aberfoodblog, so although we try to keep it in Aberystwyth, we thought we’d stretch the definition to Abermule near Newtown.
Monty’s brewery has been a great success, with a range of excellent beers, and now they have three pubs of their own.
The Abermule Inn is the newest, and they have teamed up with a local farmer who supplies Welsh Wagyu beef.
This Japanese breed is noted for the fine marbling of the meat, giving more flavour with less fat. They are traditionally fed beer too (hence the link with Monty’s).
So did Monty’s make our trip so far east worthwhile?

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Ultracomida

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As much as we love Ultracomida’s food, we love their business model even more.
The great produce in the deli is a reason to visit the restaurant.
And the great food in the restaurant is then a reason to visit the deli.

Symbiosis. It’s made Ultracomida a thriving business with a hatful of awards.
And if they’re going to offer good-value evening meals, then how could we resist?
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Med Delight

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‘Med Delight’ is a replacement of the unlamented ‘Agra’ on North Parade.
However, with the Morrocan ‘Casablanca’, Greek ‘Olive Branch’, several good Italians and tapas bars in Aberystwyth, we now have more Mediterranean restaurants per capita than Algeria or Zante.
So has this newcomer done enough to make itself heard in the noisy west-Wales Kasbah?
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Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market

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Not really a review in this post, but Bethan and I had a lovely trip round the Farmer’s Market and thought we’d share our photos.

The market is on every 1st and 3rd Saturday from 10-2. It’s a shame it’s not on every week as I can never remember when it’s on, but it was a nice surprise to see it today and we grabbed some great goodies.
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Aberystwyth Town Football Club

After a shaky start to the season, Aberystwyth Town have dragged themselves to mid-table obscurity in the Welsh Premier.
One league table they do head, however, is that for Cheapest Sunday lunch in Aber.
Lunch for Bethan & I, plus her two hungry grandsons, came in with change from a twenty. Two cokes plus an OJ-lemonade was £3. Anyone who can undercut Wetherspoons is worth a look.

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