The Orange Buffalo

From a smoking food truck tucked away in a hidden corner of Brick Lane, The Orange Buffalo serves up New York Style buffalo wings. After living and traveling around America, co-owners Mike and Nick created The Orange Buffalo out of their fondness for traditional American buffalo wings.

As a relatively new pop-up, American Expats blogging about The Orange Buffalo are spreading like wild fire and I thought I’d get in on the spicy action. There’s something about this tangy, spicy sauce that really sticks with you.

Some even say buffalo wing sauce runs through Americans’ veins… I’m not one of those people, but I do enjoy a good wing or two.

The Orange Buffalo So there I stood, gazing up into the smoke filled truck, listening to Nick explain the quality of their difficult to find free range chicken wings as they sizzled in the fryer behind him. I couldn’t decide between their four flavours of Original, Woof Woof, Vincent Man Gogh and the Viper. I eventually settled for half Original (tangy classic buffalo sauce) and half Woof Woof (spicy hot buffalo sauce).

8 Free range wings are £6 and are served with celery sticks and their home made blue cheese dip. In case you Brits didn’t know, they ain’t buffalo wings without a side of celery and blue cheese dip.

The Orange Buffalo The Orange Buffalo The Orange Buffalo The wings were phenomenal.
They were just what this Yank needed to complete Super Bowl Sunday. Meaty, tender, fattening wings slathered in spicy, tangy buffalo sauce.The Orange BuffaloThey really were finger lickin’ good. The Orange Buffalo The Orange BuffaloIf you want to tackle some wings at home, they sell all four sauces in jars to take with you.

If you’re in Brick Lane and fancy a few hot ones, you can find them here.
They’re open Mondays from 12-3pm & Tuesday – Sunday 12-8pm
But check their twitter feed for early/unexpected closure as they always post.

Don’t forget to tell me which sauce is your favourite. I can’t wait to go back and try the other two! 

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Brick Lane Beigel Bake

Last night, I had a naughty indulgence.

After listening to my grandparents recant a story of my 5 year-old self gobbling up Brick Lane Beigel Bake beigels in the backseat before we had even reached home, I found myself having a wicked craving for some beigels. (That’s how we’ll spell bagel for this post)

We left my grandparent’s house and headed for Brick Lane. As we arrived on the infamous lane, the normal suspects that wander this area were out in full force. Hipsters  claiming each other’s shirts are too “mainstream,” unique individuals with platform boots and long green hair, and tipsy clubbers stumbling into curry houses. We came to the end of the lane, and there it stands with a line of people lured in like mosquitos by the neon sign, Brick Lane Beigel Bake.

With it’s well established name, you expect some swanky interior with top of the line equipment. But no, it’s so amazingly average. It’s pure and traditional, it’s history. Opened in 1976, Brick Lane Beigel Bake is an everlasting reminder of the Jewish predominance that once existed in the East End. As everything around it has slowly changed, the Bakery remains, open 24 hours 7 days a week serving everyone from those arriving in Bentleys to those coming from the alley. It’s welcoming and comforting and provides stability and permanence in the forever available comfort-food of a fresh, warm beigel.

The first thing that hits you is the smell. It’s not far from the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread, but this is sweeter. The smell is intoxicating and as it fills your head with the stacks of freshly baked goodies lying in plain sight, your desire for a beigel turns into a ravenous hunger for all things baked. I started snapping away, unable to capture the essence of the place, but determined to show you what you get at the Beigel Bake.

I wandered towards the back, and I guess Sammy saw the curiosity in my eyes because he smiled and calmly waved me to the kitchen. They were transferring the boiling rings of dough from the vat of hot water to soaked planks. Sammy told me, “they’re very, very hot!” Seeing my concern, he smiled and said, “don’t worry, they’ll now get a freezing shower,” as he proceeded to spray them with water. After delicately arranging the beigles in rows, they were swooped into the oven and the process was repeated. I thanked Sammy and told him I was off to get some beigels of my own.

Although we initially came to the bakery for an evening snack, this is far from what we left with. We had a cream cheese beigel, a smoked salmon and cream cheese beigel, a salt beef beigel, some cheesecake, a brownie, and a bag of beigels for the morning. The amazing part is all of this cost less than £10.

I bet you’re seriously craving a beigel now. Take some spare change and head to Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Oh, and tell Sammy hello!

Brick Lane

It’s a Sunday afternoon and after a morning love affair with your fluffy duvet, you need something to both entertain your mind and stifle your growling tummy. Well, I have just the place: Brick Lane. Hidden away in the East End of London, Brick Lane is a culturally diverse gem filled with something different around each corner. Most fascinating of the area would be the Brick Lane Market. A long row of bedsheets and tables spread with odds and ends, from vintage clothing and old records, to hemp lotion and turquoise rings. The area itself is filled with funky art and incredible graffiti.

We popped into a random store claiming to hold The Brick Lane Zoo. We headed into the shop’s basement to find walls lined with strange animal art and floors covered with hay. Moss graffiti deer and playing card ants were some of the Zoo’s main attractions.

After some thorough exploring, we visited the darling little Tea Bar named Tea Smith. At the bar, you’re given your own personal Tea Smith help select a flavor of tea from an extensive menu. A process of steeping and combining results in three different strains of your selected tea to try.  Such a relaxing, enjoyable experience with knowledgeable staff and incredible quality tea! I would highly recommend a visit.

Before we left, I got my hand on these little beauties to display in a vase at home. 

What about your grumbling tummy! You think i’d miss out on a foodie tip? Make sure you stop in The Boiler House Food Hall to sample dishes from all over the world! My personal favorite is the Turkish Wrap covered in spices and dripping in marinade. There’s also the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Fresh bagels topped with cream cheese and smoked salmon or moist salt beef – what a perfect midnight treat.

What do you like to do in Brick Lane?