By now, anyone who reads this will know that I have a deep love for Brighton, as well as having a major love for exploring new street art, trying new foods and picking up the next comic book for my current collection. It just so happens that Green Ranger and I had a little time off before starting my new job and we decided to spend a day doing all of the above…
With a lie in until 9am, we were rearing to head down to Brighton with Greenday on the iPod. I don’t know what it is about that punk rock trio at the moment but I’m loving Dookie and American Idiot. Perfect summertime road trip music.
First stop was Street Diner. My favourite street food market in Brighthelm Gardens, held every friday and saturday lunchtime. Being at work, normally we’d miss it, so made the effort to go and we didn’t regret a bite of it! I had a veggie smokey black bean burrito from Deadgood Burrito, it was so mouth-wateringly delicious at just under £5. Each bite was juicy with a taste of each ingredient perfectly blended. Green Ranger relished in his smokey brisket bun, with traditional slaw and gherkin from The Little Blue Smokehouse – it didn’t last five minutes! Luckily, I managed to sneak a bite before he finished it and it left my belly feeling a little toasty.
To top it all off, Green Ranger bought a chewy chocolate and peanut butter brownie from Honeycomb Cakes, which he scoffed down (again) and gave himself a tummy ache! Whereas I saved my squidgy white chocolate and blueberry blondie for the drive home, that burrito had filled me up!
Needing a cold drink to wash our food down with, we headed to Cafe Coho for the first time to try their iced tea and iced latte, I’ve become a bit of a fan of both lately with temperatures on the up. As first experiences go, this was ok. It wasn’t the best cafe I’ve ever visited in Brighton, with sky-high prices and the clientele being a little too snobby for our tastes, we quickly drank up and moved on.
Walking around the Lanes and the North Laines, it’s amazing how much street art and graffiti was on display – I was loving running about with my camera and snapping up as many as I could! This cheeky image of Napoleon made me giggle though! Then there were these three graffiti murals below, hidden away in car parks and down random alleyways. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t be able to tell you who created them from their tags but each piece made me smile. I love Brighton for its culture, a bit like East London now has, I hope it never dies away because it makes the world a much more interesting place to live in when you’ve got creative pieces like these. Yeah, sure, they may not be to everyone’s taste but someone will appreciate them and it gives artists somewhere to express themselves and demonstrate what they can do.
When our wandering came to an end, we were just next to the Pavilion Gardens. So we visited the Italian Gelato Gusto and bought a big pot of ice cream/sorbet; we picked watermelon sorbet, lemon sorbet and salted caramel ice cream. Now, I’ve been all over Europe and had ice cream in pretty much every place I’ve been to, but this was something else. I’ve never been so impressed and I’d recommend that anyone heading down to Brighton should indulge.
Our last port of call, before heading home with full bellies, was Dave’s Comics. I wanted to pick up the first of the X-men Apocalypse series, along with the next two Harley Quinn comics and Green Ranger invested in the first of the new Marvel Now Deadpool comics.
All in all, we had a brilliant day in our ‘home away from home’.
Have you ever tried Street Diner or Gelato Gusto? Do you collect comics? What’s your favourite piece of art in Brighton?