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I Know, I Know, I Know… by Dan
November 30, 2009, 6:06 pm
Filed under: DJ, Dubstep, Music | Tags: , , , , ,

I speak about Rusko WAYYYYYYYYYY too much for any sane person. I should probably stop. But in any case, this remix isn’t by Rusko, its just the youtube clip that makes it awesome is Rusko playing the remix at a festival in Sydney, AU. To be entirely honest, I don’t particularly like the remix that much. That was until I kept listening to it over and over again. Its not that I really enjoyed the song but I couldn’t get it out of my head and as that was the case, couldn’t stop listening to it. Now its still in my head and I keep loving it. Try it out. Lemme know if it doesn’t get stuck in yours too…

The Prodigy – Breathe (NumberNin6 Remix)

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Check This by Dan
November 29, 2009, 5:39 pm
Filed under: DJ, Dubstep, Music | Tags: , , , ,

SOOOOOO

This has been around for quite a while. And I’ve shown it to quite a few people. Since then, those people have enjoyed dubstep. I’m starting to notice a trend….

Check the youtube video for more. All I have to say is that no one has more than this portion of the song. I think we can all agree that this should be officially released but as of yet, it hasn’t (to the best of my knowledge). Post in the comments if you’ve found a legit download.



Roots of Practicality in St. Andrews Style by Sara

It might not be what everyone wears, but there is a definite ‘St. Andrews Uni style’. The essentials of this include leggings, skinny jeans, Hunter wellies, Barbour jackets, Wayfarer sunglasses, and some fur here and there. Besides the abundance of leggings and skinny jeans I already had in my wardrobe, I did not have most of the other essential items I saw around town when I first began Uni. I must say, it all seemed just a little too brand-name oriented; it was as if most students just bought and wore these items because they were staples in  most of the other students wardrobes. However, as the year progressed I found that the clothes I brought failed time and time again to protect me from the erratic combination of harsh North Sea-winds, freezing cold rain, and brief periods of bright sun. I have to say by now I have pretty much everything on the essentials list I mentioned above, and have found reasons for why all the items are must haves for this area.

Leggings and Skinny Jeans:

Despite the comfy nature of leggings, fun freedom of tights, and the sleek look of skinny jeans/trousers, they are actually all quite practical for the weather. The main advantages of wearing bottoms that hug the shape of our legs is that the ends won’t get soaked when worn out in rain and puddle ridden streets. Boots are quite helpful for this as well, and add that extra layer of warmth.

Hunter Wellies:

Besides the fact that Hunters are very sturdy and will last through the beating St. Andrews weather can give, it is more that wellies in general are a must. I them because they are sold in most of the shoe stores here.

Barbour Jackets:

I didn’t really see why people would buy a Barbour besides the classic British style it represents, but they offer so much more. The wax allows the jacket to protect the wearer from wind and rain, while most of the styles (even fitted styles) allow for layering underneath. Plus the durability of the fabrics also allow for an excessive amount of wear and tear; which is a must for those drunken nights of stumbles and falls.

Fur is one of those things that works for the cold of St. Andrews, but there are many great substitutes for that. Wayfarers are kinda like Hunters in the way that sunglasses are needed, for that random bright hour of the day, but the particular type is not necessary.



My Favourite Place in St Andrews for the Munchies. by Lucy
November 29, 2009, 9:00 am
Filed under: Food Week | Tags: , , , ,

LUCY BOLER

When I was told that the Sunday piece marking the finale of Food Week was to be a personal review of my favourite place in town, be it deli, restaurant, cafe, shop – anything, my first reaction was, of course, excitement, but closely followed by a rising sensation of fear; how could I possible single out one establishment above all the other fine harbourers of culinary delights in our dear Bubble? Between queuing eagerly for my Writer’s Block wrap at Butlers (with added blue cheese and avocado instead of mange-tout) and running into Fisher and Donaldson with just 2 minutes to spare before class in the quod to grab a cheeky sausage roll for breakfast, I had never stopped to consider which of these outlets for my appetite I actually considered my favourite.

With almost frantic fervour I scoured my memory for a place that really struck out and truly deserved such a title; the harbour house – THE only place in town serving the perfect chai latte (chai powder is the key – if you see your barrister pouring syrup in, my advice is to quickly flee), No.40 for its cocktails and charming staff (of whom I, as the bar tender, am undoubtedly the most charming – yet for fear of bias its probably best I eliminate No.40 from the running) or the Seafood restaurant (too obvious?)? Perhaps Bridges Butchers, for their fabulous fresh meats and tremendous banter? In my panic my consciousness began to approach utter madness: ‘maybe Empire?’ I even debated, ‘Maybe copious saturated fats and unidentifiable meats deep fried in lard are just misunderstood? Culinary triumphs in disguise? Maybe even Tesco’s has a benign side?’. Dark times indeed for a Fine Food and Dining Society co-president.

However, suddenly it struck me. The one place you are guaranteed to find me at least 4 times a week and the one place I pop into planning to buy just one item, yet consistently and utterly without fail come out with laden bags. One of the only places I dream about being accidently locked in over night to (…Marco Pierre White’s pantry is possibly the second….); I. J. Mellis Cheesemongers.

Oh the things I would do to that shop if locked in over night! Cue fantasy: The doors opening at 9am, revealing me to a surprised Cheese monger, lying green-faced and prostrate on the terracotta tile floor surrounded by countless hollowed out wheels of cheese: stilton, brie, cheddar – I am indiscriminate in my gorging of myself when it comes to this store. The selection of cheese available is truly breathtaking and the marble serving counter is dominated by towering mounds of cheesy goodness. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and there has not been even one occasion I can recall that I have been in and not sampled copious tasters of most of the cheeses there before buying (reason enough alone for a visit!). The first time me and my co-president, Katy Brill, visited the shop we left quite the impression on the cheesemongers there; having not listened to a word the cheesemonger was saying to us, engaged in stooping down in front of a particularly choice gorgonzola and literally drooling, we proceeded to request (quote) ‘the dirtiest, rottenest, smelliest, ooziest, most disgusting cheese in the shop’….I believe they thought us weird. Yet despite being really rather frightened of us the staff are still fantastically helpful and always recommend the best cheese for each personal palate.

For anyone who has not been in recently (or, god forbid, ever!) go there immediately and ask for the St Marcellin; a soft French cheese made from cow’s milk, creamy, flavoursome and deliciously odorous. This retails at only 4.04 gbp, even before the 10 % discount you get with your fine food and dining card…but shameless self promotion aside this really is my personal favourite cheese in the whole, wide world and I recommend you purchase it NOW. Or if you like your blue cheese, why not try Zak’s, one of the cheesemongers, favourite; Strathdon Blue. Slightly different to a stilton in its texture, salt content and creaminess, its ‘peppery savouriness’ is a great addition to any dinner party cheese board! Finn, another cheesemonger, rates the ‘Tomme au Marc de Raisin’ and, having sampled it, so do I! The cheese is fruity with sharp undertones and covered in must from the new season of wine-making giving it an added dimension of deep, ‘winey’ flavour. Retailing too at 3.14 GBP/100g you hardly notice the pennies slipping from your purse!

oozy, cheesy goodness that I would quite frankly stick my face in.

I.J. Mellis also supplies various chutneys, fabulous cured meats and antipasto items (as discussed in Tuesday’s article). Another claim to fame; the shop is one of, acclaimed celebrity chef, Rick Stein’s food heroes (http://www.rickstein.com/Cheese.html)!! Furthermore they have supplied such renowned chefs as Gordan Ramsey himself…and you know if Gordan says it’s good (or more likely, ‘f***ing good’), then it’s definitely worth a try!!

To conclude, my favourite place in the culinary world of St Andrews is I.J Mellis Cheesemonger. I love the variety of stock, I love that it’s the only place that brings the weird side of me out, I love the fruity whiff you get from it even down the street letting your stomach know that ‘yes…yes Lucy…cheese is on the way’ and I love love love the cheese itself. Pay a visit.

 

Courtesy of the Fine Food and Dining Society

We hope you have enjoyed Food Week and hope to see you at our Christmas run-up events!

If you’d like to hear more from the FIne Food and Dining Soc, get in contact by emailing them.



All I Want for Christmas is… Shoes by Sara
November 28, 2009, 10:00 am
Filed under: Shoes | Tags: , , , , , ,

St. Andrews day is upon us and that means only one thing for me: ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ is upon us yet again! Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Quanza or any other holiday that comes around this time of year, December is a time of warmth, family, love… and presents! There is one item on my list I thought you all might appreciate! I stumbled across these shoes when I was reading Susie Bubble’s Style Bubble, and I came across these fabulous Bruno Frisoni platform sandals Susie found for the equivalent of 58 GBP, what a steal! So Santa, if your reading, these shoes are definitely on the list.

 

 

(via Style Bubble)



Fine Dining in the Bubble by Lucy
November 28, 2009, 9:00 am
Filed under: Food Week | Tags: , , , ,


The St Andrews student is a curious breed. A barber-toting, welly-wearing bizarre sort of species, the likes of which is extinct in such venerable Universities as Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. We, like any common garden student, prowl the streets in search of food on a budget, yet snub the likes of the ‘McDonalds’ and ‘Wimpy’ that usually form the foundation of collegiate diets, in search of finer fare. A quick kebab for lunch? Nay – in the land of the bubble we opt for gourmet Lebanese Khobez flatbread wraps, shipped from London, filled with mounds of oozing brie, fragrant harissa and lovingly assembled by Butler and Co.! It is only in such a climate as this that such celebrated (and consequently not budget friendly) establishments as the Seafood Restaurant, Peat Inn and Russell’s hotel Supper Room (to name but a few) could flourish when supported almost solely by the student population. We may as well admit it; – the proof is in these restaurants survival – we at St Andrews have a taste for quality.

For those seeking to explore these establishments, to try somewhere new or simply to broaden their culinary horizons, we at the Fine Food and Dining Society have compiled a short list, with reviews, of our favourite (more…fine) places in and around our beloved town.

The Seafood Restaurant has long held the reputation as the best restaurant in St Andrews, but does it deserve such an illustrious title? With this question in mind I approached the almost other-worldly glass cube, perched over the sea with a stunning 360 degree coastline view, notebook and appetite at the ready and eager, quite frankly, to stuff myself! On this occasion I dined in the evening, but I would definitely advise people to go for lunch instead– since you can actually see the ocean without the cover of darkness – and the set menu itself is less pricey (although both are definitely worth the money!). The dinner menu has the options of both the £25 Winter Menu, and the £45 one. The £45 menu does have a lot more options on it, as well as amuse-bouches and pre-desserts, but I found the Winter Menu perfectly satisfactory, despite there only being 2 options per course.

The food, quite simply, is delicious. Dishes like honey and soy braised pork belly with pea puree and heady truffle oil and grilled cod fillet with sautéed langoustines dripping with garlic butter adorn the menu. The food is always seasonal, fresh and prepared beautifully. The deserts are average but this can more than be forgiven in the aftermath of perfectly moist, flaky seafood…and besides- who goes to the Seafood restaurant for dessert?

Beautiful location, beautiful food and pretty beautiful prices: little glass cube, best restaurant in St Andrews? Definitely up there!

Sangsters is about 20 minutes drive outside St Andrews in the picturesque town of Elie. I shall not dally too much on this restaurant, being outside the bubble, except to simply state: fantastic. One chef cooking alone in his kitchen (no commis chef, no pot wash…nothing), preparing food that has won him one Michelin Star and simply the most divine food I have sampled in a long time. Book now.

The Supper Room at the Russell’s Hotel is situated on the scores about 3 doors down from Ma Bells and contains without question one of the most skilled kitchens in St Andrews. Acclaimed particularly for its regional Scottish fare it sends out delicious steaming plates of haggis, seared highland venison and hearty game pies; all cooked with a critical eye to fine dining standards. This cosy restaurant, full of character in its design and ambience has already been awarded 1 AA Rosette and numerous other accolades and deservedly so. The wine selection is fantastic and there is a snug, separate bar area with an excellent whiskey selection for pre or post dinner drinks. The society rate this restaurant so highly that we are threw a ‘Taste of Scotland’ banquet there on Thursday 19th November and left so gorged with delicious food that we could hardly stumble home!!

The Glass House: Although this definitely more comes under the category of mid-range than fine dining and although this choice may be controversial to some food snobs- snubbing even the mention of the dreaded word ‘chain’, I cannot lie: I do love the Glasshouse. The lunch and early bird dinner deals at 5.95 and 11.95 (plus wine) are almost TOO reasonable and as long as you don’t go in there expecting ‘The Fat Duck’ you can expect fast, tasty food with the promise of rewards (free meals and alcohol) if you participate in their loyalty scheme.

And there you have it…our favourite restaurants around our dear town of St Andrews – each of them perfect for a dinner out with friends or family and a each definite trump card for a ‘hot date’.

Many thanks and enjoy dining,

Courtesy of the Fine Food and Dining Society

If you’d like to hear more from the FIne Food and Dining Soc, get in contact by emailing them.



Bass Your Face by Dan

babies actually cry like that...

For those who don’t already know, Bassface is tonight. This being the third bassface, it is promising to be the most packed and sweatiest to date. Full of dubstep and drum and bass, I’m absolutely positive catch is going to be sold out (not to mention the fact that I’ve seen the ticket sales so far). In all honesty, get there early to avoid disappointment. As a special preview, check out Loops Haunt’s mini mix. They’re gonna to show their goods tonight:

Loops Haunt Mini Mix

Tracklist:
-beat + MJ–+ the trick, —loops haunt
-untitled track demo —loops haunt
-tunneling through rotten harps —-loops haunt — demo,
-rubber sun grenade—–loops haunt—(fortified records)
-proton pack—loops haunt (fortified records)
-untitled track –loops haunt demo
-art of noise beat– loops haunt
-untitled track—loops haunt
-huarache—(fortified records)
-mad bob—loops haunt — demo
joplin——- loops haunt (Black acre)