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A BLOG ABOUT BRITISH COMFORT FOOD AND MORE - Gobrit

fish_sandwichBet you did not know that John Montagu, better known as the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was credited with having created one of the most popular snacks and convenient anytime meals available in the world today. Anecdotally, the 4th Earl of Sandwich was rather fond of the gaming tables, and found himself in the middle of a particularly engrossing card game. Rather than leave play, he asked one of his servants to bring him some meat between two slices of bread or toast. A slightly less well-known story suggests it was work, not play, that made the Earl not want to leave his desk – but whatever the reason, his peers thought this mode of food was an excellent idea and began copying the concept. Before long, the sandwich had really caught on.

If you feel like trying a new twist on one of the world’s favorite snacks, then go brit! has some fantastic options for you. Stick with the traditional, with a filling chip butty – butty being an English slang word for sandwich, especially if the filling is comfort food like chips or bacon. Enjoy a filling shellfish option, like battered softshell or jumbo lump crabcake; go for the rustic taste of chargrilled chicken, or get a little more adventurous with Broiled Cajun Mahi or fried fish tacos in the Tube. Alternatively, head over to the East India Dock with tandoori chicken tacos. Or give battered fish a new spin with the splendid Codfather sandwich, served with crunchy coleslaw.

Whatever sandwich you choose, next time you bite into that ultra-convenient mini-meal, spare a thought for the erstwhile Earl of Sandwich, and rest assured you’re in the very best of company.

pints_of_beerA good, hot cup of tea — it's as British as, well, fish and chips (and a great accompaniment). Although tea is known to have been a favourite beverage of the Chinese for thousands of years, it wasn't until around 1657 that it was first introduced to England – in, of all places, a coffee house.

Tea was originally so expensive only the rich could enjoy it. It wasn't  until the middle of the 18th century that it became cheap enough for ordinary people to drink. Now, it's a ritual several times a day in offices, homes, meeting places, and even many British pubs.

Tea hasn't always been the favourite drink it is today though. For many centuries, ordinary British folk drank beer with their meals, often called small beer. The history of beer also dates back many thousands of years. Typical British beers tend towards the darker end, and are usually served at cellar temperature, around 10-14 degrees C (50-57F). Many beers have a mix of subtle flavours that would be lost if served colder than this.

At go brit!, beer is used to give the crispy batter that special extra kick and crispy texture. When cooked quickly at a high temperature, beer batter is unbeatable at sealing in food – most of the heat goes into the actual batter, while inside the fish simmers gently. There's sure to be something to tempt you from the menu – whether it's the beer battered fish, shrimp, crab balls, softshell crab, beer battered sausages and breast of chicken. If you're dining in, you can also enjoy a choice of British beers to drink with your meal. Tea, hot or iced, is available to both takeaway and dining in customers.

Of course, if you'd rather quench your thirst with water, root beer, coffee, fruit juice, or a soft drink, those options are also on offer. Come enjoy a beer at go brit! and a jolly good time.

Monday, 24 February 2014

RED, WHITE AND SEAFOOD!

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Although fish and chips are still the most popular takeaway dish in the UK, recently shellfish have grown in popularity as a menu choice. Warm-water prawns are now the fifth most popular seafood option in the UK, with cold-water prawns in sixth place, making them the most popular shellfish overall. Mussels, crabsticks, crab and scallops also make it into the top twenty – and like all seafood, they're packed with vitamins and minerals.

At go brit! you can enjoy a wide range of delicious shellfish options from the menu – whether it's the tasty clam chowder soup or a grilled shrimp Caesar to start; or ease yourself in gently with a crab cake Caesar. If you'd rather go straight for the great a-la-carte choices, then coconut shrimp combines a cool, sweet tropical flavour with tender shrimp and sweet and spicy chilli dipping sauce. If, however, you firmly believe that seafood isn't really seafood unless it's covered in crispy, golden, deep fried batter, then beer battered jumbo shrimp, crab balls or soft-shell crab will be just right for you. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, opt for yummy clam strips or fried oysters with cocktail sauce.

The flaky, melt-in-the-mouth texture of well-cooked seafood makes it a great menu choice for all ages. Many shellfish, including crab and oyster, are also high in Omega-3, great for heart health, calcium, zinc and selenium. So tuck in with relish, knowing that not only does it taste great, it's doing you a world of good too – whatever shellfish you choose at go brit! in Lewes.

Prince_at_go_britWhat a week! News about the infant son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had everyone in Delaware and beyond more enthralled with our British culture. Clients new and old, even royal ones, have stopped by to celebrate with us the arrival of His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. We couldn't be happier.

 

As a token of our appreciation, we're inviting everyone to register for a drawing. You could win a Royal Feast - in British style, no less - for up to 20 people. Stop by at go fish! or go brit! to register your name before July 31. 

31Fish and chips may not instantly spring to mind when you think of healthy food. If, however, you want to indulge yourself, from a nutritional point of view this dish makes a surprising amount of sense.

Fish remains one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods you can eat. Without the batter, fish is low in saturated fat. A third-party nutrition analysis provider, MenuTrinfo, has determined that a serving of our famous beer-battered fish and chips has a total of 390 calories and 30 grams of protein. Very little oil gets into the fish because of our quick frying method. Fish and chips are also relatively unadulterated: only oil and batter are added to the original deceptively simple ingredients. Adding a portion of peas increases the fiber content of the meal, but adds another 100 calories.

On average, a portion of fish and chips has around a third fewer calories than other takeaway foods like pizza and around half the fat. If you'd still like to indulge, but want to opt for a lighter snack then choose a smaller item on the menu.

Of course, one of the less tangible health benefits is just how good fish and chips make you feel: they're comfort food at its very best. So sprinkle on a little salt, slather on the vinegar, and enjoy as a treat with a clear conscience at go fish! near the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.

 

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There are many reasons why the combination of fish and chips is so popular in the UK... let us count the ways! Some are historical, some are financial and some are just plain practical.

The historical reasons are tied up with the old Roman Catholic tradition of not eating meat on a Friday, especially in Lent. There are also financial and practical reasons why "fish and chips" is so popular in the UK. As an island nation, fish has always been extremely important, particularly in areas on the edge. These include Scotland, Cornwall, and the counties that border the wild North Sea, traditionally source of some of the very best cod, haddock and plaice.

Potatoes, relatively easy to grow in the damp and fertile climate, have been popular for centuries as a cheap, nutritious food, whether boiled, mashed, roasted, or fried in Irish potato shops in the nineteenth century.

Fried battered fish was invented by the Portuguese, and the Belgians claim they invented the chip, but their first happy union occurred in the UK in the mid 1800s. Legend says that an enterprising young Jewish lad called Joseph Malin first sold the two together. In 1896, Londoner Samuel Isaacs opened the first fish restaurant. During World War Two, fish and potatoes were amongst the very few foods not subject to rationing.

Ever since, they've continued to offer fantastic value for money. In a country where the weather is not exactly predictable, fish and chips are the ultimate in comfort food.

This year, the winter winds appear to be taking a little longer than usual to let the spring sunshine in. Thus nourishing, filling comfort food is still very much on the menu.


Many areas of Britain have their very own spring specials, ranging from slow-cooked leg of lamb and the fruity bara brith bread in Wales to hawthorn spring pudding in the southwest of England. Scallops and shellfish in general are another seasonal favorite, from Scotland to Cornwall. Freshly caught cold water cod is also at its very best in the spring – so tuck into your fish supper with a clear conscience.


Alternatively, help keep the spring chill out with a warming bowl of clam chowder, followed by seasonal best crabcakes, crab balls or crab dip. Sticking with shellfish, you’ll find the spicy mayo dipping sauce makes a perfect accompaniment to the clam strips on the go brit! menu. Or if you really can’t decide which shellfish to try first, opt for the crab stuffed shrimp.


As a great side to accompany your fish and chips, or as a light meal on their own, “spring greens” are essential to ward off any early sniffles. The description often means the first small, sweet cabbages of the season – or any nutritious green leaf. Go brit! can make sure you get your daily dose of vitamins with its healthy, wholesome starter of organic field greens.


Filling spring desserts help finish off a meal in style. Spring specialties in the UK include rhubarb crumble. Of course, it’s always the season for Sticky Toffee Pudding. At go brit! you can combine the best flavors from both sides of the Atlantic, with Key Lime Pie or Beer Battered Cheesecake. After a bracing turn along the Boardwalk, these yummy puds are just what you need to warm up – washed down, of course, with a steaming cup of hot tea.


So enjoy your spring menu, and before you know it, it’ll be time to enjoy a summer stroll along the seafront again.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE FRIDAY FRYDAY!

There’s nothing nicer than a fish supper any day of the week, although traditionally fish and chips are the “dish of the day” on Fridays, especially Good Friday. But just where did this tradition start?

 

Many explanations exist. Friday is named after the Old Norse God Freya, whose symbol was a fish. The early Christians also took the fish as their symbol, often scratched into bricks or the dirt to let fellow worshipers know where to meet in safety and secrecy when practicing their faith openly was highly risky. Another theory suggests that fisherman often brought their catch into port on Fridays – meaning fish was at its very best that day.

 

In the Middle Ages, meat remained an expensive luxury for most ordinary folk, reserved for feast days or special occasions like weddings. More recently, when many people worked in manual jobs and were paid weekly, usually on a Friday, fish and chips were an affordable weekly treat.

 

With modern knowledge of nutrition, we now know fish is a much healthier source of protein than most red meat – fish is low in fat, high in nutrients. If fish isn’t your dish of choice, why not try crab cakes, fried shrimp or fried oysters – all just as good with crispy, golden chips.

 

Whatever the reason, on any given Friday, come out to go fish! or go brit! for your $5 Fish Sandwich (through late May) or a traditional Beer Battered Fish and Chips meal.

If you’ve ever been to a British pub and haven’t heard of a Chip Butty, we would be shocked. Due to its carb-on-carb nature, a Chip Butty has become known as a proper sandwich for those who have had a little bit too much to drink. However, once you get passed the oddity of the whole thing, you come to the realization that it’s really quite delicious after all.Chip Butty - Photo Courtest: makingstrange.net

So you might be wondering, what is a Chip Butty exactly? Well considering that “chips” are what an American may call “french fries” and a “butty” is just an English way of saying “sandwich”, simply put, a Chip Butty is like a french fry sandwich.

All that is needed to concoct one of these indulgent sandwiches is white bread, (generously lathered with butter) and a good amount of thick-cut chips. It’s up to you to decide if you’d like yours the plain, traditional way or if you’d like to add a little something extra. Some of the more popular choices in topping would be ketchup, vinegar or some nice English brown sauce.

For some, a sandwich like this may be a bit frightening to say the least. However, for those who have tried it, we’re sure it’s hard to remember a life without ever having tasted it! Without a doubt, the Chip Butty leaves a lasting impression!

Many Americans are familiar with the famous dish called, “Shepard’s Pie” but how many of you are actually aware of what it is or where it truly came from? Well for such a seemingly simple dish, the Shepard’s Pie actually has a long history of uncertainty. It seems that just about everyone has their own interpretation on the specifics of this dish. From its origin to the ingredients, chances are, one out of five individuals are going to give you a different answer.

For one, if you doShepard's Pie - Photo Courtesy: Gourmet.com any research on the dish, you’ll most likely come across dozens of articles – one claiming its Scottish origin and another claiming it got its start in Northern England. Every once in a while, you may even come across someone who is most certain that the Shepard’s Pie was created in the hills of Ireland. So where do we land on this? Well, I don’t think you’ll have too much trouble figuring it out!

Then there is the age old disagreement on the proper ingredients to use in a Shepard’s Pie. Depending on where you grew up, the answer can take many turns. You see, the way that the Shepard’s Pie started out was as a way to get use out of any leftover meat you may have had on hand. In the end, the three most popular meats used became beef, lamb and mutton. Now regardless of which meat you decide to go with, one thing that all variations of this dish have in common is that they’re all filled with a delicious combination of vegetables and baked in a mash potato crust.

We all may have our own opinions on the specifics of the dish but the one thing that we can all surely agree on is the fact that this delicious meal has become one of the age-old classics in comfort food all over the world!

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