Processed Food and Drink of the 1980s and Beyond: The Not So Perfect Ten

A tasty Feast of the M60 Not So Perfect Ten

Many Moons ago (well, the 27 May 2013 to be precise), we did an article on nutritionally incorrect processed food entitled ‘The Tinned Pie’s The Limit‘. In other words, the convenience food you can still get in a lot of supermarkets and discount shops. There was also another post entitled ‘Crimes Against Food‘ from July 2010 which coincided with the launch of Tesco’s Lasagne Sandwiches. This looked at, to some extent convenience food, and meatball butties.

For our Not So Perfect Ten, we have decided to look at some of the processed food you could get in the 1980s and beyond. Some of it has left our shelves unceremoniously with the Turkey Twizzlers, whereas some grace the deepest recesses of your local freezer centre. Others, we look upon with nostalgia and yearn for their return. Continue reading “Processed Food and Drink of the 1980s and Beyond: The Not So Perfect Ten”

Eminently Chicken Town: Over 31 Takeaways Hath Oldham Town Centre

Feast of the M60 on the fast food variety which has taken Oldham by storm

A stylised map of takeaways within Oldham town centre, based on fieldwork.

Imagine any of these scenarios: it is a Friday and you’re in the centre of Oldham. As a special treat instead of your usual butties or chemist chain’s meal deal, you fancy something different for your dinner. Or, it is the very same Friday, only 12 to 15 hours later after a few scoops in one of Oldham’s finest hostelries. You could have plumped for a pie or a fish supper. Or chips. Or a totalitarian burger on High Street. Continue reading “Eminently Chicken Town: Over 31 Takeaways Hath Oldham Town Centre”

Family Bucket Squabblefest: KFC versus Hyde Town Centre

Finger licking good or clucking awful? East of the M60 ponders over the fast food giant’s plans for a new Hyde outlet

The Cheshire town’s footballing side may be propping up the rest in Skrill Conference Premier and the local press’ letters pages carry, almost week in week out, the perils of parking in the town centre. On some occasions, there may be reference to the number of empty units and the stark piazza masquerading as an open market ground. Continue reading “Family Bucket Squabblefest: KFC versus Hyde Town Centre”

The Tinned Pie’s The Limit: Convenience Food Guilty Pleasures: Feast of the M60

East of the M60 is now 667 posts old, therefore as a consequence our previous post was the six hundred and sixty-sixth post (a.k.a The Number of the Beast).

Thanks to the joys of Whit Friday, The Neighbour of the Beast (O.K., I know some pedant may say 668 is the Neighbour of the Beast given the odd/even nature of our streets) will be allocated the ‘…From Hell’ type post originally diagrammed for 666.

And if we really want to be truly pedantic, we could claim this post to be Post 666 as the first post was a common and garden ‘Hello, I’m Stuart Vallantine, and I’m the genius behind East of the M60‘. So to speak, ‘to Hell with it…’

Sit back, relax, pour yourself a glass of water and add two Alka Seltzer (highly unrecommended on species of the avian kind).

Continue reading “The Tinned Pie’s The Limit: Convenience Food Guilty Pleasures: Feast of the M60”

Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings

Other eateries are available – and lovingly recommended by Feast of the M60

20 to 30 years ago, a trip to McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Wimpy would have been quite a novelty. The then big three of the 1980s would soon become two, as Wimpy lost town centre branches. By the start of the noughties, the new third force in take out food became Subway. Continue reading “Another Take Out: Alternative Fast Food Outlets to the Totalitarian Multinational Offerings”

In Praise of the Wheatmeal Bun: Feast of the M60

Feast of the M60 visits an old friend

Wimpy, Huddersfield
The Lesser Spotted Wimpy Bar, Huddersfield: outside the M25 motorway, Wimpy Bars are a rare commodity. There are only four in North West England with only one in Greater Manchester.

A recent conversation with a fellow ‘Bridge fan on the joys of the Wheatmeal Bun in The White House is partly to blame for my most recent visit to this place seen above. Yesterday, I saw the same fan (also a real ale and rail fanatic like myself) whilst en route to Huddersfield. I had every intention of calling into the said town’s Wimpy Bar, albeit for a Spicy Beanburger. Continue reading “In Praise of the Wheatmeal Bun: Feast of the M60”

Forgotten Fast Food Joints of the Last Half Century: A Feast of the M60 Not So Perfect Ten

Rivals and pretenders to the throne to rotund beefeaters and auburn permed mascots

In most major towns, you are most likely to see a McDonalds restaurant. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, there may be also be a Burger King or – rarer still – a Wimpy. Ashton-under-Lyne only has one of the three burger joints within its town centre, whereas at one point it had all three burger bars, franchised by McDonalds, Burger King and Wimpy (that was between 1995 and 1998). Continue reading “Forgotten Fast Food Joints of the Last Half Century: A Feast of the M60 Not So Perfect Ten”

The 1995 UK Cola Wars: Past Feast of the M60

When US style Cola Wars reached the United Kingdom

The 1990s was an oddball decade which began with Thatcher and ended with Blair. The first part ushered in the Cones Hotline, Sonic the Hedgehog and the C64GS flop games console, whereas the latter part brought us mass mobile phone ownership, the Teletubbies and fancy dan coffee shops. Televisually, it was a creative decade at one end which saw Father Ted and Absolutely Fabulous on our screens, with at the other end, the end of ITV as a genuine regional broadcaster.

In between this hubris, Wet Wet Wet’s version of Love Is All Around seemed destined to occupy the number one spot forever. Interrupting this was Britpop: Blur and Oasis. Contrary to popular belief, there was another Britpop movement taking place. Continue reading “The 1995 UK Cola Wars: Past Feast of the M60”

Crimes Against Food: Feast of the M60

This week, Tesco made the Hall of Foodstuff Infamy by launching a limited edition sandwich which has the fat content of two McDonalds cheeseburgers. Somehow I thought that The Butterfield Diet’s ‘Treat Day’ dish of ’20 Cheese Omelette’ was going to hit the shelves.

What a way of celebrating the Coalition Government’s abdication of responsibilities in terms of healthy eating! So much so that Feast of the M60 Continue reading “Crimes Against Food: Feast of the M60”

OMG! Mancunian Blogger visits totalitarian fast food joint

I’m Bloggin’ It…

A lot has been said about the world’s leading fast food chain’s act to ‘clean up’ and focus on healthier foods Continue reading “OMG! Mancunian Blogger visits totalitarian fast food joint”