Tastin' With The Tramps: Doritos Fire!


The distinguished members of TATTGOC sure do love their curry, as evidenced by their now-outdated title of Curry Lovers Of The Year 2010. But their ongoing quest for spicy satisfaction isn't merely limited to TATTGOC's regular excursions to some of Glasgow's hidden-gem curryhouses. If they happen across almost any curry-related foodstuff, Trampy and The Tramp feel compelled to take it for a spin – and thus was born the irregular feature Tastin' With The Tramps. After Trampy flew solo in the last instalment, the Tramps are back at full-strength, with some additional help from The Duke. So what spicy product is in the hot seat this time? Why, it's only newly-launched, aggressively-flavoured tortilla chip variant Dorito's Fire! Oaft!


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Tastin' With The Tramps: Chilli Papas Spice Mixes!


The distinguished members of TATTGOC sure do love their curry, as evidenced by their now-outdated title of Curry Lovers Of The Year 2010. But their ongoing quest for spicy satisfaction isn't merely limited to TATTGOC's regular excursions to some of Glasgow's hidden-gem curryhouses. If they happen across almost any curry-related foodstuff, Trampy and The Tramp feel compelled to take it for a spin – and thus was born the irregular feature Tastin' With The Tramps. What spicy product is in the hot seat this time? Why, it's only Scottish-based, oil-free curry spice mix Chilli Papas! These magical sachets are supposed to be exceptionally easy-to-use ... but with TATTGOC's resident kitchen wizard The Tramp (and, unfortunately, his amazing camera) on the other side of the planet, can the rather more hapless Trampy actually turn out a decent tikka masala all alone? It's a very special Tastin' Without The Tramp – a rigorous test indeed! But if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere ...


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The TATTGOC Podcast Returns! And For Some Reason It's Still Not Called "CHATGOC"!!


Less than a month after rocking the international podcasting community to its white-earbudded core with the thrilling debut of Keep Calm And Curry On, the Tramps are back, Back, BACK with another pulse-pounding podcast. Usually, folk get better at performing technical tasks through repetition but, as ever, the Tramps are ploughing their own idiosyncratic furrow by releasing a follow-up episode where the sound quality is perhaps even more variable. Blame the insistent internal fan of Trampy's wheezy MacBook, then try and tune it out.
 
Still! On the Keep Calm And Curry On agenda in Episode 2: our burly newshounds have what will most likely be the final word on Curry Capital 2011 and also have time to cast an eye over the rise of pop-up curryhouses in Scotland. The Tramps also reminisce about their amazing visit to Mother India earlier this year. And, in The Burning Question, they not only broach the subject of whether the sudden explosion of curry cocktails is hot or not, but actually create their own ready-made classic curry-inspired beverage, seemingly on the spot (or not).

All that, and there's still room for The Tramp's Jukebox Puri, featuring a sitar-led Burt Bacharach cover from Bill Plummer and his in-no-way-terrifying papier-mache pals. It's roughly 45 minutes of spicy awesomeness, and you should be able to experience the soothing sonic vibrations in this embedded Mixcloud player RIGHT NOW.



It may still be a wee while before KCACO officially turns up on iTunes. So if the embedded player above isn't doing it for you, you can:

DOWNLOAD THE MP3: Here!

That Curry Capital 2011 Result In Full ...

And so, after every vote had been counted and all the judges had rendered their verdict, it came to pass that at noon on November 1, Bradford was crowned Curry Capital 2011. (A result that was rather vaguely predicted by this very blog, and generally disregarded in this totally excellent newspaper article.) For Glasgow, holder of the Curry Capital 2010 title, being beaten back into second place was a slightly bitter pilau to swallow. But after claiming the title four times in the decade-long, stop-start history of the title, there are still many reasons for TATTGOC's home to be proud in 2011. While it feels like weasel words to insist that Glasgow remains the Curry Capital of Scotland (although Edinburgh placed a very creditable fifth), it is definitely worth pointing out that thanks to the combined efforts of Glasgow City Council and the restaurant team of Slumdog, KoolBa, Kama Sutra and The Neelim, our fair city raised the most money for The Curry Tree Charitable Fund for the second year in a row ...

Some excellent Curry Capital concept art by James Hart
But it was Bradford that eventually triumphed, buoyed by a committed campaign and a new Guinness World Record for creating an enormous onion bhaji, put together by the forward-thinking, headline-grabbing Bradford College International Food Academy: their 102.2kg monster bhaji beat the previous world record by 18kg. And after placing third last year, Wolverhampton retained their position thanks to their own dedicated website, an engaging Twitter feed and, as previously noted on this blog, a silver bullet in the form of a Curry Capital anthem. In total, 17 cities took part, and the top ten breaks down something like this:

1st: Bradford (2nd last year)
2nd: Glasgow (1st last year)
3rd: Wolverhampton (3rd last year)

4th: Leicester
5th: Edinburgh
6th: Newcastle
7th: Birmingham
8th: Manchester
9th: Nottingham
Joint 10th: Cardiff/Sheffield

The trophies for the winning city and team members will be presented by Anjali Pathak of National Curry Week sponsors Patak’s, at a date and venue to be announced. Expect some more analysis and discussion of the result on episode two of TATTGOC's spicy podcast Keep Calm And Curry On ...

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Keep Calm And Curry On ... It's The TATTGOC Podcast!!
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"If You've Got A History Book At Home, Take It Out, Throw It In The Bin ... It's Worthless."
Curry Capital 2011: Sizin' Up The Competition
Yeeaaargh! It's Time For Khuhlai Khan's Kurry Klub Khallenge!
Last Chance To Vote For Your Favourite Glasgow Curryhouse ...
Vow Wow Wow: Raisin' A Glass To TATTGOC's Happy Couples!
Gluttonous Maximus: INDIAN EPIC MEAL TIME
Those English Curry Awards 2011 Winners In Full ...
An Interactive Investigation Into The Inherently Unsatisfying Nature Of Curry-Based Videogames

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