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Ice Angels, Spinningfields, review

Jonathan Schofield falls out of his office into nice ice cream and horrible hotdogs

Written by . Published on April 27th 2011.


Ice Angels, Spinningfields, review

So the sun had got his hat, he was out to play.

There were technical issues over the Confidential site re-launch – which is going to blow your minds dear readers.

Being a trained SAS* major I fired my zip-wire next to a deckchair on Spinningfields Green, jumped from the window, and scooted down from Confidential’s second floor office for a little me-time, shaken not stirred.

Still given the sweet location in the excellent Spinningfields Green, the fact I’d got my deckchair back, and that the ice cream and the coffee was good I was prepared to forgive.

I eyed the chrome Americana trailer nearby and felt suddenly hungry. I shot vicious glances at anybody who looked like they might steal my deckchair and approached the trailer which was called Ice Angels.

I asked for their most expensive item, a chilli hotdog (£4.50) and chatted aimlessly with the amiable ladies who run the business. These were unusual females.

Most hotdog stalls of the sort that occupy the no-man's-lands around Eastlands or Old Trafford are run by women with hard perms who appear to have led hard lives. The sort of women who in the soap operas end up looking after the local laundry.

Not the Ice Angels’ women.

The ladies here looked proper ‘county’, looked like they’d heard of laundries but only in soap operas where they were populated by women with hard perms and hard lives who’d previously worked in burger vans outside football grounds.

Odd. But then there is a trend whereby middle-class whimsy is targeting the outdoor mobile catering market. Has anybody else noticed this gentrification of ice cream vans and food conveyances? Maybe it’s something to do with all the music festivals people go to. Nice food for nice people who want rock’n’roll but not too much.

Moving on and putting the chilli hotdog to the metaphorical side for a minute, I also had the raspberry ice cream with a flake in a cornet (£2.50) and a coffee (£1).

The coffee was good strong stuff, big tick to the ladies here. The Movenpick ice cream was delightful, a tight creamy fruity ball, enlivened by the flake and with a solid, crunchy cornet. Yum. Both 4.5/5.

But the hotdog was vile, 0/5. Yes, I know that most hotdogs are vile. But this was vile and then vile again: double vile. The limp phallus of the sausage sat in a dusty bun overlain by a weird chilli sauce that was utterly without heat. In fact both the dog and the chilli lacked heat in spice and in temperature. Yuck. Here's a picture of the offensive object with my shoes.

Still given the sweet location in the excellent Spinningfields Green, the fact I’d got my deckchair back, and that the ice cream and the coffee was good made me prepared to forgive.

Ice Angels is here until September in any case. Plenty of time to spend maybe a couple of days in an Old Trafford hotdog van and then a couple more in a laundry to round the experience off.

Next time I want those hotdogs to brighten my life and lift my spirits before I have to take that zip-wire back up to the paradise in the clouds that is the Confidential office.

SAS* - Spotland Area Scouts, Rochdale (attendance, once).

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

DescartesApril 27th 2011.

Shame really, lots of potential in the position of that van but £4.50 for a bad hotdog!? I could stand perhaps £3 for an inferior snack experience but £4.50 smacks of knowingly ripping people off (surely they'd tested their recipe - how could they end up with bland chilli sauce?). I'm officially put off and won't bother, in no small part due to the angle you captured the chilli dog at, it conjures images I would sooner forget.

KavenApril 27th 2011.

But the ice cream is great. I'll be using the trailer

DrinkmeApril 27th 2011.

Nice shoes

PermanentmarkerApril 27th 2011.

You should set up a Brogues Gallery. Or a hotdog hell museum. Or maybe just go for a drink

Ice AngelsApril 27th 2011.

Hi, as it looks like we'll be around for a bit, we'll take on board your comments about the Hot Dogs, and try to raise our game. Sorry if we let you down.

But don't ever accuse us of being middle-class - we're from Wythenshawe for God's sake!

Jonathan SchofieldApril 28th 2011.

I don't think people can be accused of being middle class. It's nothing to be guilty about, it's bloody great. The poshing up of mobile catering is interesting though, as a phenomenon. Still definitely improve the hotdogs but keep the lovely smiles, the good coffee and the ice cream - after all you're very convenient for the office.

Denise MullenApril 28th 2011.

Blimey, judging from the time of Jonathan's post looks like that chilli dog just wouldn't quit!

Michael WestApril 28th 2011.

As a side note, Spotland Area Scouts hut is used by the probation service each Saturday to tame feral youngsters by washing cars not stealing them. The SAS is clearly far more of an outreach organisation. As for being middle class and living in a modernist public housing estate is not unlikely unless you happen to live in Benchill. A great chilli sauce can be made in a blender - 500g Tomato Puree, 1 crushed garlic, one chopped tomato with seeds, a teaspon of crushed cloves, 100ml of Greek Yogurt, the all important 3 or 4 tablespoons of chilli powder, add water to desired consistency.

Christian DeanApril 28th 2011.

£4.50 for...wait a hot dog...give over, would rather get the 2 for 99p at Aldi...

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