Colin McQuistan
I write about food mostly, though if something piques my interest sufficiently I may write about that too.

Entries by Colin McQuistan

Anyone for Tea?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 March 2015 | (13:34)

As many readers of my Blog probably know I am a massive tearoom fan and so is fellow food luvver, Rachel Wheeler who suggested we do a quick run down of some our favourite tearooms/cafes from around the UK.

These are in no particular order and we insist...

Read Post

Can You Cook With Fairy Liquid?

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2015 | (12:24)


I was round my friend's house and saw this by the sink and was all like "I bet Fairly Liquid is a much underused cooking ingredient" and that was all the inspiration I needed for another incredible food adventure!

So what's...

Read Post

Seven Japanese Acts to Watch in 2015

(13) Comments | Posted 27 January 2015 | (13:31)

The Gazette

The Gazette's fandom in Japan is so intense that they caused part of the world's busiest station, Shinjuku, to be closed when they did an unannounced performance on the streets outside. Word got out minutes before they hit the stage, and the expected crowd of 250 turned into 7000 before the cops came and closed it down. This year the band celebrate their 13th anniversary and the release of an 8th studio album should see them move onto exciting things, including a possible return to the UK.

Salyu x Salyu

Super interesting band! And this song gives you a flavour of their eclectic style. Comprising singer Salyu and guitarist Cornelius, the band remind me at times of Stereolab's Dots and Loops phase. But you should totally make your own mind up; and if you're in Australia you can catch them on tour until January 31.


Scandal are a fairly conventional four piece but their songs are catchy and their image has made them style icons for girls across Japan. The band have already sold out some massive Japanese shows for their 2015 world tour and they play Islington Academy April 26.

Dempa-Gumi inc.

According to Wikipedia Denpa is a musical thing in Japan that is "intentionally strange and catchy. Common features of denpa songs include intentionally off-key vocals, nonsensical lyrics and an over-the-top tune". Heaven help us, that's all I can say.

Maximum The Hormone

Any band writing songs that lurch from 'jolly pop' (my own genre, 'natch) to extreme metal in the space of two minutes is going to get my vote. 2015 should see the four piece build on their considerable 2014 successes in Japan and the USA, and I pray they play the UK as soon as possible.


Allegedly Babymetal have written a new song about bubblegum, which I suppose is natural considering their last single was about chocolate. Word on the street is that it involves drum 'n bass, adorable dance moves and heavy as f*ck guitars. And it's very very very catchy. This year is going to see Babymetal go mainstream, trust me.


Necroma (as they're also known) are a deeply unsettling combination of ultra-traditional Japanese folk music and grinding black metal. Not everyone's taste for sure, but if you like your music bleak, eerie and haunting then you should certainly give them a chance. New singles are promised over the next few months and if they keep producing this kind of creepy weirdness, I think they might go...

Read Post

Perez Hilton and the Dunning Kruger Effect

(0) Comments | Posted 20 January 2015 | (11:38)


If you have been unlucky enough to miss all the action over on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother recently, then you've missed some of the most bizarre behaviour ever seen from a fellow human being.

And that human being (and I...

Read Post

My Top 5 Songs of 2014

(7) Comments | Posted 22 December 2014 | (12:28)

So 2014 comes to an end and another skull crushingly dull X-Factor winner tops the charts. Yay!

But leaving Nicki Minaj's dreadfully inept Anaconda and Avril Levigne's hilariously awful Hello Kitty! aside, it's actually been a great year for music and some genuinely enjoyable songs have sailed its waves....

Read Post

Leave Science To The Experts

(8) Comments | Posted 19 December 2014 | (13:42)

Science is hard. I completed my degree in chemistry some 20 years ago and remember how difficult some of that stuff was. Memorising the periodic table and the electron configurations of all the transition metals; trying to figure where the axes of...
Read Post

An Interview With Key Kobayashi

(0) Comments | Posted 3 December 2014 | (13:25)


I am in London to interview Key Kobayashi, elusive producer of heavy metal upstarts, Babymetal. It is lashing with rain and everyone is lost inside the Brixton Academy venue or stuffing their faces with chicken at Nandos. I am sat...

Read Post

QR Codes Are Amazing

(0) Comments | Posted 28 November 2014 | (10:13)


So I was at work and when I was in the kitchen I saw a can of fly spray and that was kinda cool but then at the end of the ingredients I saw a QR code and I was all like "why...

Read Post

I Ate Dog Biscuits

(0) Comments | Posted 24 November 2014 | (12:10)


I was down my local Tesco Metro looking for tinned tomatoes when it struck me I hadn't eaten dog food before. So I ran round to the pet convenience section and spotted these tasty treats and totally bought them!

Anyway, what's...

Read Post

Thai Curry With a Real Coconut

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2014 | (11:55)


So I was down my local Morrison's and my girlfriend saw this little guy and was all like "I totally bet you can't open this" and I was all like BET I CAN! and then she was all like "I totally bet you...

Read Post

Babymetal Live at Brixton Academy

(10) Comments | Posted 11 November 2014 | (16:28)

BABYMETAL return to the UK for another round of genre-bending, guitar shredding, unbridled mayhem in front of another sold-out London audience.


After I managed to dry out from the biblical downpour before the show I was afforded the chance to watch...

Read Post

An Interview With Maximum the Hormone

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (10:14)


As many of my regular readers know I have been yapping on rather incessantly about Japanese teen metal upstarts Babymetal since March this year and through them another, very unique, Japanese band smashed into my radar (I would say...

Read Post

Cheap, Amazing, Homemade Pizza in 15 Minutes

(1) Comments | Posted 3 October 2014 | (17:42)


I was watching some TV program where they were making pizzas and I got really hungry and thought to myself "I'm going to make a pizza". So I totally did!

Pizzas are usually a mighty faff to make because you have...

Read Post

Five of the Most Controversial Musical Acts of All Time

(3) Comments | Posted 15 August 2014 | (19:27)

So I was watching American X Factor highlights from last year on Youtube when I got thinking to myself "I wonder what the most controversial musical acts of all time are, apart from Christina Aguilera?"

So I did some research and here's what I've come up with.


Read Post

Amazing Office Fridge Adventure

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2014 | (12:50)


So I'm working in this office (that's me on the left up there, obviously) and I'm thinking what if I emailed the whole company asking:

Has anyone got stuff in the fridge I can use to cook something with this...

Read Post

An Interview With Babymetal - Bow Down to Your Kitsune

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (19:20)


Myself, fellow journalist Emily and photographer Simon are lurking at the backstage entrance of The Forum concert hall in London waiting to interview Japanese death metal/pop music viral sensation Babymetal. We are hopelessly early.

We have just seen...

Read Post

I Went to a Babymetal Concert And Survived - Just

(2) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (19:24)

It is a little after 9 PM on a calm summer Monday night and I am somewhere inside The Forum, London, where Japanese pop/death metal sensations Babymetal are playing their first headline UK show.

Let be me more precise, I am in the middle of a maelstrom of bodies moving...

Read Post

Cooking With Jack Monroe

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2014 | (11:32)

I'm a really big fan of Jack Monroe, a blogger who writes for the Guardian on account of her making stuff on a really tight budget and stuff. She's great! And I'm in no way jealous or angry or miffed that she is now mega successful and goes on TV...

Read Post

The Best Worst Band in the World Are Playing the UK - Lord Have Mercy

(8) Comments | Posted 29 April 2014 | (15:39)

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past half century, you will be aware that Japanese pop/metal act Babymetal are playing Sonisphere in early July. This probably means nothing to you, but keep reading and maybe what I have to say will make you...

Read Post

What Personal Trainers Really Think

(1) Comments | Posted 25 March 2014 | (14:21)

I used to work in a gym for around 6 years and if you go to a gym you've probably wondered what's going on in our heads.

Well let me share a few of those thoughts:

If you wear lots of makeup
We think you're an idiot....

Read Post