Friday, 31 October 2014

Birthday Surpieses - Pieday Friday - 31st October 2014

It's Friday! It's Pieday!

Hi pie people! It's all treats - and no tricks - today as we check out the week in pie fresh out of the oven!

The life of pies - literally!

You'll recall from last week's Pieday Friday that massive congratulations are due to our friend and fellow pie-fanatic Martin, who loves eating pies so much he's written a whole book about it. The Life of Pies book launch happened last Friday October 24th and you won't be surPIEsed to find out Pierateer RAS booked his ticket to Wigan to be there! Of course no pie book launch would be completed without free pies - which were provided by Bowens and will be reviewed this week too!

Not only did he pick up a signed copy of the book (which no doubt already has gravy stains all over it!) but Martin very kindly gave Rob a brief tour of Wigan and neighbouring St Helens the following day in order to point out some of the pies in the area! You'll find them springing up all over Pierate in the coming week or so!

Manchester City to be added to the PIEremiership

Football Pies. Yep, we're banging on about them again! If you don't already know, we were pie advisers to the BBC a couple of weeks ago, featuring in a BBC video on football pies. You may even have noticed we've added a "featured on the BBC" button to our webpage.

But one of the spin-offs of this filming and our subsequent visit to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium for the BBC Radio 5 Live debate was that we were offered free tickets and pies at an upcoming Manchester City match! Of course we weren't going to turn a free pie or two down and were delighted with the quality of pie on offer in the Etihad, in their match (ironically) against the Magpies! Many thanks go to Danny Wilson (Sales Director) for organising the visit and Dan Schofield (Head of Operations) for meeting us on the night and showing us round - including a visit to the trophy room! The full pie review will be posted in the next few days.

Pie Tweet of the Week!

We were delighted on Tuesday to see TV royalty Fern Britton retweeted about our love of pies to the nation!

Pierate featured in the Retail Times

The Retail Times this week picked up on a story we reported three weeks ago about Paul's Pies being sold in Asda stores within the south/south-west area. You can read the Retail Times article here.

For those that don't know, Paul's Pies currently occupy first and third place in our Pie Rankings!

Month of Birthday SurPIEses

As you'll no doubt have noticed here on Pierate we really do enjoy rating pies - so much so that we have over 425 in our Pie Rankings at present and many more to add to it in the next few weeks!

But did you know we've been rating pies for almost 5 years now?! Yes, from that first post back on 12th November 2009 to the present day, we've been rating pies on the 7 Cs of pie rating and we would love you to join us by doing exactly that on Wednesday 12th November 2014! For we have designated this day "International Pierate Day" and you can see a sneak pie-review of all the things we have planned - including our birthday pie-rty - in our preview article.

Included in this is mention of our "Month of birthday surPIEses" - because there's no way we can fit all the things we want to do and pies we want to rate into one single day!!! So tonight will be our first visit to see if the Punch Tavern in central London offer a knock out pie! And added to that, we've comissioned @michlan to create us a special Birthday print (for which you can see a sneak pie-review below).

In the meantime, catch up with all the latest pie news on Pierate and by following our twitter hashtag of #InternationalPierateDay

And finally... A frighteningly bad attempt at Pumpkin Pie

One thing you'll definitely spot on our pie blog is that we are more pie raters than pie makers. Which is no doubt why this attempt at turning a pumpkin pie recipe into a fully encased pumpkin pie no doubt went so badly wrong...

Pierate Pumpkin Pie Review
Pierate Pumpkin Pie Review

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