If you've always had a secret dream to eat a Fat Hippo Burger on a warm Summer's day under the shade of a palm tree then call me your Fairy Godmother because it's about to become true!
If you hadn't already heard, Fat Hippo have taken over Riley's Fish Shack on the Newcastle Quayside this weekend and will be serving delicious burgers from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm every day until Monday.
Well as soon as I heard this news the diet went out of the window!
You'll usually find me sitting at my desk at a lunchtime, quietly sobbing into my pathetic homemade salad. So you can understand why it didn't take much to persuade me to eat at Hippo instead. It's not every day the best burgers in the North East land a few steps away from your office.
The Hippo's temporary new home is on the Quayside Seaside with rather beautiful views of the Tyne Bridge. The Shack is such a great place to eat, with a lively atmosphere and an ideal chance to wiggle your toes in the sunshine if the weather is good. Close your eyes and you could almost be on holiday.
Of course the Riley's Quayside Takeover needs a special menu and Fat Hippo haven't let us down with this one. Take a look, and get ready to start feeling very hungry!
So, how do you even start making choices when it comes to a menu like that? You over order of course!
Now, Fat Hippo burgers always fill me up to the point where I'm about to pop but the menu at the Quayside is so good I knew I had to push the boat out this time.
If there's one thing Fat Hippo are great at it's creating a special burger to suit the occasion and the Quayside popup sees the arrival of Little Bubba Gump which I knew I had to order.
A 4oz beef patty topped with Monterey Jack Cheese, Popcorn Shrimp and Fat Hippo Sauce. Wow! What a flavour combination. I think I'm even going as far as to say it's my favourite Fat Hippo burger ever, and that's a bold statement! I'm now going to be on a one woman mission to get it as a permanent fixture on the Fat Hippo menu (anyone care to join me?)
I didn't stop there, the Mac and Cheese Balls just sounded too amazing not to try. Deep fried balls of baked macaroni and cheese - yes please! I did wonder if I was being a little greedy but I agreed with the lovely lady at Fat Hippo that as I wasn't ordering chips it was completely acceptable!
Definitely the right decision! I just wish every lunchtime was as good as this!
If you've missed Hippo's popup this time round then don't worry, these guys pop up all over the place and you never quite know where there'll be next. I highly recommend following them on Twitter so you're the first to know what they have up their sleeve next.
Let me know if you make it to Fat Hippo on the Quayside .. I'm wondering if I can squeeze in another before Monday!