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A ‘Mini-Trip to Spain’ on London’s South Bank

By on May 9, 2013 in Travel | 4 comments

Bank Holidays in the UK usually mean one thing: rain. But this May Day dawned bright and sunny, with temperatures high enough to make me put on my first summer outfit of the year. Flaunting bare feet in sandals, toenails newly painted, I wandered along to London’s South Bank. It is an area rammed with tourists, eager for that holiday snapshot of Big Ben, the Thames and the London Eye – and of course, with practically the first hot day of the year, the crowds were out in force. Call me crazy, but I love the busy, thronging atmosphere; admittedly in small doses. It is not just for tourists, however; the South Bank is also home to the wonderful Southbank Centre, one of my favourite places in the whole of London, because there is always something interesting and a little bit different going on. You can just wander in and see what is going on in the main hall – sometimes a...

The Best Restaurant in Budapest

By on Mar 16, 2013 in Travel Tips | 1 comment

It may be a bold statement, but on a recent trip to Hungary’s capital, I think I found the best restaurant in Budapest. The Bock Bistro on Erzsébet körút is not ridiculously fancy or expensive, but everything about it is perfectly charming. I was surprised by the gastronomy of Budapest. It was naive, but I imagined it was all goulash and dumplings – the traditional image of Eastern European fare. Goulash was on a few menus, but there is so much more to Hungary’s cuisine. Plums and sour cherries feature in both savoury and sweet dishes, whilst delicate nut mousses are a speciality dessert. My friend Zita of ziziadventures, had been kind enough to provide a list of recommendations for places to eat, and the Bock Bistro was on there. It was very close to our hotel, and therefore a convenient choice. Having set out at peak dining time, we arrived to find the small...

The Delight of Borough Market

By on Apr 25, 2012 in Travel | 5 comments

Ever since Jamie Oliver, or some TV chef, announced that they got their produce from Borough Market, it has become ‘trendy’ – compelete with flocks of tourists and a few pristine-looking stalls with the haughty signs: ‘only customers allowed to take photos’. However, these small changes  are not yet threatening to take the market away from its roots – delivery trucks still honk and shudder their way through the street cutting down the middle of the market, trains still rumble and shake overhead. And most of the stalls, in the old stone buildings, are not too polished, still just offering high quality produce from fruit and veg to artisan meringues. And as a place to travel the world in food, it is unparalleled.   Cheery red and yellow umbrellas cast a warm glow over the global produce – from parma ham to empanadas, the outdoor area is a...

Photo Friday: Fruits Glacés

By on Apr 13, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Throughout April, we are celebrating food with everything from the weird to the wonderful from around the world. For this Photo Friday, we’re at the wonderful end of the scale… At its best, food is simply divine – and the glace fruits in this French artisan shop must have fallen from the laps of the gods themselves, so tempting and sweet were they. No visit to France can pass without encountering wondrous food presented in a most beautiful manner and this was a typically eye-catching display in the town of Sarlat, in the Dordogne region. Vive la France, Vive la gastronomie!...

Cuy: Peru’s Celebration Food

By on Apr 11, 2012 in Travel | 4 comments

It’s the second Wednesday of April, which means it is time once again to join the Travel Belles Across the Cafe Table! This month, we’re discussing the weirdest food we’ve eaten on our travels. I can’t wait to read about what other intrepid foodies have dared to eat!   To put this into context, I am normally a vegetarian. However, when I arrived at the Delgados’ home in the small, Andean town of Huaraz, Peru, I decided to forgo my principles. Vegetarianism is not exactly a familiar concept in these parts and the family were so generous in sharing their homecooked meals with us volunteers that I just couldn’t refuse. In general, the meals were delicious casseroles or stews served with rice or potatoe, without too much meat. In the garden, four guinea-pigs lived happily in a roomy hutch. They were well-fed, petted often by the youngest child and...

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