Continuing on in our exploration in Chitwan, we then spent 2 days in the national park. Chitwan is the story of an amazing conservation success as the home of the one horned rhino. It was 2014 since the last poaching incident. Their breeding and anti-poaching programme has been… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/nepal-4-of-4/
After we had made the pass, in a whirlwind decent, we hurried back down descending over 2000m in a hurried shuffle. I for one couldn’t wait for a hot shower and a warm bed. At this stage, it had been 4 days since my last wash. The other reason for our speedy decent was… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/nepal-3-of-4/
As we continued further to Manang at 3520m, we stopped for some acclimatization. As part of this process, we went up as part of a day trip from 3520m to the ice lakes at 4650m. That was an extremely exhausting day but it was the check to see if we could handle the altitude and rapid… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/nepal-2-of-4/
At the end of last year, I disappeared into a place with no mobile phone reception for a month. No, that wasn’t Antarctica, it was Nepal.
So this is how my father and I ended up doing something we had always wanted to do. Visiting Nepal, land of some of the highest mountains in… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/nepal-1-of-4/
One day as a favour to some good friends, I decided to help them take pre-wedding photos. Out of the 600 shots or so, here are the ones that I think are worth displaying. Best w… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/tricia-and-gordons-pre-wedding-shoot/
As far as restaurant names go, I take my hat off to SuperStar BBQ for sheer aplomb. Naming your establishment after the diva inside all of us (or perhaps that is just me) was more than enough to pique my curiosity. Maybe after lunch, I would at least feel like a rock star too.
Subtle studio l… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/super-star-bbq/
I remember when I was small, I would look forward with eager anticipation to airplane food. As the air hostesses would glide down the aisles handing out their trays, I would wait in eager anticipation. What I was waiting for with bated breath was soba noodles.
So on my return to the Land of t… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/kaiseki-soba/
In a break from my usual trudge, I have been asked to do two of my favourite things. Eat and not move for it.
I have been asked time and time again by food delivery companies to do a review, so I finally decided to give in on a hungry day. Another reason why I accepted this request was that t… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/obica/
The Ivy seems to be so hot as a celebrity hangout that mere mortals (such as myself), are excluded from the premises, even if they had a golden parachute (which I don’t). It’s not about money but power. Something which I also sadly lack.
What I do have in abundance is a sharp tongue … See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/the-ivy-cafe-marylebone/
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. Especially when you can look back and mentally kick yourself for making certain choices. I had been bemoaning the lack of writing motivation to my dining companion but following my most recent gastronomic adventure, inspiration was abounding in abundance.
Salad … See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/le-pont-de-la-tour/
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Toa Kitchen is a relative newcomer (it’s been open almost 2 years) to the Cantonese dining scene in Bayswater, having taken over the premises that was previously the Magic Wok. We’ve taken quite some time getting there to try it out with various other stalwarts, including Goldmine… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/toa-kitchen/
Mann’s Beijing Restaurant. One rather misty day, we were invited to brave the fog to try some Chinese food. Which proved to be a larger problem than expected as the restaurant was only really easily accessible by car. I had to by turns beg, cajole and threaten the car owner among our li… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/manns-beijing/
Friends were craving BBQ meat. I wasn’t. My friends won out. They might not be my friends for long though.
Anyway, I jest. We decided to go to Kintan, a Japanese yakiniku (grilled meat) restaurant. The Koreans also do this style of restaurant where you sit around a small grill and cook… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/kintan/
So, we ventured east again, this time to Hackney to try another recently opened modern British place, Pidgin. Pidgin is the evolution of a supper club, The Secret Larder evolved into a full-fledged restaurant, with a professional chef, Elizabeth Allen, formerly of the Smokehouse Islington… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/pidgin/
Before venturing forth to this cafe I had to do a bit of digging online and I was pleasantly surprised. I think WA cafe has one of the best looking websites that I have seen in recent memory. The photographer in me admires their shots of their food and the foodie in me drools silently. So I ju… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/wa-cafe/
To paraphrase something I have often heard, I dream of ramen. In short, I am a little obsessed by noodles. Just noodles, you say? Why, what’s so special about noodles? Aside from the ramen craze sweeping the English capital at the moment, I think it is a reversion back to basics. Ramen… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/kanada-ya/
This is a long overdue review of Kiku (菊), what I think is one of the best Japanese restaurants in London for a reasonable price. Sure, there may be better out there but they’re either insanely hard to book, expensive or both. I think I probably have to go out on a limb here. Kiku is tra… See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/kiku/
One of the new hip restaurants opening in London in the last couple of weeks. Run by the same cook who was at the helm of the highly rated Manor and Diary. Having been to neither of these restaurants, our hopes were built upon crowd expectations and we had high hopes of finding our own nirvana … See the full post on my new site here http://www.quieteating.com/paradise-garage/
With a new year, time to try something I had been hearing about for a long time. No, it’s not what you are thinking. It’s a new restaurant! Koffman’s, a […]
So on one of the coldest days of the year so far, we decided to go to a prosperous restaurant to warm our tummies and wallets. As you may know, […]
I honestly always wondered what was up with the word honesty. People would often preface their sentences to me with “to be honest”. I always did wonder if that meant that they had been lying to me all the time before. Although it maybe is better than that other… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/po-cha/
fiddling the sound while a young apprentice looked on steeling the nerves while the husband and apprentice tinkered lights, camera and action the food spread healthy dinner less healthy dinner an… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/grace-third-birthday/
How many words can you think of that are pseudonyms to merely not bad? Above average? Better than mediocre? A bit more than acceptable? A step above middling?
So this is how I found myself with the envious task for a serious lover of food. Having to pick a… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/plum-valley/
I seem to be on a bit of a roll at the moment. After dipping my toe into the hipster food scene, I seem to have taken an unintentional headlong plunge into the pool. That’s the danger of not looking where you are going. I think that many Londoners could learn from my… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/duck-and-rice/
Life by contrast is a wonderful thing.
If we didn’t have things to compare things to, life would instead resolve into an unending joyless, dreary, mundane trudge. Or so that is what I tell myself every time I have a bad meal. It just serves to add to the spice of life…. See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/sushi-tetsu/
It appears that Haggerston is on its way up. With the artfully distressed looking buildings, to the hipster coffee places offering much, presenting rather less.
Observe the path from the tube station to the location. Iron gantries rising on the right. Worn brick walls… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/berber-q/
The crowd Coming to stare at flowers More flowers Quaint shops Artwork Refreshments Flowering cacti Hip coffee to fuel the journey Colourful pots to show off your spoils While… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/columbia-road-flower-market/
St Anton market Octopus on bread Oysters Ham croquettes Ibercio ham shavings on bread Potato bravas Green peppers Excellent pastries. They taste as good as they look White chocolate… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/madrid/
There seems to be a multitude of options if you have a hankering for a burger in London. There is Honest Burger, Bleecker Burger, Patty & Bun, Burger & Lobster, Five Guys and of course McDonalds. Sorry, I meant Shake Shack. As with this generation of YOLO (you only live… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/hache/
The clean eating revolution. Something I have learned to dread, as it engulfs the world around me. Green is good. Oils are bad. Flowery is great. Dull is worse. Artistic is excellent. Common is sub par. Some might say that this is a case of form… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/frenchie/
I had heard so many times places described with many slang phases. It’s da bomb, dat hits the spot and my personal favourite, its the bee’s knees. I always did wonder, did bees really have knees? Have you ever held one down to check? I would think not so… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/bleecker-burger/
To use an oft repeated phrase, words can do many things. When used to describe objects with particularly flowery and flattering language, it can make them seem better than they actually are. In the alternative, disparaging and somewhat delinquent phrases can make things sound… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/cay-tre/
There are those that seek out greatness. Yet others have greatness thrust upon them. Then there are those that try to find it but can’t seem to really get there.
With that statement aside, I must confess that I was in a particularly fine mood this sunny day. The birds were… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/darjeeling-express/
Tabun. I wonder if the owners know what tabun means in Japanese. It means maybe. So maybe kitchen, an interesting choice to name your eatery. I guess it makes it easy for waiters to respond to questions about food.
Customer: How is your kofta? Is it the talk… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/tabun-kitchen/
Dim sum is something that is particularly dear to me. I hesitate to use the word literally here, as it is so often overused but I cannot think of a more suitable word to use in this instance. It is something which is close to my heart, which is an almost literal translation from Chinese,… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/pearl-liang/