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.
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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, […]
When I was a kid, I quickly learnt that storming off in a tantrum rarely seemed to help me. Screaming, shouting and trying to embarrass the parents would get me precisely nowhere. In fact, it would be counterproductive as I would then be subject to punishment of the psychological… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/Fkekwl
It is a relief when things are what they say they are on the tin.
Especially in this day and age when hyperbole and senseless superficiality seem to rule. The more words that you needlessly tack onto what you want to sell, the more value they seem to accrue. Everything has to be… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/UtPenx
Once there was a dream. And the dream was kind of weird.
Although dreams often seem to be nonsensical, this particular endeavour seemed to be rather extreme. It was about how objects on the opposite stratum of the spectrum mix. History is littered by others that have… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/gh4BN5
Sometimes I feel an urge to do something. To clarify this is (usually) not to do something destructive, like the time in my youth when I jumped all over my sand castle which I had spent hours painstakingly building. If it was time to leave, I would have the joy of demolition. … See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/zM0WUj
Coffee holds a large degree of fascination for me. Mainly because it seems almost holy to others (not me). I wondered at length why it is intrinsically needed for some to live a normal life. It is not even that they need it to give them an extra kick when they are tired, to… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/bSJsOK
Intimidation by size can apply to many things in life. Whether it was that rather menacing looking white van that fought you for that last car park spot or the apparent Goliath standing implacably on the tube. Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be such explicit bullying as… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/vevO9N
I was warned that lunch with a 2 year old can be an enlightening experience. They do not make for the most engaging of dining companions. She was much more interested in licking her pencils, throwing them on the floor and then trying to see how much of her head she could fit into the… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/Qd3EAr
This is more of a serious coffee shop. The detective within me deduced this from the horde of coffee paraphernalia adorning the walls. Prufrock also offers barista training in their basement. I ended up here through my in depth search of coffee in the capital (i.e. a cursory… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/2fplJ2
I felt that with the unfortunate demise of Barrafina, tapas in London was not just going down the toilet but instead mutating into something worse. Something not without taste but rather, too much of it. I had been wowed by tapas while in wet but warm Madrid late last year and… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/oqgz9y
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I used to think there was rice and then there was rice. It was either edible or burnt. Growing up in the Southern hemisphere, it was a necessary staple to any home cooked meal. There wasn’t really that much to say about it and it seemed rather boring and necessary. … See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/GlJoj6
The good thing about being young is that things are only just starting. There is so much more to come.
When I first started cooking, in desperate need of nourishment (I was a smaller man then), I was a rather ineffectual cook. Luckily, my new British roommate was in possession of a… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/fDAmp1
Space is at a premium in this cosy little cafe. The word cosy always makes me laugh somewhat. As you could otherwise call it cramped, squashed or mole-like. Yet, cosy is a much more palatable word conveying warmth and happiness. Although, in this case, I think cosy… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/kaVspS
Whenever I hear the word orange, I cannot but think of the last particularly stand out memory connection. It involved somewhat over zealous application of rub on sun tan. So much so, that said user looked like they would glow in the dark. I thought that was not a particularly… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/7N252F
I have much to be thankful for during this visit. As although it was an exciting event, for once, such excitement did not concern me. As you may have summarised by reading my blog, much glee is to be had by one particular person who helps me run this blog as food misfortune seems to… See the full post on my main site here https://is.gd/4fPHdV