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, […]
It seems that in these exciting times, we are more and more gripped by political spectacle. Although in some cases the worries seemed wholly justified. Just look at Brexit and the recent White House elections for a start. Those did not go the way that people thought…. See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/launceston-place/
Laughing slash sad. Joy slash unhappy. Hungry slash anger.
Apparently I am a bit behind the game as in trendy Shoreditch (well at least too trendy for me) you can be happy slash sad slash angry all at the same time. Well, at least the people around here talk like this. Reminds me of… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/rosas/
Aster. Is that a viking? Sorry, I think my mind is being polluted by the recent computer attacks. My brain seems to drift as I seem to be thinking of pirates. Maybe because it seems that everyone is being held up by ransomware nowadays.
Bread. So when my friend… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/aster/
Coffee, a nicety to have for some (like me), the nectar of life for others.
I am lucky (or not) in that coffee doesn’t really seem to affect me. That is until I reach maybe 4 or 5 shots. Then weird things start to happen. Seemingly innocuous situations mutate into… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/caffe-napoli/
Value for money. An often touted phrase. It has almost become a pseudonym for cheap and cheerful. Not that I’m saying that cheap and cheerful is bad by any means. I know many, many restaurants which are worth more than you pay for them. If only more of my life could… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/franco-manca/
I always did find myself regarding with particular suspicion objects that described themselves as gold, platinum or the latest marketing gimmick, diamond quality. In the race to reach for ever more precious metals, I do wonder what they will go for next. Maybe it will be rhodium…. See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/quality-chop-house/
Sometimes it’s hard to think of witty words to say. On occasion, I do wonder if people would notice my use of literary devices in my writing. Sometimes when my mind mightily wanders, I do spend a few moments thinking about who the people reading this blog are. Yet, after… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/luca/
Just when I thought that my life couldn’t get anymore thrilling, I was continuously proven wrong. Today I was subject to vengeful action of the avian kind.
I got pooed on.
I know that some people may think that there might be a reason for such action. I guess in all… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/lotus/
St John is known for starting the nose to tail eating revolution in the UK. People over here somehow seem to think it is a revolutionary new way to eat. Yet, I’m sure the peasants in the fields in Middle England could have told the modern urban diner something about eating off… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/st-johns-2/
Yosma. Sounds like a type of vulgarity. You Yosma. How could you be so Yosma.
Actually, it seems that the real meaning is far more mundane. It’s a Turkish name. So anyhow, with such angst unloaded, it was time to try the food. In rather hip and trendy Baker Street,… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/yosma/
Selective memory is a great thing. On occasion, all I can remember are past glories, triumphs and inexplicably stratospheric heights of the food I consumed. At other times, when a more maudlin mood is upon me, all I can see and smell is the garbage around me. There isn’t… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/black-and-blue/
Purity is an interesting concept in food. Some people believe that one should not deviate from tradition as the best dishes are those perfected over hundreds of years. Then, there are that believe that tradition are just a starting point for inspiration. This debate can often be quite heated,… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/pure-indian-cooking/
Him. Her. Indeterminate person.
Usually used with particular vitriol, this pronoun can be used with venom to display dislikes. I can’t believe what HE did. Why did HE think parking the car on top of a fire hydrant was a good idea. SHE did the… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/her-haggerston-espresso-room/
Folly’s Foley. At least that is what I couldn’t help but think of every time I heard the word “Foley”. I know that it is a rarely used word and most people would rather use its more commonplace synonym but I love words too much. When my friends complain… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/foleys-review/
This restaurant seems to court news almost as well as some politicians. In these turbulent times, with surprises at every corner and seemingly impossible situations coming to pass, I thought that I might as well live a little. While the iron is hot, or perhaps before inflation takes… See the full post on my main site here http://www.quieteating.com/le-gavroche/