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, […]
I admit that I haven’t tried Bone Daddies. Slightly hypocritical for a professed ramen addict such as myself. So when a new branch opened up in Victoria, it seemed to be begging me to rectify this issue.
I have always found visiting a new restaurant to be an… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/bone-daddies/
It is amazing how small things can make a world of difference. It could have been the single number you were off from the winning lottery ticket or perhaps (as is more common for me) being the lucky recipient of that slightly diseased piece of meat. Thankfully, on the way to the… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/marksman/
One thing that often piques me is how people like to critique me on things that they would not do themselves. This applies to many things in life but for me personally, it tends to congregate among my food critic activities.
I know it is of course slightly unfair to judge a… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/the-gentlemen-baristas/
There is so much praise or abuse which can be had from a name. On occasion, when I am at a lost for where to start a post, it provides a good springboard to enter the melee. Some places make it easier than other though. Such as “Big Easy”. It is supposed to… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/big-easy/
One of the dilemmas that often faces me in my high paced and stressful job (that’s my amateur food blogging in case you were wondering ) is how to score a restaurant. It has led to many heated and impassioned debates with friends and acquaintances. Even though I delight in… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/clipstone/
There is often conflict in my head when I hear about new places to eat. The first thought that flits through my mind is one of unbridled excitement. A new place to try! How exciting! It then progresses to conflict, the battle to keep trim and thin, balanced against my… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/indian-accent/
The mind is a fascinating thing. It can convince ourselves that the bad is good, the good is bad and make a mockery of the middle. It can also confabulate tastes, seemingly tasting things which aren’t there or ignoring the obvious. Sometimes a bit of experimentation of… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/honey-and-spice/
Fermentation is a beautiful process. It brings us many culinary delights from wine, pickles and of course that ambrosia, cheese. I should have known that my own addiction to cheese was not purely brought on by free will. It seemed a bit too attractive for that. Instead, I… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/androuet/
Sometimes it seems that the further you go up North, less is more.
Well, at least that’s the way that furniture seems to go. Nordic furniture seems to have acquired the characteristics of clean lines, minimalist motifs as opposed to its more Southern counterparts with more chunky,… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/scandi-kitchen/
In a change from my usual weekend plans, I had been booked for some bouldering later in the afternoon. I was not familiar with that particular pasttime but was to soon find out that it involves people climbing, without ropes, on a variety of man made climbing walls. For safety, the… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/jamavar/
It always seemed to me to be a bit weird how much love there was for royalty. Where I originally come from, the last emperor was some time ago and imperial majesty is not much in vogue. In contrast, in the UK, everyone seemingly wants a piece of the crown and it is big business to be… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/galley-fortnum-masons/
Expletives are a fascinating component of the English language. These tend to usually be associated with body parts, derogatory slang referring to objects or religious references. They can be used to emphasise how bad things are. In the alternative, they can convey the… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/mother/
Being back in Chinatown always brings up memories of my arrival in London. As an impoverished and rather clueless student in my first extended time away from home, Chinatown seemed to beckon as a beacon of hope and familiarity in this alien city of London. It had all the comforts of… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/cr/
When I was out and about on an evening night and in the city needing a bite to eat, at first I thought there would be a multitude of sins; sorry, foods, to enjoy. Unfortunately, it seemed like many places were choc a block full or otherwise beyond budgetary constraints. Slopping with… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/kurumaya/
We had previously been invited to try Tabun Kitchen before. It would be nice to see how they had developed. The event on offer was a press dinner for the release of their Christmas menu (available to view here). As the office seems to slowly be bringing in such a Christmas… See the full post on my main site here https://www.quieteating.com/tabun-kitchen-2/