Food - the best recipes and restaurants from around the world
The best recipes and restaurants at the moment from around the world for food lovers and dining out connoisseurs. All diets catered for at some point!
The best recipes and restaurants at the moment from around the world.
One's honeymoon is a crazy excuse to indulge your biggest travel dreams - be they heavily based on ludicrous levels of luxury or an action packed adventure. I've listed 10 destinations that I think tick lots of different boxes for lots of different types of people! Enjoy and salivate in equal measure.
Last weekend, I caught up with two girlfriends I met whilst living in Germany. We had previously settled on having two nights in London, staying in the Notting Hill area. Having researched properties to rent for a couple of nights through AirBnB.com and Homeaway.co.uk, we had found a place that was unintentionally opposite the Blue Door in the film Notting Hill for a very good price. Based on Westbourne Park Road, it was a great location. Not only because it was easy for all of us from our various starting points, but it was literally just off Portobello Road with all its buzz.
This week, I was lucky enough to go to Soho Farmhouse with one of my oldest friends Miss. T. Luckier still, we were blessed with sunny weather and warm temperatures that made this country outpost of the Soho House chain even more idyllic than it already is. Set within rolling hills near Chipping Norton, on the outskirts of the village of Great Tew, Soho Farmhouse is about an hour and a half from London and a completely decadent slice of heaven.
At the weekend, I was lucky enough to visit a friend of mine who is living for a short while in the beautiful foot hills of the Midi Pyrenees near the town of Saint Girons. Having been before, it was the perfect destination for me and my burgeoning bump as the littlest things take all the energy from me at the moment. By visiting somewhere I knew well, and with a short flight, any crazy pregnancy worries were allayed, and I found myself flying from Heathrow to Toulouse on a Friday night.
I have just returned from an idyllic weekend away in Somerset as a treat to my husband and I for Valentine's Day as well as the last opportunity we had to go on a baby moon, or rather a last ditch attempt to remember that we love each other before a, hopefully healthy and happy, baby makes us question our sanity through many a sleepless night for the next 20 years. I had suggested it to the husband, and unlike him who would happily spend a weekend watching rugby on the sofa in our home, he was keen for the idea and suggested going to Somerset to see some friends and also visit the town of Wells so he could visit some of the set of Hot Fuzz. This last bit was completely lost on me but I agreed to it thinking I had one in the back pocket for when I want to visit New York and the sets of Sex and The City.
Brunch is my favourite meal of the week, without question. By its very nature, it means that I have time to relax with little time pressure to be elsewhere as it is an inherently lazy meal given that it is a morning ritual. If it's on a Sunday morning, more is the better as I find that is when my family is at its most chilled. For this week's top 10 on This Is Carrt, I have chosen the recipes I enjoy making and eating most - beware some are healthier than others! But after a Sunday morning run, all can be a guilt free pleasure. Must remember that in future.
Back in the day, the point of a pub was simply to be a destination to have a few drinks and perhaps chew the cud with a friend. These days, pubs' food offering is equally, if not more, of a draw than what ales it has on offer. Whilst, as a food lover, I'm all for this, I do have a number of gripes with the nu wave of gastro pubs that charge through the nose, not because their food is exemplary, but because their walls are the current in vogue colour of grey from Farrow and Ball. Recently, I have visited a number of pubs that have happily not fallen into this category and instead, I have dined out exceedingly well at pubs that are sadly not walking distance from my home. That being said, they were definitely worth the drive.
Whenever I plan a trip, a great deal of my research is based around food: what to eat and where to eat it. In fact, my loved ones would probably argue that whenever I plan my day, a very similar process transpires. But I thought, for this week’s blog post, I would recommend five city breaks and the classic dish to try once there. And, because it’s January and we’re all still waiting for a much longed for pay cheque after Christmas, I have suggested a London restaurant that would be a suitable short term replacement for a weekend away.
2016 was a year of highs and lows for me - all of which taught me something. From the sublime: my outlook and what I wanted from life. To the ridiculous: that I can never really give up carbs and travel wise, what I shall be repeating and what never to mention again. Given that I want this blog to be helpful to other people than just myself, I've written here my tongue in cheek, top tips for travel in 2017 as opposed to listing my new year's resolutions regarding my waistline and other such personal matters.
The English capital is a fantastic city to visit at any time of year, but at Christmas there are even more wonderful things to do in London. I've listed my top tips
Despite coach loads of tourists being dropped off on the hour, every hour, there is simply no denying that Bibury, situated in the Cotswolds, is absolutely beautiful. Everywhere you look is another picture perfect postcard shot waiting to be taken. Plus it is one of those rare English places that actually gets better in the Winter. As the days get shorter, the evenings longer and the outside air gets colder, the want to hibernate inside one of its many cute cottages or typical countryside pubs, becomes more and more legitimate. My husband and I visited last weekend having gatecrashed a romantic weekend away that my brother had planned for his wife.
Last week, I celebrated my birthday and I was spoilt rotten, as usual, by my wonderful husband and family. True to my, and my family's taste, we saw the day in and out through the means of over eating and drinking at fantastic restaurants. It got me to thinking about other restaurants that I have been to in the UK that are great 'treat' restaurants - the ones that you go to for special occasions only. I have listed a handful of my ideas that I strongly recommend you add to your list of places to eat, but I'd love to hear more - just contact me here.
About two years ago now, something happened to the manner in how my husband and I booked holidays. We bought a dog. Any dog owner knows that a dog is not just a dog. He or she is a member of your family and leaving them for extended periods of time beyond four hours can actually be fairly upsetting and stressful. Ideally you would take them with you wherever you go. Whilst my mongrel hasn't, in the main, always stopped me from going further afield (please see my previous two blog posts at least!), if I can come up with a feasible holiday destination that can include the mutt, I will.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted about a long weekend in Verona I had at the beginning of August. Subsequent to that, I jumped in a hire car with my husband and my sister and brother in law to the most ludicrously beautiful town I have ever had the luck to see: Malcesine.
I am super excited to announce that a couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be selected for the Liebster Award, which seeks to honour new bloggers by other bloggers. I had the privilege of being nominated by the lovely Anna from Postcards from the World. To take part in the award, she asked me to answer the below questions, and then go on to ask my own 11 questions to a handful of other bloggers that I would like to nominate myself.
Last week, I left my latest blog at a juncture in a European road trip I was taking with my husband. I had written up to the point where we had discovered Jamon croquettes in the Moorish city of Cordoba at dinner. This week, I will discuss our journey up to the point where we discovered Jamon Croquettes in Girona.
Just over a week ago, the husband and I embarked on a mini adventure to collect a car that he had been left by his late grandfather. My grandfather in law lived in Portugal, near Faro. We live in Paderborn, Germany. Our plan was to fly down on a Friday afternoon, service and sort out any legalities with the car and start driving back on Tuesday morning with overnight stops in Valencia and Lyon.
My latest trip saw me return to an old favourite with a handful of my circle of trust. At the end of April, I flew to Grantley Adams airport to have two idyllic weeks in Barbados. Regular readers of my blog will have seen me mention my love of this beautiful Caribbean island before. This visit did nothing to dispel my affection for the isle's beaches, people or rum.
I have just returned from two idyllic weeks on the beautiful island of Barbados. I am writing up my trip there as you read, but in the interim I thought I would share with you all a recipe for Bajan Fish Cakes. No trip to the island is complete without trying them at least once.
Last weekend, I spent an idyllic couple of days with one of my oldest friends, Miss T, in the German city of Munich.
I have just returned from five idyllic days in the ludicrously pretty Harz Mountains - a region just south of Hanover. It is a shame I haven't visited them sooner.
For a great deal of my 20s, I lived in the area Battersea, London. It is great location – a stone’s throw from the Thames, lots of green spaces in Battersea Park, Clapham Common and Wandsworth Common with more restaurants and bars per person than any other London Borough. It is a suburb that is home to two main London types: yummy mummies and yuppies. They, in the main, live in a happy symbiotic relationship. One species frequents the public areas during the day, the other is much more nocturnal by nature!
Living in Germany affords many excellent opportunities for travel that I had never thought of before moving here. Around the end of November in particular, Germany as a whole really comes into its own as it is flooded with Christmas markets in pretty little villages and towns spread throughout mountainous woods and quaint lakeside towns. A couple of weekends ago, my husband and I set off to near Hameln, or Hamlin as the fairytale calls it, for his birthday. We were not disappointed by Hameln, its market and the stunning hotel we stayed at in the nearby town of Aerzen: Schlosshotel Muenchausen.
Having grown up in London, I have been prone to taking for granted just how fabulous a city it is. Now that I live abroad, I can safely say that this is no longer the case. Whenever I return, I have a spring in my step and find myself feeling very nostalgic for even the most bizarre things - having to elbow your way onto a tube or train, blindly travelling an hour by public transport to see a friend who lives just 8 miles away, getting frustrated with dawdling tourists, paying £8 for a small glass of below average Pinot Grigio. Pret A Mangers on every street.
For a couple of months now, I have been meaning to set myself a challenge of producing quality images, just with my iPhone. For whatever reason, I have been procrastinating in following through with this self imposed task, but this weekend, when I visited the town of Waldeck, Germany without a memory card in my DSLR, I had no other choice but to whip out my phone and use it as best a replacement as possible.
Audrey Hepburn once said that 'Paris is always a good idea', but the more I see of France, the more I am coming to realise that France in its entirety is always a good idea. Case in point, last week, two gorgeous friends of mine decided to make their relationship official in an absolute stunner of a wedding, in a tiny French town of Boudy De Beauregard. Whilst I must congratulate them on becoming Mr and Mrs P, I also have to credit their choice of venue, or venues over the three day affair. They were all incredibly chic with incredible chefs.
Last week, I listed some of my photography and travel inspiration that I find on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter etc. One large group of bloggers that I left out, due to them being an inspiration source in themselves, are food bloggers. My Instagram feed is rife with pictures of my favourite hobby: food. I would eat all the time if I could, and next week I will be dedicating my blog to my own food photography, but I thought this week I should include shout outs to food bloggers that make me want to run to my kitchen and make whatever they have posted that day, or get take away from whatever restaurant they have visited.
Summer is technically, officially over. Sob. Indeed, here in Paderborn, on the 31st August, we enjoyed 32 degree heat and wall to wall sunshine. In stark contrast, on the 1st September, it rained. All day. In buckets. Bearing this in mind, and seeing the majority of children go back to school to start the new Autumn term this week, I got to thinking about what this new season has in store for This Is Carrt, but also made me reminisce on my recent summer holiday to Spain. Due to said holiday, I have not produced any limited edition prints this week, but have included snapshots and images of some of my favourite holiday moments that I captured simply with the aim of recording a wonderful memory.
Ever since I have moved to Germany, I have enjoyed visiting places that I doubt I would have ever been to without living here. (Please see my posts on Heidelberg, The Libori Festival and Paderborn - but also Berlin!) The weekend just gone is a prime example of this. My family decided to debunk to Hamburg for my mother's ?? birthday and have a couple of days dedicated to pickled eel, smoked mackerel but curiously not Hamburgers.