Tuesday

London Eats World: Hungary

In my London Eats World series, I'm trying to eat around the world without leaving London. This week I ended up at the Gay Hussar in Soho.

When I worked in Soho, I'd never noticed this little unnoticeable place on Greek Street as it sort of blends in with all the other eateries and bars here. It's not so subdued inside. The walls are covered back to front with caricatures of people whom I didn't recognise. There were lots of books on shelves against the back wall which always gives places a homey feel.

London Eats World: Hungary

The tables were decked out with kitchy plates and salt and pepper shakers and for reasons unknown to me, hot chili peppers on a saucer.

London Eats World: Hungary

I booked an offer through TopTable so we had a menu that differed from the A la carte menu, but for £15 for two courses, why would you complain?

While I glanced over the exotic sounding dishes, I sipped on a glass of special Hungarian sparkling chardonnay. I'm no wine expert by any account, but that went down rather well.

I opted to start with a fresh asparagus salad sprinkled with bacon lardons and for the main I went with Medallions of Pork Fillet with Bacon, Onions & Paprika.  My friend had a herring salad as a started and opted for the same main.

London Eats World: Hungary

My asparagus and bacon salad was nice, but I love bacon, so anything with bacon will earn my praise. The main was slightly disappointing as it reminded me of my student days when leftovers ended up as a mash-up in one pot. The dishes on our neighbors' plates looked a lot more appealing, but they came from the a la carte menu.

London Eats World: Hungary

The herring salad was very easy on the eye and according to my friend, easy on the palate as well.

London Eats World: Hungary


I finished our meal with another one of those sparkly chardonnays.

Sunday

My Personal Fan Girl in Cambodia

When I heard that the theme for this month's travel blog link up with Adventures of a London Kiwi, Runaway Kiwi and Around the World in 80 Pairs of Shoes, was 'most interesting character', two people sprang to mind: Two little 4 year old Cambodian girls in Battambang.


My friend and I were staying in Battambang and wanted to see some of the sights in the surrounding area. We'd hired a tuk-tuk for the day and the driver took us around. After riding the infamous bamboo train we headed to the Banan temple which could only be reached by climbing some gruesomely steep 100 steps. Not something I was looking forward to in the 100 degrees heat and 1000% humidity.


As we were just about to start our ascent, we were greeted by two of the cutest girls holding bamboo fans. We couldn't quite figure out what they were trying to say to us, but as we started climbing the steps, they followed us up. For the entire length of the stairs, the both of them stayed alongside of us wafting air toward us with their little fans.


Allthough my personal fan girl was hitting me in the legs rather than creating a cooling breeze, she really worked hard. So hard she had to stop a few times as the poor thing was so out of breath I thought I was going to have to carry her back down. But after another couple of stops including one where she pulled her trousers down and weed right there on the steps, we made it to the top.


After my friend and I were treated to a mini spa session that included hair braiding with flowers and a leg and foot massage, the budding business women were ready to talk money and requested two dollars each. We had to give them a bit more than that, because a VIP treatment like that, needs to be rewarded accordingly.

Thursday

La Fabrique in Brussels

La Fabrique in Brussels

I found La Fabrique in Brussels by chance while wandering aimlessly around the pleasant St Gilles neighborhood. I needed to kill a few hours before the Victor Horta museum opened, so I decided to have an early lunch at this cosy lunch spot.

Tuesday

London Eats World: Croatia

In my attempt to eat around the world without leaving London, I was struggling to find a Croatian restaurant for my next blog post. I ended up at London's food mecca aka Borough Market where I found a stall called Taste Croatia.

London Eats World: Croatia


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