Wednesday, 31 December 2014

New Year's Eve Around the World

If you like to travel then chances are you've probably spent a few New Year's Eves under foreign skies. I know I have.

In 2001 I spent it on Times Square where after hours and hours of braving the extreme cold, we finally got to see that infamous ball drop at midnight. The atmosphere was great and there was lots of entertainment throughout the night, but one New Year's Eve in numbing temperatures is enough.

Photo by Anthony Quintano under Create Common Licence

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Maltese Food at Parparellu


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Maltese food at Parparellu. It's a tiny coffee shop/lunch place on the Fulham Palace Road in Hammersmith that's easily missed when walking by. But it shouldn't be.

The decor is nothing to get excited about; it's got tables and chairs and a food counter, but what else do you need? The walls are decorated with posters from the Mediterranean island, making me wonder why in the world I've never actually been.

Maltese Food at Parpadellu

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Citizen M Hotel in Amsterdam


After hearing lots of good things about it, I was dying to stay at one of the Citizen M Hotels that seem to be popping up around the world lately. So last weekend I checked into the Citizen M Hotel in Amsterdam South.

Citizen M Hotel in Amsterdam

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Tunisian Food at La Goulette


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Tunisian food at La Goulette in Kilburn. Now Kilburn isn't exactly one of the most leafy and picturesque areas of London, so stepping into the cool and Mediterranean La Goulette felt a bit like stepping into an oasis.

Tunisian Food at La Goulette

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is filled with quirky hotels, but when I go back home, I prefer to stay at the Lloyd Hotel.

The Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam is housed in a gorgeous building along the IJ-quay which was built in the early 1900s by the Royal dutch Lloyd shipping company. It was intended as a hotel for Eastern European immigrants, stopping over on their way to South America. In 1935 the Lloyd company went bankrupt after which it was turned into a house of detention. Before Lloyd Hotel opened its doors in 2004, the former cells were used as artists' studios.

Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Socrates Sculpture Park Astoria, NY


Socrates Sculpture Park Astoria, NY

As a New Yorker living in Astoria I never bothered to check out the Socrates Sculpture Park. So all the more reason to go and have a look as a tourist.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Egyptian Food at Koshari Street


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I headed to Koshari Street for Egyptian food.

Egyptian Food at Koshari Street

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Afternoon Tea at Lancaster Hotel

Two weeks ago 30 odd London bloggers came together again for what's quickly becoming a tradition; The London Bloggers Afternoon Tea. For the second time it was hosted by Chef Ben Purton who's moved on from cooking up tasty dishes at the Royal Horsguards Hotel and now works at the Lancaster London Hotel. And boy, does he know how to treat lady bloggers (and 1 gentleman) as he had rolled out the red carpet. Literally.

Afternoon Tea at Lancaster Hotel

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A Floating Book Shop in London


Not unlike Amsterdam's canals, London's waterways and rivers are filled with barges, among other things. There is one barge in particular that I thought was worth a visit; the floating book shop in London or Word on the Water as it's officially called.

A Floating Book Shop in London

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Israeli Food at Restaurant 1701


Israeli Food at Restaurant 1701

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I was looking for Israeli food and ended up at Restaurant 1701. Okay technically it's Jewish food and not so much Israeli, but I figured for this blog this place would be awesome as it is located on the premises of a synagogue. And Restaurant 1701 is featured in the Michelin Guide, which made it the poshest restaurant I ate at for these blog series.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck


Sinterklaas in Rhinebeck

Everyone in Holland knows that after having left presents in every Dutch child's shoe on the 5th of December, Saint Nicolas quietly returns home to Spain. However, not many Dutch people know that he does this by making a little U-turn to Rhinebeck in New York. Having grown up with this utterly Dutch tradition, I thought that was something I needed to check out.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Review of The Jane Hotel NYC


I'm in NYC and staying at The Jane Hotel in The West Village. Nothing to write a blog post about, you might think, if it wasn't for the fact that I stayed at the same hotel about 20 years ago.

Review of The Jane Hotel NYC

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Syrian Food at Abu Zaad


I'm attempting to eat around the world without leaving London and this week I had Syrian food at Abu Zaad on Edgeware Road. So far it's been a bit of challenge to see whether a restaurant really serves authentic ethnic dishes, but for this post I was lucky to have the proper Syrian experience as I brought my friend and his Syrian girlfriend.

Even though the waiter was trying to get us to order the standard Middle Eastern fare like houmous and vine leaves, we went for the real Syrian stuff.  We started off with a mixture of hot and cold appetisers. We had a plate of grilled halloumi cheese slices, which I love for its salty flavour and squeakiness as you chew on it.

Syrian Food at Abu Zaad