Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Ethiopian Food at Addis

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I tried Ethiopian food at Addis. Now if you were to ask me what has been my favourite food in these blog series, then the food at Addis is the winner. Hands down. Well, hands up actually, as Ethiopian food is eaten with your hands. No utensils required.

Ethiopian Food at Addis

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sustainable Food at T.E.D

T.E.D. which stands for Think Eat Drink prides itself in serving food that has been sustainably sourced and prepared.  Not that you’d notice this if you were a walk-in guest, as they don’t flaunt this little piece of information anywhere in their restaurant. According to their website, they also salvaged a lot of used material in order to furnish the place. Successfully, I might add as it looks very cheerful and makes for a delightful place to spend a Saturday night with friends.

Sustainable Food at T.E.D

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Somalian Food at The Village

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I tried Somalian Food at The Village in Hammersmith. Having covered quite a bit of African cuisines for this blog series, I wasn't sure what to expect when I stepped inside this basement eatery.

There was no one at the till which was located at ground level as you come in, but I heard the sound of cheery voices and laughter coming from downstairs. I ventured down the stairs, where I was welcomed by a friendly woman. Ignoring the stares from the other punters, I picked a table. I felt I stood out a little bit as it was clearly a place where Somalian Londoners get together on a Friday Night. Not that it looked all that cosy and inviting, to me.

When my friend arrived we studied the menu and decided to order a portion of sambuus to still our initial hunger pangs. They were Somali style veggie samosas which were a little bit spicy and came with what looked like a Thai chili sauce.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Porridge Cafe in London

Yesterday I went to the Porridge Cafe in London, one of the latest pop-ups that seem to be springing up in the capital these days. I do like a warm bowl of porridge. No, actually, that's a lie. I love porridge. I have it everyday, even in the height of summer I still start my day with a bowl of Quaker oats. So when I saw tweets about the Porridge Cafe popping up in my Twitter stream, I was like: Hell yeah.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Climbing Dunn's Falls

One of the top things to do in Ocho Rios is climbing the Dunn's Falls. So when my Carnival cruise made a stop in Jamaica last month, my friends and I decided to give that a whirl. I've seen quite a few waterfalls in my life time, but I'd never actually climbed one.

We decided not to book one of the exorbitantly priced excursions that Carnival offered, and to just wing it. We disembarked and made our way to the taxi rank at the dock where after a little bit of haggling, we were swiftly driven to the falls.

Climbing Dunns Falls

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Kenyan Food at Poussin Plaice

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Kenyan food at Poussin Plaice. For this one I dragged two of my work mates all the way to the end of the Jubilee Line. It wasn't easy to find a restaurant representing the Kenyan cuisine in London and even this one had a very strong Indian slant.

Poussin Plaice doesn't serve alcohol so once we got out of the tube, we hit the offy and bought ourselves a few bottles of beer that happened to hail from Kenya. (Please not that I had asked the owner if it was okay to bring our own as this is not the norm at Poussin Plaice.)

Poussin Plaice doesn't score any points in terms of decor as it looks just like any old chippie. The only hints of it being Kenyan are the wooden Masai Warrior poised to attack on the counter and the Kenyan paintings hanging on the wall. However it makes up for that in terms of incredibly friendly service. And of course the food.

Kenyan Food at Poussin Plaice

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Chicken Dinner at Clockjack Oven

Back in January I and a bunch of other food bloggers were invited by Zomato for a chicken dinner at Clockjack Oven, a rotisserie in the Westend. 

'What? Another chicken restaurant? ' I hear you think. But before you dismiss this one as another pimped-up Nando's, just have a wee read of what's on the menu at Clockjack Oven and you'll see that this place is certainly something to crow about.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Petting Stingrays in the Caymans

Stingrays are probably not an animal that one would generally stand in line for to have a little cuddle with, but when I heard that cuddling stingrays was offered as an excursion I really wanted to go.

Petting Stingrays in the Caymans

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Eating Latvian Food in London

By now you'll know that I am eating around the world without leaving London. When I came up with the idea I thought I was incredibly creative and smart for coming up with the idea. Little did I know that there are others out there who are doing the same.

Last week Charlie Del Monte who blogs on Kitchens of the World Unite suggested that he, Sean from Around the World in 196 Tables and myself meet up for Latvian food.

Now I'd long done and dusted the European kitchens, but missed out on Latvian food when I was working my way around the Baltic States. And I thought it would be a nice occasion to meet some fellow RTW eaters in London.

So off to 72QT we went.

Now this restaurant is housed in the basement of a guesthouse and is not always open apparently tot non-guests. But Charlie had called ahead and we were able to reserve a table.

After our initial introductions and the getting-to-know-you chatter we realised that no one had actually come to take our order for about an hour or so. There was only one very stressed out looking waitress running around with plates for a large table. She was very apologetic when I went up to the bar and she took our order. Not a good start.

But once we were down on the list of diners, the food starting coming our way.

We started off with a clear fish soup which consisted of a medley of salmon, veggies and a dollop of cream floating in the middle.

Eating Latvian Food in London

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Every Hotel in Piccadilly

Last week saw the opening of the very first Every Hotel in Piccadilly, London. and with three more set to open in Central London this year, one might think; Do we really need another chain of hotels? The answer is; Yes, we do. If they are Every Hotels.

Every Hotel Piccadilly

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Turtle Farm on the Cayman Islands

When on my cruise last week, Carnival Cruise Line offered an excursion to a turtle farm on the Cayman Islands. I always love some animal interaction, so I joined the trip with two of my friends.

Besides being one of the most popular tourist attractions on Grand Cayman, the farm also breeds turtles for research purposes. And, according to some, for people to eat. 

Anyways, we were there to just look at them. 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Zambian Food at Fredor

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Zambian food at Fredor, a restaurant in Forest Gate. Not the most convenient of places to get to on this foodie odyssey. It's pretty much at the end of the District Line in an area that felt very much like somewhere in the Middle East. No familiar high street shop fronts here, but lots of halal restaurants and shops selling beautifully coloured saris.

Zambian Food at Fredor

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

Last weekend on my way back from Florida to London, I found myself looking for coffee spots in Philadelphia. I had missed my connection and got stuck there for 24 hours. (Boohoo USAirways!) However, I made good use of my unexpected layover and went for a wander around town.

Having been to the City of Brotherly Love many times, I never really took a fancy to it. I always found it to be one of those American cities with a soulless centre. Except for the historic part of course. But this time one thought kept running through my mind: When did Philadelphia become cool? I found lots of trendy brunch places, cool coffee spots, indy shops and stylish eateries. 

Since brunch and coffee were the only meals I consumed that day, here's my little roundup of where I went.

Coffee Spots in Philadelphia