Saturday, 28 November 2015

Casa Gardenia Hotel in Quito

I usually take a lot of time researching hotels when I go on holidays, but it can still be hit or miss. But the Casa Gardenia Hotel in Quito really deserves a blog post.

Casa Gardenia is located in the historic heart of Quito and housed in a renovated colonial building itself. The streets it's on, is a bit steep, so you might feel a tad bit out of breath, especially since Quito is located at 2,780M above sea level.

There are only seven rooms surrounding one of those typical Andalusian patios, the Spanish imported when they colonised South America. The decor is quit modern with earthy tones, giving guests that home away from home feeling.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Chilean Food at ONA Supper Club

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this post is all about the delicious Chilean food at ONA supper club I had last week. Of all the ethnic food here in London, I didn't manage to find a restaurant offering Chilean food, so a supper club it was.

ONA, which refers to an indigenous people in Chile, is a pop-up restaurant run by chef Marcelo Henriquez. I went to one of his supper clubs that was held in The Butcher's Shop in Camden, which might sound like a strange venue, but it was actually quite homey.

They had set two large tables for their guests and with lots of mood lighting and candles, it didn't feel like a cold butcher's at all.

Chilean Food at ONA Supper Club

Monday, 23 November 2015

Galapagos on a Budget Part II

As I mentioned in my previous post, Galapagos is very doable if you don't have the $$$ for a luxurious cruise. You can easily visit the islands by doing it on your own. I made Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz my base and visited two other islands on day trips. I will tell you what I did on Isla Isabela and Isla San Cristobal in a separate post. In this post I will show you what I got up to on Isla Santa Cruz.

Galapagos on a Budget Part II

Thursday, 19 November 2015

How to do Galapagos on Your Own

I always thought that travelling to the Galapagos Islands would be something I´d never ever do. Yet, I'm writing this blog post from an internet cafe in Puerto Ayora, the main town on Isla Santa Cruz. Lots of travel companies will have you believe that the only way to see these incredible islands by booking a cruise for extortionate prices. Nothing is less true. You don't have to be a millionaire or take out a loan to come here.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Peruvian Food at Ceviche

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this time I had Peruvian food at Ceviche. One can't help but notice that Peruvian food is really hot right now, so me having it was long overdue.

Ceviche Soho and Ceviche Old Street are the two little sisters of Martin Morales' restaurant Andina, serving great food and drinks from the Peruvian Andes.Ceviche Soho was booked full on the night I wanted to go, so we opted for the one in Old Street, which had plenty of tables available.

Besides exotic Peruvian dishes, Ceviche also serves delicious pisco based cocktails, which we were very willing to give a try. Pisco is a very potent spirit made by distilling grapes, a method that was brought over to Peru and Chile by the Spanish. I went for a redbush and ginger cocktail and my friend had the standard pisco sour. which is mixed with egg whites and lime juice.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Newcastle Christmas Shopping Getaway

Are you starting to get that festive feeling already? Or are you starting to feel the pressure to get your shopping done? Newcastle has got a bit of a reputation for being amazing to shop at, and even more so during the run-up to the festive season. If you're planning a Newcastle Christmas shopping Getaway, here are a few things not to miss.

Newcastle Christmas Shopping Getaway

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Tried and Tested: Lowe Alpine At Lightflite Carry On

I travel light and only bring hand baggage. This probably makes me a bit different from the average woman traveller as I only bring 1 pair of shoes! The reason for this is that I don’t like to wait for my bag to arrive last on the baggage carousel after a long-haul flight or worse waiting for it for a week because the airline has lost it. So when I was asked to review the Lowe Alpine At Lightflite Carry On bag, I was intrigued.

Tried and Tested: The Lowe Alping Cabin Light Bag

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Venezuelan Food at Arepa and Co

I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I'm blogging about Venezuelan food at Arepa and Co.
This colourful and cosy Latin-American eatery is located on the banks of the Regent's Canal, just off  the Kingsland Avenue in hip Haggerston. I'd passed by the place a couple of times on weekend walks, and most of the time it was heaving. So for my Wednesday visit, Id made a reservation, but that was not really necessary. There were a few other people, but nothing like those weekend crowds.

Venezuelan Food at Arepa and Co

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Things to See in Gouda

The first thing you probably think of when I say Gouda, is cheese. And that this town produces a high amount of it is something you'll be constantly reminded of when you're visiting. However, there are other things to see in Gouda as well.

Things to see in gouda

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Argentinean Food at Constancia

There are so many ethnic food places here, so I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Argentinean food at Constancia. It's located in Bermondsey which is rapidly growing into London's go-to place for foodies.

When I walked into the cosy restaurant, I was quickly shown to my table by a lovely Argentinean lady who took care of us for the rest of the evening. In my book, when the staff is from the same country as the food, then you will most likely get the real thing.

Argentinean Food at Constancia