Foodie In Lagos: Seafood Dreaming

Portugal is a seafood lovers dream, not only are the shellfish plentiful but they’re extremely cheap. Portuguese food is often sneered at for its inelegance, and it’s true that it is not presented in a fashionable manner (tiny portions, artisan smears of sauce… Etc). Food is hearty, and served generously, extremely generously in Lagos. This…

Victorian Charm At The Crown, Belfast

Ireland isn’t known for its fancy cuisine, it’s known for comforting, heart warming meals. The Crown “liquor saloon” and dining rooms in Belfast offers a traditional drinking venue and dining rooms, with the most comforting of comfort foods, cottage pie. This Victorian pub was established in 1849 as a gin den, but now caters mostly…

St Patrick’s Day Breakfast

With St Patrick’s day a national holiday in Ireland finding breakfast in the capital was a struggle. We visited Cup Cafe, purely because it was open. Cup had a limited menu but what was available was tasty and the coffee a good kick start for a big day. A good find in central Dublin. http://www.cupcafe.ie

Irish Coffee For St Patrick’s Day

I visited Ireland for St Patrick’s Day last week and indulged in all the comfort food and Whisky the country is known for. Including drinking Irish coffee, both genuinely alcoholic with Whisky or Baileys, or Baileys flavoured like these cute coffees below. These shamrock and harp coffees are from the cafeteria at the famous Trinity…

Berlin: Chocolate Sculptures & Toilet Themed Cocktails

New Year’s Eve 2012 began with a pelting of firecrackers; such is the pastime of revelling Berlin children bound by no man’s rules. Fearing for our facial features (and as concerned as a Australian farmer in a drought about fire safety) we headed out into the wild streets on December 31st heading towards the notorious festivities…

FESKEKÔRKA FISH MARKET HALL, GOTHENBURG

With the so called “ease” of budget travel (Ryanair and Easyjet never once being easy) I took a small weekend trip last November to Gothenburg, Sweden. I had no expectations for the trip, which turned out to be the best attitude as Gothenburg is hardly a tourist destination teeming with activities. What Gothenburg provides is…

IT’S A BIT CHEESY – AMSTERDAM CHEESE TASTING

Amsterdam, it’s known for a few things, many of which are frowned on by it’s neighbors. Cheese is not one of those things.  A cheese tasting class is a lovely escape from the bustle of Amsterdam during the busy Christmas season. We chose the centrally located Reypenaer class, and tried six cheeses, with  red port, red wine…

FISKEBAR, ANTWERP

While in Antwerp last month I visited Fiskebar to sample some of Belgium’s famous seafood. This is a unpretentious fish restaurant which seemed predominantly full of locals. The prices were reasonable and the building split into a restaurant and Osterbar, with the full menu available in both. Belgium’s famous mussels were unavailable that evening, completely…