Dinner at The Hardwick in Abergavenny

mousse, honeycomb and Pembrokeshire sea salt caramel sauce at The Hardwick

The Hardwick in Abergavenny is one of Monmouthshire’s most lauded restaurants. Run by owner and chef Stephen Terry, the gastropub offers modern British dishes (with a Mediterranean influence) using high quality local produce. We visit for a celebratory dinner and are not disappointed. ... Read more »

Our Favourite Traditional Restaurant in Venice

Mixed cold cured meats - Nevodi, a fantastic traditional restaurant in Venice's laidback Castello district.

Although we had several fantastic meals during our week-long visit to Venice, there was one restaurant that we enjoyed so much we booked a return visit for dinner on our last night. In my previous posts, I’ve talked about how to find great food in Venice, shared our favourite places to eat cicchetti, and favourite ... Read more »

Travel Quote Tuesday | Open Your Mind

"If I'm an advocate for anything, it's to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food, it's a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move." ~ Anthony Bourdain

“If I’m an advocate for anything, it’s to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. The extent to which you can walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food, it’s a plus for everybody. Open your mind, get up off the couch, move.” ~ Anthony Bourdain ... Read more »

Recipe: Marmite Chicken (Crispy Chicken, Marmite and Soy Sauce with Sweet Cucumber and Wakame Pickle)

Marmite Chicken Recipe from The Japanese Larder by Luiz Hara | Bringing Japanese Ingredients Into Your Everyday Cooking

This post contains Amazon affiliate links. Recently, I reviewed the The Japanese Larder , the second book by chef, food writer and supperclub host Luiz Hara. Good news: I have permission to share three great recipes from the book with my readers. Here’s the first, for Luiz’ Marmite chicken. Coming soon, Japanese style mabo dofu and Yuzu rhubarb crumble. This is one of ... Read more »

Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour Hotel

Close up of Georgian terrace including Royal Harbour Hotel and The Empire Room restaurant in Ramsgate

Just two hours from London by road, less by train, Ramsgate in Kent is a great choice for a weekend break in the UK. Full of beautiful Georgian and Victorian architecture, with a pretty harbour and compact town centre, Ramsgate will appeal to those who love beautiful coastlines, military and naval history, and browsing in ... Read more »

The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada

Canadian Maple Syrup - The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada

Continuing with our series of suggestions for the best souvenirs to buy around the world, enjoy this selection of treats from Canada. The Best Souvenirs to Buy in Canada First Nations Arrow Head | Hockey Stick | Ice Wine | Indigenous Art | Lumberjack Shirt | Maple Syrup | RCMP Plush Toy | Salmon Jerky First Nations Arrow Head A flint arrowhead, ... Read more »

Xu Taiwanese Tea House and Restaurant

Table setting with bowl, plate, napkin, chopsticks, tea pot and tea cup at Xu London

Xu Taiwanese Tea House and Restaurant, from the team behind Bao, brings to London a traditional tea house and mahjong parlour, plus a classic Taiwanese menu with modern tweaks and twists. Read all about Xu’s signature shou pa chicken and the great value pre-theatre menu. ... Read more »

Best Places to Eat Pizza in Venice

An outdoor table with two pizzas and wine, overlooking the canals and buildings of Venice

Food in Italy is very regional, and the local specialities of Venice don’t include pizza. The good news is that there are now a number of restaurants where you can find fantastic pizza if that’s what you fancy. ... Read more »