I love sushi, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and not get sick of it (I think). It's also my go-to hangover food, which a lot of people find odd, but the freshness of the fish, the stodgy rice and the salty soy sauce offer the perfect combination for recovering from having one too many. I also love Leeds and everything it has to offer, but recently the sushi game in this wonderful city is starting to lack. Here's why:
Let's pick up where we left off in part 1 of my Hong Kong itinerary, where I spoke about my first three days exploring Stanley, Central, the Zoological Gardens, Victoria Peak, Lantau, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and the night markets.
Hi! I’m Ellen, also known as Nell. I’m a Leeds based blogger writing about the things I love most in life: travelling, eating, and general adventures.
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If you've read my recent post Hong Kong: A Foodie's Dream, you'll know that this was a spontaneous trip planned on a night out. Hong Kong had never been on my bucket list and, as a result, I had no idea what to expect. If you're planning a trip to Hong Kong and, like I did, have no idea how to best use your time there, please do read on and pick and choose bits to create your own adventure!
My annual leave is usually spent on adventures abroad, but sometimes it's important to take time off work just to relax! I've spent the last couple of days doing exactly that with two of my best friends. So, how do three girls who haven't seen each other in a while and just want to have a good old natter spend 36 hours in the wonderful city of Leeds? Here's what we got up to, feel free to steal ideas for the next time you're at a loose end!
In Leeds we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. Whatever you fancy and whatever your budget, the issue is never finding a suitable place to dine but rather deciding where to go. To help with matters, I've come up with a list of my favourite Leeds restaurants. If you're visiting for the weekend or you're hungry and can't decide where to eat, read on!
Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj) is situated in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and it has everything you would want from a European city break. I visited in September and weather was gorgeous for the 5 days (a sunny mid twenties) I was there, so this trip consisted of wandering around in the sunshine and drinking plenty of cold wine on sunny cobbled streets. If you're visiting Cluj or looking for inspiration for your next city break, read on for my must-do guide!
All I knew about wrestling was that it's choreographed (which I thought meant fake) and that men wearing lycra had to throw each other around a ring and pin their opponent to the floor for 3 seconds to win. It turns out there's so much more to it, and actually it's a really fun night out that I would highly recommend! Here's my beginners guide to Underground Pro Wrestling for those who want an unusual night out in Leeds and want to know what to expect.
I'm not going to claim to be an expert on what to eat and where to eat it in Hong Kong, as I only spent 6 days there which is nowhere near long enough to try even a small fraction of the amazing cuisine. What I can tell you is my food highlights, which will hopefully serve as inspiration if you're thinking of visiting this incredible fusion of East and West.
A couple of weeks ago my parents visited me in Leeds for the weekend. This usually consists of lots of eating and drinking, but also a day out exploring Yorkshire. After thinking long and hard about where to take them, I eventually suggested getting the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway steam train from Keighley to Haworth. We would wander cobbled streets, visit the Brontë museum and enjoy the Yorkshire countryside.
Each year my dad and I make time for a hiking holiday together. This is our daddy-daughter time, and as I'm in Leeds and he's in Buckinghamshire it serves as a much needed catch up. This year we spent a week in the Alps, walking from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. If you're thinking about visiting Switzerland for an outdoor adventure, please read on!
This year I've decided that I LOVE Eastern Europe. My previous experience of city adventures had been Barcelona, Paris, Rome & Dublin, all of which I adored. Then in January I celebrated my birthday in Budapest and got my first taste of Goulash and great value travel. Since then I've discovered the charm of Gdansk, Krakow and Cluj Napoca which have all been rich in culture, history, beauty and (most importantly!) fun.