If you've read my most recent post, you'll already know that I spent my birthday weekend in Vilnius wandering snowy streets, eating constantly and drinking plenty of mulled wine. Having not done much research about Vilnius, I was surprised by how much there was to see and do, but also by the fantastic food scene. We ate a LOT on this trip, mainly because minus 11 is pretty cold so required plenty of stops to warm up! The below might look like a list of every single place I stopped, but honestly these are just the highlights!
One of my favourite things about this trip was that I didn't do much research, so had no idea what to expect. This meant discovering lots of lovely surprises as we wandered around the snowy streets, and allowed us to experience our own version of Vilnius - although I realise that in a small city you're pretty much guaranteed to do the same things you'd have done if you'd read up on it!
Before I get into this post I have to admit that I don't have many pictures to share. As it was a once in a lifetime kind of meal, I wanted to fully immerse myself in the experience rather than worry about getting the right shot of each of the 14 (yes, 14!!!) courses. Sometimes you have to forget about the gram and enjoy the moment.
This post is about a trip from a while ago, 2 and a half years ago to be specific, but it feels important to include it on my blog because it's quite possibly the best holiday I've ever been on. Incase you haven't heard of the GR20, it's a two week hike along the 'backbone' of Corsica, most commonly walked from north to south. If you're thinking about hiking the GR20, or are considering an active holiday but aren't sure where to go, read on to find out what you can expect!
This weekend Billy and I had a day out to White Scar Cave in Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. As a Christmas present to Billy I created a year of fun, which has consisted of me planning a day out/activity/event etc. to do together once a month for the next year... Well this was January's treat! If you're looking for a day out in Yorkshire and a great place to eat afterwards, read on!
There is one particular activity that Billy and I make sure we never miss out on, and that is what we term the 'tapas trail'. This consists of walking from Billy's parents house in Las Coloradas along the winding sea path to Playa Blanca's Marina Rubicon, and then stopping off at various places in the marina for a plate or two of tapas and, of course, a glass of wine. When it comes to tapas, I am OBSESSED with garlic prawns, so I order these everywhere and use them to judge which restaurants are the best. Here are my favourite spots on the marina tapas trail, to serve as a guide on where to eat if you're ever in Playa Blanca.
Kirkgate Market is hands down the number one reason I love living in Leeds, so it's only fair that my first post of the year is about just that. I'm lucky enough to work only a couple of minutes walk from the market meaning that I can shop there on my lunch breaks, and this has very much influenced the way that I shop and cook: buying little and often and deciding what to have for tea based on what's available on the day. And when I'm not shopping in the market, I'm talking about the market and telling everyone else to shop there.
After spending a few festive days with my family in Buckinghamshire, I took the opportunity to spend the day being a tourist in London on my way back up to Leeds. With so much to see and do in this wonderful (and somewhat overwhelming) city, the hardest part was actually planning the day and, of course, where to have lunch!
Budapest isn't the kind of place that I would have thought to visit for the restaurant scene, and someone had even told me that the food was the least favourite part of their trip when they visited. But every single meal I had during my long weekend in Budapest was excellent. There was one restaurant in particular that blew me away, so here's me raving about it.
I take my birthday very seriously and usually go away to celebrate. So last year we headed to Budapest, for no reason other than we saw a really good deal on Voyage Privé. We arrived late on my birthday eve and after a good night's sleep woke up fresh and ready for what turned out to be the most fun day ever and a perfect birthday! Here's how it went down:
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.