Food, Travel, People

  • Warsaw

    November 20, 2019 by

    I arrived in Warsaw at lunch time and right next to my hotel was a “traditional restaurant, so I wasted no time. Pierogi are traditional fried Polish dumplings. They can be filled with meat, cheese, vegetables. They’re fried and then served covered in a very oily bacon “gravy”. I ordered the mixed portion. They looked… Read more

  • Andalusia

    October 15, 2019 by

    You’ve got to love a culture built around a lunch of drinking and nibbling salty things; followed by a nap; followed by an evening of drinking and nibbling salty things. Madrid is my favourite city in the world for a messy weekend with Helen. I took her for her 30th and it nearly killed us… Read more

  • Toronto

    September 12, 2019 by

    I have a load of weird connections with Toronto. It was the only place my parents had traveled long haul before they had us. It was the destination for the only long haul holiday we ever took as a family. My wife used to live there. It’s also a lovely place to moderate research. The… Read more

  • Chengdu

    September 10, 2019 by

    At first glance China seems to be bewildering, impolite and culinarily disappointing. No one speaks English; the signs aren’t even in a familiar alphabet. People are impatient, pushy and sound like they’re locked in a constant battle with their phlegm. The food on the hotel buffet looked grey and gloopy. But, this is all bollocks….… Read more

  • Ruislip

    August 30, 2019 by

    For very practical reasons we moved to Ruislip four years ago. For the last two years we have been desperately trying to leave. Ruislip is a rational choice if you work in West London (my wife does), use Heathrow a lot (yep) and your parents live in the West Midlands (mine) or North West (her’s).… Read more

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