Madrid’s Fabulous Mercado de San Miguel

The Mercado de San Miguel is a Great Place to Enjoy Tapas in Madrid: On our first evening in Madrid we visited the the Mercado de San Miguel and here I felt that I was in seventh heaven. After two weeks of hotel buffet dinners in Turkey, the Mercado de San Miguel is a welcome change in cuisine. … [Read more...]

The Pudding Shop – Once a Starting Point of the Hippie Trail

The Pudding Shop - This Istanbul Restaurant Was Once the Start of the Hippie Trail: Just opposite from the Blue Mosque is the famous Pudding Shop, a nickname for the Lale Restaurant. Started in 1957 by the Colpan brothers, Idris and Namik, the Pudding Shop became famous in the 1970s as the … [Read more...]

Reblochon – The Cheese Name With Quite a Story

Reblochon Cheese is From the Haute-Savoie Region and is AOC Accredited: We first came across Reblochon cheese when we were travelling in Annecy. This soft washed-rind and smear-ripened French cheese is a specialty of the Haute-Savoie region and so as cheese lovers we had some of this delicious … [Read more...]

Plymouth Gin – Once a Preferred Drink of the Royal Navy

For Nearly Two Centuries, No Navy Ship Left Port Without Plymouth Gin: Black Friars Distillery is one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth and one of the city's heritage buildings. Its Refectory Room - a medieval hall with a hull-shaped timber roof was built in 1431.  Since 1793, Black Friars … [Read more...]

Steckerlfisch – A Bavarian Fish Specialty

Steckerlfisch is a Bavarian Fish Specialty and also a Popular Oktoberfest Food: A graphic food image that you'll see at the Munich Oktoberfest is at the Fischer-Vroni Steckerlfisch stand. Here you'll see neatly lined rows of whole fish on skewers being cooked over the very long charcoal grill. … [Read more...]

The Wee Dram that the Queen Enjoyed

Royal Lochnagar - The Single Malt Whisky With the Royal Seal of Approval: Royal Lochnagar is a distillery situated on the south side of the River Dee about a half a mile from Balmoral Castle. There are indeed many whisky distilleries in Scotland, but few malt whiskies can claim the "Royal" … [Read more...]

Some Sweet Things from Avignon and the Region

Avignon and Regional Specialty Foods: In Avignon, we came across La Cure Gourmande, a sweet shop with devilishly tempting sweets that are sure to melt the strongest willpower.  If you like to try local specialty foods and have got a sweet tooth, you'll be pleased to know that some of these … [Read more...]