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Redhouse- Newcastle

On our recent trip to Newcastle we stopped at The Redhouse for one of their special pies.
Firstle, the exterior of the building is very cute. The Redhouse is indeed red (or pink at the least) and quite an old building. Inside the original features have remained so it is like a warren, be fore warned this means it’s quite dark due to low ceilings, small nooks, and low lighting levels.redhouse.jpg

Paper menus are on each table, and I ordered at the bar. The ordering process is reasonably simple; chose your pie filling, chose the type of mash potato, chose how you want your peas, and chose your gravy (they confusingly call it liquor). I was pleased that they have a couple of nice sounding vegetarian options (neither were vegan).

I got the sweet potato, spinach, goats cheese and onion pie which was nice although the pastry was a little tough. When the pie split open it did seem that the filling was essentially a slice of goats cheese, but it taste nice. The dijion mustard and honey mash was pretty perfect, the peas pudding was good (never had it before so can’t really compare it but it tasted like peas!), and the parsley ‘liquor’ was nice.  My mum got the chicken and chorizo pie and loved it, she very much enjoyed her meal.

I was impressed by the restaurant options I found online when researching Newcastle.  In the end I’m glad we went for pies.  It was a lovely old building, and the food was tasty.  On a cold November day it was just the ticket.
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Places to Eat In Paris (That Also Cater For Vegetarians!)

L’Amphitryon

11 bis, rue Blanche

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Amphytrion is a figure in Greek mythology, and has been the subject of numerous plays.  And L’Amphytrion the restaurant is in the theatre district so the name seems quite appropriate.  We ate here on our first night and it was lovely, albeit expensive.  It’s quite small and we were lucky to get a table.  There wasn’t much on offer for vegetarians tbh but what was offered was camembert so I was in! The portions were small (especially when you consider what you are paying!) but I think you’re supposed to do the whole three courses as is the style in France.

We ordered camembert, a rabbit dish, one desert to share, a coke, and a glass of wine. We spent about 58euro.

1ndix

47 Avenue Trudaine

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I kept calling this place ‘index’ but it is 1ndix.  I was doing my normal 4 hrs of vegetarian ‘where-oh-where-can-I-eat-tonight’ research so I learned a bit about the owners.  They’re twins, born on the 1st October, dix being French for 10, the name of the restaurant reflects their birthday.  It’s a pretty small place but was totally empty when we arrived.  We had a friendly server (spoke excellent English, kept getting distracted by stuff). There was some interesting hip-hop playing, and it was quite a hipster joint.

I ordered avaocado on toast with a poached egg, boyfriend had a hot dog, and we shared a delicious chocolate fondant for desert.  The food cost about 28Euro (a bargain by Parisian standards), and then we got some drinks.

Delirio

39 Rue Amelot

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We wandered past this place by chance, although it’s in an area full of shops and cafes.  The board outside was advertising their daily salad (one vegetarian, and one ‘classique’.  They also had a daily soup which most people were having as a starter, but we didn’t because we’re weird foreigners who don’t understand about courses.  The salad was nice, although mainly rice based and it came with wedges, and bread because in France they bring you bread with your main not before (it’s weird).  So it was quite a carby salad!

Anyway two salads and two cokes cost 28Euro.

Via Emilia

22 Rue la Bruyere

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It’s a little weird, perhaps, to go to an Italian restaurant in Paris but we did (actually more than one).  It was a lovely evening and everywhere else was full.  We got a spot downstairs next to the toilets which wasn’t a prime location but the food more than made up for it.  The waiter brought around a chalk board menu and explained the whole thing to us, he did this for everyone it seemed to be part of the process.  It was very helpful, and there were a few vegetarian options than actually sounded good!

I had the tortelli reggiani, boyfriend got medaglioni funghi, both types of stuffed pasta, mine with spinach and ricotta and his with mushrooms.  It was delicious, we both had deserts; boyfriend had a traditional (non-alcoholic) tiramisu, and I had a chocolate crostata that I found a little underwhelming.  I had a lemonade, boyfriend had a glass of wine and we spent 55 Euro.

Fuxia

51 Rue des Martyrs

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Fuxia, is Italian for Fuchsia if that helps you pronounce it.  It was a very busy Saturday night when we wandered in here.  Despite all the hustle and bustle we were served pretty promptly.  There were a few delays here and there but the hard working waitresses were running round constantly doing things.

I got a great veggie risotto, and a slightly boring polenta cake, I can’t remember what boyfriend ordered but he got a door slab of tiramisu (with booze).  And by this point I’d given up counting the bill I’m afraid.

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Cosmoba, Italian Restaurant London

I really hate the Cosmoba website, it’s corporate black and barbie pink.  It doesn’t reflect the restaurant at all.  Cosmoba is a family run Italian restaurant, or ristorante! It’s not huge, but we managed to sneak a table on Friday night.  It was quite Christmassy when we were there, there was a pyramid of panatone in the window, as well as twinkling lights.

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I had one of the specials, which was gnocchi, walnuts, and pear (pear was a bit weird but it was still yummy). Boyfriend had lasagna, and we both had a lovely time.

 

 

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National Museum of Art- Riga, Latvia

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Just a quick post about the National Museum of Art in Riga.  We popped in when it was pissing it down at the time, and it proved to be an enjoyable rainy day diversion.  Much of the art initially was not to my taste, but the constructionist exhibit was interesting especially within the context of communist occupation.  Continue reading

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Riga Central Market in Latvia

I had heard good things about the Riga Central Market, so we went for a visit.  It’s quite fun to wander around and see the Autumnal gourds and squash.  They were pretty crazy looking, we only get the sanitised ‘perfect’ looking ones.  There were also lots of stalls outside selling berries and mushrooms, and ladies were carving the imperfections out of them.

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It’s also quite interesting to see the building that houses the market, as it is reused German Zepplin hangars, and was built in the 1920’s.  It was, apparently, included in the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998. It was busy and full of local women, rather than tourists which on some levels in nice but on other levels makes me feel like I’m not supposed to be there.  And it was one of the few places where labels and signs weren’t in English which made it harder to know what we were looking at.

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The Food of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Day 1

Here we have the food of Edinburgh.  Bottom left is vegetarian haggis pie, there’s plenty of Japanese food; sushi, tempura, and gyoza. I had a veggie hotdog, a green tea latte, a giant garlic bread, and the absolutely essential Irn Bru.

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Washington DC- Places to Eat

Busboys and Poets

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Busboys and Poets was were we went for my birthday lunch.  We got there are 12:30pm on Monday and it was packed, it looked like it was full of conference people so I’m not sure how busy it is normally. We just went for burgers, and I got a nice Jasmine Green Tea and it was pretty good.  It has a fun arty vibe, and there’s a little bookshop where I bought a feminist book.  It’s that’s kind of place.

Teaism

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Teaism, as the name would suggest, is a tea cafe. They reference The Book of Tea on their website, I wrote a review of it on my craft blog.

The whole ideal of Teaism is a result of this Zen conception of greatness in the smallest incidents of life.
-The Book of Tea

They do also do food but we only went for afternoon tea.  There are three in DC, we went to the Lafayette Park one.   I got a green tea, and had mochi and ice cream as a yummy snack.  I wish we had these kinds of places in the UK so that I could have sampled all the tea on the menu.

Los Cuates

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Los Cuates was one of those places we wandered into in Georgetown when we were quite hungry and I was very in need of a bathroom break.  I think it’s a chain but it was nice.  It was still pretty early and the place was quite quiet.  We got given a free batch of homemade (I assume) tortilla chips rather than free bread.  I got spinach enchiladas which, as you can see, was a huge portion with rice and beans.   At about $11 it was one of best value meals we had.

Ethiopic

Day 7

My first taste of Ethiopian food at Ethiopic didn’t disappoint.  I ordered the strange Ethiopian tea which I can’t remember the name of.  But it tasted herby, and was nice when weaker but a little too much for my delicate palate when it got stronger.  There are a few different veggie options, I can’t remember which one I originally ordered but the waitress suggested the veggie sampler instead.  The sampler was huge, there was Gomen (collard green), Miser Wot (split lentils), Kik Aletcha (yellow split peas), and Dinish Wot (curried potato).  And the odd porous cloth it was served on was actually bread!  You eat with your hands, using the bread to mop up the food.  It’s messy!

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New York- Places to Eat

Argo Tea Cafe

It’s a tea place- duh! We went for breakfast here on our first day in New York (I got croissants and straight up green tea).  When we came back to New York to fly home we stopped off for an afternoon drink and I got hot apple cider (in USA cider is non-alcoholic unless specified).  All the drinks can be hot or cold, and they also sell lose leaf tea.

They have some seasonal tea that you can sample as well.  I tried to the iced strawberry green tea which was rather nice.  I wanted to buy a bottle of it but we were heading to the airport and I wouldn’t be able to take it through security.  These are the type of places I wish we had in the UK.

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Argo Tea Cafe                                                                                  Hangawi

Hangawi

I had never eaten Korean food before, and this was a veggie Korean place next door to our hotel.  On entry we were asked to remove our shoes, as that’s Korean style.  The staff were very friendly. We ate at lunchtime and still spent about $60!  I had a jasmine green tea, and I got a tofu soup, with rice cakes.  I was expecting the rice cakes to be the crunchy kind but they were gelatinous white blobs in the soup.  They didn’t taste like much so I’m not complaining. Boyfriend got a spicy,  We also got given some kimchee which is unpleasant fermented cabbage.

Pronto Pizza

We tried Famous Original Ray’s Pizza, but the staff was so rude to boyfriend we left.  So we wandered in the rain for a few blocks and found Pronto Pizza.  It’s another pizza place where you buy by the slice for $3, although the slices are the size of a small house.  Inside it’s not very exciting, the staff were not native Americans, or Italians but they obviously knew how to make pizza.

It’s simple, cheap, and yummy.  It was very good.

Day 3

Pronto Pizza                                                                   Andrew’s Coffee Shop

Andrew’s Coffee Shop

We went here for breakfast on Sunday morning, around 9:30am and there was a queue. I don’t know if that’s just a Sunday thing but I took it as a good sign.

Outside it’s not particularly glamorous and inside the orange/beige decor had been jazzed up with Easter bunnies.  It was only a few minutes before we were seated by a friendly waitress. New York service staff are never gonna be the chatty types especially on a busy day but she was polite and helpful.  I got a green tea, oatmeal, and a croissant.  Boyfriend got an omelette, but in America omelettes come with potatoes and toast.  It tasted good, it wasn’t cheap but didn’t break the bank.

Umi Sushi

Umi Sushi was boyfriend’s find, when I was feeling rough and we needed somewhere to eat nearby.  It was pretty small, more like someones living room (although I think there were more seats in the back).  It’s a sushi place so there weren’t tonnes of veggie options but I got a decent vegetable tempura and green tea (do you see a theme in my drink choices?).  Boyfriend got a fairly huge plate of Sashimi.

Day 22

Umi Sushi

 

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Lord Rodney, Keighley

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Food of Tenerife

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