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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.


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


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.


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


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, 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


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.


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.


Argo Tea Cafe                                                                                  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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Italian Food

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Glasgow- Topolabamba

P1030110Coming to the end of our visit to Glasgow we stopped for lunch at Topolabamba which is a Mexican restaurant.  We went for tapas, and got Char Roasted Vegetable Tacos, Crab Ceviche Tostadas, Guacomole and Black Bean Tostadas, Poblano Chilli and Crumbly Cheese Taquitos, and Char Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas.

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We followed it up with Mexican Chocolate Cups with Coconut Cream, which was a rich, dark chocolate mousse in a cup. It was all good (well I didn’t have the crab thingy), especially the Taquitos. With soft drinks it all came to £35, so not the cheapest meal ever (especially as I made boyfriend leave a £5 tip because I thought the service was good), but a nice experience overall.

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