Whale Tail cafe is a vegetarian cafe/restaurant that is a Lancaster institution and has been around for many years. Recently they have opened the doors in the evenings from Thurs-Sun. The food is fantastic, ambiance delightful and the prices are incredibly reasonable.
Towards the top of Penny Street, Lancaster
Fabulous array of fresh food of every kind, also wine and other drinks, something for everyone. Definitely the place to shop if self catering, but some very good cheap vegetarian hot food outlets associated with the market. On a budget, or want to treat yourself, this is the place! The place buzzes, and is particularly atmospheric after dark. A little art nouveau as well! Open till 8.30pm, closed Sundays.
La Rambla 91 Nearest metro: Liceu
Excellent and unusual vegetarian food and good local wine, served by friendly staff in congenial surroundings. The staff speak English, and are very friendly.
C. Sant Antoni 52, Raval. Phone: 93 441 64 11. Website (in English): www.sesamo-bcn.com. 10 minutes walk from La Rambla, nearest metro Sant Antoni.
There is a great local food scene going on here, not only restaurants but delis, and loads of local produce markets. Lots of the restaurants only use local produce. Food Passion is a great place to read about it!
One of the things I like in London is the variety of restaurants with so many different kinds of cuisine and flavours. London has everything for everyone's taste. From fish and chips to the most sophisticated dishes. Exotic and ethnic cuisines are to be found in most areas of London. But also traditional English food in many pubs and restaurants like Maggie Jones's in 6 Old Court Place near Kensington High Street .
Melbourne might be addicted to great coffee bars and a second rate form of football, but to really taste its gritty, multicultural heart visit
the Queen Vic. It’s enormous – it claims to have 1,000 stalls and be the largest in the southern hemisphere – with Greek, Italian,
Vietnamese and Yugoslavian flavours of local flogging everything from fresh fish and pets to rugs and furniture.
The food stalls are unforgettable: every variety of olive, glistening slabs of fresh fish
and walls of cheese. So that’s why Melbourne has so many epic restaurants.
A friendly place to stay on the edge of Odda. Facilities and atmosphere are reminiscent of a superior youth hostel, and all the more welcoming for it. All rooms are ensuite and breakfast and evening meals are served. There is also a bar and occasional live music events.
The guesthouse's situation gives you a good opportunity to drink in the magnificient scenery and, if this whets your appetite for getting up close and personal with nature, an adventure sports company based at Vasstun offers all sorts of outdoor thrills and spills.
A restaurant situated on a farm, nestled appealingly at the bottom of a valley a short drive from Odda. It's run by the Herculean figure of Anders Gavle who also works the farm and prepares the meat which appears on the unashamedly carnivorous menu.
Gavle took over the farm after the previous occupants were murdered in a botched robbery. The absence of a proper road linking the farm to the main highway probably increased its vulnerability and isolation so the man-mountain simply built one himself and then set about making the restaurant he runs with his wife, Marit, a success.
The couple ensure a jolly atmosphere, although the revelry is overseen beadily by several excellent example of taxidermy, including an enormous moose head and a prehistorically-sized crow, the latter lending a suitably gothic touch given the building’s history. Anders also doubles as an enthusiastic local historian and archivist and will proudly show off his impressive collection of old photographs.
Down by the river and the life-and-death archery ground, the market is alive with the aroma of dried or fresh produce, animals, abundant chillies and every sort of herb, fruit and vegetable. Colourful locals and stallholders pass the day chatting and choosing the ingredients to go with the obligatory chillies. Monks try out bones fashioned into wind instruments and traditional masks conjure up holy spirits.
Central Thimphu down the hill to the riverside.
Pretty basic restaurant with the most fabulous authentic curries and biryanies. When I am homesick for my mum's cooking this is where I go and where loads of other Indians and Pakistanis go. Much better than any restaurant in Southall, cheaper and the staff are lovely.
Lahore Spice, 272 Kingsbury Road, Kingsbury, London NW9 0BT, 020 8204 2040 (Jubilee line)
Jamon is the delicious air-dried ham, pata negra, of the Iberic pig which is fed on acorns before its fate and then the whole hams are air- dried in the special micro climate of the Sierra de Montanchez for up to four years.
Any of the tapas bars in the main plaza of Montanchez village serve platters of jamon, cheese and bread with the strong local wine pitarra, delicious!
Montanchez 40kms from Caceres,Trujillo or Merida
A wonderfully eclectic collection of bullfighting memorabilia covers every centimetre of wall space in this atmospheric bar, sounds naff but strangely isn't. It really has been the bullfighters' bar for many years. Good selection of wines and tasty tapas or more substantial meals upstairs.
Just behing the covered market off the pedestrian shopping street of Merida
Sitting in the heart of Eastbourne, this is a real treat to come across. Wide range of really good traditional tapas dishes and some of the finest Spanish wine I have found in this country. The restaurant is relaxed and friendly, decorated in a rustic fashion with wooden flooring and of course, red and yellow colour scheme. There is a dish for everyone on the comprehensive menu.
We visited the site of the Jewish Ghetto (in Podgorze) on the other side of the river in the morning and spent the afternoon/evening wandering our way through the bars of Kazimierz. It was the best day I've spent in Krakow.
Everybody talks about Kazimierz with its young and funky atmosphere, but I hadn't heard so much about Podgorze. The river is about 20 mins walk from the main square and as soon as you cross it you're in the Ghetto Heroes Square with it's atmospheric memorial of empty chairs. Visit the Pharmacy under the Eagle which has been turned into a small museum (it's on the opposite corner of the square - keep going, it's not obvious until you're literally outside it!) to get a handle on what it used to be like. The displays are pretty meaningless without the audio tour, so spend your zlotys and get informed. When you've done that, cross the road using the underpass, follow your map, go through the foot-tunnel under the railway and find yourself at the Schindler Enamel factory. It wasn't very well signposted, or that easy to find on foot, but it's about 8-10 mins walk from the Ghetto Heroes Square. It was being renovated when we were there - looks like they're finally going to turn it into something, rather than the basic display there at the moment.
After a subdued morning we hit Kazimierz, and I can't recommend the bars and restaurants of this area highly enough. Stick to soft drinks/halves of the lethal beer/one drink per establishment, and you should be able to manage at least 10 of the fantastic bars - every one has something unique about it, and they're all within stumbling distance of each other - just keep going round and round!
I used the Cracow-Life website a lot beforehand, and you can also pick up free copies of the paper version in most bars - lots of info, especially on going out.
Get yourself to Krakow and enjoy a fabulous, accessible city with a great atmosphere and friendly locals.
I was worried that a previous reader had said 'Do not go to this restaurant'. I disregarded that tip and went anyway. It was expensive - our set menu was €62 - but every course was superb, apart from the gazpacho, which was merely excellent. This was precision cooking at a very high level.
Some high points: prawn in a cheese soup as an amuse gueule, clam with an albariño and onion sauce, coffee with an amazingly light almond biscuit. A reasonably-priced wine list, featuring local Galician wines - though we chose a rather expensive, but superb, Albariño. In brief, an outstanding restaurant in a region of good food.
Avenida Rosalía de Castro 24, Santiago de Compostela
Barcelona can be pretty expensive for tourists, so when you go there I can give you a good tip: buy a discount card; it saves you a lot of money! I bought one, named the Go and Connect discount card, which was only 12 euros. With this card I was able to go out for almost nothing. I got discounts in a lot of shops, restaurants, clubs, transport rentals and more!
If you are interested you can check out their site to see where you can get the card and where you can get discounts - I think it is a must in an expensive but amazing city like Barcelona.
An assault on the senses. Visually stunning vibrant street market, a photographers dream - fantastic produce market that starts on Saturday evening and runs until shortly after midday on Sunday.
There are fruits on sale you won't see anywhere else in the world - straight out of the rainforest...
off Jln Sator, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo
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