Shake Shack, Victoria – Awesome Burger and Shake

Ms B and I are currently planning our next visit to one of our favourite cities on this planet: New York City. This is how we ended up researching the best burgers in town and were hugely surprised that several of the 23 NYC Shake Shacks make it into some of the most widely-referenced top 50 lists, some even into the top 20, for example The Infatuation (at #10). How is it possible that some fast food chain whose Double Shack Burger with Cheese costs $8.09 gives the $33 Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern or the $36 21 Club’s ’21 Burger’ a run for their money?    We like the story behind Shake Shack, how for the first three years it was just a hot dog cart in Madison Square Park, before setting up properly at a permanent kiosk there in 2004. Long story short. We decided to visit […]

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Norfolk Seal Safari

During our visit to Norfolk last weekend Ms B and I took part in a seal safari on an amphibian vehicle. The one-hour tour run by Searles Sea Tours costs £18 (£9 for children) and departs from the Sea Tours Kiosk, Central Promenade, Hunstanton. We recommend you pre-book (in which case you’ll be asked to re-confirm your booking by phone in the morning of the day of your tour). Despite the fact that it was extremely windy (our deep sea fishing boat trip the next day had already been cancelled for that reason) and despite a number of reported recent accidents with amphibian vehicles around the world, we felt in very safe hands throughout. These vehicles are not like the Duck Tours ones, which look and feel like a bucket with an outboard motor. No sir, you’re dealing with proper heavy machinery here: so-called LARCs (ironically abbreviated from Light Amphibious Resupply […]

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Wells Crab House – Seafood Lovers’ Heaven

During our recent trip to Norfolk we visited Wells Crab House, which had been recommended to us by fellow bloggers Ourworldforyou. We absolutely love this little seafood place. It is located in a tiny blue building (and an adjacent building) right next to the harbour in small fishing town Wells-next-the-Sea, where it is ranked the #1 restaurant out of 30 on Tripadvisor. The restaurant is run by Kelly (who had been very patient with me when I re-scheduled our visit three times over the phone/text messages) and her husband Scott.    Ms B opted for the sea bass fillet (£19), I went for the crab (from Andy Frary’s Andorra Star 2 boat) and lobster (from Billy Ward’s Malfreen boat) with fries, dressed blakeney leaves, home made pickles and bloomer bread (£29). As dessert Ms B chose two scoops of ice cream (Eton Mess and salted caramel for £3.20 total). I […]

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Weekend Trip to Norfolk

Ms B and I have just returned from our fabulous weekend trip to Norfolk. Fellow bloggers Ourworldforyou, whom we follow closely on the internet, had made us aware of how great a holiday destination Norfolk really is. Until I read their posts, I really only associated Norfolk with two things (both of which I’m a huge fan of): Alan Partridge and Lesbian Vampire Killers. Well, no more! We were so fascinated by this lovely stretch of land in the north of East Anglia that we’ll return again soon for more. Next time we’ll do an extended weekend stay, because last weekend was done on an extremely tight schedule. We got up at a quarter to five on Saturday morning (crazy, I know!!), to catch a cab to Liverpool Street Station an hour later. From there our train departed to Norwich at 6:30am, to arrive two hours later at 8:27am. We […]

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Fine Dining in Norfolk: Neptune

We’ve just returned from our lunch at Michelin-starred Neptune in Old Hunstanton near King’s Lynn in Norfolk, and what a lovely meal it was. They offer a £32 two-course lunch deal, which we opted for: poached salmon mousse, crab sauce, rocket, and soused mackerel, little gem, caper & beetroot dressing for starters; confit of Goosnargh duck leg, mushroom, hispi cabbage, potato rösti, as well as fillet of hake, baked leeks, charlotte potatoes, courgette & samphire. We loved the atmosphere of this 18th century former coaching inn from the moment we entered. Everything here says ‘small, family-run venue’.    Chef Kevin Mangeolles previously worked as Chef Poissonière for Pierre Koffman at London’s famed two Michelin-starred La Tante Claire and gained his first own Michelin star at The George Hotel on the Isle of Wight, from where he and his wife Jacki relocated to Norfolk to open the Neptune in 2007. They’ve […]

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