Our Killer Californian Clam Chowder Cheat Sheet

As most of my recipes (and my wife, who likes Jamie-Oliveresque, precise instructions, keeps reminding me), the following is not strictly speaking a proper recipe, more like a cheat sheet that mentions main ingredients that have worked well in the past, both mandatory and optional, and basic cooking procedure. I’ve been to San Francisco in March 2003 on a business trip. This is when I had my first clam chowder experience at Fisherman’s Wharf (I hadn’t even had anything similar before, like a thick, white, creamy, European-style clam or mussel soup or something) and I immediately fell in love and have been experimenting with various recipes ever since (not claiming to be an expert, though, far from it, and definitely not a purist, so: purists, please do not be offended by the liberties I’m taking). Ingredients (4 persons) 100g to 300g jar of high-quality, ideally whole/un-chopped, large canned clams (weight […]

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Folk – the best breakfast in Windermere

During our last visit to Windermere, we enjoyed a lovely brunch at Folk, right in the bustling centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. Bowness and the town of Windermere are one single municipal area, even though each town still has its own recognisable town centre, roughly 2km (25mins walk) from each other. Bowness is basically the harbour of Windermere and it is here that the fun outdoor activities have their starting point and most of the social life takes place. Folk is squeezed into a quiet, tiny, centuries-old alleyway just off the main street, about two minutes’ walk from the lakeshore. There was one couple in front of us in the queue, and after less than five minutes we were led to our table on the top floor. The ambience of the café is very pleasant, with a lot of wood and light. While the menu is extremely limited and only contains eight […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART II

This is the second and final part of our group collaboration. Enjoy. My favourite holiday destination in my home country: Bath, England, UK – by Janina from Stromfield Adventures To find it on Google Maps, click here. Living a stone’s throw away from Gatwick has distinct advantages but recently we have been making an effort to ignore that in a bid to explore more of our local surroundings – and we’ve been delighted with what we have found.  We had always heard good things about Bath but until the summer 2019 I had never managed to make it and to see how much it has to offer.  Although the Roman baths are, quite rightly, a main attraction it is full of other interesting sights to see and countryside to explore. All photos in this section (c) Visit Bath A B&B stay, all-inclusive (altar, etc.) We landed on our feet by […]

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My favourite holiday destination in my home country – Group post with our travel blogger buddies – PART I

Regarding international travel, there is not a whole lot on the horizon at the very moment. Ms B & I as well as our travel blogger friends encourage everyone to act responsibly. Depending on your situation, this can potentially involve international travel, but it will almost certainly mean a lot less international travel than usual for most of us. We all hope that travel will become safer again in the foreseeable future. Planning an overseas trip Over the years, whenever we are planning our next trip overseas, we try to make use of most readily available resources to some extent. We usually get ourselves a travel guide book in hardcopy or for our phones, check other bloggers’ posts, read online news articles and forum chats, tweet some questions, do some general internet research, check the tourism board announcements, consult government travel guidance, ask friends who have been travelling to the […]

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Trip to Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus – by our friend Nils

During the soccer world championships 2018 a good friend of mine and I went on a weird, wondrous, and wonderful trip full of adventure and tragedy from our base in Kalmykia’s capital Elista, where my family and I were staying on holiday with relatives (my wife is Kalmykian; more about Kalmykia here) Russian Rides My mate had been able to get his hands on a real retro racer from the 80s, a Lada Samara, which made 50km/h feel like 180km/h (a good thing in my book). Even in absence of any aircon, you never got too hot, because wobbling over mountain passes with the abyss right next to you makes your blood chill. Also, the tropical 35C degrees of the valleys went down close to freezing point near the peaks, which came in handy. Those old Soviet boneshakers are indestructible, more robust than any modern 4×4 off-roader. Ours took three […]

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