NYC Urban Adventures’ Tenements Tales & Tastes Tour – Great Fun!

During our recent trip to New York City, Urban Adventures very kindly invited us on their 3-hour Tenements, Tales, and Tastes Tour. We were joined by our friend Nils. I first met Nils more than two decades ago, when he and I were part of a team of 20 young people from Germany who were helping to renovate Manhattan’s oldest synagogue for one month. Nils and I stayed close friends ever since, even though we usually lived far apart, only overlapping for three years in Munich once. (He has also written two guest blogs here and here.)    The tour kicks off at City Hall Park in Downtown Manhattan, reasonably close to Brooklyn Bridge, then meanders through China Town and Little Italy towards East Village and Lower East Side. Our friendly, energetic, knowledgeable guide Bruce greeted everyone upon arrival and made us feel welcome. He didn’t make a fuss about […]

Continue Reading

Our 2018

I guess it’s time for the Barbarians’ year end review. 2018 has treated us well. We had more wondrous and wonderful collaborations in New York, Malta, Frankfurt, London, Cambridge, Kent, and our prime weekend destination: the Cotswolds. We met up with some lovely fellow bloggers in person and made friends on social networks. Winter Wonderland Our 2018 started with a few fun days in Vienna. It was our fourth time together in Vienna in winter. In our book there’s no better place to enjoy this time of year than Austria’s glorious capital. We made a point in ordering Viennese schnitzel every time we ate out and our favourite turned out to be Cafe Englander.    Gobbling like a Gourmet We also started shopping for discount deals at Michelin-starred restaurants and on average dined at such culinary temples twice a month, sometimes for less than £20 per person, hardly ever for […]

Continue Reading

An Amazing Dinner at the Lovely Il-Horza, Valletta

During our recent visit to the beautiful Knights Templar island of Malta, Charlie Bone, the chef and owner of Il-Horza, invited us to visit his tiny but highly regarded restaurant. We asked the cab driver to drop us off some distance from the venue and enjoyed the short stroll across the pompous squares and through crooked alleyways of Valletta, Malta’s capital. We were offered to choose between the more elegant, slightly more spacious ground floor room, and the more rustic, basic, but very cosy basement, which is just a few steps down the stairs from the entrance. We chose a table in the basement, because we loved the ambience.    After short deliberation, we opted for bone marrow (€9) and the chef’s daily selection of Antipasti (€9) as our starters. As main Ms B chose local fish of the day (sea bream, €23.50), and I couldn’t resist the ribeye of […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

Cambridge Food Tour – So Much More to this Town than Just Books

(c) Cambridge Food Tour

During one of our recent visits to Cambridge, Gerla from Cambridge Food Tour very kindly invited us to join one of her multi-award winning Taste Cambridge Tours (usually £65 per person). Gerla is a fellow food & travel blogger, and she is very serious about it, spending a large part of the year travelling the world and sampling food. While we did our Cambridge Food Tour she was exploring the local cuisine in Croatia (check out her profile here).    (c) All photos Berkeley Square Barbarian, except feature photo (c) Cambridge Food Tour Starting off with a Chelsea Bun Our group of 12 (2 below the maximum group size of 14), including our knowledgeable and friendly guide Karen, met outside of Cambridge’s most famous bakery, Fitzbillies, at 11:30am. After a quick welcome and introduction we already got our first bite: sweet, soft, sticky bits of a Chelsea bun (it’s what […]

Continue Reading
1 2 3 30