An Ode to the Atlanta Hotel Restaurant

The Atlanta Hotel is a special case. So, after writing my ode about that one, I felt serving up a huge extra portion about the equally special  restaurant in the same post would be a bit too much. Especially since I appear to have eaten there quite a lot (and have taken enough photos to fill an extra post), so here is a taste of things to come. But first, let me take you for breakfast at the AH! Restaurant. I really wish you will go and...

An Ode to Lucy's and other money-saving tips

I wonder whether a post about a single restaurant is ever appropriate. But who cares? This is a fun blog, I write about what I loved, and if I want to swoon over a plate of refried beans, I will. If you have an appetite after this, please read on. After about six days in Hawaii, despite (or maybe because) of staying in a large resort, I had already twigged on how expensive this place is. Not that a return flight from Europe is usually beyond 1000...

… and the bog standard

For about twenty yeays, I have been making this salad, without fail, at least twice a week. First encountered as Шопска салата in Bulgaria, it became a faithful dinner staple and one of the more helathy components of my diet over the years. There is no recipe. I just make sure the tomatoes, cucumber and pepper is of decent quality, I use sea salt and freshly ground pepper and Equal Exchange olive oil, but that’s all matter of personal taste. Ewe cheese, of course.  The basil is really just...

Super Quinoa Salad with Mirin, Sesame and Nigella Dressing

I wanted to open that box of quinoa before it turned bad. And I had bought a rather overpriced quinoa salad on M&S on various occasions. Mine was tricolour quinoa from a local health shop. First, boil the quinoa for eight minutes. The package says put two parts of water and one part of quinoa. Who cares. Just drain most water after eight minutes, then let it stand for a few minutes with a bit of water in the pot. Throw some boiling water over some frozen...