Back in the days when I first began dining out with any regularity there were only three choices in most locations; a curry (referred to as an Indian, though most establishments were run by Bangladeshis), a Chinese, or an Italian (usually pizza). Aside from that stereotyping that rendered the extensive cuisines of each country down … Continue reading Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow
In its original definition the word "quarter" refers to a fourth part of a whole, though I'm not sure of the origins of phrases such as "servants' quarters" where the term refers to rooms allocated to a specific group. Surely this was never so rigidly allocated as to refer to 25% of the original property? … Continue reading Three Out of Four Ain’t Bad
Four letters that bring to mind the Roman Empire and which are equally commonplace around the modern city, but how many of those familiar with the abbreviation know what it represents? Even forty years after my school years I remember Senatus Populus Que Romanus, which simply means The Senate and People of Rome, and for … Continue reading S.P.Q.R.
In the UK it's often seen as a sign of someone's lack of class if they are seen leaving a branch of Gregg's the bakers munching into a freshly bought pasty straight out of its bag. It's "chavvy" or common to do so in many people's eyes, possibly because it is an impossible task to … Continue reading Cibo di Strada (Genoan sustenance!)
A few years ago I posted about a visit to an annual fair in Houghton-le-Spring, a former mining town in the North East of England, so as I drove through the village of Houghton in Cambridgeshire I couldn't help but contrast the two. Strangely enough this village too has an annual "feast" though in the … Continue reading A Very Different Houghton
Like any Italian city, Genoa has a plethora of options when you need caffeine and Italia has some great institutions who have made it an art form; Florian in Venezia, Gilli in Firenze for example, and so when my guide to the essentials for 48 hours in Genoa included a stop at the city's … Continue reading A Tale of Two Coffees
Given my love for all things coastal; you'd think I'd be delighted by a place with four pubs each of which boasts a maritime name; a place with an award-winning beach; and a place with a reputation for the quality of its seafood (no, not plaice!) A place where sailboats rest between tides as they … Continue reading Litoral-Leigh Underwhelmed?