Wedding food ideas on a budget

Wedding food ideas on a budget

Share A part from the jewellery and trousseau, menu planning is one of the biggest concerns at a wedding. We help you out with concise pointers from industry experts
The big, fat Indian wedding is incomplete without a scrumptious meal. It not only forms a very large part of the wedding budget, but getting it right is critical to the success of the day because apart from fondly remembering how lovely the couple looked, the one other thing that sticks in the minds of guests is what the food was like.
Buffet vs. Bite-size
Never exclude Indian food from the menu. Today’s younger generation may prefer eating snack bites, but the elders in the family would opt for the traditional cuisine any day. A trend that has taken off in recent years is serving heavy appetisers instead of a meal, so refer to your guest-list and see if this option is feasible. Generally people think that a buffet is more expensive than the traditional sit-down meal, as guests will eat more food, but it would be wise to check the prices of both, sit-down as well as buffet and then take a final call. PHOTOS: GOA PORTUGUESA
Variety and health-consciousness
Arrange for options to suit variety of taste buds. Also, opt for lighter food options over something that is oily and fattening, as people nowadays have become increasingly health-conscious. Therefore, provide an option for your guests through a good, healthy salad section, for instance.
Catering to choices
To make the chore of planning easier, sometimes couples choose to pick a venue and opt for them to handle everything; from décor to catering. You should make sure the venue allows you to use a caterer of your choice. Also, avoid live counters as they entail extra costs and are time consuming.
Menu planning
Make sure you do not serve anything out of season because that would increase the cost enormously. Every course should complement each other, right from the welcome drink and starters to the mains and desserts. Avoid setting the menu as per individual preferences because it is impossible to keep everyone happy. The number of people attending the function should be confirmed before-hand. It helps avoid cooking extra food and wastage.
— With inputs from Chef Deepa Awchat, Goa Portuguesa
In a nutshell
Arguably, getting the menu planned within a set budget is a challenge most couples face because to-be-weds today want something unique, but within their budget constraints. When you’re on a tight budget and are looking to balance the good and the reasonably priced, especially when it comes to your menu, canapes and finger foods are the best options. They not only fall under the trend of bite-sized servings, but also allow for more variety in taste making them an interesting part of the menu. You can choose from a host of options such as mini sliders, flat breads, mini pizzas, etc. This type of menu is the perfect fit for cocktail parties and sangeets where fuss-free food allows for mingling and socialising. It’s important to keep in mind that menus should use locally sourced ingredients to keep costs at bay. While variety is important, it is necessary to not go overboard with a surfeit of dishes.
— With inputs from Executive Chef Amit Bhatia, The Sassy Teaspoon
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THE FOOD I had free breakfasts at my motel and 5 meals sorted at the opera. Here are the places where I chose to eat out. OLD PERSONAL FAVORITES (in chronological order) I have a few restaurants that are my favorites whenever I come to Santa Fe and I try to eat at them when in town. Fortunately, 2 weeks gave me time to both do that and experience a lot of new places. JAMBO CAFÉ: The last time I had stayed in Santa Fe, they were unfortunately closed…because someone had accidently driven their car into the dining room (fortunately, no injuries all around)! But I was excited to get back there on this trip and so went my first night in Santa Fe. I started with the Cinnamon-Dusted Plantains ($5.95) that came with a pineapple curry dipping sauce. Oh, so good! For my main, I had Lamu Coconut Pili Pili Shrimp ($15.95), an entrée I hadn’t tried before. Definitely “on the list!” Finished up with Jamaican Rum Pecan Pie a la mode ($5.95). I get this almost every time and was not disappointed. Oh, and some coffee ($2.29). Everything I’ve tried at Jambo Café has been excellent with service to match. TECOLOTE: This time around I tried the Huevos Yucatecos ($11.95) and it’s my new favorite here. The green chile had a great kick and I was sweating! I’ve always loved their “No Toast” motto…especially because the Bakery Basket that’s included is so good. A nice cup of Joe rounded out my meal. TUNE-UP CAFÉ: Everything was as excellent as ever…the food, the service, and the ambience (casual…which I prefer). I opted to order items I’ve loved before: Mole Colorado Enchiladas, Blood Orange Agave Wine Margarita, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie à la mode, and coffee. $29.61 with tip. LA CHOZA : My personal favorite New Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe. Solid, excellent choices that never disappoint. This time around I had a cup of Green Chile Clam Chowder (one of the best; $5) and the Carne Adovada Enchilada Plate ($12.50), which I loved. PALACIO CAFÉ: My favorite lunch place in Santa Fe. I love sandwiches and they have so many great options. This time around I had a Palacio Club ($9.75) with Chips ($1.50) on a Wednesday. I came right back the next day and had my first B.L.T.A. ($8.50) with Turkey (add $1), Chips ($1.50), and Iced Tea ($2.75). On the second day, they kind of tag teamed the service and it worked very nicely. I did note that they now serve breakfast all day, which I don’t think is indicated on the website. Also, they now have a daughter café: PALACIO CAFÉ 2: I was pleased to discover this second Palacio Café since it was open on Tuesdays and the original is not. Same great menu. More seating inside and out. Not as busy as the original, probably due to location, but just as worth visiting for a meal. I had the Cuban Reuben ($8.50), Fries ($2.75), and Iced Tea ($2.75). Excellent service. Excellent food. Between these two locations, I had 3 meals which is the only locations that I plan on multiple visits on my trips to Santa Fe. KAKAWA CHOCOLATE HOUSE : They have never failed to be awesome! This time I tried the Green Chile Caramel, Red Chile Caramel, Caramelized Passionfruit Truffle, and Caramelized Goat Cheese and Sage Truffle. Yum! To this I added a Meso-American Chili Elixer with Whipped Cream (which they suggest but don’t tell you it’s extra…shoulda known). Be prepared to spend some bucks…my total was $22.65, but worth it. I ended up relaxing, reading, drinking, and eating my caramels and truffles for about an hour. NEW FAVORITES CLAFOUTIS: I tried out this place on canbelto’s recommendation. I ended up eating here twice which tells you what I thought of the recommend! First time I had the Quiche Chile Vert et Bacon ($8.50) and Iced Tea ($2.50). Second time I tried a cup of the Soupe à l’Oignon ($2.75) and Sandwich Salami ($7.95). I enjoyed both of these meals and Clafoutis has moved to the “must eat lunch at” list when in Santa Fe. I found it humorous that, at this French café, I was greeted with “What would you like, señor?” (I’m sure deliberate by the waiter but still funny.) Note: Parking can be an issue. On my first visit I had to wait a few minutes for someone to leave. CACAO: THE ART OF CHOCOLATE: I visited Cacao (on Casa Azul’s recommendation)…right before my visit to Kakawa Chocolate House. I had 4 extraordinary chocolates: Red Chile Raspberry, Ginger Cashew, Passionfruit, and Roasted Caramel Sea Salt. All very, very good. I also had a Prickly Pear Lemonade which, with the ice, was not very much. I wouldn’t have that again. Total cost was $18.27 so, like Kakawa, be prepared for some expense. The service was really slow until the manager noticed, stepped in, and fixed it all. Kudos to her! Would definitely visit again. TIA SOPHIA ’S: I can’t believe that with my many trips to Santa Fe, this was first visit to Tia Sophia. It will not be my last! Excellent New Mexican food at low price. I had the Carne Adovada Burrito for a total of $10.84 for a late lunch just before they were closing. Very convenient when in the Plaza area. TORTILLA FLATS: Went on Casa Azul’s recommendation. Terrific! Normally, I don’t get ribs (too much work for too little meat), but the Red Chile Pork Ribs for $15.99 sounded worth abandoning my preferences. They were! Loved them! I liked that Tortilla Flats gave a choice of pinto or black beans since I much prefer black beans. Came with 2 Sopaipillas. Tried their Flan al Caramelo ($5.29) for dessert. Best flan I’ve ever had…which is saying a lot. Tortilla Flats is definitely on the “repeat eats” list for me! Note that while I didn’t got to Meow Wolf on this trip (I’ve been before and highly recommended!), this restaurant is very close and could pair nicely with a visit. INDIA HOUSE: I added this one based on canbelto’s recommendation. They were one of the few restaurants on my option list open later on Sundays, which I needed for an after concert dinner. The service was great, even late in the day. I know I like Indian food, but I don’t “know” Indian food so I chose the Rani Dinner ($25.95; on my waiter’s recommendation). I was not disappointed! A sampler including vegetable pakoras, lamb curry, chicken makhani, malai kofta, onion kulcha, peas pallao, tea, and mango custard. While I can’t compare to any other restaurant’s take on these dishes, I enjoyed every one of them and would order this again. Bonus: They played authentic traditional Indian music. I really prefer ethnic restaurants that also play the ethnic music. Very enjoyable! PAPER DOSA: Another Casa Azul recommendation. This was my first time for South Indian cuisine. While I have enjoyed all the Indian food I’ve previously had, I think I like this style the best (sorry, India House, but I still like you, too). I had the waiter help me order since I had no idea what I was doing. I ended up with Rasam ($5), Lamb Keema Dosa ($13), Homemade Lemon Pickle ($1), Passion Fruit Custard ($7.50), and Thistly Cross Ginger Cider ($10). What a great meal! I LOVE this place and will definitely return. LOS POTRILLOS : Sorry, I forgot to record who recommended this place to me on TA, but they were right! What a great meal! First, I was served chips with 3 very interesting and good salsas. Throughout I had VERY good and friendly service. My main was Molcajete al Pastor (pork and pineapple grilled with onions, jalapeño, chef’s special sauce) served with tortillas, beans, tomato/pineapple, and lettuce. All for $14.95. Throw in the House Margarita for $6.95 and my meal was complete. I’ll be back. COUNTER CULTURE CAFÉ: I love that I’ve found this place! I’ve been looking for a coffee place in Santa Fe with good coffee and food where I wouldn’t mind hanging out a bit. Ohori didn’t do it for me. This is it! I spent 3 hours on a Saturday and a bit over 2 hours on a Sunday. The first day I had the excellent Cowboy Bowl and Coffee. The next I had the definitely sinful Cinnamon Roll that was as big as a house and Coffee. OTHER DINING These are places I liked (there was no place that I didn’t like), but aren’t on my “favorites” list. I would eat at any of them again, though, if convenient. THE PANTRY: This was my first visit to The Pantry. Given the time and my willingness to sit at the counter, there was no wait. I had the Waffle Combo which was good and I’d get it again. I do have to say, though, that The Pantry seems to me to be “ordinary” good, the kind of place I’d gladly visit again. But I don’t understand the raves that I’ve seen for this place, nor do I understand the long lines that can form at this place. Just one viewpoint. I’ll still be back if convenient. GABRIEL ’S: I’ve been to Gabriel’s before and I like them. But contrary to the received wisdom on these forums, I don’t see them as a must visit place, at least not for me. My plans changed on one of my days and Gabriel’s was a really convenient place for lunch so I stopped in and had Chicken, Scallops, and Tiger Prawn Fajitas ($15.95). All very good and I recommend the dish. I was seated outside at my request…but wouldn’t you know it, a monsoon hit while still eating. I ended up retreating to a table under the roof and quite enjoyed the experience. SECOND STREET BREWERY : I ended up eating dinner here only because I was planning on catching a free concert right outside their doors in the Railyard. I’m so glad I did. I had a Fatty Burger (their version of the Green Chile Cheeseburger with bacon) for $14 and worth every penny. Added in a Coffee Porter and Dragon’s Blood for a very enjoyable meal. Unexpected discovery at the Railyard! PLAZA CAFÉ: An old reliable on the plaza. I ate here for a late dinner on a Sunday night after a concert. Just a Cobb Salad ($13.25) which was excellent. As a solo traveler, I generally eat at the counter to avoid a long wait. I didn’t need to this time, though.

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Area Wife Can’t Decide At Which Gentile-Blood Restaurant She Wants To Eat (PreOccupied Territory)

Check out their Facebook page . Jerusalem , April 10 – The expanding selection of top-flight culinary establishments in Israel’s capital city poses a quandary for a local homemaker, who is experiencing trouble choosing from among the numerous such places that specialize in the use of the blood from murdered non-Jews. Faygie Tannenbaum, 35, looks forward each year to week or two leading up to Passover, a time when the in-between status of the kitchen and dining room means fewer home-cooked meals and more eating out. Over the last several years the number of high-quality of Jerusalem gentile-blood eateries has skyrocketed, a fact that should make Ms. Tannenbaum excited, but leaves her with a sense of confusion. “This isn’t your grandmother’s pre-Pesach routine,” she remarked, perusing several pages of advertisements in her community’s kosher restaurant guide. “Twenty years ago if you wanted to sample this year’s harvest of goy-blood foods you were essentially limited to falafel, shawarma, grill places, and lousy pizza. But somehow in the last couple of decades the fare has improved, and now we have our pick of goy-blood steakhouses, goy-blood trattorias, goy-blood cafes with extensive food menus, even goy-blood sushi and Indian cuisine. I can never decide what I’m in the mood to eat. Goy-blood entrecôte? Goy-blood calzones? Or maybe just a simple burger in goy-blood sauce? It drives my husband crazy.” “She gets like this every year when we have to eat out,” lamented her husband Dov. “It’s not just that it’s hard to eat so many meals in the house during Pesach preparations and cleaning; it’s also that this time of year is when the surplus goy blood is released onto the market for general culinary use, now that the bulk of matza production is more or less complete. The rest of the year we don’t go out much – not because we don’t like non-goy-blood food, but because it’s a drain on the wallet. I make a living, but we can’t always splurge like this. The sudden large-scale availability of the blood drives prices down and the food becomes more affordable. With six kids and a seventh on the way, we have to spend judiciously, even when circumstances all but force us to eat out.” Tradition dictates the use of blood from a murdered Christian child, but in recent decades Palestinian children of all varieties have all but taken their place, owing to plentiful supply. Dov favors a new wings joint in the hipster-oriented Mahane Yehuda market at night, and if it were up to him, he’d go there all the time. “I’m not like that, though,” conceded Faygie. “Don’t get me wrong, their young-goyish-child-blood sauce is to die for, but I need some variety. My mood changes. And Baruch Hashem, Dov is so accommodating.” We have lots of ideas, but we need more resources to be even more effective. Please donate today to help get the message out and to help defend Israel.
“Area Wife Can’t Decide At Which Gentile-Blood Restaurant She Wants To Eat (PreOccupied Territory)”

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Star chefs lined up for Newport Show

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The top chefs lined up for this year’s Newport Show have said how excited they are to thrill the crowds with culinary delights at the event this summer. Cyrus Todiwala will be taking to the stage to give demonstrations
The show, at Chetwynd Deer Park on Saturday 13 July, promises to be a real gourmet occasion with demonstrations from regular television favourite Cyrus Todiwala and Shropshire based celebrity chefs James Sherwin and Stuart Collins.
All three exceptional chefs are appearing at the show for the first time.
James Sherwin, a former MasterChef contestant who has also appeared on Channel 4 programme The Taste, owns Wild Shropshire, a terroir based restaurant at Tern Hill near Market Drayton.
He said: “I have been eager to be at the Newport Show for the last couple of years as it’s such a popular show with a great reputation.
“I am busy preparing my demonstrations to show the audience just what can be done with food.
“I grow and forage the majority of ingredients I use to give a unique taste of Shropshire, so my bone marrow ice cream and birch sap might be making an appearance.”
Stuart opened his restaurant, Docket No.33 in Whitchurch, two years ago and following that success opened Docket No.64 in Chester.
Previously, he’s worked alongside Gordon Ramsay in London and later in New York and Doha, Qatar.
His demonstration could include cooking with Mangalitza Pork, a Hungarian pig, and the best of locally sourced produce across Shropshire.
Cyrus, who often appears on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, is a Bombay-born Parsee chef who cooks, teaches, runs successful restaurants and is the author of six books.
He owns the award-winning Cafe Spice Namaste in London and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen at the Hilton at Heathrow airport.
He is well-known for his spiced and sophisticated Indian cuisine, has been awarded an OBE and MBE, and was named BBC Food Personality of the Year in 2014.
Tony Asson, chairman of the Festival of Food Area at Newport Show, said: “We are delighted with the line-up for our cookery theatre – it really does promise to be a spectacular occasion.
“The demonstrations always prove extremely popular and we are sure anyone with an interest in food will not want to miss these chefs.
“Food plays a big part in the show, you can sample the finest fare all in one place with street and artisan food, authentic tastes and flavours from all over the world.”
There will be four cooking demonstrations in the Festival of Food area during the day. Cyrus will be entertaining the crowd at midday and 2.45pm, James will be on at 11am while Stuart’s demonstration takes place at 1.30pm.
The Festival of Food area will also feature winner of BBC Dragon’s Den and Lord Alan Sugar’s business partner, Alana Spencer of Ridiculously Rich by Alana.
Little Foodies will be taught to make sushi and fresh pasta and can take part in an apple bobbing competition with a chance to win fruit and veg to last a month and £100 of sports equipment for their school, sponsored by Jupiter.
Tickets for the 110th Newport Show can be bought online at www.newportshow.co.uk or reduced price late entry tickets can be bought at the pedestrian gate from 4pm. Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817. Share

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Latest opening: Kanishka

Atul Kochhar returns to Mayfair with Kanishka, a restaurant focusing on cuisine from the seven sister states of India.
What: ​Yet another high-end Indian restaurant to hit Mayfair, and more specifically Maddox Street. First came Bombay Bustle, which took the site of Claude Bosi’s Hibiscus, and Lucknow 49 has also just opened a few metres further down the road.
Who: ​The restaurant marks a return to Mayfair for Atul Kochhar, who left Benares, the restaurant he launched in 2002, last year. This time around he’s teamed up with Tina English, former commercial director at Cinnamon Club.
The Food: ​The pair are looking to bring the cuisine of north east India to the capital, which Kochhar says has hitherto been unexplored. Thus Kanishka serves cuisine from the seven sister states of India – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura – with its food reflecting the mixed culture of Hinduism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism in the region as well as the influence of the bordering countries of China, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh. As such, dishes typically use less spices as well as ingredients such as soy sauce, mustard oil, bamboo shoots, fermented vegetables and pickled fish, with starters including Tibetan guinea fowl thupka – a noodle and meat soup with coriander and green onion; and Lahasa inspired lamb and chilli stir fry with grilled bok choi; while mains feature dishes such as banana leaf steamed seabass; and Sikkimese duck – roasted Gressingham duck breast with smoked tomato crush, potato chokka and crispy poha. Alongside a la carte, the restaurant offers a six-course tasting menu (£69, £120 with wine pairing) as well as set menu for lunch and early and late dinner (7:30pm–18:30pm and 21:30pm onwards) of two courses for £24 and three for £29.
The vibe: ​Kanishka is located in the former 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen site and has retained some of the feel of its former restaurant, with a bar central to the ground floor dining room. With its blue and chrome interior the restaurant has more of a roaring 1920s London feel than an Indian restaurant of this era, but fits nicely into the Mayfair set nonetheless.
And another thing: ​Kochhar and English have ideas for more restaurants, with plans already afoot to open a second Indian restaurant in central London in the coming months. The name and exact location is yet to be revealed, but it will serve a different cuisine to that at Kanishka.
17–19 Maddox Street, Mayfair ​ kanishkarestaurant.co.uk ​ ​
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Comment on {Recipe} Bengali Mustard Prawn Curry by soumik

{Recipe} Bengali Mustard Prawn Curry May 24, 2015 Yummly
Bengali Prawn Mustard and Coconut Curry (Chingri Malaikari) – every bite of this with steamed basmati rice, the creaminess of the fresh coconut, the mellow mustard magic, and juicy prawns, makes it very VERY easy to love.
I still remember my first experience of Bengali cuisine – Aunty B, our neighbor back home in Goa was from Calcutta and her cooking was legendary. I’d always sneak up to theirs around meal-times and watch her cook. At that impressionable age, I was in awe of the differences between my mum’s and her style of cooking, in spite of the fact many of the same ingredients were used. The way her Luchi and Aloo was nothing like my mum’s Poori Bhaji, her chicken curry with potatoes, the use of the potent mustard oil, that we’d never even stock in our kitchen. Tasting her food introduced me to the variety that one could find across Indian cuisine and was my first lesson on regional diversity.
It was then I really fell in love with all the flavors and unique twists of Bengali food – all of the times our families spent together, she’d make me something new. And my young taste buds embraced the variety.
So much time has passed since we lived in the same city as Aunty B, I find myself trying to recreate the flavors, never quite as authentic, never quite with the same touch as her. I long to be in her kitchen with her again, still watching, learning and eating.
It was all these memories that made me crave a touch of Bengal in my kitchen. Of course, it has Goan influence, a blend of the familiar and the novel for me. This recipe is the best of both of worlds – sort of like an introduction to bold Bengali flavors for the uninitiated. It is my ode to Aunty B, the memories of her and her food that I hold so dear, among the culinary heroes that I look up to. Every bite of this curry, the creaminess of the fresh coconut, the mellow mustard magic, and juicy prawns, make it very easy to love.

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Looking for recs on various cuisine…

I was born & raised here in MO but sadly have not seen much of StL. My husband is not from here & only moved to the area around middle school or so. Neither of our families were ever too adventurous. Next month we’re doing a “staycation” & plan to do some StL site-seeing. (Some places I’ve been & he hasn’t, or neither of us have.) Part of this includes food. We like to try different stuff & since StL is a melting pot, we figured we’d explore during this time.
Can anyone recommend good places for various different cuisines???
We’ve got places close to home for Vietnamese, Indian, & Thai. Years ago we tried & l ved a Bedouin/Afghani place on Grand called Al Waha, but sadly they closed. We’ve been told to try out Ranoush if we wanted similar. I hear there are Ethiopian & Persian places, and have had suggestions that Vin De Set is good for French, Schneithorst’s for German, obviously just about anywhere on The Hill for Italian, etc.
NOTE: We had amazing German while on vacay in Nashville last year, but would like to find some more close to home. There was a place in StC on Main Street that served it, but they’ve closed, and I vaguely remember going to Bevo Mill as a kid for the food…? Haven’t they since closed, or turned into something else?? Or is it still around as a German restaurant?? If so, is it still any good??

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18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway

18 of the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway 8th April 2019 5 Comments
Here are 18 of (in my opinion) the best UK city breaks for a weekend getaway when you don’t want to venture further afield. And as well as sharing my own favourite UK city breaks, I thought I’d rope in some other travel bloggers as well so that I could cover more of the country and include tips on UK cities that I’ve never visited or have visited but don’t know well enough to write about in any detail.
I asked around and some fellow travel bloggers obliged me with their own UK city break ideas, which I’ve included below after my ones.
You’ll notice that London is not listed. Before anyone asks why, it’s because a) I don’t like it, b) it’s already been done to death online and c) I wanted to write about great UK cities that don’t get as much attention.
So, get comfy with a cup of tea. It might take you a while to read this one… 1. Liverpool
I couldn’t not kick off with the city I grew up near. Although I moved away 10 years ago, I still visit regularly and try to keep a hand in with what’s going on there. Every time I visit, I can’t believe how much Liverpool is improving and changing. It’s definitely one of the best UK city breaks, especially for tourists from abroad who want to see the ‘real’ UK rather than just the capital. Things to see and do in Liverpool
Liverpool’s Albert Dock is a good starting point for your trip. You’ll find incredible architecture, views across the the River Mersey, and some brilliant free museums/galleries. Tate Liverpool (free) is here, as well as the Museum of Liverpool (free), the Merseyside Maritime Museum (free), and the International Slavery Museum (free).
It’s then a short walk over to the Three Graces (a trio of gorgeous buildings – the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building), where you’ll be able to spot the famous Liver Birds on the roof. Liverpool’s skyline is unbeatable (better than New York’s in my opinion, soz) and it’s best viewed from the famous ferry rid e (as in the one ‘cross the Mersey). And yes, they play the song while you’re on it (£10 on the day or £9 advance).
Hope Street stretches from the Roman Catholic Cathedral (free) to the Anglican Cathedral (free) and beyond. If you’re in the latter, look out for the little mouse on one of the coffins (caskets?). The name ‘Hope Street’ is all about linking the two faiths. Also on Hope Street, keep an eye out for the excellent art installation ‘A case history’, a set of suitcases piled on the pavement. I couldn’t leave this out given my blog’s name, could I?!
If you’re into the Beatles, there’s obviously loads of Beatles-themed stuff to do and you could probably plan your entire trip around just that. Where to eat in Liverpool
Liverpool has a big foodie scene and an even bigger drinking scene. My favourite place for combining the two activities has to be the Baltic Market , an industrial-style (ahem, hipster) food court featuring picnic benches and more street food pop-ups than you can shake a stick at, which reminds me – it’s also dog friendly.
Other places I like eating include: Maray (try the disco cauliflower), Down the Hatch (dirty vegan burgers!), East Avenue Bakehouse (perfect for brunch), Salt House Tapas (good if you’re shopping in Liverpool One and need somewhere nearby), and last but by no means least the little hidden gem on Rodney Street, Cafe Porto (not actually a cafe but a delicious Portuguese restaurant). [ Side note: everyone I know who has been to Neon Jamon raves about it, but I’ve not been yet. I feel obliged to include it here.] Where to drink in Liverpool
Some bars I’d recommend… For cocktails/fancier drinks: Leaf (also nice for a cuppa/afternoon tea in the day), Alma de Cuba (it’s in an old church and they drop rose petals from the ceiling at midnight, which is quite a unique thing to see), The Florist (the most Instagram-tastic place I have ever seen), Alhambra in the Baltic Triangle (for some outdoor summer wine-sipping). For beer: Ship & Mitre (seriously huge selection), Kazimier Garden (a little oasis in the city), and Fly in the Loaf (owned by Okell’s of Isle of Man fame!), The Dead Crafty Beer Company (if you only go to one beer place, it should be this). Where to stay in Liverpool
While I normally stay at my parents’ when I visit Liverpool, I’ve stayed in a few city centre hotels for weddings over the years and I’d recommend the Lock and Key Hotel (a boutique-style hotel in a beautiful Georgian building with very quirky rooms), Hotel Indigo or The Nadler .
If you’re after a splurge, the Signature Living Hotel or Hope Street Hotel are good choices (and often not that expensive). For an affordable chain hotel, you can’t go wrong with an Ibis Styles , and Liverpool’s one is on Dale Street, which is dead central. 2. Manchester
Manchester is the city I know best in the UK. I’ve worked here for almost 10 years and have lived in apartments all over the city centre. About six years ago, I moved out into the Cheshire/Stockport area, but I still know Manchester like the back of my hand. Not gonna lie, we have a love/hate relationship… but I still think I’d make a decent tour guide. I’ve directed countless friends to my top tips when they’ve visited for a city break! Things to see and do in Manchester
For me, Manchester is about wandering around, taking in the architecture, doing a bit of shopping and spotting the city’s famous symbol, the Manchester worker bee, on everything.
You should see the two libraries: The John Rylands Library (for Hogwarts vibes) and Manchester Central Library . Between the Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Art Gallery , you can pass an artsy morning easily. Discover more about Britain’s history of democracy at the People’s History Museum . This is my favourite thing in Manchester: it’s a million times better than it sounds. If you like equality, social justice and women’s suffrage, you’re going to be in your element. Also, the gift shop is next level. Make sure you don’t miss Victoria Baths , a Grade II listed Victorian bath house. It’s restored and now hosts vintage fairs, art exhibitions and cinema/music festivals inside the actual swimming pools. Sometimes, you can do tours (check here ; £4). Finally, HOME is great for going to see mildly pretentious indie films. It also has an excellent café.
If you’re after some shopping, wander over to the Northern Quarter. It’s the hipster alternative part of town, full of quirky independents. Oldham Street is a good place to start, home to Retro Rehab , which sells very affordable vintage dresses/clothing. You’ll find music shops nearby too: Piccadilly Records , Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Exchange . You can lose hours in the Manchester Craft & Design Centre , which has lots of designers’ and artists’ studios inside selling handmade beautiful bits and bobs. Other iconic shops include Oklahoma (homewares) and COW Vintage (clothing) as well as the famous Afflecks Palace , a multi-storey haven of eclectic fashions and things you didn’t know you needed. There’s also loads of brilliant street art around the Northern Quarter: you can do a walking tour to see it. Where to eat in Manchester
I could (and probably should) write a whole post on this – I eat out in Manchester a LOT. But these are my most trusted favourites… Mackie Mayor – Manchester’s answer to Liverpool’s Baltic Market. It’s a converted Grade II listed building that’s now a large, two-storey space for food and drink stalls. Rudy’s Neapolitan Pizza – The best pizza. Evelyn’s Cafe Bar – I go here every couple of weeks, to the point it’s becoming embarrassing. I LOVE it. They do brilliant veggie/vegan options, brunch, lunch, tea and cocktails. The selling point though is the frankly outstanding family of houseplants that adorns all the walls. Shoryu Ramen or Cocktail Beer Ramen + Bun – Ramen is my go-to meal. Either of these are a safe bet. The Allotment Vegan Restaurant – My favourite Stockport restaurant recently(ish) moved to Manchester and I’ve actually not yet been to its new gaff. But I’m told that standards are still as exquisite as ever. They do vegan tasting menus that will change your life. Michelin-quality but without the stupid price tag (an unreal 10-course tasting menu is only £65pp). I’m going for my very belated birthday meal soon so will report back… Try Thai – The best Thai, located in Chinatown. El Gato Negro – Top-notch tapas. A good one for lunch with a group of friends. The Marble Arch – A cosy, down-to-earth pub. It does Sunday roast and other traditional pub grub to an excellent standard. Sugar Junction – The best afternoon tea. I’ve been going here for years (in fact, I added them to TripAdvisor and wrote their first review and now they are HUGE on there #justsayin). One to take your mum to. Almost Famous NQ – The place for *extra* burgers. You know the drill. They sometimes involve Monster Munch. This is the original (and IMO, best) in this little chain. Bundobust – For vegan Indian streetfood. Where to drink in Manchester
Again, this could be a whole post in itself, but here are some of my favourites: Cloudwater Brew Company ‘s Unit 9. If you only go for one drink, make it here. Cloudwater has won countless awards for its craft beer, including being named the second best in the world at the RateBeer Awards. As well the beer being amazing, the artwork on their cans is always beautiful, including their distinctive logo (a cloud with waves under it – cloud, water – of course). Track Brewing Company ‘s Taproom – this is a fairly new one to me and is probably the most hipster of the list but I had one of the best sours I’ve ever had here so I will be becoming a regular. The Marble Arch – I’ve already mentioned this cosy, down-to-earth pub in the food section, but it’s well worth popping in just for a drink. It’s much more traditional than any of the others in this list. Seven Brothers Brewery ‘s BeerHouse – The best place for a drink if you’re in Ancoats. The Pilcrow – I find people tend to not know about this one, maybe because it’s in an unusual location. We always go before any gigs at the Manchester Arena because it’s dead handy. Bundobust – I’ve already mentioned this in the food bit too, but it has some excellent local beers and it’s fine just to have a drink without food. Where to stay in Manchester
While I live close enough to get home easily so don’t need to stay over, I’ve stayed in a few city centre hotels over the years. I’d recommend as my top pick the German chain Motel One , which has a hotel by the Royal Exchange theatre. This couldn’t be more convenient and is a decent price. Manchester is weirdly expensive for hotels compared with a lot of other northern cities. Another affordable chain hotel is the Ibis Styles (Manchester’s is themed around rain, naturally), but the location isn’t as good as the Motel One one.
If you want to splash out, there’s the beautiful (but expensive) King Street Townhouse for amazing views and an infinity pool or the Great John Street Hotel near Spinningfields, which is not quite as extra but still good. 3. Edinburgh
Edinburgh is one of my most-visited UK cities and my favourite city that I’ve never lived in. Of course it’s an obvious one for all tourists and is probably the cream of the crop of all the best UK city breaks. Despite all its attention and tourism, it never gets boring. Things to see and do in Edinburgh
Where to begin? Edinburgh is one of the most jam-packed cities I’ve ever been to and probably my favourite UK city. Edinburgh Castle is an obvious place to start – it can get busy so book your tickets ahead, but the views of the city are spectacular on a clear day. Speaking of views, if you have decent weather in Edinburgh then climbing Arthur’s Seat is a must. You’ll naturally walk down the Royal Mile, which although touristy is an essential part of any Edinburgh city break. Grassmarket is another popular spot, especially for a shop and a drink. Victoria Street is my favourite road for browsing shops though – not to mention for taking photos as well, because it is SO photogenic.
You also have to do a ghost walk – I know it sounds cheesy but I’ve done a few and they’re so good. I did the City of the Dead one on my hen do and it was just the right balance between funny and actually weeing yourself with terror. Calm yourself down by going off to find the statue of Greyfriars Bobby . There is just SO much to do, I’m going to have to direct you to the Edinburgh Tourist Board site because I could seriously write an epic novel on the city.
Finally, my top recommendation if you’ve already done all the ‘big sights’ is to explore the Dean Village and the Stockbridge area (more in my post on that, but Dean Village is just out of this world). While you’re in that bit of town, you can easily get to the fantastic Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art , which has a superb selection of modern and contemporary art. And for those of you into getting those Instagram shots, wander over to Edinburgh’s quaint, cobbled Circus Lane . You will not be disappointed.
Oh and if you’re in Edinburgh for a longer stay, I’d really recommend doing a day trip to North Berwick . It’s only 30 minutes away on the train and is the cutest seaside town ever . Where to eat and drink in Edinburgh
For evening meals, I love the Scran and Scallie , Tom Kitchin’s gastro pub. I’m not usually into celebrity chef places at all. It’s not expensive and the food is all locally sourced. Café Andaluz (which isn’t a café) is a brilliant option for tapas in the evening. My favourite for Thai is Passorn . For lunch, we always head to Papii , an incredible café with great window seats for people watching. For other nibbles, if you’re out in the Leith area, afternoon tea or just tea and cake at The Haven café is not to be missed. Also, if you want delicious gelato, try the famous Mary’s Milk Café .
There are plenty of exclusively vegan eateries in Edinburgh too, like Holy Cow , Hendersons and Novapizza .
Finally, drinks! I love cocktails at Dragonfly (I did this on my hen do and barely remember any of it but I have been many times and can confirm it’s great). The craft beer scene is of course thriving in Edinburgh, like it is in all the best cities these days. My personal favourite place for beer is Six Degrees North because of their great sours, but other picks include the Hanging Bat and Salt Horse . If you want a more cosy and traditional pub, I’d go to the Queens Arms or The Bailie . Where to stay in Edinburgh
I’ve mentioned them before in this post and I’ll probably mention them again, but one of my favourite hotel chains for an affordable/mid-range city break is the German chain Motel One. They have a Motel One on the Royal Mile and another on Princes Street . Also, you can’t go wrong with the Stay Central Hotel or an Ibis .
If you want to live like a local, I’d recommend getting an aparthotel or apartment – you can these save money on food/breakfast too. I’ve got my eye on this one for next time , which looks beautiful and isn’t too badly priced at about £85 a night (at the time of writing).
If you want to splash out (over £200 a night but very luxurious!) for a special occasion, try the Balmoral Hotel or The Witchery by the Castle . 4. York
I did a heap of York research last year for my friend’s hen do and now feel like I could run my own organised tour company for doing a city break there. I’ve been many times over the years and never failed to love it – there’s something so magical about York’s cobbled streets oozing with history. Things to see and do in York
York is a walled city and if the weather’s good, walking its walls is a nice way to get a sense of the city. To do the whole thing takes about 2 hours, but you can easily just walk a section and then head into the centre. The best section for photos is between the River Ouse and Mickelgate, because you can see York Minster really well. That’s obviously a must-do attraction in itself, too. You can climb up its tower if you’re into exhausting yourself for a great view.
Just wandering around York is the beauty of a visit to the city for me. Harry Potter fans will probably head straight to The Shambles, York’s beautiful 15th-century street of olde-worlde shops. Even if you’re not a fan of HP, you can’t miss this area. It really is unique and it’s a good place to explore (despite the crowds). Like with Edinburgh, York is really into its ghostly side so a ghost walk can be a laugh – they’re also often in the early evening, when shops and attractions are shutting but you’re not ready to eat yet so it’s a good use of that time. You can also head to the York Dungeon for more mildly scary fun, and that’s a good shout if it’s raining.
One more tip – there’s the (free) National Railway Museum in York too. I’ve not actually been yet but I really want to. I bloody love a good train. They even have a shinkansen there. And they have a tearoom in a restored railway carriage, so you can combine a love of trains and scones (the dream, surely?!) Where to eat and drink in York
One of my favourite streets in York is the lovely Fossgate, and that’s where my favourite restaurant Ambiente Tapas is (there’s another branch in the city too but the Fossgate one is my recommendation). If you want a real treat, try Skosh , which is exquisite. For lunch or brunch, try the cosy and cute Brew & Brownie or Osbornes at 68 Gillygate (excellent vegan options here).
A city break to York would be incomplete without afternoon tea. The world-famous Betty’s Tearooms is the obvious choice and it really is good, but if you’re there on a weekend or if you’re in a group of friends, the queues can be ridiculous. I’ve had the Hendrick’s gin themed afternoon tea at The Grand for my friend’s hen do and it was brilliant. I also have my eye on the aforementioned Railway Museum tearoom, the Countess of York , for my next trip.
For drinks, you’re going to be spoiled for choice. York is famous for having a lot of pubs. Two of the most well known are The Guy Fawkes Inn , where Guy Fawkes was born and The Golden Fleece , which is apparently very haunted. My favourite places to drink though have got to be the Evil Eye Lounge (behind an amazing gin shop) and the wonderful Fossgate Social (I wish this was my local). The latter is brilliant for craft beer too. Where to stay in York
For about £50 a night, you can get a lovely room in the StayCity Aparthotel , which is the best I’ve stayed in for price and location.
If you want a boutiquey feel and some impressive interior design, I love the Parisi Hotel – and for a stylish little hotel, it’s actually not too bad price-wise (I’ve paid more for a lot less). If you want to stay in a really quirky and historic building, you could splash a bit more cash and go for the Judge’s Lodging , which was once what it says on the tin and is only steps from Betty’s Tearooms. Again, York is dead walkable so the location for all these is good.
Finally, although I’ve not actually stayed there, I’m sure the rooms at The Grand Hotel & Spa would be lovely (it’s where I’ve been for afternoon tea, and can confirm that was excellent). 5. Lancaster
I lived my best student life in Lancaster back in the noughties and it’s still one of my favourite places on earth. Going there feels like going ‘home’, even though it’s been years since I lived there. It might be an unusual entry on a list of the best UK city breaks, but it’s a bit of an underrated gem for a short break – or for a longer one if you want to explore the surrounding countryside. Things to see and do in Lancaster
If you like dark history, you’re going to love Lancaster. Start with a trip to Lancaster Castle and enjoy all the gory execution stories. The famous Pendle witches were killed here, which is a piece of history I’ve always been fascinated by, and the castle explains it all really well. You can go inside cells (excellent photo opportunities, naturally) and even do a guided tour. It’s £8 to get in but absolutely worth it.
My favourite attraction in Lancaster though has got to be the Ashton Memorial and Williamson Park. This is a short walk from the centre of Lancaster. The memorial is a beautiful domed building on a hilltop and you can climb to the top of for gorgeous views out to the sea in Morecambe Bay. In the park itself, there’s a butterfly house (which Chris was petrified by when we went) and a mini beats centre, which includes some GUINEA PIGS. It’s £4 to get in, which is obviously a bargain for anything involving guinea pigs.
Back in Lancaster city centre itself, visit the Charter Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. If you’re into ale, do a tour of Lancaster Brewery . There are also some nice shops not to be missed, including Paper Gallery (an independent card shop); Arteria (a curated art shop); Ashton Hall Garden Centre (it’s a short taxi ride out of the city but it’s worth going as it’s the best garden centre in the world… it has to be experienced to be understood!); and GB Antiques Centre for a rummage.
Finally, Lancaster is an excellent base for exploring the surrounding countryside and cute market towns like my favourite ever place in England, Kirkby Lonsdale . Where to eat and drink in Lancaster
Lancaster is a foodie destination, being bang in the middle of countryside growing loads of local produce. I enjoyed The Music Room for coffee and cake last time I went, and the building its in is gorgeous. Try The Sultan for Indian (this was a popular one when I was a student so has stood the test of time!); Journey Social for brunch; Whale Tail for hearty veggie dishes; and Buccelli’s for Italian. Sun Pizza is just round the corner from the Sun Inn . One is a pizza restaurant and one is a cosy pub. You work it out. Oh and Lancaster now has its own vegan café, The Herbarium , which is a good sign of progress for a small city.
For drinks, Merchants 1688 is a really unique little bar with book-themed wallpaper and a cosy atmosphere. Ye Olde John O’Gaunt is a classic ‘old man’s pub’ in the centre and not to be missed. Finally, you have to go to the Accidental Brewery and Micropub . This is new and just what Lancaster needed! It serves a good sour and I understand it sometimes has selections from my favourite brewery, Cloudwater (see the Manchester section of this post for more on that). Where to stay in Lancaster
I’d go for The Sun Hotel , which is the same pub I mentioned in the eating section – this is an excellent location and has been a reliable choice for years. A little bit pricier, you’ve got the Toll House Inn , which has views over the canal and quirky rooms.
Probably my top choice for location and cosiness would be The Borough , which was one of my favourite gastro pubs back in my student days but now also does rooms.
Finally, the Wagon & Horses is another cosy pub/hotel that has been recommended to me by some friends who stay there every time they go – I’ve not actually tried it myself yet but I trust their standards. Fellow travel bloggers’ ideas for the best UK city breaks
Right, that’s the end of my bit.
Onto the best UK city breaks suggested by other travel bloggers … 6. Newcastle
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Melis from Melis Living . Things to see and do in Newcastle
There is a common misconception that Newcastle is all about the nightlife. While we do have some of the best bars and clubs in the UK, there is so much more to see in ‘the toon’ as locals call it! The main area to head to for lovely views is the Quayside (pictured). On a nice day it is perfect to walk along the river, taking in the view and stopping at some of my favourite places for food and drink.
Whilst on the Quayside I would recommend taking in some culture at the Baltic Art Gallery . It is a modern gallery with regularly changing exhibitions, which also offers great views of Newcastle from the top floor. For a dining treat, book dinner or Sunday lunch at the top floor restaurant to take in the views as you dine. Heading up the bank towards central Newcastle, you will find the 1838 Grey’s Monument which is a prominent landmark in the centre of the city. It is also worth checking out the castle, which puts the castle into New-castle, and is easy to pass on your way up to the city centre. Where to eat and drink in Newcastle
Pitcher and Piano is a must: it is a total sun trap and as soon as the sun shows its face, the locals dash there to sit in the beer garden on the river. From here you can watch the famous Millennium Bridge open like a winking eye to let tall ships sail past. If tea and cake is more your thing, Violet’s Café on the Quayside is a beautiful place with delicious cakes to match. Or just across the street is the Instagram haven, Great British Cupcakery which is pink with a flower wall and so many great cakes. Where to stay in Newcastle
I would recommend staying at the Malmaison on the Quayside for beautiful river views. Alternatively, there are a number of affordable Premier Inn and Holiday Inn options, and an Easyhotel (formerly a Tune Hotel) on the Quayside which has very reasonable prices. 7. Birmingham
With thanks to fellow blogger Carolin from Style Lingua . Things to see and do in Birmingham
If someone would have suggested visiting Birmingham five years ago to me, I would have given them a look. But the UK’s second largest city has made a huge transformation in the past few years.
Although the city has always been thriving and busy, the city centre didn’t offer much to explore. Now, the old Birmingham New Street station has been completely renewed and carries the name ‘Grand Central’, which conveys a lot more glamour and style. Once you arrive in Grand Central, you can’t but to be in complete awe over the city’s impressive welcome. And it doesn’t stop there – the city is currently under construction to extend its tram system, which will make going around town more accessible in the years to come.
From Grand Central, you can easily explore the Bullring, the city’s massive shopping centre which has the usual High Street shops. Selfridges, in particular, is one of Birmingham’s most iconic buildings with its futuristic aluminium façade.
Did you know the Bullring has actually been built on Birmingham’s old trade spot? In the 18th century this area was famous for textile trading. Whilst you’re at the Bullring, you can also admire the centre’s mascot the Bull. The massive 6-tonne bronze statue designed by Laurence Broderick has entertained visitors all over the world since 2003. Once in a while for specific occasions, you’ll see it dressed up which has earned the Bull the title of a trendsetting fashion icon nationwide.
If you prefer vintage shops over the High Street, you should follow the road down the Bullring for a short 10-minute walk to Birmingham’s trendy Digbeth area. The Custard Factory is a thriving hub for vintage lovers and hosts monthly vintage kilo sales. Have a look in Cow as well, which sells beautiful vintage clothing and handbags. Another area worth exploring is the Jewellery Quarter in the North of the city which has stunning independent shops. Up-and-coming local designers sell here and they annually showcase their fashion at Birmingham Fashion Week (usually around February time). Where to eat and drink in Birmingham
Birmingham is a treasure trove for food and to explore new culinary experiences. For nachos and Mexican street food, I can recommend Bodega at 12 Bennetts Hill. If you’re after a fine dining experience, visit Lost & Found near Victoria Square, or admire the impressive authentic pub The Old Joint Stock in Temple Row.
The Canalhouse is perfect for cocktails and drinks or you can relax in one of the cosy restaurants around Brindley Place. If you prefer a more romantic setting, have a look around the Canal area in Gas Street which is only a short walk away from the city’s stunning new library. There’s more Indian and modern European cuisine to explore on Broad Street, Birmingham’s well-known food mile. Where to stay in Birmingham
[Hello, it’s Caroline of Pack The Suitcases again. The lovely blogger who contributed this bit on doing a city break in Birmingham didn’t have any tips on hotels, so I thought I would add my own here. I have stayed at the Hampton by Hilton in the Jewellery Quarter twice and it’s been great. My friend who travels to Birmingham a lot also recommended the Clayton , which is a bit pricier but good for more of a treat. Both are nice and central.] 8. Glasgow
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Bradley from Dream Big, Travel Far . What to see and do in Glasgow
There’s lots to see and do on a city break in Glasgow, especially if you are a fan of art and culture. Some of the best places we went to include the Kelvingrove Art Gallery , the Riverside Museum and Gallery of Modern Art . I also recommend a trip to the famous Glasgow University. It is here that apparently inspired JK Rowling’s depiction of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series. Where to eat and drink in Glasgow
As we visited in December, we made good use of Glasgow’s annual Christmas markets and indulged in all kinds of Christmas favourites. If you are looking or something typically Glaswegian, then dishes to seek out include Scotch Pie, haggis and the good old fried Mars bar! Where to stay in Glasgow
It’s a good idea to stay as close to the centre of town as possible. That way, we save time by not having to get any public transport in and out to see things. However, it is possible to stay further out in the main urban areas and save a bit of money. There are plenty of bus routes that run all throughout the city at all hours of the day. 9. Brighton
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Danielle from Live in 10 Countries . What to see and do in Brighton
Famous the world over, Brighton is the place to admire a Royal Pavilion with exotic domes, pull up a comfy deck chair on the seaside and stroll a retro pier. You can buy almost anything in the quirky Lanes , too. Where to eat and drink in Brighton
As with many places on the seaside, a stick of rock is the icon here and fish and chips taste the best in the fresh air of the pier. Although there are many famous names, the authentic experience is just strolling into one of the sunken eateries that line the seafront and ordering a pile of golden crispy chips with lots of ketchup or vinegar. Upstairs on the pier itself, try delicious pancakes for a change rather than the traditional ice cream. If it’s the evening and you’d like something fancy, Latinoamerica on Church Road has mouthwatering Argentine steaks with great wine to tempt you. Finish that off with drinks at a proper pub in the Lanes with street art on its walls and real ales in its glasses – try the Prince Albert on Trafalgar Street. Where to stay in Brighton
If you’re keen for night life, a hotel by the beach will suit you to a T, but if it’s something a little quieter you’re seeking there are better zones to explore. A short walk from the Lanes, Kemptown has an eclectic vibe and quirky shops that make it another great option, or Hove ‘s quieter streets are another option – about 15 minutes from the centre. 10. Bristol
With thanks to Lyubomira from Bulgarian On The Go . What to see and do in Bristol
Bristol has quite a few things to offer to its visitors for a great city break in the UK. The Clifton Suspension Bridge is undoubtedly the city’s landmark and one of the most beautiful sights around. There are even free weekly walking tours where you can learn more about the history, construction and maintenance of this iconic structure.
The Bristol harbour is another must-see spot that you can’t miss. The harbour has played a very important role in the city’s development and history. However, today it has turned into a big tourists attraction with a lot of museums, galleries, restaurants, bars.
One of the most important events for Bristolians is the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – an annual hot air balloon festival where the sky over the city gets filled with colourful balloons. It is usually held in August and lasts for four days. The festival began in 1979 and it has been taking place every year since then, attracting over 100,000 visitors daily.
When wandering around the city, another thing you can’t miss is all the fascinating art work on the buildings. The world famous street artist Banksy has left a huge mark on Bristol’s facades, and locals are proud of it. What to eat and drink in Bristol
Bristol is full of lovely cafes and restaurants to choose from. If you want to try something unique, head to The Clifton Sausage and grab The Clifton Sausage Tasting Plate. Looking for a spot to have a nice drink? Try The Florist – one of the prettiest cafes/bars in town with a lovely floral interior. Where to stay in Bristol
In order to explore Bristol conveniently by foot, look for an accommodation around the city centre or the harbourside area. Anywhere around the Old City , the Bristol Cathedral or the Harbour is a great option. 11. Cardiff
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Victoria from Vic Advisor . Things to see and do in Cardiff
Visit Cardiff Castle right in the heart of the city and spot the gargoyle animals on the surrounding wall. Then take a walk or bike ride around Bute Park right behind it (you can rent a ‘next bikes’, our public bike sharing scheme, from only £1 for 30 mins).
Take a guided boat tour from Bute Park behind the castle and travel the short distance down to Cardiff Bay for a selection of waterside eateries, and to see the iconic Millennium Centre building – why not catch a performance while you’re there?
Known as the City of Arcades, you should head to the beautiful historic Victorian arcades (the most in any UK city!) for a boutique shopping experience or to just relax in an array of independent cafes. For a modern shopping complex, the large St. David’s is right across the road.
For sports fans, take a tour of the Principality Stadium (aka Millennium Stadium) right by Cardiff Central Station. It’s host to some of the biggest international rugby events. If you’re not visiting Cardiff for a rugby game, you might want to avoid coming on a matchday when fans take over the city centre and hotel rates will inevitably be higher.
Head out of the centre and learn about Welsh history at St Fagans , an open-air museum in 100-acre parkland. Over 50 original buildings from across Wales have been rebuilt here from different historical periods, and each one offers a glimpse into the past. Where to eat and drink in Cardiff
Head to Cardiff Market and try a Welsh cake or three, a small, flat, round treat filled with raisins and sprinkled with sugar.
Venture through Castle Arcade to Madame Fromage , a deli and excellent cafe with delicious cheese-based dishes like the traditional Welsh rarebit.
For one of the best Italians in the city centre, try the tiny Cafe Citta (booking recommended); for burgers, you can’t go wrong with independent eatery Grazing Shed ; and for slightly more upmarket dining that also supports a great cause, try the Clink restaurant located next to the Cardiff prison. The restaurant and kitchen are both run by inmates who are working towards hospitality qualifications, and the food is excellent (booking recommended). For the best vegan eats, try Anna Loka .
For tea, there’s Barkers Tea House in High Street Arcade, and for coffee, Coffee Barker , their cocoa-bean counterpart across the road in Castle Arcade!
Cardiff is also home to great nightlife, with clubs, pubs and bars to cater for all tastes. Where to stay in Cardiff
There are plenty of hotels to choose from to suit all budgets. I’d recommend basing yourself in or near the city centre , but as Cardiff is not a huge city, most places are easily accessible by walking or public transport. The nearest areas to the centre are Canton, Pontcanna and Riverside. Avoid visiting during rugby day events as prices will be inflated as fans flock to the city. 12. Chester
With thanks to fellow blogger Katy from The Lilac Scrapbook . What to see and do in Chester
There’s so much to see and do on a city break in Chester , but for me the highlights are the Roman Gardens which are SO beautiful, and walking down the River Dee looking at the different boats and spotting all the ducks wandering in and out of people’s gardens. Chester has some great escape rooms, too, notably Escapism Chester – and it’s not too far from Cheshire Oaks and the Coliseum, if you want to go further afield and do some shopping or go bowling/to the cinema. Where to eat and drink in Chester
Chester has so many bars, pubs and restaurants to choose from. Highlights include The Botanist for a nice evening meal in a gorgeous setting and Off The Waffle for delicious loaded waffles. For cosy drinks, head to Big Hand Alehouse ! Where to stay in Chester
Hoole Road is home to a lot of B&Bs, if that’s your sort of thing – and it’s within walking distance of the city centre and the train station. But for something a bit more up to date, check out Roomzzz which is really well located. 13. Belfast
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Anna from My Travel Scrapbook . What to see and do in Belfast
There are many fantastic things to do and see in and around Belfast. In the city centre, you should go on a mural tour with a former IRA member, visit the Ulster Museum and explore the Titanic Quarter. Outside of the city, you should hire a car and go on an amazing Northern Irish road trip. Drive along the coastline to see the Giant’s causeway and visit the Dark Hedges . Where to eat and drink in Belfast
There are many lovely places to eat in Belfast, but the more exciting scene is the night life. The pub scene is Belfast is very unique. Most cites tend to have bars for tourists, bars for students and bars for locals. Yet in Belfast everyone seems to mix! You must check out the Duke of York , the Spaniard and the Crown for their incredible interiors, fascinating histories and friendly atmospheres. Where to stay in Belfast
In terms of where you should stay in Belfast, try and stay as close to the City Hall as you can. The City Hall is the centre and from there it is easy to walk around the centre or hop on a bus to the Titanic quarter. There are many great apartments to stay in as well as fancy hotels.
Belfast is the perfect place to spend a fantastic UK city break due to the friendly locals, fantastic culture and the beautiful nature around the city. 14. Dundee
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Nicola from FunkyEllas Travel . What to see and do in Dundee
Dundee , Scotland’s fourth largest city, was recently named in the top 12 places to live in the UK. It’s certainly changed in recent years to become a vibrant and exciting city. This is partly due to the huge regeneration project taking place along the waterfront, and the addition of the fantastic award-winning V&A Dundee . This spectacular building juts into the Tay and houses amazing design exhibitions and and shows off Scotland’s creativity beautifully. Next door to the V&A is the RSS Discovery, the last traditional three-mastered ship to be built in the UK, that was used to explore the Antarctic. Other museums in Dundee include the The McManus , Verdant Works and Dundee Contemporary Arts . As you walk the city, you’ll spot quirky statues including the city’s penguins, comic characters Desperate Dan and The Lemmings, both of which were created in Dundee, and colourful street art. Where to eat and drink in Dundee
If you want a traditional Dundee food to try, opt for a slice of Dundee cake or sample some delicious Dundee orange marmalade, another of the city’s inventions. Dundee has an up-and-coming foodie scene with some brilliant restaurants and cafes opening up, including The Flame Tree Cafe , which serves up scrumptious rainbow bagels and The Parlour Cafe , which has the best salads I’ve tasted. Where to stay in Dundee
With the emergence of the new Waterfront, it’s no surprise that there are some wonderful new hotels opening in Dundee. My favourite has to be the Apex : it’s classy and the spa is perfect to relax in after a day pounding the streets. Some of the newer hotels include the Sleeperz Hotel and Hotel Indigo .
This city may be small but it’s going through an impressive transformation. It’s great to watch and there is a real buzz which makes it pretty ideal for a UK city break. 15. Leeds
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Claire from Tales of a Backpacker . What to see and do in Leeds
Leeds is renowned for its shopping, and a stroll along Briggate, into the Trinity Shopping Centre, the Corn Exchange and the Victoria Quarter will show you why. Leeds has everything from designer shops to cute boutiques, vintage retro and all the high street names. However, Leeds is often underestimated as a destination. There is plenty here for culture vultures too, with various live music venues, the theatre and an arena where you can catch some big-name performances. There are also some fascinating museums in Leeds , including the Royal Armouries Museum, which houses a huge collection of armour and weaponry, including a set of armour worn by King Henry VIII, and the most complete set of elephant armour in the world – and it’s free! Leeds Art Gallery and the Leeds Museum are also free, as is the beautiful Kirkstall Abbey , about 15 minutes’ drive from the city centre. Where to eat and drink in Leeds
The best place to start your city break is Kirkgate Market , where you can find all manner of fresh fruit and veg to cook at home, as well as some fabulous cooked food to eat in the street food area where you can choose from Indian or Thai food, Yorkshire pudding wraps, giant hotdogs and more. Leeds has some fabulous curry houses like Aagrah and Akbar’s , and even Michelin-starred restaurants like The Man Behind the Curtain . Where to stay in Leeds
Anywhere in the city centre is a great location for convenience as it is close to all the action. Bear in mind you might have some noise from the street so bring some earplugs with you. If you prefer things a little quieter, Oulton Hall Hotel and Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa are both a short drive from the city centre. They’re set in their own grounds with a spa on site for an extra special treat! 16. Derry
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Teresa from Brogan Abroad . What to see and do in Derry
The biggest attraction in Derry is the 17th century City Walls that surround the Old Town, and one of the reasons why people visit Derry . The Walls were built by the Irish Society for the English and Scottish settlers, and Derry is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. You can walk on top of the Walls and circumnavigate the Old Town. The views from the Double Bastion over the neighbourhood of the Bogside and the Old Town are pretty spectacular.
Visitors mustn’t miss the Museum of Free Derry , located in the Bogside. This working class neighbourhood was at the centre of what is known as Bloody Sunday, a civil rights march that ended in a massacre where 14 local people lost their lives. The museum has displays about the civil rights era, the Battle of the Bogside and Bloody Sunday, all the way to the healing process that this once divided city went through to this day. The museum has been set up in a tasteful manner with the aim to educate people about conflict and the peace process they’ve gone through. It is by no means a political museum. Where to eat and drink in Derry
Derry is a foodie destination, and a sustainable one at that. Most of the local restaurants focus on supporting the local farmers and producers and use locally sourced ingredients. My favourite place for food has to be Walled City Brewery . Try their delicious tapas in a relaxed atmosphere. Their beers are brewed onsite too, so make sure you try one or two. Where to stay in Derry
The best place to stay is in the Old Town within the City Walls, although everything is within walking distance, so anywhere will be convenient. I loved the Bishop’s Gate Hotel , located in the Cathedral Quarter. 17. Sheffield
With thanks to fellow travel blogger Daniel from Layer Culture . What to see and do in Sheffield
Sheffield, known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, is a perfect UK city break for a weekend getaway. Some of the main sights that are worth visiting are the Winter Gardens – which are one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK. Visit one of the local pubs to sample some the finest British beer and while you’re here check out the interactive galleries at Kelham Island Museum . If doing a bit of shopping, you’ll find the hip boutique fashion stores in the Devonshire Quarter. Where to eat and drink in Sheffield
As the day settles and you’re ready to hit the nightlife scene in Sheffield, get yourself down to Cubana , located in Leopold Square. It’s a Cuban inspired Tapas restaurant and bar with some great live music. This is the ideal spot for working on your Salsa dance moves whilst you sip on some of Sheffield’s finest exotic cocktails. Where to stay in Sheffield
Whether you decide to head onto West Street for more party vibes or stay in the square, there is a lovely hotel called the Leopold Hotel situated just a few steps away from the restaurant.
You really can’t go wrong in Sheffield when looking for a weekend break and some local entertainment. 18. Bath
With thanks to Wendy from The Nomadic Vegan. What to see and do in Bath
Bath has been attracting tourists for centuries, and with good reason! In ancient Roman times, it became famous for its natural hot springs that bubbled up from the ground. The Romans established a settlement here called Aquae Sulis and constructed a huge bath complex (yep, that’s why it’s called ‘Bath’). This complex is still intact today and is among the world’s best preserved Roman bathhouses. In addition to the Roman baths , which are a must visit, you can also admire the grand Georgian architecture at the Circus and the Royal Crescent. These imposing buildings were built hundreds of years later, when Bath once again became a sophisticated spa town in the 18th century. Even today, you can still enjoy a luxurious spa treatment at the Thermae Bath Spa .
For literature buffs, the Jane Austen Centre is definitely worth checking out. Austen lived here in the early 1800s and used Bath as the setting for two of her novels. Tour guides dressed in period costumes add to the ambiance of the place. Bath is compact and easily walkable, so all of these places can be explored on foot. Where to eat and drink in Bath
Nourish offers a plant-based menu inspired by cuisines from around the world. Dishes include falafel croquettes and onion pakoras, cauliflower steak and walnut pepper cashew lasagne. Gluten-free options are also available. The food here rivals that of the top vegan restaurants in Brighton , which has long been considered the vegan capital of the UK. If you’re celebrating a special occasion or just want to treat yourself, Acorn Kitchen is a more upscale restaurant that offers seasonal, modern cuisine. Where to stay in Bath
Most visitors will want to stay in the city centre , near all the attractions. The Abbey Hotel is a charming, historic hotel in a convenient location. Save and share: 18 of the best UK city breaks
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Where To Eat And Sleep In Singapore

Up until recently, there wasn’t much to do in Singapore besides shop and eat. Thank goodness the food is outstanding – fun, flavorful, fiery at times and an example of fusion at its finest. In the past few years, more cultural attractions like the National Gallery of Singapore and Gardens by the Bay Singapore have opened, adding a new artistic dimension to the city. Earlier this year, Design Orchard debuted with more than 60 Singaporean brands under one roof, immediately becoming the best place among the dozens of malls on Orchard Road to shop for thoughtfully crafted local gifts. But even as contemporary arts and design flourish, food still remains a top attraction.
Singapore Central Business District Skyline
Singapore Tourism Board In June, the 2019 World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards will be hosted in Singapore – the first time this global award ceremony has announced its winners in Asia. Singapore Tourism Board also sponsored the inaugural World Restaurant Awards earlier this year, further investing in their international reputation as a culinary powerhouse. First-time visitors should look beyond the obvious suspects in the Michelin Guide to 8 Days if you want to know what the locals are loving.
Stamford House Facade
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Where To Stay
Capella Singapore
Capella Singapore The Capella Singapore celebrates its 10th birthday this year and the Singapore-based Capella Hotel Group ‘s flagship is as serene and majestic as ever, the most relaxing oasis on popular Sentosa.
Capella Auriga Spa
Capella Singapore The 112 rooms here include 36 villas, perfect for multi-generational travelers, and all rooms have a private terrace, soaking tub and separate honed granite rainforest shower stocked with Aesop toiletries. Views overlook either the lush gardens or the terraced pool and towering native trees leading down to the beach. Auriga Spa is a highlight and signature massages and body treatments are prescribed based on the moon cycle, using all organic products from The Organic Pharmacy. Both hotel and spa hold five stars by Forbes Travel Guide. Watch the sunset from Bob’s Bar before heading to dinner at Cassia for contemporary Cantonese cuisine.
The Capitol Kempinski Heritage Suite Bathroom
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Newest on the luxury hotel scene is The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore , just opened in October 2018, joining two heritage buildings, the Capitol Building and Stamford House, after years of careful restoration. The décor is inspired by Victorian and Art Deco elements, along with specially commissioned contemporary work by local artists like Mr. Yeo Siak Goon ‘s beautiful interpretation of Stamford House in the hotel lobby. Like Capella Singapore, The Capitol Kempinski is also a member of Leading Hotels of the World .
Saltwater Relaxation Pool
The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore Guest rooms are spacious, with high corniced ceilings and thick teak wood sliding doors separating bathroom and bedroom. Suite guests have 24 hour stay privileges, so you if you check in at 4 pm, you don’t need to check out until 4 pm on your last day. Adjacent to the spa (I highly recommend the oriental massage if you enjoy deep pressure) is Singapore’s first outdoor saltwater relaxation pool. There’s also a great selection of rum and bean-to-bar chocolate from local favorite Fossa Chocolate in the hotel’s boutique, and you can try a rum and chocolate pairing flight at the bar.
The Fullerton Hotel Swimming Pool
Fullerton Hotels If you’re looking for a hotel with history, The Fullerton Hotel is an obvious choice, a converted neoclassical post office building named after Robert Fullerton, the first Governor of the Straits Settlements appointed by the British East India Company. Now a National Monument, the stately 400-room hotel overlooks Marina Bay and offers complimentary heritage tours to both hotel guests and the general public. The well-appointed spa has everything you might need to work out or pamper yourself, including a 25-metre outdoor infinity pool.
Jade Restaurant – The Fullerton Hotel
Fullerton Hotels Dining options here are impressive as well, and the Cantonese food at Jade stands out as some of the best in the city. Delicately steamed fish, double-boiled soups and Kagoshima wagyu beef in black pepper sauce are just a few highlights, served in a recently renovated dining room decorated with motifs of Singapore’s many bird species. No matter how full you might be, you must try the pistachio muah chee and signature almond ice dessert that melts on your tongue like sweet snow.
Double-Boiled Kampong Chicken Soup with Japanese Dried Scallops and Snow Lotus at Jade
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Gignotages at Odette
Amber Gibson Odette is undoubtedly Singapore’s crown jewel when it comes to fine dining. The two-Michelin-starred modern French restaurant at the National Gallery Singapore was just named the best restaurant in Asia and clocks in at number 28 on the World’s 50 Best list. The restaurant is relatively new, only opened in 2015, and Chef Julien Royer and his young team have a distinctive, global perspective on modern French cuisine. Technically precise and precious but pure in flavor, beginning with the first bite-sized snacks paired with grower champagne.
Japanese red mullet at Odette
Amber Gibson Each piece of seafood – red mullet, spear squid, shrimp and octopus – is perfectly cooked and swimming in Iranian saffron sauce, and even the meat course, kampot pepper-crusted pigeon, is served with an elegant, feminine touch. Consider booking for lunch and have a wander around the museum exhibits afterward to walk off what’s sure to be an indulgent meal.
Kampot pepper crusted pigeon at Odette
Amber Gibson By contrast, Burnt Ends is also internationally renowned, but for its rustic, hearty, meat-centric barbecue. Chef Dave Plynt is Australian, and uses predominantly Australian beef, cooking everything over open flames in front of guests. Snag a seat at the bar for the best view of the cooks slicing, grilling, roasting, plating and torching marshmallows for dessert.
FatFuku
FatFuku For a taste of homegrown Peranakan cuisine, a melting pot of Indian, Chinese and Malay flavors, Candlenut offers a modern interpretation of nonya’s recipes by Chef Malcolm Lee. The young Peranakan is serving wok-fried sambal belacan with blue swimmer crab and wing beans, alongside curries and fish maw soup, becoming the first Peranakan restaurant to earn a Michelin star.
Nasi Ulam – Nonya herb rice salad at FatFuku
Amber Gibson Private dining is also becoming increasingly popular in Singapore – these unregulated mini-restaurants in local homes can be a great way to experience true Peranakan cooking. Bring your own wine for a robust family-style meal at Singaporean food writer and self-taught cook Annette Tan’s home. At FatFuku , dishes like beef cheek rendang and nasi ulam herb rice salad are inspired by her mom’s recipes, childhood favorite foods and Tan’s extensive experience dining out in Singapore and internationally. Tan accommodates groups of six to nine guests for lunch or dinner and recommends booking at least two weeks in advance.
Chinatown Food Street on Smith Street
Mindy Tan It’s not a proper trip to Singapore without hitting up one of the hundreds of hawker centres on the island for oyster omelettes, chicken rice, satay, kaya toast, fried carrot cake, chili crab, laksa and bak kut teh pork rib soup. No matter where you’re staying or what neighborhood you might find yourself, good cheap eats won’t be far. Come to Singapore hungry – you’re sure to leave bursting at the seams.
Sautéed Diced Kagoshima Wagyu Beef with Crispy Garlic in Cambodian Black Pepper Sauce at Jade
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Liu Men Melaka, A Celebration Of Cultures

Angeline Monday, April 8, 2019 Accommodation , Advertorial , Boutique Hotel , Melaka , Travel Years before the war in Melaka, in Jalan Tokong, six shop-houses stood where different families resided. Sometimes before 1939, these six families left and the different shop-houses were renovated and transformed into a new home for a single family. Fast forward to now, in the 21st century, the prewar structure is given a new life and is called Liu Men Melaka. A 30 rooms charming boutique hotel situated in a heavily adorned street appears to be conjured from Asian romance novel. Liu Men or ​‘six doors’ holds special meaning. Six or (六, LIÙ), is an auspicious number and is believed to be the inspiration behind the name. Liu Men Melaka is a perfect harmony of East and West, a celebration of 1930s colonial art deco influences and added with distinctive Eastern twist of vibrant reds symbolizing joy or luck in playful chaos. It is what is identified within Peranakan culture. Peranakan culture is breathed in Melaka, one of Malaysia’s oldest cities. A soothing and comfort escape from big cities, it hides underneath a foundation of vibrant and eclectic multiculturalism that dates back hundred of years. With Melaka’s flourishing economy under the British colonial rule as a port city, the blooming economy paved the way for the rise of communities in the late 1930s. Communities that are steeped in different cultures such as Kristangs settling in Portuguese settlement where fishing has always been their way of life. The Indian community, descendants of spice and textile traders where we can still explore the fabric stores along Jalan Bendahara and the exotic taste of authentic south Indian cuisine with local Malay spices. The Chinese migrants, who came as traders and craftsman then settling in Jonker, Melaka. The Chinese Peranakan Baba and Nyonya shop fronts assimilating colonial style with Chinese and Malay culture seen in the white colonial pillars and dark wood, perfectly combined with vibrant reds. Liu Men Melaka is a label of ​Préférence Hotels by TAUZIA. Préférence Hotels offers a unique selection of hotels with distinctive surroundings. Each one represents distinct ambiance along with the charming local history. Liu Men Melaka becomes a shining addition showcasing the unique, authenticity and allure of Melaka to the world.“We are thrilled to welcome each guest through the eminence six doors with open arms as a family member would be,” said Dadang Setiawan, General Manager Liu Men Melaka, ”There is no stranger in Liu Men Melaka, everyone is part of extended family treated with honor, warmth and thoughtful service.”“Our hotel is also a gate to the Peranakan culture, to guests who are looking to immerse themselves in a world of colors, art and culture in personable atmosphere,” he concluded. About TAUZIA Hotels : Established in 2001, TAUZIA Hotels is a portfolio of 123 hotels in operation and development under the brands of Préférence – a label for a collection of charming and discreet boutique hotels, HARRIS Vertu – upscale hotels bearing the concept ‘Joy of Life’, HARRIS – upper midscale hotels promoting healthy lifestyle and guests can ‘Stay Bright’, FOX Harris – midscale hotels with contemporary and adaptable design, YELLO – midscale hotels for aspiring travellers who appreciate creative design and technology, and POP! – economy hotels for smart and eco-friendly travelers. TAUZIA aspires to build a blend of culture in its management style and product development while promoting diversity in the hospitality industry. TAUZIA was recently recognized with Indonesia Most Innovative Business Award 2018 by Warta Ekonomi. Visit tauziahotels.com​ or @tauziahotels for more information. TAUZIA is a member of The Ascott Limited (Ascott), a Singapore company that has grown to become one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. Spanning more than 170 cities across over 30 countries, Ascott’s other brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection and lyf. Ascott is a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), one of Asia’s largest real estate companies headquartered and listed in Singapore. Ascott boasts over 30 years of industry track record and award-winning brands that enjoy recognition worldwide. For more information on CapitaLand and Ascott, please visit ​ www.capitaland.com and ​ www.the-ascott.com​ . Everydayfoodilove.co / angeline-ong-yoga.blogspot.com . Thank you for reading our posts. Our team media coverage touches mostly on lifestyle events and focuses on happening scenes in Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu. Invite us for food reviews, travel and hotel reviews, KL clubbing reviews and product launches. Our other interests include the movies, technology and photography. Subscribe to my facebook page . Contact us via my email at: or monicaong@hotmail.com

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