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    Travel Takeaways (a literal bite into the Travel Linkup topic.)

    This month for the travel linkup we’re talking all things take-aways; souvenirs, lessons, that sort of metaphysical meandering. But, I’m going to go a little more literal. Travel Takeaways.

    Rossopomodoro Pizza Florence in London Adventures of a London Kiwi

    As in actual foods, usually found in cartons, that have been spoilt by visiting their country of origin or somewhere that really surprised us. It’s the gourmet equivalent of meeting your heroes, and once you start travelling you’ll always look back on amazing food that you probably can’t quite recreate genuinely enough. Read more

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    A (Too) Quick City Break in York.

    Much like the Grand Old Duke of York, who had ten thousand men and marched them up to the top of the hill, and then marched them down again, I can’t get enough of York… (because he visited repeatedly, that was obvious, right?)

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Having visited nearly half a dozen times over the years, and somehow not managing to share it on my blog over the years, I would say that although you could visit from London for the day, I wouldn’t. Go for a minimum of an overnight stay, or a few days if you can. Witness a misty morning, and a candy coloured sunset, wander out into the Dales or slip in a seaside visit somewhere like Scarborough, and really get to know the ancient city.

    Alas, I haven’t really learned how to take my own advice, but hot on the end of a family visit in Lincolnshire we were lucky enough to spend sometime with one of my favourite expats on Yorkshire (ok, ok, I only know two, but they are definitely in the top two of that limited ranking system). It was of course Amanda, her fabulous husband Sam and we got to meet their gorgeous new addition to the family, a mischevious Dachshund pup who goes by the name of Harold.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Instagram was alive with “OOOOOOOH MY GOD YOU GOT TO MEET HAROLLLLLD”

    Forget being a rockstar in this day and age, puppy dog eyes are all you need to make ladies weep and then squeal into their keyboards.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    We tumbled off the train, cheeks ruddy from the fresh the North Sea breezes (fresh from visiting the Seal colony with a litany of pups at Donna Nook, and nibbling fish and chips with the family in Cleethorpes) and went wandering.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I’m going to make a big claim here – if you’re travelling through the UK and can only fit in one city visit outside of London, York or perhaps Bath would be excellent choices. Compact enough to really explore, full of ancient buildings and history, and good cake.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    What more do you even need?

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    How about buildings perfect enough to be dolls houses…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …or warm stone towers bathed in the glow of sunset? #nofilter

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Confections of the soap variety…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    …or the renowned baked kind at Betty Cafe Tea Rooms. It’s so good, the last time I visited, we ran across a 10k race track (I’m not even kidding, I sorta wish I was.) We beelined straight for Betty’s Tearooms, a cake institution not to be missed. Sampling their array of delicacies (check out Danielle’s beautiful images – but be warned they’ll make you hungry) we marvelled at the line forming around the pretty tea house.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Seriously, every corner is beautiful. Especially on a crisp pre-Christmas winter evening as the dusk is falling and you are enroute to a cozy bar where you’ll settle in for a few libations and celebrations of yore(k). ‘Tis the season and all that.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    But first, we were taken on a quick loop of the city, to really soak in the atmosphere, before a few bevies and then a delicious white wine risotto

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    This is proper #housegoals in the shadow of Yorkminster.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Spot the cutest bobbly hat ever…

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Proper England.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Unfortunately, upon departure of the Rhyme and Ribbons residence, our suitcase was inspected for cute puppy thievery.

    24 hours in York Yorkshire Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Top tip: remember to check you haven’t left your wallet behind – it happened to me the last time we visited York, and I managed to leave my handbag behind in a coffee shop this time. Luckily Mr Kiwi is a fast fetcher…

    Have you been to York?


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    10 things you have to do in New York

    *Warning I: This is definitely not an insiders guide to New York City*

    **Warning II: Don’t lose your camera in the airport at the end of your holiday**

    ***Warning III: Don’t relive memories of old travels as they will make you misty eyed***

    I was asked the other day for must-dos in New York – I’ve only been once so I’m definitely no expert, but my favourite spots we visited were all utterly quintessential. It had me thinking and reminiscing, so in throwback style, here are a few ideas for a Big Apple itinerary. We spent 5 full days wandering the city, and riding the (confusing) subway a few years ago, before we made for Florida to take in some sunshine, sample some Southern hospitality via a plate of biscuits with gravy, ride a few Harry Potter roller coasters, dodge a few ‘gators and geek out visiting NASA.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    I’m happy to admit it, I can be a great big cheese ball at the best of times. Soppy movies always make me cry (no to mention those animal videos on Youtube), sad stories break my heart and I get all moony-eyed at the idea of old-fashioned romance.

    Keeping in the same vein, often where there’s something touristy, I want in. It’s not really fashionable in the hipster-tinged travel community to admit this sometimes, the emphasis usually on being off-the-beaten-track and zany (I’m totally guilty of this by the way) but it’s usually the classic, iconic stuff that I’m disappointed to miss once we’re on our way home. It’s classic for a reason, isn’t it?

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    New York is one of those few cities that seems to have that almost undefinable special something that makes every visitor gush – every visitor that I’ve met over the years any way.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    But what do you have to do?

    • The Staten Island Ferry has great, free, views of the Statue of Liberty.
    • Brunch on sunny side up eggs with a side of OJ. Especially if it’s a local greasy spoon where the same old dudes rock up every morning to perch on the counter.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Breakfast outside Tiffany’s, croissant and coffee in hand, pearls on and coiffure sorted.
    • Scale the Empire State (top tip is to go near twilight, you’ll miss the worst crowds and get to watch Manhattan light up).

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    •  Take some time to reflect at Ground Zero, the memorial garden for innocent victims of 9/11.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

     

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    Essential New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Go to a Harlem gospel performance/practice.
    • Have a hot dog on Coney Island boardwalk (renditions of Under The Boardwalk are totally optional).

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Picnic in Central Park. 
    • Eat pizza slices in the shadow of Brooklyn Bridge.
    • Grab a coffee and take in Grand Central Station even if you’re not traveling anywhere.

    Essential New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Buy something ridiculously tat orientated – I opted for I♥NY pyjamas because sometimes you just gotta.
    • Get a selfie in Times Square, but it’s meh, IMHO.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    There are a few bonus tip offs that I was lucky to receive as well;

    • Hunt out The Friends building in Greenwich – there are some seriously scrumptious bars and elis nearby.

    Guide to New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Go to Economy Candy near Kat’s Diner – it is simply an Aladdins cave of American Candy. Do it. We absolutely couldn’t believe our eyes.
    • Cat hunting in Greenwich record stores is awesome.

    10 things you have to do in New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    • Try not to mistake Harlem for Columbia (Ivy League)
      University. They are two very, very different sides of the island, but
      unhelpfully the tube stations have identical names on 3 branches of the
      subway system.
    • Indulge in a little supermarket snooping.

    Guide to New York Adventures of a London Kiwi

    New York, New York – so good they named it twice! Have you been?

    (Ps. Don’t forget the travel linkup is live, we’re sharing our blog addictions and habits…)

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    Katz’s Diner – New York Restaurant Review

    Oi Vey!

    One thing we had to try when we were in the Big Apple was Katz’s Pastrami on Rye sandwich, found in Manhattans Lower East Side..

    Just how good can a sandwich be?

    (Ps. check out the sign top left hand corner)

    Proper pastrami, fresh and hot from the oven. None of that cold refrigerated plastic supermarket stuff here thank you! I’m not going to bother describing this sandwich. Look how tender it is (and yes, there were some Guy Fiery double bites at times it was so so good).

    I say sandwich, but it’s more of an institution than necessarily just bread and filling. Thankfully we were in safe hands with Katz’s veterans Julie and Tara, advising us to try the green tomatoes as well as the pickles.

    There are no pretensions – it is what it is. Good quality ingredients, served in a juicy delectable slab.

    Everyone who is anyone seems to have visited, and had their photo added to the many walls.

    Pricey granted, but enough to fill you for a day. A whole day people.

    I kinda wonder what the Earl of Sandwich would say if he knew this is what his invention led to. Possibly just a satisfied belch!

     

     

     

    Katz’s has been trading in the neighbourhood for over 100 years, and looks set to continue for a very long time. All the important info is here (opening times and directions). Go, please tell ’em you’ll have the Pastrami on Rye with half sours.

     

     

     

    Ess gesunt! (I’m told it’s Yiddish for ‘Eat in good health!’)

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    New York Foodie Adventure | Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

    WARNING: this post will make you hungry & possibly cause your credit card to jump out of your wallet and book a flight to for a New York foodie adventure. #SorryNotSorry

    FroYo – Cake Batter, Original, Pistachio & Double Chocolate. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

    We came, we saw, we explored, we loved and we ate. Oh boy we ate! The brilliant thing about holidays is how much you walk. Sightseeing, lack of transport familiarity and getting lost between the sightseeing places.

    Oh, and then there are the foodie walking tours that you book in (gourmet nosh + walking = balance, right?)

    All of my co-workers quite rightly warned me that going to New York on a diet was foolish, so we decided to cast of the healthy eating mantle we have assumed for the last 2 months, and enjoyed everything we have denied ourselves.

     

    Our walking tour started with mini-appetisers; fresh Tuscan style focaccia bread, a 4 cheese rice ball and a salami selection.

    Our ‘mains’ were the best slice of Pizza we have ever had the pleasure to taste & then holy bagel amazing-ness. Fresh, soft and creamy these were just delicious. Check out the variety of toppings below – this was only about half on offer.

    And for the dessert portion; Molly’s build-your-own-cupcake and

    Cawfee in the best smelling shop in New York,

    and the New York classic, Cannoli. (It was good, but give me a Brandy Snap any day!)

    We also made sure to sample good olde fashioned Big Apple – Apple Pie. Can’t beat it.

    a tender Irish burger,

     

     

    and ham, waffles and eggs sunny side up.

    This counted as vegetables, right?

    New York , I salute you.

    There is almost nothing I like more than wandering the aisles of a foreign supermarket to give you an idea of the place. We didn’t buy anything, but stared in wonder at the heaving shelves.

     

    Bacon Candy is amusing, but disgusting, just fyi.

    Somehow overall whilst on holiday I actually lost a kg whilst we were in America, and New York was only our first week of two. The above wasn’t all we ate, we tried to have a healthy meal each day (porridge, soup or a salad) but we ate guilt free all the way through. Oh, except for our Coney Island Hot Dogs, they were definitely a guilty pleasure with the strange-yellow-cheese-sauce.

    What is your favourite way to eat meals abroad? Self catering, restaurants, mom & pop places or big chains?

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