Eat well - travel often

Month: January 2017

Guest Post – Tales of a Festival Virgin (part 1 of 3 – Kindred Spirits Festival)

Guest Post – Tales of a Festival Virgin (part 1 of 3 – Kindred Spirits Festival)

When I was talking to Neil, my brother-in-law last year he was telling me about a couple of music festivals he had been to recently.  He was so excited and passionate that I asked him to write them down and share his experiences here.  So […]

Chinese New Year – Kung Hei Fat Choi

Chinese New Year – Kung Hei Fat Choi

Kung Hei Fat Choi! Once again it is time for the Chinese New Year and this year is the Year of The Rooster! I wanted to show how easy it is to make some really good Chinese food at home.  You don’t need loads of […]

Mexico City: Wrestling Night!

Mexico City: Wrestling Night!

When I was in Mexico City recently with a group we had a slight change to our itinerary leaving us with an evening to fill.  The guys in the party really wanted to visit the wrestling but to be fair I wasn’t initially charged up with the idea.  However I didn’t want to stay behind at the hotel and also didn’t want to be seen as a ‘party pooper’ just because I wasn’t initially interested in something.

Well, you never know until you experience something and also if you don’t go you can’t talk from a point of experience about a topic.

We turned up in a rather dark side street and when we were outside the place, the Coliseo, there was suddenly a lot of people hanging around outside, buying souvenir wrestling masks just like the players would be wearing and other icons of the sport.

While we were waiting in our group a couple of the well known (to the locals) wrestlers turned up, wearing their masks so that no one could identify them.  They were happy to talk to their fans and have their photos taken, especially with the children.

They even stopped for a photo or two with our group members wearing masks they had just bought from a street trader for the occasion.  It was funny seeing these grown up transform back into little boys with wrestling masks on giggling and pretending to be big strong wrestlers!

Once inside the stadium I was surprised how small it was and how close the wrestling ring was! As the start got nearer it started to fill up, what we found unusual was how many families were there with babies and young children, each young boy dreaming of their chance to be in the ring!

Plenty of refreshments on sale and without too long a wait the show was ready to commence.  I kept saying how choreographed each round was, calling it ‘Strictly Come Wrestling’ but the two guys I was sitting with kept on saying it was not scripted or planned.  I must admit though that when they fell to the floor with a really loud bump it must have hurt!

I was expecting huge crowds and unruly behaviour – the reality was a really intimate arena.  We were sitting about 7 rows from the front easily seeing all of the action as it unfolded.

Round 5 was the big one with the big names competing.  To annoy the boys I kept calling it Act 5!

We had a really good evening for less than £10.00 each with plenty of beer, tension and excitement.  If you find yourself in Mexico City with an evening to spare see if you can get a ticket for Luce Libre!

I was a guest of Mexico City Tourism Board however I was not required to write a positive review.  All photos and opinions are my own.  No photos may be reproduced in any way without my written permission.

Mexico City – 5 Great Places to Eat

Mexico City – 5 Great Places to Eat

Mexico City is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and multi-cultural city.  It is the capital city of The United States of Mexico and is steeped in history dating back to civilisations pre-dating Mayan and Aztec pre-hispanic people.  The cuisine of Mexico City has it’s roots in the […]

Global Gourmet Indian Curry Station Review and Giveaway

Global Gourmet Indian Curry Station Review and Giveaway

I hate it when we get an Indian take-away, put half of it on the plates and when we go back for the rest of it, it is cold.  The Global Gourmet Indian Curry Station is just perfect for this situation. There are four little […]

Post Holiday Nibbles – Brie, Parma Ham and Croissant Dough Bites

Post Holiday Nibbles – Brie, Parma Ham and Croissant Dough Bites

For the Christmas holidays I stocked the fridge with loads of goodies I thought would go down well with all the holiday company.  Even though we all ate and drank loads there is naturally some food left over.  I thought I would use some of it up for an afternoon treat for Mr R!

I have used this croissant dough many times as it is so versatile. I try to have one in the fridge for just these occasions. (it comes rolled up in a round container found in the chilled pastry section of most supermarkets)

The dough container has six triangular pieces of dough perforated to make it easier to cut through.

You can just blend the perforations together of the two triangles then cut into three pieces. (this will give you 12 canapes).  Place a small piece of brie at the top of each strip and roll into a parcel.

Wrap a piece of Parma Ham around each parcel and place on a baking tray. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 180oC for about 10 minutes or until the pastry has turned golden and the Parma Ham crispy.

Serve with a bowl of chutney (the sweetness of the chutney works really well with the saltiness of the ham).

These are great with a glass of chilled dry white wine or a little glass of sherry! Cheers!!

All photos and opinions are my own. No photos may be used or reproduced without my written permission.

Restaurant – Inn Review – Knife & Cleaver, Bedfordshire

Restaurant – Inn Review – Knife & Cleaver, Bedfordshire

In days gone by travelers making their way north would take one of the main roads out of London such as the A6 going from London to Northampton and beyond via Bedford.  It would take many hours to complete the sometime treacherous journey requiring many coaches […]