Good luck and phone your mum.
The countdown to my leaving the UK in 2016 for an unspecified amount of time was under way and, as part of my goodbyes, I was treated by my mum to a meal at the restaurant of one of my favourite Chef’s, Glynn Purnell.
The menu of choice at his Michelin star restaurant? The 9 course tasting menu.
To put it simply, it was a phenomenal dining experience.
Cornwall Street in Birmingham is the home of Purnell’s Restuarant. It is actually quite an understated building and, if you aren’t looking out for it, it is somewhere you could easily walk past without a second thought.
We were greeted immediately upon arrival, our bags and coats put to one side, and allowed to push the conversation (more…)
‘I’ve been to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s a tower, and it’s leaning.
You look at it, but nothing happens,
so then you look for someplace to get a sandwich’ – Danny DeVito
Truth be told, Danny DeVito hits the nail on the head with this one. In fact, the accuracy can be acknowledged by the fact that the second time I ended up in Pisa I didn’t even want to bother visiting the tower, however I made my way there with my then-girlfriend so she could experience what all the fuss was about – and I mean “fuss” in the most sarcastic of ways.
Anyway, you’d have to go all the way back to 2010 and a day trip from Florence to Pisa for the first time I visited the Leaning Tower and its Duomo. Apparently either during – or perhaps after – construction, the tower began to sink due to the ground being unable (more…)
Although popular throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the (now) modern variation of steak tartare was first served in French restaurants during the early 20th century. This version – which features finely chopped/minced raw beef, onion, capers, raw egg, ground peppers and, on occasion, Worcestershire sauce – is something that I had always wanted to try without ever really knowing why.
However, I knew that the only country I would eat this dish in was France. (more…)
‘Cornwall’s extraordinary Minack Theatre is testimony
to one woman’s passion’ – Philip Johnston
The Minack Theatre is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most beautiful performance space I have ever had the pleasure of watching theatre in. Carved into the edge of Cornwall’s beautiful coastline, this seasonal outdoor venue stands strong against the elements to deliver unique theatrical experiences to its audience.
The Minack Theatre has wowed audiences since the 1930s, with the threat of neither wind nor rain able to keep willing patrons at bay.
When it comes to American sports, there are three that stick out; American Football (NF- Baseball (MLB); and Basketball (NBA). These are beloved, with the money in each franchise ridiculous and the fans extraordinary. Supporters live and breathe for their teams, generating unbelievable atmospheres at every game.
These three sports also draw huge interest from tourists, with many going for the experience, which is pretty much the main reason for mum and I attending the NBA game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves on Janury 6th 2010.
Back in 2010 GSW weren’t enjoying anywhere near the success they have since achieved (more…)
‘Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool’ – Bill Shankly
My first official Liverpool game was vs Manchester United in the 2001 FA Charity Shield that ended in a 2-1 victory for Liverpool, courtesy of goals from McAllister and Owen. The game also featured debuts for Riise and Van Nistelrooy. However, this game took place at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, which was hosting this showpiece event due to old Wembley having been knocked down.
My first Liverpool game at Anfield didn’t actually occur until March of the following year, an end of season encounter (more…)
‘There’s not one club in the world so united with the fans.
I sat there watching the Liverpool fans and they sent shivers down my spine.
A mass of 40,000 became one force behind their team’ – Johan Cruyff
Anfield. Where champions fall and legends are made.
Anfield. Official home of Liverpool Football Club since 1892.
Anfield. A stadium that has seen some wonderful domestic triumphs, and some outstanding European comebacks.
I was young when I first went to Anfield. Not too young mind, although not yet a teen. I watched the Reds play (and win) with all the shock and awe you would expect from someone witnessing their childhood heroes play football on the hallowed turf of Anfield.
However, this is not a post about my first experience of watching Liverpool play at Anfield, but rather my first visit to Anfield Stadium (more…)
Aside from an ill-fated stint in Caulfield and a short spell being looked after by my extended family, the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda has been my home since I arrived into Australia back in December.
Tomorrow, due to various reasons, I’ll be moving to the CBD. Somewhere fresh. Somewhere new. It is going to be strange, that is for sure.
Walking along the beach tonight, it struck me just how many people I’ve met, and just how many memories I’ve (more…)
On Saturday January 29th 2011, the evening before turning 50, my Dad proposed to Helen (my now step-mum) during a celebratory dinner at our favourite local pub-restaurant, La Collina. Present that night were myself, Helen’s parents, and Helen’s brother with his family.
On Friday 1st July 2011 I celebrated my 18th birthday with my whole family for the first time. However, unbeknown to me, a single present was held back by my Dad and was instead given to me at a small BBQ at his that following weekend. The present was a book titled (more…)
Heh. Every time I see that quote it makes me chuckle. Anyway…
I won’t deny that my decision to take this tour on my 24th birthday was born out of pure nostalgia because, well, it was. And even though Phillip Island is home to more than just the Penguin Parade – it also hosts the Australian Moto GP on its Grand Prix Circuit – it is for the parade that I took this tour. After all, it is something I had seen when I was first brought out to Australia by my dad and step-mum on my 6th birthday, hence the nostalgia making me want to visit once more.
As with the Great Ocean Road and Grampians tour (pt.1 & pt.2), this Phillip Island tour was arranged through Wildlife Tours, although it didn’t require quite as early a start as the last tours! Nevertheless, I still ended up spending the majority of the drive fast asleep.
As the Penguin Parade doesn’t occur until after sunset (more…)