Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Queen Arms, England

The Queen Arms
Old Bath Road

The first pub I visited this trip to England was this one.  It is located in Slough, closer to the airport, so if you stay near the airport, this is a great pub to visit.

The best part about this pub besides the beer is the fireplace, and it has free wifi.  

We didn't try the food, but they do have pizza.  Pizza and beer sounds like a good combination.  It is also kid friendly.  There were kids in the pub, and the adults were playing pool.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Evelyn and Olive

Evelyn and Olive
630 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 748-5422

Evelyn and Olive is a restaurant on Madison serving "Jamaican and Southern Cuisine."  Recently, G and I wanted to try somewhere we hadn't been, so we ended up at this restaurant.  We went to the Bahamas this summer and were looking forward to having some more Caribbean food.

The restaurant is a nice size and has a full bar.  The clientele was fairly diverse.  

We started with the delicious fish cake fritters.  They were good.  In the Bahamas, we had something similar except they were made out of conch.  These were made of cod.  

G ordered the special which were oxtail.  I had never had them before, and they were quite good.  

I ordered the stew fish which was tilapia, which came with peas and rice.  It was also really good.  Peas and rice was a dish that we frequently had in the Bahamas, too.  

This restaurant is really good, and easily affordable.  It also reminded me of food that I had in the Caribbean.  The most expensive thing is only $12.  They also have vegetarian options.  This is a must try.  If you're in the mood for Jamaican food, go there.  I haven't been to Jamaica, but I have been to the Caribbean, and to me it tasted authentic.  

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Admiral Duncan, England

The Admiral Duncan
54 Old Compton St
London W1D 4UB,
United Kingdom
+44 20 7437 5300

The Admiral Duncan is a gay bar in the Soho area of London.  It was a site to a bombing in 1999, an attack against gays.  There is a chandelier that is a memorial to those who were killed.

This was actually the bar that had the cheapest drinks that I noticed in London.  They had a drink special of only 2 pounds for a list of mixed drinks.  Most beers were 4 pounds throughout our time in England.  

The people here were also friendly.  They asked if we were Canadian or American.  I found this place to have some of the friendliest people.  The people who we met were actually transplants from South Africa.  

This place has a historical significance, and the drink prices are less expensive than other places.  It's a fairly small bar, but many places we visited were not too large.  

Friday, April 18, 2014

Africa In April

Africa in April
Robert R. Church Park
Historic Beale Street District
Downtown Memphis

Every year, there is a festival in downtown Memphis, entitled Africa in April.  Each year, a different country is celebrated, and this year the focus is on Burkina Faso.

From Friday to Sunday, tons of booths are set up with a variety of vendors.  Some sell shirts; some sell traditional African clothing; some sell cell phone cases, etc, etc.  

My focus is on the food.  They have traditional fair/festival food, like funnel cakes.  They also have other food.  The booth I chose was called Motherland Cafe.  I tried to research it online, but couldn't find much.  The phone numbers on the sign indicated an Atlanta restaurant.  This booth proclaimed West African and Caribbean food.  

They advertised curry goat, but were out of it.  I was able to sample the curry chicken, which was very tasty.  However, I had a taste for something else.  

I ended up having a grilled lamb.  It was grilled in some type of sauce, and then laid on a bed of yellowish rice.  It also came with a side of vegetables (broccoli and carrots).  The portions were huge and were only $10.  I ate the meat and veggies, but I couldn't finish the rice.  Everything was good and tasty, and I'm glad that I didn't succumb to the funnel cake and corn dog.  

The admission was free.  There is also live music.  Go there!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mela, England

152 - 156 Shaftesbury Avenue

Their slogan is "The Joy of Indian Dining."  There are tons of Indian restaurants in the London area.

This one has an upscale type of vibe.  

We had some chai tea.  

Then we ordered the Saag Paneer, which is cheese cooked with fresh spinach.  It was good, but very spicy.  I enjoyed it, but it was too spicy for G.  It was 7.95 pounds.  

We also split an order of Kulcha naan stuffed with lamb.  It was good, but unfortunately, the lamb came out on first bite.  

I enjoyed the meal, but it is spicy.  The service is also really good.  They also gave us a 1/2 coupon for our next visit.  However, we didn't want to duplicate restaurants since we were only there for a week.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Coffee and Chocolate

Coffee and Chocolate
327 Union Ave.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

This is a cute coffee shop in the market square.  G had the espresso and he liked it.  I saw these bacon chocolate chip cookies and I had to have them.

Unfortunately, they were disappointing.  All I could taste was regular chocolate chips cookies with an occasional chewy bit.  

I'm sure the rest of their food and their drinks are fine.  However, do not order these cookies.  

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

North Forty Truck Stop

North Forty Truck Stop
15060 U.S. 641
Holladay, TN 38341

While driving to Knoxville, I needed some breakfast.  What did I crave a breakfast biscuit from a gas station.

I found exactly what I needed for $2.99.  It was a steak and egg biscuit.  The steak was a chicken fried steak.

It was exactly what I expected, and it hit the craving perfectly.  I may not always want gas station food, but when I do, this is the one to beat.  The coffee was good, too.  I spent less than $5 for this meal.