Dinner @ Il Calzone, Krakow

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After meeting K while touring Auschwitz we ended up going out for dinner together when back in Krakow as we we’re now staying at the same hostel. We settled on Il Calzone for a restaurant as K did not want anything spicy and I was looking for something close to our hostel and this was just around the block. The restaurant is well sign posted on the street but is actually located off the street a little in a courtyard but very easy to find.

K and I decided to split a bottle of wine while there. K requested sweet over dry and looking over the menu there was only one wine that was listed as semi-sweet. That wine was a Gewürztraminer for 88PLN. The wine was more sweet than semi-sweet to my taste but I still enjoyed it and it went down a little too easily with the level…

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Dinner @ Polakowski, Krakow

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A and I decided to try some Polish food for dinner the night after our big walking expedition across Krakow, you can read about what we got up to that day in this blog post here. After speaking with the guy manning the desk at the hostel we set off to try Polakowski which he recommended highly. Polakowski is located in the Old Town of Krakow near the HolyTrinity Church, which was about a 5 minute walk from the hostel.

The restaurant is set up in a self-service style meaning you line up to place your order and return to the serving area when your number is called if part of your meal needed to be cooked. The restaurant was quite busy when we turned up at 8pm and the poor girl behind the counter was the only one working the front part of the restaurant meaning she was constantly…

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Lunch @ Hippopotamus, Budapest Airport

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While waiting for my flight back to London at Budapest airport I had a late lunch at Hippopotamus. I picked Hippopotamus to dine at partly because they were advertising a bacon and pineapple burger and party because I saw tables located next to power points and wanted to charge my phone again which had not fully charged at the hostel.

As I had been unable to order a cocktail with dinner the night before I went for a cocktail now and ordered a sec on the beach from their menu. Normally I abstain from alcohol when travelling by air so that I do not become dehydrated but after such a relaxing trip I figured one drink was a good way to finish the trip off. The cocktail was well mixed and the alcohol was balanced with all the other flavours, just how I like my cocktails. The presentation was…

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Room Service @ Danubius Gellért Hotel, Budapest

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When I arrived at the Danubius Gellért Hotel after settling into my hotel room I check out the restaurants looking for something to splurge myself with. What I found instead however was that I had checked in on a Monday night when all their restaurants were closed. Realising that fact and hearing the torrential rainfall outside the window of my hotel room I decided to treat to something I had never had before, room service.


Knowing that I was not going to leave the room for the evening I figured I would treat myself. I was quite hungry after my flight earlier that day meaning that I did not get the chance to grab a bite to eat over lunchtime making me quite famished by that later afternoon. I therefore ordered one of the mains off the room service menu and went for the ‘Chicken breast coated in cornflakes…

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Dinner @ Centre Food Point Store, London

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Before leaving London for my Balkan’s adventure I caught up with my friend C for dinner. Being Korean and me not remembering having tried Korean food before C suggested we check out a Korean restaurant below the Centre Point Food Store which is a store that stocks Korean and Japanese food.

I ordered a traditional dish called bibimbap which consisted of a fried egg, some slices of stir-fried beef, rice and some vegetables. I was then given a squeeze bottle of a spicy sauce with which I had to mix into the dish and then eat all together. To go with my dish I also tried a traditional rice based drink. The drink came in a can and was a combination of a slightly thicker than usual water and floating rice. The drink had a sweet flavour and a taste that was a combination of rice and a hint of cinnamon…

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Lunch @ A Casa Mia, Sligo

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The layout of the café is interesting in that there was a large main table that would seat over 20 people in small groups along with a collection of semi-sectioned tables for two. I quite liked the layout of the place as it invited a range of different dining situations and would be perfect for a tapas style dining situation I felt.

I went for the chicken stuffed with feta and wrapped with prosciutto on the specials board for my lunch as the rest of their options were quite light and I was feeling quite peckish with our late lunching time. The dish was all right, I felt that there was not enough feta with only a single piece in the middle and the salad it came with was quite lacking. The others who also ordered the same dish as me had similar observations, some also found the chicken dry…

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Brunch @ Lantana Cafe, London

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I caught up with two friends a few months ago for brunch and one of them suggested Lantana Cafe in Central London as it was an Aussie cafe and being an Australia who else could she go there with? Sound logic in place we set off one morning for our long overdue catch up. When we arrived there was a waiting list and after about a 20-30 minute wait our spot in on the list had come and our table was ready so we entered the cafe and were brought to a long table in their downstairs seating area. We were given 3 seats at one end of the table and another group on the waiting list used the other part of the table.

The moment we were given our menus we realised this would be a tough decision. Every item on the menu sounded delicious and reminded me of the…

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