I’ve been pretty much obsessed with all things Scottish ever since Outlander entered my life.. to the point I just have to visit the Scottish highlands. So this year, I planned to visit Scotland before heading to Scandinavia.
The most anticipated meal in Edinburgh was a 7 course dinner at The Gardener’s Cottage. When I was researching, I saw that it has a lot of good reviews and recommendations.
It really is a stone cottage and has vegetables growing in the gardens!
The 7 courses tasting menu is more like a tapas meal because the portions are really small.Pinecured trout, BBQ rhubarb mayo carrot, wild garlic.….
BBQ asparagus, fresh cheese….
Rabbit, tomato, smoked mushroom, salsa….
Cod, clams, leek, ricotta and wild garlic agnolotti.…..
Seeded sponge and mousse…..
Scottish cheeses…… I don’t like cheese so it took me forever to finish this…
Chocolate and hazelnut with mint ice-cream….
Petit-four with Scottish shortbread.…
We were a bit disappointed with the meal because none of the dishes really stood out. Even though the setting was homey and cozy, the service was a bit distant and cold. I think this restaurant is more hyped than it should be….
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
The Gardener’s Cottage
1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Rd, Edinburgh EH7 5DX, United Kingdom
Apart from aurora viewing, there’s actually a lot of daytime activities to do in Yellowknife. Between dog sledding, ice-fishing and snowmobiling, we decided to pick the most thrilling one.. snow snowmobiling on Great Slave Lake!
Afterwards, we decided to have a late lunch.. but which became an early dinner at Bullocks’ Bistro because we had to wait so long for our table.
Bullocks’ is famous for its fish… and also for the most exorbitant prices for fish and chips!
House made cumin feta bread….. freshly made and baked in front of us!
fish chowder... so good! we wanted seconds but was sold out….
Deep fried white fish, pan fried pickerel and grilled Arctic char….. all this fish were so juicy and tender. It was so good that we re-ordered the fried white fish.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
3534 Weaver Dr, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2S9, Canada
To cross off another item of my bucket list, I travelled to Yellowknife to see aurora borealis. We studied about Northwest territories back in elementary school and the only things I could remember are ice, ice-fishing and more ice. Because of that, I didn’t think I’ll ever visit that part of the country. It’s just so cold!! But for the last year or so, I’ve seen a lot of aurora photos on Instagram and also, a lot of people in Hong Kong has asked me if I’ve been to Yellowknife to see the northern lights. I guess it was time for a trip to the north!
We traveled to Yellowknife in February, one of THE coldest months of the year. We spent 2 nights outside looking for the aurora in -33 degrees celsius….. if we could survive in that temperature.. cold weather will not faze us ever again! We were so lucky to see the aurora 2 out of 3 nights.. it really danced in the sky!
We stayed at The Explorer Hotel, the best hotel in Yellowknife (even Prince William and Kate stayed there!). Their restaurant is also ranked the best in Yellowknife but the food was really average and overpriced.
We ate there for 2 nights because we were too lazy to put on our snow gear and walk 2 blocks to the main street.
What we ordered:
duck confit spring rolls……
Mussels meunière…extremely salty……. Don’t know how mussels could be that salty… when I ordered it the 2nd night, I requested the chef to tone down that salt.. but it was still so salty….. really.. I don’t know why….
sacchetti with black truffles….. this was the only good dish because it had strong truffle taste…
grilled arctic char……. it looks like salmon but the texture is a bit different and the taste is milder…
Pan seared lemon pepper whitefish…
Shrimp stuffed pickerel with tarragon cream..
FAIM? un peu…
Trader’s Grill @ The Explorer Hotel
4825 49th Ave, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2R3, Canada
We stayed at Rimping Village Hotel, which was relatively close to the city centre and it had a free breakfast buffet.
They had the regular breakfast spread of breads/pastries, egg station and fruits.. but my favourite was the mango sticky rice….. the sweetest ripest mango…. so good!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Rimping Village Hotel
13/1 Soi 2 Chiangmai Lamphun Road T. Wat Gate A. Muang Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
We did a day trip out to the Golden Triangle, where the mountains of Myanmar, Laos and Thailand overlap.
Prior to the trip, the highlight of this day trip was the boat trip to Laos…disappointingly, the part of Laos we docked at was just a flea market for the Golden Triangle visitors.
We also stopped by the breathtaking Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple)..
and the Karen Long Neck Tribe village….it actually feels a bit weird because these women are on display.. like at a zoo….
For lunch, our guide took us to a buffet restaurant but with my weak stomach, I decided to only eat cooked veggies…
Our guide stopped the car a few times to buy us snacks to try..
watermelon crispies… couldn’t taste the watermelon but it was crispy!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!!
When in Thailand, you have to take a class at a cooking school! We picked Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School because it had great reviews on Trip Advisor and it was a very good choice.
They didn’t have a class planned for the Sunday but opened one just for us!
The ingredients were all prepped for us but we still have to grind our own peppers for the curry!
Our finished product: tom yum soup….
pad thai….. this is the real deal! authentic pad thai shouldn’t be too orange-y in colour or be ketchup-y. The slight orange tint is from the tamarind paste.
fish curry…. We get to pick what curry to make so I picked this. I first had this in Bangkok, and wanted to re-create this.
I felt like a real chef when cooking this but when I tried to make the pad thai at home but couldn’t re-create this taste. It’s probably because we don’t have the fresh ingredients.
FAIM? OUI OUI!!!
Zabb E Lee Thai Cooking School
Address: 6 Moo 8 Sriphoome Soi 8 Sriphoome, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
One of the must try food in Chiangmai is Khao Soi, a Burmese-influenced noodles.
The most famous place to try Khao-soi is a roadside canteen that is frequented by the exiled former prime minister…….. his pictures are plastered all over the place…
For a local road side canteen, the place is pretty clean..
khao-soi: boiled egg noodles and deep-fried noodles in a curry coconut soup base…… really really spicy.. couldn’t really enjoy it but my friends really liked it…
some sausage and rice dish……
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Khao Soi Samerjai ข้าวซอยเสมอใจ
391, Charoen Rat Road, Tambon Fa Ham, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50000
+66 53 242 928