What makes a holiday a great one? Is it about lying prostrate on a sun-lounger beside a swimming pool that shimmers beneath the sun while liveried butlers bring you vibrant cocktails with garnishes as big as your hat? Or about an urban oasis full of laneways, people and fabulous shoes. Perhaps it’s as simple as quietly retreating to a snug cottage in the middle of nowhere terribly much, with picturesque countryside, a little town to pootle in that looks like a bigger version of a model village and a towering heap of books.
Wherever you are, and how much (or often, how little) you get up to, it’s hard to have a wonderful holiday without there being good food. Even people not ruled by their stomachs let themselves luxuriate in the occasional visit to the
Or holidaying as far away from it all as possible... Iceland retreat, from Heartthrobs & Villains
I love that the unexpectedness that description on a menu, while (usually) accurate, will often be so vague (whether, sometimes, from their translation to English or, more often, my questionable and very limited translation from another language). This was first discovered in Hong Kong, when the unassuming description of “Chicken with vegetables” turned out to have a complexity, and a sauce, that were all the more of a delicious surprise after their humble introduction. And was then expanded on around Italy, and occasionally in France, on last year’s
Antarctica - the cuisine's not much to write home about, I suspect. But think of the penguins! Photo via The Daily Green
The latest completely accurate but entirely suprising description is an upside down cake. It’s nothing like the familiar and delicious caramelised fruit offering...
Cake from Intricate Icings
This one seems more hell-bent on trying to defy the laws of physics. Intriguing at a just-because-you-can level, but I’m just not quite sure about it other than as a baking experiment. A very pretty baking experiment, nonetheless...