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    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent

    Brunch is Sunday’s saving grace.

    Whether you’re hungover and in need of some tender lovin’ care (of the food variety) or, you simply want to gorge on mouthwatering, fabulous food before your ‘diet starts’ on Monday, Canterbury is bursting with some great places to indulge in everything from scrumptious cakes and pastries to calorific pancakes and waffles.

    For anyone who is planning a visit to this charming city, make sure you check out at least one of these brunch joints:

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - Canteen - My Culture Craving

    Canteen

    Nestled down a cute, cobbled side street alongside the Cathedral, Canteen offers everything from zesty fruit smoothies and velvet-smooth frozen yogurt to melt-in-your-mouth Mediterranean flat breads and bulging burritos.

    Priding itself on each item on the menu being lovingly made to order from fresh, local produce, Canteen is the perfect hangout spot for a wholesome yet, healthy meal, which won’t leave you feeling like a sack of potatoes.

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - Cafe - My Culture Craving

    Mrs Jones’ Kitchen

    Based in the heart of Canterbury, Mrs Jones’ Kitchen provides great quality, honest food in a relaxing, light and airy environment.

    Whether you are craving a luscious, freshly baked slice of cake, a strong cup of aromatic coffee or a plate piled high with their hot dish of the day, this cafe serves up one of the finest (and best value) brunches in the city.

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - Food - My Culture Craving

    Chocolate Cafe

    Chocolate Cafe is a chocoholics haven.

    This Italian inspired cafe offers an extensive menu filled to the brim with naughty chocolate delicacies.

    From heavenly pastries and dainty truffles to chocolate-doused Belgian waffles and uniquely flavoured cakes, there is no question in where you need to go in Canterbury to get your daily chocolate fix.

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - My Culture Craving

    Cafe Chambers

    This American pancake house is my most recent discovery in Canterbury.

    Selling everything from extravagant stacks of thick, fluffy pancakes smeared in gooey maple syrup, berries and cream to unusually flavoured milkshakes such as, peanut butter, banoffee and gingerbread, each item on Cafe Chambers’ menu oozes pure American indulgence.

    With its diverse menu, fabulous view of the Cathedral and rich history, Cafe Chambers is a must visit if you’re in desperate need of satisfying that Sunday morning sweet tooth.

    The Best of Brunch in Canterbury, Kent - Restaurant - My Culture Craving

    La Trappiste 

    One of the most popular restaurants in town, La Trappsite is a Belgian inspired bakery/restaurant, which provides the very best in freshly baked bread, cakes and pastries as well as, gourmet slap up meals.

    Although this restaurant is busy all year round, during the summer months it overflows with customers flocking to the rooftop terrace to soak up the sun whilst sinking a crisp Belgian beer.

    Make your way here for a decent, strong coffee and anything from a croissant to a hugeeee bowl of moules mariniere. Nom nom nom.

    Where’s your favourite place to go in Canterbury for Brunch? Please comment, Facebook or Tweet me to let me know :)!

    Tapas O’Clock at Kazbar, Oxford

    As soon as my friend and I stepped into Kazbar on Cowley Road in Oxford, we felt as though we’d been transported into a rustic Moroccan bar… in Spain.

    The glass conservatory, which holds the bar, created the illusion that we were outside.

    Green ivy, foliage and twigs crept their way up the faded-mustard coloured walls and were draped in beads, flickering candle holders, pieces of fabric and random ornaments, which all contributed to the restaurant’s consciously shabby decor.

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Decor - My Culture Craving

    Once we’d stopped ourselves from drooling over the cocktail menu at the bar, we were led through to the restaurant area, where the Moroccan charm waltzed up a gear.

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Lamp - My Culture Craving

    Greeted by intricate, glowing lanterns of all shapes and sizes, which were randomly scattered throughout the restaurant, endearing large Spanish posters plastered tastefully across the ochre walls, strings of twinkling fairy lights dangling in the windows and shabby chic stone benches plumped up with inviting deep red, fluffy cushions. All of which, were topped off with cute, mosaic tables and grand, green potted plants, which both added to the al fresco dining feel of the restaurant.

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Table Setting - My Culture Craving

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Table - My Culture Craving

    Team all of this with the sweet smell of incense sticks and the mellow beat of flamenco music, and you’ve got yourself a Mediterranean haven.

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Table Decor - My Culture Craving

    As I was driving, I couldn’t indulge in one of their mouth-watering cocktails or largeeee refreshing beers however, both the Fig and Vanilla Daiquiri and Marrakesh Express sounded particularly delicious (damn you driving!)

    Nevertheless, as there was no alcohol in the mix, this only meant one thing – we had to make up for it in food… and that, my friends, we did…

    Wanting to sample anything and everything on the menu (looking back, our eyes were definitely being farrrr too greedy for our bellies), we ended up choosing eight tapas dishes and a side of bread between the two of us. Ranging from tasty paella and fragrant beef tagine to succulent, paprika infused octopus and flavoursome gambas pil pil, everything was scrumptious and reasonably priced (approx £3-8).

    We left feeling as plump and round as the comfy cushions we reclined onto after we had finished stuffing our faces.

    Tapas O'Clock at Kazbar, Oxford - Tapas - My Culture Craving

    Whether you are looking for a chilled out bar to slurp on a cocktail or two and enjoy your surroundings or a restaurant to have an evening meal, Kazbar oozes relaxation yet, excites every one of your senses at the same time!

    Pop in and let Kazbar bring the Mediterranean to you… Surely that’s an offer no one can refuse?

    Have you ever been to Kazbar on Cowley Road, Oxford? What was your favourite part of the experience? Please comment, Facebook or Tweet me to let me know :)!

    A Taste of Mumbai in London

    When my friend told me that she had arranged for us to go for lunch at Dishoom, a Bombay-cafe inspired restaurant in Covent Garden, London I was over the moon.

    Loving anything and everything, which sparks my fond memories of my time in India, I headed to their website to tantalize my excitement even more. Once I’d browsed their menu, scanned their rave reviews on TripAdvisor and unraveled a lot of heartwarming memories of my time in Mumbai, I couldn’t wait to check it out for myself!

    After finding my way from Leicester Square tube station, I entered the restaurant to the strong, comforting smell of Indian spices and chai.

    The hustle and bustle of the restaurant instantly reminded me of the cafes in Mumbai… albeit, with a luxurious, modern and opulent twist.

    The rustic framed Bollywood photographs and original ads from Bombay newspapers, which line the walls, the low hanging filament lights that weave their way along the ceiling like black intertwined electrical wires, the traditional Indian silver water cups, which are stacked up on the table, just as they would be in a classic Indian cafe and the cabinets of authentic Indian toiletries in the bathroom, all bring the balance of tone, taste and tradition together, perfectly.

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Decoration - My Culture Craving

    And that’s before we’ve even discussed food and drink…

    As we hadn’t booked a table (go here for the restaurant’s terms on reserving tables), we had around a 40 minute wait. However, this just meant we had time to indulge in a tasty tipple at the bar downstairs beforehand.

    The restaurant is made up of two floors. The first floor, where the hectic open kitchen stands proudly, is more light, laid back, and suited for lunch. Whereas the downstairs, which houses the cocktail bar, is more dark, atmospheric and befitting for dinner.

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Kitchen - My Culture Craving

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Seating - My Culture Craving

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    Whilst we relaxed at the bar, I ordered a traditional, spiced chai.

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Chai - My Culture Craving

    Looking back, I wish I’d pushed the boat out and tried one of their unique spins on the classic Indian drinks of chai and lassi. The Bailey’s chai and rose and cardamon lassi sounded divine however, I couldn’t help myself but stick with what I knew, loved and missed…

    The traditional chai was scrumptious and burst with the delicious taste and smell of an Indian, spice bazaar.

    Once we had been seated, we quickly reeled off the order we had been drooling over ever since we had set eyes on the menu. We then sat goggling at the other table’s food until ours arrived.

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Menu - My Culture Craving

    We started with the vegetable samosas (£3.10), which were crispy and jam-packed with flavour. We then followed with a selection of dishes to share – the mattar paneer (£7.50), chicken ruby (£8.20), masala prawns (£11.20), chicken berry Britannia biryani (£8.50)… all accompanied with a batch of garlic naan (£2.20) to mop up the heavenly sauces.

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Food - My Culture Craving

    A Taste of Mumbai in London - Curry - My Culture Craving

    Although everything, which touched my palate was exquisite, the chicken ruby was just… WOW. The combination of succulent moist chicken and a deep rich, flavoursome sauce was out of this world. I completely understand why this dish is a recommended favourite at the restaurant!

    We left Dishoom not toooo worse for wear on the money front and very happy that we weren’t overly full… a feeling, which I’m sure we can all vouch for, usually happens after a hefty Indian.

    If you are looking for some great quality Indian food with attentive and bubbly staff and a buzzing atmosphere, then make sure you head to Dishoom!

    They also serve hearty, traditional Indian breakfasts from 8am-11.30am on weekdays and 9am – midday on weekends. Check out their menu, here.

    And, if you don’t happen to be in the Covent Garden area, they also have restaurants in Kings Cross and Shoreditch.

    Enjoy, and let me know how the Bailey’s chai are… I’ll definitely be popping back in for one of those babies!

    Have you ever been to Dishoom in Covent Garden? What were your favourite dishes? Please comment, Facebook or Tweet me to let me know :)!

    Five Great Things to do Whilst in Edinburgh, Scotland

    Edinburgh is architecturally unique, steeped in history and buzzing with people out and about drinking, eating and sightseeing.

    But, where to start? Here are five great things to see and do whilst in the Scottish capital:

    Five Great Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Dungeons - My Culture Craving

    Edinburgh Dungeons

    Edinburgh Dungeons was an unplanned activity, which ended up being one of the main highlights of our trip!

    After a few glasses of vino, we headed towards the dark dungeons, eagerly awaiting what we had in store. Once we’d paid the rather steep £16.50 entry fee, we were led into the first ‘scene’ of our frightening dungeon experience – the Judge and Courtroom.

    We then huddled together and retreated into the darkness, through a series of thrilling, fun and educational scenes – including a spooky boat trip, a creepy tour of a torture chamber, a humorous mirror maze and an exciting drop ride, which provided us with some invaluable photos at the end.

    Although admission to the dungeons may seem rather expensive if you are travelling on a budget, it is definitely worth the dent in your pocket!

    With over an hour of laughter, screaming, history and special effects, Edinburgh Dungeons is a great day out and a fun way to learn about the city’s gory past.

    Five Great Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland - Whisky - My Culture Craving

    Whisky Tasting

    I’m not a fan of good ol’ whisky. However, as I was travelling with a couple of people who love this potent drink, I bit the bullet and gave a bit of whisky tasting a go… I’m sorry to say, that it didn’t change my opinion on this classic Scottish drink…

    Throughout Edinburgh, there are a number of options of how/where you can do whisky tasting.

    If you are keen to learn about the in-depth history of whisky and how it is made, then the Scotch Whisky Experience is probably your best option. Situated next to the castle, it guides you through a replica distillery, whilst educating you on the processes involved in making whisky… and, of course, you are provided with samples along the way.

    Ticket prices range from £14 – £60 (depending on what tour you book on to). Check out their website to find out more about the different tours they have on offer.

    As we were on a budget, we decided to create our own whisky tasting experience in a traditional, beamed pub in Edinburgh’s old town. We all chose a couple of different whiskys each, took a sip or two (depending on how horrible they were) and passed them on.

    With a vast choice of over 50 different whiskys in most of the pubs in Edinburgh, you won’t go short on finding a new tipple to try.

    After tasting the whisky, which was described as ‘sea salty’ and smelt and tasted a little like TCP, we admitted defeat and ordered a bottle of wine… but at least we gave it a good go…

    Five Great Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland - Castle - My Culture Craving

    Edinburgh Castle

    Situated on top of a rock overlooking Edinburgh, you can almost envision the battles and sieges, which once took place at this iconic castle. Seeped in generations of regal history and with the best views in the city, this is a must see whilst in Edinburgh.

    However, with the entry fee priced at an eye-watering £16 per person, I’d advise putting aside a whole day to wander around and discover the stories behind this fascinating building.

    Five Great Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland - Tartan - My Culture Craving

    Tartan Weaving Mill

    As an avid tartan lover, this is something, which I wish I could have done whilst in Edinburgh. However unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to fit it in.

    Situated next to Edinburgh castle and spread over five floors, the Tartan Weaving Mill shows visitors the vast processes involved in…dum dum dummmm, the production of tartan. From the shearing of sheep to the making of kilts, you are bound to learn everything there is to know about this intricate process.

    And unless you get lured in by the numerous shops, entry is free, making it a great and educational afternoon out without any need to worry about your budget!

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    Take a Wander

    I always find that I get the most out of a new city when I go out, walk in any direction and see where I end up. On this occasion, I headed in the direction of Edinburgh’s old town. Atop a steep hill, I stumbled across the city’s charming cobbled streets, charismatic, dark stone buildings, tartan strewn shops, cute traditional cafes and restaurants, outstanding castle and snug pubs.

    Get walking, admire Edinburgh’s allure and ensure to look up – the building’s historic charm is something not to be missed.

    If you have ever been to Edinburgh, what would you add to this list? Please comment, Tweet or Facebook me to let me know :)! 

    Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!!

    Too Many Pies, Too Many Many Pies…

    During my recent trip to Edinburgh my friends and I stumbled upon the perfect hangover cure… A TRADITIONAL PIE SHOP.

    Looking a little rough around the edges from the outside, The Pie Maker could be mistaken for a dodgy diner. However, like a lot of traditional eateries, once we took the plunge inside, it was a gem.

    It was everything you could ever want from a pie shop.

    Traditional, wholesome, cheap (£1.50 pies!) and delicious. I went up to the counter at least three times to try as many of their heavenly pastries as possible.

    Pie Maker, Edinburgh - Shop - My Culture Craving

    Pie Maker, Edinburgh - Food - My Culture Craving

    From freshly baked steak and ale and chicken and mushroom pies to Scottish haggis, turnip and mash pies, mac n’ cheese pies and tatty dogs – a yummy marriage of hot dog and fried potato – here, you can be as adventurous or traditional as you please (check out their menu here).

    After admiring their wide choice of succulent pies, slices and sausage rolls as well as their mouth-watering sweet pastries, we chose our pies and perched on the stools, which lined the room. I went for the haggis, turnip and mash pie (£1.60), which was scrumptious and, a great way to sample some of Scotland’s traditional delicacies!

    Pie Maker, Edinburgh - My Culture Craving

    Pie Maker, Edinburgh - Haggis Pie - My Culture Craving

    I then delved into the ever so unhealthy yet, ever so irresistible mac n’ cheese pie…

    Pie Maker, Edinburgh - Mac n' Cheese Pie - My Culture Craving

    After sampling everyone else’s pies and tatty dogs, we decided that it was time to stop eating, waddle our way to the nearest pub and wash all of the food down with a warming glass of red.

    If you are heading to Edinburgh anytime soon, make sure you check out The Pie Maker! It is cheap, cheerful and yumtastic!

    Keep an eye out on the blog for more posts on my trip to Edinburgh.

    I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have a Happy, Sloshy New Year!  

    Touch Down in Edinburgh, Scotland

    After a stressful trip to the airport (7am flights are not the one when you’re tired and your alarm decides not to go off) and a flight journey, which took less time than it takes for me to choose what to wear each morning, I have touched down in the picturesque capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.

    With a few days packed full to the brim with exploration, festivities, sightseeing and whisky tasting (I don’t like whisky but, as my friend validly pointed out… It’s a great blogging opportunity) I’m hoping to get as much out of my time in this enchanting city.

    Keep an eye out for updates and photos on my Twitter page @Graduate2892.

    Edinburgh. Is. Beautiful.

    A Day at The British Museum, London

    On Sunday my friend and I decided to treat ourselves to a fun day out in London. Being a little strapped for cash, we needed something to do, which wouldn’t stretch our budget… so, we thought, what can we do in London for free? Museums!!

    After much debate about which museum to go to, we gathered our archaeological tools (aka. our coats and coffees) and headed to the grand British Museum.

    Encasing some of the most fascinating historical antiques from human history, The British Museum is an educational, awe-inspiring and compelling place to visit.

    Housed in an architecturally stunning building, which is adorned in magnificent Greek pillars, this museum holds over 8 million artifacts! Ranging from Egyptian mummies, Chinese ceramics and Greek sculptures to Viking relics, Japanese fashion and Asian Buddhas, here, there is plenty to keep you busy and entertained.

    However, with the ample amount of antiquities to see, it is difficult to fit everything in. Therefore, I would advise doing some research into the different sections of the museum before arriving. This way, you can ensure you don’t miss out any of the areas you are most interested in seeing.

    We managed to wander around the Egypt and Asia rooms in around an hour and a half…

    Admiring the mammoth amount of Buddhas (I was in heaven) and educating myself on the enthralling history of mummification, I came away brimming with historical facts and information… and I hadn’t even skimmed the surface of what the museum has to offer!

    The British Museum, is an enlightening experience. It gives you the chance to learn a huge amount about the heritage and lives of our ancestors as well as take a peek into the history and culture of some of the countries that are visited so frequently today, which, when travelling, I think is just as essential as your passport.

    So, if you’re in London, head to The British Museum and get cultured! It is open from 10am – 5.30pm daily and entry is FREE!

    Nearest tube station – Tottenham Court Road.

    Have you been to The British Museum? If so, which was your favourite section? Let me know :).