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#take12trips Challenge 10: Exploring Glastonbury Tor

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After waking up with sore biceps and bruised kneecaps from caving in Burrington Combe the day before, we decided the only remedy was Sunday morning stroll up Glastonbury Tor. Continue reading

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Campfire Recipe Ideas

After trying Rob’s ‘Secret Special Campfire Beans’ recipe over our last camping trip, it got me to thinking about campfire food and wondering whether it was possible to find any decent recipes. Admittedly my camping cooking skills are rather limited, to boiling food in a bag, roasting it on a stick (yes, smores) or saying ‘screw this’ and heading to a pub for someone to do the hard work for me.

However, a quick look on Pinterest proved that there are a plethora of delicious campfire recipes available that don’t require any bushcraft or rugged culinary skills. Listed below are a few of my favourites to try the next time I’m in the great outdoors.

Camping Mac n’ Cheese

As if a campfire wasn’t cosy enough, teaming it with homemade mac and cheese, baggy sweaters and smores, makes for the ultimate hygge evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrimp-boil Kebabs

A slightly refined version of my stab-it-on-a-stick-and-stick-it-in-the-fire method, this handy recipe idea gives you a mixture of meat and veg that creates an entire meal on a stick – what’s not to love?

After Rob made everyone pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup during our last camping trip, I’m convinced there’s no better way to start a day’s hike. The chefs at Hick Country have come up with a number of breakfast and in particular, pancake ideas for camping (read: BEER PANCAKES!? When can I camp again?)

Do you have any any favourite go-to camping recipes? Tell us below!

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Handy Nutrients and Food for Muscle Recovery

Photo credit: takebackyourhealthconference / Best Bobs / CC BY

Photo credit: takebackyourhealthconference / Best Bobs / CC BY

Lately I’ve been working on several 6c+/7a projects I’m dying to crush, which means I’ve been spending a lot more time at the climbing gym and pushing myself at strength-training classes. The routes require just that little bit of extra strength, and no matter how much my arms and core muscles hurt after hours of pull-ups and clumsy bouts on the TRX, I know the exhilaration of reaching the top will easily beat any momentary pain. Or at least that’s what I tell myself at the time. To be honest, I’d love it if I could completely boss it up the routes and then be like “Oh, this old route? Yeah it’s a nice little warm-up for my 8a.”

Combine this with my running race this month and weekend hikes, and as you can guess, my muscles are feeling the brunt of my lifestyle at the moment. Considering my past mistakes of pushing myself too hard (bouts of bed-ridden tonsillitis and exhaustion, anaemia, and  preventable injuries aplenty) I’m keen to learn from them and not end up like that again. Which means I’ve been spending a predominantly large amount of my lunch breaks researching the best foods for muscle recovery to help me keep on top of things health-wise. Continue reading

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Restaurants to Suit Every Taste in Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Despite its small size, Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, and in particular its Old Town quarters, offers a surprisingly large array of restaurants, ice cream parlours, bars and cafes to suit any taste and budget. Here’s a quick guide of my favourites below, but feel free to leave your own suggestions below!

For Slovenian gourmetGostilna na Gradu – any simple Google search for Slovenian restaurants will bring up this restaurant, and with good reason. Situated in the courtyard of Ljubljana Castle, Gostilna na Gradu was opened in 2009 with a focus on cooking traditional Slovenian meals that are organic, and locally sourced. The result – hearty, flavourful meals washed down with an extensive wine list. The potatoes in the pan are some of the best you’ll have, and despite Gostilna na Gradu’s gourmet standards, the portion sizes and prices are good value.

For hipster cafe cultureTOZD – Here you will find Ljubljana’s hipster crowd jostling shoulders with families, dogs and couples on the weekends for a seat outside under the trees along the riverbank. Featuring bright furnishings reminiscent of the communist era, TOZD prides itself on serving health-conscious food and beverages in a fun manner, such as free ‘kinetically corrected’ water in glass beakers. The main attraction however, is its coffee, which they serve with a ‘cold-brew’ option that has a good caffeinated kick to it. The hot chocolate, which has a thick, almost custard-like consistency, is also a favourite.

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For vegetariansNamaste – Situated by the riverbank in the hub of the weekly antique and art markets, Namaste offers a good selection of vegetarian dishes in a country where meat is commonly eaten at every meal. Mains and vegetarian side dishes are reasonably priced, and the menu offers a good variety of options, including Indian street food snacks. The wine list too offers a good selection of regional Slovenian wines.

For touristsJulija – With its chic, understated decor, Julija offers a delicious taster of Slovenian cuisine in the centre of the Old Town. The staff are friendly, the food is good quality with decent portion sizes, and the wine list in particular provides an excellent selection of crisp, white Slovenian varieties.

For pizzaDvor pizzeria – Ljubljana is awash with places selling pizza, and while there are numerous venues touting their own versions, Dvor’s (enormous) offering is distinctly Italian home-cooking with a Slovenian influence. The restaurant has a slight sports-bar atmosphere, but its menu is as big as the pizzas themselves, with more than 200 varieties, and pizzas up to 50 centimetres in size!

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For closing-hour sweet treatsSlaščičarna pri Vodnjaku – During the week many restaurants close early in Ljubljana compared to other capitals, which makes pri Vodnjaku all the more sweeter. This cafe/dessert shop serves a delicious array of ice cream and slices of cake, and with its excellent outdoor seating offering views of the Ljubljana castle and nearby music university, is an prime place to people-watch.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Krakow, Poland

Krakow is renowned for its medieval square as well as its Communist and WWII historical sites, but it’s growing number of gourmet restaurants and reputation for good value for money is fast making it an ideal destination for foodies.

For cheap and cheerful favourites: If you want pierogi like your babcia used to make, head to Polskie Smaki just off the main square of Old Krakow. A popular place for students and locals, Polskie Smaki’s simple and cheerful decor matches its previous history as a milk bar during the Communist regime. Here hungry visitors will find several classic Polish dishes like the sausage-based Kielbasa or the barley Zurek soup, along with the all-important pierogi dessert in fruity flavours like blueberry. The menu might vary each day, but the restaurant’s good value for money does not, with a pint of Tyniec beer, a  hearty main and a plate of pierogi setting your wallet back about £10.  Polskie Smaki, ul. St. Thomas 5, 31-014 Krakow; open from 10:00am to 22:00pm daily; http://www.polskie-smaki.pl/en/index.php.

 

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For chocolate lovers: Belgium might hold the title as the centre of chocolate production in Europe, but one rich morsel from Krakow’s Karmello chocolatier might be enough to convince you otherwise. Stocking a range of dark and milk chocolates in a wide variety of flavours and designs, their liqueur chocolates are particularly worth trying. For a truly indulgent treat however, nothing beats having a tall glass of their hot chocolate on a chilly evening. Karmello, 40 Florian Street, Krakow; open Tuesday-Sunday 7:00am to 23:00pm daily, Fridays 7:00am to 22:00; http://www.karmello.pl/.

 

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For gourmet dinners: Krakow might not have a Michelin-starred just yet, but it has several restaurants that are Michelin recommended for a fraction of the price of its contemporaries. Head to Miod Malina, or Honey Raspberry, where diners can try traditional dishes from the Leonardo region. Particular favourites include the roe-deer in a dark cherry sauce, and the lamb chops marinated in a rosemary and garlic marinade. Expect to pay approximately £30 for a main and drinks. Travellers that book far in advance should try to get a table at Wesele, whose rustic interior reflects its traditional Polish menu. Miod Malina, ul. Grodzka 40 PL – 31 044 Kraków; open from 12:00 pm to 23:00 pm daily; http://www.miodmalina.pl/en/. Wesele, Rynek Glówny 10 PL – 31 042 Kraków; open from 12:00 pm to 23:00 pm daily; http://www.weselerestauracja.pl/pl/.

For traditional Jewish food: Head to the old Jewish quarter known as Kazimierz, where you can get a taste of Jewish life in Krakow prior to WWII at Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu (Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz). The entire restaurant is filled antiques to resemble a Jewish home, with even candle the only source of light. Make sure you head there on a Tuesday evening, when you can enjoy a big savoury plate of kasha to the sound of a live band playing Jewish tunes from yesteryear. Dawno Temu Na Kazimierzu, ul Szeroka 17, Krakow; open from 10:00am to midnight daily.

 

Once Upon a Time in Kazimierz

 

For vodka-philes: Deviate from Krakow’s main square to the smaller one on ul.Mikołajska street, and there you will find the Wodka Cafe Bar. This cosy drinking hole boasts an entire wall of vodka, ranging from your standard Polish Zubrowka bison grass vodka to more adventurous flavour options like grapefruit or pear. Ask for a chilled glass and then sit back and peruse the unusual artwork for sale on the wall. Wodka Cafe Bar, ul.Mikołajska 5, 31-027, Kraków; open Monday to Thursday from 15:00 pm to close, Friday to Sunday from 13:00 to close; http://www.wodkabar.pl/; https://www.facebook.com/pages/W%C3%B3dka-Cafe-bar/206241002621

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