Travelling and holidays is all about new experiences - and trying new and interesting food is certainly one of life's pleasures. So we thought we would share with you some of the culinary delights we sampled on our trip.
We passed up the pickled lettuce and braised peanuts but can give a big "thumbs up" to the popcorn shrimp, satay sticks, sugar cane juice, battered prawns and Chinese pork. Sadly we didn't make it to Raffles Hotel for High Tea.
English fish and chips are a real delight, don't know how they do the batter but it is light and crisp, and we enjoyed the scampi too. And what can beat the "full English breakfast" to prepare yourself for a day of sightseeing. After having a large breakfast we often made do with a "cream tea" each for lunch, that's scones with jam and clotted cream for those who don't know. Toasted tea cakes were rather nice too. We drool at the thought of those chocolate covered, custard filled Crispy Creme Donuts we enjoyed at Birmingham. Apple and cinnamon pancakes were delicious too, and sticky date puddings. Beef and Yorkshire pudding, steak and ale pie, steak and kidney suet pudding, Cornish pasties, we certainly tried all the English favourites. And Jenny enjoyed kippers for breakfast, and sampled whelks at the sea side. Robin did his bit for the local economy by drinking a pint of English Carlton beer most evenings.
We tried some maple flavoured chocolate and a packet of maple cream filled biscuits - a bit sweet for our taste. Jenny really enjoyed a glass of "ice wine" - the grapes are picked off the vine when frozen and this intensifies the flavour.
New York steak, Philly Cheese Steak, giant pretzels, an American pancake breakfast, Hershey's chocolates, lemon meringue pie, hot cinnamon rolls for breakfast, take away pizza eaten in the sunshine, hot dogs in Central Park. Those Americans know how to eat - everything is super sized - just as well we weren't there too long. Jenny missed out on going to Bubbagumps in Time Square for shrimps, maybe next time.