Welcome to my big fat blog!

It’s mainly about food, especially restaurants, and with a bit of travel info and cultural stuff thrown in. I am very fortunate to be able to travel a lot with my job and the blog is a way for me to remember where I’ve been, mainly by recording what I’ve eaten!

There has been no attempt to monetise it, partly because I don’t like to compromise, and partly because I can’t be bothered to push it on social media which is pretty essential noweadays if you want a large readership. So it remains more  of a personal diary that will I hope be useful for other people.

gannetA lot of the information has been distilled from guide books and travel websites but local opinions and my own personal experience are what I depend on the most.

The result should be a useful summary of available information for all kinds of travellers, especially for major cities in Italy or Spain, but also for a lot of oddball places off the beaten track that most tourists would never go to. At the same time though please don’t consider these posts to be comprehensive guides to a whole city, they are just snapshots, often just about a particular corner of town.

Wherever I go, my aim is to search out and try the local delicacies, whatever they may be. After a hard day’s work, eating well is what makes or breaks my day, so you can rest assured that I will hunt out the good stuff. It also means that these reviews are my honest personal opinions about food and drink that I have paid for myself.

I’m not a culinary expert, although I have worked in kitchens and I love to cook, so you should probably take some of the things I write, and make, with a large pinch of salt! However, if you’re like me and just love anything to do with food, I’m sure there will be something in here to interest you.

May your stomach never be empty!

Raif x

15 Responses to “Welcome to my big fat blog!”

  1. Great stuff Ralph!! What a star you are. I’ll look for some of these on my travels (although, as you know, I tend to go for whatever is easiest, which is often the boring/expensive hotel restaurant or something from a supermarket!).

  2. Thanks Sue. I have included supermarkets and delis where possible too!

    Just added Mimi de la Ferrovia and Taverna dell ‘Arte were we ate together in Naples, Hope it brings back memories!

  3. dominic dignan Says:

    easy pal like all the contents, would say the categories need to be placed in sub folders bit overwelming at first site. you got any recipes i would love to cook your green thai curry for sarah. just got back from meixco and the sea food was amazing

    • Ta mate. Recipes will be coming as well! Thai curries are all about making the paste from fresh. You need to find a shop that sells galangal, lime leaves and lemon grass. There’s a brilliant Thai supermarket on London Rd next time you come x

  4. Gimme more of this hot stuff…!

    Can’t see any link that says: “Want to receive more emails about this website?”

    So just invite me, man – and make it quick!

    Ta

    Bill
    x

  5. Clare Jordan Says:

    Hey Raif – Thanks for this it looks great, have also forwarded it to a few foody travellers who I know will apreciate this too🙂

  6. There is now a subscribe widget in the top right hand corner🙂 x

  7. A short query: where exactly on London Road is the Thai supermarket? Not sure I can place this although I know that road quite well (but obviously not as well as I thought).

    • Hi Iain, thanks for the good words.

      The Thai supermarket is at the far end of London Rd from town, just past the junction where it splits from the beginning of Abbeydale Rd. Walk down the hill past the library and the church and you will see it on the left. It’s on the corner of Asline Rd I think.

      They have a comprehensive range of Thai foodstuffs including lots of fresh fruit and veg.

      Happy shopping🙂

      • Thanks for this, found it last night by accident when we took the wrong turn on the way to Dhanistha’s to celebrate my 61st. Immediately remembered having seen it before but my memory clearly isn’t what it used to be.

  8. hi mate—just arrived in vigo – only here for a couple of evenings. you find anywhere good when you were here?
    jx

  9. Hi Raif. Really like your blog. Very detailed and prolific. A man after my own heart (stomach!).
    Very inspiring.
    Respec’!

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