Day 3 From Penzance to Newquay: Closer to Paradise

It was almost a bit difficult saying goodbye to Penzance but knowing it was the beginning of another journey made it all the more easier! πŸ˜‚ After a 2-hour train journey (with a changeover in Par), I arrived in Newquay just around lunchtime when the sun continues to be hanging high up in the sky! 🌞

The beautiful sea view of my hotel room towards Towan Beach

After dropping off my stuff in the hotel, I wasted no time heading down to the coast (starting from Towan Beach heading west to Fistral Beach) and enjoyed the beautiful views of the deep blue sea under the bright blue sky. πŸ’™πŸ’™

Towan Beach
Busy beach indeed! πŸ–
The cliff by Towan Beach
I wonder who lives in these houses in this amazing spot? πŸ€”
Fistral Beach
Just as busy here!
Look at the waves! 🌊 🌊
Paradise! ❀️
The Headland Hotel looking over the beach

Situated by Fistral Beach is The Fish House – highly recommended by the Michelin guide, and it certainly didn’t disappointed! I know I had been having a lot of seafood lately, but this one certainly topped it for me! πŸ”₯πŸ”₯ I was very lucky too to be able to get a booking as I managed to reserve the only spot available this month last night, so if you are planning to visit make sure you look well ahead of time as the restaurant is an extremely popular choice!

β€œGrilled scallops with pea and mint purΓ©e and crispy Serrano ham” – the purΓ©e was so good I licked the shells clean! πŸ˜πŸ’š
β€œPanko sesame fried tiger prawns with mangetout, fresh coconut and chilli salad with curried mayonnaise” – that salad I can eat a full bowl of! 🀀
Got a bit greedy with ice cream flavours! πŸ˜‚ The four I chose were roasted coconut; lemon curd; blood orange sorbet and passion fruit sorbet.

After an amazing lunch, it was time to walk off the calories by exploring the beach and coastline! πŸ˜‰ I walked across almost the entirety of Newquay from west to east, eventually reaching Lusty Glaze Beach and Porth Beach.

Exploring barefoot 🦢 along Fistral Beach
Looking for little fishes lol! 🐟🐟
All mussels! πŸ˜‚
Tides incoming! πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ
So many dog walkers around! 🐢🐢
A hidden spot by the beach
Newquay Bay on the left and Fistral Bay on the rjght
Spotting the wind farm from afar
Towan Head
This building reminded me of those in Greece
Newquay Harbour
Harbour Beach
The quieter Towan Beach after the sun
Under the bridge
Keep dragging my trainers πŸ‘Ÿ into the water πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦
The vast sky and sea
Little hut in a field of flowers 🌼🌼🌼
Lusty Glaze Beach
Porth Beach

As the sun set over Newquay, I ventured out into Porth Island (as the last destination for the day) hoping to get a full view of the beautiful scenery.

Bridge to Porth Island
Beautiful flowers on Porth Island πŸ’πŸ’
Looking back at Porth Beach
Scaling the rock!
Under the glow
At the top πŸ”
Over Porth Island
The colours! πŸ’›πŸ§‘
Can’t get enough of this!
Heading back to the hotel – can’t wait for more tomorrow!

Day 1 & 2 in Penzance: Summer Lovin’

Happy bank holiday from the U.K.! Such a blessing to have the holiday and my week off coinciding with the hottest day of the year thus far! β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ Hope you all had a great day too as I have most certainly enjoyed my time here in Penzance! 😁

Penzance is one of the most southern towns in the U.K., lying within Cornwall. It was a long train ride from London with the whole journey covering over 5 hours and a changeover in Plymouth (where I visited last summer!) – but I figured it was the time to do it now with me having an entire week off work! πŸš‚

Lunch on the train 🍱

I was most certainly prepared for the long train ride as I have done lots of food shopping πŸ› before hopping on to the train! (And yes, I finished everything just on the first train alone! πŸ˜‚ Unfortunately a 15-minute delay caused me to miss my changeover in Plymouth, so I ended up making a quick stop there before moving on to the next train (which was also further delayed. πŸ˜…)

Revisiting Plymouth after last year πŸ˜‚- but I only had enough time to hop to the shops so didn’t get a chance to see its beautiful coast again
Another delay… πŸ˜ͺ

After over an hour behind the initial scheduled time, I finally arrived in Penzance and I was immediately in awe of the slight Mediterranean feel of the place! πŸ– Weather wasn’t the best when I arrived on Sunday but I was still definitely on a holiday mood – though this place seemed to be a bit of a dead zone for phone signal! πŸ˜‚πŸ“±(Maybe it will be actually good for me to be off the grid for once…? 😝)

Penzance harbour
By the harbour
Twilight by the shore (looking towards Newlyn)

My initial plan was to visit Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar in Newlyn for dinner (the place seems to be extremely popular and does not take bookings, so couldn’t even reserved beforehand.) Newlyn is a seaside town and fishing port situated just right next to Penzance accessible by just a relatively short walk (around 20 minutes from my hotel.) Sadly, the train delays earlier meant that I couldn’t make it in time before the restaurant closed at 9. And it appeared that, in general, most places in Penzance were closed by that time- including the hotel restaurant… πŸ˜΄πŸŒ™ (I guess it was a Sunday after all or perhaps I am just too used to all the late night openings in London πŸ˜….) Thank goodness though I didn’t have to starve for the night as I eventually managed to find a kebab place in the town centre (after much searching! πŸ˜‚)

Kedgeree and poached egg for breakfast in the hotel- my first time having kedgeree!

Despite many bumps in my first day of travel (as per usual for me πŸ˜‚), I woke up this morning with a fresh determination wanting to make the most of my day – with a morning swim in the Jubilee Pool. πŸŠβ€β™‚οΈ

Jubilee Pool on the outside
Jubilee Pool
Geothermal pool on the right next to the main swimming area
Loving the sun β˜€οΈ and water 🌊

The pool is very unique in that it extends directly into the sea, making it a landmark in the area. (I certainly loved the Art Deco feel of it! πŸ’™) Due to COVID restrictions now, bookings must be made in advance. Luckily, the main swimming area is readily available for bookings (up to one hour before the time slots- but only the shallow end is opened for use right now, which is fine with me as I am not that massively strong of a swimmer anyway. πŸ˜‚) Sadly, the geothermal pool is now completely booked until next month. ☹️ Would have loved to go into the geothermal pool as the water in the main swimming area is rather cold πŸ₯Ά – so a lot of us just ended up β€œwalking” and paddling along the pool, or just sunbathing by the poolside lol. 😎 Still great fun though! (And I will take it as my workout for the day done!)

Heading to Newlyn (for the second time lol!)
Welcome to Newlyn!
Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar

After a quick shower back in the hotel, I made my way to Newlyn hoping it will be a second time lucky!🀞 Literally went there banged on before their opening time at 12, so was seated very quickly. πŸ˜‰ The seafood dishes were all very fresh and delicious, so I was so very tempted to order a dessert as well!

Menu of Mackerel Sky Seafood Bar- what would you have picked? πŸ˜‹
From the left: pan seared scallops, grilled mackerel and crab salad
Raspberry fool (coulis and whipped cream) with Amaretti biscuits – simple and lovely! ❀️❀️

With my stomach full, I ventured out into the town of Newlyn, aiming to make my way on foot to the fishing village of Mousehole (one of my main goals of this travel!) The 1-hour coastal walk is beautiful especially on a sunny day like today! 🌞

Town of Newlyn
Newlyn harbour
Loving the sunshine!
Look how blue the water is! πŸ’™
Interesting building 🦈
Full view of Newlyn Harbour (looking back at Penzance)
View of the coastal walk 🌊

Afterwards, it was time for a quick recharge in Rock Pool CafΓ©- enjoying a drink and some food in the open view to the coast before exploring the rest of Mousehole! πŸ₯°

Rock Pool in Mousehole
A drink under the sun🍹😎 in Rock Pool Café
Homemade mackerel pΓ’tΓ© with gluten-free toasts
Mousehole Harbour
Everyone is out enjoying the heat and sunshine! β˜€οΈπŸ”₯πŸ”₯
A tropical fruit smoothie πŸ₯­πŸ to round off the day!

After taking the shuttle bus from Mousehole back to Penzance- I settled in for an easier night in with a supper from a well-established fish and chips shop just right next to the hotel. (There was quite a queue!)

Takeaway and night in ready! πŸ‘Œ
Loved the battered Cornish hake with the curry sauce and mushy peas! πŸ˜‹

This is not the end of my journey in Cornwall yet! More to come tomorrow, so stay tuned! πŸ˜‰

A Long-Waited Weekend Getaway

A weekend like this has been a long time coming! With lockdown easing finally allowing overnight stay this week, I wasted no time a few days ago booking my city break from London. As soon as I got off work on Friday, I jumped on an Uber to the train station and away we go! 🚞🚞

Welcome to Folkestone!

For this trip, I picked the coastal town of Folkestone just to be close to the sea. The town overlooks the English Channel and is a nice little tourists’ attraction along the English coast. Taking that into account, I also picked a hotel situated by the seafront. Weather, however, was not on my side from the get-go with strong gusts of wind 🌬🌬 (and rain 🌧) throughout the Friday evening. (Mind you I did expect it as the weather in London have been absolutely miserable this past week too ☹️) In fact it was so windy, I was struggling to even walk (and snap photos πŸ“Έ – in fear of my phone getting blown away into the sea! 🌊) So, I basically retreated to my hotel room and restaurant for dinner.

Storm in the harbour πŸ’¨πŸ’¨ (You might just be able to make out the large ripple on the water)

Knowing lockdown easing will probably mean that restaurants may be fully booked up, I spent some time before my trip calling up restaurants to reserve tables for me. (Which is very unlike me as I usually just go on the fly! πŸ˜‚) After going some researches online, I decided to head to Marleys for dinner on Friday. Absolutely loved the food there and it’s cute, cosy interior! πŸ’“

My cosy little spot! ☺️
So cute! (I do miss playing Scrabble! πŸ˜‚)
Crispy sweet potato balls with beetroot hummus
The best tuna steak ever! 🀀🀀 (It even smelt incredible!)
Perfect cook! πŸ‘πŸ‘

The staff were all very warm and welcoming, and to top it it off – I think I had the best tuna I had ever eaten in my entire life! 🐟 Perfectly cooked to medium rare and well seasoned – I couldn’t get enough of it honestly! πŸ˜‚

The next morning after enjoying some β€˜me-time’ in the bath πŸ› (and the night before! πŸ˜‚) I decided to head along the coast as the weather took a nicer turn! (Thank goodness! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ)

Looking upon the English Channel

The Folkestone pier was just simply breathtaking. The sea was so calming and the view truly did throw away all my worries for the week out the window (albeit temporarily! πŸ˜‚) It really let me appreciate the freedom of being able to travel again.

Folkestone pier
Little orange house by the sea
Look at the waves! 🌊
Beautiful view for a drink! 🍸
If only I can get a little sun… πŸ˜‚ β˜€οΈ

I also headed to the creative quarter – a quirky, colourful area of the town. Marleys where I visited yesterday was also situated in this unique alley.

Creative Quarter
Meet Oliver the Octopus! 🍰 🍰 (so impressed by the artistry of this cake!)

When you are in a coastal town by the sea, surely seafood is a must, right? πŸ¦ͺπŸ¦πŸ¦€πŸŸ Hence my visit to the Harbour Inn for lunch (again booked in advance.)

The Harbour Inn
Beautiful deco inside
The dining area I sat at ❀️❀️
Delicious dressed crab! πŸ¦€
Can one wish for more seafood? πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‹πŸ€€
Yum! Yum! What a feast!

After the luxurious seafood lunch, I left the restaurant just as rain poured heavily over the town. β˜”οΈβ˜”οΈ Just so happened I left my phone charger in the hotel, I walked back into my room with my trousers πŸ‘– all soaked. πŸ’¦


After taking yet another hot bath and a brief nap in the room, I decided to head to the beachfront (umbrella in hand of course!) as the rain started to fade. Walking gradually into the sun, I was taken by surprise of an amazing view from behind! πŸ₯°πŸŒˆ

Breathtaking! 🌈 🌈

And more colourful surprises down the beach! (I think folks in Folkestone really do love their colours haha!) Maybe I should think about moving here lol? πŸ˜‚πŸ€”

Rainbow on land! β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œ
Can’t get enough of these colours!
Felt like a hidden paradise
Want to live in one of these! 🏠
🌊 🌊
The vast blue sky

To cap off the day, I went back to the Folkestone harbour for some light seafood snacking by the water.

At Rocksalt by the harbour
Whelks and Prawns
And a nojito – can’t get better than this for a Saturday night! 🍸

And lastly, a few more snaps of the pier as night falls. ✨✨

Oh, and also, happy Eurovision day! (Caught the last hour or so of it back in my hotel room! πŸ˜‚)

Two Foodies’ Trip to Brighton

So it’s finally half term, which means I will be taking off a week away from work! YAY! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸ‘ It also just happened to coincide with with my mum’s work break, so we decided to travel together this time. πŸ‘΅Obviously, with the current pandemic, we had to think long and hard about which was the best place to visit, and we finally settled on visiting Brighton for a four-night stay! 🌊

I baked some egg tarts the night before to take with me on the travel πŸ˜‚

It wasn’t a long train ride to get to Brighton (and I took off immediately after work! πŸ˜‚) This time, we had to travel separately, so I ended meeting my mum at the hotel there. With her working as a chef for a hotel group, we were also very lucky to get a free stay in the city. πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ

Greetings from the hotel! How cute are these! ❀️

Since my mum and I were both enthusiastic foodies, we were so happy to get to enjoy so many great food on this trip! πŸ˜‹ One of the first places we visited was Riddle and Finns just by the Brighton Seafront. Nothing can really beat a luxurious seafood lunch by the sea! πŸ¦€πŸ™πŸ¦ͺ🐟 (And how can one possibly say no to seafood when you are in Brighton? πŸ˜‰)

The view from the restaurant (before it started raining heavily! β˜”οΈβ˜”οΈ) We were so lucky we chose to eat inside (not that my mum could stand the cold πŸ₯Ά anyway! πŸ˜‚) as the people eating outside were then ushered back in all soaking wet!
Complimentary bread basket with four different condiments (our favourite was the mackerel 🐟 I really enjoyed the horseradish too but my mum wasn’t a fan! πŸ˜‚ ) I thought it was really cute for them to serve the butter on a shell.
Starters: braised octopus with confit egg yolk and miso yoghurt (left), New England clam and bacon chowder (centre) and tempura monkfish cheeks with a jalapeΓ±o and basil dip (right)
Jersey oysters three ways: (From the left clockwise) Porthilly (deep fried with pickled vegetables), Oysters Rockefeller and creamy champagne sauce. πŸ¦ͺπŸ¦ͺπŸ¦ͺ
Malaysian style wok fried whole crab πŸ¦€
My mum is working hard to try to get all the crab meat out! 🀣

My favourite dishes there were the oysters (the Rockefeller style was the best of the three for me), octopus and the tempura monkfish cheeks (loved that dip!) The clam chowder was okay, but I personally would enjoy it less thick and the vegetables more cooked. My mum (who is even pickier than me with food) really enjoyed the oysters too, but she also liked the crab, though it was hard work and a messy job getting all the meat out! πŸ˜‚ πŸ’ͺ Actually felt like a proper workout after! 🀣 (I found the dish okay, but we both thought the Malaysian coconut sauce was slightly too sweet and I wasn’t a massive fan of crab to begin with… πŸ˜…)

Luckily the rain stopped pouring when we finished our lunch, so we got to enjoy a stroll around the seafront and the city, including visiting the famous Brighton Pavilion. We snapped many pics! πŸ˜†πŸ“Έ

Look at the waves! 🌊 🌊
Brighton Palace Pier
Brighton Seafront
Beautiful sky! ❀️❀️
Brighton Beach
Glorious sun above β˜€οΈ
Brighton Pavilion
Royal Pavilion Gardens
The Lanes
Mural in the Lanes
Love the market feel here with all the boutiques

Brighton is truly hidden gem with its ambient, relaxing atmosphere and a beautiful seaside. Over the new few days, it was such a delightful surprise to discover all these great food places within the city! 🀀🀀 Here are some of the best ones!

Delicious, healthy salad lunch in Foodilic πŸ₯— That mango and avocado salad was so yummy! It’s great value for money too – only Β£8.50 to sit in with one hot main and three side salads. Very generous portions too! We were so stuffed afterwards! 😬
Blue cheese pizza in Fatto a Mano. Simple and scrumptious! And I introduced Burrata to my mum – which she absolutely loved! πŸ˜‚ (We wandered into this restaurant as a shelter when the sky suddenly started pouring 🌧🌧 one day. Weather hadn’t really been on our side throughout this trip… πŸ˜…)
When I visited Salisbury last month, I found a Roly’s Fudge store and bought some of these back for my work colleagues. They absolutely loved it and devoured the whole box before I got to try any. πŸ˜› So I finally got to have some this times around, but I found them rather too sweet for my liking… πŸ˜–

Our last meal in Brighton was a French dinner in the Petit Pois Restaurant. πŸ‡«πŸ‡· And we managed to finish on a high as this was our favourite meal throughout the trip! πŸ‘

Complimentary appetiser: apricot and chestnut croquettes
Starters: pan fried scallops with artichoke purΓ©e, apple and hazelnut salad (top) and classic garlic and parsley snails (bottom)
Bouillabaisse- fish soup with sea bass, mussels, squid, king prawn, seaweed and potato
Duck breast with celeriac Dauphinoise, grilled spring onions and blood orange sauce

We absolutely loved the earthy nuttiness of the croquette appetiser! πŸ˜‹β€οΈ The dish of the night though was the scallops. The artichoke purΓ©e and the acidity of the apples marries perfectly with the lightness of the scallops. 🀀 My mum also really enjoyed her Bouillabaisse. For me, the duck breast was also very yummy with a medium-rare cook (which it’s how I always like my duck) and I wished they gave me more of that delicious blood orange sauce! πŸ˜‚ I couldn’t get enough of it!

Once we finished dinner, we ran back into the hotel passing through a storm β˜”οΈ β˜”οΈ as the rainy night marked the end of our trip. 😝

A Story in the Food Market

As my break from work is approaching to its end, I decided to visit the famous Borough Market today. The market is well-known for being one of the largest and oldest food markets in London, and also for its diverse array of speciality food, including hot, cooked food and some very luxurious choices.

(Speaking of which, I did buy some very nice multi-coloured tomatoes to take home from this stall. More on that later!)

Food market always reminds me of my hometown in Hong Kong. Both are buzzing with people and full of energy. One of my favourite things to do though, obviously, it’s try all the different kinds of food available here! On a side note, make sure to have some cash with you. Not all of the stalls here accept card payments. Despite having been here before, I still managed to bring only changes and ended up having to go outside to get cash in a bank. (Only to later find out there was a cash point inside the market a few feet away from where I was standing! πŸ˜“)

Some of the stalls I had previously tried before, so I decided to experiment more today and somehow ended up heading down a seafood route. My first stop was something very British – Fish & Chips! The place was apparently award winning and had quite a queue running down in front. (Mind you pretty much every stalls here have long queues…)

The chips were great, though personally I prefer a crispy batter on the fish. I had a hungry child sitting next to me that was waiting for his mother to get their food, so I ended up sharing one of my chips with him. (Gave him the smallest piece, how generous of me haha!) The lady next to them though offered him all her leftovers! πŸ˜‚

My next stop was the seafood stalls on the other side of the market. One of my favourite things to eat there has always been the grilled Dorset scallops sprinkled with crispy bacon bits. This is something I always eat whenever I am here.

To finish off, I decided to visit the seafood stall next to it, served by two very cheeky, charming lads. We ended up talking about drinking and heavy night outs. (Swear they were flirting with all the customers haha!)

Now, I am not a huge fan of raw seafood, however these oysters were so sweet and tasty, I actually wanted to go back for more! I ordered three types of oysters: Utah beach, Ostra Regal and the last one I can’t remember now… πŸ˜… I couldn’t tell the differences between them anyway, but they were all delicious!