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Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is famous for its spectacular landscapes. Dramatic white cliffs, secluded beaches, charming bays and azure waters were loved by Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria - you can visit her summer residence and final home, Osborne House.

It is located in the English Channel, separated from mainland Great Britain by the Solent. You can get there by a ferry from Portsmouth. The island isn't very big and I would definitely recommend it for a weekend trip. Rent a charming cottage and do nothing but picturesque walks with many pub-stops on the way.

Potato waffles with smoked salmon

I love potatoes and I love waffles - and I have no idea why I've never made potato waffles before. It's a delicious way of using leftover potatoes. To be honest, I didn't really have any leftover potatoes, but it was still worth making them.

Potato waffles are perfect for brunch. You can serve them with smoked salmon, yoghurt and chives. Surely, it's not the lightest bite you can imagine, but you have to eat something on those cold, rainy mornings, when you crave something hearty to cheer you up.

Recipe: Potato waffles with smoked salmon

Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • one cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tso ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • one cup potato puree
  • one cup buttermilk
  • 85 ml melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
Method
  • Sieve flour into a bowl, add baking powder, soda, nutmeg and salt. Combine.
  • Combine oil, whisked eggs, buttermilk and potato puree in another bowl.
  • Combine wet and dry ingredients and set the dough aside for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, preheat a waffle maker.
  • Cook each waffle for 3-4 minutes (or accordingly to the waffle maker manual).
  • Serve with smoked salmon ang yoghurt. Top with chopped chives and coarse black pepper.

Barcelona

One day in Barcelona: a quick stop on the way to Portugal (yes, I had to go to Porto via Lublin and Barcelona - it’s a long story). Luckily, it wasn’t my first time in Barca. We spend the day on long walks in bright sunshine, making multiple stops for coffee, cava, sangria de cava and snacks.

For late breakfast, go to Brunch&Cake. It might not be the most traditional place, but the food is absolutely delicious and locally sourced. Granja La Pallaresa is a great stop for crispy churros with thick hot chocolate.

In the evening, a friend took us to Bar del Pla for tapas and wine. The food was amazing and it wasn’t even her first choice. We were there on Monday and it turns out that a lot of places in Barca are closed on Mondays. You can take that into consideration when planning a culinary trip to Barcelona, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find plenty of great places even on the unpromising Mondays. We enjoyed a lot of great small dishes: a plate of damon serrano, grilled octopus, patatas bravas, amazing fried balls with squid, a board of local cheese and cream catalana. I don’t remember half of it and I didn’t take any pictures, because it was super dark.

Brunch&Cake, Carrer Enric Granados 19

Granja La Pallaresa, Carrer de Petritxol 11

Bar del Pla, Carrer Montcada 2

Bristol

Quick weekend in Bristol: street art and Banksy, the cathedral, Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Avon Gorge and a delicious brunch at Bakers & Co.

Bakers & Co. is a perfect place for all classic-brunch-lovers. Try beetroot cured Devonshire river trout, served with zucchini fritters, pouched eggs, lime and chili - I loved it. If you're more of a traditionar orderer, there's a gourmet version of good old English breakfast: with dry cure back bacon, fennel and black pepper sausage, fried duck egg, slow roasted tomatoes and a sourdough toast.

Aldeburgh

I'm not going to try to convince you that Aldeburgh in Suffolk is the most exciting place on the planet. But the lovely sand and shingle beach, old charm of seaside resort and one of the best fish and chips in Britain should be enough for a say trip or even a relaxed weekend.

Aldeburgh Fish & Chip Shop is a family business, run successfully since 1967. The owners now have three locations and you will have to queue to every single one. There are many enthusiasts of battered fresh fish and crispy chips made of local potatoes. The prices are really good, too.

The meal is perfect to be enjoyed on the beach. Just watch out for other enthusiasts of Alderburgh delicacies - greedy seagulls. I'm generally afraid of birds (bird apocalypse is coming, mark my words), but these seagulls really are even more daring than any other birds I've encountered.

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