Belgian waffles in the Atomium, Brussles.

On a recent trip to Brussels we stuffed our faces with some of the local specialities including chips, waffles and chocolate. This was a perfect diet for us for the weekend. The street waffles are cheap, sweet and decedent. The tastiest dessert we ate was this waffle, served with berries, chocolate sauce and ice cream, presented on a slate.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 20mm
f-stop 5
Exposure time 1/250s
ISO 200

The location of the waffles was probably the most interesting thing about it. We dined at the top of a 102m structure named the Atomium. The Atomium is a leftover building from Expo ’58 in the shape of an iron structure. The balls are rooms and the connectors are stairs and escalators. The structure is filled with information and exhibits with a restaurant on top.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 24mm
f-stop 5.6
Exposure time 1/1600s
ISO 200

Brunch at Duck and Waffle, Heron Tower, London

On my second trip to Duck and Waffle, I made the difficult decision of not ordering the signature dish in favour of sampling some other delights on the menu. We started with salmon sashimi, beautifully served on a block of Himalayan rock salt, topped with a square of watermelon, basil and balsamic vinegar. The block perfectly seasons the fish whilst providing a beautiful presentation.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/400s
ISO 400

For main course we shared two dishes. It was brunch so we had to order eggs. Columbian eggs with avocado, tomato and smoked salmon on toasted sour dough.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/100s
ISO 400

The mozzarella salad was made up of several elements which beautifully complemented each other in taste and texture. The torn smoked mozzarella toped the salad leaves, surrounded by a balsamic glaze dressing topped with granola, fried sage and amalfi lemon rind.

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Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 8
Exposure time 1/100s
ISO 400

English Fish and Chips

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I spent the weekend in the northern city of York. We made the most of the traditional English food and went for dinner in the chippy. Mr Chippy was authentic and traditional with modern clean decor. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful and the food was delicious. We were served a side of buttered bread, but weren’t quite British enough to indulge in chip butties.

 

Artichokes

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Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL

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36mm

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5

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1/60s

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200

I found these artichokes at an Italian Market. They were everywhere and most had the tough outer leaves cut off so that the inner leaves were displayed. I recently cooked my first artichoke at home. it involved boiling it whole for 2 hours and then peeling away a leaf at a time and sucking out the meaty parts of the plant. We made a lemon butter sauce to dip the leaves into. Having peeled away the leaves and cut out the inner flower, we then reached the best part – The Heart!

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PIzza East, Kentish Town, London

PIzza East, Kentish Town, London

But that’s not Pizza?

I was fortunate enough to start work in Kentish Town in the same month that a trio of exciting new restaurants opened right by my office complex. These are Dirty Burger, The Chicken Shop & Pizza East. Unfortunately the chicken shop only opens for dinner but I graced the others with my presence during several lunch breaks over the last few months.

It’s not that their pizzas don’t deserve a blog post. They have a traditional wood oven and delicious Italian style simple pizzas. I decided on this occasion to go with the wood oven cooked chicken stew. The broth was full of flavour with vegetables, beans and chicken on the bone. Balanced on the side of the bowl were delicious crispy polenta sticks – a perfect accompaniment! They were some sort of crispy fried dough sticks placed on top, with a herby flavour.

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 5mm
f-stop 5
Exposure time 1/8s
ISO 1600

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Duck and Waffle – Heron Tower, London

Duck and Waffle - Heron Tower, London

I was really excited to try out one of London’s new attractions. Duck and Waffle restaurant is located on the 40th floor of the Heron tower near Liverpool Street. The view over the London is worth a visit alone!

The signature dish is this Duck and Waffle breakfast. Duck confit with a duck egg, served on a waffle with golden syrup. We had a chat with the executive chef, Daniel Doherty who was really friend and gave the place a personal touch.

Device Model Canon EOS 600D DIGITAL
Focal Length 50mm
f-stop 4.5
Exposure time 1/25s
ISO 800