Hard Rock Cafe

18 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, London, Miami / South Florida Reading Time:  8 minutes

London © Adz2042/cc-by-sa-4.0

London © Adz2042/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hard Rock Cafe, Inc. is a chain of theme bar-restaurants, memorabilia shops, casinos and museums founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton in London. In 1979, the cafe began covering its walls with rock and roll memorabilia, a tradition which expanded to others in the chain. In 2007, Hard Rock Cafe International (USA), Inc. was sold to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and was headquartered in Orlando, Florida, until April 2018, when the corporate offices were relocated to Davie, Florida. As of July 2018, Hard Rock International has venues in 74 countries, including 172 bar or cafe-restaurants, 37 hotels, and 11 casinos.   read more…

Sunday roast

7 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

Sunday roast © flickr.com - Roderick Eime/cc-by-2.0

Sunday roast © flickr.com – Roderick Eime/cc-by-2.0

A Sunday roast or roast dinner is a traditional meal of British origin. Although it can be consumed throughout the week, it is traditionally consumed on Sunday. It consists of roasted meat, roasted potatoes, mashed potatoes and accompaniments such as Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, gravy, and condiments such as apple sauce, mint sauce, or redcurrant sauce. A wide range of vegetables can be served as part of a roast dinner, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, parsnips, or peas, which can be boiled, steamed, or roasted alongside the meat and potatoes.   read more…

Research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough

1 April 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Yacht of the Month Reading Time:  8 minutes

RRS Sir David Attenborough at Liverpool Cruise Terminal © Rodhullandemu/cc-by-sa-4.0

RRS Sir David Attenborough at Liverpool Cruise Terminal © Rodhullandemu/cc-by-sa-4.0

RRS Sir David Attenborough is a research vessel owned by the Natural Environment Research Council and operated by the British Antarctic Survey for the purposes of both research and logistic support. The ship replaces a pair of existing vessels, RRS James Clark Ross and RRS Ernest Shackleton. The vessel is named after broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough.   read more…

Tamworth in Staffordshire

28 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Town Hall © panoramio.com - Tanya Dedyukhina/cc-by-3.0

Town Hall © panoramio.com – Tanya Dedyukhina/cc-by-3.0

Tamworth is a market town and borough in Staffordshire, England, 14 miles (23 km) north-east of Birmingham. The town borders North Warwickshire to the east and north, Lichfield to the north, south-west and west. The town takes its name from the River Tame, which flows through it. The population of Tamworth borough (2021) was 78,838. The wider urban area had a population of 81,964.   read more…

Portrait: Charles Darwin, an English naturalist, geologist and biologist

27 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait Reading Time:  7 minutes

Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron, c. 1868 © Alfred Steiglitz Collection - Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron, c. 1868
© Alfred Steiglitz Collection – Art Institute of Chicago

Charles Robert Darwin FRS FRGS FLS FZS JP (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, widely known for his contributions to evolutionary biology. His proposition that all species of life have descended from a common ancestor is now generally accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history and was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.   read more…

Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast

20 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Lulworth Cove © Nilfanion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lulworth Cove © Nilfanion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, southern England. The cove is one of the world’s finest examples of such a landform, and is a World Heritage Site and tourist location with approximately 500,000 visitors every year, of whom about 30 per cent visit in July and August. It is close to the rock arch of Durdle Door and other Jurassic Coast sites.   read more…

Haggis

17 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit Reading Time:  7 minutes

displayed for sale © flickr.com - Chris Brown/cc-by-2.0

displayed for sale © flickr.com – Chris Brown/cc-by-2.0

Haggis (Scottish Gaelic: taigeis) is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver, and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and cooked while traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now an artificial casing is often used instead. According to the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique: “Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour”.   read more…

Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire

9 March 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  7 minutes

© Ambrose113/cc-by-sa-4.0

© Ambrose113/cc-by-sa-4.0

Hebden Bridge is a market town in the Calderdale district of West Yorkshire, England. It is in the Upper Calder Valley, 8 miles (13 km) west of Halifax and 14 miles (21 km) north-east of Rochdale, at the confluence of the River Calder and the Hebden Water. The town is the largest settlement in the civil parish of Hebden Royd.   read more…

Brewer Street in London

27 February 2024 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Bon appétit, London, Shopping Reading Time:  5 minutes

Duke of Argyll © flickr.com - Pedro Szekely/cc-by-sa-2.0

Duke of Argyll © flickr.com – Pedro Szekely/cc-by-sa-2.0

Brewer Street is a street in the Soho area, City of Westminster of central London, running for about 350 metres west to east from Glasshouse Street to Wardour Street.   read more…

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