Would you eat these crazy Chinese dishes?

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Say the phrase ‘Chinese dish’ to any westerner and it will conjure up images of sweet and sour pork, prawn dumplings and duck pancakes – classic dishes found at any UK based Chinese restaurant or takeaway.

Although these foods typically are Chinese, they have been adapted to fit in with western culture, and they are not necessarily the dishes that the Chinese themselves eat on a day to day basis…

Having briefly visited China, I can tell you that they branch out from these dishes and are a little more risqué than we imagine. They prefer their own crazy Chinese dishes.

For example, in a lot of scenarios the breast of a chicken would be the last part they would choose to eat, and alternative body parts would be higher up on the menu (think head, feet, liver, heart).

Crazy Chinese Dishes

 

WOULD YOU EAT THESE CRAZY CHINESE DISHES?

I spent a week in Beijing back in 2011. As a vegetarian in Beijing, it soon became clear to me that the Chinese food culture would be somewhat of a challenge.

Most dishes we came across were either ground dog with rice, charred tarantula and giant millipedes on sticks or vacuum packed chicken feet, and navigating through the rows of glazed animal body parts at the traditional markets was also an adventure.

 

WHAT DID I EAT?

Whilst I appreciated the Chinese culture and I found it so interesting, I was never going to discover my favourite dish there.

In fact, I spent most of my time ordering egg fried rice just to be safe (and consuming the jar of peanut butter that I smuggled across the border from Cambodia).

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Although a bit crazy, it was really cool to see how the Chinese really eat. Would you try these weird and wonderful foods? What’s the weirdest food you’ve ever tried?

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REVIEW: GILLRAY’S GIN COCKTAILS

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Gillray’s serves wines, champagnes and beers, but it is the gin cocktails you really want to be ordering. The cocktail menu is unlike any other – rather than a list of run of the mill cocktails on the menu, each individually created cocktail has a historical link to 18th Century caricaturist James Gillray, and each one is inspired by his work.

Not only are the gin cocktails to die for, but the location is brill too, and you could not get a better view of the Southbank if you tried. Situated right on the bank of the River Thames, Gillray’s is a hidden gem between the London Eye and Big Ben. Perfect if you’re spending the day in Central London.

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We spent the evening with Sam, the head barman, and Kevin, who both knew their stuff and have worked in the industry for a number of years.

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Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scandinavia

Top 3 Places To See The Northern Lights In Scandinavia The Wanderlust Bug

Love to travel? Check. Have a bucket list? Check. Northern Lights on the list? Check. This is the case for most travellers, but it can often get quite confusing knowing the best places and best time of year to see the Northern Lights. Being a Northern Lights specialist has its perks, and I’ve travelled far and wide on the hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Stay with me and I’ll go into a little more detail…

Scandinavia is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. Fact. Auroras occur near the magnetic poles of the earth, so the further north you are the better. For us in Europe, this means the northern areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland are the perfect destination.

 

TOP 3 PLACES TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN SCANDINAVIA…

 

TROMSO, NORWAY

GOOD FOR?   Budget, weekend break, social scene

STAY?   Stay at a hotel in Tromso town, or if you’re feeling adventurous why not take a short flight up to Kirkenes for a few nights at the Kirkenes Snow Hotel. Re-built every year, the iconic hotel boasts show stopping rooms made entirely of snow and ice – a night you will never forget!

DO?   The reason Tromso is a popular destination for the Northern Lights is that the Northern Lights excursions that run are so efficient. Hop in a jeep with a professional guide, work out the logistics of the lights, and head right over to them. If you’re lucky enough to be spending a night or two at Kirkenes Snow Hotel, try out the Arctic king crab safari, an excursion with a difference.

GETTING THERE?   Take the direct flight from Gatwick to Tromso with Norwegian Air on any Monday or Friday during Northern Lights Season.

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SWEDISH LAPLAND

GOOD FOR?   Romantic breaks, magical scenery, unique accommodation.

STAY?   Swedish Lapland is the capital of traditional Scandinavian homely lodges. Combine your stay at one of these with a night or two at the Treehotel in Harads. Because who wouldn’t want to spend in a night in a giant birds nest or UFO?

DO?   Head out on a Northern Lights snowmobile adventure, or why not try a spot of snowshoeing, Scandinavia’s traditional form of Arctic transport? If you’re headed to the Treehotel make sure you check out the Ice Dining. You + dining + on actual ice = what’s not to love?

GETTING THERE?   Flights go from London to Lulea via Stockholm with both Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian Air. (Tip: Norwegian Air tends to be a little cheaper).

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Get To Know Me Through The Liebster Award!

Get To Know Me Through The Liebster Award The Wanderlust Bug

So there’s this super cool thing out in the blogosphere called ‘the Liebster Award’. It’s a virtual award passed on by bloggers to other bloggers…the idea is to connect to and promote other bloggers in the community. I was nominated by Birthe and Brecht from Wandering The World in February (sorry it’s taken me so long to do this guys!…oops!) Birthe and Brecht are a twenty something couple from Belgium currently on a round the world adventure. 🙂

Liebster Award 2016 Rules

These aren’t so much rules but rather guidelines to keep this chain of awards going when you decide to accept the award.

  1. Write a blogpost about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blogpost.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  5. List these rules in your blogpost.

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These are the 11 questions they asked me…

1. Should we visit your hometown? Why (not)?

I didn’t grow up in a town, I grew up in a tiny hamlet (a teeny tiny ‘village’ consisting of 3 houses) in the middle of the English countryside. So if you like fields, fresh air and lots of farm animals everywhere then it’s definitely worth a visit.

2. What are your three favourite beaches in the world?

I lived in Guadeloupe a couple of years ago, and I have never been to beach as beautiful as St. Anne Beach. The water is crystal clear, the sand so white and there are palm trees dotted around right up to the water. My second favourite probably has to be Kaputas Beach near Kalkan, Turkey. The bay is hidden down between two rocky cliffs – search it on google images! My third favourite has to be Beachcomber island, Fiji. It is so tiny the whole thing is basically a beach!

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3. What about home do you miss most when you’re on a long- (or even short-)term trip?

I always miss peanut butter. When my friends and I travelled Asia & Australasia a few years ago, we found a supermarket in Cambodia that sold giant tubs of skippy peanut butter. I bought one and had it in my backpack with me the rest of my trip. I think it ran out in China, and I was so sad. Foreign peanut butter is never the same!

4. What’s your biggest travel misadventure? (Supposing everyone has one.)

The first thing that comes to mind is when I was travelling New Zealand last year. We arrived in Christchurch and found out that the hostel we had booked had collapsed in the earthquake in 2011! This was also the same night as the Cricket World Cup so we tried to find an alternative but every last hostel/hotel/guesthouse for miles around was fully booked. We ended up driving to the airport and begging the security guards to let us stay the night in a room with beanbags. I wouldn’t call this a misadventure though, it was funny!  🙂

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5. Which item is a must-pack for every trip?

Tiger balm! If mosquitoes love you then you need tiger balm. I also always take my sleeping bag liner with me and my camera (although I forgot my camera when I went to Belgium for the weekend and was devastated!)

6. What kind of luggage do you usually take when travelling, and how much does it weigh on average?

Usually a backpack, unless I’m only away for a weekend in which case I’ll take a little suitcase. I always over pack, so my backpack usually weighs sooo much. On my first RTW trip, I took a backpack that also had wheels and my friends have never let me live it down!

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7. What’s your favourite foreign dish and do you get the chance to eat it back home?

When I was in Thailand, I ordered pad thai basically every night (I always had to ask for mild but it didn’t seem that anyone really understood what I was saying…). I’ve also never tasted Indian food so good as when I travelled India…(obviously). They do the most amazing paneer curries and rotis and it’s all so cheap…!

8. Is there any kind of food you’ll never try?

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m petrified of spiders, so I could never try those fried tarantulas that they sell on the side of the street in Asia. Or any other fried beetle/bug! Also chicken feet in China…no thanks.

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9. What is in your opinion a destination everyone should have been to at least once in his life?

Swedish Lapland for sure. The most Christmassy, magical place I’ve ever been to in my life. And the colours in the sky are another level!

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How To Travel Vietnam

Travel Vietnam

Planning on travelling Vietnam but not sure how? Do it like a local of course! Vietnam is definitely well equipped for the thousands of backpackers that flood through customs every year, and all public transport routes are well-connected, have a regular service and are extremely reliable. We used a mix of methods to travel Vietnam on our 2 week itinerary, and all have their pros and cons. Stay with me and I’ll go into a little more detail…

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