Apologies but I know I’m going to have to get a proper phone with a decent camera beacause yet again I have no pictures!
D’s mega blog for her trip with Pat, Tess and Tony to Cornwall means that I’ve not had that much on the go but the following are worth a mention;
Wrights Wines and Emporia Italia, Skipton.
D and I drove over to Skipton to try locate a new contemprary Barbour jacket that is being very elusive and yet again the shop that was supposed to stock it actually didn’t! So in true Globetroffers style we compensated ourselves first with a visit to Wright’s Wines which must rank as one of the top 5 wine and whisky retailers in Yorkshire. A bottle of Singleton 12 year old malt and a new Screwpull plus a little taster we decided lunch was in order. On a business visit to Skipton last year I’d popped into Emporio Italia and was delightfully surprised by the food and service so D and I decided to try it again. We were not disappointed, bread, olives, antipasto, lasagne and a green salad with a couple glasses of House Rose plus 3 espresso’s and cheeky Vechio Romagna(for D) all came in under £40!! Exceptional quality and great value, so when in Skipton go check it out.
We introduced some old friends, John and Barbara, to our favourite Italian. They were suitably impressed with seafood pancake and rissoto staters followed by lamb for mains. D had the Buratta mozzarella and I enjoyed a huge bowl of mussels which had to be shared out and as our last visit we shared the super rib of beef. No room for puds so coffee and liqueurs. Drinkswise, 2 bottles of lovely Rose preceded by aperitifs added a nice glow to ace company and great food.
Chino Latino, Leeds.
D’s friend Angela is off travelling the globe for a year so D decided to send her off with a boozy lunch to remind her what she would be leaving behind. However things didn’t work out exactly to plan and they didn’t get into Leeds till 3.30pm so by the time a few cocktails had been quaffed at HN’s and Leeds Bar Grill the girls decided they were missing their fella’s…..ahh! Sean and I joined the girls and a decision was made to have dinner at Chino Latino. Starters were duck pancakes for D and Sean, grilled asian vegetables for Angela and what else but sashimi for me. I have to say that over the years Chino’s is consistently voted the best Fusion eaterie in Leeds and you know, it is without doubt the best! The duck is “real” and fresh, the sashimi is like the fish must have been caught that day. Mains were, steak cooked on hot stones, lamb chops(obviously for D) both absolutely cock on. I had the black cod which has to be said wasn’t quite up to it’s normal fab standard, the fish was indeed exquisite but the coating wasn’t the best it’s been. However all in all a top night at £40 per head. BON VOYAGE ANGELA.
Cross Keys, Leeds.
D and Tess have been parking up at Rodley and cycling along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal over recent weeks. First westwards to Saltaire and more recently to Leeds. I’ve walked with Chester turning back to Rodley once they text me to say they have reached Leeds and enjoyed a coffee at the Midnight Bell. As I’ve never managed to get further than Kirkstall Abbey in the time I did want to do the last 3 mile leg as D and Tess said that it was very interesting seeing the change from Suburb to City with Victorian backdrop. So when John and Linda rang last Saturday morning to see if we fancied a walk and lunch somewhere I suggested we drive to Kirkstall and walk to Leeds along the canal have lunch at the Cross Keys and walk back. Well for me the canal walk contained, barge living, super river(Aire) views, puzzle signs, art, engineering magic and a different side to our great City! The 3 miles took us about an hour and we certainley needed a pint, The Cross Keys has to be one of the best Pubs in Leeds and was voted Pick of the Pubs 2009 recently. John and I enjoyed a couple of pints of real Ale(sorry can’t remember the name) but it was tip top and the girls had G&T’s. Everyone but me had home made fish finger sandwiches which were great but I opted for the corn beef hash which was fantastic and not what you would expect all I can say is you’ve got to try it!!
Fed and watered we walked back in the autumn sunshine serenaded by overhead helicopters managing/reporting the demonstrations in the centre of Leeds………..well it reminded us we were in the middle of a big city.