New York – Day 2

New York #15The plan for day 2 in NYC was to hit Brooklyn and hit it hard. This was to be our bar crawl day. We’d been to Brooklyn Heights during our last trip to New York and, although we were only there a few hours, we loved it and agreed there and then to return for a longer visit. In addition, we love the range of beers produced by Brooklyn Brewery. They are really getting a foothold in the UK these days and the quality is always great.

We jumped on subway F down to York Street and the plan was to head over to Brooklyn Heights Promenade. The first mishap of the day turned out to be brilliant! I took us in completely the opposite (wrong) direction to what we’d planned, but found the most amazing trio of street food trucks. We ordered drunken noodles from the Thai truck and fried calamari from the Italian truck. After the wait, we wandered down Jay Street, in the direction on the East River, in hope of finding a bench, a view or ideally both. WOW, we hit the jackpot on all counts.

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New York – Day 1

New York #03The decision to head to New York for a few days was very last minute. We’d talked about it in principle if Amanda was given ‘garden leave’ after tendering her resignation, but it was only booked 4 days before we left home.

We tend to book an overnight stay close to the airport the night before we fly to avoid early morning starts and the potential for traffic issues. However, on this occasion the only hotels close to Manchester Airport, that had availability, were looking for £200+ for one night including parking. We therefore decided to book ‘meet & greet’ parking and drive over to Manchester Airport the morning of the flight…never again! It’s roughly 90 miles door-to-door, with a choice of three main routes, but all involved driving around Manchester during rush hour. We left at 6:30am expecting to arrive at 8:30am, allowing for traffic, but it was almost 9:15am by the time we handed the car keys over to a very grumpy parking valet.

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Real Ale & Pork Pies

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York #05York, founded by the Romans as Eboracum in 71AD, is a historic walled city in North Yorkshire, England. The city has a rich heritage and offers a wealth of historic attractions; including York Minster and a variety of cultural and sporting activities making it a popular tourist destination.

However, even though this is all well and good, for us, York is a favourite destination for two other activities; drinking a wide selection of real ales and eating the most delicious pork pies, topped with a slice of black pudding! This is pub crawl heaven.

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The Madras

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Spice ClubWe were over in Hull for a very important reason; Amanda was finalising the salary package on her new job. In a month, my lovely wife will be back in the food industry and working locally, which is awesome news.

The meeting finished late and we were hungry, but where do you go to eat at 9:45pm on a Wednesday evening in Hull? A curry house of course!

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1901 – The Turkey Cafe

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wpid-wp-1441009700371.jpgIt was a ‘school night’ and our first visit into Leicester for a night out. We stumbled across a gem of a place called 1901 – The Turkey Cafe and so glad we did. We had 30mins to kill before our table at Marco’s New York Italian was ready and found this place just down the road.

From the outside it didn’t stand out, a small pavement seating area led to a slightly larger ‘inside-out’ area with wooden flooring and a few tables. The bar is found down the stairs in a lovely traditional speakeasy style basement. We had a swift beer, a fine Brooklyn Summer Ale, headed for our meal and promptly returned for more!

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