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Monday, 12 August 2019

The Rib Room | Ramside Hall | Review

Last month it was my birthday and to celebrate Mrs. Cool took me to Ramside Hall Spa. I love a spa day and the Spa here is great it was such a lush relaxing day. We also stayed over and went to The Rib Room Restaurant and our meal was something pretty special.


Monday, 5 August 2019

Food and Drink around Loch Lomond

We love travelling to Scotland and visit often, this year we spent a week at a lodge near Loch Lomond. As always food was a big part of our trip. We were staying at Cameron Lodges for a thing Mrs. Cool was doing for North East Family Fun. There are loads of places for some good food and drink near the Loch and these are the ones we visited.


Thursday, 13 June 2019

Bat and Pizza Nights with Wild Intrigue

Being an avid foodie and being curious about wildlife (especially in Northumberland) the idea of a Bats and Pizza Night is right up my street. We were invited by Wild Intrigue to Wild Northumbrian which is a glamping site in Kielder to try this special night.


Monday, 3 June 2019

Dining Options Near Duinrell | Wassenaar | The Netherlands

Disclosure - Mrs Cool was working with Eurocamp who provided accommodation for part of our trip. I was not working with Eurocamp and have not been asked to write this post. We paid for all food and drinks ourselves.

We're just back from our trip to The Netherlands where we spent most of out time at Duinrell, a Holiday Park and Theme Park in Wassenaar. We had the best time, the kids loved the rollercoasters and waterpark. We stayed on site we decided Harry and Heidi were old enough to go to the to the park themselves sometimes while me and Mrs. Cool chilled at the lodge with Jack. As with all of our trips food played a big part in our adventures so here are my top places to eat in and around Duinrell.


The Park itself has two restaurants (Both called La Place), a snack bar, a Carosel waffle house as well as numerous food stalls dotted around. We found the best was the Poffertjes (Dutch mini pancakes) from the food stall outside the Waffle house where you can get medium portion for €6.50. They are fried in a little mould and served with icing sugar and a dollop of butter.

Zonnehof Pannenkoeken & Grill

Just outside Dunrell (literally over the road from the entrance) is this little restaurant serving pancakes and other dishes, a kids menu is also available with all the usual options. A few people had recommended we try this place and we weren't disappointed. Heidi loves a pancake with the classic Lemon and Sugar combo. Me and Mrs. Cool prefer a savoury pancake, she had Goats Cheese with Walnuts and honey and I had the Ham, Cheese and Mushroom which was served with a Fried Egg on top.


This is a lush Ice Cream parlour with some amazing flavours and unbelievably good value for money, a cone with one scoop of ice-cream was only €1.10 (Bargain!). They also serve some pretty decent coffee, an Espresso was €2.30 and you get a mini ice-cream cone as well.

Leiden Market

Not far from Duinrell is the City of Leiden, it's about 20 minutes by car, and they have a street market every Wednesday and Saturday. There are loads of vendors selling their wares and food is centre stage. Dutch cheese aplenty as well as butchers, fishmongers and bakers. We tried out a few different stalls. Heidi and Mrs. Cool were craving some more Poffertjes and the kids wangled some free Candy Floss. Harry decided to have a Giant Stroopwafel, a wafer waffle filled with caramel. We had been having these a few mornings with our cuppa but this one was more than twice the size of normal. Me and Jack decided to share a portion of LekkerBekken which is battered fish (usually cod) I joked it reminded me of Fish n Chips in the 80's as it still had the skin (why don't you get skin on fish n chips anymore?)

Pop's American Diner

In the town of Wassenaar, just a short walk from Duinrell is Pop's American Diner serving Hot Dogs, Burgers and other dishes from the grill. The kids menu has a few good options so they boys were happy unfortunately there was no vegetarian option for kids (annoying!) so Heidi ended up with fries (but she was happy with this). Mrs. Cool had the Chicken Fajitas and said these were the best she has ever had (high praise indeed). I went all out and had the Mixed Grill, this was a burger patty (no bun), Spareribs, Chicken and Steak. Well, what can I say about this, it was Ah-May-Zing! the burger and Spareribs were great, the Chicken was better but the steak was best. This dish was also served with unlimited fries (not pictured).

We absolutely loved The Netherlands and are already making our plans to return. I never thought of The Netherlands as a foodie destination but we were spoilt for choice.



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Monday, 20 May 2019

Box Pizza | Beadnell | Review

For lunch one day last week Mrs. Cool decided we were going to make a little trip to try a Pizza place she had found on Instagram. Box is a converted shipping container (I love anything like that) in a field in Beadnell (I didn't realise how far away Beadnell is from Cramlington) but it is definitely with the trip.


Monday, 13 May 2019

Handmade Tagliatelle with Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu Recipe

Italian food is probably my favourite and I really love a good pasta dish. For Christmas last year Mrs. Cool got me a pasta maker and I swore I would start making my own. So far I have made ZERO pasta! This weekend I decided to remedy that. I scoured a few recipes online and in my many cook books and came up with what I think is a pretty damn good Lamb Ragu. The pasta was a LOT easier than I was expecting it to be and I think I'll be making my own more often from now on.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Project Bond: Moonraker

"Look after Mr. Bond, See that some harm comes to him."
At the end of The Spy Who Loved Me we were told that James Bond would return in For your Eyes Only but a little film in 1977 called Star Wars changed that and the producers decided to shoe horn a sci-fi/space element in and the result was 1979's Moonraker. Roger Moore returned as 007 along with Bernard Lee as M, Lois Maxwell as Moneypenny and Desmond Llewelyn as Q. Michael Lonsdale played the villainous Hugo Drax with Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead and making his second appearance as Jaws was Richard Kiel.

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