Timmerman’s: Sunday Brunch on top of the Bluff

So there’s this Supper Club in East Dubuque, Illinois by the name of Timmerman’s.  It sits high up on top of a bluff that partly overlooks the Mississippi River.  From the outside it doesn’t look like much, but once inside, the restaurant is surrounded with windows and you’re greeted with a pretty awesome view!

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My Local British Bucket List

Before I emigrate, me and my Mum came up with a bucket list of all the things we wanted to do together before I left.  There was a mixture of things we’d done before, enjoy doing and just wanted to do again and some things that were completely new to us.  We worked out roughly a 1 hour radius from our home so we could do some things in an afternoon, an Essex bucket list with a small side of London!

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10 Reasons to Love the Great (but tacky) British Seaside

I find it amazing that no matter where you are within the UK, you are never more than 70 miles away from the sea.  Growing up in Essex it was always such a treat to spend a Saturday afternoon either in Clacton or Southend, me and my Sister used to beg to go!  Granted, they aren’t the nicest seaside towns in Britain, there are some really lovely ones around the country, but they still had all the things that make British seaside towns great, even though they may be a little tacky and outdated, I love them.

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Toad in the Hole – British Recipes to take Stateside!

My first recipe that isn’t a sweet!  It seems to be a big thing in America that home made recipes are cooked to a large scale and then taken to family gatherings where everyone shares them.  I’ve found the perfect British twist that is SO easy to make!  Funnily enough, it’s not made with toad…in fact it’s sausages cooked in a Yorkshire Pudding, a batter similar to pancake mix.  I love Yorkshires, despite being made with the same ingredients as pancakes, rather than serving them with syrups, they are served with gravy!  Just like a pie…only batter rather than pastry!

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6 Food Stops on Route 66!

When doing a road trip like Route 66, you pass through hundreds of little towns, all with places to stop and eat, it’s impossible to stop at every single one without either bankrupting yourself or returning home double the weight of what you were when you started!  To save money, for some meals we stopped at gas stations and supermarkets such as Walmart and ate the complimentary breakfasts at the hotels, this way we only had to pay for a full meal once a day.  Here are 6 of my favourite food stops along Route 66!

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Why Icelandic Easter Eggs Are AMAZING

As a part time traveller and living in the UK, Easter is a great time to travel as it means extra ‘public holiday’ days off work!  It almost means that I’ve been able to experience how other cultures celebrate Easter and Iceland tops it when it comes to their AMAZING Icelandic Easter Eggs.  Iceland has its own chocolate factory ‘Noi Sirius’ located just outside of Reykjavik.  Noi Sirius were established in the 1920s and are the masters behind these eggs!

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Pancake Day – British Recipes to take Stateside!

It’s Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday) here in the UK!  It still makes me laugh that a few years back I had said to my American Husband: “yay it’s Pancake Day!” to which he replied “you have a day that celebrates pancakes?!?!”.  Not quite!  It’s tradition that the day before Lent starts…the 40 days leading up to Easter, we eat pancakes!  The idea being, to use up the left over flour, eggs and milk before fasting until Easter.  In the States it’s just referred to as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras (in the Southern States) but there’s still no pancakes!  This is a British tradition I’ll definitely be taking with me when I emigrate!

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Chocolate Guinness Cake – British Recipes to take Stateside!

This is the first post in a series all about the British recipes I will be taking with me when I emigrate to America!  I can hardly take a whole fish and chip shop with me, and lets face it, it just wouldn’t be the same unless it’s wrapped in paper and you’re sitting on a sea wall!  But there are some English dishes I can replicate once I’m there!  It’s going to be a learning curve for me, I like to think I’m pretty good at making cakes, but I’m going to learn how to cook English meals from scratch too!  But first up, I’ll stick to what I know – Chocolate Guinness Cake!  (Yes I’m aware Guinness isn’t technically British!!!)  Originally a Nigella Lawson recipe which I’ve tweaked slightly to suit my tastes.  Mainly more beer and a little less sugar!

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