Monday, 10 October 2011

Food and drink

Well who'd have thought that Scarborough is one of the surf capitals of the UK? Certainly not me, and as you can see from the photo, though there were quite a few of them out there, there wasn't much in the way of surf, but maybe in Yorkshire they like to do things differently?

surfing Scarborough style
We had a lovely walk along the very windy beach and a trip on the funicular railway, or perhaps better put that we opted for the lazy approach to getting to and from the beach.

going up
After a quick family catch up, Mountain Man and I went off to lunch in Whitby where we partook in the delights of The Magpie Cafe. Whitby crab salad followed by haddock and chips. Luckily we chose to have a small rather than regular, because Magpie's boast Yorkshire portions, and I'm warning you that if you are ever lucky enough to get there, you need to believe what they say! It's years since I had such fresh fish and chips and it was fantastic. They even had wheat free batter as a matter of course, which surprised me. I can highly recommend it as a place to go, but be prepared to queue.

Whitby proved a tourist haven and was humming with people, even though it was drizzling and windy, the streets were full. We wandered about and bought some cheap crap to take home with us before going back to Scarborough ready for an evening of fun and jollity family style. MM's sister, the brother-in-law, the brother-in-law's sister and brother-in-law (are you keeping up here?) and a friend of MM's sister went out for dinner. Delicious food and good company, and then back to the hotel to sleep it all off and wake up early this morning to head back up the road in time for bowls.

I made it but was 10 minutes late. Pleased I did so as I need the practice. By the end of the session I was actually getting better and began to feel I might retain my place in the league team.

I'm having a chillax time tonight with wine and tv. I've given up giving up drinking, but am still wheat and dairy free, but quite honestly I'm not sure it's made much difference. I'm off to Italy next week (to the Venice Biennale) and the thought of no pasta and no cheese seems a bit much so I'm thinking of at least eating a bit of wheat by the weekend. Yum... no more sawdust for breakfast!


  1. I've been a bit lax with my blog reading so have just caught up with yours Vee. You do get around! Whitby is on my to do list and Italy is on my to re-do list. And I finally got your book - it's great and I recommend it to everyone. Have a lovely time in Italy :)

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  3. Thank you so much for your comments re book Mari. Really appreciated. I'm off to Milan on Monday then taking train to Venice on Wednesday for a full on weekend of non-stop art and then home next Monday. Then it's only 3 weeks before I head to South Africa. I'm planning a big 6-0 trip to Bhutan next year. I do seem to travel a lot but it's mainly for work, at least the next 2 are holidays! And by the way, Whitby was brilliant, would go back in a heart beat.