Tebay Services – An Oasis in the Motorway Desert

Tebay Ducks

The journey on the M6 motorway from the North of England gets prettier the further towards Scotland you drive.  With Preston and the M55 junction to Blackpool behind you, the Lancashire countryside starts to make the drive a little more interesting.  Before you know it, the fells of Cumbria and the Lake District start providing you with some stunning scenery that helps the miles pass more quickly.  At some point you need to take a break and stop at one of the many motorway services.  So where do you usually stop?  If…

Cafe Flottenheimer – A Great Independent Restaurant in Copenhagen

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We recently had a fantastic trip to Copenhagen.  I always love visiting new places and trying different food.  From amazing breakfast roll selections, smørrebrød open rye bread sandwiches and a huge selection of fish, we really were spoilt for choice.  When I first started this blog, the biggest motivation was to tell the stories of the amazing people running independent businesses.  It inspires me so much to see people putting their heart and soul into what they do and this post introduces you to a DJ who risked everything to…

The Amazing Insiders Guide to the Cologne Christmas Markets

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The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of a German Christmas Market. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 4: Awesome Tasty Pasties

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We have reached the final part of the Cologne expat quest.  This time it’s Cornish Pasties!  Not only will you get to meet Dan and hear all about his Tasty Pasties but you will also get to hear about the German tradition that is “Dinner for One”.  First, it’s perhaps worth having a quick recap of the what we’ve found so far in the quest.  We started off by finding a great cafe that served something other than coffee and cake .  We followed this up with the joy of…

Hernando Cortez – Wine and Chocolate Heaven

Marco Hernando Cortez

I’ve found loads of amazing independent cafes over the years.  One of our family’s favourite ever is in our home city of Cologne.  It’s called Hernando Cortez and not only do they serve warming hot chocolate and great coffee, but they also have a great selection of wonderful cakes.  Best of all, it also happens to be one of the most perfect and wonderful chocolate shops we’ve ever come across.  What makes it so special?  The main reason is the cafe’s owner Marco Mühlberg.  He doesn’t just sell chocolate, he genuinely…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 3: Finally! Fish and Chips

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It’s time for the 3rd phase of the Cologne Expat Quest.  We have had a lot of success recently in our search to find some of our favourite things from back home in the UK.  First we managed to expand our weekend cafe routine beyond just the normal Coffee and Cake.  Then we finally found somewhere to have a decent curry, which you can read about here.  The quest is hopefully useful for both expats and visitors to Cologne who might be looking for a little taste something different.  What…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 2: Hunting for a Decent Curry

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Welcome to the second part of the Expat Quest Series.  Having been a British expat family in Germany for over 5 years we have had a great adventure learning about life in a new country.  In the first part of the series, I wrote about the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen.  Finally, we found a cafe where we could get something different on a Saturday afternoon.  It was such an exciting find in a little town to the west of Cologne that I felt obliged to write about our…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 1: The Search For More Than Coffee and Cake

It’s over 5 years since I became an Expat in Germany after moving to Cologne from the UK.  One thing we have grown to love about German culture is that short break between lunch and dinner where people meet up for coffee and cake, or “Kaffee und Kuchen” as it’s known.  It’s become a regular feature of our lives, there’s no better way to cheer yourself up on a wet Sunday afternoon.  With lots of people raving about Denmark and their Hygge, the concept of “Kaffee und Kuchen” is the…

The UK Tour of Independent Cafe’s Continues North to Ambleside

Cafe Treff

In the previous instalment of my UK Tour of Independent Cafes I visited the fabulous Oxford Road Cafe in Altrincham (see the last post here).  I was visiting my mum in Hale Barns/Wythenshawe (depending on who she’s trying to impress).  With this leg of the trip over and family duties complete (usually fixing my mum’s iPad again) the tour continues North to the lovely town of Ambleside in the Lake District.  Leaving Wythenshawe and heading up North leads to the immediate dilemma of the best way to get to the M6.…

UK Tour of Independent Cafe’s – Part 2 – North to Altrincham

Oxford Road Cafe Outside

Our UK tour of local, independent cafes continues North from our first stop in Bath up the M5 and M6, through Birmingham towards my home town of Warrington.  (If you missed Part 1 of the tour down in Bath, take a look back at the last post about the lovely Chapel Arts Cafe in Bath and their amazing Orange and Pistachio Cake by following the link here). For anyone who’s ever had to endure the pain of the M6, the journey from Birmingham to Manchester seemed to take forever (as…