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Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland

Imperial palace outIt was important to find a good restaurant for Mother’s Day. There were various requirements: Mother had to like the food, that excluded Indian, Italian and Mexican restaurants, so Chinese it is. The restaurant had to allow wheel chair access: that ruled out restaurants Kowloon, Rendezvous and Lune Town (reviewed on this site 16 December 2013). However, step forward the Imperial Palace. Imperial Palace inside

The Imperial Palace, 36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, Scotland is very close to one of the main Chinese Supermarkets in Edinburgh and is well frequented by patrons of Chinese heritage. The menu at the Imperial Palace is extensive and interesting. Many of the traditional classic dishes you would espect from a Chinese restaurant sit comfortably beside more unusual offerings including Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce and Tofu and Fresh Fish Head Soup Garnished with Colianders.

imperial palace foodWe were a party of five, Mum, my sister and I and ours husbands. We chose a variety of starters. Mum went with chicken wings, my husband with spare ribs and the rest of us chose vegetarian spring rolls. They were all delicious. Our main courses included Mum’s favourite, sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice, my tofu and vegetables with black bean sauce, my husband’s cantonese style duck and my sister and brother-in-law went with special fried rice, deep fried aubergine,  Singapore Thin Egg Noodles and Mixed Vegetable with Pickled Ginger and Pineapple. We all enjoyed our meals very much. The boys managed desert and my mother was encouraged to a little ice cream.imperial palace food 2

The Imperial Palace allows easy wheelchair access. The table we had was round, giving easy opportunity for everyone to chat. The staff are attentive but not intrusive and there is ample parking nearby. We all had a delicious meal at the Imperial Palace and will certainly use this restaurant again.

Valerie Penny

Aparthotel Adagio, Marne la Vallée Val d’Europe, Disneyland, Paris

Aparthotel Adagio Marne la Vallée Val d'EuropeWe arranged a family holiday to Disneyland Paris, Just a few days break during the school summer holidays. The Disney hotels themselves seemed expensive and we wanted extra space for the kids so decided on an apartment at Aparthotel Adagio, Marne la Vallée Val d’Europe.

The staff were very Parisian, and that is not a compliment! They were surly and unhelpful. That, would not have been tolerated by the Disney brand. Adagio Val d'Europe

However, the apartment was spacious and spotlessly clean and gave us the space we needed. The Aparthotel Adagio is located close to Disneyland Paris. Ours was a 3 room apartment for up to 6 people. It was very comfortable and fully furnished with a balcony. There was a car park, which we did not use but the heated indoor swimming pool was lovely to relax in. We also found the free shuttle linking the aparthotel and Disneyland very useful.

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Aparthotel Adagio and, weighing up the convenience of staying in a Disney Hotel to the space and cost of the Aparthotel Adagio, we would stay here again.

Valerie Penny

 

Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Alexandria Road, Giza, Egypt

cairo-pyramids-hotelThere are several hotels within site of the great pyramids, of which the Cairo Pyramids Hotel is one. It was an enjoyable stay and the view of the pyramids from the pool area is incredible. We were part of a tour group so took a bus from hotel to the pyramid sites, it is not far. Central Cairo is, however, quite a long drive.

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Our room was clean and spacious. It was large and attractive, the bathroom was spotless. The air conditioner was running a lot but we feel the heat, so we were fine with that. The bed was comfortable.We found Cairo Pyramids Hotel a relaxing environment. The wifi was not good, but that did not impact our stay particularly.

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The dining room we used was buffet style and catered to tour groups. Many groups were there all at once, especially in the mornings. While the food selections were adequate, they did veer towards Asian taste. Also the service was slow with as there were only a few waiting staff on duty.

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The Cairo Pyramids Hotel was clean, spacious and met our expectations of a 4-star hotel. It has a large pool with a swim-up bar. I would give the hotel 4-stars for the view from the pool alone. You can see 2 of the 3 pyramids, a dramatic welcome to our first day in Egypt. I would definitely use this hotel again.

Valerie Penny

 

Felicita Cafe Bar, Ippokratous Square 22, Rhodes, Greece

felicita pythian-temple-of-apollo rhodesMy husband and I had been up to visit the Pythian Temple of Apollo on Rhodes. Then we wandered arond the medieval city at the centre of Rhodes Town and were thoroughly enjoying our visit.

There are so many interesting things to see including the Grand Master’s Palace which now contains a fascinating museum. felicita grand-master-s-palace rhodes

However, we had reached Ippokratous Square in central Rhodes Town and decided we needed to stop for a drink. The square is filled with bars and restaurants serving all different kinds of food. Each of these has callers, enticing you to the restaurant they represent. Felicita is no different. We decided to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. There is also a lot of people watching to be done.

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We both chose a cold drink and a hot drink. My husband went with a diet coke and an Americano coffee. I chose a home-made lemonade and a green tea. We did not have anything to eat, but the Felicita was busy serving brunch and lunch to tables full of hungry tourists, all of whom seemed to enjoy their meals. The Felicita is clean and access for disabled people is easy. The staff are busy, but welcoming. They seem more interested in getting people in and out rather than being terribly attentive to any additional requests made after your initial order is submitted, so be quick and decisive!Felicita Rhodes 2

We enjoyed our stop at Felicita Cafe Bar, but it was expensive for what we had. I would probably stop there if I were in Ippokratous Square in Rhodes Town in the future, but I would not specifically seek it out. It is similar to many other facilities nearby and does not stand out from the crowd.

Valerie Penny

Lemon Tree Garden – Rethymnon, Crete by guest author Reijosfood

First published by Reijosfood on 5th August 2016 at https://reijosfood.com/2016/08/05/restaurant-review-lemon-tree-garden-rethymnon-crete/.

Summer vacation in Crete, Rethymnon meant also visits to several restaurants and tavernas. Tried about 10 places and always tested starters and main courses. Better avoid dining spots with most aggressive “in throwers”, best ones are those counting on menu,location and athmosphere.

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Mostly ate in Old Town where you can find many good and not so good dining spots. When it comes to taverna type of restaurants serving traditional greek food, Lemon Tree Garden is the choice. Judgement is based on two visits, which both were above average in “tavernas category”.

Restaurant has good service, fresh ingredients and well prepared dishes not forgetting vegan choises.

During second visit had for starters Spinach Pies, Vine Leaves Rolls and Feta Cheese.Usually spinach pies include cheese, but restaurant had vegetarian version available. Two types rolls, vine leaves (dolmades) and zuccini flower rolls. Both were prepared at restaurant, too often you get canned rolls. Greek style feta cheese was delicious, right mixture of herbs and tomato.image

For main courses had Gyros, which in this case were perfect. Best part of this was just outdoor terrace, grilled pork. In one taverna get meat which had been grilled earlier and was warmed before serving.

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….and Stuffed VegetablesSweet pepper and tomato stuffed with deliciously spiced rice. A perfect vegan dish accompanied by sliced potatoes.  Olive oil is always part of the dishes, and combined with the proper spices, makes for the perfect sauce.

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In previous post you can find some information about Greek wines, which are part of dining. In Lemon Tree Garden had Melios and Chateau Julia, both Merlots.

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Lemon Tree Garden has nice outdoor terrace inside old walls. The name comes from the trees above tables, lemon and orange trees are the roof of restaurant.

After dinner restaurant serves fresh water melon, lemon cake and raki depending on what you have eaten. Nice way of ending dinner, but as you know what to expect, do not order dessert.

 

REVIEW: FOOD 4+/5 – SERVICE 4+/5 – OVERALL GRADE 4,5/5

Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel on Capitol Hill, Washington DC, USA

hyatt-regency-washington outsideI have always liked staying in the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel when I have business in Wasginton DC. It is a high rise building in the Penn Quarter of the city. The Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel is a central, upscale, conference hotel and it only takes about 10 minutes to walk from there to the Supreme Court, the U.S. Capitol, the National Mall and Union Station. The Museum of Natural History and the Verizon Sports Centre are also close by. So the situation is perfect and I have also always found this hotel to be excellent value for money. hyatt dining

On family visits to Washington DC, the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel is also amongst the hotels I consider, because the amenities include a hip hyatt poolbistro/bar with a fireplace and high ceilings, a cafe serving breakfast and lunch, a coffee shop and a deli. An indoor heated pool and gym are available at no additional charge right nest door and provide a great way to keep fit, or unwind, as appropriate.

I like the rooms in the Hyatt Regency Washingtonhyatt room Hotel too. The floor to ceiling windows make the rooms bright and light. Wi-fi is available for a fee and there are 42-inch flat-screen TVs with cable channels, iPod docks, coffeemakers and minifridges. It makes life easy whether business or leisure is involved in your trip. The staff are also courteous and professional and the rooms have always been spotless.

All in all, I can highly recommend the Hyatt Regency Washington Hotel. I have used it on several occassions before, and have no doubt I will stay there again.

Valerie Penny

 

 

 

Corner Farm, Sherburn, Yorkshire, England

My mother had a notable birthday this year and asked that the family gather together for a weekend together in Yorkshire. She likes Yorkshire. We had to find accomodation for 14Corner Farm Room adults that included an en-suite bedroom on the ground floor and living accomodation on the ground floor as my mother has mobility problems. (Although in the end only 12 of us were able to attend.) There were few suitable properties available. We chose Corner Farm, Sherburn, Yorkshire, England, although it was necessary to rent the property for a minimum of three nights rather than the two we really needed on a self-catering basis. The cost was almost £1,000 per night plus the catering costs, providing food and drink for our party. We could all have gone to Portugal for a week at Corner Farm outthese costs, but mother wanted to go to Yorkshire.

Corner Farm in Sherburn is a Grade II listed former farmhouse that has been renovated to provide holiday accommodation. Sherburn village lies between the market town of Malton and the seaside resort of Scarborough in the Vale of Pickering.We hoped it would be perfect for our big family celebration.

There are certainly some nice features. The living room and dining room have a double–sided wood burner. The kitchen is a good size with a useful centre island. There is free wi-fi and our dogs were permitted. There is a hot-tub.

Unfortunately, the kettle leaked and the dishwasher did not work properly. There were Corner Farm innow scouring pads and the local shop did not sell them). The freezer did not freeze things properly. There was not enough toilet paper. The dining table was tight for twelve people. The seating in the living room was comfortable, but insufficient for our number. These issues were a disappointment. Some of the items that decorate the house are really pretty. These give the house a nice feel and fill the house with fine style. I liked the touch of a filled book-case.

Corner Farm has seven bedrooms, three bathrooms and an en-suite shower room on the ground floor. For the cost of this property, I would have liked more en-suite facilities. I Corner Farm Hot-tubwas also surprised to see two double beds in one room! But the cot in one of the double rooms was good quality. It would also have been a kindness to provide bath sheets to guests, instead of the much smaller bath towels.

The walled garden is a lovely feature. It houses a large hot-tub. We really enjoyed that. The BBQ facilities were good too. However, there was no way of cleaning the grills after use. It was very disappointing. The games room and outdoor play area were a nice touch, but the table football advertised was not there.

Corner Farm purports to be a luxurious property: it is very nice, but luxurious, it is not. We enjoyed our weekend celebrations but we washed a lot of dishes! Bearing in mind the cost we paid, I felt none of issues we encountered should have been endured. With regret, I can not recommend Corner Farm and I would not use it again.

Valerie Penny