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Torontál utca 1, 1201 Budapest
Peter was our instructor. His English is excellent and made even the nervous of us at ease when handling the guns. We used a range of pistols, revolvers and rifles throughout the 2 hour activity, with each person shooting 75 bullets each.
Our paper targets got demolished. The girls wiped the floor with the boys using the pistols and revolvers, who were clearly over confident in the early stages of shooting, but by the time it came to using the rifles there was certainly a reversal in fortune. The rifles: Remington and Colt M4 had a pretty big kickback but it was real fun handling all of the guns and we got to take home our paper target sheets after, which certainly made for a rather loud minibus transfer back to the hotel as everyone was comparing their target sheets.
It was a fun experience and I would highly recommend it.
TIP: Ask for minibus transfer if there is a large group of you. The bus came to pick us up on time from the right place and dropped us off for an additional fee which was really reasonable - certainly cheaper than if we were to get taxi's for the group.
Terez korut 19, 1067 Budapest
Liszt Ferenc tér 2, 1061 Budapest
The menu is pretty extensive with something for all tastes, but the quality of the ingredients does let it down. One example was the steak which was tough and chewy and cooked more medium/well then medium/rare for some of the guests, and the dish of duck with rosti that I ordered was pretty average.
For the price though you can't complain, and it certainly had a lively atmosphere to get the evening started. The drinks list is lengthy too, and the berry mocktail I had wasn't at all bad. There are plenty of staff on hand to take drinks orders inbetween and it was in walking distance of our hotel so overall not a bad choice for a large group.
86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TL
The tea room is large, light and airy. The pianist set the relaxed tone as we were served freshly made finger sandwiches with a range of fillings including chicken and oak smoked salmon from Anna's afternoon tea menu. The sandwiches were all freshly made and we were offered a refill.
The buttery plain and raisin scones were still warm tucked under the cloth napkin. As my knife split the first of the scones in two, it opened up to reveal a fluffy and slightly crumbly texture on the inside. Perfect. I swept it generously with the organic clotted cream and the strawberry jam and went in for my first bite. Crumbly. Warm. Sweet and creamy. My eyes lit up with pleasure at the loveliness of it all and purposely slowed myself down to savour every last crumb...
..that was probably a bad mistake as there were some incredibly lovely mini French pastries which we struggled to finish, but with some more hot tea to accompany our treats, finish we did albeit inches from falling into a sugar coma.
Vowing never to stuff ourselves full of that much cake again - well we failed obviously - this place has really set the bar in terms of fine afternoon teas.
9 Devonshire Square, Aldgate, London EC2M 4WY
The set menu had at least 4/5 choices for each course and the portions were the right size to not leave you feeilng bloated at the end of it. We also ended up ordering one of the seafood biriyani's at £17 and it was delicious!
I had to knock off one star from the rating, as there were at least a dozen bones in my mackerel main course, and the carrot cake was underwhelming and average at best.
The mango mojito's are pricey at £9.50 but divine, and I would probably avoid ordering the mango lassi as it wasn't at all sweet enough.
Bolshaya Nikitskaya Str. 12/2, 125009 Moskva
I was assigned a well sized room with free wifi. Breakfast is served downstairs in the bar, but there is limited seating so most mornings I just opted for a hot drink and pastry and stood at the bar and chatted with the server.
My DhL package was in my room on arrival which was great, and the staff were excellent in advising on approximate times it would take to get across town if I was planning to take a taxi.
There is an average Vietnamese restaurant further down the road at Gazetnyy Pereulok, and across the road along Bolshaya Nikitskaya street there is a Coffee Mania which is quite pricey but not bad for a quick bite.
I would consider staying here again, but it is pricey for what it is, but compared to other hotels in Moscow not particularly bad value for money.
Smolenskaya Str. 5, 119121 Moskva
Pricey hotel but well located to two metro lines and an abundance of shops and restaurants
Pleasant enough room with tea and coffee making facilities, complimentary bottle of water, free wifi and the maid always left a chocolate during the evening turn down service. The air conditioning worked like a dream but I didn't need to use it. Electronic safe, plenty of hangers for your clothes, bathrobe and slippers and plenty of products if you've forgotten anything.
You can use the business centre computers (3 available) for free for 15 minutes each day. You can print but that will cost: 18 rubles for black and white and 80rub for colour (46 rub = £1 GBP).
I didn't eat at the hotel or try the expensive breakfast, but there are plenty of places to pick up food and snacks. If you turn right out of the hotel there is a wonderful Japanese restaurant which serves a range of fabulous sushi. I ordered one of their eight piece seared salmon sushi rolls and a regular four piece salmon roll and it was 440 rub so just under £10 - excellent value for money for the expensive city.
I would consider staying there again, but would definitely look for cheaper hotel options now that I have the metro system figured out :)
Ossory Road, Southwark, London SE1 5AN
Car parking spaces are tight, oh actually I think was the idiot who parked so close next to my car that I couldn't get in through the right door..
Hmm anyway...ok there are good deals to be had if you can forgive the longest queues to pay you will ever have to encounter in ANY supermarket, incompetent staff as mentioned previously by Happy Moose Drinker, and my pet hate and what ASDA have seemed to get wrong EVERY TIME I visit - incorrect prices on supposedly discounted products.
During this visit it was the cereal bars that annoyingly scanned up at full price, and of course at that time of night well of course the customer service desk won't be open, and all the staff on the tills are so poorly trained that even suspending transactions require another person to intervene. It sucks big time.
I used to visit pretty regularly two years ago and have been cutting visits back to once every six months and mainly because I think I can save a few bucks and stock pile on loo roll and marigolds. oops sorry too much info..anyhow, unless you have time to kill, don't mind saving nothing because the discounted products you thought were half price end up being full price and by the time you've noticed it's too late and you're advised to come back at 10am the next morning to resolve the discrepancy at the customer service desk, well it can make anyone turn into the Hulk - proper. Hate it.
C/ Cuchillo 17, Between Zanja and San Nicolas, Havanna
05-05-2012 (updated on 09-05-2012)
This is a restaurant run by a Chinese-Cuban couple in Havana's China town. Their two chefs are originally from Shanghai, and for us a surprisingly authentic dining experience.
We ordered 3 dishes and some steamed rice between two; spring rolls, fish chop suey and won ton soup and left full and satifsfied.
My husband thought the spring rolls were average, but I had to remind him that we were in Cuba, and the access to ingredients isn't like other places. So although the spring roll casing was not that 'crispy' the filling was nice enough.
The won ton soup was flavoursome and had the tiny touches which confirmed its authenticity, including the tiny shredded herbs that are essential to adding an additional flavour dimension to the soup.
The fish chop suey was welcomed - lots of leafy green veg stir fried with small shunks of white fish.
Perhaps the only disappointing item was the white rice, which was far too starchy.
Overall a satisifying meal for two for less than £10.
08-05-2012 (updated on 09-05-2012)
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