The Salthouse Eaterie, Salthouse Harbour Hotel – Ipswich, Suffolk (UK)

The Salthouse Eaterie is the restaurant at The Salthouse Harbour Hotel, which is ideally located at Neptune Quay on the Ipswich Marina in Suffolk. Paulo and I were looking for a night away at a luxury hotel that offers fine dining and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel delivered on both counts.

Hotel Collage

We hadn’t been to Ipswich before and the waterfront, although still under development, was a pleasant and relaxing place to visit. The Salthouse Harbour Hotel is a beautiful Victorian building featuring arched windows and iron columns. It was originally a merchants warehouse and was refurbished to a high standard over 10 years ago. The Salthouse Eaterie overlooks the harbour.

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Pabs’ Fab Guacamole

I love avocados! Their rich and buttery texture is irresistible. So when I spotted the fresh vibrant ones at Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop, I knew I just had to take them home. So what does one make with 3 beautifully plump avocados? Guacamole, of course!

Guacamole

Avocados

I waited a few days for the avocados to ripen. On the fifth day, I knew they were ready for my husband Paulo (aka Pabs) to get his hands on them and make his great guacamole recipe. Pabs is an old nickname of Paulo’s, from his college days (props to his buddy Ali!). I can only assume it evolved from Pablo, the Spanish version of his name. It seemed appropriate to revive this old name for this Mexican dip!

Ingredients

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‘Take It Easy’ Steak and Mash

Preparing a great meal doesn’t always have to involve a lot of work. Sometimes we all need to take it easy and use some shortcuts.

The secret is to use fresh, high quality ingredients, such as meat from your local butcher or specialty items prepared with love by independent food producers, and let the flavours speak for themselves.

Mash Steak 3

Mash steak 1

Armed with sirloin from the excellent butchers at Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop, some Maris Piper potatoes, African Garlic, Lemon and Pepper Sauce by Bim’s Kitchen, and the Tefal OptiGrill, we set out to make a simple and tasty meal.

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Delifonseca Dockside – Liverpool (UK)

After an impressive visit at Delifonseca‘s café bar on Stanley Street, my husband Paulo and I decided to pop into Delifonseca’s Dockside location for lunch and a spot of shopping on our way out of Liverpool. It is housed in a colourful and functional building on Brunswick Quay with the added advantage of ample free parking.

Delifonseca Dockside

The deli caught my eye as soon as I entered… so many lovely displays of delights as far as the eye could see. I was tempted to turn right and keep exploring but hunger beckoned. We were greeted warmly and guided to a table in the restaurant section at the left. We had a great table by the window and settled in the comfy chairs as we perused the menus at the table and on the chalkboards.

Restaurant

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Etsu Japanese Restaurant – Liverpool (UK)

Craving sushi and a quick lunch, we headed off to Etsu Japanese Restaurant when we arrived in Liverpool. Etsu turned out to be a bit of a find, in terms of food and location. Nestled in the concrete jungle that is Beetham Plaza, there it was… a little oasis of delightful flavours and aromas.

Etsu

We immediately forgot we were in the middle of bustling Liverpool and enjoyed the relaxed ambience. We were greeted warmly and shown to a table at the back of the restaurant by our friendly and helpful waitress.

Counter

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