Makan Cafe

Makan Cafe

£ -- 8/10 I recently decided to venture West for a weekend exploration of Portobello Road/Notting Hill. Notting Hill is one of my favourite areas in London. The charm of Portobello Road lined with vintage stores and street food pleases everyone who passes through. I find that Notting Hill is always extremely busy with tourists and locals alike, overflowing with people desperate for that perfect instagram photo featuring the colourful houses. I, too, am guilty of this crime. I walked down Portobello Road starting from Notting Hill station, past Farm Girl café, also one of my loved brunch spots. I passed the vintage stores and the outdoor summer market. At the end of Portobello Road, I came across Makan Restaurant, a Malaysian joint serving traditional street-food in a 'no-frills' cafe. As much as I do appreciate beautiful decor, I also appreciate really appreciate good food. I had a recommendation for this cafe and so already had very high expectations. I ordered a...
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3 Things to do in Toronto in a day!

3 Things to do in Toronto in a day!

As mentioned in my previous post, I spent last weekend in Toronto visiting family. Seeing as I only had a weekend in Toronto I was strapped for time and tried to squeeze in as much as I possibly could in a day. I managed to do a mixture of touristy things, whilst also enjoying the city like a true Torontonian :) One Woodbine Beach Woodbine Beach is the largest of four beaches found in the City of Toronto. Coming from London, I envy cities that have a beach in close proximity - it really makes all the difference strolling along the shore with sand and water flowing between your toes on a beautiful summers day. It is easily accessible via TTC (Woodbine Station), followed by a short 5/10 min bus journey towards the beach. As it wasn't an extremely hot day, the beach was reasonably empty - with only volleyball nets setup for a sports competition to be help there. The sand was very clean...
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What is Poutine?

What is Poutine?

Unless you come from Canada, or have come across this dish upon travels, I have found that most people (from the UK) do not know what poutine (pronounced: poo-teen) is. I too only discovered poutine last year during my travels to Toronto, although at the time I did not get the chance to try it. Alas, the time finally came for me to try Poutine, and here's my verdict. Poutine originated from Quebec in the late 1950s, and is made of chips (French fries) covered with cheese curds topped by brown gravy. Does that sound appealing? Honestly, to me, it didn't! I was in Toronto over the weekend, and popped into the Eaton Centre for lunch. Whilst trying to choose what to eat, I thought 'you know what, let's try this poutine once and for all'. Considering this was my fourth time in Canada, I'm pretty late to catch onto this apparently amazing mouth-watering dish.   I was told that New York Fries poutine...
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