Aspen, Colorado Part 2

On the fourth day, I spent the morning in a ski lesson, though, when the rest of the class went to Bumps (a restaurant at the base of Buttermilk) for lunch, I met my dad, and we took the Summit Express chairlift to have lunch at The Cliffhouse, a restaurant that serves more interesting foods, such as the Mongolian Grill.

Chinese New Year Decorations inside The Cliffhouse
Chinese New Year Decorations inside The Cliffhouse

If you would like a Mongolian dish, then you have to fill your bowl with vegetables and take a card, then mark what meat, sauce, and carbohydrate you want. Next, you hand your bowl and card over to the cook, and they will grill the vegetables in your bowl, and add the sauce, meat, and carbohydrate you requested, and ask you what you want on top. My Mongolian dish was delicious, with beef, teriyaki sauce and brown rice.

On our last day, we went to another ski area called Snowmass, which is further away from Aspen than Buttermilk, though much bigger.

The Big Snowmass Chair
The Big Snowmass Chair

I skied there with my dad while my mum and sister went on a snowshoe tour. The terrain at Snowmass can be very hard, though I managed to tackle the most difficult bits. My mum and sister had already got us a table at Elk Camp Restaurant, and we were very lucky they did as the restaurant was jam-packed when we arrived. Afterwards, we returned our skis and took the bus back to Aspen, and spent the rest of the day relaxing. I think I improved lots since the last time we went skiing!

There are two more restaurants in Aspen that we went to, both of which I enjoyed. The first is Hops Culture, which serves mainly American food. It has a bar and a lot of TV screens, though the bacon and jalapeño macaroni and cheese, which I had ordered, was very tasty and it inspired us to make it at home! My favourite restaurant in Aspen, however, is called Hickory House, and it serves scrumptious barbecued ribs.

Hickory House Ribs
Hickory House Ribs

I ordered a half-rack of ribs (about seven pork ribs) with sides of fries, coleslaw, garlic bread, and especially good baked beans. It was the perfect treat for our last day in Aspen.

Overall, I had a wonderful time in Aspen, and if you are into skiing and good food, it is the place to go!

Aspen, Colorado Part 1

For February half-term break, I was lucky enough to go with my parents and my sister to Aspen, Colorado, in the west of the USA. Aspen is a town in which silver used to be mined, and today it is a famous ski resort with exciting things to do in both the winter and summer.

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The Monorail at Atlanta Airport

It took a long time to get there. Firstly, we flew to Atlanta on Virgin Atlantic. This was one of my favourite parts, as I had never flown through the world’s busiest airport before.  Next, we flew on Delta to Denver, Colorado, the closest big city to Aspen, and then got into a van called the Colorado Mountain Express, which would take us to Aspen in about four hours.

On our first day in Aspen, we mostly relaxed to get used to the altitude before going skiing. But we did do some interesting things. For example, we went to the Pitkin County Library, which has a big selection of different types of books. Afterwards, we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant called Su Casa, which serves excellent enchiladas, tacos and guacamole. We also went to Four Mountain Sports to rent our skis and snowboards. It had been a great first day in Aspen.

Downtown Aspen
Downtown Aspen

Skiing on the mountain was a great experience. For the first 3 days, I was in a lesson with about 5 other children, and I skied at an area called Buttermilk with a buddy called Spencer who was very helpful. Whilst skiing, we saw two interesting things: a memorial dedicated to three ski instructors called Frog, Toad and Uncle Chuck, and a wooden structure called Fort Frog. At the end of the first and second days, I went with my dad, my sister, my aunt, Karen, and her boyfriend, Chris, for a run down the mountain.

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Skiing is Great!

 

For the rest of my holiday in Aspen, see Part 2!

Food Tour with Eating London

I was very excited to hear that I would be going on a food tour, and I was very much looking forward to it. It was amazing: my dad and I got to taste a wide variety of delicious foods that the East End of London has to offer.

Firstly, my dad and I took the Underground to Old Street station, and walked to the vibrant Old Spitalfields Market, where there were lots of stalls selling clothing and food from around the world. We met our tour guide, Hannah, there, and walked across the road to St. John’s Bread and Wine, where we, along with the other people on the tour, had scrumptious bacon sandwiches. The bread was freshly made and toasted, and the bacon had such a wonderfully smoked, cured flavour. That was only one out of eight stops, though.

St. John's Bread and Wine
St. John’s Bread and Wine

Our next stop was a restaurant called The English Restaurant, where we had some delectably sweet bread pudding. It had bread, eggs, raisins, milk and many other fresh ingredients. The building was built in the late 17th Century, and had been used by many other businesses, including a company that roasted nuts.

Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding

Afterwards, our tour guide led us back to Old Spitalfields Market, through the site where Jack the Ripper murdered someone, and what was a shooting range (there were street names such as Gun Street and Artillery Passage). At the market, we all tried some cheese from a cheese shop called Androuet. I quite liked it, even though I do not normally like cheese, and I was brave enough to try Stilton!

The next few stops all held a part of different groups of people that settled in the East End. We learned about the cultures from which fish and chips originated, after having some from Poppies. Next, we stopped at a pub called The Pride of Spitalfields, where my dad and most of the others on the tour tried some beer and cider, but the tour guide was kind enough to get an alternative for me: a fizzy orange and lemon juice. There was also a handsome cat called Lennie!

Lennie the Pub Cat
Lennie the Pub Cat

One of my favourite stops came next: Bangladeshi curry! We walked up Brick Lane, and settled down at a curry house called Aladdin, which gave us samples of three curries: vegetable, lamb, and the spiciest: chicken. Luckily, there was naan bread to soothe our mouths, which were on fire.

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What food is this?

Our penultimate stop was for a food that came from the Jewish culture, and if you guessed bagels, then you’re right. After walking further up Brick Lane, my dad and I had bagels with salt beef, pickles and mustard on them. We then followed our tour guide up to Shoreditch, a neighbourhood full of hipsters and young people, and into Pizza East, our final stop, where we had dessert: a piece of salted caramel and chocolate ganache cake.

Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Ganache

I had such a good time, not just trying different foods from curry to bagels to fish and chips, but also learning about the East End’s history, that I will remember this amazing tour for the rest of my life! If you would like to go on this tour, then visit Eating London’s website for more info and to book your place.