I think I will be disqualified from entering any Michelin star restaurants in the future for using the word “stylz” in my header. Soooo not on, but hopefully it conveys my excitement about having dined at a Michelin star restaurant for the very first time (possibly the last) in my/our life. ZOMG!
So, we were cruising through the Kentish countryside and a good friend had informed us of a “very affordable” Michelin star restaurant called “Apicius“. Apicius refers to a collection of Roman cooking recipes though the word “apicius” was a common phrase for the Roman “foodie” back in 4-5 A.D. Intrigued by their name and under £30 lunch fare, I found out where they were (Cranbrook, Kent), their number and decided to call and ask if they’d have a table for Sunday lunchtime. This was about 6pm on Saturday and I was pleasantly surprised to be offered a table the following day. So began our Michelin dining adventure.
Did you know that the “Michelin Red Guide” which rates and lists all Michelin starred restaurants was an invention of the Michelin brothers of the Michelin tyre fame ?
Living in England has made travel a lot more accessible than living in Australia, New Zealand or India. As far as travelling within the UK goes, within a couple of hours, one can be in a different town exploring a different part of the gorgeous English countryside or admiring ruins from a few hundred years (or thousand) years ago. In addition, the UK is ideally placed to travel to Europe and within a couple of hours one can explore new countries and cultures. My partner and I really enjoy travelling and try and do so whenever time and budget allow us to.
When we travel, we take on different roles. My partner takes care of train/plane bookings and hotel bookings while I take care of the packing and food. Food – yes, glorious food. To me, one of the most exciting things about travelling is getting to try new food that I haven’t come across before or food that’s just better than what’s on offer in the town we live in. I usually look up Wikitravel and Tripadvisor beforehand so we can try these apparently amazing restaurants first-hand. Of course, I’m restricted a lot of the time by the fact that I’m a vegetarian but that doesn’t stop me from trying.
I’ve started this section of the blog to try and record places where we’ve eaten and give you my honest opinion of them. This by no means needs to influence your decision but if you do travel to any of these places and are contemplating places to eat/not eat at, then perhaps, I can be of help. We travelled most recently to York to celebrate my partner’s birthday so I’ll recount our culinary adventures from here first.