What sparks joy?

I read a review on TripAdvisor today and whilst the feedback was entirely honest in regards to the negatives, it also highlighted the things that were just excellent too but yet this was not the thing that stuck in my memory. Instead I will no doubt forget the pointers on dishes I want to try and be left recalling an anecdote about bad service. This got me thinking about why sometimes, it’s easy to focus on all that is challenging or controversial and not the simple things that make you happy.

I wrote a post not too long ago about the things in the food world that were grating on me at the time but I think it’s about time I did the opposite, so instead, here are some of my moments of joy, the standout dishes, the experiences I will never forget and will treasure forever.

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The Oyster Club

I’ve been a bit quiet of late, it feels like ages since I’ve been out in Birmingham but in reality I suppose I’ve just been visiting my favourite places instead of going somewhere new. And that’s what this is about, you don’t need to hear my opinions on the best burger in town each week, if it changes then maybe its worth comment but for the most part, I write things down so I remember them and that’s always been the number one priority. This was one I knew I’d want to reflect on again.

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Vietnam, Halong Bay: Day 5

An early start to see the sunrise

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Vietnam,Halong Bay: Day 4

Picture perfect location for some proper holiday relaxation.

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Vietnam, Hanoi: Day 3- Madame Hien & The Mad Botanist

A little dinner and drinks review

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Vietnam,Hanoi: Day 2, Hanoi food tour

A food tour and a wander around the city

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Amandus- Lithuania

An underground dining room and a modern tasting menu in Lithuania’s Old town

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