Lake District (pt. 2)

July 9, 2010, Friday:

Day 2 in the Lake District started off early with a full English breakfast provided by our B&B. The breakfast consisted of a fried egg (kind of runny), baked beans (kind of runny), sausage (kind of salty), 2 strips of bacon (definitely salty), hash brown (kind of good), fried toast (kind of strange and definitely unhealthy), 3 mushroom wholes (kind of weird), and a slice of tomato (kind of greasy). In addition, yogurt, regular toast, cereal, and fruit was also provided. Pictures would do my descriptions better justice, but we didn’t take any. Oh well.

Despite to continuing rain that started since the morning, the day was spent again walking/hiking through and around town. There’s really not much else to do in the Lake District / Ambleside but to walk / enjoy the outdoors (rain or shine). The “morning session” was spent walking through the park and along the adjacent running river, across a stepping stone bridge, and across a field of grazing sheep/goat/lamb (I can never figure out which is what). That’s another thing about Ambleside, there’s sheep/goat/lamb randomly grazing all along every piece of greenery. You can’t escape them. In fact, sometimes you’ll be walking along the high fields, and all of a sudden a head will pop out of the high grass, and it’ll be a sheep/goat/lamb eating lunch. Quite cute, actually.

Back in town, we stopped at a presumably nice-looking sit-down restaurant/bistro that we had high hopes for, Lucy’s. Our high hopes were solely based on the fact that she seemed to be well established in the community (several restaurants and off-shoot restaurants within the surrounding area). Unfortunately, our hopes were severely misplaced. Miriam had a burger, which unexaggeratedly was the worse burger ever, hands down. The bun (a ciabatta) to burger ratio was way off; the burger patty was dry; the “bacon” that it came with was half-bacon / half-ham (literally, the left side looked like bacon strip, and as you made your way over to the right side it started widening out and looked like a flat ham slice.); and the “cheese” that was melted over the “bacon” looked nuked and orangish-red fluorescent.

For my dish, I had a grilled rainbow trout. For a rainbow trout, my dish was not flamboyant nor had a lisp, but rather was just plain bland. I had to load it up with some sauce and spices just to get some life into it. After London, it was clear that our quest for decent food in the UK would not be satisfied in the Lake District either.

After lunch, we walked down to the lake, about a 1.5 mile saunter down the flat thoroughfare. Nothing exciting, so let’s move onto dinner and drinks. Dinner, surprisingly, fared better, but not by much. Miriam had a ribeye steak, which I can only kindly describe as something you could easily get in Vegas at the Hooters Casino $5.99 dinner deals (or so I’ve heard…). My lamb chop was “lamb-y”. But quite possibly really fresh, given the abundance of lamb grazing in the fields right outside.

After dinner, we hit up the local pub scene. And I use the word “scene” very loosely. Most places were lucky to have more than a handful of revelers at one time. But we didn’t mind. We just wanted some of their refreshing beverage to wash down our “tasty” meal. Surprisingly, one of the joints we visited, happened to have a live band performing that night, the Muscavados. They bill themselves as Irish blues folk music. Which I have to agree, they had all the requisite components to qualify: fiddle, guitar, contra-bass, Irish-speaking singers. But it wasn’t until I went into the bar’s bathroom and heard House of Pain playing over the speakers that I thought, “Ay, now there’s some fine Irish tunes.”

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One Response to “Lake District (pt. 2)”

  1. Frank says:

    Happy anniversary, Chef John! I am new to your blog, and am aictdded. I used to love to cook, but with a busy life and 4 kids, I found I was losing the desire to cook. I mean really cook. I still feed my family, but would choose the simplist, probably not the healthiest, meals possible. In an attempt to change I searched for an alfredo recipe made from scratch (my husband loves alfredo)and came across your site. I was so excited that there was a video on how to prepare the dish, because I learn best by reading and seeing it done. Watching you cook the meal up close gave me the confidence to try it myself. The alfredo came out great, my husband loved it and actually had seconds (he NEVER has seconds when I cook)! I have since tried several recipes, all spectacular! And my husband can’t belive that I have made them. Thanks so much for helping all of us to be able to provide our families with good wholesome meals! Your amazing! Keep up the good work! I hope you enjoy New York!

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