Santi Taura: Fine Dining in Mallorca

Mallorca isn’t especially known for its cuisine. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have a rich food culture, but it’s not exactly brimming with Michelin stars. Fine dining is thin on the ground, especially outside of Palma. Restaurants like Santi Taura stick out like a sore thumb as a result – and that’s no bad thing.

The popularity of Santi Taura means that reservations usually need to be made months in advance (especially for a large party like ours). We were gifted ours by a Spanish cousin of one of our party, who had hoped to celebrate his birthday there, but was now unable to get off work. We were charitable enough to take the table off his hands.

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Market Day in Mallorca

Mallorca isn’t all drunk Brits staggering down a row of clubs, chugging down Jägerbombs and squatting in the gutter. If sticky floors and thumping bass lines aren’t your thing, get your cultural fix by spending a day exploring Mallorca’s markets.

Consell Flea Market

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Sunday may not be an obvious day to get up early and head out, but if you’re a fan of a bargain (and can bring yourself to sacrifice a few hours of sunbathing), Consell is not to be missed.

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The market vast and sprawling, with stalls lining both sides of roads which branch off in different directions. And you can find anything there.

No, really, you can.

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Long Queues and Good Thymes*: The London Brunch Quest

Eggcellent Brunch (sorry)

Eggcellent Brunch (sorry)

*I cannot be held responsible for this pun

There are a lot of things I love about living in London. You’re never more than a tube ride away from world class theatre. There’s a green space around every corner and a borough for every mood. There are enough underground cocktail bars and cute pop ups and brunch locations that you can continuously feel smug and in the know.

You know what I don’t like about London? The fact that everyone else seems to share my taste in theatre and green spaces and underground cocktail bars and cute pop ups and brunch locations. It’s almost impossible to be spontaneous in a city where no reservation usually equates to half an hour shivering in the cold trying to assess how quickly the queue is moving, followed by another half hour scanning every menu within a half mile radius before finally dashing towards the first empty table you see, half-crazed with hunger and hysterically screaming ‘MINE!’.

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Burro e Salvia – Shoreditch’s first pastificio

Burro e Salvia

It’s easy to walk past Burro e Salvia without giving it a second glance. The clean, white facade blends in to the trendy barbers, coffee shops and boutiques that line Shoreditch’s Redchurch Street. Were it not for a colleague suggesting it as a lunch destination, I might never have discovered it at all.Unsurprisingly, Burro e Salvia puts pasta in the spotlight – both in the menu and in the way the space is laid out. The restaurant is tucked away beyond a counter and small deli section where the young, friendly Sfogline (the female chefs) make pasta which can be cooked at home or eaten in the ’tasting corner’. They even host workshops where attendees can learn to make Ravioli or Egg Pasta whilst sipping on coffee or wine. Continue reading