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    ZWT 8 Tour of Great Britain & Ireland Challenge

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    Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:14 pm Groupie
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif Is he the Kitchen Impossible guy?
    Can't wait to hear all about it!

    Yes Kitchen Impossible and now Restaurant Impossible. icon_smile.gif
    Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:15 pm Groupie
    I'mPat wrote:

    Hokies not wrong about those bicepts have a look at this guy

    Just noticed he is also featured at the bottom of the part of Food.Network.


    His Restaurant Impossible is on the Food Network - he was also a host in the first two Worst Cooks of America. Oh those arms..... I hope he does not mind a bit of drool.gif while on our tour! icon_lol.gif
    Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:50 pm Groupie

    The Herbeceous Curveceous Honey's outing in England was spent with Gordon Ramsey, who promised to be on his best behaviour when giving us the tour of his country. We chose Ramsey, because we had heard he was truly a nice guy, and that his appearances on Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares were just an act. We thought we could put that to the test. Plus, he's a good soccer player, and he was the closest we could find to David Beckham.

    I believe everyone packed way too much. It was a one week affair, but my team made it look like it was a month long event.

    The first city we visited was London, where the Olympcis just took place. Since we all arrived after it ended we went to all the familiar sites the world recognizes such as the Thames river, where Dreamer in Ontario and Sharon123 went on the bridge over looking the Thames. and Big Ben. Actually, I insisted on seeing the Big Ben clock, Gordon Ramsey was not so impressed. Living in England all his life, I guess he was just so used to seeing it, all of the time. Get it - clock, time! rotfl.gif

    We also toured Buckhingham Palace - well the parts of it we were allowed to tour. It was really nice to learn about the British Monarchy, and it was the closest we will ever get to meeting members of the Royal family.

    The next day, we went to the countryside where we visited Stonehenge. I really love history and visiting archeological sights, so this was a real highlight for me. I think Gordon enjoyed the time there as well, as the sky was clear and the fresh air was good to breath in. Muffin Goddess knew so much about the history of the area as well. She also suggested we go to Avebury to visited one of the oldest prehistoric earthenware to survive to this day. There was a tour group visiting, and we snuck in with to listen in on the tour guide's history lesson of the area.

    We then visited Stratford Upon Avon, on our third day, where the famous William Shakespeare was born and raised. I love literature, and I think Ramsey secretly likes it too. We went to the home of his birthplace which is now a museum, and to the Holy Trinity Church where he was buried. LifeIsGood suggested we go to the church, since it was a good way to learn about religious life in the area, as well as taking a moment of silence ofr the famous writer. Along the way, we visited Mary's farm (Mary being Shakespeare's mother). There, actors recreate the life and times of 16th century English farming. I believe Grodon Ramsey may have found some culinary inspiration there, as there was fresh produce all around.

    This is the home Shakespeare was born in:

    We stopped at Nottingham village for the night, and in the morning we visited the forest where Robin Hood and his band of merry men supposedly hid from the Sherrif. FloridaNative thought it was a good idea to earn about archery, so we took a few archery lessons. Ramsey originally didn't want to participate, but soon had fun making a goof out of himself. Although we all looked goofy not being able to do archery very well.

    For lunch, Gordon Ramsey treated us to a meal he made himself. We enjoyed the following recipes:

    Peach Melba Shortbread Bars, #457444 by Sharon123
    Avocado Tea Sandwiches, #425400 by FloridaNative
    Lemon Verbena Butter, #385463 by Cookgirl
    Creamy Peppercorn Dressing, #326569 by Lainey6605
    Green Tea Ginger Sparkler, #202689 by Twissis

    It was such a good meal. and we all enjoyed it.

    On the fifth day, we visited, and this was iewe's idea, and a good one at that, was to visit the city of Canturbury, where the Canturybury Tales were made popular. Parts of the city is protected by UNESCO's World Heritage Sites program, and we visited many of the remaining archeological sites built by the Romans.

    This is a picture of the canterbury gate in Canterbury:

    On our sixth and seventh days we spent in the cities of York, sightseeing, and shopping. Breezermom suggested we go to the theatre, for which the city is known for, including its public Mystery plays. It was alot of fun to watch the actors perform. Gordon reminded us of the city's rich history in gastronomy, and we wished we could all stay for it's gastronomy festival, in September, but we couldn't stay.

    It was sad to leave after the two day trip, but we all had a lot of fun, and Gordon Ramsey was a blast to be around. He really was a gracious host, and a good guy to be with

    Last edited by Studentchef on Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:45 pm, edited 6 times in total
    Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:50 pm Groupie
    BIG Banner -

    I'll be doing our story and we'll be touring with the Hairy Bikers
    Sat Aug 18, 2012 2:54 pm Groupie
    From my story, I will be tagging Peach Melba Shortbread Bars, #457444 by Sharon123. I will be making this within the next few days.
    Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:44 pm Groupie
    - For the Chefs Gone Wild, I can now report that I have completed the final part of the challenge. I posted our story & menu on Pg 2. Then I made & reviewed Super Easy Roasted Red Potatoes, #202181 by Mommy Diva. Do I need to edit my story post for this info or is this the right way to add the completed recipe info icon_question.gif
    Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:09 pm
    Forum Host
    You did it exactly as you should Twissis, thanks icon_biggrin.gif
    Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:05 pm Groupie

    I have made and reviewed Peach Melba Shortbread Bars, #457444 by Sharon123

    I'm still trying to figure out how to make the menu public. I'm having diffiuclty trying to put it together, since this is my first time ever making a menu, but I will try to get one in before the round is over.
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:49 am Groupie
    Here is the menu for the challenge:

    Celebrity chef/Tour of England with Chef Gordon Ramsey
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:11 am Groupie
    Okay, I updated the story to reflect the challenge requirements.
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:17 pm
    Forum Host
    Terrific, I love your story Studentchef icon_biggrin.gif
    Lavender Lynn
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:43 pm Groupie

    ZWT8 was over!! The Fearless Red Dragons had been cooking so much, what were we all going to do now? Then we all received this:

    You and your team have won a 1 week vacation to Great Britain and a Tour of the country with your favourite Great Britain/Ireland Celebrity Chef!

    You are awarded spending money and unlimited access to the country (it really is an amazing contest!!)

    We were so excited to hear our guide and famous chef was Rick Stein. Not only was he born and raised right there in England, he opened his first business in 1974, which is still one of his restaurant locations. He specialises in fish and owns four different restaurants, a café, a seafood restaurant, bistro, and a patisserie shop. He owns restaurants in Padstow, Flamouth, Cornwall and other locations. Not only could we visit his very own restaurants but we could also stay at one of his world renowned Guest Houses. We also were given the use of his private plane to visit any part of Great Britain.

    What a Dream Trip for the Fearless Red Dragons.!!!

    First stop was STONEHENGE, Baby Kato's top of her bucket list of places to visit. She loves history and this place was so exciting for her like no other place.

    Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. The stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC.

    One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.

    Next stop: WALES. StarryNews had spent some time over there, so she wanted to show us all the places she enjoyed. Anyway, with a name like the Fearless Red Dragons, how could we overlook the region whose flag contains a red dragon? icon_wink.gif

    We started out at Conwy and Llandudno (in North Wales). They are coastal towns located very close together.
    Conwy is one of the best examples of a medieval walled town in Great Britain. The wall completely encloses the city.

    Conwy Castle, built by King Edward I as one of his Welsh fortresses in the 1200s. The fortresses were built as a punishment to the Prince of Wales for not submitting to English rule.

    The Smallest House in Great Britain is 10 feet by 6 feet. It was actually used as a residence from the 16th century to 1900. Morgainegeiser thought this house looked a lot like the house she first lived in when she left home.

    The Great Orme Mines are the most important copper mines discovered and excavated to date. They were begun during the Bronze Age and contain an underground chamber that was mined 3,500 years ago and is thought to be the largest prehistoric underground excavation in the world.

    We enjoyed seeing all the sights of Wales through the eyes of Starrynews. As we were loading into our plane to take us to our next stop, Lavender Lynn got this wistful look in her eyes. She was so sad we hadn't yet figured out a way to see Will and Kate, her favorite thing to do in Great Britain. Cookingpompom was so encouraging and told her to hold onto your dreams and they will come true.

    Momloves6 was so excited about the next part of our Great Britain Tour ~ Ireland. She had always wanted to visit Ireland. None of us realized until too late that the Republic of Ireland was not part of Great Britain, we already had reservations and plans.

    Rick, our wonderful chef and guide said he would cover our costs in Ireland, no worries. So off we went to our first stop in Ireland.

    Blarney Castle in Blarney, County Cork, Ireland.

    is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446.

    After touring the Castle, Queen Dana refused to leave without kissing the Blarney stone.

    The Blarney Stone

    According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery).

    Momloves6 had gotten Baby Kato so excited about our next stop. BK had always been fascinated by Neolithic Stones. She adored castles, musems, gardens and beaches, but most of all she loved the unusual.

    Poulnabrone Dolmen

    (Poll na mBrón in Irish meaning "hole of the quern stones" (bró in Irish)") is a portal tomb in the Burren, County Clare, Ireland, dating back to the Neolithic period, probably between 4200 BC to 2900 BC

    It was amazing how many people were at our last stop in the Republic of Ireland.

    The Cliffs of Moher

    (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair) are located at the southwestern edge of the Burren region in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs receive almost one million visitors a year.

    Next on the plan ~ Northern Ireland. Lauralie41 was all set for Northern Ireland. Our first stop was Newry and its beautiful church, Cathedral of St. Patricks and St. Colmans. Newry is the fourth-largest city in Northern Ireland and eighth in Ireland. Newry was founded in 1144 alongside a Cistercian monastery and is one of Northern Ireland’s oldest towns. St. Patrick and St. Colman's is a Gothic cathedral built in 1829. The inside has ornate tile mosaic work on the floors and walls that took workers five years to complete.

    We hurriedly left Newry because we needed to have time to get to the northermost corner of Ireland. Momloves6 and BK were so excited to go see the Giants Causeway. Situated on the North coast of Ireland, the Giant’s Causeway is an area of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.

    Last stop in Ireland, The Titanic Belfast Experience. Queen Dana was so interested. She told us "The Titanic" was her favorite movie. The fate of the Titanic has wayed heavily on the inhabitants of Belfast. There was a sorrow about its fate for many years.

    We had all enjoyed our time in Northern Ireland but it was time to leave. Our last gorgeous view was of the Northern Ireland Mountains

    Diner524 was in charge of the next leg of our journey. During her planning she got so caught up in researching she had a hard time going on to the next step. So many places were interesting to her she had a hard time cutting it to just 3 places.
    Map of the Highlands

    Here is some photos we took at each of our stops in Scotland.

    Uruqhart Castle which is on Loch Ness (home to the famous Loch Ness Monster named Nessie). Cookingpompom had heard all about the monster in Lochness and she wanted no part of getting close to the lake.

    Eilean Donan Castle off of Loch Duich - famous for being in the TV show "Hamish & MacBeth" and films of Highlander and James Bond – The World is not Enough. It is situated on a small isle at the meeting of 3 sea lochs.

    Plockton is a beautiful settlement, with mild climate, off of Loch Carron, in background is the Country Manor. Lauralie41 thought this would be a beautiful place to live.

    Our next stop was planned by Morgainegeiser. She was so excited to finally get back to England. She had family living in England and wanted us to meet them and see the town they lived in. We didn't have to travel very far just over the border of Scotland into Northern England.

    Sunderland lies at the heart of the City of Sunderland, a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear, in North East England. It is situated at the mouth of the River Wear. The name "Sunderland" is reputed to come from Soender-land, likely to be reference to the valley carved by the River Wear on whose south bank the original settlement of Sunderland was founded. Historically a part of County Durham, there were three original settlements on the site of modern-day Sunderland. On the north side of the river, Monkwearmouth was settled in 674 when Benedict Biscop founded the Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery. Opposite the monastery on the south bank, Bishopwearmouth was founded in 930.

    We stopped in at Hylton Castle. Diner 524 was really glad to see another castle.

    Morgainegeiser loves lighthouses and the one in Souter was especially wonderful.

    No trip to Sunderland was complete without a trip to the beach. We really enjoyed our time at Seaburn Beach

    We were really tired that night. Four countries in 6 days. It was an extremely full trip. Rick made us a wonderful meal just like he would serve at his restaurant. It was wonderful. We had to catch the late train to London. Rick returned to Cornwall to take care of some business, so we were going to be on our own in London. We would miss Rick but Starrynews was sure that she could help us find any place we wanted to see.

    The next morning when we woke up we were in London. This was our last full day in Great Britain and Lavender Lynn had not seen Will and Kate yet. Lavender had planned a very heavy itinerary to see all the sights of London while watching for Will and Kate.

    1st stop ~ Buckingham Palace, we didn't see a prince or princess but we did see the changing of the Guard.

    Next up ~ St Paul´s Cathedral - London

    Baby Kato loves history and this gothic cathedral really excited her. There had never been a better time to visit St Paul´s. With the completion of the £40 million restoration project, we enjoyed Wren’s original vision and saw the cathedral as fresh as the day it was completed. The pinnacle of our trip to St Paul´s was climbing up to the top of the Dome, we saw panoramic views of London that were second to none.

    What would a trip to London be without the Tower of London.The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conquerer in 1066-7, is one of the world´s most famous fortresses, and one of Britain´s most visited historic sites.

    We were just leaving the Tower when Queen Dana noticed what time it was, "Time for Tea" she shouted. So off to the Ritz to have High Tea. Morgainegeiser stated we would never get in, we would had to have reservations weeks in advance. Queen Dana did not let that stop her, "I have connections, afterall I am a Queen"and she picked up her phone and made a phone call. When we arrived there, we were greeted at the door by a hostess that led us right to a table just the right size.

    Refreshed and ready to tackle the world, the Fearless Red Dragons headed off to Covent Gardens. At the heart of the Covent Garden piazza lies the famous market designed in 1632 by Inigo Jones and now visited by 30 million tourists each year.

    We had just enough time to catch 1 more place on Baby Katos list ~ TATE MUSEUM. We had to cross the Millennium Bridge over the Thames River.

    The Tate is an institution that houses the United Kingdom's national collection of British Art, and International Modern and Contemporary Art.

    It is a network of four art museums: Tate Britain, London (previously known as the Tate Gallery, founded 1897), Tate Liverpool (founded 1988), Tate St Ives, Cornwall (founded 1993) and Tate Modern, London (founded 2000), with a complementary website, Tate Online (created 1998).

    We were able to spend 2 hours at TATE MODERN. We all enjoyed ourselves. This sculpture was amazing but a little scarey.

    Our wonderful trip was almost at an end and still no Will and Kate. There was one more place that Lavender had heard about. One of the hot spots in London favored by Will and Kate. We had reservations there for our last night in London.

    MAHIKI - 1 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4LD

    They seated us in a great spot.

    They served this big gigantic rum cocktail in a treasure chest with a straw. All we had to do was sit and wait to see if Kate and Will showed up.

    When Will and Kate came in the door, Lavender Lynn could not believe her eyes. Her favorite part of the trip had come true.

    What a wonderful trip. Everyone of us had a great time getting to see many wonders of Great Britain and to spend our whole week together

    Here is a copy of the delicious meal that Rick made for us: Fearless Red Dragons on Tour and the recipe I made was Crispy Fish and Chips #55241

    Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:50 pm
    Forum Host
    Wow Lynn, Rick Stein sure treated you Dragons well! icon_eek.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    I especially loved that you got to meet Will and Kate and the town of Conwy intrigues me as well.
    Another place for my bucket list icon_cool.gif Well done!
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:25 pm Groupie
    ~Leslie~ wrote:
    Wow Lynn, Rick Stein sure treated you Dragons well! icon_eek.gif icon_biggrin.gif icon_biggrin.gif

    I especially loved that you got to meet Will and Kate and the town of Conwy intrigues me as well.
    Another place for my bucket list icon_cool.gif Well done!

    This story was a big team effort. About 6 of us picked out sections from this region and did all the researching and finding pictures for their area. It made my job way easier. Yeah Fearless Red Dragons!!!

    This is actually Lynn, I forgot I was updating in Lori's acct.
    Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:17 pm
    Forum Host
    WOW what a tour Fearless Dragons and I do have a soft spot for Rick Stein as seafood is his speciality and I love my seafood. Also loved your tour of Loch Ness (many a story my mother has told me of here swims in the Loch and of the area were she was raised from 3 weeks of age till she was 15).

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