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A Global Food Lover’s Fantasy – The Rocking World of Red Hot World Buffet

By Lakshmi:

Have you ever had disagreements in your family in terms of where to go out to eat?  Ever get each person saying they want to eat a particular type of cuisine or want to go somewhere specific which no one else is in a mood for?  It certainly happens to us.  So, on a recent trip to Cardiff, when friends recommended we MUST (it was pretty emphatic) eat at Red Hot World Buffet, we made a point of seeking it out.

Located smack in the city center, the restaurant’s claim to fame is that for one price (9.99 pounds per person on a Saturday for lunch), you can eat a buffet filled to your heart’s content.  Now a lot of restaurants advertise that, but what is promised here is a buffet encompassing Indian, Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Chinese, Italian and Mediterranean food.

As soon as we entered, we noticed the restaurant was packed and bustling with activity.  We got seated within a few minutes and then came a journey that I have to say has not been commonplace.  Walking slowly towards the appetizers area, I knew their claim of serving an assortment of cuisine was absolutely spot on.  This was not some token, obligatory check the box with one dish dedicated to each cuisine but dishes upon dishes and stations dedicated to each specialty.

For a foodie, this was a fantasy come true….but it was also tremendously stress inducing.  “Oh I wish I had not eaten breakfast” , “Wait, how can I try everything here?” “I’ve always wanted to try this…” my mind was a smorgasbord of questions.

Each dish we ate tasted fresh and authentic.  From the freshly piped hummus served in dainty cups with an olive slice at the top to the fiery hot Thai green curry, from the potatoes with mustard to the pizza with jalapenos, from the mango souffle to the chocolate cake, the list of dishes was totally satiating.  We ate our way through multiple rounds and left incredibly content and happy.  Our only complaint on a cold day was that there was no place close by that we could retire for a nap!

If you think we are exaggerating about the choices, simply take a look at their menu in Cardiff that we partook.

http://www.redhot-worldbuffet.com/restaurants/cardiff/buffet-menu/

We have subsequently discovered that the restaurant has multiple locations throughout the UK.  To get more information on their locations, click here:

http://www.redhot-worldbuffet.com/

If you’ve had a similar dining experience, we’d absolutely love to hear from you.

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Cardiff – Home To One Of The Largest Collections Of Impressionist Art

Before our recent trip to Cardiff, we noticed a tweet announcing that the National Museum in Cardiff is home to one of the largest collections of Impressionist works in Europe.  Cardiff?  Really?  When we mentioned it to friends, they thought we were kidding.  Here in pictures is a small microcosm of our journey through this gem – Impressionism and more!

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The sign at the entrance
An impressive display in the lobby
An impressive display in the lobby
The lovely ceiling
The lovely ceiling
Part of the Van Gogh "Wheatfield" series - To me, this was the highlight
Part of the Van Gogh “Wheatfield” series – To me, this was the highlight!
Alfred Sisley - The only impressionist to visit and paint in Wales
Alfred Sisley – The only impressionist to visit and paint in Wales
Claude Monet's San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight
Claude Monet’s San Giorgio Maggiore by Twilight
La Parisienne from Pierre Auguste Renoir
La Parisienne from Pierre Auguste Renoir
A masterpiece from Rodin
A masterpiece from Rodin
Another Rodin sculpture
Another Rodin sculpture

To learn more about visiting the museum, do visit their website at

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/art/

A Visual Journey To A Welsh Coal Mine

South Wales was the center of coal mining during the Industrial Revolution, with Cardiff becoming the largest coal exporting port in the world.  We recently had a chance to visit the Gulbenkian Prize winning Big Pit National Coal Museum located in Blaenavon and made our first descent into what was once one of the largest working coal mines.  While photography is prohibited in the mines, we give you a visual tour through what we could capture.  The informative tours offered here let you have some fun (you get to gear up like the miners and test their equipment) and provides some not so fun facts (little children got killed working here, horses never saw daylight and  more).  To learn more about visiting Big Pit, please visit their excellent website at http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/bigpit/

The entrance
The entrance
An introduction to the mine and its history
An introduction to the mine and its history
A site map of the area
A site map of the area
A site map of the coal mine
A site map of the coal mine
A look at the mine from outside
A look at the mine from outside
The trains that transported the coal
The trains that transported the coal
More transportation from the past
More transportation from the past
Taking a pipe down was dangerous and required a public apology
Taking a pipe down was dangerous and required a public apology
This is one way to keep miners safe from poisonous gases
This is one way miners were kept safe from poisonous gases
All dressed to descend
All dressed to descend