Wednesday, June 1, 2011
That's it. I've given up.
During the search for an Italian newspaper we've tried the railway station, the main W H Smith in Leeds and various other news kiosks, with no luck.
As Craig said the only option is to look at the papers on a computer but somebody with more patience than me is going to have to try that route.
The actual reason we were in Leeds was to get some Thai basil and a few other oriental goodies for Jan. She knows that I'm very fussy about my penang curry and that it will be sent back to the kitchen if it's made without the proper ingredients.
A quick search found Tai Lee Hong Cash and Carry in Leeds. What a good find. It had everything she needed and more. A few quids later we set off for our next little treat.
But first, let me explain. We're having a week off (every week is a week off for you two - Ed). We originally had guests scheduled for this week and our kennels did us a very big favour by squeezing the dogs in. Subsequently, our visitors couldn't come but rather than let the kennels down we decided to spend some time without them, not having to worry that we'd be back in time to look after them and do things that we wouldn't normally do.
Back to the next treat. We'd promised ourselves a meal at Mumtaz and as we were in Leeds this was the time to do it. Our expectations were very high, having read good things, and we found the place down by the Clarence dock complex in Leeds.
As we entered the restaurant we were blown away by the opulence. It was huge, decorated in black and silver with marble floors. The ultimate in bling. Excellent.
We were however a little disappointed with the menu. We were expecting something really special but we found just a list of the old favourites. In itself no bad thing but our expectation was different.
What was good however was the cooking. The dishes were obviously prepared and cooked to a much higher standard than you would expect from a curry house and elements of it were quite amazing. The bill was very reasonable and we left a happy couple. Recommended.