Category: Geography

Liverpool, The Port City

Liverpool, The Port City

It was our first time to visit the city of Liverpool last week and I have to say, we totally fell in love with the place. It has so much to offer.

Prior to our mini trip, when we told friends and acquaintances our plan for the trip, they would say “Why Liverpool of all places. It is run down”

Peter would say, “too late now, we booked our hotel and the train tickets.”

I am so pleased that we did not listen. Because Liverpool is a very vibrant city, a lot to do and see. One can take away plenty of experiences and new knowledge.

For a Scouse city, I think it is very English.

Old and new buildings married splendidly, giving birth to a wondrous skyline, beautifully scenic especially when spied from a ferry across the Mersey.

Liverpool is of course the birth place of the ultra iconic The Beatles, of John, George, Paul and Ringo.

We visited the famous underground Cavern Club, where the The Beatles played during their early days.

Liverpool is also known for its majestic churches.  The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, is an architectural phenomena in its modernity and simplicity in a vast area. It is a Roman Catholic Church, a must see crypt underneath has a gravity defying ceiling made from bricks!!!

On the other hand, the huge Church of England, Liverpool Cathedral is equally awesome.  It has a very spiritual ambiance.  We thought St Albans was so beautiful but Liverpool Cathedral can give it a run for their money.

While we were in Liverpool, the sun tried to break out from the clouds and Peter was quite happy to go on top of the Radio City, which allows anyone to see miles on end in a 360 degrees.  Apparently you can see the Blackpool Tower clearly if the sun was brighter.  I opted out of the privilege to climb the tower because I felt rather queezy after having an enormous Full English breakfast at the Shiraz Palace near the Britannia Adelphi Hotel, where we stayed.

Another thing about Liverpool is the presence of publican houses everywhere, unlike in London.  I think pubs longevity in Liverpool has to do with the prices.  One can get a pint of beer for a couple of quids (pounds). 🙂  The students who board nearby our hotel patronise the many pubs at all hours.

The famed Chinatown in Liverpool was smaller that what I expected compared to Chinatown in London.  Chinatown Liverpool is the first one in the UK.  Some 1500 Chinese were living in Liverpool as far back as the 1600 and some Filipinos in the 1800.  This is because Liverpool is a port, where seafaring immigrants took advantage of.

They have the most fantastic library building in Liverpool Lime Street.  It was modern and huge in four or five floors, very airy.  It makes you wanna sit down with a book, which I did.  I quickly skimmed Jilly Cooper’s Mount, which is the return of Rupert Campbell-Black and Taggie.

Queen Victoria must have loved Liverpool.  Her beloved husband, Prince Albert’s statue is everywhere and places and buildings are named after him.

St George’s Hall along Lime Street is another must see place.  It has an underground Victorian jail which you can tour.  There was a room with drawings and posters by children which is rather unsettling.  Another prison cubicle has a collage of photos of the prisoners, who were murderers, rapists, debtors, fraudsters.  That was really macabre.  What what spooked me was an empty room at first sight but suddenly you feel a presence which was of a statue of a Victorian woman breastfeeding her baby partly hidden next to the doorway.  Spooky.

All in way, I highly recommend a tour of Liverpool.  Add it to your bucket list!

Embutido Recipe

Sliced Embutido, photo by Arnold Gamboa

Embutido Recipe

Embutido is usually served at special occasion such as Christmas, New Year, Fiestas, anniversaries and milestone birthdays.  It is a much love food for its taste and its appearance.

Ingredients:

2 1/2 lbs minced pork
1/2 cup finely chopped ground ham
2 raw eggs, beaten
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1/2 cup sweet pickles
3 hard-boiled eggs
3 Vienna sausages, halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons raisins or sultanas
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Method of preparation:

Using a large bowl, mix together the minced pork with the bread crumbs and bind it with the beaten egg.

Add in the onions, sweet pickles and sultanas or raisins.

Season with salt and pepper.  Mix thoroughly.

Lay a large sheet of aluminium foil in a flat surface.

Spread the minced pork mix on the middle of the foil and flatten.

Arrange the boiled eggs and sausages along the length of the minced minced pork (like making up a sushi).

Roll the minced pork to enclose the boiled eggs and sausages, forming a cylinder (please bare in mind the this meaty cylinder will be steamed, therefore, the size should fit the steamer, if steamer is not to big, make three or more rolls stuffed with boiled eggs and sausages each.).

Use the foil to wrap the embutido roll securely, including both ends.

Cook in a steamer for an hour.  Ensure that there is always enough water in the steamer.

When cooked, let it cool down and then slice and serve to impress your guests and fellow hungry diners.

Enjoy!