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Iron Chef America Is A Great Show

Guest post of the week by Roscoe Harris

Cooking is a past time of mine and one that I enjoy doing on a regular basis as my healthy husband and kids can tell you about. However, for some people they will enjoy watching the competition that is present when someone else is cooking. For me that ultimate competition comes in watching some of the best chefs in the world competing against one another.

The show that allows me to see the best shows competing against each other is none other the Iron Chef America. Now for some people they may think that this show is nothing more than a normal cooking show, but they need to realize that it is way more than that because it gives me some great ideas for meals. Even with those challenging items that they use on the set I know that if I can watch them closely I can copy the menu that they have in place and produce great food for my family. The problem that they have is trying to convince me that I need to reproduce the dish more than just once in a great while.

Being able to know that Iron Chef America is on is a wonderful thing. However, if it was not for my Satellite TV channels that I watch I would not be able to watch this show. That is when I know just how important of an item this really is.

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Ingram Valley

The small Northumberland village of Ingram sits in the upper Breamish valley in the north west of the county, about 6 miles south of Wooler.

The Ingram valley through which the small Breamish river runs is very popular place with summer visitors and hill walkers. Drive past the visitor centre until you come to the public toilets/car park on the right. This is the starting point to climb the hills.

Opposite the car park, half way up the hill towards Brough's Law, are the remnants of a bronze age settlement. It's easily missed - keep an eye out for the overgrown area surrounded by stones. That's it. It takes approximately half an hour to walk up the beaten path to the top of Brough's Law, where the view is magnificent.

The nearest shop is back on the main road (turn right when you reach it)and is part of a petrol station. Attached is a restaurant which is well worth a visit. There is also a small antiques centre and fresh-local meat butcher shop.

Article adapted from the Wikipedia online encyclopedia.

How to get to the Ingram Valley:
By road from the south: take the main A1 trunk road north and turn left on to the A697. Follow the A697 northwards to Powburn. Take the first left after the River Breamish bridge.
By road from the north: Take the main A1 trunk road from Edinburgh and Berwick upon Tweed. Turn off at Belford, on the right about 12 miles south of Berwick. From Belford follow the B6349 then B6348 to Wooler. At Wooler follow the main A697 about 10 miles southwards and turn right just before the River Breamish bridge and Powburn.
By rail: The nearest station is Berwick upon Tweed.
By bus: There are no regular bus services to the Ingram valley

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Amble harbour - the friendliest port.

Amble is a town in Northumberland, England. It is a seaport on the North Sea coast. It lies at the mouth of the River Coquet.

Amble grew in the nineteenth century as collieries were opened; its location at the mouth of the River Coquet, and its then newly built railway links to the Northumberland coalfields, made it an ideal centre for the transportation and export of coal. Other industries, such as ship building and repair, and sea fishing, expanded with the growth of the town, although traditional Northumbrian fishing vessels such as cobles will have sheltered in the natural harbour here for centuries previously.

Today, the collieries in Northumberland are all closed (the last, Ellington, closed in 2005), and the railway no longer serves Amble. However, the fishing industry survives, albeit with a somewhat reduced numbers of vessels, as does a small marine industry, mainly concentrated around the construction and repair of yachts and other pleasure craft. A small industrial estate is located to the southwest of the town, whose clients include food processing plants, vehicle repairs and telecommunications companies.

Tourism forms an important sector of the town's economy - part of the harbour has been redeveloped into a marina, and several caravan parks, guest houses and B&Bs exist to serve visitors to the Northumberland coast.

Saint Cuthbert lived on Coquet Island just offshore from the town,which retains its strong Christian identity. Amble's four churches are often quite busy, especially at Christmas eve-although the impact of liberalisation of licensing laws on Midnight Mass remains to be seen. Nearby Warkworth is noted for its castle.

Amble holds the title 'Friendliest Port'. It is believed this title comes from the 1930s when the RMS Mauretania was heading on her last voyage to the breaker's yard at Rosyth and stopped for the last time in Amble. Amble catered for the men of the ship and gave them food and shelter, as they parted they said that Amble was ' the last and friendliest port of England.

Article adapted from the Wikipedia online encyclopedia.

How to get to Alnmouth:
By road: Take the main A1 trunk road north from Newcastle upon Tyne, to Alnwick. Take the Alnwick exit and follow the road towards Alnwick town centre. From the town centre take the A1068 coastal route. Amble is about 8 miles south east of Alnwick.
By rail: The nearest station is Alnmouth.
By bus: Arriva Northumbria service 518 goes from the Haymarket Bus Station in Newcastle via Morpeth to Amble. In the reverse direction, the 518 goes from Alnwick via the coast to Amble. During the summer months the Coastal Clipper service runs between Bamburgh and Amble.

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