Our Story. Or "How we arrived at Breezes"
Having travelled the world for twenty years, we are looking forward to making Breezes the best it can be for all our guests.
Originally from Fareham, Nicola first headed North to London and later, more unfortunately, Milton Keynes. Luckily we escaped the land of roundabouts and concrete cows and headed back South, down to Lisbon, Portugal.
With traditional dishes such as bacalhau (salted cod, which can be cooked 365 different ways, so we all looked forward to leap years), leitão assado (suckling
pig), cozido à Portuguesa (hotpot), gaspacho (a cold tomato based soup) and
the omni-present sardines, most Portuguese meals were accompanied by red
wine to taste.
From Portugal we went Asian and spent time in Taiwan, the Republic of China. Our arrival was met by a fly-over by the Peoples Republic of China, but it was a missile, rather than their version of the Red Arrows, that flew over the island. Night markets, with a selection of xiaochi (similar to a Spanish Tapas) are a common sight and these have been increasing popular even spreading to more exclusive restaurants.
After Taiwan, it was Westwards to Turkey, spanning Asia and Europe as it does, taking in Istanbul, Ankara, Efes and Bursa. Turkish food draws largely on the Ottoman heritage and is a fusion and refinement of Central Asian, Caucasian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. One thing you never forget from Turkey is the pervasiveness of tea and coffee. You can find it anywhere and everywhere.
Post Turkey, and after very brief sojourns in Africa (Senegal and Angola) and the Middle East (Saudi Arabia and the UAE), it was off to the Caribbean, specifically Martinique and the US Virgin Isles. Martinique, dubbed the Paris of the Caribbean, is an eclectic mix of French and Caribbean food, but with a great deal
of seafood available at beach bars. And to wash it all down, either French Champagne or Caribbean Rum. You could take your pick for as long as you could stand up to choose.
But wherever we were, it was always a treat to entertain friends, colleagues and
dignitaries, from Councillors, to Mayors, to Presidents. It was this entertaining that gave us the idea of finding a place like Breezes and taking up the challenge of serving great food in a pleasant atmosphere, in a great place. Hill Head seems to be the right place for me. Returning to Fareham completes the circle, but is the start of a new journey.
We will be posting stories from our BB (before Breezes) travels and how the local cuisine played its part.